"Don't tell me to calm down. Calm was killing me."A character holds back anger until it can no longer be held back, and then the rage comes pouring through. Sometimes characters have every reason to be angry, but they try to hold it back for various reasons. Sometimes, the reasons are selfish; sometimes, they are because they know it would be wrong to get angry or that blowing their top would have bad consequences (such as losing their job, getting arrested, or even getting themselves or others killed); and sometimes, the reason is just for the sake of appearances. Eventually, there will be a last straw. It could range from a minor thing, to out-and-out hitting the character's Berserk Button. But, now, the flood of anger comes pouring out like water from a burst dam. It usually involves Unstoppable Rage, but in some cases, it can even be Tranquil Fury. Some stories might even have this trigger a Heroic Second Wind. Also, if the character's Berserk Button is hit, this character might even be twice as berserk as usual. Suddenly Shouting often goes hand-in-hand with this. A Sub-Trope of O.O.C. Is Serious Business, You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry. A Super Trope to Rant-Inducing Slight (in that the trigger is very minor). A Sister Trope to Trying Not to Cry (a tears breaking point), Beware the Nice Ones (characters who often try not to get angry). Compare Not So Stoic, Teach Him Anger, Break the Cutie, Sudden Principled Stand (principle is handled similarly), Traumatic Superpower Awakening (in which this can unlock hidden powers, though there are other possible triggers), and Moment of Weakness (which the Rage Breaking Point can provoke). Contrast Hair-Trigger Temper, The Stoic, Passive-Aggressive Kombat. See also Villainous Breakdown, which is very similar, where a normally calm and collected villainous character suddenly snaps and goes on a tantrum-filled rampage when things happen that don't go as they planned.
— Stuart, Small Soldiers
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- Minoru Shiraishi from Lucky Star. He put up with his co-star's abuse for so many episodes until he finally snapped. His moment was even made the page image for Beware the Nice Ones.
- When Naruto learned of the harm he caused by using the Nine-Tail's power to the point where he can't even control himself, he restrains his anger to avoid transforming again. After what seems like a month or so, his beloved mentor Jiraiya is killed, his village is destroyed while he is away, and his teacher Kakashi has died from overuse of chakra. All have been caused by one guy, Pain. Naruto goes to defeat Pain with his new power, but is quickly brought down. Of all times, Hinata decides try to be brave enough to attack Pain, but she is thrown around and then stabbed. Naruto, now an over-pressured boiler filled with rage, gives himself to the very power that harmed his comrades before... but it also, for the first time, scared Pain because he suddenly found that even his vaunted power was as nothing against the terrifying power of the Nine-Tails. By the time Naruto finally came back out of it, Pain was not as confident as before.
- Pain himself has a nasty version, after what seemed like a complete waste of a childhood Pain's emotionless exterior is nothing but for convincing his cohorts he's serious. But push him to his limit and his godly superiority turns less threatening and more futile.
- After witnessing the way Mayuri treated his own men and offered to keep Orihime as an experimental lab-rat, Uryuu was already pissed off. Once Mayuri started mocking Uryuu's Quincy heritage and revealed he'd spent years experimenting on Quincies, he really got on Uryuu's bad side. However, when he revealed the last Quincy he had experimented on and tortured to death was Uryuu's own mentor and grandfather, Souken, Uryuu finally snapped... transforming right into a One-Winged Angel form that not only turned him into a Walking Wasteland but also one-shotted both Mayuri and his bankai in the process.
- The Vandenreich's first invasion of Seireitei decimates the First Division, putting Yamamoto into a state of Tranquil Fury that only becomes more obvious once he realises not even Mayuri can locate the secret Quincy base. When the second invasion occurs, this time bringing with it Yamamoto's ancient nemesis and the Vandenreich leader, Yamamoto's response is the story's most epic example of someone exploding with rage. His loss of temper results in an eruption of both violence and power that shakes the entire city, triggering an Heroic Second Wind in the beleaguered Captains in the process.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- Super Saiyan transformations are often triggered through such an event. Frieza killed Krillin on Namek and then threatened to do the same to Gohan, finally infuriating Goku enough to trigger his first transformation. Vegeta transformed, ironically, upon giving up becoming a Super Saiyan and his subsequent despairing rage with himself over doing so. Gohan transforms by reminding himself of all the times he's been frozen in terror and somebody else got hurt protecting him. Future Trunks transforms upon the death of his mentor and best friend. As Goku puts it: "The power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You need to create that need."
- First off, Gohan and all his friends (and family) are fighting against the super powerful Cell, and one after another, they all fall. Eventually, Android #16 decides to try and perform a Taking You with Me Attack that doesn't work, because the bomb inside him was removed by Dr. Briefs. Cell then completely destroys him, save for his still-alive head, which Mr Satan tosses to Gohan. #16 then proceeds to tell Gohan to unleash his rage, as it's for the greater good. Then Cell crushes his head. This is the final straw that pushes Gohan over the edge, going beyond his normal Super Saiyan form and into Super Saiyan 2. Let's just say things don't go well for Cell.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Vegeta humiliates himself to appease Beerus, hoping he'll just go away and not blow up the Earth. However, all of this reaches a breaking point when Bulma, angry that her birthday party has been ruined by this meat-headed cat man, slaps Beerus and Beerus slaps her to the ground. Vegeta's rage over Bulma getting slapped is enough to finally try to smear Beerus across the ground with Master Roshi noting that, at that moment, Vegeta surpassed Goku. Odd how The Power of Love works.
- In Now and Then, Here and There, Shuzo Matsutani accidentally gets taken from his happy go lucky life and forced to become a child soldier. He constantly refuses to be the killer his commanders want him to be. He carries his Kendo Stick as a mark of defiance against his gun carrying comrades and constantly gets in trouble because of his nature. However after Lalaru and the entire population of Zaribars are taken and he watches the deaths of so many people when he finally meets the evil king Hamdo again he proceeds to try to beat Hamdo to death with the kendo stick even as pieces snap off of it he beats the dictator till there's nothing left of it.
- Played for Laughs with Ryouko Kusakabe in the sixth episode of Date A Live. She regularly keeps a professional attitude about everything, but when she's finally had enough of the obstacles in the way of her squad's trip to the hot springs, in addition of the previous stress built up due to her superiors' rantings, she snaps and comically goes on a rampage to destroy Ratatoskr's traps, all while ranting on like a raving lunatic.
- Wave of Akame ga Kill! has a very memorable moment of this. Already is he bothered by the dirty sides of the empire, but he follows his duties for the good they do and tries to be the best man he can. However, certain incidents like seeing the team of the Prime Minister's son raping and murdering a deceased comrade's innocent wife and child, brutally flaying people in town are enough to leave him seething with anger yet still able to hold it in for the best, but having the PM's son threatening to rape his beloved Kurome right in front of him snaps him so much he delivers a punch so hard and deserved right to his face it's heralded as one of the best moments of the manga.
- Variable Geo: Yuuki spent most of her match making passes at Satomi - from groping her, to shredding her uniform so she could ogle her body. Satomi warned her to knock it off and fight her seriously, but when Yuuki went so far as to steal a kiss, Satomi's patience ran out. She unleashed her ultimate attack, which incinerated the ring and Yuuki along with it, leaving her covered in second degree burns and just barely alive (seen at 22:37-23:03).
- This is Mob's main gimmick in the manga Mob Psycho 100, where a counter is occasionally displayed showing a percentage that correlates to how volatile his emotions are at any given time. When it reaches 100%, whatever emotion he's feeling the strongest at that time overtakes him and amplifies his powers in a way relating to that emotion, and if it ends up being Anger or Animosity, you'll be glad he's not the killing type.
- In Sex Criminals, middle-school girl Suzie's father is murdered and her mother drifts into an uncommunicative alcoholic haze. Some time later, Suzie finds out that time freezes for the world and everyone in it each time she has an orgasm. A few months after this, Suzie finally snaps and takes the opportunity to angrily scream out her feelings at her time-frozen mother. The narrating older Suzie notes this isn't the last time this has happened.
- The climax of Kingdom Come has this happen with Superman. Be afraid. Thankfully, Norman McKay manages to talk him down from it.
- In Krypton No More this happens to Superman when he learns that the Kandorians convinced his cousin Kara to lie to him about his origins.
"When the pressure on a valve becomes too great, the valve explodes... The same is true, even of a Superman!"
- Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man: During their first meeting and obligatory fight, Spider-Man taunts Superman until he blows up. Fortunately for Spidey, Supes manages to calm himself.
Superman: That does it. Even a Superman can only be pushed so far.
- In The Supergirl From Krypton Superman tries to keep a firm hold of his temper although his cousin gets kidnapped and taken away from him over and again. Then Darkseid seemingly disintegrates Kara and Superman explodes.
- Red Daughter of Krypton: Supergirl had been through during times during her time on Earth: She was only fifteen and she had lost her home... twice. Her home-world was gone, her parents and all her friends were dead, her relationship with her only living relative -Superman- was strained, she didn't manage to fit into Earth, and apparently everyone she met wanted to decide what was better for her, use her or betray her after earning her trust. All of it made her confused, heart-broken, and above all very angry, leading to a lot of built up rage and her becoming a Red Lantern when Lobo taunts her and mocks her until she flips out and pummels him brutally.
- Many Happy Returns: Invoked by Kara when she warns one-time villain Rebel she is ready to fly off the handle, and if he attacks it will be the last straw.
Supergirl: Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not important! You never were! You were just — something to do! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of real consequence came along! Look — Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake, and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you.
- In Seconds, Max puts up with a lot throughout the story. When he finds out about Katie and Andrew's relationship in one reality, he lashes out at her with extreme prejudice.
- Blacksad: In "Amarillo", Blacksad (an anthropomorphic black cat) and Neal (a hyena) hitch a ride with a racist parrot who keeps making derogatory remarks about "niggers" before smugly adding a "Just Joking" Justification. Blacksad tries to ignore it at first, but eventually reaches over to give the driver a black eye.
- The Jinty story "Mark of the Witch!": the heroine is persecuted because of the "black streak" that has made her family the village outcasts for generations. She puts up with a lot of crap, but when her mother is injured by the villagers, she finally snaps and decides that if they THINK she's a bad person, she'll BE a bad person.
- Although X-23 shares Wolverine's ferocious temper, she normally keeps it tightly under control, and even when pushed to the point of lashing out is very clinical and level-headed in her response. The only time Laura has ever so completely lost her cool that she descended into a true berserker ragenote was in "Girls' Night Out" during the Liu series: The remnants of Zebra Daddy's gang learn the hard way just what happens when you push Wolverine's Opposite-Sex Clone to her breaking point. The bloody carnage Laura leaves in her wake as she tears the gang apart even astonishes Black Widow, and leads her to call Laura out for how completely unlike her the rampage was.
- Ultimately, what created the Hulk. Bruce Banner, as a child, repressed many of his emotions particularly concerning his father, and thus built up a lot of fury within Banner that the Hulk personality latched on to, and thus that anger burst out in a big way as he now could no longer keep it under control.
- A Crown of Stars: After the Third Impact Shinji and Asuka became the tools of the dictators running their world. Asuka was turned into a plaything for years, specifically. Shinji knew what the woman he loved was being hurt daily but he hated to kill and he was powerless to stop it, so he repressed his rage for several years. Then he heard one of them badmouthing her and threatening her and he wanted to kill him with his bare hands.
- In A Different Medius, this is the reason Azurai murdered Buwaro's birth parents, and the people at the 'troubled youth' camp Azurai was sent to as a teenager.
- Child of the Storm has Harry finally snap in chapter 74, after his father, Thor, is shot and put into a coma and deliver frightening "World of Cardboard" Speech. Since this follows a pretty epic Break the Cutie in chapter 70 in which HYDRA attacked Hogwarts, Freki and Geri, his bodyguards, pretty much ripped apart several troopers in front of him, Luna Lovegood was shot by HYDRA for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and he was actually killed by Daken before being resurrected by the Phoenix and he's been having trauma and temper control issues for quite some time, this is not surprising. In someone extremely adept at Playing with Fire, with near Jean Grey level Psychic Powers and an unnerving proclivity for acting like Magneto when pushed too far, it is absolutely terrifying and it is made perfectly clear that if Jane hadn't been there to talk him down, he'd have slaughtered every single one of the HYDRA troops.
- In the Arcos special Chapter of Honor Trip, Kaji's story begins with a flashback to another soldier egging him on and insulting him. He wouldn't have succeeded in getting to Kaji, if he hadn't first implied that Kaji didn't deserve his rank, and then attacked his weak points. Also, Kaji probably wouldn't have beaten him to death.
- In the Pony POV Series, Dark World!Derpy's life has basically been a living hell not including the last thousand years she's lived in a Dystopia. But she's still a cheerful ditz most of the time (despite being the new Element of Loyalty and one of the group's main fighters). Then the Valeyard decides to basically tap-dance on her Berserk Buttons as he tries to painfully kill the group. She finally takes her entire life out on him in a moment of Tranquil Fury, beating him to death after his regeneration template is destroyed, killing the Valeyard incarnation of the Doctor for good.
- The Second Try: Shinji. Having been sent back in time, Shinji has been suppressing rage at his asshole father and SEELE for the stuff that went down in End of Evangelion. He also keeps calm even though he and Asuka resolved their issues, got married and had a child after Third Impact but lost that when both went back in time. Shinji then watches Eva-02 (piloted by Asuka, again) blow up. Shinji becomes Death incarnate and mows down an army of Evas before almost causing Third Impact himself. He snaps out of it, barely, when Asuka finally draws his attention to the fact she bailed out in time.
- Thousand Shinji: Shinji badly wanted to punish his father for abandoning him, but he decided that Gendo was not worth of his time, so that he repressed his anger and focused on bonding with his new family: Asuka -his girlfriend-, Rei -his sister-, Misato -his surrogate mother-, Toji and Kensuke -his friends-... but then Gendo forced Asuka to cripple his best friend and kill her best friend. Shortly after Asuka's mind got shattered during a battle, Misato got jailed... and he found out that their mothers' souls were locked into the Evas to make them work. So he decided he would repair Asuka's mind, break Misato out -killing whoever got in the way-, obliterate the Geofront and kill and torture his father and the Seele members (in that order).
- Inevitably happens in the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning with Career tribute Deuteragonist Obsidian. He is willing to put up with the other Careers' indifference to the death of one of their own. He's even willing to keep his mouth shut when they maliciously joke about killing Vale next, just after the death of her district partner, Kit. But when they kill a defenseless fawn for the fun of it, that is the final straw that drives him to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
- In Mass Effect Human Revolution, Adam has a Tranquil Fury-fueled Heroic Second Wind when Toombs calls him an Illuminatus.
- In Nine Tailed Serpent, Hinata reaches her breaking point while fighting Neji. Rather than give up or fight a losing battle, she activates his seal.
Hinata: "Enough! You forget your place slave. Cease your squawking and return to your cage!"
- After managing to contain his anger for most of the story, Nav completely snaps in Diaries of a Madman, upon being trapped in female form after his gender-switching artifact stops working.
- Mean Time To Breakdown: Iwanako tends to 'deal' with her issues by bottling them all up and pretending nothing's bothering her. As her circumstances keep detoriating, she struggles to keep everything tamped down, even after recieving an ill-timed "The Reason You Suck" Speech from her teacher after being hospitalized by Emi's Crash-Into Hello. Then the one reponsible for sending her there shows up, admits she'd been warned about what caused the problem in the past... and Emi's mom pokes her head into the room. Seeing that Emi's mom is there for her when her own family is nowhere in sight pushes Iwanako past her breaking point, and she finally explodes.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- After a slew of bad happenings throughout Act III chapter 42, including the deaths of Apoch and Astreal, the near-destruction of his Holy Lock, The Reveal that Hokuto and Jovian were Evil All Along and in fact orchestrated Kuyou's attack on Yokai Academy as a diversion so they could steal a dangerous artifact from the secured levels, and that Hokuto has found Felucia's Soul Jar and extorted her into working for him, Tsukune hits his breaking point big time and proceeds to blow Kuyou away in an Unstoppable Rage, eventually shattering his head with one punch.
- In Act IV chapter 16, Rason hits his when he discovers that the Almighty and the other angels are fully aware of Hokuto's plan to revive Alucard, but cannot/will not do anything to stop him because, having been born human, Hokuto is still considered sacred and untouchable to the angels until he actually dies with sin; the revelation that his Lord and fellow angels are essentially going to forsake all life on Earth because of their laws completely pushes Rason over the edge, to the extent that he explicitly calls out the Almighty Himself over his pro-human/anti-monster ways.
- In Act IV chapter 28, Tsukune hits it once again with Hokuto; Hokuto had kidnapped and threatened his family, brainwashed Felucia, set Kuyou loose on Yokai Academy, and just stabbed Moka and thrown her off of his airship right in front of Tsukune himself, so Tsukune is understandably furious, even outright telling Hokuto after becoming a full-fledged vampire in chapter 31 that he will never forgive him before beating the ever-loving shit out of him.
- In Act V chapter 37, Kyouko, having gotten sick of being a Distressed Damsel and being used against her loved ones and friends, snaps and physically assaults Evil!Falla.
- In Act VI chapter 20, Moka hits hers when she finally gets sick of Arial, Ran, and Sun being Clingy Jealous Girls over Dark, Ahakon, and Gin, respectively, and gives all three of them a serious tongue-lashing.
- In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion Euphemia, normally the friendliest and least confrontational character in the story, rips Cornelia a new one for both her attempts at recreating the Shinjuku Massacre and for hiding it from her. Euphy coldy tells her that Cornelia's refusal to perform her own duties as Viceroy and not informing the Sub-Viceroy (Euphy) of military operations within her jurisdiction are both serious crimes, even for an Imperial Princess. Likewise, Euphemia is sick of Cornelia monitoring her finances, reading her mail, and having her Knights follow Euphemia everywhere.
- In Weiss Reacts Volume 2, Sun, normally pretty calm, loses it when Blake's manliness obsession goes too far.
- In an omake for Dungeons and Drow, Luna finally gets back at her bullies with a little encouragement from Hermione (who herself has been taught by the titular Drow). Four older girls hex and beat Luna then lock her in a closet before breaking into her trunk. Said trunk contained Devil's Snare and Peruvian Darkness Powder, which smothered any light or flame used to drive off the Devil's Snare. Shacklebolt later notes that both objects are completely legal to own and the only reason anything happened was the bullies breaking into Luna's trunk. When giving his report, Shacklebolt quotes the Hogwarts motto "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus".
- In The Greatest Generation chapter ten, a seemingly neverending series of misunderstandings tests Yvonne's patience until she cannot take it any longer, upon which she makes a Precision F-Strike and floors Musashi with a single punch.
- In a 4-koma for Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls, New Jersey shows Iowa her canonical version. While at first maintaining a stoic composure, she finally gives in after hearing the very suggestive lines of the latter, and beats Jersey's face to a pulp.
- In Ashikabi of Thunder and Lightning Uzume snaps at Miya after the latter scolds her with the dreaded Han'nya mask for a dirty joke, telling Miya that even if she doesn't react to Minato she's still going to ask to move in as it's better than dealing with someone trying to force her morals and opinions on others.
- Kasumi Tendo enters a state of Tranquil Fury in Adamantine Mist after Akane's and Ranma's antics broke several china dishes she inherited from her mother and destroyed her mother's handwritten cookbook. At that point, she decrees that since they refuse to marry, she will be the one to marry Ranma and will do so in a month's time.
- Quicken: When a group of thugs assaulted Emma, they pulled her out of her father's car, pinned her to the ground, gloated over raping her before selling her into slavery... she stood still. When their leader -Lao- promised that he'd let her go if she picked what chunk of her face they'd cut off, she stood still until they were done. When Lao said that he lied and they never intended to let her go, she went completely berserker.
- Shinji endures five days of testing of his new telekinetic abilities in Shinji's Nightmare before he finally snaps and instead of moving the one thousand kilogram weight set up, lifts the destroyer in the Geofront 300 meters in the air to get the tests to stop.
- After Team 7 is eliminated from the Chunin Exams (due to Jiraiya interfering when they're attacked by Orochimaru) in Team 7's Ascension: Blood Wings, Neji demands to know how their chips will be distributed now that a fourth of their alliance is out. Hinata throws all of the chips at him and yells that he's a miserable human being.
Films — Animated
- In Frozen, the Duke of Weselton's two men come to kill Elsa. Elsa is afraid to use her powers and begs them to turn away but is forced to use them to defend herself, and when they continue to take shots at her, Elsa finally goes into a state of Tranquil Fury and nearly impales one and almost pushes the other right off the balcony of her ice palace.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan is trapped by his cape as Basil and Olivia are getting away in Big Ben. His inner rat lashes out, he frees himself and gives chase up all the way to the same side where they entered, catching Basil and having a final fight on the clock hand.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer has this going for her constantly; one of biggest flaws is the fact that when things get too much out of hand for her, she's liable to explode in fury at some hapless person near her.
- In the first movie Sunset Shimmer is trying get her hands on Princess Twilight's crown. When Twilight calls her bluff on destroying the portal to Equestria, Sunset backs down after a few frustrated words. But as the others praise Twilight as a true princess, Sunset is seen visibly squirming before she lunges at Twilight.
- Despite trying to atone for her past as an Alpha Bitch, she's shunned and hated by almost everyone at school but only hangs her head in shame in response. Yet as her friends keep bringing up her time as a she-demon, her responses get more passive-aggressive in tone. After appearing to have sabotaged her friends performance and getting another volley of hatred her way she only tries to distressingly explain herself, but what sets her off is Trixie claiming Sunset acted out of jealousy and Trixie complimenting Sunset for doing it.
- Sunset had grown increasingly frustrated during the course of Friendship Games for her inability to understand magic and keep it under control as well as her being unable to contact Princess Twilight in Equestria. When Sunset confronts Human Twilight for the first time after she accidentally closes the portal, Sunset is being stern but collected. However, when Human Twilight's meddling with magic starts endangering the lives of others, including her friends, Sunset snaps at her, driving the poor girl to tears.
- Unikitty from The LEGO Movie (pictured above); she always tries to stay positive, even after her home is blown to bits by Lord Business' forces. But during the climax, when she sees Emmet under attack, she finally loses it and goes on a rampage through the Micro-Managers blocking Emmet's path.
- King Triton from The Little Mermaid goes into a state of Tranquil Fury when confronting Ariel about being in love with a human, but when Ariel talks back to her father and shouts "I love him!", he loses it!
- Woody from Toy Story when Buzz causes him to get lost in the gas station and he finally has enough of the deluded toy's antics.
Woody: You! Are! A! TOOOOOOY!
Films — Live-Action
- Brought up in Anger Management by Jack Nicholson to Adam Sandler.
Buddy: There's two types of angry people: Explosive, and Implosive. Explosive is the person screaming at the cashier for not taking her coupons. Implosive is the cashier, who stays quiet day by day, until finally one day, shoots everyone in the store... You're the cashier.Dave: No, no, I'm the guy in the frozen food aisle dialing 911, I swear.
- Star Wars: Luke Skywalker had already been through enough by the time the climactic battle in Return of the Jedi rolls around. But he knew that getting furious now would lead to The Dark Side. Vader and the Emperor taunt him, but he stays calm. But then Vader is about to threaten to do something terrible to the last family he has, Luke lets out a Big "NEVER!" cutting off Vader's sentence, and wails on him, coming very close to killing him.
- At the start of Thor, Thor pays a "visit" to the frost giants, and Loki manages to talk him out of violence. Until one of the frost giants resorts to name calling...
- The Avengers: It turns out that Bruce Banner is constantly dancing on the edge of this in order to stay calm and in control. It also allows him to transform into the Hulk at will without the requisite adrenaline-pumping event that usually triggers the change.
- Small Soldiers: Stuart punches out resident Jerk Ass Larry near the ends of the movie, providing the page quote.
- In the 2009 Star Trek Kirk is advised to do this to Spock, by Spock's alternate timeline self, in order to make his other self realize that he had been emotionally compromised due to seeing both his mother and his homeworld die.
- Milton Waddams in Office Space finally has one after his desk is moved to the basement, and he sets the building on fire.
Milton Waddams: Excuse me? Excuse me? Okay, that's... that's the last straw.
- Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, right after Neil Patrick Harris steals his car. You can actually see the point where he just snaps and completely loses his shit. And that's not even halfway through the night.
- Spock's emotions are tested enough in Star Trek Into Darkness, and thinking Kirk is dead drives him to total rage.
- During Saving Private Ryan The Medic Wade shows Nerves of Steel as he treats and operates on multiple fellow soldiers during the middle of the Omaha Beach invasion... up until a patient that he and several other medics were in the middle of saving gets hit by a stray bullet. At which points he snaps and begins launching a Cluster F-Bomb at the German gunners.
- Me, Myself, and Irene: After being cheated on and dumped by his wife, Charlie spent two decades hiding his anger, and being a doormat to everyone. Then a housewife with two shopping carts full of food decided to trick Charlie into giving up his spot at the checkout counter. And thus Hank came into this world...
- In the novel The Bishop's Heir, after Morgan and Duncan fail to save Sidana's life when Llewell slashes her throat just after she exchanged wedding vows with Kelson, Morgan looks up and sees Llewell's triumphant expression, leaps to his feet, grabs Llewell by his tunic, yanks him downward and shouts, "On your knees before your king, Mearan excrement!" He wants to kill Llewell and says so. Cardiel has to grasp Morgan by the wrist and forbid him from acting.
- In a form of Teach Him Anger, in Mercedes Lackey's Storm Breaking Karal has to bring An'desha past this point to prove to him that he can release his emotions without losing control of his powers.
- In Small Favor, from The Dresden Files, Harry is tired, angry, scared (mostly for his friend who is being eyed intently by a Valkyrie) and being chased by fallen angels. When one of them shoots his friend with an AK-47, Harry flips out and blasts a massive hole in the shooters chest (the shooter being a 2000 years old, demon possessed and a heavy weight sorcerer to boot) with a fire blast that is described as so intense it was almost a solid object.
Harry: Fuego. Pyrofuego! BURN!
Harry: Fuego! Pyrofuego! Burn, you greasy bat-faced bastards! BURN!
- Earlier, in Grave Peril, Harry quickly discovers that he's been manipulated into a losing position: if he acts, it's bad. If he doesn't act, it's bad. In addition, he's found out that his lover has been cursed, his friends are in peril, and his lack of forethought and planning might spell doom for the Knights of the Cross. On top of all that, his discovery was planned for all of this to have maximum psychological impact. He responds thusly:
Ramirez: What happened to not hating them?Harry: Things change.
- In White Night we get a flashback to Harry at a Warden training camp. Some ghouls attack one morning, and take two of the trainees (who are teenagers) captive. Harry rushes to rescue them, but not only are they already dead they are being eaten as he finds them. His reaction is...chilling. He flies into Tranquil Fury and brutally slaughters some ghouls, maims another and sets it to run back to its superiors and horrifically tortures the last before executing him in front of the rest of the trainees and Wardens.
Harry: That's the only way to serve it up. Cold.
- And after the final execution...
- In Skin Game Harry induces this in Nicodemus first by hammering on about how Nicodemus condemned Deirdre to the worse fate possible (Hell is more or less non discriminatory, whereas Hades is specifically made to be as karmic as possible), pointing out how for all his power he had to sacrifice his daughter simply because no one else would be loyal enough. The final deal breaker is when Harry says "I don't know how you said it back in the day, but I'll bet you anything her first word was 'dada.'"
- The Worlds of Power novelization for Ninja Gaiden explains the "art of the fire wheel" as a weapon Ryu was taught to create through his anger. He unleashes it when struggling against a difficult enemy gets heaped on top of the other issues currently plaguing him — becoming a CIA lackey, failing to protect his father's old associate, and having no leads on his father's whereabouts.
- In the Dale Brown novel Tiger's Claw a Drill Sergeant Nasty has it in for Bradley, accusing him of nepotism and insulting Patrick to his face. Bradley tries to rein in his anger at having his father badmouthed, oh he tries, even swallowing his pride and apologising for near-assault even when the other guy stuffs in a bunch of deliberately humiliating extra conditions... but when the Drill Sergeant Nasty just refuses to let it go and sneaks in one last barb sotto voce, oh, it was on.
- In BIONICLE: Dark Destiny, Kopaka finally snaps after being beaten and looted by a bunch of thugs, weakened due to his Mask of Power being stolen, just having barely escaped an exploding volcano, and being attacked by a group of innocent villagers who thought that his team were villains. This almost ends badly for said villagers.
- In Pact, Blake Thorburn, after being hounded by the Corrupt Hick chronomancer Laird Behaim for several weeks, becomes a Cornered Rattlesnake when Laird forces him to experience a Pensieve Flashback to his most painful memories and shoves a wooden splinter into Laird's windpipe.
- In Return of the King, Denethor's constant slights against Faramir finally culminate when he says that he and Boromir's places should have been exchanged—which Faramir takes as a wish that he was the one dead instead of his brother. Though his words remain courteous, Faramir's restraint is broken and he points out that it was Denethor who chose Boromir to go to Rivendell—and so if he's looking for people to blame for his favorite son's death, he should start there.
‘I would ask you, my father, to remember why it was that I, not he, was in Ithilien. On one occasion at least your counsel has prevailed, not long ago. It was the Lord of the City that gave the errand to him.’
Live Action Television
- One episode of Malcolm in the Middle had Malcolm deciding to keep his opinions to himself. However throughout the episode he constantly gets annoyed by his family and the idiocy of his basketball team that we hear his rage in his thoughts which gets more and more distorted. Eventually he holds it in so much that he gets sick with a peptic ulcer and has to be taken to the hospital. His mother demands to know what he's so stressed about at his age. Malcolm decides to just let loose right then and there.
- A rather scary example occurs in season four of Merlin, when Arthur confronts Gwen about kissing Lancelot on the night before their wedding. He starts out speaking quietly and calmly, listing reasons for her behavior. When she doesn't agree with any of them he completely loses it, starts yelling, and grabs her by the shoulders. Almost immediately, though, the rage subsides and he apologizes.
- In Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire, agent Van Alden (living under the alias of George Mueller), is trying to make a living as Chicago's least successful door-to-door salesman, and puts up with no end of abuse and humiliation from his coworkers. Then one of them brings up the subject of his wife. The result is this.
- In Season 4 he is once again an Extreme Doormat for much of the season, until a combination of factors once again pushes him to violence, though this time he's aware of his breaking point coming, gives warnings, and when the warnings are ignored his reaction is much more controlled and focused than before.
- Skins: Series 1, Episode 5 is a Humiliation Conga for the already Butt Monkey Sid. He's grounded by his Jerkass father due to being behind on his homework, ends up being on the receiving end of Tony's manipulations and Michelle's wrath for thinking he was in on it. He gets beat up by chavs, peed on by a bum, returns home to get re-grounded for sneaking out, and then immediately after finds Cassie, who yells at him for lying. The next day, he gets screwed over by Tony again, causes Cassie to attempt suicide because he likes Michelle more, and then gets yelled at by Jal for his supposed selfishness. After all this, he returns home and finds his mother has left the family due to Mr. Jenkins' Jerkassishness. Sid loses his shit, finally having the Grew a Spine moment the episode's been building to, and delivering an epic Calling the Old Man Out before finishing his late homework in one night.
- In the sixth season finale of Series/Charmed resident medic and frequent voice of reason Leo Wyatt hits this when his mentor, Gideon, kidnaps his toddler older son and mortally wounds his adult younger son, causing the closest thing the show has to a pacifist to hunt Gideon down in the Underworld and kill him in cold blood
- Bleak Expectations: Gently Benevolent had a terrible childhood. His father died when he was young, and his mother married several increasingly cruel and abusive men after that, who abused Gently, or his pets, and in one case deported his friends to Australia. The final one beat Gently unconscious and sent him off to Antarctic College, just after he'd vowed to marry his childhood sweetheart. With some effort, he managed to escape and return to England, only to learn from his sweetheart's guardian that she was getting married to another man. Thanks to said guardian delaying him repeatedly, he's just a little too late to stop the wedding in time, and hides around a corner. A little boy unintentionally taunts him about his rotten luck, and that (combined with the child's accent annoying him) is enough to finally unleash all of Benevolent's rage, turning him evil.
- In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword, Nino defects from the Black Fang after they order her death, but she still tries to talk to her mother Sonia, hoping that Sonia will display some kind of motherly feeling. When Sonia cruelly reveals that she killed Nino's real parents and hated every moment she had to raise Nino, Nino snaps.
- Bartz, the protagonist of Final Fantasy V, is a pretty even-tempered guy throughout the game. He supports his friends, rolls his eyes at their antics, and keeps up a steady determination to save the world from Exdeath despite numerous failures. Then Exdeath hurls Bartz's hometown into the Void for no reason but to demonstrate his power, and Bartz flips his lid, sending the airship careening across the world so fast he nearly destroys it.
- In Office Jerk, if you hit the Jerk enough times with certain items, he'll throw the item back at you.
- Paragon Shepard from the Mass Effect series gets a few of these moments.
Shepard: You... Big! Stupid!! Jellyfish!!!
- During the Overlord DLC for Mass Effect 2, Shepard will get a Paragon interrupt where s/he pistol whips a scientist who was using his own autistic brother as a test subject in a brutal experiment.
- In the third game of the series, one mission has Shepard investigating an indoctrinated hanar diplomat. When the hanar justifies his actions with some Insane Troll Logic, Shepard snaps:
- During Chapter 4 of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Makoto took Kagura to task about leaving them hungry in prison, but generally tried to restrain herself despite his lecherous tendencies, knowing fully well he was with another woman prior to their arrival. However, the revelation that he basically shirked his responsibilities due to violating Bros Before Hoes was enough for her to punch him in the liver or the kidneys with much more force than usual. To be fair, being left overnight in prison without food because the guy you're supposed to be reporting to was drunk off his ass with a floozy in his arms makes retribution very hard to resist.
- Also during the Sector Seven chapter, Litchi has become branded as a criminal towards Sector Seven and both Makoto and Tager are sent to arrest her. She still retains her usual composure, requesting that she contacts Kokonoe to beg for help once again. When Kokonoe just casually brushes that off and tells her that this is gonna be their last conversation (she's very sure that Litchi would be convicted as a traitor, imprisoned and will not bother her business again)... "What the... hell...?" That is one of the rare occasions that Litchi snaps and starts yelling at Kokonoe, not even being beaten to crap by Tager would stop her rage, until Kokonoe backpedals a bit and agreed to grant her one more audience... Not that it helps Litchi any in her quest to save Arakune.
- Asura's Wrath: Asura was never a calm guy to begin with, but his anger really reaches a head in Episode 12. Asura's wife is dead, his daughter has been kidnapped, he's been betrayed and killed by his former colleagues (twice), and while he spent 12,500 years coming Back from the Dead, said colleagues have spent their time turning humanity into a Martyrdom Culture, harvesting their souls for power, and all around being Jerkass Gods in the name of killing Gohma Vlitra. And then Olga tries to kill Asura by carpet bombing the village he's currently in, killing the little girl that Asura just befriended (and who also bears an uncanny resemblance to his daughter. Cue massive Angst Nuke and Asura-now transformed into Berserker Form-completely annihilating Olga's massive fleet in a fit of Unstoppable Rage.
- In this strip of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, Lamont tries to shake hands with a ridiculously stressed out Conrad. It does not go down well.
Conrad: Stop. Just Stop. I ran all the way here and I had to do it completely by memory because it's not like this dingy place has a f#cking listing. I got lost and a hooker tried to kiss me and you're damn lucky I no longer run out of breath. And I finally find this hack's hole in the wall that somehow passes off as a clinic, and whoa! Lucky me! Some shady greasy guy is dropping off organs like it's goddamn takeout. No I do not want to meet you. NO, I do not want to shake your hand.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl sees Mike eventually reach this point when he thinks Lucy is passive-aggressively Playing the Victim Card and trying to guilt him into feeling bad that his long distance girlfriend Sandy is visiting over winter holiday. Instead of lashing out physically, he lays out a devastating "The Reason You Suck" Speech, which takes her to task for ten years of abuse. Made all the more painful by the fact this calling-out comes while she's trying to improve and stop being such a hot-headed Tsundere.
- Happened in Gunnerkrigg Court twice, to Antimony, who is usually nice and calm to the point of seeming emotionless. The second time was very unhealthy and prompted her to jump on the first proposal of teaching her some self-control.
- Piro from the webcomic MegaTokyo. Normally the nicest guy you could ask for, wouldn't hurt a fly. But he's been shown to have a violent temper, so push him over the edge at your peril. See also Beware the Quiet Ones.
- Aranea Serket from Homestuck is one of the most patient characters in the comic, dedicated to spreading knowledge to an almost unhealthy extent, but if you abridge something complicated down to one sentence or throw a gathering she's arranged into chaos for no reason, she will flip out - nonviolently, but spectacularly.
- Jane is a cheerful kid, but when Jake talks about his dating life once too often having lost track of the time until her birthday, she completely loses it, delivers a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jake (who still remains a clue-free zone), revokes his invitation, tramples her computer headset into a thin film on the ground, and throws a table off a roof.
- Billy Thatcher from morphE has been kidnapped from his successful reality TV show while training for the oncoming Chess World Championship. He is forced to fight an idiot college kid in a battle to the death and is nearly killed by him before awakening as an Obrimos mage. His captor flirts with him relentlessly and downplays his objections to the situation. He barely sleeps because of a nightmare about his fingers being cut off and stuffed in his mouth. He cannot remember the last time he had anything to eat or drink... And then Amical refuses to let him read a newspaper.
- In El Goonish Shive Susan is one of the setting's most stoic characters. However, when it's revealed that the magical hammers she can summon were originally created as a prank to encourage sexist remarks towards women, it's the final straw. What happens next is one of the most dramatic moments of rage in the series run.
- In Inverloch, Lei'ella has been suffering from prejudice on all sides her whole life. She was exiled from the elven city because she was born with the "illness" of mortality, and among humans she's been rejected by everyone she reveals her elven features to. When she finally meets Kayn'dar, who was intended as a savior to restore mortal elves like her, he dismisses the suffering of her and the others like her. It drives her over the edge and she unwisely attacks him, nearly losing her life.
- Played for Laughs when Brows Held High reviewed A Serbian Film. Oancitizen kept insisting the film was art, and not deserving of the hate many reviewers gave it. He kept a Stepford Smiler attitude about it, right until the review was over, and then snapped and called NATO, asking them to bomb Serbia (fortunately they didn't).
- Fred Clark, the author of the Slacktivist blog, has a distinct tendency to get pissed off when the Left Behind "books" trumpet their fidelity to Biblical literalism. Sixty pages into Tribulation Force, for example, there is actually a picture of a page of that novel torn out, screwed up and unfolded so you can see what it is, accompanied by a rant.
- BrainScratch Commentaries: Part 5 of Johnny's Sonic Genesis playthrough. After spending hours suffering through the game's sporadic slowdown and horrendous collision detection, a surprise death on the last boss finally sets him off. The part is even titled "And now, RAGE."
- Cracked listed this as #1 on 5 Nice Things You Do Daily (That Secretly Ruin the World).
Politeness is like the cap on a bottle of kill-soda, and every single indiscretion, no matter how slight or innocent, shakes that bottle a little bit more.
- In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, when the Emperor mentions Magnus screwing everything up one time too many (and, just to make things worse, when Magnusis just trying to help), there's a visible *snap* and Magnus enters the state of cold, calculated fury, plotting behind Emperor's back.
- During the Freeza Saga of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Krillin kept calling Dende "Little Green", despite the latter constantly telling him his name. When Dende comes back during the Cell Saga, Dende snaps:
- In the American Dad! episode "Bullocks to Stan", Stan's boss has been mistreating him all through the episode, making him do lots of menial tasks, all to get his promotion. The also includes being quiet about sleeping with his grown daughter. But then after the two break up, Bullock calls her a slut. Stan goes berserk, with a few And This Is For... punches.
- Invoked in Avatar: The Last Airbender when an Earth Kingdom general wants to utilize Aang's Avatar State. Aang doesn't want to do it, since it's so devastating. The general threatens his friends to make it happen, but sees what Aang meant when he finally got him to lose control.
- Uncle Iroh is a pretty cheerful and patient guy (he has to be to put up with Zuko's Angsting). He finally loses his patience when Zuko breaks into the Dai Li's underground base to kidnap Appa for a chance at capturing the Avatar, berating Zuko for never thinking through his plans and telling him to ask himself what he truly wants, This is the only time Iroh is ever seen to be truly angry.
- In Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, whenever Korra gets frustrated with her Airbending training, out come the fireballs at whatever object incurs her wrath.
- In the Samurai Jack episode, "Jack Vs Mad Jack," Jack has just fought off a small army of bounty hunters single-handed, but he manages to calm himself down... then his sandal strap breaks...
- The Simpsons:
- In the episode "Hurricane Neddy", the Flanders' house got destroyed by a hurricane, and isn't impressed with the rather shoddy result of the rest of the townspeoples' efforts to rebuild it for him. He tried to be nice as usual, but, when his glasses broke as he tried to clean them, that was the last straw: he snapped and went on a tirade, delivering a mass "The Reason You Suck" Speech to everyone present. Particularly notable in this case, because he'd been building up his rage for decades. Hell, it's the reason he has his Verbal Tic.
- "Black-Eyed Please" has him reaching this twice with Homer, on both times hitting him in the eye hard enough to knock him out (and supposedly causing severe optic nerve damage, not that anybody (even the writers) mind after a few minutes): Once because Homer is liked by his visiting parents more than they like him (although them smoking dope together may have helped) and the second time because Homer declines his request to be hit back (because Ned wants the "eye for an eye" retribution) and then stupidly decides to gloat about being "the better man".
- "Homer Alone" has Marge going through a very particular hectic day. She had to drop Bart and Lisa off at school after they missed the bus, had to get Homer's bowling ball fixed and is annoyed by the radio station playing a cruel joke. What sets her off is Maggie spilling milk all over Homer's newly-cleaned outfit.
- "Homer The Smithers" has Homer becoming Burns' secretary while Smithers is on (mandatory) vacation. Burns' endless barrage of requests and belittling make Homer mad enough to punch his lights out (and actually believe for a moment that he killed him). The resulting fear of Homer forces Burns to become self-sufficient, and because of this he decides to fire Smithers (who put Homer on the secretary position hoping it would force Burns to ask for his return faster).
- In "I Am Furious (Yellow)", Homer starts supressing his anger when Bart's Angry Dad cartoons made him a target of ridicule. Bart, needing more inspiration for his cartoons, sets up an elaborate prank for Homer, but Homer remains calm until he falls into a pool of green paint, which — coupled with the boils in his body caused by his Suppressed Rage — gives him the appearance of The Incredible Hulk. The end result is a rampage though town causing millions of dollars worth of damage.
- Family Guy:
- Lois has one in a Christmas episode, after Peter lost all of the gifts, the house was severely damaged in a fire, and she says that everything's going to be all right. She tells Meg to get paper towels to clean up while she continues trying to calm the rest of the family, and:
- In "Road to Rupert", Meg is driving Peter and his drunk friends, who proceed to annoy her, set her hair on fire and make her crash into the car in front of her. When the driver comes out and yells at her, she finally loses it and beats the ever-loving crap out of him.
- In the hurricane episode where the family has to stay inside, Peter makes lots of annoying sounds that greatly bother Meg, but she says nothing about it. However, the minute she makes a sound, Peter scolds her for it, causing her to snap and spill out all the pent up anger she held back from her family for years by giving them the biggest "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- In many an episode of Grojband, Trina Riffin writes in her diary when in anger mode whenever she reaches this.
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:
- Rarity is prone to this. Both "Sisterhooves Social" and "Rarity Takes Manehattan" have plot points centering around Rarity suffering a gradual buildup of frustration and stress only to eventually lash out at someone.
- Sweetie Belle experiences this in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" when the play she wrote, directed, and acted in gets overshadowed by the costumes she had Rarity make for the story. She's absolutely furious to the point she assumes Rarity did it on purpose and spends the entire rest of that day venting her frustrations.
- In Animaniacs, the Warners who usually only retaliate after being attacked played the Screwy Squirrel role in "the international friendship song". The extremely good-natured obese professor took jokes about his long name and weight in stride, but then they went from curious children into full blown antagonists and took away most of his clothes and he gave the Warners the boot (literally) and after they landed Wakko said "gee, some international friendship song" and the cartoon ended right then and there, indicating that they knew they deserved it because of how they were acting.
- Batman Beyond villain Derek Powers was transformed into the glowing skeletal Blight in the pilot episode. He conceals this with artificial skinsuits, but is exposed when protesters break into a corporate board meeting and trigger an angry flareup that burns away the material.
- In Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Blood Moon Ball", Star's demonic ex boyfriend Tom tries to keep his temper under control in order to win Star back, even though it's implied that every little thing that goes wrong is pressing his Berserk Button. When Star and Marco have a Dance of Romance, Tom finally loses it and tries to incinerate the Earthling.
- In the The Magic School Bus episode "Lost in Space", Arnold's cousin Janet is being her Jerkass self and he's tolerating it, even defending her to his classmates...until she insults Ms. Frizzle.
No one is better than Ms. Frizzle.
- In the Tom and Jerry episode "The Million Dollar Cat," Tom inherits a million dollars in accordance with the will of his owners' aunt, but at a catch: if he hurts any living thing, even a mouse, he'll immediately lose everything. Naturally, Jerry learns of it and starts milking it for all its worth, doing such things as eating his sundae, attacking him in his limousine, stealing his bedroom towel, and even throwing him out of his own bed, and every time Tom gets pissed off enough to retaliate, Jerry simply produces the telegram to get him to back off. However, when Jerry eats Tom's breakfast, throws lemon juice and butter in his eyes, and finally slaps Tom's dickey in his face, Tom finally snaps, and Jerry has just enough time to realize he pushed Tom too far before Tom furiously rips the telegram to pieces and outright shoves the piece that reads "even a mouse" down Jerry's throat, literally making Jerry eat his words, before attacking him in an Unstoppable Rage; though Tom does briefly stop to contemplate that he'll lose his fortune by doing so, he ultimately decides that as long as he can get back at Jerry, it's Worth It:
Tom: Gee, I'm throwing away a million a million dollars... but I'm happy! [continues attacking Jerry]
- In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Senior Day," Russell's father Jerry spends the first two-thirds of the episode following closely behind Russell and mocking, belittling, and teasing him with everything he does. Russell reaches his limits at the end of Act 2 when Jerry pokes fun of Russell in front of his friends, causing all of them to laugh at Russell, and snaps back at Jerry with one of the loudest, angriest rants seen in the series.
- In The Powerpuff Girls, Blossom spends most of "Slave The Day" trying to be patient with Big Billy when he attempts to help them with crime-fighting, but he does more harm than good. Blossom finally snaps when Big Billy destroys Townsville while trying to defeat a monster, and gives him one of the series' biggest hateful speeches.