Rage Breaking Point

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When anger needs a "contents under pressure" label.

"Don't tell me to calm down. Calm was killing me."
Stuart, Small Soldiers

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.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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 to try to be brave enough to attack Pain after she sincerely confesses her love to Naruto, but she is thrown around and then stabbed. Believing her to be killed, 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.
  • Bleach:
    • 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 allow him to land the first actual blow on Beerus in the show, 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Superman:
    • 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.
  • Supergirl:
    • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • The Apprentice The Student And The Charlatan: Nova Shine has three separate instances in the first half of the story where he tries to keep himself in control as three separate ponies manage to push his buttons (all unintentionally), until he finally starts screaming at them (and in one case, letting loose reflexive magic).
  • 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 Common Sense, Ash finally hits his limit with Misty in Chapter 20 when she calls him a liar and cheater due to her inability to recognize him as a skilled trainer. He gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and proceeds to crush her entire team with a single Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • Urd in This Time Around rages against Belldandy after the goddess cockblocks her for the nth time and eyes Keiichi (Urd's boyfriend in this story) while he gets dressed. Part of Urd's problem is not only has Belldandy been keeping her from getting laid for weeks now (albeit unintentionally), but Belldandy is far more skilled than her at reading auras and should be able to tell that Urd was trying to get her out of the house so she and Keiichi could make love.
  • This Bites!: Deconstructed during the Enies Lobby arc. Sengoku finds himself increasingly enraged with every outrageous thing said/done on the SBS broadcast (which is transmitted to every Transporder Snail in the world), but his advanced age means he can't handle the stress. Just when it seems his temper has finally reached the boiling point, he collapses from a (non-fatal) heart attack, and remains in poor health for months afterwards.
  • In Enemy Number One, Saitama is mostly just a little annoyed with the constant attacks by "weirdos" (Heroes from the Hero Association) and deals with them as they come. But when a group of S-Class attack him after he's already bargained with the head of the association for them to leave him alone on top of missing a sale at the grocery store, he snaps and decide he doesn't really care about not hurting them too bad any more.
  • The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi: Played for Laughs. After one Tora mission too many, Sasuke snaps and sets the damn cat on fire. He heals it afterwards, but this incident along with Naruto learning the Shadow Clone jutsu is what convinces Tora to stop running away so often. Itachi's reaction to all this is to get drunk and have his first ever hangover, while his temporary replacement, best friend and cousin Shisui, names Sasuke as his new favorite cousin.

    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 to 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 then complimenting her 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.
  • In Peter Pan, Mr. Darling, whose patience had been repeatedly pushed throughout the evening, doesn't take it well when he has a nasty fall and his family appears more concerned with the well-being of family dog Nana.
    Mr. Darling: "Poor Nana"?! THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!
  • The Rugrats Movie: Tommy's patience is repeatedly pushed by Dil's selfishness throughout the film. After he saves him from the monkeys, Dil selfishly drinks all of the milk and keeps the large blanket all to himself, which leads to the blanket tearing in half and Tommy falling into a mud puddle. By this point, Tommy has had enough and gives Dil a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, nearly pouring mashed bananas all over Dil so the monkeys can take him away.
    Tommy: You think this is funny?! Phil and Lil was right. You're a bad, naughty baby and you're never gonna get any better! I'm through being your big brother! I don't want my "sponsatility" NO MORE! (tosses his compass away, the monkeys notice)
    Dil: My monkey, my monkey!
    Tommy: You want monkeys? Fine, I'll give you monkeys. Oh, you have a monkey mommy, a monkey daddy, and a monkey brother! My friends wanted to take you back to the "hopsicle". But noooooo, I said. He didn't mean it, I said. He was only playin'! But I was wrong. Now I don't have any friends. (throws a diaper over his shoulder, the monkeys grab it) Dil wants monkeys, and monkeys want the nanners. (takes out the mashed bananas) Ohhhh, EVERYBODY GETS WHAT THEY WANT!

    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 & 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...
  • The title Alien of Alien³. Despite Ripley beating its ass all movie, it refuses to harm her due to the gestating Queen Alien inside her. Until she tosses it into a vat of molten lead. When it emerges from said lead, it gives the Alien equivalent of a "Fuck this noise" and sets out to kill her.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Small Favor, 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!
    • 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:
    Harry: Fuego! Pyrofuego! Burn, you greasy bat-faced bastards! BURN!
    • 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.
    Ramirez: What happened to not hating them?
    Harry: Things change.
    • And after the final execution...
    Harry: That's the only way to serve it up. Cold.
    • 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.’
  • In The Witchlands, both Nihar siblings get this moment.
    • Vivia spends the entire session of the Battle Council growing increasingly annoyed with the Councilmen seemingly out to sabotage every one of her ideas. When they imply that they'll never treat her as their equal, much less superior, she finally breaks and goes straight into Tranquil Fury.
    • Merik is forced to suffer through a dinner party full of gossip and small talk, and rage is mounting in him until an innocuous comment turns into a Rant-Inducing Slight.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Demane is not a fan of being called 'Sorcerer', as he points out on several occasions. The brothers persist in doing so anyway, until Barkeem does it while Demane already is visibly in a bad mood and gets a jug of wine not just kicked, but exploded, right out of his hands for it.
  • In The Spirit Thief, when he's captured by Benehime, Eli, who at the time is deep in Heroic Safe Mode, meekly accepts everything she does out of fear, pushing down the desire to rebel - until she makes the mistake of taking Karon away from him and treating it like nothing happened, whereupon he explodes and delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech right to her face, heedless of the consequences.

    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 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
  • Of all of the poor dopes tossed up into space, it seems that Jonah Heston of Mystery Science Theater 3000 has one in taking an Overly Long Gag and running it into the ground. Tom Servo can attest to that as he ends up having his dome head yanked off and thrown during Starcrash.
  • The Frasier episode "Dark Side of the Moon" builds up to a spectacular example. Daphne is already on edge after her fiance, Donny, got his facts wrong and invited her least favourite brother, alcoholic parasite Simon, over to Seattle; at her bridal shower, she spills a glass of wine over her favourite dress when Simon tackles her without warning. However, things seem to settle down when she has Frasier's apartment to herself and plans to spend the evening pampering herself. Things quickly go downhill; Frasier returns home early from a concert after catching a cold from Simon, followed by Martin after the cable goes out at McGinty's and he and Simon - and three barfly friends - decide to watch an unspecified sport at home. Each new arrival almost offhandedly asks Daphne to fetch them food and/or drinks, adding insult to injury. Daphne goes downstairs to check on her laundry, including the stained dress, and is distraught to find that another tenant in the Elliott Bay Towers has emptied her washing machine and dropped the dress in a puddle of bleach, ruining it beyond repair; she claims she got revenge by emptying the contents of the washing machine all over the laundry room floor. Then Donny shows up with his parents to introduce them to Daphne - just as she prepares to drown her sorrows with a very large scotch and rebuffs Martin's attempt to cover for her by claiming the drink is his. Finally, the other tenant shows up at the door to confront Daphne over her laundry room revenge... and Daphne snaps. She starts by throwing the other woman's clothes into the fireplace to "dry" them, then decides to "air dry" them by hurling them over the balcony... where they proceed to cause a four-car pile-up.

    Music 
  • "One of My Turns" from The Wall has Pink trashing his hotel room after finding out that his wife cheated on him, which is the event that prompts him to speed up the construction of his metaphorical "wall". "In the Flesh" may also count, as it marks the start of Pink's descent into fascism, and has him singing about wanting to shoot all of his fans.
    "If I had my way, I'd have all of you shot!"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Marcie, usually one of the most phlegmatic characters in Peanuts, hits this in one 1973 story arc. After being dragooned into Peppermint Patty's baseball team, it turns out that the second baseman is a sexist jerk, who gives her several strips of crap before Marcie's typical reserve cracks in spectacular fashion:
    Marcie: Sir, your second-baseman has offended me beyond endurance...Can you stop the game for a minute?
    Patty: Time out!
    Marcie: [throwing her glove to one side] All right, Thibault, this is it! Now look here, you cement-headed, male chauvinist dummy...I'm going to tell you something, and I want you to stand still and listen! If you say one word, I'm going to belt you across the chops!
    Thibault: Oh?
    Marcie: [demolishes him with one punch] That was one word!

    Radio 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • During Wheatley's Face–Heel Turn in Chapter 5 of Portal 2, he's already angry as a result of becoming Drunk with Power, but he's still quite calm. It's only when GLaDOS reveals that Wheatley was built to be an Intelligence Dampening Sphere, created for the express purpose of being an idiot, that he suddenly and dramatically loses it.
    GLaDOS: You're not just a regular moron. You were designed to be a moron.
    Wheatley: [slams GLaDOS into the elevator, cracking the glass] I AM NOT A MORON!!
    GLaDOS: YES YOU ARE! YOU'RE THE MORON THEY BUILT TO MAKE ME AN IDIOT!
    Wheatley: [punches GLaDOS through the glass of the elevator] WELL HOW ABOUT NOW?! NOW WHO'S A MORON?! [begins hitting the top of the elevator] COULD A MORON PUNCH! YOU! INTO! THIS! PIT?! HUH?! COULD A MORON DO THAT?!
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, 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.
    Nino: Aaahhh!!! You're no perfect being! You're a monster in human form! No mercy! No forgiveness!!!
  • 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.
    • 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:
    Shepard: You... Big! Stupid!! Jellyfish!!!
  • 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.
  • Killia in Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is keeping a tight lid on... something... throughout the game. It almost comes through in the form of "The Other Killia?" several times, but it never quite does so. Then Seraphina takes a nearly fatal blow for him, and he snaps HARD. Curb-Stomp Battle doesn't even begin to describe the next map - Killia is bumped up to Level 100 with an overclocked Tyrant Revelio that never deactivates, so you can take infinite turns without letting the enemies act while all your skills' costs are reduced to 1.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Despite his Control Freak tendencies, Jacques Schnee is willing to engage in a bit of give and take with Weiss, like his begrudging acceptance of her desire to study at Beacon Academy. He loses all patience with Weiss after she embarrasses him at a fundraiser he set up for Vale by chewing out a trophy wife for disrespecting Vale's plight, on top of her subsequently telling him to his face that the Schnee family name is not truly his; Jacques slaps Weiss across the face and drops the hammer, deciding to show her just how much he could have been controlling her life all along by disinheriting her and imprisoning her in her own home until they reach an "agreement" about how her future will unfold.

    Webcomics 
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • If there is a Trope Namer, it is Dragon Ball Z Abridged. In the Freeza Saga, when Vegeta figured out that Gohan and Krillin had stolen his Dragon Balls, he entered Villainous Breakdown mode and rushed them in a blind rage. The apparition of Ghost Nappa put it best:
    Ghost Nappa: I think your rage broke, Vegeta.
    • During the Freeza Saga, Krillin kept calling Dende "Little Green", despite the latter constantly telling him his name. When Dende comes back during the Cell Saga, Dende snaps:
      Krillin: Don't feel bad, Mr. Popo. I'm his best friend, so only I can call him "Little Green". Right, Little Green? (Dende smacks him with Kami's cane) D'OOH!
      Dende: YOU WILL CALL ME DENDE! DENDE! SAY IT! SAY MY NAME!
      Krillin: DENDE! DENDE!
      Dende: No... Super Kami Dende.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, anytime Aang is in danger or this, it results in him transforming into the Avatar State.
    • Invoked 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.
    • Double subverted for laughs during the escape from the Boiling Rock. The plan involves starting a Prison Riot, so Hakoda violently shoves a big, scary-looking prisoner... who responds with, "You hurt my feelings." He says he's been learning to control his anger. When Chit Sang starts an actual riot, the prisoner promptly loses it. "Forget about controlling my anger. Let's riot!"
    • Aang gets one without transforming. After Aapa gets kidnapped by the Sandbenders, Momo is taken by a huge wasp. Aang proceeds to chase it down, rescue Momo, and uncharacteristically for him, proceeds to slice the giant wasp in half with his airbending.
    • Iroh too, when Zhao refuses to listen to him and kills the Moon spirit. The following Curb-Stomp Battle that Iroh delivers to his soldiers makes Zhao run for his life.
  • 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:
    Bart: Hey, Lise. I guess my little yearbook stunt was pretty rough but it did teach you a lesson. It's important to be yourself.
    Lisa: (Yanks him by the shirt into her face) I know exactly who I am. I am the sister of a rotten, jealous, mean little sneak! You cost me my only friends! You've ruined my life!
  • 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:
      Meg: We're out of paper towels.
      Lois: No... paper... towels?! (screams in anger, throws chair through the window)
      Meg: Oh, here's the paper towels!
    • 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.
    • Twilight is prone to this as well, with her perfectionist tendencies often leading her to hold in her emotions until she explodes.
  • 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. Tom does briefly stop to contemplate that he'll lose his fortune by doing so:
    Tom: Gee, I'm throwing away a million a million dollars... but I'm happy! [continues attacking Jerry while laughing]
  • 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.
    Blossom: That's it! First you let the bank robbers get away, then you destroyed irreplaceable art, and now you've destroyed all of Townsville! You do less damage as a member of the Gangreen Gang! Now GO!
  • Steven Universe:
    • As an All-Loving Hero, Steven does not anger easily outside of the occasional Berserk Button. In the second season, he shows a great deal of patience in dealing with and befriending the haughty and aggressive Peridot. Only when Peridot appears to have betrayed them does Steven get genuinely angry with her and immediately tells the Crystal Gems what he thinks she's been up to.
    • In "Steven's Dream", when Steven tries to question the Crystal Gems about the palanquin he saw in his dream, Amethyst doesn't know what it is but Garnet and Pearl are clearly trying not to tell him anything. He begins a Calling the Old Man Out on them, noting that he knows the palanquin is connected to his mother Rose Quartz's secrets and that he, out of anyone, deserves to know the truth.
    • In "Kindergarten Kid", Steven doesn't get especially angry himself, but he does begin pelting Peridot with marshmallows to push her to her Rage Breaking Point and teach her a lesson about empathy with the corrupted gem monster they're up against in that episode.
  • Kaeloo: Once an Episode, Kaeloo will get pushed past this point, resulting in her Hulking Out and turning into a monster who will beat up whoever made her angry. The problem is that Mr. Cat, who has a crush on her alternate form, will do anything to make her angry.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: While generally a very sweet and good natured guy, SpongeBob can be pushed to this when his patience wears thin, as shown in the episode "Can You Spare a Dime?". After Mr. Krabs accuses Squidward of stealing his first dime, Squidward resigns from his job and ends up homeless as a result. SpongeBob finds him and takes him into his home until he can find a new job, and while initially grateful, Squidward soon takes advantage of the situation, refusing to get out of bed and turning SpongeBob into his personal slave (even forcing him to wear a maid's uniform). While SpongeBob doesn't completely lose his temper, he snaps a bit and drops some very obvious hints that Squidward should go look for a job already. The latter refuses to take said hints, though, so SpongeBob furiously takes Squidward, still in bed, all the way to the Krusty Krab. He tries to convince Mr. Krabs to hire Squidward back, and when that didn't work, the sponge finally snaps, outright Neck Lifts Krabs, and shakes him while screaming at him over how stupid the situation is:
    SpongeBob: Listen, you crustaceous cheapskate! Squidward's been living at my house driving me crazy! And you're not gonna hire him back ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID DIME?!


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