->''"Anger... it's a paralyzing emotion... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling -- I don't think it's any of that -- it's helpless... it's absence of control -- and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers... and anger doesn't provide any of that -- I have no use for it whatsoever."''
-->-- '''Toni Morrison''', interview with Don Swaim, 1987

So Bob is constantly angry. Maybe he has a bunch of [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]. Or maybe he has a HairTriggerTemper. Perhaps he's prone to HulkingOut and [[UnstoppableRage going into a frenzy]]. Sooner or later his [[TrueCompanions friends]] get fed up with his temper. Or maybe Bob decides to learn to control his Temper on his own. Either way, he'll do whatever it takes to become a calmer or more peaceful person.

This Trope usually goes hand in hand with a HeelFaceTurn for {{villains}}, [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]], and even [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]], although the last one depends on how dark they really are.

There are many ways they can go about to achieve this inner peace. One of the most prominent ways is WalkingTheEarth. The character leaves on a journey to learn more about themselves, the world, and their place within the world. This often involves leaving behind their posessions as well.

If the villain is the one who tames his anger, it may be because there's a [[BiggerBad bigger threat coming]]. [[EnemyMine The villain will put their hatred on hold until their common enemy is defeated]].

A common trope in martial arts series. A new disciple will become the pupil of an OldMaster or TheMentor. The disciple will go from being a loud mouthed kid or an ArrogantKungFuGuy to a MartialPacifist.

This Trope is OlderThanDirt. In Myth/ClassicalMythology after killing his music teacher [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength accidentally]], Hercules is sent to a farm to become a more peaceful person. Another old example, is Moses from Literature/TheBible. [[ItWasHisSled After finding out that he was a Hebrew]], Moses kills an Egyptian Slavemaster who's beating his slave and flees to Midian. While there, he gets married and becomes a wiser and more peaceful person.

Contrast TeachHimAnger, where a NiceGuy or an ExtremeDoormat is given a backbone.

In a comedy, this often leads to WeWantOurJerkBack because StatusQuoIsGod.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', this is the final lesson given to [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Chrono]] by [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Father]] [[StealthMentor Remington]]. By tame his anger, which was FatalFlaw for his species, he can even master his body under PowerIncontinence induced by [[BigBad Aion.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Tienshinhan and Chiaoutzou from ''Manga/DragonBall'' decide to WalkTheEarth after [[OldMaster Master Roshi]] shows them the [[KickTheDog error]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy of their]] [[HairTriggerTemper ways]] and they lose that anger. Tien in particular becomes TheStoic for the rest of the series.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': [[TheRival Vegeta]] is well known among anime fans for his many {{Berserk Button}}s and HairTriggerTemper. He spent much of the second half of the series going on [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge sprees]], to prove that he was [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the strongest warrior in the Universe]]. He was also known for his [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy over Goku's power growth]], however by the end of the series he learns to accept his inferiority and pulls a full HeelFaceTurn. He's a much more peaceful character in the series.
** The Super Saiyan transformation is [[TranquilFury fueled by anger]] and once achieved the user is nearly overcome with rage. Goku and the others have to learn to control the anger or go [[UnstoppableRage bers]][[AxCrazy erk.]] It's hinted that one reason Goku's fight with Freeza lasted so long was that he was also struggling with the anger.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': [[TheDitz Misa Amane]] keeps on talking about how great [[SerialKiller Kira]] is. Police Chief Yagami and [[InspectorLestrade Aizawa]] try to control their temper, but after a while Aizawa [[RageBreakingPoint can't hold it in any longer]] and throws her out of the room.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch Lamperouge]] and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Suzaku Kururugi]] spend the second half of the series constantly in a state of rage and [[OutGambitted screwing up each other's plans]]. They both have their own reasons. Suzaku wants to kill Lelouch because [[spoiler:[[ILetGwenStacyDie he killed princess Euphemia]]]]. And Lelouch wants to kill Suzaku because [[spoiler: Suzaku's fighting for the villains.]] However, by the end of the series they realize that their constant fighting wasn't helping them reach their original goals, and work together towards a better future. By the end of it, they're more calm and happy, and Lelouch [[spoiler: [[GoOutWithASmile dies with a smile on his face]]]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Scar. Definitely Scar. At the beginning we're introduced to an angry KnightTemplar with a [[FreudianExcuse terribly sad BackStory]]. [[spoiler:The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Amestrian Troops]]]] enter his country of Ishval for [[WarIsHell brutal slaughter]] of the Ishvalan people. This was largely aided by State Alchemists. Scar then decides to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and [[SerialKiller kill]] every State Alchemist. After meeting [[{{Protagonist}} Edward Elric]] and [[{{Deuteragonist}} Alphonse Elric]], [[{{Tritagonist}} Scar]] slowly pulls a HeelFaceTurn and by the end of the series he ends up saving [[ColonelBadass Mustang]] from becoming consumed by his {{Wrath}} too. Bonus points for Mustang having been one of the State Alchemists who helped in the Ishvalan genocide.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** [[{{Tritagonist}} Ryoga Hibiki]] is in a constant state of rage over Ranma kicking him into the spring that cursed him with turning into a little pig when hit with cold water. At one point he meets a [[GirlNextDoor nice girl]] named [[FarmersDaughter Anna]]. They gradually fall in love, and Ryoga notes that he has never been so happy in his life. He even considers staying on the farm and settling down with her, ending his [[TunnelKing never]] [[NoSenseOfDirection ending]] [[TrainingFromHell training]] [[WalkingTheEarth journey]], but decides he can't stand the thought of being separated from his first love, [[{{Deuteragonist}} Akane Tendo]]. [[PairTheSpares The fans were not amused]].
** ArrogantKungFuGuy Ranma Saotome is a milder example. In one episode, he gets LaserGuidedAmnesia after Akane makes him hit his head on a rock and starts to believe that he's a girl. Because he's a girl, he becomes nicer and more peaceful.
* Another example from Creator/RumikoTakahashi's works. In ''Manga/InuYasha'' several demons went around with a chip on their shoulder. They were cruel, vicious, and only wanted power. Prime examples being [[{{Protagonist}} Inuyasha]], [[TheRival Koga]], and [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]]. By the end of the series, Inuyasha [[spoiler: settles down and is married to Kagome.]] He is a much happier and more peaceful person. Sesshoumaru is still aloof and still [[WalkingTheEarth wanders the Earth]] with [[ButtMonkey Jaken]] at his side. However, [[MoralityPet Rin]] has clearly changed him for the better, helping him [[CharacterDevelopment move from]] being a cold-blooded killer to a [[TheStoic stoic]] but caring individual. And [[TheRival Koga]], at least in the anime, [[spoiler: settles down and marries his betrothed.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Laxus Dreyar, the resident PsychoElectro of [[TrueCompanions Fairy Tail's guild]]. He was an [[{{Pride}} arrogant]] SocialDarwinist [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority who rebelled against authority]]. He was in a constant state of rage over the weakness of many of the guild members. He threatens to kill the other members of the Fairy Tail guild, but finds out that he can't... because even though he would vehemently deny it, they were [[TrueCompanions like family to him]]. [[HeelRealization He realizes what a JerkAss he was and when he is kicked out of the guild, he gladly accepts it and leaves with a smile]]. After WalkingTheEarth, he becomes a much nicer person and is eventually [[spoiler: accepted back into Fairy Tail's guild]].
* [[{{Protagonist}} Yusuke Urameshi]] and [[{{Deuteragonist}} Kuwabara Kazuma]] from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Both characters start out as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority angry teens who rebel against authority]]. By the end of the series both characters end up happy with their lives. Kuwabara changes his ways and gets serious about school. He gets into a prestigious high school through hard work. Yusuke didn't have it as easy, but he ended up happy in the end (despite not getting passed a Junior High Education).
* Domon Kasshu in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' runs on HotBlooded UnstoppableRage for much of the first part of the series. It initially serves him well since said rage activates Shining Gundam's Super Mode. However, the limitations of this becomes clear [[spoiler:when his rage falters at the sight of Kyoji. Right before he's about to strike, he remembers the kindly older brother Kyoji was as opposed to the monster (he thinks) Kyoji has become, and he fails to follow through on the blow.]] He then undergoes training to focus his rage into TranquilFury, achieving the more powerful Golden Hyper Mode.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Done more than once in ''DonaldDuck'' comics: Daisy Duck tries to force him to control his temper at one point. Donald's nephews take advantage of this and misbehave, knowing that he won't spank them. They keep on pushing his buttons. Daisy tells Donald that it's okay to spank them as long as he does it with a smile. [[{{Karma}} He spanks them in the end]].
** In the ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort "Cured Duck"'', Donald is told by Daisy to control his temper. He answers an ad on the paper about a cure and gets a machine that doles out indignities at him for ten minutes straight, and if he can sit through the ordeal without losing it, he's cured. Donald is eventually cured, [[HypocriticalHumor only now Daisy is the one who loses her temper.]]
** Another Donald Duck example with the short "Bellboy Donald", he is forced by his boss to be pleasant and control his anger around customers, with the threat of being fired otherwise. Following this, Pete's son Junior begins exploiting this mercilessly and pranks him at every turn. Donald finally snaps and drags Junior to the manager, who fires him on the spot before a satisfied Donald spanks Junior mercilessly.
** Another story has Donald at his worst in anger ''and'' jerkassery tame both and not react to many provocations... Then, at a party, he sees that while he was washing himself from the soup that had been poured over him, a CasanovaWannabe was practically forcing Daisy to dance with him, and he finally loses it. Daisy, who had threatened to break up if he didn't tame his anger, is happy, as this time he had made a herculean effort and when he finally lost it he had a good reason.
** In Paperinik stories Donald is somewhat calmer than elsewhere. It's repeatedly hinted that it's because [[SecretIdentityIdentity as Paperinik he's free to vent on criminals and other threats]].
* ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' tries this a lot. It doesn't work very often. Usually because his enemies won't, [[LeaveMeAlone 'Leave Hulk Alone']].
* Just like [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]], ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' tries to do this a lot. And just like the Hulk, it doesn't last. Notable examples include [[spoiler:the volume where Wolverine and [[PrecociousCrush Rose]] work at a mine in British Colombia and Wolverine finds peace and tranquility. That peace is interrupted when [[BigBadFriend Dog]] kills Rose. Wolverine later meets a Native American woman called Silver Fox and they fall in love. Sabretooth, [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of the peace Wolverine found]], kills Silver Fox. Yeah. [[StuffedIntoTheFridge He tends to do that a lot]].]]
* In the ''[[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica The Death of Captain America]]'', many heroes deal with the Death of Captain America in different ways. ComicBook/MsMarvel and SpiderMan deal with their anger over Captain America dying. Ms. Marvel decides to take out her anger by thrashing Tiger Shark, and SpiderMan takes out his anger by attacking Rhino. Funnily enough they're both stopped by characters who are well know for having [[HairTriggerTemper HairTriggerTempers]]. Namor lectures Ms. Marvel on controling her anger, and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} talks to SpiderMan about dealing with loss. Ms. Marvel even calls Namor out on this.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Black Manta]]. Aquaman tries to use magic to make [[AngryBlackMan Black Manta]] a kinder and more peaceful person. And it seems to have worked, for a while. [[RedemptionRejection But in the end, at a critical moment Black Manta stabs him and tells him this]]:
-->'''Black Manta:''' "Y'see, deep down, in my most secret heart of hearts, I'm still a totally depraved sonuvabitch whose main goal in life is to watch you die. Slowly and painfully. Just like your kid."
* Franchise/{{Batman}}: In Damian Wayne starts out with almost little to no respect for anyone besides [[BadassNormal Batman]] and [[EvilIsSexy Talia Al Ghul]]. His anger leads to him [[spoiler:nearly killing Tim Drake to replace him as Batman's sidekick.]] He's still a little bit of an angry JerkAss, [[spoiler:not even showing his grandparents respect on the anniversary of their deaths]], but he's a lot better.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': In the comics, he has a symbiote suit that turns him into a total angry Jerkass. Being that it's his SuperPoweredEvilSide and Spider-Man's a hero, it doesn't last and he goes back to being the NiceGuy that he usually is. It should be noted that it is only in [[NewerThanTheyThink recent adaptations that the symbiote suit does that]]. In the original story it had no effect on his personality aside from taking him for joyrides when he was asleep, and he wore it for quite some time. The ClothesMakeTheManiac portrayal started with the [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries 1994 animated series]] as a means of introducing the suit and quickly moving on to Venom.
* The armor that ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}} uses comes with the side-effect of increasing his temper, and he has to struggle to control it even under the best of conditions. It later turns out it's due to incompatibility, since the armor wasn't designed for humans.


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Iris notices how Ash, [[NiceGuy who is normally as kind]] [[AllLovingHero and good natured as they get]], tends to have episodes of anger when confronting people who hurt those he cares about, making him lose focus and affecting his battle performance. She makes a note to train him to control those bursts in the future.

[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]

* This is the crux of the Beast's character development in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.


[[folder: Film -- Live-Action]]

* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': In the film, Spider-Man has the same issue with the suit as in the comic. It makes him very [[HairTriggerTemper temperamental]]. A good example of this, is when he slams a guy to the wall just for touching him.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': The secret on how Bruce has been able to control his anger and keep himself from hulking out most of the time?
-->'''Bruce:''' [[spoiler:I'm always angry.]]
* The title character of ''Film/HappyGilmore'' uses his sheer rage to make insanely powerful golf drives, but unfortunately, he's a terrible putter, until his coach manages to teach him to tame his rage.
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', The Sphinx trains Mr. Furious by having him balance a hammer on his head in order to help him better focus his attacks.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the novel ''Windflower'' by Gabrielle Roy, the {{Deuteragonist}} Jimmy was always angry. However, after he started living in the wilderness, and by the ways of the [[NobleSavage Native Americans]] he becomes a much more peaceful person.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', [[OverprotectiveDad Uncle Phil]] is constantly angry with [[DeadpanSnarker Will Smith]] for his constant [[SpannerInTheWorks screw ups]]. In one episode, he reaches his RageBreakingPoint and instead of yelling at Will like usual, he hugs him... for an entire week non stop.
* In ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' Edith Bunker tries to keep [[NobleBigot Archie Bunker]] calm all of the time. Considering he has a StrawFeminist for a daughter, and a [[HippyTeacher Hippy arrogant intellectual]] for a son-in-law. It doesn't work.
* Just like the example above, George Jefferson from ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had a HairTriggerTemper. Probably even worse than Archie Bunker. He does manage to control it on occasions, but only when he's trying to keep up appearances and curry favors.
* George on "Seinfeld" can be like this at times, however usually it's because he something sinister in store.
* Both Becky Conner and Darleen Conner from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' during their teen years (most of the series), are angry and always fighting with their parents. By the end of the series, both are happy with their lives and not as angry (in other words they got through puberty). Darleen even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on this]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelfth Doctor]] is constantly struggling to control the anger that has built up in him over 2,000+ years of confronting villains, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever eventually losing everyone he loves]], etc. He has a noticeably pricklier personality than most incarnations as a result, with NoSocialSkills, and at least two {{Berserk Button}}s -- war and his companion Clara (his MoralityChain) coming to harm. He also comes down ''hard'' on villains who can't be reasoned with, as his BadassBoast to the Boneless in the climax of "Flatline" makes clear. He does soften with time, but in the final stretch of Series 9 (his second season) [[spoiler: she is Killed Off For Real]] '''and then''' his enemies [[spoiler: torture him for ''four-and-a-half billion years'', as escaping his chamber in a way that will further his plan to save her means he must constantly die and relive the torture. Billions of times]]. He emerges from this as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, so damaged that the only thing that can tame and restore him to his best self is [[spoiler: forgetting her altogether, though he manages to recall the experiences he had with her]].


[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]

* As mentioned above, Moses and Hercules are some of the oldest examples of this Trope. They make it OlderThanDirt.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', the titular character spends much of the play angry over [[ItWasHisSled Claudius murdering King Hamlet]]. In his anger he [[spoiler: kills Polonius which sets off a chain of events including [[TheOphelia Ophelia going insane]] and [[YouKilledMyFather Laertes]] wanting revenge.]] By the end of the play, Hamlet has more or less come to accept the mistakes and enemies that he's made.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Wise old guys are always going on about this to Jedi characters who are being impatient. And there's one personality-imprinted hologram on Dromund Kaas who will say this to Sith and Imperial characters as well.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' deals with angry characters including [[{{Jerkass}} Eric Cartman]] and [[BumblingDad Randy]] are forced to go to anger management classes. [[CompensatingForSomething It turns out their anger was about something else]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' Ling-Ling goes to anger management after he kills Xandir.
** Other notable characters at Ling-Ling's anger management classes were Yosemite Sam and Marvin the Martian. And [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funnily]] enough, the one who was leading the class was TheIncredibleHulk. [[SarcasmMode Because he's ''always'' calm.]]
* There is an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' where Francine is told to control her anger and so she bottles it up inside and almost loses a street hockey game for them.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'':
** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is possibly the TropeCodifier for this one. He does it all the time. Needless to say, [[StatusQuoIsGod it doesn't last]].
** Daisy Duck, frequently tries to tame Donald Duck's anger, but it never works. Daisy has quite the temper herself, but she usually controls it. At least in comparison to Donald.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck to a lesser extent than most of the other examples. He tries to keep his cool in cartoons putting [[VillainProtagonist him]] up against [[InvincibleHero Bugs Bunny]], but he hardly ever manages in the end.
** Marvin the Martian is an example of a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes character who can and does control his temper, however it's mostly because he's meant to be AffablyEvil.
* Done hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. [[FlatEarthAtheist Brian Griffin]] finds out that [[DirtyOldMan Glen Quagmire]] doesn't like him. He goes out of his way to try and win Quagmire over, with each attempt failing miserably and Quagmire mostly puts up with it. At the end of the episode, Brian asks Quagmire why he doesn't like him. So Quagmire unloads on him every grievance that he ([[TheScrappy and the fans]]), have had with Brian over the years in one hell of a long [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech reason you suck speech]].
* [[ItsBeenDone The Simpsons Did It!]] In an episode of ''TheSimpsons'', [[BrattyHalfPint Bart Simpsons]] creates a comic book about Homer called Angry Dad, which become a popular internet series. At first [[JerkAss Homer's]] mad about it, but after talking to the family he decides to try and become a less angry person. Needless to say, [[StatusQuoIsGod it doesn't last]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Squidward Tentacles is always angry. Seriously. The WordOfGod is that he was meant to symbolize {{Wrath}} of the SevenDeadlySins. However, one episodes has Squidward shocked by an electric fence and becoming nice. Just like most of the other comedy examples, it doesn't last because StatusQuoIsGod.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' featured this as the plot for an episode, where Hank is forced into anger management therapy due to blowing up at his dumbass neighbors one too many times.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "Anger Management": It's played straight with Dan & inverted with Chris. Dan and Chris are forced to go to anger management. There, Dan learns to control his anger and Chris learns not to repress anger. This results in their roles getting reversed. Dan becomes a {{nice| guy}} pushover helping the anger management teacher get revenge on people. While Chris becomes more confrontational. [[StatusQuoIsGod Everything goes back to normal at the end of the episode]].
* One of the tie-in shorts for ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' had the other emotions try and do this for Anger. It ends with [[ButtMonkey Fear being held by the throat.]]
* Tom of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has ''massive'' anger issues that he's shown working on in almost every appearance, said issues being why Star initially broke up with him. Some of it stems from him being a ControlFreak and getting upset when things don't go as planned but even after he's let go of that vice somewhat and gotten over jealousy relating to Star he's still shown to have a fairly short fuse in general. He's had more than one anger management coach as well.
** Marco came up with at least one way to get Tom to rein it in: offer a more pleasing solution than just obliterating the object of rage. Such as tricking some insulting drivers into getting themselves arrested for speeding.
** As [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils the son of the rulers of Hell]], Tom's anger issues are at least partially biological, as he has thousands of magical anger demons inside him, making his anger ''much'' harder to tame than it would be for an ordinary person. He tried to find a magical solution by extracting those anger demons within him, but this turned out to have two major flaws: it he's got so many of the things in him that it would take daily torturous rituals for a decade to "cure" him, and based on others who have undergone the produce he'd be effectively lobotomized once it was complete. After an initial attempt, Star convinces him to accept his anger as a part of him and try to tame it the old-fashioned way.
* Played with in the fianl episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', where the girls have all lost their tempers. Rather than losing their anger, they control and use their anger as a positive force.