"Your lyrics lack subtlety! You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!"A classic rule in textwriting is to Show, Don't Tell. That includes emotions. If a character is happy, that should be obvious from his actions — not from the fact that he says "I'm happy" out loud. In general situations, people doing that in Real Life comes across as awkward and unemotional: Bob: I'm feeling really angry today! This trope can be used for comedic effect. It can also be rather scary when the "so happy" line is delivered with barely concealed rage by a skilled actor. Tropes Are Not Bad, after all. And if it's a children's show that is trying to teach children how to deal with their emotions, this is certainly a better idea than hitting someone. In fact, people do often talk like this in situations where they would otherwise have trouble expressing their feelings, and how someone feels is not always as obvious as people think it is. See the Real Life section for more details. See As You Know for the expository version of this trope. Compare And That's Terrible or Flat Joy. Appears quite a lot in cases of Lull Destruction. Do not confuse with Is This What Anger Feels Like?, in which the perpetually jubilant character deals with anger for the first time (although that can certainly lead to this), or I'll Kill You!.
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- This is how the Misaka Sisters in A Certain Magical Index speak: once you know how a Sister is different from the original Misaka Mikoto, it's both creepy and rather tragic. Specifically, they narrate their own thoughts and actions, which can get rather funny when they're trying to be deceptive:
Misaka 9982: "What is it?" asks Misaka as she feigns innocence, enjoying the refreshing aftertaste of the chocolate mint ice cream.
- Axis Powers Hetalia, from Kiku/Japan: "An unpleasant sensation..." Cue the Discretion Shot.
- In Black Lagoon, Gretel says or implies she feels a little bad about using two local orphans as decoys, pretty much ensuring their death.
- One of the things that Kyon does as an Unreliable Narrator in Haruhi Suzumiya. For example, he'll say he's terrified about something but only rarely will he show actions that actually show it. Kyon's style is also in contrast to the story's treatment of Haruhi's inner state, which is almost exclusively Show, Don't Tell.
- Once he was narrating how scared he was about a monster; when Itsuki mused that he sure didn't act scared. We were treated to him devoting a paragraph or two of him listing how he had the traits of being scared... until that trails off and it isn't addressed again.
- What's more, one of the common devices that the series uses is to have Kyon's actions contradict his words; he tells us things that are different than what's shown. Example from the anime's chronological first episode: Kyon tells us that he's not interested in Haruhi, while the animation shows us that he's very obviously checking her out over the course of a few weeks.
- Sagara Sōsuke from Full Metal Panic!, when he's attempting to convince muggles that he's feeling normal human emotions.
Sōsuke: You perceive wrongly. I feel unimaginable happiness wasting time talking with women. I'm that type of human.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Wrath has a habit of monologuing on how certain things make him angry, generally in the vein of how much he hates puny humans. Brotherhood usually makes him sound anything but furious during these monologues, giving the impression that he's incapable of broadcasting emotion properly. Or that he's just really skilled at hiding his rage. For a few seconds, anyway. His name is "Wrath", not "rage" or "fury". The emotion of wrath is not nearly as overt as the others, and it is not mutually exclusive with tranquility.
- In Xxx HO Li C, Watanuki does this in chapter 190.
- I'm in despair! The fact that Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei uses this trope constantly has left us in despair!
- In Naruto, the Nine-Tails Demon Fox roars ï¿½Narutoooo!!!! You have angered me!!!! Narutoooooo!!!!!!ï¿½ after Naruto rips the chakra from the Fox's body, claiming it for his own, thus allowing Naruto to fully control the Fox's power.
- Sai, being trained from his early years to be The Stoic, often has to emote this way. He's been getting better, though.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Touji is prone to this in his first appearance in the anime, talking quite plainly about how angry he is about what happened to his sister.
- Mari in Rebuild of Evangelion has a habit of narrating everything she does, thinks and feels out loud.
- Elgala from the original manga of Excel Saga does the exact same thing, with an emphasis on the "loud", and minus any conscious knowledge that she's actually speaking (she thinks all her co-workers are mind-reading mutants).
- Done in the Sailor Moon manga to emphasize how utterly screwed Queen Beryl was: when Beryl started strangling Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus glowered at her and muttered "...Now you've gone and pissed me off" before disemboweling her.
- Goku from Dragon Ball. It happens mostly when he's afraid or tell his friends that he is afraid of something, without him actually showing that he is and he's usually smiling as he says it. If he does shows fear, then things are usually very bad. On the other hand, if he tells an opponent that he's mad at them, that usually means that he's close to murderous rage.
- One prominent stand-up comedian parodied this. Something along the lines of "Why do girls say 'I'm gonna cry!', and then cry, but not say 'I'm gonna laugh', and then laugh?"
- Steve Martin during his famous "Excuse Me" rant. "I'm sorry, I'm angry!"
- The Incredible Hulk is practically◊ a poster child of this trope. There's a reason why You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry exists, after all. Well, at least he looks angry. Always. (Until Corrupt Corporate Executives meddle with the franchise: does this look angry to you?) Hulk can be forgiven for Hulk's constant reminders of Hulk's current mood. Hulk's mood very important to know for people around Hulk. Furthermore, Hulk not very articulate.
- Judge Roy Bean is presented as doing this in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Played entirely for comedy because he only has one facial expression that has no emotion visible on it, and his voice is implied to be similarly monotonic. Which is kind of weird because the actual Judge Bean was practically an actor on the bench, with a great love of delivering moving monologues, and if he ever said anything monotone it was purely for effect.
- Played straight and subverted in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Johnny is in a suicidal mood while he's talking to his mental image of the rabbit he nailed to his wall. Through both the dialogue, Johnny's facial expression, and his body language it is immensely clear exactly how he's feeling at the moment. At the end, with a tear sliding down his cheek and an even more pained facial expression than normal (which is quite saying something), he says, "Bunny?… I'm not happy."
- There are a few examples of characters doing this in the earlier Tintin comics.
- John Doe, the Generic Man, a villain from the DC Comics title The Heckler. He talks entirely like this, because actually emoting wouldn't be generic. In fact, it's not just emotions, he also describes himself saying things, rather than just saying them; so instead of "Could you get me a newspaper?" or even "I want you to get me a newspaper", he says "I am instructing you to get me a newspaper".
- A common problem with political cartoons, as noted in this Cracked article.
- In "Supernatural: The Abridged Animation", Dean yells out "I'M ANGRY ABOUT THIS!" several times throughout the series.
- In the sequel to A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, Harry screams, "I'M IN A RAGE! THIS IS THE MADDEST I'VE EVER BEEN!"
- Critical Miss of The Escapist has this beautiful bit of Mass Effect fanfiction. It is, of course, a little context-sensitive.
- Used unintentionally in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
- The Code Geass fanfic Euphemia's Surprise has many of its characters speaking this way. This becomes a bit ironic if you consider that Code Geass itself is an over-the-top heart-wrenching Melodrama!
- Parodied in Theory of Chaos:
Takato was exhausted.Takato: God, I'm exhausted!Yes, Takato, I already said that, thank you! Ahem, anyway, Takato was exhaustedï¿½Takato: God, I'm-
- In Amber Night and the Curse of the Diabolical Pastry Thief, when Amber Night informs Cloud Control of her sorrows.
Amber Night: Your action has caused boundless dejection in my cardiovascular organ!
Films — Animation
- Played for laughs in a scene in The Incredibles, when callous insurance executive Mr. Huph begins his reprimand for his employee Bob Parr with "I'm not happy Bob, not happy". When he looks like he's never been happy once in his entire life.
- This is probably Dug's defining trait in Up: "I do not like the cone of shame." Not that you can expect much nuance out of a dog or anything. Also justified as an artifact of the computer translation of what the dog iSQUIRREL!!
- In the The Jungle Book 2 , Shere Khan invokes this while interrogating Kaa on Mowgli's whereabouts.
Shere Khan: Oh, please don't insult my intelligence; it makes me irritable.
- Kaa, on the other hand, truthfully has no idea where Mowgli is, but Shere Khan won't believe him and continues to threaten the snake. So, out of fear, Kaa lies to the tiger that Mowgli's at the swamp, allowing him to flee.
- Fix-It-Felix Jr. in Wreck-It Ralph has a moment of this.
"I'm just so.... cross with you!!"
Films — Live-Action
- In Austin Powers:
Dr. Evil: That makes me angry! And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset! And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!
- Enchanted has this when Giselle gets angry, but here it's justified because it's the first time she's actually felt the emotion anger. This also happens to be her Love Epiphany, so it's possibly the first time she felt any strong emotion toward someone.
- Daft Queens has Yihoshi's semi-imaginary friend strangling him while she says, "I am very angry!"
- Used for comedic effect in the finale of Ghostbusters (1984), where calm, collected and rational Egon calmly explains to his fellow Ghostbusters that he's "terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought". (Anyone would be, seeing how he's facing the end of the world as administered by a giant version of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Blame Ray...)
- In Cabin Fever, Marcy uses an awkwardly irrelevant metaphor about plane crashes to tell Paul "This makes me feel horny." To the director's credit, her speech as is probably has a more plausible finesse to it than if she'd just grabbed him and said "Well, we're gonna die anyway. Let's screw." It goes on to score a full trifecta of bad writing in less than a minute, as this scene leads into a Coitus Ensues moment where Paul tells Marcy he's concerned because they aren't using a condom, which prompts her unbelievably naive reply: "Don't worry! I'm healthy."
- The albino ghost twins in The Matrix Reloaded. Probably to show that they're Uncanny Valley Guys. "We are getting aggravated." "Yes, we are." All the while utterly deadpan.
- Similarly, in Star Trek: Generations, Data states how he feels about a drink in Ten-Forward, justified because he had just installed his emotion chip:
Data: (gleefully) Yes! I hate this! It is revolting!
- Star Wars
- Revenge of the Sith: "Anakin, you're breaking my heart." The irony is, Anakin legitimately had no clue how repulsed she was by what he had become, and he still didn't get it even after she said it to his very face. In the Novelization, he got it after she told him. He just didn't care.
- Pretty much the prequels in general: "I don't like sand." "I'm overwhelmed," said in the same vacant tone one might use when choosing a plastic bag over a paper one.
- Parodied in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: After Ricky checks to see that there are tickets saved for the extremely unlikely chance that his father will come to the race, the guy at the ticket counter remarks to a co-worker, "That's the saddest thing I ever seen in my life, y'all! That boy leaves two tickets for his daddy at every race and he never shows up... The human heart is such a mystery." Note that the two workers at the counter decide to hock the tickets immediately afterwards.
- A perfectly sensible example occurs at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. After all, it's the first thing Barbossa has felt in ten years.
Barbossa: I feel... cold...
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- The movie has the line "I'm cold, I'm wet and I'm just plain scared!"
- Also, the entire "Rose Tint My World" song is just a laundry list how the characters are feeling. "I feel released / Bad times deceased / My confidence has increased" Tell us how you really feel, Janet.
- Sin City: "I can only express puzzlement, that borders on alarm."
- Unfortunately, the only line most people know from Network is the end of Howard Beale's rant: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" And that wasn't him expressing his own feelings (at least, not directly), but what he was instructing the viewers to do.
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a peasant who doesn't want to go on the cart of dead plague victims tries to convince everyone that he's just fine: "I feel happy! I feel happy!"
- And of course, when the Black Knight offers silence to Arthur's request that he join the Knights in their search for the Grail, Arthur pauses for a moment, then replies "You make me sad."
- From Twins: "For the first time in my life I... PISSED OFF!"
- Rare dramatic example: in the film Manhattan, Mariel Hemingway's line "Now I don't feel so good" is delivered with such innocence that it's just heart-breaking.
- Actually used very well in The Godfather. "Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence. It makes me very angry." Michael Corleone shows no anger while delivering this line, instead exhibiting a cold lack of emotion that makes the line very sinister and somewhat chilling.
- In Mickey Blue Eyes, a woman who had been left at the altar isn't dealing with it well. She keeps saying "I'm so happy for you!" while breaking down and crying.
- Miss White in Clue has trouble even describing the emotion, and stumbles through metaphor. Madeline Kahn's delivery is priceless.
- Gladiator has a particularly terrifying example from Emperor Commodus. "It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed." In a tone of almost light frivolity. Far more cilling than his histrionic rages, it showed how Commodus was becoming more and more unhinged.
- Played for Laughs in Signs:
Graham: Ahh! I'm insane with anger!
- In one scene of A Cinderella Story, Fiona told her daughters she was upset. When one of the daughters told her she didn't seem to be upset, she said it was because of botox.
- Played with in Scream 3. Disguised as Dewey, the killer has a phone conversation with Jennifer Jolie's bodyguard while he's looking through Dewey's trailer. When he insults "Dewey" over the phone, the killer responds with "That makes me... angry!" (with a definitive emphasis of rage on that last word), while bursting in and stabbing him in the back.
- "Oh, Black Dynamite. I'm so happy."
- From the Alan Alda vehicle The Four Seasons:
Jack: I'm sorry to have to tell you this.
Jack: You're making me angry.
Kate: You're angry? Right now?
Jack: I'm enraged.
Kate: How was I supposed to know? Maybe you can stamp your foot next time. Or try this: WWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
- Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy did this all the time, leading to some of the funniest lines in the movie.
Ron: I'M TRAPPED IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!
- From Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Sheriff of Rottingham: I've been angry at you before, Loxley...but now I'm really PISSED OFF!Ahchoo: Pissed off? If I was that close to a horse's wiener, I'd worry about getting pissed on!
- Used effectively for pathos in Zulu, in the scene in which Colour Sergeant Bourne takes the register of the survivors.
1st Soldier: "He's wounded, sir."
2nd Soldier: "He's dying, sir.
3rd Soldier: "It's sad."
Bourne: *With surprising gentleness* "Keep your voices down."
- Steve Martin's character in Baby Mama is so zen he can only express anger in the same tone of voice you'd expect from a yoga instructor.
- John Tuturro's character in Anger Management is pretty easy to read, but due to the AM treatment he's still expected to air out his emotions this way:
I went from happy to angry, skipped sad, now I feel like kicking his ass!
- Malicia uses this trope frequently in the Discworld book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Justified because she believes that her life is a story — and she's not a very good storyteller.
- Vetinari does it once in Making Money when Moist for a moment considers if Vetinari could have had Topsy Lavish assassinated so Moist could get her position. Vetinari is usually a stoic Nerves of Steel character who uses double-speak and insinuations a lot, and as such an outright statement of how angry he is underlines the situation to Moist.
- Stephenie Meyer has about the same knack for giving characters depth as George Lucas.
- Laurell K. Hamilton doesn't seem to understand if you use first-person narration, the reader knows the character's thoughts and feelings without them having to announce it. Anita Blake will think something, then voice her thoughts to everyone in the room.
- This style carries over to the comics, which can include Anita's description of someone who is clearly visible in the comic, even in that very panel.
- Not anger, but Animorphs has a funny one when our taciturn Proud Warrior Race alien, Ax, first smells a skunk.
"I believe the smell is causing me to become deranged," Ax said calmly. "I may have to run away in panic."
- There is a Winnie-the-Pooh in the "Lessons from the Hundred-Acre Wood" series titled Use Your Words. In this book, Kanga encourages Roo to use his words to express how he feels instead of keeping his feelings bottled up inside. Sample dialogue: "If you have something to tell me or want to share how you're feeling, please use your words, Roo." "I'm mad because I had to come back inside!" "All right. But you still need to wear your scarf."
- A species trait of the Martians in S.M. Stirling's In The Courts of the Crimson Kings. A woman asks if her ragtag hired crew fears her, and they reply, "We fear you exceedingly, even unto the relaxation of sphincters." Martians who are pissed off mutter things like, "Extreme annoyance!" It's hilarious and surprisingly effective.
- Justified with Protector of the Small's Keladry of Mindelan, as she hides her emotions so thoroughly that even saying she's angry shocks her friends.
- Ross Geller in Friends when on sedatives for anger-management issues. "Oh, this is not good for my rage."
J.D.: You know what's funny, Turk? She's not saying "That's so sad," she's ACTUALLY crying.
- One episode has a subplot revolving around the fact that J.D.'s current girlfriend was essentially flawless — except that, when she was amused by something, she'd say, "That's SO funny!", instead of laughing, which drove him so far up the wall he crossed the ceiling, went down the other wall, and came out in China.
Turk: You're an IDIOT.
J.D.: Yes I am.
- Also when Jordan got botox and tried to smile Dr. Cox had to guess her emotion. Jordan did this after her neighbor's son called her "ma'am."
- The exact same thing was done in Seinfeld. George is getting upset!
- Also on Seinfeld, the bizarro Jerry states "Me so happy. Me want to cry"
- Done humorously in Boy Meets World. Harley Kiner, The Bully, was supposed to be tough and emotionless, so whenever some sort of event would happen, he would state his reactions to them by saying, "I am hysterical" or "I am distraught."
- A somewhat pathetic example in Rizzoli & Isles. When the Rizzoli siblings find out their mom is in trouble, they respond thusly:
Jane: It just makes me so sad.Frank: Me too, Janie.
- Top Ground Gear Force, the gardening special for Sports Relief hosted by the presenters of Top Gear; "I'm unspeakably angry at you," James May tells Clarkson, sounding a bit put out. Being a British show, this may have been combined with a bit of Understatement and Stiff Upper Lip. Ridiculously, that is actually how Brits express anger. At least on TV.
- Americans have no idea how close to death Clarkson was at that moment. To most Brits, the sight of that kind of homicidal rage was terrifying. NORMAL anger is calling him a pillock. See the page comments on the reality of how people express extreme anger.
- Played for Laughs as the closing gag in an episode of Will and Grace. Will obtained botox treatments in his face in an attempt to appear younger. Of course, botox works as a paralyzing agent (basically), so when Grace arrived to boast of some accomplishment, Will's expressionless delivery of "I'm so happy for you" was taken for Sarcasm Mode. Grace promptly stormed out, which caused Will to sit back down with the same look.
- Likewise in Sex and the City: Candice Bergen's character announces "I am so angry right now" with a blank facial expression. Not only has it been established that she's had botox, but this line is actually a callback to early in the episode when Samantha goes for a botox treatment and the nurse warns her that, because of her reduced facial expressiveness, she'll have to explicitly announce her emotions.
Nurse: Some patients have said they found it difficult to register emotion on their faces after the procedure. So you may have to say things like, "I am so angry right now."
- Kai, the Big Bad of Kamen Rider Den-O, often does this followed by "My face shows it, doesn't it?" Of course, since he doesn't seem to have a normal range of emotions (smiling evilly most of the time)...
- Lampshaded in an episode of Flight of the Conchords when the agent says "What's that emotion that makes you go 'RRRRRRRR'?"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Anya does this frequently, especially when she's first turned into a human. For example, when she finds out that she's winning the board game Life she says, "Oh, I'm so pleased!"
- Glory does this as a Running Gag; not because she doesn't get angry, but because she's Nigh Invulnerable and totally self-involved.
- Illyria of Angel often demonstrates this. Being an ancient demon bound into the body of a human, she lacks the understanding of human expressions and even the underlying emotions, making her unable to emote properly. Then completely subverts it when Fred's parents visit, and she fakes the correct emotional responses whenever they can see or hear her. Wesley calls her on this, and she explains that his grief is "like ashes in my mouth" and she doesn't want to deal with the grief of Fred's parents as well. She knows what the responses should be, and can fake them perfectly well, but just doesn't care when it won't make things easier for her. After Wesley dies, she simply states a desire to perform more violence. And then she does.
- Vorenus on Rome. "It saddens me that you are unhappy, because I have a deep affection for you." He says this to his wife while wearing his Glower of Emotional Inadequacy, which is subtly distinct from his Glower of Doing What He's Got to Do, Glower of Moral Disgust, Contemplative Glower, Glower of Pure Rage, and Glower of Realizing Something Is Occurring Which Will Turn the Tide of History.
- Frasier, in damn near every episode. It makes sense though, since two of the main characters are psychiatrists, leading them to constantly discuss their feelings with each other, as well as encouraging everyone else to do the same. Frasier himself, being particularly self-absorbed, brings this trope to staggering heights.
- Fawlty Towers: One of the symptoms of Basil Fawlty's Comedic Sociopathy was to announce "I'm so happy!" while grinning like a skull in the mistaken belief that he was fooling anyone.
- Another example of Cleese doing this can be found in the "Dirty Fork" sketch in 'Monty Python's Flying Circus''.
John Cleese: You bastards! You vicious, heartless bastards! Look what you've done to him! He's worked his fingers to the bone to make this place what it is, and you come in with your petty, feeble quibbling and you grind him into the dirt! This fine, honorable man whose boots you are but worthy to kiss! [Beat] Oh, it makes me mad.
- One Python sketch has this in the form of precision military drilling.
"My goodness me! I am in a bad temper today, two three! Damn damn, two three! I am vexed and ratty, two three! And hopping mad!"
- One Python sketch has this in the form of precision military drilling.
- Played For the Evulz by the Master on Doctor Who.
The Master: You see, I'm not making myself very clear. "Funny" is like this:
"Not funny" is like this:
And right now, I'm not like
>: (Kazran Sardick also kicks The Doctor out of his sitting room, proclaiming that he has been bored by their interaction.
- This trope made for one of the world's most favorite Narm moments in a Very Special Episode of Saved by the Bell, when Jessie, having become addicted to caffeine pills, starts singing "I'm So Excited" (itself an example of this trope, see below), and it ends up "I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so... so scared!"
- Used rather pointedly by Mal in Firefly when Zoe and Wash's marital disputes started getting on his nerves.
Mal: Okay, uh, I'm lost. I'm angry. And I'm armed.
- Red Dwarf: "Mr. Flibble's very cross." Of course, it could be seen as necessary since Mr. Flibble is a hand puppet.
- Done by Ninjor in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. "Evil makes me so angry. It just burns me up!" Cue a shapeshifting into a Badass form
- Done several times on Whose Line Is It Anyway? to great comedic effect.
Colin Mochrie: I'm feisty!
- Malcolm in the Middle: One episode had Malcolm's grandmother drugging a wealthy man to get him to marry her. When her family found out, she drugged them so they'd not interfere. While under the effect of the drugs, Malcolm revealed he had pierced his tongue. His mother said she'd punish him as soon as the drugs wear off (until then, she didn't seem upset). Don't worry about the rich man. The drugs on him wore off just when he was about to partake on the vows.
- Castiel in Supernatural, eating hamburgers: "These things make me very happy."
- In "The Monster At The End Of The Book", Sam and Dean find out about a book series that someone describes all of their monster hunting cases, and find one about things that have yet to happen. The two decide to prove the book wrong by doing the opposite of whatever it says will happen. One of the future events is them having a fight. When Sam suggests they use their new knowledge to get the drop on Lilith, Dean almost snaps at him, but instead says, through gritted teeth, "It frustrates me when you say such reckless things". Sam responds, with equal irritance, "It frustrates me when you'd rather hide than fight".
- One episode of Two and a Half Men concluded with Alan dressed in a Gay Nineties "barbershop quartet" outfit and handlebar moustache, staying in character (with an Italian accent!) as he reacted to various real-world (within the episode) incidents: "I'm-a so happy!"..."I'm-a so sad!"
- In Game of Thrones season 2, Ros is in uncontrollable tears after watching a baby get murdered in front of her, and it's putting off her customers. Littlefinger, her pimp, tells her a story about how the last whore he had who put customers off with her moping got sold to someone who wanted to "transform" her. After finishing this lovely anecdote, he asks her if she will be bright and happy tomorrow. When she manages a smile and a nod, he says "That makes me happy". This is a rare case of this trope being simultaneously Played for Drama at the same time as being played with, since Littlefinger is quite obviously being facetious about it.
- In one episode of The Thick of It, Ollie has, once again, done exactly what Malcolm Tucker has ordered him to. Malcolm rewards him by saying "You've made me very, very happy", while simultaneously giving him an epic Death Glare. The strange thing is, Malcolm actually is sincerely happy with him, but continues to mess with Ollie anyway, presumably For the Lulz.
- Gary Bell from Alphas, constantly. Justified in that he's autistic ("a 32 on the CARs Scale").
Gary: Dr. Rosen! I'm slamming my door!
- Invoked regularly in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and even discussed in songs such as "What Do You Do With the Mad that You Feel?" Justified, as Mr. Rogers was intentionally teaching his young viewers that it was OK to deal with their emotions.
- A defining trait of the Dolls of Dollhouse.
- Grizz on 30 Rock doesn't display any emotional range but just states how he's feeling.
- An episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun has Dick discover computers. He soon gets in over his head, becoming a shut-in, and using webcams to communicate, teach classes, etc. In the process he also seems to forget how to emote, and even when Mary tries to pull him away from his desk and accidentally spills coke in his computer set up, shorting it out, he simply states (with a creepy smile) how he feels.
Dick: Oh, Mary. You've made me so angry.
Mary: Oh, go to hell! (storms out)
- On Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, an amusing script error lets us know that Hercules is DISAPPOINTED.!
- One episode of Law & Order features Emil Skoda interviewing a little girl who cruelly murdered a little boy. After she cheerfully recounts how she once killed a cat, he deliberately blows up at her, shouting, "That makes me angry!" In this case, he's indicating his feelings in order to gauge whether she's capable of shame or remorse.
- Cosima Niehaus of Orphan Black expresses this trope in the episode Variations under Domestication, when she walks up to Delphine Cormier, saying that she is bored.
- April Ludgate of Parks and Recreation uses this trope often to display her emotions, usually boredom and annoyance.
- Played for laughs with Captain Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, who is so stoic and unreadable he often needs to telegraph how he feels.
Holt: (after a motorized wheelchair rolls over his foot) He ran over my foot. I am in...incredible pain.
- On Sesame Street, when it starts to sink in for Big Bird that Mr. Hooper is dead, all he can say is, "I don't like it. It makes me sad." Falls under the variant of teaching children how to handle emotions, and does not at all detract from one of the most powerful moments in TV history.
- In the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode "Why Is Josh in a Bad Mood?", Josh is in, well, a bad mood. So he goes to his dojo and sings "Angry Mad." All about how he is angry and mad.
- Ivor Cutler, one of the quirkiest men to have ever lived, sang a song that tells you he is happy in the funniest way possible.
- Lots and lots of songs. Those with uh...negative themes, especially.
- "I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!" Now what do you suppose the artist is trying to convey with these lyrics?
- John Lennon pulls this in The Beatles' "She Said She Said".
"Who put all those things in your head
Things that make me feel that I'm mad."
"I've got every reason on Earth to be mad
- "I'll Cry Instead" does this as well:
'Cause I just lost the only girl I had
If I could get my way
I'd pick myself back up today
But I can't so I'll cry instead."
- Nathan Rabin points out the use of this trope in Michael Jackson's Ghosts:
The dialogue in "Ghosts" is elemental to a perverse degree: No one ever obfuscates when they can communicate what they're feeling in the bluntest, most primitive manner possible. So we learn that The Mayor thinks Maestro is weird and strange and doesn't like him when The Mayor says, "You're weird. You're strange. [And] I don't like you.ï¿½
- James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)". As well as every television show, movie, or trailer that has used it in the soundtrack to illustrate that the character being shown on the screen is feeling, you guessed it, good.
- William Shakespeare in Henry V has King Henry say "I was not angry since I came to France/Until this instant" when he sees a bunch of slaughtered boys. Fully justified in Shakespeare's time — modern acting (where we actually, y'know, act) didn't exist until the 19th century. Before that, "acting" consisted of standing up on stage in a costume to denote various characters and reading lines off the script — often in a monotone. Think of all the times in high school English where the class had to read from the play and you'll soon realise why Shakespeare had his characters saying their emotions out loud.
- Happens in too many operas to count. Of course, rather than saying "I'm happy," characters will be singing "Sono felice," but it's the same idea.
- Act II of Into the Woods opens with the main characters singing about how perfectly happy they are—mostly to set up the huge subversion of Happily Ever After that immediately follows. They are arguably not perfectly happy even in that song; it's strongly implied that they are trying to convince themselves they are by repeating it over and over again.
- In The Musical High Spirits (an adaptation of Blithe Spirit), Charles pulls out a record his recently-returned-as-a-ghost wife played on their wedding night and finds she doesn't remember it. She claims "it's all coming back" to her, but Charles tells her, "It isn't, and I'm upset."
- In Romeo and Juliet, this is the nurse's reaction to being teased by Mercutio: "Now, afore me, I am so vexed that every part about me quivers, scurvy knave."
- Hermia in Act Three, Scene Two of "A Midsummer Night's Dream": "I am amazed and know not what to say."
- From Cave Story, Misery's "Heavens, that felt good!" after dumping Balrog into the Labyrinth.
- The third verse of the bizarre boss fight/opera hybrid in Conker's Bad Fur Day begins with the line "now I'm really getting rather mad" (subsequent lines unprintable).
- Knights of the Old Republic 2 has the HK-50s' prefixes, such as "Mocking Query:" or "Condescending Statement:". HK-47 does this as well, but to a lesser extent, as he doesn't use adjectives. Usually because HK-47 is the Straight Man to the HK-50's Plucky Comic Relief. HK-47 can go on and on about philosophy with only a "Statement:" or two thrown in, but the HK-50s get more and more ridiculous as the game goes on, from "Condescending Explanation" up to "Unnecessary Statement" and "Ineffectual Command" (the last two from cut content, sadly). It gets to the point where the HK-50s actually start undermining themselves, such as by preceding an explanation of events with "Fabrication:".
- "I have fury!", Fawful's famous Engrish catchphrase in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Justified in Mass Effect, in which the elcor race always states the tone of their statement before speaking. For example, "Delighted surprise. I greet you". This is because among their own race, most of the communication is done via pheromones and body language too subtle for other races to detect. Their voices are always in a sort of dull monotone, so when they joined the larger galactic community, they grew accustomed to addressing other races this way as a courtesy. When you hear elcor talking in background conversations, they don't preface their words. Also, because it's Bioware, at least partly a Shout-Out to HK-47 above. In-universe, there was an all-elcor run of Hamlet. The one time an elcor speaks to you without using a prefix, he's clearly so depressed that a prefix would be redundant.
"Wait, did you hack your translator so you could control your kinetic language processing?"
"With a sincerity such that skepticism would be deeply insulting: no."
"With barely contained terror: You drive a hard bargain, human."
"Insincere endorsement: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have heard him in the voice of elcor."
- This was also noted as one of many, many problems with Mass Effect: Deception.
- When you defeat Anubis in your second encounter with him in Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge, he shouts "You have succeeded in making me angry!" as his body is exploding. A few seconds later, he gets a brand new one, and you have to fight him all over again.
- Losing in the Meltokio Coliseum with Raine in Tales of Symphonia will have her reply "This does not make me happy." Likewise, when Colette goes into overlimit, her response will be "I'm mad now."
- Warcraft III
- In a cinematic, Malfurion Stormrage says "That angers me greatly" when he sees Scourge forces tearing down the forest around his home. He can be forgiven, though, seeing that he just woke up from a 10,000-year nap.
- Given the game itself, the only way to express anger is vocally, and Furion is supposed to be The Stoic, so it wouldn't fit easily without looking odd. He really does get angry in the expansion, and this time it's more natural. though he's still not exempt from this. An example is "The pain is... excruciating!" said in an unnaturally bored tone of voice.
- Metal Gear Solid
- Raging Raven in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. See, they already had Screaming Mantis, so instead of just shrieking incoherently, Raven has to fly around telling everyone how angry she is. "Rage! RAAAAGE!"
- There's also The Cobras from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The Pain says "Pain" anytime you shoot him, The Fear announces his fear after you beat him, The End says "The end" anytime he sneaks up on you (which doesn't count unless Oh Crap! counts as an emotion), The Sorrow tells us how sad he is. The only two exempt from this is The Fury and The Joy aka The Boss.
- The infamous Engrish translation of the original Metal Gear game features guards which, to let you know they were about to fall asleep at their posts, would shout "I'M GETTING SLEEPY!!", followed by "I FEEL ASLEEP!!" to announce that they were, in fact, asleep and safe to sneak past.
- Whether you find it a Tear Jerker or Narmtastic, Psycho Mantis' final words are to declare how helping someone for the first time feels nice.
- Agent Superball from Telltale's Sam & Max: Freelance Police series of games. In this case, played for laughs because he's a Secret Service agent. He actually does break his emotionless demeanor once, when the duo are trying to fix Bosco using time travel; even forty-ish years ago, Stinky's is well known for its food, and Superball is frankly shocked that the president would go someplace as lowbrow as that.
"I'm sorry. I'm gushing."
"I'm crying from the inside."
- In Star Control 2, the Utwig's culture is built around this concept. They have a tendency to state their emotions ("You find us in a state of moderate depression instead of our normal cycle of self-destructive tendencies.") And instead of expressing their emotions, they wear masks to represent them, such as the Expression of Ultimate Gratitude, the Mask of Rampant Jubilation and Jumping With Ecstatic Glee, and, of course, the Mask of Ultimate Embarrassment and Shame. They believe that physical expression of emotions holds them back from achieving a higher level of civilization, and therefore attempt to repress it.
- Invoked in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void by Artanis in regards to his feeling of seeing Purifier!Fenix to Vorazun. Being disconnected from the Khala makes it difficult for a Protoss to convey their emotions to one another, especially due to their lack of facial features.
- Kingdom Hearts II
- After all of the crap Roxas had to endure, he finally confronts DiZ. By this time, Roxas is pissed-off and exhausted, but what line does he deliver? "I hate you so much!"
- Justified, in that Roxas had already tried to attack him, only to find out that he was talking to a hologram, and thus realized there was nothing he could do to escape his fate. Honestly, from a 14-15 year old who had his best friend betray him and seemingly die by his hand, a girl who met and spoke with him just to be kind get taken away by his tormentors, and his happy life in Twilight Town revealed to be an illusion on top of the circumstances above... Really, what else is there to say?
- A worse example is later on when Sora meets Riku, who has the form of Xehanort's Heartless. "Thinking about all the things you did makes me really mad."
- Makes it Fridge Brilliance when you remember DiZ telling Roxas to "share some of that hatred with Sora" before Roxas and Sora "become whole."
- After all of the crap Roxas had to endure, he finally confronts DiZ. By this time, Roxas is pissed-off and exhausted, but what line does he deliver? "I hate you so much!"
- Interesting version shows up in Ar tonelico. Not so much as the game itself as the game's Fictionary; the language of Hymmnos places heavy emphasis on emotions or emotional state. Considering the discrepancies between what Reyvateils say outside and in their Cosmosphere, and what you have to do for them to be able to craft new songs, this is less this trope and more of them needing to be able to express their feelings better.
- The Legend of Zelda
Ghirahim: [Zelda] was nearly ours when that loathsome servant of the goddess snatched her away. Do you have any idea how that made me feel inside? Furious! Outraged! (teleports) Sick with anger!
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. For a particularly noticeable example, try wearing different masks as Child Link and talking to Saria.
- Also, in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, this forms one of Ghirahim's more memorable lines (with excitable bouts of spontaneous teleportation):
- Fujin from Final Fantasy VIII, though it's all part of her shouty monosyllabic schtick.
- Part of Squall's problem relating to others in Final Fantasy VIII is that he won't engage in this. In Cid's office in Balamb Garden, when Squall asks him to handle what he's planning to rescue Balamb Garden from being hit by missiles, Cid asks him why he wants to do it. The player is shown at least five specific reasons in Squall's thoughts why he wants to take on the mission before he finally lands on "I don't know why...Who cares?" and tells Cid "My feelings have nothing to do with it, sir." Cid comments that "Quistis was right" about him and if Quistis is in the party, she can barely hide a grin.
- Tidus from Final Fantasy X "You'll cry. You're gonna cry. You always cry. See? You're cryin'." "I hate you, Dad." "Save it for later." "Right...we've got a job to do, don't we?"
- The Elder Scrolls
- In Subterranean Animism, Parsee introduces herself to Reimu (and Yukari) by cheerfully chatting about how dreadfully jealous she is of everything and everybody. This, like everything else in Touhou fandom, gets exaggerated by the fandom, often to the point where she rarely speaks about anything else.
- Komeiji Satori from the same game turns this around by telling other people what they're thinking or feeling, whether they mind it said or not. This bothers Marisa more than it does Reimu, the latter even goading Satori to read the bullet patterns she's going to use against her.
- Taizo during the opening cutscene of Dig Dug: Digging Strike.
NPC: I need to talk to Susumu.
Taizo: Listen here, Im Taizo Hori, I handled the Dig Du...
NPC: There's no time! I must talk to Susumu!
Taizo: Are you trying to make a fool of me? You've never heard of Taizo Hori?
NPC: No I haven't, please! you must get me to Susumu!
Taizo: Hmph! Now I'm angry!
- Super Mario 64 "It makes me so mad!"
- Occasionally, cops in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will say "You're really making me mad!"
- "...And it makes me violently angry..." as spoken by John Marston from Red Dead Redemption, to Irish when discussing how whiskey affects the brain.
- It works as intimidation, though, because Irish was attempting to weasel his way out of completing a job for Marston again, saying that whiskey "gives [him] the memory of a newborn babe". To which Marston replies with the above, followed by downing a shot.
- Used hilariously in Psychonauts with the G-Men in the Milkman Conspiracy. They speak in the same utter deadpan no matter what happens or what emotion they are failing to convey... "I am a grieving widow. Boo. Hoo. Hoo." "Oh no. They got Bill. He was such an excellent assassin." "I am on fire. I am uncomfortable."
- Metroid: Other M has several moments with Samus' infamously dull and monotone narration.
The word he so obviously chose, "outsider," pierced my heart.
- In Earthbound Beginnings, if Ninten does not fall for The Hippie's Bullhorn attack, the battle's running commentary will actually say, "This made Ninten angry."
- Seriously spoileriffic example from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies: When you finally corner the phantom, while he's also making a seriously weird, loose-masked terrified face, he's also screaming out about himself being afraid, and feeling fear. What justifies this, however, and moves it into effective territory, is that the phantom is a complete and utter sociopath who doesn't feel emotions at all, or didn't until now. It's almost certain the fact he realizes he's finally feeling something, and that the feeling's fear, is only freaking him out even more.
- Similar to the elcor are the Glitch race from Starbound. Everything they say is prefaced by a single word stating their intended emotion.
- Glitch village shop owner: "Cozening. You know you want something."
- Played for Laughs in Fire Emblem Fates with Azura and Keaton's support conversations. Azura is notoriously stoic most of the time, so Keaton attempts to Troll her into showing emotions. Upon having her singing insulted, Azura's response is "I'm very angry with you right now"... while still being completely straight-faced.
- Often a Justified Trope in Visual Novels shown from a first-person perspective with un-voiced protagonists. Since we never actually see or hear the protagonist, there's no body language or tone of voice to indicate their emotions, so spelling them out is necessary, especially when no-one else is around.
- In Katawa Shoujo, Shizune gets one up over Hisao by abandoning him in town, leaving him with a note informing him that, if he manages to find his way back to school, she'll have a lot of work for him to do as part of the Student Council.
Hisao: I crush the note in my fist dramatically, but no one is there to see it, and that makes me sad.
- Hatoful Boyfriend's characters don't have visually represented emotions, because they each have one basic portrait and each portrait is a stock photo of a bird. They seem to have expressions in-universe which the protagonist helpfully notes in the narration, but one character, Fujishiro Nageki, is so opaque and withdrawn-seeming that he does actually have to tell her what he's feeling, when what he's feeling isn't basically snark or disdain. Sakazaki Yuuya, too, says a few times that the protagonist has made him very happy - he's just about always smiling, especially when he's unhappy.
- At one point in Dusk's Dawn, the villain outright states that he is evil, in case that wasn't clear enough already.
- Red vs. Blue:
Caboose: Now I am thinking about Kittens... Kittens covered in spikes... That makes me angry...
- Caboose does this a few times.
[primal scream as he jumps into a fight and slaughters everyone]
Felix: I! AM EXTREMELY! FRUSTRATED!
- Felix does this at one point after discovering that the only way the key can work is if he kills Doyle, whom he took the key from.
- Ultra Fast Pony:
- The Season Two trailer video has Twilight Sparkle, in the middle of a freakout, shouting "I'm just so full of all the emotions!"
- "The Cheesen One" combines it with Dull Surprise as a background character says "Someone help. My baby's about to die. That really cheeses me off."
- In "What Happens During the Night Shift", Pumkin says this:
Pumkin: "I'm very ANGRY."
- Penny Arcade
- 8-Bit Theater has "Your continued attacks fill me with equal parts rage and anger."
- Exterminatus Now has an instance similar to the Ghostbusters (1984) example in this strip.
- This Achewood comic: http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=06212002
- The excruciatingly insecure Tavros Nitram from Homestuck eventually tries to get some self-confidence. Unfortunately, he thinks this means constantly stating how confident he is and that what he is saying and doing is exactly what a confident person would say and do.
- Sandra and Woo has an eagle who is "sad and a little bit angry."
- In The Story of Anima, Jade's seemingly stoic bodyguard Pocket is merely incapable of expressing his emotions, so he's decided to try vocalizing them. His timing couldn't be worse.
- In Tripping Over You, when Eli finds out in quick succession that his son is dating a man and intends to drop out of school, and his nephew was sent to the hospital under mysterious circumstances, he quite calmly says that "This could not be any more overwhelming" while sorting things out.
- In Questionable Content, after seeing her apartment and the bar in which she works burn down, Brun states that she is "becoming upset" with no change in demeanor other than a slight trembling. Justified as she apparently has trouble expressing emotion.
- Sung merrily by Randy of Manwhores: "Broken heart. Sad feelings. Suicidal tendencies, are on my mind. I'm gonna kill myself. Doo, doo, dee, doo, I'm gonna kill myself." during his emotional downward spiral, before engaging in an incredibly transparent I Have This Friend dialogue with a sympathetic bartender.
- Captain Hammer, in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: "Oh, I'm in pain! I think this is what pain feels like!"
- The "angry gorilla" in Auto-Tune the News on YouTube, while not acting very angry, continuously expresses verbally how angry he is.
- The Irate Gamer does this constantly.
- ProJared stated he felt anger after playing Sonic Free Riders in his Kinect review video because the very poor motion control hurt his back.
- Usually capable of literally explosive... well, anything, if The Nostalgia Critic isn't feeling angry or upset but tries to come off as feeling the emotion then he'll prove himself to be a horrible actor.
- Towards the end of Suburban Knights, (the third anniversary special for the That Guy with the Glasses website) there's a huge battle with many participants, one of whom is a witch launching lightning bolts all over the place. Suede calmly walks over to her and quietly says "I find that very vexing" before knocking her out with a single punch.
- Almost every line of A Trailer For Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever is deliberately like this, as part of the lampshade-heavy writing style.
- Both of my feet hurt and it makes me mad.
- In Sailor Moon Abridged, after finding out that "those inconsidadate bitches" at the hospital are making her pay for saving Ken's life, Lita punches the wall and shouts, "I'm angry!"
- In episode 49 of Welcome to Night Vale, Carlos explains "some, but not all" of the emotions he felt while figuring out how the Old Oak Doors work.
- Used constantly in Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot. Granted, the show is partially to help children learn to deal with their emotions, but that doesn't make it any less annoying. It's still used in the follow up series Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, although to a lesser extent.
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan uses it in the exact same way, for the exact same reason.
- Played with in Chowder. Truffles once has to resort to telling everyone that she's angry because she had her voice changed by a radio dial thing and her new voice never sounds anything but calm.
- Cartoon character Droopy does this all the time. ("You know what? I'm happy.") Justified in that it's the only way to tell when he is happy. And because... well, because it's funny. Parodied in a few cartoons, where Droopy would deliver this line after showing a traditional exaggerated response, like jumping around shouting "Yahoo!" after receiving a massive reward for catching an escaped convict. And if you ever hear him say "You know what? That makes me mad," head for the hills, because his Berserk Button has been hit, and you'd better hope he's feeling charitable enough to actually let you run away. Usually this line is followed after his enemy does something stupid when Droopy's pouting. Only the fox was Genre Savvy enough to know that it's a cue that Droopy's about to be pushed too far (and plus, the offer of delicious steak was just too good to pass up). The bull and the dragon, however, didn't see what was coming until their asses were kicked into next week. And in "Homesteader Droopy", it's his infant son that does this.
- The Daffy cartoon "Birth of a Notion" has an animated Peter Lorre quietly threatening his dog Leopold, "Because I will do terrible, horrible, things if I get angry," in a very soft voice, as all the while he keeps breaking a baseball bat into kindling over his knees.
- Parodied in "The Scarlet Pumpernickel." In Daffy's story, Porky and Melissa's emotions are described as "simply furious" and "simply delighted." With the two respective characters flatly declaring that they feel them. Subverted immediately afterwards when Porky shows genuine frustration over Melissa's attraction to The Scarlet Pumpernickel.
- The ex-finale has Fry compose an opera in which the characters do exactly this. This prompted the above reaction from the Robot Devil.
- It was used straight in an earlier Valentine's Day episode where alien conqueror Lrrr sampled a bag of candy hearts, and received one with the word "wuv" written on it: "This concept of 'wuv' confuses and infuriates us!"
- Futurama seems to like this trope (usually making fun of it). In "Bendless Love", Bender bends Professor Farnsworth's back multiple ways, with position he's in for most of the episode leaving him unusually happy, presumably due to blood flow pooling in the back of his brain. At the end when he's asked to bend him back to normal, he actually ends up bending him even more, resulting in Professor Farnsworth stating, "I'm sad now."
- "Morbo is pleased, but sticky."
- "Would a big, hallucinatin' baby do THIS?" -cries and whimpers- "I'm scared!"
- Calculon at the end of "Bend Her": "your death fills me with sorrow, ANGER, fear, every emotion an actor can display." (he over-acts each emotion as he says it).
- Calculon also at one point completely deadpans the line "I'm filled with a large number of powerful emotions", though this was for a scene on All My Circuits.
- "As a robot, I have no emotions, and sometimes that makes me feel very sad [cries]."
- Done throughout the entire episode of "I Second That Emotion".
- "I am literally angry with rage!"
- "I'm as angry as I've ever been!"
- Farnsworth does this twice in "The Sting." First, after Leela blames herself for Fry's death, he pats her on the back, tells her it's not her fault, then turns to the others and announces "I'm lying to make her feel better!" Then when Leela starts to think Fry's alive and insists he's "still out there," Farnsworth tries to wisecrack, "Of course he is... As a frozen corpse in outer space! Ohohoho! Oho, oh... now I made myself sad."
- "Fry stood me up and died? I'm so angry! I mean, I'm so sad. But I'm still angry! But also sad. Can I be both?...Then that's what I am!"
- American Dad! did this once. Francine walks in and is alerted to a zany scheme that Stan has been up to, but gives no reaction whatsoever. Klaus is amazed that she is taking the news remarkably well to which she responds:
Francine: Oh, I'm filled with rage. It's just that the Botox has left my face paralyzed. Am I scowling now? I want to be scowling.
- Looney Tunes: Marvin the Martian often says "You have made me very angry! *huff, puff* Very angry indeed!" Understandable, as it's often things that would prevent you from seeing the expression on his already hard to see face like... being disintegrated. Also, his voice doesn't emote... even after having been disintegrated. Once he said, "I'm not angry. Just very, very, hurt." This was immediately after a rocket ship from Earth had literally crashed into the telescope he was looking through, and he pulled himself out of the debris.
- The Land Before Time TV series saw fit to write a song called: "I feel so happy." Unfortunately, someone at the studio thought it would be a good idea to make it a recurring song.
- Mission Hill has an internal example, when the gay neighbors Wally and Gus reveal they fell in love during the filming of a movie. Wally, the director, cast Gus as an alien robot. But since Gus only has one facial expression, he had to make it obvious when he was angry by... installing two lights on his costume that went from "Calm" to "Angry!" Needless to say, the movie would have made Ed Wood proud, even curing a depressed man's sadness!
- In the Peanuts TV special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty says "My jealousy has overcome my reason!". Made especially Narmtastic by the delivery of the child actor. Which is what makes it even funnier, because you know that the child has no idea what they're actually talking about, they're just repeating the lines they were told to say.
- The Simpsons
Bart: Hey, back off, man!
- Parodied in the episode "Mobile Homer". The made-for-TV movie that Marge watches is practically nothing but That Makes Me Feel Angry moments. And since it was a parody of Lifetime movies of the week, that just makes it funnier.
- The episode "Skinner's Sense of Snow" features a low-budget Christmas movie entitled The Christmas that Almost Wasn't But then Was in which a smiling elf walks onscreen only to declare "I'm happy" before walking off-screen again.
- In "Hurricane Neddy", as Ned Flanders is chewing out his neighbors, he turns to Bart:
Ned: Okay, duuuuuuuude! I wouldn't want you to have a cow, maaaaaaaaaan. Here's a catchphrase you better learn for your adult years: "Hey, buddy, GOT A QUARTER?"!
Bart: I am shocked and appalled.
- Employed masterfully by mobster Fat Tony, who is so obsessed with coming off as Wicked Cultured that he articulates his every thought in absurdly precise language — and boy, is it ever chilling. ("I am not so much disappointed, as I am blinded by rage.")
- Deep Space Homer gave us this gem: "You know Homer when I first heard about this I went through a wide range of emotions. First I was nervous. Then anxious. Then apprehensive. Then kinda sleepy. Then worried. And then concerned.
- Homer and Marge after seeing a self help seminar.
Homer: Marge, I'm feeling a lot of shame right now.Marge: I'm hearing that you feel a lot of shame.Homer: And I feel that you hear my shame.Marge: I'm feeling annoyance and frustration, but also toleranceHomer: I feel validated by that.Marge: Good! I'm glad we had this talk.Homer: Me too. (Walks away happily whistling)
- Pretty much the entire point of The Transporters, a series of animations designed to help autistic children read facial expressions and understand the causes of emotions.
- Seems clearly inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine, which is also popular with autistic children for similar reasons. The engines' emotions are always easy to read. The shows plays it straight twice in the course of a minute in "Misty Island Rescue". Thomas tells the engines how losing an important bit of cargo "makes me feel badly," and Sir Topham Hatt says, when he enters, "that makes me cross."
- When X-Men foe Magneto gets angry, things begin to happen!
- Project Gee Ke R had a Stoic Big Bad that spoke in an even monotone most of the time, with no difference between normal speaking, "I'm filled with utter joy", and "I am furious, gentlemen. Positively livid."
- The Real Ghostbusters: Egon, at Winston's birthday party, deadpans to him "I just want to let you know... I'm having a wonderful time."
- Don Carnage of TaleSpin has "Ooooh, [you/they/it] make(s) me so angry!" as one of his catch phrases.
- Word for word by Superboy in Young Justice. As a six-month-old clone he's not very good at expressing his emotions.
- Mad Stan in Batman Beyond at one point offers "Now I'm REALLY mad!" during a fight with Batman. In case you somehow couldn't tell by the 5+ minute fight scene he'd already been through and his constant rantings against the evils of information.
- Inverted in The Ren & Stimpy Show for the episode "Sven Höek", where Ren announces "I'm so angry" and describes various horrible things he's going to do to Stimpy and Sven, all in a semi-insane happy tone of voice.
- A staple of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood spin-off Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. They sing about it, too.
- Done in the second episode of Sonic Boom when Amy organizes a councilor session between a sleep-deprived Sonic and an Eggman who's crashing in his house. Amy suggests having Sonic express his annoyance with the Doctor in this manner.
''"When you live here, it makes me feel angry...because you're a horrible roommate and nobody in this house likes you."
- On Regular Show, besides little kids, Quips' wife Monica is the only person who finds him funny, but she's incapable of laughter and can only express it in words.
Monica: He is so funny.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "One Bad Apple", Sweetie Belle responds to Babs Seed's bullying of the Cutie Mark Crusaders by asking herself "Why do I feel like crying?". She does when Babs commandeers their treehouse.
- Transformers Generation One has Bruticus, a Combining Mecha formed from the Combaticons. Unfortunately, even though four of his five components are of significantly above-average intelligence, the resulting gestalt mind is dumb as a stump (which is probably Brawl's fault). This leads to a supposedly threatening line in "Starscream's Brigade" being delivered in entirely deadpan Hulk Speak.
"Bruticus angry. Bruticus...devastate...Devastator."
- Played for Laughs in Total Drama Presents the Ridonculous Race with Crimson and Ennui. They almost always look completely impassive and speak in a dull monotone, but will describe their own, or the other's, feelings for the audience.
Crimson: What's wrong?Ennui: ...Nothing.Crimson: But you're so emotional.
- Truth in Television, at least, in the case of the business world. Calmly stating what you feel is one of the recommended ways to express your negative feelings if you're in a meeting, complete with an explanation of why you are feeling angry, so that the situation can be quickly defused before the discussion gets derailed from emotional outbursts. On the other hand, showing no emotion whatsoever (or at least making the attempt not to), and speaking in very precise and polite language to acknowledge what a manager is saying can be very very worrying to some managers.
- The same is true for healthy and communicative romantic relationships, where calmly explicit expression of one's hurt feelings is preferred to cryptic allusions or overly dramatic acts of retribution.
- Some mental disorders cause sufferers to not display emotions, so they have to verbally state what they are feeling if they want others to know. Learning disabilities can also cause this; a not uncommon trait of autistic people is to regularly ask people to just flat out state, in terms as simple and unambiguous as "I feel angry" because they don't trust themselves not to misinterpret subtlety or hints at what emotion is being expressed/felt by the subject.
- Nonviolent Communication's 4 steps: "I hear that you call me a liar. I'm angry because my need for trust isn't met. Is it okay for you to explain to me why you think I lied?". Or so...
- A significant amount of Real-Life use of this trope, at least in the United States, is the result of the increases in popularity of psychotherapy in the 1970s and 1980s, many forms of which involved calm, emotionless statements about one's emotions ("I'm feeling some anger around this issue.") This is especially common among the relatively affluent population, because the working-class population was less likely to be in a position to pay for therapy.
- While it does seem strange telling someone how you feel, it seems even more strange when you sign it. At least in Swedish sign language, facial expressions are extremely important, and you typically don't even mention a certain feeling without making a matching expression. Although most cultures have at least one commonly used hand gesture that suggests anger and contempt. This is common amongst all sign languages, and it's not just emotions; there are a wide variety of statements that need an accompanying facial expression. This is because, as sign language doesn't use the spoken word, they don't have tone of voice to gather people's moods from, so they have to use facial expressions. This can feel extremely silly and unnatural to a hearing person learning the language, but its a part of the grammar of sign languages.
- This is the reason for the interest around Lydia Callis. She was the sign language interpreter when Mayor Bloomberg of New York City gave several televised addresses before Hurricane Sandy hit and received a lot of attention for what was seen as an over-the-top and entertaining interpretation. This interview sums up her job, and the necessity of exaggerated body language, quite well.
- It is often advised to talk this way around small children and encourage them to talk this way, because they may have difficulty reading and expressing emotion.
- Same deal with people with Asperger's Syndrome or some other kind of autistic spectrum disorder. Most of them will actually use this trope themselves so as to avoid having any confusion caused by misreading of their ways of showing emotions.
- While this can be useful in certain situations, there's a reason this trope and so many others are noted to be considered creepy on this very wiki (namely, they're creepy in fiction because they're creepy in real life). To take an example at random, when Sartin and MacLennon reviewed FATAL, one of the first things they mentioned was the clinical, unemotional, wannabe-professional attitude the creator adopted on message boards when discussing the game, and how unsettling they found it (which is both describing an example of this trope, and an example in and of itself—my head's starting to spin). You know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Psychologists recommend this to deal with your negative emotions. Letting out your anger by, say, hitting your pillow is actually a destructive activity — it just increases your anger and makes it last longer, and it makes you more critical of the person you were mad at in the first place. Stating that you're angry and doing something constructive to solve the problem is the healthiest way to deal with anger.