"Astfgl had passed through the earlier stage of fury and was now in that calm lagoon of rage where the voice is steady, the manner is measured and polite, and only a faint trace of spittle at the corner of the mouth betrays the inner inferno."
There may come a time when going berserk simply does not work and in this case, many people choose to turn to Tranquil Fury. This state of mind allows much whoop-ass to be uncanned without undue stress. When the time comes for the showdown between the Hero
and the Big Bad
, do not expect to see furious angry rage. Instead, expect The Hero
)'s face to be serenely, eerily calm. They will not appear to be even slightly put out with the villain but that won't stop them from trying to hack the villain to hundreds of tiny pieces. A defeat by someone in the grip of Tranquil Fury is likely to be more comprehensive than others, as the job will be done in a properly thorough fashion.
This is different from The Quiet One
and The Stoic
. The character in the grip of Tranquil Fury isn't necessarily an emotional cripple, and in day to day life they may be perfectly normal and happy. What defines
Tranquil Fury is the tendency to become deadly serious
when it gets deadly serious.
Tranquil Fury is often preceded by the phrase "I didn't want to have to do this
," or something similar. A loose real-life equivalent would be the concept of mushin
. Typically, a Meditation Powerup
invokes or results in such a state.
Compare Don't Make Me Destroy You
; Bored With Insanity
; Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
; Rage Breaking Point
; and Heroic Safe Mode
Contrast: Berserker Tears
, Unstoppable Rage
. Compare and
contrast Dissonant Serenity
and Beware the Quiet Ones
. These characters often use Creepy Monotone
, Death Glare
, and Slasher Smile
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- The Punisher will vary between Tranquil Fury and Unstoppable Rage, depending on the situation and writer, although sometimes one hides the other. The point of the infamous Nicky Cavella incident from MAX series was to cause him to mess up, and it worked — he snapped even more than usual from his usual Unstoppable Rage to a Tranquil Fury. He just goes from Bad-Guy Bar to Bad-Guy Bar slaughtering unconnected criminals until the city officials rebury his family. Then he goes after Nicky.
- Gold Digger: When Julia Diggers went Mama Bear on the assassin Zero, who was waiting in ambush near her first student Gar's body mortally wounded and no longer breathing. He was count on seeing Gar causing Julia to lose her cool and he could take advantage of it to kill her, since Zero needed only the slightest opening to gain the edge. He was badly mistaken.
- Jack From Jupiter is on the rough end of this trope on The Boys.
- World War Hulk has the Hulk so angry that he becomes calm.
- Lyra, who is the daughter of the Hulk from a future timeline, becomes weaker as she becomes angrier, in contrast to her father. She is at her strongest when she is calm and collected.
- One Hulk persona, "The Professor", worked on the same principle that Lyra did as a failsafe, growing weaker to the point where he'd become "The Savage Banner", a Bruce Banner with the Savage Hulk's rage and (lack of) self-control, but none of Hulk's strength or Banner's intelligence.
- Turns out Soundwave is like this so much only he's immune to Frenzy's infrasonic manipulation (which doubles as turning everyone Axe Crazy).
- Wedge Antilles, in an arc where he confronts the man who killed his parents when he was younger, naturally flashes back to their deaths. When they were in the midst of their Heroic Sacrifice he was almost uncontrollable, understandably, but later he's scary calm. It slips a little, but he was still cold. Outside of the flashback and having to deal with the man, he's rigidly polite... until the guy has him locked up and goads◊ him.
- The novels mention a few times that the Wedge in starfighter combat is very unlike the usual Wedge - much, much more focused. It may not just be in combat, but when he has a purpose in mind and can't let himself fail - Iella remarks on this. One of his pilots, Wes Janson, is a snarky prankster, but similarly becomes extremely focused and controlled in combat.
- This is exactly the reason you do not piss off Spider-Man. You wouldn't know it considering how he loves talk, but the nanosecond you get him to stop joking (usually by doing something to threaten his family or friends), you've ensured yourself a very painful and thorough defeat.
- Or death, if it just happens to be a What If universe. Oh, and if it wasn't for a Cosmic Retcon Spider-Man would've committed his first real murder.
- Evident when he believes that his rogue gallery killed a newborn baby. He spends the next issue barely uttering a word and shows a Batman level of efficiency and ruthlessness.
- V of V for Vendetta serves his vengeance cold, not once raising his voice to his targets (unless you count Madam Justice). His kills are usually done quietly and made to look like unrelated accidents, but by the time we see him in the comic, he's elevated killing to high theater. Sometimes he slaughters men while reciting Shakespeare or Bible verses, sometimes he abducts them and puts on little plays, or manipulates an Innocent Bystander into doing the killing for him, and in the "Vertigo" episode simply stands motionless in complete silence and compels his victim to kill himself. The fact that at all times he's wearing a mask with the most cheerful smile imaginable makes him all the more terrifying to those who wronged him.
- This is how Watchmen's Rorschach operates. Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. Rorschach is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he orders Manhattan to kill him. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
- This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a Clint Squint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.
- Word of advice: when Superman gets angry and you don't have kryptonite on you, run. Sure, no one but The Flash can outrace him, but he'll respect the effort, and your best shot is to hope that something more important will distract him in the seconds he lets you run. However, when he's gone past the point of anger, and entered Batman-levels of rage, Red Eyes, Take Warning and all, pray to your maker, because you'll be lucky to end up in critical condition.
- When Superman narrowly managed to defeat Subjekt-17, an alien with strength and speed on par with him coupled with Psychic Powers, Subjekt-17 comments:
"You get cold inside when angry, Superman, but never wild."
- When Captain Marvel rampages after his friend Scott died taking a bullet for him, Superman comes to berate him, only to find Marvel cryings his eyes out over Scott's death. After Marvel showed Supes his secret identity, that of a ten-year-old boy, Supes' eyebrows arch with fury. He later tears into Shazam (the wizard) for forcing Billy to shoulder the burden of the world.
- Speaking of Bats... he starts off as The Stoic, then goes into an Unstoppable Rage, and then... let's just say that you really, really, really don't want to make him go past that point. It's saying something when a normal human in that state can scare characters akin to gods - then again, Batman ain't a "normal human" per se.
- During the second Batman/The Punisher crossover, while The Punisher rides the hate and enjoys it, Batman reminds himself to remain calm and emotionless, to ignore the hate and use it to take out those who are overcome by it.
- One story in Deadpool #900 has the Merc With The Mouth going to a psychiatrist. During the session Deadpool brings up his occasional "pro bono" work when something really catches his attention, and mentions a story about a therapist who took sexual advantage of a young girl who was his patient, eventually driving her to suicide. Eventually it's revealed that he's speaking to that very same therapist. Deadpool then beheads the man and quietly walks away. The kicker? Deadpool's usual wisecracking internal dialogue was notably absent from the story until after the therapist was killed, showing that Deadpool was 100% not fucking around.
- Wolverine is known for entering Unstoppable Rage moments. In fact, it's kinda his trademark, but also an Achilles' Heel, since he's somewhat mindless when like this, so you MAY be able survive. God help you if you piss him off SO much that he goes past this and regains control...
- The opposite is the case for his daughter/Opposite-Sex Clone, X-23. Normally she's chillingly cold, calm and efficient while gutting you. If Laura gets visibly angry, she's either under the effects of the trigger scent, or you've done something to really, really piss her off. In both cases you should run. Fast.
- Paperinik New Adventures has Xadhoom. It doesn't look that way, as you usually see her killing Evrons in the most painful way she could think of, but at the end of her introductory story she revealed that if she ever lost control she'd become a nova, and that's when you realize she's in full Tranquil Fury. A later story reveals that Xadhoom is unable to go into Unstoppable Rage mode (in the occasion she was mad beyond reason and tried to let her control slip, but she survived and produced a relatively small explosion), and another showed she's able to weaponize her hate when she killed an Evron cyborg capable to absorb emotions by letting her control slip just a little for a single moment, killing the cyborg by indigestion.
- The Taskmaster is generally pretty cold and hard to piss off, but in Agent X, we see him let Agent X whale on a domestic abuser, who promised the victim he wouldn't kill the guy. Then, after X leaves:
"I didn't promise her a damn thing."
- Empowered is mostly prone to Unstoppable Rage when her friends are threatened or the bad guys push her too far, but her most spectacular display by far was one where she totally zoned out and just disintegrated a small army of ninjas who were threatening Ninjette. Afterward, she had no memory of the incident.
- Though it's heavily hinted that that was her suit taking control.
- Captain Marvel of all people can do this when sufficiently angry. Most of the time Cap's just about the sweetest guy there is, but even he has his limits. When a group of hired killers murdered Billy Batson's best friend, Captain Marvel stormed into the police headquarters and grabbed the lead killer by the head, and started speaking to him in this trope.
Captain Marvel: Who hired you? Tell me now. Or I'll crush your head ... Then I'll walk downstairs to the holding cells and ask your partners... I'll bring your dead, headless body with me... and then they'll tell me. So... for the last time... who hired you?
- The next scene showed Captain Marvel hovering outside Dr. Sivana's office, revealing the assassin Sivana had hired had told Cap everything he wanted to know. Beware the Nice Ones indeed.
- Made worse since the person making this chillingly effective threat is a little boy.
- In the middle of a fight between the Secret Six and the Doom Patrol, something clicks inside Mad Hatter's badly addled brain and he manages to put Negative Man and Bumblebee out of commission with just one word each, while another word turns Elasti-Girl against her teammates. This manages to turn the fight in the Six's favor.
- In The Sandman, the first hint we get that there's something off about Thessaly is when she wakes up and calmly kills off a Cuckoo by smashing its head against a wall.
- Watson enters this in the fanfic Mortality, when interrogating a criminal on his friend's whereabouts. It's pretty scary.
- Emily Hastings from An Entry With A Bang does this when a friend of hers gets killed, toying with the ASF pilot responsible and taking him out methodically weapon-by-weapon.
- These lines from Team 8 after Neji demolishes Hinata in the Chuunin Exam preliminaries demonstrate both this trope and his knowledge that Naruto will not take this lightly.
Shino: What variety of flowers would be appropriate?
Shino: For your teammate's funeral.
- Made even more awesome by being said by the normally emotionless/logical Shino.
- Vtan 'Arume goes into this after his old friend Rukth is killed. Vtan's human friend Perry states that this is the first time he's ever been truly scared of Vtan. Torikus also had a moment during which he acted like a "calculating murderer".
- After his subordinates are wiped out, a Yakuza boss in Kyon Big Damn Hero enters Tranquil Fury.
- It's also one interpretation of Kyon's mental state after someone nearly killed Tsuruya.
- In the last installment of the Elemental Chess Trilogy, Roy Mustang is on trial for the murder of Fuhrer Grumman. As the Amoral Attorney prosecutor continues to badger him about everything under the sun, he gets progressively more and more agitated. Then the prosecutor is pushing the idea that Roy committed the crime to further his ambitions, and Roy points out that even setting aside the other reasons he wouldn't have done it, he could never hurt his wife by committing such an act.
"Well," says the prosecutor, "maybe you love your ambition more than you love your wife."
If Ed were blind, he would still be able to see that this is the Wrongest Thing anyone has ever said to Mustang. He fully expects him to light the prosecutor on fire, although this wouldn't exactly help his case. At the very least, he expects Mustang to explode.
He doesn't. His black eyes are burning a hole through the prosecutor's head, but he remains seated, clutching the arms of the chair in a furious grip. And when he speaks, his voice is dangerously low and hissing, and fully informing the prosecutor that he has crossed the uncrossable line.
"I don't love anything more than my wife."
- In The Last Spartan, The Master Chief struggles to remain composed when Saren dismissively calls him by his real name.
- In Progress, Princess Luna goes into tranquil fury mode when Prince Blueblood makes hurtful and lewd comments towards Sundance. She maintains a perfectly calm facade while sending him for a gut-wrenching test ride that leaves him thoroughly shaken, and he makes a hasty exit.
- Fluttershy in Ace Combat The Equestrian War, while fighting Razor. Until she deals the finishing blow.
Fluttershy: I... I will not run! You will not hurt my friends again!
- This becomes Rainbow Dash's default mood after her augmentation in Deus Ex Equine Revengeance.
- In A Month as Naruto Uzumaki, Sarutobi spends a month as Naruto to see how bad the village really treats him. In less than 3 weeks he decides he's seen enough and recalls something the First Hokage told him, "A Hokage must never give into rage. But, should your anger be too much to contain, you must make sure that your anger be three things. Your rage must be cold. Your rage must be reasoned. And your rage must be legendary." In the end, Naruto owns roughly 30% of Konoha, the Uchiha clan is down to six children, and the entire main branch of the Hyuuga clan has been wiped out except for Hinata (Hiashi had told Hanabi about Sarutobi's law).
- In MSLN Test Dummies, Roland goes into this when he learns about the screwed-up training battle Crash has gotten into.
- In White Devil of the Moon Vita gets an uncomfortable reminder of just why she gave Nanoha the moniker White Devil when her sister is kidnapped.
- Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: After recovering from Chrysalis' attack, Celestia tracks her down amongst the chaos of the invasion for a rematch in order to punish her for threatening her subjects (especially Spike). When she finds her, she doesn't even raise her voice as she threatens her.
- Harry enters this in Old Soldiers Never Die when, during a raid on a Death Eater hideout, he finds a woman they kept as "entertainment".
Harry: "Did we take any of them alive?"
McLain: "A few sir."
McLain: "I said no sir. They died to the last."
- In A Midsummer Night's Dream, this is Michael's reaction in chapter 8 to learning the ponies found the wreckage of Brawler Yukon and have been suppressing the news for three months.
- In the first chapter of the Star Trek fic Safe and Sound, Winona Kirk goes into a tranquil fury when she comes face to face with Khan. It's very awesome, and describing it here could not do the scene justice.
- In chapter 25 of the Star Trek: The Original Series fic Insontis, Spock becomes coldly furious when a visitor performs a shirt lift on the eight-year-old Kirk.
Spock was utterly expressionless, eyes devoid of anything but pure ice. That in itself was scary, because [the security team] knew that no one was as pure cool Vulcan as their Vulcan when he was restraining the urge to kill someone.
- Just like in Canon, in A Grudge Not Held, Gin does not get angry easily, but when he does, he stays in control and it is terrifying. In the past, when a Hollow hurt Rangiku, he spent half a hour torture the creature before purifying it. In the present, when Luppi hurt and left scars on her, her husband tortured the Arrancar by gradually chopping off his tentacles one by one before moving to the main body, all while smiling without saying a word. Luppi, in his fear, described that smile as a bloodthirsty smile of a crocodile or a snake.
- In Mega Man Reawakened, Wily has this with Break Man and Bass in Arc 5, chapter 5.
- According to Word of God in The Boy With The Magic Notebook, Coil used his power multiple times during the meeting with other villains and the Protectorate when Maxwell arrives with them due to how much his aid to the city has set back his plans.
- In the Fairly OddParents Fanfic Never Had A Friend Like Me, Norm slips into this after the Anti-Fairies and Pixies threaten to kill his current master (a little girl) in a plot to kill Timmy and out of sheer spite. He speaks in the same sarcastic tone, and becomes stone-faced when silent, but everyone can see the anger in his eyes, feel great magical energy in him building and waiting to be released, and it's terrifying to those present.
- Naruto and Hinata learn they've taken this too far in People Lie when they realize that Sasuke doesn't believe their very serious threats to kill him because they've learned to unconsciously suppress their killing intent.
- When Ichigo's truly pissed in A Protector's Pride, he'll appear completely calm while his reiatsu drives even captain level fighters to their knees.
- In Fist Of The Moon Rei notes that Ranma never frowns, yells, or snarls while in the dojo. S/he only ever smiles or wears a serious expression. The latter means you've screwed up. Then, when Ranma is getting ready to "spar" with Mamoru after he condescends about Ranma's abilities, Ranma doesn't get serious. Instead, s/he acts very ditzy and cheerful, answering a question of his with a bright "Yeppers!", before ghosting around every one of Mamoru's attacks (Akane and Makoto are the only ones to realizes that Ranma dodges them al by the exact same margin of distance) before effortlessly handing Mamoru his honey on a platter.
- In the Soul Eater fanfic Oblivion, the Gorgon sisters' mother gets this when five-year-old Shaula tells her how her older sisters have been bullying her and telling her she's too weak to live. She doesn't yell at them, but young!Arachne and young!Medusa are apparently scared to be punished by her.
- In ''Matsu's Ashikabi, when Dumbledore arrives to "collect" Harry Potter and bring him to Hogwarts, Matsu is described being so furious she didn't even feel upset, merely "dully polite". She also spends the entire visit plastering Dumbledore and his companions all over the International Most Wanted List, exposing the Wizarding World by streaming the conversation online, and creating plans to unleash the entire Sekirei species upon the Wizarding World in open war if necessary.
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- Act of Valor. After Lt. Rorke's Heroic Sacrifice, Chief Dave gets up and proceeds to solo the cartel and suicide bombers with barely a sound, just intense, cold, focus.
- Eric Draven, in the big shootout in the club towards the end of The Crow: "You're all going to die." Said so calmly and quietly he probably wasn't even heard over the thumping music.
- John Preston in Equilibrium in the climax, somewhat paradoxically. Fighting for the right to feel emotion, he delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on the villains immediately after his polygraph readings completely flatline.
Preston: No. Not without incident.
- River does this whenever she enters her battle mode created by her Alliance conditioning. After getting "switched on" by a subliminal message, she wastes a room full of rough customers without seeming to notice what she's doing. In the climax, she voluntarily kicks ass with about as much tranquility.
- Zoe has a similar moment after Wash is killed. She's shown very calmly loading her shotgun, and when the Reavers attack, she slowly rises from behind cover, blasting away, and closes into melee with them with the disturbingly calm look on her face. That all fades away when she proceeds to stab that Reaver to a bloody mush.
- In Mission: Impossible, Ethan Hunt does this when he realizes that, not only is his team dead, his boss thinks he's the mole.
Kittridge: Ethan, I understand you're upset...
- In The Princess Bride:
- Dustin Hoffman's long-awaited rampage at the end of Straw Dogs. He's slightly nervous, and that's about it.
- William Wallace in Braveheart after his wife is killed. His expression is virtually blank from the moment he rides into the village to the moment he cuts the murderer's throat.
- In Aguirre, the Wrath of God, when Aguirre makes his final monologue proclaiming eternal vengeance on any who would disobey him, to a raft of corpses and monkeys no less, he speaks with in a low, sedate voice. This was Enforced Method Acting on the part of Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski wanted to do the scene in a rage, but Herzog intentionally infuriated him off-camera until he was so exhausted that he performed the scene in what appears to be tranquil fury.
- The assassin named T, from the Singaporean movie One Last Dance, has this as his signature style. It is shown mainly in the confrontation with his former partner-in-crime, as well as the ensuing revenge on the men who raped his friend's sister.
- Michael Corleone in The Godfather. You do not desire to make him think it's not just business.
- Would-be presidential assassin Mitch Leary in In the Line of Fire.
- The protagonist of I Saw the Devil may qualify, as he gets on a revenge fest, looking very calm and cold most of the time. His fury goes on during the whole movie.
- In X-Men: First Class, Erik's powers are manifested through anger, until Charles helps by telling him "true focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity."
- It must've rubbed off from being with Magneto but throughout most of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique is searing with rage and on her way to becoming the remorseless killer she was in the original trilogy. Until the end where she spares Trask's life and thus creates a new timeline.
- In Snatch, Brick Top is always very loud and aggressive. Until he gets truly pissed off. Then he gets very, very quiet.
- When Ip Man challenges the ten Japanese pugilists after seeing Master Liu get shot, he is calm and focused, with only a steely Death Glare to show his anger, even when he's dislocating joints and dealing out other brutality.
- For most of Star Trek: First Contact, Jean-Luc Picard appears to be the very same composed, rational man that we see throughout the series. As the movie progresses, however, several out-of-character actions betray Picard's utter fury at the Borg, and show that he sees the situation as an opportunity to take revenge on the Collective.
- For that matter, Data (who's had an emotion chip implanted, making him no longer The Stoic) gets what is probably the character's Crowning Moment Of Triumph in the movie: a very calm, measured "Resistance is futile."
- In Cape Fear, Max Cady has a quiet, permanent animal rage under his skin. And occasionally, it breaks out. This is especially true with Robert Mitchum's portrayal. This is part of what makes him so terrifying.
- At the climax of The Avengers, Bruce Banner reveals that this is his normal resting state and he can turn into The Hulk at a second's notice, with no drawn-out transformation sequence required. This seems to imply that his out-of-control transformations are reserved for when he's really mad.
Captain America: Doctor Banner. Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.
Bruce Banner: *Smiles* That's my secret, Cap. I'm always angry.
- This ties directly back to The Incredible Hulk, where Banner is initially shown attempting to prevent his transformations through meditation. In the film's final scenes, Banner's meditation leads to what may be his first moment of Tranquil Fury—he is seconds away from becoming the Hulk while outwardly appearing perfectly calm.
- In Drive, the Drivers stoic demeanor turns out to be a thin lid on a boiling pit of rage as a horrified Irene and one hapless mook find out in the infamous elevator scene.
- Taken: "You don't remember me, do you? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you."
- The Daimajin Trilogy is this at its climax when the giant Idol finally awakens to wreck havoc on those whom have desecrated his holy grounds. Named the the evil overlords that are currently ruling the land.
- If Anderson's mind scan is correct, this is Judge Dredd's natural state of being.
- Sherlock Holmes: Professor Moriarty is quite calm after Sherlock reveals that his plans have been foiled and he's soon to face prison time for his crimes against everyone involved. His response? Just offering to light Sherlock's pipe and smiling... while telling him of his plans for Watson and his wife. Clearly, it takes a lot more before Moriarty flies off the handle in a fit of rage.
- The Addams Family: Morticia's talk with Fester, when Gomez suspects he's an imposter.
- Billy Jack. He really tries...
- Yoda confronting Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith: "At an end, your rule is. And not short enough it was, I must say."
- Yogi Bear: Ranger Smith displays this masterfully after Yogi's stunt goes horribly wrong and wrecks the park, leading to him giving Yogi a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while barely raising his voice.
- In Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Kenshin, Misao, and Eiji arrive at the Shingetsu village (which has been taken over by Shishio Makoto's forces), to find the dead bodies of Eiji's parents hanging from a huge tree in the town square. When Shishio's men come out to greet them , Kenshin simply tells Misao to look after Eiji while he proceeds systematically kick the ass of all of Shishio's men. Despite the apparent cool demeanor on the rurouni's face, one can tell he's completely furious by how vicious and unforgiving his attacks are.
- The titular character in "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" After being blackmailed and brutally raped by her new caseworker, Lisbeth Salander mentions that "cooperative" is very much NOT the same as "submissive." Where another might fly into a homicidal rage or even BSOD, the heroine instead puts the scumbag in his place with a focus and purpose not unlike channeling a nuclear blast through a gun barrel. having captured the rape on camera, she turns the tables and blackmails HIM, but not before giving him a taste of his own medicine, tattooing "I Am A Sadistic Pig, a Pervert, and a Rapist" on his chest, and leaving him tied up to think about what he did.
- In one of the Callahans Crosstime Saloon stories Jake mentions that Callahan doesn't shout or get loud when he's really angry, but he'll do that to people who don't know him if they act like jerks to intimidate them. When he well and truly pissed, he doesn't say a word.
- Harry's entire fight with Voldemort at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a great example of this. In fact, if Mr. Potter isn't going out of his mind with rage — if he is in fact calm and collected — be afraid. Because you're about to get had.
- Also, Professor McGonagall's conversation with Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix. Everytime McGonagall's angry, you will see this trope.
- This is Snape's default setting, along with Deadpan Snarker. Him snapping at Harry in a fury towards the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince makes the Wham Line all the more potent.
- Dumbledore goes into a variation of this whenever he disciplines his students - however, instead of quiet anger his attitude is quiet disappointment. In the few times Harry has had to be disciplined by Dumbledore, he believes that he would have preferred him shouting in rage. However, Dumbledore is capable of going into a tranquil fury which is truly something to behold:
At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore's face as he stared down at the unconscious form of Mad-Eye Moody
was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined. There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore's face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles. There was cold fury
in every line of the ancient face; a sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat.
- Remus Lupin from Harry Potter is perfectly calm when he is confronting his former friend, Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, about betraying the Potters. His voice grows colder but he never once yells, even though it's clear he is furious. Even when he agrees to kill him, he just says "I think so," to Sirius's suggestion of killing him together.
- A trait of Sparhawk. In fact, when his wife is kidnapped, he acts so calm that one of the knights (who's infatuated with her) tells him that he doesn't love her, or he would be angrier. Some very scared friends of Sparhawk have to stop him and describe this trope for him before something unfortunate happens.
- Also, the final battle of the Tamuli Trilogy. Being a God kinda helps.
- Also shows up a few times in the Belgariad. Notably after Bethra is murdered, when Silk calmly and methodically butchers everyone remotely involved, and shows absolutely no remorse when called on it afterward.
- Invoked ad infinitum in The Black Jewels Trilogy, where hot anger is the lesser danger; Blood can be pushed to something called the 'killing edge' which is a sort of glacially calm-seeming berserker state. You can be sure that when a character is speaking "too gently" or is "too calm" that they are a breath away from tearing someone apart.
There were winds that came down from the north, screaming over miles of ice, picking up moisture as they tore over the cooling sea until, when they finally touched a man, the cold, knife-sharp damp seeped into his bones and chilled him in places the hottest fire couldn't warm. Saetan, when he was this calm, this still, was like those winds.
- Captain Carrot, in Men at Arms dropped the Big Bad with barely a word. He would be just doing his duty... if it weren't for the Big Bad having shot his girlfriend. Significantly, he does so by putting a sword into (well, through) a stone, which earlier in the book is described as vastly more impressive than drawing a sword out of a stone. Said Big Bad was between Carrot's sword and the aforementioned stone. Carrot's expression does not change.
- Normally accompanied by Carrot calmly pointing out that "personal isn't the same as important." He really believes this too — in Jingo he manages to have a quiet sleep while sailing after his kidnapped girlfriend, because it won't do him any good if he's tired once he catches up to her.
- The one time Carrot abandons this trope (when he chases after Angua in The Fifth Elephant), he ends up getting utterly pwned by Angua's brother. Which was very likely (perhaps subconsciously) The Plan on Carrot's part, to put himself in a position where Angua would have to come to his aid, and therefore force her hand against her brother.
- Vimes' thoughts on the subject are virtually the definition of Tranquil Fury (with a side of Evil Gloating).
"If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you are going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat. They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the murder like another man will put off a good cigar. So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word."
- Vimes himself gets into one of these — most of his rages are barbaric, but at the end of Night Watch, facing Carcer, he calmly, carefully, and methodically disarms him, pins him against a wall, and arrests him. Vimes may be the master of the unstoppable rampage, but he can also gain the attention and expectant silence of a conference room full of squabbling aristocrats by becoming completely still with suppressed rage.
- Terry Pratchett quite likes having his heroes remain outwardly calm as they knock seven bells out of the villains. Granny Weatherwax seems to do it once per book, and is described as storing up her anger behind a mental dam in her head, so that when she really needs it she can turn the tap and let it out.
- Though it may be that Granny Weatherwax exists in a permanent state of Tranquil Fury because she wanted to be a wicked witch, but her sister chose to be the "wicked" one and didn't even have the common courtesy to enjoy it which left Granny with no choice but to be the "good" witch. Again and again, you see how much she despises the people of Lancre, her own closest friends not excepted, yet her entire life is devoted to helping them overcome their various troubles. Of all the characters in the Discworld novels, she seems to be the most effective force for good, and the most glaring example of Good Is Not Nice.
- In Making Money, Moist Von Lipwig inadvertently accuses Vetinari of potentially murdering an old woman. This is a Very Big Mistake, and one of the very few things that could cause this reaction:
Vetinari: I am extremely angry, Mr. Lipwig.
- In the first Incarnations of Immortality novel "On a Pale Horse," when Zane comes fully into his power as the Incarnation of Death, because Satan has kidnapped and is torturing his Love Interest, he radiates Tranquil Fury when he goes to rescue her. Mooks? He calmly lets them shoot at him, to no effect. Hellhounds? He calmly grasps them and disintegrates them. And his encounter with Satan at the climax? Handled calmly, with complete certainty of purpose.
- At least one Bad Ass in every single one of David Gemmell's novels — if it's a secondary character, they will die by the end of the novel; if the main character doesn't do this at the beginning, he'll probably figure out how by the end.
- Waylander especially. In the first novel, Dardalion uses his powers to observe Waylander's aura and describes it as a state of "controlled fury."
- And his long-time friend was clearly a case of Dissonant Serenity, as his aura was one of calmness. This is maybe the time to remind you that David Gemmell has probably known violence first-hand as a bouncer. It might be a case of Truth in Television or not, everyone has to make up his/her own mind on this.
- Richard from the Sword of Truth series, both when turning the blade white and when he dances with the spirits of previous Seekers. Which is probably the reason that it's alluded to that people are flat fucking terrified of the Sword of Truth and its wielder. In fact, learning to control his temper is a key part of Richard being the Seeker in the first place, as anyone less righteously angry than this trope gets mind-raped by the sword for using it.
- Myth Adventures: Guido usually regards violence and threats as work, but shows this in M.Y.T.H. Inc in Action:
"What are you? Some kind of PACIFIST?"
"What... did... you... call... me...?" I sez in my softest voice, which I only use on special occasions.
- This also tends to happen on the rare occasions when Skeeve really loses his temper. He gets very cold and very calm and people start backing away very fast.
- In Phule's Company, it is shown that when Phule gets mad, he becomes coldly calculating, and is truly terrifying to behold.
- From Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
- In Barrayar when Aral apparently catches Cordelia canoodling with Lt Koudelka. When Cordelia goes to have it out with him she wonders if she can keep her voice down and reflects: "Aral's no problem; when he gets mad he whispers."
- In Memory, Emperor Gregor was confronting the man who tried to take out his head of security to take the position for himself, framed Gregor's foster brother for the crippling attack, then framed the Empress-to-be's friend and tried to bribe the aforementioned foster brother, who at that time was serving as an Imperial Auditornote when the frame-up didn't stick. The foster brother in question observed that Gregor was "so neutral he was grey."
Miles: [Thinking] So this is what rage looks like on him.
- Ivan was probably remembering that interview in this exchange from A Civil Campaign:
Ivan: . . .You don't want to know what [Emperor Gregor] looks like when he gets mad.
Byerly: [Interested] Why? What does he look like?
Ivan: Exactly the same as he does the rest of the time. That's the scary part.
- Honor Harrington:
- Honor personifies this in her duel with Pavel Young. He tried to rape her in the academy, he's used his family connections to block her advancement, he's left her to die when he was her superior, he arranged the death of her lover, and when she managed to corner him and challenge him to a duel, he broke the laws on dueling by turning early. Her response was to send 3 bullets into his heart without a single twitch of facial muscle despite his cheating in the duel and turning around early to shoot her in the back.
- From the (first) climax of Flag in Exile, Honor calmly interrupts Protector Benjamin — a shocking violation of Grayson propriety — when he was trying to offer her a way to avoid dueling a person accused of treason, and simply asks if he wants the traitor crippled or dead. Moreover, she maintains that utter calm throughout the (very short) duel. Her opponent was a very good fencer, but Honor has been killing people efficiently in one form or another for decades at this point.
- This is how her husband sees her.
It was a merciless something, her "monster"—something that went far beyond military talent, or skills, or even courage. Those things, he knew without conceit, he, too, possessed in plenty. But not that deeply personal something at the core of her, as unstoppable as Juggernaut, merciless and colder than space itself, that no sane human being would ever willingly rouse. In that instant her husband knew, with an icy shiver which somehow, perversely, only made him love her even more deeply, that as he gazed into those agate-hard eyes, he looked into the gates of Hell itself. And whatever anyone else might think, he knew now that there was no fire in Hell. There was only the handmaiden of death, and ice, and purpose, and a determination which would not—could not—relent or rest.
- Honor's reaction when she finds some of her captured subordinates who have been brutally raped and beaten over and over and over, in The Honor of the Queen. She calmly walks out of the room, finds the CO of the base that allowed it to happen, and is only barely prevented from calmly blowing his brains out when a marine in power armor physically interposes himself, while one of her crew begs her to not do it and throw away her career. She doesn't lower the gun until a man representing the local authorities promises the man will be executed by the courts.
- In Honor's earliest chronological appearance as a midshipwoman, an older officer speaks approvingly of her ability to read the riot act to someone without ever needing to raise her voice.
- Really, anybody in the Honorverse who can maintain a level of Tranquil Fury is going to be about twenty times more dangerous than someone who rants, raves, and screams. Perhaps best highlighted with Manticore's Queen Elizabeth. She's an intelligent, crafty, and very effective leader. If she keeps her head. Her biggest blunders, such as failing to get into a better position to head off the High Ridge Government's excesses and resuming hostilities with Haven after peace talks were sabotaged, occurred primarily because the "famed Winton temper" was provoked.
- When Shannon Foraker is truly angry, she does not rant, rave, or lose control. Instead she creates a few simple lines of computer code that, when sent out over the tac net, wipes out two whole squadrons of State Sec ships by causing their fusion bottles to fail. Her comment on this is "Oops."
- Arnold Giancola has a huge Oh, Crap moment when he realises how drastically he has misread President Eloise Pritchart's apparent calm.
- Badass Princess Abigail Hearns does not bluster, rant, or rave when she is angry, preferring to vaporize the targets of her anger with bomb-pumped laser missiles. Lots of bomb-pumped laser missiles. And when she feels God is on her side... watch out.
- Sherlock Holmes in "The Three Garriedbs" when Watson is wounded, Holmes lets the criminal know in no uncertain terms that if his best friend had died on him, said criminal wouldn't have left the room alive. Great thinking, Evans. Not. Here's the threat:
- Basically? Never, EVER, attempt to harm Watson in front Holmes. He really doesn't like that. Do. Not. Do. It.
- The Outlaw Chronicles have Robin Hood himself as being almost perpetually like this, being described by Tuck as a 'Cold-hot man.' Fire inside, icy control on the outside. And the results are terrifying. The narrator, Alan Dale, has by Book 3 begun to become something similar, previously mentioning his wife (who has an incredible temper matched only by her courage) having described him as ruthless, without pity, and Friar Tuck as being a cold man.
- Gordon Dickson wrote a short story about this, in which the dominant powers of the galaxy recruit a Token Brigade of humans and other less-advanced species to help fight an oncoming invasion—they're useless, but they have a stake in the outcome and deserve to have a shot. Turns out said dominant powers are Straw Vulcans—when they see how large the invasion fleet is, they prepare to surrender because their calculations indicate there's no way to win (even though surrender means the destruction of all life in the galaxy). The "less-advanced" folks pass through a state of fury and into Tranquil Fury, allowing them to use the ship's psychic weapons more effectively; it then turns out that the super-aliens never considered a berserker one-ship attack as a viable tactic. The enemies are thrown into disarray, and the defenders win the day.
- Chili Palmer, the Anti-Hero of Get Shorty originally got his nickname on account of a Hot-Blooded personality. Over time though, he cooled down to the point of icy calmness and his nickname took on a new meaning. He is a Loan Shark who can get payment without raising his voice or ever needing to use violence. When someone gets on his bad side, he evidences only a slight irritation.
"Look at me."
- The eponymous hero of Andrew Vachss' Burke novels is a master of this:
You know what it takes to sit across the table from a man, listen to him talk, look into his eyes ... and then blow his brains all over the wallpaper?
And the more of that you have, the easier it is.
- The books also deconstruct the trope by showing it as it is: an incredibly dangerous sign of mental illness. This is best demonstrated with the Posthumous Character of Wesley; despite (or perhaps because of) never speaking above a whisper or losing his temper, he was the most vicious killer in a series full of Badass Combat Pragmatists.
- John Kelly/Clark, from Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, is another shining example; indeed, the Dryden quote in the quotes page for this trope appears on the opening page of Without Remorse, the book that explains how and why Navy SEAL and Vietnam vet John Kelly became the CIA's deadliest black operative, Mr. Clark.
- In the Iain M. Banks Culture novel The Player of Games, there is an example of Tranquil Fury against a whole civilisation. The protagonist, Jurneau Gurgeh is sent to the foreign Azadian empire to play in a games tournament (winning the tournament makes you the emperor). After having a fairly enjoyable time playing and drinking in what he sees as a crude but still interesting society, Jurneau's companion shows him just how bad things are in the empire (exploitation of mentally sick people, no support for the elderly or poor, brutal police force etc). He gets a bit upset, but doesn't think much of it. He's then shown a series of TV programs showing, in order, normal pornography, sado-dominative pornography, and finally, the most twisted kinds of sexually motivated anatomically horrific torture possibly conceived (a particularly vile example shows a pregnant woman being thrown into a room with a violently psychopathic prisoner armed with knife and injected with a massive amount of sex hormones). He is then informed that this kind of thing happens all the time in the Azadian Empire. Cue his next games match. Where previously, he'd been playing out of sport and fun, Jurneau utterly annihilates his opponent in the most absolute way possible.
- It's a sign of how complex a writer Banks is that the opponent being annihilated is the most sympathetic one Gurgeh has ever faced and the penalty for losing is gelding. And what makes it worse is that the opponent is pregnant for the first time and will lose all hope of ever having children, as well as his/her job (the ruling class in the Empire are hermaphrodites.) There are strong hints that Gurgeh has been driven somewhat Ax-Crazy by seeing the dark side of the Empire up close and personal. Lampshaded in the passage where Gurgeh's opponent (a judge) looks in his eyes and realizes that this is what every convict he has ever sentenced has seen... judgment, without mercy.
- Yo-less, in Johnny and the Bomb.
[Johnny]'d never seen Yo-less so angry. It was a kind of rigid, brittle anger.
- When Kate Daniels is angry, she swears and threatens violence. When she's really angry, she sits still and speaks calmly, and only her Empathic Weapon gives her away.
Red made me very, very angry.
"Your sword's smoking," the female bouda said.
"It does that occasionally." My voice sounded flat.
- Douglas Hill's series Last Legionary. A sci-fi story, a entire planet of warriors trained from birth to the utmost levels of physical and mental perfection, to sell their services as mercenaries. Until all but one gets wiped out by a planet-killer bomb. The best part? This is the state of mind every last one of them gets trained in for combat purposes.
- In The Gathering Storm, Rand spends most of the book after killing Semirhage in a deliberate state of Tranquil Fury. Everyone, including Cadsuane and Tuon, find it infinitely creepy and terrifying, especially considering the contrast with his highly vocal releases of rage which had increased in both duration and frequency during the course of his six book mental breakdown.
- For that matter look at the Aes Sedai all throughout the books. An angry Aes Sedai is always described as being "cool" and not showing outward signs of emotion.
- Niko, the martial-arts expert, self-educated, "Buddha-loving" swordsman brother of Cal Leandros is almost always tranquil, the epitome of Zen. But threaten the ones he loves, especially his little brother, and that tranquility turns into a cold rage that makes him the perfect weapon, driven by nothing but the desire to bring death. He says himself that the thing he does best is kill.
- In Raymond E Feist's Rise of A Merchant Prince After his father in law is killed, Rupert notes down that the way of getting revenge is keep the fury cold and calculating, so one can properly formulate a plot that can succeed, and then let the anger burn hot and fierce when it completes.
- In The Dresden Files: Changes, this defines how Harry spends the majority of the book, with him struggling to keep his ever-intensifying anger at what is happening to his daughter from transforming into an outright Unstoppable Rage. As he points out at the beginning of the book, a wizard who cuts loose can level city blocks in their fury, so he has to keep his anger on a tight leash. It nonetheless leaks out; for example, when fighting the vampires in his office building, Harry keeps his cool but unthinkingly pumps soulfire into his flame blasts, without even considering the consequences, because he's that damned angry.
- In the last book of The Thrawn Trilogy, Ax-Crazy Jedi Master clone Joruus C'baoth (half of the trilogy's Big Bad Duumvirate), goes into a quite spectacular Villainous Breakdown during the climax. At first, he's completely flipped and incoherently raging, but then he goes right past that and straight into Tranquil Fury. Everyone thinks it's much more disturbing than the mad screaming.
C'baoth (in a perfectly calm, level voice): You will die for that, Mara Jade. Slowly, and in great pain.
- Also in Star Wars, Legacy of the Force has this happen to Luke Skywalker, of all people, after his wife is killed. No hammy temper tantrums like his father; simply an unbreakable resolve to avenge her that probably nothing in the galaxy could stop.
- Tortall Universe
- In Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce, the third book in The Immortals this happens to Daine when she finds out the Emperor Ozorne has already executed her teacher Numair while she was out of it. And scares the living shit out of everyone nearby.
Coolness trickled into her mind until her skull was filled with it. Her world seemed extra sharp and extra real. Part of her, someplace deep inside, wailed; that seemed unreal, as if she watched a crying baby from a great distance.
Kaddar was shaking her. "Daine! Can you hear me?"
She gently pushed his hands away. "Stop that. I'm thinking."
His eyes and Tano's held the same worried, frightened look. "You weren't answering. You looked frozen-"
She put a finger to her lips, and he shut up. A thought was coming in the distance. She waited, patiently, skin rippling in brief shivers, until it reached her: Ozorne
had to pay.
- Any time Protector of the Small's protagonist Keladry gets mad, this is how it manifests itself. The first time she aces a jousting run, it's because Joren made her lose her temper—previously, she'd been clumsy and could never hit the dummy right. As The Stoic, she almost always speaks calmly to the person who's pushed her past the breaking point. Then she kicks their ass.
- In Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series, Captain Matthew Reddy slips into this when sufficiently provoked. Things usually end very, very, VERY badly for whoever was stupid enough to push him over the edge.
- Warhammer40000 novels: This appears to be Khârn's state of mind when he's not an Axe Crazy maniac, according to Chosen of Khorne.
- The Saint: Simon Templar, when his Love Interest is kidnapped in an early story, does not respond with screaming or rage. He drives to the location at which she is being held at exactly the speed limit, so as not to lose any time dealing with police, and then bad guys start dying.
- Anita Blake frequently describes "going to that cold place" right before she kills, where everything in her head is silent and she focuses on the job at hand. In one case she's confronting a multiple murderer preternatural monster in a crowded mall food court, and he says "Aren't you going to read me my rights? Police have to do that." She responds "I'm not the police, I'm the Executioner" then calmly puts several bullets in him
- In Watership Down, Blackavar plays this not so much with anger, but with resentment. He has been brutally scarred basically everywhere, and cannot do anything about it. He never seems angry though, and is very quiet.
- The War Gods: Hradani falling victim to The Rage are usually mindless berserkers who keep going until they're dead, exhausted, or there's nothing left to kill and they can calm down. Bahzell discovers how to invoke the Rage deliberately and keep it under control, and teaches it to others. So now instead of a bellowing two and half meter tall walking mountain of mindless carnage and destruction, you can instead face a two and half meter meter tall walking mountain of very deliberate and controlled carnage and destruction. Yay?
Live Action TV
- In Selfie this is Played for Laughs with the character of Terrence. When confronting his boss and disapproving father in law, he mentions how he is "the angriest he's ever been." But he sounds perfectly cheery and like his normal voice, and he doesn't seem that bothered by Mr. Saperstein's comments ("What if I were to say you weren't good enough for my daughter and you never will be?" "I'd strongly disagree and ask if there is anything else I can help you with?"), so Saperstein decides to change him from being a "floater" in the office to working in customer service.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Admiral Adama is truly terrifying to behold when pissed off—and speaks in little more than a whisper when he is.
- In the original Battlestar Galactica, Adama is also prone to this.
- In Doctor Who, the Tenth Doctor, in contrast to the Ninth Doctor, is very fond of doing this. At the big showdowns against the Sycorax (Christmas Special 2005), the Racnoss (Christmas Special 2006), the Family of Blood (2007), and the Vashta Nerada (2008) he displayed very little emotion. Then again, loud is his normal state.
- To be honest, all of the Doctor's incarnations have behaved similarly at least once. As he gets angrier, he tends to go from smiling to annoyed scowling to shouting to steely-eyed gazing.
- Especially since some of the Doctor's incarnations can get annoyed very easy. Wacky to snippy is no big deal. Wacky to shouting is usually because he expected better from whoever did a bad thing. But when an irredeemable foe has really gone and done it, the loud personality shuts off. This is when anything goes in order to stop you... and maybe he won't stop at stopping you.
- As Steven Moffat said of the Fourth Doctor, good ol' classic Tom Baker, "When that famous grin leaves his face, it's like winter in a moment."
- In "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor kills the Sycorax leader by irissing open the floor beneath his feet, announcing "No second chances. I'm that sort of man." Moments later, he has a second moment against the Prime Minister, after she shoots down the retreating fleet, killing thousands needlessly, as he sees it. He talks over her pleas, saying "I could bring down your government with a single word...no...six words. Six." He then turns and whispers to her aide, "Don't you think she looks tired?" This alters the course of history and strongly reverberates all the way through to the end of Series 3 of Doctor Who and the Torchwood miniseries Children of Earth. Between Harriet Jones' speech proving that sometimes the Strawman Has a Point, and the aftermath, this has gone from a Crowning Moment of Awesome to a What the Hell, Hero? moment.
- There's a quote from "The Family of Blood" that sums up this trope:
"He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden...he was being kind."
- Faced with his own daughter's dead body, the Doctor picks up the gun that killed her, holds it against the head of the man who fired it and delivers the spine-chilling "I. Never. Would.", destroying that man's support with three words. If you pay attention to the background music as he holds the guns, guess what it is? Drums. Yeah that's right. The Doctor was nearly pushed into becoming The Master Mark 2.
- In "The Big Bang", when the Eleventh Doctor pulls off his first Disney Death thanks to being shot by a stone Dalek, River Song gets seriously pissed at said Dalek. She lets it ask for mercy three times, all that time remaining completely calm and emotionless. A few minutes later, when asked what happened to it, she calmly responds that it died. To recap: River Song made a Dalek ask for mercy, and then she didn't give it. All without raising her voice.
- The Eleventh Doctor shows flashes of this a couple times note and is genuinely menacing. You do not want to get him angry at you. He also displays some truly fearsome Tranquil Fury in "A Good Man Goes To War", complete with the Humiliation Conga for the target of his anger.
Those words. "Run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Runaway. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the PEOPLE I LOVE!...is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name.
The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
- The A-Team: Murdock is the sweetest, friendliest, insane guy you will ever meet. Unless you shoot his best friend. If you are stupid enough to do this, he will stare silently at you with a look that could kill, he will walk up to you, unarmed, while you are still holding a loaded gun, and he will calmly tell you that you are just one step away from being in the same condition as his best friend that you just shot. Then, when he and his other friends have regained control of the situation, he will pin you against a wall and pound you relentlessly until he is forcibly pulled off of you. Do. Not. Hurt. Murdock's. Best. Friend.
- Starsky & Hutch: Starsky is generally the more impulsive of the Zebra Three pair. But the calmer he looks, the more worried you should be. In other words, if you mess with his partner, Starsky will return the favor to you on a silver platter.
- In The Big Bang Theory, when prepping Howard to speak with her father about the matter of him signing a pre-nup:
Bernadette: So the thing to watch for... if he's shouting at you, you're okay. But if he starts to get real quiet, leave as quickly as you can, without making eye contact. And not in a straight line; throw some zigs and zags in there.
- Breaking Bad's Gus Fring is terrifyingly calm and deliberate in all situations, even when murdering a henchman who screwed up his operation.
- Teal'c, The Big Guy in Stargate SG-1, is exceptionally good at this.
- The episode "Talion" showcases it nicely, as seen in the excerpt at Stargate Verse.
- Daniel has some very notable examples throughout the show's run.
- Not long after Sha're is first taken by Apophis to be his queen's host, Sam and Daniel encounter an incubator full of Goa'uld larvae. Sam suggests sparing them because, if they killed the defenceless, they'd be no better than the Goa'uld. Daniel, quite calmly, accepts her reasoning... and then destroys the tank by firing several bursts into it. His expression remains serene and neutral the entire time, and even afterwards he's unrepentant. Sam is utterly shocked. This is gentle, see-the-enemy's-point-of-view Daniel showing no mercy to the enemy's equivalent of babies with a tranquility that borders on Dissonant Serenity, all because of what the Goa'uld did to his beloved wife.
- In "Heroes pt. 2". After the death of Janet Fraiser, the leader of a documentary team comes to try and ask Daniel about it. Without changing expression, or the volume or tone of his voice, Daniel begins slowly advancing on him, repeatedly telling him to leave, the unspoken threat being that if he didn't by the time he got there, Daniel would beat the ever loving crap out of him.
- The West Wing: "I am not frightened. I'm gonna blow them off the face of the earth with the fury of God's own thunder." Don't mess with anyone who President Bartlet likes. In fact, don't mess with Americans, period. Leo manages to talk him down though, showing that Bartlet was angry, but hadn't gone insane.
- One of the most iconic West Wing moments is when President Bartlett goes into Rage Against the Heavens (literally, he's in a church talking to God) / Tranquil Fury mode and starts shifting between Latin and English. Yes, Bartlett IS cussing out God in Latin!
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cameron, being an almost emotionless robot, can only enter Tranquil Fury when she gets angry - usually when someone lies to her.
- Angel can do this when he's especially angry. Judging by the Darla plot arc in the third season, this is a sign of a descent into darkness that we'd prefer not to see.
- Wesley as well, in late season 5, though that's also just total despair on his part after Fred dies
- Dark Willow shows this while hunting down The Trio for her lover Tara's death. Aside from a few occasions where she shows the absolute anger that rages inside of her, she always speaks in a calm cold voice, with a nonchalant look on her face while she flays her lover's killer alive. Also, two words: "Bored now."
- Giles often fell into this on Buffy.
- Still in Buffy, The Mayor shows this when trying to smother Buffy at the hospital.
- Xander is a surprising example of this trope given his usual goofy temperament, but threaten some one he cares about and it doesn't matter how much stronger than him you may be he will calmly inform you that he will kill you (see his conversation with Buffy after she got Willow kidnapped, or his conversation with Angel at the hospital.) It is telling that none of the super powered characters he has threatened have ignored the threat. The man can be scary when he wants to be.
- Even at his most heinous or angry, Adam remains cool, calm and collected.
- This is what Jon Stewart goes into when he is truly angry. See his slaughter of Crossfire for an example.
- Let's just say that slighting New York City's patriotism in front of Jon Stewart is a very bad idea... Doesn't help it's his hometown.
- David Letterman in this video.
- Raylan Givens in the very first minutes of the first episode of Justified and several times after.
- Gene Hunt from Life On Mars is normally given to yelling his head off at all and sundry... but when one of Ray Carling's screwups results in a death in police custody, his punishment is cold, calm and severe.
- Vulcans in every incarnation of Star Trek are pictures of perfect tranquility, even when fighting. Whether they take someone out with a nerve pinch, fight hand-to-hand or blast it out with phasers, they always have a blank look of complete calm.
- Sometimes that calm slips a bit, and we get a glimpse of the Hot Green Blood that made them choose this path as an alternative to completely destroying themselves.
- In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode For the Uniform, Captain Sisko, normally fairly vocal—and often physical—in his frustration, has for months been dealt several deeply personal blows by the Maquis. Towards the end of the story arc, he is finally pushed too far, and his speech becomes very measured and serene. It may or may not have been an act.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation has Data, an emotionless android. Emotionless isn't harmless, as Kivas Fajo could tell. Convincing a purely logical and physically superior android that killing you is the logical action isn't exactly wise.
[Goes into long "Reason You Suck" Speech
about how emotionless Data will never get angry enough to use the disruptor he's gotten ahold of to avenge a previous victim, and finishes with how he'll keep doing his thing and if Data doesn't cooperate he'll just kill someone else]
Data: [Calmly considers this, and then, in the same tone you'll hear from him at a poker game] "I cannot allow this to continue." [Raises disruptor]
Data: [Pulls trigger with no hesitation, but is beamed out at last instant]
- TNG uses Data to play with this trope as a plot point in Descent Part I. Liberated Borg attack his away team early in the episode, and as Data kills one of them, he feels anger—and, disturbingly, pleasure. He later recreates the incident on the holodeck in an attempt to recapture the feelings, but fails after several tries. It becomes rather morbidly funny to watch Data casually and dispassionately dispatch the holograms; repeating his angry words from the battle with a completely flat affect, and not even sparing a second glance as the drones slump dead to the ground.
- Picard took this to the extreme with literally silent fury at the end of "Pre-Emptive Strike", after Ensign Ro betrayed the Federation to the Maquis. The last scene simply has him sitting at his desk in the ready room silently burning with rage.
- When Worf realizes that Duras murdered his lover in the episode Reunion, he briskly but calmly leaves the crime scene and goes to his quarters. While there, he tosses his baldric aside and grabs his bat'leth. He pauses at the door, and after a moment's thought, removes his commbadge. It is at this point that it becomes clear that Duras is about to die.
- Dads Army, "High Finance": Wilson, after hearing Hodges would write off a £50 debt he was owed to him in rent by Mrs. Pike (Pre-decimalisation, remember) if she'd be "nice" to him. Cue Wilson walking calmly from one end of the table to the other:
Wilson: I say, would you mind awfully if you could stand up.
He stands and Wilson promptly lands a punch on his face.
Wilson:(to Mainwaring) Do carry on sir.
- Dan on Roseanne often played into this trope when he was really angry or disappointed.
- When he learns that Fisher has been violent with his sister-in-law Jackie, Dan calmly puts on his coat, leaves the house and off-screen beats him. He stays calm and serene as his cop buddies show up to arrest him after Fisher lays charges of assault on him, even joking around with them as he gets handcuffed and taken to the station. Do not hurt Dan's family.
- Chuck, since Intersect 2.0. When he is upset, he is a rather harmless geek as he cannot flash in that state. When he is calm, run!
- However after he gains full control of the Intersect this is subverted: Even once he can access his kung-fu and other skills whenever he needs to, he's still fundamentally Chuck: sensitive, kind, pacifistic, and only beating your ass when you give him no other choice (and often still giving you a chance to back down in the process). It's only in one third season episode where Chuck is given an experimental pill by Casey that suppresses his emotions where he truly enters this state. While he's certainly pissed after Shaw kills his father, he's still his normal and emotional self. But under the effects of the drug Chuck becomes an ice-cold machine while defending Casey's ex-fiance, and it's absolutely terrifying to see.
- Played with hilariously in an episode of My Name Is Earl . While on court ordered happy pills, Joy turns from blonde bitch to annoyingly calm, even putting up with some obnoxious neighbors who park their trailer right next to hers... until they tag Earl Jr. with a beer can. Even the pills couldn't turn off her Mama Bear instincts. She explains in a scary happy voice that she's gonna come back in a few days, when the chemical calm wears off, and thrash them in several unpleasant ways. They decide to move before she does.
- Law & Order: Ben Stone was a master of this. If he's yelling, he's losing. If his voice doesn't rise, someone's going down hard.
- Kim from Yes Dear did this once in one episode — by swinging a bat and vandalizing the truck of a contractor with inefficient work performance while whistling to herself.
- On Babylon 5, when Alfred Bester learns that Captain Sheridan may have used his lover (and the mother of his child) as a living weapon in the liberation of Earth, he drops his usual Deadpan Snarker persona completely and replaces it with blunt threats on Sheridan's life. But he never once raises his voice. He also took this on earlier in the series when he first realized that she had been kidnapped by the Shadows.
- Delenn usually expresses anger with an imperious "The Reason You Suck" Speech. But during the Drakh attack in Lines of Communication, when she said "who said we were leaving" you knew the Drakh were doomed.
- Susan Ivanova usually expresses her anger with curses and threats, at a decibel level high enough to inform all and sundry that the officer in question is going to kill you painfully. But when Sheridan is captured and tortured, she is so enraged she goes into this instead. It is a very bad sign.
- However, Sheridan is not afraid of Bester or his sharpshooters. He simply reminds him that Bester himself better watch his back. After all, Bester is the one who mind-controlled Garibaldi into betraying Sheridan and put a mental block to prevent Garibaldi from physically harming Bester. But that's not the only way to hurt someone, is it? Sheridan plainly said that he'd rather face those sharpshooters than Garibaldi in this mode.
- Wash of Firefly was supposed to become deadly serious when things got serious. As the DVD commentary explains, that plan did not survive contact with Alan Tudyk. However, despite the jokey lines, Wash is usually extraordinarily calm, beyond even Deadpan Snarker.
Wash: Yeah, well, if she doesn't give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burn-through, this landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Mal: Define "interesting."
Wash: "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die"?
- In the Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia," the title character returns to 221B Baker Street to find a number of American agents holding his landlady Mrs. Hudson at gunpoint. He coolly tells Mrs. Hudson to "stop snivelling" and shows little outward change in demeanor; however, his trademark Sherlock Scan of both Mrs. Hudson and her captor shows, among other things, indications that the man had given her a nasty backhand across the face, and the on-screen text that would normally show Sherlock's various deductions about him is replaced by crosshairs pinpointing possible kill-shots. He then disarms him and coolly calls him an ambulance for injuries he hasn't sustained, yet…
Sherlock: He's got himself rather badly injured... Oh, a few broken ribs, fractured skull, suspected punctured lung. He fell out a window.
Lestrade: And exactly how many times did he fall out a window?
Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, detective..... I lost count.
- Dollhouse: This basically Adelle DeWitt's mode if you screw with her Dolls.
- John Reese on Person of Interest is quite capable of taking out enemy assassins without so much as raising his voice (or wrinkling his suit), even when it's personal. Especially when it's personal.
- Similarly with Reese's Guile Hero partner, Finch, who goes progressively more icy, calm, and speaks in a Creepy Monotone the closer someone get to pressing his Berserk Button, and those who have been unlucky/stupid/evil enough to do so will be calmly informed just exactly how he will destroy their lives just before doing so.
- Casey from Power Rangers Jungle Fury shows this as he tears through Mooks on the way to face a Brainwashed and Crazy Jarrod.
- When Merlin is visibly angry, he's just a scrawny kid with no combat training. When he's completely calm, he's The Archmage capable of killing you and all your backup with a thought. So don't hurt his friends, okay?
- JAG: This is the case whenever Admiral Chegwidden gets angry or really pissed-off.
- Scottish traditional song Jock O'Braidosly, which describes a Scottish poacher who is ambushed and fatally wounded by a party of English foresters while sleeping in the forest. Leaping to his feet, he props himself against a tree, calmly strings his bow and proceeds to kill six, driving away a single grievously wounded survivor.
- The Legend of Drizzt: Drizzt Do'Urden normally does an Unstoppable Rage when he's pressed enough; he calls that mindset The Hunter. But he also has a "level 2" variant, referred to as the Warrior Incarnate, that's much more Tranquil Fury. He's only ever entered that once, and then only when he thought all his friends had been killed at the same time.
- The berserkers of the Crab Clan in Legend of the Five Rings were originally portrayed as this, but are occasionally Flanderized into the normal, Unstoppable Rage kind of berserkers.
- In Dungeons & Dragons D&D 4th Edition, a Paragon Path for the rage-focused Barbarian class called "Calm Fury" is available in the supplement "Primal Power," allowing them to use some of their most powerful abilities while not explicitly raging. According to the flavour text, "You now attain the furious clarity on the far side of rage".
- Space Marines and Eldar deliberately try to enter this state rather than "hot" fury. Given what they know about Chaos, justified trope. Tau are also normally calm during battle unless their Berserk Button gets pushed.
- In fact, Tau are so calm during battle, that when their Berserk Button is pushed, this is the trope they exemplify. The Tau Codex gives a very good description of a Tau force advancing relentlessly pouring an ever-increasing torrent of fire into the enemy after their Ethereal is killed.
- Dark Eldar Incubi (which are the 40k version of the Executioners mentioned below) also have this. In the [[RogueTrader RPG, Dark Eldar players with the Incubus initiate alternative career rank can buy a talent that lets them attain a state of Tranquil Fury, allowing them to enter frenzy without suffering the normal drawback of being unable to do anything but Attack! Attack! Attack!.
- This is the whole point of the Executioners in the Dark Elf army. While all dark elves love their blood lust, with most enjoying inflicting as much pain as possible, Executioners prefer to hone their skills in being able to kill whoever and whatever is in their way with a single precise swipe with their beloved draiches (which can either be a BFS or a big battle ax).
- In Exalted the Lunar charm Relentless Lunar Fury, a key warrior-type technique that enables a keyword on other Lunar charms, specifically suggests tranquil fury as one of the ways to portray the effect.
- In Vampire: The Requiem, vampiric frenzy is normally an animalistic Unstoppable Rage, but some members of the decorum-obsessed Sotoha bloodline practice a technique that allows them to retain their composure. One member, engaged in a prolonged vendetta, is rumoured to have been in constant, carefully controlled frenzy for decades.
- Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Othello in the BBC TV show, during the climax, was mostly like this.
- In Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy", Shaffer even writes this into the stage directions. The main character has surreptitiously borrowed his neighbor's very expensive furniture to impress a guest, but then there is a power outage and the neighbor comes home unexpectedly, prompting the lead to scramble about replacing the furniture while his girlfriend stalls the neighbor. At some point, the lead accidentally drops a priceless sculpture at his neighbor's feet — and the neighbor, who finally figures out what's going on, simply says to the lead, "I think I'm going to have to smash you." On top of this, the stage directions say that he is speaking "in the quiet voice of the very, very dangerous."
- Yume Miru Kusuri Aeka's route.
Kouhei: I really, really hate you, you see.
- In inFAMOUS 2, after Cole gives a fantastic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the main villain, said villain does NOT take it well.
Cole: Oh, I finally get it. You thought the Ray Sphere would turn you into some shiny superhuman, but instead it turned you into a fifty-foot MAGGOT!
Bertrand, in a voice barely above a whisper, and with venom in every word: Cole... don't PRESS me.
- The BSOD undertaken by the main antagonists of both Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX the first by setting fire to a village, the latter by setting fire to an entire planet are both done with just the hint of a serene smile on their faces... although both of these may be more properly described as Dissonant Serenity.
- Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII. In any scene he is, whether he is single-handedly fending off two super soldiers at the same time, or burning down a town, you will never see him raise his voice.
- During the entire Nibelheim incident, the most you'll get from him is, "Don't TEST me..." (Ironically, that's right before he is defeated).
- Expect this whenever Vincent is faced with Hojo. He usually becomes noticeably more talkative, emotional, and may employ the silent death glare.
- Considering Squall in Final Fantasy VIII is Not So Stoic, an Alternative Character Interpretation could have him being in a state of this for at least half of the game.
- In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, when protagonist Layle attempts to crush Jegran to death after the latter kills Amidatelion, the expression on his face seems almost like one of boredom.
- Kazuma Kiryuu of Yakuza exists in a state of Tranquil Fury all the time. Which makes the moments when he does get visibly pissed off that much more awesome.
- In Ratchet: Deadlocked, when Vox catches Ratchet in his attempt to deactivate the cells holding the other heroes captive, Ratchet just smiles as if to say, "Congratulations, now watch me destroy your frickin' space station."
- Kyosuke Nanbu of Super Robot Wars. In a discountinued event in Super Robot Wars Original Generation, his allies wonder how he can be so calm and monosyllabic when confronted by a taunting, Brainwashed and Crazy More Than Mind Controlled Excellen Browning. Other members of the team, who've been working with him since the beginning of the game, recognize they need to get out of the way because someone's about to get utterly wasted. Kyosuke then proceeds to silently activate nearly every possible in-game Status Buff.
- Johnny Gat, of Saints Row fame, is usually a Hot-Blooded murder-loving ball of passion. In Saints Row 2, however, we get a taste of how scary he can be when pushed to the limit: Following Aisha's death at the hands of Ronin liutenant Jyunichi, the gang gathers for her funeral, only for the Ronin vice leader, Shogo Akuji, to crash the party. After catching him, Gat proceeds to beat the ever-loving shit out of him, all the while his voice never going above a menacing, venom-laced whisper, before burying him alive, deaf to his pleas for a faster, more humane death. Truly, one of the scarier moments in a series that is usually all about fun.
- In the briefing for the penultimate mission of Modern Warfare 2, Soap angsts about how it's just him and Price up against Shepherd's entire Shadow Company. Price is simply checking inventory and explaining, in a voice so calm that it sends shivers down any player's spine, that there's a certain satisfaction to knowing when you will die, and that Shepherd's number is up.
- And in the mission briefing for the one right before it, Soap's quiet uttering of "Sheperd betrayed us." really shows his rage about Roach and Ghost and presumably more of the 141 being killed.
- Agent 47 of the Hitman series is the epitome of this. He takes out all of his targets without displaying any sort of emotion, even if they beg for their life in front of him. Even when he killed his creator, Dr. Ort-Meyer, by snapping his neck, he still remained as coldly detached as always.
- Not to mention the "Mark" series of clones, essentially 47's siblings. He kills two of the (possibly) three in one game, just like the generic targets he's usually assigned.
- His voice acting just drives the point home; he speaks in a monotone, with hardly any change in pitch or volume.
Mark Parchezzi III: "You don't want to kill me, 47. I'm just like you."
Agent 47: "Our similarities are irrelevant."
Mark Parchezzi III: "We're practically brothers, you can't shoot me!"
Agent 47: "I can do whatever I'm paid to."
— Hitman: Blood Money
- The Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft seem to have a talent in the Arms tree for the warrior class called "Deadly Calm". It makes the warrior's abilities cost no rage, which is a resource to use their abilities. As reaching the maximum for the rage resource will also increase the damage of the warrior's abilities, this ability can allow a warrior to reach or continue doing a lot of extra damage during the duration.
- "Deadly Calm" was reworked and now just let you use any attack for no rage while you gather more rage. Nothing more, nothing less.
- The final straw it's a universal skill for warriors named "Inner Rage", in when you use it the cooldown in Heroic Strike (strong blow with lots of threat that can be used with other attacks) and Cleave (same, but striking two objectives) are reduced in half for 15 sec. The thing is, even if a Protection warrior use it always because it means he will do more threat, and Fury warrior can achieve a rate of decent rage generation to allow him to use it from time to time, you cannot use Deadly Calm and Inner rage at the same time as Arms (using one locks the other), and where Deadly Calm it's beneficial for the Arms warrior, he never have a rate of rage generation comparable to that of the Fury warrior. It's like the devs saying that those Arms warriors are the real badasses of the crew and they are in peace at themselves.
- Mists of Pandaria added the Pandaren, an ENTIRE RACE of tranquil badasses. The farmers and brewers can wipe the floor with fully armored orcs and humans, using only farming tools or beer kegs. Hilarity Ensues more often than not, but when someone like Taran Zhu or Chen Stormstout gets pissed at you...watch out.
- At the end of Tails' story in Sonic Adventure, Tails defuses Robotnik's missile, foiling Robotnik's final attempt to salvage something from the situation after having his plans summarily collapse around him over the past several hours. When Robotnik comes after Tails in his final robot, he lapses into this instead of being his usual bombastic self. It's... surprisingly unsettling.
- Even though he may yell from the force of his attacks, don't expect Henry Townsend to have much, if any, expressed anger or fear.
- Professor Layton and the Unwound Future has, surprisingly, Layton himself display this. Normally his voice is calm and pleasant, and his eyes are round black dots that convey a benign disposition. When the Big Bad kidnaps Layton's adopted daughter, he adopts a steely harsh tone of voice and his eyes become flattened, yet he manages not to let loose with the anger he's so obviously feeling. Once he gets her back, his features go back to normal, even while confronting the Big Bad.
- A Renegade option in Mass Effect 2 plays this quite well.
Shepherd: [draws a gun and speaks in a calm voice] Conrad, let me make this perfectly clear. [shoots Conrad in the foot] This is not acceptable.
- In the Operation Overlord DLC, one can hear this in Shepard's voice if s/he chooses to spare David and take him to Grissom Academy. When Dr. Archer draws his gun, Shepard's only response is to Pistol Whip him and then tell him, in cold, calm, enraged, and entirely certain terms, that if Archer tries to come after his brother again, that "This bullet will be waiting for you."
- Mass Effect 3: Talk to Kaidan (generally the most LG guy on your team) after the mission on Sanctuary, and you'll find him calmly describing how the Illusive Man is a murderous asshole who had better say his prayers. Tali has a good one during the endgame, especially if Shepard romanced her. After viewing a video showing how The Illusive Man planned to emotionally manipulate Shepard, she has only 4 words to say in response.
- Shepard's final confrontation with Kai Leng. After Shepard curb-stomps him, leaving him defeated-but-alive, s/he calmly goes back to what they were doing before the assassin showed up. Kai-Leng slowly gets back to his feet, picks up his sword, walks over and prepares to strike Shepard from behind. In a split second, Shepard turns around, either dodges or breaks the sword in half with their bare hands, unfurls their omniblade and stabs him hard in the gut.
Shepard: That was for Thane/Miranda/Kirrahe, you son of a bitch.
- Diego Armando at the end of Case 3-4 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Having witnessed what Dahlia Hawthorne has done, he calls her a witch, claims that This Is Unforgivable! and then squeezes his coffee cup so hard that it shatters and the shards cut him. Then he turn to Mia, smiling and with his hand full of blood and tells her it isn't over yet.
- From Dragon Age: Origins, we get a surprising example from Arl Rendon Howe (surprising because he's voiced by Tim Curry). When he's confronted by a Human Noble Warden, whose entire family he had murdered, s/he throws his taunts about his/her parents' murders back at him, telling him that all the pain he's caused him/her as only made him/her stronger. His reaction is quiet and subtle, yet dripping with hatred.
Howe: There it is, right there. That damned look in the eye that marked every Cousland success that held me back. It seems you have made something of yourself after all. Your father would be proud. I, on the other hand, want you dead more than ever.
- In Dragon Age II, Fenris is nearly permanently in this state, only loosening up over a bottle of wine. One of his abilities (Veneer of Calm) even invokes this, noting that while outwardly he appears calm and emotionless, inwardly he's infuriated and deals more damage based on the amount of damage he himself has taken.
- Snarky!Hawke is usually characterised as The Gadfly, but after their mother is abducted by an insane Blood Mage serial killer, the sheer speed at which they go from charming to furious makes it clear how angry they are;
: I'd hate to interrupt this lovely
student-teacher reunion but WHERE. IS. MY. MOTHER?!
- Joshua Graham of Fallout: New Vegas is a calm and patient man towards the Courier. However, this doesn't make him any less of a terrifying Knight Templar who believes in the utter obliteration of his enemies whenever possible.
- As your constant conversing with him along the Lonesome Road shows, Ulysses speaks to you calmly, slowly and with pure unbridled hate dripping from every word.
- A more comical example from the main game: If you remove Boone's hat from his inventory, he tells you that he would really like his beret back in a calm but clearly irritated voice.
- This is presumably why casting Calm in the middle of combat is a very bad idea in Quest for Glory I.
Why, how cute! You cast the Calm spell, and the monster visibly relaxed. Why, now it's calmly and relaxedly ripping you to shreds and eating you.
- Garrett from Thief. He's hardly interested in the City's various nutty goings on and has nerves of iron, but even at his most emotional he rarely so much as raises his voice. Try to assassinate him and narrowly fail? He's annoyed by the lack of style, and proceeds to comprehensively destroy the enemy's credibility. Eyeball ripped straight out of his head? Well, he screams at the time, but recounts the event with at best mild irritation. Robbing a god - the one who ripped his eye out? He's intrigued by the challenge. Fanatical splinter group converting homeless people into cyborg slaves, consciousness intact but tormented, without will and unable to die? "I could really learn to hate these guys." Threaten to destroy the entire city, and possibly more? He'll take his time to think of a nice, methodical way to crush you. Kill his friends, and all hell will break loose...but he'll remain chillingly calm throughout. And then you'll die very suddenly, without ever seeing him at all.
- With all the anger tropes in the game, Asura's Wrath would obviously use this at some point. His Mantra Form is all the anger of Asura's berserker form, concentrated into a much more powerful, more controlled form. His anger hasn't diminished in the slightest, but he's fully in control now.
- In Batman: Arkham City, after seeing that the Penguin is torturing and murdering captured cops, Batman never raises his voice at all, but it's quite clear that he is absolutely enraged.
Batman: I was only here for Fries and the hostages. But now, I'm taking you down too.
Batman: You're about to find out.
- In Magical Diary, do not let Ellen find out that you decided to forgive Damien. She will quietly, emphatically back Virginia up as the born-witch kicks you out of the room, stating that you can come back at night to sleep, but otherwise they don't want to see your face. She will then wait until the final exam where she will attempt to blackmail you into dumping Damien, threatening to throw the exam if you refuse to comply. Think you can just break your promise? Doing so gives you the absolutely darkest ending in the game, as you lose your magic and would lose your memories of all your time in the magical world if not for Damien carrying you off to safety as he promises you he'll help you regain your powers...netting you the "Walking in Darkness" achievement, as his methods are strongly implied to be less than morally pure.
- Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising is prone to throwing out one-liners, snarky comments, and manages a few In the Name of the Moon speeches. But when Hades mockingly presents the very real possibility that Pit may be forced to kill his Goddess, Lady Palutena when she is possessed by an evil force all Pit manages is an oddly calm, very blunt, "Go home." And given that Hades' home is the underworld, Pit is essentially telling him to go to hell.
- A surprisingly large number of BlazBlue characters go into flat-out Unstoppable Rage when their primary Berserk Buttons are hit. Makoto, however... doesn't note . Your only indication that you fucked up happens to be the lowering of her voice by an octave or two. Oh, and all her abilities jump an order of magnitude. Have fun with that.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- This is how the Sith Warrior generally comes across, especially his lines to Darth Baras after the back-stabbing incident.
- The Jedi Consular operates in this mode frequently as well. Many a cutscene starts with the unfortunate attacker blown across the room in mid taunt before Consular pulls the saber. The Dark Side options are like being mode locked into this state. The Consular's companion Zenith is always in this mode.
- Toward the end of Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack, who periodically erupts with burning fury at what you do to sabotage his operations and survive his attempts to kill you, drops all the screaming and savagery after you help his daughter Angel commit suicide to escape his clutches. Every single transmission from him after that is calm, or even a bit whimsical, as he describes how he's rescinding the bounty on you so he can kill you himself, or when he calmly describes how he's torturing Lilith over and over and she just heals right back up thanks to the Eridium he's pumping into her, or when he calls you up using Roland's ECHO device after killing him. When you finally reach him at Hero's Pass, he even calmly comments on the delicious anticipation of fighting you. When you finally get to him, he's mostly calm and controlled. But at no point during any of this is there any doubt that behind that mocking laugh or calm voice, there is a man who hates you and wants you to die in screaming agony after you killed his daughter.
- The Engineer from Team Fortress 2 gets a few lines that point towards this rather than Unstoppable Rage: "Start prayin' boy", and, from the comics, "Sir, I know you're my employer, and an old man besides, but if you don't get your goddamn hands off me I will break you in half".
- Mickey Mouse during his famous Let's Get Dangerous scene in Kingdom Hearts II, shortly after Goofy appears to have DIED. While Donald has his characteristic red-faced rage, Mickey simply says "They'll pay for this."'
- Young Xehanort of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. After a chilling (and quite clearly pissed-off) "Be gone!" just prior to the final battle, he proceeds to kick your ass nine ways till Sunday all the while staying perfectly calm and stoic. The fact that the boss is completely silent through the entire fight in a series known for taunting Boss Banter is terrifying.
- The titular Bayonetta never outwardly expresses her anger. Her reaction to most situations is to normally snark it out. In fact, the only warning that you have severely pissed her off and have simultaneously carved your own headstone is her voice lowering a few octaves and the lack of any snappy one-liners. Should that happen, make your peace and pray you at least end up in critical condition.
- In Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, parts of "Slipping" sound like this before he takes out the gun, as does the lyric "It's gonna be bloody/Head up Billy buddy", sung with eerie calm.
- "Brand New Day", especially the first verse. Just... guh.
- In The Salvation War: Armageddon?, the Soldiers in the PLFH (particularly Aeanas) experience this when they come across the demonic merchants who sell human children as delicacies:
Aeanas stared at the scene with cold fury. He did not angrily demand that they throw caution to the wind and charge in to save the children, a hot-blooded rage that blinded its victim to common sense would have called for that. Instead, stone-faced, he watched the merchant empty his wagon, pack up his other trinkets, and be off down the rutted dirt road. So did Cassidy and McElroy. There would be a time for vengeance, a time when debts like this one would be paid but this was not it. Three humans attacking 300 baldricks with edged weapons was simply a way to die. Or be thrown back in the lava streams.
- In Pantheocide, Lemuel has a moment of "cold fury that he had not known for millennia" when he finds that Onniel has beaten one of his servants unconscious for obeying him over her, culminating in her getting publicly repudiated.
- "Yahweh had gone beyond raving anger. He was now possessed by a cold, deadly determination to destroy the opposition to him that had so suddenly and unexpectedly erupted."
- Linkara getting angry is shouting and speaking in an immature tone. Lewis Lovhaug getting angry is deathly cold and collected. As Cry For Justice found the hard way, you don't push him to that point.
- Ink City saw Optimus Prime go into this when Trevor kidnapped Aisling. Trevor's insistence on blatantly lying about her presence reminded him all too much of the Decepticons, causing him to very calmly and methodically tear Goodchild's compound apart.
- In a retrospective video of the worst movies he's ever reviewed, one can practically taste the rage that Doug Walker is barely containing when he's talking about the number one pick (through most of it, anyway).
- Cecil, the mellow-voiced host of Welcome to Night Vale, never raises his voice when he's angry. Instead, his voice gets even more clipped, hollow, and intense, as he articulates his fury through perfectly enunciated syllables that fall like lead bricks of doom upon the listener.
- In Worm, Taylor enters this state when she believed Alexandria had killed one of her friends, and she coldly murders Alexandria and Tagg in retaliation.
- Achievement Hunter's Ryan Haywood was once pranked into changing his gamertag from BM Vagabond to GiveMeYourMilk. Upon re-entering the office, his first sentence is "You guys are all fucked, you know that? The other AH guys are absolutely freaking out at how calm he is.
Ryan: The kind of hell that I'm going to rain down on you... it's just not even... you don't even know. None of you understand. Like, I'm fine with no work being done in this office for weeks because of this.
- In Young Justice, Nightwing snaps the Birdarang belonging to Robin that he found in two and his eyes narrow menacingly following the events of the episode "Complications". He says nothing and his facial expression barely changes, but you can tell he is PISSED.
- Part of Superboy's story arc in the first season was learning how to take his huge amounts of anger (due to Cloning Blues, Daddy Issues, and his inexperience at controlling his own emotions) and channel them into something useful. By Season 2, he's gotten quite good at it, to the extent that when Nightwing reveals that Artemis isn't dead and Kaldur is a Reverse Mole, he's able to fully support him in front of the Team, and gives him a blistering What the Hell, Hero? in private. Given his hatred of secrets being kept from the rest of the Team and the fact that this particular secret led to Kaldur's Mind Rape at the hands of Miss Martian, that is nothing short of amazing.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- In their final confrontation, it is Zuko's Tranquil Fury against Azula's insanity-fueled fury.
- Katara spent most of The Southern Raiders obviously seething with anger, but oddly calm. At one point during the episode she even uses blood bending, a technique that she considered evil and later had criminalized, disturbing even Zuko. Notably, Katara never acknowledges that she had used the technique, suggesting that she may not have even been aware of what she was doing—which would be understandable given just how upset she was.
- The Avatar State is often portrayed as an interesting variation. When Aang becomes angry or upset enough, the Avatar State asserts itself; calmly and efficiently destroying anything in sight that affronts him.
- In The Desert, after he has been stewing in grief and rage for the kidnapped Appa, Aang calmly uses airbending to kill a retreating buzzard-wasp. This marks the only time that Aang has made a calculated use of deadly force.
- Brock Samson of The Venture Bros.: "They hit me with a truck."
- Prowl, of Transformers Animated, as befits a robot ninja. (Yes.)
Prowl: "Stillness... then strike."
- Believe it or not, The Super Hero Squad Show has one with the Silver Surfer. Dr. Doom kidnaps him and uses his Power Cosmic to fuse the Infinity Fractals he's collected into a smaller version of the Infinity Sword, which he uses to beat the crap out of the Squad. After being rescued, the Surfer carries Doom into space and dismantles the Fractal Dagger, resulting in an explosion that sends Doom screaming back to Earth...and Surfer is smiling all the while.
- In Ben 10, Ben has one of these against Kevin 11 in their second battle. Kevin used Ben's powers to frame him, insults every good thing Ben's tried to do with him. Finally having enough, Ben gets serious and calm (at least as far as Ben goes) and easily beats him with Fourarms, then walks off, telling him that he's not worth finishing off. Unfortunately it backfires in this case.
- Another exemple in the sequel Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, where Captain Nemesis kidnaps Ben's girlfriend Julie as well as another girl thought to be in a relationship with him, and uses them as hostages to make Ben come. Ben, who from the beginning of the episode had been acting goofy, comes, turns into Ultimate Humongousaur and proceeds to kick Nemesis' ass without a single word.
- Justice League has good examples of what would happen if you push Superman too far. Superman kills Lex Luthor, with his heat vision. Superman talking about World of Cardboard.
- Happens very (very) occasionally on Danny Phantom. At one point, Spectra has successfully driven Danny into a Heroic BSOD, and he finally snaps out of it by realizing that Spectra is a ghost who feeds off depression. This leads to this awesome interchange in the confrontation:
Danny: Let me go!
Man, I am so tired of you dumping on me. And I am so tired
of dumping on myself. Jazz never did that, even when I was mad at her. And I won't. Let her! DOWN!! (blasts Spectra)
Spectra: Bertrand? Sic 'im!
(Bertrand turns into a ninja, much posturing ensues)
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: after Sven and Stimpy wreck the house with their antics in "Sven Hoek", Ren is volcanic with rage... until he begins to calmly tell them what he's going to do to them. See for yourself. It's borderline Nightmare Fuel.
- South Park:
- Eric Cartman had been through this three times:
- In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Cartman appears to be making himself the Butt Monkey by constantly asking Scott to give him his money back. Turns out he was keeping Scott complacent all the while putting in motion his plan to serve Scott his own parents in a big pot of chili, then have Scott's favorite band call him a loser. When this is calmly revealed in detail by Cartman the other kids just stand there, open-mouthed, in shock. The only comments they can manage are Stan's horrified "Jesus Christ, dude!" and Kyle's episode-concluding "Dude, I think it might be best for us to never piss Cartman off again."
- In "T.M.I.", a therapist tries to test Cartman's anger response with a barrage of fat jokes. Cartman calmly types away on his iPhone, while the doctor comes to the conclusion that the boy has no anger problems at all. Then the doctor gets a call from his wife, hysterically ranting about web chat logs with a 14-year-old girl and a police report before shooting herself. Cartman calmly but firmly replies, "I'm not fat; I'm big-boned." The therapist obsequiously cowers before Cartman for the rest of the episode.
- In the ending of "Bass To Mouth". Cartman gave laxative-laced cupcakes to the school administrators as revenge for them literally throwing him under the bus, all while calmly saying "are you okay?"
- When Stan realizes his grandfather was swindled in "Cash for Gold", he calls the shopping channel responsible, calls him out for scamming senile old people, and tells him to kill himself, without raising his voice the entire time.
- In Batman: The Animated Series, when a bunch of gangsters, having learned about his Big Bad Harv persona, kidnaps Harvey Dent and mocks him with the imminent ruin of his public image, while he keeps shaking and sweating with anger. However, when they cross the line, his evil personality takes over and he suddenly becomes calm and collected before he attacks them.
- In the classic Simpsons episode "Bart on the Road", Lisa just finished a rapid fire explanation of Bart's predicament to Homer, who responds with:
(Mood Lighting on Homer's face shifts to dark accompanied by music sting)
Homer (unnervingly calm): Yes...that's a real pickle. Would you excuse me for a moment?
- "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 1" has Homer saying this...
(lowers letter slowly, his pupils shrink in anger)
Homer (dangerously calm): Kids, would you step outside for a second?
(Bart and Lisa do so, Homer stands up and inhales deeply)
Homer (loudly): F- (The rest of it is (luckily) drowned out by a loud, harsh F-chord on a pipe organ).
- Homer again in Bart the Lover. Unable to react to frustration in his customary way (Marge had suggested that he keep a swear jar), Homer combines this with rapid-fire Major Injury Under Reaction when the dog house he's attempting to build finally pushes him too far:
(Homer hits his thumb with a hammer)
(Steps on a nail)
Homer: Fiddle-dee-dee, that will require a tetanus shot (full-body twitch). I'm not going to swear, but I am going to KICK THIS DOG HOUSE DOWN!
- Lisa in "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" when Homer bets money against Lisa in a crossword tournament and wins. She initially acts calm and repeatedly states that she's not mad. She disowns him and changes her name to Lisa Bouvier.
- Lampshaded by Homer, who says that women who say they're not mad are in fact madder than ever.
- Lisa again in "Summer of 4 Ft. 2. Bart, out of pure jealousy reveals to Lisa's new friends her nerdy and unpopular nature, seemingly destroying her new relationships. The next morning, Bart finds Lisa quietly eating breakfast:
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!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Princess Celestia, the (very) few times she's gotten angry. It's...somewhat unsettling, particularly when she reprimanded Twilight in "Lesson Zero", and considering how the extent of her power is almost completely unknown. Though it's mostly her being very stern if not disappointed with the exception of the Return of Harmony where she was furious at Discord. Perhaps the best examples come from the two-part wedding episode. First, she expresses what has to be incredible disappointment in Twilight making apparently unfounded claims by rather casually walking away from her and observing:
You have a lot to think about.
- Later, she reacts to Queen Chrysalis' gloating over her plans for conquering Equestria with only three ice-cold words:
No, you won't...
How dare you...
- The Powerpuff Girls: This is how Blossom reacts in "Stuck up, up and away" when Princess uses her newly-bought supersuit to temporarily knock out Bubbles and Buttercup.
Princess: "So Blossom. Are you jealous? Are you scared
? Seeing how easily I thrashed
your sisters, without even breaking a sweat! Oh, what's the matter? Cat got your tongue? Very well then! Prepare to bow to your Princess!
- Blossom's response to this is merely a furious silence, followed by her dodging every single one of Princess' attacks, and then her sisters wake up and deliver her one deliciously awesome No Holds Barred Beat Down.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
"Because... I'm all out of MONEY!!!"
- This happens to a Peter Lorre caricature in a Looney Tunes cartoon after getting hit with a baseball bat... which he proceeds to snap into several pieces while warning a dog that bad things will happen to him.
- In Daria, during moments when the title character gets mad. She becomes more blunt and her monotone voice becomes sharper.
- Droopy fits his tropes whenever he states Y'know what? That makes me mad and deals with his targets while staying calm. It doesn't matter if you're a dragon, DON'T GET HIM MAD.
- Discussed in The Critic. Jay is worried that Duke is going to yell at him for getting his butt kicked in the ratings again. Doris then points out that Duke yells at everybody and warns him that if he's ever nice to you, you're about to be fired. Cue Duke coming in and hugging Jay.
- Gaz of Invader Zim, full stop. Not only is she eerie calm in general in the series when she's mad (normally at Dib), but there's an entire episode focused on how scary she is that she rarely goes ballistic, of a boy named Iggins taking the last video game in the store; followed with her stalking him and threatening him in horrendous ways if he doesn't give it back to her, and not even once does she twitch. It ends with him almost dying by crashing down an elevator, but barely survives and Gaz happily leaves him alone after retrieving the video game back.
- In the Home Movies episode where Coach McGuirk is in anger management therapy, he remains perfectly calm as a guy in the bleachers is heckling him, making it look like the therapy worked, but it turns out to be this trope. He waits until after the game, when his therapist declares him cured, to take his anger out on the heckler.
- In The Transformers Galvatron, who is known for his classic outbursts can slip into this frame of mind, when this happens it means that he's even more enraged than usual.
- Audie Murphy, who would be considered the real-life inspiration for Captain America had the comic not come first, describes this in his memoirs To Hell and Back. Having just returned from an assault in which he had captured a machine gun, killing two Germans and wounding a third, he was joined by his best friend, Lattie Tipton. Tipton was then gunned down by machine gun fire from Germans who were pretending to surrender. Murphy thus began a one-hour, single-man assault on their position. Nineteen Germans, in a house, supported by machine guns. He killed six, wounded two, and captured the rest. "I remember the experience as I do a nightmare. A demon seems to have entered my body. My brain is coldly alert and logical. I do not think of the danger to myself. My whole being is concentrated on killing."
- The basketball legend, Bill Russell. On the court his demeanour was stoic, composed and cool. His actions and playing style on the other hand were very physical, aggressive, domineering and at times violent. All of his Celtic teammates believed that Russell was channeling the anger he felt at being the subject of relentless racism. It probably worked for him, with his 5 mvp's and 11 championship rings.
- The U.S. Army's Delta Force selects for this. Their usual send-off before training or a mission is a calm "Have a good one".
- On January 27, 1967, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed when a fire broke out in the cockpit during a routine test on the launch pad. The Monday after the fire, Flight Director Gene Kranz called everyone at Mission Control in for a meeting and gave everyone the biggest ass-chewing that they had ever experienced. The speech he gave that day became known as the Kranz Dictum:
"Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."
- A customer was denied a refund at a T-Mobile store in London, England. Hilarity ensues. At one point during the rampage, the man calmly picks up a fire extinguisher and begins to casually spray the extinguisher's contents around the room. As he does this, to quote the reporter, "the guy is so calm, it's like he's spraying for bugs."
- Medically speaking, it's not when someone is red faced with rage that you want to worry about them. This is a sign that their adrenaline rush is fading. It's the short period beforehand when their face goes white and their skin goes cold—that's when the adrenaline has just hit their bloodstream, blood has been diverted away from their skin to their muscles, and they are literally primed to kill.
- Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army for the Australian Army, released this video on the Army's official You Tube channel in June of 2013, after he began an investigation of several emails demeaning to women being sent from Army accounts. His tone and expression throughout present a textbook example of this trope in action.
- Cockneys have a tendency toward this as their accent sounds very intimidating when used quietly. When they are being loud and boisterous, they are perfectly happy, but when their voice drops to a near-whisper its usually a sign that you should look for an escape route.
- Something similar happens with Chilean accents. Usually, a Chilean's speech is chock full of swearing, is spoken at Motor Mouth speeds and is slurred in a way that makes it seem it's missing half its letters, which leaves it just a few decibels away from sounding like Angrish. An angry Chilean tends to drop both the slurring, the speed and the swears. Thus, some tend to joke you can tell a Chilean's mad when you can understand what he says.