You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry

You might still like him, but you're screwed anyway.

David Banner: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

A Super Trope for when you just don't want to tick off a character. Bad things will happen, which can include:

It doesn't matter if the character is the hero, villain, supporting character, or bystander. Just don't piss off this character if you don't want big trouble.

Psychoactive Powers can sometimes involve this. Related to Emotional Powers.

Compare Madness Tropes and Don't Make Me Destroy You.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Son Gohan. Any Saiyan for that matter, but Gohan most.
    • Piccolo too.
    • Chichi. She makes the Saiyan squirm, and she's just a human...with a pan.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!. Granted, it's generally in good form not to piss off people with Super Strength in general, but this one is especially easy to set off. He's basically the Hulk, except that he doesn't get big and green to give a visual cue to his anger-fueled super strength.
  • Shinigami in Soul Eater, and his son Kid on a smaller scale. Yes, other characters cause greater damage than usual when angered, but these two spread it around more, whether to pyramids or an entire city.
  • Naruto can give even the Trope Namer himself a run for his money in this department in his kyuubi forms.
  • Natsu of Fairy Tail is an example of this, as the flame of emotion that is the source of power for his Dragon Slayer magic causes him to actually become stronger the angrier he gets.
    • Erza Scarlet is another person you don't want to piss off.
    • Zeref, too, even moreso. He may be a self-hating, emotional wreck who has some major guilt issues (and with good reason), but if you actually manage to anger him - say, by forcing him to come out of his self-imposed exile and openly stating you want to use him to create a mage utopia - you'll see exactly how he earned his reputation.
    • Mard Geer of Tartaros normally comes across as The Stoic with an ever-present Psychotic Smirk across his handsome face...but when Natsu, Sting and Rogue actually manage to give him some slight trouble, along with delaying of his plans and destruction of the Tartaros guild building, he finally decides to delve into some Not So Stoic territory...and gives one hell of a Slasher Smile to complete it, stating he hasn't felt angry in years. Then he No Sells everything they can throw at him while kicking their asses.
  • Yuuri from Kyo Kara Maoh is as nice as they come. However if you start hurting innocent people or those close to him...
  • Misty's Psyduck in Pokémon may count. It can only use its incredible Psychic attacks when it has a bad headache. (Which usually is a result of it becoming angry.)
  • Luffy, from One Piece, is usually a happy-go-lucky type of guy, but if you so much as dare to hurt any of those he cares for, you better have your testament ready.
  • Setsuna, from Mahou Sensei Negima!, is a quiet and polite girl who prefers to stay in the background. Usually, she's really calm and composed even in the heat of battle. But don't, just don't you dare harming Konoka unless you want her to butcher you in split-seconds.
  • Three words to be feared by ANYONE who endangers her little boy: Evangelion Unit 01.
  • In Bleach, people would rather take on Yamamoto's bankai than piss off Captain Unohana. Considering her usual kind personality, it's mostly played for laughs. As it turns out, she's completely psychotic and the worst criminal in the history of Soul Society. Yeah, that's not a good idea.
  • From Monster, we have Wolfgang Grimmer, who drew inspiration for his split-personality from The Magnificent Steiner.
  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun. He is an adorable goofball most of the time, but when he's really mad, he can throw a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Meliodas from The Seven Deadly Sins. He's a small, cheerful little pervert, and a pacifist by nature. However, there is a reason that out of his group, his sin is wrath.
  • Sands of Destruction is full of people who are normally nice (or at least not murderous) but downright psychotic when angered. Both female main characters, Morte and Rhi'a, have Hair Trigger Tempers. Once Kyrie Awakens, threatening to harm Morte - which is pretty much the only thing that gets a rise out of him, as he's so gentle otherwise - becomes extremely hazardous to your health.
    • In one of the last episodes, Kyrie pleads with Morte not to fight Rhi'a because "that girl is really scary when she gets mad." Kyrie, which of the two were you talking to again?
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Bernkastel learned it the bad way after mocking about Lambdadelta's death in front of Battler and pissing him off to the point he gave her the beatdown of her life.
  • Any of the Inner Senshi from Sailor Moon can be dangerous when pushed, especially Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, the petite, light-hearted jokester who acts like a ditz. When Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye rightly accused Mina of two-timing them and subjected her to a Mind Rape that caused most victims to faint from exhaustion and agony (including other Senshi), she not only managed to stay conscious, she got angry enough to tear herself out of metal binds, transformed, and sent them running for their lives with an rage-fueled attack. In the manga, when she saw Sailor Moon being strangled by Queen Beryl's hair, she gave Beryl a Death Glare, and ran her through with a poison-infused BFS that is tougher than diamond.

     Comic Books  

  • Named after Marvel Comics's Bruce Banner (a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk), who uses this line to warn people of his Hulking Out ability. It doesn't always work.
    • His daughter Lyra is actually an inversion. Having been engineered to get 'weaker' the angrier she gets as a means of control, Lyra is the one Hulk you 'would' like when she is angry.
  • Superman is one of the nicest guys in the universe. But if someone gets him angry, they find out just how powerful he really is. It says a lot about Lex Luthor that he intentionally does things just to piss Superman off.
    • Spider-Man has a less powerful variant of the same. Normally, he's nice, friendly, and the worse he'll do is embarrass you a little. But heaven help you if you've hurt someone he loves. You'll need it. The way you can tell that Spidey is really angry is when he stops talking.
  • Also, almost any character from Marvel Universe wearing a symbiote qualifies - one of the most prominent examples would be Flash "Agent Venom" Thompson. When he's in control, he's just heroic by-the-book soldier, who often ignores his current mission in order to protect innocents. Get him angry (or worse - hurt those innocents), and he'll break your bones, scare you to death, and then bite your head off.
  • Despite his codename of "Hulkling", Teddy Altman of the Young Avengers is one of the kindest, most even-tempered guys you'll ever meet; he's even described as being "all sweetheart". Of course, that's assuming you don't threaten his boyfriend, Billy Kaplan. Teddy outright pulled this trope on Captain America in Billy's defense.
    Teddy: Captain, I understand you're concerned about Billy['s powers]. But if anything happens to him... your primary concern should be me.

     Film  

  • City Slickers, when Curly is being buried. The cook can only think of "Lord, we give you Curly. Try not to piss him off." as a eulogy.
  • Making Godzilla angry is a very, very, VERY bad idea. Doing so will result in a major city (often Tokyo) being destroyed.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: It's a bad idea to anger Dr. Frank N Furter. Eddie and Janet Weiss SLUT! had to learn this the hard way.
  • The documentary (read: hour-long advertisement) available on the Extended Edition DVD for Underworld featured a self-proclaimed werewolf who named this trope exactly.
  • The 2008 The Incredible Hulk film. Bruce Banner butchers his catchphrase by way of a bad translation (he accidentally says "hungry" instead of "angry") and proceeds to fight as normal. In the novelization, he says it to two college girls who just laugh at him, since the phrase is full of Narm. However, the film did also have a variation on the phrase which was pretty good.
    "There are aspects of my personality that I can't control, and when I lose control, it's very dangerous to be around me."
  • The Avengers has an interesting subversion. Tony and Bruce have an entire subplot that consists of Tony trying to convince Bruce that being the Hulk is a "terrible privilege" rather than a curse. Bruce disagrees, and keeps insisting that he doesn't want to Hulk out, not even to help the Avengers fight Loki, because he can't control it. The end of their scene in the laboratory features what could be interpreted as a loose variation of the original line.
    Tony: I guess we'll find out.
    Bruce: You might not like that very much.
    Tony: Yeah, and you just might.
    (later, after Bruce accepts his situation)
    Steve: Dr. Banner? Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.
    Bruce: That's my secret, Cap. I'm always angry.
  • Puss in Boots: "Tsk, tsk, tsk. You have made the cat angry. You do NOT WANT to make the cat angry!"
  • Make no mistake. If you make Io (from the film Escape From Planet Earth) angry, she'll flex her muscles like The Incredible Hulk, and then beat you up like a WWE superstar.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: Harrison, of course, but Sulu also gives such a dire threat in a mission that Bones is unnerved by it.
    Bones: Mr. Sulu, remind me never to piss you off.
  • From Serenity:
    The Operative: Do you know what your sin is, Mal?
    Malcolm Reynolds: Ah hell, I'm a fan of all seven. But right now? I'm gonna have to go with wrath.
  • Don't pull a gun on Mongo from Blazing Saddles, you'll just make him mad.

     Literature  
  • In A Hard Day's Knight, John and Suzie use their own variant to intimidate an uncooperative laundromat employee:
    Shotgun Suzie: You really want me to get cranky?
    John Taylor: You wouldn't like her when she's cranky.
  • In The Fairy's Mistake from The Princess Tales, Ethelinda substitutes Myrtle (who has snakes and insects come out of her mouth) for Rosella (who produces jewels). Myrtle-as-Rosella tells the Gold Digger prince that the snakes and insects come out of her mouth when she's angry, which gets him to start treating Rosella better.
  • In Legacy of the Force, Luke gives Jacen a quote almost identical.
  • Harry Dresden. Most of the time, as Karrin Murphy notes, he's basically an oversized nerd who hunches slightly, speaks softly and never meets anyone's gaze, as if apologising for his size (and, in the latter case, looking to avoid a Soulgaze), who cracks terrible jokes and does odd things. Then, someone makes the mistake of harming an innocent, someone under his protection, or, worst of all, someone he loves. After that, he opens his body up to his full height (nearly seven feet, and he isn't exactly stick thin either...) and thunders spells in a voice that can be heard 'from the other end of a football field' as he turns the fundamental powers of the universe into his personal plaything and unleashes them on whoever's pissed him off. It's a sight that is described as intimidating on an evolutionary scale, and usually results in a trail of destruction featuring any number of dead monsters, some godlike in their powers and usually at least one burning building. And if you've taken his daughter, he will find you and he will commit genocide. You can pray to God, but he won't help you - his agents are more than likely to be backing Dresden up.
    • Michael Carpenter is noted as an extremely nice and kind man who has time for everyone, even trusting his best friend with his family when he thought that said best friend was partially possessed by a Fallen Angel. He is also only a couple of inches shorter than Dresden, putting him at around two metres tall, he's got muscles to spare and if you offer him violence, or worse, threaten his family, he can and will kick the crap out of you.

     Live Action TV  
  • Trope Namer is The Incredible Hulk TV series, and its classic implied threat, delivered with a wonderfully understated and grim bemusement. And it's actually said before he becomes the Hulk.
    Banner: Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
  • In Smallville, you really, really don't want to make Davis Bloome angry. If you actually hurt Chloe in front of him, Have a Nice Death.
    • Pissing off Clark is generally a bad idea as well. He won't kill you, but he can and will make you wish that he had.
  • It's been said in later episodes of Torchwood that it's best not to piss Jack off. Take into mind this line from the Children of Earth miniseries (spoken by his daughter to the government spooks who just arrested her and her son):
    Alice: I can only assume you're using us as hostages against my father - but if you've done anything to anger him, then God help you.
  • Doctor Who
    • You really don't want to piss off the Doctor. That seemingly harmless oddball can tear the heavens apart and reshape reality if he really wants to. There's a reason the Daleks, a race of Omnicidal Maniacs capable of wiping out all life in the universe, hate and fear him so much. They have no emotions, and they invented a number of names to call him by; the Destroyer of Worlds, The Oncoming Storm and the Predator.
    • Ditto River Song. Sarcastic, teasing, likes to banter. And - can make a Dalek beg for mercy. Just... don't make her go there.
    • Similarly, in the prequel to "A Good Man Goes to War":
    "...I even hear rumours about whose child you've taken. Are you mad? [Pause] You know the stories about the Doctor? The things that man has done? God help us if you've made him angry!"
    (from the actual episode)
    "If that man has started calling in his debts, then God help you... and God help his debtors."
    • Surprisingly enough, Rory Williams. Kidnap one of his loved ones? Prepare to have the Last Centurion blow up your star-fleet.
  • It is also best to not piss Jack from 24 off.
  • Let's just say that the last time someone crossed Ben Linus it didn't end well...
  • Also, pissing off Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series would be more than illogical. It's very hard to do, but once you manage it, This Is Gonna Suck doesn't cover your fate.
    • On a related note, Data (without the emotional chip) is literally impossible to piss off. However, if you threaten him with harming his friends, you'll face a superintelligent, super-strong, nigh-indestructible android who has decided that removing you from existence is the completely logical solution under the current circumstances.
    • Sisko spends most of his time, at least in the early seasons, coming across as surprisingly mellow...because he keeps his temper on a very short leash, and when it comes out to play things get broken. The most constructive thing he did when furious was to design a ship solely for the purpose of killing things.
    • Most of the time Q is a jovial Trickster God who, while he messes with the crew of the Enterprise, never really means to cause permanent harm. However, the one time Captain Picard mocked Q's offer of help in dealing with the unknown dangers of the galaxy and displayed unmitigated arrogance about the Federation's readiness, Q proceeded to throw the Enterprise seven thousand light years away from home and into the path of the Borg. For the remainder of the episode Q reminds the crew and the audience that he is essentially an old god who values the lives of the Enterprise crew only at his leisure.
  • Inverted rather amusingly in Angel when a woman offers to "make him happy". Angel responds that "You won't like me when I'm happy", as the last time he made love he turned into the evil Angelus — he's under a curse that will make him lose his soul if he experiences a moment of perfect happiness.
    • Another woman finds her warlock father intends to offer her as a Virgin Sacrifice. When he uses this trope, she snaps back in Sarcasm Mode, "No, because then you might do something bad!"

     Music  
  • "The Power" by Snap:
    Stay off my back / Or I will attack / And you don't want that

    Pinball 
  • In Monster Bash, one of the Wolfman's quotes is "You wouldn't like me when I change—!"

     Video Games  
  • Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! plays this completely straight. Midway through the fight, Louis pulls out a chocolate bar that he'll eat and restore all his health with if not interrupted. However, punching the bar out of his hand is the ultimate way to push his Berserk Button. He immediately flips out with the phrase - "NOOOOOO! NOW You've done it! You won't like Doc when he's angry!", proceeds to rip off his jacket, and his attack speed doubles. Right after pulling out another chocolate bar and healing himself out of your attack range.
  • Zappa from Guilty Gear. Although he's more of a "You Wouldn't Like Me When My Ghosts Are Angry", his profile in the manual mentions this trope by name.
    "Don't make him angry! You won't like him when he's angry!"
  • In the "Grim Tales" quest in Runescape, Glod the Giant shouts "You wouldn't like Glod when Glod angry!"
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, Sten says the line almost word for word.
    Sten: In fear, I kill people. Pray that you don't see me in anger.
    • Anders gets... blue... when he's upset in Dragon Age II, thanks to Justice / Vengeance.
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath is practically the Japanese answer to the Hulk. Making him angry is not only inadvisable, but practically suicide.
  • Goliaths from Borderlands 2. Shoot off their helmet, and they fly into a psychopathic fury that sees them attack the players and any enemies around indiscriminately. Two of the lines they can spit out before going berserk warn the player of the mistake they made by shooting off the Goliath's helmet.
    Goliath: Big mistake...Really big GOD DAMN MISTAKE!
    Goliath: ''You shouldn't...you REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE GOD DAMN DONE THAT!"
  • In Sands of Destruction, Rhi'a's Super Move Portrait Attack Pre Ass Kicking One Liner is arguably a variation of this trope, as she's normally quite mellow:
    Rhi'a: Time to get a little mean.

     Web Original  
  • In one Butlerverse story, this line was quoted verbatim to Omega by Stone, after the villainous machine threatened an eight year old girl whose only "crime" was being a telepath. One just doesn't threaten children in Stone's presence and expect to walk away unhurt.
  • Hulky of Klay World says this word-for-word before somebody takes him up on the challenge. Averted in that he actually gets smaller, weaker, and perhaps stupider when he gets mad. Played straight later on when he gets really mad and turns huge and smashes everything.
  • Parodied in the Whateley Universe story "Tales of the MCO" when a commercial break comes. It's the Merchant-Ivory production of "Hulk 1809":
    My lord, please do not make me angry. Thou wouldst not like me when I am most angered.
  • The line is used in Lanipator's Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged movie, by Yukina, of all people. It's promptly subverted when the villains ignore her and smash her into a wall.
  • The Nostalgia Critic might still be pathetic when he's having his little boy rages, but he has a tendency to explode buildings accidentally when he's like that.

     Western Animation  

  • The Avatar State in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as seen in the page pic.
    • Some context: the Avatar is a individual who is reincarnated once per generation that alone has the ability to control fire, earth, water, and air (normal benders only controls the element of their birth). When the Avatar state kicks in, they temporarily gain the combined knowledge and power of all the previous Avatars, of which there has been untold generations of. Until the Avatar learns how to control it, it will kick in when he/she is either in danger of dying or highly distressed. At which point, their tactics and moral considerations consist of: Destroy threat. With extreme prejudice.
  • Raven from Teen Titans, as a result of being half-demon. The result of ticking her off is a demonic form that is less powerful than the Avatar State above, but probably worse to have as an enemy, as Raven can get downright sadistic when she's like this. (Poor Dr. Light never did get over what she did to him...)
    Dr. Light: Don't! Stop! You win! I surrender!! AHHHHHHH!!
    Demon Raven: What's the matter? Afraid of the dark?
    • Then, a season or two later:
      Dr. Light: (with a new, more powerful suit) Haha! You can never defeat me!
      Dr. Light: I'd like to go to jail now, please.
  • In an episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter alters his tastebuds so he only like fruits and vegetables, but a side-effect is that he Hulks out when he gets too hungry. He is denied food by someone later on, and uses a variation of the phrase, replacing "angry" with "hungry".
  • Droopy is always the calm and rational one - half of the time, he just looks flat out bored. However, do something that angers him, he'll calmly walk up to you, grab you down to his level and tell you "You know what? That makes me mad." Cue asskicking.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Luna Being a Physical God and the representation of The Sacred Darkness. Do not piss off that mare.
    • Woe to the pony who manages to piss off Fluttershy. She can go from the nicest pony in Equestria to the most terrifying if you hurt her friends, and managed to out-stare a cockatrice as it was turning her to stone while protecting some fillies.
    • Rarity, surprisingly. The refined unicorn fashionista who once summoned a couch to faint on because she was not going to land on the dirty ground when she fell may overreact to things hilariously, but when actual danger shows up, she gets dangerous. She knows kung fu and isn't afraid to use it - she is actually more likely to resort to hooficuffs than Applejack, the rough-and-tumble farm pony and physically strongest member of the team.
  • Timber Wolf from the Legion Of Superheroes, the reason why he's the stoic of the team is if you piss him off you'll have an 8 to 10' werewolf monster to deal with.
  • Said word for word by Peter in an early episode of Family Guy, when he was "explaining" why he canceled a reservation at the local Suck E. Cheese's. In his flashback, he ends up being restrained by a Hilter-worshipping manager dressed as the devil, before delivering the line and, naturally, Hulking Out. At that point Lois calls him out, and he's amusingly still in his Hulk pose as the "flashback" ends.
  • Lucas Amato from Cyber Six gets this reaction from his students: an entire trio of delinquents who are about to rough up Julian turn tail and run as soon as he shows up. The only thing keeping him from falling squarely into The Dreaded territory is that he's a really nice guy and actually well liked by his students.
  • Inverted in Avengers Assemble when Thor states that he actually likes Hulk when he's angry

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You Wont Like Me When Im Angry