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The trope can come about in various scenarios. Writers suffering from the WritersBlock are likely to destroy their good-for-nothing drafts and vain attempts. Students obsessed with their marks may wreck their test marked [[TheBGrade A minus]]. Someone who got dumped or cheated on might destroy photos or letters from their (soon-to-be) ex. Characters working a SoulCrushingDeskJob might crumple annoying reports and start playing WastebasketBall. Or the character can rip up an unfair contract, hoping to make it null and void. If the character is freakishly strong and absolutely furious, they might tear a whole book in half.

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The trope can come about in various scenarios. Writers suffering from the WritersBlock are likely to destroy their good-for-nothing drafts and vain attempts. Students obsessed with their marks may wreck their test marked [[TheBGrade A minus]]. Someone who's reading a bad news (for them) in a newspaper might tear it up afterward. Someone who got dumped or cheated on might destroy photos or letters from their (soon-to-be) ex. Characters working a SoulCrushingDeskJob might crumple annoying reports and start playing WastebasketBall. Or the character can rip up an unfair contract, hoping to make it null and void. If the character is freakishly strong and absolutely furious, they might tear a whole book in half.


* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': After Roger declines to sell her the puppies, Cruella [=DeVil=] takes the check she was writing, tears it to pieces, and tosses them at Roger's face.

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* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': After Roger declines makes it clear to sell her the Cruella that he and Anita are not selling their puppies, Cruella [=DeVil=] takes angrily tears up the check she was writing, tears it to pieces, had written and tosses them at Roger's face.throws the pieces over Roger.

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* ''Series/{{ER}}''. Carol starts to write up a nurse for an error that she made (icing a patient's ''football'' instead of his severed ''foot'', leaving surgeons unable to reattach it) when the woman grabs the paper and rips it half, throwing the pieces in the air, declaring, "I quit!"


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': In the promo material/DVD extra set between seasons 2 and 3, Marshall and Lily spend their honeymoon in Scotland. Lily is excited to be there and enjoy her time, but Marshall only wants to sit by Loch Ness and search for Nessie. Lily bears with him and says she's happy as long as she knows they are going to see ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in Edinburgh on Thursday... Later she angrily tears the tickets in pieces because Marshall refuses to leave his spot.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': In the promo material/DVD extra set between seasons 2 and 3, Marshall and Lily spend their honeymoon in Scotland. Lily is excited to be there and wants to enjoy her time, time there to the fullest, but Marshall only wants to sit by Loch Ness and search for Nessie. Lily bears with him and says she's happy as long as she knows they are going to see ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in Edinburgh on Thursday... Later she angrily tears the tickets in pieces because Marshall refuses to leave his spot.

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* In one of the game paths of ''VideoGame/{{Ripper}}'', [[Creator/ChristopherWalken Vincent Magnotta]] shows you a photo accusing Joey Falconetti of being the titular killer. When you scan it to prove it's fake, Magnotta tears up the picture in rage while begrudgingly releasing Falconetti.


* ''Series/{{Girls}}'': In "Female Author", Jessa relieves herself between two parked cars on a New York street when she can't find a bathroom. A police officer in a passing car spots her and gives her a ticket for public urination which she rips up, resulting in more serious charges against her and Adam.

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* ''Series/{{Girls}}'': In "Female Author", Jessa [[NatureTinkling relieves herself between two parked cars on a New York street when she can't find a bathroom.bathroom]]. A police officer in a passing car spots her and gives her a ticket for public urination which she rips up, resulting in more serious charges against her and Adam.

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* ''Series/{{Girls}}'': In "Female Author", Jessa relieves herself between two parked cars on a New York street when she can't find a bathroom. A police officer in a passing car spots her and gives her a ticket for public urination which she rips up, resulting in more serious charges against her and Adam.

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** Balon Greyjoy coldly throws a letter from Robb Stark, delivered by his son Theon, into fire. Balon has no desire to be Robb Stark's ally against Lannisters. Instead, he means to raid the coast of the North controlled by Starks.


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* ''Literature/LittleWomen'': Amy burns Jo's manuscript in anger to punish her for not wanting to take her to see a play with Meg and Laurie. Jo worked on her stories for ''years'', she copied them and destroyed the old drafts.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E4LuckOfTheFryish Luck of the Fryish]]": Fry angrily tears his ticket when his horse doesn't win the race and he loses the money he bet.


* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Bad Blood": Agent Mulder tries to write a report, but he ends up crinkling up the piece of paper. He throws it across the room and tries to hit the trash can. He misses. He proceeds to kick the can as if he was trying to destroy it. He's on edge because he stabbed a teenager with a wooden stake but he was drugged and convinced that the teen was a vampire.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'', [[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood "Bad Blood": Blood"]]: Agent Mulder tries to write a report, but he ends up crinkling up the piece of paper. He throws it across the room and tries to hit the trash can. He misses. He proceeds to kick the can as if he was trying to destroy it. He's on edge because he stabbed a teenager with a wooden stake but he was drugged and convinced that the teen was a vampire.


* In ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Mr. Banks drafts an advertisement for a nanny to put in the newspaper. His kids also draft an advertisement for a nanny. When Mr. Banks finds out that the kids' ideas of what traits the nanny should have are completely opposite to the traits he thinks the nanny should have, he tears up the kids' draft in disdain.

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* In ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Mr. Banks drafts an advertisement for a nanny to put in the newspaper. His kids also draft an advertisement for a nanny. When Mr. Banks finds out that the kids' ideas of what traits the nanny should have are completely opposite to the traits he thinks the nanny should have, he tears up the kids' draft in disdain.disdain and tosses the bits into the (extinct) chimney.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': In the promo material/DVD extra set between seasons 2 and 3, Marshall and Lily spend their honeymoon in Scotland. Lily is excited to be there and enjoy her time, but Marshall only wants to sit by Loch Ness and search for Nessie. Lily bears with him and says she's happy as long as she knows they are going to see ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' in Edinburgh on Thursday... Later she angrily tears the tickets in pieces because Marshall refuses to leave his spot.


** In "Millionaire Tom", after Tom inherits millions of dollars, Jerry keeps showing him the telegram that points out that he will lose everything if he harms another living thing, "even a mouse" in order to do whatever he wants. Eventually, Tom has enough of the mouse's antics and tears up the telegram, then stuffs the portion that reads "EVEN A MOUSE" down Jerry's throat.

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** In "Millionaire Tom", "The Million Dollar Cat", after Tom inherits millions of dollars, Jerry keeps showing him the telegram that points out that he will lose everything if he harms another living thing, "even a mouse" in order to do whatever he wants. Eventually, Tom has enough of the mouse's antics and tears up the telegram, then stuffs the portion that reads "EVEN A MOUSE" down Jerry's throat.


** Before King Robert dies, he dictates his will to his Hand, Lord Neddard Stark. Widowed queen Cercei rips it in pieces in front of the whole court and tosses it on the ground. She then orders to have Ned arrested because Ned found out that Cercei's son Joffrey is not Robert's true heir.

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** Before King Robert dies, he dictates his will to his Hand, Lord Neddard Stark. Widowed queen Cercei Cersei rips it in pieces in front of the whole court and tosses it on the ground. She then orders to have Ned arrested because Ned found out that Cercei's Cersei's son Joffrey is not Robert's true heir.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' animated short "Mouse Trouble", after all of Tom's attempts to catch Jerry per the book's instructions ended in failure culminating in him accidentally swallowing a toy mouse, Tom goes insane and tears down the whole book in anger before planting loads of explosives into the hole just to kill the mouse.

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In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' animated short "Mouse Trouble", "WesternAnimation/MouseTrouble", after all of Tom's attempts to catch Jerry per the book's instructions ended in failure culminating in him accidentally swallowing a toy mouse, Tom goes insane and tears down the whole book in anger before planting loads of explosives into the hole just to kill the mouse.mouse.
** In "Millionaire Tom", after Tom inherits millions of dollars, Jerry keeps showing him the telegram that points out that he will lose everything if he harms another living thing, "even a mouse" in order to do whatever he wants. Eventually, Tom has enough of the mouse's antics and tears up the telegram, then stuffs the portion that reads "EVEN A MOUSE" down Jerry's throat.

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