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Times where concern leads to outrage in Live-Action TV series.


In General:

  • Almost, if not every Disney Channel original movie and series made since at least the 2000s. Instead of just being glad the main character is okay, the parent(s) or other authority figuresnote  either directly or sarcastically, instead preach at/reprimand the main character for (in some cases) not doing what they were told, or otherwise breaking some kind of rule, which often, but may not always end with the main character being told "You Are Grounded!", In some cases, this trope is not only subverted, but played for laughs as well, where whatever happens is the joke, with the end result as the punchline.
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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • In "FZZT", Simmons gets infected with a Chitauri virus that's already killed others, and all the anti-serums she and Fitz come up with have failed. Knowing she's putting the plane at risk if she stays, she jumps out without a parachute, right as Fitz discovers one of the anti-serums actually works. Fortunately, Ward is able to jump out of the plane, inject her and save her, but that doesn't make Coulson any less pissed when they return.
    • In the 4th season episode "Boom", Simmons gets mad at Fitz for heroically helping to throw Shockley out of the plane, because he could have been blown up.
  • Andor: Maarva yells at her adopted son demanding to know who all he's told that he's actually from Kenari rather than Fest as his forged identification papers claim after a wanted message is put out, furiously asking who told "These Pre-Mor bastards about Kenari!", since she knows that them having this level of information on him could easily get him killed.
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  • Brennan on Bones punches Booth when it turns out he wasn't really dead. She claimed it was because he didn't tell her. According to him, he requested that she be told, but his superiors decided not to. The audience can probably figure out why.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Passion", Buffy gets a moment of this after saving Giles when his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Angelus goes wrong. She straight-up decks him in the face and chews him out for doing something so stupid... then collapses and hugs him in tears.
    Giles: Why did you come here?! This wasn't your fight!
    [Buffy punches him in the face, knocking him down]
    Buffy: Are you trying to get yourself killed?! [tears up, collapses, and hugs him] You can't leave me... I can't do this alone...
  • The Cosby Show: Possibly the greatest (or worst, depending on who you asknote ) example in fiction comes from the episode "Off To See The Wretched". To provide context, Vanessa and her friends went to Baltimore for a concert but didn't tell their parents. Clair learned that Vanessa's friend's apartment caught fire, so she spent a long time thinking Vanessa was dead. When Clair learned that Vanessa instead went to Baltimore, she was less than amused, and loudly berated her for lying and making her worrynote :
    Clair: You bring yourself into this house right now! And, if you think that 30-minute ride home was something, believe me, honey, we've only just begun! Here we think you're lying in the floor of some burning building dying of asphyxia and you're down in Baltimore, having BIG FUN! Weren't you, Vanessa? Isn't that where you were? Didn't you go down there to Baltimore to have big fun, Vanessa? Tell me, didn't you go for big fun?
    Vanessa: Mom...
    Clair: SHUT UP! Don't you DARE open your mouth when I'm asking you a question!
  • Daredevil (2015):
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    • Throughout the show, Matt shows himself to be very protective of Karen. On a few occasions where she goes off on her own and does something dangerous, Matt gets mad at her because he's scared that she could have gotten hurt.
      • In "Stick", two of Wilson Fisk's men jump Karen after she visits Elena Cardenas. She is saved when Foggy shows up and takes them both down with his softball bat. At the beginning of the next episode "Shadows in the Glass," Matt lectures Karen on her recklessness.
      Karen Page: No, I-I trust Ben as much as I do you or Foggy, Matt. I know what I am doing. I am not some kid!
      Matt Murdock: Then don't act like one! Both of you. I know you're just trying to do the right thing here, but we have to be smart about this.
      Foggy Nelson: We?
      Matt Murdock: First rule, no more skulking around, asking to get hurt. We do this, it's gonna be on our turf. The legal system.
      Karen Page: You know, that's not nearly as heroic as you might think-
      Matt Murdock: I don't want anyone to be a hero, Karen! I want you to be safe! And I want to protect this firm and everything we're trying to build here! We know the law. We'll use it to our advantage. Agreed?
      Foggy Nelson: Do we have a choice?
      Matt Murdock: Not so much.
      Karen Page: Yeah, okay. So, what's the second rule?
      Matt Murdock: ...I don't know, I'm making this up as I go along.
      • In "Penny and Dime", Karen slips out of the office and secretly breaks into Frank Castle's house, taking with her a photograph of Frank and his family. The next morning, in "Kinbaku", when she tells the guys about her little investigation, they're both angry at her; Foggy because she committed illegal activity, while Matt because she could have been hurt. Once Foggy leaves the conversation, Karen apologizes to Matt for pushing too far, but Matt calmly says, "I don't think you're wrong about Castle. But, it’s really simple, Karen. I don’t want you to get hurt." This scene is an interesting parallel to the aforementioned scene from "Shadows in the Glass" because it’s the same configuration with the same characters and, once again, Karen is the bold one. The one difference is that even though Matt is upset, he more openly admits it’s because he’s afraid something bad could happen to Karen. He felt the same as in that previous moment, but it’s even stronger here because, after their kiss in the rain the night before, he now knows he has deep feelings for her.
    • Foggy is pissed at Matt once he learns that Matt is the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, and his anger stems from different things. First is his obvious anger at the fact that Matt's kept a big secret hidden from him for the five years that they've been friends. Second is the fact that Matt is proving himself a great hypocrite, preaching about going after people through the legal system then beating the shit out of strangers. But third of all is the fact that Foggy is afraid that one day, Matt's going to get himself killed. For a good example of this, when Matt's recuperating on his couch from a concussion after Frank Castle shoots him in the head (the bullet is stopped by Matt's helmet), Foggy isn't lecturing him about his activities but about the fact that Matt came that close to dying. Given Matt seemingly is killed in Midland Circle during The Defenders (2017), Foggy's fears are not unfounded.
  • The Defenders (2017): Karen is annoyed at Matt for dropping the bombshell that he's starting up Daredevil again to take down the Hand, just days after she had been led to think he'd left that behind, but is understanding when Matt says he has to do this. She takes a harsher tone, though, when Matt tells her that the Hand may know that he is Daredevil, because this is incredibly reckless of Matt to do and Karen doesn't want him to get hurt or all the work they did to put away Wilson Fisk get undone.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Sarah Jane Smith had a lot of this when she travelled with the Fourth Doctor. A classic example is "Pyramids of Mars" — she thinks he's dead and starts weeping over him, only to be flustered when he says, "You're soaking my shirt." When she meets up with the Doctor in the New Series, after her initial joy her reaction is: "I thought you died! I waited for you and you didn't come back and I thought you must have died!"
    • "The Poison Sky": After the Doctor almost commits a Heroic Sacrifice only for another character to take his place, Martha immediately hugs him. Donna whacks him on the arm before she does the same.
    • The Eleventh Doctor is rather prone to this — he can be quite harsh with Amy and Rory when he's exceptionally frightened for their safety.
    • "The Impossible Astronaut": River Song greets the Doctor with a slap as she's just seen his future self die.
    • In "Revolution of the Daleks", the Doctor reappears ten months after departing on a Suicide Mission in the previous episode. Yasmin Khan responds by shoving her angrily, which Jack Harkness calls Yaz out on later, as he shares much the same unrequited feelings for the Doctor.
  • Inara does this to Mal in Firefly. She even gave his unconscious-but-alive body a kiss; however, it was also played with when her relief turns to anger when she realizes that the knockout agent Saffron used was on his lips, and she passes out moments later while halfway through insulting Mal's parentage.
    • At the end of the episode, just as she is about to admit that she kissed him, Mal assumes she instead kissed Saffron. Inara doesn't deny this, because she would rather not face the consequences of kissing Mal.
  • The Flash (2014)
    • When Barry Allen angrily confronts his childhood-bully-turned-metahuman before the team has worked out how to beat him and gets badly injured as a result, Dr Wells yells at him for it. When Barry tries to justify his recklessness with his Healing Factor, Wells angrily tells him that he can't heal when he's dead. With the reveal of Wells' true reasons for training the Flash, scenes like this have the added dimension of him needing Barry alive for his own purposes, rather than being purely concerned for his safety.
    • Played for laughs in "Legends of Today", when Barry, Cisco and Kendra visit Ollie and Felicity:
      Felicity: Barry, it's good to see you. (hugs Barry)
      Barry: Felicity. Good to see you, Felicity.
      Felicity (swats Barry on the chest): How come you didn't tell me Zoom broke your back? (hugs Barry again) I'm so glad you're okay.
      Barry (to Ollie): So this is what it's like dating her?
      Ollie: More bruises from her than from Deathstroke.
  • Jules in Flashpoint gave Team Dad Parker a What the Hell, Hero? after he had put himself in danger to protect a girl from one of his previous cases and almost died because of it. Half of the lecture was about Parker placing himself in that situation without calling for backup. The other half was causing the team to go frantic with worry.
    • Spike gets one from Parker in "Shockwave".
    • In "Lawmen", Greg and Ed are furious with their sons, Dean and Clark respectively, for disobeying their orders, leaving the police car and putting themselves in danger at the scene of a crime.
  • Practically Jo's default state around Henry in some episodes of Forever (2014). Since she doesn't know he's immortal, she frequently chews him out for putting himself at risk.
    Henry: Investigating behind your back was a poor decision on my part. It could have endangered the case.
    Jo: It's more than that, Henry, you could have been killed! If Mark Bentley had cornered you the way he did me, he could have seriously hurt you!note 
  • In Game of Thrones, when his brother Jaime picks up a spear and attempts to charge down Dany and an actual dragon, all Tyrion Lannister can do is murmur, "Flee, you fucking idiot," in equal parts frustration and horror.
  • In Gotham, when Alfred finds out Bruce was burning himself intentionally to "test his own strength", his first reaction is to hit the boy and call him a "stupid boy" before immediately hugging him tightly and trying to reassure him.
  • Helix: Downplayed between CDC coworkers Alan and Julia. For the first two days of their mission at research base Arctic Biosystems, Alan needlessly bickers with ex-wife Julia while pulling rank as mission lead and dictating where Julia focuses her efforts at containing an outbreak of Synthetic Plague. He later apologizes and reveals that he's snappish because he feels he can't protect her from The Virus if he doesn't know her whereabouts. She chides him mildly, but it's made clear that, in their brief time together, he's reignited his old torch.
  • Nina gets like this a lot during House of Anubis in season 2. She had a tendency to get mad at her friends for trying to help save her life, because it was putting themselves in danger, too.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • The events of Kamen Rider Den-O 's first movie has three out of four of Ryotaro's partner Imagin disappear from the timeline. When they reappeared just fine later the fourth Imagin, Momotaros (a possible male Tsundere), shows up how much he missed them. It involves a lot of yelling.
    • When Taiga finds out that Nico infected herself with the Game Disease later on in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, his first reaction is to yell at her for being reckless. He is very good at hiding that he cares about her, but he does.
    • Kamen Rider Build: How can you tell that Ryuga cares about Sento? He stomps in, slams the door behind himself, drops into his seat like a bomb, and starts a rant with That Sento. On the flip side, how can you tell that Sento cares about Ryuga? He stalks into the room, drops into his seat like a bomb, and starts a rant with That Banjou or That meathead. Other times, he tears into Ryuga like a father would into his rebellious son and has actually called him his wayward lamb in the movie Heisei Generations Final. He tries not to feel anything, which usually comes to bite him and Ryuga just feels too much at once, so it naturally ends badly if they are truly mad at each other.
  • Luke Cage (2016): After Luke tracks down Chico as a favor for Pop, and brings him back to the barbershop, Pop is furious with Chico...and hugs him a second later. He can't help but smile in relief as he chastises him.
  • In Misfits, once the team has learned that Nathan is still alive and actually immortal after getting impaled on a fence post and being buried in the local cemetery for the past few weeks, Kelly immediately flies into a rage and starts hitting him.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In "Blood at the Wheel", Jack is uncharacteristically short-tempered, snaps at Phryne about her reckless driving, and avoids her whenever possible. When Phryne calls him out on this, he finally reveals the truth: he had thought she was the car-crash victim at the top of the episode, and found the prospect of losing her "unbearable". This scares him so badly that it takes until the end of the subsequent episode for him and Phryne to regain their equilibrium with each other.
  • Ziva and Tony on NCIS have a tendency to yell at each other and get really annoyed when they were worried about the other person. They'll both deny it's worry, though.
    • Also Diane, the mutual ex-wife of Gibbs and Fornell. After her third (and current) husband is rescued, she goes off on him for being reckless. Knowing that this trope was in effect, he calms her down by telling her he's okay. She immediately breaks down and embraces him - much to the shock of Gibbs and Fornell, who have never seen that side of her.
  • In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock, the titular character reveals himself to be alive after a 2-year absence. John proceeds to punch, strangle, and headbutt him after each attempt at an explanation. The creators of the show agreed that this is a far more natural reaction than that of Watson in the book (he faints).
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Kirk and Spock are all over this one. In the episode "The Apple", Spock takes a poisoned dart for Kirk. Upon Spock's waking up, Kirk berates him for putting himself in danger, then afterwards adds "but thanks." This would be a Crowning Moment Of Ho Yay for any other couple, but for Kirk and Spock, for whom the original Slash Fic was written, this sort of Ho Yay is just par for the course.
  • Dean Winchester of Supernatural is the poster boy for this trope. His brother, his father figure, his best friend—if they put themselves in danger, they can expect to get snarled and yelled at.
  • Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger: Stinger/Sasori Orange shuns Kotaro/Koguma Sky Blue after he joins the team and generally acts meaner around him than usual. Kotaro is put off by this because the former's earlier actions made it look like he has a soft spot for Kotaro. Later events reveal that Stinger was worried about him because of his reckless behavior that reminded Stinger of his older brother, Scorpio, who got drunk on power and things just went downhill from there.
  • On White Collar, this is Peter's reaction every time Neal does something heedless... so it happens every episode.


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