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"Being a parent is wanting to hug and strangle your kid at the same time."
Calvin's Dad, Calvin and Hobbes

A lot of things make people angry. Minor insults. Their own reflection. Awful jobs. This trope is when a character is angry because some fool they love put themselves in danger.

It's the caring that really makes the trope. The most common variation is that they embrace the person they thought was in danger into their arms and tell them they're glad they're safe, followed by them saying something to the effect of "Don't you ever do that to me again!". This is seen from any kind of loved one, from a Best Friend, especially sidekicks giving a What the Hell, Hero? speech, someone's One True Love terrified of a Heroic Sacrifice, or parents when their children return from whatever world-saving adventure they've been on.

Related to How Dare You Die on Me!, except it's milder, as in, "how dare you put yourself in so much danger." May also involve a Slap-Slap-Kiss or lead to Calling Out for Not Calling. Contrast Tearful Smile, which occurs when Alice is still distraught even when she's happy. Good odds for a Punchy Love-type to be this if they are far enough on the "punchy" side. Compare I Have Just One Thing to Say and Arson Murder And Life Saving.


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  • In Ace of the Diamond, Takashima-sensei finds out that Miyuki has been hiding a serious abdominal injury since the semifinals of the Fall Tournament, and immediately gets extremely mad at him for endangering himself and risking long-term damage. It's about the only time in the Anime that she audibly raises her voice.
  • In Aruosumente, Legna is known for getting angry whenever he catches His Majesty outside his duties, e.g. while trying out a new invention. However, that's because he's responsible for His Majesty's safety, and they're childhood friends besides.
  • In Attack on Titan, after Gabi risks her life in an unauthorized mission to infiltrate the island of Paradis, which nearly gets her killed on multiple occasions, she finally sees her commanding officer Commander Magath again after Marley invades Shiganshima. Magath expresses relief that she's alive, then yells at her for going off on her own.
  • Berserk: When Casca attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff, Guts rushes in to catch her just as she's falling and manages to drag her back up and throw her a good distance from the edge. Afterwards, he angrily yells at her to never do something so stupid like that again, especially after having sustained injury himself. Casca approaches Guts, tearfully yelling how foolish he was for saving her at the risk of his own safety. From this point, they both calm down and realize how much they don't want to lose the other, and they share their first kiss. The rest is history.
  • In Black Lagoon:
    • At the end of the "Goat, Jihad and Rock and Roll" arc, Revy, having managed to rescue Rock from kidnappers with a mixture of her characteristic ultraviolence and uncharacteristic guile, rips strips off him for being dumb enough to be kidnapped: "This isn't some feel-good movie! The cost of this is coming out of your paycheck! The next time this happens, the only help you'll get is from the Almighty!" And then they go off together.
    • In the Japan arc, after Balalaika comes very close to killing Rock, forcing Revy into a face-off with Balalaika and Boris, Revy punches Rock a good one for being so foolhardy: "Over here, I'm your gun! I could keep you alive through Tarawa or the Alamo! But I can't protect someone who's that anxious to die! ...If you weren't you, I'd have shot you myself for being so stupid!"
  • In Bleach, Rukia's anger at Ichigo's attempts to save her from execution during the Soul Society arc have very strong undertones of this. She constantly yells at him to just leave her to die and that her punishment is deserved, but Ichigo is having none of it and refuses to listen to her complaints.
  • In Ceres, Celestial Legend, Aki yells at his twin sister for risking her life jumping off an overpass just to catch a woman's stolen purse.
  • In Code Geass, Shirley, who has a crush on Lelouch, gets frustrated over his delinquent tendencies, and worries that he doesn't apply himself.
  • Ian from A Cruel God Reigns has several instances of this after bringing Jeremy back to England to help Jeremy get his life back together. They usually occur after Jeremy has done drugs or prostituted himself, although sometimes they are in reaction to Jeremy's flippant behavior toward both and his original problems.
    Ian: "You were beat until you passed out! Don't act as if it happened to someone else!"
  • In Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, Rebecca deeply cares about her crew and is just as ready to get angry as all hell when they are in danger. This reaches a point where she's intensely vitriolic with David as his health massively declines due to his cybernetics, especially once he dons the Cyberskeleton, and is constantly mouthing off at him due to her frustration over him progressively killing himself. However, once it's clear that David has finally slipped off the deep end completely as they rush to Arasaka to bust out Lucy, she drops the attitude altogether and sadly accepts he's on his last legs and makes her goal to get him to the top of Arasaka to save Lucy by any means necessary.
  • Delicious in Dungeon:
    • Chilchuck gets pretty damn pissed off at Laios's insistence on continuing deeper into the dungeon, despite the party being very worn down in every possible sense after the fight with the Lunatic Magician. However, it's obvious Chilchuck is simply worried about losing his friends.
  • A little while after finally rescuing his sister Falin (she pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to save the rest of the party, and the whole point of going back into the dungeon was to save her before it killed her for real), normally blithe Laios shouts at her to never do anything so risky again, and then immediately hugs her afterwards.
  • In the final episode of the D.N.Angel anime, Riku Harada abandons her family's vehicle during a citywide evacuation to go after Daisuke, who she'd seen riding his bike in the opposite direction, ignoring her twin sister Risa's protests. When Risa catches up to her later in the episode, she immediately slaps Riku before pulling her into a hug.
  • There's a manga chapter in Doraemon where Nobita received this from his parents after coming home so late after playing outside. Unfortunately, Nobita being Nobita, it's too much for him and made him believe that his parents despise him. So he decided to leave his house. To make his actions much less sympathetic, he also stole some of Doraemon's tools and gadgets (including Bamboocopter) because he believes they will help him survive while living far away from his family. Predictably, it becomes much worse when he lost his bamboocopter and this caused him being trapped in a stranded island for the next ten years until Doraemon finds him, when Nobita already becomes a Manchild and has grown a Beard of Sorrow. From Bad to Worse, indeed.
  • Bulma from the Dragon Ball franchise tends to express her fears and worries for the protagonists' safety with eruptive rage. Goku, Vegeta, and especially Yamcha were the most common targets. A good example can be seen here.
    Bulma: You should know better Trunks! You can't just climb into someone's space truck! Do you have any idea how worried we been about you two?
  • Anemone from Eureka Seven, who has only just realized she is in love with Dominic when he leaves around the same time, goes to save him when she accidentally attacks him with her mech while he's falling from the sky, clinging to a ref board to try and save her. She admonishes him for doing something so reckless, even though they're both in a freefall at this point. Now she's normally been pretty harsh on poor Dominic until now, but fortunately for him, she lets it slide. Cue The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Miaka goes through a mild version of this in Fushigi Yuugi the first time Tamahome really risks his life saving her. When the tables are turned and she ends up risking her own life for her Seishi, Tamahome gives a Meaningful Echo.
  • This is what happens at the end of Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid, although Tsundere Kaname Chidori was afraid not only for Sousuke (who disappeared without a word in the middle of the series) but also for herself (since villains are constantly after her, and Sousuke was supposed to protect her). The progression of fear to relief to anger causes her to deliver an epic Get A Hold Of Yourself Man beatdown to Sousuke - himself in the throes of a massive Heroic BSoD - when they're finally reunited.
  • Happens in one episode of G Gundam involving Rain and Domon.
  • Hyakunichikan!!: Shuuto very lightly slaps Chiho when she runs off looking for Fukumen and gets lost in the neighborhood. He stands impassively as she cries, telling her how much he worries about her.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Kagome breaks down into tears when she thinks Inuyasha's dead, calling him "Idiot!" When Inuyasha shows up alive and well, she yells at him, causing him to think that she's mad at him at first before she says that she's just so relieved that he's alive.
    • In the anime, a similar scene has Kagome yelling some more at him because she's embarrassed at having broken down in tears.
      Kagome: I'm not crying because I'm sad! I'M CRYING BECAUSE I FEEL HUMILIATED!
    • And another after the defeat of the Thunder Brothers. When Inuyasha sees Shippo and Kagome surrounded in foxfire, and thinks they're ghosts.
  • Interviews with Monster Girls: Takahashi ends up yelling at Machi when she almost drops her head out of carelessness and downplays the accident. He later apologizes for it.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Narancia's backstory involves Bruno saving him off the streets and paying for his hospital treatment while also saying he'd beat the boy senseless if he tried to join Passione instead of going back home and attending school. Having been neglected and betrayed by his father and friends, Narancia realizes no one ever scolded him out of concern before and is only further determined to work for Bruno.
  • In Kamisama Kiss Tomoe has a Bodyguard Crush towards the heroine Nanami who she keeps pulling stunts that send his blood pressure skyrocketing and causing him to rip her a new one verbally. It doesn't help that Tomoe is a definite Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Kekkaishi: After returning from the Kokoboro's dimension, Tokine slaps Yoshimori to the ground, gives him a What the Hell, Hero? lashing for recklessly following Kaguro to the Kokoboro’s base, and refuses to forgive him before being overcome with emotion over his actions. Yoshi admits how thoughtless his actions were, but in spite of that he had to avenge Gen or he'd never be able to forgive himself and move on. Tokine embraces him stating that there are others who'd feel the same way about him as he did for Gen if something were to happen to him.
  • Kotaro Lives Alone: After Kotaro has spent a good chunk of the day helping a friend of him "run away from home", he returns to his apartment to find that his neighbor, Karino, has been looking all over for him since he never arrived to the usual trip to the bathhouse they take and he's pretty steamed about it. Since this comes at the same time that Kotaro had been thinking about how he had nobody who would worry about him if he didn't return home, he actually feels thankful and delivers a genuine apology to Karino (Who is surprised at this rather out-of-character moment from him).
  • Sakura of Laid-Back Camp whacks her younger sister Nadeshiko on the head and violently shoves her into the car over how upset she got after Nadeshiko left without her cell phone.
  • Majestic Prince: Episode 9. Asagi, specifically, is violently berated by his AHSMB's youngest mechanic, Anna, for being a "lame pilot". Her father tries to defend her protests by saying that she was actually worried about him.
  • Mekakucity Actors: Episode 10. After a very peaceful opening showing the scenery of Japan several centuries in the past, we cut straight to Azami - arms crossed and brow furrowed - yelling "He's late!" at her daughter Shion. After some reassurance from Shion, Azami admits that she is worried for Tsukihiko (her husband)'s safety since he left for the (extremely xenophobic) village over three days ago. As it turns out, she was right to worry; as she'd feared, the villagers had captured Tsukihiko, tortured him for her whereabouts, and despite him not saying anything, found the trail he'd left himself to return home - and promptly come knocking to murder her and her daughter.
  • The reason Elma quarrels with Tohru for most of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is that they were close friends before Tohru disappeared without even giving her a peep. Tohru used to disdain human contact and went through great lengths to convince Elma to distrust humans; Elma found it very hypocritical of her when she found out that Tohru was openly living with a human as if nothing had happened (after having supposedly been killed in a battle with the gods). As such, Elma is offended at the fact that Tohru practically abandoned her.
  • In Muhyo and Roji, during Nana's backstory, she took a photo of a bank robber being arrested, causing her father to crumple the photo, since he was upset over her putting herself in danger.
  • In the My-HiME side novel Natsuki no Prelude, after Natsuki returns to school after her first battle with an Orphan, covered in wounds, Shizuru is quite shocked to see her hurt, and (not being a Hime at the time) tells her that if falling off her motorcycle caused it, she will keep her away from it even if she has to hit her. Natsuki insists that she's all right, but is touched that Shizuru cares about her.
  • Naruto goes to town with this. With only a few exceptions, Sakura always worries about Naruto's safety in a combat situation. This persists despite him proving his skills over and over, and her insistence that she genuinely doesn't feel that way about him.
    • Possibly the best example is from Chapter 450 when Naruto returns after defeating Pain, Sakura punches him for being so reckless, then embraces him, thanking him. He did not hug her back, which, in retrospect, foreshadowed what was to come nineteen chapters later...
    • Rin also seems to have felt this for Obito, as he would always try to act tough and hide his wounds from her, which greatly annoyed her.
  • Chisame from Negima! Magister Negi Magi delivers one to Negi after he risks his life trying to study Evangeline's Black Magic. For all the chaos he has (unintentionally) brought upon her, she still cares about him more than she's willing to admit.
    • Asuna does this to him quite often too.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion played with this one in the Leliel/Dirac sea episode. Asuka is clearly aiming for the trope, but she keeps having to take a number as first Misato and then Rei "butt in" after Shinji reappears. She's left at a low simmer, but Shinji sees her the second time and seems to understand. Notably this is the only time we ever see Shinji laugh.
  • In Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Sakura Suzuhara slaps Shinji for going against her orders not to pilot any more Evas, then breaks down crying.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, Tamaki calls Haruhi an idiot for trying to take on a group of bullies by herself and nearly getting killed in the process. The rest of the episode has Haruhi and Tamaki giving each other the silent treatment until they make up near the end.
    • Also in Ouran, the Creepy Twins Hikaru and Kaoru pull this off in the vacation episode to score Moe points through twincest subtext. Whether it was intentional or not is up to debate. Though in general, Hikaru is much more prone to this trope compared to the more level-headed Kaoru whenever there's actual conflict regarding them.
  • In Princess Tutu, Fakir constantly treats Mytho harshly and orders him around. When Mytho begins to finally grow a backbone and stand up for himself, Fakir starts getting so distressed that his harsh demeanor escalates until he finally snaps and slaps Mytho. At first it's played to show him as a control freak, but it's soon revealed that he's really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and he's terrified of Mytho getting hurt because of past experiences. (He just has a very, very poor way of expressing himself when he's upset.)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Downplayed example in Episode 3. When Mami and Madoka reach Sayaka and Kyubey, who had willingly let themselves be absorbed by a Witch's Barrier to prevent the Witch's escape, Mami berates Sayaka's rashness but concedes that she's just relieved that they're both alright.
  • RahXephon: In Episode 9, when Haruka finds Ayato after his being missing for several days, calling him a big dummy
  • Ranma ˝:
    • Akane is wracked with worry over Ranma going to fight their first bonafide lethal opponent, who had locked him as a woman permanently. When he finally comes back, manhood restored (well, unlocked, anyway) he sneaks into the bathroom before greeting her. When she sees him, she's very obviously relieved to the point of tears, even as she's angry at him that he didn't go see her first.
    • Shortly afterwards, Akane is the one who faces a legendary eight-headed dragon to repay a life debt, without asking for Ranma's help. After she's nearly killed, and Ranma rescues her, he berates her (albeit gently) for making him worry.
    • After Shampoo and Akane have their first physical fight in the series, Ranma finds Akane unconscious on the grass. Thinking she might be dead, he urges her to wake up. When she does, he looks relieved, right before he promptly calls her an idiot and reprimands her for fighting Shampoo.
  • Rebuild World:
    • The Friendly Shopkeeper Shizuka, as part of being Team Mom, shows this to Akira multiple times over his risk-taking, which she tones down after she notices that this makes Akira really nervous.
    • After Erio overdoses on combat stimulants in combat training and falls into a coma for days, his girlfriend Alicia shows this for him.
  • In Sailor Moon, whenever Usagi places herself in danger, Rei can and will call her an idiot. But when it is all said and done, she will be the first one to give her friend a hug. Before calling Usagi an idiot again.
  • 7 Seeds: This is basically the meaning behind Semimaru's yelling. Since he made himself to be a tough guy, admitting that he was really worried in a heartfelt way would be too embarrassing, he opts to yell at people who made him worry. Particularly Arashi or towards Natsu.
  • Early on in A Silent Voice, Shoya is confronted by his mother over him intentions to kill himself, her voice full of fear that her son contemplated his life. To make sure he wouldn’t do it again, she threatened to burn the money he gave her to repay a debt put her in and made him swear not to try killing himself.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair: Zen is particularly prone to this as Shirayuki and Obi quickly learn and is especially annoyed when his friends try to hide or play down illnesses or injuries. Obi manages to earn this reaction out of Zen, Shirayuki, Mitsuhide, and Kiki when he leaves during the night with one of his former associates without telling anyone where he's actually going just leaving a note under Zen's pillow saying he'll be back by morning. He seems both cowed and relieved when they track him down before dawn has even fully broke and he grins in response to Shirayuki and Zen's anger at learning he was injured since he never before had anyone he trusted and cared for the way he does the two of them.
  • This is a possible explanation for Maka's reaction in the Soul Eater manga when her partner, Soul, is possessed by the Black Blood and starts attacking her and their teammates. She was clearly worried about him, but when he snaps out of it her response is to hit him on the head and then start kicking him. When asked, she claims it's payback for pulling her pigtails.
  • In StrikerS Sound Stage X, Nove has this reaction when a severely wounded Subaru meets up with her after fighting her way out of some ruins.
  • In Episode 6 of Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Kanade, in the midst of scolding her brother Souta for staying out late with Hibiki, says he was gone so long she got worried.
  • In Talentless Nana, Michiru Inukai ends up almost dying of exhaustion and dehydration after overusing her Wound Licking "Talent" as it is Cast From Life Span. Her friend Nana goes to great lengths to take care of her, including breaking and entering into the cafeteria to get ingredients for soup. She cuts her finger in the process and when Michiru tries to habitually lick it better, Nana yells at her for wasting any more of her lifespan on such a minor injury.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kamina and Yoko had a moment like this in episode seven, after facing particularly overwhelming odds in a fight and almost being killed in the process. A sad/bittersweet scene in hindsight as Yoko's worst fears come true one episode later when Kamina dies in battle, mere hours after they had kissed for the first time and revealed their feelings for each other.
    Yoko: There's always been a method to your madness. I could always just tell myself, "if anybody can pull something off, Kamina can." But this afternoon was different. That wasn't reckless or even crazy; that was plain stupid! You rushed in there without thinking it through, and if Simon hadn't been there, you might very well have been killed!... I guess... that frightened me...
  • Waratte! Sotomura-san: Haruno reacts like this when Sotomura shows up at school in spite of having a fever.
  • Yotsuba To: It's never specifically said, but this was no doubt the reaction of Mr. Koiwai after finding out Yotsuba had gone to Fuuka's school, by herself, without telling him where she was going. Absolutely justified, since there were at least two points on her adventure where she was very lucky she wasn't seriously hurt.

    Comic Books 
  • Death & the Family: Supergirl gets angry when she finds out her surrogate aunt Lana Lang has been hiding her sickness from her for one year.
    Supergirl: (thinking) Thara— Flamebird— revealed to me that something was wrong with Lana. Lana was sick. And she had been keeping it from me.
    Lana Lang: Honey, I understand you're angry—
    Supergirl: You're damn right I'm angry, Lana! What were you thinking?!
  • The Invader Zim comics have Gaz's tense relationship towards Dib become this as part of Adaptational Nice Guy; her regular anger and annoyance towards Dib is no longer from seemingly disliking her brother, but rather disappointment that he's wasting his life obsessing over Zim, who she thinks is an incompetent egomaniac doomed to Failure Is the Only Option and thus isn't worth dealing with.
  • During Secret Invasion, the Runaways got stranded in New York City at the very moment that the Skrulls were gathering for their final push against Earth's superheroes, and Xavin, being an apostate, and thus a very high-value target for the fanatical Skrulls, tried to abandon the team, including their fiancee Karolina, in the hopes that the Skrulls would rather chase after an apostate than waste a bunch of Earthlings. After the team caught up to Xavin, Karolina gave them an earful.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): This was Princess Sally's reason for dumping Sonic. He had just returned from a lengthy absence, during which he had been presumed dead, and yet he now continued risking his life at the drop of a hat. The fear of potentially having to mourn him a second time was more than she could stand.

    Comic Strips 
  • Crabgrass: when Miles and Kevin get lost in the woods and are finally found, Miles' mother goes back and forth between being so relieved that he isn't hurt, to being so angry with him, she yells at him to never do that again, and grounds him until further notice.

    Fan Works 
  • In Christian Humber Reloaded, Season-Bringer punches Blade for making him think that he'd died in the explosion that destroyed Chaos near the end of Part 2.
  • In The Dragon That Will Pierce the Heavens, protagonist Hikari is prone to this, mostly towards Zoro, as shown when she finds out he tried to cut off his feet to fight Mister Three on Little Garden.
  • In A Game Comes to Equestria, Yugi blows his top at Pinkie during Luna and the Little Game, though the anger is more so out of concern for Luna's self-esteem.
  • In a Halloween chapter of A Game of Cat and Cat, Matilda tears into Eleonora for going to confront a ghost alone, but Eleonora gets her to admit that she's just worried. Neither of them know the real reason why: in their past lives as Mathias and Leon, Leon confronted that same ghost and died, leaving Mathias a devastated wreck.
  • When Roxas in I'm Nobody returns after disappearing for a couple of days, the Normandy Crew make their displeasure at him unexpectedly leaving and worrying them known; namely Shepard bonking him on the head, Ashley giving him a noogie and promising him more, and Stitch jumping onto his face and squeezing it.
  • In The Hater Good Glargg shouts at Chuck for getting lost on his delivery mission.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero Haruhi reacts this way to Kyon being injured after fighting some Yakuza with all his supernatural tools disabled.
  • Last Child of Krypton: When Shinji reveals to Asuka that he is Superman she is furious because he has risked his life and he has been about to die several times to save her:
    Asuka: Why? You flew into that thing, what, to come after me? You could have died. Why would you do that? How could you be so stupid?
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: In After Many Dates: Danny and Spectra, Danny's parents were angry at him for staying in Gravity Falls for more days than intended and not calling them.
  • Monsters Versus Aliens: Even though Lilo's now eighteen and has Stitch to protect her (though living with a bunch of aliens has also made her capable of protecting herself), Nani is still a strict guardian who (when Lilo does something Nani believes to be dumb/risky) is prone to speaking in Angrish. Both Lilo and Stitch know, however, that her anger comes from a place of worry and love for her little sister.
  • My Huntsman Academia: Weiss has a tendency to tear into Izuku for his self-destructive heroic impulses and tendency to not place any value on his own well-being when others' lives are in danger. This gets to the point that she creates a "Prevent Izuku From Doing Something Stupid Kit" specifically to have all the tools she needs to chastise him (including Purely Aesthetic Glasses and a spray bottle) and threatens to hurt him if he even considers trying to take up a job in addition to the ridiculous amounts of training, studying, and meetings he's juggling because she knows it's unhealthy.
  • New Stars: When Dr. Finn first meets Maxx shortly after a Krill attack on an outpost, she quickly goes on the defensive. Maxx immediately realizes that this trope is in play, as seeing a strange armored man so soon after an alien attack (one where she almost lost her children) would scare any parent. Ty and Marcus have to explain to Dr. Finn that Maxx saved their lives before she calms down.
  • The Night Unfurls: Worried that her friend would've gotten hurt, Celestine grabs Olga by the ear after the Liberation of Ansur, upset over her marching out to a battlefield without telling her.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Shinji is on the brunt end of this from Asuka after instinctively running to try and save a little girl from a collapsing building, only to be saved by Supergirl.
  • When the Heartless attack Winter Town in A Song of Fire Ice and Hearts, Arya Stark opts to stay and see Roxas fight them off. After Arya refuses her sister's attempts at getting the both of them to safety, Sansa angrily slaps her and calls her a brat for wanting to risk her life just for some excitement.
  • In Thousand Shinji, when Asuka nearly blows herself up to take down Sandalphon, Shinji got incredibly mad at her.
    Shinji: (angrily) What the fuck were you thinking?
    Asuka: (dazedly) I... I did what I had to do, just like how you blew yourself up to take out Shamshel.
    Shinji: It’s called the 'Shinji Suicide Special' for a reason.
    Asuka: (grinning) Well they can call it the 'Soryu Suicide Special' now.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, after Nanoha, who has recently been injured, collapses from using Divine Buster against Jadeite, Fate yells at her for using high-level magic despite her being warned about the strain on her Linker Core, before breaking down crying and telling her how worried she is about her.
  • The fanfic of The Great Ace Attorney, The Great Ace Detective, has best friend Kazuma beating up Ryunosuke in a rage because he almost got murdered thanks to not having any backup when he confronted the Big Bad with his crimes, nonetheless crying with relief that Ryunosuke's still alive as he does it.
  • In Three Strikes:
    • Count gets a little miffed when Naomi continues to try to take Mimic Squadron on her own and refuses to leave her, which ends up helping her get a shot in on Scream.
    • Ionela starts to get frustrated with her grandfather’s lack of concern for his health and his obsession with Three Strikes. Pointing out that either one can be the death of him.
  • In chapter 12 of Hell is Other People, we get this line, which essentially sums up the trope:
    When Wolf arrived at the infirmary, he was worried, and consequently, he was angry.
  • In Starship on a Grill, the main heroine, looking for her lost son, follows her husband to a parallel world where the Hadean Era is in full swing. The latter is perfectly livid since he is able to survive in such conditions and she can only spend there a couple of hours in a special suit (theirs is an Interspecies Romance). When he sees she has followed him, he bursts into a long string of curses in a dozen languages she doesn't even try to understand.
  • Medicated: Hop Pop is furious when he learns that Anne disobeyed him and has been neglecting her potions because she wants to try out her human form. He later admits that he is mostly just scared of Anne turning into some savage beast and hurt someone in the family. He lost his daughter and her husband to wild animals, and he doesn't want to lose his grandkids. Especially not if one of those grandkids turns into a wild animal.
  • Spider-Ninja: Master Splinter, as usual, is this trope. He loves his kids, but he's terrified for their safety. While he's a little more lenient here than he is in most of his depictions (allowing his kids to become vigilantes and forming a partnership with SHIELD), he's still very strict and (along with possessing a Death Glare worse than Nick Fury's) can/will give his kids ear-splitting lectures if they do something stupid.
  • Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion:
    • Milly yells at Lelouch when she finds out he commanded the rebels during the battle in the Shinjuku Ghetto, terrified at the thought of losing her childhood friend.
    • Later on, Lelouch gives Milly and Nina a tongue-lashing for their actions during the Lake Kawaguchi incident.
  • In Broken Facades, Light gets angry when he learns that Misa made the eye deal.
  • In A Snowflake In Spring, Anna undergoes an Angst Coma of sorts after her brother Hans loses his visitation rights. She crashes at Kristoff's house, losing contact with the world for three days. Her new friend Megara, who has no idea what's going on, sends her a series of texts that progress from annoyed to concerned to nearly hysterical. When Anna finally recovers and calls her, Meg practically explodes at her over the phone.
  • The Inquisitors each tend to react this way if the other one gets hurt in the Twice Upon an Age series. It's especially evident with Mahanon, who has a powerful Big Brother Instinct toward Victoria.
  • In The Steep Path Ahead, Louise really gets angry with Saito when he's done something that could severely hurt him without her, most evident after he went on to deal with a Zombie Apocalypse while she was unconscious and came back covered in blood.
    Louise: "He could have died. Do you know what it means? When you're dead, you're in Founder Brimir's arms forever. There's no coming back. You can't just turn back time. A dead person is dead forever, so I am angry. I am angry and I am hurt that he could not wait for me to wake up, and I don't care if he succeeded now, because if tomorrow he does the same and he fails, then I'll be the one left to pick up the pieces of his scattered corpse to sew them back together, and then I'll have to present it to his family saying that he died bravely, but they would rather have their son back."
  • In Vegas Reunion, Osakabahime's Big Damn Reunion with Miyamoto Musashi in the Las Vegas Summer Event, which follows Musashi's Heroic Sacrifice during the Olympus Lostbelt and after she confirmed that her friend is real and Back from the Dead, is to kick the bikini-clad swordswoman in the face then grab and shake Musashi, all while crying off how grief she went through at Musashi's death only for her to nonchalantly comeback in a swimsuit.
    Gudako: Ugh Batty if ya keep shaking her like that she might disappear againn.
    Osakabahime: Shut it Ma-chan I'm raging!
    Gudako: Yes ma'm.
  • Seventh Endmost Vision: This is how Rufus treats his subordinates whenever they do something risky.
  • In Fire Emblem: Awakening story Golden Threads Tie Us, Lucina shoves Severa out of the path of a flying arrow and gets struck in the torso. Seeing Lucina getting wounded for her sake, Severa gets mad.
    Lucina! she called as she scrambled to her feet and ran to her.
    "Stop! There's an archer..." Lucina panted. Sweat beads had broken out on her forehead.
    "Damn it!" Severa stood in front of Lucina, looking frantically for the hidden Risen. "Why did you do that!? You idiot!"
    "You were in danger," Lucina mumbled. "Couldn't let you get hurt." She added something else, but Severa couldn't make out the words.
    "Tch! You're the last person who should be putting yourself on the line for others!"
  • In My Master Ed, Van gets upset and yells at Edward when he finds out he threw himself into the nearby river, risking drowning in the process.
  • After Edward almost freezes to death in Whiteout, Mustang yells at him to the point of snarling before giving him the cold shoulder.
  • In The Black Sheep Dog Series, the angriest Orion has ever been is when he catches his son trying to infiltrate his own grandfather's birthday party to intercept an important message from the Death Eaters, and insists on continuing his mission even after being told that it's a trap. The next day, he yells at Sirius when he shows any remorse for his recklessness, and then goes to Dumbledore to yell at the Headmaster for sending his son to such a dangerous mission. Unfortunately, since Orion has never openly shown affection for Sirius or even indicate that he actually cares for his son (in fact, he'd frequently imply the opposite), Sirius believes that his father is only getting in his way out of spite.
  • If Thems The Rules, Harry doesn't speak to Tom for a week after Tom passed out after attempting a floating charm without a wand.
  • For the Glory of Irk: During Voel's reunion with Vero on Earth, he expresses paternal anger over how Vero accidentally outed himself as an informant to Xia, which is what led to him having to flee to Earth in the first place.
  • The Smeet Series:
    • Lost: Red gets mad at Ilk for disobeying him and fighting against Hothian soldiers despite her actually being a skilled fighter; Red's anger mostly stems from Ilk putting her life at risk rather than her disobedience itself.
    • At one point in Indokani, Zim gets Eaten Alive by Zimkro. Gaz knows her boyfriend well enough to know that that won't kill him, and is proven right later on. That doesn't stop her from smacking him around for worrying her.
  • In A Load of Bulk, Lana gets irritated with Hops the frog running away because she always gets worried when he runs away.
  • Throughout Cheshire, Plagg berates Marinette about how she needs to be more careful and take better care of herself. This concerns are echoed by the other kwami she gathers.
  • Feralnette AU: Adrien and Felix yell at Marinette for her tendency to put herself in harms' way trying to help deal with akumas, despite not having any Miraculous powers to protect herself with (that they know of). During this, Adrien abruptly has a Jerkass Realization over his conduct as Chat Noir - namely his tendency to ignore his partner's plans in favor of making Senseless Sacrifices, then brushing away her own anger at his recklessness by laughing and joking about it. Finding himself on the other end of that equation makes him realize just how much he was hurting her, much to his horror.
  • Miraculous Alliance: During "Prince Charming" Chloé takes a bad hit to the abdomen from the titular Akuma note  while buying time for his target Juleka to escape with Alix. Against Pollen's advice Chloé transforms hoping it will lessen the pain and damage long enough for Ladybug to heal her with the Miraculous Cure. Pollen is so upset that she delivers Chloé a Full-Name Ultimatum. note 
  • Phoenix's Tear: Reignition:
    • A Flashback shows Tiger of the Wind getting furious with Gray Wolf after learning that his younger brother left their den while he was sleeping and snuck into a butcher's shop in a nearby village in order to steal some sausages. Gray Wolf doesn't understand that his Aloof Big Brother is afraid that he could've gotten himself hurt or even killed in the process; reflecting back on it years later, he still doesn't get it, thanks in part to Muu encouraging him to take a dim view of his brother.
    • After Tiger offers himself up in response to a Sadistic Choice, Hare complains to Mocchi and Suezo about him being 'stupidly noble', then mutters furiously under his breath while struggling to control the heat roiling off his body.
  • In Crimson and Emerald, Gran Torino attempts to kick Izuku in the face for running off in the middle of a Noumu attack. Hawks intervenes before Torino could land the hit.
  • Dekugate has Inko read her son the riot act after he nearly gets himself killed by venturing out into the middle of a typhoon to search for her and her teammates.
  • From Muddy Waters: After Izuku makes the news due to his involvement with taking down Stain, Katsuki berates him for it, accusing him of running off to fight a Serial Killer the moment he'd taken his eyes off of him.
  • Transformers: MHA: Kyoka rips Izuku a new one whenever the boy does something stupid or reckless. This is best shown whenever Kyoka yells out Izuku's full name.
  • Green Tea Rescue:
    • Once Izuku has recovered enough from almost getting killed by the Nomu, Ochako calls him out on his carelessness and slaps him.
    • Toga gets furious with Iida choosing Revenge Before Reason, recognizing that he's likely to get himself killed if he goes after Stain.
  • Viridian: The Green Guide: Aizawa gets upset when Viridian insists on trying to help with the Trigger investigation, namely because he knows just how high the stakes are and how dangerous it would be for the young vigilante to get involved.
  • Yesterday Upon The Stair: Following their confrontation with Stain, Tenya wonders whether Izuku will ever forgive him for almost getting him and Shouto killed. Shouto explains to him that Izuku's mainly mad because Tenya almost got himself killed.
  • Bitter Tears: An Anon-A-Miss Fic: After two months without being contacted by Sunset, Twilight visits the other world and learns about the Anon-A-Miss incident. Her anger and frustration with the Humane Five and the CMC is only sharpened by her concerns about Sunset. After tracking her down, she chews out Sunset as well for not reaching out and keeping her updated on what was going on.
  • Cry For Eternity: Twilight undergoes a procedure to become an Alicorn on Celestia's posthumous wishes. The procedure knocks Twilight unconscious for a whole week, and once she wakes up, the first thing her mother Velvet, does upon seeing her is to make it clear how very displeased she is that Twilight took such a risk. Likewise, Applejack also flat out says how mad she is, and Spike yells at her to never scare him like that again. Fluttershy of course is too nice to be anything but concerned, so Angel Bunny takes care of the anger part for her.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 7 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, Thorax and Pharynx get into a physical brawl with one another when Thorax tries to forbid him from joining in the attack on the Storm King's fortress. It turns out he's angry because he doesn't want to risk losing the only family he has left.
  • Earth and Sky: In the first chapter, Pinkie's relief that her daughter Tootsie is safe is immediately replaced by anger that Tootsie left the house without telling anyone.
  • Escape from the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, Spike starts to lose his temper with Twilight out of worry for her because she's been acting so oddly the last few days. Then he finds out why she's been acting that way and softens up.
  • In The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Twilight does this to Flash a lot due to him always putting himself in danger. This was especially after he almost died against Sombra.
  • Hit and Hug. Based on the episode "Putting Your Hoof Down", Rainbow Dash is really upset when she found out Fluttershy has Took a Level in Jerkass that she hits her in the head for it. She catches her before she falls from the ground and hugs her for being back to her old Shrinking Violet self.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: In the sequel Picking up the Pieces, Vix-Lei knows Page would invoke this and get ticked if she found out Night tried to keep his health issues (his wing and heart checkup) from her. In order to avoid it, she informs Night that she'll be letting Page know the full results (with Night Blade's reluctant agreement) as soon as she can.
  • Causes a massive relationship crisis between Rainbow Dash and Brownie in the later chapters of Rainbow in the Dark.
  • In The Echo Remains, But The Song Is Not The Same, Shikaku is furious to learn that Shikamaru has developed a case of chakra leakage, berating him for not bringing this to anyone's attention sooner. What he doesn't explain to his son is why he's so upset: namely, the Nara's shadows have a bad tendency to get greedy and siphon too much chakra from anyone with poor control, which can escalate to the point of being completely consumed by their own shadows.
  • A Growing Affection: Tsunade and Sakura to Naruto in chapter 12. He nearly killed himself in the previous chapter by helping Sakura with a series of medical jutsus that essentially brought back Hinata from the brink of death, and both scold him quite thoroughly for it.
  • Tsume and Hanabi exhibit this at different points to different people in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox. After Kiba risks his life rescuing Naruto from Mizuki's gang and Akatsuki's Monjin, Tsume slaps him and snaps at him for being so reckless...and then tightly embraces him moments later. A couple of chapters afterward, when a hospitalized Kabuto cheerfully greets the Hyuga family, Hanabi chastises him for being so flippant about his injuries, even while she's holding back her own tears.
  • Naru-Hina Chronicles:
    • After Naruto saved Hinata by jumping off a cliff with her, Sakura finds them hours later and checks his injuries. Naruto then notices that Sakura seems angry, to which she responds by doing an angry rant over him being a complete moron for what he's done and how much she and their teammates were worried over whether or not he and Hinata were still alive.
    • Naruto is declared KIA during a mission, causing Hinata to be severely depressed. Several days later, Naruto is revealed to still be alive in Suna and reunites with Shikamaru. When the two of them return to Konoha, Shikamaru forces his friend to keep his face hidden until they see Tsunade, as he doesn't want anyone to freak out over seeing Naruto alive. They come across Hinata and Sakura, the former still sad over thinking about what happened to her boyfriend. When all four of them meet Tsunade at the hospital, Shikamaru finally allows Naruto to reveal himself, much to the shock of everyone else. The first thing Hinata does is to angrily and tearfully slap Naruto for being right behind her and not even saying anything. While crying, she tells him that she hates him for that before saying that she missed him so much.
  • In Sugar Plums, Ume gets this from most of her adopted siblings. This is partially because Ume isn't afraid of dying, but will arrange things so the rest of them are almost always away from the danger so she's the only one who's truly at risk. This tendency is not only lampshaded several times, one character spends an entire chapter ripping her a new one because of it.
  • Shards To a Whole does this three times:
    • Shortly after Tim McGee and Abby Scuito move in together and begin planning a life together, Tim, Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva nearly die of hypothermia after being locked in a walk-in freezer full of Sarin gas canisters by a group of terrorists. Once they are rescued, and after everyone has more or less makes a full recovery, Abby, after a few days of nursing Tim back to health, lays into him big-time, shouting, "You do not get to dangle this perfect fantasy life in front of me: married, house, kids, grow old together and then take it away by dying on me! You don't get to make me want that, need it, and then take it away!" Realizing how much his nearly dying upset Abby helps Tim decide to apply for the position of Head of Cybercrime, which he believed would be mostly a desk job.
    • While trapped in the basement of CGIS headquarters, which is being stormed by the FBI, Gibbs takes a bullet for Abigail "Abbi" Borin, his Love Interest. She is none too happy about this and pretty much flays him open for it — particularly given that she is still a serving federal agent and he most decidedly isn't (having retired several chapters earlier) — but he can't wipe the goofy smile off his face, because if she's yelling at him, it means she's alive.
    • Breena lays into Tim in a later chapter note  after Tim had Abby, Jimmy and Breena take the kids and evacuate to Montreal while he remained in DC where he, Vance and others publically revealed a decades-long conspiracy between both the RNC and the DNC to control and manipulate Presidential and Congressional elections. This led to massive riots and looting, along with the wholesale resignation of the President and most of Congress. Tim, Gibbs, Vance, and many others wound up trapped in a Naval base with dwindling food and potable water supplies, dealing with looters and rioters while the Coast Guard attempted to keep the peace. Finally Gibbs managed to get Tim out of DC to a safe haven in Virginia, from where he was able to drive up to Montreal to meet with his family. When he arrived he was emaciated and in the midst of a massive Heroic BSoD, but that didn't stop Breena from laying into him once he had some food in him.
  • A Crown of Stars: Asuka and Shinji argue several times the time where he disappeared inside Unit 01 for one month. During those talks Shinji apologizes for getting her worried and she angrily tells him if he ever makes so stupid again there will be... consequences.
    • In chapter 26:
      Asuka’s grip on his left hand tightened and she growled, “You leave me hanging like that again, Ikari, and I get to rip your head and arms off.” Her grip relaxed again. “And don’t you dare ever vanish for a month like what happened after that, either. You made me worry, Third. And you’re sworn to watch my back from now on, until I let you go, got it?”
    • In chapter 28:
      Shinji: "And as for time apart... yeah, after the last three and a half years... I'm sorry I disappeared that month. I'd have come back sooner if I'd been able to. I didn't know I made you worry so much."
      Asuka: "You start in on that philosophy crap and I'll make you disappear again. Yes, you worried me! [...] Don't you get killed on me, Third."
  • The Child of Love: In chapter 7 Shinji gets struck during a battle and knocked out. In reaction Asuka completely loses her temper.
  • HERZ: In chapter 10, Shinji got kidnapped. Asuka was so worried she was about to explode, but she tried to keep her emotions under control.
    Asuka was obviously upset but was trying admirably to keep her turbulent emotions under control. Her first impulse was to run off and thrash wildly in an effort to find her husband. She didn't notice the blood beginning to drip through the patch covering her left eye. She took a deep breath.
  • Higher Learning: Asuka towards Shinji after his nervous breakdown. Gets so bad that Misato has to pull one rather forceful Sorkin Relationship Moment.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka is talking to Keiko when the brunette girl starts hyperventilating. After managing to calm Keiko down, Asuka angrily tells her to not scare her like that again.
    Slowly, Keiko's breath returned, her chest stopped heaving and resumed a more normal pace. When she opened her eyes, she saw Asuka leaning over her in concern, her face so close she could have kissed her.
    "God, don't scare me like that," the redhead hissed, raising her hand as if to slap her then thinking better about it.
  • In Once More with Feeling, Ritsuko notes that Misato is angry at her charges after the quad bike race because she was terrified of them getting hurt.
  • Read The Fine Print: Shinji runs off after Asuka defeats Shamshel, believing he is nothing but an unneeded nuisance. When Asuka catches up with him, Shinji is surprised because she berates him for making her worry.
    Asuka: "What the fuck is wrong with you, Ikari?! [...] Do you know how inconsiderate you are, making me worry like this?"
    Shinji: "Worried? About me?"
    Asuka: "Well I wasn't losing any sleep over the performance of the local sports team!"
  • Scar Tissue: In chapter 8 Asuka gets angry with Shinji because he has reopened his wounds after yelling at their friends when they ganged up on her.
    Terror, she was paralyzed in fear, her worn-out brain darkened in utter fear; fear of herself, of what she was capable of. In her state of restless hysteria, the abused subconscious of the redhead activated its most primitive defense mechanism. She attacked.
    "You Idiot!!"
    Ritsuko seemed to shut up with that. As a matter of fact, the entire room had gone deadly quiet when exposed to her rage, even Shinji, who seemed to have been dying to seconds before, straightened up and gulped.
    "What the hell were you thinking, huh?! Do you realize how injured you are?!! And who told you I need to be protected? I could've handled those three asses myself!! Even if...! Even if it was... nice of... you..."
  • The Second Try: Asuka to Shinji a good number of times:
    • In the post-Impact chapters every time he was missing for hours (in episodes 4 and 6).
    • In the post-time travel chapters, Shinji gets slapped by Asuka twice as he's waking up in the hospital for having her worried. The first time after the fight with the 12th, the second after his month-long stay in Unit-01. Each time is immediately followed by a kiss.
    • Right before the JSSDF attack Shinji broke curfew to go back to their apartment, not telling Asuka was he was going to do or where he was going, and he left her worrying for hours. When he returned, he got a well-deserved slap.
  • In Wake, Asuka gets angry with Shinji when he insists on using a boat without warning her beforehand he cannot swim.
    "Humph. I'll let that one slide. By the way, you want to tell me why you're holding on so tight?"
    "I... I can't swim," he said with a blush.
    "WHAT? You let me drag you out here without... YOU IDIOT!" she screamed at him. "If you ever do anything that dangerous again I'm going to kick your ass to the damn moon! Do you hear me Ikari?"
  • Ships Ahoy!: Oprah lashes out at O'Donahue both for him not telling her about what Olga did to him, and when he gets into a van with a Drunk Driver and a group of other drunk people, and ends up getting into a nasty accident. In the case of the latter, Oprah sheds a Single Tear, and O'Donahue realizes just what he's done when he realizes that her crying is one of the few times he's ever seen her cry in all the years they've been partners. As a result, he swears off of drinking unicorn tears (considered alcoholic in this universe) for good.
  • A couple of examples from sidestories in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • In the Gardenia Interlude, the title character gives Cheryl a piece of her mind for going into the Old Chateau alone.
    • In the Ritchie Gaiden, it's mentioned that his mother, Regina, grounded him for two months for sneaking away to watch a battle between Silver's Salamence and Moltres and putting himself in danger.
  • Played for Drama in A Professor and a Student. In it, Delia angrily called Ash selfish after he helped rescue her from the Entei out of fear that he nearly got himself killed. This led to Ash and Delia not talking about his adventures at all. While Delia is proud of Ash for his heroism, she simply can't face the fact that he is putting himself at risk.
  • In Curses!, Lili finds Raz in the treehouse and slaps him across the face as soon as he comes out of Fannie's mind. When she heard the wolves, she tried to call him, and he never answered.
    Raz: I did what I had to do, y'know, not die!
    Lili: Well how the heck was I supposed to know that you weren't dead?!
  • Love Covers All Sins, When Holmes reveals to Culverton Smith that he didn't actually touch the poisoned spring, Watson originally feels utter relief that he won't have to watch his best friend die. After a few moments of digesting what just happened, however, his relief and confusion changes to fury at Holmes' deception and lack of trust.
  • Missing: Watson tries to downplay the severity of his condition after being found and ends up suffering a very dangerous fever. When he wakes up, Holmes tells him that he might kill him personally if he frightens him like that again. Watson is still a little out of it due to the fever, so he spends a few moments puzzling to himself about the logic of that.
  • In Never Trust The Chicken Glargg explodes at Chuck for running away and almost getting killed by the villains.
  • In Alive, Maka's reaction to Crona finally returning to Death City after running away and going back to Medusa is to hug him tight, make sure he's okay, and then Maka-Chop him.
    Crona: (holding his head) Ow, why did you do that?
    Maka: That's for making me worry about you!
  • Downplayed in Heroes: When Kirk is gone hunting for weapons material for a long time, Spock scolds him.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, kid!Kirk berates Spock for using a faulty transporter (which left injuries that nearly killed him) to go after him.
  • In Double Agent Vader, Leia gets angry when she learns what kind of tortures Palpatine puts Ekkreth through to punish unsatisfactory performance.
  • The Will of the Empire: Leia's reaction to finding out that Luke was nearly killed by Mara the day he got to Coruscant is abject fury at her brother's inability to stay out of trouble. Learning that he let her live so he can try and redeem her does not make her any happier.
  • In A Sword to Pass, Ezra is a little upset at Sabine for hiding away for two weeks after she was injured by Tyr Vizsla making the others worry about her.
  • In Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Alan dips in the ocean without warning Kath about saltwater not being lethal to them anymore. Kath got frightened... and when he resurfaced, she got real, real mad.
  • Shards of a Memory: When they were younger, Leonardo fell sick. Struggling to vent his feeling of worry over his brother constructively, Raphael would snap at Donnie and Mikey, later taking it out on a practice dummy under Shard's instruction until Leo got better.
  • Asriel displays this to a decidedly unhealthy degree towards Chara in you can only use your own. He gets better.
  • In Peggy Sue fic Warp, Victoria Dallon gets to meet again her boyfriend Dean who had died in battle against a monster in the original timeline. Framing the original events as a nightmare, she berates him for charging ahead and getting himself killed.
    "It's just... I had a dream Leviathan attacked here and you died."
    "I'm here," he said.
    I ignored him. "Because of course you went charging into a fight against an Endbringer. Of course you couldn't help yourself, or have the common sense to stick to the sidelines. Of course you had to go and—and get yourself crushed. You dumbass."
    It wasn't fair of me to blame him for his own death. Leviathan moved so fast there weren't sidelines to stick to. Still, I'd often thought of the ways things could have gone differently; he could have sought shelter with his family, or stayed paired with someone who could move him from danger, or done anything but try to face off against Leviathan.
    But he wouldn't have had it any other way, and I wouldn't have had him any other way.
    Didn't mean he wasn't a dumbass.
  • Witches Rangers and the 141: In the course of the story, Gertrud Barkhorn develops feelings for Ghost, whom despite his cold exterior, eventually reciprocates. During a mission in Sierra Leone, Ghost takes a minor wound and Trudy notices it. When Ghost tries to downplay it, she yells at him to be more careful, surprising everyone in the task force.
  • With This Ring: Zatara isn't too impressed by Paul's association with John Constantine, mainly because he knows what happens to people who work with John or owe him favors. When he learns that Paul had John give him magical tattoos that will help him develop a soul he freaks out and rushes to the cave to make sure that Paul isn't about to suffer some horrible fate in the near future.
    • Becomes something of a Brick Joke when Paul merges with the Ophidian and Zatara assumes that he's been possessed by a demon because of the tattoos. Paulphidian then scanned his soul and discovered that his main desire at the time involved strangling Constantine with his bare hands.

    Films — Animation 
  • Big Hero 6:
    • The first thing Tadashi does when he rescues Hiro from some thugs is to ask if he is all right before chewing him out for getting in trouble.
      Tadashi: Are you okay?
      Hiro: Yeah, I'm fine.
      Tadashi: (hits Hiro in the shoulder) Then what were you thinking?!
    • After having to bail Hiro and Tadashi out of prison in the beginning, Aunt Cass swings between ranting at them about how worried she was and eating comfort food from her café.
  • Kenai from Brother Bear 2 chews out Koda for running off to a dangerous mountain. Koda replies that he was just scared that Kenai would abandon him for Nita, calming Kenai down as he reassures him that he would never abandon Koda.
  • In Frozen II, both Anna and Elsa express this towards each other after Anna almost suffocates during the encounter with the enchanted flames.
    Elsa: Anna, you can't just follow me into fire!
    Anna: If you don't want me to follow you into fire, then don't run into fire!
  • In How to Train Your Dragon (2010), after Hiccup recovers from the final battle with the Green Death, Astrid punches him, saying, "That's for scaring me!" She then kisses him, clearly grateful that he was alive and well.
  • In The Iron Giant, after Hogarth's first encounter with the Giant, his mother Annie finds him after coming home to a blackout and not finding him anywhere in their house, so she's naturally a bit peeved at him.
    Annie: What do you think you're doing? Don't you know better than to wander off at night alone?! What if something happened to you?!
    Hogarth: I'm sorry, Mom...
    Annie: (sighs and calms down) Don't you ever do that to me again, Hogarth. (hugs him) I was so scared. I thought I'd lost you.
  • The Lion King:
    • In The Lion King, Mufasa ripped into Simba for leading Nala into the Elephant Graveyard despite his explicit warning never to go there. He ended up teaching Simba a lesson in the real meaning of bravery.
      Mufasa: You deliberately disobeyed me! And what's worse... you put Nala in danger!
      Simba: I was just trying to brave like you.
      Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be! Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.
    • Simba continues the trend in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride after Kiara pulls a similar stunt and goes into the outlands.
      Simba: Kiara, what were you thinking? You could have been killed today
      Kiara: But daddy, I didn’t mean to disobey-
      Simba: I'm telling you this because I love you. I don't wanna lose you.
      Kiara: I know.
      Simba: If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989):
    • King Triton's arguments with Ariel over her interest in humans are based in fear for her safety, because he sees humans as fish-eating barbarians (and in the prequel, we learn that humans killed Ariel's mother). Eventually this leads to his destroying all of his daughter's human-related items, with horrible results.
    • When Prince Eric's manservant Grimsby finds the former miraculously alive after the shipwreck, he scolds him with "You really delight in these sadistic strains on my blood pressure, don't you?"
  • In Monsters, Inc., when Sulley and Mike find Boo after she ran away in the office building and they presumed she got killed in a garbage masher, Sulley reveals his parental instinct toward her by sternly saying "Don't you EVER run away from me again, young lady!" Then he hugs her and adds "But I'm so glad you're safe...!"
  • In Turning Red, not only is Ming scared of losing her doting daughter's affection, but she fears Mei may lose control of her panda spirit. Ming goes absolutely ballistic when Mei openly defies her family's wishes in sealing the spirit away, believing her "perfect daughter" is throwing her life and future away.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Dark Knight, Jim Gordon pretends to be dead in order to capture the Joker and doesn't inform his family of this plan. Upon seeing her "dead" husband on the front porch, his wife immediately slaps him across the face, then starts sobbing and hugs him.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: When Elliott returns after being missing for one night, his mother's first reaction is shouting at him but she quickly regains a motherly attitude.
  • Downplayed in The Fly (1986). Upon returning to Seth's loft/laboratory from a confrontation with her ex-lover, Veronica learns that while she was out her Seth decided to become Professor Guinea Pig by sending himself through his own teleportation device. Only a few hours earlier he'd finally managed to send a living creature (a baboon) through without destroying it, and explained to her that he didn't intend to go further with his experiments until it was tested by others to make sure nothing had gone wrong — but he thought upon her leaving that she was cuckolding him, and he got drunk and decided to jump ahead. She scolds him with "You could have killed yourself!" but the conversation quickly turns to her assuring him that he has no need to be jealous. She even points out that she missed what he intended as the Grand Finale of his work, but no worries, he videotaped it for her. What neither of them knows yet is that in a sense Seth has killed himself, since he unknowingly genetically fused himself with a housefly that was in the telepod with him when he went through, and a Slow Transformation is underway...
  • In stark contrast to his usual serene temperament, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has Dumbledore roughly grab Harry and demand the truth after his name appears in the Goblet of Fire.
  • In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin furiously yells at Bilbo after the latter had put himself in danger to protect Thorin from Azog and his mooks. After listing all his potential failings and reasons why Bilbo doesn't belong with the company, Thorin then pulls Bilbo into a hug and declares "I've never been so wrong in all my life."
  • Katniss yells at Peeta in The Hunger Games after hearing a cannon and thinking he's been killed. Played up for maximum ship teasing.
  • In The Kid (2000) Russ explains to young Rusty that his father yelled at him and told him he was killing his mother not because he really believes Rusty was responsible, but because he's just scared—scared for his wife, scared about the prospect of having to raise him alone—and that he was expressing it badly.
  • After Aragorn was believed to be dead in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and made it safely to Helms Deep, Gimli pushed past the crowd of Rohan people, all the while furiously exclaiming that he was going to kill Aragorn. But the second he saw Aragorn, his anger simply melts into relief and he happily proclaims he's glad to see that Aragorn was all right before grabbing him in a Man Hug.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Thor, Odin gets furious at Thor when he foolishly goes to Jotunheim to pick a fight with the Frost Giants which nearly gets him, his brother, and his friends killed. This leads to Thor getting stripped of his powers and banished from Asgard to teach him some humility and wisdom on Midgard.
    • Thor: The Dark World: Thor calls Loki a fool for not following along their plan after he gets seemingly fatally stabbed by Kurse.
    • In Spider-Man: Homecoming (and in general), Tony Stark verbally chastises Peter Parker and even confiscates his Iron Spider suit for recklessly putting himself and others in harm's way. This is symbolic of the father figure relationship that Tony begins to develop with Peter, making it even more devastating when Peter gets snapped away at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Mission to Mars provided a real winner when Phil, the designated Deadpan Snarker astronaut, as he is about to tearfully follow orders and abandon the rest of the team when time runs out and launch for Earth is interrupted by the team regaining radio contact with him. Breaking down into tears, Phil nevertheless snarks over the radio, "Phil isn't here right now. He left for Earth FIVE MINUTES AGO! Please leave a message after the beep!" before coming completely unglued in relief.
  • Now and Then: Chrissy when Roberta had thought it would be a good prank to pretend she'd been killed jumping into a river. Touching as Chrissy only gets the punch in because she's bending over Roberta as the only one of the three girls who was prepared to give rescue breaths.
  • The Room (2003) has Danny nearly getting hurt and/or killed by a drug dealer after failing to get him the money that was owed. Claudette, who is a mother figure to Danny, scolds him heavily for making her worry.
  • Likely the case with the unnamed mother in the "Niagara Falls" sequence in Superman II. After Supes rescues the little boy from the falls, he's returned to his mom, who angrily reads the riot act to the kid as they walk off.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah chastises John for risking himself to rescue her from the mental institution.
  • The Thing Called Love: When Kyle tries hanging off a freight train, and then falls from the track onto the ground, Billy and Linda Lou treat it like it's no big deal, but Miranda, who has feelings for him, starts yelling at Kyle and storms off.

  • The Belgariad: Polgara and Durnik, repeatedly.
    Polgara: You great, clumsy, dear fool. Never do that again — never! You almost made my heart stop.
  • In Patricia A. McKillip's The Book of Atrix Wolfe, when Tanis was unhorsed and injured, and then had to kill a boar, his brother descended on him, dragging him away, and pounded him — only when Tanis recovered from his shock did he realize he was saying that he thought Tanis had been killed.
  • In the Charlie Parker Series, side characters Angel and Louis are lovers, gay, comic relief, snarky, kind of sort of insane, and just happen to be incredibly badass. Near the end of their own book where they act as main characters rather than supporting cast, there is a moment where Louis pretends to be dead to fake out the antagonist. Angel, wounded, weaponless, is pretty convinced Louis is dead, too, and has to fight to put aside emotion and focus. When it's revealed, then, that Louis was a big fat lying liar who was barely wounded, rather than being pleased, Angel kicks him, repeatedly, and without being gentle about it. It's made rather obvious this reaction is born of fear and adrenaline, and Louis takes it all in semi-amused stride.
    Louis: I got shot!
    Angel: Not shot enough!
  • In Cold Days, Harry commits suicide-by-proxy and, much to his surprise, is resurrected several months later. His brother Thomas, who knew nothing about this except that Harry had been assassinated practically tears into him when Harry has finally gotten around to telling him the truth.
  • Crabbe: After Crabbe is brought to the hospital to treat his frostbite, he's reunited with his parents. They express relief that he's safe... and then anger that he ran away and missed a test he was supposed to take.
  • In Dandelion Wine Mrs. Spaulding is worried when Doug goes off with some boys from the neighborhood and still hasn't returned by nightfall. She goes out to the ravine and calls out to him. When he answers back, she is furious with him for staying out so long and making her and Tom so worried.
  • Discussed in Nat Hentoff's young adult novel Does This School Have Capital Punishment?. When Sam, the main character, is nearly expelled from school for possession of marijuana, and he tells his parents it wasn't his, they don't get angry at him because they know he's telling the truth. When he wonders why they get angry at him at other times (such as when he wandered out in the middle of the road), his mother explains that it's protective anger, and they get angry at him because they get worried, but if they didn't trust him, that would be worse.
  • In The Goblin Emperor, the one time Csevet yells at Edrehasivar VII (alias Maia, the protagonist and eponymous emperor) is after Maia did something very reckless that he did not consider dangerous, but which landed him in a position wherein he could easily have been assassinated. Since yelling at the emperor is just not done, Csevet prostrates himself on the garden path immediately after this outburst. Maia generously forgives him.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Weasley's reaction to her children and Harry arriving at the Burrow is "Beds empty! No note! Car gone—could have crashed—out of my mind with worry—did you care?" (She then makes a point of telling Harry that it's not his fault.)
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: When Harry, Hermione and Ron go off looking for horcruxes, Ron gets discouraged about how tough the search is, so he runs off. Hermione is worried sick, and while Harry forgives Ron after his Big Damn Heroes moment, Hermione isn't so forgiving (at first); Harry has to cast a spell to keep them apart:
  • In Tamora Pierce's The Immortals series, Numair is prone to this trope with Daine, her safety being his Berserk Button in general. In the first book, Wild Magic, he throws an epic fit after she accidentally stops her own heart with her powers and needs to be magically resuscitated, and has similar (though milder) reactions to her endangering herself throughout the series. Soon it becomes a running joke between them, with him threatening to do outlandishly horrible things to her if she doesn't come back safely from her missions. Eventually, in The Realms of the Gods, they have this exchange soon after their Relationship Upgrade:
    "Don't you ever—ever—frighten me that way again!" He shook her for punctuation, then wrapped his arms around her so tightly that she thought she might just pop. "Ever," he added, and kissed her thoroughly before releasing her.
    "I don't know," she said impishly, smiling up at him. "I like this particular kind of tantrum."
  • In the Judge Dee novel Murder in Canton Tao Gan explodes in fury when he hears the blind girl he just met is missing, ranting to Chiao Tai about her naivete and how she belongs in jail where she'd be protected. Chiao Tai raises an eyebrow. He is experienced enough to know what this means.
  • In the third Kate Daniels book by Ilona Andrews, we get this exchange.
    Kate: What the fuck is wrong with you? He was silver! I had it under control. What was going through your head? Here's a toxic silver golem; I think I'll jump on his back! That's a damn good idea!
    Curran: Were you worried about me?
    Kate: No, I'm ranting for fun, because I'm a disagreeable bitch!
  • In Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Leia's parents try to keep her out of their work in La Résistance, hoping that her youth and innocence will protect her if they're caught by The Empire. She's eager to help anyway and despite not explicitly going against them keeps ending up in dangerous situations. When she goes to the Naboo system she meets a Moff who served her biological mother and who sees the Strong Family Resemblance and means to tell the Emperor, but he's fortunately assassinated by Saw's faction just as Leia's leaving his home. This double near miss has Bail furious, and he's even more terrified and angry when Breha later gives him the Anti-Smother Love Talk trying to convince him to allow their daughter to go on low-risk assignments. He manages to work through it on his own, fortunately. It's a Foregone Conclusion that Leia will be crucial to the Rebel Alliance and Bail will trust her place in it.
  • The Last Dogs: In Dark Waters, when Rocky the dachshund had been separated from his friends (Max the Labrador retriever and Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier), Rocky is later seen at the zoo, eating hot dogs with Barbs the hyena. Max's first thing to do at seeing this is snapping at Rocky for making them worry, even accusing him of abandoning his friends. But Gizmo tells Max that there's no need to yell at Rocky (whom she says is making the best of a bad situation), and Max sees how afraid Rocky was of him at the moment and apologizes, explaining that he was just worried for him. Rocky accepts the apology and apologizes too for making Max and Gizmo worried for him.
  • McAuslan: The reason Baronet MacKenzie is so dissatisfied with his son joining the "Regiment" rather than the Scots Guards. MacNeill originally assumes he is just angry with his son for going his own way rather than follow in the family tradition. Later, he realises that this trope is in effect; if his son had joined the Guards, the elder MacKenzie could have used his connections to keep tabs on his son and maybe pull a few strings if necessary. However, since he has no contacts inside "the Regiment", he can't do anything for his son except worry.
  • In Seanan McGuire's October Daye novel Rosemary and Rue, Toby comments on how Luna is generally angry only when she's worried.
  • In The Battle Of The Labyrinth, the fourth book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Annabeth has this reaction when Percy returns from Calypso's island, having been thought dead after an explosion in Hephaestus's workshop.
  • Towards the end of the second Shades of Magic book, Kell goes off on Lila for collapsing during a tournament battle after not heeding his warnings about over-using her powers. Kell's brother Rhy later tells Lila that Kell would only react that strongly towards people he loves.
  • Camille from Super Powereds gets this way when Vince comes dangerously close to getting himself killed just to put in a good showing on a test. She even goes so far as to say that if he gets that badly injured again, she won't rescue him, just stabilize his wounds and leave him to suffer.
  • At one point in Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, Sean chews out Davy for going to his house to check on him despite how dangerous that was. She thinks he's just annoyed because he doesn't care about her when he's obviously scared and worried for her because he cares more than he's letting on.
  • In The Valkyrie, Mstivoy constantly hints to Zima her place is to Stay in the Kitchen and calls her stupid on a daily basis, and don't you even remind him she wants to fight in his army. It turns out he is deeply in love with her and doesn't want to lose her like he lost his first wife.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: In Komarr, when she and Miles are rescued by Captain Toumonen mother Ekaterin Vorsoisson instantly recognizes the Impsec man's furious 'Thank God you're safe/I'm going to strangle you with my bare hands' reaction as this trope.
  • C. S. Lewis's Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Reepicheep, herioc Talking Mouse Knight of Narnia, goes overboard, and Lord Drinian, the usually stoic and reserved captain of the eponymous ship, bursts into exclamations that Reepicheep's more trouble than the rest of the crew put together, and ought to be thrown into irons. The narrator lampshades this by pointing out that the captain is so angry because he likes Reepicheep very much — just like your mother will be much angrier with you for running into the street than a stranger would be.
  • In the Warrior Cats novella Spotfur's Rebellion, Spotpaw is in trouble after sneaking up on and attacking Bumblestripe as a joke. Her parents explain to her that half the reason Bumblestripe is so furious is that he almost killed his Clanmate before he realized who she was.
  • In the fifth book of the Wings of Fire series, Sunny returns to the rainforest after being missing for god-knows-how-long since getting kidnapped and escaping/being rescued a few times and has to deal with a very angry/worried Tsunami when she sees her again.
    "Where have you BEEN? Do you know how WORRIED we've been? How could you DO that to us? I was so sure that the Night Wings did something to you that I nearly threw them all back to the volcano! We've had search parties out every day, but not ONE SIGN of you ANYWHERE! Not even Deathbringer, well, he said he smelled you over to the west, but who trusts him, NOT ME IS WHO. I haven't slept in days, Sunny! DAYS!"
  • Twisted inside-out and upside-down by Darken Rahl in Wizard's First Rule. While brainwashing a young child whom he intends to sacrifice, he asks about the boy's dog. The boy tells him that his dog once ran away, but was greeted lovingly when he was found. But one time the boy ran off without telling anyone and was punished with a belt when he returned. Darken Rahl asks him if his parents really love him, if they're willing to beat him and Pet the Dog for the same offense. While the boy's parents undoubtedly abided by this trope, Rahl managed to convince him that it was inverted just for him, causing the boy's love for them to be shaken.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • 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):
    • 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 lecture 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. Played With with Bronn, who is also livid with Jaime for the above stunt... because he almost saw his paycheck go up in smoke along with his employer.
    • House of the Dragon: In Episode 6 of Season 1, Lyonel Strong loudly chews out his brother Harwin after his scuffle with Criston Cole. As he points out, it is only Viserys' willful denial of the blatantly obvious keeping his son, bastard grandchildren, and Rhaenyra from any punishment.
  • 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.

  • MAD: One The Lighter Side of... strip opens with a mother worried sick about her teenage daughter, who still isn't home past curfew. She even gets on her knees and prays to God to bring her daughter home safe and sound, promising that she'll be the best mother she can be if her prayer is answered. Then, when her daughter finally does come home, the first thing she says is, "Do you have any idea what time it is, you rotten little kid?! I could murder you!"

  • My Beloved Mother has the scene where Milan, the robot caretaker to the Raised by Robots protagonist Sinbell, slapping him in a quick fit of anger after Sinbell runs away from home for days due to looking for his "real" mother. This is Milan's first outburst in years, and she quickly regrets it when Sinbell verbally lashes out by telling her he never wants a robot for a mother.


    Puppet Shows 
  • In Terrahawks, the episode "Mind Monster" ends with Tiger trapping the eponymous monster by allowing it to invade his brain and then having it wiped out, risking permanent brain damage in the process. Mary has a few choice words for him on the subject:
    Mary: Tiger...what you did was a marvelous, brave, foolhardy, pigheaded, stupid thing to do!
  • In Thunderbirds, in the episode "Atlantic Inferno", Jeff Tracy is outraged when Scott orders International Rescue to deal with a fire jet on the ocean bed, since no lives were immediately in danger from this situation. He yells at his son that International Rescue is "not just a lot of machinery for putting out fires" and that they should not waste time dealing with "chances". When questioned by Lady Penelope, he confesses he isn't really angry with his son - he's just worried in case anything goes wrong for his organisation.

  • In the Gospel according to Luke, 12-year old Jesus gets lost when the family is returning from Passover in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph are frantic (this is GOD'S SON they were supposed to keep an eye on!), and they return to Jerusalem to search for Him. When they find Jesus safe in the temple, Mary's worry (like any mother's) turns to anger: "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You."

  • Into the Woods: Most of Jack's interactions with his Mother are a cross between this and My Beloved Smother. Less so in the Movie.

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  • ANNO: Mutationem: At the end of the game, after Ann previously lost contact with Ayane when she got captured by The Consortium, she rushes into a room and finds Ayane lounging with much food by her side, giving Ann a facepalm. Ann chastises Ayane for not contacting her immediately if she was alright, while Ayane is eager to leap onto Ann.
  • In the first Animal Crossing game, if you talk to a Snooty villager after being attacked by wasps, there's a chance she'll be concerned at first, then come to the conclusion that you probably shook down the tree with the hive looking for hidden money — which, to be fair, was the only reason to shake trees without fruit back then — before chastising you for putting greed over your own safety and then storming off furiously.
  • In Baldur's Gate II, one event that shows up if you try to romance Jaheira is for the party to be ambushed by bandits who take her hostage to rob you. If the protagonist tries to exchange himself with her as a hostage, you'll get arrowed for half your current hit points, Jaheira fights free, and this trope will get evoked once the bandits are dead.
  • In the True Ending for BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Noel Vermillion manages to save Ragna the Bloodedge from a long fall into the Cauldron and a horrible fate as the Black Beast. As soon as she manages to haul him out of the Cauldron, she begins screaming at Ragna about how scared she was that he was going to die, repeatedly calling him stupid and punching his chest. It actually manages to get through the stoic attitude he tries to wear fairly quickly.
    • Noel does it again in the True Ending of Continuum Shift after Ragna frees her from Terumi's brainwashing and loses his arm in the process.
  • In the backstory of Bug Fables, Vi wanted to escape the drudgery of working in the Bee Kingdom's honey factory by becoming an explorer, but her big sister Jaune mocked her ambitions. In the present, when Vi and Jaune are still too bitter with each other to be on speaking terms, Kabbu notes that explorers like them face many dangers on a regular basis and suggests that Jaune's mocking was an attempt to keep Vi from getting herself killed.
  • Collar × Malice:
    • In Okazaki's route, Ichika becomes furious with him when she realizes how little Okazaki thinks of his life and how he wants to die protecting her without taking her feelings into consideration.
      • Later in his route, it's switched around as Okazaki becomes quietly angry at Ichika when she protects him via Taking the Bullet and ends up in the hospital, though he calms down and asks her to not do something like that again.
    • In Yanagi's route, Yanagi loses his composure and punches Okazaki after the latter nearly dies saving Yanagi and Ichika and was delighted about almost dying. Yanagi tells Okazaki to never sacrifice themselves like that again or else Yanagi would kill him himself. Okazaki is stunned but promises to not do it again.
  • In the backstory of Digital Devil Saga, Dr. Heat O'Brien was always yelling and hitting things whenever he was around Sera, which is why she was scared of him and why his AI copy Heat is a Blood Knight. Sera was too young to know that Dr. O'Brien was furious on her behalf; Sera's health was failing due to overuse of her powers, and Dr. O'Brien couldn't stop the tests.
  • Dorian, in Dragon Age: Inquisition, will unleash this on an Inquisitor who has either romanced him or maxed out their friendship, after the latter returns from falling physically into the Fade. At first the anger is completely bewildering, as he's throwing a tantrum about books, but then he explains what's really got him upset - he almost lost one of the only people in the world he truly loves, and it shook him to his core.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 5, if you're fighting on the side of Wei and your character takes a beating, Cao Cao will berate you, all the while sounding concerned for your well being.
  • Saber from Fate/stay night has this reaction whenever Shirou puts himself in danger. Makes a lot of sense, since she is essentially his bodyguard and he's less than cooperative with her efforts to protect him. Rin goes so far as to attack Shirou, out of anger that he could be so thoughtless about the dangers of the Grail War that his ability to survive it worries her, which feeds back into anger about her worry about him. Though many of her attacks are lethal, the one that gets him actually protects his life by removing his Servant and his memory about the War.
    Cao Cao: Are you trying to kill yourself!? Fall back!
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy IX: Zidane has opted to stay behind and rescue his brother Kuja, and, after a year, was presumed dead. Cue this touching ending.
    • In Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, at the very end of the 6.0 main story, the Scions face the Endsinger, ultimate incarnation of despair, but they are beaten and battered around until the Warrior of Light (the player avatar) whisks them away, far from the battle, to keep them from further harm, even if it means facing the godlike entity alone. After the battle, when the Warrior is miraculously returned to the Scions's ship, grievously injured and on the brink of death, the Scions desperately try to heal them and beg the heavens for their survival. Once the Warrior has recovered enough to open their eyes and speak, the Scions take turns berating them for doing something so foolhardy and demanding to know how they think the Scions would feel if they hadn't come back. It's even worse if the nearly-dead Warrior has the audacity to ask their friends if they are all right.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem Fates
      • The A-ranked support conversation between Midori and Kiragi has the latter retrieving a rare flower for the former (a possible call back to Fire Emblem: Awakening which had Morgan do the same for Nah). The flower only grows over dormant volcanoes, which are nevertheless covered with poisonous gas. Naturally, Midori tears into Kiragi for risking his life for her.
      • Midori ends up on the receiving end of this at the end of her Paralogue, when she ends up in a fight with a bandit named Candace and her lackeys over a rare herb Midori picked. Her father Kaze calls her out on risking her life for the herb, saying that she could have waited until it grew again next year. Midori counters that times passes much more quickly in the Deeprealm where she's staying, and thus a year for her father is much longer for her. Kaze apologizes for making Midori lonely and decides to take her with him.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • The B-ranked support conversation between Annette and Mercedes has the former defending the latter after a rogue attempts to mug them. After fleeing, Mercedes tears into Annette for trying to take on the rogue while Annette explains that she thought Mercedes would be in danger, causing them to mostly stop speaking to each other for a while. Later in the A-ranked support, Mercedes apologizes to Annette and explains that she was scared that something bad would've happened to Annette that day because of her.
      • Similarly, the A-ranked support between Ferdinand and Mercedes has the former go to Fhirdiad (which, depending on the route and when you do the event, is deep in enemy territory) to get financial records from Mercedes' adoptive father to prove how much of a scoundrel her father was. Mercedes is impressed for a moment, but calls him out on how reckless it was.
        Mercedes: That's amazing! I mean... amazingly irresponsible! I can't believe you put yourself at risk for my benefit. I really wish you wouldn't do such things!
      • In Hanneman and Manuela's paralogue, Hanneman chides Manuela for running off to fight the Death Knight on her own after overhearing some rumors. (While the Death Knight doesn't actually show up, you still have to go save Manuela.) He then apologizes for yelling at her, saying he only snapped because he was worried about her. Manuela admits that she worries about Hanneman too despite how often she snipes at him.
  • One event in Frostpunk has a child climbing the generator slip and fall a would-be lethal distance, were it not for the watchperson on patrol at the time. Said watchperson then gives said child an earful for his carelessness. The mother for her part is just grateful her child is safely home.
  • Genshin Impact: Lyney's story reveals Arlecchino became uncharacteristically furious when he requested a Delusion, reminding him what Lynette would think of him throwing his life away so recklessly. She denied his request and instead challenged him to overcome his weakness on his own.
  • In Grandia, Justin must go through one of two magical portals. The right one will let him put an end to the deadly, acidic rain that's harming the locals, while the wrong one will kill him outright. When he doesn't immediately come back out, Feena (who chose the portal) begins to panic. He only shows up again as they're leaving the collapsing dungeon, and Feena responds as expected.
  • In his route of In Your Arms Tonight, Ginnosuke Oguri warns the protagonist to be wary of Ai Yashima. When her failure to follow his advice gets her drugged and almost raped, Ginnosuke quickly comes to her rescue - and once she's safe, he slaps her across the face and berates her for not paying attention to his warnings.
  • Kingdom Hearts II: At one point in the game, Goofy gets bashed in the head by a rock and apparently killed. One battle with Heartless later, Goofy turns up alive and well, having just been knocked out. Donald's response is to whack Goofy in the kneecap with his staff.
    Donald: Don't you ever do that again!
  • Happens quite a few times in The Legend of Heroes: Trails:
    • Trails in The Sky SC: Joshua receives a slap in the face by his foster father, Cassius, for running away and trying to sever all ties with him and his allies.
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel:
      • One of the reasons why Rean was so angry at Celine at the beginning of the second game was because he felt that he abandoned his classmates against a Divine Knight with a more experienced pilot to their deaths.
      • Much to his chagrin, he frequently experiences this when dealing with his students in Cold Steel III. Most prominently displayed when he chastises his students for directly disobeying his orders and recklessly intervening during Chapter 1.
        Rean: If you were actual soldiers, you'd be in front of a court-martial right now!
    • Three instances in Cold Steel IV, born of trauma related to Millium's death:
      • In a bonding event with Altina, she goes on a solo mission to Ymir without telling anyone else, having discovered that the IDF is planning to take the town hostage to lure Rean out. Rean is horrified when he finds out and, once Lechter has assured him that it won't happen again, he hugs her out of relief and yells at her to never do it again.
      • During the Ouroboros attack on the Pantagruel, Musse orders a suicide attack on the Glorious, which is averted when Olivert reveals himself to be alive and arrives in the Courageous II. After the attack is repelled, Rean reveals that he overheard her order and approaches her with an expression that is calm but a clear sign that she's in deep shit, telling her that he needs to talk with her about being willing to needlessly throw her life away like that.
      • During his Bonding Event with Emma, Emma attempts a forbidden Spell to enter his subconscious in a vain attempt to relieve him of the Curse, leaving out how she's likely to end up an Empty Shell if it failed. Rean immediatey cuts off the spell and snaps at her for being so reckless.
  • The Letter: When Ashton did something reckless and almost got himself killed, he can be greeted by his friend Isabella with a slap across the face.
  • At the beginning of the present day portion of Lufia & The Fortress of Doom, the hero is about to eat his Childhood Friend Lufia's pie when he hears about a monster attack in the nearby town of Sheran and goes to investigate. Upon returning to his hometown of Alekia, he finds that Lufia is cross with him for standing her up. Roman, however, explains that Lufia doesn't care about the pie, but is upset that the hero went to somewhere dangerous by himself.
  • In the Mass Effect 3 DLC "Leviathan", if you brought Shepard's love interest along as a squadmate to 2181 Desponia, they will chide Shepard with this after he/she surfaces after meeting the titular Leviathan and is barely conscious.
  • Mega Man:
    • In Mega Man Zero 3, Ciel pulls something similar. After Zero leaps onto a launching missile in an attempt to stop it from destroying innocent lives (he fails to stop the missile, though), she tells him to promise that he'll never do anything like that again. His response? "I'll think about it." Considering what happens to him in the next game, he never learns. Also consider that, technically, Ciel is Zero's superior, and that both times he's acted against her orders.
    • Mega Man Star Force: Hope has moments of this when she doesn't understand that Geo's random disappearances are a result of him saving the day as Mega Man. Near the end of the game, she understands everything after Heartless visits and tells her the whole story.
  • Persona:
    • In Persona 3, if you're playing as a female protagonist, later on in Yukari's Social Link, you can protect her from getting hit by a car, at which point she'll become quite angry about you risking yourself for her. She later calms down and admits that she's starting to realize why it was so hard for her mother to lose someone important to her.
    • Persona 4:
      • Early on, the protagonist and Yosuke get stuck inside a dungeon, leaving Chie panicked and wondering what happened to the two. When they return several hours later, she's holding back tears and angrily ranting about how much they suck before storming off.
      • Later on in the game, after Naoto allows herself to be kidnapped in order to set a trap for the culprit, Kanji's the angriest with her, pointing out how reckless it was. The fact that he has an apparent crush on Naoto may influence this.
      • In Kanji's third Social Link event, he invites the protagonist to his house, only to learn that his mother went to the hospital. Once the two of you get there, Kanji learns that his mother actually took a young boy who was injured, and is infuriated at the misunderstanding, but is embarrassed about how he overreacted once he calms down.
      • In Naoto's eighth Social Link event, the two of you encounter a man with what looks like a knife, and you can choose whether to protect Naoto, flee together, or fight the man. Naoto knows that the "knife" isn't real, but says that if it was, you might have been in danger if you'd offered yourself as a shield.
      • When Teddie returns to the group after a long absence shortly after the group discovers that Adachi is the killer, Rise pulls this off, hugging him and crying while chewing him out for disappearing:
        Rise: You idiot! Bad bear! Bad! You're so late! Who do you think you are?!
    • Persona 5:
      • Ryuji gives the Phantom Thieves quite a scare after his apparent death in Shido's Palace. When he did return, what follows is a beatdown from the female party members for causing them to cry over his apparent death, and were so furious that he was teasing them for crying that they leave Ryuji slumped unconscious against a lamp post.
      • Not five minutes later, Joker and Futaba arrive back at Leblanc to find the place trashed, Sojiro missing, and a news report suggesting he has been killed. Futaba starts crying again, and when Sojiro strolls through the front door as though nothing had happened, she chews him out, though not quite as harshly.
        Futaba: You're just the same as Ryuji!
      • When Sojiro finds the calling card that had been given to Futaba by the Phantom Thieves in Futaba's room, he grills her and Joker about it to the point that Futaba starts crying from stress. Sojiro does calm down, but only after seeing how upset Futaba is and Joker sticking up for her.
  • In Piofiore: Fated Memories, in Dante's route, there are two times when Dante becomes very angry at Lili. The first was when Lili attempts to escape from the Falzone Manor from the second floor window, only for her rope to rip and if Dante hadn't been there to catch her, she could have been injured. The second time was when she leaves the Manor against Dante's orders to visit the church, only to encounter Yang and the Lao-Shu and things could have become ugly for her if Dante hadn't arrived. Dante was furious that Lili ignored his orders and underestimated the danger she was in.
  • Abigail towards her husband John in Red Dead Redemption and its prequel Red Dead Redemption II. Her first appearance in I has her yelling and hitting John for being gone for months, even though she knew why, before hugging him afterwards. In II, she pleads with Arthur to find John who went missing in a snowstorm and she is besides herself with joy when they return ... only to quickly insult John the second he's on the bed.
    • John towards Jack after saving him in "Spare the Love, Spoil the Child" in I. He said some harsh words to Jack but considering Jack went alone to hunt a grizzly bear, it's quite justified.
  • In Resident Evil 2 (Remake), Marvin is far more harsh and stern with Leon in their final encounter, as Marvin knows he is badly wounded and will succumb to the zombie infection soon, despite Leon's attempts to bring him to a hospital. Marvin even pointed a gun at Leon to make him leave but it's clear that he did so as he was more concerned about Leon's safety.
  • Resonance of Fate: After saving Zephyr from being killed by Lagerfeld, Leanne slaps him upside the head and angrily berates him for his death wish... only to collapse and tearfully beg him to at least "die with courage."
  • In Sands of Destruction, after the Front travels to the Temple of Light to visit the Crimson Sun and ask him to bring Kyrie back from death, Morte is at first overjoyed to see Kyrie, but soon switches to screaming at him. She even punches him, much to the amusement of their teammates.
    Morte: Did I ask you to die for me!?
  • In Solatorobo, after Red takes on Nero and Blanck for the first time, he barely escapes with his life. Once he wakes up and everyone is sure he's okay, Elh socks him a few times for being such an idiot. Then they comment on how it's good to see each other again after several months.
  • In the end to Star Ocean: The Last Hope, the party is forced to leave Edge behind in the collapsing dungeon because he was slowed down trying to help Faize. When Edge walks back into the ship after escaping by other means, Reimi immediately slaps him (again), then falls into his arms crying in relief.
  • Elara Dorne, the Republic Trooper's Combat Medic companion in Star Wars: The Old Republic, will often angrily berate you for not standing still while she is trying to heal you—especially if you are in a relationship with her.
  • Yang's ending in Street Fighter III Third Strike has his childhood friend Shaomei mentioning the trope to him when him and Yun come back home and her older sister Houmei gets pissed at them.
    Shaomei: My sister can be so clumsy... She has been worried. She just has a hard time showing her relief. You know, she didn't eat a thing while you were gone.
  • In Super Robot Wars: Original Generation, Arado covered Seolla from fire and almost died for it. Seolla then angrily chews out Arado.
    Seolla: Do you know much I am worried!?
    Arado: ...As big as your breasts, maybe?
    • Cue a slap and more chewing out from Seolla. But shortly after she expresses that she is thankful for the cover.
  • Tyrna spends a lot of Sword Daughter in various forms of danger, and Gavin spends a lot of his time yelling at her about it, contributing significantly to their general dynamic of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • In VA-11 HALL-A, Stella slaps Sei for making the former worry so much for the latter's safety due to Sei disappearing for a few days after the bank bombing.
  • In The Walking Dead: Season One, some of Lee's jerkass responses come off as this, most of them directed toward Clementine. For example, when Clem crawls through the dog door to unlock the front door of the mansion in Episode 4, Lee can sternly tell her not to do that again.
  • Warframe: If the Grustrag Three show up in the middle of a mission, the Lotus will uncharacteristically freak out and order you to abort the mission and get out of there. If you succeed in fighting them off anyways, she'll somewhat reservedly praise your skill, and then tell you to follow orders next time.
  • If the player makes Wildfire choose her man over her best friend in War: 13th Day, she will berate Chase for not defending himself against Brooks's attack.
  • Similarly, soldiers equipped with medpacks in XCOM: Enemy Unknown will angrily scoff at lower-ranked teammates while restoring their health.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles 1, when Sharla rescues her younger brother Juju from the Mechon after he got caught by them trying to get back to Colony 6, she first slaps him before embracing him.
  • In Zero Time Dilemma, Akane constantly implores Junpei to be more compassionate (as he will unhesitatingly murder others to preserve their own lives). Then Junpei makes a Heroic Sacrifice that involves his body dying and his consciousness shifting over to another timeline. Akane tearfully explains to him that that was not what she meant.
    Akane: Being the sole survivor does not make me happy!

    Web Animation 
  • In episode 6 of Helluva Boss, after saving the members of I.M.P, Stolas first asks if everyone's okay (specifically Blitzo), then starts yelling at them for being so reckless.
    Blitzo: Stolas? Wha-hold on, how did you know that we needed help?
    Stolas: I have my ways, darling. Are you all right?
    Blitzo: Ugh, I’m fine, Stolas.
    Stolas: Mm, good. (Beat) HOW THE FUCK DID YOU GET CAUGHT BY HUMANS?! Are you little creatures not being careful up here? You know, it you get in trouble, I get in trouble! We don’t want that!
  • Jake of Magical Border Patrol is often guilty of this, fretting over the safety of his far more rash and far less experienced teammates, Pepper and Sarah.
  • In MGT School, an episode had Akira obsessed over a theme. Nana is worried that Akira won't enjoy other themes, so she tells Akira off for it. She apologizes after Akira confronts her about it.

    Web Comics 
  • In Archipelago Paolin does care lots about Credenza. The symptoms of this, when they're reunited after Credenza running off on an adventure (and never even writing!) are yelling, Sand In My Eyes, refusal of a Cooldown Hug (denied) and
    Paolin: That's it! You're grounded! Everyone's grounded!
    • Raven, while still learning his way around emotions, doesn't really know how to express care. He's also rather stressed. This results in yelling at Blitz and Credenza.
    • In the sequel, Paollo and Zatachi have a major falling out when Paollo insists on doing something dangerous (again...) and Zatachi is still freaked out after the last time.
  • Dr. Frost: A mild example is Seonga being annoyed at Frost after he gets his hand cut open while trying to stop an actor from accidentally slashing his throat.
  • Sar'nel of Drowtales is Post Time Skip the officer of a squad with Ariel, Faen, Kau, and Shala. He is at almost all times annoyed by Shala, who keeps making mistakes and general screw-ups. Faen points out his constant state of annoyance is because he cares about her and the girl just keeps on screwing up.
  • El Goonish Shive: The first panel of this strip, in which Mr. Verres expresses his feelings after the kids get back from defeating Damien.
  • In Faux Pas, Penny returns after they feared she'd been eaten to a hug and a scolding.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Early on the Baron calls out his son Gil for a foolish and risky move, mostly out of concern for his safety.
    • When Tarvek nearly gets himself shot Gil shoves him to the floor while yelling at him and calling off the troops trying to protect Gil. He also puts a knee in his back to keep him from gettting up and smacks him a few times for good measure since Tarvek very nearly committed Suicide by Cop.
      Gil: You idot! Are you trying to commit suicide?
      Tarvek: You know I wouldn't do that to her. [...]
      Gil: All right I know! Have you already forgotten how much trouble we went through to keep you alive? How dare you risk yourself and her by acting so stupid!
    • Agatha is very loudly not pleased to find Tarvek fighting a hive monster on his own.
  • From Homestuck, Karkat Vantas' fussy anger and caustic snark is a near-perpetual state of being. This is partially due to his ego and anti-social attitude, but in the main because he's constantly worried that his friends (be they Alternian Troll or human) won't get out of Sburb alive, and fears that he's the reason for it. He's not entirely wrong, either.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!This is how Princess Voluptua let slip to Hibachi that she has feelings for him.
  • Jupiter-Men: After Mrs. Avalon catches Quintin when he slips from a stepladder, she drags him home and gives him an earful before looking over him in a frantic panic to make sure he's unhurt. She then grounds him for disobeying her, for disobeying the law, and for getting an F on his social studies project.
  • In Kevin & Kell, Leona's upset over Frank's bid to take over HerdThinners.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Reynir realizing that he needs to go somewhere that is just off the path that his group is travelling on results in him running away from everyone else without any kind of prior explanation. When Mikkel and Sigrun catch up with him, their first reaction is to take turns yelling at Reynir and claiming he almost gave the other a heart attack.
    • Reynir's mother has a similar reaction when they are reunited.
    Sigriður: My perfect, sweet little STUPID IDIOT CHILD!
  • In Wapsi Square Amanda yelled at Monica for making her worry due to a little basement debacle. Monica in turn was smart enough to realize that this showed how much Amanda cared about her.

    Web Original 
  • Worm: Brian is prone to this. As an example, in Snare 13.10, he yells at Taylor for having risked her life to rescue him from Bonesaw.

    Web Videos 
  • In Carmilla, this is Danny's reaction to a lot of what Laura does, particularly when she learns Laura's untied Carmilla. This is also what leads to their unofficial breakup, since Laura doesn't want anyone worrying about her. It didn't help that the reaction was rather unfair to Laura, especially since she didn't untie Carmilla. Carmilla's adoptive brother did, and Carmilla punched him out when he tried to kill Laura, proving that she's not quite as bad as everyone (Danny in particular) thinks.
  • In the first campaign of Critical Role, this is the usual reaction of the rest of the party to Vax running into dangerous situations alone (again), almost getting himself killed (again), and scaring the hell out of everybody (again). It never really takes.

    Western Animation 
  • Bojack Horseman: Three times, Diane has expressed this to Bojack.
    • The first was after Sarah Lynn's funeral where the two told each other how much better than they made themselves out to be but Bojack went off-grid for nearly a year, not answering Diane's phonecalls, and didn't even tell her when he arrived back to LA, or explain what happened to him.
    • In Season 5, Diane expresses this quite passive-aggressively when Bojack is unable to deal with his issues and "works out his own system" (read:gets addicted to opoids) and refuses to properly talk to Diane about them or acknowledge that he might need help, so she freezes him out.
    • Finally at the series finale, because Diane missed several phone-calls that Bojack made during his Despair Event Horizon, he attempted suicide. A year later, she admits to Bojack that she was so afraid that he died that she felt incredibly guilty for not answering - but when he survived, she resented Bojack for turning to her again, and making her feel like it's her fault that for leaving Hollywood, when he promised her he was going to be okay. And it is for this reason that she decides that it's better off if they permanently part ways.
  • In the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "The Lady in the Puddle", after Courage saves Eustace from being seduced and eaten by the eponymous Lady, Muriel goes from distraught to relieved, then to clocking Eustace with the usual rolling pin and angrily asking "Where have you been?!"
  • In (Nickelodeon's) Doug, episode "Doug Way out West", Doug is furiously berated by Patti for exaggerating about how well he could ride a horse. Considering that she found his horse eating out of a dumpster, unmanned, with only his hat nearby, near the edge of a cliff, she had every right to yell at him.
  • In DuckTales (1987), "Hero for Hire", Scrooge's joy that Launchpad was only Faking the Dead soon becomes rage.
    Scrooge: Launchpad, you're alive! I'm going to kill you!
  • Justice League Unlimited (2004):
    • After Flash narrowly survives a death-defying fall:
      Hawkgirl: (shouting) Don't you ever scare me like that again! (stalks off)
      The Flash: (to Fire) She loves me. She's like the big sister I never had. Only, you know, short.
    • Another example:
      Big Barda: Scott! I thought you were dead! ... You insufferable showboat! I thought you were dead!
    • In that same episode, we have this exchange between Barda and Scott's assistant Oberon:
      Barda: Always were more trouble than you were worth, little man.
      Oberon: All legs and no heart.
      Barda: (smiling warmly) You're just too far away to hear it. (kneels down and hugs Oberon)
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 100, Kaeloo voluntarily gets put in a Lotus-Eater Machine which she never wants to leave. When her friends decide to get her to stop, they find out that she has undergone Sanity Slippage. Mr. Cat starts angrily screaming at her to stop using the machine because he's worried about her safety.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Maud Pie", after Maud saves Pinkie from Pinkie's own obstacle course, she glares at Pinkie, who shrinks under the glare before Maud pulls her into a hug. It's a subtle moment, but one that speaks volumes given Maud's usual stoicness.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: At the end of "Put Out to Pasture", Heffer comes out of his Pasture Puffies-induced coma, and all his friends and neighbors are glad he's alive... which quickly turns to them getting angry and leaving in a huff over the scare.
  • The Secret Saturdays:
    Drew: (angrily) Do you have any idea how DANGEROUS that was?!
    Zak: (a little bewildered) Mom... you taught me that move!
    Drew: (calming to look sheepish) I know... I'm... just so proud you nailed it.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Peter has to sneak off to fight the Sinister Six as Spider-Man, and Gwen thinks he has been crushed by the giant tree in Times Square. When he shows himself again, complete with lame excuse, she throws her arms around him and exclaims "PETE!" Then she starts with the "Where have you been, I thought you were dead!"
    • Then there's Sally Avril, who, despite strongly disliking Peter, is genuinely horrified when she thinks he's been killed in the episode "Probable Cause". She does hug him when he reappears—then demands, "Wait! How come you're still alive?!", and then punches him, saying, "Do you know what you put me through?" Peter, taken aback, says that he didn't know she cared. Sally says that she doesn't, but she didn't want him blown to bits either—she's not a monster. Then she tells him that if he told anyone that she'd hugged him, he'd wish that he'd died.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Mr. Krabs does this during the episode "Hooky" when he believes Spongebob and Patrick were caught on hooks and fished.
    Mr. Krabs: I wasn't quick enough... They're gone! (sobs) Oh, if I could only hold 'em in me arms again... I... I'd... (Spongebob and Patrick float safely back down) I'D THROTTLE 'EM!
  • In the SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron episode "Mutation City", when it's revealed T-Bone can't swim (and the city happens to be flooded), Razor has to rescue him from the rising water-levels. His reaction;
    Razor: If you drown, I'm gonna kill ya!!

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