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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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    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?!

    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.

    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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...!"

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Katniss yells at Peeta in The Hunger Games after hearing a cannon and thinking he's been killed. Played up for maximum ship teasing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Room 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Belgariad: Polgara and Durnik, repeatedly.
    Polgara: You great, clumsy, dear fool. Never do that again - never! You almost made my heart stop.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • In John Connolly's 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!
  • 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 Seanan McGuire's October Daye novel Rosemary and Rue, Toby comments on how Luna is generally angry only when she's worried.
  • 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."
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!"
  • 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.


    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 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.4
  • 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!
  • In Piofiore No Bansho, 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.

    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 are yelling, Sand In My Eyes, refusal of a Cooldown Hug (denied) and
    Paolin: That's it! You're grounded! Everyone's grounded!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • El Goonish Shive: The first panel of this strip, in which Mr. Verres expresses his feelings after the kids get back from defeating Damien.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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]
    • 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)
  • 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.
  • In the SWAT Kats 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!!
  • 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! 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 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • An example of this occurred with a British teenager travelling in Australia. He went out for a trek alone without a mobile phone or supplies and got lost. He survived two weeks in the wild. His dad, on hearing the news, said he felt partly, "Yay! My son is alive and well!" and partly, "OMG! What a fucking idiot! I am going to kick his arse!".
  • An Australian man who went on a trip to one of Australia's Nature Parks and got lost for five days. He was drinking from the river and eating eucalyptus leaves (those things are not nutritious enough even to Koalas and they eat nothing else). His wife has reacted to it by saying I am gonna hug and then slap him. It's probable that her actual response would have to be heavily censored by the newspaper so they wrote this instead.


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Alternative Title(s): Fear Leads To Anger


The Jungle Book

Bagheera's reaction when he realized that Baloo had survived attack from Shere Khan.

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