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He was his monster, indeed.

Jesse Pinkman: You wanna... you wanna know what he did? You wanna hear about it?
Hank Schrader: Jesse, put out the lighter.
Jesse: He poisoned a little kid. An 8-year-old boy. Just because, you know... just as a move!
Hank: Walt's a bastard. Secret's out. We'll talk about it. But I need you to put out the lighter, okay? Look, Jesse... Jesse, I don't wanna kill you. And you don't wanna be killed. So put it out.
Jesse: [tearing up] He can't keep getting away with it! [raising his voice angrily] He can't keep getting away with it!

Being angry and sad is normal, especially when one is going through a hard time. Sometimes someone may feel bitter about their expectations failing or depressed that they've lost something. Even if it's something that's bound to happen, it's never an easy thing to go through and it's a testimony of how hard life can be.

There is the chance that one can be angry and sad at the same time, and this is a feeling that happens often due to how both are spurred upon by similar events, actions, and failing expectations. And whenever these sorts of thoughts occur, one may feel inclined to take out their pent-in struggles and anger at someone, complaining for various reasons, including why things aren't going their way, why are they facing misfortune, and how they're going to miss out on something that they've either held dear or they've waited for a long time. Regardless of what it is, it's never a good feeling.

These sorts of outbursts are the result of someone having gone through enough sadness and anger up until the point where they can't take it anymore and they end up expressing it towards someone in a broken-down, frustrated and melancholic tone of voice and expressions. Shouting, slurring, and sobbing can also be accompanied by the griever if they're getting too emotional about something. Usually, the recipient of the outburst may try to comfort and/or sympathize with the complainer or they'll quietly listen to every word, though it takes a while before the atmosphere becomes quiet.

This is about outbursts that are directly aimed at someone whilst expressing a mix of depression and rage. Compare with Misdirected Outburst where a character expresses anger sporadically and randomly towards everyone around and Misplaced Retribution where a character takes to negatively target someone and going overboard with it. While distinctive, there is a chance for both of them to overlap for an emphasis on sadness.

Can also overlap with Anger Born of Worry and "The Reason You Suck" Speech, the former where one individual may become frustrated at someone whom they care about and end up becoming more angsty when thinking and confronted about it, and the latter where one snaps and tearfully explains how someone ruined their life and/or work in a bitter tone. May even overlap with Villainous Breakdown, Villainous BSoD, What the Hell, Hero?, Heroic BSoD, and Despair Event Horizon, provided the former two deal with a villain who has had emotional stakes and troubles throughout the narrative and if the third results in something catastrophic that the hero's friends or family might react with shock, dismay, and disappointment. May be preceded or followed by Big "NO!". Inelegant Blubbering and In-Universe Catharsis is also a common way of expression whenever an outburst is in play, though this isn't always the case. Overlaps with Berserker Tears, Rage Breaking Point, and Angst Nuke are possible if there is a particular emphasis on a character's anger.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Akame ga Kill!:
    • Akame remains calm and composed upon getting notified of Sheele's death... until Tatsumi confronts her about it, which causes Akame to snap and complain, with tears, on how she's had to watch many of her previous comrades die, in addition to telling him that Sheele wouldn't even be acknowledged in Revolutionary Army records due to Night Raid choosing to operate in the shadows.
    • Wave, the most upstanding and decent member of the Jaegars, has to constantly contend with the fact that his comrades are getting killed, which doesn't sit well with him. In the anime, where Akame kills Kurome, whom Wave wanted to dearly protect, he rants in exhaustion and grief about how he feels ineffective about his position in the Jaegars and his ability to serve and protect his allies before somberly leaving Tatsumi and Akame whilst carrying Kurome's corpse to bury her.
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch vi Britannia is in a quiet state of denial after his sister Nunnally was apparently killed in the explosion of Britannia's new F.L.E.I.J.A. weapon. After spending all his time trying to save her, he seems completely unresponsive and is in full Byronic Heroic BSoD mode. Then he catches sight of his "adopted brother", Rolo Haliburton (or Lamperouge, if you prefer), carrying a locket that he'd intended to give to Nunnally (Lelouch had given it to Rolo earlier when he had False Memories of Rolo being his actual brother). Now previously, Lelouch had kept Rolo around out of convenience, playing the part of a loving brother to bring him over to his side, but hoping to get rid of him sometime later. But after Rolo killed Lelouch's friend/love interest Shirley Fenette for knowing too much, he had been devoted to killing Rolo off. And now Nunnally, whom he'd been trying to protect this entire time — the one whom Rolo was originally supposed to replace — is dead. So when he sees the locket, Lelouch angrily snatches it away and screams at Rolo for daring to "replace Nunnally in his heart", furiously declaring his hatred for Rolo. Rolo is so shaken by the outburst that he can't even comprehend why Lelouch is angry, and only moves when Lelouch angrily orders him to Get Out! and get lost.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball: Goku becomes anguished when he finds Krillin's dead body in the World Tournament Lobby. He is so overcome by grief that he abruptly rushes off to find and fight against his Best Friend's killer, Tambourine, despite Goku's friends' insistence that he had just fought in the tournament recently and that he isn't in full strength.
    • Dragon Ball Z: This trope is used in frightening levels once Gohan witnesses the death of Android 16 by Cell's foot and becoming a Super Saiyan 2 in the process. In his grief and sorrow of watching his friends get brutalized by Cell Jr.'s and having to see someone die callously, Gohan's mentality snaps, becoming uncharacteristically vicious, brutal and callous as he takes all the suffering he's been through and lashes it out by ruthlessly killing the Cell Jr.'s and driving Cell into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The final battle is won by the heroes, but Al sacrificed his soul to bring back Ed's right arm, which proved instrumental in defeating Father. Ed (and everyone present in the battlefield) mourns Al's loss and Ed lashes out angrily at being told the very possibility of using a Philosopher's Stone to being his younger brother back, even if his father, Van Hohenheim, was willing to offer that chance due to him being a living version of the stone. Ed breaks down crying soon after.
  • Hunter × Hunter: When Kite is killed by Neferpitou at the beginning of the Chimera Ant arc, Gon is convinced that Kite is still alive and has simply been captured. In his efforts to rescue his father figure, Gon becomes increasingly ruthless to the point where he's willing to kill an innocent girl because he's livid that Pitou sees her life as worth preserving after everything they did to Kite. He only refrains from doing so because Killua reminds Gon that they need Pitou's cooperation to rescue Kite. When Gon finally learns that Kite is long since dead, he absolutely loses his shit and puts a new limitation on his Nen that gives him all the aura he'll ever generate in his entire life all at once in exchange for drastically shortening his own lifespan just to grind Pitou's bloody corpse into the pits of hell. The only reason Gon survives the process is because Killua's little sister is possessed by a Jerkass Genie who gives Killua special treatment because he's the only member of the Zoldyck family who's nice to her and her host. And even then, Gon completely loses the ability to use Nen and has to restart his training from scratch.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has a more metaphorical example in Chapter 141 where Kaguya (Moron) makes the mistake of saying that (Ice) doesn't love Shirogane like the others do, leading to a full blown rant about how she's the one who fell in love with Shirogane first and is the only one who's been making any effort in planning for a future with him. It culminates in her knocking (Moron) out with (Child)'s gavel and forcibly taking control.
  • Naruto: After Gaara's rescue team defeats Deidara and Sasori of the Akatsuki, but fail to save Gaara from being saved via having Shukaku being extracted from his body, which meant his death, Naruto doesn't take it very well and shouts out loud towards Chiyo, who was one of the figures responsible for turning Gaara into a Jinchuriki, about Gaara never would have had to suffer so much from his past and be a target for a criminal organization had he simply not had a monster sealed within him. One of the reasons Naruto becomes so distraught and emotional over this is because as a Jinchuriki himself, he understood and empathized how Gaara must have felt being ostracised by his own village.
  • Pokémon: The Series: In "Balance of Power" from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, after Max witnesses Ash defeating Norman in battle, he is completely distraught that someone he looked up to as perfect wasn't unbeatable after all. He snatches Ash's gym badge right out of his hands and locks himself in the greenhouse, sobbing his eyes out and ranting about how awful it is that his father lost. Thankfully, Norman and the others teach him that losing is an important part of being a Gym Leader.
  • Scryed: Ryuho is initially Unable to Cry after Scheris dies. Kazuma proceeds to explain, in his usual rough manner, that it's okay to cry when something like that happens... and Ryuho breaks down into uncontrollable, sobbing screams.
  • Sonic X:
    • In the Japanese version of episode 77, Tails has an emotional breakdown when he's forced to kill Cosmo. He slams his head on the control panel, starts blatantly sobbing, and rants about how Cosmo promised she would live with him and the others on their planet. Averted in the English dub, as it tones down his outburst.
    • In the Japanese version of episode 78, upon finding out that Sonic only found a seed when he tried to save Cosmo, Tails completely breaks down, yelling at Sonic for failing to bring Cosmo back. Averted in the English dub, where he doesn't sob nearly as much and instead goes on about how he misses Cosmo.
      Tails: (rough translation) It's not true! Cosmo was just here! I heard her voice! Sonic... Sonic, I had faith that you would save her! I believed in you! I BELIEVED IN YOU!! (collapses while bawling)
  • Squid Girl: In episode 12 of season 1, Squid Girl's tentacle-hair is no longer working, so she cuts it off and tries to speak normally. Takeru, however, is not happy about it, because this isn't the Squid Girl he knows and loves. He tearfully rants about how she's supposed to be loud, prideful, and energetic, culminating in him throwing an inflatable orca at her. He then breaks down sobbing in Chizuru's arms.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, in a fit of grief in the wake of Kamina's death, Simon lashes out at Rossiu and insults his religion and his gods. He also acts far more aloof and distant towards the rest of his friends who try their best to help him out, only for Simon to angrily brush it off. It's not until he meets Nia Teppelin that he grows out of his sullen attitude.

  • Alexandre Cabanel's The Fallen Angel: Losing a war against his adored God and, therefore, having been banned from Heaven have caused quite a number on Lucifer — he's mourning, pissed, and ashamed about the fallout of his own treachery.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • No Man's Land: Commissioner James Gordon breaks down sobbing upon finding out that his second wife, Sarah Essen, was shot and killed by The Joker whilst trying to save a group of kidnapped infants before ranting about the possibility of killing The Joker, though he ends up only kneecapping him in angered grief.
    • Under the Hood: In their last confrontation in this storyline, Jason Todd/Red Hood brings out The Joker in front of Bruce Wayne/Batman (his adopted father) and while he doesn't fault him for saving his life, he complains about how he hasn't killed The Joker and how Bruce has failed him because The Joker is still running amok, killing innocents and making them miserable, whilst a Single Tear rolls down his eye.
    • After the events in Batman Inc. where Damian Wayne was killed, one issue by Peter Tomasi that takes place after the event deals with the Batfamily dealing with Damian's death. It culminates with Bruce going into a violent breakdown upon reading Damian's last letter. Upon breaking the glass containing Damian's suit, Bruce clutches onto it, mellowing out with a look of heartbreak and loss.
  • Forever Evil (2013): When Bizarro is killed by Mazahs, Lex Luthor arrives too late and grieves for his loss, having come to care for the defected Superman Clone during the event. However, Captain Cold makes a dismissive comment that "he was just a monster", prompting Lex to angrily lash out that "he was my monster".
  • Green Lantern: Hal Jordan, despite his best efforts, ultimately has to witness Coast City be destroyed by Mongol and Cyborg Superman, effectively driving him into immense grief. When he attempts to use his Green Lantern ring in the hopes of bringing his town back, the Guardians of the Universe step in to halt his attempt, citing his use of the ring for personal reasons as ill-advisable. Hal does not take this well, ranting about how the Guardians are doing nothing to sympathize with the loss that he went through and it is this moment where he snaps and goes on the warpath, killing his fellow Green Lanterns, Sinestro and the Guardians and becoming Parallax. Warped by his guilt and frustration of not being able to save his city and the ones he loves, Hal decides to remake the universe where he, his friends, and his allies all live in peace, even if it means destroying the current universe.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Bruce Wayne/Batman immediately loses his calm and composure in the middle of a prison riot when he realizes his successor and adopted son, Dick Grayson/Nightwing, was killed by Batman's own biological son, Damian Wayne, who didn't really mean to kill his adopted brother. Bruce frantically approaches Dick's corpse in grief, but when Damian tries to explain and get closer, Bruce angrily shoves him aside, telling his son to "get away" from Dick. Ever since then, father and son have remained bitter enemies.
  • Kingdom Come: The narrative builds up to a climactic confrontation between Superman and his de-facto anti-heroic successor, Magog, who currently stands as the world's most prominent hero and the one who killed The Joker. When the two actually do meet and Magog lashes out and attacks Superman, it isn't out of superiority and asserting his dominance, but out of grief and rage over the actions he himself has committed and how nothing has really improved, in addition to how being called the "Man of Tomorrow" has little-to-no weight.
    Magog: Proud? Proud?! PROUD of being the Man of Tomorrow?!? You fault... you bastard. The world changed... but you wouldn't. So they chose me. They chose the man who would kill over the man who wouldn't... and now they're dead.
  • The Tale of One Bad Rat: Helen Potter normally keeps to herself and is quiet and reserved, even when she's on bad luck and is sitting in the middle of the street, begging for food. That is, until she thinks about her neglectful mother and her sexually abusive father, and she screams out her rage, frustration, and depression over how she was treated by her parents. It's notable to the point where her screams end up shattering the panel where this shot is depicted.
  • Wonder Woman: Black and Gold: When Cathy realizes that her last hope of living a longer life while dying of cancer, a magic talisman, is not only endangering people but depowers Diana who could otherwise offset that danger she snaps it and angrily tells Diana that she hates her for making her accept her impending demise. It's more of a defeated yell than anything, as she then cries on her lifelong friend's shoulder while mourning her truncated life.

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    Films — Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Itchy gives a tearful tirade to Charlie over his growing relationship with Anne Marie, whom he blames for everything bad that's happening to them, including Carface's attack on their new casino from which he barely escaped with his life.
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood: Just like its original source material, the final confrontation between Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd ends with the latter ranting about how he is angry at how the latter didn't avenge his death and that he would have killed The Joker had Bruce died 5 years ago. His vocal tone lapses to sadness when he states about how The Joker took him away from his adopted father and is angrily distraught when Bruce refuses to kill The Joker out of revenge, claiming that once he does it, he could never come back.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Poor Toothless ends up on the receiving end of this from a distraught Hiccup after Stoick takes a fatal shot meant for Hiccup from the Night Fury, who had been rendered Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to Drago Bludvist's Bewilderbeast.
  • Tarzan: When Tarzan leaves the jungle on the Porters' boat, Terk and Tantor arrive too late, meaning that they've missed their chance to say goodbye to him. Terk proceeds to throw a tantrum and chucks sticks and rocks at the water.
    Terk: (kicking the ground) Yeah, well, good riddance, alright?! Who needs ya, huh?! (throwing a stick) Go on, get outta here, bald boy! (throwing rocks) Y-You ingrate! You bald ingrate! (picks up a particularly huge rock and throws it into the sea) Go on and rot for all I care! Go. (sadly plops down next to Tantor) What're you lookin' at?
    Tantor: I'm gonna miss him, too.
    (Terk grumbles, slaps Tantor's foot, and leaves)
  • Up: Despite being usually grumpy throughout his journey to Paradise Falls, Carl Fredricksen manages to tolerate the presence and shenanigans of his fellow travelers, Russel, Dug, and Kevin. However, when Charles Muntz, an explorer whom Carl formerly idolized, throws a lamp to ignite Carl's house, and Carl instinctively goes out to put out the fires while Kevin is kidnapped, he finally snaps at Russel and Dug, shouting how he "never asked for any of this" and shoos Dug away by calling him "bad dog". Much of his stress is because his house is all he's got left to remind Carl of his late wife, Ellie, and the fact that his former idol threatened to destroy a memento of his wife had Carl in a desperate situation, followed by anguish and rage. Incidentally, Russell is also angry at Carl for allowing Kevin to be kidnapped in front of her chicks, which certainly didn't help matters.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Black Hawk Down: After helicopter Six-One goes down, an Army Ranger hunkers down, and scans the throng of rubbernecks for hostiles. He sees one man with an auto rifle and orders him to drop it. When the man wheels to see who addressed him, the Ranger kills him with a 3-shot burst. Immediately, the man's widow appears, wailing in grief at the loss of her husband. Though she speaks her native dialect, it's plain that she's wondering why the Ranger had to shoot her husband. Soon, the woman's tone shifts to accusatory, and she starts to regard her husband's firearm. Despite the Ranger warning her to not touch it, the widow picks up the weapon. At that moment, under the Rules of Engagement, she ceases to be a grieving widow and becomes a hostile combatant. One guess what a trained Army Ranger does in that situation.
  • A Christmas Story: Throughout the film, Ralphie gets tormented in school by a bully named Scut Farkus. He continually struggles to deal with it, until Ralphie finally has enough and furiously lashes out at Farkus, inciting a fight that ends in both boys as a sobbing mess.
  • Hereditary: While the Graham family is having dinner, Annie and Peter talk about Charlie, to which they start pinning the blame on each other for her death. This slowly escalates into an argument, and when he says a swear word to her face, she bursts into a furious rant for the way he's been treating her despite all that she did for him.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Part of the reason why the Grinch has a very sour spot for Christmas is that at one point, he was bullied and ostracized without anyone to really support him. In response, he destroys the classroom where this took place and runs off to sob at Mount Crumpit.
  • Joker (2019): The climax of the film builds up to Arthur Fleck freely admitting that he killed the Wall Street trio in the Gotham City Subway without remorse in Murray Franklin's talk show. As the show goes on, Arthur's glee of his actions slowly morph into an emotional and frustrated tirade of how Gotham's society is a wreck and how it benefits the rich while it kicks down the poor, Arthur included, whilst his voice begins to break down. Despite Murray's insistence that Arthur's actions don't justify his acts, he doesn't buy into them, continuing to act on his rage-filled and anguished feelings before Arthur suddenly pulls a gun and shoots Murray in the head.
  • Marriage Story: Charlie and Nicole escalate a simple discussion about their separation and their custody of their son, Henry, into a screaming fit of rage against each others' selfishness and issues about their job and custody rights. It ends with Charlie wishing death upon Nicole, only to break down and cry into her laps while apologizing for what he said.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Peter Quill/Star-Lord wholly and justifiable becomes angered and distraught upon finding out that his father, Ego, whom he had desired to meet for so long, was really the one who killed his mother, Meredith. Without notice, he immediately blasts Ego in the middle of the latter monologuing about his Evil Plan and shouting out about his role in the death of Peter's mother.
    • Avengers: Endgame: The Hulk and Black Widow have had a romantic relationship with once another since Avengers: Age of Ultron, so when the former realizes the latter didn't make it out the time heist ala sacrificing herself in place of Hawkeye to retrieve the Soul Stone, he flips out and secludes himself from the surviving Avengers. In grief, he angrily throws a chair over a lake and into a nearby forest.
  • The Master: Freddie Quell and Lancaster Dodd attempt to spread the teachings of a philosophical movement called "The Cause". However, things go awry when Freddie and Dodd are arrested for fighting the police and practicing medicine without proper qualifications respectively. When the two meet again in their respective jail cells, Freddie bitterly rants at Dodd for how "The Cause" has done nothing to help his situation whereas Dodd tries to be civil, only to angrily call Freddie lazy and worthless upon having his buttons pushed. Even when being, Dodd maintains his composure and even when calling Freddy worthless, he still has faith in him, whereas Freddie is howling in rage and angst about his misfortunes, even kicking and breaking his jail toilet.
  • Spider-Man 3: Already feeling down and uneasy with his tumultuous relationship with Mary Jane, having to deal with his friend Harry and his superhero job as Spider-Man, Peter Parker really doesn't take it well when he realized that his uncle Ben Parker wasn't killed by the thief that he previously let escape, but by an accomplice named Flint Marko, who earlier had an altercation with Peter as the supervillain Sandman. When Captain George Stacy tries to pacify Peter, he instead lashes out in grief and rage about how his uncle's killer is still out committing crimes. Said anger is also a Foreshadowing of Spider-Man becoming more ruthless, aloof, and aggressive than he usually was, which is made even worse by the corruptive Black Symbiote.
  • Star Wars:
    • In Attack of the Clones, Anakin confides to Padmé about the moment he had to comfort his mother, Shmi, as she died in her son's arms, after which Anakin proceeded to storm and butcher the occupying Tusken Raiders in the village who had kept Shmi for enslaving labor and treatment. Anakin, holding back tears, complains how he despises the Tusken Raiders and "slaughtered them like animals" to Padmé's discomfort.
    • Revenge of the Sith has the climactic fight between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Sith Lord Vader (formerly his apprentice Anakin Skywalker) on Mustafar. Although Obi-Wan triumphed in that duel, there was no joy in his victory; instead, the man is in tears at seeing his protégé lying ravaged and twisted in the ashes.
      Obi-Wan: YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness! You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!
  • Summerland (2020): When Edie slips that Frank's father had died in the war, the normally soft-spoken Frank yells at her before running off.
  • What Maisie Knew: While looking after Maisie for a day out, Margo returns home, only to realize that her husband and Maisie's father, Beau, had changed the door locks to their apartment and worse yet, Beau was off to yet another business. Margo spends most of the scene angrily crying whilst banging the door and begging to be let in.

  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
      • Harry becomes stunned and emotionally overwhelmed when he realizes that Sirius Black, the titular prisoner of Azkaban who escaped, not only supposedly betrayed Harry's parents to their death, but was also Harry's godfather. When confronted by Ron and Hermione over the matter, Harry sobs for a while, before shouting out about how Sirius betrayed his parents and proclaiming how he wants to kill Sirius out of revenge.
      • Later in the story when Sirius is revealed to be innocent all along and that the real treachery was from his former fellow friend, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius somberly wails how he was backstabbed into taking the fall and barks about his intent to kill Pettigrew, who had since assumed the form of a rat and hid for 12 years as Ron's pet, Scabbers.
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Having begun to develop romantic feelings for Ron, Hermione doesn't take it well when another student, Lavender Brown, starts to fancy Ron to the point of kissing her. When Ron accidentally stumbles on Hermione, she proceeds to immediately attack and scare Ron off before weeping by Harry's side.
  • In the Mo Willems book Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Leonardo tries to scare Sam, the Lovable Coward. He just makes Sam cry and he briefly celebrates over having scared someone, only for Sam to tell him that he wasn't scared. Leonardo asks him why he's crying, and Sam goes on a long-winded rant about how awful his day has been:
  • Sesame Street: In the book "It's Not Fair!", Bert is frustrated and hurt that Ernie's getting all the attention and credit for their lemonade stand when Bert is the one who's done all the work. This culminates in Bert breaking down in Berserker Tears and ranting about how it's not fair that he never gets any recognition for his own hard work.
  • Violet Evergarden:
    • Princess Charlotte Abelfreyja Drossel is scheduled to be married to Prince Damian Baldur Flugel partly because the two have intimate feelings for one another and partly to establish good bilateral relations between the kingdoms of Drossel and Flugel. However, this also means Charlotte must be separated from her maid, Alberta, who had been her mother-figure ever since Charlotte's parents died. She doesn't take this very well, complaining about Alberta leaving her when confronted by the matter, which Alberta had noted prior that Charlotte had "tears of frustration". Their argument ends with Charlotte sobbing uncontrollably when Alberta states that she will stay by Charlotte's side till her marriage, just after Charlotte had told her made to leave her.
    • Ann Magnolia becomes antsy when her mother, Clara, apparently seems to spend more time with the title character in writing a letter, to the extent when Ann confronts her mother about it, she accidentally upsets Clara before running outside her home. When confronted by Violet, Ann bitterly weeps about how she made her mother cry and feebly whacking Violet with her arms, confused about who Clara was writing her letters to and blaming Violet for taking away her mother's time with spending time with herself, though Ann does confide that she does know that Clara doesn't have much time left to live, which further adds to her emotional and despondent nature.
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Hatoko snaps when Andou keeps talking about specific topics, particularly historical myths, but never explaining the context and meaning behind them to her and just telling her she wouldn't understand them. When Hatoko can't take it anymore, she starts crying in anger about how she can't understand anything that Andou references and that he's using it just to make himself unique and likable. Andou is too stunned to respond.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Breaking Bad:
    • In the Season 3 episode, "One Minute", Hank viciously beats Jesse unconscious after assuming that Jesse made a falsified call that Hank's wife Marie was at the hospital (to lure Hank away while Walt and Jesse destroyed the RV they were using to cook meth). When Walt visits Jesse at the hospital, Jesse goes into a furious tirade about how, ever since he started cooking meth with Walt, his life had been turned upside-down and how he's had to lose his property and people he cares about largely because of Walt, whilst tearing up and his voice becoming more slurred and anguished. Walt hardly tries to counter any of Jesse's remarks, a far cry on how he usually talks back at Jesse for his immaturity.
    • In Season 5, Jesse finds out that Walt poisoned Brock back in Season 4 and flies into a rage, attacking Saul and demanding to know why he instructed his bodyguard, Huell to take Jesse's ricin, which Saul claimed for Jesse's safety and never knew that Walt intended to poison a child. Jesse then attempts to burn down Walt's house, only to be talked down by Hank, who's also similarly opposed to Walt after learning of the latter's masquerade as Heisenberg. Jesse breaks down sobbing, claiming Walt "can't keep getting away with it", before swinging back to anger, whereupon he and Hank decide to work together to bring down Walt.
  • Cobra Kai:
    • "All In" starts off with a flashback that occurred in Season 1 where Hawk (then known as Eli) gets confirmation that he will be identified in an announcement without calling his name when his mother calls his school about his bullying. Eli, already emotional, breaks down and complains to his mother about how the situation will only grow worse, how he will only have Demetri as a friend and everyone would see him as a "freak" for having a scar where his cleft lip used to be before storming off to his bed, sobbing.
    • In "Nature Vs. Nurture", Miguel regains consciousness after spending two weeks in a coma from being kicked over a railing by Johnny's son Robby. Johnny visits Miguel at the hospital and tries to emotionally reconnect with him, but Miguel feels angry and bitter about how he took all of Johnny's teachings into account, yet he's wound up paralyzed and possibly unable to practice karate in the future. He then tearfully yells at Johnny to leave, which he does, leaving Miguel to weep over his predicament.
  • Doom Patrol (2019): Most of the titular team's members are prone to venting and lashing out of their past misfortunes and tragedies with a mix of anger and sorrow. The most prominent ones are Crazy Jane/Kay Challis, who (depending on which personality takes over), who is the most verbally aggressive and angry, yet sometimes breaks down when reminiscing of her past misfortunes, and Cliff Steele/Robotman, who expresses outright rage and sadness at the prospect of not being able to physically feel anything due to his robotic reconstruction and is furthered when he finds out that Niles Caulder really was responsible for his accident, by proxy, the death of his wife and his loss of contact towards his daughter, Clara.
  • Drake & Josh: Josh normally tolerates Drake's antics and annoyance with some difficulty... until Josh Is Done where Drake is responsible for Josh getting late to a chemistry exam that renders the latter unable to participate and his grades getting lowered. In tears and distraught over the former's dismissive attitude, Josh immediately tries to lunge at Drake, only to be restrained and sent outside. Tellingly, this is the only time Josh acts angry and hostile towards Drake; the next time they interact, Josh is ambivalently dismissive of Drake and refuses to associate or interact with him in a cold, reserved tone.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): In "Is My Very Nature That of a Devil", a jealous Lestat de Lioncourt is both furious and heartbroken because his boyfriend Louis de Pointe du Lac had hooked up with the latter's Old Flame Jonah Macon the night before.
    Louis: You watched the whole thing like some creeper!
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 21's "At Midnight in Manhattan" has Rollins and Carisi come to blows in the squadroom after a long weekend of back-to-back cases. Exhausted and stressed to the breaking point, Rollins unloads her real feelings about Carisi leaving SVU for the DA's office, starting with the fact he left them understaffed and taking a nosedive into Amanda's very visceral feelings of abandonment and frustration that he didn't notice she's been faking enthusiasm for his benefit. Her Wham Line (a Throw It In! by Kelli Giddish) leans heavily on the border with Anguished Declaration of Love, finally hinting that she may reciprocate the feelings he's been shown to have for her for years.
    Rollins: We're swamped. We're drowning because you left.
    Carisi: Oh, okay, so that's what this is about? That I left? I had to go. It was my shot.
    Rollins: Oh, come on! I would be FINE if you were right here beside me! You said you're my partner. You walked out on me.
  • Money Heist: One of the robbers of the Royal Mint, Denver, is initially led to believe that his mother abandoned him and his father and fellow bank robber, Moscow, when in reality, Moscow had actually abandoned her due to her addiction towards drugs. Upon learning about this in Season 2, Denver becomes distraught and angry towards his father for having withheld this information and only being told that she abandoned them and comes close to punching him before leaving and crying in Monica's arms.
  • The Sopranos: The Season 4 finale deals with Tony's wife, Carmela, learning about the full details of Tony's many infidelities and sexual relationships that he had with different sorts of mistresses since Season 1. By the time Tony returns home from buying a house from Whitecaps, he sees Carmela throwing out his belongings and refusing to speak with him. And from that point on, any interaction between the two is Carmela ranting bitterly and depressingly about how Tony had been lying to her and prioritizing other women over her. Tony tries to change his offers regarding Whitecaps in an effort to win over Carmela and assure that their children would be together, but no luck comes out from that, with Tony himself beginning to rage over the topic whilst feeling melancholic that his Whitecaps deal ended up being for naught as Carmela and Tony engage in temporary separation, with the latter moving into Whitecaps by himself.
  • Sons of Anarchy:
    • Season 2 ends with Cameron Hayes kidnapping Abel Teller out of revenge of his son, Edmond, and taking off to Belfast. Jax and SAMCRO frantically attempt to catch up, only to arrive too late and Jax to furiously and depressingly cry out that "he took my son!".
    • In Season 6, Jax and SAMCRO agree to help one of their associates, Venus, for finding and saving her son, Joey, who was kidnapped by Venus's abusive mother, Alice. When they do find Joey, alongside a stash of equipment, merchandising and videos of child pornography and have Alice cornered, she starts randing about how Venus will be hates by her son once Joey realizes that who his mother is and for being transgender. Jax seems emotionally affected by this, with a small tear shedding from his eye, likely reminding Jax of his difficulties in looking after his sons, Abel and Thomas and after hearing enough, he promptly kills Alice with a headshot.
  • Stranger Things: In the Season 2 finale, Eleven shows up to save her friends and Hopper from the Demodogs. A little later, Mike, the one boy with romantic feelings for El, confronts Hopper privately and complains about why he kept her hidden away from him and everyone else for the last year before sobbing into Hopper's arms, who only stated that he did it for El's safety.

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Knight: After The Reveal of the Arkham Knight's identity as Jason Todd, the fight begins with Jason angrily proclaiming how Batman, his father figure, left him to die by The Joker's hand as well as replacing him with Tim Drake. Afterwards, whenever Bruce catches up to Jason each time and attempts to reason with him, Jason continues to argue about his misfortunes with a growing undertone of him feeling as sad as he is furious, culminating with Jason, on the verge of tears, ranting on feeling left alone and abandoned.
  • The Binding of Isaac: In Ending 21, when Isaac's mother finds Isaac drawing a picture of her as a hideous beast, she is clearly hurt and furious that he views her as nothing more than a monster. She then locks him in a closet, tearfully comparing him to his absent father. It's clear that she's equally affected by both her son's drawing and her husband leaving the family.
    Isaac's mother: You think I'm a monster?! Isaac, I'll show you a monster!!
    Isaac: No, mama! Please!
    (Isaac's mother kicks him into the closet)
    Isaac's mother: You are just like your father. I can't even look at you! How could you?! You are just like him! AAGH! (sobs)
  • Final Fantasy X: Tidus does not take it well upon finding out that the pilgrimage that he was embarking on with Yuna and her company was to sacrifice her life to stop Sin from reemerging for another 10 years. He angrily lashes out at his party and the other summoners and summons about the consequences of the situation with his voice of time being balanced out with shock, dismay, and being upset about how he never knew about the full situation and end result of the pilgrimage.
  • God of War:
    • God of War: Ghost of Sparta: After spending most of the game searching for him, Kratos manages to find his younger brother, Deimos, who was imprisoned within the Domain of Death to be malnourished and tortured by Thanatos, the primordial God of Death. However, while Kratos tries to comfort his brother, Deimos lashes out that he had been waiting for his older brother for years and that he had lost hope and screamed about his predicament before choosing to battle Kratos out of grieving anger.
    • God of War (2018): When in Helheim, Baldur sees a past vision of him at the moment that his mother, Freya, cast a curse on him that rendered Baldur immune to supposedly anything that could kill him. Upon realizing that he could not feel anything, Baldur attempts to strangle his mother to death but is unable to do so, leaving him an enraged, weeping mess. The present Baldur, upon seeing his vision, somberly and bitterly laments how he didn't kill Freya when he had the chance.
  • inFAMOUS: Second Son: Usually, even when mad, Delsin Rowe still manages to keep his cool and find a way around with his sense of humor. However, when his older brother, Reggie, sacrifices himself to not drag his younger brother with him into the sea, Delsin grows enraged and disheartened, immediately attacking his brother's killer and DUP Head, Brooke Augustine whilst screaming out how his brother didn't have anything to do with their feud and her being responsible for his death. Tellingly, when using the Orbital Drop specifically during this fight, Delsin's cocky smile is instead replaced with a scowl of anger and heartbreak.
  • Mortal Kombat 9: Liu Kang does not take it very well when he arrives to see all but two of his fellow Earthrrealm combatants and protectors slaughtered by Sindel, including her daughter, Kitana. When confronted by Raiden whilst grieving for Kitana, Liu Kang lashes out in rage about how their attempts in perceiving the visions Raiden has with his amulet and using them to alter events have been All for Nothing and accuses Raiden of taking in "delusions with an addled mind" which only led to more suffering and losses.
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando: Scorch, the Deadpan Snarker demolitions expert, gets one in the final cutscene, after the squad is ordered to leave Sev behind when he gets ambushed and is unable to regroup with the squad. During this cutscene, another commando tries to console him, only to get pushed away, and when the squad's advisor tries to get the squad under control, Scorch lets loose.
    Advisor: Delta Lead, get your men under control! One commando is not worth risking an entire operation!
    Scorch: One commando? He's talking about my pod-brother!

    Web Animation 
  • Spooky Month: In "Unwanted Guest", after Skid and Pump innocently ask the Hatzgang if they'd like to meet The Eyes of the Universe again, Roy launches into a rant, yelling at the two for getting him into trouble. Ross attempts to calm him down, and Roy snaps at him instead, tearing up.
    Ross: Dude, it's okay—
    Roy: IT'S NOT OKAY!

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: In the first animated film and the Series Finale of the original series, Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix, Ben is distraught when his cousin, Gwen, is instantly sucked in by a hostile alien in their journey to learn about the origin of the Omnitrix alongside stopping Vilgax once again. In anger and grief, Ben lashes out at Azmuth for apparently being responsible for Gwen death, before sulking around about how he's putting his life at risk and blaming that it should have been him that died. Thankfully, it turns out that Gwen is alive later on.
    Ben: It should have been me!
  • Bob's Burgers: In "House of 1,000 Bounces", the kids have been put in the ranger's station for stealing a bounce house. Regular-Sized Rudy breaks down in ugly tears of anger and screams at Louise for forcing him to go along with stealing the bounce house.
    Rudy: (reddening with rage) Great birthday party?! Great?! This is the worst!! I didn't want to steal that bounce house, but none of you would listen! (inhales) All I wanted was a spoon puppet show! I wrote a script and everything! It's a comedy-drama with two (gasps) strong female leads! I was proud of it!! (sobbing)
    Louise: So you...didn't like your birthday party.
  • Invincible (2021): When Mark Grayson/Invincible finally finds out the truth about Viltrum and the true nature of his father, Nolan/Grayson/Omni-Man, he becomes devastated and angry that he was never told any of this and that he doesn't really want to see the planet he grew up in be enslaved by the Viltrum Empire and is angrier to learn that Omni-Man sees his wife and Invincible's mother, Debbie as a "pet" and wouldn't really matter to him, prompting Mark to attack Nolan out of rage and grief. Unfortunately for Mark, the battle is against his favor as Omni-Man utterly wrecks him just for defying and objecting his offers for Mark to join Nolan for Viltrum.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Amending Fences", Moondancer has become a loner because Twilight didn't come to her party and moved to Ponyville without telling her. Throughout the episode, Twilight tries to win Moondancer's forgiveness. Moondancer mostly suffers in silence, until Twilight lures her to a party, hoping it'll compensate for what she's done. All the pain that Moondancer has felt slips out, and Moondancer has an angry, devastated breakdown, chewing Twilight out for not being there for her.
    Moondancer: (bitterly) And you think this is gonna do it, huh?
    Twilight: (uneasily) Uh...yes?
    Moondancer: Oh, sure. Why wouldn't it? (taps a piñata) That was only the first time I put myself out there, (accusingly points the bat at Twilight) and you didn't even bother to show up! Then you left town without saying goodbye, (waving the bat) even though we were supposed to be friends. (distraught) I was humiliated! I felt like I wasn't important. (shaking her head) I never wanted to let myself be hurt like that again! (points the bat at Minuette, Twinkleshine, and Lemon Hearts, who look nervous) Those three finally convinced me that I had value! That other ponies might like me and want to be my friend! (pointing the bat at Twilight) And you! Didn't! Show! UP!! (stands on her hind legs and jumps offscreen) GRAAAH! (breaks down in tears)
  • The Owl House: In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", King's patience reaches its limit when Hooty's efforts to learn exactly what King is don't yield any satisfactory results, prompting King to go off on a frustrated and anguished rant about his anxieties he might never find out what he is and his resentment towards his biological father for not being there.
  • The Raccoons: In "Moving In!", Lisa grows depressed about leaving her old life behind and moving to the Evergreen Forest. But her breaking point happens at the dinner table, where she lashes out at her family, claiming that no one cares about her feelings and blaming her father for losing his old job. She then runs off to her room crying while saying she hopes her father doesn't get his new job and refuses to talk to her parents.
  • Regular Show: In "Busted Cart", Benson rages at Mordecai and Rigby for getting distracted while taking his cart to the dealership to get a new warranty. During his tirade, he breaks into tears because their actions could legitimately cost him his job.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Son of Stimpy", Stimpy has been stuck in a Heroic BSoD because his sentient fart has gone missing. Ren tries to make him feel better by leaning on him and pointing to some mistletoe on their door, which proves to be too much for Stimpy. He pushes Ren away and goes on about how Stinky is lost in the cold, dark winter, startling Ren.
    Stimpy: Gosh darn it, Ren! That's all you can think of! (Ren cowers) When poor little Stinky's out there in the cold...lost, alone! (turns away from Ren) He needs me. He needs me.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lisa's Substitute", Lisa gains a new role model in her substitute teacher, Mr. Bergstrom, while also being embarrassed about her father's boorish ways. When Mr. Bergstrom leaves town and Homer doesn't seem to care, a despondent Lisa snaps and furiously calls him a "baboon" before running up to her room in tears, leaving Homer and the rest of the family stunned.
      Bart: Someone was bound to say it someday. I just can't believe it was her.
    • In "Hurricane Neddy," after the Flanders' house is destroyed and his business looted, Ned becomes depressed. When Marge shows him the new house his friends and neighbors built for him and his family, he feels better, but is not impressed when he sees how shoddily it was built. When the house inevitably collapses, and a lens fall out of his glasses he delivers this rant before driving himself to a mental hospital:
      Ned: Ohhh! Now, calm down, Neddilly-diddilly-diddilly-diddilly-diddilly. They did their best. Shodilly-idilly-iddilly-diddilly. Gotta be nice. Hostility-diddilly-diddilly-diddilly- Aw, hell! Diddily-ding-dong crap! Can't you morons do anything right?!
      [Crowd gasps]
      Marge: Hey! Ned, we meant well. And everyone here tried their best.
      Ned: Well, my family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge! Oh, your family's out of control, but we can't blame you... because you have good intentions!
      Bart: Hey, back off, man!
      Ned: Oh, okay, dude! I wouldn't want you to have a cow, man! Here's a catchphrase you better learn for your adult years: "Hey, buddy, got a quarter?" [Crowd gasps and murmurs]
      Bart: I am shocked and appalled.
      Lisa: Mr. Flanders, with all due respect... Bart didn't do anything.
      Ned: Do I hear the sound of butting in? It's gotta be little Lisa Simpson... Springfield's answer to a question NO ONE ASKED! [Chief Wiggum laughs] What do we have here? The long flabby arm of the law? The last case you got to the bottom of was a case of Mallomars!
      Krusty: Mallomars. Oh, that's going in the act.
      Ned: Oh, yeah, the clown. The only one of you buffoons who doesn't make me laugh. And as for you, I don't know you, but I'm sure you're a jerk!
      Lenny: Hey, I've only been here a few minutes. What's going on?
      Ned: You ugly, hate-filled man!
      Moe: Hey- Hey, I may be ugly and hate-filled, but I've, um- What was the third thing you said?
      Ned:: Homer, you are the worst human being I have ever met.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the episode "Lair of Grievous", General Grievous sics his pet roggwart Gor on the Jedi who intruded his lair. As his master gets repairs, Gor is killed by Kit Fisto. When Grievous discovers his pet's body, he gives a shout of anguish and pounds the keyboard in the control room. Although, this may have more to do with Grievous being angry and melancholic that his plans were thwarted rather than the knowledge that his pet had been killed.
  • Steven Universe: In "Storm in the Room", Steven meets a cloud version of his mother Rose. It dawns onto him that this version of her is an illusion and that she's just doing what she wants him to do. Disappointed, Steven begins to chew her out for supposedly leaving everyone behind to escape her mistakes. The whole time, he's clearly distraught and angry at the same time, especially when he asks if she gave birth to him just so she could avoid the consequences of her actions.
  • Wakfu: Nox commits one atrocity after another and stealing his victims' Wakfu so that he could use it to time-travel to the point where he can save his family from their deaths, in addition to justifying his intent by stating that everything he's done will be reversed. He manages to succeed... only to realize he can only travel back by 20 minutes, rendering his entire goal meaningless. He begins to cry over this predicament alongside screaming in rage about the futility of his actions and then the next thing he does is to take his own life in front of his family's grave.


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Batman VS The Arkham Knight

While battling against one another, Batman tries to reason with The Arkham Knight, who also happens to be his former protege, Jason Todd. However, Jason rebukes every statement with mixed shouts of anger, desperation, and sadness. By the end, he mournfully laments about Batman leaving him behind to die, which the latter deeply regrets.

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