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"Jacuzzi was angrier than I'd ever seen him. Which means he cried a whole lot more than usual."
Donnie, Baccano!

A character is fighting or screaming or deeply lamenting/angsting, sometimes in a rage that's frightening to behold. At the same time, tears are streaming down the character’s face.

Sometimes this character cries with grief about what just happened that drove the character into the rage. Others show their regret about the harm that they're doing. The trope requires a character more dangerous than a tantrum-throwing child, but the Psychopathic Manchild, Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, or a similar character may be extremely physically dangerous while being the kind of emotionally immature person who cries while he throws a (possibly well-provoked) violent temper tantrum. Occasionally they are just overwhelmed by fear, physical pain, and plain horror of battle. It's hard to tell.

Either way, the fight often seems like a last resort to overcome the pain and lash out against this cruel world as a whole. It is usually followed by Heroic BSoD. In some cases, this can accompany a Villainous Breakdown.

Compare Roaring Rampage of Revenge, as that is huge motivation and invitation for this. Compare Screaming Warrior. Contrast Tranquil Fury and Dissonant Serenity. See also: Manly Tears and Broken Tears.


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  • In the "No Regrets" OVA for Attack on Titan, Levi makes a rash decision to try and go after Erwin on his own, despite the weather making visibility almost nonexistent, leaving his best friends Isabel and Farlan alone in truly dangerous conditions. As Levi rides out, he runs across the devastation left in the wake of a Titan attack. Upon realizing that his friends are in danger, Levi turns back but is too late. He runs across Isabel's severed head and witnesses a Titan finishing off Farlan. Levi goes completely berserk and unleashes a truly terrifying assault on the Titan, drawing out the attack as long as he can while screaming in anguish. After he finally delivers the killing blow, Levi stops and stands above Isabel's remains with his head lowered, and sobs.
  • Strange Dawn: Eri in Episode 13, though it's hard to take seriously since it comes off as more of an immature temper tantrum in her case.
  • Happens in Bitter Virgin to Daisuke as he defends Hinako from a man who attacked her. Later he berates himself for being "so uncool!"
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Gohan has a variant of this after breaking through the Super Saiyan 2 barrier. What makes it so powerful is the implication that Gohan understands the kind of line he just stepped over to go this far (that his childhood innocence is lost). The implication is backed up by the horrific brutality he attacks with in the next episode.
    • Happens to Trunks in the Future timeline in Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, who cries tears of rage at Future Gohan's death at the hands of the Androids as he finally breaks the Super Saiyan barrier.
  • Devilman:
    • In the 2018 adaptation, DEVILMAN crybaby, protagonist Akira Fudo is prone to crying. This borders on comedic once when Akira comes across some demons devouring a human. The demons, mistaking Akira for one of their own, tell Akira he is late, as they have nearly finished their meal. Akira immediately begins crying when he recognizes the watches one of the demons is wearing as having belonged to someone he knew, catching the demons off-guard as he transforms into Devilman and violently rips them to pieces.
    • Akira cries these tears again in one heck of a tear-jerking scene. Akira finds Miki's house set ablaze by a mob with the dismembered bodies of Miki and their friends on pikes being paraded in front of the inferno. Akira, still in Devilman form, begins to cry. His anger overtakes him and Akira, tears still streaming from his eyes, calls the humans in front of the fire the real demons before incinerating them with his own flames.
      Devilman: GO TO HELL, YOU MORTALS!
    • In the Devilman spinoff Shin Violence Jack, Sirene (who has been reincarnated with a human form, thus making her a partial Devilman) begins crying tears of rage just after being molested by several of the demon-infiltrated New Shu Army's soldiers while in her human form, Killer Sara. She delivers an excellent "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her attackers, and then begins crying before going all out and murdering every single one she can get her talons on.
      Sirene: Sirene!? What the hell is "Sirene"!? Who is this "Sirene"!? My name is Sara! The Sara that you bastards raped and defiled! I... Sara, will never forgive you for treating me as your plaything!! I'LL TEAR EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU APART!
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Tears begin to well up in the corners of Greed/Ling's eyes as he destroys King Bradley's ultimate eye. For context, Bradley is responsible for losses in both of Greed's incarnations, and in Ling's case, Bradley nonchalantly murdered Fu, one of the most important people in his life.
  • Marcos has an epic rampage in TerraforMARS. He screams his heart out and cries while ripping through a crowd of terraformars after his friend Sheila is killed.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Battle Angel Alita: Alita gets these when she believes that some thugs have killed Figure Four.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts gets these during Griffith's horrific crossing of the Moral Event Horizon at the end of the anime. More specifically, after he chisels off his own arm with a broken sword in order to attack Griffith while he is brutally raping Casca as Femto. After this attempt to save her fails, Guts can only cry streams of blood and tears as he is Forced to Watch the horrific rape of his lover continue as he gets his right eye clawed out.
    • In the scene prior to this where Guts and the Hawks discover Griffith broken and tortured, Guts cries while holding him and then goes... well, berserk all over the Midland guards holding Griffith captive, killing them in great swaths.
    • After the horrible, horrible events during the Eclipse and Guts awakens days later, he goes through a monumental Freak Out that consists of many tears, utter despair, bursts of rage, and finally an epic vow of revenge in the rain.
    • After Judeau dies and she's surrounded by apostles, Casca gives one last shot at trying to defend herself by picking up Judeau's sword and charging at the apostles in rage and tears. Though she goes against them pretty valiantly considering the situation, Casca is still no match for the apostles as they break the sword and then start discussing what they intend to do with her. All Casca can do is stand there utterly petrified, let the tears fall, and say one name: "Guts..."
  • The teddybear fighter of Afro Samurai after his mask gets cut down and we find out he's actually Jinno a man who can not stop crying tears of rage.
  • Code Geass:
    • In Episode 22 of Season 1, Lelouch has tears streaming out of his Geass eye when he declares his intention to find and kill Euphemia, whom he has accidentally brainwashed into killing innocent Japanese people.
    • Suzaku immediately tears up when Euphemia, his love interest, is shot and mortally wounded by Zero, proceeding to fly into an Unstoppable Rage to recover her and try to save her life.
      • He does so again in the final episode, when he becomes Zero and kills Lelouch.
    • Kallen is shown with tears in her eyes while fighting in her Guren in a Freeze-Frame Bonus segment of the fourth opening sequence.
      • In the show proper, when she is trying to kill Lelouch in Episode 49 (Episode 24 of R2), she is noticeably tearing up as she is wholly prepared to kill her former leader despite how she feels for him.
  • Bleach:
    • Momo Hinamori has tears streaming down her eyes when she attacks Gin, suspecting he killed Aizen, and crosses swords with Kira.
    • Later, she attacks Hitsugaya when she was told in a letter that he killed Aizen. Yeah, she's that unstable at that point.
    • Tensa Zangetsu in Chapter 420. After he stabs Ichigo with his sword during a battle with him he cries.
    • Hitsugaya himself is seen screaming and crying in utter rage and grief when he realizes that Aizen has used his powers to hypnotize him and others into stabbing Momo to almost death.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Although you can't see it until right after the rage is over, it's apparent that Keiichi was crying in the first arc while beating Mion and Rena with his bat. Makes sense; he was scared crapless, and thus killed two of his best friends. Oddly, he was doing it in self-defense — or at least he thought so. It later turns out that they were just going to marker his shirt as a goodbye present, but he hallucinated that they were trying to kill him.
  • Kaiji does this awesomely during his E-card battle with Tonegawa, when he cuts off his ear to trick Tonegawa and win the match. See also: Moment of Awesome.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In Episode 190, it happens to Natsu after Future Rogue kills Future Lucy in front of him. And he wasn't just crying, he was pissed.
    • Happens to Sting when he fatally wounds his Jerkass guild master for seemingly killing Lector.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • Kahlua doesn't merely shed tears — she weeps and wails in a most unseemly manner, asking "Why Did You Make Me Hit You??" Turns out she's been conditioned to assassinate people on orders, even against her will. She truly hates being an assassin... and vampires fight not to win, but to kill. In her mind, Kahlua was already mourning her opponent's death.
    • Koko explains that the tears 'wash out' her emotions, her love for her family - hence, heartlessly trying to kill her sisters.
      Koko: So when the fight is over, she stays pure as ever. I think it's that weird innocence of hers... that scares me more than the darkness in her.
    • Fong Fong does this in Chapter 48 of Part 2 while lamenting about how he couldn't protect Yukari from Xia-Long. He also does this as he attacks Xia-Long.
  • In GaoGaiGar FINAL, Guy does this when he is sent into a rage at Mamoru destroying ChoRyuJin, and is forced to use Hell And Heaven with all his might to essentially kill Mamoru, tears streaming down his face all the while. It later turns out that it wasn't the real Mamoru, but that's beside the point.
  • Gundam: Gaelio Bauduin in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans burst out in tears when he knew his Childhood Friend McGillis betrayed him by using Ein's pride to modify Ein into a Mobile Suit as well as abandoning Carta to have her killed by Mikazuki (whom she's McGillis lover, to add insult to injury, she called McGillis's name in her dying breath when she's rescued by Gaelio) just to ensnare Gjallarhorn. And knowing that McGillis will marry Almiria, Gaelio is not pleased for seeing his nine-year-old sister's life being ruined by a treacherous friend.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Riza Hawkeye had a little moment when she thought Roy was dead, complete with spirit-draining finale.
    • Doctor Marcoh sheds tears while destroying the Philosopher's Stone inside Envy after being captured by him in his true form.
    • And from Chapter 99 of the manga, Ling gets these in a truly epic (and terrifying) assault on Wrath after Wrath slices Fuu in half.
    • Winry does this while she is beating Al with a wrench for accusing Ed of fabricating his memories.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Russia does this in the Bloody Sunday strip, after a heartbreaking soliloquy and before opening fire on thousands of innocent civilians.
    • Also the "Cleaning Out the Storage" Chapter, when America remembers how England helped raise him... only to nearly kill the rebellious America during The American Revolution and break down in tears when he can't bring himself to do so. ("You used to be... so big...".)
  • The protagonist of Lone Wolf and Cub does this a lot near the end of the manga, as he gets increasingly sick of having to kill scores of people who have never done anything to him, just so he can get at the Big Bad.
  • Matsuda in the final episode of Death Note as he empties the clip of his gun into Light to stop him from writing Near's name in the notebook, this being after Light finally revealed himself as Kira and mocked his own father's death, who Matsuda idolized. He tries to kill Light on the spot as he lies bleeding out on the floor, but the rest of the task force grabs him, and the bullet misses by a few inches. With everything poor Matsuda's been through, you can't blame him for snapping.
  • Lucia, of all people, goes into one of these in the final battle in Rave Master
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Occurs with Tamahome. Suboshi kills his family, so his powers elevate to a whole new level and he nearly kills the Seiryuu Seishi during his Heroic BSoD. About an hour or two later, Miaka finds him burying his family along with their gifts, and when he turns around, about six lines of tears were streaming down his face.
  • Birdy the Mighty: Birdy combined this with Screaming Warrior when she trashed the robot that killed Violeen.
  • Ga-Rei -Zero-: Kagura, when she killed a bunch of demons after she killed Yomi
  • Asuna in Negima! Magister Negi Magi has these when she snaps temporarily during her fight with Setsuna due to Albireo picking at her brain and accidentally making her remember Gatou Vanderburg's death momentarily. It's only visible in one frame, though, because the rest of the time her face is highly shadowed.
  • Ergo Proxy: The series namesake often has tears in his eyes after killing. This is because Ergo Proxy is also Vincent Law, who is generally a pretty sensitive, weak-willed guy, and he isn't in control of this facet of his personality.
  • Yuuki of Game×Rush does this after being stabbed and proceeding to demolish his assailant, although less from the stab wound and more from the traumatic flashback spurred by said stabbing.
  • A number of the characters in Claymore end up doing this as they get too close to (or surpass) the limit of their Yoma power, in the knowledge that doing so will turn them into monsters. Well, not all of the time. However, there are entirely different reasons that the Claymores do this during the Northern Campaign. Not everyone likes seeing all of their friends and allies go down to a forced Heroic Sacrifice because the Organization finds them inconvenient.
  • Jo from Innocent Venus has the more tranquil variety after piloting his Gladiator. It is said that a Gladiator pilot who doesn't show Berserker Tears, Freak Out, or some sort of negative response after piloting a Gladiator is a monster because of the nature ( Powered by a Forsaken Child) of the mecha. Presumably most of the pilots are not in on the secret, but the children's souls manifest as some psychological effect.
  • Chrono Crusade:
    • Given all the trauma the characters go through, it's a wonder this doesn't show up more often in the series. That being said, it does show up a few times—most notably when Joshua attacks Chrono in a rage after he finds out about his contract with Rosette after witnessing her dying in his arms. After his burst of rage, he falls onto his knees, sobbing.
    • Not to mention when Chrono attacks Aion in an attempt to save Mary, but ends up killing her. Or Rosette and Joshua's fight in the manga
  • Maria does this in Episode 22 of Umineko: When They Cry as she repeatedly gets revenge on her abusive mother.
  • Ichi in Ichi the Killer always cries during, and after, killing, due to being in a semi-hypnotic trance in which he's reliving being bullied as a child.
  • In an episode of Azumanga Daioh, Tomo is pushed over the top and goes on a rampage in the lunchroom with tears in her eyes until she accidentally hits Yukari, simply for the reason that Yomi managed to eat curry noodles without splattering it all over herself. Yukari's subsequent reaction must be seen to be believed.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Episode 10: Timeline 3 Mami couldn't handle the revelation that magical girls were doomed to become witches after seeing Sayaka become Oktavia, and sought to Mercy Kill the others with tears streaming down her face. Madoka as well, though she was able to hold her tears back long enough to stop Mami's rampage by killing her before she too bawls her eyes out.
    • Episode 7 shows Sayaka crying Berserker Tears as she's tearing apart a witch that looks like her love rival. Tears of Blood. While Laughing Mad.
  • Taki from Maiden Rose when he singlehandedly defeats a group of students harassing him in military academy
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto, in first-stage Kyuubi mode, when he beats up Deidara (one of those responsible for Gaara's death).
    • Naruto's also crying in Chapters 228 and 229 as he's having to fight Sasuke at the Valley of the End.
    • At the end of Chapter 585 Kabuto does this as he bisects Itachi, saying that he just wants to become himself and he won't let anyone stand in his way.
    • Ambiguous example in Kakashi Gaiden. After receiving his Sharingan, the previously Kakashi emerges from the rubble with tears streaming from his transplanted eye and proceeds to tear through his team's assailants with his now perfected Lightning Blade. The debate lies in whether this was a physical reaction to the Sharingan being transplanted into his scarred eye socket, or legitimately being overwhelmed by Obito's death, which he blames on his late arrival in choosing between rescuing Rin and fulfilling mission. Kakashi before this moment had been a strict adherent to the Ninja code after the trauma of seeing his father ostracized and eventually take his own life, one of which stated true Shinobi never shed tears, compared to his present self teaching that one who abandons their comrades is worse than garbage. The contrast between the two personas and his behavior at the moment suggests the latter. On the other hand, frequent crying was also a trait of Obito, who had been the one insistent on jeopardizing their mission to rescue Rin and from whom Kakashi received his Sharingan. The subsequent fight is either this trope or Tranquil Fury, depending on if the tears are emotional or physical.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Koan is screaming and crying as she attacks the Senshi during her heartwrenching Villainous Breakdown. She gets better, though
    • Usagi bursts into tears after failing to save her friends from being kidnapped by Rubeus, then angrily turns to Chibi-Usa for taking away her transformation brooch and is on the verge of slapping her before Mamoru held her back.
  • Future Diary: Yukiteru when he goes crazy and shoots his friends after realizing he can't bring his dead parents back to life. And Yuno and Hinata in the climax of Episode 9. Also, Yuno does this in the anime after Yukiteru calls her a "nut-case".
  • Occurs in Elfen Lied in Episode 12 by Kouta when Lucy says they're friends so that's why she didn't kill him. Kouta's also crying as he tackles Lucy after she murdered his father and sister and he bangs her body repeatedly into the ground. Lucy gets so upset by seeing Kouta's tear-streaked face that she starts crying too. And Kanae does this as she's lying dead on the ground from when Lucy cut her in half and she had been upset at her brother Kohta for saying that he hates her.
  • Kanon: When Sayuri is injured by a demon and hospitalized, it causes Mai to completely break down and even try to kill herself.
  • Daisuke in Episode 13 of D.N.Angel as well as the final episode when he stops Satoshi from killing himself, yelling at him to live. Also, in the most recent cliffhanger of the manga, Satoshi breaks down in Daisuke's arms. Of course given the context of Satoshi begging Daisuke to turn into Dark so things can be over, followed by Satoshi putting a gun to his own temple when Daisuke rejects him it's also going into tearjerker territory.
  • Naoe of Mirage of Blaze does this in the second OVA during his Attempted Rape of Kagetora.
  • Played for Laughs in Slam Dunk. When the Hot-Blooded protagonist Sakuragi Hanamichi is yelled at by the girl he likes (she thought he'd beaten up the guy she liked), he tried to jump off the roof of the building while crying Berserker Tears. Of course, his friends kept him from jumping and it was never mentioned again.
  • Hellsing: During her battle with Zorin Blitz in the 7th OVA, Seras weeps after she is Mind Raped. Happens again during the flashback of her childhood as she watches her mother's corpse being raped.
  • Occurs a few times in Betrayal Knows My Name like with Yuki and Hotsuma.
  • Misao of Black Bird (2006) does this during an Attempted Rape scene in volume 3.
  • Rumi of Perfect Blue does this while watching Mima filming her rape scene and Mima does this during her Freak Out moment in her apartment following filming the rape scene, and as she's running for her life from Rumi.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Young Asuka does this during her Mind Rape in Episode 22 as she's screaming at her mother "Why won't you look at me?!"
  • In Episode 88 of MÄR Alviss has tears running down his face after being brainwashed by Phantom.
  • In Episode 25 of Outlaw Star Harry does this right before he dies.
  • Ginza in Speed Grapher as she's telling her love rival she wants to kill her.
  • Episode 19 of SHUFFLE! features Kaede doing this as she's going crazy at Asa.
  • Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest: Inugami lets loose tears of pure rage and despair as he demands to know where Haguro and his goons are keeping Aoshika who they are in the middle of gang-raping.
  • Little Deyzune from REDLINE, who becomes impossibly strong when he cries.
  • In Mega Man Megamix, Skull Man sheds these as he prepares to shoot Dr. Cossack after the latter comes to apologize for abandoning him and sealing him away.
  • One Piece:
    • After Admiral Akainu kills Ace, Whitebeard weeps briefly before utterly giving him an epic beatdown.
    • In general, whenever Doflamingo uses his People Puppets ability to force someone to attack someone else, the controlled people are crying and begging others to run for cover, as they are unable to do crap to stop themselves. Especially notable mentions are King Riku being forced to slaughter his own people, screaming at anyone to kill him in the process, and Rebecca dashing towards her aunt Viola to cut her down (Thank goodness Luffy stopped her in the nick of time).
    • At the Reverie, King Neptune cries as he's about to pummel the World Noble Charloss for trying to kidnap his daughter, knowing full well that this will ruin his late wife's lifelong efforts to make peace between humans and the sea denizens. Fortunately, another World Noble defuses the situation before it could come to this.
  • Jeremy from A Cruel God Reigns usually ends up screaming at Ian and sobbing quite hysterically whenever Ian tries to talk about or help Jeremy deal with some unfortunate events that happened to him.
  • Kodai/Wildstar in Yamato II, both in the movie and the later TV adaptation. After Sanada and Marine Sargent Sato die in a Heroic Sacrifice, Kodai flees back to his ship, tears trailing behind him while he mows down the mooks that get in his way.
  • Seraph of the End: Yuu in the beginning when he shoots Ferid in revenge for him killing his family.
  • Exa is noted to be crying during his Unstoppable Rage in Chapter 18 of Superior Cross when he finally learns that his Love Interest Sheila is (or rather... was) the Demon Lord who slaughtered his home village.
  • Happens at one point in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire when Jessie's hair gets cut off by Seviper, enraging her so much that she starts crying out of sheer unstoppable rage, and starts beating Seviper with extreme brutality, complete with glowing red eyes on her very furious expression of her face. It gets to the point that even James and Meowth are absolutely horrified.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Katsuki Bakugo cries during his rematch against Izuku Midoriya when he confesses that he blames himself for the end of All Might's career. This is actually the first time he actually shows a softer feeling rather than anger.
    • All for One's lieutenant Gigantomachia has an emotional moment when the League of Villains fight him to try and make him submit. However, when Gigantomachia thrashes the League, he breaks down crying over the fact that All for One's successor is so weak.
    • In Chapter 337, normally cheerful and upbeat Toru Hagakure has this reaction once she discovers that Yuga Aoyama is The Mole of the 1-A Class, and while we only see half her face, we clearly see that she's absolutely berserk.

  • The Fallen Angel: Alexandre Cabanel's Lucifer is crying tears of rage and humiliation (and a little bit of mourning) over the fact he's been defeated by the forces of Heaven and lost God's favor.

    Card Games 
  • Tears of Rage from Magic: The Gathering. Berserker Tears. Which are made of fire! In-story, Liliana also sheds them when Gideon sacrifices himself to save her....and Nicol Bolas reacts with a smug smile.

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    Fan Works 
  • Loved and Lost: The heroes' unsuccessful attempts to convince a manipulated Twilight to believe their Cassandra Truth about Jewelius being evil cause Twilight (who is still angry and hurting from the wedding rehearsal) to yell a Big "SHUT UP!" at them and burst into tears. This earns her former loved ones even more scorn from the already outraged citizens of Canterlot who sympathize with Twilight.
  • Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: Shed by Minase while she was bashing the head of the guy who had just raped her.
  • Thousand Shinji: During her breakdown, caused by Shinji's loss, Asuka cried after a fight, when she got furious or angsty. And she shed blood tears.
  • The Warhammer 40,000 fanfic Gav and Bob has this when the Ogryn Gav finally beats the everloving s*** out of the Thousand Son who killed his best friend Bob.
  • In Phoenix's Inferno, when Phoenix frees a demonic Miles Edgeworth from the sin of pride, Edgeworth begins to roar furiously before breaking down sobbing.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the normally mild-mannered Bridgette sheds tears of rage whilst denouncing Chris for his treatment of the interns.
  • In the climax of Hearts and Minds of the Facing the Future Series, Danny and Sam are seriously ticked off while fighting Nocturne after he trapped them in a dream world where their memories of each other were sealed away.
  • Natsu crying in the canon anime? Whoohoo boy. Try Erza unleashing this trope in Fairy Without Wings against a woman named Morianna Feathermane. Why? Morianna killed her parents and set fire to Rosemary Village and ensured that Erza would be taken to the tower of heaven just to kill Erza's bloodline.
  • The Vow, a Kung Fu Panda 2 fanfic:
    • This happens to Master Storming Ox when Master Thundering Rhino is killed by Lord Shen.
    • In one of the final chapters, Jade lets herself cry when she confronts Shen and furiously calls him off for his willingness to destroy not only innocent lives but also drive his loyal right hand Zhan (whom she has come to genuinely love) to his possible death.
  • Quicken: After Emma goes berserker and kills several gang members who assaulted her, cut her nose off, and threatened with raping her, she cries and screams while she stabs the last thug to death.
    I beat her chest with my fists, still tasting blood in mouth. I sobbed, tears streaming down my face. "You b***! Why did you people have to do this? How could you do this to me?"
    I bowed my head, blubbering and crying uselessly for a few moments. Then I shrieked and raised the knife before I slammed it home into her chest. Bone creaked and cracked, as the knife pierced through her sternum. Yan convulsed, drawing a gasping breath as her back arched from the blow. I pulled out the knife, a spray of blood following it, and I stabbed down again. I was still crying, cursing her as I stabbed her again, and again, and again, each blow weaker than the last. Her chest stopped rising after the fourth blow.
  • Zero Context: Taking Out the Trash: After Callista transforms, she lets herself forget that her opponent is not the same person as the one who tried to rape her a decade past and speeds after him, tears flying past her face as she engulfs herself in rage and sadness.
  • Margaret of Junior Officers cries angry tears when she finally snaps at her father for calling her "the S word"note  at her birthday dinner.
  • Passion on Display: Bakugo doesn't realize that his eyes are watering after he beats up the students who assaulted his boyfriend Kirishima.

    Films — Animation 
  • Turning Red: Tears flow from Ming's eyes as Mei ditches her panda ritual, thus losing any chance she had to rid her body of the panda spirit, and unleashes her own kaiju panda.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Look VERY carefully, press pause frame by frame if you have to: Anakin Skywalker lets tears roll down his cheeks after brutally murdering the Separatist Leaders on the volcanic planet of Mustafar.
    • He also had tears on his face right before murdering all the children at the temple.
    • And when he massacres the Sand People in Attack of the Clones. In fact, just about any time Anakin goes on a rampage he lets loose with the waterworks, to the point where the helmet may have been changed over in The Empire Strikes Back owing to rust.
    • In Revenge of the Sith's novelization, he spouts Bond One Liners as he kills the Seperatists. If he cries it's not mentioned, and this is generally interpreted as the book's Anakin enjoying the deed a lot more than in the movie. After all, he's wanted to do this for years.
  • In A Christmas Story Ralphie, unable to tolerate the torment of the vile neighborhood bully Scut Farkus any longer, is overcome with Unstoppable Rage and wails on him until both boys are a quivering, sobbing mess (though Ralphie clearly got the upper hand).
  • You can't actually see tears because of the mask, but in the film version of Watchmen Rorschach is audibly crying when he picks up the cleaver and splits Gerald Grice's head open for killing Blair Roche.
  • Happens to the Captain in 300 when he breaks rank to charge the enemy after his son Astinos is beheaded.
  • Friendly Persuasion is about Indiana Quakers in 1862, who have a crisis of conscience about whether to participate in The American Civil War. Young Josh Birdwell joins a militia unit fending off Confederate raiders. He hesitates to pull the trigger when the order to fire is given until the soldier lying next to him is shot. Then Josh starts shooting at the Confederates while the tears roll down his face.
  • In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, after the Grinch is viciously mocked by his classmates, he thrashes the classroom and runs off to Mount Crumpit where he starts to cry.
  • Five Feet Apart: Stella cries in rage after Poe dies.

  • In The Long Ships the narrator notes that Orm's best friend Toke tended to start crying when he got drunk enough and that this was a sign that he was about to get violent.
  • Happened in one of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn books to Simon, who doesn't even realize that he's crying but ends up with a Heroic BSoD. Two times.
  • In Chapter 12 of No. 6, Nezumi cries after Sion gives him a good night kiss.
  • In one The Savannah Reid Mysteries book, Savannah's teaching a self-defense class, and she tells Margie to let her feelings out by pretending that the person volunteering to be the "attacker" is the guy that attempted to rape her. Margie attacks him ferociously, and it ends with her sobbing.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: In A Dance with Dragons, Bowen Marsh cries as he and the other Night's Watchmen stab their commander Jon to death, as they believe he's going to destroy the Watch with his actions.
  • Tortall Universe
    • In the first Protector of the Small book, the page Seaver loses his cool and tries to attack the spiderlike monster of the same kind that killed his father. Kel, keeping her cool, trips him so he can't run into the spidren's weapons, and the creature snags him with its web. It's mentioned that he wept in rage while hacking the web off of him.
    • This happens to Beka Cooper at the end of Mastiff when she is forced to fight and break the legs of her partner Tunstall after he betrays their king.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: In "The Coming of Shadows, when G'Kar finds out about the Centauri attack, he starts rampaging his way through everything standing between him and Londo while screaming and crying about his people being targeted and victimized again.
  • Breaking Bad has Jesse when he's forced to kill Gale.
  • A variation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where thanks to a "Freaky Friday" Flip, Faith ends up beating herself up while sobbing and screaming that she's a disgusting, murderous b***.
  • Piper in the Charmed (1998) episode "Hell Hath No Fury" when she finally breaks down and reveals that she is furious with Prue for dying, and then starts to scream and cry and bang on Prue's headstone until she finally just collapses and cries in Leo's arms. Such a well-acted scene that most viewers were able to overlook the flawed psychology of it all.
  • In Drake & Josh, Josh ends up late for his chemistry exam because of Drake, and when Mr. Roland punishes him by making him take a make-up exam next Saturday at 6 A.M and dropping his grades, Josh bursts into tears and then angrily tries to tackle Drake on the spot for causing him to be tardy.
  • Farscape: The second season episode "The Way We Weren't" climaxes with Crichton and Aeryn making a full-frontal charge on Pilot in order to regain control of Moya. Aeryn has a tear lingering on the very lip of her eyelid during the entire charge. Partially justified as this is one of Claudia Black's signature acting talents.
  • The L.A. Complex: When Armoured Closet Gay Kal is caught kissing Tariq, he pretends that Tariq initiated it and proceeds to No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Tariq to show his "disgust" and protect his reputation. The beating happens in slo-mo, with Kal crying openly while he does it.
  • Chloe (or Radcliffe) talking about her father Harvey Denton in The League of Gentlemen: "You wouldn't want to make him angry. I once saw him beat a man until both he and the man were crying."
  • In Smallville, "Pariah", Clark does this when he attacks the guy who killed Alicia.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), Dean sits by Sam's body and tearfully discusses his failure to protect his brother. This ends with him yelling "What am I supposed to do?", standing up, and kicking furniture, while tears still fall from his eyes. He then gets into the Impala to make a deal with a crossroad demon.
  • In the season 4 finale of Teen Wolf Braeden has a Moment of Awesome while doing this. Derek has just presumably been killed, and in fury and agonizing grief, Braeden fires shot after shot at none other than the BERSERKERS. Poetic justice. Nice job Braeden.
  • Velvet: Alberto spends an entire episode in this state after learning he's not the father of Cristina's baby.

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts: In III, after Master Xehanort kills Kairi by turning her body to crystal and shattering her to make the thirteenth key, Sora flies into a rage, screaming with tears running down his face as he attacks Xehanort.
  • Wheatley from Portal 2 is an odd example of this. He's a non-humanoid robot, meaning he physically cannot cry. However, during the Boss Fight against him, he gets increasingly more unhinged as you continue to corrupt him by placing cores on him. After placing the third core on him, he starts to spout angry paranoid ramblings while lobbing bombs at you. What makes this fit into this trope is that after a few sentences, his voice starts to break. Here is the scene. Be careful though, it's very spoiler-heavy.
  • Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends with You, after finding out that Joshua really was the one to kill him.
  • The Wardog Squadron from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, after Chopper is killed in combat during a surprise air attack. Keep in mind that the Wardog Squadron was so badass, the enemy had named them "The Razgriz", after a mythological demon that is said to rain down death when he reveals himself. When the Yuktobanians actually kill Chopper, one of them comments "They're no demons, we can take them!" But shortly afterward, when Wardog starts slaughtering the remaining air force (softly sobbing over the radio while doing it), the Yuktobanians start screaming phrases like "So this is what those demons are REALLY like!" and "Did the demons take them over?!" as they get swatted out of the sky. Blaze quietly downs plane after plane, Edge is barely restraining herself from jumping out of the cockpit and ripping the enemy forces' throats out with her teeth and along with Archer is barely holding back tears.
  • Cypher Zohar from Silhouette Mirage, after Har removed his/her Fake Memories.
  • Heavy from Team Fortress 2 wells up when talking about his gun Sacha, but he also commands the "babies" he's fighting to "cry some more".
  • During the final battle of Mother 3, Lucas is in tears all the way through because of the realisation that the Masked Man is his brother, Claus. Lucas is unable to attack the Masked Man as a result, until he wounds Flint, Lucas's father, with two PK Love Ωs. Lucas is then able to brutally attack the Masked Man, dealing large amounts of damage in the process.
  • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 has Mareeta, who was forced to use the Sword of Darkness, which drives her insane and sends her into a killing spree. Her first victim? Her mother. The villains watching note how tears are streaming down her face as she tries and fails to resist the power of the sword's influence. The fact that her mother refuses to fight back makes it all the more gut-wrenching.
  • Bravely Default: Agnes combines Berserker Tears with her Catchphrase to impressive effect when the team is facing down the true Big Bad of the game: Airy the fairy, who she believed to be her friend.
    Agnes: We first met on that precipice overlooking the Great Chasm. You had come forth from the Chasm's depths. But you had only just slain us! OUR BLOOD HAD YET TO DRY!
    Airy: Indeed. You have served me well. Now, die a bitter death, knowing you served your enemy.
    Agnes: (almost volcanic with fury and fighting back sobs)...UNACCEPTABLE!
  • In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Batsu is unique in that his Level 3 Hyper Combo involves him and his partner teaming up to attack the enemy in a matter similar to his home series. However, if his partner is KO'd, Batsu's technique changes to him in tears, charging and firing a ball of energy with the ghostly image of said partner beside him. This isn't just aesthetic: it actually causes more damage.
  • At the end of LISA: The Painful RPG, due to his 11th-Hour Superpower of turning into a mutant, Brad gains the ability to cry in battle which restores his SP.
  • The Binding of Isaac:
    • Played with. While the main character's weapon are his tears, he's clearly crying because he's terrified. Certian pickups, however, make him visibly angry, playing this trope straight.
    • In his appearance in Blade Strangers, he's still constantly crying, but he's seen with an angry scowl more often.
  • The Big Bad of Dead In Vinland strangely does this after a Hopeless Boss Fight against your Player Party at their first meeting shortly after the start of the game — the implication being that he's a Psychopathic Manchild to the point that this is normal for him even when he's beating up strangers he has no emotional interest in.

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    Web Video 
  • Dio has a stream of tears coming out of his face when he's in a berserker rage over the fact that his life was incredibly sucky up to this point in the Phantom Blood spoofs in Vaguely Recalling JoJo. Also, he somehow causes the tears to flow over the Stone Mask.

    Western Animation 
  • 11-year-old Ben Tennyson in an episode of Ben 10: Omniverse after Malware disintegrates Feedback. Then Ben proceeds to destroy him using the Omnitrix's energy.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
    • The Girls do this in "Speed Demon" against HIM when they travel 20 Minutes into the Future.
    • In the pilot episode (the one with the other mayor, the first aired after being conceived as The Whoop-Ass Girls then renamed), Bubbles goes into this when Fuzzy Lumpkins scores a glancing blow with his Meat Gun (which turns everything into some sort of meat byproduct) and beats the everloving tar out of him (while Buttercup and Blossom watch on in shock).
    • In "The City Of Frownsville," a schlemiel named Lou Gubrious sends the entire city crying with a ray that is channeled from his own sadness.
    • In "All Chalked Up", Bubbles's fury towards Buttercup breaking chalk eventually turns into Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In one particular episode, Aang is so distraught about Appa being stolen that he goes into the Avatar State reflexively, creating a giant, destructive tornado from the desert sand - all while tears are streaming down his face. Katara manages to snap him out of it though.
    • Sokka also did this when Manipulative Bitch Azula taunted him with news of his imprisoned girlfriend Suki. He then proceeded to pin her against a wall with his sword at her throat.
  • Big Shot from The Tick animated series, a parody of the Punisher is often seen firing off his guns wildly while shedding tears. Sadly, future appearances concerned his psychiatric treatment and eventual pacifism.
    Big Shot: (breaking down, hugging Arthur) Why didn't you love me, mommy?
  • In The Transformers, Scourge gets his hands on the Matrix and becomes horribly mutated and insane, with actual tears falling during part of it.
  • In the Season 1 finale of Wakfu Yugo gets a pretty harsh case of these since he has just sensed the death of one of his allies.
  • Velma in Episode 10 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, after Shaggy formally tells her he'd rather be friends with Scooby than be her boyfriend. Velma's anger deteriorates into piteous crying.
  • In Family Guy, Peter Griffin is rather prone to this, one of the most notable examples being him repeatedly smashing the face of his daughter's tormentor, Connie D'Amico, into the glass of a fire extinguisher panel repeatedly.
    Peter Griffin: Hey, you see that fire extinguisher over there?
  • In the finale of The Owl House, Eda and King do this after Belos kills Luz.
  • Amethyst of Steven Universe has tears streaming down her face by the end of her fight with Pearl in "On The Run".
    Amethyst: I never asked for it to be this way! I never asked to be made!
  • Wonder Woman in Justice League after Toyman seemingly kills Superman, is shedding tears as she destroys Toyman's machine and is about to punch a hole in his head.
  • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars!: After the toads stop him from reuniting with his (presumed dead) brother, Bruiser charges a huge formation of toads, unarmed, screaming with rage and grief and with tears streaming down his face.
  • During the third season premiere of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Marco gets these as he punches Toffee clean through the chest, in an attempt to avenge the now (presumed) dead Star.
  • Dick Dastardly does this at the end of the Wacky Races episode "Race Rally to Raleigh" after the Mean Machine falls into a missile-created chasm just short of the finish line:
    Dastardly: (pissed) Oh, who wanted to win this old race, anyway? (bursts into teary tantrum) I did!!! I wanted to win the race!!! I never get to win a race!!!

    Real Life 
  • Confederate guerrilla William 'Bloody Bill' Anderson reportedly went into battle alternately sobbing and laughing uncontrollably.
  • According to the testimony of Private Robert Maples, Paul Meadlo was crying while he shot civilians at My Lai.
  • Male elephants in musth (read: reproductive heat combined with intense aggression and rage) secrete a thick tar-like substance on the sides of their head and eyes called temporin, making the elephant in question look like they're crying while they're charging in to gore any unsuspecting living being in their way.


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Tyrian Callows

After failing to retrieve Ruby Rose for Salem, Tyrian has to break the bad news. Salem, who knows Tyrian is fanatically devoted to pleasing her, only needs to express her disappointment to punish him, resulting in him crumbling into a dangerously maniacal form of despair.

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