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"Some poser hands me cake at a birthday party.
Whatcha want me to do with this?
Eat it?
I threw the rest of the cake too!
Welcome to the
real world, jackass!"
The Lonely Island, "Threw It on the Ground"

A character with a hair-trigger temper flies into a rage at the slightest provocation. Masters of Disproportionate Retribution, they react explosively to the slightest annoyance. Unlike someone with a Berserk Button, who is generally calm until a specific button is pressed, characters with a hair-trigger temper can be set off by anything. This makes them far less predictable — and far more dangerous.

In comparison to the "avoid the Big Red Button" approach with someone with a Berserk Button, conversation with someone like this is like trying to navigate a minefield without a metal detector. You know the danger is there, but you have no clue exactly where it is. At best they're tetchy and anxiety-inducing. At worst, they're a surly, dangerous, ticking time bomb. The very act of trying to talk to them might be enough to set them off. Trying to joke with them is downright suicidal. And even just trying to stay away from them won't necessarily help; they're likely to take being ignored or avoided as a deliberate snub, and... well, you get the picture.


Characters with a hair-trigger temper are generally grumpy to everybody, but they usually have a favorite victim for their rampages — often a Naïve Newcomer who doesn't understand how they keep managing to offend the guy. This can be harmful to the victim's health — while heroic characters with a Hair-Trigger Temper generally restrain themselves to verbal abuse, Anti Villainous ones can get physically violent, and out-and-out Villainous ones may even kill people for annoying them.

Sometimes, the character is this way because they're generally irritable and misanthropic — they don't really like anyone they deal with. Sometimes the character is suffering from Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Sometimes (female-exclusive) they might just have a bad case of PMS. And sometimes, the character with the Hair Trigger Temper is trying to pick a fight or intimidate or abuse someone. With the latter scenario, it doesn't really matter what you do or don't say to them — they will use it as an excuse to go off on you and make your life hell, essentially doing a verbal version of Why Did You Make Me Hit You? — behaving badly and then pinning the blame on the person being attacked. These kinds of people are generally called bullies. If someone tougher or higher ranked than them tells them to knock it off, they probably will, at least for the moment. Characters with a Napoleon Complex are usually known for having a Hair-Trigger Temper.


In a Four-Temperament Ensemble, this character is Choleric.

This can obviously have disastrous consequences though if they let their temper get the better of them far too often. Expect the victim who has taken too much abuse to suddenly snap in front of them with sudden and alarming reversal of roles, where the abuser's rage now pales in comparison to their victims.

Compare Drama Queen (who acts dramatic at the drop of a hat).

Contrast Extreme Doormat (who will not respond angrily to anything), Passive-Aggressive Kombat, Rage Breaking Point, The Stoic. The Sociopath is a very likely character to have this, due to their low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation, which is often displayed through a lack of impulse control. The particularly psychotic examples almost always overlap with Ax-Crazy. Doesn't blow up too, unfortunately.

And by the way, anyone bringing any real life examples here WILL BE SHOT ON SIGHT!


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  • A Snickers ad had a guy turn into Joe Pesci who blew up at every single comment when he was hungry.
  • The (German) animated shorts for HB cigarettes were made of this trope. Typically everything went wrong and the guy literarily "went up into the air" (this is still a catchphrase in Germany). Then he smoked a HB and everything went well magically. (The General Surgeon: Blatant Lies.)

    Anime & Manga 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Switzerland, being a Trigger Happy gunslinger who doesn't like people on his land uninvited. South Italy, at least when he sees Germany. So, so much.
    • Bulgaria was believed to be one as well due to his Why Did You Make Me Hit You? scene with North Italy, but this was later Jossed, and he's shown to be a calm Nice Guy.
    • Belarus as well, to the point of attacking Denmark for making a small comment about how he'd win the costume contest, because it implied that he thought he could beat her darling Russia.
    • England definitely counts, too. This becomes more apparent when France or America is around.
    • Germany is very tightly wound, and responds by either screaming at and/or threatening the problem until it backs down.
  • Tsukihi Araragi from Bakemonogatari, to the point where her brother describes her as having hysteria.
  • Grineed from Beet the Vandel Buster goes berserk when he's addressed in a casual manner. "Dude, calm down" will make him blow a crater in the ground with the sheer force of his trembling with rage. He constantly soaks himself in sedative resin, because he knows that sort of thing is "Not OK", no matter who you are.
  • If you so much as blink around Revy in Black Lagoon, odds are she'll get pissed off enough to fill you with holes.
  • Bleach:
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi, the unhinged Mad Scientist, has something of a hair-trigger temper. This was extremely prevalent in his early appearances, where he flew off the handle at the most minute of provocations, which he often took out on his daughter. He has chilled out significantly since then, however, and while he is still callous and easily annoyed, he handles it a lot better. The running joke in the fandom is that Ichigo's group broke into Soul Society on one of Mayuri's bad days. This is made even funnier later on when Mayuri offers only a complaint when Ichigo dares refer to him without rank or honorifics: the other captains comment that Mayuri must be in an excellent mood to let Ichigo off so lightly. Mayuri's good mood does promptly vanish a short while later when Ichigo compares him to Urahara. Even a good day can't stop Mayuri's temper triggering to that accusation.
    • Kensei Muguruma's personality. When first meeting the Vizards, Orihime nervously asked where the bathroom was. Love and Lisa had to restrain him from hurting her out of pure irritation. His method for comforting a child almost killed by hollows was "Smile, dammit!". For extra humour, he is stuck with a lieutenant who happens to be The Ditz meets Manchild, who flits between Genki Girl and Hair-Trigger Temper herself, over the most minor things (such as sesame-topped rice balls).
    • Hiyori Sarugaki hates everyone, and takes offense at nearly anything the other characters say to her. She even once jump-kicked Shinji for literally no reason before telling him that she wasn't going to apologize.
    • Byakuya Kuchiki is revealed to have had one in his youth. His grandfather commented that he needed to learn how to control the temper before he could develop his talent. As an adult, he acts like The Stoic but there are very strong hints that he's merely become extremely good at hiding the fact he's still got a short temper.
  • Classi9 has Wagner, who's in a constant state of annoyance, especially when around Haydn or Tchaikovsky. He gets really angry for no reason and even makes himself mad when he comes to slightly unfortunate realizations. He also never explains what makes him so angry, which lead Beethoven to think he had done something terrible and that their bond was unsalvageable when Wagner was actually mad at himself for not being able to beat him.
  • Yanagin in Daily Lives of High School Boys has a hair-trigger temper (and punches out Ikushima a lot in the process).
  • Usahara from Damekko Doubutsu is very aggressive around others. Especially Urno the wolf, who he treats like crap by kicking up and sometimes attacking him.
  • Dragon Ball:
    Bulma: Hey, creep! Were the first two losses not enough? How'd you come back to life, anyways? You're not just obsessed with revenge, you suck at it!
    • Nappa continuously loses his cool while fighting Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo, and against Goku, he just explodes. Seriously, he makes Vegeta look rational in comparison.
    • Majin Buu, having about the intelligence and temperament of a child, would easily get set off and go on rampages until whatever annoyed him is dead and burned to a crisp. Even after he gains a certain amount of intelligence as Super Buu, he is still prone to temper tantrums when things don't go his way even slightly. He does calm down after his evil side is killed and he begins living among the heroes; while he still gets mad easily, it's shown that Mr. Satan is scolding him about his temper, so he's making an effort to keep it in check.
    • Pan from Dragon Ball GT gets angry very easily for trivial reasons.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, most of the threat Beerus provides in the combination of his incomprehensible power and extremely short fuse. He authorized the destruction of planet Vegeta because King Vegeta only gave him the second-comfiest pillow, and nearly blew up the Earth because Majin Buu wouldn't share his pudding cup with him.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima of Durarara!! has a hair-trigger temper and monstrous strength to go along with it. However, he's aware and ashamed of his violent habits and wants to get "strong enough" to keep a lid on them.
  • In Endride, Ibelda is quick to take offense, even among comrades. He quickly evolves into an Axe-Crazy Blood Knight as time goes on, slaughtering his teammates and his employer, the King.
  • Daigo Ikari from Eyeshield 21 will always get angry when someone mentions Ojou High School or its football team, the White Knights, in a bad light; the problem is that every time he hears anything, he's always quick to assume the worst.
    • This leads to a running gag that Ikari never actually gets to play in a game until the second time Ojou plays Daimon, at least a dozen games into their season. The reason is because he always attacks someone and gets himself ejected before the game even starts. His teammates try to prevent this by binding him with chains. It doesn't work.
    • A giveaway is the fact that his surname is a homophone for the Japanese word for anger.
  • Hiro Sohma from Fruits Basket is a particularly obnoxious version, made even more irritating by his monotone delivery. Gullible Tohru falls over herself trying to appease him, while most viewers quietly harbor a desire to hit the little brat with something heavy. Unless, of course, you find it refreshing that Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond.
    • Kyo is like this early on in the manga/anime, particularly towards Tohru and Yuki, but he calms down as the series goes on.
    • "Black Haru", laid-back Hatsuharu Sohma's hostile split personality, has shown signs of this trope as well, deliberately misconstruing Tohru and the student council's president (though the latter probably deserved it).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Edward Elric gets angry at loads of things, from people calling him short to being told to drink milk. He gets better as the series goes on, though.
    • His master Izumi Curtis, who will throw the Elric brothers into walls at the drop of a hat.
    • Envy has a pretty short fuse, too. While the quickest way to piss them off is to call them ugly, they perceive just about anything as an insult and have a huge Don't You Dare Pity Me! / Inferiority Superiority Complex.
  • Sousuke from Full Metal Panic! can get this way towards people, mostly if it seems to him like the person is "threatening the wellbeing of" Kaname. Even the most mundane, normal things that people say or do can be misconstrued by him as being a dangerous "threat" that must be eliminated. Justified in that he was raised by the KGB, with a highly suspicious, Crazy Survivalist nature.
  • Cross Marian of D.Gray-Man may fit somewhat. It seems he can be very cool and composed if need be. But there are times when he's prone to showing a bit of a violent temper. Such as him having to nurse Allen back to health. Allen is unresponsive, thus Cross has to cook for him, feed him, and do his laundry. Cross' response to Allen not eating is kicking in a table and creaming. He washes the laundry with his feet, and stomps hard enough to crack the wash tub. Ba Ba tries to warn him, but Cross ignores him and continues stomping. He gets furious with Allen in a back-story novel, D.Gray-Man Reverse, and in response to his rage he punches Allen in the face, and pulls his gun on him. Tim hits him to stop him from shooting. He has an important meeting with Allen, and drops some very distressing news on him. Allen is frozen in shock for a minute, and Cross, frustrated at Allen's unresponsiveness, responds by slapping him hard enough to knock him to the floor. Later in the meeting, Allen becomes angered by Cross' parting words. He tries to get Cross to wait, then resorts to throwing Tim and hitting him. Cross seethes in anger, then goes to attack Allen, with a Crow guard holding him back.
  • Eiri Yuki from Gravitation has this sort of temper with boyfriend Shuichi whenever he's trying to mess with the guy's head. In a slight subversion, however, Shuichi catches on to this ploy pretty quickly. That's not to say that he's any good at defending against it though.
  • Hell's Chef from Gregory Horror Show. You insult his culinary skills? He'll haunt you. You aren't appreciating his dishes (even if it's because you aren't hungry)? He'll haunt you. Smoking on his watch? RUN.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, it doesn't take much to make Salome angry, whether it's her minions annoying her or a slight delay in her search for treasure. Her default mood when not smug is to angrily shout when something goes wrong.
  • Inuyasha: Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru are far more Not So Different than either of them will admit. This includes the short fuse that lights their tempers. Inuyasha is openly grumpy, with a base state of "mildly irritated". This flares up into angry on a regular basis even over trivial things. Sesshoumaru, on the other hand, will flit between The Stoic and Tranquil Fury, although it would be a mistake to think his temper is more muted than Inuyasha since Sesshoumaru's anger tends to be more lethal than Inuyasha's. Toutousai once lampshades this by observing that their identical short tempers makes it very easy to see that they're brothers.
  • Shinobu of Junjou Romantica often misinterprets even the slightest of things and becomes irrationally angry over them. The fact that he knows he's smarter than everyone else only makes this more apparent.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss is in many ways an Expy of InuYasha and like him Tomoe is openly grumpy all the time, has a face that always seems to be set to a "mildly irritated" expression and he tends to go ballistic over minor things.
  • Naru and Motoko from Love Hina start off with this trope, going Up to Eleven in the anime, though this happens less often once Keitaro manages to eventually win them over.
  • My Hero Academia has Katsuki Bakugou, who has an explosive temper matching his Quirk; he frequently yells at people to "DIE!!" - including when brushing his teeth. Character Development has shown him a little calmer and more mature since the series beginning, but he's still an angry, angry young man.
  • Naruto:
    • Sakura can get like this at times due to her fiery Tsundere persona.
    • Tsunade will think nothing of pounding your face in if she gets pissed off.
    • Kakuzu is stated to have one, although it's more of an Informed Flaw
  • Mio from Nichijou has a tendency to get angry a lot quicker than usual whenever Yuuko or her sister, Yoshino, are around, due to the former's idiocy and the latter being The Gadfly. When she gets angry...
  • One Piece
    • Buggy the Clown is an interesting variation, where there is only one thing that sets him off: Mentioning his red nose. However, he seems to be a bit hard of hearing, and tends to interpret anything you say as an insult to his nose, meaning he effectively has a Hair-Trigger Temper.
    • Eustass Kid, to a degree than anything that so much as irritates him can set him off. His Ax-Crazy disposition is balanced out by his far more level-headed subordinate Killer.
    • Jack "the Drought" is essentially impossible to negotiate with because of his temper combined with a permanent desire for destruction; the moment anything stops going exactly as planned, such as someone even asking for a chance to talk things out, is the moment he starts getting very, very violent.
  • In Pop Team Epic: Popuko's only real consistent personality trait is her tendency to get inordinately angry at relatively innocuous things. She's been thrown into a swearing, violent rage by such things as thunder, being asked her name, seeing a cuckoo clock, and being asked whether she wants beef or chicken for her meal.
  • Akane Tendo from Ranma ½ can sometimes come off as this around Ranma Saotome, mainly in the earlier parts of the anime and manga.
  • Slayers: Lina, Lina, Lina... insult her appearance (namely her small bustline), deny her food or money, spill her food, upstage her - any of these warrant either some sort of explosion, screaming, or physical harm. Two egregious examples are Lina nearly drowning Amelia in a hot spring after Amelia makes a lighthearted joke about growing her bustline, and Lina nuking an entire restaurant for the owner accidentally stepping on a sardine she was eating (which she didn't want in the first place) in the Cold Open of Slayers Premium. While she has always had a short temper, though, later anime productions flanderize it.
  • Sonic X
    • Knuckles The Echidna will constantly get extremely angry when someone insults him or makes a sarcastic remark. Mostly, Sonic and Rouge does the button pushing a whole lot. The game continuity downplay this, however.
    • Amy Rose also qualifies. But this is due to being a Tsundere with mood swings and whenever Sonic has better things to do than to be romantically involved with her. This was taken too far as the series progresses. As with the Knuckles example above, this is downplayed in the games.
  • Manabizaki, the main character of SWOT, always seems angry and annoyed. He gets pissed at anything he deems which interrupts his study time (which happens a lot), and has a tendency to fly into a rage at the slightest provocation. The fact that his school is filled with delinquents doesn't help.
  • The Nitro from Toriko are one of the more dangerous species in the setting, which is a bonafide Death World, because of an unholy combination of vast strength, intelligence, voracity, and very short and violent tempers. They were called "Nitro" because they have temperaments akin to nitroglycerine. Even the Taste Hermit Chichi, a presumably friendly Nitro who is able and willing to speak to humans, has a pretty short temper.
  • Kurogane from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-'s is an interesting take on this. Normally he is portrayed as a Grumpy Bear and Perpetual Frowner but around Fai he flips out regularly, even if Fai doesn't even try to provoke him. Just one look is enough to make Kurogane try to murder him. Or at least in the beginning. Around Mokona, on the other hand...
  • Shinodu from Urusei Yatsura used to be a nice and calm teenage girl. But because of all the wackiness after Lum showed up and stole her boyfriend Ataru, the littlest actions around her can suddenly send her into a blinding rage, which is made worse by the massive strength upgrade that goes with it.
  • Vision of Escaflowne:
  • Maho from Wandering Son gets mad at everything. Saori is a more mild case, and has tried to change.
  • Hot Scientist and Knight Templar Big Brother Souichi Tatsumi from the Boys' Love manga Challengers and The Tyrant Falls in Love had viewed every action of his Straight Gay lab assistant as a transparent attempt to get him into bed from his Anguished Declaration of Love onwards. His suspicions weren't entirely unfounded, but on the whole Morinaga suffers the brunt of his anger unnecessarily. His overprotective and homophobic traits also cause his little brother's boyfriend, Kurokawa, to suffer greatly - on hearing the news that Tomoe's married him in Los Angeles, he threatens to fly over there to murder Kurokawa and single-handedly take down the USA for being so "perverted" as to allow gays to marry in the first place. And it's all Played for Laughs.

    Comic Books 
  • There is absolutely no way of knowing whether saying something to The Joker will result in him laughing or killing you, horribly and violently. Or doing both. You're on slightly safer ground with Marx Brothers quotes.
    • In one arc, Robin escaped the Joker by deliberately mis-identifying the source of just such a quote; the Joker thought it was more important to argue and convince him he was wrong than to just go ahead and kill him, which was the whole reason he'd captured him in the first place.
  • As seen in Infinite Crisis, Superboy-Prime, while a moron, is terrifying because he will fly off the handle and start trying to destroy everything in sight at the slightest provocation. The reason this is terrifying is because he's as strong as Silver Age Superman.
  • Supergirl:
  • Spider-Man: J Jonah Jameson's temper is very, very, very volatile.
  • In G.I. Joe, bomb specialist Short Fuze's codename doesn't come from his explosive expertise, but his explosive temper.
  • Johnny C, from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. In addition to being Ax-Crazy, Johnny has killed dozens of people for one person's poor choice of words. He's wacky like that.
    • Great, now you're dead.
  • The ''Incredible Hulk's entire existence basically hinges on this concept, and even if you do manage to get him to a calm state, he often assumes that someone is stealth insulting him or trying to tell him what to do, which either causes him to leave in a huff or just attempt to smash your ass. Or some dumbass will come along and provoke him again.

    Comic Strips 
  • Mad Pierre in Beau Peep. The standard format of a Mad Pierre strip is: Peep tries to think of something he can do (or nor do) that will prevent Pierre getting mad at him, Pierre smacks him in the face, Pierre describes whatever Peep was doing as something that really annoys him.
  • Garfield lampshades this in one comic strip by saying that, among other things, he has a "lightning quick temper".
  • Tina the technical writer in Dilbert, who "regards every conversation within her hearing distance as an insult to her occupation and gender." She's lightened up considerably in later years, though.
  • This is the defining trait of Blowtop in Dick Tracy. The fact that his name is a play on blowing one's top is indication enough.
  • The Far Side had a lot of cartoons like this. For instance, one early strip showed an angry man holding a smoking shotgun, having killed two people with it, while his wife behind him angrily says, "That settles it, Carl! From now on, you're only getting decaffeinated coffee!"

    Fan Works 
  • Evangelion 303: After Jessica's death, Asuka's temper got way, way worse. Anything could make her snap and lash out. Fortunately she got better after a while.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Asuka had a very short fuse after Third Impact, and she often snapped and said things she didn't mean and eventually regretted. However her temper improves once she becomes an adult woman.
  • HERZ: After the Angel War, volatile Asuka’s temper got worst. For several years she was constantly angry, moody or bitter, and prone to explode when something triggered her anger. At the start of the story she has managed to control her temper –and she regrets some of her past explosions of wrath-, but she still has a short fuse.
  • Scar Tissue: Asuka's temper had got way more volatile after Instrumentality. Often her bursts of rage were unconscious: she entered a trance and she did not wake up until it was too late. After the events prior to the fic she makes a conscious effort for keeping it in check.
  • In What About Witch Queen? king Friedrich of the Souther Isles, Hans' brother, explodes with berserker Unstoppable Rage at slightest provocations. It's so bad he actually locks himself in his room for the attacks and the entire set of furniture must be changed afterwards.
  • Barricade from Transformers Meta possesses this.
    • For example, he doesn't hesitate to scream at his commander whenever he disagrees with him.
    • You can find him standing in corners, glaring at whoever's around him.
    • He openly admits that he hates everybody.
  • Kaji, of the Dragonball Z fanfiction Honor Trip. His default personality is annoyed, and his moods only get less friendly. Of course, he has to constantly deal with Hufeh's shenanigans, which would test anyone's patience.
  • In Prison Island Break, Shadow the Hedgehog can go from zero to psycho at the drop of a hat.
    Sonic: Boy, Shadow sure gets antsy when you squeeze the toothpaste from the wrong end.
  • In the Tamers Forever Series, it is very easy to piss off Rika.
    • This is Lampshaded at one point.
      Takato: I thought you were mad at me?
      Rika: Do you think I'm the kind of person who gets mad at silly things like that?
      Takato: Ummm...
      Ruki: Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a dilemma here!
      Takato: Ah...Rika, do you want the right answer or the nice answer?
      Takato: Ow!
    • As the Avatar of Wrath, Jeri makes Rika look like a pacifist in comparison.
  • Absolutely everyone in Knowledge Is Power flies off the handle at the slightest provocation. The only real difference between the heroes and the villains is that the former get away with it and the latter just shoot themselves in the foot.
  • Weird Incident Shit: Problem Sleuth can tell that Reimu Hakurei has one. And he's right- if you try to challenge her to a fight, you get a Bad End.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Due to the events of canon, Asuka is very bitter and short-tempered. Nonetheless, her temper improves a bit after hooking up with Shinji.
  • In Chrysalis Visits The Hague, the queen is incredibly aggressive throughout her stay in the prison, lunging at her warders and throwing tantrums at the drop of a hat. It's suggested that this stems from severe 'love' withdrawal, as she only calms down after being thrown a (dead) chicken to feed off of.
  • Adam Taurus in Vale's Underground is notorious for his unstable temper. It usually causes him to pick fights with others and murder his own workers. His first scene shows him losing it over the fact that Roman pointed out he arrived late to the meeting.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
    • Raindrops finds herself aggravated by almost everything, whether she wants to be or not, except the rain, where she'll become so happy she'll break out in song. Raindrops is aware of how her temper looks from the outside, and tries hard to control it, especially since she's exceptionally strong.
    • Corona, which is not a good combination with firepower enough to turn mountains to rubble. In fairness, she is quite mad, and as time goes by she starts mellowing out further and further.
    • While not to the same extent as the other two, Luna herself is very easily upset. Flashbacks show her outright ruining the lives of several ponies for screwing up a song about her fight with Celestia, regardless of their motives, to the extent that by the modern day playing it is an outright death sentence for the musician's career.

    Films — Animation 
  • The God of the Underworld, Hades from Hercules. You'll literally trigger his hair to burst into flames if you come up with anything like a failure, repeat words or challenge him.
  • The Beast of Beauty and the Beast was this initially, eventually after he warms up to Belle he learns to control his temper.
  • The LEGO Movie: God forbid you fail Lord Business, even in the slightest way possible. If he doesn't have everything his way, he will stop at nothing to exact his murderous wrath and get everything back in order. Nobody crosses him and survives, mostly because of how unpredictable and single-minded he is. GCBC seems to be the victim of this a lot, at one point being forced to Kragle his parents after he failed to capture the Special and the Piece of Resistance, Good Cop having his face erased for disloyalty and then being abandoned in the Think Tank, which holds the Master Builders, set to self-destruct, when he is no longer of use.
  • Inside Out: Anger. Pretty much like Hades he will burst out to flames. Justified since he is the personification of Riley's anger.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Joe Pesci specialized in playing this type, mostly through his work with Martin Scorsese. In fact, the trope was once named "The Pesci".
    • The biggest inspiration for the trope is Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas, who has a vicious temper borne from a need to prove he's the world's biggest badass, and can snap at the slightest provocation. His usual recourse against an insult to his person is to murder the offender, regardless of whether they are a lowly busboy or a mob boss. His instability ultimately causes problems for him later in his career. Interestingly, DeVito is very aware of his reputation. In one scene, he feigns offense at a harmless compliment to toy with his friends. The hardened gangsters not only believe that his rage is real, but they're terrified of him. Tommy's temper and instability eventually get him killed when he kills a made man, which you do NOT do in the mob without a sitdown and an okay from the boss.
    • Nicky Santoro in Casino is a subversion; he is less capricious and unruly than Tommy DeVito, being unlikely to kill on a whim, but is shown using extreme violence in a much more calculated fashion. Also, Nicky shows a bit more respect for his friends than Tommy does. He even gets a Pet the Dog moment with his son and another where he gives money to one of his mooks to help support his kids after the mook gambled all his money away. While Tommy has a raging Inferiority Superiority Complex driving his violence, Nicky has no such problem with his self esteem and uses violence exclusively to gain money and maintain power. Of course, as an already "made man" in the Chicago outfit, Nicky has less to prove.
    • Pesci's earliest example is Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull. LaMotta spends most of the movie getting bullied by his big brother Jake, who has a much worse temper, but takes the time to have at least one Pesci freak-out.
    • In JFK, Pesci plays an ex-CIA agent named David Ferrie who is so paranoid about the government agents who are going to kill him if anyone starts poking around JFK's assassination, that Garrison's mere hint that he wants to talk to Ferrie about something private throws Ferrie into a psychotically paranoid panic that renders him incapable of doing anything but drop the F-Bomb.
    • Pesci's character from 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is basically a more subdued version Tommy from Goodfellas - who has all the hair trigger of the other character but is smart enough to know that shooting everything in sight just because it's annoying him is a bad idea - he makes do by making very sincere promises to kill everyone later instead. In the end, however, he decides against it.
    • And of course, there's Leo Getz's penchant for the epic Cluster F-Bomb in the sequels to Lethal Weapon series.
    • Pesci's character Harry in the first two Home Alone movies probably also counts, though his outbursts consist of mutterings of "ratcha fratcha" instead of intelligible profanities. Allegedly, Pesci managed to fill the on-set Swear Jar in roughly a day.
  • The protagonist of Scarface (1983), Tony Montana, is practically the epitome of this trope. Almost everything sets him off, from betrayal to guys getting to his sister. It's made even worse when he's high off his cocaine and really flips his lid in this case. Of course, he pays the price and as a result, his violent rage costs him his life when he is finally gunned down in the end.
  • Al Capone from The Untouchables (portrayed by Pesci's friend, Robert De Niro) whenever he is not an Hypocrite gangster in public, is easy to piss off with a single failure or even in an attempt to cross him. In the court, he had to be hold by several men when his lawyer turned against him or else he could have made another baseball bat scene 2.0.
  • Don Logan from Sexy Beast is described by actor Ben Kingsley as the unhappiest man in the world, Logan is clearly hated even by his friends and colleagues. Upon arriving in Spain, he is given a cold and awkward reception by his old friends, who are clearly terrified of him. Once they go against his wishes, however, he launches into a nearly unending tirade of abuse and self-pity, painting their every action is a personal affront to him. After he is ultimately killed, his boss doesn't even bother taking revenge for the murder, since he didn't like him.
  • Annie Wilkes from the film Misery is a frightening and demented example of a woman with a Hair-Trigger Temper turned Up to Eleven, all the way to Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush. The 'hobbling' scene gives testament to this, and even throws in a Why Did You Make Me Hit You?. The scene is even more traumatic in the book, thanks to Annie's choice of weapon. The movie version is a case of Pragmatic Adaptation.
  • In Jurassic World, any animal listed as having a high Aggression Index on the website. I. rex, however, has a "Very High" Aggression Index, as do the Velociraptors. In the latter's case, no one besides Parental Substitute Owen Grady is safe from their claws and teeth.
  • Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. He picks fights for disturbingly minor provocations, including one incident where he blamed a man eating chips of spoiling his pool shot. However, Begbie also intentionally provokes fights for no other reason than that he's addicted to violence and mayhem. In the book, Begbie is described as a large and imposing man, but director Danny Boyle decided to imply a Napoleon Complex by casting the fairly short Robert Carlyle.
  • Albert Spica from The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. He holds court at his swanky restaurant every night, pretending to be sophisticated while he threatens and assaults anyone who even slightly annoys him. This is made more gruesome by the fact that he tends to force-feed his victims inedible objects.
  • Cody Jarett from White Heat is another iconic example of a Hair Trigger Temper.
  • Captain Byron Hadley from The Shawshank Redemption is an angry, amoral man who constantly swears and attacks people in almost every scene that he is in. In the beginning of the film, he brutally beats a prisoner to death simply for crying because it was his first night in prison. He ultimately reveals himself as a coward by "sobbing like a little girl" when he's finally brought to justice and sent to Shawshank as an inmate; it's not at all hard to understand why.
  • Doyle Hargrave in Sling Blade. Luckily, he gets his comeuppance at the end of the film.
  • Kevin "O-Dog" from Menace II Society. Imagine a black, slightly more trigger-happy version of Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas and you have O-Dog. In the opening scene, O-Dog and the main character are in a liquor store and suspiciously watched by the proprietors. After they pay for their drinks, which they have already started drinking, the cashier tells O-Dog that he pities his mother. O-Dog responds by killing him and his wife and stealing the surveillance tape, which he proudly plays for his friends.
  • Conspiracy Brother in Undercover Brother flies off on overly-paranoid, outraged (and often absurdly ill-informed) The Man-is-keeping-me-down rants on the flimsiest of provocations. Even someone cheerfully saying "Hi, Conspiracy Brother!" in greeting is guaranteed to send him spiraling off into a rant about how everyone assumes that black people spend all their time getting high.
    "Brother, when you get a minute, could I get a list of the words that trigger these fits?"
    • Conspiracy Brother doth protest too much. He actually does spend a lot of his time smoking pot. His paranoia is in no small amount due to this.
  • Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) in The Big Lebowski is an unbalanced ex-Vietnam soldier with serious rage issues who will pull a gun over a bowling league dispute.
    • Interestingly, among the cut scenes was a discussion revealing that Walter was never actually in 'Nam; his habit of bringing it up is just a shallow attempt to excuse his own issues since the number of people likely to actually contest that point in the face of Walter losing his shit is almost nil (basically just Jeff Lebowski).
  • In the film Primal Fear, a plot point is that Aaron Stampler, a stuttering boy accused of brutally murdering an abusive archbishop, when under enough stress, switches into another sociopathic persona named Roy, a textbook example of this trope. At the very end of the movie, it's revealed that Aaron not only murdered the archbishop and another girl, but he had made up the Aaron personality to win the case, establishing himself as a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Due Date, whose character's outburst gets him kicked off the plane and placed on the "no-fly" list, kicking off the movie plot. His wife even mentions his temper.
  • Tugger from Brick is high-class muscle and the second in command of "The Pin". His tendency to fly into a blind rage at the slightest provocation makes him more trouble than he's worth, however, and causes numerous serious problems throughout the movie.
  • Cherish (Alicia Witt) in Cecil B. Demented: always seems to be either horny, pissed off, or both; at one point, shoots up a popcorn machine because the popcorn is cooked in coconut oil.
  • Frank Booth from Blue Velvet takes this trope to truly disturbing levels. He'll get extremely angry and start yelling and cussing (although he does that pretty much all of the time away), if not get outright violent over even the slightest thing he deems out-of-tune, such as looking at him or not, or not bringing him his beer right away. This alone makes him an extremely unsettling and terrifying individual to deal with.
  • In Pain and Gain both Daniel and Paul snap at things that seem very insignificant in hindsight. Paul regrets this, while Daniel seems to embrace it. It seems a lot like typical steroid aggression.
  • Downplayed with Wolverine in the X-Men Film Series, but still present.
  • Slade in the Western comedy The Great Bank Robbery; his Too Dumb to Live sidekick gets gunned down after being unable to shut up about this very aspect of the man's character.
  • Sonny Corleone is the most emotional and violent brother of the Corleone family in The Godfather. Try to touch his sister Connie or someone from the family and you'll trigger out his Berserk Button, though this was his weak point and he got gunned down to death.
  • Mr. Furious in Mystery Men claims to have this trope, but it's pretty clear that it's all an act. This is important, as he also claims he has Unstoppable Rage... which, it turns out, he has. He's just so mellow by nature that he has to be seriously provoked to actually enter it.
  • Fisher in Wild Tales has many angry outbursts through his misadventures at the towed-car lot, the city council desks (where he completely loses it and starts battering at the clerk's booth with a fire extinguisher), the arbitration audience for his divorce and the mining company he attempts to apply to. When his car gets towed away from the second time however, he slips into a state of Tranquil Fury to properly set up his revenge.
  • Like his grandfather before him, Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. Unlike his grandfather, He seems to prefer to take it out on inanimate objects, but if the nopetroopers' reactions are anything to go by, they don't trust him not to do the same to them. And that's before things really start to go off the rails.
  • In Black Zoo, Michael Conrad has a hair-trigger temper and the least little thing will set him off. Any outsider who earns his wrath is likely to become the target of his big cats.

  • The Serpent Queen, a human woman whose head was magically transformed into that of a serpent, from the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks possesses such a temper, having murdered a number of the retainers provided to her by Azzur, the lord of Port Blacksand.

  • In the 1988 children's literature book Matilda there is Miss Trunchbull.
  • The Hagakure, a 18th century Japanese treatise on samurai and their virtues, suggests Hair-Trigger Temper as highly commendable lifestyle for samurai.
    • This is strongly in contradiction with the usual perceived image of samurai as cultured warriors with immense self control.
  • A character known only as The Kid from the extended edition of Stephen King's The Stand. He starts out with fairly clear Berserk Buttons, which the Trashcan Man avoids setting off to survive, but his insanity becomes more apparent as the story goes on. It's clear that, if he hadn't been killed, he would have found an excuse to kill the Trashcan Man no matter what he did.
  • Francis Begbie in Trainspotting. In the book version, Renton clearly outlines a number of Begbie's fantasies that his friends must indulge for their own safety. He says, "The trick was tae discreetly indulge him, without being seen as an obvious crawling suck-up." Begbie gets worse in the sequel, Porno, when he sees a "beast" (paedophile) in a pub, and proceeds to beat him to death. Spud also attempts to claim life insurance money for his family by getting Begbie to do the same to him.
  • Hotspur in the Flora Segunda novels. Among other things, he came this close to shooting the Warlord for groping Flora.
  • Harry Potter, but only in Order of the Phoenix. Fans refer to Harry in this book as "CAPSLOCK!Harry", for reasons obvious to those who have read it. Not coincidentally, this was the point in the storyline where the plot became much less lighthearted, and picking up this trait for a while was an invoked case of O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
  • Opal Koboi from Artemis Fowl is as bad as Voldemort in this department. Her mood-swings will give you whiplash.
  • From A Song of Ice and Fire, the Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane, snaps at the slightest provocation or perceived insult, and being over seven feet tall and wielding a greatsword one handed, carnage generally ensues. When he loses a jousting tournament due to a misbehaving horse, he decapitates said horse in a blind rage and attacks his celebrating opponent (and his own brother when he attempts to break up the attack), only stopping when ordered to by the King. This is only a mild example.
    • He is given something of an excuse in the suggestion that he constantly suffers from unfathomably painful migraine headaches (perhaps due to whatever twist of genetics made him so big and strong), to the point where he constantly has to imbibe the in-universe painkiller 'milk of the poppy' (this world's version of opium). Doesn't make him any less dangerous, though. Or less of an ass.
  • In The Dresden Files, Harry develops one of these after the events of Death Masks. As the series progresses he gets easier and easier to anger, reaching a point where an outburst of stubbornness from his apprentice results in him blowing up a trashcan with a bolt of fire in sheer frustration. He eventually realizes that this is because of Lasciel's influence on his mind.
    • Lasciel later vacates his brain, only to be replaced by the Winter Mantle, which is even worse.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Kathryn Lucas and Maggie Spritzer sure have these kinds of tempers. Their friends can only live with it.
  • Captain Zuccho from Incompetence. He especially dislikes the suggestion that he try to calm down.
  • Stig, of Brotherband. He will fly off the handle if you say he's like his father (a dishonoured thief), take a dump on his mother, or so much as look at Hal funny. He manages to tame his temper in order to win brotherband training.
  • The Big Bad of The Q Continuum, 0. He compresses a community of gaseous beings into an inert mass when they repelled his attempts to harness them, destroys an entire solar system just because they'd overcome the chaos he and his cohorts had unleashed on them, and hurls an asteroid at Q's future wife when she tries to convince him to abandon 0.
  • Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, a trait amplified by spirit effects. But even as a 5-year-old, she called her kindergarten teacher a fascist bastard and threw a book at her for making her and Lissa spell out their very long and complicated full given names.
  • The titular Pigeon of the Pigeon Series of children's books will go into page-filling rants whenever he doesn't get what he wants.
  • In Dora Wilk Series, Szelma confesses to have a case of this. She's quick to threaten people with a knife and her father has sent her for a therapy because she kept on challenging much bigger werewolves for duels.
  • Cato from The Hunger Games. He's got a short fuse, and Heaven help whoever is in his way when it goes off.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Feanor is an angry, self-centered, murderous jerkass with absolutely no restrain or self-control. He has been known to hate people because they approved of an idiom shift he detested.
    • His seven sons (with the possible exception of Maglor) take after him. They get a very short fuse.
  • Thorn of The Traitor Son Cycle is an extremely powerful and experienced magician, but he has a very short fuse and flies into rage whenever provoked, leading to rash decisions - something that the heroes exploit to win against him in the first book. By his next appearance, he realizes that this is a flaw of his and gets better at controlling his emotions.
  • In The Witchlands, the Nihar family is infamous for being very quick to anger, especially when it comes to Merik, who often gets furious about most mundane of slights - though he's working on it.
  • Janus from The Shadow Campaigns. Marcus notes that his most frightening quality is that he can be perfectly affable one second and then turn absolutely furious without warning, and you can never know what will set him off.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Captain likes to affect to have a hair-trigger temper. When Serush dares to protest his taking a break from unloading wares, Isa whips around and flings a barrel in his general direction — upwards, towards a balcony.
  • In The Spirit Thief, the Lord of Storms has next to no patience, and gets worse the longer he's held back from the hunt. Add to that his nature as a Humanoid Abomination, and he's pretty terrifying.
  • Slightly downplayed, but this is otherwise the case for Father Jerome in Smaller & Smaller Circles. In particular, he can't stand being around arrogant and/or wilfully ignorant people, especially in positions of power—Arcinas being a prime example.
  • Werewolves, especially younger wolves, are noted to have aggression issues in Mercy Thompson (older wolves tend to be ones who've learned to control it, those who don't typically don't live long enough to become older wolves). Adam is particularly noted as being temperamental. Things that are known to set him off: Mercy, threatening his pack, threatening Mercy, threatening his daughter, Jessie. In one novel, he found out that some kids were bullying Jessie. It took the entire pack working together to prevent him from tracking them down and killing all of them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Amanda Show: Misty Raines from the Show Within a Show, "Moody's Point." "You're so hurtful!"
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Doctor (Calvin Zabo), who is Skye's father. Being in the same room as him when he is in a bad mood is a VERY bad idea.
  • The Amazing Race:
    • Manipulative Editing and the stressful nature will make it seem like several racers a season have one of these, but Season 14's Jaime Faith Edmondson, above all others, was infamous for going from calm to a rampaging monster at the drop of a hat.
    • Jonathan from season six also became infamous for it, to the point that pretty much all the viewers were genuinely concerned that he was physically abusive to his wife and teammate, and the two received a talking-to from Dr. Phil after the season ended.
  • Angel: Illyria's inhuman stoicism makes it hard to see the explosive, homicidal rage in time to steer clear.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): Saul Tigh. Kara Thrace is just as bad which results in quite a tempestuous relationship between the two. It doesn't help that they're both alkies.
  • Boardwalk Empire: Gyp Rosetti will kill anyone who insults him. Or who he imagines insulted him. Or anyone who happens to be close by when he's in a bad mood. Combined with his penchant for Disproportionate Retribution, it makes him very dangerous. His temper results in a mob war between himself and Nucky Thompson.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Parodied and discussed in an early episode. When Raj and Howard find out that Sheldon is moving out of his and Leonard's apartment, Raj and Howard think that Leonard did something to provoke him and list off possible reasons for this; the list is a string of minor pet peeves that are either easily correctable or wouldn't be problematic for a normal person. The last guess is making fun of trains.
  • Breaking Bad: Had Tuco, an extremely volatile and paranoid drug dealer who actually takes a liking to Walter because he has the balls to stand up to Tuco and demands that Tuco deals fairly with him. At their first drug deal, Tuco kills one of his own bodyguards for a petty reason and Walter and Jessie realize that it is only a matter of time before Tuco kills them over something equally petty.
  • Community: Chang flies off the handle with little or no provocation.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: Susie Greene, in spades. Usually combined with Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Doctor Who: Nord, Vandal of the Roads, from the serial "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy". Any offer of help is met with threats, as is any request for assistance.
  • Drake & Josh: Crazy Steve:
    Josh: You hired a guy named Crazy Steve?
  • ER: Dr. Anna DelAmico, who tended to react to every single thing Doug said or did as either a sexist putdown or a comeon. To the point where he could not even call her by her first name without her going on a tear about how he was being chauvinist and patronizing.
  • Family Ties: In the episode "I Never Killed For My Father" from the first season, Steven dreads that his father is coming to visit - so he tries to make a list of "safe" topics to discuss. As it turns out, though, there is no "safe" topic. When he lets his father have it at the end, then the two of them manage to reconcile.
  • Freaks and Geeks: Kim Kelly was so sensitive that saying anything to her could strike a nerve and turn her hostile. Her boyfriend Daniel once suggested that she be rational about something, to which she replied, in a hair-trigger fashion: "Are you calling me irrational? Because I'll tear your head off, Daniel. I'll tear it off and I'll throw it over that fence."
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Joffrey reacts with insane fury whenever some he sees as beneath him (and believes cannot fight back) acts in a way he considers out of line, such as other children not cowering before their prince, peasants pelting him with manure, advisors pointing out the obvious flaws in his plans, his mother furiously slapping him when he mocks her for Robert's infidelity, or most awesomely his uncle publicly promising to cut off his genitalia if he does not stop tormenting him and Sansa. However, since he is the epitome of Dirty Coward, he takes any insult from those with the power and spine to truly hurt him by weeping, whimpering and either begging for mercy or shutting the hell up immediately.
    • The Mountain's response to losing a tourney is to behead his mount and attack the winner before hundreds of witnesses. He also melted his little brother's face in a brazier for stealing one of his toys.
    • The older and larger they get, the more aggressive the dragons become. When trying to break up a fight between the three over the carcass of a sheep, Drogon whirls round and warningly snarls at Daenerys not to interfere, before taking the castle. Jorah points out to her afterwards that at the end of the day, they are still animals, and the wilder aspects of their nature can never truly be tamed.
  • Hell's Kitchen: Gordon Ramsey. He mostly plays it up because people expect it, but things like disrespect and laziness really do set him off. You get a better feel for his real personality in his British TV shows or the version of Master Chef with children. But if he's set off expect a chef to be on the Chopping block (as in at risk of being eliminated).
  • The Honeymooners:
    • Ralph Kramden is practically volcanic, especially when things don't go his way. He is especially like this towards Alice and Ed Norton, and also towards his mother-in-law. A couple of examples:
    • When he overhears his mother-in-law tell Alice the "surprise ending" of a murder mystery, that it wasn't the uncle, but the husband, who committed the murder, Ralph shouts at her, "You are a BLABBERMOUTH!!!!!!!"
    • {when Ralph and Norton are spending the night together}
    Ed Norton: Ralph, are you sure you don't want a kumquat?
    Ralph Kramden: WILL YOU GO TO SLEEP!
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: DS Barbara Havers, particularly in the early days. In the pilot, "A Great Deliverance", pretty much every other sentence out of Lynley's mouth enrages her for some reason or other. Occasionally, those reasons are even valid. She mellows out over time:
    Lynley: The woman is a minefield!
  • Justified: Dickie Bennett has a violent, if unreliable temper. Sometimes he can keep his cool no matter what stress he is under, while other times even the least setback will drive him into a rage. Since Dickie's a sadistic marijuana dealer who believes that Murder Is the Best Solution, this can have drastic consequences for anybody he has in his power.
  • Merlin: King Uther.
  • The Muppet Show: Miss Piggy not only has a rotten temper, she's more than likely to karate-chop anyone who sets it off.
  • Oz: Many a character but especially Claire Howell.
  • Pizza: Everyone, as is standard for Australians. Especially Ronnie McDoggle (credit as 'Ronny McDonny') from Freaky Pizza.
  • Revolution: "Sex and Drugs" introduces Drexel, a drug lord with this sort of temper. The sight of Miles Matheson showing up on his property makes him angry. Remembering how Miles betraying Monroe sullied Drexel's reputation makes him angry. His poppy fields, which is uses to make heroin, being burned makes him angry. The fact that the people who burned his poppy fields are a family of Irish cops makes him angry. Aaron looking at him funny makes him angry. Miles running off to stop Charlie Matheson from making a big mistake makes him angry. In short, just about everything makes him angry.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • The host of the "Joe Pesci Show" sketches (played by Jim Bruer) regularly beats his guests with a baseball bat and most sketches end with him attacking the camera.
    • The real Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro show up in one episode and beat their impersonators senseless, and Frank Sinatra (not the real one) had his bodyguards give Joe a good working over.
  • Saxondale: Each episode opens with the titular character attending his prescribed anger management classes. They don't work very well.
  • Scrubs:
    • The Janitor warps every word that comes out of J.D's mouth into justification for making the doctor's life a living hell. After spending an eternity trying to placate the Manipulative Bastard, J.D eventually gives up and tries to beat the Janitor at his own game. It's rare that he succeeds.
    • Dr. Cox and Jordan also get the Hair-Trigger Temper when the plot demands it. Carla also seems to have played this role at least once per episode since she and Turk got engaged. In fact, most of the Scrubs characters adopt this trope temporarily at some point.
  • Seinfeld: The doorman, the Soup Nazi, and Frank Costanza.
  • Some Girls: Holli Vavasour has such a legendary temper, that all her friends run for the hills or watch in helpless resignation when she goes off on some poor sap. She even threw a toilet out the window during one fit of rage.
    • Her friend Saz isn't much better, lashing out in rage at anything she even perceives as a slight. She once slammed Holli's head into a table, although that's justified as Holli had accidentally humiliated Saz in front of her crush.
  • The Thick of It: Malcolm Tucker and Jamie McDonald are both possessors of very, very short fuses for anger. Jamie might have the edge, however; generally, Malcolm's anger is usually focussed and prompted by other people's incompetence and stupidity, whereas Jamie just seems perpetually on the edge of snapping into loud, violent anger even at merely hypothetical provocations.
  • The West Wing: Toby Ziegler. Case in point: Margaret runs away from him in fear of his sanity when one day, in an unnaturally good mood, he tells her to "let a smile be your umbrella."
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Once parodied this with a game called "What Are You Trying to Say?" where Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles played two people with hair trigger tempers taking each other's comments the wrong way.
  • The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful Crossover: Sheila Carter could easily take naming rights of this trope home. "What are you. nuts?" "Bitch, I will snap you like a twig. NOBODY MESSES WITH ME, NOBODY!"
  • C'Mon Midffîld has Mr Arthur Picton, who is like this to almost everyone, but especially with the foolish Wali Tomos. His reaction to almost everything Wali suggests is "BE!?".
  • The Indian Detective: Gopal can get really wildly angry when things don't go his way, although he mostly takes out his anger on inanimate objects—like throwing his phone when his brother is arrested, or smashing the scale model of Marlowe's tower in his house when he learns the latest heroin shipment was intercepted at the Canadian border.
  • The Great British Bake Off: Iain from series 5 had one of these, eventually culminating in a moment where he angrily threw his Baked Alaska in the bin after discovering that Diana had inadvertently caused it to melt, which resulted in him being eliminated because he had absolutely nothing to show the judges.

  • "I threw it on the ground!"
  • On Tenacious D's first album, there was a bit where JB karate chops KG for eating his schnitzel. He also loses it and tells KG he's fired for saying that 'inward singing' isn't completely non-stop.
  • Morrisey, full-stop. The man hates everything.
  • Eminem drops many a Cluster F-Bomb.
    • Eminem has named his daughter as a particular hair trigger - during their feud, Benzino threatened Hailie's life in a song. Which made things SO MUCH WORSE.
    • Or, go ahead. Ask him about either of his parents. (Though given that 'angry Eminem' has subsided, this may no longer be the case.)
  • Pete Townshend was known for frequent and intense bouts of anger when recording with The Who, which fortunately receded just quickly enough to keep everyone from hating him (he was a perfectionist).
  • Two verses in "Endless Vacation" by The Ramones have the phrase "hair trigger temper" in them.
  • Elvis Presley was a big example of it (his entourage called it "flashing") — and he was a Gun Nut, a dangerous combination. However, Presley was well aware of his own short fuse and and always kept the first chamber of his revolver unloaded, just in case he actually did try to shoot someone in a blind rage. There's at least one recorded instance where this habit kept him from killing a man in a public restroom.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Olympian gods from Classical Mythology are infamous for taking offense at any perceived slight. But the worst by far was Poseidon, Zeus's brother and god of the sea and earthquakes. Unlike other gods who confined their tempers to mortals, Poseidon would try and take his rage out on his fellow gods for perceived slights. Zeus was the only one who could exercise any control over him, and even then walked on egg shells around him.
  • The sage Durvasa from Hindu Mythology was feared for taking offense at the slightest perceived disrespect even if none was intended or was done with good reason and using his powers to curse the unfortunate victim. People would call upon any divine favors they had to make him happy or get rid of him as soon as possible.
  • The Fair Folk brand of fairies. They're more often than not capricious little abominations that will take every opportunity to punish mortals who even slightly offend them. In this vein, they're actually quite similar to the Olympian Gods.
  • Taíno mythology has Guabancex, goddess of storms. She's said to conjure up horrific weather to punish those who forget their heritage.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This is the clan weakness for the Brujah in Vampire: The Masquerade. As passionate warrior-philosophers turned modern rabble, they have a rather difficult time resisting Frenzy compared to the other clans.
  • The "Bad Temper" disadvantage in GURPS is this in a nutshell. Your character's stressed? Make a Will roll to not lash out at or even physically assault somebody convenient. ("Berserk" is explicitly the worse form of this and the two can't both be taken together for that reason.)

  • In Jean Kerr's parody of Mike Hammer, "Don Brown's Body" (originally staged as a revue sketch and published in Please Don't Eat the Daisies), Mike maims random strangers for doing things like asking him the time of day. "Like I say—I don't take slop from nobody."
  • Katerina from The Taming of the Shrew is an iconic example. Petruchio solves her problem by feigning it himself, thereby giving her a taste of her own medicine.
  • Othello has one of these. Exploited relentlessly by Iago.

    Video Games 
  • Wigglers from the Super Mario games are cute, giant caterpillars with flowers on their heads. If you jump on them note , they'll get enraged and move faster.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has Ryder, Pulaski, and Catalina, all three have extremely short tempers and unpredictable behaviors.
    • Ricardo Diaz from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, who kicked down a TV after losing a bet on a horse race, shot down birds who crapped on his property, and shot the VCR when it wouldn't work, oblivious to the fact that it wasn't even plugged in.
    • Come the fifth installment of the series and we now have Mr Trevor Phillips. Who makes the four previous examples look like a pair of harmless girl scouts by comparison. In fact his rampage missions intentionally invoke this trope by having him go on a massive killing spree as a result of being provoked by some very minor insults. (Whether it be mocking his Canadian heritage or just looking at him the wrong way.)
  • In a similar vein, the Scarfies from the Kirby games. At first, they're floating puppy heads, but if Kirby tries to eat one, they'll turn into scary cyclops hell-hounds that will chase him until they explode.
  • In the first Dungeon Keeper game, the Horned Reaper. When he gets annoyed he'll go berserk and start killing everything in sight. These are a few things that annoy him: Asking him to train. Asking him to work. Asking him to study. Asking him to live with other people. Not feeding him promptly. Not paying him promptly. Allowing him to pray, something that's supposed to make creatures happier. Leaving him on his own to do nothing. It helps if you drop gold on him at regular intervals.
  • It's an Informed Ability, given that we never see it happen, but Prosecutor Byrne Faraday in Ace Attorney could apparently get very nasty when he got angry over things as small as a detective showing up late to work. In fact, Prosecutor Faraday blowing up at him and docking his pay is the motive Gumshoe is assigned when he's accused of killing him. Yes, that Gumshoe.
    • Victor Kudo will use any excuse to throw seeds at people.
  • The Demoman from Team Fortress 2 has one, at least when he's drunk. This is unfortunate since he is also The Alcoholic.
  • In the Pokémon game series, there is a Fighting-type pig monkey Pokémon called Primeape. The species as a whole will lose their temper as a response to anything and will chase the cause of their anger until they catch it and beat it bloody. Its first form, Mankey, is pretty quick to fly off the handle, too.
  • Seems to affect veteran players of competitive team based video games. MOBA games like Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends have a notoriously bad community. If you are unlucky, every visible mistake you make results in a barrage of "retard" and "nooooob" all the way to "kill yourself irl" from your teammates, and god have mercy on you if you tell your team it is your first game...
  • Mitsunari the Dark King is pretty moody at the best of times, but enforces the death sentence for every "crime" he encounters, such as, for instance, telling him "no".
  • Jack in Mass Effect 2, and although in most situations according to the backstory she would tear any poor bastard apart for almost any perceived or real slight against her, she luckily keeps to shouting aboard the Normandy.
  • Vaas in Far Cry 3 has a temper that turns on a dime from "friendly and kooky" to "insane murderous rage" and back again, often during the same conversation. The fact he's the leader of a vicious group of murderers and people-smugglers doesn't really improve his victim's chances any.
  • Kratos from the God of War Series is almost always furious, angry, pissed off, enraged, or something in between. The only exceptions are rare moments of reflection or moments with his family. In flashbacks before any of the games he would fly into rages that scared his daughter and only his wife was willing to stand up to. Anything that irks him or does not immediately go his way switches him to barely controlled rage at best. Mercifully, after the destruction he causes over the course of the first three games, he has something of a Heel Realization and is actively working to improve his temper by the time of God of War (PS4).
  • Tomodachi Life's babies can go from as happy as can be to absolutely miserable the instant you decide to return to the main island overview. Adult Miis are also easily angered (sometimes with flames coming out of their heads and heavy metal playing).
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath is essentially rage and wrath given flesh. His emotional range tends to be various states of anger. The only exceptions to this are when he's with his family. But even then, it's clear that he's a bubbling cauldron of Unstoppable Rage that's just begging to be let loose at the slightest provocation. While it doesn't take much to anger him, the biggest trigger is Mithra's crying which is a guaranteed way to ensure that your death will be especially brutal.
  • Most of the time, Yuuki Terumi from BlazBlue tries to pass himself off as a cheerful and polite Friendly Enemy... If you've slighted him, he'll very quickly transition into a blood-thirsty psychotic rage that won't subside until he has thoroughly broken you.
  • In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, some Orc captains have the trait "Enraged by Everything", which causes them to go berserk at the slightest provocation.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: If you have high Honor, Arthur Morgan is a bit of a hothead, but can restrain himself fairly well. Conversely, Low-Honor Arthur is a terrifying lunatic who blows up at any provocation. Played for Drama, as demonstrated in a potential conversation where Arthur tearfully admits he doesn’t even really know why he keeps hurting people for next-to-no reason; he just gets so angry and scared in stressful situations that he lashes out, practically on reflex.
    • Dutch’s Sanity Slippage is marked by his previously controlled temper turning downright volcanic, flying off the handle at every setback and threatening or attacking for even the slightest offense. The plot is kicked off when he loses his shit over a heist going wrong, blowing some poor woman’s head off for no apparent reason and forcing the gang to flee Blackwater.
  • Octogeddon's titular octopus will get extremely angry at the drop of a hat. An award for best octopus given to a dolphin instead of a real octopus? Let's raze Paris and the Eiffel Tower in retaliation!

    Web Animation 
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Brittnay Matthews is this trope embodied. So is Mackenzie Zales's mother. The former only holds back against genuinely nice people.
  • Many flash cartoons feature mass fighting where characters can be provoked even by bumping into them.
  • GoAnimate:
    • The cops. Literally, they will arrest anybody if you so much as touch litter, or even walk up to it. And if you're arrested by them, it's ALWAYS prison, no matter what the heck crime you committed. Do anything, and they will unleash their rage.
    • Caillou and Boris too, especially under Isaac Anderson (especially Caillou) or OfficerPoop247 (especially Boris). They both also crossover with Ax-Crazy (and often The Sociopath). Dora's parents qualify as well, crossing with Abusive Parents, often telling to her face that they wish she was never born/call her derogatory or obscene names.
      • Heck, almost ANY troublemaker/their parents have one, but Caillou and Boris are still the most prominent examples. Their parents sometimes outright kill their kid.
    • If it's Matt the GoAnimator, and the troublemaker is Arthur, expect a foul-mouthed scumbag with a nasty temper.
    • One frequently used plot in the grounded videos is the troublesome kid being taken to a fast food restaurant like McDonald's or Burger King. The instant the kid is told that the restaurant is out of something they wanted to get (often something inconsequential like one specific flavor of milkshake), the kid completely and utterly explodes with rage and levels the place.
  • Paul Hammerbro from Bowser's Kingdom is notorious for having this. Just don't dent his winged platform or do anything to upset him.
  • Yang Xiao Long, from RWBY, has a literal hair-trigger temper: she's feisty, Hot-Blooded in combat, and she will lay you out like a bath mat if you harm one strand of her golden locks.
    • Yang's temper more often than not serves as a detriment. The first instance of this is against Neo, where Neo dodges all of Yang's attacks to frustrate and tire Yang out, leaving Yang open to being knocked out with one move and Neo would've killed Yang were it not for another character's intervention. Yang's temper later on also helps sell a Deliberate Injury Gambit on the part of Mercury Black, turning her into a Hero with Bad Publicity. It all comes to a head in the finale of Volume 3 where she rushes at Adam Taurus in a rage over him stabbing Blake, where the fast Iaijutsu Practitioner casually lops her right arm off with one swing.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Dave is a violent guy and has a real short fuse. Something that really sends him over the edge is anyone who disrespects sports or his shop, which includes using equipment as weapons, will be subject to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Dreamscape: Betty is quick to flip her lid and has a foul mouth to boot.
    • Aseir is quick to lash out if you push his buttons or bring up his vulnerabilities.

    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck: Karkat Vantas tries to come off as the living embodiment of this trope, and he's certainly it verbally... physically, not so much. Also, most of his temperamentality is directed at himself.
  • Waterworks: Connie, the protagonist, gets angry rather easily... usually with destructive results; as it turns out, this is pretty much the main reason she has barely any friends, let alone a boyfriend.
  • The Senkari: Freija, though she claims early on she can control her temper, frequently suffers from rather monumental fits of rage, often combined with physical violence.
  • Warrick of Namesake has this ever since he removed his heart.
  • Marissa of Sturgeon's Law has problems dealing with her anger constructively.
  • It doesn't take much to make Olivia snap into a rage in Ladies In Waiting, as evidenced by this strip.
  • Slightly Damned: This is a trait ubiquitous to the fire demons (with the exception of Buwaro) and Azurai exemplifies it the best as he will kill at the slightest provocation, even when he's not supposed to.
  • Freefall: Doctor Bowman has this problem, and he's so aware of it he takes active measures against it while he's still calm, and warns everyone around of it. Justified, too; it's partly because of his species being like that naturally, and partly because faulty uplifting techniques left him with zero impulse control, so as soon as he gets slightly mad and considers violence he's already committing it.

    Web Original 
  • Sean Malstrom has been known to belittle entire gaming sites in his blog merely because several people in the comments section made offhanded jabs at him. Case in point: a single guy at GoNintendo named Garfitor says "Don't worry Darth Vader, Malstrom and his followers are still gonna hate [Metroid: Other M]." This is how Malstrom responded. Said GoNintendo guy found Malstrom's response funny. This is Malstrom's response to THAT comment.
  • Ghost from Radio Grafitti is so, SO this trope, in internet radio form. Almost every Troll that calls him manages to set him off, not to mention anything that isn't capitalism. Doesn't help that he has tons of Berserk Buttons.
  • Tales of MU:
  • This video portraying a guy who not only goes off like he's possessed because his WoW account is cancelled, but because he is losing a game in another video.
    • There are loads of other videos showing him throwing various other temper tantrums over silly things. One particularly egregious example is when he's auditioning for a company's advertisement and the director happens to use the word "gay" in a sentence while coincidentally gesticulating towards the kid. Cue a HUGE temper outburst, "HE POINTED AT ME WHEN HE SAID GAY!" and breaking everything in the room.
  • The infamous Halo 2 video "Croyt's Anger". Among others, he loses it when he gets taken out just after getting a triple kill(even though he's been getting shot the whole time), and the heavens themselves tremble when he gets standbyed.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd. Anger is literally part of his name! The Nerd tends to have grossly overblown reactions to bad video games, doing everything from going into very detailed descriptions of things he'd rather do than play the games, to utterly destroying the game cartridges. This temper even caused him to destroy a golden cartridge of Nintendo World Championships, of which there are only twelve on the planet. (Well, eleven now.)
  • Several important characters in Worm have temper issues:
    • Danny Hebert, the protagonist's father, has a violent temper that he keeps tightly in check; his father didn't, and he doesn't want to be like him.
    • Bitch is an obvious example, being easily angered and quick to get physical; interestingly, this is mostly a coping mechanism she uses because she can't read social cues, like sarcasm.
    • Shadow Stalker also has a violent temper, both in costume and in her civilian identity.
  • Achievement Hunter's Michael Jones has a tendency to get very riled up while playing video games (and even has his own series entitled Rage Quit), which can very easily deteriorate into this trope, but other than that he's a perfectly nice guy.
  • Lightning Dust: Andy regulates his breathing in order to keep his temper under control.
  • The Hitler Rants videos mostly revolve around Adolf Hitler flipping his shit at nearly everything, whether it's pop culture or failure of his plans. He also doesn't appreciate stuff in the bunker like Fegelein's antics or Jodl's objections.
  • Plenty is said about Master Zen from the Noob franchise knowing that his background story includes Appliance Defenestration that, thanks to an old lady standing under the window at the time, ended up being Accidental Murder. What had enraged him was the chronic stupidity of one of his guildmates. Once escaped from jail, his story arc is basically a long string of Disproportionate Retribution. The novels mention him being physically abusive of his hardware before the "incident" while his apperance in a comic flash-back shows him yelling all the time.
  • In Sam & Mickey's videos, Barbie can get angered pretty easily.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • Stan Smith is shown to be a very impulsive man with anger issues. Most of his actions on the show are examples of Disproportionate Retribution. He does not hesitate in pointing his gun at everything such as shooting a toaster for delivering toast and pointing a gun at lasagna. He once threatened his own wife with a chainsaw and a tiger and he even pointed a gun at his own son Steve multiple times.
    • Roger also occasionally shows such a temper too but due to his Axe-Crazy nature, he often takes it up to extreme levels. Examples include running over teens with a limo because they didn't pay him for riding them home safely and attempting to sabotage a CIA telethon because Stan stole Roger's idea to host such a telethon, not to mention taking over the home association and doing everything to the neighborhood that Stan hated just because Stan forgot to buy grenadine from the grocery store.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Pesto the pigeon from the "Goodfeathers" segment of is based on the Tommy character played by Joe Pesci, above. He aims his outbursts mostly at Squit, who never quite figures out that calling Pesto anything results in his getting beat up. In another case, Pesto has lost his sister's egg, and Bobby reassures him that they'll get it back. Squit agrees with Bobby. Pesto smacks Squit. What'd he do? "Nothing. I just felt like smackin' somebody." (His voice actor was not Joe Pesci, just Chick Vennera doing a damned good Pesci impression.)
    • One episode shows that Pesto's sister can get even angrier than he can.
    • Taken to an absolute extreme with Katie Kaboom. Imagine the kind of creature that The Hulk would think needs to calm down, or run away from because her transformations are too freaky. That's our Katie.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • Guy Gardner can and will start brawls over being accidentally served the wrong type of eggs for lunch.
    • Black Lightning, unlike his comic counterpart, is incensed by everything in sight - dogs pooping, people on their phones, people using jeeps to carry groceries, wearing white after Labor Day, Toilet Humor, superheroes wearing capes, and worst of all... Uri the Unicorn!
  • Eva from Total Drama is a good example of this. Pretty much every character is afraid of her (including animals). It isn't helped by the fact that she has Super Strength.
  • Denzel Crocker, from Fairly OddParents. Even discounting his fairy-triggered Berserk Button, there is nothing you can say to this guy without him going crazy.
    • "If they survive this, then they're FAIRIES! If they don't, I HAVE TENURE!"
      • Of course, HE survived that too. That must mean...HE'S A FAIRY!
      • "Hmm, you're right. HAVE A NICE DAY!!!" *Twitch*
  • Ren of The Ren & Stimpy Show is infamous for his short, if not non-existent fuse. Especially since he has to put up with the antics of his "eediot" best friend Stimpy.
  • As a result of drastic Not as You Know Them treatment, the formerly sanguine Silverbolt starts showing a surly hair trigger temper in Transformers Beast Machines. Particularly whenever Blackarachnia speaks to him. Explosive outbursts are rare, but he still takes exception to nearly everything.
    • Then there are G1 characters Afterburner, Rampage, and Slugfest. Afterburner displays dizzying heights of hysteric anger and rage at the most innocuous comment (though he's always angry, he tends to need some "setting off" for it to show all that strongly); Rampage is angry all the time except while watching television; and Slugfest, being both stupid and paranoid, is too dim to know when someone isn't making fun of him and just always reacts with aggression to everything.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Cotton Hill, a jerkass who will easily get to attacking people if he wants to. He once went storming through Japan with the plan of spitting on Emperor during a peace ceremony when his son from Japan renounces his American side.
    • Hank had a short fuse near the beginning of the series, to the point where there was an episode about him trying to manage his anger after reflecting on his outbursts over the series and witnessing someone die of a stroke from anger. There is a reason why his catchphrase is "I'm gonna kick your ass!" Dale and Bill's antics did not help. This was toned down as the series progressed.
  • Futurama's bit character Roberto has a hair trigger with a hair trigger:
    Roberto: "I'm thinking of a number between one and ten, guess it, I kill ya!"
    Bender: "Er, 56... ish"
    Roberto: "56? 56?! That's all I can think about! I'm gonna kill you you lousy 56ing..."
    • Alien newscaster Morbo is quick to lose his temper with his ditzy co-star Linda.
      Linda: I'm sure those windmills will keep them cool...
      Morbo: Windmills do not work that way! GOOD NIGHT!
    • Malfunctioning Eddie is this. He literally explodes from even the slightest amount of shock or surprise. It doesn't even have to be anger; in "Insane in the Mainframe", when he introduces himself to Fry, Fry responds "We've met before", causing Eddie to scream "WHAT?!" and explode on him.
    • Leela qualifies. Of course it's Depending on the Writer. One such example is in the movie "Bender's game" to the point wear she has to wear a shock collar to keep her temper in check. Another example is in an episode where a space whale ruins her delivery and she embarks on a Captain Ahab style hunt.
    • The Omicronians are somewhat infamous for their bad tempers, especially their leader LRRR, RULER OF OMICRON PERSEI VIII! In "When Aliens Attack", they invaded the Earth over not being able to see the final episode of a centuries-old sitcom, and in "Love and Rocket" Lrrr and his wife Ndnd chased the Planet Express crew off their planet all because of some cutesy candy hearts that said "I WUV YOU".
      Lrrr: This concept of "wuv" confuses and infuriates us!
  • Homer Simpson is a rageaholic. He can't live without rageahol.
  • Donald Duck is infamous for his bad temper.
    • Perhaps more so Daisy, Donald is at least usually cranky on a consistent basis. Daisy on the other hand can go from polite and kindly to ten times as violent, sometimes for even pettier reasons than Donald (not that it stops Daisy from criticizing Donald for his bad temper).
  • Lucius Heinous VII from Jimmy Two-Shoes, especially when it involves a certain Two-Shoes...
    • Heloise, to the point where even Jimmy and Lucius are afraid of angering her. You can usually expect something violent to occur to someone who pushes her buttons in even the slightest.
  • The Earl of Lemongrab from Adventure Time. Being the angry, screaming result of a science experiment gone horribly wrong, he has quite a few issues to sort out.
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood has Black Mask, who seems to have two temper settings. Mad, and punch all my henchmen mad. Almost all of his scenes consist of him yelling angrily. An odd exception comes near the end. After being betrayed and captured by the Joker and told that the Joker wanted something to wear and a very large truck, Black Mask asks if he wants anything else in a rather subdued way. Later, when he learns that he and Joker had been tricked by the Red Hood, he gives a rather deadpan "Can't. trust. no one.
  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender has this tendency, especially before his Heel–Face Turn. Quite appropriate for a Hot-Blooded character with fire-based Personality Powers.
    • Azula is able to be set off by anything by the end of the series, once her massive Villainous Breakdown begins.
  • Nicole, the mother in The Amazing World of Gumball, goes from "sweet, caring mother" to "so angry she punches a hole in the wall" at the drop of a hat.
    • Ocho (a student) is normally friendly and hangs out with his other classmates, but any minor happenings like bunping onto someone or breaking the tip of a pencil can make him extremely destructive and rageful.
  • Fuzzy Lumpkins on The Powerpuff Girls is always in a bad mood, but if you really make him mad, he goes berserk and lays has the subtlety of dynamite.
    • Buttercup has an extremely short temper, and it really doesn't take much to piss her off.
  • Kyle Broflovski from South Park is quite easily pissed off, usually because of something Cartman says or does.
    • His mom is no better.
    • Stan's sister Shelly Marsh too.
    • Cartman falls under this trope as well, and the results usually aren't pretty.
    • PC Principal from "Stunning and Brave" will go ballistic when you say something even the slightest bit offensive. Cartman learned that the hard way.
  • Yosemite Sam, a song in The Looney Tunes Show is basically about his temper.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Eddy and Sarah are most definitely this. Doesn't help that Eddy has No Indoor Voice whatsoever.
    • The episode "Luck of the Ed" has this for Eddy Up to Eleven bordering on full-blown insanity when Ed loses the magizines Eddy was hiding from his mom and Eddy goes ballistic.
    • Even more so in "Little Ed Blue", in which Gentle Giant Ed gets a stone in his shoe, making him far more ferocious than Sarah ever was.
    • When it comes to Eddy, Kevin has shades of this himself, though he is much calmer around the rest of the kids.
  • Brian often finds himself triggering this with Quagmire in Family Guy, who takes offense to nearly any comment Brian directs towards him and erupts in a verbal (and sometimes physical) smackdown. Granted, this is not a consistent character trait for Quagmire, but provoked more from his hatred for Brian and everything he stands for.
    • Joe too even more so he often lashes out with even the slightest provocation and beats even his friends to a bloody pulp, this is rather jarring because in the early episodes he was very friendly and outgoing and he rarely got upset.
  • The titular character on Dan Vs. is this. The slightest thing will set him off. Be it that the ATM charges him 50 cents more than last time causing him to rob a bank, or that Chris won't pick up his phone in the middle of the night to join in on one of his crazy schemes. Most of the times Dan's anger is justified at the end, but even so he will still be set off by minuscule things all the way through, and the fact that the targets of his rage often turn out to deserve it is pretty much a coincidence.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series has Nani Flanderized into this.
  • Benson from Regular Show is always on the brink of losing it, especially when dealing with his slacker workforce.
  • Early Cuyler: Mad as hell and twice as drunk.
  • Superboy from Young Justice was grown as a clone and thus has no idea how to control his emotions, resulting in this trope. It's played for some laughs when he goes to school for the first time, and Miss Martian has to constantly stop him from attacking everything. By season 2, he's grown out of it, thanks to being mentored by Superman.
  • Trina Riffin from Grojband. Corey and his friends intentionally drive her up the wall all the time, so they can use the rants she writes in her diary as song material.
  • Officer Rambamboo from Breadwinners, although this usually has to do with how the main dup constantly annoy her.
  • Aladdin: The Series: In the episode The Seven Faces of Genie, Genie's Anger is this trope personified. And throughout a good majority of the episode, said anger was taken out on Abis Mal.
  • Two-Face's origin story in Batman: The Animated Series shows that the persona that is Two-Face is called "Big Bad Harv", a subconscious personality that exists within Harvey Dent's mind that represents years and years of repressed anger. The smallest slight can push this side of him into the fore and cause him to lash out, which can happen even if he's on camera or at a public event.
  • One episode of Samurai Jack has Jack lose his temper and briefly fly off the handle. This causes Aku to create an Evil Knockoff fueled by the samurai's anger, Mad Jack. Naturally, Mad Jack is constantly angry and is easily made even more mad.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the first season, Applejack is shown to have quite the temper, being incredibly stubborn and easily ticked off by criticism and defiance, which often created conflicts with her friends. As time went on, she became more even-tempered and laid-back.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Mr. Cat can be set off by the slightest annoyance. It really doesn't help that he's an Ax-Crazy Sadist with an arsenal of weapons, including a bazooka and a chainsaw.
    • Pretty actually makes Mr. Cat look patient. While Mr. Cat may sometimes try to reason with the other person before trying to destroy them, Pretty on the other hand attacks anyone for minor annoyances even if it wasn't their fault.
  • The husband from the Canadian short Hot Stuff can get angry very easily, due to his impatience at missing his show. Unfortunately, this temper is what drives him to do something stupid like jam a fork in a toaster to get the toast out.
  • Hey Arnold!: Helga Pataki has a very short, if not non-existent, fuse. Even the slightest provocation will cause her to either yell, beat someone's ass or give them "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Lila even acknowledges her bad temper in "Helga's Makeover" and tries to help her curtail it (though Helga's only interested in doing so because she thinks it'll make Arnold like her more).
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star's demon ex-boyfriend Tom isn't truly a bad person, but is easily angered and actually bursts into flames when he gets mad. However, he's taken anger management classes to get over it and eventually manages to become a calmer person (with occasional relapses).
  • It seems to be a reoccuring theme amongst the Diamonds in Steven Universe, except Pink Diamond:
    • It's quite apparent that Yellow Diamond has a volcanic temper, particularly if it involves anything related to Earth.
    • Ironically, Blue Diamond's temper can be even worse than Yellow Diamond's. It took one of her followers calling her what is probably the equivalent of a Gem swear, and in another case being accused of murdering her own sister, for Yellow to finally snap and get violent. Blue, on the other hand, was immediately ready to shatter one of her own gems for accidentally fusing with one of her elites, and totally lost her composure because "Rose Quartz" apparently didn't want to remember the most traumatic event in her life. This comes to heights during the battle in "Reunited".
      Blue Diamond: A Lapis Lazuli? Does ever Gem that comes in contact with this planet TURN TRAITOR?
    • According to the other Diamonds, White Diamond can be "difficult" and has a high temper, so much so that even Yellow Diamond fears her. When we actually do see her, she displays terrifying apathy, and one can't help but get the impression that she would be very dangerous if someone actually made her angry. It's possible that Pink may have been subjected to White's wrath in the past, but in any case one can only draw so many conclusions from the battered appearance and robotic mannerisms of White's own Pearl.
    • She’s not a Diamond, but Jasper can certainly give them a run for their money in the temper department. She doesn’t have calm moments, just times when she’s slightly less angry and seething in preparation for her next blow up. Just about anything the Crystal Gems do sets her off, and it only gets worse when she suffers a Villainous Breakdown. Her temper certainly can’t be helped by the fact that she’s been made to return to Earth, the location of the worst moment of her life, but Peridot indicates that Jasper is a nightmare to be around even back on Homeworld.

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