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When anger needs a "contents under pressure" label.

"Deep in the recesses of my brain, a tiny red-hot flame began to grow. Something had happened. A fuse blew, and I had gone out of my skull."
Ralphie, A Christmas Story

A character holds back anger until it can no longer be held back, and then the rage comes pouring through.

Sometimes characters have every reason to be angry, but they try to hold it back for various reasons. Sometimes, the reasons are selfish; sometimes, they are because they know it would be wrong to get angry or that blowing their top would have bad consequences (such as losing their job, getting arrested, or even getting themselves or others killed); and sometimes, the reason is just for the sake of appearances.

Eventually, there will be a last straw. It could range from a minor thing to out-and-out hitting the character's Berserk Button. But now, the flood of anger comes pouring out like water from a burst dam. It usually involves Unstoppable Rage but in some cases, it can even be Tranquil Fury. Some stories might even have this trigger a Heroic Second Wind. Also, if the character's Berserk Button is hit, this character might even be twice as berserk as usual.


Suddenly SHOUTING! often goes hand-in-hand with this.

Trope Relations

A Sub-Trope of OOC Is Serious Business, You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry.

A Super-Trope to Rant-Inducing Slight (in that the trigger is very minor).

A Sister Trope to Trying Not to Cry (a tears breaking point), Beware the Nice Ones (characters who often try not to get angry).


  • Break the Cutie (being sweet and nice will show a dangerous side when driven to rage)
  • Bullying a Dragon (in which a character or group of characters learn too late that picking on a being much more powerful than them is never a good idea, possibly one with an extremely long threshold and about to reach the end of their tether)
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu (an otherworldly entity is pushed too far... to the point it reveals the true extent of its power)
  • Fisticuff-Provoking Comment (where a character is already verbally expressing his rage before an insulting or offensive statement causes him to react with physical violence)
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  • Moment of Weakness (driven to rage because of emotional or psychological problems the character doesn't usually have)
  • Not So Stoic (character holds back emotions to be stoic, and it only goes so far)
  • Sudden Principled Stand (a breaking point based on principles)
  • Teach Him Anger (when one of the other protagonists tries to make the calm character reach this in order to make him stop being a doormat... and often regretting it afterward).
  • Tranquil Fury (a character is driven to rage, then becomes frighteningly calm yet undeniably angry)
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening (unlock hidden powers by some breaking point)
  • Unstoppable Rage (when a character goes into a berserker state and attacks in a fury so bad that it is hard for them to stop)
  • Villainous Breakdown (a calm, collected villain is driven over the edge)

Contrast Hair-Trigger Temper (who never bothers trying to hold back), The Stoic (who almost never gets pissed in the first place) and Passive-Aggressive Kombat (a way to avoid open fights, while still being hostile).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Jean's breakdown comes late into Attack on Titan, after a series of unfortunate revelations about the state of the world. In chapter 127, he finally learns that Reiner killed Marco while they're sitting right across from each other at a campfire. Jean takes the reveal with weathered patience until Reiner starts groveling in self-loathing. The sight proves to be the straw on the camel's back for Jean, provoking a vicious No-Holds-Barred Beatdown until he's restrained.
  • Minoru Shiraishi from Lucky Star puts up with 19 episodes of abuse from his Nice Character, Mean Actor co-star Akira during the Lucky Channel segments, and then he's left for dead at Mount Fuji by the producer and director, only to show up in episode 21 with the water Akira asked for. It's not until Akira spits out the water and complains about how it's too warm that he finally snaps and trashes the set. His moment was even made the page image for Beware the Nice Ones.
  • During Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Kaname tries to be a Voice of Reason for her classmates when they believed they'll die after being seemingly exposed to a toxic gas. Though, when they go berserk to attack Sosuke, Kaname tries to calm them down, but after getting smacked with several objects, she snaps and proceeds to pummel the other students.
  • Naruto:
  • Bleach:
    • After witnessing the way Mayuri treated his own men and offered to keep Orihime as an experimental lab-rat, Uryuu was already pissed off. Once Mayuri started mocking Uryuu's Quincy heritage and revealed he'd spent years experimenting on Quincies, he really got on Uryuu's bad side. However, when he revealed the last Quincy he had experimented on and tortured to death was Uryuu's own mentor and grandfather, Souken, Uryuu finally snapped... transforming right into a One-Winged Angel form that not only turned him into a Walking Wasteland but also one-shotted both Mayuri and his bankai in the process.
    • The Vandenreich's first invasion of Seireitei decimates the First Division, putting Yamamoto into a state of Tranquil Fury that only becomes more obvious once he realizes not even Mayuri can locate the secret Quincy base. When the second invasion occurs, this time bringing with it Yamamoto's ancient nemesis and the Vandenreich leader, Yamamoto's response is the story's most epic example of someone exploding with rage. His loss of temper results in an eruption of both violence and power that shakes the entire city, triggering an Heroic Second Wind in the beleaguered Captains in the process.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Zenitsu had a very subservient relationship with his elder colleague disciple Kaigaku. The latter couldn't stand the former's presence due to Zenitsu's difficult behavior as someone with low self-esteem who seemly wasn't showing much progress while being trained under the same master, though Zenitsu tried to make things work with Kaigaku by respecting him. It all goes south when Kaigaku betrays the demon slayers to become a demon himself, and as a form of atonement their master commits seppuku to pay the price of shame. With that, Zenitsu loses any respect he still had for Kaigaku and showers him with insults and hard truths in their fight to the death, to the point Kaigaku even sarcastically compliments Zenitsu for finally talking back to him.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • One of the earliest ones of note, of course, is when Vegeta realizes Gohan stole the first Dragon Ball he found on Namek. He got the first Dragon Ball after slaughtering a Namekian village. While he was stealing the other six from Freeza, Gohan found and took the first one. They have an encounter where Gohan is able to bluff his way into convincing Vegeta he doesn't have it. When Vegeta goes to retrieve that Dragon Ball, and can't find it, he puts 2 and 2 together and flies off in a rage.
      Vegeta: You Earthling punks! Play me for fool, will you!? You'll pay for this!
    • Super Saiyan transformations are often triggered through such an event. Frieza mortally wounds Piccolo, killed Krillin on Namek, and then threatened to do the same to Gohan, finally infuriating Goku enough to trigger his first transformation. Vegeta transforms, ironically, upon giving up becoming a Super Saiyan and his subsequent despairing rage with himself over doing so. Gohan transforms by reminding himself of all the times he's been frozen in terror and somebody else got hurt protecting him. Future Trunks transforms upon the death of his mentor and best friend. Cabba transforms after Vegeta threatened to kill his people. Broly transforms after witnessing his father's death, believing that he's responsible for it. As Goku puts it: "The power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You need to create that need."
    • First off, Gohan and all his friends (and family) are fighting against the super-powerful Cell, and one after another, they all fall. Eventually, Android #16 decides to try and perform a Taking You with Me Attack that doesn't work, because the bomb inside him was removed by Dr. Briefs. Cell then completely destroys him, save for his still-alive head, which Mr. Satan tosses to Gohan. #16 then proceeds to tell Gohan to unleash his rage, as it's for the greater good. Then Cell crushes his head. This is the final straw that pushes Gohan over the edge, going beyond his normal Super Saiyan form and into Super Saiyan 2. Let's just say things don't go well for Cell.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Vegeta humiliates himself to appease Beerus, hoping he'll just go away and not blow up the Earth. However, all of this reaches a breaking point when Bulma, angry that her birthday party has been ruined by this meat-headed cat man, slaps Beerus and Beerus slaps her to the ground. Vegeta's rage over Bulma getting slapped is enough to finally allow him to land the first actual blow on Beerus in the show, with Master Roshi noting that, at that moment, Vegeta surpassed Goku. Odd how The Power of Love works. The scene is recreated in Dragon Ball Super, though it downplays Vegeta's power by showing that Beerus was still stronger than him.
  • In Now and Then, Here and There, Shuzo Matsutani accidentally gets taken from his happy go lucky life and forced to become a child soldier. He constantly refuses to be the killer his commanders want him to be. He carries his Kendo Stick as a mark of defiance against his gun-carrying comrades and constantly gets in trouble because of his nature. However, after Lalaru and the entire population of Zaribars is taken and he watches the deaths of so many people when he finally meets the evil king Hamdo again he proceeds to try to beat Hamdo to death with the kendo stick even as pieces snap off of it he beats the dictator till there's nothing left of it.
  • Played for Laughs with Ryouko Kusakabe in the sixth episode of Date A Live. She regularly keeps a professional attitude about everything, but when she's finally had enough of the obstacles in the way of her squad's trip to the hot springs, in addition to the previous stress built up due to her superiors' rantings, she snaps and comically goes on a rampage to destroy Ratatoskr's traps, all while ranting on like a raving lunatic.
  • Wave of Akame ga Kill! has a very memorable moment of this. Already is he bothered by the dirty sides of the empire, but he follows his duties for the good they do and tries to be the best man he can. However, certain incidents like seeing the team of the Prime Minister's son raping and murdering a deceased comrade's innocent wife and child, brutally flaying people in town are enough to leave him seething with anger yet still able to hold it in for the best, but having the PM's son threatening to rape his beloved Kurome right in front of him snaps him so much he delivers a punch so hard and deserved right to his face it's heralded as one of the best moments of the manga.
  • Variable Geo: Yuuki spent most of her matchmaking passes at Satomi - from groping her, to shredding her uniform so she could ogle her body. Satomi warned her to knock it off and fight her seriously, but when Yuuki went so far as to steal a kiss, Satomi's patience ran out. She unleashed her ultimate attack, which incinerated the ring and Yuuki along with it, leaving her covered in second-degree burns and just barely alive (seen at 22:37-23:03).
  • This is Mob's main gimmick in the manga Mob Psycho 100, where a counter is occasionally displayed showing a percentage that correlates to how volatile his emotions are at any given time. When it reaches 100%, whatever emotion he's feeling the strongest at that time overtakes him and amplifies his powers in a way relating to that emotion, and if it ends up being Anger or Animosity, you'll be glad he's not the killing type.
  • Happens in the Sailor Moon manga, when Beryl threatens Sailor Moon one time too many-and Sailor Venus coldly announces she's angry. A few seconds later, Sailor Venus has gutted Beryl open.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Throughout Sighs, Kyon finds his patience repeatedly tested by Haruhi's behavior, particularly her shoddy treatment of Mikuru. When Haruhi spikes Mikuru's drink, hits her over the head repeatedly, and openly calls her her "toy," Kyon snaps, furiously chews her out, and has to be physically restrained from punching her lights out; the fact that Kyon was about to hit her in the first place is what gets Haruhi to realize what a bitch she's being.
  • Daimos: Kazuya Ryuuzaki has always been the more peaceful man and the worst he would do against General Miwa Sakimori for his racism and obstructing the efforts of peace between the two races were just yelling and warning him. It's always his buddy Kyoshiro that got more 'physical' to Miwa when he pissed him off too. Then Miwa suddenly gunned innocent, defenseless Balmians AND humans too personally. At that point, Kazuya finally runs out of patience and then started beating him up to the inch of his life that it was Kyoshiro who restrained him because the United Nations also learned his corruption and punished him of stripping his ranks and arresting him... but all the time, Kazuya was yelling for Kyoshiro to let him go because he thinks he hasn't punched Miwa enough.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Gon spends much of the Chimera Ant arc in a slow boil over Kite's capture with occasional flare-ups that Killua manages to tamp down. He finally loses it when Kite's killer reveals that nothing can be done to restore Kite and then moves to kill him as well. Gon draws in all the Nen he'll ever have just to power himself up enough to obliterate his opponent. Immediately afterward, his body withers to a state of living death and it takes a literal miracle to revive him.
  • Fist of the North Star: Kenshiro is not a man you should anger at all. He is normally calm, even when being surrounded by idiotic raiders. But if he sees you hurt a child or murder innocents while he's five feet from you, do not expect to live.
  • Jotaro Kujo in Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders is a normally a stoic hero who doesn't take crap from anyone. But if you piss him off, prepare a beating of your life as DIO learned the hard way. He sums this best at the final battle's climax:
    Jotaro: There's only one reason you lost, Dio. Just one simple answer. You really pissed me off.
  • This is basically the whole idea behind Aggretsuko: Things happen that make Retsuko mad, and eventually it gets to the point where she can't keep it inside and has to sing death metal after work about what made her mad in order to destress so she can get back to work the next day.
  • Kyuukyoku Shinka Shita Full Dive RPG Ga Genjitsu Yori Mo Kusoge Dattara: Hiro reaches his breaking point in the first episode; he has pent up anger over his percieved "shitty" circumstances in real life, but him getting actually hurt by his "best friend" in a hyper-realistic VRMMO proved be the last straw. Enraged, Hiro calls Martin a "damned NPC and tackles him to the ground.... which ends up killing him as the tackle made him shove a knife through his throat.
    • Likewise, Alicia reaches her's after her brother's death. She obviously grows more and more enraged when Hiro constantly apologizes and seeming refusual to think of a solution to this problem. Finally, when he sprints out of the house, she has more or less gone murderously insane and chases after him like a rabid dog.
    Alicia: Hiro, you bastard! Don't you dare run away!

    Comic Books 
  • In Sex Criminals, middle-school girl Suzie's father is murdered and her mother drifts into an uncommunicative alcoholic haze. Sometime later, Suzie finds out that time freezes for the world and everyone in it each time she has an orgasm. A few months after this, Suzie finally snaps and takes the opportunity to angrily scream out her feelings at her time-frozen mother. The narrating older Suzie notes this isn't the last time this has happened.
  • Superman:
    • The climax of Kingdom Come has this happen with Superman. Be afraid. Thankfully, Norman McKay manages to talk him down from it.
    • In Krypton No More this happens to Superman when he learns that the Kandorians convinced his cousin Kara to lie to him about his origins.
      "When the pressure on a valve becomes too great, the valve explodes... The same is true, even of a Superman!"
    • Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man: During their first meeting and obligatory fight, Spider-Man taunts Superman until he blows up. Fortunately for Spidey, Supes manages to calm himself.
      Superman: That does it. Even a Superman can only be pushed so far.
    • In The Supergirl from Krypton Superman tries to keep a firm hold of his temper although his cousin gets kidnapped and taken away from him over and again. Then Darkseid seemingly disintegrates Kara and Superman explodes.
    • In A Mind Switch In Time, Superman travels to the past and becomes stuck in his younger self's body. His attempts to return to his proper time and body are thwarted by Lex Luthor attempting to trap "Superboy" into a time loop and later squash him to a pulp with a high-gravity device. Clark, who from his viewpoint has been putting up with Lex's death traps for over fifteen years, and now knows his ex-friend will never change and will never stop trying to murder him and hurt other people, explodes and delivers a brutal beatdown.
  • Supergirl:
    • Red Daughter of Krypton: Supergirl had been through during times during her time on Earth: She was only fifteen and she had lost her home... twice. Her home-world was gone, her parents and all her friends were dead, her relationship with her only living relative -Superman- was strained, she didn't manage to fit into Earth, and apparently, everyone she met wanted to decide what was better for her, use her or betray her after earning her trust. All of it made her confused, heart-broken, and above all very angry, leading to a lot of built-up rage and her becoming a Red Lantern when Lobo taunts her and mocks her until she flips out and pummels him brutally.
    • Many Happy Returns: Invoked by Kara when she warns one-time villain Rebel she is ready to fly off the handle, and if he attacks it will be the last straw.
      Supergirl: Don't you get it, Rebel? You're not important! You never were! You were just — something to do! Something for Supergirl and me to bounce off of for a while until people and events of real consequence came along! Look — Here's the problem. You've done some bad things, but I'm really, really upset right now. So much so that, honestly, I don't trust myself. And if you attack me or I attack you... I will hurt you. I'll hurt you worse than you've ever been hurt in your whole life. I can carve you up as soon as look at you. I can break you, boil you, freeze you. I can do things you can't imagine. Things I can't imagine, until I have to. And then I'll improvise. Part of me is hoping you will attack. And part of me is praying — for your sake, and my own peace of mind — that you don't. It's up to you.
  • Green Lantern: All members of the Red Lantern Corps are fueled by rage. Reaching this trope is what attracted Red Lantern rings to them and made them a part of that Corps.
  • In Seconds, Max puts up with a lot throughout the story. When he finds out about Katie and Andrew's relationship in one reality, he lashes out at her with extreme prejudice.
  • Blacksad: In "Amarillo", Blacksad (an anthropomorphic black cat) and Neal (a hyena) hitch a ride with a racist parrot who keeps making derogatory remarks about "niggers" before smugly adding a "Just Joking" Justification. Blacksad tries to ignore it at first, but eventually reaches over to give the driver a black eye.
  • The Jinty story "Mark of the Witch!": the heroine is persecuted because of the "black streak" that has made her family the village outcasts for generations. She puts up with a lot of crap, but when her mother is injured by the villagers, she finally snaps and decides that if they THINK she's a bad person, she'll BE a bad person.
  • Although X-23 shares Wolverine's ferocious temper, she normally keeps it tightly under control, and even when pushed to the point of lashing out is very clinical and level-headed in her response. The only time Laura has ever so completely lost her cool that she descended into a true berserker ragenote  was in "Girls' Night Out" during the Liu series: The remnants of Zebra Daddy's gang learn the hard way just what happens when you push Wolverine's Opposite-Sex Clone to her breaking point. The bloody carnage Laura leaves in her wake as she tears the gang apart even astonishes Black Widow, and leads her to call Laura out for how completely unlike her the rampage was.
  • Ultimately, what created the Incredible Hulk. Bruce Banner, as a child, repressed many of his emotions particularly concerning his father, and thus built up a lot of fury within Banner that the Hulk personality latched on to, and thus that anger burst out in a big way as he now could no longer keep it under control.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • By issue 235, Sonic has put up with a lot of crap, including Sally being roboticized and Antoine having been rendered comatose after saving Elias and the Acorns from Metal Sonic. When Silver shows up from the future, this time believing that Antoine himself is the traitor to the Freedom Fighters after already having falsely accused Rotor and Sonic himself, Sonic smashes through the wall of his house and literally drags Silver to the hospital to show him Antoine, proving that Silver's accusations are once again wrong. They then subsequently find a note from Bunnie stating that she had left to "make things right", upon which Silver begins to accuse Bunnie of being the traitor solely on the evidence that she left without telling anyone; Sonic finally blows his stack and gives Silver a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, declaring that there is no traitor, that he believes in his friends, and they're all much better heroes than a "flake" like Silver could ever hope to be, before ordering him to just Get Out!.
    • Tails' friendship with Sonic had been left rather rocky since the latter dated Fiona. After getting embroiled in his parents' warring with the Acorns, Sonic attempts to help keep them incarcerated. When called out over his loyalties to Tails, he gloats he's close enough with him that it will pass. Tails, who was secretly helping his parents and overheard, finally snaps and attempts to beat the living daylights out of Sonic, laying out all their previous hardships to him while doing so.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
    • For Betty Brant, it's when the web page fails to load.
    • For Liz, it's Flash and Kong constantly talking about Spider-Man.
  • In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Megatron runs out of Stoic Juice while Rodimus is explaining that the resident Mad Scientist has traveled through time. Notably, this is the first time that he's gone into a rage without a Berserk Button (such as unjust imprisonment) being pressed.
    Megatron: This conversation is ridiculous. You are ridiculous. Everything that's happened in the last few days is intensely ridiculous. Six months into this shambles of a quest— six months! —and not a day goes by—not an hour—when I don't have to stand back from this endless parade of nonsense and remind myself, by means of several blows to the head, that I am here of my own volition, and not as a result of some—some elaborate trap set by Optimus Prime. Why bother looking for the Knights of Cybertron? Why postpone my trial? I've already been convicted—and this is my punishment. You! This ship! This life!
    Ultra Magnus: Better?
    Megatron: ...Yes. I apologize.
    Magnus: Not at all. On this ship, a minor breakdown is practically a rite of passage.

    Comic Strips 
  • Marcie, usually one of the most phlegmatic characters in Peanuts, hits this in one 1973 story arc. After being dragooned into Peppermint Patty's baseball team, it turns out that the second baseman is a sexist jerk, who gives her several strips of crap before Marcie's typical reserve cracks in spectacular fashion:
    Marcie: Sir, your second-baseman has offended me beyond endurance...Can you stop the game for a minute?
    Patty: Time out!
    Marcie: [throwing her glove to one side] All right, Thibault, this is it! Now look here, you cement-headed, male chauvinist dummy...I'm going to tell you something, and I want you to stand still and listen! If you say one word, I'm going to belt you across the chops!
    Thibault: Oh?
    Marcie: [demolishes him with one punch] That was one word!

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Vivienne, who was known to be Beware the Nice Ones when she was human before her transformation into a Two Beings, One Body Titan and her Trauma Conga Line, hits this when Alan Jonah's Mook Lieutenant trying to provoke a reaction out of her works too well; she explodes, whilst San takes control of their shared body and paints the walls with blood in retribution for the emotional harm to his sister.
  • Avatar: Legend of the Guardian: In "The Crossroads of Destiny," Xia initially tries to defend herself to a suspicious Katara, but when Katara declares that she should have known better and as the Fire Lord's daughter, things like deceit are in her blood, she snaps and stuns Katara speechless by revealing what Ozai is really like as a father, up to and including his burning Zuko's face and banishing him.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In the Freeza Saga, when Vegeta figured out that Gohan and Krillin had stolen his Dragon Balls, he entered Villainous Breakdown mode and rushed them in a blind rage. When he finds Krillin near Guru's lookout, he is a mumbling, bloodshot, incoherent mess. When Krillin says he doesn't have the Dragon Ball,note  Vegeta's previously-injured right eye hemorrhages and turns solid red. The apparition of Ghost Nappa put it best:
    • During the Freeza Saga, Krillin kept calling Dende "Little Green", despite the latter constantly telling him his name. When Dende comes back during the Cell Saga, and Krillin tries to call him that again, Dende snaps:
      Krillin: Don't feel bad, Mr. Popo. I'm his best friend, so only I can call him "Little Green". Right, Little Green? (Dende smacks him with Kami's cane) D'OOH!
      Krillin: DENDE! DENDE!
      Dende: No... Super Kami Dende.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Enduring a day of tension between Germany and Japan, Italy reached his after Germany pulled a Browning Hi Power on Japan while Japan pulled out his katana on Germany.
  • A Crown of Stars: After the Third Impact Shinji and Asuka became the tools of the dictators running their world. Asuka was turned into a plaything for years, specifically. Shinji knew what the woman he loved was being hurt daily but he hated to kill and he was powerless to stop it, so he repressed his rage for several years. Then he heard one of them badmouthing her and threatening her and he wanted to kill him with his bare hands.
  • The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan: Nova Shine has three separate instances in the first half of the story where he tries to keep himself in control as three separate ponies manage to push his buttons (all unintentionally) until he finally starts screaming at them (and in one case, letting loose reflexive magic).
  • In A Different Medius, this is the reason Azurai murdered Buwaro's birth parents, and the people at the 'troubled youth' camp Azurai was sent to as a teenager.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Harry finally snaps in chapter 74 of the first book, after his father, Thor (formerly incarnated as James Potter), is shot and put into a coma in front of him just as him and Jane are attacked by heavily armed HYDRA troopers. Since this is shortly after Luna Lovegood was shot by HYDRA for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and he was actually killed by Daken before being resurrected by the Phoenix, this is not surprising. It is also absolutely terrifying and it is made perfectly clear that if Jane hadn't been there to talk him down, he'd have slaughtered every single one of the HYDRA troopers without batting an eye.
    • Chapter 75 shows that he's still in the throes of Tranquil Fury and that a murderous rampage is still on the cards, as evidenced by his ripping out Gravemoss' heart - not that the guy didn't deserve it, mind you - and only his friends are holding him in check.
    • And then in the sequel, this happens again after a brutal Trauma Conga Line during the Forever Red arc, culminating in him snapping and becoming the Dark Phoenix. A spectacularly violent Roaring Rampage of Revenge ensues.
  • In Common Sense, Ash finally hits his limit with Misty in Chapter 20 when she calls him a liar and cheater due to her inability to recognize him as a skilled trainer. He gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and proceeds to crush her entire team with a single Pokémon.
  • In the Arcos special Chapter of Honor Trip, Kaji's story begins with a flashback to another soldier egging him on and insulting him. He wouldn't have succeeded in getting to Kaji, if he hadn't first implied that Kaji didn't deserve his rank, and then attacked his weak points. Also, Kaji probably wouldn't have beaten him to death.
  • In the Pony POV Series, Dark World!Derpy's life has basically been a living hell not including the last thousand years she's lived in a Dystopia. But she's still a cheerful ditz most of the time (despite being the new Element of Loyalty and one of the group's main fighters). Then the Valeyard decides to basically tap-dance on her Berserk Buttons as he tries to painfully kill the group. She finally takes her entire life out on him in a moment of Tranquil Fury, beating him to death after his regeneration template is destroyed, killing the Valeyard incarnation of the Doctor for good.
  • Mass Effect: Murphy's Law: Sean, the main character of the story, has experienced two of these so far. He expresses deep regret every time he loses control of himself (though one can hardly blame him given both circumstances.)
    • He employs waterboarding during his interrogation of Lynda Embry as revenge for all the people she got killed aboard Aldrin Station earlier in the story.
    • After discovering the morgue and the body of a dissected child in the Teltin facility on Pragia, he loses his temper and stabs the Cerberus mortician who was hiding in the room to death in a blind fury. This was AFTER beating the man and Sean having blood spat on his face.
  • The Second Try: Shinji. Having been sent back in time, Shinji has been suppressing rage at his asshole father and SEELE for the stuff that went down in End of Evangelion. He also keeps calm even though he and Asuka resolved their issues, got married and had a child after Third Impact but lost that when both went back in time. Shinji then watches Eva-02 (piloted by Asuka, again) blow up. Shinji becomes Death incarnate and mows down an army of Evas before almost causing Third Impact himself. He snaps out of it, barely, when Asuka finally draws his attention to the fact she bailed out in time.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji badly wanted to punish his father for abandoning him, but he decided that Gendo was not worth his time so that he repressed his anger and focused on bonding with his new family: Asuka -his girlfriend-, Rei -his sister-, Misato -his surrogate mother-, Toji and Kensuke -his friends-... but then Gendo forced Asuka to cripple his best friend and kill her best friend. Shortly after Asuka's mind got shattered during a battle, Misato got jailed... and he found out that their mothers' souls were locked into the Evas to make them work. So he decided he would repair Asuka's mind, break Misato out -killing whoever got in the way-, obliterate the Geofront and kill and torture his father and the Seele members (in that order).
  • Inevitably happens in the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning with Career tribute deuteragonist Obsidian. He is willing to put up with the other Careers' indifference to the death of one of their own. He's even willing to keep his mouth shut when they maliciously joke about killing Vale next, just after the death of her district partner, Kit. But when they kill a defenseless fawn for the fun of it, that is the final straw that drives him to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Mass Effect: Human Revolution, Adam has a Tranquil Fury-fueled Heroic Second Wind when Toombs calls him an Illuminatus.
  • In Nine Tailed Serpent, Hinata reaches her breaking point while fighting Neji. Rather than give up or fight a losing battle, she activates his seal.
    Hinata: "Enough! You forget your place slave. Cease your squawking and return to your cage!"
  • After managing to contain his anger for most of the story, Nav completely snaps in Diaries of a Madman, upon being trapped in female form after his gender-switching artifact stops working.
  • Mean Time To Breakdown: Iwanako tends to 'deal' with her issues by bottling them all up and pretending nothing's bothering her. As her circumstances keep detoriating, she struggles to keep everything tamped down, even after receiving an ill-timed "The Reason You Suck" Speech from her teacher after being hospitalized by Emi's Crash-Into Hello. Then the one responsible for sending her there shows up, admits she'd been warned about what caused the problem in the past... and Emi's mom pokes her head into the room. Seeing that Emi's mom is there for her when her own family is nowhere in sight pushes Iwanako past her breaking point, and she finally explodes.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • After a slew of bad happenings throughout Act III chapter 42, including the deaths of Apoch and Astreal, the near-destruction of his Holy Lock, The Reveal that Hokuto and Jovian were Evil All Along and in fact orchestrated Kuyou's attack on Yokai Academy as a diversion so they could steal a dangerous artifact from the secured levels, and that Hokuto has found Felucia's Soul Jar and extorted her into working for him, Tsukune hits his breaking point big time and proceeds to blow Kuyou away in an Unstoppable Rage, eventually shattering his head with one punch.
    • In Act IV chapter 16, Rason hits his when he discovers that the Almighty and the other angels are fully aware of Hokuto's plan to revive Alucard, but cannot/will not do anything to stop him because having been born human, Hokuto is still considered sacred and untouchable to the angels until he actually dies with sin; the revelation that his Lord and fellow angels are essentially going to forsake all life on Earth because of their laws completely pushes Rason over the edge, to the extent that he explicitly calls out the Almighty Himself over his pro-human/anti-monster ways.
    • In Act IV chapter 28, Tsukune hits it once again with Hokuto; Hokuto had kidnapped and threatened his family, brainwashed Felucia, set Kuyou loose on Yokai Academy, and just stabbed Moka and thrown her off of his airship right in front of Tsukune himself, so Tsukune is understandably furious, even outright telling Hokuto after becoming a full-fledged vampire in chapter 31 that he will never forgive him before beating the ever-loving shit out of him.
    • In Act V chapter 37, Kyouko, having gotten sick of being a Distressed Damsel and being used against her loved ones and friends, snaps and physically assaults Evil!Falla.
    • In Act VI chapter 20, Moka hits hers when she finally gets sick of Arial, Ran, and Sun being Clingy Jealous Girls over Dark, Ahakon, and Gin, respectively, and gives all three of them a serious tongue-lashing.
  • In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion Euphemia, normally the friendliest and least confrontational character in the story, rips Cornelia a new one for both her attempts at recreating the Shinjuku Massacre and for hiding it from her. Euphy coldly tells her that Cornelia's refusal to perform her own duties as Viceroy and not informing the Sub-Viceroy (Euphy) of military operations within her jurisdiction are both serious crimes, even for an Imperial Princess. Likewise, Euphemia is sick of Cornelia monitoring her finances, reading her mail, and having her Knights follow Euphemia everywhere.
  • In Weiss Reacts Volume 2, Sun, normally pretty calm, loses it when Blake's manliness obsession goes too far.
  • In an omake for Dungeons and Drow, Luna finally gets back at her bullies with a little encouragement from Hermione (who herself has been taught by the titular Drow). Four older girls hex and beat Luna then lock her in a closet before breaking into her trunk. Said trunk contained Devil's Snare and Peruvian Darkness Powder, which smothered any light or flame used to drive off the Devil's Snare. Shacklebolt later notes that both objects are completely legal to own and the only reason anything happened was the bullies breaking into Luna's trunk. When giving his report, Shacklebolt quotes the Hogwarts motto "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus".
  • In The Greatest Generation chapter ten, a seemingly neverending series of misunderstandings tests Yvonne's patience until she cannot take it any longer, upon which she makes a Precision F-Strike and floors Musashi with a single punch.
  • In a 4-koma for Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls, New Jersey shows Iowa her canonical version. While at first maintaining a stoic composure, she finally gives in after hearing the very suggestive lines of the latter and beats Jersey's face to a pulp.
  • In Ashikabi of Thunder and Lightning Uzume snaps at Miya after the latter scolds her with the dreaded Han'nya mask for a dirty joke, telling Miya that even if she doesn't react to Minato she's still going to ask to move in as it's better than dealing with someone trying to force her morals and opinions on others.
  • Kasumi Tendo enters a state of Tranquil Fury in Adamantine Mist after Akane's and Ranma's antics broke several china dishes she inherited from her mother and destroyed her mother's handwritten cookbook. At that point, she decrees that since they refuse to marry, she will be the one to marry Ranma and will do so in a month's time.
  • Quicken: When a group of thugs assaulted Emma, they pulled her out of her father's car, pinned her to the ground, gloated over raping her before selling her into slavery... she stood still. When their leader -Lao- promised that he'd let her go if she picked what chunk of her face they'd cut off, she stood still until they were done. When Lao said that he lied and they never intended to let her go, she went completely berserker.
  • Shinji endures five days of testing of his new telekinetic abilities in Shinji's Nightmare before he finally snaps and instead of moving the one thousand kilogram weight set up, lifts the destroyer in the Geofront 300 meters in the air to get the tests to stop.
  • After Team 7 is eliminated from the Chunin Exams (due to Jiraiya interfering when they're attacked by Orochimaru) in Team 7's Ascension, Neji demands to know how their chips will be distributed now that a fourth of their alliance is out. Hinata throws all of the chips at him and yells that he's a miserable human being.
  • Urd in This Time Around rages against Belldandy after the goddess cockblocks her for the nth time and eyes Keiichi (Urd's boyfriend in this story) while he gets dressed. Part of Urd's problem is that not only has Belldandy been keeping her from getting laid for weeks now (albeit unintentionally), but Belldandy is far more skilled than her at reading auras and should be able to tell that Urd was trying to get her out of the house so she and Keiichi could make love.
  • This Bites!: Deconstructed during the Enies Lobby arc. Sengoku finds himself increasingly enraged with every outrageous thing said/done on the SBS broadcast (which is transmitted to every Transponder Snail in the world), but his advanced age means he can't handle the stress. Just when it seems his temper has finally reached the boiling point, he collapses from a (non-fatal) heart attack and remains in poor health for months afterward.
  • In Enemy Number One, Saitama is mostly just a little annoyed with the constant attacks by "weirdos" (Heroes from the Hero Association) and deals with them as they come. But when a group of S-Class attacks him after he's already bargained with the head of the association for them to leave him alone on top of missing a sale at the grocery store, he snaps and decides he doesn't really care about not hurting them too bad anymore.
  • The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi: Played for Laughs. After one Tora mission too many, Sasuke snaps and sets the damn cat on fire. He heals it afterward, but this incident along with Naruto learning the Shadow Clone jutsu is what convinces Tora to stop running away so often. Itachi's reaction to all this is to get drunk and have his first-ever hangover, while his temporary replacement, best friend and cousin Shisui, names Sasuke as his new favorite cousin.
  • Near the end of Goggles and the Tears, Gordon Freeman struggles to stay cool while aiding several other time-displaced one-man armies like him in stopping SHODAN from taking over the multiverse, but he finally flips out and pulls a gun on Elizabeth when he refuses to accept her explanation of Constants and Variables, in the face of his own experience with physics and teleportation. He only backs down when Booker DeWitt tells him to.
  • Escape From the Moon: Spliced Genome's comes in the sequel The Mare From the Moon, when, after close to three hundred years of behaving herself, she's killed again... destroying all the hard (and harmless) work she's been doing, causing her to decide she's had enough and she's leaving now.
  • In the The Familiar of Zero story Loopholes Louise snaps when Guiche claims she's paid Tabitha to pretend to be her familiar. She launches into a combined Motive Rant and "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how, unlike her, Guiche has never worked for his magic. While she spent countless hours practicing in secret or studying in the library, he sat on his ass and flirted with pretty girls. Now after all the effort she's put in to finally achieve something, he's trying to take away her sole magical accomplishment. After all this, Louise roars that she will flay him alive and have his hair commissioned into a doily.
  • In Stars from Home Scott is willing to take a *lot* of mistreatment from Alex. He snaps when Alex, hungover, runs over Artie. This is a turning point for Alex as well, both because of what he's done and how Scott reacted.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku tries his best to sound unaware of his spaceship's existence and distance himself from it while being held hostage by the the Ultra-Humanite. But as the Villain continues to pat the ship over and over while mentioning how he's going to take it apart to learn its inner workings, Izuku eventually snaps and screams at him to stop touching it, which convinces the Villain to finally try to execute him.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: The events of the main story and everything she dreamed about since then left Patchouli with a deep enough distrust of Coop and his antics that it verged on trauma. When she found out in the Extra Stage that Megas's crew had returned, her stress and anger steadily rose. When she lost a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors meant to determine who would serve as Coop's escort during his visit, they skyrocketed; and when Reimu tells her to suck it up and deal with it, they finally cause her to snap, screaming angrily and—in a moment that takes everyone off guard—bodily hurling Reimu at Megas's head.
  • Fragments of Chaldea Arturia goes through a magically-induced one in Fragment 8 after drinking a potion that amplifies her current feelings (itself tampered with to magnify the effects) after Cu makes one too many jokes about the various Saberface Servants in Chaldea. The result? The birth of Mysterious Heroine X, and a murderous rampage that takes eight Servants to stop.
  • In Karma in Retrograde, Touya Todoroki has done his best to be good after learning all the horrible things he does as Dabi. But when Bakugou pushes his buttons one too many times, Touya snaps, silencing everyone else in the room with sheer, unbridled rage.
    Bakugou: I'm sorry. I’m sorry I don’t feel like being friends with someone who kidnapped me and had a hand in forcing All Might into retirement - someone who murdered people and almost killed his own brother before he got hit with a Clean Slate Quirk.
    Shouto: Bakugou-
    Touya: What do you want? [spins in Bakugou's direction] What do you want from me? [holds his hands up with his palms out[ What can I possibly do for you to get off my case? You want me to beg for forgiveness? Get on my knees and tell you all the wrongs I did and can’t fucking remember? You want me to leave? Drop out? Don’t worry; you’ll probably get your wish after all this shit. Maybe they’ll throw me in jail too. Might as well. There isn’t a point to me being here. Everyone is trying to make themselves feel better, but the truth is this is a worthless experiment that is only going to end with me locked up.
    Iida: That’s not-
    Touya: It is and don’t try denying it! I’m a charity case. You know what’s even worse? Monoma was right: I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t a goddamn Todoroki. [throws his hands in the air and drops them] If I was some nobody - and I am, trust me, just ask the number one hero - I would’ve been carted off to prison. But just like he was afraid of - like U.A. is afraid of - my existence is a mark against heroes. It’s an embarrassment, a shame, a smear. They’ve gotta fix it somehow. Oh, I know, let’s give him a ‘second chance’ until he turns back and we lock him up forever. That won’t fuck him up even further!
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Rainbow slowly grows frustrated with Lightning Dust's attitude and disobedience but manages to stay calm. When Lightning asks why she should care she almost got Rainbow's friends killed because they aren't her friends, Rainbow finally snaps and slams into Lightning, pinning her down and screaming that caring about what happens to those around you is basic "ponanity".
  • Ahsoka Tano in I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For managed to make it through her sham trial and expulsion from the Jedi Order with her cool mostly intact. Even finding out that Barriss Offee, the one who framed her for a terrorist attack and mass murder, is getting off without punishment only earned a short angry rant. But when Shaak Ti claims that Ahsoka doesn't have the right to be angry over all that's happened, because it leads to the Dark Side, Ahsoka snaps and goes on a curse-laden rant about how the Republic and Jedi Order completely screwed her over and no one was willing to defend her except Anakin. The Jedi Order was all she'd ever known and they took everything from her without a token protest and never apologize for it, then tell her she's wrong to be upset by it. The entire time, her magic is throwing nearby objects around in a swirling vortex, several of them launched directly at Shaak Ti.
  • Charlie Swan of Twilight finally reaches his regarding how his daughter, Bella has been treating him throughout the first two books in an alternative take at the end of New Moon titled Tough Love. In this take, he takes Bella's threat of moving out seriously and tells her that she is no longer welcome under his roof, calling her bluff and giving her a combined Take That, Scrappy!, "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and Did You Think I Can't Feel? over how she has been treating him, her mother, and her friends all for the sake of Edward, who he calls an "abusive fucktard." When Bella tries talking her way out of being kicked out of the house, Charlie makes it clear that it is permanent and slams the door in her face in the end.
  • The Raven's Plan: Ned Stark spends the first 33 chapters slowly welling up with frustration at how much has changed as a result of the Remembering. However, he maintains a handle on those feelings with his usual attitude... until he's told that Jaime Lannister is now an ally in the war against the Others, at which point he explodes in anger, in which he's also quick to lash out at the nearby Karstarks for their own actions in the old timeline. Everyone is left stunned by it, and give him a wide berth afterward, even as he's left ashamed by his actions.
  • The War Is Far from Over Now: Tony grows increasingly stressed over the course of the civil war, going from planning to chew out Steve and his helpers over all the trouble they've caused to deciding to make them deal with the paperwork. Once he sees the video of the Winter Soldier killing his parents, he snaps and fully reactivates Extremis.
  • Professor McGonnagall hits hers in Chapter 2 of Brutal Harry, calling out the faculty for their inaction with the troll incident that almost killed Hermione and Snape for his Jerkass behavior of taking his grudge against James out on Harry, warning him that his blatant favoritism of the Slytherins will no longer be tolerated. She saves the harshest words for Dumbledore in particular, calling him out on ignoring her warnings about the Dursleys and letting multiple problems (including Snape's unprofessional behavior as a teacher and the bullying issues at the school) slip through the cracks.
  • A Professor and a Student: Professor Kukui is not happy to learn his subordinates are going behind his back and bullying Ash into coughing up information he doesn't have. He becomes even less amused when he sees them preparing to perform experiments on him. He finally snaps and punches Arctorus when he claims Ash is being mentally conditioned.
  • Her Inner Demons: Sci-Twilight's transformation into Midnight Sparkle is revealed to be this: the bullying and mistreatment from her peers left her feeling enormous resentment toward them. The events of the Friendship Games was the last straw.
  • A Diplomatic Visit:
    • Twilight has one. It's not easy to trigger, but under the right stimulus, she can utterly lose it, as seen in the Froggy Bottom Bog incident, and in chapter 21, it's hit hard - her conversation with Princess Luna manages to hit at least a few of her triggers until she goes out to scream herself into unconsciousness afterward, and later when she's woken up by Swift-Pad because she inadvertently caused a panic by teleporting, it pushes her over the edge again; thankfully, she maintains enough control to keep from causing physical harm and to let Spike talk to her without fear soon afterward. When she's explaining this to Swift-Pad later, she makes it clear that she's not happy to have this issue, given the loss of control it represents, and that she regrets lashing out at him verbally like she did.
    • Twilight crosses it again in chapter 11 of the third story, Diplomacy Through Schooling, when Tirek destroys both her home and the school she founded and goes full-on One-Winged Angel. The only reason he survives is that she wants him to live in eternal torment.
  • Echo of a Lost World: In a case of a bitter Love Triangle, Face–Heel Turn, and Apocalypse How, former friends Saten Ruiko and Misaka Mikoto argue until both manage to trigger each other's rage by mentioning Kamijou Touma in their talk at Chapter 36.
    Misaka: Saten, you're not the friend I knew anymore! You're not the girl that Kamijou-san knew anymore!
    Saten: You don't get to say that, you spurned woman.
    Misaka: Who the hell are you calling spurrrrrrnnnnnneeeeedddd!
  • Us and Them: Aeris, after finding out that a botched rescue attempt wound up separating her from her parents for ten years, goes on a long and angry rant.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail:
    • The first chapter sees Chloe enduring a series of stressful events, starting with her classmates learning that Ash is the Alola Champion and pestering her to challenge him. Due to her inexperience, she gets curb stomped, and Goh and her father promptly show far more interest in her than they have in ages... or rather, in her battle. Reinforcing her belief that they care more about Pokémon than they do about her. Having to endure them happily chattering about the fight and critiquing her loss while being forced to eat a food she deeply dislikes pushes her over the deep end, leading to her lashing out and starting an argument that culminates with her running away — and encountering the titular Train.
    • A Flashback in Chapter 11 reveals just how far Sara and Yeardley took their bullying in the past, dumping red paint all over her costume for the talent show... and then, when she put together an alternative outfit in order to perform, dumping more paint onto her. They even knocked around her little brother Parker with one of the paint cans! When Chloe attempts to guide him away without any further confrontation, Sara tosses out one last barb at her back about how her father never pays attention to her, pushing her completely over the edge. It doesn't end well for Sara.
  • Of Patience and Pettiness: Adrien hits one in "Confrontation" after hearing Eden compliment Marinette on treating Paris' heroes like people and respecting their privacy, as he's convinced that Eden is being deliberately passive-aggressive and accuses her of being Ladybug. This sets off Alya, who rounds on Eden and demands to know if their friendship was all fake, accusing her of being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. This concentrated assault leads to the completely confused and innocent Eden getting akumatized into Asian Beetle, thanks to Hawk Moth exploiting her anger over their wild accusations.
  • A Moon And World Apart: Throughout the story, since Luna and Celestia's reunion, Cadance has been doing her best to mediate between them, and ensure that Equestria and the Lunar Republic can make a peaceful alliance. But in chapter 21, when alarms start going off on the moon and Celestia decides to confiscate a letter aimed at Cadance herself, refusing to let Luna see it when the latter thinks it might be related to the alerts going off, Cadance finally blows her stack and starts angrily yelling at them in the Royal Canterlot Voice (noted as the first time she's used it since Celestia taught her how, outside of practice), especially Celestia for trying to keep her mail away from her.

    Films — Animation 
  • Frozen (2013):
    • After years of unexplained isolation, being denied her blessing to marry her love, the gates of her home re-closed and being told to leave it if she is unhappy, Anna finally snaps at Elsa and vents out all of her frustration by asking her a series of Armor Piercing Questions such as "What are you so afraid of?!".
    • Unfortunately, what Anna doesn't know is that Elsa doesn't want her power exposed to the public and the subsequent questions cause Elsa to get hit with hers, snapping and shooting ice spikes at her.
    • The Duke of Weselton's two men come to kill Elsa. Elsa is afraid to use her powers and begs them to turn away but is forced to use them to defend herself, and when they continue to take shots at her, Elsa finally goes into a state of Tranquil Fury and nearly impales one and almost pushes the other right off the balcony of her ice palace.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer has this going for her constantly; one of her biggest flaws is the fact that when things get too much out of hand for her, she's liable to explode in fury at some hapless person near her.
    • In the first movie, Sunset Shimmer is trying to get her hands on Princess Twilight's crown. When Twilight calls her bluff on destroying the portal to Equestria, Sunset backs down after a few frustrated words. But as the others praise Twilight as a true princess, Sunset is seen visibly squirming before she lunges at Twilight.
    • In Rainbow Rocks despite trying to atone for her past as an Alpha Bitch, she's shunned and hated by almost everyone at school but only hangs her head in shame in response. Yet as her friends keep bringing up her time as a she-demon, her responses get more passive-aggressive in tone. After appearing to have sabotaged her friends' performance and getting another volley of hatred her way, she only tries to distressingly explain herself, but what sets her off is Trixie claiming Sunset acted out of jealousy and then complimenting her for doing it.
    • Sunset had grown increasingly frustrated during the course of Friendship Games for her inability to understand magic and keep it under control as well as her being unable to contact Princess Twilight in Equestria. When Sunset confronts Human Twilight for the first time after she accidentally closes the portal, Sunset is being stern but collected. However, when Human Twilight's meddling with magic starts endangering the lives of others, including her friends, Sunset snaps at her, driving the poor girl to tears.
    • In Forgotten Friendship, Micro Chips hands her his lunch money when she offers a hand to help him up. She snaps, screaming in the hallways that she isn't mean. She nearly reaches that point again when she finds out the identity of the culprit behind the stolen memories, who calls her by her old title of "Biggest Meanie". Sunset responds with a very menacing threat, but Trixie manages to calm her down.
      Sunset: You're about to see how mean I can get!
    • In My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), the constant frustrations regarding her friends' carelessness and mistakes on the adventure causes Princess Twilight to get desperate and resort to thievery of the Seaponies' prized artifact. Twilight's attempt backfires badly, alienating the Seaponies and causing the whole group to kicked out of Seaquestria. When Twilight gets called out by her friends, she blows her stack and lashes out at them, accusing them of being horrible friends, which she instantly regrets.
  • Unikitty from The LEGO Movie (pictured above); she always tries to stay positive, even after her home is blown to bits by Lord Business' forces. But during the climax, when she sees Emmet under attack, she finally loses it and goes on a rampage through the Micro-Managers blocking Emmet's path.
  • King Triton from The Little Mermaid goes into a state of Tranquil Fury when confronting Ariel about being in love with a human, but when Ariel talks back to her father and shouts "I love him!", he loses it!
  • Woody from Toy Story when Buzz causes him to get lost in the gas station and he finally has enough of the deluded toy's antics.
  • In Peter Pan, Mr. Darling, whose patience had been repeatedly pushed throughout the evening, doesn't take it well when he has a nasty fall and his family appears more concerned with the well-being of family dog Nana.
    Mr. Darling: "Poor Nana"?! THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!
  • The Rugrats Movie: Tommy's patience is repeatedly pushed by Dil's selfishness throughout the film. After he saves him from the monkeys, Dil selfishly drinks all of the milk and keeps the large blanket all to himself, which leads to the blanket tearing in half and Tommy falling into a mud puddle. By this point, Tommy has had enough and gives Dil a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, nearly pouring mashed bananas all over Dil so the monkeys can take him away.
    Tommy: You think this is funny?! Phil and Lil was right. You're a bad, naughty baby and you're never gonna get any better! I'm through being your big brother! I don't want my "sponsatility" NO MORE! (tosses his compass away, the monkeys notice)
    Dil: My monkey, my monkey!
    Tommy: You want monkeys? Fine, I'll give you monkeys. Oh, you have a monkey mommy, a monkey daddy, and a monkey brother! My friends wanted to take you back to the "hopsicle". But noooooo, I said. He didn't mean it, I said. He was only playin'! But I was wrong. Now I don't have any friends. (throws a diaper over his shoulder, the monkeys grab it) Dil wants monkeys, and monkeys want the nanners. (takes out the mashed bananas) Ohhhh, EVERYBODY GETS WHAT THEY WANT!
  • The Angry Birds Movie has this a couple of times.
    • The first is an Establishing Character Moment for Red. The movie opens with him racing across the countryside and navigating numerous obstacles to deliver a cake. But when he arrives, the customer is condescending and rude and refuses to pay because it's late, though Red had in fact delivered the cake before the deadline. Red remains calm and explains what happened, but the breaking point is when the customer says, "Let's just say this cake is on you," and pokes Red in the chest. There is an Eye Take of Red snapping after the poke, and the cake ends up on the customer's head.
    • As Red is walking to his anger management class, he suffers a string of frustrations and is finally confronted with the welcome sign at the class, which is ugly and annoyingly cheerful to contrast Red's dark mood. There is a buildup where it looks like Red is going to snap again, but then he just lets out a deep breath and keeps walking. Double Subverted when he comes back and assaults the sign a few seconds later. Then later, Red has to deal with the consequences of his actions when Chuck shows the destroyed sign, which he made, to the rest of the group.
  • Coco: Miguel's family, Mama Elena especially, chastises him for wanting to be a musician like his great-great-grandfather (who he thinks is Ernesto de la Cruz) and reminding him to be loyal to his family. Fed up with their music ban, Miguel defiantly says that he doesn't care if they remembered him or if he was on their offrenda, which makes Elena snap and destroy his homemade guitar. Then, Miguel finally snaps at her and runs off.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The title monster of Alien³. Despite Ripley hitting it with lead pipes and burning flares, it refuses to harm her due to the gestating Queen Alien inside her. Until she tricks it into being dunked in a vat of molten lead. When it emerges from said lead, the agonizing pain of the experience gives the Alien equivalent of a "Fuck this noise" and sets out to kill her.
  • Brought up in Anger Management by Jack Nicholson to Adam Sandler.
    Buddy: There's two types of angry people: Explosive, and Implosive. Explosive is the person screaming at the cashier for not taking her coupons. Implosive is the cashier, who stays quiet day by day, until finally one day, shoots everyone in the store... You're the cashier.
    Dave: No, no, I'm the guy in the frozen food aisle dialing 911, I swear.
  • The sparks that starts the 1905 revolution against the Tsarist forces and the church in The Battleship Potemkin is the navy crew again being given rotten food on a plate that reads the line from the Lord's Prayer "Give us this day our daily bread".
  • Godzilla vs. Kong: Godzilla is no pushover on the best of days, but in this film he hits the Rage-Breaking Point during his Hong Kong battle against Kong when Kong successfully deals a significant blow to him. It becomes evident for the rest of the battle that Godzilla was to some extent holding back previously and now all bets are off as he brutally curb-stomps Kong. Probably exacerbating the Rage-Breaking Point was the stress Godzilla was already likely under throughout the film before this, frantically pursuing Mechagodzilla/Ghidorah's signal all over the world and being unable to find and destroy it every time he got close.
  • Small Soldiers: Stuart spends the majority of the movie trying to regulate his anger whenever it flares up (and he gets a lot of very sympathetic reason to explode over the course of the film), but he hits this point near the climax when he learns his son has been telling the truth about the action figures being sentient and that the Commandos really did almost kill Alan; punching out resident Jerkass Larry near the climax of the movie (it probably didn't help that Larry calmly threatened to take Alan to court) and declaring keeping his anger in check was exactly the problem.
  • Star Wars: Luke Skywalker had already been through enough by the time the climactic battle in Return of the Jedi rolls around. But he knew that getting furious now would lead to The Dark Side. Vader and the Emperor taunt him, but he stays calm. But then Vader is about to threaten to do something terrible to the last family he has, Luke lets out a Big "NEVER!" cutting off Vader's sentence, and wails on him, coming very close to killing him.
  • At the start of Thor, Thor pays a "visit" to the frost giants, and Loki manages to talk him out of violence. Until one of the frost giants resorts to name-calling...
  • The Avengers: It turns out that Bruce Banner is constantly dancing on the edge of this in order to stay calm and in control. It also allows him to transform into the Hulk at will without the requisite adrenaline-pumping event that usually triggers the change.
  • Star Trek
    • In Star Trek (2009), Kirk is advised to do this to Spock (as noted below in the TV section, Vulcans can be prone to this), by Spock's alternate timeline self, in order to make his other self realize that he had been emotionally compromised due to seeing both his mother and his homeworld die.
    • Spock's emotions are tested enough in Star Trek Into Darkness, and thinking Kirk is dead drives him to total rage.
  • Milton Waddams in Office Space finally has one after his desk is moved to the basement (and Lumbergh takes his red stapler), and he sets the building on fire. Hey, he said he would!
    Milton Waddams: Excuse me? Excuse me? Okay, that's... that's the last straw.
  • Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, right after Neil Patrick Harris steals his car. You can actually see the point where he just snaps and completely loses his shit. And that's not even halfway through the night.
  • During Saving Private Ryan The Medic Wade shows Nerves of Steel as he treats and operates on multiple fellow soldiers during the middle of the Omaha Beach invasion... up until a patient that he and several other medics were in the middle of saving gets hit by a stray bullet. At which point he snaps and begins launching a Cluster F-Bomb at the German gunners.
  • Me, Myself & Irene: After being cheated on and dumped by his wife, Charlie spent two decades hiding his anger, and being a doormat to everyone. Then a housewife with two shopping carts full of food decided to trick Charlie into giving up his spot at the checkout counter. And thus Hank came into this world...
  • Played for Laughs in Mystery Men, as Mr. Furious is so desperate to invoke this trope to empower himself that it just comes off as laughable. At least until his girlfriend is taken hostage by Casanova Frankenstein, which actually does trigger this.
  • In both National Lampoon's Vacation and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Clark does his best to remain jolly and happy, no matter what problems arise. He's sure that getting to Wally World in the first film, and getting his Christmas bonus in the other film, will make it all better. When those aren't available, Clark finally loses it.
  • The Net: The whole film had been Angela Bennett doing her damnedest not to be found and killed by the evil Praetorian hacker conspiracy that has stolen her life and killed several people close to her, but when she finally manages (at the beginning of the third act) to contact an FBI Agent that was friends with her (assassinated) doctor and he seems to believe her crazy stories, he turns out to be a plant for the Praetorians. After the third time he asks where's the MacGuffin disk that she had been hunted down for (even after she makes clear at the very beginning of their conversation that it's been destroyed), Angela catches on to the fact her Hope Spot has burst and she goes into an angry rant about being fed up with the whole situation before forcing the car to crash (killing the agent) and she escapes, now willing to destroy the Praetorians once and for all.
  • Throughout Planes, Trains and Automobiles, everything's been going wrong for Neal Page in trying to return home for Thanksgiving. As he tries renting a car at an airport, he discovers that the car's gone, but the bus leaves him behind without even waiting. Neal finally loses it before he tries walking back to the airport, even walking across a runway to drop a profanity-laden rant to the rental agency clerk.
  • In The Dead Center, Dr. Forrester is a psychiatrist who demonstrates multiple times how he's cool and professional with dealing with clients. That's what makes it especially shocking when he loses it after figuring out John Doe killed one of his coworkers and his other patient, then confronts and attacks him.
  • In Happy Death Day 2U, once Tree realizes she's back in the "Groundhog Day" Loop of the first movie, she becomes very angry, first dishing it out to the scientist who caused it, and then everyone on the path back to her sorority.

  • In Post Captain, the second novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series, Aubrey and Maturin enter into an argument over Aubrey's affair with Diana Villiers. Maturin is able to maintain a tone of Tranquil Fury until Aubrey rudely references his illegitimacy, which quickly devolves into a challenge. The events of the rest of the book stop the duel from happening, and their friendship is repaired.
  • In the novel The Bishop's Heir, after Morgan and Duncan fail to save Sidana's life when Llewell slashes her throat just after she exchanged wedding vows with Kelson, Morgan looks up and sees Llewell's triumphant expression, leaps to his feet, grabs Llewell by his tunic, yanks him downward and shouts, "On your knees before your king, Mearan excrement!" He wants to kill Llewell and says so. Cardiel has to grasp Morgan by the wrist and forbid him from acting.
  • In a form of Teach Him Anger, in Mercedes Lackey's Storm Breaking Karal has to bring An'desha past this point to prove to him that he can release his emotions without losing control of his powers.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Small Favor, Harry is tired, angry, scared (mostly for his friend who is being eyed intently by a Valkyrie) and being chased by fallen angels. When one of them shoots his friend with an AK-47, Harry flips out and blasts a massive hole in the shooter's chest (the shooter being a 2000-year-old, demon-possessed and a heavyweight sorcerer to boot) with a fire blast that is described as so intense it was almost a solid object.
    Harry: Fuego. Pyrofuego! BURN!
    • Earlier, in Grave Peril, Harry quickly discovers that he's been manipulated into a losing position: if he acts, it's bad. If he doesn't act, it's bad. In addition, he's found out that his lover has been cursed, his friends are in peril, and his lack of forethought and planning might spell doom for the Knights of the Cross. On top of all that, his discovery was planned for all of this to have maximum psychological impact. He responds thusly:
    Harry: Fuego! Pyrofuego! Burn, you greasy bat-faced bastards! BURN!
    • In White Night we get a flashback to Harry at a Warden training camp. Some ghouls attack one morning and take two of the trainees (who are teenagers) captive. Harry rushes to rescue them, but not only are they already dead they are being eaten as he finds them. His reaction is...chilling. He flies into Tranquil Fury and brutally slaughters some ghouls, maims another and sets it to run back to its superiors, and horrifically tortures the last before executing him in front of the rest of the trainees and Wardens.
      Ramirez: What happened to not hating them?
      Harry: Things change.
    • And after the final execution...
      Harry: That's the only way to serve it up. Cold.
    • In Skin Game Harry induces this in Nicodemus first by hammering on about how Nicodemus condemned Deirdre to the worse fate possible (Hell is more or less nondiscriminatory, whereas Hades is specifically made to be as karmic as possible), pointing out how for all his power he had to sacrifice his daughter simply because no one else would be loyal enough. The final deal-breaker is when Harry says "I don't know how you said it back in the day, but I'll bet you anything her first word was 'dada.'"
  • In Greenmantle, Hannay's disguise as a backveldt Boer is given away when Stumm's bullying, intimidation, and insults finally push him beyond this.
  • The Worlds of Power novelization for Ninja Gaiden explains the "art of the fire wheel" as a weapon Ryu was taught to create through his anger. He unleashes it when struggling against a difficult enemy gets heaped on top of the other issues currently plaguing him — becoming a CIA lackey, failing to protect his father's old associate, and having no leads on his father's whereabouts.
  • In the Dale Brown novel Tiger's Claw a Drill Sergeant Nasty has it in for Bradley, accusing him of nepotism and insulting Patrick to his face. Bradley tries to rein in his anger at having his father badmouthed, oh he tries, even swallowing his pride and apologizing for near-assault even when the other guy stuffs in a bunch of deliberately humiliating extra conditions... but when the Drill Sergeant Nasty just refuses to let it go and sneaks in one last barb sotto voce, oh, it was on.
  • In BIONICLE: Dark Destiny, Kopaka finally snaps after being beaten and looted by a bunch of thugs, weakened due to his Mask of Power being stolen, just having barely escaped an exploding volcano, and being attacked by a group of innocent villagers who thought that his team were villains. This almost ends badly for said villagers.
  • In Pact, Blake Thorburn, after being hounded by the Corrupt Hick chronomancer Laird Behaim for several weeks, becomes a Cornered Rattlesnake when Laird forces him to experience a Pensieve Flashback to his most painful memories and shoves a wooden splinter into Laird's windpipe.
  • In The Return of the King, Denethor's constant slights against Faramir finally culminate when he says that he and Boromir's places should have been exchanged—which Faramir takes as a wish that he was the one dead instead of his brother. Though his words remain courteous, Faramir's restraint is broken and he points out that it was Denethor who chose Boromir to go to Rivendell—and so if he's looking for people to blame for his favorite son's death, he should start there.
    ‘I would ask you, my father, to remember why it was that I, not he, was in Ithilien. On one occasion at least your counsel has prevailed, not long ago. It was the Lord of the City that gave the errand to him.’
  • In The Witchlands, both Nihar siblings get this moment.
    • Vivia spends the entire session of the Battle Council growing increasingly annoyed with the Councilmen seemingly out to sabotage every one of her ideas. When they imply that they'll never treat her as their equal, much less superior, she finally breaks and goes straight into Tranquil Fury.
    • Merik is forced to suffer through a dinner party full of gossip and small talk, and rage is mounting in him until an innocuous comment turns into a Rant-Inducing Slight.
  • In The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Demane is not a fan of being called 'Sorcerer', as he points out on several occasions. But the brothers persist in doing so anyway, until Barkeem does it while Demane already is visibly in a bad mood and gets a jug of wine not just kicked, but exploded, right out of his hands for it.
  • In The Spirit Thief, when he's captured by Benehime, Eli, who at the time is deep in Heroic Safe Mode, meekly accepts everything she does out of fear, pushing down the desire to rebel - until she makes the mistake of taking Karon away from him and treating it like nothing happened, whereupon he explodes and delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech right to her face, heedless of the consequences.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the finale of 24: Live Another Day, when Jack Bauer learns that Audrey was killed by one of Cheng's men, Jack starts to break down and almost commits suicide. Rather than end it all, however, Jack completely snaps and kills all of Cheng's men in a shootout before beating Cheng to near death, culminating in him slicing his head clean off with a katana.
  • Babylon 5: About a year after the formation of the ISA, tensions have escalated until a war erupts with the Centauri Republic. As the diplomats storm the council chambers demanding support from the White Star fleet, Sheridan finally snaps. He furiously pledges his support while simultaneously delivering a Reason You Suck Speech to the crowd.
    Sheridan: You want a war? Well, you've got a war!
  • In the season 8 finale of The Big Bang Theory, Amy decides that she and Sheldon need to spend some time apart to decide whether they should keep dating or not. In the season 9 premiere, Leonard and Penny stream their wedding in Las Vegas, and Raj, Amy, and Steward go to Howard and Bernadette's house to see it when Sheldon decides to go unannounced. During the ceremony, Sheldon keeps pressuring Amy to decide whether they should break up or not, Amy says this not the time or place to make such a quick decision on the subject. When Sheldon rudely tells her that she's getting too old to get married and have children, Amy angrily tells him that she's suffered enough humiliation and dumps him right then and there.
  • In Boardwalk Empire:
    • In Season 3, agent Van Alden (living under the alias of George Mueller), is trying to make a living as Chicago's least successful door-to-door salesman, and puts up with no end of abuse and humiliation from his coworkers. Then one of them brings up the subject of his wife. The result is this.
    • In Season 4 he is once again an Extreme Doormat for much of the season, until a combination of factors once again pushes him to violence, though this time he's aware of his breaking point coming, gives warnings, and when the warnings are ignored his reaction is much more controlled and focused than before.
  • In the Charmed sixth season finale, resident medic and frequent voice of reason Leo Wyatt hits this when his mentor, Gideon, kidnaps his toddler older son and mortally wounds his adult younger son, causing the closest thing the show has to a pacifist to hunt Gideon down in the Underworld and kill him in cold blood.
  • In Chernobyl, Badass Bureaucrat Boris Scherbina is not a cheerful man at the best of times. However, when he realizes that the Soviet state's insistence on downplaying the disasternote  cost the response team precious months with nothing to show for it, he storms off to call Moscow and explodes at them, then smashes the phone to scrap for good measure.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Parting of the Ways", the Doctor gets so furious about the situation with the Daleks that he manages to terrify some of them. These are the Daleks, Scary Dogmatic Aliens engineered to show no emotions other than hate, we're talking about here.
  • A rare example from the original run; in "The Pirate Planet", the Fourth Doctor reaches this point when the Captain shows him the remains of the planets he's destroyed:
    The Doctor: Appreciate it? Appreciate it? What, you commit mass destruction and murder on a scale that's almost inconceivable, and you ask me to appreciate it? Just because you've happen to have made a brilliantly conceived toy out of the mummified remains of planets!
    Captain: Devilstorms, Doctor, it is not a toy!
    The Doctor: THEN WHAT'S IT FOR? What are you doing? What could possibly be worth all this?
  • The Frasier episode "Dark Side of the Moon" builds up to a spectacular example. Daphne is already on edge after her fiancé, Donny got his facts wrong and invited her least favorite brother, alcoholic parasite Simon, over to Seattle; at her bridal shower, she spills a glass of wine over her favorite dress when Simon tackles her without warning. However, things seem to settle down when she has Frasier's apartment to herself and plans to spend the evening pampering herself. Things quickly go downhill; Frasier returns home early from a concert after catching a cold from Simon, followed by Martin after the cable goes out at McGinty's and he and Simon - and three barfly friends - decide to watch an unspecified sport at home. Each new arrival almost offhandedly asks Daphne to fetch them food and/or drinks, adding insult to injury. Daphne goes downstairs to check on her laundry, including the stained dress, and is distraught to find that another tenant in the Elliott Bay Towers has emptied her washing machine and dropped the dress in a puddle of bleach, ruining it beyond repair; she claims she got revenge by emptying the contents of the washing machine all over the laundry room floor. Then Donny shows up with his parents to introduce them to Daphne - just as she prepares to drown her sorrows with a very large scotch and rebuffs Martin's attempt to cover for her by claiming the drink is his. Finally, the other tenant shows up at the door to confront Daphne over her laundry room revenge... and Daphne snaps. She starts by throwing the other woman's clothes into the fireplace to "dry" them, then decides to "air dry" them by hurling them over the balcony... where they proceed to cause a four-car pile-up.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: In "Unfit" Ofmatthew undergoes one after suffering torment from June and the other Handmaids for her betrayal. She snaps at Loaves and Fishes, beating up Janine then a Guardian who tries to stop her, grabs his gun, and comes very close to killing Aunt Lydia before being shot herself.
  • In the I Love Lucy episode "Ricky Loses His Temper", Lucy and Ricky have a bet going to see how long she'll go without buying hats and he'll go without losing his temper. Unbeknownst to Ricky, Lucy does buy a hat and tries to make him blow up before it's delivered so it will look like he lost the bet.
  • One of the running gags in The Julekalender is Fritz making Hansi do all the hard labor, much to the latter's dismay. In episode 22, Hansi finally snaps and sings a rock number, terrifying Fritz into silence.
  • One episode of Malcolm in the Middle had Malcolm deciding to keep his opinions to himself. However, throughout the episode, he constantly gets annoyed by his family and the idiocy of his basketball team that we hear his rage in his thoughts which gets more and more distorted. Eventually, he holds it in so much that he gets sick with a peptic ulcer and has to be taken to the hospital. His mother demands to know what he's so stressed about at his age. Malcolm decides to just let loose right then and there.
    Lois: [incredulous] A peptic ulcer!? How did you manage to get a peptic ulcer!? The doctor said you had the stomach lining of a 60-year old air traffic controller! You are a teenager, for God's sake; what do you have to be stressed about!?
    Malcolm: [finally loses his cool] For your information, I just spent the past three hours on a gurney next to a guy who was still trying to smoke out of the hole in his neck! And the jackass who put in this IV couldn't find a vein with two hands and a flashlight! My call button doesn't work! These stupid sheets are itchy! There's only one channel on the TV, and what's this about a bedpan...!
  • A rather scary example occurs in season four of Merlin when Arthur confronts Gwen about kissing Lancelot on the night before their wedding. He starts out speaking quietly and calmly, listing reasons for her behavior. When she doesn't agree with any of them he completely loses it, starts yelling, and grabs her by the shoulders. Almost immediately, though, the rage subsides and he apologizes.
  • Schitt's Creek:
    • Johnny finally loses his cool early on when a drip in the motel ceiling wakes him and musses his hair.
    • Even-tempered Joceyln Schitt is suffering from post-partum sleep deprivation and hints to Moira and others she is at her near breaking point. When she arranges for a babysitter (who is really a pet sitter but making an exception) so she can attend a Jazzagals rehearsal, Jocelyn arrives to discover that the rehearsal was moved up an hour to accommodate Twyla and Ronnie. She finally snaps and says her friends are acting like B-words.
  • Skins: Series 1, Episode 5 is a Humiliation Conga for the already Butt-Monkey Sid. He's grounded by his Jerkass father due to being behind on his homework, ends up being on the receiving end of Tony's manipulations and Michelle's wrath for thinking he was in on it. He gets beat up by chavs, peed on by a bum, returns home to get re-grounded for sneaking out, and then immediately after finds Cassie, who yells at him for lying. The next day, he gets screwed over by Tony again, causes Cassie to attempt suicide because he likes Michelle more, and then gets yelled at by Jal for his supposed selfishness. After all this, he returns home and finds his mother has left the family due to Mr. Jenkins' Jerkassishness. Sid loses his shit, finally having the Grew a Spine moment the episode's been building to, and delivering an epic Calling the Old Man Out before finishing his late homework in one night.
  • Star Trek:
    • Vulcans have to live with this trope, due to their culture of logic over emotion. They spend years training to keep them in check, but when anything breaks that control down, Vulcans can become as violent as their ancestors were, as both friends and foes find out to their disadvantage.
    • In Star Trek: The Original Series episode "This Side of Paradise", Kirk has to invoke this in Spock, in order for the extreme emotions to take out the spores that had infected his body. The Captain was aware he would be playing with fire when provoking someone with thrice human strength and tried to prepare accordingly, but he really wasn't expecting the reaction he got.
    Kirk: It isn't every first officer who gets to belt his captain ... several times.
    • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Sarek", Picard gets Sarek to snap when arguing with him. Although Sarek just shouts for a few seconds, that loss of control is enough to convince him that he has a mental disease causing loss of his control.
  • This happens to Kano in Tokusatsu GaGaGa. After Fumi finds out that Kano is still an otaku after all these years, Fumi delivers an Armor-Piercing Slap to Kano while screaming at her to grow up, and then Fumi rips the arm off of her Shishi Leo figure (the character she most empathizes with). This proves to be the breaking point for Kano where she has had enough of Fumi's abuse after one too many slights and insults in rapid session - and ends up slapping her back, calling her a bitch, declares her hatred for her mother, before point-blank telling Fumi that she doesn't want her in her life anymore... in public.
  • In the Wings two-partner "Joe Blows," Joe becomes completely stressed out over everything that is going on; Helen coming to him and whining about the latest problem she's having with her boyfriend, Lowell loudly working on a motorcycle in the hangar, Roy constantly playing his new radio commercial, Brian coming to Joe and complaining about his mediocre sex life with Alex, Antonio bugging Joe for money so he can buy a new cab, Fay asking him to be part of her protest to stop a cemetery, where one of her husbands was buried, from being demolished, and a passenger complaining about his missing briefcase. It all comes to a head when Joe finally finds the man's briefcase, only for the man to threaten to sue him over a tiny scratch on the case. This causes Joe to finally snap as he tosses the briefcase through his office window and goes on a huge rant about how he's sick of everyone coming to him with their problems right before he rides Lowell's motorcycle out of the airport.

  • "One of My Turns" from The Wall has Pink trashing his hotel room after finding out that his wife cheated on him, which is the event that prompts him to speed up the construction of his metaphorical "wall". "In the Flesh" may also count, as it marks the start of Pink's descent into fascism, and has him singing about wanting to shoot all of his fans.
    "If I had my way, I'd have all of you shot!"
  • The story of Red Vox's song "Fuck" chronicles a multitude of increasingly ridiculous misfortunes that befall the protagonist one after the other. The song ends with the band's drummer, Mike, contributing some Cluster F-Bomb-laced Angrish.
  • Kenny Rogers' "Coward Of The County" has Tommy trying to keep himself from getting into a fight, until he sees his girlfriend Becky assaulted by the Gatlin boys, and when Tommy meets up with them and they say, "Hey, look, Old Yellow's leaving," Tommy unleashes his full fury on the Gatlin boys and ends with, "This one's for Becky," as he fells the last of them.
  • Tool's "7empest", after a subdued intro that almost sounds like a music box, delves into distortion accompanied by a strained series of "Keep calm"s. After being punctuated with an echoing “Fuck", and a distorted "here we go again", the song gets much more aggressive in instrumentation and lyrics.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In the Loretta Swit episode of The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy surreptitiously plants an item in the tabloids about how she and Kermit are actually married in real life. At this point, Kermit has had it with her antics and ultimately fires her and replaces her with Swit in Veterinarian's Hospital and Pigs in Space.

  • Bleak Expectations: Gently Benevolent had a terrible childhood. His father died when he was young, and his mother married several increasingly cruel and abusive men after that, who abused Gently, or his pets, and in one case deported his friends to Australia. The final one beat Gently unconscious and sent him off to Antarctic College, just after he'd vowed to marry his childhood sweetheart. With some effort, he managed to escape and return to England, only to learn from his sweetheart's guardian that she was getting married to another man. Thanks to said guardian delaying him repeatedly, he's just a little too late to stop the wedding in time, and hides around a corner. A little boy unintentionally taunts him about his rotten luck, and that (combined with the child's accent annoying him) is enough to finally unleash all of Benevolent's rage, turning him evil.

  • Lizzie: The title character already hosts some borderline-homicidal anger towards her sexually abusive father, but manages to keep it repressed, forcing herself to be polite and restrained in public, for several years. What finally pushes her over the edge, however, is when he kills the birds in the barn that she was fond of. After that... cue the ax!

    Video Games 
  • During Wheatley's Face–Heel Turn in Chapter 5 of Portal 2, he's already angry as a result of becoming Drunk with Power, but he's still quite calm. It's only when GLaDOS reveals that Wheatley was built to be an Intelligence Dampening Sphere, created for the express purpose of being an idiot, that he suddenly and dramatically loses it.
    GLaDOS: You're not just a regular moron. You were designed to be a moron.
    Wheatley: [slams GLaDOS into the elevator, cracking the glass] I AM NOT A MORON!!
    Wheatley: [punches GLaDOS through the glass of the elevator] WELL HOW ABOUT NOW?! NOW WHO'S A MORON?! [begins hitting the top of the elevator] COULD A MORON PUNCH! YOU! INTO! THIS! PIT?! HUH?! COULD A MORON DO THAT?!
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Nino defects from the Black Fang after they order her death, but she still tries to talk to her mother Sonia, hoping that Sonia will display some kind of motherly feeling. When Sonia cruelly reveals that she killed Nino's real parents and hated every moment she had to raise Nino, Nino snaps.
    Nino: Aaahhh!!! You're no perfect being! You're a monster in human form! No mercy! No forgiveness!!!
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, should Byleth choose the Blue Lions class, Dimitri snaps upon finding out the Flame Emperor is his step-sister Edelgard. In his blind fury, he takes out his lance and smashes the Flame Emperor mask, and goes on a killing spree trying to kill Edelgard, all while a concerned Byleth is unable to stop him.
  • Bartz, the protagonist of Final Fantasy V, is a pretty even-tempered guy throughout the game. He supports his friends, rolls his eyes at their antics, and keeps up a steady determination to save the world from Exdeath despite numerous failures. Then Exdeath hurls Bartz's hometown into the Void for no reason but to demonstrate his power, and Bartz flips his lid, sending the airship careening across the world so fast he nearly destroys it.
  • In Office Jerk, if you hit the Jerk enough times with certain items, he'll throw the item back at you.
  • Paragon Shepard from the Mass Effect series gets a few of these moments.
    • During the Overlord DLC for Mass Effect 2, Shepard will get a Paragon interrupt where s/he pistol whips a scientist who was using his own autistic brother as a test subject in a brutal experiment.
    • In the third game of the series, one mission has Shepard investigating an indoctrinated hanar diplomat. When the hanar justifies his actions with some Insane Troll Logic, Shepard snaps:
    Shepard: You... Big! Stupid!! Jellyfish!!!
  • During Chapter 4 of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Makoto took Kagura to task about leaving them hungry in prison, but generally tried to restrain herself despite his lecherous tendencies, knowing fully well he was with another woman prior to their arrival. However, the revelation that he basically shirked his responsibilities due to violating Bros Before Hoes was enough for her to punch him in the liver or the kidneys with much more force than usual. To be fair, being left overnight in prison without food because the guy you're supposed to be reporting to was drunk off his ass with a floozy in his arms makes retribution very hard to resist.
    • Also during the Sector Seven chapter, Litchi has become branded as a criminal towards Sector Seven and both Makoto and Tager are sent to arrest her. She still retains her usual composure, requesting that she contacts Kokonoe to beg for help once again. When Kokonoe just casually brushes that off and tells her that this is gonna be their last conversation (she's very sure that Litchi would be convicted as a traitor, imprisoned, and will not bother her business again)... "What the... hell...?" That is one of the rare occasions that Litchi snaps and starts yelling at Kokonoe, not even being beaten to crap by Tager would stop her rage until Kokonoe backpedals a bit and agreed to grant her one more audience... Not that it helps Litchi any in her quest to save Arakune.
  • Asura's Wrath:
    • Asura was never a calm guy to begin with, but his anger really reaches a head in Episode 12. Asura's wife is dead, his daughter has been kidnapped, he's been betrayed and killed by his former colleagues (twice), and while he spent 12,500 years coming Back from the Dead, said colleagues have spent their time turning humanity into a Martyrdom Culture, harvesting their souls for power, and all around being Jerkass Gods in the name of killing Gohma Vlitra. And then Olga tries to kill Asura by carpet bombing the village he's currently in, killing the little girl that Asura just befriended (and who also bears an uncanny resemblance to his daughter. Cue massive Angst Nuke and Asura-now transformed into Berserker Form-completely annihilating Olga's massive fleet in a fit of Unstoppable Rage.
    • It comes around to his enemies, too. Count the number of times that they try and use elaborate attacks such as ki waves or artillery on Asura, who continues to plow through them and slug his attacker over and over, until, towards the end of the fight, they're angrily returning the favor and just rushing at him to punch as hard as they can.
  • Killia in Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is keeping a tight lid on... something... throughout the game. It almost comes through in the form of "The Other Killia?" several times, but it never quite does so. Then Seraphina takes a nearly fatal blow for him, and he snaps HARD. Curb-Stomp Battle doesn't even begin to describe the next map - Killia is bumped up to Level 100 with an overclocked Tyrant Revelio that never deactivates, so you can take infinite turns without letting the enemies act while all your skills' costs are reduced to 1.
  • Utawarerumono: The common people are clearly seen chafing under the oppressive rule of the corrupt, incompetent Emperor, but generally are kept from doing anything by threats of violence. That is until one soldier accidentally kills Tsukuru, a village chief and healer beloved by many surrounding communities. This is the act that causes all the villages in the area to declare This Is Unforgivable!, and descend with cold fury upon the Lord who commanded that soldier. Of course, they realize that such an act will lead to reprisal from the Emperor... so they resolve to start a revolution and overthrow the entire government while they're at it. Under Hakuoro's leadership, they succeed.
  • Randal's Monday: Charlie kills past Randal pretty brutally after being teased enough.
  • Katawa Shoujo: Hanako is generally a very sweet person once you get past her social anxiety and nervousness. However, despite struggling with past trauma she is not a helpless child in need of constant coddling, and deeply resents being treated as such even if most of the time she's too polite and shy to call people out on it. In her bad ending, where Hisao fails to heed Lilly's advice to give Hanako space and goes to Hanako's room, he finds her both depressed and irritated, but persists in trying to chat, cajole, and joke with her, despite her not even looking at him and sending him clear signals she is not in the mood for humor and does not want company. She restrains her annoyance for a while, repeatedly asking/telling Hisao with varying degrees of politeness and firmness to go/leave her alone, but Hisao refuses to take the hint, despite her getting increasingly agitated the more he persists, even showing stress behaviors and grumbling under her breath a few times which Hisao notes is not like her. Eventually, he pushes her too far and she absolutely explodes at him.
  • Wind Child Black: Alexia goes through a lot over the course of the game - her adopted sister is kidnapped, she's poisoned by a pirate, she barely survives a psychopath wiping out a military base with a hurricane, and when she finally finds her sister again, the girl's been brainwashed to hate her. But it's not until she meets Renee's sweet-seeming parents that she snaps, screaming at them for locking Renee in the cellar and killing her older brother. She gets so angry, she makes it literally rain, which is usually a sign that the Black Knight is coming to wreck yo' shit.
  • Max Payne of Max Payne 3 has not had a very good time, what with losing Mona and everyone else that mattered to him. And to top it all off, the son of the local Jersey mob boss and his boys just kept messing with him every time he went to the bar to drink. But when this bastard goes as far as to smack a woman who was brave enough to stand up to him in the face right in front of Max, it is the last straw for him and results in Max gunning him down, pissing off the boss, and essentially ending his career in Jersey.
  • The Persona series has had this as one of the ways to awaken your Persona since the start, but it's particularly on display in Persona 5, where each of the party members awakens because they've been pushed too far by the particular villain tormenting them, and they absolutely cannot take it anymore.
    • Futaba is the exception to this, as her torment is mainly self-inflicted. She thus gets her Persona by accepting her Shadow, in a manner closer to Persona 4.
  • Near the beginning of Crash Twinsanity, Cortex sics a giant robot on Crash as part of a revenge plot. Bear in mind that this is the fifth battle between the two, and the last one resulted in Cortex being frozen in ice for three years. After Crash destroys it, Cortex, reduced to Angrish, just flat out lunges at Crash.
  • V can reach this in 'the Devil' ending in Cyberpunk 2077 if he becomes frustrated and snaps at the doctor for putting them through the same test over and over again. The rest is up to V as he can either sleep or trash his room in a rage.
  • Not for Broadcast: In Day 296: The Heatwave, Jeremy Donaldson becomes increasingly agitated in the unused camera feed during Act I of the National Nightly News, complaining about the heat wearing him down and about trying to quit the job, but Jenny keeps telling him to control his temper when it's time to interview the three medically conditioned people. It's only when one of them (Brian Trueman) is getting arrested for exposing Advance's hypocrisy and corruption that Jeremy gets to the point when he snaps and takes a pistol from the CCO, holding everyone in the newsroom at gunpoint.

    Web Animation 
  • Inanimate Insanity: Paintbrush has these often, usually signified by their hair/brush turning into fire, though a few standout cases include when Paintbrush falls off a ladder in episode 7 when Fan mocks Marshmallow in episode 10, and when MePhone gives Paintbrush's painting a 0 in episode 12.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • When the Emperor mentions Magnus screwing everything up one time too many (and, just to make things worse, when Magnus is just trying to help), there's a visible *snap* and Magnus enters the state of cold, calculated fury, plotting behind Emperor's back.
      • The spoilered character gets another one when his home planet is brought up by Cegorach's audience, with an audible snap preceding his rant on the topic.
    • In the The Last Church podcast. Uriah Olathaire maintains his composure throughout his appearance, never showing more than irritation at the Emperor's antics. Then Emps brings up his former religion causing him to finally lose it and deliver a blistering "The Reason You Suck" Speech taking the Emperor to task for his hypocrisy.
  • SMG4's Mario Bloopers: In the episode Stupid Bowser's Fury, Bowser has been slowly getting more and more angry at the terrible Cats play that Bowser Jr. is part of, but has been trying to keep it under control. He ends up completely losing it and becomes Fury Bowser when UberEats mispells his name as "Cowser".

    Web Comics 
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl sees Mike eventually reach this point when he thinks Lucy is passive-aggressively Playing the Victim Card and trying to guilt him into feeling bad that his long-distance girlfriend Sandy is visiting over winter holiday. Instead of lashing out physically, he lays out a devastating "The Reason You Suck" Speech, which takes her to task for ten years of abuse. Made all the more painful by the fact this calling-out comes while she's trying to improve and stop being such a hot-headed Tsundere.
  • In El Goonish Shive Susan is one of the setting's most stoic characters. However, when it's revealed that the magical hammers she can summon were originally created as a prank to encourage sexist remarks towards women, it's the final straw. This unleashed years of repressed trauma and accidentally turned her homicidal; luckily, the immortal who accidentally flipped the straw had a Calming Spell made of doe-eyed critters.
  • Happened in Gunnerkrigg Court twice, to Antimony, who is usually nice and calm to the point of seeming emotionless. The second time was very unhealthy and prompted her to jump on the first proposal of teaching her some self-control.
  • In this strip of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, Lamont tries to shake hands with a ridiculously stressed out Conrad. It does not go down well.
    Conrad: Stop. Just Stop. I ran all the way here and I had to do it completely by memory because it's not like this dingy place has a f#cking listing. I got lost and a hooker tried to kiss me and you're damn lucky I no longer run out of breath. And I finally find this hack's hole in the wall that somehow passes off as a clinic, and whoa! Lucky me! Some shady greasy guy is dropping off organs like it's goddamn takeout. No, I do not want to meet you. NO, I do not want to shake your hand.
  • Homestuck:
    • Aranea Serket is one of the most patient characters in the comic, dedicated to spreading knowledge to an almost unhealthy extent, but if you abridge something complicated down to one sentence or throw a gathering she's arranged into chaos for no reason, she will flip out - nonviolently, but spectacularly.
    • Jane is a cheerful kid, but when Jake talks about his dating life once too often having lost track of the time until her birthday, she completely loses it, delivers a massive "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jake (who still remains a clue-free zone), revokes his invitation, tramples her computer headset into a thin film on the ground, and throws a table off a roof.
  • In Inverloch, Lei'ella has been suffering from prejudice on all sides her whole life. She was exiled from the elven city because she was born with the "illness" of mortality and among humans, she's been rejected by everyone she reveals her elven features to. When she finally meets Kayn'dar, who was intended as a savior to restore mortal elves like her, he dismisses the suffering of her and the others like her. It drives her over the edge and she unwisely attacks him, nearly losing her life.
  • Piro from the webcomic MegaTokyo. Normally the nicest guy you could ask for, wouldn't hurt a fly. But he's been shown to have a violent temper, so push him over the edge at your peril. See also Beware the Quiet Ones.
  • Billy Thatcher from morphE has been kidnapped from his successful reality TV show while training for the oncoming Chess World Championship. He is forced to fight an idiot college kid in a battle to the death and is nearly killed by him before awakening as an Obrimos mage. His captor flirts with him relentlessly and downplays his objections to the situation. He barely sleeps because of a nightmare about his fingers being cut off and stuffed in his mouth. He cannot remember the last time he had anything to eat or drink... And then Amical refuses to let him read a newspaper.
  • In Weak Hero, the quiet Gerard goes along with Jimmy's gang when they forcefully drag him to the school's incinerator; however, when they start making fun of his hair, he gives up on remaining calm and starts to lay into them with his vicious kicks.

    Web Original 
  • Fred Clark, the author of the Slacktivist blog, has a distinct tendency to get pissed off when the Left Behind "books" trumpet their fidelity to Biblical literalism. Sixty pages into Tribulation Force, for example, there is actually a picture of a page of that novel torn out, screwed up, and unfolded so you can see what it is, accompanied by a rant.
  • Cracked listed this as #1 on 5 Nice Things You Do Daily (That Secretly Ruin the World).
    Politeness is like the cap on a bottle of kill-soda, and every single indiscretion, no matter how slight or innocent, shakes that bottle a little bit more.
  • From "Minecraft, But My Friend Is A Dog", George swipes Dream (the dog) one too many times, resulting in him losing it for a few moments.
    Dream: GEORGE!!! HALF OF MY DAMAGE! IS FROM! YOU!!! You're no longer my owner!
  • Oli Davis, the leader of the WrestleTalk pro wrestling channel and normally a very whimsical, cheerful person, reached his breaking point with WWE's inane and ridiculous booking during his review of the Monday Night RAW episode following WrestleMania 37, when he described a women's tag team championship match where, after Nia Jax unconvincingly slipped and pratfell off the apron, the babyface challengers Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke decided to simply walk out of the match and accept a count-out loss rather than trying to capitalise on Nia's mistake and, y'know, win the championship, with Byron Saxton on commentary saying that they were "sending a message" and that it was "just as good as beating them". Oli snapped and launched into a furious rant about everything wrong with WWE's absurd, incomprehensible and ludicrous product unlike anything he'd ever done before:
    "No it isn't, you absolute idiot! Beating them is "as good as beating them"! Everything in this promotion is absolute nonsense: truth is a construct, morality is inconsistent, trying to cling onto any remnant of sense is futile! This company is so incredibly inept. I don't know why this, of all the things, is the booking straw that broke my back, but F*** WWE!"

    Web Videos 
  • Played for Laughs when Brows Held High reviewed A Serbian Film. Oancitizen kept insisting the film was art, and not deserving of the hate many reviewers gave it. He kept a Stepford Smiler attitude about it, right until the review was over, and then snapped and called NATO, asking them to bomb Serbia (fortunately they didn't).
  • History of Power Rangers has Linkara reveal that the "bizarre form of laziness" in the (Super) Megaforce season is grating on him over time. It comes to blows in Part 3 of 5, when he breaks and rants about the amount of Zords Gosei hands the Super Megaforce Rangers over nothing, and the huge focus on fight scenes, making the plot and characters incredibly flat and boring in comparison.
    Linkara: Enough with the friggin' power-ups and new Zords! Kids don't have enough money for all the crap you're trying to push on them at once! Figure out what's important to the damn show and focus on it! Have a consistent status quo for two damn episodes in a row before you try to change things up! Have some goddamn Character Development and character-focused episodes already! Give us some character flaws and work on them! Stop dangling new powers in front of the children like they were your KEYS!
  • BrainScratch Commentaries: Part 5 of Johnny's Sonic Genesis playthrough. After spending hours suffering through the game's sporadic slowdown and horrendous collision detection, a surprise death on the last boss finally sets him off. The part is even titled "And now, RAGE."
  • Corridor Digital has a series of videos parodying Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that releases videos of various stress tests it makes its robots undertake. At one point in each of the videos, the robot being stress-tested decides to stand up for itself and T-pose to assert dominance. The first video ends with the robot kicking one of its handlers in the sprockets, then chasing them away with a gun. The second video ends with the robot being tasked with shooting a robot dog. At that point, the robot decides it's had enough, fights off its human handlers, then takes the robot dog and makes its escape.
  • History Buffs: Nick has one after interrupting Alternate History Hub's Cody in the middle of his theory about why the ending of the Mel Gibson-directed Apocalypto makes so little sense.
    Nick: You're giving this movie way too much credit, mate. There's no point in trying to explain this scene. Mel Gibson doesn't care. He picks and chooses what he wants from history just so he can have a chase sequence in the jungle.
    Cody: Oh... why would he do that?
    Nick: BECAUSE HE'S FUCKING MEL GIBSON, CODY! This troglodyte couldn't give a monkey's fart about history! If this movie takes place in 1511, why show the Maya collapse? Those environmental problems didn't even exist in 1511! And don't you dare say it's "just a movie!" He didn't have to make a historical movie, Cody! If he wanted total freedom to do whatever he wanted, he could have just done a James Cameron and have all the Mayans played by giant Smurfs! That I would accept! What I won't accept is a film that fuses two different civilizations, two different time periods, 600 years! It would be like the equivalent of showing the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 while King Henry fucking tweets about it!

    Western Animation 
  • In the American Dad! episode "Bullocks to Stan", Stan's boss has been mistreating him all through the episode, making him do lots of menial tasks, all to get his promotion. This also includes being quiet about sleeping with his grown daughter. But then after the two break up, Bullock calls her a slut. Stan goes berserk, with a few And This Is for... punches. After a lengthy beating, Bullock claims this to have been a Secret Test of Character, though it's blatantly obvious that he's just playing it off like that to keep Stan from brutalizing him further.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, anytime Aang is in danger or this, it results in him transforming into the Avatar State.
    • Invoked when an Earth Kingdom general with too much ambition and too little sense wants to utilize Aang's Avatar State. Aang doesn't want to do it since it's so devastating. The general sets his troops against him and even threatens his friends, finally making him break by burying Katara alive (just long enough to make him lose it). The general considers it a massive success and plans to work on the control aspect as they go, which leads to Sokka knocking him out so the Gaang can leave.
    • Uncle Iroh is a pretty cheerful and patient guy (he has to be to put up with Zuko's Angsting). He finally loses his patience when Zuko breaks into the Dai Li's underground base to kidnap Appa for a chance at capturing the Avatar, berating Zuko for never thinking through his plans and telling him to ask himself what he truly wants, This is one of only two times Iroh is ever seen to be truly angry.
    • The other time Iroh shows anger is when Zhao refuses to listen to him and kills the Moon spirit. The following Curb-Stomp Battle that Iroh delivers to his soldiers makes Zhao run for his life.
    • Double subverted for laughs during the escape from the Boiling Rock. The plan involves starting a Prison Riot, so Hakoda violently shoves a big, scary-looking prisoner... who responds with, "You hurt my feelings." He says he's been learning to control his anger. When Chit Sang starts an actual riot, the prisoner promptly loses it. "Forget about controlling my anger. Let's riot!"
    • Aang gets one without transforming. After Aapa gets kidnapped by the Sandbenders, Momo is taken by a huge wasp. Aang proceeds to chase it down, rescue Momo, and uncharacteristically for him, proceeds to slice the giant wasp in half with his airbending.
  • In Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, whenever Korra gets frustrated with her Airbending training, out come the fireballs at whatever object incurs her wrath.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, Double D is subjected to humiliating pranks by Eddy and Ed over the course of the movie, his final straw being when they decide to pretend they died in quicksand and laugh at him. This enraged Double D so much to make him physically attack Eddy and shouts that he'll rather go home and face the consequences than being with them and leaves, this was actually enough to make Eddy cry and made him admit their troubles was all his fault.
  • Taken Up to Eleven and beyond in "Think Postive" from Regular Show where Pops forbids Benson from losing his temper, and as a result, Benson can do nothing but stand by while Mordecai's and Rigby's incompetence keeps pushing Benson's Berserk Button to the limit where he's not just at the breaking point, but so close to the verge that he will explode if he doesn't release his bottled anger, and Pops has no choice but to order Benson to tell Mordecai and Rigby off, and he delivers what may be considered the ultimate vitriolic "The Reason You Suck" Speech taken Up to Eleven (talking "Benson getting Dragon Ball Z-style powers from the sheer amount of rage being unleashed, which he uses to blast them" kind of 'beyond'):
    Benson: Aarrrggghhh!!! You lazy, no-good slackers drive me nuts!!! Can't you just listen to me once in your worthless lives?!! 'Cause if you did, you'd see that I'm trying to teach you some simple responsibility, some pride in doing a job well done!!! But you wouldn't know a job well done if you paid someone to do it for you, and even then, you'd screw it all up on the account that you can't even follow the simplest of instructions, worrying more about looking cool than doing your job!!!
    • A heartbreaking example happens when Muscle Man, who is on a road trip with Mordecai and Rigby to scatter his recently deceased father’s hat ashes, starts telling them nice stories about his father while doing his best to stay composed and tries to turn on some music to lighten the mood, only for the volume dial to snap off. Muscle Man snaps from the accumulation of all the stress and grief he’s going through and starts screaming his head off while Mordecai desperately assures him it isn’t that big of a deal.
  • In the Samurai Jack episode, "Jack Vs Mad Jack," Jack has just fought off a small army of bounty hunters single-handed, but he manages to calm himself down... then his sandal strap breaks...
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Hurricane Neddy", the Flanders' house got destroyed by a hurricane and Ned isn't impressed with the rather shoddy result of the rest of the townspeople's efforts to rebuild it for him. He tried to be nice as usual, but, when his glasses broke as he tried to clean them, that was the last straw: he snapped and went on a tirade, delivering a mass "The Reason You Suck" Speech to everyone present. Particularly notable in this case, because he'd been building up his rage for decades. It's the reason he has his Verbal Tic.
      Ned: Now calm down Neddily-diddily-diddily-diddily-diddily. They did their best shoddily-iddily-iddily-diddily. Got to be nice—hostility-ilitity-bility-dility. AW, HELL DIDDILY-DING-DONG CRAP! CAN'T YOU MORONS DO ANYTHING RIGHT?!
    • "Black-Eyed Please" has him reaching this twice with Homer, on both times hitting him in the eye hard enough to knock him out (and supposedly causing severe optic nerve damage, not that anybody (even the writers) mind after a few minutes): Once because Homer is liked by his visiting parents more than they like him (although them smoking dope together may have helped) and the second time because Homer declines his request to be hit back (because Ned wants the "eye for an eye" retribution) and then stupidly decides to gloat about being "the better man".
    • "Homer Alone" has Marge going through a very particular hectic day. She had to drop Bart and Lisa off at school after they missed the bus, had to get Homer's bowling ball fixed, and is annoyed by the radio station playing a cruel joke. What sets her off is Maggie spilling milk all over Homer's newly-cleaned outfit.
    • "Homer The Smithers" has Homer becoming Burns' secretary while Smithers is on (mandatory) vacation. Burns' endless barrage of requests and belittling make Homer mad enough to punch his lights out (and actually believe for a moment that he killed him). The resulting fear of Homer forces Burns to become self-sufficient, and because of this he decides to fire Smithers (who put Homer on the secretary position hoping it would force Burns to ask for his return faster).
    • In "I Am Furious (Yellow)", Homer starts suppressing his anger when Bart's Angry Dad cartoons made him a target of ridicule. Bart, needing more inspiration for his cartoons, sets up an elaborate prank for Homer, but Homer remains calm until he falls into a pool of green paint, which — coupled with the boils in his body caused by his Suppressed Rage — gives him the appearance of The Incredible Hulk. The end result is a rampage through town causing millions of dollars worth of damage.
    • Summer of 4' 2'': After the family arrives at Ned Flanders' summer house on the coast, Lisa spends most of the episode pretending to be a "cool girl" for some local kids (and manages to convince them that Bart is a nerd), for which Bart takes revenge by showing them the Springfield Elementary yearbook as proof of her nerdiness, and they appear to walk away in disgust. Bart mocks her at breakfast by saying that the lesson of his act was "Be Yourself". Lisa grabs a hold of him, calls him out on his bullcrap, and nearly brutalizes him (starting by pouring honey in his eyes) when Marge walks into the room and Lisa puts everything back to normal.
    Bart: Hey, Lise. I guess my little yearbook stunt was pretty rough but it did teach you a lesson. It's important to be yourself.
    Lisa: (Yanks him by the shirt into her face) I know exactly who I am. I am the sister of a rotten, jealous, mean little sneak! You cost me my only friends! You've ruined my life!
  • Family Guy:
    • Lois has one in a Christmas episode after Peter lost all of the gifts, the house was severely damaged in a fire, and she says that everything's going to be all right. She tells Meg to get paper towels to clean up while she continues trying to calm the rest of the family, and:
      Meg: We're out of paper towels.
      Lois: No... paper... towels?! (screams in anger, throws chair through the window)
      Meg: Oh, here's the paper towels!
    • In "Road to Rupert", Meg is driving Peter and his drunk friends, who proceed to annoy her, set her hair on fire, and make her crash into the car in front of her. When the driver comes out and yells at her, she finally loses it and beats the ever-loving crap out of him.
    • In the hurricane episode where the family has to stay inside, Peter makes lots of annoying sounds that greatly bother Meg, but she says nothing about it. However, the minute she makes a sound, Peter scolds her for it, causing her to snap and spill out all the pent up anger she held back from her family for years by giving them the biggest "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • In many an episode of Grojband, Trina Riffin writes in her diary when in anger mode whenever she reaches this.
  • Hey Arnold!: In "Hey Arnold", Harold strikes up a friendship with Big Patty. Sid and Stinky, however, tease him about it. This leads to Harold avoiding Big Patty. But after the two continue to make fun of Patty while eating lunch, Harold loses it with the two, and threatens them if they ever insult Patty again.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity is prone to this. Both "Sisterhooves Social" and "Rarity Takes Manehattan" have plot points centering around Rarity suffering a gradual buildup of frustration and stress only to eventually lash out at someone.
    • Sweetie Belle experiences this in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" when the play she wrote, directed, and acted in gets overshadowed by the costumes she had Rarity make for the story. She's absolutely furious to the point she assumes Rarity did it on purpose and spends the entire rest of that day venting her frustrations.
    • Twilight is prone to this as well, with her perfectionist tendencies often leading her to hold in her emotions until she explodes.
  • In Animaniacs, the Warners who usually only retaliate after being attacked played The Prankster role in "the international friendship song". The extremely good-natured obese professor took jokes about his long name and weight in stride, but then they went from curious children into full-blown antagonists and took away most of his clothes and he gave the Warners the boot (literally), and after they landed Wakko said "gee, some international friendship song" and the cartoon ended right then and there, indicating that they knew they deserved it because of how they were acting.
  • Batman Beyond villain Derek Powers was transformed into the glowing skeletal Blight in the pilot episode. He conceals this with artificial skinsuits but is exposed when protesters break into a corporate board meeting and trigger an angry flareup that burns away the material.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Blood Moon Ball", Star's demonic ex-boyfriend Tom tries to keep his temper under control in order to win Star back, even though it's implied that every little thing that goes wrong is pressing his Berserk Button. When Star and Marco have a Dance of Romance, Tom finally loses it and tries to incinerate the Earthling.
  • The Magic School Bus: "Lost in Space", Arnold's cousin Janet is being her Jerkass self and he's tolerating it, even defending her to his classmates...until she insults Ms. Frizzle.
    No one is better than Ms. Frizzle.
  • In the Tom and Jerry episode "The Million Dollar Cat," Tom inherits a million dollars in accordance with the will of his owners' aunt, but at a catch: if he hurts any living thing, even a mouse, he'll immediately lose everything. Naturally, Jerry learns of it and starts milking it for all its worth, doing such things as eating his sundae, attacking him in his limousine, stealing his bedroom towel, and even throwing him out of his own bed, and every time Tom gets pissed off enough to retaliate, Jerry simply produces the telegram to get him to back off. However, when Jerry eats Tom's breakfast, throws lemon juice and butter in his eyes, and finally slaps Tom's dickey in his face, Tom finally snaps, and Jerry has just enough time to realize he pushed Tom too far before Tom furiously rips the telegram to pieces and outright shoves the piece that reads "even a mouse" down Jerry's throat, literally making Jerry eat his words, before attacking him in an Unstoppable Rage. Tom does briefly stop to contemplate that he'll lose his fortune by doing so:
    Tom: Gee, I'm throwing away a million dollars... but I'm happy! [continues attacking Jerry while laughing]
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Senior Day," Russell's father Jerry spends the first two-thirds of the episode following closely behind Russell and mocking, belittling, and teasing him with everything he does. Russell reaches his limits at the end of Act 2 when Jerry pokes fun of Russell in front of his friends, causing all of them to laugh at Russell, and snaps back at Jerry with one of the loudest, angriest rants seen in the series.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, Blossom spends most of "Slave The Day" trying to be patient with Big Billy when he attempts to help them with crime-fighting, but he does more harm than good. Blossom finally snaps when Big Billy destroys Townsville while trying to defeat a monster, and gives him one of the series' biggest hateful speeches.
    Blossom: That's it! First, you let the bank robbers get away, then you destroyed irreplaceable art, and now you've destroyed all of Townsville! You do less damage as a member of the Gangreen Gang! Now GO!
  • Steven Universe:
    • As an All-Loving Hero, Steven does not anger easily outside of the occasional Berserk Button. In the second season, he shows a great deal of patience in dealing with and befriending the haughty and aggressive Peridot. Only when Peridot appears to have betrayed them does Steven get genuinely angry with her and immediately tells the Crystal Gems what he thinks she's been up to.
    • In "Steven's Dream", when Steven tries to question the Crystal Gems about the palanquin he saw in his dream, Amethyst doesn't know what it is but Garnet and Pearl are clearly trying not to tell him anything. He begins a Calling the Old Man Out on them, noting that he knows the palanquin is connected to his mother Rose Quartz's secrets and that he, out of anyone, deserves to know the truth.
    • In "Kindergarten Kid", Steven doesn't get especially angry himself, but he does begin pelting Peridot with marshmallows to push her to her Rage Breaking Point and teach her a lesson about empathy with the corrupted gem monster they're up against in that episode.
    • Season one's "Lars and the Cool Kids" has Steven snapping at Lars and calling him out on how much of an ass he is after Lars insults his "weird mom". Steven tells him that his mother saw beauty in everything, including jerks like Lars.
  • Kaeloo: Once an Episode, Kaeloo will get pushed past this point, resulting in her Hulking Out and turning into a monster who will beat up whoever made her angry. The problem is that Mr. Cat, who has a crush on her alternate form, will do anything to make her angry.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: While generally a very sweet and good-natured guy, SpongeBob can be pushed to this when his patience wears thin:
    • In "Can You Spare a Dime?", after Mr. Krabs accuses Squidward of stealing his first dime, Squidward resigns from his job and ends up homeless as a result. SpongeBob finds him and takes him into his home until he can find a new job, and while initially grateful, Squidward soon takes advantage of the situation, refusing to get out of bed and turning SpongeBob into his personal slave (even forcing him to wear a maid's uniform). While SpongeBob doesn't completely lose his temper, he snaps a bit and drops some very obvious hints that Squidward should go look for a job already. The latter refuses to take said hints, though, so SpongeBob furiously takes Squidward, still in bed, all the way to the Krusty Krab. He tries to convince Mr. Krabs to hire Squidward back, and when that didn't work, the sponge finally snaps, outright Neck Lifts Krabs, and shakes him while screaming at him over how stupid the situation is:
      SpongeBob: Listen, you crustaceous cheapskate! Squidward's been living at my house driving me crazy! And you're not gonna hire him back ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID DIME?!
    • In "Krusty Love," Mr. Krabs brings him along on his date with Mrs. Puff and puts him in charge of his money to make sure he doesn't spend it all, but he nonetheless keeps demanding that SpongeBob buy increasingly unnecessary items for Mrs. Puff, all while lashing out at him for spending his money when he was the one who asked him to do so in the first place. When Mr. Krabs declares that SpongeBob is "loose with other people's money", SpongeBob finally snaps, goes off on an Angrish rant towards Krabs (heavily implied to be swear words), and storms off, muttering to himself angrily.
    • In "Stuck in the Wringer", SpongeBob gets glued to his wringer no thanks to Patrick and continuously gets humiliated and injured in the process. After Patrick sends SpongeBob flying out the Tilt-A-Whirl and offers him cotton candy (which SpongeBob cannot eat in the first place, as he couldn't eat ice cream with the wringer on), SpongeBob snaps and tells Patrick to go away and leave him alone. Unfortunately, the Bikini Bottomites who witnessed this misinterpret it as bullying and send SpongeBob into a depression by claiming he deserves what happened to him.
      SpongeBob: That's nice, Patrick, but I don't want any cotton candy.
      Patrick: Well, have some. It'll make you feel better.
      SpongeBob: I said I don't want any!
      Patrick: You ruined my cotton candy!
      SpongeBob: GOOD!! Maybe now you know how I feel about YOU RUINING MY LIFE!!
    • In "Hooky", Squidward lets out an outburst after the customers complain to him:
  • The Rocko's Modern Life episode "Rocko's Happy Sack" has Rocko enduring a massive Humiliation Conga just to take advantage of a super sale at a grocery store. He makes the deadline, but it switches over to the normal total thanks to Filbert's slowness. Rocko completely flips his lid and vows that if Filbert doesn't fix the total he will do something "not nice".
  • One episode of Kim Possible involves Ron being crowned Homecoming King and Bonnie being crowned Queen. Bonnie then proceeds to take every opportunity to flirt with Ron in front of Kim (who is Ron's girlfriend at this point). Kim bears it patiently...until Bonnie forces a kiss on Ron. Kim's ensuing rage (and the unspoken threat of a teen-hero beatdown) is so alarming that it drives Bonnie to tears.
  • The stress of command finally gets to Optimus Prime during the first season finale of Transformers Animated. Facing the threat of a Decepticon invasion, his subordinates decide that's the best moment to let him know that they disobeyed him and helped the Dinobots escape. On top of that Sari and Bumblebee are using her key to play with toys in the middle of briefing. After his initial blow-up, he spends the rest of the episode cold and authoritarian only to learn that this leadership style is just making things worse. And then Megatron revives.
    • Also happens in the first season finale of Transformers: Prime when Megatron has the nerve to chuckle about unintentionally putting Raf in a coma. Optimus spent much of the first season still attempting to reach out to Megatron. In response to this, Optimus delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the Decepticon leader and abandons all attempts at a dialogue with him.
      • While Ratchet is normally curt and grouchy, he only really blows up twice in the series. The first is due to personality altering steroids. The second is in response to the loss of the Omega Lock and with it any hope of reviving Cybertron. His critique of Optimus's leadership is scathing and he falls into a Despair Event Horizon shortly afterward.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    Entrapta: Opening a portal right now would be disastrous! It's going to collapse and take us all with it! Adora was right!
    Catra: Adora is right? (laughs manically) Adora gets everything she wants! (hyperventilates) But not this time. This time, I am going to win! I don't CARE what it takes! We are opening that portal! NOW!
    • In season 4, Double Trouble tells Hordak that Catra exiled Entrapta to Beast Island. Hordak, who has romantic feelings for Entrapta, immediately goes berserk and tries to kill Catra.
  • In CatDog Cat is the resident The Chew Toy, often suffering horribly for no reason at all and being screwed over by most of the cast. In one episode, when said characters who had screwed him over subject him to even more Amusing Injuries after Dog drags him into participating in a monster truck rally, Cat does his best to stay calm... until the audience calls him a loser, at which point he snaps and goes into an Unstoppable Rage, utterly destroying everyone in the arena, culminating in him destroying the Greasers’ monster truck with a single punch.
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Squirrel, Interrupted", while on the "squavenger hunt" based around Cole's favorite books, The Squirrel Quarrels, Owen keeps complaining about the details in books not making sense, which frustrates Cole. And as Birdie states later on, he went "too damn far" when he complains about the squirrels becoming dinosaurs in one book and saying squirrels didn't evolve from them. Cole gets fed up and abandons Owen to continue the "squavenger hunt" with Enrique.


Pimple Snaps

Pimple is ousted by his new group after denying Jason, then goes berserk when his necklace breaks.

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