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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 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, often powerful entity snaps and 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)
  • Repression Never Ends Well (a plot about repressed emotions causing trouble)
  • Sudden Principled Stand (a breaking point based on principles)
  • Suppressed Rage: (a character is trying to hold the anger back, but it's still leaking out)
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Akame ga Kill!: Wave is 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 involving Wild Hunt (Prime Minister Honest's "secret police force", which is led by his son, Syura) are enough to leave him seething with anger, and we see Wave's constitution wither dramatically when he discovers Kije and Logue, the wife and daughter of his recently deceased comrade Bols, were brutally raped and murdered by Wild Hunt. Not to mention having to look at the crime scenes that Syura and his cronies leave behind. Then Syura has the gall to single out Kurome, Wave's friend with whom he has started to develop feelings for, and attempts to drag her off to be raped. The act bends Wave out of shape so much that he finally snaps, delivering a massive punch, hard and deserved, right to Syura's face. He then proceeds to beat the son of a bitch within an inch of his life, but is only stopped from killing him by Great General Budo. Despite not being able to murder the bastard outright, it is heralded as one of the best moments of the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the final episode of Death Note, when Light Yagami is exposed as Kira, Touta Matsuda slumps to the floor under the weight of it all, but springs into action in a split second when Light tries to write down Near's name with the hidden scrap of notebook paper he had been keeping. Matsuda shoots the pen out of Light's hands, with Manly Tears streaming down his face as he calls Light out on leading his father (and Matsuda's mentor) to the slaughter for nothing. When Light tries to convince Matsuda that the only way to make Soichiro's death worth it is to save Light and kill everyone else in the room, he's only more enraged, and when Light tries one more time to write Near's name, Matsuda snaps. He shoots him four times, and tries to put the last bullet between his eyes, but is restrained by the rest of the task force. Coupled with the fact that he was the only member of the team to ever try to empathize with what Kira was feeling and why he killed, Matsuda's Beware the Nice Ones moment is even more impressive and heartbreaking.
    Matsuda: I'll kill him. I'LL KILL HIM! HE HAS TO DIE!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Full Dive:
    • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: Jotaro Kujo 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.
  • Lucky Star: Minoru Shiraishi 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.
  • Naruto:
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While Scrooge reaches it at several points throughout The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, the most notable is in "King of the Klondike". After having been beaten, tied up, spit on, mocked and having all his possessions stolen, Scrooge reaches it when Soapy Slick reads a letter from Scrooge's father... informing him of his mother's death. Slick just continues mocking him, while Scrooge slowly lifts his head and pulls on the chains so hard that the metal pipes he's tied to break. At that point, the narrator takes over, informing us that no-one really knows what happened that day in Dawson, though the prevailing theory is that the boilerroom on the ship exploded.
  • 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.
  • Jinty: In "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superman:
    • Kingdom Come: In the climax, it happens to Superman. 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 (2004) 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.
    • 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.
    • The Hunt for Reactron: Thara Ak-Var had been under great pressure even before Superman rescued Kandor from Brainiac and enlarged the Kryptonian city. When Brainiac stole Kandor, she became separated from her parents forever. She was adopted by her best friend's family, but they treated her as a nutjob only because she is religious. Then she starts having incomprehensible visions and developing strange powers, and her family will not help her out because they think she is a deluded fundamentalist. Then she fails at her job as security chief, her adoptive parent is killed, her adoptive mother becomes a cold monster, and her best friend declares her friendship over. Thara quits her job and starts hunting General Zod's spies down, even though she is branded as a traitor to Krypton because she is protecting the very humans who hate her because of her Kryptonian lineage. Then the very villains who invaded Kandor and killed her father frame Thara for his murder and several more terrorist acts. She manages to convince her ex-friend of her innocence, but Kara continues to put her down constantly because of her beliefs and her inability to protect her father Zor-El. Then, Reactron, the villain who murdered Zor-El, attempts to murder both Kara and Thara's soulmate. Thara finally snaps, becomes the incarnation of Flamebird, and completely trashes Reactron.
    • In Escape from the Phantom Zone, Gayle "Psi" Marsh is tricked into travelling to the Phantom Zone by someone who claims to be able to fix her mental issues. When she meets that person, Gayle finds out she has been fooled by Xa-Du, a Kryptonian amoral scientist who intends to use her power to get out of his prison. Frightened, Gayle protects herself by wrapping her self in an unbreakable psychic bubble and putting her mind in sleep mode. Nonetheless, she can still feel the Phantom Zoners' evil thoughts hammering into her head constantly while Xa-Du gloats about turning people into fuel for his armor until he becomes powerful enough to break her shell and forcing her into obedience...or killing her. Some time later, Supergirl sneaks into Xa-Du's fortress to try to free her, but she is found and slashed with poisoned claws by Xa-Du. Then, Xa-Du taunts Psi by asking if she is angry. Psi replies by transforming into a massive roaring psychic dragon and turning his citadel into rubble.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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!
    • In another storyline, Charlie Brown’s school was destroyed, forcing him to attend school with Peppermint Patty with the two of them having to share a desk. Being crammed in such a close space starts to get to the both of them with Peppermint Patty snapping at Charlie Brown for every little thing, from taking up too much space, chewing on his eraser, drumming on the desk, breathing through his mouth, and even when he gives an exasperated sigh. Finally after one complaint too many, he shouts, “WILL YOU STOP CRITICIZING ME?!” Resulting in the both of them getting sent to the principal’s office.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Megamind gives us a subtle example with Roxanne Ritchie, who goes through quite a lot throughout the movie, manageing to keep a pretty cool head through most of the crap tossed her way. The keyword being "most". She witnesses Metro Man's alleged murder by Megamind, Megamind taking over the city before granting her already creepy coworker superpowers. Powers which the coworker then openly and sloppily uses to invoke a Rescue Romance and shows Entitled to Have You tendencies towards her. Finally, Megamind spending weeks, possibly months, essentially catfishing her before being found out, which also instills a certain level of guilt in her when she realizes that Megamind has genuine feelings for her and honestly wanted to be with her; a feeling she can't bring herself to return after everything he's done. Roxanne finally reaches her breaking point when it's revealed that Metro Man is still alive, faked his death to retire, and refuses to return when the city is in real danger because he's fed up with being a superhero. At this point, she begins shouting and throwing things at him.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Shrek Forever After: At his children's birthday party, Shrek endures tons of stress and frustration. A bratty kid keeps repeatedly pestering him to give him a roar, and the three pigs having eaten the cake. The whole room seems to be spinning around him and Shrek lets out a thunderous roar of frustration. After a brief moment of shock, the whole crowd starts cheering. When a replacement cake with a cute looking ogre decorated on it is brought in, Shrek finally loses his temper and smashes the cake with his fist before storming out of the party.
  • 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.
  • 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!.
  • 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!

    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 causes it to give 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.
  • Blue Iguana (2018): Deacon finally gets sick of his mother insulting him and his father and breaks her neck in the car. He then bursts into tears.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 reasons 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • In the Darcy Burdock novel series by Laura Dockrill, the title character sometimes has "Angrosaurus Rex" moments.
    Darcy: I am so Angrosaurus rex right now that I don't think; I just open my mouth and scream, "I hope Donald loses his last life now, in REAL life."
    And then everybody stares at me.
    That is the worstest thing you can do of all things - to wish somebody loses their last life in real life. Mum is cross. Mad. Mad. Mad. But so am I.
  • 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 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 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 Greenmantle, Hannay's disguise as a backveldt Boer is given away when Stumm's bullying, intimidation, and insults finally push him beyond this.
  • 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.
  • Samurai Scarecrow: When Kasha reveals that she dressed up as a bird for Halloween like her older brother Yukio, his friends laugh at it. This pushes Yukio over the edge and makes him yell at her.
  • In Space Glass, Marvelous Dagon flies off the handle after the Marauder dies.
  • 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 Cat in the Stacks Mysteries: In book 10, Milton Harville's had to deal with his wife Tammy's possessiveness of him for a long time. But when she actually calls Gerry Albritton a whore and essentially threatens to kill her if she doesn't stay away from Milton, Milton's finally had enough and threatens his wife with sending her to the state mental hospital if she doesn't stop acting like that.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 sets him off.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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?
  • FBI: Most Wanted: In "Invisble", Villain of the Week Lt. Weitzen hits his when the shooting range doesn't have the kind of ammo he wants, and the clerk tells him to just 'go do what you do'. Five murders follow within minutes.
  • 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. After hearing the full explanation Daphne's court-mandated therapist admits she can see why Daphne snapped the way she did.
  • 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 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.
  • Odd Squad:
    • After spending the majority of the season being annoyed by the antics of Obfusco but otherwise tolerating them to a point, Olive finally ends up snapping in "Robert Plant" when he makes her and Otto water his plant (named Robert, of course) while he goes off to travel the world on vacation. She takes one look at how complicated watering the plant is and immediately decides to call it quits, since she and Otto are the last ones in Headquarters for the day. Otto takes her usual Only Sane Man role from her and tries to make her see reason, only for his attempts to fail because Olive snaps at him and says that it's just a mere plant. Of course, this ends up having disastrous consequences when she incorrectly waters Robert and he grows continuously to gigantic proportions, and begins destroying Headquarters as a result.
    • In "Game Time", Olive becomes so frustrated with Karla being overall unhelpful in preventing her partner from dying (both in the game he's trapped in and in the real world) that she ends up giving her a good dose of Tranquil Fury when the game attendant decides to waste time checking to make sure she has enough coins for a dollar so she can get another token to beat the Final Boss of the game.
    • In "The Cherry-on-Top-inator", after hearing her co-workers talk about how the eponymous gadget helped them in ways that it isn't intended to be used, Oona, who is going through gradual Sanity Slippage, blows her stack at them and decides to go through with smashing the gadget with her mallet anyway. It's only when she swings the mallet back hard enough to make a hole in the wall of the lab, causing water to gush out, does she calm down, but it doesn't last.
    Oona: Okay, I have a prediction of my own. I heard four stories, and how many of those stories was this gadget used to make a cherry? Ocean?
    Ocean: Zero.
    Oona: Therefore, while it's still possible that somebody, at some point, will use this gadget and fire off a cherry, based on what I know that's not very... [points to Olympia]
    Olympia: Likely?
    Oona: Thus, while it's still possible that destroying it may be a mistake, it will probably be the smartest decision of my life. So if everyone would please stand back, the sound is likely to be loud! [gives a psychotic scream and swings the mallet back]
    • In "Dr. O No", New Dr. O's overreliance on Oona, her Cloudcuckoolander nature, and her complete inexperience in the Medical field causes the Scientist to be pushed over the brink, causing her to go through Sanity Slippage. Upon New Dr. O messing up the cure for a patient's tentacle legs by being unaware of how to measure liquids, and Oprah demanding to know what is happening, Oona snaps at both of them.
    Oprah: What's going on here?
    Oona: What's going on is this guy's got tentacle feet, and I'm trying to help, but I'm not a doctor, and this doctor seems way more interested in tacos and flatbread sandwiches!
    New Dr. O: In Ooga's defense, she makes an excellent point. And I make an excellent flatbread sandwich! That reminds me, I am totally out of mayonnaise. Off to the store, back in a bit!
    [she walks away]
    Oona: [strained and desperate] Did she seriously just leave to buy mayonnaise?!
    • In "Other Olympia", main-character Olympia ends up losing her cool at Odal (called Olympia prior to this episode) when the latter steals the former's cake slice. Fed up with their names being the same, main-character Olympia goes to confront her, and when it's made clear that Odal isn't leaving Odd Squad, she declares a name-off and attempts to fight to keep her name.
    • In "Odd Beginnings: Part 1", Opal and Omar escape the Odd Squad Museum, but in the process, they find that the Sticky Sisters have gotten away, something that Opal begins to vent about. Omar attempts to cheer his partner up, but fails, and she goes off on him as she rants about the two of them will be stuck working at the Arctic Odd Squad precinct forever and how the world will end when the Sticky Sisters get their hands on the 44-leaf clover. Omar tries again to cheer her up by saying that they'll find it together and get it before the two villainesses do, which lifts her spirits and calms her down.
  • Peacemaker: Throughout the series, Chris tries to earn his abusive father Auggie's love, in spite of Auggie being a monstrous white supremacist who treats him like shit and blames him for his brother's death, which was caused by Auggie's own abusive parenting. When Auggie tries to murder Chris and nearly kills Adrian and Eagly, Chris snaps and gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, capping it off by shooting him in the head at point-blank range.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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!"
  • 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.
  • Sesame Street: Elmo reaches his when Zoe won’t let him drive her “Zoemobile” in episode 3850, as shown in the infamous “Alaska” scene:
    Elmo: Elmo is not going to play with Zoe anymore! THIS PLAY-DATE IS OVER!
    Zoe: Woah, woah, woah.. Hey wait! Where’re you going?
    Elmo: ALASKA!
    Elmo: (Beat, then yells in anger)

  • 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!

  • In BIONICLE: Dark Destiny, Kopaka finally snaps after being defeated 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 villagers who thought that his team were villains (as the aforementioned thugs had previously [Designated Hero posed as heroes] to said villagers). This almost ends badly for the villagers. (Luckily, another villager arrives and informs the rest of their error.)

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When the protagonist of Double Homework finds Johanna at her favorite rooftop refuge, it pushes her over the edge. She starts screaming at and hitting 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 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.
    • In the Black Eagles route, choosing to side with Edelgard will cause the normally reasonable Rhea to irrevocably snap for the rest of the game.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
    • A much more serious one occurs later on that makes Max abandon his signature Tranquil Fury in favor of a full blown Unstoppable Rage for the first time when he discovers the organ harvesting ring in Sao Paulo. The only reason he didn't kill the person immediately responsible is because he let one of the victims take revenge while he goes after the bosses.
  • Mega Man series:
    • Mega Man reaches his own in Super Adventure Rockman when Shadow Man mocks the Heroic Sacrifice his brother Quick Man made. It culminates in Shadow Man's death. Wood Man reaches his own upon learning this, and lectures the Blue Bomber for it prior to his fight.
    • This is probably the culprit for Mega Man's act of considering Wily's execution in Mega Man 7.
  • 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.
  • In Office Jerk, if you hit the Jerk enough times with certain items, he'll throw the item back at you.
  • 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.
  • 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?!
  • Randal's Monday: Charlie kills past Randal pretty brutally after being teased enough.
  • 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.
  • In Warframe, we have Baruuk, a 'frame that is built specifically on this trope. He even has a special resource called "Restraint" which reflects how much of his anger he's holding back, and it drains as he uses his abilities. Once he's out of Restraint, his Unstoppable Rage is expressed by not only getting a 50% damage reduction buff, but his ultimate ability Serene Storm is powered by Restraint instead of energy, which turns Baruuk into a Bare-Fisted Monk for the duration as he punches and kicks enemies with his Exalted Sparring Weapons, the Desert Wind.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SMG4: 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".
  • TOME:
    • An odd retroactive (and pretty spoiler-heavy) example. Kirb does not have a good time prior to the Gemini Tournament. He gets into a violent argument with Flamegirl which Alpha is very displeased by, Alpha goes on a rampage due to the Forbidden Power, he’s so worried that the two might hate him that he’s scared to go up to them for days after the fact, his attempt at trying to ask Nylocke for advice seemingly gets pushed aside due to the escapism-driven role-player not know how to deal with it and when he finally works up to the courage to talk to Alpha, he finds that Alpha has not only gotten over it but has partnered with Flamegirl before he could ask him, leaving Kirb to partner up with someone who’s practically a stranger to him. In the tournament itself, his partner gets knocked out almost immediately in their first match and, while he’s able to handle it just fine by himself, by then he feels too awkward around the others to actually enjoy himself, leading to him throwing his next match against Zetto - or at least, that’s what it seemed at the time. In actuality, he switched to his Zetto account so he could move himself away from what had happened and to try to enjoy himself again. But even then, his Humiliation Conga isn’t finished just yet. Alpha and Flamegirl end up throwing their match against him, Alpha telling him “it’s a game” as an extra burn. Then, during he and Kizuna’s match against Nylocke and Gamecrazed, Kizuna and Gamecrazed end up in a standstill, leaving Nylocke to go on his usual “old warrior of TOME” speall, frustrating the already pissed-off Kirb/Zetto even more (Kirb was already shown to be annoyed with Nylocke’s role-playing schtikk before). It takes Nylocke skipping around the battleground, humming to himself loudly after deflecting all the bullets Zetto shot at him, for Kirb/Zetto to finally explode and unleash a seriously angry (and seemingly out-of-nowhere) rant on the dragon role-player, having finally reached his emotional limit.
    • A less serious one occurs in Episode 12: after being pushed around and teased during most of the Challenge of the Netkings, Kirb finally snaps after Nylocke goes on yet another “squire” speech after he’s picked to fight Bitshroom (an anthropomorphic mushroom), who then calls him an imp, first delivering an angry rant about how he’s not a squire or an imp, nor is he going to take this anymore and his name is pronounced ‘kirbopher’. When he reaches the Netking, he pounds the crud out of him and then goes on an angry rant about how he’s the king and better than the other Netkings combined. And it’s hilarious.
    Alpha: You, uh... You doin' OK up there, Kirb?
    Kirbopher: I! AM! GREAT!

    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.
  • This is Mob's main gimmick in 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.
  • 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 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!"
    • In 2022 on the same channel, normally chill reviewer Tempest finally lost it with NXT 2.0 in his weekly review after a Women's Championship match between Mandy Rose and Dakota Kai ended with an appallingly lame finish followed by a terribly cringey post-match angle, after almost the exact same appallingly lame finish had been used earlier that very same episode for the North American Championship match.
      "This show is f***ing awful! This is the worst wrestling show on TV right now, and it is not even close! This show is so much f***ing worse than RAW! At least RAW has f***ing Cody Rhodes on it!"

    Web Videos 
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • For many of the scammers baited by the scambaiter Kitboga, it's right about when he is doing stuff like pretending to redeem Google Play gift card codes before their very eyes. Surprisingly, this is actually to their benefit, as those who don't break this point are the ones that Kitboga is able to string along even further, wasting legendary amounts of time.
  • Midgar Syndrome (The Final Fantasy House): Zack is willing to put up with all manner of abuse from the soulbonding cult he's living with, and winds up broken to the point he even starts to follow their insane belief system himself... until they steal his shoes. He admits it may be a silly thing to snap over, but it gives him the push he needs to finally escape their clutches.


Donald Duck

Donald Duck is famous for losing his temper when things get out of hand for him.

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