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"I'm so angry I could just throw a rock
at that poster of David Cassidy!"

"Sometimes there are just not enough rocks."
Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump
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Basically, this is when enraged characters start throwing objects around to express their frustration. They're throwing a tantrum, and throwing objects in the process.

Not to be confused with just being about tantrums in general; the title is a pun.

See also Agitated Item Stomping, Anger Montage, Trash the Set, Punch a Wall, Flipping the Table, Desk Sweep of Rage, Percussive Therapy.


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    Advertising 
  • The Panda from the Never Say No to Panda campaign throws a worker's keyboard, after smashing it against his desk.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Index throws things at Touma a number of times in A Certain Magical Index, often because of things that weren't really his fault to begin with.
  • Baccano!: It's a running joke that mob bosses throw ashtrays at their underlings in a tantrum, with identical camera angles.
  • Berserk: When Guts and Casca fall down a cliff into a river, he drags her unconscious body into a cave and has to strip her down so she won't die of hypothermia. When Casca wakes up naked and realizes that it was Guts who undressed her, she has a Naked Freak-Out and drives him out by throwing bits of their equipment and armor at him in a rather cartoonish fashion.
  • Durarara!!: Heiwajima Shizuo often throws impossibly heavy things when somebody makes him mad. Vending machines are pretty popular with him. He first discovered his super strength while attempting to throw a refrigerator at his brother.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai episode 13 (OVA). When Taro goes to talk to Grace, she asks what he wants. When he can't tell her immediately, she starts throwing things at him and tells him that if he doesn't want anything he should get out.
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: After an argument with Akira over some ethical compromises note , Mina does not grab something off her desk and throw it across the room when he storms out. She grabs the (massive hardwood) desk and throws it across the room.
  • The novelization of Code Geass says that Nunnally has temper tantrums and breaks stuff whenever Lelouch is gone, but doesn't remember doing so and is confused by the mysterious cuts on her hands. This behavior is exclusive to the novels and is apparently intended to further suggest how screwed up everyone in the universe is.
  • My Monster Secret does it its own way: when Akane throws a tantrum, she doesn't throw little rocks. No, she sends giant asteroids to destroy the Earth, unless she's given candy or a good scolding by her great-granddaughter Akari.
  • One Piece: The Pirate Lord Big Mom is known for throwing epic tantrums whenever she gets a craving for a particular food, and can only be stopped when said food is given to her.
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    Comic Books 
  • In Tintin and the Picaros, upon realizing that he and his friends have been conned into living in a Gilded Cage, Captain Haddock hurls his hat across the room. It lands on Calculus's head as he coincidentally enters.
  • A minor Running Gag in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye is that Prowl, normally almost Vulcan-like in his pragmatic but cold behavior, tends to lose his temper when pushed too far and flip the table in his office. Believe it or not, this becomes a Chekhov's Gun; in a late issue of the series a massive switch needs to be thrown, and even a stronger Transformer like Fortress Maximus can't do it. Prowl is able to, however, and the panel is even drawn to look exactly like him flipping his table.

    Fan Works 
  • A Chance Meeting of Two Moons: Both Luna and Artemis start hurling plates and other things at their respective siblings when they start acting overprotective due to not being familiar with the other pony their younger sibling has just met.
  • The Power of the Equinox: After Dimmed Star's attempt to apologise to Pinkie Pie for nearly killing her (under the Entity's influence) fails, she telekinetically sends the mug of cocoa she prepared for Pinkie to crash against a wall.

    Films — Animation 
  • There's a hilarious one in Megamind with Roxie hurling things at Metro Man, and since he's Nigh Invulnerable he doesn't even blink as the stuff she throws keeps shattering against his face.
  • Bad Cop from The LEGO Movie; whenever he gets angry, he throws around an office swivel chair. He seems to have... issues with rolling chairs. At one point, he throws a minute long tantrum (a rather long time considering how the humor of the film is paced) all the while juggling that poor chair. He manages to brain a poor robo-cop in the background with it by accident. Mind you, it was right after a police chase, so it seems he brings chairs around just to abuse them.
  • In Ratatouille, Rémy starts throwing things around in the restaurant backyard after Linguini spurns him. It doesn't go very far since he's rather small, but he manages to break a wine bottle.
  • In Fantastic Mr. Fox when Boggis, Bunce, and Bean learn that Mr. Fox and the other animals have dug under their farms and stole all their farm goods, Bean proceeds to trash everything inside his trailer and even some of the things outside.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • When Mildred leaves Phillip for the last time in Of Human Bondage (1934), she wrecks his room, slices up his paintings, and burns the railroad bonds that constitute his life savings.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Norton throwing rocks around during his "it's a conspiracy" rant made a hole in a poster on the wall, revealing Andy's escape from prison. The Family Guy parody of this scene provides the page image and the quotation used for the caption thereof.
  • In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Anakin does this while ranting about how Obi-Wan's "holding him back."
  • Citizen Kane: Upon his wife leaving him, Kane goes in her room and smashes/throws everything he sees.
  • In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), the Mad Hatter does this in the Red Queen's Castle.
  • Walk Hard: Standard event when Dewey experiences some life setback.
  • Bridesmaids: Annie has an epic one leading up to the wedding.
  • In The Room, at the height of Johnny's angry tirade upon breaking up with Lisa he throws his own television set right through the window out onto the street.
    Mike Nelson: In his enraged state, he's able to lift a 65 pound CRT TV as if it were a hollow prop of some kind!
  • Lester in American Beauty, throwing a plate of food against the wall.
  • Detective Loki from Prisoners throws his stuff off his desk then smashes his keyboard in frustration, because his interrogation of Bob Taylor (the suspect) ends in the suspect's suicide.
  • Late in Forrest Gump, Jenny returns to what's left of the house where she was sexually abused by her father and starts throwing rocks at it. Forrest later has the house bulldozed.
  • In Bound for Glory, after being forced by his radio station to provide a set list of non-controversial, non-political songs, Woody Guthrie trashes a storeroom.
  • The deeply satisfying climax of Miss Lulu Bett has Lulu stalk out of the Deacon home after contemptuously refusing Dwight's "forgiveness", but not before wrecking a lot of his dishes and shouting that all her years of unpaid work will pay for them.
  • Timequest: Vice President Lyndon Johnson has a fit when he learns President Kennedy is planning to pull out of Vietnam (for JFK survived the assassination attempt). Throwing a newspaper on the Oval Office desk, he tells JFK that he'll be seen as a "communist appeaser". JFK replies that he really doesn't care. LBJ tries to have persuaded him to continue the war but JFK will not have it, for the Time Traveler that saved his life had shown him that 57,000 Americans would die for nothing there.
  • Thor: The Dark World: Loki, after he learns of the death of Frigga, his adoptive mother, throws around the furniture of his cell with his magic.
  • In John Waters' Female Trouble, Divine as a teenage girl goes into an angry fit on Christmas when she doesn't get the shoes she wanted and hurls the Christmas tree down on her mother.
  • In Man of Steel, Zod's reaction to finding out the Codex isn't in Kal-El's pod is to angrily toss Martha Kent's truck into the Kent farmhouse.
  • In Summer School, when Mr. Shoop tells his students that they need to study for the upcoming aptitude test, they tell him he'll need to keep bribing them in order to study when he tells them he's serious, they laugh him off and ask for more favors. He then picks up a textbook, throws it up against the wall, while telling them he has done more than enough for them up until that point, and storms off, saying he's quitting teaching and that he doesn't care if they flunk out of school.
  • Downplayed in Downfall; despite having several explosive Villainous Breakdowns, Adolf Hitler has only one instance of Tantrum Throwing, when he chucks some pencils at a map in the midst of his rant over Steiner's failure to counterattack.
  • Pulp Fiction: When Butch finds out that his girlfriend did not pack his father's golden watch, he goes absolutely berserk and throws a TV set across their hotel room.
  • White Frog: When Nick sees that his parents have emptied his dead brother Chaz's room and gotten rid of all his belongings, he angrily knocks over the trash cans outside and throws clothing over the railing.
  • In Mario (1984), Mario throws his stuffed coyote against the wall because he's angry about his brother Simon's neglect of him.

    Literature 
  • Gustav Adolf does this in 1632. It's stated that he does this so often his quarters are deliberately stocked with cheap furniture.
  • Polgara does this at least twice in The Belgariad/Mallorean prequel novels. In Castle of Wizardry, she and Ce'Nedra go Trash the Set instead.
  • In A Brother's Price Ren's first husband, Keifer, threw violent item-smashing tantrums, called names, and withheld sex whenever he didn't get what he wanted. When she gets engaged to Jerin and later sees that he's made a mess of the suite she put him in, she worries that he's prone to these too. Then she realizes it's a lot neater than a tantrum would leave. Jerin was doing a very detailed search of his quarters to find out who Kiefer was cheating on his wives with, and along the way finds evidence that Keifer murdered his father-in-law.
  • Children of the Dust by British author Louise Lawrence contains a scene where five-year-old William Harnden starts demanding things which, because the world has recently been devastated by a nuclear war, his mother, Veronica, is unable to give him. In the end, he throws Lego bricks at her and yells at her to "buy him a Mars bar", at which point Veronica (the only member of the Harnden family who has ventured out of their house and seen the aftereffects of the war) crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Circleverse: In a notable instance in The Will of the Empress, after Daja finds out her love interest isn't going to come with her when they leave Namorn, she locks herself up in her room, crying. Tris comes in to yell at her for tossing a fit and snapping at Zhegorz and Daja throws a dish at her, which Tris ducks away from. The next thing Daja throws, Tris bats away with her wind magic.
  • In Dogsbody, Sirius is accused of angrily throwing a dangerous stellar weapon while in a temper, and aiming to kill.
  • In Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing from Judy Blume's Fudge series, when Peter Warren Hatcher gets upset by his brother Fudge ruining his school project poster on transportation, and he couldn't get his parents to listen to him due to their (assumed) indifference to the situation, Peter goes to his room and throws his shoe against a wall, leaving a black mark on the wall.
    • Also from the same book, Fudge gets upset when his father ends up throwing out the omelet he cooked for himself and his two sons that he threw a fork against a potted plant and knocked some dirt out of it.
  • Half-Life: Blanche, a conjoined twin who's long been unconscious, starts to show signs of life by randomly throwing things, much to the disturbance of her other half Nora.
  • The Harry Potter books have a few examples.
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, upon discovering that Fred and George have engorged Dudley's tongue, Uncle Vernon begins throwing things at the Weasleys and Harry, who flee the house via Floo Powder.
    • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry begins throwing and smashing random objects in Dumbledore's office, overwhelmed with grief and anger over Sirius Black's death and wanting an explanation about everything that's been going on from Dumbledore, who realizes that he must finally tell Harry the Awful Truth.
  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers: Rimmer's Better Than Life fantasy wife, Juanita, apparently does this every time she loses her temper, which is often. Her Establishing Character Moment has her throwing a Louis XIV grand piano out of the window because the pool boy won't sleep with her any more.
  • Safehold: While Vicar Zhaspahr Clyntahn is not quite as hotheaded as his Hair-Trigger Temper reputation suggests, he is known to go into some serious rages when things go badly. In How Firm a Foundation he flies into such a rage when informed that one of their main fleets has been destroyed and its commanding officers defected rather than face him. He goes so far as to hurl his desk away.
    • This is topped in Like a Mighty Army by the trashing he gives his quarters when he is delivered an epically insulting letter addressed to "Zhaspahr Clyntahn, Grand Fornicator" from one Seijin Dialydd Mab.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Heavy is the Head", Fitz, stressed and angered that he can't come up with a Power Nullifier to stop Carl Creel or rather, his inability to explain that he's already got a device capable of doing the job due to his brain damage, angrily sweeps everything off a lab table in frustration.
  • Another Period: "Lillian's Birthday" starts with a flashback to her previous birthday's epic Trash the Set/Flipping the Table meltdown, then fast-forwards to the present, as the rest of the cast hope this year's celebration will be problem-free. As befits a comedy about spoiled heiresses, it predictably isn't.
  • In The Big Bang Theory episode where the gang goes to a resort and spa to attend a science symposium, minus Penny who was Amy's plus one, has at the very end Howard and Bernadette driving home together, but are not speaking to one another because of Howard's jealous tirade. During the drive, Sheldon radios Howard, and tries to break the monotony of the long trip by playing a round of "Eye Spy", but Howard silently opens the car window and tosses the radio onto the side of the road.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Xander bouncing a tennis ball at a chalkboard after Buffy rejects him. ("Prophecy Girl")
    • The Master throws a few candelabra around his prison after Darla bites it. ("Angel")
    • After Angelus' ritual goes awry, he grabs the nearest stone pot and smashes it.
      Spike: Someone wasn't worthy...
    • When Willow is held ransom for an artifact, Wesley plays devil's advocate, saying the artifact must be destroyed. A shouting match ensues, which Oz wordlessly puts an end to by getting out of his chair and shoving an urn (which was the vital ingredient in the spell to destroy said artifact) across the room, smashing it. ("Choices")
  • In El Chavo del ocho, Don Ramón does this every time Doña Florinda slaps him and Quico calls him "Chusma" and pushes him away; he takes out his frustration by throwing his hat to the floor and stomping on it.
  • Classics Dark and Dangerous: "The Ugly Little Boy": After a particularly painful testing session, the titular boy begins crawling up a wall with cubbyholes and smashing the glass bottles that he can reach on the ground until Nurse Fellows can calm him down.
  • In The Crown (2016), Queen Elizabeth throws a tumbler and a tennis racket at Prince Philip when he mocks her need for posthumous fatherly approval by imitating George VI's stammer. He flees from the room right into a BBC camera crew, to their horror.
  • Doctor Who: Early in "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", Ryan Sinclair gets so frustrated about his inability to ride a bicycle that he throws the bike in question over a cliff.
  • Frontier: When Samuel Grant is curtly rejected by a successful fur trader who tells him point-blank that he doesn't need his business at all, Grant starts throwing around stuff from his desk like a spoiled child who has just been told "no" for the first time.
  • Sue Sylvester from Glee has done this twice when she gets especially annoyed. For the record, her projectile of choice tends to be students.
  • In Happy Days, when Fonzie gets pissed off at the garage he works at, he kicks a car, throws a towel, and then pulls himself together. It's in some versions of the opening credits.
  • This is a stock gag in Last of the Summer Wine where crockery is the projectile of choice. Which is often Truth in Television, since when domestic tensions boil over it is the closest thing to hand.
  • In The Late Late Show, in preparation for an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role from Halloween the camera finds the interviewee's room with all the furniture knocked over and the Shape standing at the other door.
  • In Mad Men, a number of instances:
    • Long-suffering secretary Allison throws a brass ashtray/cigarette...thingnote ...at Don in "The Rejected" when he engages in a Rant-Inducing Slight and suggests she write her own reference letter.
    • After being dumped by Glo-Coat, Don throws his CLIO award across the office in "Chinese Wall." Megan later fishes it out of the trash and repairs it.
    • Megan throws a plate of pasta against the wall when Don comes home late in "Christmas Waltz".
    • "Surprise, there's an airplane here to see you!" in "Christmas Waltz"
    • Don throws money in Peggy's face in "The Other Woman".
    • An angry Don throws his office phone into the bar cart in "The Crash".
  • On M*A*S*H, Col. Potter began trashing his office after he began to believe his wife bought a houseboat. Klinger stopped him just before he was about to throw a picture of his wife.
  • In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Lucretia wrecks a room that way after Ilithyia expresses a desire to fork Crixus.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Unending", SG-1 is trapped on a spaceship for fifty years; during one Time-Compression Montage, Cam gets frustrated and demolishes his room.
  • Apparently, according to Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation, this is a stock feature in Klingon Courtship.
  • ''Succession:
    • In the very first episode, after hearing some unwelcome news, Kendall has a major crying fit and thoroughly trashes his father's bathroom (and then cleans it up after calming down).
    • Tom flies into a rage and pelts Greg with water bottles after Greg decides to "break up" with him.
  • This Country: Kerry and Kurtan are best friends but also cousins, so it's not surprising that their friendship is a tad vitriolic. Their arguments often end with objects being thrown, from phones to vases to golf clubs.
  • In the Victorious episode "Tori Gets Stuck", Jade throws something at the wall when she finds out Tori got the lead role in the school play instead of her.

    Podcasts 
  • This is a staple of True Capitalist radio: Piss off the host to the point he throws cans (and sometimes his microphone) all over the studio.

    Theatre 
  • In Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the Celebrant breaks the Host by dashing the bread and wine on the floor. This leads to more destruction of holy objects and a Heroic BSoD.
  • In The Odd Couple, one of Oscar and Felix's quarrels leads Felix to clench a cup in anger. Oscar challenges him to stop sulking, let loose and just throw the cup. Felix finally gives in and throws the cup against the front door, shattering it and hurting his arm. During a later argument, Oscar, offended by Felix eating spaghetti (which Felix points out is actually linguini) on his poker table, picks up the plate, throws it against the kitchen wall, and says, "Now, it's garbage!" The two proceed to argue over who ought to clean up the mess.
  • In La Bohème, at the Café Momus, Musetta complains to the waiter about her food and hurls her plate against the floor. She succeeds at getting the waiter to pick up the pieces, but not at attracting Marcello's attention.

    Video Games 
  • In Dwarf Fortress, if a dwarf becomes depressed enough they might take it out in a drunken frenzy and start smashing or throwing things. If one dwarf is that depressed then it's likely that there's lots of other dwarves who are almost that depressed, such that the first tantrum will push some of them over the line into tantruming themselves, who will push even more dwarves into tantruming, and so on. This sort of fortress-destroying event is known as a "tantrum spiral".
  • Mass Effect: Saren's or perhaps Sovereign's reaction when he learns about that Shepard may have used the Prothean beacon.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: This is Ricardo Diaz's default method of venting his rage whenever something he doesn't like happens: every mission for him begins with Diaz shooting or breaking something. A horse he bet on lost a race? Kick the TV he was watching the race on over (and threaten to decapitate the horse). Someone delivers some bad news over the phone? Smash the phone to the floor, then throw a vase at a nearby underling. VCR gets unplugged in the middle of a movie? Shoot it a couple of times. Pigeon poop on his car? Break out the shotgun. It helps that he's rich enough that for everything he breaks, in his words, he can buy a hundred more, so he doesn't need to worry about collateral damage.
  • Syndicate (1993): Whenever you fail a mission, the scene cuts to you (an unnamed executive) letting out a Big NO and throwing a lamp at his holographic vid screen.
  • In Little Dragons Cafe, when Ipanema's Berserk Button (Billy's laziness) is triggered, she flies into a rage and pelts him with a barrage of plates until the protagonists can get her to calm down.
  • In Episode 1 of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, when Rachel leaves Chloe in the junkyard, Chloe gets angry and smashes objects with a baseball bat.
  • Gnar in Leagueof Legends. His kit revolves around his rage bar which, when filled, will transform him from a cute little yordle with ranged capabilities into a raging hulking beast with devastating melee attacks for a few seconds.

    Visual Novels 
  • In SHUFFLE!, when Rin walks on changing Primula, she starts throwing pillows at him. He mentally notes that if he doesn't leave, she will start throwing heavier things. And when she runs out of heavy things, she will start throwing magic.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "strong badathlon", one of the events is the "Remote Put", which involves contestants throwing the remote as hard as they can in reaction to annoying things on television such as "cute little girl from sitcom sings patriotic song".
  • Tantrums are a staple of Dave Madson's Looney Tunes Intro Bloopers. Everyone in the cast has thrown at least one tantrum throughout the series.

    Web Comics 
  • In Family Man, Luther upended a table after his thesis was unfairly rejected.
  • In Spinnerette, when Sahira briefly gets spinnerette powers, complete with extra arms, she throws an object-throwing fit which culminates in accidentally defenestrating Spinnerette herself.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Sabine hurls a couch through a demonic television screen after watching Nale's death on said TV.
  • Freefall: This is a huge problem for Dr. Bowman, to the point the entirety of his lab has to be padded, up to and including the datapads. Rather justifiable, in that chimpanzees aren't known for their impulse control, uplifted or otherwise.
    Dr. Bowman: At some point, I'm going to throw the datapad. I don't have control over this. If my arm goes back, get out of the way.
  • Sandra on the Rocks: Eloise's jealous rage at Sandra's success is tough on her girlfriend's tablet computer.

    Web Videos 
  • When he gets the news that his mom died and he doesn't even get to hear her last word, The Nostalgia Critic screams in rage and throws his phone on the floor.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Kootie Pie often does this whenever she loses her temper. In the episode "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" for example, she throws her birthday presents out the window, followed by her birthday cake.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat sometimes does this when angry. In one episode, he gets angry while eating, so he picks up a bunch of knives and throws them.
  • In one episode of The Looney Tunes Show, Daffy Duck makes Porky Pig a servant in his own house and wants dinner made his own way. When Porky tries (and fails), Daffy starts throwing things at him while ranting on what was done wrong.
  • The Simpsons: In "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish", Mr. Burns, upon losing the race for governor, trashes the Simpsons' living room. At one point, he finds that he is too frail to flip a table over and orders Smithers to do it for him.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "The Children from Tehar", Tam gets so furious about Kaz accidentally breaking a rare and expensive part she was installing on the Fireball that she hurls tools at him until he flees the repair shop with BB-8.

 
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