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"Astfgl had passed through the earlier stage of fury and was now in that calm lagoon of rage where the voice is steady, the manner is measured and polite, and only a faint trace of spittle at the corner of the mouth betrays the inner inferno."

There may come a time when going berserk simply does not work. Or perhaps that burning rage is being outweighed by cold hate. In either case, many people choose to turn to Tranquil Fury. This state of mind allows much whoop-ass to be uncanned without undue stress. When the time comes for the showdown between the Hero and the Big Bad, do not expect to see furious angry rage. Instead, expect The Hero (or Anti-Hero)'s face to be serenely, eerily calm. They will not appear to be even slightly put out with the villain but that won't stop them from trying to hack the villain to hundreds of tiny pieces. A defeat by someone in the grip of Tranquil Fury is likely to be more comprehensive than others, as the job will be done in a properly thorough fashion.

This is different from The Quiet One and The Stoic. The character in the grip of Tranquil Fury isn't necessarily an emotional cripple, and in day to day life they may be perfectly normal and happy. What defines Tranquil Fury is the tendency to become deadly serious when it gets deadly serious.

Tranquil Fury is often preceded by the phrase "I didn't want to have to do this" or something similar. A loose real-life equivalent would be the concept of mushin. Typically, a Meditation Powerup invokes or results in such a state.

Compare Don't Make Me Destroy You; Bored with Insanity; Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass; Rage Breaking Point; and Heroic Safe Mode.

Contrast: Berserker Tears, Unstoppable Rage. Compare and contrast Dissonant Serenity and Beware the Quiet Ones. These characters often use Creepy Monotone, Death Glare, and Slasher Smile. When Good Is Not Soft, the most brutal examples of its wrath will often take this form.


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  • The eponymous Afro in Afro Samurai uses this to call upon his subconscious to come up with an on-the-fly fighting style to counter his Mirror Match robot double. It could be argued that Afro is in a constant state of quiet rage for the entire series.
  • Briareos in Appleseed is quite good at this. Having a blank metal plate and five cameras in lieu of a face certainly helps.
  • In the final battle of Assassination Classroom, Kayano is fatally impaled by Number Two's tentacles. Koro-sensei barely raised his voice or uttered a word despite his absolute fury, instead turning pure white, concentrating his entire power into one final, decisive attack that made short work of his enemies.
  • Levi in Attack on Titan genuinely showed so little emotion that the only way to tell if he is angry is through the shadowing of his eyes and his tone. For example, when speaking to the Female Titan, his voice is icy and it's clear he is ticked off that some of his soldiers were killed. And again, when he sees his personal squad being killed by the Female Titan, his eyes are shadowed almost completely black before he eventually unleashed hell on the Female Titan while showing the most emotion he probably will ever while still containing himself and his desire for revenge.
    • He's like an evil version of Batman: whenever a regular person would scream at a spineless coward to suck it up, or passionately torment a captain to spill the beans, Levi does that without the emotion showing. His usual suck it up speeches involve choking or otherwise threatening death while calmly explaining the do-or-die decision the person has to make. His usual torment interrogation involves crippling his victim while simultaneously debating with the victim's point-of-view.
    • Turns out his uncle taught him that. Kenny REALLY hates his nephew, enough to pull twin guns in an otherwise fair fight, but remains focused and humorous while going on a regular murderous rampage after him.
  • Luck Gandor demonstrates Tranquil Fury in the first Baccano!! light novel, in contrast to his brother Berga's furniture-smashing rage over the deaths of several of their men. When Berga rejects Luck's request for him to calm down, Luck patiently explains — while gripping a piece of broken wood hard enough to draw blood from his own hand — that he is in fact very angry, and that he wants to rip those responsible to pieces with his own hands, and that he is keeping himself occupied with thinking over the details lest he go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and possibly even kill police or innocent bystanders if they got in the way. He then asks his brother to shoot him if it's necessary to keep him from doing so; all the while, his expression never changes, and by the time he's done Berga apologizes and says that Luck needs to calm down even more than he himself does.
  • Though his signature reaction to most serious situations is Unstoppable Rage, Guts from Berserk often starts out with Tranquil Fury. When he confronts the man who tortured and mutilated Griffith for a year, Guts gives an expression that is on the same level of creepiness as his signature Slasher Smile, just to show how dangerously enraged he is inside.
    • Another time came in volume 17, when a possessed and demonized horse is about to rape Farnese, who was Guts' hostage at the time. This scene was particularly triggering for Guts, as it reminded him of the rape of his lover Casca by Griffith and so after brutally decapitating the demon horse, he rather creepily and nonchalantly chastises Farnese for reminding him of his past, and goes onto saying in flat voice, "Thanks. Now I'm in a really bad mood. I've got until dawn to kill all of you." Cue to the next morning, where everything in Guts' radius save for Farnese is obliterated.
    • It's rather telling that the few times when Puck gets really scared of Guts are when he reacts gleefully to the prospect of violence or when he becomes horrifyingly calm.
  • Train Heartnet of Black Cat is a living incarnation of the Let's Get Dangerous! trope, so he has many moments of this. The crowning example, however, has to be when Creed is killing Saya. Train doesn't even shout or anything. He just punches Creed away and says, very calmly, "Creed, what the hell are you doing?" Then, as Creed attempts to justify himself, he punches him hard enough to smash him into a wall more than 10 feet away. "Cut the crap. You have a death wish don't you?" Keep in mind, Train is a gunfighter, so punching Creed that far means that he's spectacularly pissed. On top of that, he's currently had his Hades confiscated by Sepheria, so he's effectively picking a fight with Creed, who is every bit his equal, without his weapon of choice. Even Creed doesn't like the odds of taking on Train in this state, as he runs away without a fight.
    • Train has another terrifying example in the pilot chapter. After hunting down the assassin who killed his and Sven's sweeper target, he has the man pinned to the ground with his gun to his head. All he says is "when you see the old man, tell him that one day we're gonna break bread together." And then he kills the guy with a smile on his face.
    • Another when the Doctor has injected Mundock and Fudou with the Berserker nanomachine and forced them to fight Train and River, as well as badly hurt Kevin, because it's fun for him. River starts roaring at him over the intercom, but Train simply says "When I find you, I'm going to beat you within an inch of your life." He proceeds to make good on that threat with two punches once he finally reaches the bastard.
  • Revy's "Whitman Fever" from Black Lagoon, which is more of a relapse of Ax-Crazy than anger — when she starts to look like she's sleep-deprived and stops yelling and swearing, there will be blood and there will be lots of it.
    • And Balalaika is almost always calm, controlled and polite, even when she's furious.
  • Bleach:
    • In a Filler arc, Shusuke Amagai is so chillingly icy during his fight with Ichigo that he seems to combine Tranquil Fury with Creepy Monotone.
    • Uryuu can get ratty, mostly where Ichigo is concerned, but true anger is a different matter entirely. Ulquiorra lampshades this when Uryuu attacks after Ichigo is almost killed, stating he believed Uryuu was the calm one. Uryuu points out that he is calm. It's Mayuri, however, who has felt the true sting of Uryuu's tranquil rage. After boasting about how he tortured Uryuu's grandfather to death, he found both himself and his bankai defeated in a single strike by an icily infuriated Uryuu.
    • Byakuya never visibly loses his temper, his level of focus simply changes to 'lethal'. When Byakuya arrives in Hueco Mundo, he finds Zommari standing over Rukia's unconscious body. He asks if Zommari's responsible for his sister's condition; Zommari isn't, but informs Byakuya that he was going to finish the job his dead colleague began. Byakuya's eyes narrow in response. In the ensuing fight, Byakuya's mood doesn't so much as twitch and he spends his time lecturing Zommari on every single move the Arrancar attempts and fails. Even when Byakuya disables his own arm and leg to counter Zommari's ability to control his body, he doesn't twitch, much to Zommari's amazement. When Zommari is finally defeated, he rants that Soul Reapers have no divine-mandated right to hunt Hollows. Byakuya calmly replies that he's not killing Zommari because he's a Soul Reaper, he's doing it because Zommari dared to point a sword at his sister.
      Zommari: What's that look? Are you telling me you won't show me mercy?! Are you going to cut me?! Are you going to execute me?! Don't you see how arrogant that is?! You Soul Reapers slay us as though we were vermin! Who do you think you are?! A god?! By what right do you slaughter us Hollows?! Is it because we devour humans?! Who made you their protectors?! No! No-one gave you that authority!! You Soul Reapers call us evil and slay us because you think you hold the power of justice in your hands!! But you're just...
      Byakuya: What makes you think I'm acting as a Soul Reaper? I'm going to slay you because you aimed your blade at my pride.
    • Kyouraku is usually the most laid-back Captain in Soul Society, preferring to drink and party his days and nights away. However, when Wonderweiss stabs his best friend Ukitake straight through the chest, Kyouraku's whole demeanor turns murderous and he doesn't waste a second in trying to kill the young Arrancar.
    • When Yamamoto defeats Halibel's three fracción, Halibel proceeds to unleash a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Hitsugaya in an attempt to finish the fight as fast as possible so she can take her revenge against Yamamoto. She fails.
    • After the invasion of Soul Society resulted in the deaths of half Yamamoto's division, Yamamoto enters this state (and his bankai) and doesn't ever leave it again. It's driven by the death of Chourjirou, who's been at his side for two thousand years. The only thing that ends his tranquil fury is his death.
    • Rose enters this state after learning what the Stern Ritters have done to the Shinigami, but especially after learning what they've done to Kira, someone he had bonded closely with during the time-skip due to their shared artistic natures.
  • The end of the first arc of the A Certain Scientific Railgun anime has Mikoto, a Tsundere with Shock and Awe powers going Tranquil Fury on the AIM Burst. You can pick your jaw off the floor now.
  • In Change123, if Motoko Gettou is in tranquil fury mode, then that means Zero has come out to play. And if that said tranquil fury is directed at you, you had better start praying. Fast.
  • Only to be expected given the slightly weird mindset of contractors in Darker Than Black. We see it the most from Hei (unless someone hits his Berserk Button, in which case the "tranquil" part disappears), but it's also fairly prominent when November 11 is really mad.
    • Good November 11 example would be after his partner, April, gets badly injured. As he watches her at the hospital, his face is no longer his perpetual smirk, or even the expected rage; it's expressionless, although slightly glum. This is Dull Surprise made terrifying.
  • In Demon King Daimao, while Sai Akuto is capable of Unstoppable Rage, in some of his fights, he will comment on how calm he is despite a ton of power flowing through him at the time. Some of the other characters accuse him of this as a sign of him becoming the Demon Lord.
  • In Digimon Adventure Season 2, T.K. confronts the Digimon Emperor this way, after giving his "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He takes a whip crack from the Emperor into his face without even flinching, calmly looks at his injury then proceeds to beat the crap out of the Emperor.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • The trope was when Goku returns from King Kai's planet and proceeds to tear Nappa a new one with a somewhat stern look on his face the entire time. The chapter was fittingly called The Quiet Wrath of Son Goku.
    • The Super Saiyan form is typically unlocked after emotional stress and anger reaching peak. Once they do this, the Saiyan becomes truer to their nature, becoming colder and more sadistic, although with enough training these negative traits fade away.
    • The way Goku describes Super Saiyan the first time he reaches it is "a calm quiet heart awakened by intense anger".
    • When Son Gohan hits Super Saiyan 2, he becomes completely calm and completely cruel. He spends several episodes just dodging and parrying Cell's attacks with zero effort, giving him cold gazes in-between. It's more noticeable in the movie Bojack Unbound when he, with some reluctance, reaches Super Saiyan 2 once again. In that state, he's merely advancing towards Bojack at an eerily slow pace. Bojack's minions use a ki-attack that tries to bind him, but he just keeps walking through, not giving a damn, still creepily slow. This was the most frustrating technique Bojack's gang had, deployed with frightening ease, completely paralyzing and sapping energy. Gohan showed it no respect.
    • When Gohan faces off against the Cell Jrs., one of them takes Krillin hostage, threatening to kill him if Gohan tries anything. Gohan raises his hand to kill both Krillin and the Cell Jr., causing it to run away.
      • In the video games, this is one of Gohan's special attacks. The name? Quiet Rage.
    • Future Trunks' final showdown with the Future Androids has him toying with and blasting them out of existence with an almost completely stone-cold demeanour outside of a calm glare.
    • In Dragonball Z Resurrection F, Vegeta, of all people, takes this tack when it's his turn to fight. Freeza probably shouldn't have called him "Prince of No One" a second beforehand.
      • He also does this again in Dragon Ball Super, as when Frost threatens to poison him, he only bothers holding back only enough to keep himself from killing him and then knocks him to hell and back with one blow. Then eventually after Goku Black kills his Future wife and tries to kill Future Trunks, he becomes strangely melancholy and subdued about the matter outwardly, although he's plotting to kill him brutally and savagely, and it's only when he trains for this does the true extent of his rage become visible.
    • Goku Black mixes this with Faux Affably Evil. He utterly hates mortal life, but he remains completely composed as he vaporises their cities and he can maintain a conversational tone when meeting anyone unfortunate enough to stand before him. When he realizes that he can grow stronger through The Power of Hate, he very matter-of-factly lists his grievances against humans, gods, and his own past self Zamasu before yanking a giant energy scythe out of his hand and cutting a hole in reality itself.
    • Goku's reaction to Goku Black confessing gleefully to him that he had murdered his wife and son while acquiring his body elicits from him the angriest response since his first Super Saiyan transformation, and although he freaks out for several seconds, he quickly becomes focused and controlled in his new goal of killing Goku Black with his bare hands. One moment highlighting this is when he delivers an Offhand Backhand to Future Zamasu with only a scowl to show his desire to see Black dead.
  • Elfen Lied: The Diclonius. All of them, and in Lucy's case, all the time. Whenever a Diclonius hits the breaking point they become deadly calm, their eyes become empty, and everything around them dies.
  • In episode 22 of Fairy Tail, after Natsu learns that Lucy has been kidnapped, he captures a mook and drags him across a mountain trail. While dragging the guy, he orders him to reveal where Lucy is being held. When the mook won't answer, Natsu sets him on fire, then calmly declares that if he doesn't answer, the flames won't go out until he's ash.
    • Black Mage Zeref needs only to flash a Death Glare at somebody and announce they've angered him to have everyone on the floor shitting themselves.
  • Circe Augusta von Zerbst, from The Familiar of Zero. Usually hot-blooded, she gets unusually calm and lady-like when angered.
  • Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star does this every single time that there's anything shown between the mook of the week crossing the Moral Event Horizon, and Ken getting into his screaming Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
  • Free!:
    • Happens to Miho Amakata when Nagisa suggests her to wear a swimsuit to get more members of the swim club, and at one point, she threatens to quit as the club's supervisor.
    • Gou Matsouka, in a conversation with the above-mentioned Nagisa, he calls her by her first name, and then she sharply corrects him by telling him to call her "Kou", which is accompanied by a plastic smile and awkward silence for a couple of seconds before resuming the discussion.
  • Fruits Basket: When Tohru's Jerkass cousin calls Tohru a "little tramp" in front of Yuki and Kyo, Yuki calmly gets in his face and stuns said cousin and his equally-jerkish parents speechless with a single sentence, in his usual stoic manner:
    Yuki: Don't you ever talk about Miss Honda that way again, you lowlife.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • King Bradley is the embodiment of wrath but never seems angry. He swaps between this and Dissonant Serenity. This is because he is the embodiment of WRATH, not rage. The former lasts longer than the latter, and Big Bad is even more long term in his plans.
    • Lust points this out about Roy Mustang when he incinerates her about eight times without even blinking. Later when he takes on Envy he becomes alarmingly less tranquil, almost to the point of crossing his moral event horizon.
    • In the 2003 anime version, Izumi Curtis enters South Headquarters and tears the place open with a calm, blank look on her face to retrieve Wrath.
    • An earlier example is when the Elric brothers find out that Shou Tucker painfully, forcefully, and remorselessly fused his dog and his five-year old daughter into a twisted abomination. Ed enters Unstoppable Rage mode and has to be calmed down by his brother, but Al makes it clear that even though he is calm, he is just as close to ripping Tucker a new one.
      • In fact, Ed is so consumed by his rage, all that stops him from beating Tucker to death with his metal arm is said amalgamation of pet and little girl biting his coat and asking him to stop hurting her daddy.
  • About 3/5 of the way through King of Braves GaoGaiGar, GGG takes on the first major Big Bad, EI-01, aka Pasder. After being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle, GGG pulls out Projectile X which radically powers up the four mecha in the fight. Right before letting out one of his loudest Hot-Blooded screams and opening the biggest can of whoop-ass in the entire series at that point, Guy Shishioh AND the titular mecha have that look on their faces.
  • After spending the whole movie, and by extension 2000+ years, gripped in rage Colin from Highlander: The Search for Vengeance finally manages to control his emotions to kill the big bad in a couple of seconds.
  • Hunter × Hunter has done this with a number of characters, such as Gon. Ever since his mentor Kaito was savaged by the Chimera Ants, Gon's been getting progressively more scary quiet, to the point that people will recoil from him when he's just sitting there. After finding out Kaito is Killed Off for Real, Gon has apparently aged ten years and unlocked incredible power.
  • In Inu × Boku SS, Soushi does this in episode 3 when two young men are insulting Ririchiyo. After dousing them with his drink, he very calmly, very politely says, "Pardon me, it's just that, you've angered me."
  • Inuyasha: Sesshoumaru is a stoic in all circumstances except where his brother is concerned. His tranquility even when being insulted or having his protectorate attacked is so infamous, deviation results in in-universe comment. When Mouryoumaru tries to press Inuyasha's Berserk Button by insulting Kagura's death, it's Sesshoumaru who snaps; seeing Sesshoumaru's tranquil fury expand into an Unstoppable Rage leaves both Inuyasha's group and Mouryoumaru himself absolutely shocked.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Giorno Giovanna can seem calm at the most tense of moments, but really, he is just plotting your demise in a very sneaky and sometimes quite horrific way. The best example of this is once he gains Gold Experience Requiem and faces off with Diavolo floating in the air with his new stand.
    • In the anime adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, Polnareff enters this state after accepting Avdol and Iggy died saving him when facing Vanilla Ice for the last time. It's striking, given Polnareff's usual buffoonish and blubbering demeanor, to see him calmly rip into him and then quietly deduce his transformation into a vampire, defeating him with a gentle shove into the setting sun.
  • In Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, the standard Dying Will mode is a form of Unstoppable Rage, while Hyper Dying Will mode is more Tranquil Fury.
  • Akira Hongo, the YAMI group's "God Fist" from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, has this as his way of showing when he's well and truly pissed off. As Sakaki Shio, Hongo's rival from their teen years, points out while watching Hongo's fight to the death against fellow YAMI master "Demon Fist" Silcardo Junazard, Hongo won't lose control of his emotions when he gets angry — instead, his movements in battle become colder and more precise. Specifically, he attempts to use his hands as stabbing implements multiple times after Junazard insults the memory of Hongo's dead student Sho Kanou.
  • In Kuroko no Basuke, we get to see kindly, blank-faced, pacifistic Kuroko Tetsuya completely enraged all of once. Faced with Kirisaki Dai-Ichi's underhanded tactics and after being talked down to by Hanamiya Makoto, Kuroko sits in the locker room staring at the wall. When we see his expression, his normally blank blue eyes and neutral face are locked into a near-expressionless Death Glare terrifying enough to make even Kagami flinch. When he goes back out onto the court, he almost single-handedly destroys Hanamiya's Spider's Web formation, then proceeds to launch an Ignite Pass so close to Hanamiya's face that he audibly chokes in shock and terror. The scariest part? All of this is done without dropping his usual polite manner of speaking. Kuroko becomes one of the scariest examples on the list without resorting to any actual violence.
    Aomine: "You're going to lose. [...] It's because you made Tetsu angry. That's all."
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Negi from Mahou Sensei Negima! spends most of Chapter 315 in this state after he sees that Quartum has cut Chachamaru in half. He curb stomps Quartum, culminating in Quartum being ripped in half.
    • Back in chapter 195, Negi had a truly epic moment of tranquil fury when he saw Jerkass Tohsaka use a Shock Collar to punish a student of Negi's who had been Made a Slave. The page starts with a full-blown Death Glare, and ends with Negi, who usually speaks politely even to his enemies, giving a quiet, deadly, "Shut up."
  • This is said to be the highest state of mind for a fighter in Mobile Fighter G Gundam, a serene calm that cannot be broken by the strongest of maelstroms. It is through this rather than his trademark Unstoppable Rage that Domon Kasshu finally manages to become truly worthy of his status.
    • This is a state of mind only — Domon becomes arguably more hotblooded when his Hyper Mode activates. It appears that his is a hot blood tempered controlled, but not stemmed, by calm. It also demonstrated the difference between excitement and flat out anger.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: This is Mikazuki's default state when in battle. Not that Mikazuki emotes much anyway, but out of battle he's more relaxed and laid-back. When in battle with an enemy before him, every line in his face seems to be set in stone-cold fury, with a look in his eyes that clearly says anyone obstructing his path will die in short order. It's like watching a berserker, but with no trace of the screaming rage.
  • Kira Yamato's "SEED Mode" in both Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. At first it was a sort of Unstoppable Rage but even after it became this, it is still just as exciting.
  • Naruto:
    • Kakashi. After Zabuza completely disregards Haku's sacrifice and attempts to cut right through him to get at his enemy, Kakashi decides It's Personal now. He proceeds to destroy the previously impregnable Zabuza in four economical moves.
    • After Pain destroyed the village, he came on the receiving end of Sage Mode Naruto's Tranquil Fury. By the time he managed to get control of the battle again, Naruto had destroyed five of his bodies. Pain finally pressed Naruto's Berserk Button and triggered his Unstoppable Rage later, when he nearly killed Hinata right in front of Naruto.
    • One way or another, it seems Zabuza is Kakashi's Berserk Button. In one manga arc Zabuza and Haku's resurrected bodies were taken over to fight in the war and their minds blanked out for greater efficiency. This disrespect to their friendship and sacrifice is the final straw...
      "Look, it takes a lot to get me worked up, but this time my boiling point's as low as it's ever been. The Copy Ninja Kakashi, the man who copied one thousand techniques… is about to go on a rampage!"
    • We're not shown the ensuing fight, but it wipes out the Seven Ninja Swordsmen.
    • We never see Jiraiya get truly angry during the series, but the few times he gets close to it, he hints at this trope. When Jiraiya and Tsunade talk about Orochimaru's offer, Jiraiya very coldly and calmly tells Tsunade (who, by the way, he is in love with) that if she ever betrays the leaf village, he will kill her.
  • Whereas Rei II of Neon Genesis Evangelion was quiet but obedient to orders, even starting to show signs of a Defrosting Ice Queen, her successor Rei III harbors an unspoken resentment toward Gendo, and by the end, stops him from carrying out Instrumentality on his terms, instead choosing to give that power to Shinji. Despite this, her betrayal of Gendo is carried out in the same Emotionless Girl tenor that Ayanami is famous for.
  • One Piece:
    • Monkey D. Luffy is a master of this, especially in the original Japanese. There are few times when Luffy will go in screaming and rip roaring mad, though to look at him you'd suppose otherwise. His most angry, serious look tends to be blank eyes.
      • Perhaps the best example of this is during his fight with Rob Lucci. After fighting a mostly even battle (With the assistance of Gear Second), Lucci brings out an attack that causes severe internal damage, even to a Rubberman like Luffy. Then he hits him with it AGAIN. Luffy is near death, until Usopp gives him his own "World of Cardboard" Speech, and he gets back up, glaring down Lucci whilst saying, in a completely calm tone, 'Until I beat you, I am not going down again.'
      • Another memorable example is when the World Noble Charloss shoots Hachi, leaving him bleeding out on the steps of a slave auction. Luffy adopts a Death Glare, but otherwise forgoes his usual Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Instead, he calmly walks up the stairs, dodging bullets with almost no visible movement (without Gear Second), and punches Charloss (without even the use of his rubber) hard enough to send him across the building. This, all the while knowing that striking a World Nobles is considered a declaration of war against the entire world but Luffy had absolute zero fucks about that load of pure, steaming horseshit.
    • Whitebeard is known for going apeshit over anyone harming his "sons". Killing one of them is a different story. In fact, it's this trope when Akainu kills Portgas D. Ace, and Whitebeard silently but brutally punishes him by using a Megaton Punch and sending him through a fault with his earthquake-powers. The only words he said were after Akainu burnt half his face off: "I'm just getting started". Fittingly, the chapter was called Silent Rage. Of course the Marines promptly shit themselves knowing what kind of force Whitebeard tends to be.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Honey Senpai is normally depicted as cheerful. However, when he is threatened or refused something, his face will become extremely calm and he will most likely attack, even if it isn't a big deal like when Mori Senpai refuses him cake. He is also shown to be powerful enough to take down over 100 men with minimal effort and help.
  • In Persona 4: The Animation, Yu prefers to keep his emotions under wraps, so when he does get mad, it's this trope. One of the more chilling examples comes in Episode 23 drags Namatame over to the TV and nearly throws him into it (essentially trapping him in a Death World) without a hint of emotion on his face.
  • Diamond of Pokémon Special. Whenever he finds himself with less than savory characters, he will simply state that he doesn't approve of what they're doing before fighting. What really stands out though, is when he tells Pearl that he has his own mind and refuses to be bossed around without ever raising his voice.
  • Princess Mononoke had a good example with this when Ashitaka simply walks up to the dueling Mononoke and Eboshi — surrounded by the blue-black glow of the demon inside him, but still calm nonetheless. Which was preceded by a Foe-Tossing Charge... while he leisurely walked forward through the crowd.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: When she's not totally emotionless, this is Homura Akemi's default state. Of particular note is the final few minutes of Episode 3, where, having realised that Mami is dead, she coldly disposes of the Witch, and then coldly chews out Madoka and Sayaka for ever even considering becoming magical girls, leaving the latter two in a shattered state.
  • When switching on his blue lantern, Randel Oland from Pumpkin Scissors, enters a trance that focuses him single-mindedly on his goal, making him impervious to pain and turning him into a fearless, heartless, lethal automaton. He only retains enough humanity to know when to switch it off, and then he returns to normal.
  • Kenshin's golden-eyed "Battousai" state in Rurouni Kenshin is his state of Tranquil Fury. He's not necessarily mad, he's just done playing nice and is now ready to beat you to a pulp.
    • Though as the original Hitokiri Battousai he was more of a "kill off my emotion for efficiency" empathic killer.
    • Kenshin loses it in one story arc where the cast attacks a rich mogul who says that his only motivation for doing what he does is plain and simple: Money, saying that it can do anything. After he kills the henchmen that have turned against him with a gatling gun, Kenshin runs at him. Due to the efforts of said henchmen, the gun jams, and the guy starts begging for mercy. Kenshin replies by screaming "If you value your life, PRAY TO YOUR BELOVED MONEY!!" before smashing the guy's face in.
    • And again in the Kyoto Arc. During the fight with Chou "Sword Hunter" Sawagejou, Chou makes as if to impale an infant on his sword, in an effort to break Kenshin's concentration. It works. Sort of. Kenshin does indeed lose his focus, but instead of forgetting about Chou's special attack, Kenshin instead forgets that he doesn't want Chou's cervical vertebrae to part ways. He was only saved by the fact that the new sword was, unbeknownst to everyone, a sakabatou. Even then, the sheer force of the blow might have Darth Mauled him anyway(and would certainly have snapped his spine), if not for the BFS wrapped around his torso like a bandage.
  • Sailor Moon examples:
    • The anime has the protagonist in this mode as she confronts Queen Beryl in the final scene of season one after the deaths of her fellow Senshi. Dub hate aside, Sailor Moon's voice actress Terri Hawkes evokes this powerfully:
    • The manga has a scene with the usually very emotive Sailor Venus: Queen Beryl was about to strangle Sailor Moon with her hair when Venus suddenly became very calm, announced that now she was furious, and then first cut Beryl's hair before cutting her belly open with a poisonous sword.
  • In Saiyuki, Stepford Smiler Hakkai is very good at this, able to carry on polite conversations as he is engaged in battle. But his past life Tenpou in the Gaiden manga raises this to a very creepy new level, politely saying "excuse me" before he calmly punches his superior's lights out, and in the battle where he sacrifices his life, engages in all manner of meaningless prattle that is unrelated to the battle at hand.
  • Samurai Champloo:
    • Jin is nearly the personification of this.
    • Mugen is usually crazy energetic, especially when he's enraged. However, after being betrayed, blown up, and left for dead by his childhood friends in Episode 13, he tracks them down and eerily limps towards them. when one of his old friends tries to attack, he immediately cuts him down in a few choice strokes, all with NO emotion.
  • In Sekirei, Yume seems rather calm when she beats up two Disciplinary Squad members effortlessly. Miya, the landlady of Maison Izumo, also seems rather calm as she trains Musubi and Tsukiumi in her backyard.
  • In Soul Eater Black*Star, a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero, is most dangerous when he's not yelling at you.
  • Toriko: Toriko got into this mode for a brief moment when Komatsu's heart was literally smashed by Teppei and then Toriko proceeded to kill every NEO member on the spot. After that he got into a Unstoppable Rage against Teppei.
  • In Tsukihime, Shiki's occasional bouts of homicidal insanity come in a variety of flavors, depending on what triggers them. His usual version tends to be a "cold" fury, and he rarely if ever falls prey to a "hot" fury.
    • There's a convenient scale on Arcueid's path: Killing Arcueid? Definitely heated fury. Killing Nero? Middle-ground. Killing Roa? Pure calm.
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Sensui (the real one). It's a really good idea to shake his hand.
    • Also, Kurama. He never loses his reserve, but you can always tell when he's mad. Yeah, you can definitely always tell.

    Comic Books 
  • Thor and Iron Man having a nice chat after Civil War.
  • This is one of the things that embodies Darkseid; incredibly Ax-Crazy, but also incredibly well self-controlled to temper that rage. He never raises his voice other than to make grand speeches, calmly makes certain that his enemies perish and almost never loses his cool despite how angry he gets. But if you look at his son Orion when he loses his Mother Box, then you'll have an idea how Darkseid is under the surface.
  • The Punisher varies between this and Unstoppable Rage, depending on the situation and writer, although sometimes one hides the other. The point of the infamous Nicky Cavella incident from MAX series was to cause him to mess up, and it worked — he snapped even more than usual from his usual Unstoppable Rage to a Tranquil Fury. He just goes from Bad-Guy Bar to Bad-Guy Bar slaughtering unconnected criminals until the city officials rebury his family. Then he goes after Nicky.
    • After seeing the news about what Cavella did on a television in a diner, a random patron even calls it out:
    "That... that guy is gonna go fucking berserk."
    cut to close up of Frank's face in a state of utter rage and complete self-control
  • Gold Digger: When Julia Diggers went Mama Bear on the assassin Zero, who was waiting in ambush near her first student Gar's body mortally wounded and no longer breathing. He was counting on Julia to lose her cool, since Zero needed only the slightest opening to gain the edge. He was badly mistaken.
  • Jack From Jupiter is on the rough end of this trope on The Boys.
  • World War Hulk has the Hulk so angry that he becomes calm.
    • "People of New York. I have come to smash." He then proceeded to tear through everyone available, growing so angry at some point his very steps were causing tectonic shifts before he was stopped. Angriest Hulk we've seen, and calmest Hulk we've seen at the same time.
    • Lyra, who is the daughter of the Hulk from a future timeline, becomes weaker as she becomes angrier, in contrast to her father. She is at her strongest when she is calm and collected.
    • One Hulk persona, "The Professor", worked on the same principle that Lyra did as a failsafe, growing weaker to the point where he'd become "The Savage Banner", a Bruce Banner with the Savage Hulk's rage and (lack of) self-control, but none of Hulk's strength or Banner's intelligence.
  • Turns out Soundwave is like this so much only he's immune to Frenzy's infrasonic manipulation (which doubles as turning everyone Ax-Crazy).
    • In "Spotlight: Shockwave", Shockwave is being trashed by the combined force of the Dinobots, his mind failing to make sense of things... until he turns off all higher functions. In a primal fury, Shockwave walks out of the fire unharmed, uses Sludge as a flail, and forces the Dinobots into stasis by blasting them with everything his ult-form has.
    Shockwave: I... evolve.
  • X-Wing Series: Wedge Antilles, in an arc where he confronts the man who killed his parents when he was younger, naturally flashes back to their deaths. When they were in the midst of their Heroic Sacrifice he was almost uncontrollable, understandably, but later he's scary calm. It slips a little, but he was still cold. Outside of the flashback and having to deal with the man, he's rigidly polite... until the guy has him locked up and goads him.

    The novels mention a few times that the Wedge in starfighter combat is very unlike the usual Wedge - much, much more focused. It may not just be in combat, but when he has a purpose in mind and can't let himself fail - Iella remarks on this. One of his pilots, Wes Janson, is a snarky prankster, but similarly becomes extremely focused and controlled in combat.
  • This is exactly the reason you do not piss off Spider-Man. You wouldn't know it considering how he loves talk, but the nanosecond you get him to stop joking (usually by doing something to threaten his family or friends), you've ensured yourself a very painful and thorough defeat.
    • Or death, if it just happens to be a What If universe. Oh, and if it wasn't for a Cosmic Retcon Spider-Man would've committed his first real murder.
    • Evident when he believes that his rogues gallery killed a newborn baby. He spends the next issue barely uttering a word and shows a Batman level of efficiency and ruthlessness.
    • This habit of his is played for a joke in one issue. Spider-Man finds the Headmen up to no good and hangs quietly from the ceiling. They remember what happens when Spidey doesn't play around and quickly give up. S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives and arrest them and Spidey reveals why he didn't say anything: he had laryngitis.
  • V of V for Vendetta serves his vengeance cold, not once raising his voice to his targets (unless you count Madam Justice). His kills are usually done quietly and made to look like unrelated accidents, but by the time we see him in the comic, he's elevated killing to high theater. Sometimes he slaughters men while reciting Shakespeare or Bible verses, sometimes he abducts them and puts on little plays, or manipulates an Innocent Bystander into doing the killing for him, and in the "Vertigo" episode simply stands motionless in complete silence and compels his victim to kill himself. The fact that at all times he's wearing a mask with the most cheerful smile imaginable makes him all the more terrifying to those who wronged him.
  • This is how Watchmen's Rorschach operates. Unlike the other characters, who express fury through violent outbursts (The Comedian particularly), Rorschach is almost always calm and quiet in his violence. Even when pushed to his very limit in 1975, he didn't yell or lash out, he retained his quiet demeanor. Rorschach is emotionally withdrawn and during his adulthood he only makes a facial expression twice in the book (Panel 8 of Page 7 of Chapter 6, when he remembers a childhood incident, and when he orders Manhattan to kill him. For the rest of the story his face is either covered by his mask or a blank stare.
    • This is changed in the movie, however. His blank stare is replaced by a Clint Squint, and he is prone to fits of eye-twitchery. In 1975, when pushed to his limitations, instead of breaking down into the calm psycho he breaks up into an aggressive animal.
  • Supergirl is usually Hot-Blooded and short-tempered. So, if she talks and acts calmly when she is obviously angry, she's about to deliver an epic butt-kicking.
    • In Justice League United #3, Lobo suckerpunched her. She calmly grabbed his neck, lifted him off the ground and said she hated him before punching him across a valley.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Sheko is different from other Red Lanterns. She is full of fury... but it's a cold, methodical kind of fury. In Supergirl #31, Kara realizes this:
      Supergirl: She's different for a newborn Red Lantern. She can think and speak — but deep down she's just as full of rage as any new Red. It's a cold, methodical rage, and she's not really in control of it.
    • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl: Once she finds out about her cousin's fate, Kara alternates between hot-blooded rage and informing Lex Luthor quietly and calmly that she's going to kill him. On the other hand, Batgirl always remains cool and controlled, even when she's confronting someone who pisses her off.
    • Many Happy Returns: When Rebel ambushes Kara, she is furious and upset and her eyes glow golden, but she talks to him calmly and quietly to tell him she is barely restraining herself and will most certainly kill him in horrible ways if he attacks.
  • Superman:
    • Word of advice: when Superman gets angry and you don't have kryptonite on you, run. Sure, no one but The Flash can outrace him, but he'll respect the effort, and your best shot is to hope that something more important will distract him in the seconds he lets you run. However, when he's gone past the point of anger, and entered Batman-levels of rage, Red Eyes, Take Warning and all, pray to your maker, because you'll be lucky to end up in critical condition.
    • When Superman narrowly managed to defeat Subjekt-17, an alien with strength and speed on par with him coupled with Psychic Powers, Subjekt-17 comments:
      "You get cold inside when angry, Superman, but never wild."
    • When Captain Marvel rampages after his friend Scott died taking a bullet for him, Superman comes to berate him, only to find Marvel crying his eyes out over Scott's death. After Marvel showed Supes his secret identity, that of a ten-year-old boy, Supes' eyebrows arch with fury.
      Superman: Who did this to you?
      • He later tears into Shazam (the wizard) for forcing a boy to shoulder the burden of the world.
  • Superboy also gets in on the act. When Amanda Spence murders his first girlfriend, then taunts that she is eternal, all he says is a calm "Prove it." before blasting her into the cold vacuum of space. His narration of her fate is hauntingly cold.
    Superboy: She said she didn't need to breathe. Said she had no heart. Said she couldn't die. Fine by me. But she'll pay. She wants to be eternal. I give her eternity floating in cold nothing.
  • Speaking of Bats... he starts off as The Stoic, then goes into an Unstoppable Rage, and then... let's just say that you really, really, really don't want to make him go past that point.
    • During the second Batman/The Punisher crossover, while The Punisher rides the hate and enjoys it, Batman reminds himself to remain calm and emotionless, to ignore the hate and use it to take out those who are overcome by it.
    • Mr.Freeze is essentially this. He carries out his evil plans almost without even a slight smidgeon of emotion, yet brutally freezes anyone that stands in his way, and leaves them to die.
    • Hell, even Joker gets in on it during a story arc in Batman: Hush Returns (Which is one of the stories that pictures him as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who lost his mind after his wife and unborn child died.) After he finds out through Riddler that his wife and unborn child were actually killed by a Corrupt Cop under the name of Oliver Hammet, The Joker expresses the intent to find and kill him with utterly none of his Ax-Crazy humor whatsoever, his face twisted into a scowl that betrays both his agony over the deaths of his wife and child and the cold, murderous hatred for the man who killed them.
  • One story in Deadpool #900 has the Merc With The Mouth going to a psychiatrist. During the session Deadpool brings up his occasional "pro bono" work when something really catches his attention, and mentions a story about a therapist who took sexual advantage of a young girl who was his patient, eventually driving her to suicide. Eventually it's revealed that he's speaking to that very same therapist. Deadpool then beheads the man and quietly walks away. The kicker? Deadpool's usual wisecracking internal dialogue was notably absent from the story until after the therapist was killed, showing that Deadpool was 100% not fucking around.
  • Wolverine:
    • Wolverine is known for entering Unstoppable Rage moments. In fact, it's kinda his trademark, but also an Achilles' Heel, since he's somewhat mindless when like this, so you MAY be able survive. God help you if you piss him off SO much that he goes past this and regains control...
    • The opposite is the case for his daughter/Opposite-Sex Clone, X-23. Normally she's chillingly cold, calm and efficient while gutting you. If Laura gets visibly angry, she's either under the effects of the trigger scent, or you've done something to really, really piss her off. In both cases you should run. Fast. The one time she's ever completely lost control and entered a true berserk rage, the bloody end results disturbed Black Widow.
  • Paperinik New Adventures has Xadhoom. It doesn't look that way, as you usually see her killing Evrons in the most painful way she could think of, but at the end of her introductory story she revealed that if she ever lost control she'd become a nova, and that's when you realize she's in full Tranquil Fury. A later story reveals that Xadhoom is unable to go into Unstoppable Rage mode (in the occasion she was mad beyond reason and tried to let her control slip, but she survived and produced a relatively small explosion), and another showed she's able to weaponize her hate when she killed an Evron cyborg capable to absorb emotions by letting her control slip just a little for a single moment, killing the cyborg by indigestion.
  • The Taskmaster is generally pretty cold and hard to piss off, but in Classic Deadpool, we see him let the eponymous mercenary whale on a domestic abuser but, at the behest of the victim, leave the guy alive. Then, after Deadpool leaves:
    "Funny. I didn't promise her squat."
  • Empowered is mostly prone to Unstoppable Rage when her friends are threatened or the bad guys push her too far, but her most spectacular display by far was one where she totally zoned out and just disintegrated a small army of ninjas who were threatening Ninjette. Afterward, she had no memory of the incident. Though it's heavily hinted that that was her suit taking control.
  • Captain Marvel of all people can do this when sufficiently angry. Most of the time Cap's just about the sweetest guy there is, but even he has his limits. When a group of hired killers murdered Billy Batson's best friend, Captain Marvel stormed into the police headquarters and grabbed the lead killer by the head, and started speaking to him in this trope.
    Captain Marvel: Who hired you? Tell me now. Or I'll crush your head ... Then I'll walk downstairs to the holding cells and ask your partners... I'll bring your dead, headless body with me... and then they'll tell me. So... for the last time... who hired you?
    • The next scene showed Captain Marvel hovering outside Dr. Sivana's office, revealing the assassin Sivana had hired had told Cap everything he wanted to know. Beware the Nice Ones indeed.
    • Made worse since the person making this chillingly effective threat is a little boy.
  • In the middle of a fight between the Secret Six and the Doom Patrol, something clicks inside Mad Hatter's badly addled brain and he manages to put Negative Man and Bumblebee out of commission with just one word each, while another word turns Elasti-Girl against her teammates. This manages to turn the fight in the Six's favor.
  • In The Sandman, the first hint we get that there's something off about Thessaly is when she wakes up and calmly kills off a Cuckoo by smashing its head against a wall.
  • Huntress: Helena Bertinelli is usually a hot-tempered, passionate person, but it's when she gets very calm that you should really be afraid. Whenever she gets ready to murder someone in cold blood, she's invariably totally calm. When she killed Stephen Mandragora in Year One, she was almost totally dispassionate about it. In Cry for Blood, when she gives Santo Cassamento the kiss of death, you can tell by her facial expression that she hates him, but she is totally in control. One of the clearest cases, though, was when she was about to drop Yasemin off a roof. When she was beating Yasemin with an aerial antenna, she was screaming, but when she was dangling her off the ledge, ready to drop her, she was completely calm.
  • The Inhumans: What do you get when you take all the pressure of ruling a nation of paranoid, super powered xenophobes, mix it in with having to deal with a conniving, mind controlling younger brother, hostile aliens, hostile humans, the fact that you've killed your own parents and then place it in a body that could destroy everything in sight with just a whisper? You get Black Bolt. He can't ever lose control. Ever.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Do not insult food in front of Japan, especially food from his land. Japan nearly provoked a fight with Germany when he insulted hijiki and dried shiitake mushroom spaghetti.
  • Bill Cipher, of all people, enters this state when his brother cracks Steven's gem in A Triangle in the Stars. If you ever get a usually full-on raging demon exhibit cold fury, you've done something horribly, horribly wrong and should probably be running. Too late...
  • The Child of Love: When Rei gets pissed off she does not yell or threatens. Not at all. She states her intentions quietly before crushing you.
  • Child of the Storm has this as possibly the most dangerous state for a character to be in, and correspondingly, a state that the most dangerous characters occupy. This includes most of the Avengers, as they're conscious of the kind of damage they can do if they lose control of their tempers. Other examples include
    • Alison Carter, whose cold rage is mentioned on the quotes page, when she's calmly interrogating and verbally dismantling her son-in-law because he tried to have Harry, a friend of Carol (his daughter and Alison's granddaughter) alter her mind to 'make her take the right path', while sipping at her tea and holding him in an effortless wrist-lock.
    • Harry starts out with a fairly explosive temper, but as he gets more and more control over it, he tends to default to this when he gets truly furious, even discussing the trope, as chapter 32 of the sequel, Ghosts of the Past, demonstrates, after Dudley, previously a superpowered menace and counterpart of the Blob who Harry spared the last time they fought has become a vampire and almost killed a friend of Harry's.
    Harry: "No. You get Uhtred to hospital. You get them to safety. He’s mine."
    Dudley: "So, you’ve got some fight in you after arghk!"
    Dudley was cut off mid-sentence as Harry reached out, clenched a fist, and ripped savagely. Something dark and reddish burst out of his pale throat in an explosion of gore, and he immediately staggered, eyes wide with shock and pain as he clutched at his throat. The piece of flesh hovered in front of Harry, who examined it for a moment, before incinerating it with a snap of his fingers.
    Harry: "I have had enough. Of my friends being hurt, by monsters who think their power gives them the right to do what they want. Of being dragged into one mess after another. But most of all, right now… I have had enough of you, Dudley. My friends, watching me now, they’re afraid. Because you’ve hurt someone I care about, a very good friend of mine. You’ve made me angry. So angry, that, really, I’m a little bit scared of myself. You see, the last time I was this angry, I tapped into a power that made me strong enough to break worlds and burns stars, just by lashing out, strong enough to crush Dracula, your master, with a stray thought. And the more I tapped into it, the angrier I got, and the angrier I got, the stronger I got, so strong that all sorts of bad things could happen. They’re scared that I might become that being."
    Dudley suddenly turned to mist, pouring forward in a vast wave. Harry, however, swept his left hand down and spoke a word that made reality squirm, bringing a vast, brief gale that pounded the cloud of mist to the earth like a waterfall of wind, pinning it there in defiance of all the laws of logic and nature for ten seconds, before Harry cut it off with another deliberate wave of his hand. Then, though he didn’t gesture, speak, or even change expression, there was a sudden flare of psychic power, and the misty cloud congealed into humanoid form, slowly, reluctantly, as if being forced. Once that was done, Dudley, desperate and clearly both afraid and furious, lunged towards Harry. He moved in a blur, barely visible to the human eye.
    Harry was faster.
    One moment, Dudley was lunging, fangs agape, taloned hands outstretched, and Harry was standing stock still in front of him, sword held loosely at his side. The next, Dudley was collapsing in a huddled, crumpled mass, howling a wordless scream of agony as he rolled in the dirt, clutching the stump that had been his right forearm. And Harry, not even having changed his expression, was calmly flicking the blood off his sword.
    Harry: "I was scared I might become that being. But I’ve been learning a few things over the last couple of months, from some good teachers. They’ve had anger issues too. And maybe something stuck, or maybe you’ve just managed to make me a whole new kind of angry. Because a couple of minutes ago, I found that I feel… different. Normally, if I was this angry, I’d lash out, I’d burn everything in reach, maybe even tap into my inner demon to do it. And if I had, you’d be ash by now.”
    Dudley staggered to his feet, and, his face a mask of agonised rage, swung a fast, powerful, but clumsily telegraphed blow with his remaining arm. Once again, Harry moved in a flicker of dark clothing and silvery steel, and once again, Dudley’s arm – the left, this time – fell to the floor, neatly severed.
    Harry: "Maybe it’s because I have another inner demon these days, one that’s a lot more rational, in its own way. But either way… everything’s gone cold. And I want you to know that. I want you to know, before I finally put you out of the world’s misery, that that’s how it’s being done: cold. Not for fun, not even for revenge. Just… cold. Goodbye.”
  • Watson enters this in the fanfic Mortality, when interrogating a criminal on his friend's whereabouts. It's pretty scary.
  • Emily Hastings from An Entry with a Bang does this when a friend of hers gets killed, toying with the ASF pilot responsible and taking him out methodically weapon-by-weapon.
  • HERZ: When Asuka is angry but she is acting quiet and self-controlled she is actually more dangerous:
    "Kensuke..." said Asuka dangerously. That meant quietly.
  • These lines from Team 8 after Neji demolishes Hinata in the Chuunin Exam preliminaries demonstrate both this trope and his knowledge that Naruto will not take this lightly.
    Shino: What variety of flowers would be appropriate?
    Tenten: What?
    Shino: For your teammate's funeral.
    • Made even more awesome by being said by the normally emotionless/logical Shino.
  • Ripples, Waves, Tsunamis:
    • After an occurrence of Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking, Zoro and Sanji express the crew's discontent at Luffy prioritizing meat over the crew's healing wounds.
    • After Zoro suggests cutting off Raijax’s limbs and then having Chopper sew them back on, Nami serenely states that if any of them maim him, she'll crush their testicles in their sleep for the rest of their lives. Even Brook is terrified, and he doesn’t even have testicles anymore.
  • Enemy of My Enemy: Vtan 'Arume goes into this after his old friend Rukth is killed. Vtan's human friend Perry states that this is the first time he's ever been truly scared of Vtan. Torikus also had a moment during which he acted like a "calculating murderer".
  • After his subordinates are wiped out, a Yakuza boss in Kyon: Big Damn Hero enters Tranquil Fury.
    • It's also one interpretation of Kyon's mental state after someone nearly killed Tsuruya.
  • In the last installment of the Elemental Chess Trilogy, Roy Mustang is on trial for the murder of Fuhrer Grumman. As the Amoral Attorney prosecutor continues to badger him about everything under the sun, he gets progressively more and more agitated. Then the prosecutor is pushing the idea that Roy committed the crime to further his ambitions, and Roy points out that even setting aside the other reasons he wouldn't have done it, he could never hurt his wife by committing such an act.
    "Well," says the prosecutor, "maybe you love your ambition more than you love your wife."
    If Ed were blind, he would still be able to see that this is the Wrongest Thing anyone has ever said to Mustang. He fully expects him to light the prosecutor on fire, although this wouldn't exactly help his case. At the very least, he expects Mustang to explode.
    He doesn't. His black eyes are burning a hole through the prosecutor's head, but he remains seated, clutching the arms of the chair in a furious grip. And when he speaks, his voice is dangerously low and hissing, and fully informing the prosecutor that he has crossed the uncrossable line.
    "I don't love anything more than my wife."
  • In The Last Spartan, The Master Chief struggles to remain composed when Saren dismissively calls him by his real name.
  • In Progress, Princess Luna goes into tranquil fury mode when Prince Blueblood makes hurtful and lewd comments towards Sundance. She maintains a perfectly calm facade while sending him for a gut-wrenching test ride that leaves him thoroughly shaken, and he makes a hasty exit.
  • Fluttershy in Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, while fighting Razor. Until she deals the finishing blow.
    Fluttershy: I... I will not run! You will not hurt my friends again!
  • This becomes Rainbow Dash's default mood after her augmentation in Deus Ex Equine Revengeance.
  • In A Month as Naruto Uzumaki, Sarutobi spends a month as Naruto to see how bad the village really treats him. In less than 3 weeks he decides he's seen enough and recalls something the First Hokage told him, "A Hokage must never give into rage. But, should your anger be too much to contain, you must make sure that your anger be three things. Your rage must be cold. Your rage must be reasoned. And your rage must be legendary." In the end, Naruto owns roughly 30% of Konoha, the Uchiha clan is down to six children, and the entire main branch of the Hyuuga clan has been wiped out except for Hinata (Hiashi had told Hanabi about Sarutobi's law).
  • In MSLN Test Dummies, Roland goes into this when he learns about the screwed-up training battle Crash has gotten into.
  • In White Devil of the Moon Vita gets an uncomfortable reminder of just why she gave Nanoha the moniker White Devil when her sister is kidnapped.
  • Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: After recovering from Chrysalis' attack, Celestia tracks her down amongst the chaos of the invasion for a rematch in order to punish her for threatening her subjects (especially Spike). When she finds her, she doesn't even raise her voice as she threatens her.
  • Harry enters this in Old Soldiers Never Die when, during a raid on a Death Eater hideout, he finds a woman they kept as "entertainment".
    Harry: Did we take any of them alive?
    McLain: A few sir.
    Harry: What was that? I'm afraid I didn't hear you.
    McLain: I said no sir. They died to the last.
    Harry: Good.
  • In A Midsummer Night's Dream, this is Michael's reaction in chapter 8 to learning the ponies found the wreckage of Brawler Yukon and have been suppressing the news for three months.
  • In the first chapter of the Star Trek fic Safe and Sound, Winona Kirk goes into a tranquil fury when she comes face to face with Khan. It's very awesome, and describing it here could not do the scene justice.
  • In chapter 25 of the Star Trek: The Original Series fic Insontis, Spock becomes coldly furious when a visitor performs a shirt lift on the eight-year-old Kirk.
    Spock was utterly expressionless, eyes devoid of anything but pure ice. That in itself was scary, because [the security team] knew that no one was as pure cool Vulcan as their Vulcan when he was restraining the urge to kill someone.
  • Just like in Bleach Canon, in A Grudge Not Held, Gin does not get angry easily, but when he does, he stays in control and it is terrifying. In the past, when a Hollow hurt Rangiku, he spent half a hour torture the creature before purifying it. In the present, when Luppi hurt and left scars on her, her husband tortured the Arrancar by gradually chopping off his tentacles one by one before moving to the main body, all while smiling without saying a word. Luppi, in his fear, described that smile as a bloodthirsty smile of a crocodile or a snake.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, Wily has this with Break Man and Bass in Arc 5, chapter 5.
  • According to Word of God in The Boy with the Magic Notebook, Coil used his power multiple times during the meeting with other villains and the Protectorate when Maxwell arrives with them due to how much his aid to the city has set back his plans.
  • In The Fairly OddParents! Fanfic Never Had A Friend Like Me, Norm slips into this after the Anti-Fairies and Pixies threaten to kill his current master (a little girl) in a plot to kill Timmy and out of sheer spite. He speaks in the same sarcastic tone, and becomes stone-faced when silent, but everyone can see the anger in his eyes, feel great magical energy in him building and waiting to be released, and it's terrifying to those present.
  • Naruto and Hinata learn they've taken this too far in People Lie when they realize that Sasuke doesn't believe their very serious threats to kill him because they've learned to unconsciously suppress their killing intent.
  • When Ichigo's truly pissed in A Protector's Pride, he'll appear completely calm while his reiatsu drives even captain level fighters to their knees.
  • In Fist of the Moon Rei notes that Ranma never frowns, yells, or snarls while in the dojo. S/he only ever smiles or wears a serious expression. The latter means you've screwed up. Then, when Ranma is getting ready to "spar" with Mamoru after he condescends about Ranma's abilities, Ranma doesn't get serious. Instead, s/he acts very ditzy and cheerful, answering a question of his with a bright "Yeppers!", before ghosting around every one of Mamoru's attacks (Akane and Makoto are the only ones to realizes that Ranma dodges them all by the exact same margin of distance) before effortlessly handing Mamoru his honey on a platter.
  • In the Soul Eater fanfic Oblivion, the Gorgon sisters' mother gets this when five-year-old Shaula tells her how her older sisters have been bullying her and telling her she's too weak to live. She doesn't yell at them, but young!Arachne and young!Medusa are apparently scared to be punished by her.
  • In Matsu's Ashikabi, when Dumbledore arrives to "collect" Harry Potter and bring him to Hogwarts (read:kidnap him regardless of Harry's or Matsu's wishes), Matsu is described being so furious she didn't even feel upset, merely "dully polite". She also spends the entire visit plastering Dumbledore and his companions all over the International Most Wanted List, exposing the Wizarding World by streaming the conversation online, and creating plans to unleash the entire Sekirei species upon the Wizarding World in open war if necessary.
  • In Weiss Reacts, Ozpin is shown to have a LOT of this under the surface despite his trolling tendencies and his reputation as an Eccentric Mentor.
    For a moment, as Blake studied Ozpin's expression, she was reminded not of a kindly, eccentric mentor, but of a far older, ancient warrior, his will to fight tempered by years upon years of endless battles, unintimidated by anything that would attempt to make him feel fear. This was not Ozpin the headmaster of Beacon, this was Ozpin, the Huntsman of old, feared throughout the Four Kingdoms and even amongst the Magus Association, the fighter of battles known and unknown, whose name was still whispered in hushed whispers though he had exchanged his battle armor for the robes of a scholar.
    And in all her obsession with manliness, Blake realised that even her beloved Kamina paled in the calm fury Ozpin was hiding underneath the surface.
  • In Nightblade, Rythin usually goes into this when his Berserk Button is pressed, shutting off all emotions and removing whatever pressed the button. One notable example was when it was hammered:
    Nick: I am so angry right now that I am beyond anger. If Sugou was in this room right now, I would kill him in a heartbeat with my bare hands and I wouldn't give a damn about the consequences. I would crush his throat with my bare hands and watch him die in satisfaction. That's how angry I am.
  • In Living History, while being interviewed by a news reporter from the future, Xander learns that Faith had previously told her the two of them were having sex with everyone of age to "Boost morale".
    Xander: (Getting out of his chair) "Excuse me. I have to go commit cold-blooded murder."
  • In The Familiar of Zero fanfic Soldier of Zero, upon learning that Louise has been drugged with a love potion, Saito asks Guiche what's going on, noted as sounding more annoyed and tired than anything. Guiche still feels like someone is holding a knife to his throat. Furthermore, Saito gets his and Montmorency's attention by throwing a butter knife hard enough for it to sink hilt deep into a stone wall.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Vegeta himself has arrived at a moment of tranquil fury upon having his tail cut off. It's particularly notable since not much earlier he was in full blown Unstoppable Rage mode, complete with screaming about how he was going to kill everyone. When his tail gets cut off, instead of raging again, Vegeta speaks in almost a chipper tone as he prepares to kill them all.
      Vegeta: [calmly] You know... I thought I'd be angrier, what with the utter humiliation and loss of my tail... Or maybe I'm just so unbelievably enraged that I've come full circle. Oh well! Either way, it's time to put an end to this.
    • Android 18 has this against Vegeta during their fight. Even before the fight Vegeta has been throwing misogynistic insults at her, which she steadily ignores as she first toys with him, and later starts getting the upper hand against him. A frustrated Vegeta responds by calling her a "Smug cunt." 18 sighs, and without ever visibly emoting, turns the fight into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown where she batters Vegeta into submission and breaks both his arms.
  • In Advice and Trust, Ritsuko notes during a test that Shinji looks calm and talks softly, but he is downright furious. She thinks that it's very enervating.
  • Thousand Shinji: When Shinji learns about the true fate of his and his friends' mothers, he gets mad... at the beginning.
    Now he had transcended anger.
    A strange calm and clarity washed over him. He would not get mad.
    He would get even.
  • In The Second Try, when Gendo says he questioned Asuka about her daughter Aki, Shinji gets furious, but he doesn’t it show outwardly because he knows that his father wants to provoke him. So he decides to hold back, wait, and then make his father pay.
  • Once More with Feeling: Asuka of all people slips into this when she sees Rei's atrocious living conditions, and finds out the whole thing was arranged by Gendo.
  • In Death Dancer Ino, upon learning Orochimaru ordered the attack that killed Sakura, Naruto remains outwardly calm while tapping into the Kyuubi's chakra and saying, "He dies."
  • An interesting variation shows up in Touched. Xander and Cordelia are cursed so that they're forced to remain in physical contact with one another. Furthermore if one feels despair, the other embraces them, and if one feels anger, both feel pleasure. When Cordelia accuses Xander of deliberately depressing himself so she'll snuggle up against him, he doesn't say anything but both are suddenly wracked by a massive orgasm. Cordelia becomes rather scared of him when she realizes just how furious he had to be for that to happen.
  • In The Fire of Futures Past, Stitch gives a Death Glare to Leroy when the latter acts out CEO!626 and Angel making out in his story. He then walks up to the doppelganger experiment ready to chew him out for the act, silencing all the others' laughter in the process, until Leroy stops laughing and begins coughing and rolling around in pain. Stitch quickly calms down at that point and helps Leroy back up.
  • This Bites!:
    • In Chapter 2, Cross displays this to Luffy shortly after joining his crew, his face expressionless as he issues a very cold speech threatening to maim him if he steals his meat. To everyone's awe, it works.
    • In Chapter 17, let's just say Vivi's not happy when she finds out that Cross lied to her about where the Rebel Army was in Alabasta.
    • In Chapter 30, Captain T-Bone displays this when talking about the person who sold out his men to Akainu. It's Vergo.
    • In Chapter 32, Jessica finding out that her husband has been throwing out the food she's made leaves her speaking in a tone described as the eye of a hurricane.
    • Three, very notable examples in Chapter 39, all from the SBS broadcasting the Ohara incident, and Spandam taunting Robin afterwards:
      • Tashigi goes past horrified and disgusted, and reaches the point that she can't feel anything but cold rage.
      • Luffy reaches a whole new level of calmness...which, for him and in this case, is downright scary.
      • Lassoo's reaction is a very steady, "I'm going to eat him."
  • Upon learning that her classmates lodged a formal inquiry that she's been replaced with a changeling in Mana Based System, Louise is utterly enraged and filled with hatred that they think so little of her that they believe it genuinely impossible for her to ever perform magic. She keeps it bottled inside until she's alone, then practices her magic tirelessly in a fit of rage.
  • Mahanon, in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, very coldly and calmly lets Briala know why insulting the Lady Inquisitor in front of the Lord Inquisitor is a really bad idea. Big Brother Instinct kicks in fast when it comes to his da'vhenan.
  • In Hurt Me after Joyce walks in on Xander and Buffy engaging in some post sex cuddling, she walks into the kitchen and starts making pancakes while being "so calm it was a certainty she was furious". Though it's shown in their conversation that what truly angers Joyce is that 1) Buffy was having her boyfriend over while she's grounded, and 2) They weren't using protection.
  • In Her Inner Demons, Sci-Twilight's default mode had become this as a result of the horrific bullying she endured. Outwardly, she was a quiet Shrinking Violet, but her internal thoughts were a thunderstorm of rage.
    Sci-Twilight: (after an Alpha Bitch bumps into her) Pardon me!
    Sci-Twilight: (thinking) Arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious bitch! Trotting around here like she owns the place, flaunting the riches of her family when she herself has done nothing! Money-for-brains, that one; I'd like to see how you'd scream if your family business went bankrupt tomorrow!
  • Sitting On A Rock, Sunset tells Maud that she's going to keep tormenting Trixie to get back at Maud for bruising her arm. How does Maud respond? She punches a hole into her locker, shrugs off the fact that her arm is bleeding profusely, and asks Sunset politely not to bother Trixie. All the while maintaining her stoic facade. Sunset (reluctantly) backs off and fearfully runs away from Maud.
  • Lincoln in Finding A Loud goes this way when dealing with rowdy children. Scaring Lola in behaving, as she's used to people getting....well, Louder when angry. Not quieter.
  • In Dreaming of Sunshine, Sasuke enters this state after Kimimaro nearly kills Naruto.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition's Walking in Circles: Solas after he found Evelyn has been made Tranquil. When Ser Clacher found them, the elf just silently walked forward and gave him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with a sword instead of just using his magic, finally killed him after confirmed that the man didn’t force himself on Evelyn.
    • It was so terrifying that later, when Evelyn realizes that he’s pointing the same look at Cassandra who demands Evelyn to hand herself over, she immediately begs him to calm down before anything bad can happen.
    • He has that look again in the Bad Future when he talked about how he got Alexius’s amulet.
  • When Motoko spills the beans on her sister searching for Keitaro's alter ego in Art Pamphlet, Tsuruko initially merely thanks her for the drinks she brought. After Motoko doesn't take the hint to leave, Tsuruko literally drags her out of the room and suggests they "go practice".
  • Series Thirty and Three Quarters has Rei display absolutely no emotion while informing Asuka that, if she willingly causes Shinjinote  any physical harm, Rei will kill her. After Rei leaves the elevator they were in, Asuka notices that she had pressed the emergency stop hard enough to crack the screen and leave an indent of her finger on it.
  • Bucky Barnes enters this state while slaughtering HYDRA agents in Infinite Coffee And Protection Detail.
    The clench of anger in Barnes’s chest has released. Inside, he is chill and silence. He is eyes connected to hands connected to triggers. His metal arm windmills, deflecting bullets. Like Rogers’s shield. He plows through these assholes like retribution.
  • In Weight of the World’s sequel The Shattered Soul, an amnesiac Alfred is betrayed and left to die by Neo, Roman and Mercury, found by Raven and almost murdered, captured by Tyrian and Emerald, and recalls England pointing a gun at him in the Revolution. The last betrayal sends Alfred over the edge and he calmly and silently starts burning everything down with his Semblance, never changing expression.
  • In X-Men: The Early Years, Scott Summers informs a guy who has just gotten Jean plastered that he's going to confess what he's done or Scott will kill him. His delivery is so absolutely cold and matter-of-factly the guy hightails it right away.
    I'm going to tell you what you're going to do, Jose;, and you're going to listen very carefully. If you don't, you're going to be dealing with me. You really don't want to do that. You are going to march right into camp and tell Carol what happened."
    "What if I don't do it?" Jose; demanded.
    Scott gave him a very chilling smile. "You're going to make me very angry. There's a difference between Warren and me. Warren will rip your arms off and feel guilty about it later. I, on the other hand, will simply hold your head under the water until you stop struggling and I won't feel anything. It would be in your own best interest not to irritate me. Do I make myself perfectly clear?"

    Film — Animated 
  • In Big Hero 6, Hiro's order to Baymax to destroy Callaghan is eerily calm, just to show how far he's going in his revenge for Tadashi's death.
  • Queen Elinor of Brave when she breaks up the fight between the heads of the clans where she remains very, very calm (certainly calmer than anyone in the room).
    • This is the skill she's trying to teach Merida, how to be the voice of reason in a roomful of Violent Glaswegians with short fuses. She breaks up said fight by calmly walking through the brawl, letting it part before her and dragging out her husband by his ear.
  • Gru in Despicable Me when in his Papa Wolf mode. Culminated with him offhandedly punching out a shark.
  • Anna of Disney's Frozen when she gives Hans "The Reason You Suck" Speech about his frozen heart and how evil and manipulative he is.
    Anna: (to Hans) The only frozen heart around here is yours. (turns back with dignity and punches Hans in the face)
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan spends most of the movie like this whenever his lackeys mess up, reining in his anger enough to threaten and kill them in a polite sort of way. During the climax with Basil, however, his patience finally gives out.
  • The final showdown of Disney's Hercules certainly qualifies.
  • In The Incredibles, there's Bob after he believed his family was killed by Syndrome. After Mirage frees him, Bob grabs her by the neck and comes dangerously close to entering a Heroic B.S.O.D. and crushing her head into a bloody mess, but he remains perfectly and frighteningly calm throughout the whole thing. And just like Syndrome knew he can't bring himself to do it. Letting Mirage be almost crushed however bites him in the ass later.
    Bob: It'll be easy. Like breaking a toothpick.
  • Simba from The Lion King is filled with barely-contained rage when he confronts his evil uncle Scar, who killed his father and made a royal mess of the Pride Lands.
  • King Triton from The Little Mermaid is initially like this when he confronts his daughter Ariel about falling in love with a human.
    Triton: I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed.
  • Dean Hardscrabble in Monsters University enters this when Mike and Sulley destroy her record-breaking scream canister.
    Mike: You're taking this remarkably well.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: "Hello, Oogie…"
  • Bonnie's mother pulls this off near the end of Toy Story of Terror! when she discovers what the Big Bad has been doing, describing precisely how she's going to report the motel's manager to the police for attempting to steal her daughter's toys and selling them on the internet for a quick buck. As shown in The Stinger, she followed through on those threats.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Act of Valor. After Lt. Rorke's Heroic Sacrifice, Chief Dave gets up and proceeds to solo the cartel and suicide bombers with barely a sound, just intense, cold, focus.
  • The Addams Family: Morticia's talk with Fester, when Gomez suspects he's an imposter.
    Morticia: And our credo, "Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc"... "We gladly feast on those who would subdue us". Not just pretty words.
  • In Aguirre, the Wrath of God, when Aguirre makes his final monologue proclaiming eternal vengeance on any who would disobey him, to a raft of corpses and monkeys no less, he speaks with in a low, sedate voice. This was Enforced Method Acting on the part of Werner Herzog. Klaus Kinski wanted to do the scene in a rage, but Herzog intentionally infuriated him off-camera until he was so exhausted that he performed the scene in what appears to be tranquil fury.
  • Billy Jack. He really tries...
  • William Wallace in Braveheart after his wife is killed. His expression is virtually blank from the moment he rides into the village to the moment he cuts the murderer's throat.
  • In Cape Fear, Max Cady has a quiet, permanent animal rage under his skin. And occasionally, it breaks out. This is especially true with Robert Mitchum's portrayal. This is part of what makes him so terrifying.
  • Eric Draven, in the big shootout in the club towards the end of The Crow: "You're all going to die." He says it so calmly and quietly, he probably wasn't even heard over the thumping music.
  • The Daimajin Trilogy is this at its climax when the giant Idol finally awakens to wreak havoc on those whom have desecrated his holy grounds. Named the the evil overlords that are currently ruling the land.
  • Dennis the Menace: George Wilson, to 6-year-old Dennis, after Dennis tries to warn him of a burglary-in-progress at his (Wilson's) home ... but causes Mr. Wilson to miss the entire life cycle (less than 15 seconds) of a plant that he had nurtured for 40 years. After Wilson destroys the dead plant, he is coolly and eerily calm as he tells Dennis that he is a pest that he never wants to see again. Dennis, too young to make sense of these cruel remarks, runs off.
  • The Man with No Name in the Dollars Trilogy is a good person (usually) who goes out of his way to help those in need, even if he is Only in It for the Money. He's also The Stoic and hardly if ever expresses his feelings. But when he gets angry, he is fucking scary.
    "You see, there's two kinds of people in the world: Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."
  • If Anderson's mind scan is correct, this is Judge Dredd's natural state of being.
  • In Drive, the Driver's stoic demeanor turns out to be a thin lid on a boiling pit of rage as a horrified Irene and one hapless mook find out in the infamous elevator scene.
  • Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (among others) when he confronts Han.
  • John Preston in Equilibrium in the climax, somewhat paradoxically. Fighting for the right to feel emotion, he delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on the villains immediately after his polygraph readings completely flatline.
    Preston: No. Not without incident.
  • Barney Ross's expression during his final fight with Vilain in The Expendables 2.
  • Richard Kimble in The Fugitive on realizing who the killer is. His calm demeanour only starts to crack near the very end of the film.
  • Chili Palmer, the Anti-Hero of Get Shorty originally got his nickname on account of a Hot-Blooded personality. Over time though, he cooled down to the point of icy calmness and his nickname took on a new meaning. He is a Loan Shark who can get payment without raising his voice or ever needing to use violence. When someone gets on his bad side, he evidences only a slight irritation.
    "Look at me."
  • Michael Corleone in The Godfather. You do not desire to make him think it's not just business.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid (who's already contemptuous of the Dursleys) has this reaction when Vernon insults Albus Dumbledore, followed by giving Dudley a pig's tail. (This is in contrast to the book, where he's roaring in anger.)
    "Never insult Albus Dumbledore in front of me."
  • Would-be presidential assassin Mitch Leary in In the Line of Fire.
  • When Ip Man challenges the ten Japanese pugilists after seeing Master Liu get shot, he is calm and focused, with only a steely Death Glare to show his anger, even when he's dislocating joints and dealing out other brutality.
  • The protagonist of I Saw the Devil may qualify, as he gets on a revenge fest, looking very calm and cold most of the time. His fury goes on during the whole movie.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Harry Hart calmly beats the snot out of half a dozen thugs after they threaten Eggsy and make fun of him. He even politely apologises to Eggsy afterward for the scene, excusing it as his need to "let off some steam."
    • Eggsy has a brief moment of this during the literal Shoot the Dog test, even going so far as to point the gun at Arthur for a second, levelling a very cold and unsettling glare at him before backing down.
    • Valentine also slips into this in the climax, after Eggsy kills Gazelle. His low, hissing growl of "You motherfucker..." manages to feel like a Precision F-Strike, despite the film's generous profanity, and even his characteristic lisp is FAR less pronounced than usual.
  • Max Rockatansky displays this during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge moment in the first Mad Max movie.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • At the climax of The Avengers, Bruce Banner reveals that "Tranquil Fury" is his normal resting state and he can turn into The Hulk at a second's notice, with no drawn-out transformation sequence required. This seems to imply that his out-of-control transformations are reserved for when he's really mad (which, although it had happened earlier, was shown to require a LOT of stressful things in a short period of time).
      Captain America: Doctor Banner. Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.
      Bruce Banner: (smiles) That's my secret, Cap. I'm always angry.
    • This ties directly back to The Incredible Hulk, where Banner is initially shown attempting to prevent his transformations through meditation. In the film's final scenes, Banner's meditation leads to what may be his first moment of Tranquil Fury — he is seconds away from becoming the Hulk while outwardly appearing perfectly calm.
    • It also goes into Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Scarlet Witch tries to explain Ultron's desperation in his plans. But because she's responsible for the Hulk's rampage through a city, Bruce is a little less inclined to listen.
      Wanda Maximoff: I know you're angry…
      Banner: Oh, we're way past that. I could choke the life out of you and never change a shade.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, following the reveal that Bucky assassinated his parents as the Winter Soldier, Tony Stark's demeanor changes immediately. No snark, barely any raising of his voice. Just quiet, icy fury as he proceeds to attack Bucky.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, after Starlord learns that his father Ego murdered Starlord's mother by implanting a brain tumor in her, he immediately pulls out his guns and starts shooting until Ego is filled with massive holes in every part of his anatomy. And all of that without changing expression.
  • In Mission: Impossible, Ethan Hunt does this when he realizes that, not only is his team dead, his boss thinks he's the mole.
    Kittridge: Ethan, I understand you're upset...
    Ethan: Kittridge, you've never seen me very upset.
  • The assassin named T, from the Singaporean movie One Last Dance, has this as his signature style. It is shown mainly in the confrontation with his former partner-in-crime, as well as the ensuing revenge on the men who raped his friend's sister.
  • In The Princess Bride:
  • In Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Kenshin, Misao, and Eiji arrive at the Shingetsu village (which has been taken over by Shishio Makoto's forces), to find the dead bodies of Eiji's parents hanging from a huge tree in the town square. When Shishio's men come out to greet them, Kenshin simply tells Misao to look after Eiji while he proceeds systematically kick the ass of all of Shishio's men. Despite the apparent cool demeanor on the rurouni's face, one can tell he's completely furious by how vicious and unforgiving his attacks are.
  • Serenity:
    • River does this whenever she enters her battle mode created by her Alliance conditioning. After getting "switched on" by a subliminal message, she wastes a room full of rough customers — up to and including Jayne when he tries to subdue her — without seeming to notice what she's doing. In the climax, she voluntarily kicks ass with about as much tranquility.
    • Zoe has a similar moment after Wash is killed. She's shown very calmly loading her shotgun, and when the Reavers attack, she slowly rises from behind cover, blasting away, and closes into melee with them with the disturbingly calm look on her face. That all fades away when she proceeds to stab that Reaver to a bloody mush.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Professor Moriarty is quite calm after Sherlock reveals that his plans have been foiled and he's soon to face prison time for his crimes against everyone involved. His response? Just offering to light Sherlock's pipe and smiling... while telling him of his plans for Watson and his wife. Clearly, it takes a lot more before Moriarty flies off the handle in a fit of rage.
  • In Snatch., Brick Top is always very loud and aggressive. Until he gets truly pissed off. Then he gets very, very quiet.
  • For most of Star Trek: First Contact, Jean-Luc Picard appears to be the very same composed, rational man that we see throughout the series. As the movie progresses, however, several out-of-character actions betray Picard's utter fury at the Borg, and show that he sees the situation as an opportunity to take revenge on the Collective.
    • For that matter, Data (who's had an emotion chip implanted, making him no longer The Stoic) gets what is probably the character's Moment of Awesome in the movie: a very calm, measured "Resistance is futile."
  • Star Wars:
    • What makes Darth Vader so terrifying is how he brutally channels his anger without compromising his stoic composure. In The Empire Strikes Back, he casually Force-chokes incompetent officers to death without so much as raising his voice or flying into a berserker rage.
    • Just watch the scene at the end of Rogue One where Vader kills his way through a corridor of Rebel troopers. It's easy for Vader. He just moves his lightsaber, throws some Force powers in there for good measure, but there's almost no energy expended on his part. Maul, or maybe even the Emperor, would have flown at the Rebels with spins and kicks and much lightsaber-twirling and snarling. From Vader there's not a sound, just systematic slaughter.
    • Yoda confronting Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith: "At an end, your rule is. And not short enough it was, I must say." It's an interesting contrast to Mace Windu, who is just barely keeping his temper in check when he shows up to arrest Palpatine, even though he's speaking in an official capacity. In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it's made clear that this is a component of the lightsaber style Vapaad.
  • Dustin Hoffman's long-awaited rampage at the end of Straw Dogs. He's slightly nervous, and that's about it.
  • Taken: "You don't remember me, do you? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you."
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • In X-Men: First Class, Erik's powers are manifested through anger, until Charles helps by telling him "true focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity."
    • It must've rubbed off from being with Magneto but throughout most of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique is searing with rage and on her way to becoming the remorseless killer she was in the original trilogy. Until the end where she spares Trask's life and thus creates a new timeline.
  • In Yogi Bear, Ranger Smith displays this masterfully after Yogi's stunt goes horribly wrong and wrecks the park, leading to him giving Yogi a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while barely raising his voice.
  • In Why Did I Get Married when Angela reveals during dinner that Mike cheated on Sheila with the latter's best friend, Sheila is shocked and then gets angry. She sits at the dinner table angry for a few minutes. Then when Mike gets up to leave the table, she takes an empty wine bottle and smashes it on the back of Mike's head, stands up, and leaves the table (still angry).

  • Jake from Animorphs is described this way by several of the others; they always describe his "angry" voice as being low, calm and dangerous.
  • Anita Blake frequently describes "going to that cold place" right before she kills, where everything in her head is silent and she focuses on the job at hand. In one case she's confronting a multiple murderer preternatural monster in a crowded mall food court, and he says "Aren't you going to read me my rights? Police have to do that." She responds "I'm not the police, I'm the Executioner" then calmly puts several bullets in him.
  • Also shows up a few times in The Belgariad. Notably after Bethra is murdered, when Silk calmly and methodically butchers everyone remotely involved, and shows absolutely no remorse when called on it afterward. Another notable, though minor incident involves Garion himself, when he finds that an innocent farmstead has been slaughtered by military deserters, which hits Close to Home. Normally a borderline Martial Pacifist, he sneaks off and ruthlessly kills all responsible, then returns as if nothing had happened. When his relations are concerned by his change in behavior, he just says that it had to be done.
  • Invoked ad infinitum in The Black Jewels Trilogy, where hot anger is the lesser danger; Blood can be pushed to something called the 'killing edge' which is a sort of glacially calm-seeming berserker state. You can be sure that when a character is speaking "too gently" or is "too calm" that they are a breath away from tearing someone apart.
    There were winds that came down from the north, screaming over miles of ice, picking up moisture as they tore over the cooling sea until, when they finally touched a man, the cold, knife-sharp damp seeped into his bones and chilled him in places the hottest fire couldn't warm. Saetan, when he was this calm, this still, was like those winds.
  • The eponymous hero of Andrew Vachss' Burke novels is a master of this:
    You know what it takes to sit across the table from a man, listen to him talk, look into his eyes ... and then blow his brains all over the wallpaper?
    And the more of that you have, the easier it is.
    • The books also deconstruct the trope by showing it as it is: an incredibly dangerous sign of mental illness. This is best demonstrated with the Posthumous Character of Wesley; despite (or perhaps because of) never speaking above a whisper or losing his temper, he was the most vicious killer in a series full of Combat Pragmatists.
  • In John Ringo's Strands of Sorrow, this seems to be a trait of some of the Smith family. Faith is being (in her mind, unfairly) relieved of her beloved Marine commission, and she thinks "She'd always wondered about how Da got calm at certain times. Now she knew what a real killing rage meant". Her Da gets the same calm exterior when he finds out what happened. Other people (the Acting President, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, an Admiral) are not so restrained.
  • In one of the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon stories Jake mentions that Callahan doesn't shout or get loud when he's really angry, but he'll do that to people who don't know him if they act like jerks to intimidate them. When he well and truly pissed, he doesn't say a word.
  • Niko, the martial-arts expert, self-educated, "Buddha-loving" swordsman brother of Cal Leandros is almost always tranquil, the epitome of Zen. But threaten the ones he loves, especially his little brother, and that tranquility turns into a cold rage that makes him the perfect weapon, driven by nothing but the desire to bring death. He says himself that the thing he does best is kill.
  • In the Iain M. Banks Culture novel The Player of Games, there is an example of Tranquil Fury against a whole civilisation. The protagonist, Jurneau Gurgeh is sent to the foreign Azadian empire to play in a games tournament (winning the tournament makes you the emperor). After having a fairly enjoyable time playing and drinking in what he sees as a crude but still interesting society, Jurneau's companion shows him just how bad things are in the empire (exploitation of mentally sick people, no support for the elderly or poor, brutal police force etc). He gets a bit upset, but doesn't think much of it. He's then shown a series of TV programs showing, in order, normal pornography, sado-dominative pornography, and finally, the most twisted kinds of sexually motivated anatomically horrific torture possibly conceived (a particularly vile example shows a pregnant woman being thrown into a room with a violently psychopathic prisoner armed with knife and injected with a massive amount of sex hormones). He is then informed that this kind of thing happens all the time in the Azadian Empire. Cue his next games match. Where previously, he'd been playing out of sport and fun, Jurneau utterly annihilates his opponent in the most absolute way possible.
    • It's a sign of how complex a writer Banks is that the opponent being annihilated is the most sympathetic one Gurgeh has ever faced and the penalty for losing is gelding. And what makes it worse is that the opponent is pregnant for the first time and will lose all hope of ever having children, as well as his/her job (the ruling class in the Empire are hermaphrodites.) There are strong hints that Gurgeh has been driven somewhat Ax-Crazy by seeing the dark side of the Empire up close and personal. Lampshaded in the passage where Gurgeh's opponent (a judge) looks in his eyes and realizes that this is what every convict he has ever sentenced has seen... judgment, without mercy.
  • In Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series, Captain Matthew Reddy slips into this when sufficiently provoked. Things usually end very, very, VERY badly for whoever was stupid enough to push him over the edge.
  • Discworld:
    • Captain Carrot, in Men at Arms dropped the Big Bad with barely a word. He would be just doing his duty... if it weren't for the Big Bad having shot his girlfriend. Significantly, he does so by putting a sword into (well, through) a stone, which earlier in the book is described as vastly more impressive than drawing a sword out of a stone. Said Big Bad was between Carrot's sword and the aforementioned stone. Carrot's expression does not change.
    • Normally accompanied by Carrot calmly pointing out that "personal isn't the same as important." He really believes this too — in Jingo he manages to have a quiet sleep while sailing after his kidnapped girlfriend, because it won't do him any good if he's tired once he catches up to her.
    • The one time Carrot abandons this trope (when he chases after Angua in The Fifth Elephant), he ends up getting utterly wrecked by Angua's brother. Which was very likely (perhaps subconsciously) The Plan on Carrot's part, to put himself in a position where Angua would have to come to his aid, and therefore force her hand against her brother.
    • He also used this trope on Angua when she thought Vimes (whose marriage to Sybil was still recent) was spending most of his salary on prostitutes. Without raising his voice or looking at her, Carrot calls Fred into the room and asks him to tell Angua what each of those names means: they're widows and orphans of the Night Watch.
    • Vimes' thoughts on the subject are virtually the definition of Tranquil Fury (with a side of Evil Gloating).
      "If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you are going to die. So they'll talk. They'll gloat. They'll watch you squirm. They'll put off the murder like another man will put off a good cigar. So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word."
    • Vimes himself gets into one of these — most of his rages are barbaric, but at the end of Night Watch, facing Carcer, he calmly, carefully, and methodically disarms him, pins him against a wall, and arrests him. Vimes may be the master of the unstoppable rampage, but he can also gain the attention and expectant silence of a conference room full of squabbling aristocrats by becoming completely still with suppressed rage.
    • Terry Pratchett quite likes having his heroes remain outwardly calm as they knock seven bells out of the villains. Granny Weatherwax seems to do it once per book, and is described as storing up her anger behind a mental dam in her head, so that when she really needs it she can turn the tap and let it out.
      • Though it may be that Granny Weatherwax exists in a permanent state of Tranquil Fury because she wanted to be a wicked witch, but her sister chose to be the "wicked" one and didn't even have the common courtesy to enjoy it which left Granny with no choice but to be the "good" witch. Again and again, you see how much she despises the people of Lancre, her own closest friends not excepted, yet her entire life is devoted to helping them overcome their various troubles. Of all the characters in the Discworld novels, she seems to be the most effective force for good, and the most glaring example of Good Is Not Nice.
    • In Making Money, Moist Von Lipwig inadvertently implies that Vetinari might have murdered an old woman. This is a Very Big Mistake, and one of the very few things that could cause this reaction:
      Vetinari: I am extremely angry, Mr. Lipwig.
    • In I Shall Wear Midnight, Tiffany trolls Roland's complete bitch of a future mother-in-law into thinking she's a fairy-tale witch, leading to her arrogantly demanding that every spinning wheel in the castle be destroyed... including the one that belonged to Roland's mother. Oops.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Changes, this defines how Harry spends the majority of the book, with him struggling to keep his ever-intensifying anger at what is happening to his daughter from transforming into an outright Unstoppable Rage. As he points out at the beginning of the book, a wizard who cuts loose can level city blocks in their fury, so he has to keep his anger on a tight leash. It nonetheless leaks out; for example, when fighting the vampires in his office building, Harry keeps his cool but unthinkingly pumps soulfire into his flame blasts, without even considering the consequences, because he's that damned angry.
      This rage is made even scarier when you get to see what he's willing to do when he finally does get his revenge upon his daughter's kidnappers.
      "God forgive me." -Harry Dresen
    • Speaking of which, there's his reaction in White Night to seeing two trainees he was in charge of being brutalised by ghouls. He doesn't shout, or scream, or raise his voice beyond a venomous whisper at worst while torturing their killers to death in revenge. It even freaks Ramirez out.
  • The Elenium:
    • A trait of Sparhawk. In fact, when his wife is kidnapped, he acts so calm that one of the knights (who's infatuated with her) tells him that he doesn't love her, or he would be angrier. Some very scared friends of Sparhawk have to stop him and describe this trope for him before something unfortunate happens.
    • Also, the final battle of The Tamuli. Being a God kinda helps.
  • Ender's Game: Ender is always like this when he's angry. No matter how much fury is within him, outside he is deathly calm and collected. Ender does this on purpose, as he learned very early the difference between "hot" and "cold" anger.
    "He could see Bonzo's anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad. Ender's anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo's was hot, and so it used him.”
  • At least one badass in every single one of David Gemmell's novels — if it's a secondary character, they will die by the end of the novel; if the main character doesn't do this at the beginning, he'll probably figure out how by the end. Waylander in the Drenai novels especially. In the first novel, Dardalion uses his powers to observe Waylander's aura and describes it as a state of "controlled fury".
  • The titular character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. After being blackmailed and brutally raped by her new caseworker, Lisbeth Salander mentions that "cooperative" is very much NOT the same as "submissive". Where another might fly into a homicidal rage or even BSOD, the heroine instead puts the scumbag in his place with a focus and purpose not unlike channeling a nuclear blast through a gun barrel. having captured the rape on camera, she turns the tables and blackmails HIM, but not before giving him a taste of his own medicine, tattooing "I Am A Sadistic Pig, a Pervert, and a Rapist" on his chest, and leaving him tied up to think about what he did.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dumbledore goes into a variation of this whenever he disciplines his students - however, instead of quiet anger his attitude is quiet disappointment. In the few times Harry has had to be disciplined by Dumbledore, he believes that he would have preferred him shouting in rage. However, Dumbledore is capable of going into a tranquil fury which is truly something to behold:
    • Remus Lupin from is perfectly calm when he is confronting his former friend, Peter Pettigrew in Prisoner of Azkaban, about betraying the Potters. His voice grows colder but he never once yells, even though it's clear he is furious. Even when he agrees to kill him, he just says "I think so," to Sirius's suggestion of killing him together.
    • Also, Professor McGonagall's conversation with Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix. Every time McGonagall's angry, you will see this trope.
    • This is Snape's default setting, along with Deadpan Snarker. Him snapping at Harry in a fury towards the end of Half-Blood Prince makes the Wham Line all the more potent.
    • Harry's entire fight with Voldemort at the end of Deathly Hallows was a great example of this. In fact, if Mr. Potter isn't going out of his mind with rage — if he is in fact calm and collected — be afraid. Because you're about to get had.
  • Honor Harrington:
    • Honor personifies this in her duel with Pavel Young. He tried to rape her in the academy, he's used his family connections to block her advancement, he's left her to die when he was her superior, he arranged the death of her lover, and when she managed to corner him and challenge him to a duel, he broke the laws on dueling by turning early. Her response was to send 3 bullets into his heart without a single twitch of facial muscle despite his cheating in the duel and turning around early to shoot her in the back.
    • From the (first) climax of Flag in Exile, Honor calmly interrupts Protector Benjamin — a shocking violation of Grayson propriety — when he was trying to offer her a way to avoid dueling a person accused of treason, and simply asks if he wants the traitor crippled or dead. Moreover, she maintains that utter calm throughout the (very short) duel. Her opponent was a very good fencer, but Honor has been killing people efficiently in one form or another for decades at this point.
    • This is how her husband sees her.
      It was a merciless something, her "monster"—something that went far beyond military talent, or skills, or even courage. Those things, he knew without conceit, he, too, possessed in plenty. But not that deeply personal something at the core of her, as unstoppable as Juggernaut, merciless and colder than space itself, that no sane human being would ever willingly rouse. In that instant her husband knew, with an icy shiver which somehow, perversely, only made him love her even more deeply, that as he gazed into those agate-hard eyes, he looked into the gates of Hell itself. And whatever anyone else might think, he knew now that there was no fire in Hell. There was only the handmaiden of death, and ice, and purpose, and a determination which would not—could not—relent or rest.
    • Honor's reaction when she finds some of her captured subordinates who have been brutally raped and beaten over and over and over, in The Honor of the Queen. She calmly walks out of the room, finds the CO of the base that allowed it to happen, and is only barely prevented from calmly blowing his brains out when a marine in power armor physically interposes himself, while one of her crew begs her to not do it and throw away her career. She doesn't lower the gun until a man representing the local authorities promises the man will be executed by the courts.
    • In Honor's earliest chronological appearance as a midshipwoman, an older officer speaks approvingly of her ability to read the riot act to someone without ever needing to raise her voice.
    • Really, anybody in the Honorverse who can maintain a level of Tranquil Fury is going to be about twenty times more dangerous than someone who rants, raves, and screams. Perhaps best highlighted with Manticore's Queen Elizabeth. She's an intelligent, crafty, and very effective leader. If she keeps her head. Her biggest blunders, such as failing to get into a better position to head off the High Ridge Government's excesses and resuming hostilities with Haven after peace talks were sabotaged, occurred primarily because the "famed Winton temper" was provoked.
    • When Shannon Foraker is truly angry, she does not rant, rave, or lose control. Instead she creates a few simple lines of computer code that, when sent out over the tac net, wipes out two whole squadrons of State Sec ships by causing their fusion bottles to fail. Her comment on this is "Oops."
    • Arnold Giancola has a huge Oh, Crap! moment when he realises how drastically he has misread President Eloise Pritchart's apparent calm.
    • Princess Abigail Hearns does not bluster, rant, or rave when she is angry, preferring to vaporize the targets of her anger with bomb-pumped laser missiles. Lots of bomb-pumped laser missiles. And when she feels God is on her side... watch out.
  • Gordon Dickson wrote a short novel (Hour of the Horde) about this, in which the dominant powers of the galaxy recruit a Token Brigade of humans and other less-advanced species to help fight an oncoming invasion — they're useless, but they have a stake in the outcome and deserve to have a shot. Turns out said dominant powers are Straw Vulcans — when they see how large the invasion fleet is, they prepare to surrender because their calculations indicate there's no way to win (even though surrender means the destruction of all life in the galaxy). The "less-advanced" folks pass through a state of fury and into Tranquil Fury, allowing them to use the ship's psychic weapons more effectively; it then turns out that the super-aliens never considered a berserker one-ship attack as a viable tactic. The enemies are thrown into disarray, and the defenders win the day.
  • Incarnations of Immortality: In On a Pale Horse, when Zane comes fully into his power as the Incarnation of Death, because Satan has kidnapped and is torturing his Love Interest, he radiates Tranquil Fury when he goes to rescue her. Mooks? He calmly lets them shoot at him, to no effect. Hellhounds? He calmly grasps them and disintegrates them. And his encounter with Satan at the climax? Handled calmly, with complete certainty of purpose.
  • John Kelly/Clark, from Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, is another shining example; indeed, the Dryden quote in the quotes page for this trope appears on the opening page of Without Remorse, the book that explains how and why Navy SEAL and Vietnam vet John Kelly became the CIA's deadliest black operative, Mr. Clark.
  • Yo-less, in Johnny and the Bomb.
    [Johnny]'d never seen Yo-less so angry. It was a kind of rigid, brittle anger.
  • When Kate Daniels is angry, she swears and threatens violence. When she's really angry, she sits still and speaks calmly, and only her Empathic Weapon gives her away.
    Red made me very, very angry.
    "Your sword's smoking," the female bouda said.
    "It does that occasionally." My voice sounded flat.
  • Douglas Hill's series Last Legionary. A sci-fi story, a entire planet of warriors trained from birth to the utmost levels of physical and mental perfection, to sell their services as mercenaries. Until all but one gets wiped out by a planet-killer bomb. The best part? This is the state of mind every last one of them gets trained in for combat purposes.
  • Myth Adventures: Guido usually regards violence and threats as work, but shows this in M.Y.T.H. Inc in Action:
    "What are you? Some kind of PACIFIST?"
    "What... did... you... call... me...?" I sez in my softest voice, which I only use on special occasions.
    • This also tends to happen on the rare occasions when Skeeve really loses his temper. He gets very cold and very calm and people start backing away very fast.
    • In Phule's Company, it is shown that when Phule gets mad, he becomes coldly calculating, and is truly terrifying to behold.
  • The Outlaw Chronicles have Robin Hood himself as being almost perpetually like this, being described by Tuck as a 'Cold-hot man.' Fire inside, icy control on the outside. And the results are terrifying. The narrator, Alan Dale, has by Book 3 begun to become something similar, previously mentioning his wife (who has an incredible temper matched only by her courage) having described him as ruthless, without pity, and Friar Tuck as being a cold man.
  • A few instance of this in Ranger's Apprentice. One is when Halt has been shot and is poisoned. Horace's calm, almost cheerful facade as he poisons the assassin to force him to reveal which variety of poison was used is terrifying. On the villainous side, the Temujai general in Book 4, seeing he's outnumbered and can't win the battle, very coolly orders his force to draw back, while absolutely furious inside.
    It was not polite for a Temujai general to allow his emotions to show on the battlefield.
  • Raymond E. Feist's The Riftwar Cycle:
    • Rise of a Merchant Prince: After his father in law is killed, Rupert notes down that the way of getting revenge is keep the fury cold and calculating, so one can properly formulate a plot that can succeed, and then let the anger burn hot and fierce when it completes.
    • In the immediately preceding novel, Shadow of a Dark Queen, two characters are contrasted. One has a Hair-Trigger Temper, which makes him dangerous. The other keeps his emotions completely in check, which makes him even more dangerous.
  • The Saint: Simon Templar, when his Love Interest is kidnapped in an early story, does not respond with screaming or rage. He drives to the location at which she is being held at exactly the speed limit, so as not to lose any time dealing with police, and then bad guys start dying.
  • Robert E. Howard's Puritan hero Solomon Kane fights virtually all of his duels with human villains in this state, and his unspeaking stoicism offers a stark contrast with the overconfident snarkiness of most of his opponents.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In the last book of The Thrawn Trilogy, Ax-Crazy Jedi Master clone Joruus C'baoth (half of the trilogy's Big Bad Duumvirate), goes into a quite spectacular Villainous Breakdown during the climax. At first, he's completely flipped and incoherently raging, but then he goes right past that and straight into Tranquil Fury. Everyone thinks it's much more disturbing than the mad screaming.
      C'baoth (in a perfectly calm, level voice): You will die for that, Mara Jade. Slowly, and in great pain.
    • Legacy of the Force has this happen to Luke Skywalker, of all people, after his wife is killed. No hammy temper tantrums like his father; simply an unbreakable resolve to avenge her that probably nothing in the galaxy could stop.
    • The seventh form of lightsaber combat is essentially this trope applied to lightsabers. As the form is channeling something inherently close to The Dark Side, it's considered a very dangerous technique or fighting style for Jedi, but for those who favor the Dark Side (like Darth Maul), it suits them perfectly.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Shallan Davar is a blushing Shrinking Violet who hates confrontation to the point that she rarely even expresses a contrary opinion. When she gets cornered, however, she turns stone cold and people start dying.
  • Richard from the Sword of Truth series, both when turning the blade white and when he dances with the spirits of previous Seekers. Which is probably the reason that it's alluded to that people are flat fucking terrified of the Sword of Truth and its wielder. In fact, learning to control his temper is a key part of Richard being the Seeker in the first place, as anyone less righteously angry than this trope gets mind-raped by the sword for using it.
  • Tortall Universe:
    • In Emperor Mage, the third book in The Immortals, this happens to Daine when she finds out the Emperor Ozorne has already executed her teacher Numair while she was out of it. And scares the living shit out of everyone nearby.
      Coolness trickled into her mind until her skull was filled with it. Her world seemed extra sharp and extra real. Part of her, someplace deep inside, wailed; that seemed unreal, as if she watched a crying baby from a great distance.
      Kaddar was shaking her. "Daine! Can you hear me?"
      She gently pushed his hands away. "Stop that. I'm thinking."
      His eyes and Tano's held the same worried, frightened look. "You weren't answering. You looked frozen-"
      She put a finger to her lips, and he shut up. A thought was coming in the distance. She waited, patiently, skin rippling in brief shivers, until it reached her: Ozorne had to pay.
    • Any time Protector of the Small's protagonist Keladry gets mad, this is how it manifests itself. The first time she aces a jousting run, it's because Joren made her lose her temper — previously, she'd been clumsy and could never hit the dummy right. As The Stoic, she almost always speaks calmly to the person who's pushed her past the breaking point. Then she kicks their ass.
  • From Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
    • In Barrayar when Aral apparently catches Cordelia canoodling with Lt Koudelka. When Cordelia goes to have it out with him she wonders if she can keep her voice down and reflects: "Aral's no problem; when he gets mad he whispers."
    • In Memory, Emperor Gregor was confronting the man who tried to take out his head of security to take the position for himself, framed Gregor's foster brother for the crippling attack, then framed the Empress-to-be's friend and tried to bribe the aforementioned foster brother, who at that time was serving as an Imperial Auditornote  when the frame-up didn't stick. The foster brother in question observed that Gregor was "so neutral he was grey."
      Miles: [Thinking] So this is what rage looks like on him.
    • Ivan was probably remembering that interview in this exchange from A Civil Campaign:
      Ivan: . . .You don't want to know what [Emperor Gregor] looks like when he gets mad.
      Byerly: [Interested] Why? What does he look like?
      Ivan: Exactly the same as he does the rest of the time. That's the scary part.
  • The War Gods: Hradani falling victim to The Rage are usually mindless berserkers who keep going until they're dead, exhausted, or there's nothing left to kill and they can calm down. Bahzell discovers how to invoke the Rage deliberately and keep it under control, and teaches it to others. So now instead of a bellowing two and half meter tall walking mountain of mindless carnage and destruction, you can instead face a two and half meter meter tall walking mountain of very deliberate and controlled carnage and destruction. Yay?
  • Warhammer 40,000 novels: This appears to be Khârn's state of mind when he's not an Ax-Crazy maniac, according to Chosen of Khorne.
    • Similarly, we have the Primarch Perturabo, who has this as his standard emotion, in no small part due to the bitterness and frustration he had by being overshadowed by his brother and rival, Rogal Dorn. Both had similar but uncomplimentary skills regarding siege warfare (Rogal knew best on how to defend and hold out, Pert knew best on how to force a surrender or a decisive victory). Pert's subordinates were terrified of him, because he could swing from this and Unstoppable Rage from a moment's notice, and he had a tendency to take it out on said subordinates.
    • Robbie MacNiven has stated that the "Carcharodons aren’t scary because of their savagery and brutality in combat. They’re scary because, unlike other 'savage' Chapters and Legions, they’re never not in control of their own actions." The Carcharodons fight savagely and brutally in complete silence like sharks, only pulling away to find a new place to strike and only leaving blood in their wake and are in complete control of themselves when they do it.
  • In Watership Down, Blackavar plays this not so much with anger, but with resentment. He has been brutally scarred basically everywhere, and cannot do anything about it. He never seems angry though, and is very quiet.
  • The Wheel of Time: In The Gathering Storm, Rand spends most of the book after killing Semirhage in a deliberate state of Tranquil Fury. Everyone, including Cadsuane and Tuon, find it infinitely creepy and terrifying, especially considering the contrast with his highly vocal releases of rage which had increased in both duration and frequency during the course of his six book mental breakdown.
    • For that matter look at the Aes Sedai all throughout the books. An angry Aes Sedai is always described as being "cool" and not showing outward signs of emotion.
  • The Witchlands: Princess Vivia of Nubrevna, in contrast to her Unstoppable Rage-prone brother. When brought to Rage Breaking Point by a bunch of idiot councilmen, she calmly lifts the water from a pitcher standing on the table and threatens to drown everyone around her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The A-Team: Murdock is the sweetest, friendliest, insane guy you will ever meet. Unless you shoot his best friend. If you are stupid enough to do this, he will stare silently at you with a look that could kill, he will walk up to you, unarmed, while you are still holding a loaded gun, and he will calmly tell you that you are just one step away from being in the same condition as his best friend that you just shot. Then, when he and his other friends have regained control of the situation, he will pin you against a wall and pound you relentlessly until he is forcibly pulled off of you. Do. Not. Hurt. Murdock's. Best. Friend.
  • On Babylon 5, when Alfred Bester learns that Captain Sheridan may have used his lover (and the mother of his child) as a living weapon in the liberation of Earth, he drops his usual Deadpan Snarker persona completely and replaces it with blunt threats on Sheridan's life. But he never once raises his voice. He also took this on earlier in the series when he first realized that she had been kidnapped by the Shadows.
    • However, Sheridan is not afraid of Bester or his sharpshooters. He simply reminds him that Bester himself better watch his back. After all, Bester is the one who mind-controlled Garibaldi into betraying Sheridan and put a mental block to prevent Garibaldi from physically harming Bester. But that's not the only way to hurt someone, is it? Sheridan plainly said that he'd rather face those sharpshooters than Garibaldi in this mode.
    • Delenn usually expresses anger with an imperious "The Reason You Suck" Speech. But during the Drakh attack in Lines of Communication, when she said "who said we were leaving?", you knew the Drakh were doomed.
      • There's also the time when she got a Minbari fleet to come and save Babylon 5.
        Delenn: This is ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw. Or be destroyed.
        Earth Captain: Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.
        Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived a battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.
    • Susan Ivanova usually expresses her anger with curses and threats, at a decibel level high enough to inform all and sundry that the officer in question is going to kill you painfully. But when Sheridan is captured and tortured, she is so enraged she goes into this instead. It is a very bad sign.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): Admiral Adama is truly terrifying to behold when pissed off — and speaks in little more than a whisper when he is.
  • In the original Battlestar Galactica, Adama is also prone to this.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, when prepping Howard to speak with her father about the matter of him signing a pre-nup:
    Bernadette: So the thing to watch for...if he's shouting at you, you're okay. But if he starts to get real quiet, leave as quickly as you can, without making eye contact. And not in a straight line; throw some zigs and zags in there.
  • Blossom. The titular character is assaulted by her date when she refuses to have sex with him. After she confides in her father, he declares "I'm going to kill him" in the same tone of voice as if he were asking her what she'd like for dinner.
  • In the season one finale of Blue Bloods, Frank Reagan confronts the men who murdered his son Joe, demanding in a frighteningly calm voice to know which one of them actually pulled the trigger.
  • In the Boston Legal episode "Truly, Madly, Deeply", Denny is forced to defend a man who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl. During a conversation between the two of them, his client not only shows no remorse of any kind for his actions, but for added Squick he tells Denny that he thinks he did the child a favor by killing her before she fell victim to a venereal disease he gave her. Denny reacts by calmly discussing ways that they could use this claim as a basis for their legal defence, while simultaneously rummaging through his bag, producing a gun and then shooting him in both legs.
  • Breaking Bad's Gus Fring is terrifyingly calm and deliberate in all situations, even when murdering a henchman who screwed up his operation.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Angel can do this when he's especially angry. Judging by the Darla plot arc in the third season, this is a sign of a descent into darkness that we'd prefer not to see.
    • Wesley as well, in late season 5, though that's also just total despair on his part after Fred dies.
    • When Fred starts dying after examining Illyria's sarcophagus, Angel and Spike both question Eve about the possibility of her and Lindsey's possible involvement in Fred's death. They warn her that "this happens quickly, or very, very slowly", and after Eve adamantly denies being involved, and asks why they would even care, we manage to get one of these moments from Lorne of all people as he decks her with his fist. Then he tells her to sing (so he can determine her guilt), warning her with a smile on his face and a very calm voice that if she's guilty, that Angel and Spike won't even have time to kill her.
    • Dark Willow shows this while hunting down The Trio for her lover Tara's death. Aside from a few occasions where she shows the absolute anger that rages inside of her, she always speaks in a calm, cold voice and has a nonchalant look on her face while she flays her lover's killer alive. Also, two words: "Bored now."
    • Giles often fell into this on Buffy. Best shown in "I Was Made to Love You"; when Spike, who's obsession with Buffy has become general knowledge amongst the Scoobies, shows up at the Magic Box, Giles shoves him into a wall, gets in his face, and tells him to get over his obsession with Buffy and move on, all with nothing more than a cool glare and while barely raising his voice. Spike decides not to push his luck and beats it.
    • Still in Buffy, the Mayor shows this when trying to smother Buffy at the hospital.
    • Xander is a surprising example of this trope, given his usual goofy temperament, but threaten some one he cares about and it doesn't matter how much stronger than him you may be—he will calmly inform you that he will kill you (see his conversation with Buffy after she got Willow kidnapped, or his conversation with Angel at the hospital). It is telling that none of the super-powered characters he has threatened have ignored the threat. The man can be scary when he wants to be.
    • Even at his most heinous or angry, Adam remains cool, calm, and collected.
  • Chuck since Intersect 2.0. When he is upset, he is a rather harmless geek, as he cannot flash in that state. When he is calm, run!
    • Subverted after he gains full control of the Intersect: even once he can access his kung-fu and other skills whenever he needs to, he's still fundamentally Chuck: sensitive, kind, pacifistic, and only beating your ass when you give him no other choice (and often still giving you a chance to back down in the process). It's only in one third-season episode where Chuck is given an experimental pill by Casey that suppresses his emotions where he truly enters this state. While he's certainly pissed after Shaw kills his father, he's still his normal and emotional self. But under the effects of the drug Chuck becomes an ice-cold machine while defending Casey's ex-fiancee, and it's absolutely terrifying to see.
  • Dad's Army: In "High Finance", Wilson, learns that Hodges would write off a £50 debt owed to him in rent by Mrs. Pike (Pre-decimalization, remember) if she'd be "nice" to him. Cue Wilson walking calmly from one end of the table to the other:
    Wilson: I say, would you mind awfully if you could stand up?
    [He stands and Wilson promptly lands a punch on his face]
    Wilson: [to Mainwaring] Do carry on, sir.
  • The Daily Show: This is what Jon Stewart goes into when he is truly angry. See his slaughter of Crossfire for an example.
    • His interview with Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor should also count where he rips into Fox News.
    • Let's just say that slighting New York City's patriotism in front of Jon Stewart is a very bad idea... Doesn't help it's his hometown.
  • Doctor Who:
    • All of the Doctor's incarnations have gone into this mode at least once. As he gets angrier, he tends to go from smiling to annoyed scowling to shouting to steely-eyed gazing.
      • Especially since some of the Doctor's incarnations can get annoyed very easy. Wacky to snippy is no big deal. Wacky to shouting is usually because he expected better from whoever did a bad thing. But when an irredeemable foe has really gone and done it, the loud personality shuts off. This is when anything goes in order to stop you... and maybe he won't stop at stopping you.
    • As Steven Moffat said of the Fourth Doctor, good ol' classic Tom Baker, "When that famous grin leaves his face, it's like winter in a moment."
    • The Tenth Doctor is, frankly, terrifying when he goes into this mode. Especially because when he gets this angry, he tends to make decisions he may regret later. The Death Glare does not help.
    • In "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor kills the Sycorax leader by irising open the floor beneath his feet, announcing, "No second chances. I'm that sort of man." Moments later, he has a second moment against the Prime Minister, after she shoots down the retreating fleet, killing thousands needlessly, as he sees it. He talks over her pleas, saying "I could bring down your government with a single word... no... six words. Six." He then turns and whispers to her aide, "Don't you think she looks tired?" This alters the course of history and strongly reverberates all the way through to the end of Series 3 of Doctor Who and the Torchwood miniseries Children of Earth. Between Harriet Jones' speech proving that sometimes the Strawman Has a Point and the aftermath, this has gone from a Moment of Awesome to a What the Hell, Hero? moment.
    • There's a quote from "The Family of Blood" that sums up this trope:
      "He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden... he was being kind."
    • "The Doctor's Daughter": Faced with his own daughter's dead body, the Doctor picks up the gun that killed her, holds it against the head of the man who fired it and delivers the spine-chilling "I. Never. Would.", destroying that man's support with three words. If you pay attention to the background music as he holds the guns, guess what it is? Drums. That's right — the Doctor was nearly pushed into becoming the Master Mark 2.
    • In "The Big Bang", when the Eleventh Doctor pulls off his first Disney Death thanks to being shot by a stone Dalek, River Song gets seriously pissed at said Dalek. She lets it ask for mercy three times, all that time remaining completely calm and emotionless. A few minutes later, when asked what happened to it, she calmly responds that it died. To recap: River Song made a Dalek ask for mercy, and then she didn't give it. All without raising her voice.
    • The Eleventh Doctor shows flashes of this a couple timesnote  and is genuinely menacing. You do not want to get him angry at you. He also displays some truly fearsome Tranquil Fury in "A Good Man Goes to War", complete with a Humiliation Conga for the target of his anger.
      The Doctor: Those words. "Run away". I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Run-Away. I want children laughing outside your door, 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Run-Away. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the PEOPLE I LOVE! in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name.
      The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
      • Rory demonstrates this trope at the start of the episode as well, with the "fury" of it trickling through when he orders the Cyber Commander of the 12th Cyber Legion to tell him where his wife is. When his question goes unanswered, every single other ship of the 12th Cyber Legion is destroyed. And that's after Rory singlehandedly destroyed every other Cyberman on board on his way to the bridge.
        Rory Williams: Would you like me to repeat the question?
      • Amy Pond finally goes off the deep end in "The Wedding of River Song", and very calmly murders Madame Kovarian. When she returns to her normal life, she reveals that she's traumatized by it.
    • Don't make the Twelfth Doctor angry. Unfortunately for everyone, Twelve's default setting frequently hovers around already annoyed. As per the purview of all Doctors, killing you will be the kindest thing he can do to you, and he hates killing.
      • "Face the Raven": When Clara is killed, he delivers this dialogue:
        The Doctor: What Clara said, about not taking revenge, do you know why she said that?
        Ashildr/Me: She was saving you.
        The Doctor: I was lost a long time ago. She was saving you. I’ll do my best, but I strongly advise you to keep out of my way. You’ll find that it’s a very small universe when I’m angry with you.
        [Said IMMORTAL woman is absolutely petrified and on the verge of tears.]
      • "Hell Bent": After arriving on Gallifrey, the Doctor doesn't speak for hours or perhaps days... he just gives his trademark Kubrick Stare constantly. Everyone walks on eggshells around the man known as the Oncoming Storm and dare not cross his Line in the Sand, not even with ARTILLERY, as it's quite obvious that after the Time Lords caused the death of Clara and imprisoned him for 4 billion years in a "Groundhog Day" Loop always ending in his death, he is beyond pissed. When the President (Rassilon the Eternal) finally shows up to speak with him, the Doctor, never raising his voice, never raising his fists, simply says, "Get off my planet." For sheer terror of what disobeying the Doctor might bring, the military forces the President to.
  • Dollhouse: This is basically Adelle DeWitt's mode if you screw with her Dolls.
  • Family Ties. Upon finding out that his longtime friend has been making advances to his daughter Mallory, Steven Keaton asks him, "Can you think of one reason why I shouldn't kill you?" in a chillingly matter-of-fact manner.
  • Wash of Firefly was supposed to become deadly serious when things got serious. As the DVD commentary explains, that plan did not survive contact with Alan Tudyk. However, despite the jokey lines, Wash is usually extraordinarily calm, beyond even Deadpan Snarker.
    Wash: Yeah, well, if she doesn't give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burn-through, this landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
    Mal: Define "interesting".
    Wash: "Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die"?
  • The Flash (2014): Harrison Wells is usually The Stoic, so it's unsurprising that he remains level-headed on the few occasions when he gets genuinely furious. He barely has to raise his voice to become genuinely scary, and this is best demonstrated when he gets mad at Cisco for creating the Cold Gun and accidentally allowing it to get stolen.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Daenerys Targaryen:
      • When Daenerys discovers that the masters of Meereen are taunting her by crucifying a slave child on every milepost to the city, she remains perfectly calm. Her voice and face, however, make it perfectly clear that the responsible ones are going to suffer for this.
      Barristan: I'll tell our men to ride ahead and bury them. You don't need to see this.
      Daenerys: You will do no such thing. I will see each and every one of their faces.
      • Dany dips into this well again when she banishes Jorah Mormont, her most trusted adviser up until that point, for betrayal without ever raising her voice.
    • In the first season finale, Catelyn, mourning her husband, very nearly bashes in the Kingslayer's head with a convenient rock. Also apparent when she calmly but fiercely calls upon her father's bannermen to stage a citizen's arrest of Tyrion Lannister, who she blames for the attempt on Bran's life.
    • Robb does this a lot, but it really kicks in when he (correctly) accuses Jaime of injuring Bran. You can hear the sheer fury in every word, but his voice is still calm. It's clear that the only thing keeping Robb from beating him to death with his bare hands is Jaime's worth as a prisoner.
    • When Jon tries to save his brother Rickon, Rickon is arrowed in the back and killed by Ramsay in "The Battle of the Bastards" just as Jon and Rickon are just about to reach each other. A distraught Jon Snow doesn't utter a single roaring fury and instead maintains a zen-like calmness, though verging on Death Seeker levels. And when he finally gets his one-on-one against Ramsay, he still doesn't yell or scream. With said tranquil fury, Jon charges against Ramsay's arrow attacks with a discarded shield. The only time he does emote is when he's beating the ever loving shit out of Ramsay.
    • Sansa Stark:
      • When Joffrey threatens to bring Robb's head to Sansa, her response that maybe her brother will bring her his head instead shows that the girl has more iron in her than many people thought.
      • In Season 6, when Ramsay sends a letter to Jon bragging about how he has Rickon hostage and will force Jon to watch while he murders all his Wildling friends and rapes Sansa, Sansa makes it clear to Jon that she wants to take Winterfell back and make Ramsay pay. All without raising her voice. In "Battle of the Bastards", Sansa warns Ramsay in a very calm and blunt manner that he's going to die tomorrow. The next day, she watches her brother beat Ramsay into the ground and then has him fed to his own starving dogs.
    • On the rare occasions Tyrion gets very angry he shouts, such as when he struck Joffrey after the riot in King's Landing. But when his anger is driven by pure hatred he speaks much more calmly.
      • When he threatened Cersei after discovering that she was torturing Ros, and when he promised to geld Joffrey if he insisted on a bedding at Tyrion's wedding. Further, when Joffrey calls him a "little monster", he replies with:
      Tyrion: Oh, I'm a "monster". Well then, perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
      • In the fourth season finale, having been freed by his brother Jaime from imprisonment and imminent execution, Tyrion Lannister keeps his composure during every single moment of his last encounter with his father Tywin, he recalls the following — the abuse he put up with, having just been sentenced to death for King Joffrey's murder, as Tywin still blamed him for his wife's death when he was born, and having to kill his once former mistress Shae in self-defense — all the while pointing a crossbow at his father, not even cracking as Tywin burns whatever remains at the wick of his fuse by calling Shae a whore. And this is just after Tywin, despite frowning upon prostitutes, had been bedding her! Tyrion responds by firing the crossbow into his stomach, calmly loading another bolt into the shaft as, in response to his father denying him as a son, he says he always was his son, before delivering the final blow.
    • Tywin very calmly establishes his power by sending Joffrey to his room. All without raising his voice.
    • Gregor, after Qyburn's treatment. Just because he's not screaming bloody murder as much as before, doesn't mean his Hair-Trigger Temper has become much better.
    • Sandor is a particularly brutal example. He rarely shows any emotion while slaughtering people. When he rescues Sansa from would-be rapists he does so with a grim, emotionless expression while ruthlessly gutting the rioters.
    • Joffrey is unusually calm when he threatens to execute his own mother for slapping him.
  • JAG: This is the case whenever Admiral Chegwidden gets angry or really pissed-off.
    • Rabb as well, on occasion. In one episode, Chegwidden's daughter has been kidnapped. Watch as he and Rabb draw weapons from the ship's armory for "target practice." They are both absolutely ice calm, giving no hint that they are about to go up against a group that outnumbers and outguns them. They win.
  • Raylan Givens in the very first minutes of the first episode of Justified and several times after.
  • Kamen Rider Drive: The title character's second alternate form, Type Technic, is (as the name implies) capable of incredibly precise combat, and thus requires a cool state of mind. Shinnosuke is more given to Hot Blood so he finds it difficult at first, but then he deals with a Monster of the Week who's planning to set off a device that will set the city on fire and straps a young boy to the device, which periodically shocked him, as a Human Shield. Needless to say, that pushes Shinnosuke over the top, and he uses Type Technic to take down the monster.
    Shinnosuke: It's strange... I never thought I could get so mad that it would clear my head. Now you get to face cool justice.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
    • Upon viewing a clip where coach Dabo Swinney refuses to entertain the notion of paying student athletes because "there's too much entitlement already"—keeping in mind that he's making millions off the kids, and has trademarked his own name to make even more money—John brightly smiles and informs the audience that "Dabo Swinney" is an anagram of "Soybean Wind", a not-so-subtle call to action for his audience to humiliate Swinney on social media (#SoybeanWind).
    • Just watch his entire segment on transgender rights. The entire segment John's tone has an undercurrent of barely restrained fury, as though he desperately wants to hit some of the people in the clips he was lambasting. In particular is his reaction to Mike Huckabee's comments.
  • Law & Order: Ben Stone was a master of this. If he's yelling, he's losing. If his voice doesn't rise, someone's going down hard.
    • His Law & Order: UK Expy James Steel exemplified this as well — his seething anger at his friend/colleague Alesha's rapist is chilling. When he casually declares that he'd like to see the man locked in a room with his victims, you get the feeling he'd like to be included too.
    • And when his nemesis threatens his son. His similarly cold "Goodbye, Mr. Slade" does nothing to hide the fact that he wants to leap across the table and strangle the SOB.
  • David Letterman in this video.
  • Gene Hunt from Life on Mars is normally given to yelling his head off at all and sundry... but when one of Ray Carling's screwups results in a death in police custody, his punishment is cold, calm and severe.
  • Merlin: When Merlin is visibly angry, he's just a scrawny kid with no combat training. When he's completely calm, he's The Archmage capable of killing you and all your backup with a thought. So don't hurt his friends, okay?
  • Played with hilariously in an episode of My Name Is Earl. While on court ordered happy pills, Joy goes from bitch to annoyingly calm, even putting up with some obnoxious neighbors who park their trailer right next to hers... until they tag Earl Jr. with a beer can. Even the pills couldn't turn off her Mama Bear instincts. She explains in a scary happy voice that she's gonna come back in a few days, when the chemical calm wears off, and thrash them in several unpleasant ways. They decide to move before she does.
  • The Office (US): A long story arc in the series was Angela being engaged to Andy (who was devoted to her but who she didn't care about), while also cheating on him with Dwight (who she had feelings for but wouldn't have a public relationship with). Eventually Andy finds out and they decide to fight it out in the parking lot. However, they realise that Angela betrayed them both, then calmly walk back into the office and go to their desks; Dwight throws a bobblehead that Angela gave him into the trash and silently resumes working, while Andy picks up the phone and starts cancelling the plans for their wedding without even looking at her.
  • John Reese on Person of Interest is quite capable of taking out enemy assassins without so much as raising his voice (or wrinkling his suit), even when it's personal. Especially when it's personal.
    • Similarly with Reese's Guile Hero partner, Finch, who goes progressively more icy, calm, and speaks in a Creepy Monotone the closer someone get to pressing his Berserk Button, and those who have been unlucky/stupid/evil enough to do so will be calmly informed just exactly how he will destroy their lives just before doing so.
    • At the end of the series Shaw corners Blackwell who had killed Root a couple episodes earlier. She starts out by monologuing how she would have killed him without a second thought years ago, until she met teammates who changed her. After Blackwell begs mercy by claiming that they would not want her to kill him, she calmly confirms his words, but then retorts they're dead, before shooting him.
  • Casey from Power Rangers Jungle Fury shows this as he tears through Mooks on the way to face a Brainwashed and Crazy Jarrod.
  • Gordon Ramsay occasionally displays this when he's gone beyond the usual roaring fury in Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Prime examples include:
    • Throwing Joseph out in season 6 of the former show. He was screaming as usual, right until Joseph started slinging actual threats. After that, he became deadly calm, and with a much lower voice blasted him for having no respect and threw him out. He didn't back down or even twitch even when Joseph got right in his face, threatening to take it outside.
    • The "lame duck" incident, also from Hell's Kitchen, in which one team utterly embarrassed themselves with a terribly done duck breast. In front of a couple that had just married that day. After the couple left, Gordon didn't raise his voice once, but was visibly livid as he told them to "Get. Out. My. Sight."
    • For Kitchen Nightmares, the most notable examples would be the time one chef refused to try his food (a pretty huge offense when it comes to chefs, and a demonstration that particular cook was too disrespectful and would have to go), and when he simply gave up on Amy's Baking Company.
  • Dan on Roseanne often played into this trope when he was really angry or disappointed.
    • When he learns that Fisher has been violent with his sister-in-law Jackie, Dan calmly puts on his coat, leaves the house and off-screen beats him. He stays calm and serene as his cop buddies show up to arrest him after Fisher lays charges of assault on him, even joking around with them as he gets handcuffed and taken to the station. Do not hurt Dan's family.
    • Even if you're part of Dan's family. When he blasts Darlene and Becky for trying to manipulate Roseanne (treating her to a spa day in order to get permission to go to an out of town concert) he never raises his voice, but when he says, "I'm very angry", you believe it.
  • In Selfie, this is Played for Laughs with the character of Terrence. When confronting his boss and disapproving father in law, he mentions how he is "the angriest he's ever been". But he sounds perfectly cheery and like his normal voice, and he doesn't seem that bothered by Mr. Saperstein's comments ("What if I were to say you weren't good enough for my daughter and you never will be?" "I'd strongly disagree and ask if there is anything else I can help you with?"), so Saperstein decides to change him from being a "floater" in the office to working in customer service.
  • The Sentinel. Despite the fan fiction, in canon Jim Ellison tends to be usually calm and rarely raise his voice. However, when you DO tick him off...
    • In "Dead Drop" when the villain, Rachins, activates the bomb in the elevator that Jim’s unofficial partner, Blair Sandburg (along with several other passengers) is in. Jim punches Rachins, grabs him by his shirt, and calmly suggests dropping him off the building and seeing how fast he hits the ground. At the time, he has no way of knowing that Blair had cut a hole in the elevator via a blowtorch and dropped the bomb through. Probably all that saved Rachins was that Jim’s Sentinel senses also heard his fellow officers arriving.
    • In "Survival", after Dawson Quinn has kidnapped Simon, shot Blair, and trapped them in a mine, Jim finally gets the upper hand and ends up dangling him over a mineshaft. Again, the only sign of anger is his flexing jaw. Fortunately, a look from Simon is all it takes to get him to (literally) back away from the abyss.
      Jim: It would be so easy...
    • In "Vendetta", Dan Freeman, who has anger issues, has been hassling Jim and Blair throughout the episode and endangered Jim’s undercover assignment. In the end, Jim and Blair corner him over a long drop. After a tense standoff (Freeman threatens to blow them all up), Jim manages to tackle and grab him, hanging over the edge. And then takes a very long time to pull him up, as Freeman begs for his life. Only when Blair joins in does Jim pull him up and cuff him. Some fan writers has taken great delight in having Freeman a recurring villain in their fan fiction.
  • In the Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia", the title character returns to 221B Baker Street to find a number of American agents holding his landlady Mrs. Hudson at gunpoint. He coolly tells Mrs. Hudson to "stop sniveling" and shows little outward change in demeanor; however, his trademark Sherlock Scan of both Mrs. Hudson and her captor shows, among other things, indications that the man had given her a nasty backhand across the face, and the on-screen text that would normally show Sherlock's various deductions about him is replaced by cross-hairs pinpointing possible kill-shots. He then disarms him and coolly calls him an ambulance for injuries he hasn't sustained... yet.
    Sherlock: He's got himself rather badly injured... oh, a few broken ribs, fractured skull, suspected punctured lung. He fell out a window.
    Lestrade: And exactly how many times did he fall out a window?
    Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, detective... I lost count.
  • Teal'c, The Big Guy in Stargate SG-1, is exceptionally good at this.
    • The episode "Talion" showcases it nicely, as seen in the excerpt at Stargate-verse.
    • Daniel has some very notable examples throughout the show's run.
      • Not long after Sha're is first taken by Apophis to be his queen's host, Sam and Daniel encounter an incubator full of Goa'uld larvae. Sam suggests sparing them because, if they killed the defenceless, they'd be no better than the Goa'uld. Daniel, quite calmly, accepts her reasoning...and then destroys the tank by firing several bursts into it. His expression remains serene and neutral the entire time, and even afterwards he's unrepentant. Sam is utterly shocked. This is gentle, see-the-enemy's-point-of-view Daniel showing no mercy to the enemy's equivalent of babies with a tranquility that borders on Dissonant Serenity, all because of what the Goa'uld did to his beloved wife.
      • In "Heroes pt. 2". After the death of Janet Fraiser, the leader of a documentary team comes to try and ask Daniel about it. Without changing expression, or the volume or tone of his voice, Daniel begins slowly advancing on him, repeatedly telling him to leave, the unspoken threat being that if he didn't by the time he got there, Daniel would beat the ever loving crap out of him.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Starsky is generally the more impulsive of the Zebra Three pair. But the calmer he looks, the more worried you should be. In other words, if you mess with his partner, Starsky will return the favor to you on a silver platter.
  • Vulcans in every incarnation of Star Trek are pictures of perfect tranquility, even when fighting. Whether they take someone out with a nerve pinch, fight hand-to-hand or blast it out with phasers, they always have a blank look of complete calm. Sometimes that calm slips a bit, and we get a glimpse of the Hot Green Blood that made them choose this path as an alternative to completely destroying themselves.
    • In Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren" the Platonians used their mental powers to humiliate Kirk and Spock as Dr McCoy watches, forcing them to sing and dance like court jesters. Spock was forced to dance a tango around Kirk's body, his feet perilously close to his captain's head. When they were released from control Spock had to take a moment to control his emotions:
      • (The dialogue below was said with Spock’s usual lack of expression. Which makes the words even more chilling.) Getting a Vulcan angry is NOT a good idea.
        Spock: Captain?
        Kirk: Yes, Spock?
        Spock: Do you still feel anger toward Parmen?
        Kirk: Great anger.
        Spock: And you, Doctor?
        McCoy: Yes, Spock. And hatred.
        Spock: Then you must release it, gentlemen, as I must master mine. I might have seriously injured you, Captain, even killed you. They have evoked such great hatred in me, I cannot allow it to go further. I must master it. I must control.
        (Spock breaks a goblet with one hand)
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Omega Glory", while the crooked starship captain Tracy holds Kirk and Spock captive, he contacts the Enterprise to tell them that the landing party has been infected and advises them not to beam down anyone else. Jim tries to call out and is knocked out by one of Tracy’s henchmen. In that instant Spock grabs one of the spears blocking him and is only stopped by the phaser on Jim’s unconscious body. His face looks calm but one can see the burning anger in his eyes.
    • Scotty in "The Trouble With Tribbles." A drunk Klingon begins insulting humans and the Federation. Scotty tells Chekov to calm down. The Klingon begins to insult Captain Kirk. Chekov gets ready to throw a punch, and Scotty has to order him to sit down. Then, the Klingon calls Scotty's beloved Enterprise a garbage scow. While clearly upset, Scotty first coolly and politely asks the Klingon if he wants to... rephrase that...
    • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "For the Uniform", Captain Sisko, normally fairly vocal—and often physical—in his frustration, has for months been dealt several deeply personal blows by the Maquis. Towards the end of the story arc, he is finally pushed too far, and his speech becomes very measured and serene...while ordering his crew to get ready to use chemical weapons! It may or may not have been an act.
    • Fellow Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Broken Link" features an exchange between Garak and the Female Changeling in which she informs him that the Founders killed every Cardassian in the Obsidian Order, his home planet is destined to be destroyed and they will ultimately wipe out every member of his species left. His reaction is to cheerfully remark "It was a pleasure meeting you"...before attempting to incinerate the Founders along with all his friends and himself.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has Data, an emotionless android. Emotionless isn't harmless, as Kivas Fajo would learn. Convincing a purely logical and physically superior android with a strong sense of morality that killing you is both the most logical and moral action isn't exactly wise.
      (Data picks up the disrupter and points it at Fajo)
      Fajo: You won't hurt me. Fundamental respect for all living beings. That is what you said. I'm a living being, therefore you can't harm me.
      Data: (steps closer) You will surrender yourself to the authorities.
      Fajo: Or what? You'll fire? Empty threat and we both know it. Why don't you accept your fate? You will return to your chair and you will sit there. You will entertain me and you will entertain my guests! And if you do not, I will simply kill somebody else. (points to henchman) Him, perhaps. It doesn't matter. Their blood will be on your hands too, just like poor Varria's. Your only alternative, Data, is to fire. Murder me. That's all you have to do. Go ahead. Fire! (in an increasingly mocking tone) If only you could feel rage over Varria's death. If only you could feel the need for revenge, then maybe you could fire. But you're just an android. You can't feel anything, can you? It's just another interesting intellectual puzzle for you. (mocking sneer) Another of life's curiosities.
      Data: (calmly considers this, then, in the same tone you'll hear from him at a poker game) I cannot permit this to continue. (raises disruptor)
      Fajo: (priceless Oh, Crap! face) Wait! Your program won't allow you to fire. You cannot fire. No!
      Data: (pulls trigger with no hesitation, but is beamed out at last instant)
    • Data is used to play with this trope as a plot point in "Descent Part I". Liberated Borg attack his away team early in the episode, and as Data kills one of them, he feels anger—and, disturbingly, pleasure. He later recreates the incident on the holodeck in an attempt to recapture the feelings, but fails after several tries. It becomes rather morbidly funny to watch Data casually and dispassionately dispatch the holograms; repeating his angry words from the battle with a completely flat affect, and not even sparing a second glance as the drones slump dead to the ground.
    • Picard took this to the extreme with literally silent fury at the end of "Pre-Emptive Strike", after Ensign Ro betrayed the Federation to the Maquis. The last scene simply has him sitting at his desk in the ready room silently burning with rage.
    • When Worf realizes that Duras murdered his lover in the episode "Reunion", he briskly but calmly leaves the crime scene and goes to his quarters. While there, he tosses his baldric aside and grabs his bat'leth. He pauses at the door, and after a moment's thought, removes his combadge. It is at this point that it becomes clear that Duras is about to die.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron, being an almost emotionless robot, can only enter Tranquil Fury when she gets angry—usually when someone lies to her.
  • The West Wing: "I am not frightened. I'm gonna blow them off the face of the earth with the fury of God's own thunder." Don't mess with anyone who President Bartlet likes. In fact, don't mess with Americans, period. Leo manages to talk him down though, showing that Bartlet was angry, but hadn't gone insane.
    • One of the most iconic West Wing moments is when President Bartlett goes into Rage Against the Heavens (literally, he's in a church talking to God)/Tranquil Fury mode and starts shifting between Latin and English. Yes, Bartlett is cussing out God in Latin!
  • Several characters from The Wire:
    • It's how Bill Rawls is first introduced to us, expressing his displeasure for McNulty's insubordination.
    • Marlo Stanfield is the scariest drug dealer in Baltimore, and his voice is almost always flat and unemotive, even when pissed off.
      Marlo: My name was on the STREET?
    • Cedric Daniels exercises this pretty regularly.
      • He's royally pissed off at Roland Pryzbylewski for pistol-whipping a 14 year old while accompanying Herc and Carver on unsanctioned field interviews. He doesn't raise his voice once when he instructs Prez what to do which includes falsifying a police report, claiming that the kid attacked him and he hit him in self defense when the reality was that Prez pistol-whipped him because he "pissed him off".
      • It later again, on Prez, when Prez punches Valchek in front of everyone at the detail office; everyone is left speechless, while Daniels' response once Valchek leaves is a very measured, "Detective, my office."
      • Shows it off once more when McNulty goes around his back to refocus the MCU onto Stringer Bell.
  • In Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance plays Thomas Cromwell in this manner. He is totally calm when he tells a friend not to pray God to avenge Cardinal Wolsey's death because "I'll take it in hand", equally so when he tells William Brereton it was a mistake to threaten him. There's no denying that the wrath behind that bland demeanor will be deadly.
  • Kim from Yes, Dear did this once in one episode — by swinging a bat and vandalizing the truck of a contractor with inefficient work performance while whistling to herself.

  • Scottish traditional song Jock O'Braidosly, which describes a Scottish poacher who is ambushed and fatally wounded by a party of English foresters while sleeping in the forest. Leaping to his feet, he props himself against a tree, calmly strings his bow and proceeds to kill six, driving away a single grievously wounded survivor.
  • Phil Collins's song "In The Air Tonight", by Word of God, is about the singer confronting a cheating spouse. The slow, ominous music and steely delivery of a musical "The Reason You Suck" Speech slowly build as the singer calmly and coldly explains that even a stoic feels the pain of having their heart broken. The thing coming in the air? The singer's Rage Breaking Point, arriving with that famous drum riff.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Akebono is almost a Perpetual Smiler. Almost. He does get angry sometimes, but it's almost never above this level.
  • Bryan Danielson's first feud with Homicide. Cide had a million gruesome threats for Danielson, Danielson had a very long death glare.
  • After Bullet Club's attack on ROH itself on the 2016 Global Wars Tour, Jay Lethal's pursuit of the group was marked by this, in contrast to his usual scenery chewing ways. He did frequently lose his temper after the group forcibly shaved him bald, but returned to tranquility when he finally got Adam Cole in the ring, until Cole's taunting cause him to lose his temper again, anyway.
  • WWE NXT has Johnny Gargano, after his former tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa cost him his NXT career. Words cannot describe how furious Gargano was with his one-time best friend, and he made sure to show it to Ciampa, stalking him and attacking him until Ciampa requested a match (that would be stipulated as unsanctioned) to finally deal with him. However, when the match came around, in deep contrast to how he had been acting the previous few weeks, Gargano was oddly calm, laser-focused on finally defeating Ciampa, with only a very harsh Death Glare to show how angry he really was.

  • In The Men from the Ministry, after Mr. Lamb accidentally buys thousand pounds worth of light Stilton cheese, Sir Gregory is pretty much this.
    Sir Gregory: (completely calm) Lamb, in all my years in the public service I have never encountered such asinine incompetence...
    Lamb: Don't try to hide it Sir Gregory, you're cross.
    Sir Gregory: Cross? Cross? I'll murder you! I'll shake you 'til the sawdust runs out of your ears!

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • One of Patton Oswalt's bits described a time in the 80s when he was opening for a stage magician and the venue owner stiffing both of them for part of their fees. Oswalt all but described the trope word for word. But the punchline...
    Let's review: what invoked the wrath of the wizard? Five dollars.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Legend Of Drizzt: Drizzt Do'Urden normally does an Unstoppable Rage when he's pressed enough; he calls that mindset The Hunter. But he also has a "level 2" variant, referred to as the Warrior Incarnate, that's much more Tranquil Fury. He's only ever entered that once, and then only when he thought all his friends had been killed at the same time.
  • The berserkers of the Crab Clan in Legend of the Five Rings were originally portrayed as this, but are occasionally Flanderized into the normal, Unstoppable Rage kind of berserkers.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons D&D 4th Edition, a Paragon Path for the rage-focused Barbarian class called "Calm Fury" is available in the supplement "Primal Power," allowing them to use some of their most powerful abilities while not explicitly raging. According to the flavour text, "You now attain the furious clarity on the far side of rage".
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Space Marines and Eldar deliberately try to enter this state rather than "hot" fury. Given what they know about Chaos, justified trope. Tau are also normally calm during battle unless their Berserk Button gets pushed.
    • Dark Eldar Incubi (which are the 40k version of the Executioners mentioned below) also have this. In the Rogue Trader RPG, Dark Eldar players with the "Incubus Initiate" alternative career rank can buy a talent that lets them attain a state of Tranquil Fury, allowing them to enter frenzy without suffering the normal drawback of being unable to do anything but Attack! Attack! Attack!.
  • Warhammer:
    • This is the whole point of the Executioners in the Dark Elf army. While all dark elves love their blood lust, with most enjoying inflicting as much pain as possible, Executioners prefer to hone their skills in being able to kill whoever and whatever is in their way with a single precise swipe with their beloved draiches (which can either be a BFS or a big battle ax).
  • In Exalted the Lunar charm Relentless Lunar Fury, a key warrior-type technique that enables a keyword on other Lunar charms, specifically suggests tranquil fury as one of the ways to portray the effect.
  • In Vampire: The Requiem, vampiric frenzy is normally an animalistic Unstoppable Rage, but some members of the decorum-obsessed Sotoha bloodline practice a technique that allows them to retain their composure. One member, engaged in a prolonged vendetta, is rumoured to have been in constant, carefully controlled frenzy for decades.
  • Pathfinder has the urban barbarian, an archetype for the barbarian class with a vastly different rage ability called controlled rage : it imparts no penalty to AC and doesn't restrict the use of Dexterity-, Intelligence- or Charisma-based skills, doesn't grant any bonus to Will saves and instead of giving a static bonus to Strength and Constitution, it lets the character distribute a bonus between Strength, Dexterity and Constitution at the start of a controlled rage. In short, instead of going full berserk, the urban barbarian remains in control but gets lower benefits overall.

  • Older Than Steam. Shakespeare's Henry V has the eponymous character's reaction to the tennis balls.
  • Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Othello in the BBC TV show, during the climax, was mostly like this.
  • In Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy", Shaffer even writes this into the stage directions. The main character has surreptitiously borrowed his neighbor's very expensive furniture to impress a guest, but then there is a power outage and the neighbor comes home unexpectedly, prompting the lead to scramble about replacing the furniture while his girlfriend stalls the neighbor. At some point, the lead accidentally drops a priceless sculpture at his neighbor's feet — and the neighbor, who finally figures out what's going on, simply says to the lead, "I think I'm going to have to smash you." On top of this, the stage directions say that he is speaking "in the quiet voice of the very, very dangerous."

    Video Games 
  • In [PROTOTYPE]There are moments where the only thing that alerts you to the fact that Alex's very angry is the venom in his voice. One notable moment where he finally catches up with Karen Parker.
Alex: "I know.''
  • With all the anger tropes in the game, Asura's Wrath would obviously use this at some point. His Mantra Form is all the anger of Asura's berserker form, concentrated into a much more powerful, more controlled form. His anger hasn't diminished in the slightest, but he's fully in control now.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • In Batman: Arkham City, after seeing that the Penguin is torturing and murdering captured cops, Batman never raises his voice at all, but it's quite clear that he is absolutely enraged.
    Batman: I was only here for Fries and the hostages. But now, I'm taking you down too.
    Penguin: Ooh! Aren't you scary! (Evil Laugh)
    Batman: You're about to find out.
  • The titular Bayonetta never outwardly expresses her anger. Her reaction to most situations is to normally snark it out. In fact, the only warning that you have severely pissed her off and have simultaneously carved your own headstone is her voice lowering a few octaves and the lack of any snappy one-liners. Should that happen, make your peace with whatever made you and pray you at least end up in critical condition.
  • A surprisingly large number of BlazBlue characters go into flat-out Unstoppable Rage when their primary Berserk Buttons are hit. Makoto, however... doesn't note . Your only indication that you fucked up happens to be the lowering of her voice by an octave or two. Oh, and all her abilities jump an order of magnitude. Have fun with that.
  • Toward the end of Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack, who periodically erupts with burning fury at what you do to sabotage his operations and survive his attempts to kill you, drops all the screaming and savagery after you help his daughter Angel commit suicide to escape his clutches. Every single transmission from him after that is calm, or even a bit whimsical, as he describes how he's rescinding the bounty on you so he can kill you himself, or when he calmly describes how he's torturing Lilith over and over and she just heals right back up thanks to the Eridium he's pumping into her, or when he calls you up using Roland's ECHO device after killing him. When you finally reach him at Hero's Pass, he even calmly comments on the delicious anticipation of fighting you. When you finally get to him, he's mostly calm and controlled. But at no point during any of this is there any doubt that behind that mocking laugh or calm voice, there is a man who hates you and wants you to die in screaming agony after you killed his daughter.
  • In Cardinal Quest 2 (available on Kongregate), the Fighter has an unlockable perk called "Constant Bubbling Rage". Taking the Perk removes the Fighter's starting "Berserk" skill (temporary +3 bonus to attack and speed) in exchange for a permanent +1 bonus to attack and speed. The Fighter has learned to harness and channel their fury to permanently improve themselves.
  • Inbachi, the True True Final Boss of DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou. In contrast to the obnoxious and loud Hibachi, Inbachi speaks in a very cold and emotionless tone, while demonstrating some of the most grandiose and grotesquely brutal Bullet Hell patterns in any CAVE game, even by CAVE TFB standards. She only gets obviously angry when her health starts to run low.
  • The Doomguy in the reboot of Doom (2016) is pure fury incarnate, and his actions ranging from turning demons into hamburger meat with his hands or smashing vital hell-energy siphoning equipment to pieces speaks louder than words ever could.
    • Bear in mind, that isn't just his natural state. He knows that almost everybody aboard the station is dead because Dr Samuel Hayden tried to steal Hell's power. No wonder he responds to Hayden's attempted justification in the elevator by looking down at a mangled body, cracking his knuckles and smashing the monitor.
  • From Dragon Age: Origins, we get a surprising example from Arl Rendon Howe (surprising because he's voiced by Tim Curry). When he's confronted by a Human Noble Warden, whose entire family he had murdered, s/he throws his taunts about his/her parents' murders back at him, telling him that all the pain he's caused him/her as only made him/her stronger. His reaction is quiet and subtle, yet dripping with hatred.
    Howe: There it is, right there. That damned look in the eye that marked every Cousland success that held me back. It seems you have made something of yourself after all. Your father would be proud. I, on the other hand, want you dead more than ever.
  • In Dragon Age II, Fenris is nearly permanently in this state, only loosening up over a bottle of wine. One of his abilities (Veneer of Calm) even invokes this, noting that while outwardly he appears calm and emotionless, inwardly he's infuriated and deals more damage based on the amount of damage he himself has taken.
    • Snarky!Hawke is usually characterised as The Gadfly, but after their mother is abducted by an insane Blood Mage serial killer, the sheer speed at which they go from charming to furious makes it clear how angry they are;
      Snarky!Hawke: I'd hate to interrupt this lovely student-teacher reunion but WHERE. IS. MY. MOTHER?!
    • Another excerpt from Snarky!Hawke is during the quest "Alone" where you confront Fenris' former owner Danarius. Right from the get-go you have the option to attack Danarius after speaking a few words to the guy. While the violent/diplomatic Hawkes will say something angrily and begin a fight, Snarky!Hawke says three words with a casual but clearly displeased tone before going in for the kill:
      Snarky!Hawke: Charmed, I'm sure.
  • In Fallout 3, there's the scene where the Lone Wanderer first encounters face to face with the game's main antagonist. In additional to what can be a beautiful Precision-F Strike, the player can also feed Colonel Autumn this gem, when asked for a password to open Project PURITY:
    "I'm going to kill you. So. Much."
  • Fallout: New Vegas
    • Joshua Graham in Honest Hearts is a calm and patient man towards the Courier. However, this doesn't make him any less of a terrifying Knight Templar who believes in the utter obliteration of his enemies whenever possible. Threatening his friends isn't a good idea either. If the Courier flippantly mentions "shaking" some answers out of Daniel, one of his fellow Mormons, Graham calmly explains that, if you harm him or any of the Sorrows or Dead Horses, "You will not leave this canyon alive."
    • God in Dead Money is remarkably calm and articulate for a Nightkin, but his voice oozes of hate and contempt for both you (at first) and the "old man", and he makes absolutely no attempt in hiding it.
    • As your constant conversing with him along the Lonesome Road shows, Ulysses speaks to you calmly, slowly and with pure unbridled hate dripping from every word.
    • A more comical example from the main game: If you remove Boone's hat from his inventory, he tells you that he would really like his beret back in a calm but clearly irritated voice.
    • The Terrifying Presence perk in the same game embodies this trope, depending on how you choose to read your voiceless character's lines.
  • The BSOD undertaken by the main antagonists of both Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX the first by setting fire to a village, the latter by setting fire to an entire planet are both done with just the hint of a serene smile on their faces... although both of these may be more properly described as Dissonant Serenity.
  • Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII. In any scene he is, whether he is single-handedly fending off two super soldiers at the same time, or burning down a town, you will never see him raise his voice.
    • During the entire Nibelheim incident, the most you'll get from him is, "Don't TEST me..." (Ironically, that's right before he is defeated).
    • Expect this whenever Vincent is faced with Hojo. He usually becomes noticeably more talkative, emotional, and may employ the silent death glare.
  • Considering Squall in Final Fantasy VIII is Not So Stoic, an Alternative Character Interpretation could have him being in a state of this for at least half of the game.
  • In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, when protagonist Layle attempts to crush Jegran to death after the latter kills Amidatelion, the expression on his face seems almost like one of boredom.
  • Fire Emblem Fates gives us the kitsune Kaden. The guy is usually an energetic lovable guy, but dare to mention you're after his kin's fur, and he'll go quiet and carefully warn you that he will kill you. After his mind is made up, there is no use trying to convince him to avoid bloodshed. Disturbingly, he seems to enjoy killing poachers and is not above teaching his daughter to do the same.
  • As of God of War (PS4), Kratos seems to be in this state. He's trying to conquer his demons and keep himself emotionally controlled, but a few times, the control slips. Especially notable compared to the previous games, where he literally ran on Unstoppable Rage.
  • Claude in Grand Theft Auto III. The fact that he says nothing throughout the whole story is self-explanatory.
  • In inFAMOUS 2, after Cole gives a fantastic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the main villain, said villain does not take it well.
    Cole: Oh, I finally get it. You thought the Ray Sphere would turn you into some shiny superhuman, but instead it turned you into a fifty-foot maggot.
    Bertrand: [in a voice barely above a whisper, and with venom in every word] Cole... don't press me.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman murders Shazam for speaking out of line, by lobotomizing him with heat vision. He is cleary angry, and simply replies to the rest of the Regime in a calm yet annoyed voice, "Anyone else?".
  • Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising is prone to throwing out one-liners, snarky comments, and manages a few In the Name of the Moon speeches. But when Hades mockingly presents the very real possibility that Pit may be forced to kill his Goddess, Lady Palutena when she is possessed by an evil force all Pit manages is an oddly calm, very blunt, "Go home." And given that his home is the underworld, Pit is essentially telling him to go to hell.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Mickey Mouse during his famous Let's Get Dangerous! scene in Kingdom Hearts II, shortly after Goofy appears to have "died".note  While Donald has his characteristic red-faced rage, Mickey simply says "They'll pay for this."
    • Young Xehanort of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. After a chilling (and quite clearly pissed-off) "Be gone!" just prior to the final battle, he proceeds to beat you nine ways till Sunday all the while staying perfectly calm and stoic. The fact that the boss is completely silent through the entire fight in a series known for taunting Boss Banter is terrifying.
    • Terra in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep becomes this incarnate after Xehanort hijacks his body, forcing his mind to become the Lingering Sentiment to take him down. And just like his appearance as a Bonus Boss in Kingdom Hearts II, the Sentiment is totally silent in combat even as he proceeds to rip Terranort a new one, with only the background music, "Rage Awakened," showing just how angry he is.
  • In Magical Diary, do not let Ellen find out that you decided to forgive Damien. She will quietly, emphatically back Virginia up as the born-witch kicks you out of the room, stating that you can come back at night to sleep, but otherwise they don't want to see your face. She will then wait until the final exam where she will attempt to blackmail you into dumping Damien, threatening to throw the exam if you refuse to comply. Think you can just break your promise? Doing so gives you the absolutely darkest ending in the game, as you lose your magic and would lose your memories of all your time in the magical world if not for Damien carrying you off to safety as he promises you he'll help you regain your powers...netting you the "Walking in Darkness" achievement, as his methods are strongly implied to be less than morally pure.
  • A Renegade option in Mass Effect 2 plays this quite well.
    Shepherd: [draws a gun and speaks in a calm voice] Conrad, let me make this perfectly clear. [shoots Conrad in the foot] This is not acceptable.
    • In the Operation Overlord DLC, one can hear this in Shepard's voice if s/he chooses to spare David and take him to Grissom Academy. When Dr. Archer draws his gun, Shepard's only response is to Pistol Whip him and then tell him, in cold, calm, enraged, and entirely certain terms, that if Archer tries to come after his brother again, that "This bullet will be waiting for you." And this is the PARAGON option for handling the situation!
    • Mass Effect 3: Talk to Kaidan (generally the most LG guy on your team) after the mission on Sanctuary, and you'll find him calmly describing how the Illusive Man is a murderous asshole who had better say his prayers. Tali has a good one during the endgame, especially if Shepard romanced her. After viewing a video showing how The Illusive Man planned to emotionally manipulate Shepard, she has only 4 words to say in response.
    • Shepard's final confrontation with Kai Leng. After Shepard curb-stomps him, leaving him defeated-but-alive, s/he calmly goes back to what they were doing before the assassin showed up. Kai-Leng slowly gets back to his feet, picks up his sword, walks over and prepares to strike Shepard from behind. In a split second, Shepard turns around, either dodges or breaks the sword in half with their bare hands, unfurls their omniblade and guts the bastard like a fish.
      Shepard: That was for Thane/Miranda/Kirrahe, you son of a bitch.
  • In the briefing for the penultimate mission of Modern Warfare 2, Soap angsts about how it's just him and Price up against Shepherd's entire Shadow Company. Price is simply checking inventory and explaining, in a voice so calm that it sends shivers down any player's spine, that there's a certain satisfaction to knowing when you will die, and that Shepherd's number is up.
    • And in the mission briefing for the one right before it, Soap's quiet uttering of "Shepherd betrayed us." really shows his rage about Roach and Ghost and presumably more of the 141 being killed.
  • The first Myst game combines this with sorrow when Atrus links out to Shoot the Dog.
My sons have betrayed me. I know what I must do.
  • Diego Armando at the end of Case 3-4 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Having witnessed what Dahlia Hawthorne has done, he calls her a witch, claims that This Is Unforgivable! and then squeezes his coffee cup so hard that it shatters and the shards cut him. Then he turn to Mia, smiling and with his hand full of blood and tells her it isn't over yet.
  • Portal 2 features some particularly chilling examples.
    • GLaDOS has perhaps the most notable case of this. After killing her in the previous game, she's discovered she has a black-box save feature, which preserves the last few moments of her life for analysis. What this means is, she was essentially forced to relive her own death, over and over, forever. And after she awakens, she's PISSED. However, she never once raises her voice, instead going for petty insults and many an Implied Death Threat.
      GLaDOS: You know, if you'd done that to someone else, they might devote their existance to exacting r e v e n g e... Luckily, I'm a bigger person than that. I'm happy to put this all behind us and get back to work. After all, we have a lot to do, and only sixty more years to do it.
    • Wheatley has one of these as well. After his Face–Heel Turn, he vents most of his anger through shouting and violence, but after escaping another one of his death traps, his voice gets deep and eerily quiet...
      Wheatley: Fine. Let the games... begin.
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future has, surprisingly, Layton himself display this. Normally his voice is calm and pleasant, and his eyes are round black dots that convey a benign disposition. When the Big Bad kidnaps Layton's adopted daughter, he adopts a steely harsh tone of voice and his eyes become flattened, yet he manages not to let loose with the anger he's so obviously feeling. Once he gets her back, his features go back to normal, even while confronting the Big Bad.
  • This is presumably why casting Calm in the middle of combat is a very bad idea in Quest for Glory I.
    Why, how cute! You cast the Calm spell, and the monster visibly relaxed. Why, now it's calmly and relaxedly ripping you to shreds and eating you.
  • In Ratchet: Deadlocked, when Vox catches Ratchet in his attempt to deactivate the cells holding the other heroes captive, Ratchet just smiles as if to say, "Congratulations, now watch me destroy your frickin' space station."
  • Johnny Gat, of Saints Row fame, is usually a Hot-Blooded murder-loving ball of passion. In Saints Row 2, however, we get a taste of how scary he can be when pushed to the limit: Following his girlfriend Aisha's death at the hands of Ronin liutenant Jyunichi, the gang gathers for her funeral, only for the Ronin vice leader, Shogo Akuji, to crash the party. After catching him, Gat proceeds to beat the ever-loving shit out of him, all the while his voice never going above a menacing, venom-laced whisper, before burying him alive in the grave meant for Aisha, deaf to his pleas for a faster, more humane death. Truly, one of the scarier moments in a series that is usually all about fun.
  • Albert Simon of Shadow Hearts swaps between this and Dissonant Serenity so easily it is terrifying. With a polite smile and a vacant gaze we will annihilate an entire train full of people, and that is just in the opening cinematic alone. As revealed later in the game, he has actually gone completely mad but due to his Tranquil Fury, you won't be able to tell he is in berserk mode until it is too late.
  • Silent Hill 4: Even though he may yell from the force of his attacks, don't expect Henry Townsend to have much, if any, expressed anger or fear.
  • At the end of Tails' story in Sonic Adventure, Tails defuses Robotnik's missile, foiling Robotnik's final attempt to salvage something from the situation after having his plans summarily collapse around him over the past several hours. When Robotnik comes after Tails in his final robot, he lapses into this instead of being his usual bombastic self. It's... surprisingly unsettling.
    Robotnik: So, you beat me to the missile, you little pest. I will make you all pay for this. (leaves, returns with the Egg Walker) You fool. Away. Before I make mincemeat out of you.
  • This is Artanis' default state in Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void. During the campaign, Alarak calls Artanis out for not understanding the amount of rage he's sitting on from the discovery that Amon planned to dispose of his people after their purpose was fulfilled. Artanis replies that no, he understands perfectly because he is consumed in his rage toward Amon. Given that Amon interrupted the reclamation of the Protoss homeworld, took control over most of the race by corrupting their psionic link, used said control to force him to kill his best friend, and as he most recently learned, had intended to use the Protoss as tools for his own ends from the moment the Xel'naga discovered their species, he had every right to be furious — and expected to be such. But the only time he ever lets it show is when Amon comes before him to taunt him. Each time, Artanis' retort can easily be summed up as, "COME AT ME, BRO."
    • Alarak is also in this state, but unlike Artanis his is barely repressed. When you talk to him between the missions, he replies in a calmed-down manner (yet still retains his snark, tendency to annoy others, and lots of Brutal Honesty). When in battle however, he lets it all loose, resulting in a terrifying red juggernaut of power that's really pissed off. However, it was all justified like Artanis; he was pretty angry that all his servitude to Amon was worth nothing; he will kill off the Tal'darim along with everyone else in the galaxy (despite eons of their dedication) when he comes.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
    • This is how the Sith Warrior generally comes across, especially his lines to Darth Baras after the back-stabbing incident.
    • The Jedi Consular operates in this mode frequently as well. Many a cutscene starts with the unfortunate attacker blown across the room in mid taunt before Consular pulls the saber. The Dark Side options are like being mode locked into this state. The Consular's companion Zenith is always in this mode.
  • In Stellaris, Holy Guardians frequently talk in a grandiose fashion, and will scream that you're an "arrogant little wretch" if you colonize one of their Holy Worlds, before telling you to leave or face their wrath. However, if you use a Planet Cracker on one of those Holy Worlds, they will only say three terse sentences before awakening and declaring war to vassalize your empire:
    (Planet name) was a holy world.
  • Kyosuke Nanbu of Super Robot Wars. In a discontinued event in Super Robot Wars Original Generation, his allies wonder how he can be so calm and monosyllabic when confronted by a taunting, Brainwashed and Crazy More Than Mind Controlled Excellen Browning. The more savvy members of the team, however, recognize they need to get out of the way because someone's about to get utterly wasted. Kyosuke then proceeds to silently activate nearly every possible in-game Status Buff.
    • Ironically, it's the Ascended Fanboy, Hot-Blooded pilot Ryusei Date who notices this trope induced first. Bonus points for him because he's only known Kyosuke for a short while in comparison to his comrades:
      Katina: Wow! Kyosuke's pretty calm, given the situation.
      Ryusei: Not really...
      Katina: Huh?
      Ryusei: He's furious. I've never seen him get this angry before.
      Irm: (Well, he may have be trying to... but Ingram just pissed off the one guy he shouldn't have.)
    • In the side-story manga Record of ATX gives readers a disturbing, visual image of this right after Excellen and Kusuha have been abducted by the Aerogators when Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfieldnote  makes the mistake of talking back after Kyosuke orders him to stop moping and do his job. Thankfully, someone intervenes before he can tear Bullet a new orifice or twelve.
  • The Engineer from Team Fortress 2 gets a few lines that point towards this rather than Unstoppable Rage: "Start prayin' boy", and, from the comics, "Sir, I know you're my employer, and an old man besides, but if you don't get your goddamn hands off me I will break you in half."
  • Garrett from Thief. He's hardly interested in the City's various nutty goings on and has nerves of iron, but even at his most emotional he rarely so much as raises his voice. Try to assassinate him and narrowly fail? He's annoyed by the lack of style, and proceeds to comprehensively destroy the enemy's credibility. Eyeball ripped straight out of his head? Well, he screams at the time, but recounts the event with at best mild irritation. Robbing a god - the one who ripped his eye out? He's intrigued by the challenge. Fanatical splinter group converting homeless people into cyborg slaves, consciousness intact but tormented, without will and unable to die? "I could really learn to hate these guys." Threaten to destroy the entire city, and possibly more? He'll take his time to think of a nice, methodical way to crush you. Kill his friends, and all hell will break loose...but he'll remain chillingly calm throughout. And then you'll die very suddenly, without ever seeing him at all.
  • Sans from Undertale in the No Mercy/Genocide run. He is far and away the most difficult boss in the game, his attacks quick, deadly, and willing to break whatever mechanics or conventions you're used to in order to hurt you as much as possible, but he still keeps a calm demeanor and trademark smile the entire time, even during his famous Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner where he outright says you should be burning in Hell. In fact, his smile never breaks at any point during the fight, and the only emotions he ever shows are smug antagonism and sorrow throughout.
    • Undyne from the same game is the living embodiment of Hot-Blooded, but if you have the nerve to kill her best friend Papyrus, you'll know that you really crossed a line when you find her enthusiasm suddenly replaced with a deathly calm rage. Increased immensely during her Genocide Run fight. While she normally would be having an epic speech, all you get from her is DEAD SILENCE.
  • World of Warcraft used to have a talent for the warrior called "Deadly Calm". It makes the warrior's abilities cost no rage, which is a resource to use their abilities. As filling the rage meter will also increase the damage of the warrior's abilities, this can allow a warrior to dish out a lot of extra damage while it lasts.
    • Arms specialization is described as being a calm veteran of combat, compared to Fury's Unstoppable Rage.
    • Death Knight NPCs will nigh universally express little emotion beyond mild annoyance, but their philosophy as espoused by Highlord Darion Mograine is to "harness their hatred [for the Lich King] into something useful".
    • Mists of Pandaria added the Pandaren, an ENTIRE RACE of tranquil badasses. The farmers and brewers can wipe the floor with fully armored orcs and humans, using only farming tools or beer kegs. Hilarity Ensues more often than not, but when someone like Taran Zhu or Chen Stormstout gets pissed at out.
  • Kazuma Kiryuu of Yakuza exists in a state of Tranquil Fury all the time, delivering vicious beatdowns to anyone who tries to stop him while still remaining stoic throughout. Which makes the moments when he does get visibly pissed off that much more awesome.
  • Yume Miru Kusuri Aeka's route.
    Kouhei: I really, really hate you, you see.
    • And then Aeka joins in.
  • If you play your cards right in Alpha Protocol, it's possible to push Rome's Arc Villain, Conrad Marburg, into this state. It also allows you to kill him early on, as, rather than running away, Marburg will put his all in trying to kill you.
    Michael Thorton: Does Leland send you out for his dry cleaning too? Chief of security for Halbech - talk about a joke. Yeah, I know all about Deus Vult and that abortion of an op in the Middle East. Poor Agent Marburg, believed dead, maybe wishing he was dead. Boo. Fucking. Hoo. And what has your life been since then? Setting bombs for Halbech? Killing bystanders in a museum? How fucked up and empty do you have to be to lower yourself to that level? You know what, Marburg? At the end of the day, at least I'm not somebody's lapdog. Enjoy living on Leland's scraps. You don't even know what trust and loyalty are. Or does the fact that I didn't go down the same route when I was abandoned really get under your skin, Conrad?
    Conrad Marburg: ...I will end you, Thorton.

  • In The Order of the Stick prequel book Start of Darkness, the lich Xykon discovers that he no longer has a sense of taste after attempting to chug a cup of truly horrendous coffee. What follows next is a terrifying example of this trope that demonstrates the gulf between the mortal Xykon and the undead version, as he coldly murders a waitress he had earlier described as very attractive. When Right-Eye gets angry, Xykon throws him against the wall and begins strangling him to death. Redcloak is only able to prevent Xykon from killing them both with a desperate bluff, though he still throws both goblins through a nearby window before announcing that he is now in charge. During the entire encounter, Xykon never once raises his voice.
    Pathetic little green worm. I ought to pop your sickeningly warm head off of your disgusting fluid-filled sack of organs.
  • In Girl Genius, Airman Axel "The Unstoppable" Higgs slides into this state after Zola stabs Zeetha. Every panel showing him afterwards depicts him with this look of pure yet tempered and determined fury on his face as he relentlessly pursues and fights her.
    • After beating Vole using Unstoppable Rage, Gil points out that his father feels like this all the time, which means the baron lives in tranquil fury all the time he doesn't spend in non-tranquil fury.
  • Homestuck's Doc Scratch is cool, calm, collected and an excellent host...until you break his clocks. Then he's cool, calm, collected, an excellent host, and perfectly capable of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • The Bully's Bully: The unnamed young heroine seems to go into this mode while deciding what action to take against the first bully she faces. The action she takes after all else fails? A beatdown.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: Son Gohan. Especially when his daughter is killed and he can't do a thing about it.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Luke defeats his opponent (who he was initially planning to lose to) with only a slightly furrowed brow and Scary Shiny Glasses to indicate his anger at his opponent's insult at the beginning of the match.
  • The Gamer: Thanks to Gamer's Mind, on the few occasions we've seen Han Jee-Han really angry, he's been creepily calm. It's always been in response to people from the Abyss thinking they could hurt either the helpless or someone he personally cares about (or, on one occasion, both at once) with impunity. Still, seeing as he was actively considering cold-blooded murder on two separate occasions when faced with Abyss-based human traffickers, the fact that this comes so easily for him is starting to become a serious worry for both him and his friends.
  • Betelgeuse gets this way in Cobweb and Stripes when a mook who's after him starts chasing Lydia instead. Instead of his usual Large Ham tendencies, the poltergeist goes stone-cold calm. The mook quickly learns the hard way why you should not mess with Betelgeuse's Protectorate.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Sigrun is all around a quite loud person, which usually results in her yelling when she's mad. However, if she's really mad, she'll greatly tone down overall instead.

    Web Original 
  • In Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, parts of "Slipping" sound like this before he takes out the gun, as does the lyric "It's gonna be bloody/Head up Billy buddy", sung with eerie calm.
    • "Brand New Day", especially the first verse. Just...guh.
  • In The Salvation War: Armageddon?, the Soldiers in the PLFH (particularly Aeanas) experience this when they come across the demonic merchants who sell human children as delicacies:
    "Aeanas stared at the scene with cold fury. He did not angrily demand that they throw caution to the wind and charge in to save the children, a hot-blooded rage that blinded its victim to common sense would have called for that. Instead, stone-faced, he watched the merchant empty his wagon, pack up his other trinkets, and be off down the rutted dirt road. So did Cassidy and McElroy. There would be a time for vengeance, a time when debts like this one would be paid, but this was not it. Three humans attacking 300 baldricks with edged weapons was simply a way to die. Or be thrown back in the lava streams."
    • In Pantheocide, Lemuel has a moment of "cold fury that he had not known for millennia" when he finds that Onniel has beaten one of his servants unconscious for obeying him over her, culminating in her getting publicly repudiated.
    • "Yahweh had gone beyond raving anger. He was now possessed by a cold, deadly determination to destroy the opposition to him that had so suddenly and unexpectedly erupted."
  • Linkara getting angry is shouting and speaking in an immature tone. Lewis Lovhaug getting angry is deathly cold and collected. As Justice League: Cry for Justice, Holy Terror, and Youngblood #10 found the hard way, you don't push him to that point.
  • Ink City saw Optimus Prime go into this when Trevor kidnapped Aisling. Trevor's insistence on blatantly lying about her presence reminded him all too much of the Decepticons, causing him to very calmly and methodically tear Goodchild's compound apart.
  • In a retrospective video of the worst movies he's ever reviewed as The Nostalgia Critic, one can practically taste the rage that Doug Walker is barely containing when he's talking about the number one pick (through most of it, anyway).
    • This is very much on display at the end of his review of Blues Brothers 2000, in which he rants, in a restrained tone, about how bad it is, compared to the original Blues Brothers.
      Critic: Movie, I'm not angry. Yes, I am. I'm furious, but there's something I'm even more, and that's... disappointed. I'm disappointed in you, movie. The same people that brought us a comedy classic, an icon, something they make statues of, has eighteen years to put together a follow-up, and this is what we get? May God rape you with a pickup truck. Slowly. With vengeance.
  • Cecil, the mellow-voiced host of Welcome to Night Vale, never raises his voice when he's angry. Instead, his voice gets even more clipped, hollow, and intense, as he articulates his fury through perfectly-enunciated syllables that fall like lead bricks of doom upon the listener.
  • In Worm, Taylor enters this state when she believes Alexandria killed one of her friends. She coldly murders Alexandria and Tagg in retaliation.
  • Achievement Hunter
    • Ryan Haywood was once pranked into changing his gamertag from BM Vagabond to GiveMeYourMilk. Upon re-entering the office, his first sentence is "You guys are all fucked, you know that? The other AH guys are absolutely freaking out at how calm he is.
      Ryan: The kind of hell that I'm going to rain down on's just not don't even know. None of you understand. Like, I'm fine with no work being done in this office for weeks because of this.
    • Geoff in "Build a Tower" combines tranquil fury with Unstoppable Rage to scary effect. Recovering from a head cold and really not in the mood for any trolling, Michael and Gavin both pushed him too far first resulting in Unstoppable Rage and a vicious pummeling - Michael to his character in-game, Gavin in real life - then followed up with this. The first time was just for a warning, but after the second instance, he spent the rest of the video speaking in an enraged whisper that left everyone scared.
  • Shadow of the Templar: Simon falls into this when Jeremy's kidnapped near the end of the third book. It's really freaky. Sandra, who's narrating, notes how strange it is...and how scared of/intimidated by Simon the rest of the team is.
  • Sketchbook from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared doesn't change their expression or have much of a noticeable reaction to anything. That doesn't mean they don't feel anything though. They seem to get mad when Red Guy insults them.
    Sketchbook: Now take a look at my hair! I use my hair to express myself!
    Red Guy: (flatly) That sounds really boring.
    Sketchbook: (with a hint of anger in their voice) I use my hair to express myself.
  • Isabel Lovelace of Wolf 359 sounds almost bored when angry. Her voice gets thick and quiet and terrifying.
  • Whateley Universe: Dr. Diabolik (Leonides Daibliku), when his children were the target of protestors and media outlets, he called each one of them up, at their homes, at their workplaces, on their mobiles... and calmly, politely, and non-threateningly explained to them that while he sympathized with them, attacking children over such a thing was a decidedly cowardly act. After that, the protestors just... went away.

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (the new one on Nickelodeon), Dave is under a lot of stress as the Chipmunks and Chipettes are causing havoc while in the Chipmunks' messy room, and he has to finish a song for a producer who's coming later that day. He leaves for a bit, and while the kids "clean" their room (moving everything into a closet), a bucket of water is knocked over, leaking through the floor of the bedroom and ceiling of the living room, ruining the computer with Dave's song. The producer arrives to hear a garbled, static mess, and leaves in a huff to Dave's confusion. As Dave notices the leaking ceiling, he runs up to the Chipmunks' room, and opens the closet to an avalanche of junk. As the Chipmunks and Chipettes brace themselves for Dave's catchphrase, he gives them an angry glare, and walks off silently, to the regret of the six chipmunks.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The entire focus of generating lightning is to have total inner peace and a complete lack of emotion. It's this reason exactly that Zuko is unable to do it, but instead has every attempt blow up in his face. Literally.
    • In their final confrontation, it is Zuko's Tranquil Fury against Azula's insanity-fueled fury.
    • Katara spent most of "The Southern Raiders" seething with anger, but oddly calm. At one point during the episode, she even uses blood bending, a technique that she considered evil and later had criminalized, disturbing even Zuko. Notably, Katara never acknowledges that she had used the technique, suggesting that she may not have even been aware of what she was doing—which would be understandable, given how upset she was.
    • The Avatar State is often portrayed as an interesting variation. When Aang becomes angry or upset enough, the Avatar State asserts itself; calmly and efficiently destroying anything in sight that affronts him.
    • In "The Desert", after he has been stewing in grief and rage for the kidnapped Appa, Aang calmly uses airbending to kill a retreating buzzard-wasp. This marks the only time Aang ever made a calculated use of deadly force.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, when a bunch of gangsters, having learned about his Big Bad Harv persona, kidnaps Harvey Dent and mocks him with the imminent ruin of his public image, while he keeps shaking and sweating with anger. However, when they cross the line, his evil personality takes over and he suddenly becomes calm and collected before he attacks them.
    Harvey Dent: [oddly calm] There's just one're talking to the wrong Harvey.
  • In Ben 10, Ben has one of these against Kevin 11 in their second battle. Kevin used Ben's powers to frame him, insults every good thing Ben's tried to do with him. Finally having enough, Ben gets serious and calm (at least as far as Ben goes) and easily beats him with Four Arms, then walks off, telling him that he's not worth finishing off. Unfortunately, it backfires in this case.
    • Another example is in the sequel Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, where Captain Nemesis kidnaps Ben's girlfriend Julie as well as another girl thought to be in a relationship with him and uses them as hostages to make Ben come. Ben, who from the beginning of the episode had been acting goofy, comes, turns into Ultimate Humongousaur, and proceeds to kick Nemesis' ass without a single word.
  • Harvey Dent in Beware the Batman is hot-tempered, loud, and incapable of restraint, but he's at least relatively harmless compared to Batman's other adversaries. After his political life is ruined and his face is disfigured, however, Two-Face is driven by revenge against his enemies using violent, drastic actions. However, he is actually eerily quiet, calm, and calculating when acting against his foes.
  • Discussed in The Critic. Jay is worried that Duke is going to yell at him for getting his butt kicked in the ratings again. Doris then points out that Duke yells at everybody and warns him that if he's ever nice to you, you're about to be fired. Cue Duke coming in and hugging Jay.
  • Happens very (very) occasionally on Danny Phantom. At one point, Spectra has successfully driven Danny into a Heroic B.S.O.D., and he finally snaps out of it by realizing that Spectra is a ghost who feeds off depression. This leads to this awesome interchange in the confrontation:
    Danny: Let me go!
    Spectra: Why would I do that? Your grief, your misery...oh, it's delicious! And the best part is, as soon as that silly speech is over, and the last domino falls and the sparklers vaporize the speaker, we'll leave you here to take the blame!! And by the time I'm done with you, you'll be sure it was all your fault!
    Danny: Man, I am so tired of you dumping on me. And I am so tired of dumping on myself. Jazz never did that, even when I was mad at her. And I won't. Let her! DOWN!! [blasts Spectra]
    Spectra: Bertrand? Sic 'im!
    [Bertrand turns into a ninja, much posturing ensues]
    Danny: [flatly] I so don't have time for this. [sucks into thermos]
  • In Daria, during moments when the title character gets mad. She becomes more blunt and her monotone voice becomes sharper.
  • Droopy fits this trope whenever he states "Y'know what? That makes me mad." It doesn't matter if you're a dragon, DON'T GET HIM MAD.
  • In the Home Movies episode where Coach McGuirk is in anger management therapy, he remains perfectly calm as a guy in the bleachers is heckling him, making it look like the therapy worked, but it turns out to be this trope. He waits until after the game, when his therapist declares him cured, to take his anger out on the heckler.
  • Helga Pataki of Hey Arnold! normally won't hesitate to yell at some one or beat them up when they make her mad, but when Arnold mistakenly called her "Lila" in "Helga's Masquerade" (because she was dressed like Lila), she was visibly pissed off, but still managed to keep her cool for the moment.
  • Gaz of Invader Zim, full stop. Not only is she eerily calm in general when she's mad (normally at Dib), but there's an entire episode focused on how scary she is when she rarely goes ballistic, at a boy named Iggins taking the last video game in the store; followed with her stalking him and threatening him in horrendous ways if he doesn't give it back to her, and not even once does she raise her voice. It ends with Iggins completely breaking down and almost dyingnote , but Gaz is content with just getting the video game back.
  • Justice League has good examples of what would happen if you push Superman too far. He kills Lex Luthor with his heat vision, and Darkseid ends up being on the receiving end of a "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • This happens to a Peter Lorre caricature in a Looney Tunes cartoon after getting hit with a baseball bat... which he proceeds to snap into several pieces while warning a dog that bad things will happen to him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • Princess Celestia, the (very) few times she's gotten angry. It's somewhat unsettling, particularly when she reprimanded Twilight in "Lesson Zero", and considering that the extent of her power is almost completely unknown. Usually she's very stern, if not disappointed, but in "The Return of Harmony" she was furious at Discord. Perhaps the best examples come from the two-part wedding episode. First, she expresses what has to be incredible disappointment in Twilight making apparently unfounded claims by coolly walking away while telling her that she has a lot to think about. And later, she responds to Queen Chrysalis' Evil Gloating over her plans for conquering Equestria with only three ice-cold words: "No, you won't." In the season 7 episode "A Royal Problem", after Starlight explains she's unable to switch back the Royal Sisters' cutie marks on her own accord, Celestia's response is a small and angry "What?".
    • Fluttershy as well, particularly in "Dragonshy":
      "How dare you..."
    • Maud may have difficulty expressing herself, but when a hustler makes Pinkie trade her party cannon in The Gift of The Maud Pie, this trope is pretty evident.
      "I'd like to return this pouch for my sister's party cannon, please."
    • Discord in "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" when he asks the mailpony in a cold, menacing whisper why his invitation to the Gala did not arrive on time. And again when Fluttershy is abducted by the changelings in the finale. This time, John de Lancie breaks out his darkest "Q" voice as Discord sheds every bit of his playfulness in favor of pure, cold menace.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: This is how Blossom reacts in "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when Princess uses her newly-bought super-suit to temporarily knock out Bubbles and Buttercup.
    Princess: So, Blossom. Are you jealous? Are you scared? Seeing how easily I thrashed your sisters, without even breaking a sweat! Oh, what's the matter? Cat got your tongue? Very well then! Prepare to bow to your Princess!
    • Blossom's response to this is merely a furious silence, followed by her dodging every single one of Princess' attacks, and then her sisters wake up and deliver her one deliciously awesome No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: after Sven and Stimpy wreck the house with their antics in "Sven Hoek", Ren is volcanic with rage...until he begins to calmly tell them what he's going to do to them. See for yourself. It's borderline Nightmare Fuel.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • The main protagonist does this in most episodes.
    • While The Scotsman is normally equal parts Violent Glaswegian and Boisterous Bruiser, he dips into this in his debut episode. When Jack stabs his bagpipes, Scotsman's reaction is a very low, but very menacing, "You've done it now."
  • The Simpsons: Homer is better known for his loud outbursts, but there are very rare occasions when he displays this trope. It's actually pretty scary, and even Bart knows that when his dad's in this state it's time to shut up and leave the room.
    • In the classic episode "Bart on the Road", Lisa just finished a rapid-fire explanation of Bart's predicament to Homer, who responds with:
      [Mood Lighting on Homer's face shifts to dark accompanied by music sting][1]
      Homer: [unnervingly calm] Yes...that's a real pickle. Would you excuse me for a moment?
      [puts on Hazmat suit helmet and screams loudly and incoherently for several seconds, fogging the face plate]
      Homer (calm once more): All right, I have thought this through. I will send Bart the money to fly home. Then I will murder him.
    • In "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy", Homer's barely contained fury at his father.
      Grampa: If I hadn't taken that stupid tonic 38 years ago, you'd have never been born and I'd have been happy. You were an accident!
      Homer: (stomps on brake) Get out.
      Abe: I'm sorry I said that.
      Homer: Out.
      Abe: (nervously gets out) I'm going to get out now, and I hope you'll find it in your heart not to drive aw—
      (The car peels away, leaving Grandpa alone)
    • "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 1" has Homer saying this...
      [lowers letter slowly, his pupils shrink in anger]
      Homer [dangerously calm]: Kids, would you step outside for a second?
      [Bart and Lisa quickly do so; Homer stands up and inhales deeply]
      Homer: [loudly] F-- [loud, harsh F-chord on a pipe organ]
      [outside in the neighborhood]
      Flanders: Dear Lord, that's the loudest profanity I've ever heard!
    • Homer again in "Bart the Lover". Unable to react to frustration in his customary way (Marge had suggested that he keep a swear jar), Homer combines this with rapid-fire Major Injury Under Reaction when the dog house he's attempting to build finally pushes him too far:
      [Homer hits his thumb with a hammer]
      Homer: Oh, fudge, that's broken. [Eye Twitch]
      [steps on a nail]
      Homer: Fiddle-dee-dee, that will require a tetanus shot. [full-body twitch] I'm not going to swear, but I am going to KICK THIS DOG HOUSE DOWN!
    • Lisa in "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" when Homer bets money against Lisa in a crossword tournament and wins. She initially acts calm and repeatedly states that she's not mad. She disowns him and changes her name to Lisa Bouvier.
      • Lampshaded by Homer, who says that women who say they're not mad are in fact madder than ever.
    • Lisa again in "Summer of 4, Pt. 2". Bart, out of pure jealousy reveals to Lisa's new friends her nerdy and unpopular nature, seemingly destroying her new relationships. The next morning, Bart finds Lisa quietly eating breakfast:
      Bart: Hey, Lise. I guess my little yearbook stunt was pretty rough but it did teach you a lesson. It's important to be yourself.
      Lisa: [grabs him by the shirt and yanks him into her face] I know exactly who I am. I am the sister of a rotten, jealous, mean little sneak! You cost me my only friends! You've ruined my life!
      • What makes this better is that while she's hissing, she has a syrup bottle positioned over his head and is about to squeeze syrup onto his face. When Marge and Homer enter the room, Lisa puts the bottle down, releases Bart, and goes back to quietly eating, all within roughly half a second, leaving Bart visibly unnerved.
    • Marge goes through this in the infamous shoplifting episode, after Bart tries to steal a video game and gets caught by mall security when they were getting their family Christmas photo. Marge doesn't scream, yell, or even scowl. She just has this Thousand-Yard Stare as she sits quietly in the living room, and the only thing she tells Bart is that he should go to his room for a while, and she doesn't even look at him when she says it.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman had been through this four times:
      • In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Cartman appears to be making himself the Butt-Monkey by constantly asking Scott to give him his money back. Turns out he was keeping Scott complacent all the while putting in motion his plan to serve Scott his own parents in a big pot of chili, then have Scott's favorite band call him a loser. When this is calmly revealed in detail by Cartman the other kids just stand there, open-mouthed, in shock. The only comments they can manage are Stan's horrified "Jesus Christ, dude!" and Kyle's episode-concluding "Dude, I think it might be best for us to never piss Cartman off again."
      • In "T.M.I.", a therapist tries to test Cartman's anger response with a barrage of fat jokes. Cartman calmly types away on his iPhone, while the doctor comes to the conclusion that the boy has no anger problems at all. Then the doctor gets a call from his wife, hysterically ranting about web chat logs with a 14-year-old girl and a police report before shooting herself. Cartman calmly but firmly replies, "I'm not fat; I'm big-boned." The therapist obsequiously cowers before Cartman for the rest of the episode.
      • In the ending of "Bass To Mouth". Cartman gave laxative-laced cupcakes to the school administrators as revenge for them literally throwing him under the bus, all while calmly saying, "Are you okay?"
      • In "Sons of Witches" Cartman misses the pumpkin patch, because his girlfriend Heidi was taking too long to dress up. Instead of lashing out at her for it, he gives her a silent Kubrick Stare that just oozes with murderous intent
    • When Stan realizes his grandfather was swindled in "Cash for Gold", he calls the shopping channel responsible, calls the host out for scamming senile old people, and tells him to kill himself, without raising his voice the entire time. After Stan has shown enough damning evidence of the scam to said senile old people (which is just a gold picture frame, but made from sweatshop kids in India), they all heckle the host to kill himself, one at a time, on the phone, using their regular old people indoor voices. It works.
    • After becoming President in "Members Only" the first thing Mr. Garrison does is visit PC Principal in his office. There he reveals to PC Principal that he hasn't gotten over being fired by him because he didn't want to follow PC's political correctness movement. However he doesn't loudly lash at PC Principal over it. Instead he says to PC Principal in the most calm and soft tone, that in order for them to become "Even Stevens" he must suck his dick.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    "I waited so long... and you broke it."
    "Because... I'm all out of MONEY!!!"
    • In "Krusty Love", after Mr. Krabs scolds him one time too many for caving in to his demands to buy things for Mrs. Puff, Spongebob says in a level tone "Well, Mr. Krabs, do you know what I think?" right before going off into a huge Angrish rant.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In "The Banagic Incident", when Marco tells Star that he underestimated her, Star's face goes blank and she passive-aggressively pushes Marco's banana pudding out of his hands, saying "There was a fly on it".
    • In the climactic fight scene in "Storm the Castle", all of Toffee's (formerly Ludo's) henchmen try to Zerg Rush Star. She bluntly says "No" and blows them away with her magic wand without looking at them.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Garnet is The Stoic and has a generally mellow and easy-going nature, but when she's losing her patience, you will know it, largely because she becomes even more terse and blunt than usual.
      • Garnet inherits this personality trait from one of her component Gems, Sapphire, who is even more stoic than she is. Anybody who can say "Can't you see I'm burning with rage?" with zero inflection and a totally flat expression, and still mean it, is a poster-girl for this trope.
    • Blue Diamond's anger tends to come out mostly like this, due to her constantly depressed nature.
    Blue Diamond: I want to know what she thinks we're going to do to her. Because I want to do something worse.
    • Yellow Diamond is usually known for loud bouts of rage whenever her authority's questioned, but when Blue Zircon gets carried away with her theory and ends up accusing her, indirectly, of possibly killing Pink Diamond, there is none of that. She simply remains stone-faced, stands up, walks up to the offending, panicking gem and squishes her with a single finger for that offense, without a single word.
  • Believe it or not, The Super Hero Squad Show has one with the Silver Surfer. Dr. Doom kidnaps him and uses his Power Cosmic to fuse the Infinity Fractals he's collected into a smaller version of the Infinity Sword, which he uses to beat the crap out of the Squad. After being rescued, the Surfer carries Doom into space and dismantles the Fractal Dagger, resulting in an explosion that sends Doom screaming back to Earth...and Surfer is smiling all the while.
  • Chef Hatchet from Total Drama displays this during a challenge where he puts the campers through a boot camp. When Duncan mockingly gives him a kiss on the nose, he barely contains his rage without letting it out.
    Hatchet: (calm, but still mad) One night, solitary confinement... in the boathouse.
  • From Transformers:
    • In The Transformers Galvatron, who is known for his classic outbursts can slip into this frame of mind, when this happens it means that he's even more enraged than usual.
      • A very good example of that from "Ghost in the Machine":
    Galvatron: [to Runabout and Runamuck] First, you two let Scourge and Starscream steal one of Trypticon's eyes...
    Galvatron: [to Thrust and Dirge] And then you two allowed Astrotrain to be used as their escape vehicle; so Scourge is helping Starscream voluntarily, and you four were unable to stop them! Well, all I can say is... [Beat]
    Galvatron: RAAAAAGH! [shoots screen]
    Prowl: "Stillness..then strike."
    • Megatron in the first episode of the same series has an especially good moment as well. After being half blown-up (by none other than Starscream), he still manages to get aboard the Autobots' ship and pins Optimus Prime to the wall with what remains of his arm whilst demanding the whereabouts of the All Spark. Prowl and Ratchet attempt to attack him from behind; he casually swings around (still holding Optimus) and knocks them away, then pins Optimus again. He then very calmly states, "I grow impatient."
      • In fact, the only time he really seems to lose his cool is at the end of the final episode, though in the latter half of season 3 the strain starts showing.
    • And this moment from Beast Wars:
      Megatron: Oh, a STICK, against a Tranmetal? Ha, I think not. Face it, Dinobot, you're old technology! Obsolete! Heh, what could you possibly DO?
    • And then Soundwave's Curb-Stomp Battle beatdown of Airachnid in the first season finale of Transformers Prime. No words, face blank and unreadable. Just a silent refusal to stand down, followed by a brutal beating.
      • This seems to be Soundwave's default setting. His vow of silence and literal blank face make it really hard to tell though.
    • Not forgetting, after Megatron has nearly killed one of the human children, Optimus decides enough is enough and breaks onto the Decepticon warship, alone. He walks down a corridor slowly, not raising his voice, and proclaims to the mooks present:
      "I have come for Megatron, and him alone. Stand down and be spared."
      • Naturally they don't listen and open fire. Optimus doesn't even break stride.
  • Brock Samson of The Venture Bros.: "They hit me with a truck." Brock is the master of both tranquil fury AND Unstoppable Rage.
  • Winx Club: You must be VERY careful of not to mess with Flora's little sister Miele, or her Boyfriend Helia like the trix did...because even the most beautiful of the roses have thorns BY ONE REASON....
  • Young Justice:
    • Nightwing snaps the Birdarang belonging to Robin that he found in two and his eyes narrow menacingly following the events of the episode "Complications". He says nothing and his facial expression barely changes, but you can tell he is PISSED.
    • Part of Superboy's story arc in the first season was learning how to take his huge amounts of anger (due to Cloning Blues, Daddy Issues, and his inexperience at controlling his own emotions) and channel them into something useful. By Season 2, he's gotten quite good at it, to the extent that when Nightwing reveals that Artemis isn't dead and Kaldur is a Reverse Mole, he's able to fully support him in front of the Team, and gives him a blistering What the Hell, Hero? in private. Given his hatred of secrets being kept from the rest of the Team and the fact that this particular secret led to Kaldur's Mind Rape at the hands of Miss Martian, that is nothing short of amazing.

    Real Life 
  • Audie Murphy, who would be considered the real-life inspiration for Captain America had the comic not come first, describes this in his memoirs To Hell and Back. Having just returned from an assault in which he had captured a machine gun, killing two Germans and wounding a third, he was joined by his best friend, Lattie Tipton. Tipton was then gunned down by machine gun fire from Germans who were pretending to surrender. Murphy thus began a one-hour, single-man assault on their position. Nineteen Germans, in a house, supported by machine guns. He killed six, wounded two, and captured the rest.
    "I remember the experience as I do a nightmare. A demon seems to have entered my body. My brain is coldly alert and logical. I do not think of the danger to myself. My whole being is concentrated on killing."
  • Basketball legend Bill Russell. On the court his demeanour was stoic, composed and cool. His actions and playing style on the other hand were very physical, aggressive, domineering and at times violent. All of his Celtic teammates believed that Russell was channeling the anger he felt at being the subject of relentless racism. It probably worked for him, with his 5 mvp's and 11 championship rings.
  • In Finnish language, this is called valkoinen raivo ("white rage") opposed to musta raivo ("black rage") on Roaring Rampage of Revenge. A person experiencing white rage is described to be completely calm, rational and in one's senses yet able to kill people like squashing bugs. German soldiers in WWII were horrified on Finnish completely ruthless attitude on war and towards the enemy. One of the reasons why partisan warfare failed at Finnish front was that the Finns simply hunted down each and every partisan and killed them without mercy while leaving the Soviet civilians intact.
  • On January 27, 1967, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed when a fire broke out in the cockpit during a routine test on the launch pad. The Monday after the fire, Flight Director Gene Kranz called everyone at Mission Control in for a meeting and gave everyone the biggest ass-chewing that they had ever experienced. The speech he gave that day became known as the Kranz Dictum:
    "Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."
  • A customer was denied a refund at a T-Mobile store in London, England. Hilarity ensues. At one point during the rampage, the man calmly picks up a fire extinguisher and begins to casually spray the extinguisher's contents around the room. As he does this, to quote the reporter, "the guy is so calm, it's like he's spraying for bugs."
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army for the Australian Army, released this video on the Army's official YouTube channel in June of 2013, after he began an investigation of several emails demeaning to women being sent from Army accounts. His tone and expression throughout present a textbook example of this trope in action. It's three minutes long and he only blinks twice.
  • Several punks, looking for a cheap thrill, decided it would be entertaining to shoot a random dog. Little did they know, this dog belonged to former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who pursued them in a 40 mile chase. Listen to the audio of his communication with law enforcement. Despite being CLEARLY pissed, and chasing them at speeds of up to 110 mph, he sounds like he's out for a Sunday drive.
  • In a television interview in Uganda with a transgender rights activist named Pepe Julian Onziema, you can see that Pepe is holding a lot of restraint with his anger during the hour long interview which was filled with offensive language towards gays and transgender people. People were astounded by how he could maintain his calm composure in spite of this. In fact the only time that Pepe actually shows anger is when he angrily leaves the interview for a few minutes because of the appearance of another guest who was infamously intolerant towards homosexuals and transgender people.
  • Texas sportscaster Dale Hansen has developed a reputation online for delivering cutting diatribes without ever losing his cool, but one of his coldest was when Donald Trump suggested that NFL players who knelt during the playing of the national anthem (to protest discrimination against African-Americans in the American criminal justice system) should all be fired. In the "Hansen Unplugged" segment that he delivered later, Hansen never raises his voice, loses his grandfatherly tone, or even changes his calm expression, but it's clear that Trump's statements have really struck a nerve in him.
    "Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it's an American's right… But not this protest, and there's the problem: The opinion that any protest you don't agree with is a protest that should be stopped. Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60's had no right to protest an immoral war. I served in the military during the Vietnam War... and my foot hurt, too. But I served anyway. My best friend in high school was killed in Vietnam. Carroll Meir will be 18 years old forever, and he did not die so that you can decide who is a patriot and who loves America more."
  • The (in)famous Wild West figure Wyatt Earp was interviewed numerous times about his experiences in and observations of shootouts and gunfights, and noted that this trope was a trait of those who tended to survive them.
    The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of a gunplay usually was the man who took his time. The second was that, if I hoped to live long on the frontier, I would shun flashy trick-shooting—grandstand play—as I would poison.

    When I say that I learned to take my time in a gunfight, I do not wish to be misunderstood, for the time to be taken was only that split fraction of a second that means the difference between deadly accuracy with a sixgun and a miss. It is hard to make this clear to a man who has never been in a gunfight. Perhaps I can best describe such time taking as going into action with the greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick-shooting involves. Mentally deliberate, but muscularly faster than thought, is what I mean.

    In all my life as a frontier police officer, I did not know a really proficient gunfighter who had anything but contempt for the gun-fanner, or the man who literally shot from the hip.
  • When Uma Thurman was asked about her opinion on the Harvey Weinstein allegations, she responded with a very icy serenity that just barely masked her volcanic rage.

Alternative Title(s): Cold Anger