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  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "I Dream of Jimmy", Jimmy goes into Carl's dream and tries to wake him up. All his attempts to convince him he's in a dream fail... until Jimmy kisses his rival Cindy.
    Carl: Jimmy kissing Cindy? Oh, that couldn't happen in a million years! I must be dreaming....
    • A Heartwarming example is in the episode "El Magnifico" were Sheen admits that he loves his father much more than he does Ultra Lord, when one considers how obsessed Sheen is towards Ultra Lord, that is something.
  • In Adventure Time, Lady Rainicorn has only ever spoken one sentence in English. And what a sentence it is:
    Lady Rainicorn: I AM PREGNANT!
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Job", Richard getting a job causes the universe to fall apart.
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  • American Dad!: In "The Vacation Goo", Francine realizes that all the family's vacations are fake memories from being inside CIA goo chambers, and she demands that Stan take them on a real vacation. However, when she sees things like Stan and Hayley actually getting along and Steve on a date with a hot woman, she believes that she's in the goo again and goes on a rampage.
  • In Archer:
    • When constant-drinker Sterling falls in love with the beautiful Soviet KGB defector Katya nearly everyone at ISIS thinks it's romantic — until Lana points out that Katya has even gotten Archer to stop drinking. Which causes fellow agent Ray to draw his guns and ask "What's the plan?".
    • The only time in the series where Lana calls Sterling Archer by his full name is when she delivers a Wham Line.
    • In "No Good Deed", the Season 8 premiere, the normally Jerkass Malory acts completely stone-cold when Archer is in a coma.
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    • Throughout "Placebo Effect", Archer being uncharacteristically nice to his coworkers is used to show how shocked he is after being diagnosed with cancer.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • In "Party All the Time", Frylock is diagnosed with cancer, and Shake, who is normally a jerkass, is actually concerned for Frylock and acts nice to Meatwad.
    • In The Last One Forever and Ever, you can see how upset Frylock is about possibly dying soon when he punches Shake in the face; throughout the series, no matter how bad things got, Frylock never actually hit Shake before.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
      • Subverted in "Bitter Work" when Sokka decides to give up meat and sarcasm if the universe will only get him out of the hole he's stuck in. When Aang shows up, Sokka is back to his old self and asks for meat.
      • The eponymous Avatar is usually a very happy-go-lucky kid. He's very peaceful and spiritual, and has stated repeatedly that he doesn't eat meat. Then in "The Desert", his best friend and pet since he was a kid, Appa, is stolen by Sandbenders. The normally cheerful Aang spends the entire episode being cranky, aggressive, and angry. He even kills a wasp-buzzard that tried to take one of his other friends even after the threat it posed was gone. When they run into the Sandbenders who stole Appa, you know they're in for a world of hurt.
      • "Lake Laogai":
      Longshot speaks just once as Jet is dying... and it stuns everyone who hears him because it's so rare. It stunned the fandom just as much; up until that point, nearly everyone thought he was a mute!
      Iroh truly loses his cool for the first time in the series when he demands of Zuko And Then What? after learning Zuko intends to kidnap Appa. Iroh goes on to demand Zuko start asking himself the big questions: "Who are you and what do you want?"
      • Katara absolutely despised the fact that she learned bloodbending, even breaking down when it sinks in that she learned it and used it. When she uses it again in "The Southern Raiders", it shows that she is letting her rage drive her more than her morality and how serious she is about possibly killing in cold blood the man who killed her mother.

        To give it some more context, the first time she used bloodbending, the time that it horrified her and drove her to tears, she was forced into a situation where the only choices were "bloodbend" or "let Aang die", and used it to save Aang's life. When she uses it again, not only is it completely unnecessary for her to do so, she's using it to torture someone. It really rams home how far she's slipping in her pursuit of vengeance.
      • Azula never loses her cool, so seeing her shouting in anger at Mai and Ty Lee's Heel–Face Turn in "The Boiling Rock" heralds her impending Villainous Breakdown.
      • Ty Lee's usually all smiles even when she's chi blocking people. Atop the Gondola in "The Boiling Rock" is one of the few times Ty Lee looks outright angry; glowering as Suki keeps deflecting her blows.
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    • The Legend of Korra:
      • Tenzin is very surprised by Korra's refusal to join the anti-Amon task force. While he was glad she didn't, he recognized that her unwillingness to charge her enemy head-on was very uncharacteristic, and (correctly) guessed that Korra was truly afraid for the first time in her life.
      • Speaking of Tenzin, he normally is a very calm, levelheaded individual, whose patience is sometimes tested by Korra's impulsiveness or his children's hyperactive nature. However, he becomes aggressive after Jinora is captured by Unalaq and is more than willing to use violence to save Jinora. Kya even lampshades it.
      • Varrick is an eccentric, amoral businessman who is perfectly happy to start a war with False Flag Operations if he thinks it'll make him a profit, and who loves experimentation and invention For Science!. In Book Four, however, he immediately attempts to shut down his spirit vine energy project when he witnesses the true destructive power stored within those vines, considering it too dangerous.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In "The Clock King", Temple Fugate announces to his secretary, Ms. Perkins, that he would take his coffee break out of office. Ms. Perkins' shocked gesture shows us that this is something Fugate just doesn't do.
    • In 'Mad Love', when Harley Quinn talks about how she wants to settle down with the Joker, Batman in response laughs hysterically, so much so that it visibly frightens Harley.
      Harley Quinn: I've never heard you laugh before... I don't think I like it... Cut it out! You're giving me the creeps!
    • In "The Man Who Killed Batman", it seems as though Sid "The Squid", a small-time mobster, has inadvertently murdered the Dark Knight. The Joker breaks into a jewelry store to draw Batman out, but when he doesn't show up, the Clown Prince of Crime starts frowning, which he almost never does. He even tells Harley Quinn to put back the gems she's stolen, declaring that "without Batman, crime has no punchline."
  • Batman Beyond:
    • In the very first scene of the series, Batman collapses with an apparent heart attack in the middle of a fight. He resorts to brandishing one of the guns he'd knocked out of the mooks' hands. His horror at doing so convinces Bruce to hang up the mask.
    • At the end of the first part of "The Call", when it appears that Superman is trying to kill the Justice League, Bruce shows Terry his secret weapon against this threat should it ever have arisen again: kryptonite. Technical Pacifist Bruce Wayne then tells Terry to do whatever it takes to stop him.
    • The flashback to the Joker's end in Return of the Joker shows us one of the very few times Batman looks willing to kill someone. When the Joker and Harley Quinn show off what they did to Tim Drake, now a junior Joker, Batman - just a moment before wrapped up and requiring a hidden knife to cut himself loose - breaks free through sheer force of will and then throws that knife directly at the Joker's head.
  • Beavis And Butthead: During one particularly fiery video that Beavis and Butthead are watching, Beavis, who enjoys things burning a little too much, enters a tranquil, focused state, overcome at the amount of fire in the video, to the point Butthead becomes concerned with Beavis' lack of response to Butthead's interjections, and says he is going to change the channel. Beavis, in a calm, collected, monotone voice, far removed from his usual high-pitched hyperactive state says "Butthead, I am serious about this. I have never been more serious about anything in my life. If you change the channel right now, I will kill you." Butthead wisely allows him to finish watching he video.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Near the end of Season 1, Kevin absorbs Ben's Ultimatrix energy in a last-ditch effort to stop Aggregor, and promptly goes Ax-Crazy again. After failing to stop him several times, Ben, known for his Chronic Hero Syndrome and No One Gets Left Behind tendencies, decides outright that Kevin is too far gone to be saved and must be put down. Grandpa Max even remarks that things must be really bad for Ben to go that far.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "House of 1000 Bounces", the normally soft-spoken Rudy loses his temper at Louise after her plot to steal the bounce house from another kids' party backfires and gets all the kids at Rudy's part in hot water. He practically explodes with fury, ranting about how he didn't want to go through with the plan and just wanted to do his spoon puppet play that he worked so hard on, but Louise was more concerned about what SHE wanted.
  • The Boondocks
    • Uncle Ruckus, A Boomerang Bigot who is under the delusion he's genetically Caucasian and constantly taunts and harasses the show's main protagonists, is uncharacteristically friendly and civil to them, even offering to do extra repair work for them. This is because he didn't want to go home and have to face his abusive grandmother, who forced her way into his home and refuses to leave. Later in the episode Ruckus is meek and subdued when facing his equally abusive father when he usually maintains his sneering contempt of black people even when being physically threatened by them.
    • In "The Block is Hot", Jazmine, the show's resident Moe and Shrinking Violet who is usually Huey's (the main protagonist) staunchest supporter and is implied to have a crush on him, snaps at him and is generally dismissive of him throughout most of the episode. Jazmine was operating a lemonade stand to raise money for a pony she desperately wanted and refused to acknowledge she was being ruthlessly exploited by Corrupt Corporate Executive Ed Wuncler. Double Points that Huey, who is usually The Stoic, seems genuinely hurt when Jazmine snaps at him.
    • In "Return of the King", Martin Luther King ends in a coma after being shot, only waking up in the 21st century. He finds a world that has largely forgotten his message, and ignores his demands for peace. He organizes a peace rally, only for it degenerate into a violent party. In frustration, he drops an N-Bomb, which leaves everybody in Stunned Silence as he begins a fiery rant against modern black culture.
      King: WILL YOU IGNORANT NIGGAS PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP?!
      Guy: Did he say what I think he said?
      King: Is this it? This is what I got all those ass-whoopings for?
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: During the episode "Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.", Number 86, a known boy hater who is really dedicated to her job of hunting down all KND operatives who have turned thirteen and decommissioning them, is polite and nice at Maurice's decommissioning. Justified, because a flashback implies that Number 86 was friends with or at least admired Maurice. Also, Maurice, unlike the other operatives she hunted down, did not betray the Kids Next Door and accepted his fate.
  • Celebrity Deathmatch: Johnny and Nick will allow all kinds of violence and torture for the sake of a Deathmatch, but even they thought Ozzy Osbourne was excessively cruel in his match with Rob Zombie.
  • In an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage is drinking a glass of milk when he sees pictures of missing dogs on the carton, and he instantly remembers how an evil vet had sent his parents to the moon. He's so traumatized by it that he stays in the same spot all night, not moving an inch. Eustace tries scaring him with his usual "BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!" mask, but this time, Courage does not react. Muriel's so worried about that that she decides to take him to the vet.
  • In Danny Phantom, the only time Sam acts really cheerful is around Christmas, even though she's Jewish. One of the kids at her school was so freaked he thought it was a sign of the apocalypse!
  • Darkwing Duck: The title character is very hammy and bombastic whether in his civilian life or in his superhero costume. If he begins acting subdued, something's gone seriously wrong.
  • In Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, the Vulture Squadron's card-carrying coward Zilly becomes brave to gung-ho levels in "Zilly's A Dilly", thanks to hypnotism. However, his devil-may-care bravery becomes more of a hindrance to the squadron than when he was a coward.
  • In the Dragon Tales episode "Hide and Can't Seek", Ord has so much fun playing hide and seek he asks if he could eat later, much to his friends' shock.
  • DuckTales (1987)
    • Scrooge got his name for a reason; he seriously loves money. If he reaches the point of not caring if he loses his cash (or a treasure he's been chasing)note , it's a sign things have gone pretty seriously downhill.
    • Launchpad McQuack and Fenton Crackshell often serve as the Plucky Comic Relief. But if matters get serious enough to require that they take a hand in it, watch out. The Kronks, the Beagle Boys, and the Master Electronic Leader found this out the hard way.
  • DuckTales (2017): Continuing from two bullet points before, Scrooge emptied out his entire Money Bin to find Della Duck.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "Little Ed Blue", Ed, who is normally the resident Perpetual Smiler, spends the episode angry, bitter, and has a huge need for isolation from everyone else, including his own friends Edd and Eddy. Edd is concerned, and Eddy is too impatient to deal with it, and because of Eddy's impatience, Ed goes on a rampage, until Jonny and Plank show up and everyone finds out that Ed has a pebble in his shoe. It's very telling and satisfying that Sarah, who would willingly jump on and beat the crap out of all the kids in the Cul-De-Sac on a whim if she wants to, saw how mad Ed was as much as the kids see her when she's mad and was the first to back off with everyone else following suit the instant she realized Ed actually stood up to her and wasn't backing down. Even Kevin wasn't safe from Ed's inexplicable moodiness, which was also just as deserved and just as satisfying.
    • In "3 Squares and an Ed", Edd and Eddy try to help Ed escape from being grounded and put up a fake dummy to fool Sarah; later, she checks up on "Ed" and sees him reading a book, which is unusual given that he's The Ditz.
      Sarah: Look at him there, reading his little book. (beat) Book!?
      • It could have also been because Ed was literally grounded from everything, so even a book was a red flag for Sarah.
  • Spoofed in Family Guy's "And Then There Were Fewer" two-parter:
    Lois: (thinking) Peter, we've been married twenty years, please recognize when I'm acting out of the ordinary because I'm in danger! (out loud, grabs car keys) All right, here you go, Pete!
    Peter: (thinking) Why's she calling me "Pete"? We've been married fourteen years, she's never called me Pete. Why am I even thinking about this when I could be listening to my tapes? (out loud) Bye! (leaves immediately)
    • Played straight in the episode "Brian and Stewie": While Stewie and Brian are trapped in the bank vault, Stewie asks Brian why he has a gun in his safety deposit box, despite being an anti-gun liberal. Brian is forced to admit that he keeps the gun in case he is ever Driven to Suicide.
  • The Flintstones: In "High School Fred", Fred is sent to high school for two weeks to get his diploma, telling Wilma and the Rubbles that he's in an "executive school", and he gets so pooped after his first day that the normally Big Eater decides he's not hungry and goes straight to bed.
    Barney: Oh, I wish we had a tape recorder. Nobody'll believe me.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • In the first episode of the series, Mac realizes that Terrence must be working with someone to get rid of Bloo because he was far too stupid to come up with a plan like the one he used on his own.
    • Wilt is normally kind and helpful to everyone he meets. But in the episode, "Room With a Feud", when a basketball-themed room with high ceilings and a ten-feet long bed becomes available to anyone who wants it, he becomes cocky and selfish and competes against Eduardo, Coco, and Bloo for it. note 
    • In "The Big Lablooski", the normally nice and sweet Madame Foster becomes very fierce with a zero tolerance for failure disposition in a game of bowling to the point that she begins calling 8-year old Mac worthless for his lack of bowling skills. Yeah, she really gets into the game.
  • Wade Duck of the U.S. Acres portion of Garfield and Friends, while not literally afraid of everything, is afraid of so many things that most people wouldn't even consider (e.g., he is canonically afraid of caraway seeds) that the other farm inhabitants seem to think it the case. So when Wade, having his cowardice suppressed via hypnosis, passes by performing a stunt on a bicycle...
    Booker: It looked like Wade, but it didn't tremble like Wade...
  • So anyone who's seen Gargoyles knows that, in battle, Goliath is a force to be reckoned with. Off the battlefield, he's thoughtful, considerate, even downright philosophical at times. He's not afraid to pull out all the stops in the heat of combat, yet repeatedly chastises others for going overboard when it's unnecessary. But push him too far and he will get pissed. In "Hunter's Moon", the second season finale, his daughter Angela is beaten almost to death by the Hunters... at which point the noble, level-headed clan leader growls, his eyes glowing, and in a scene that's drawn like he's looking out from the very gates of Hell intones the following:
    Goliath: On my daughter's life, I swear I will hunt them down. And I will kill them.
    • Xanatos is an excellent example of Affably Evil—even though the clan defeats him multiple times, he's always civil with them and is completely uninterested in revenge. In "Double Jeopardy", however, he thinks that his associate, Anton Sevarius, has betrayed him, he confronts him in a Tranquil Fury and probably would have seriously harmed him, had he not figured out that something else was going on.
      Xanatos: You know, Anton, I'm not by nature a vengeful man...but your behavior has forced me to make an exception.
    • Despite his insistence that "Nothing terrifies me, because nothing is beyond my ability to change," when Hudson notes that "Growing old terrifies you, doesn't it?", Xanatos then proceeds to throw out a few petty insults at the old gargoyle, something that would normally be beneath him, a sign of just how close to the mark Hudson had truly hit.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Stan Pines has always been conservative and obsessed with money. Yet in "Not What He Seems", when Stan breaks out of the police station, he's determined to get back to the Mystery Shack that he gives a taxi driver a hundred bucks to drive far away from the Shack to distract the police.
    • The laid-back, cheerful, and psychotic Bill Cipher loses his shit at the very end of the Weirdmageddon arc and starts begging Stanley to spare his life when he realizes that he's about to destroyed for good. (Note: Though it is possible that, if his Famous Last Words played backwards is any indication, he may come back eventually.)
  • In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the perpetually (and obnoxiously) chipper LANOS drops his annoying attitude when he's about to warp out with the now destructively insane Aya.
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, a Reality-Breaking Paradox is caused by Mandy smiling. Another episode had something similar caused by Billy getting an A on a test. note 
  • Hey Arnold!: In "Heat", a powerful Heat Wave strikes Arnold's neighborhood, and one effect it has is causing his eccentric grandmother to act like a mild-mannered old lady.
    Arnold: (to himself) The heat's so crazy, it's got Grandma acting normal...
    • She gets another, more subtle one in "Parents Day," when she quietly tells Grandpa to go talk to a visibly depressed Arnold.
    • Arnold himself any time he gets legitimately angry at someone. For one example, in "Oskar Gets a Job" Oskar takes to tricking Arnold into doing his new paper route for him while he lazes around like usual, making excuses for why he can't do said job. This lasts until a tired and irritable Arnold finally gets fed up with Oskar and gives Oskar an angry "Reason You Suck" Speech that ends up being the impetus for Oskar to take his job more seriously.
      Arnold: That's it! I'm tired of all your excuses....I only helped you because you said you were desperate and you said you wanted to change. I guess I was wrong. Mr. Kokoshka, I'm sorry, but you are a huge loser.
      (Oskar stands in the hallway with a shocked expression as Arnold storms upstairs.)
  • The Hollow: When the game starts to tear itself apart, he stops with his usual antics to warn Mira and Kai that they're in (potentially) mortal danger.
  • Threaten Inspector Gadget's niece Penny, and you'll instantly find out just how competent the normally bumbling Gadget can be.
  • Done comically in "Johnny's Inferno", an episode of Johnny Bravo. After inadvertently summoning an annoying demon named Derek and being possessed by him, Johnny heads off to Pops's diner for lunch. It only takes a minute for Pops to realize exactly what's going on. How did he know? Johnny tried to pay for his food! Granted, Johnny did try to pay with a "Masters of the Abyss" credit card, so that could've been what gave it away as well.
  • Justice League:
    • A season finale sees Lex Luthor divide the League, make the public hate and fear them, and he tops it off by merging with Brainiac to be a limitless technological god-being who defeats the primary League members singlehandedly, leaving only the Flash left to kill. The normally happy-go-lucky Flash runs away... and returns having circumnavigated the globe in seconds to build up the speed to hit Luthor/Brainiac hard enough to hurt him. Appearing deadly serious, Flash does this nearly a dozen times before vibrating Brainiac into dust, leaving just Luthor. Until this episode, nobody realized that the most powerful member of the team was not Superman. The only catch is that going that fast nearly makes him warp out of existence, and after defeating Luthor and barely being saved from that fate, he states that he doesn't think he'll survive going that fast again.
    • Superman wants to kill Darkseid. It's not a "I Did What I Had to Do" situation, if left alone Clark will go so far as to sacrifice his own life to ensure that Darkseid dies. It's not a case of Superman being dark, it's a case of Darkseid being just that evil.
    • Multiple examples in "Only a Dream". Trapped in their worst nightmares by Dr. Destiny, Hawkgirl breaks down and cries in fear, begging for anyone to help, Flash gets depressed enough to curl into Troubled Fetal Position, and Determinators Superman and Green Lantern give up.
    • In "A Better World", the Justice League have been abducted and replaced by the Justice Lords, totalitarian versions of themselves from an alternate universe. In spite of their different uniforms, the group is similar enough to pass in public... Until Superman casually uses his heat-vision to perform brain surgery on someone. Lex Luthor, watching the event on television, knowingly remarks "It's not them."
      Lois Lane: You... You lobotomized him....
      Superman: [completely chipper] What's your question, Lois?
      Lois Lane: It's... just so out of character...
  • Played for Laughs in Justice League Action, when Superman and Batman interrogate Deadshot, Good Cop/Bad Cop style. However, before they start, Superman complains that Batman always gets to be the Bad Cop and that he'd like a turn at it for a change. Superman attempting to be mean and intimidating is so pathetic that Deadshot is just annoyed more than anything, but Batman attempting to be nice is so unnerving that Deadshot is more scared of him that way than he is normally, and says he'll talk just to get Batman to stop.
  • In Kim Possible episode 53, "Emotion Sickness", both Kim and Shego are victim of "Moodulator" chips and are subject to drastic mood swings, scaring Ron and Draken, respectively. It should be noted that both men are way more unsettled when Kim and Shego are acting very amorous toward them, as opposed to angry.
  • King of the Hill: Peggy Hill is normally the self-proclaimed smartest woman in the state, completely unaware of her own flaws, and a genuinely good housekeeper. So, in the episode "Death and Taxes", wherein a prison convict manages to dupe Peggy into smuggling him cocaine by playing to her ego (threatening to turn her in if she refuses to continue the supply... or whenever he feels like it), Hank realizes something is seriously wrong when she manages to screw up creating a rather simple dinner, and responds by asking aloud, "How could I be so freaking stupid?!"
  • In an episode of Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Mrs. Twombly (normally a very kind and sweet woman) was so enraged at Fisher Biskit for outbidding her on a doorknob that even the mention of his name angered her. After she hears about the open house he's having where he will be showing off his art collection, she slams her fist into the counter, causing Blythe to scream and shout "So out of character!"
  • In The Magic School Bus, the one pun Carlos makes that nobody reacts to is spoken in indignation from having been scammed on a can of cocoa beans. Everybody feels the same way, and for once nobody calls him out.
    Carlos: We've bean had!
  • In the Moral Orel episode "Sundays", Reverend Putty has to do a sermon on "Hope." The morning after a terrible night for him and Florence (which affects her roommate, her ex-husband and their daughter by extension), none of them are in the best mood. He looks around and sees many of the townspeople (Doughy, Bloberta, Censordoll, etc) also disheartened by similar tragic situations in their lives, until he remembers Orel Puppington! The Cheerful Child Keet protagonist! But no, Orel's just as upset as everyone else. The next episode opens with the Reverend managing to spin a sermon about how things can turn up just when they look hopeless, partially because Orel looked so depressed. While Putty typically can get very burnt-out and bitter about his job, and certainly had good reason to be that week, seeing Orel broken was heartbreaking enough that he pulled out all the stops in cheering the kid up.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a lot of these moments:
    • Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome shows up for each character in the mane cast, with that character's personality changing dramatically in response to outside stress, especially stress related to that character's talent. Seeing the showoff Rainbow Dash suffering from stage fright in "Sonic Rainboom" or the usually steadfast and honest Applejack lying to her friends in "The Last Roundup" is mindboggling. The issue goes to outright terrifying with Pinkie Pie's lapse into depression in "Party of One", Fluttershy's lapse into Yandere at the climax of "The Best Night Ever", and Twilight Sparkle's complete psychotic break in "Lesson Zero".
    • On a much more serious note, Princess Celestia acting nervous and grave when Discord escapes his prison — in contrast to her normal calm and collected, even playful personality — is a big warning sign that Discord is much more dangerous than he looks.
      • In "Lesson Zero", Princess Celestia flies over to Ponyville right after she fulfills her sun-related duties, fixes Twilight's mess, and sternly reprimands her. This is the first time in the series that Princess Celestia has shown any disappointment in Twilight, let alone the outright anger she expresses upon first realizing what has happened.
        Celestia: TWILIGHT SPARKLE!
        Applejack: Whoa, nelly...
      • And come the season 2 finale, we see the normally calm Princess get truly pissed. Near the end of Part 1, her disappointment in Twilight for confronting the fake Cadence is such that it again moves straight into actual anger. But then her wrath goes to a higher peak in Part 2 where she goes straight-up Lady of War on the revealed Queen Chrysalis and tries to fry her with Frickin' Laser Beams...right before getting worfed.
      • Years later in "A Royal Problem", we see the Royal Sisters have an actual argument over whose duty is the hardest, to the point where Celestia becomes so angry and annoyed that when Luna starts shouting at her, she shouts back. And later, when Starlight switches their cutie marks in impulse, Celestia is clearly as outraged about it as Luna is, albeit still slightly more cool-headed than her sister.
    • Fluttershy does this all the time. She is normally extremely fearful, but when her friends are in trouble, she'll stand up to a manticore, a cockatrice, or a giant firebreathing dragon. And if there isn't a threat around, it means trouble for her friends (see "Putting Your Hoof Down" for an example). She's uncharacteristically harsh and snarky when dealing with her slacker brother, Zephyr Breeze in "Flutter Brutter". And in "Buckball Season", Fluttershy is the one to tell off Rainbow Dash and Applejack for putting too much pressure on her and Pinkie Pie to win the big game against Appleloosa.
    • Big Macintosh, who is normally calm, collected, and quiet, chews out the Cutie Mark Crusaders for printing embarrassing details about him and Applejack in "Ponyville Confidential". You know you really screwed up when you get him mad enough to say more than a few words. Even more, when Big Mac is talking, Applejack, who is just as mad, becomes The Quiet One, resorting to the same "eyup"s and "nope"s Big Mac is famous for. He also drops his quiet act if he becomes ashamed of himself, most notably in "Brotherhooves Social" where he makes a heartfelt speech to Apple Bloom to explain his actions at the Sisterhooves Social which ended up with the both of them disqualified.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", when Celestia brings Discord to Ponyville in an attempt to reform him, the Mane Six are furious that she would bring the worst villain they've ever faced anywhere near them, even Twilight — who is usually intensely reverent of Celestia and terrified of disappointing her — outright yelling at her.
      Twilight Sparkle: With all due respect, princess... HOW COULD YOU BRING DISCORD HERE?! ...Your majesty."
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", when Discord starts acting solemn and serious, you know this time he truly is sorry for what he's done. In the finale for Season 6, he becomes absolutely furious when he finds out the Changelings have kidnapped Fluttershy.
    • In "The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2", smirking, raging lunatic Starlight Glimmer becomes calm and solemn, accepts responsibility for her actions, and smiles for the first time on screen. It's so out of character for her (at the time), you just know something special is about to happen.
    • In "Parental Glideance", Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash's biggest fan and honorary little sister, tells her off for ranting to her parents about how she feels embarrassed by them, and announces she's going to do her school project on somepony else. This makes Rainbow Dash realize she messed up big time.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In "Sham Pooh", when Pooh loses his appetite and doesn't feel like eating honey, everyone concludes that Pooh's identity had been stolen.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In your average episode, Phineas is almost spookily optimistic and cheerful. It makes sense that a few of the specials ("Summer Belongs to You" and "Christmas Vacation") and the movie have moments in which he's sad or angry just to let the audience know that these aren't normal episodes.
      • One line in particular from "Summer Belongs to You" became a Memetic Mutation, even though it would have been no big deal if someone else had said it:
        Phineas: GET ON THE TRIKE!
      • In "Mission Marvel", he's under a lot of stress and takes it out on Candace.
      • In "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum", Phineas never gets genuinely enraged, but he does act more irritable than usual. This appears to have three causes: 1). Candace and Love Händel's performance and integrity were at stake. 2). Mr. Random wanted to perform inhumane experiments on Klimpaloon. 3). Mr. Random was a rather irritating character.
      • Lampshaded in "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer".
      • In "Night of the Living Pharmacists", Phineas flat-out panics when he realizes Isabella is missing.
      • Another moment occurs when Isabella ignores Phineas to give info on how to stop the invasion, and it shows how focused she's gotten.
    • "The Lizard Whisperer": Ferb must really love Steve the chameleon, because when Steve goes missing and Phineas and Isabella are on the verge of giving up the search, he delivers a long and epic speech to urge them on.
    • In "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror", Linda becomes very concerned when she doesn't receive a call from Candace about the boys' latest activity. And when she calls her, Candance is currently in a romantic state since she's spending time with Jeremy, saying that everything is fine. This convinces Linda to come home immediately.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, Sean is usually apprehensive about going to space. There are a few occasions where does want to go (like in "Not a Sound"), which shocks everyone.
  • In Rick and Morty "Auto Erotic Assimilation", after Unity breaks up with Rick because he's a bad influence on it Beth confronts him and demands that he stop keeping dangerous otherworldly beings in her garage. The entire family is shocked when Rick agrees to follow her wishes without any fuss, realizing that Rick is not in a good place emotionally.
  • During the run of the Chuck Jones Road Runner cartoons, perpetual smiler the Road Runner didn't smile only once—in "Hook, Line and Stinker," when the cannonball plummets from the Coyote's contraption. He looks concerned only for the cannonball to hammer the Coyote into the ground.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • Jack will go out of his way to save civilians, even if it would slow his mission down further. One of the best indicators that Jack as of Season 5 has something seriously wrong with him? He spots a village being attacked by Aku's minions, and refuses to go help (it takes his guilt and a few hallucinations to get him to go back).
    • Aku is normally a Large Ham with a Kabuki-like way of speaking, and when things go wrong for him he's known for pretty epic tantrums. But when Jack finally goes through a time portal to the past, all Aku can utter is a quiet "Oh no." He knows Jack is about to kill him in the past and there's nothing he can do about it.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders , Scooby and Shaggy each fall in love. When asked what they want to eat, the normally bottomless pits say they aren't hungry. Cue Ironic Echo and the rest of the gang looking at each other in shock.
    • On Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Velma goes through this as the series concludes. She usually counts on rationale, logic and facts to guide her and the gang through their mysteries, but when the Curse of Crystal Cove sends them through a nightmare realm where those that have been associated with the search for the cursed treasure remain, Velma feels that logic and reason have failed her. As a result, she breaks down crying.
  • On Sid the Science Kid, Gerald is known for making a Dynamic Entry into the classroom doing something related to the plot. In "How Did My Dog Do That?", when Gerald doesn't do this, everyone is confused and Teacher Susie points out that he didn't do anything special. So he leaves the room and comes back in to make his special entrance.
  • The Simpsons:
    • When pre-Flanderization Ned Flanders snaps in "Hurricane Ned", it very much has this effect, since the usually mild-mannered and nice-to-a-fault Ned absolutely rips into everyone in Springfield, and all he says to Homer is that he's the worst person he's ever met. It's not especially surprising when Ned checks himself into a mental hospital immediately after.
    • If there is ever a moment where Bart is studying or behaving, expect a reaction from everybody.
    • The few times that Marge has proven to be greedy, the other members of the family are incredulous about it.
    • When Homer shows intelligent or profound thoughts, the reaction of others is astonishment.
    • Played for Laughs:
      Dr. Hibbert: Hmm. A Ford urinating on a Chevrolet.
      Mrs. Hibbert: Don't you usually laugh at everything?
      Dr. Hibbert: Yes. Yes, I do.
    • In "Who Shot Mr. Burns," the extent of Burns's villainy is made clear when even Smithers can't bring himself to toady up to his boss.
    • Homer's usual reaction to things is blind rage, but if he enters into Tranquil Fury, that will scare people even more.
    • In Curse of the Flying Hellfish, Grandpa knows something is fishy when he hears his family comes to visit him, when they always try to avoid him. He barely avoids a knife to the head by an assassin.
    • In the third segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", Homer becomes obsessed with eating himself and when Ned Flanders invites him over for dinner, he is surprised to that Homer is uninterested in eating things like steak.
  • South Park:
    • The episode "Going Native" has Butters become hostile towards the other characters.
    • In "Cartoon Wars Part 1", Cartman seemed to be genuinely concerned about Family Guy offending Muslims with their portrayal of The Prophet Muhammad. It isn't until long after Kyle joined his cause that Cartman reveals he just wanted to take Family Guy off the air entirely.
    • In "Fat Camp", this is what tips Stan and Kyle off that the "silm" Cartman is an imposter when he actually is nice and doesn't insult the two.
    • In "Tonsil Trouble", Cartman is actually so upset about getting HIV that he turns down free ice cream.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    • In episode "The Uncertainty Principle", Jameson spends the first half of the episode being very quiet and subdued as his son, an astronaut, encounters problems that could get him and his crew killed. Once he's safely back on the ground, though, Jameson only takes a moment of serene thankfulness before instantly reverting to his usual No Indoor Voice/Motor Mouth bossiness as he orders everybody to throw together an issue praising his son's success.
    • In another episode he hears that a bystander had a heart attack during a Spider-Man battle, and of course he's eager to put it on the front page—until he realizes it was Peter's Aunt May. He quietly says that he's going to call and break the news personally, but ironically Peter, wanting to avoid his usual blustery rants, isn't answering his phone.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Mr. Krabs is a Corrupt Corporate Executive with a serious Money Fetish, which makes it all the more shocking in the episode "Nasty Patty", when he claims to a couple of cops that it is "open cash register night" at the Krusty Krab, so they get all the money in the cash register. It just shows how paranoid he is that the cops suspect him of killing the health inspector.
    • SpongeBob normally is very friendly to anybody he meets and oftentimes oblivious to how others feel about him, so whenever the cute yellow sponge gets genuinely angry at someone (such as when he chokes Mr. Krabs in a fit of rage at the end of "Can You Spare a Dime?"), it lets the audience know just how badly things have gone for him.
    • Squidward is known to hate SpongeBob far more than any other character on the show, and expresses great disappointment upon being forced to join him on his shenanigans. However, when SpongeBob either has his life threatenednote  or is pushed too farnote , Squidward will sometimes show sympathy towards him, especially if his misfortune was caused by Squidward in the first place.
    • Squidward dislikes anything he deems "childish", namely SpongeBob and Patrick's antics. So whenever he does something silly, even SpongeBob becomes concerned for his health. A particular example would be "Squidville" where he becomes so bored with a place he originally deemed paradise, to the point that he doesn't want to play his clarinet anymore, that he ends up gleefully playing with a reef-blower (the reason he decided to move away in the first place).
    • To SpongeBob, his job at the Krusty Krab is his life, to the point where he has a mental breakdown just for being a minute late and he's forced to take a vacation. However in "Have You Seen This Snail?", he becomes so depressed over losing Gary that he not only shows up fifteen minutes late to work, but leaves in the middle of his shift to try to look for Gary again.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Duchess Satine of Mandalore is an Actual Pacifist who couldn't bring herself to shoot a man who was threatening to blow up a starship full of innocent people, herself among them. Yet when, in "Corruption", children get food-poisoning from toxic tea, bought by corrupt officals on the black market, she goes into such a rage she completely abandons her pacifist views. She even threatens a suspect with physical violence if he doesn't start talking!
    • Darth Maul is a cool, collected man who hardly ever shows a trace of fear, even when things are turning badly against him. However, when Darth Sidious comes for him in person, he has an Oh, Crap! moment when he realizes who he's about to face, and when he loses the subsequent Curb-Stomp Battle he begs for mercy in a voice that sounds like he's about to cry.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "Bibo", Jace Rucklin is visibly concerned about the platform being in danger from a sea monster and joins the crowd demanding Neeku give up his new pet to the monster so it will leave.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Steven is a cheerful optimistic boy who rarely gets angry at anyone and tries to see the best in those he meets. So, if he drops any of the above, it's a sign that something has gone very wrong. And if he outright states that he hates someone, which has only happened twice in the entire series? You'd better watch out. note  His hatred towards the former was so jarring In-Universe that Greg even treats Steven saying the word "hate" as if he said a swear.
    • Amethyst is the more reckless and funloving of the Gems, which was more apparent in the first seasons. However, there were moments that have shown that she is still Steven's guardian, particularly when she takes part in grounding Steven in "Ocean Gem" and "Fusion Cuisine".
    • Garnet isn't quite The Stoic, but she's calm and collected even in the heat of battle or during intensely stressful moments, so her showing any kind of strong emotion means something vitally important is happening. This can be a positive thing, like her supreme delight in "Alone Together" at Steven and Connie fusing (foreshadowing for The Reveal she's a fusion herself), or a negative thing, like her utter paralyzing terror in "Keeping It Together" when faced with the forcibly fused gem shards or the amount of utter anger she displayed when she found out Pearl kept repairing Peridot's communication center so she'd have an excuse to fuse with Garnet.
    • Pearl is a Lady of War who is more of The Smart Guy of the Crystal Gems, as well as the resident Wrench Wench. However, when Peridot insults Pearl by saying she is beneath her and is nothing more than a servant, shutting down the idea of her being her own Gem, Pearl gives her quite the Shut Up, Hannibal! moment and punches her in the face.
      • In "Rose's Scabbard", Pearl, upon finding out that Rose kept secrets from her, ends up arguing with Garnet and Amethyst that Rose trusted her more than them, and finally yells at Steven that he couldn't have known what Rose was like because he's never even known her.
    • The first time we see Ruby and Sapphire unfused, their first priority was re-fusing as quickly as possible. They almost unfused out of fear during "Keeping It Together". However, when they're so upset with each other that they unfuse and can't bring themselves to re-fuse for over 12 hours, something is seriously wrong.
      • During the argument in "Keystone Motel", Ruby spends the episode yelling and seething while Sapphire sits and waits for her to calm down. However, when they unfuse again during "Now We're Only Falling Apart", it's Sapphire who flies completely off the handle.
    • On Peridot's twitter, every post is in all-caps unless something really big just went down.
    • Played for laughs in "Say Uncle" episode, where the Crystal Gems are all freaked out by Uncle Grandpa's Reality Warper powers, deciding that he's a threat not only to Steven but also to the stability of the universe. Their immediate solution? Kill him.
  • Happens a few times in Teen Titans, such as when Perpetual Frowner Raven acts cheerful for whatever reason, like in "The End Part I" (when this was just an act) and "The End Part III" (when it was genuine). Also when the Hot-Blooded Robin doesn’t yell at his team to insist he’s fine after he breaks his arm and instead decides to give up and watch television in the episode “Fractured”, much to the shock of his friends.
    • "Haunted" is an entire episode of this for Robin. He's normally very collected and determined, but the beatings he keeps receiving from the supposedly-dead Slade throughout the episode are so brutal they leave him genuinely terrified of Slade and begging him to stop, and the fact that none of the other Titans ever actually witness Slade being there leaves him angry to the point of nearly getting violent with them. The fact that Slade really wasn't there and his Gaslighting hallucinogen was forcing Robin to beat himself down makes it even more disturbing.
    • Beast Boy has a decent number of these, all of them ending with him taking down threats that the entire team wouldn't be able to take down normally. Of note is in "The End", when he uses his "wet willy" technique to make an Eldritch Abomination that has transformed the planet into a hellish landscape cry and tear up in pain.
  • In Transformers: Generation 1, Soundwave was usually a stoic type who talks in Robo Speak the rare times he was Not So Stoic, his Evil Laugh was very unsettling and creepy.
  • Owan the Oil Rig from Theodore Tugboat is normally very loud and easily excited. However, in the episode, "Theodore and the Boat Bully", Owan becomes very quiet and unenthusiastic when he finds out that Oliver the Vast, a visiting Jerk Jock tug, is coming to the Big Harbor to take him to the ocean to work.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Sir Topham Hatt is very fond of his Top Hat. However, in the special, "Misty Island Rescue", when Thomas gets lost on Misty Island, he is so overjoyed at having found Thomas, he throws his hat into the air, not caring the least when it disappears into the mist.
      Sir Topham Hatt: I can always find another hat, but I can never find another Thomas.
    • The Troublesome Trucks take delight in causing mischief to the other engines on Sodor. However, in the episode, "Missing Gator", when they roll down the hill into an Abandoned Mine, they are glad when Percy finds them, and even ask him to help them out of the mine, as they don't like being left there alone.
    • Toad the Brake Van is normally very polite and doesn't get mad at anything the engine pulling him (most commonly Oliver) is doing. However, in the episode, "Toad's Bright Idea", while he still retains his polite speech, he gets angry with Gator when the latter refuses to relight his faulty lamp in the dark.
    • Den is not usually one to finish his sentences, often having other engines figure out what he's trying to say (most commonly his best friend, Dart). In the episode, "Den and Dart", when Den has to work at the Ffarquhar quarry while Mavis is being repaired at the Dieselworks, at one point, he saves Toby from a runaway truck. Afterwards, he is so angry at the Troublesome Trucks, he scolds the trucks in a full sentence.
  • Transformers:
    • Transformers Prime:
      • In the last story arc of the first season, Megatron almost kills Rafael when he attacks Bumblebee with a blast of Dark Energon. Optimus Prime declares, in no uncertain terms, that he intends to KILL Megatron for what he's done. Few characters in fiction adhere as strictly as Optimus does to Technical Pacifism, and seeing him actually show a vengeful streak shocked even his fellow Autobots. He actually sticks to this policy later — while he and Megatron are forced to ally against Unicron, Optimus shows he is still going to terminate Megatron if he gets the chance now — fortunately Dreadwing intervened.
      • Another example, and once again with Optimus: when Starscream uses his Red Energon speed serum to steal all the Omega Keys at once Optimus actually loses his cool and shouts in impotent frustration. Ratchet and Bulkhead are actually visually distressed at watching Optimus break like that.
      • The series Big Bad Megatron had a rather poignant moment when he vehemently refused to resume leadership of the Decepticons at the end of "Predacons Rising" film, this came as such a shock that even Starscream was weirded out.
      • Similarly, Shockwave almost never freaks out over anything at all, with Tranquil Fury being the most emotive he usually gets. However, when Unicron arrives and begins resurrecting several Predacon skeletons to use as his undead army during "Predacons Rising", Shockwave has a clearly horrified, if relatively subdued, reaction.
        Shockwave: It is... not logical.
    • Beast Wars: Whenever Waspinator stops speaking in the third-person, you know something's serious or amiss. Most notably in the finale "Nemesis", when he renounces his loyalty to the Predacons.
      Waspinator: I said NO!
  • In TRON: Uprising, Tron is generally The Stoic. However, in the "Scars" storyline, Tron acts unusually agressive when he learns that Dyson is in town, and tries to have Beck drag him back to base to extract information, despite Beck's protests that this isn't usually how they operate, and if it was info they wanted, it would be much easier to just secure Dyson's Disc instead. This, combined with Tron's refusal to back down, gives Beck an Out-of-Character Alert.
  • In a plot akin to the Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy example, the Uncle Grandpa episode "Bad Morning" shows that the usually friendly and upbeat Uncle Grandpa becomes a grouchy, violent old man that constantly shouts 'bad morning' whenever he gets up on the wrong side of the bed, caused by Pizza Steve joyriding in his racecar bed and parking it in the wrong spot.
  • You can tell when Underdog thinks a situation is serious when he isn’t speaking in rhyming couplets.
  • The Venture Bros.: Kano, a member of the old Team Venture, took a vow of silence and is essentially mute in almost all of his appearances. When the Blue Morpho shows up in "Arrears in Science", he utters in complete disbelief, "No. It cannot be."explanation 
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • Sylvia spends most of "The Wanders" trying to send Wander's Literal Split Personalities (Genius Wander, Overly Dramatic Wander, Easily Impressed Wander, etc.) back from whence they came in order to restore the original. At the end, the seemingly-complete Wander immediately tries to ride off to "stop the diabolical Lord Hater" (when Befriending the Enemy has been his modus operandi for the entire series), which leads Sylvia to double back and realize that they're still missing a piece: Helpless Wander, the main source of his compassion.
    • In "The Family Reunion", after another argument breaks out between Sylvia's family members, Wander loses his temper for one of the few times in the show and shouts "Frabdrazzit, that's enough!" The next scene has Wander angrily dragging Sylvia, her mother, her granny, and her brothers into an impromptu family counselling session.
  • We Bare Bears: Ice Bear is usually The Comically Serious, his expression usually never changing from the same neutal face, and when he does change it, it's usually a small scowl or a small smile, with no change in his tone of voice. Then in "Icy Nights" we get to see him fly into an actual rage after his robotic vacuum cleaner is destroyed. He proceeds to wreck all the fighting robots around him completely unarmed. Robots that were armed with things like hammers, claws and buzzaws. The people controlling the robots proceed to turn tail and get the hell out of the building.. It is at this point that we are reminded that, despite being such a quiet individual, he's still a fucking polar bear.
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why?: Linus is normally a laid back, polite and philosophical little boy. While he isn't above getting angry, upset, or standing up to people (using his blanket as a whip to scare bullies away, going through withdrawal when he's separated from his blanket for more than five minutes, etc.), he usually prefers to avoid confrontation, being either a mediator or becoming passive-aggressive. This makes it all the more jarring when he absolutely flips his shit after his friend Janice gets teased by a bully for her baldness caused by her cancer treatments. He's already sad and angry that the girl he likes even has to deal with cancer at all, and the previous scene has him being uncharacteristically aggressive towards Lucy, who first thinks cancer is contagious, and then implies that Janice did something to deserve it. Also, he is never shown with his blanket even once, a design choice by Schulz to emphasize the seriousness of the subject matter.
  • In the second season of Young Justice, Beast Boy's Shapeshifter Default Form is noticeably monkey-like, including a tail. When he gets a flashback to his mother's death in "Earthlings", he reverts entirely to a green version of his original human form.


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