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Basic Trope: A person acts scarily calm while furious or angry.

  • Straight: Alice acts furious at Bob, but appears serene.
  • Exaggerated':
    • Alice very calmly explains the horrific acts of revenge she will perform on Bob.
    • Alice puts on a cheerful, happy face, but inside is murderously enraged.
  • Downplayed: Alice's body language shows her fury, but she maintains The Slow Walk and wreaks vengeance in silence.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice appears furious, but is actually happy inside.
  • Subverted: Alice tries to appear calm, but the pent-up anger went loose...
  • Double Subverted: ...but she was just taking some deep breaths.
  • Parodied: Slasher Smile
  • Zig Zagged:
    • When people do things that enrage Alice, her reaction can range from anywhere from quiet calm to Unstoppable Rage.
    • Alice is not all there when she becomes utterly furious, switching between silently glaring at Bob and screaming hysterical rage.
  • Averted: Alice shows anger normally.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Erm, Alice? Mind not looking so...stoic? It REALLY looks weird when you sound like you want my skin as a jacket."
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  • Invoked: Alice decides to stay calm, knowing that an Unstoppable Rage will cause more problems than it fixes.
  • Exploited: Alice having this kind of response lets her play the long game in regards to the people she's furious with. Anyone Genre Savvy enough to expect Unstoppable Rage or a Roaring Rampage of Revenge may be surprised when they hear that no, she's totally fine with it. That doesn't help them too much the following night, when she's calmly smothering them with a pillow for what they did.
  • Defied: While this is Alice's natural manner of expressing anger, she has a power that can only be unleashed by her getting really, really angry. She constantly has to keep herself from staying too calm when she's fighting someone, for the sake of her powers.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: You know, you appear unusually calm when you're angry with me.
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  • Conversed: "It's strange how Alice looks so calm, even when she's trying to crush your bones to dust."
  • Played For Drama: Alice is normally loud, brash and a motormouth. So when she seems completely serene, all of her friends/allies immediately back away from her.
  • Deconstructed: Nobody really knows if they can trust Alice, because she looks to be all calm, even when she's pissed. It makes her difficult to predict, which is unnerving even for her allies.
  • Reconstructed: This goes away when she has "natural" responses around her friends... knowing that she's willing to show vulnerability around them makes the distinction between Tranquil Fury and just being genuinely calm much easier to notice.

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