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Tranquil Fury in anime and manga.


  • 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.
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  • 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. But only in the manga. The anime has Koro-sensei roaring in rage for several seconds when this happened.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

    • This also happens to Killua during the Chimera Ant arc when he uses Godspeed for the first time on Youpi. He stated very calmly that "He is just releasing stress" before beating up Youpi.

  • 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.
    • Jotaro Kujo's defining character trait is this, as he believes showing emotions is unnecessary as people can easily read him just by looking at him. During his fight against DIO, he was notably more furious than usual, with the deaths of Avdol, Kakyoin, and Joseph being pretty huge contributing factors to his infernal rage. He even mentions that DIO would've won if this hadn't been his final straw.
    Jotaro: There's only one reason you lost, DIO. One simple reason... You really pissed me off.
    • 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.
  • Ranma ½ offers the Three-Year Smile of Death, a terrifying technique of the Chinese Amazons where they store their anger at a target, hide it behind a smile, and then attack him in small but painful and potentially lethal ways that seem accidents for three years. Mousse reveals the existence of this technique after he tripped and had a rocket go off in Shampoo's face and she didn't beat the crap out of him but forgave him with a smile, and shortly after that discovers all his spare glasses and weapons have been mysteriously broken, but it turned out Shampoo doesn't even know of the Three-Year Smile of Death, she had just accidentally broken the glasses and weapons and so when Mousse had that rocket go off in her face she forgave him with a smile-that once. The next time he annoyed her in the attempt of breaking the technique, she beat him up as usual.
  • 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:
    • 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.


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