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


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