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  • The A-Team: Murdock is the sweetest, friendliest, insane guy you will ever meet. Unless you shoot his best friend. If you are stupid enough to do this, he will stare silently at you with a look that could kill, he will walk up to you, unarmed, while you are still holding a loaded gun, and he will calmly tell you that you are just one step away from being in the same condition as his best friend that you just shot. Then, when he and his other friends have regained control of the situation, he will pin you against a wall and pound you relentlessly until he is forcibly pulled off of you. Do. Not. Hurt. Murdock's. Best. Friend.
  • On Babylon 5, when Alfred Bester learns that Captain Sheridan may have used his lover (and the mother of his child) as a living weapon in the liberation of Earth, he drops his usual Deadpan Snarker persona completely and replaces it with blunt threats on Sheridan's life. But he never once raises his voice. He also took this on earlier in the series when he first realized that she had been kidnapped by the Shadows.
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    • However, Sheridan is not afraid of Bester or his sharpshooters. He simply reminds him that Bester himself better watch his back. After all, Bester is the one who mind-controlled Garibaldi into betraying Sheridan and put a mental block to prevent Garibaldi from physically harming Bester. But that's not the only way to hurt someone, is it? Sheridan plainly said that he'd rather face those sharpshooters than Garibaldi in this mode.
    • Delenn usually expresses anger with an imperious "The Reason You Suck" Speech. But during the Drakh attack in Lines of Communication, when she said "who said we were leaving?", you knew the Drakh were doomed.
      • There's also the time when she got a Minbari fleet to come and save Babylon 5.
        Delenn: This is ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw. Or be destroyed.
        Earth Captain: Negative. We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.
        Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived a battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.
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    • Susan Ivanova usually expresses her anger with curses and threats, at a decibel level high enough to inform all and sundry that the officer in question is going to kill you painfully. But when Sheridan is captured and tortured, she is so enraged she goes into this instead. It is a very bad sign.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): Admiral Adama is truly terrifying to behold when pissed off — and speaks in little more than a whisper when he is.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, when prepping Howard to speak with her father about the matter of him signing a pre-nup:
    Bernadette: So the thing to watch for... if he's shouting at you, you're okay. But if he starts to get real quiet, leave as quickly as you can, without making eye contact. And not in a straight line; throw some zigs and zags in there.
  • Blossom. The titular character is assaulted by her date when she refuses to have sex with him. After she confides in her father, he declares "I'm going to kill him" in the same tone of voice as if he were asking her what she'd like for dinner.
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  • In the season one finale of Blue Bloods, Frank Reagan confronts the men who murdered his son Joe, demanding in a frighteningly calm voice to know which one of them actually pulled the trigger.
  • In the Boston Legal episode "Truly, Madly, Deeply", Denny is forced to defend a man who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl. During a conversation between the two of them, his client not only shows no remorse of any kind for his actions, but for added Squick he tells Denny that he thinks he did the child a favor by killing her before she fell victim to a venereal disease he gave her. Denny reacts by calmly discussing ways that they could use this claim as a basis for their legal defence, while simultaneously rummaging through his bag, producing a gun and then shooting him in both legs.
  • Breaking Bad's Gus Fring is terrifyingly calm and deliberate in all situations, even when murdering a henchman who screwed up his operation.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Angel can do this when he's especially angry. Judging by the Darla plot arc in the third season, this is a sign of a descent into darkness that we'd prefer not to see.
    • Wesley as well, in late season 5, though that's also just total despair on his part after Fred dies.
    • When Fred starts dying after examining Illyria's sarcophagus, Angel and Spike both question Eve about the possibility of her and Lindsey's possible involvement in Fred's death. They warn her that "this happens quickly, or very, very slowly", and after Eve adamantly denies being involved, and asks why they would even care, we manage to get one of these moments from Lorne of all people as he decks her with his fist. Then he tells her to sing (so he can determine her guilt), warning her with a smile on his face and a very calm voice that if she's guilty, that Angel and Spike won't even have time to kill her.
    • Dark Willow shows this while hunting down The Trio for her lover Tara's death. Aside from a few occasions where she shows the absolute anger that rages inside of her, she always speaks in a calm, cold voice and has a nonchalant look on her face while she flays her lover's killer alive. Also, two words: "Bored now."
    • Really, this is Willow’s go to regardless. Whether she’s threatening to beat a 200 pound soldier to death with a shovel, taking command of the Scooby Squad in their darkest hour, or blasting around hell gods, her tone when furious ranges from false cheer to a deadpan monotone.
    • Giles often fell into this on Buffy. Best shown in "I Was Made to Love You"; when Spike, who's obsession with Buffy has become general knowledge amongst the Scoobies, shows up at the Magic Box, Giles shoves him into a wall, gets in his face, and tells him to get over his obsession with Buffy and move on, all with nothing more than a cool glare and while barely raising his voice. Spike decides not to push his luck and beats it.
    • Still in Buffy, the Mayor shows this when trying to smother Buffy at the hospital.
    • Xander is a surprising example of this trope, given his usual goofy temperament, but threaten some one he cares about and it doesn't matter how much stronger than him you may be—he will calmly inform you that he will kill you (see his conversation with Buffy after she got Willow kidnapped, or his conversation with Angel at the hospital). It is telling that none of the super-powered characters he has threatened have ignored the threat. The man can be scary when he wants to be.
    • Even at his most heinous or angry, Adam remains cool, calm, and collected.
  • Chuck since Intersect 2.0. When he is upset, he is a rather harmless geek, as he cannot flash in that state. When he is calm, run!
    • Subverted after he gains full control of the Intersect: even once he can access his kung-fu and other skills whenever he needs to, he's still fundamentally Chuck: sensitive, kind, pacifistic, and only beating your ass when you give him no other choice (and often still giving you a chance to back down in the process). It's only in one third-season episode where Chuck is given an experimental pill by Casey that suppresses his emotions where he truly enters this state. While he's certainly pissed after Shaw kills his father, he's still his normal and emotional self. But under the effects of the drug Chuck becomes an ice-cold machine while defending Casey's ex-fiancee, and it's absolutely terrifying to see.
  • Dad's Army: In "High Finance", Wilson, learns that Hodges would write off a £50 debt owed to him in rent by Mrs. Pike (Pre-decimalization, remember) if she'd be "nice" to him. Cue Wilson walking calmly from one end of the table to the other:
    Wilson: I say, would you mind awfully if you could stand up?
    [He stands and Wilson promptly lands a punch on his face]
    Wilson: [to Mainwaring] Do carry on, sir.
  • The Daily Show: This is what Jon Stewart goes into when he is truly angry. See his slaughter of Crossfire for an example.
    • His interview with Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor should also count where he rips into Fox News.
    • Let's just say that slighting New York City's patriotism in front of Jon Stewart is a very bad idea... Doesn't help it's his hometown.
  • Doctor Who:
    • All of the Doctor's incarnations have gone into this mode at least once. As he gets angrier, he tends to go from smiling to annoyed scowling to shouting to steely-eyed gazing.
      • Especially since some of the Doctor's incarnations can get annoyed very easy. Wacky to snippy is no big deal. Wacky to shouting is usually because he expected better from whoever did a bad thing. But when an irredeemable foe has really gone and done it, the loud personality shuts off. This is when anything goes in order to stop you... and maybe he won't stop at stopping you.
    • As Steven Moffat said of the Fourth Doctor, good ol' classic Tom Baker, "When that famous grin leaves his face, it's like winter in a moment."
    • The new series' first demonstration of this is in "The End of the World", when the Ninth Doctor lets the episode's villain, Lady Cassandra, dry out and explode in the heat, while coldly pointing out that "Everything has its time and everything dies."
      • Another impressive showing from the Ninth Doctor is the end of "The Long Game", when he approaches Adam with a Death Glare after Adam's attempt to steal future technology nearly doomed them all.
    • The Tenth Doctor is, frankly, terrifying when he goes into this mode. Especially because when he gets this angry, he tends to make decisions he may regret later. The Death Glare does not help.
      • In "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor kills the Sycorax leader by irising open the floor beneath his feet, announcing, "No second chances. I'm that sort of man." Moments later, he has a second moment against the Prime Minister, after she shoots down the retreating fleet, killing thousands needlessly, as he sees it. He talks over her pleas, saying "I could bring down your government with a single word... no... six words. Six." He then turns and whispers to her aide, "Don't you think she looks tired?" This alters the course of history and strongly reverberates all the way through to the end of Series 3 of Doctor Who and the Torchwood miniseries Children of Earth. Between Harriet Jones' speech proving that sometimes the Strawman Has a Point and the aftermath, this has gone from a Moment of Awesome to a What the Hell, Hero? moment.
      • "The Runaway Bride": When he goes into this while dealing with the Racnoss, it really freaks Donna out. "Turn Left" revealed that he would have died as well if Donna hadn't snapped him out of it.
      • There's a quote from "The Family of Blood" that sums up this trope:
        "He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. The fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden... he was being kind."
      • "The Doctor's Daughter": Faced with his own daughter's dead body, the Doctor picks up the gun that killed her, holds it against the head of the man who fired it and delivers the spine-chilling "I. Never. Would.", destroying that man's support with three words. If you pay attention to the background music as he holds the guns, guess what it is? Drums. That's right — the Doctor was nearly pushed into becoming the Master Mark 2.
    • In "The Big Bang", when the Eleventh Doctor pulls off his first Disney Death thanks to being shot by a stone Dalek, River Song gets seriously pissed at said Dalek. She lets it ask for mercy three times, all that time remaining completely calm and emotionless. A few minutes later, when asked what happened to it, she calmly responds that it died. To recap: River Song made a Dalek ask for mercy, and then she didn't give it. All without raising her voice.
    • The Eleventh Doctor shows flashes of this a couple timesnote  and is genuinely menacing. You do not want to get him angry at you. He also displays some truly fearsome Tranquil Fury in "A Good Man Goes to War", complete with a Humiliation Conga for the target of his anger.
      The Doctor: Those words. "Run away". I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Run-Away. I want children laughing outside your door, 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Run-Away. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the PEOPLE I LOVE!... is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name.
      The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
      • Rory demonstrates this trope at the start of the episode as well, with the "fury" of it trickling through when he orders the Cyber Commander of the 12th Cyber Legion to tell him where his wife is. When his question goes unanswered, every single other ship of the 12th Cyber Legion is destroyed. And that's after Rory singlehandedly destroyed every other Cyberman on board on his way to the bridge.
        Rory Williams: Would you like me to repeat the question?
      • Amy Pond finally goes off the deep end in "The Wedding of River Song", and very calmly murders Madame Kovarian. When she returns to her normal life, she reveals that she's traumatized by it.
    • Don't make the Twelfth Doctor angry. Unfortunately for everyone, Twelve's default setting frequently hovers around already annoyed. As per the purview of all Doctors, killing you will be the kindest thing he can do to you, and he hates killing.
      • "Face the Raven": When Clara is killed, he delivers this dialogue:
        The Doctor: What Clara said, about not taking revenge, do you know why she said that?
        Ashildr/Me: She was saving you.
        The Doctor: I was lost a long time ago. She was saving you. I’ll do my best, but I strongly advise you to keep out of my way. You’ll find that it’s a very small universe when I'm angry with you.
        [Said IMMORTAL woman is absolutely petrified and on the verge of tears.]
      • "Hell Bent": After arriving on Gallifrey, the Doctor doesn't speak for hours or perhaps days... he just gives his trademark Kubrick Stare constantly. Everyone walks on eggshells around the man known as the Oncoming Storm and dare not cross his Line in the Sand, not even with ARTILLERY, as it's quite obvious that after the Time Lords caused the death of Clara and imprisoned him for 4 billion years in a "Groundhog Day" Loop always ending in his death, he is beyond pissed. When the President (Rassilon the Eternal) finally shows up to speak with him, the Doctor, never raising his voice, never raising his fists, simply says, "Get off my planet." For sheer terror of what disobeying the Doctor might bring, the military forces the President to.
    • "Rosa": In her first confrontation with Krasko, the Thirteenth Doctor spends most of the conversation barely treating him as a threat, mainly addressing him with playful disregard. But the moment he threatens to kill her and her friends if he sees them again... she tells him, with steely eyes and an icy tone, "Don't threaten me." In that moment it's goodbye to the adorkable Labrador puppy, and hello to the Oncoming Storm.
    • For a non-Doctor example, in "The Idiot's Lantern", this is Rita Connolly's reaction when she finds out that her husband was responsible for all of the faceless people in the neighbourhood, including her mother, being taken away by the police.
  • Dollhouse: This is basically Adelle DeWitt's mode if you screw with her Dolls.
  • Family Ties. Upon finding out that his longtime friend has been making advances to his daughter Mallory, Steven Keaton asks him, "Can you think of one reason why I shouldn't kill you?" in a chillingly matter-of-fact manner.
  • Wash of Firefly was supposed to become deadly serious when things got serious. As the DVD commentary explains, that plan did not survive contact with Alan Tudyk. However, despite the jokey lines, Wash is usually extraordinarily calm, beyond even Deadpan Snarker.
    Wash: Yeah, well, if she doesn't give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burn-through, this landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
    Mal: Define "interesting".
    Wash: "Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die"?
  • The Flash (2014): Harrison Wells is usually The Stoic, so it's unsurprising that he remains level-headed on the few occasions when he gets genuinely furious. He barely has to raise his voice to become genuinely scary, and this is best demonstrated when he gets mad at Cisco for creating the Cold Gun and accidentally allowing it to get stolen.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Daenerys Targaryen:
      • When Daenerys discovers that the masters of Meereen are taunting her by crucifying a slave child on every milepost to the city, she remains perfectly calm. Her voice and face, however, make it perfectly clear that the responsible ones are going to suffer for this.
      Barristan: I'll tell our men to ride ahead and bury them. You don't need to see this.
      Daenerys: You will do no such thing. I will see each and every one of their faces.
      • Dany dips into this well again when she banishes Jorah Mormont, her most trusted adviser up until that point, for betrayal without ever raising her voice.
    • In the first season finale, Catelyn, mourning her husband, very nearly bashes in the Kingslayer's head with a convenient rock. Also apparent when she calmly but fiercely calls upon her father's bannermen to stage a citizen's arrest of Tyrion Lannister, who she blames for the attempt on Bran's life.
    • Robb does this a lot, but it really kicks in when he (correctly) accuses Jaime of injuring Bran. You can hear the sheer fury in every word, but his voice is still calm. It's clear that the only thing keeping Robb from beating him to death with his bare hands is Jaime's worth as a prisoner.
    • When Jon tries to save his brother Rickon, Rickon is arrowed in the back and killed by Ramsay in "The Battle of the Bastards" just as Jon and Rickon are just about to reach each other. A distraught Jon Snow doesn't utter a single roaring fury and instead maintains a zen-like calmness, though verging on Death Seeker levels. And when he finally gets his one-on-one against Ramsay, he still doesn't yell or scream. With said tranquil fury, Jon charges against Ramsay's arrow attacks with a discarded shield. The only time he does emote is when he's beating the ever loving shit out of Ramsay.
    • Sansa Stark:
      • When Joffrey threatens to bring Robb's head to Sansa, her response that maybe her brother will bring her his head instead shows that the girl has more iron in her than many people thought.
      • In Season 6, when Ramsay sends a letter to Jon bragging about how he has Rickon hostage and will force Jon to watch while he murders all his Wildling friends and rapes Sansa, Sansa makes it clear to Jon that she wants to take Winterfell back and make Ramsay pay. All without raising her voice. In "Battle of the Bastards", Sansa warns Ramsay in a very calm and blunt manner that he's going to die tomorrow. The next day, she watches her brother beat Ramsay into the ground and then has him fed to his own starving dogs.
    • On the rare occasions Tyrion gets very angry he shouts, such as when he struck Joffrey after the riot in King's Landing. But when his anger is driven by pure hatred he speaks much more calmly.
      • When he threatened Cersei after discovering that she was torturing Ros, and when he promised to geld Joffrey if he insisted on a bedding at Tyrion's wedding. Further, when Joffrey calls him a "little monster", he replies with:
      Tyrion: Oh, I'm a "monster". Well then, perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
      • In the fourth season finale, having been freed by his brother Jaime from imprisonment and imminent execution, Tyrion Lannister keeps his composure during every single moment of his last encounter with his father Tywin, he recalls the following — the abuse he put up with, having just been sentenced to death for King Joffrey's murder, as Tywin still blamed him for his wife's death when he was born, and having to kill his once former mistress Shae in self-defense — all the while pointing a crossbow at his father, not even cracking as Tywin burns whatever remains at the wick of his fuse by calling Shae a whore. And this is just after Tywin, despite frowning upon prostitutes, had been bedding her! Tyrion responds by firing the crossbow into his stomach, calmly loading another bolt into the shaft as, in response to his father denying him as a son, he says he always was his son, before delivering the final blow.
    • Tywin very calmly establishes his power by sending Joffrey to his room. All without raising his voice.
    • Gregor, after Qyburn's treatment. Just because he's not screaming bloody murder as much as before, doesn't mean his Hair-Trigger Temper has become much better.
    • Sandor is a particularly brutal example. He rarely shows any emotion while slaughtering people. When he rescues Sansa from would-be rapists he does so with a grim, emotionless expression while ruthlessly gutting the rioters.
    • Joffrey is unusually calm when he threatens to execute his own mother for slapping him.
  • The pilot episode of Highway to Heaven sees Jonathan stand there unreacting while a gang member punches him twice. After the punches have no effect, he lifts the man up off the ground, looks him directly in the eye, and tells him quietly, "I turned the other cheek," right before going all angel on his behind.
  • JAG: This is the case whenever Admiral Chegwidden gets angry or really pissed-off.
    • Rabb as well, on occasion. In one episode, Chegwidden's daughter has been kidnapped. Watch as he and Rabb draw weapons from the ship's armory for "target practice." They are both absolutely ice calm, giving no hint that they are about to go up against a group that outnumbers and outguns them. They win.
  • Raylan Givens in the very first minutes of the first episode of Justified and several times after.
  • Kamen Rider Drive: The title character's second alternate form, Type Technic, is (as the name implies) capable of incredibly precise combat, and thus requires a cool state of mind. Shinnosuke is more given to Hot Blood so he finds it difficult at first, but then he deals with a Monster of the Week who's planning to set off a device that will set the city on fire and straps a young boy to the device, which periodically shocked him, as a Human Shield. Needless to say, that pushes Shinnosuke over the top, and he uses Type Technic to take down the monster.
    Shinnosuke: It's strange... I never thought I could get so mad that it would clear my head. Now you get to face cool justice.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
    • Upon viewing a clip where coach Dabo Swinney refuses to entertain the notion of paying student athletes because "there's too much entitlement already"—keeping in mind that he's making millions off the kids, and has trademarked his own name to make even more money—John brightly smiles and informs the audience that "Dabo Swinney" is an anagram of "Soybean Wind", a not-so-subtle call to action for his audience to humiliate Swinney on social media (#SoybeanWind).
    • Just watch his entire segment on transgender rights. The entire segment John's tone has an undercurrent of barely restrained fury, as though he desperately wants to hit some of the people in the clips he was lambasting. In particular is his reaction to Mike Huckabee's comments.
  • Law & Order: Ben Stone was a master of this. If he's yelling, he's losing. If his voice doesn't rise, someone's going down hard.
    • His Law & Order: UK Expy James Steel exemplified this as well — his seething anger at his friend/colleague Alesha's rapist is chilling. When he casually declares that he'd like to see the man locked in a room with his victims, you get the feeling he'd like to be included too.
    • And when his nemesis threatens his son. His similarly cold "Goodbye, Mr. Slade" does nothing to hide the fact that he wants to leap across the table and strangle the SOB.
  • Gene Hunt from Life on Mars is normally given to yelling his head off at all and sundry... but when one of Ray Carling's screwups results in a death in police custody, his punishment is cold, calm and severe.
  • Merlin: When Merlin is visibly angry, he's just a scrawny kid with no combat training. When he's completely calm, he's The Archmage capable of killing you and all your backup with a thought. So don't hurt his friends, okay?
  • Played with hilariously in an episode of My Name Is Earl. While on court ordered happy pills, Joy goes from bitch to annoyingly calm, even putting up with some obnoxious neighbors who park their trailer right next to hers... until they tag Earl Jr. with a beer can. Even the pills couldn't turn off her Mama Bear instincts. She explains in a scary happy voice that she's gonna come back in a few days, when the chemical calm wears off, and thrash them in several unpleasant ways. They decide to move before she does.
  • The Office (US): A long story arc in the series was Angela being engaged to Andy (who was devoted to her but who she didn't care about), while also cheating on him with Dwight (who she had feelings for but wouldn't have a public relationship with). Eventually Andy finds out and they decide to fight it out in the parking lot. However, they realise that Angela betrayed them both, then calmly walk back into the office and go to their desks; Dwight throws a bobblehead that Angela gave him into the trash and silently resumes working, while Andy picks up the phone and starts cancelling the plans for their wedding without even looking at her.
  • John Reese on Person of Interest is quite capable of taking out enemy assassins without so much as raising his voice (or wrinkling his suit), even when it's personal. Especially when it's personal.
    • Similarly with Reese's Guile Hero partner, Finch, who goes progressively more icy, calm, and speaks in a Creepy Monotone the closer someone get to pressing his Berserk Button, and those who have been unlucky/stupid/evil enough to do so will be calmly informed just exactly how he will destroy their lives just before doing so. The greatest example of which is when Finch declares war on Samaritan.
    • At the end of the series Shaw corners Blackwell who had killed Root a couple episodes earlier. She starts out by monologuing how she would have killed him without a second thought years ago, until she met teammates who changed her. After Blackwell begs mercy by claiming that they would not want her to kill him, she calmly confirms his words, but then retorts they're dead, before shooting him.
  • Casey from Power Rangers Jungle Fury shows this as he tears through Mooks on the way to face a Brainwashed and Crazy Jarrod.
  • Gordon Ramsay occasionally displays this when he's gone beyond the usual roaring fury in Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Prime examples include:
    • Throwing Joseph out in season 6 of the former show. He was screaming as usual, right until Joseph started slinging actual threats. After that, he became deadly calm, and with a much lower voice blasted him for having no respect and threw him out. He didn't back down or even twitch even when Joseph got right in his face, threatening to take it outside.
    • The "lame duck" incident, also from Hell's Kitchen, in which one team utterly embarrassed themselves with a terribly done duck breast. In front of a couple that had just married that day. After the couple left, Gordon didn't raise his voice once, but was visibly livid as he told them to "Get. Out. My. Sight."
    • For Kitchen Nightmares, the most notable examples would be the time one chef refused to try his food (a pretty huge offense when it comes to chefs, and a demonstration that particular cook was too disrespectful and would have to go), and when he simply gave up on Amy's Baking Company.
  • Dan on Roseanne often played into this trope when he was really angry or disappointed.
    • When he learns that Fisher has been violent with his sister-in-law Jackie, Dan calmly puts on his coat, leaves the house and off-screen beats him. He stays calm and serene as his cop buddies show up to arrest him after Fisher lays charges of assault on him, even joking around with them as he gets handcuffed and taken to the station. Do not hurt Dan's family.
    • Even if you're part of Dan's family. When he blasts Darlene and Becky for trying to manipulate Roseanne (treating her to a spa day in order to get permission to go to an out of town concert) he never raises his voice, but when he says, "I'm very angry", you believe it.
  • In Selfie, this is Played for Laughs with the character of Terrence. When confronting his boss and disapproving father in law, he mentions how he is "the angriest he's ever been". But he sounds perfectly cheery and like his normal voice, and he doesn't seem that bothered by Mr. Saperstein's comments ("What if I were to say you weren't good enough for my daughter and you never will be?" "I'd strongly disagree and ask if there is anything else I can help you with?"), so Saperstein decides to change him from being a "floater" in the office to working in customer service.
  • The Sentinel. Despite the fan fiction, in canon Jim Ellison tends to be usually calm and rarely raise his voice. However, when you DO tick him off...
    • In "Dead Drop" when the villain, Rachins, activates the bomb in the elevator that Jim’s unofficial partner, Blair Sandburg (along with several other passengers) is in. Jim punches Rachins, grabs him by his shirt, and calmly suggests dropping him off the building and seeing how fast he hits the ground. At the time, he has no way of knowing that Blair had cut a hole in the elevator via a blowtorch and dropped the bomb through. Probably all that saved Rachins was that Jim’s Sentinel senses also heard his fellow officers arriving.
    • In "Survival", after Dawson Quinn has kidnapped Simon, shot Blair, and trapped them in a mine, Jim finally gets the upper hand and ends up dangling him over a mineshaft. Again, the only sign of anger is his flexing jaw. Fortunately, a look from Simon is all it takes to get him to (literally) back away from the abyss.
      Jim: It would be so easy...
    • In "Vendetta", Dan Freeman, who has anger issues, has been hassling Jim and Blair throughout the episode and endangered Jim’s undercover assignment. In the end, Jim and Blair corner him over a long drop. After a tense standoff (Freeman threatens to blow them all up), Jim manages to tackle and grab him, hanging over the edge. And then takes a very long time to pull him up, as Freeman begs for his life. Only when Blair joins in does Jim pull him up and cuff him. Some fan writers has taken great delight in having Freeman a recurring villain in their fan fiction.
  • In the Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia", the title character returns to 221B Baker Street to find a number of American agents holding his landlady Mrs. Hudson at gunpoint. He coolly tells Mrs. Hudson to "stop sniveling" and shows little outward change in demeanor; however, his trademark Sherlock Scan of both Mrs. Hudson and her captor shows, among other things, indications that the man had given her a nasty backhand across the face, and the on-screen text that would normally show Sherlock's various deductions about him is replaced by cross-hairs pinpointing possible kill-shots. He then disarms him and coolly calls him an ambulance for injuries he hasn't sustained... yet.
    Sherlock: He's got himself rather badly injured... oh, a few broken ribs, fractured skull, suspected punctured lung. He fell out a window.
    [later]
    Lestrade: And exactly how many times did he fall out a window?
    Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, detective... I lost count.
  • Teal'c, The Big Guy in Stargate SG-1, is exceptionally good at this.
    • The episode "Talion" showcases it nicely, as seen in the excerpt at Stargate-verse.
    • Daniel has some very notable examples throughout the show's run.
      • Not long after Sha're is first taken by Apophis to be his queen's host, Sam and Daniel encounter an incubator full of Goa'uld larvae. Sam suggests sparing them because, if they killed the defenceless, they'd be no better than the Goa'uld. Daniel, quite calmly, accepts her reasoning...and then destroys the tank by firing several bursts into it. His expression remains serene and neutral the entire time, and even afterwards he's unrepentant. Sam is utterly shocked. This is gentle, see-the-enemy's-point-of-view Daniel showing no mercy to the enemy's equivalent of babies with a tranquility that borders on Dissonant Serenity, all because of what the Goa'uld did to his beloved wife.
      • In "Heroes pt. 2". After the death of Janet Fraiser, the leader of a documentary team comes to try and ask Daniel about it. Without changing expression, or the volume or tone of his voice, Daniel begins slowly advancing on him, repeatedly telling him to leave, the unspoken threat being that if he didn't by the time he got there, Daniel would beat the ever loving crap out of him.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Starsky is generally the more impulsive of the Zebra Three pair. But the calmer he looks, the more worried you should be. In other words, if you mess with his partner, Starsky will return the favor to you on a silver platter.
  • Vulcans in every incarnation of Star Trek are pictures of perfect tranquility, even when fighting. Whether they take someone out with a nerve pinch, fight hand-to-hand or blast it out with phasers, they always have a blank look of complete calm. Sometimes that calm slips a bit, and we get a glimpse of the Hot Green Blood that made them choose this path as an alternative to completely destroying themselves.
    • In Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren" the Platonians used their mental powers to humiliate Kirk and Spock as Dr McCoy watches, forcing them to sing and dance like court jesters. Spock was forced to dance a tango around Kirk's body, his feet perilously close to his captain's head. When they were released from control Spock had to take a moment to control his emotions:
      • (The dialogue below was said with Spock’s usual lack of expression. Which makes the words even more chilling.) Getting a Vulcan angry is NOT a good idea.
        Spock: Captain?
        Kirk: Yes, Spock?
        Spock: Do you still feel anger toward Parmen?
        Kirk: Great anger.
        Spock: And you, Doctor?
        McCoy: Yes, Spock. And hatred.
        Spock: Then you must release it, gentlemen, as I must master mine. I might have seriously injured you, Captain, even killed you. They have evoked such great hatred in me, I cannot allow it to go further. I must master it. I must control.
        (Spock breaks a goblet with one hand)
    • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Omega Glory", while the crooked starship captain Tracy holds Kirk and Spock captive, he contacts the Enterprise to tell them that the landing party has been infected and advises them not to beam down anyone else. Jim tries to call out and is knocked out by one of Tracy’s henchmen. In that instant Spock grabs one of the spears blocking him and is only stopped by the phaser on Jim’s unconscious body. His face looks calm but one can see the burning anger in his eyes.
    • Scotty in "The Trouble With Tribbles." A drunk Klingon begins insulting humans and the Federation. Scotty tells Chekov to calm down. The Klingon begins to insult Captain Kirk. Chekov gets ready to throw a punch, and Scotty has to order him to sit down. Then, the Klingon calls Scotty's beloved Enterprise a garbage scow. While clearly upset, Scotty first coolly and politely asks the Klingon if he wants to... rephrase that...
    • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "For the Uniform", Captain Sisko, normally fairly vocal—and often physical—in his frustration, has for months been dealt several deeply personal blows by the Maquis. Towards the end of the story arc, he is finally pushed too far, and his speech becomes very measured and serene...while ordering his crew to get ready to use chemical weapons! It may or may not have been an act.
    • Fellow Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Broken Link" features an exchange between Garak and the Female Changeling in which she informs him that the Founders killed every Cardassian in the Obsidian Order, his home planet is destined to be destroyed and they will ultimately wipe out every member of his species left. His reaction is to cheerfully remark "It was a pleasure meeting you"...before attempting to incinerate the Founders along with all his friends and himself.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has Data, an emotionless android. Emotionless isn't harmless, as Kivas Fajo would learn. Convincing a purely logical and physically superior android with a strong sense of morality that killing you is both the most logical and moral action isn't exactly wise.
      (Data picks up the disrupter and points it at Fajo)
      Fajo: You won't hurt me. Fundamental respect for all living beings. That is what you said. I'm a living being, therefore you can't harm me.
      Data: (steps closer) You will surrender yourself to the authorities.
      Fajo: Or what? You'll fire? Empty threat and we both know it. Why don't you accept your fate? You will return to your chair and you will sit there. You will entertain me and you will entertain my guests! And if you do not, I will simply kill somebody else. (points to henchman) Him, perhaps. It doesn't matter. Their blood will be on your hands too, just like poor Varria's. Your only alternative, Data, is to fire. Murder me. That's all you have to do. Go ahead. Fire! (in an increasingly mocking tone) If only you could feel rage over Varria's death. If only you could feel the need for revenge, then maybe you could fire. But you're just an android. You can't feel anything, can you? It's just another interesting intellectual puzzle for you. (mocking sneer) Another of life's curiosities.
      Data: (calmly considers this, then, in the same tone you'll hear from him at a poker game) I cannot permit this to continue. (raises disruptor)
      Fajo: (priceless Oh, Crap! face) Wait! Your program won't allow you to fire. You cannot fire. No!
      Data: (pulls trigger with no hesitation, but is beamed out at last instant)
    • Data is used to play with this trope as a plot point in "Descent Part I". Liberated Borg attack his away team early in the episode, and as Data kills one of them, he feels anger—and, disturbingly, pleasure. He later recreates the incident on the holodeck in an attempt to recapture the feelings, but fails after several tries. It becomes rather morbidly funny to watch Data casually and dispassionately dispatch the holograms; repeating his angry words from the battle with a completely flat affect, and not even sparing a second glance as the drones slump dead to the ground.
    • Picard took this to the extreme with literally silent fury at the end of "Pre-Emptive Strike", after Ensign Ro betrayed the Federation to the Maquis. The last scene simply has him sitting at his desk in the ready room silently burning with rage.
    • When Worf realizes that Duras murdered his lover in the episode "Reunion", he briskly but calmly leaves the crime scene and goes to his quarters. While there, he tosses his baldric aside and grabs his bat'leth. He pauses at the door, and after a moment's thought, removes his combadge. It is at this point that it becomes clear that Duras is about to die.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron, being an almost emotionless robot, can only enter Tranquil Fury when she gets angry—usually when someone lies to her.
  • The West Wing: "I am not frightened. I'm gonna blow them off the face of the earth with the fury of God's own thunder." Don't mess with anyone who President Bartlet likes. In fact, don't mess with Americans, period. Leo manages to talk him down though, showing that Bartlet was angry, but hadn't gone insane.
    • One of the most iconic West Wing moments is when President Bartlett goes into Rage Against the Heavens (literally, he's in a church talking to God)/Tranquil Fury mode and starts shifting between Latin and English. Yes, Bartlett is cussing out God in Latin!
  • Several characters from The Wire:
    • It's how Bill Rawls is first introduced to us, expressing his displeasure for McNulty's insubordination.
    • Marlo Stanfield is the scariest drug dealer in Baltimore, and his voice is almost always flat and unemotive, even when pissed off.
    • Cedric Daniels exercises this pretty regularly.
      • He's royally pissed off at Roland Pryzbylewski for pistol-whipping a 14 year old while accompanying Herc and Carver on unsanctioned field interviews. He doesn't raise his voice once when he instructs Prez what to do which includes falsifying a police report, claiming that the kid attacked him and he hit him in self defense when the reality was that Prez pistol-whipped him because he "pissed him off".
      • It later again, on Prez, when Prez punches Valchek in front of everyone at the detail office; everyone is left speechless, while Daniels' response once Valchek leaves is a very measured, "Detective, my office."
      • Shows it off once more when McNulty goes around his back to refocus the MCU onto Stringer Bell.
  • In Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance plays Thomas Cromwell in this manner. He is totally calm when he tells a friend not to pray God to avenge Cardinal Wolsey's death because "I'll take it in hand", equally so when he tells William Brereton it was a mistake to threaten him. There's no denying that the wrath behind that bland demeanor will be deadly.
  • Kim from Yes, Dear did this once in one episode — by swinging a bat and vandalizing the truck of a contractor with inefficient work performance while whistling to herself.


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