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Tranquil Fury in western animation.

  • In an episode of ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (the new one on Nickelodeon), Dave is under a lot of stress as the Chipmunks and Chipettes are causing havoc while in the Chipmunks' messy room, and he has to finish a song for a producer who's coming later that day. He leaves for a bit, and while the kids "clean" their room (moving everything into a closet), a bucket of water is knocked over, leaking through the floor of the bedroom and ceiling of the living room, ruining the computer with Dave's song. The producer arrives to hear a garbled, static mess, and leaves in a huff to Dave's confusion. As Dave notices the leaking ceiling, he runs up to the Chipmunks' room, and opens the closet to an avalanche of junk. As the Chipmunks and Chipettes brace themselves for Dave's catchphrase, he gives them an angry glare, and walks off silently, to the regret of the six chipmunks.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The entire focus of generating lightning is to have total inner peace and a complete lack of emotion. It's this reason exactly that Zuko is unable to do it, but instead has every attempt blow up in his face. Literally.
    • When Aang first “meets” Avatar Roku at his temple, he’s pissed off at what his nation has become. Zhao and co. think it’s Aang coming out the door but it’s actually Roku. Roku doesn’t yell or scream at them. He just lobs their combined fire ball back at them and destroys his own temple.
    • In their final confrontation, it is Zuko's Tranquil Fury against Azula's insanity-fueled fury.
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    • Katara spent most of "The Southern Raiders" seething with anger, but oddly calm. At one point during the episode, she even uses blood bending, a technique that she considered evil and later had criminalized, disturbing even Zuko. Notably, Katara never acknowledges that she had used the technique, suggesting that she may not have even been aware of what she was doing—which would be understandable, given how upset she was.
    • The Avatar State is often portrayed as an interesting variation. When Aang becomes angry or upset enough, the Avatar State asserts itself; calmly and efficiently destroying anything in sight that affronts him.
    • In "The Desert", after he has been stewing in grief and rage for the kidnapped Appa, Aang calmly uses airbending to kill a retreating buzzard-wasp. This marks the only time Aang ever made a calculated use of deadly force.
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  • In Batman: The Animated Series, when a bunch of gangsters, having learned about his Big Bad Harv persona, kidnaps Harvey Dent and mocks him with the imminent ruin of his public image, while he keeps shaking and sweating with anger. However, when they cross the line, his evil personality takes over and he suddenly becomes calm and collected before he attacks them.
    Harvey Dent: [oddly calm] There's just one're talking to the wrong Harvey.
  • In Ben 10, Ben has one of these against Kevin 11 in their second battle. Kevin used Ben's powers to frame him, insults every good thing Ben's tried to do with him. Finally having enough, Ben gets serious and calm (at least as far as Ben goes) and easily beats him with Four Arms, then walks off, telling him that he's not worth finishing off. Unfortunately, it backfires in this case.
    • Another example is in the sequel Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, where Captain Nemesis kidnaps Ben's girlfriend Julie as well as another girl thought to be in a relationship with him and uses them as hostages to make Ben come. Ben, who from the beginning of the episode had been acting goofy, comes, turns into Ultimate Humongousaur, and proceeds to kick Nemesis' ass without a single word.
  • Harvey Dent in Beware the Batman is hot-tempered, loud, and incapable of restraint, but he's at least relatively harmless compared to Batman's other adversaries. After his political life is ruined and his face is disfigured, however, Two-Face is driven by revenge against his enemies using violent, drastic actions. However, he is actually eerily quiet, calm, and calculating when acting against his foes.
  • Discussed in The Critic. Jay is worried that Duke is going to yell at him for getting his butt kicked in the ratings again. Doris then points out that Duke yells at everybody and warns him that if he's ever nice to you, you're about to be fired. Cue Duke coming in and hugging Jay.
  • Happens very (very) occasionally on Danny Phantom. At one point, Spectra has successfully driven Danny into a Heroic BSoD, and he finally snaps out of it by realizing that Spectra is a ghost who feeds off depression. This leads to this awesome interchange in the confrontation:
    Danny: Let me go!
    Spectra: Why would I do that? Your grief, your misery...oh, it's delicious! And the best part is, as soon as that silly speech is over, and the last domino falls and the sparklers vaporize the speaker, we'll leave you here to take the blame!! And by the time I'm done with you, you'll be sure it was all your fault!
    Danny: Man, I am so tired of you dumping on me. And I am so tired of dumping on myself. Jazz never did that, even when I was mad at her. And I won't. Let her! DOWN!! [blasts Spectra]
    Spectra: Bertrand? Sic 'im!
    [Bertrand turns into a ninja, much posturing ensues]
    Danny: [flatly] I so don't have time for this. [sucks into thermos]
  • In Daria, during moments when the title character gets mad. She becomes more blunt and her monotone voice becomes sharper.
  • Droopy fits this trope whenever he states "Y'know what? That makes me mad." It doesn't matter if you're a dragon, DON'T GET HIM MAD.
  • Played for laughs on Family Guy. Lois reveals to Peter that her wealthy parents offer her money (as in, millions of dollars) all the time, but she always turns them down because she wants her family to find their own way. Peter, learning this for the first time, is utterly furious on the inside and imagines killing her, disposing of the body, and telling the police she left him. But when she's finished explaining her reasons for turning down the money, he simply says, "Yes dear..."
  • Helga Pataki of Hey Arnold! normally won't hesitate to yell at some one or beat them up when they make her mad, but when Arnold mistakenly called her "Lila" in "Helga's Masquerade" (because she was dressed like Lila), she was visibly pissed off, but still managed to keep her cool for the moment.
  • In the Home Movies episode where Coach McGuirk is in anger management therapy, he remains perfectly calm as a guy in the bleachers is heckling him, making it look like the therapy worked, but it turns out to be this trope. He waits until after the game, when his therapist declares him cured, to take his anger out on the heckler.
  • Gaz of Invader Zim, full stop. Not only is she eerily calm in general when she's mad (normally at Dib), but there's an entire episode focused on how scary she is when she rarely goes ballistic, at a boy named Iggins taking the last video game in the store; followed with her stalking him and threatening him in horrendous ways if he doesn't give it back to her, and not even once does she raise her voice. It ends with Iggins completely breaking down and almost dyingnote , but Gaz is content with just getting the video game back.
  • Justice League has good examples of what would happen if you push Superman too far. He kills Lex Luthor with his heat vision, and Darkseid ends up being on the receiving end of a "World of Cardboard" Speech.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • This happens to a Peter Lorre expy in a cartoon after getting hit with a baseball bat... which he proceeds to snap into several pieces while warning a dog that bad things will happen to him.
    • In "Hare Trigger" (The debut cartoon for Yosemite Sam), Bugs pours red ink on his head. After Yosemite Sam realizes that he wasn't shot and killed, he goes up to Bugs angrily and gets in his face. He briefly backs away and drops the scowl to calmly ask why he poured ink on his head before getting back into his face.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Celestia, the (very) few times she's gotten angry. It's somewhat unsettling, particularly when she reprimanded Twilight in "Lesson Zero", and considering that the extent of her power is almost completely unknown. Usually she's very stern, if not disappointed, but in "The Return of Harmony" she was furious at Discord. Perhaps the best examples come from the two-part wedding episode. First, she expresses what has to be incredible disappointment in Twilight making apparently unfounded claims by coolly walking away while telling her that she has a lot to think about. And later, she responds to Queen Chrysalis' Evil Gloating over her plans for conquering Equestria with only three ice-cold words: "No, you won't." In the season 7 episode "A Royal Problem", after Starlight explains she's unable to switch back the Royal Sisters' cutie marks on her own accord, Celestia's response is a small and angry "What?".
    • Fluttershy as well, particularly in "Dragonshy":
      "How dare you..."
    • Maud may have difficulty expressing herself, but when a hustler makes Pinkie trade her party cannon in The Gift of The Maud Pie, this trope is pretty evident.
      "I'd like to return this pouch for my sister's party cannon, please."
    • Discord in "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" when he asks the mailpony in a cold, menacing whisper why his invitation to the Gala did not arrive on time. And again when Fluttershy is abducted by the changelings in the finale. This time, John de Lancie breaks out his darkest "Q" voice as Discord sheds every bit of his playfulness in favor of pure, cold menace.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: This is how Blossom reacts in "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when Princess uses her newly-bought super-suit to temporarily knock out Bubbles and Buttercup.
    Princess: So, Blossom. Are you jealous? Are you scared? Seeing how easily I thrashed your sisters, without even breaking a sweat! Oh, what's the matter? Cat got your tongue? Very well then! Prepare to bow to your Princess!
    • Blossom's response to this is merely a furious silence, followed by her dodging every single one of Princess' attacks, and then her sisters wake up and deliver her one deliciously awesome No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: after Sven and Stimpy wreck the house with their antics in "Sven Hoek", Ren is volcanic with rage...until he begins to calmly tell them what he's going to do to them. See for yourself. It's borderline Nightmare Fuel.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • The main protagonist does this in most episodes.
    • While The Scotsman is normally equal parts Violent Glaswegian and Boisterous Bruiser, he dips into this in his debut episode. When Jack stabs his bagpipes, Scotsman's reaction is a very low, but very menacing, "You've done it now."
  • The Simpsons: Homer is well-known for his loud outbursts, but there are very rare occasions when he displays this trope. It's actually pretty scary, and even Bart knows that when his dad's in this state it's time to shut up and leave the room.
    • In the classic episode "Bart on the Road", Lisa just finished a rapid-fire explanation of Bart's predicament to Homer, who responds with:
      [Mood Lighting on Homer's face shifts to dark accompanied by music sting][1]
      Homer: [unnervingly calm] Yes...that's a real pickle. Would you excuse me for a moment?
      [puts on Hazmat suit helmet and screams loudly and incoherently for several seconds, fogging the face plate]
      Homer (calm once more): All right, I have thought this through. I will send Bart the money to fly home. Then I will murder him.
    • In "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy", Homer's barely contained fury at his father.
      Grampa: If I hadn't taken that stupid tonic 38 years ago, you'd have never been born and I'd have been happy. You were an accident!
      Homer: (stomps on brake) Get out.
      Abe: I'm sorry I said that.
      Homer: Out.
      Abe: (nervously gets out) I'm going to get out now, and I hope you'll find it in your heart not to drive aw—
      (The car peels away, leaving Grandpa alone)
    • "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 1" has Homer saying this...
      [lowers letter slowly, his pupils shrink in anger]
      Homer [dangerously calm]: Kids, would you step outside for a second?
      [Bart and Lisa quickly do so; Homer stands up and inhales deeply]
      Homer: [loudly] F-- [loud, harsh F-chord on a pipe organ]
      [outside in the neighborhood]
      Flanders: Dear Lord, that's the loudest profanity I've ever heard!
    • Homer again in "Bart the Lover". Unable to react to frustration in his customary way (Marge had suggested that he keep a swear jar), Homer combines this with rapid-fire Major Injury Under Reaction when the dog house he's attempting to build finally pushes him too far:
      [Homer hits his thumb with a hammer]
      Homer: Oh, fudge, that's broken. [Eye Twitch]
      [steps on a nail]
      Homer: Fiddle-dee-dee, that will require a tetanus shot. [full-body twitch] I'm not going to swear, but I am going to KICK THIS DOG HOUSE DOWN!
    • Lisa in "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" when Homer bets money against Lisa in a crossword tournament and wins. She initially acts calm and repeatedly states that she's not mad. She disowns him and changes her name to Lisa Bouvier.
      • Lampshaded by Homer, who says that women who say they're not mad are in fact madder than ever.
    • Lisa again in "Summer of 4, Pt. 2". Bart, out of pure jealousy reveals to Lisa's new friends her nerdy and unpopular nature, seemingly destroying her new relationships. The next morning, Bart finds Lisa quietly eating breakfast:
      Bart: Hey, Lise. I guess my little yearbook stunt was pretty rough but it did teach you a lesson. It's important to be yourself.
      Lisa: [grabs him by the shirt and yanks him into her face] I know exactly who I am. I am the sister of a rotten, jealous, mean little sneak! You cost me my only friends! You've ruined my life!
      • What makes this better is that while she's hissing, she has a syrup bottle positioned over his head and is about to squeeze syrup onto his face. When Marge and Homer enter the room, Lisa puts the bottle down, releases Bart, and goes back to quietly eating, all within roughly half a second, leaving Bart visibly unnerved.
    • Marge goes through this in the infamous shoplifting episode, after Bart tries to steal a video game and gets caught by mall security when they were getting their family Christmas photo. Marge doesn't scream, yell, or even scowl. She just has this Thousand-Yard Stare as she sits quietly in the living room, and the only thing she tells Bart is that he should go to his room for a while, and she doesn't even look at him when she says it.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman had been through this four times:
      • In "Scott Tenorman Must Die", Cartman appears to be making himself the Butt-Monkey by constantly asking Scott to give him his money back. Turns out he was keeping Scott complacent all the while putting in motion his plan to serve Scott his own parents in a big pot of chili, then have Scott's favorite band call him a loser. When this is calmly revealed in detail by Cartman the other kids just stand there, open-mouthed, in shock. The only comments they can manage are Stan's horrified "Jesus Christ, dude!" and Kyle's episode-concluding "Dude, I think it might be best for us to never piss Cartman off again."
      • In "T.M.I.", a therapist tries to test Cartman's anger response with a barrage of fat jokes. Cartman calmly types away on his iPhone, while the doctor comes to the conclusion that the boy has no anger problems at all. Then the doctor gets a call from his wife, hysterically ranting about web chat logs with a 14-year-old girl and a police report before shooting herself. Cartman calmly but firmly replies, "I'm not fat; I'm big-boned." The therapist obsequiously cowers before Cartman for the rest of the episode.
      • In the ending of "Bass To Mouth". Cartman gave laxative-laced cupcakes to the school administrators as revenge for them literally throwing him under the bus, all while calmly saying, "Are you okay?"
      • In "Sons of Witches" Cartman misses the pumpkin patch, because his girlfriend Heidi was taking too long to dress up. Instead of lashing out at her for it, he gives her a silent Kubrick Stare that just oozes with murderous intent
    • When Stan realizes his grandfather was swindled in "Cash for Gold", he calls the shopping channel responsible, calls the host out for scamming senile old people, and tells him to kill himself, without raising his voice the entire time. After Stan has shown enough damning evidence of the scam to said senile old people (which is just a gold picture frame, but made from sweatshop kids in India), they all heckle the host to kill himself, one at a time, on the phone, using their regular old people indoor voices. It works.
    • After becoming President in "Members Only" the first thing Mr. Garrison does is visit PC Principal in his office. There he reveals to PC Principal that he hasn't gotten over being fired by him because he didn't want to follow PC's political correctness movement. However he doesn't loudly lash at PC Principal over it. Instead he says to PC Principal in the most calm and soft tone, that in order for them to become "Even Stevens" he must suck his dick.
    • Kyle himself goes through this in "Splatty Tomato" when Heidi brings up the time he liked her and she rejected him. Kyle doesn't raise his voice at Heidi, instead calmly yet firmly giving telling her that he would never be attracted to who she's now become, humbling her in the process.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    "I waited so long... and you broke it."
    "Because... I'm all out of MONEY!!!"
    • In "Krusty Love", after Mr. Krabs scolds him one time too many for caving in to his demands to buy things for Mrs. Puff, Spongebob says in a level tone "Well, Mr. Krabs, do you know what I think?" right before going off into a huge Angrish rant.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In "The Banagic Incident", when Marco tells Star that he underestimated her, Star's face goes blank and she passive-aggressively pushes Marco's banana pudding out of his hands, saying "There was a fly on it".
    • In the climactic fight scene in "Storm the Castle", all of Toffee's (formerly Ludo's) henchmen try to Zerg Rush Star. She bluntly says "No" and blows them away with her magic wand without looking at them.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Jedi Night", Governor Pryce destroys an Imperial fuel depot in a desperate attempt to kill Kanan Jarrus. She succeeds, but destroying the depot completely screws up Grand Admiral Thrawn's TIE-Defender production project. When Thrawn finds out in the next episode, he is seething with quiet fury as he implies that Pryce will pay for this.
    Thrawn: I...will deal with you...when I return...Governor.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Garnet is The Stoic and has a generally mellow and easy-going nature, but when she's losing her patience, you will know it, largely because she becomes even more terse and blunt than usual.
      • Garnet inherits this personality trait from one of her component Gems, Sapphire, who is even more stoic than she is. Anybody who can say "Can't you see I'm completely engulfed with rage?" with zero inflection and a totally flat expression, and still mean it, is a poster-girl for this trope.
    • Blue Diamond's anger tends to come out mostly like this, due to her constantly depressed nature.
      Blue Diamond: I want to know what she thinks we're going to do to her. Because I want to do something worse.
    • Yellow Diamond is usually known for loud bouts of rage whenever her authority's questioned, but when Blue Zircon gets carried away with her theory and ends up accusing her, indirectly, of possibly killing Pink Diamond, there is none of that. She simply remains stone-faced, stands up, walks up to the offending, panicking gem and squishes her with a single finger for that offense, without a single word.
    • White Diamond completes the trifecta, with her entire meeting with Steven having an undertone of a mother that's gotten a little too pissed to simply yell at her kid over some disaster, and is holding it in for decorum's sake. It doesn't help that the other two note that her temper is horrible, and she'd be profoundly embarrassed over everything that's happened, which means that straining-to-relax tone is terrible news.
  • Believe it or not, The Super Hero Squad Show has one with the Silver Surfer. Dr. Doom kidnaps him and uses his Power Cosmic to fuse the Infinity Fractals he's collected into a smaller version of the Infinity Sword, which he uses to beat the crap out of the Squad. After being rescued, the Surfer carries Doom into space and dismantles the Fractal Dagger, resulting in an explosion that sends Doom screaming back to Earth...and Surfer is smiling all the while.
  • Chef Hatchet from Total Drama displays this during a challenge where he puts the campers through a boot camp. When Duncan mockingly gives him a kiss on the nose, he barely contains his rage without letting it out.
    Hatchet: (calm, but still mad) One night, solitary confinement... in the boathouse.
  • From Transformers:
    • In The Transformers Galvatron, who is known for his classic outbursts can slip into this frame of mind, when this happens it means that he's even more enraged than usual.
      • A very good example of that from "Ghost in the Machine":
    Galvatron: [to Runabout and Runamuck] First, you two let Scourge and Starscream steal one of Trypticon's eyes...
    Galvatron: [to Thrust and Dirge] And then you two allowed Astrotrain to be used as their escape vehicle; so Scourge is helping Starscream voluntarily, and you four were unable to stop them! Well, all I can say is... [Beat]
    Galvatron: RAAAAAGH! [shoots screen]
    Prowl: "Stillness..then strike."
    • Megatron in the first episode of the same series has an especially good moment as well. After being half blown-up (by none other than Starscream), he still manages to get aboard the Autobots' ship and pins Optimus Prime to the wall with what remains of his arm whilst demanding the whereabouts of the All Spark. Prowl and Ratchet attempt to attack him from behind; he casually swings around (still holding Optimus) and knocks them away, then pins Optimus again. He then very calmly states, "I grow impatient."
      • In fact, the only time he really seems to lose his cool is at the end of the final episode, though in the latter half of season 3 the strain starts showing.
    • And this moment from Beast Wars:
      Megatron: Oh, a STICK, against a Tranmetal? Ha, I think not. Face it, Dinobot, you're old technology! Obsolete! Heh, what could you possibly DO?
    • And then Soundwave's Curb-Stomp Battle beatdown of Airachnid in the first season finale of Transformers: Prime. No words, face blank and unreadable. Just a silent refusal to stand down, followed by a brutal beating.
      • This seems to be Soundwave's default setting. His vow of silence and literal blank face make it really hard to tell though.
    • Not forgetting, after Megatron has nearly killed one of the human children, Optimus decides enough is enough and breaks onto the Decepticon warship, alone. He walks down a corridor slowly, not raising his voice, and proclaims to the mooks present:
      "I have come for Megatron, and him alone. Stand down and be spared."
      • Naturally they don't listen and open fire. Optimus doesn't even break stride.
  • Brock Samson of The Venture Bros.: "They hit me with a truck." Brock is the master of both tranquil fury AND Unstoppable Rage.
  • Winx Club: You must be VERY careful of not to mess with Flora's little sister Miele, or her Boyfriend Helia like the trix did...because even the most beautiful of the roses have thorns BY ONE REASON....
  • Young Justice:
    • Nightwing snaps the Birdarang belonging to Robin that he found in two and his eyes narrow menacingly following the events of the episode "Complications". He says nothing and his facial expression barely changes, but you can tell he is PISSED.
    • Part of Superboy's story arc in the first season was learning how to take his huge amounts of anger (due to Cloning Blues, Daddy Issues, and his inexperience at controlling his own emotions) and channel them into something useful. By Season 2, he's gotten quite good at it, to the extent that when Nightwing reveals that Artemis isn't dead and Kaldur is a Reverse Mole, he's able to fully support him in front of the Team, and gives him a blistering What the Hell, Hero? in private. Given his hatred of secrets being kept from the rest of the Team and the fact that this particular secret led to Kaldur's Mind Rape at the hands of Miss Martian, that is nothing short of amazing.


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