YMMV "Astfgl had passed through the earlier stage of fury and was now in that calm lagoon of rage where the voice is steady, the manner is measured and polite, and only a faint trace of spittle at the corner of the mouth betrays the inner inferno.
Or perhaps that burning rage is being outweighed by cold hate. In either case, many people choose to turn to Tranquil Fury. This state of mind allows much whoop-ass to be uncanned without undue stress. When the time comes for the showdown between the Hero and the Big Bad , do not expect to see furious angry rage.
Instead, expect The Hero or Anti-Hero 's face to be serenely, eerily calm. They will not appear to be even slightly put out with the villain but that won't stop them from trying to hack the villain to hundreds of tiny pieces.
A defeat by someone in the grip of Tranquil Fury is likely to be more comprehensive than others, as the job will be done in a properly thorough fashion. The character in the grip of Tranquil Fury isn't necessarily an emotional cripple, and in day to day life they may be perfectly normal and happy.
What defines Tranquil Fury is the tendency to become deadly serious when it gets deadly serious. Tranquil Fury is often preceded by the phrase " I didn't want to have to do this " or something similar. A loose real-life equivalent would be the concept of mushin. Typically, a Meditation Powerup invokes or results in such a state. Berserker Tears , Unstoppable Rage. When Good Is Not Soft , the most brutal examples of its wrath will often take this form. 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. 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. 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: 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. 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! 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. Maiza also exhibits Tranquil Fury, although not to such a dramatic degree as the above, when a police officer makes the mistake of insulting Firo in his presence. 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. 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.
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? You have a death wish don't you? 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. 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. 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. 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'. 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.
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?! By what right do you slaughter us Hollows?! Is it because we devour humans?! Who made you their protectors?! 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!!
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.
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.
You can pick your jaw off the floor now. In Change , 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. 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. 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 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.