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Congratulations, San Francisco. You've ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now YOU!

Anger is one of the original five emotions inside the mind of Riley Andersen.


Inside Out[]

Anger was formed when Riley was very young. When Riley was a toddler and her dad tried to get her to eat broccoli, Disgust refused. When Dad said she couldn't have dessert if she didn't eat her dinner, Anger made her throw a tantrum until Dad made the broccoli an airplane, getting Riley to eat.

When Riley was eleven, her father got a new job in San Francisco and the family relocated. Aside from Joy, the other emotions immediately hated her new house. Joy told them to give it a chance and reminded them of all the things Riley had been promised.

On Riley's first day at her new school, Joy assigned Anger to unload the extra daydreams she'd ordered in case class was slow.

When Joy and Sadness were sucked out of Headquarters, the remaining emotions decided to do their best to replace Joy and make Riley happy. Unfortunately, without Joy and with all of Riley's Islands of Personality deactivated due to the loss of her Core Memories, Riley struggled. Without Joy, Her Islands started to crumble one by one. When Riley did a video call with Meg, Meg started talking about the new girl on the hockey team, making Riley Angry. Anger flared Riley up and made her hang up on Meg, causing Friendship Island to crumble. When Riley tried out for a new hockey team, Fear tried to replace her core hockey memory with as many hockey memories as he could find, but they weren't enough and Riley ended up leaving the tryout angry after underperforming, causing Hockey Island to crumble.

When Anger had the idea to make Riley go back to Minnesota to make new happy Core Memories, Fear encouraged him to sleep on it first. That night, Fear was on Dream Duty and was scared when Riley's dream turned to a nightmare. He fainted when Jangles the Clown appeared, startling Riley awake. When Anger and Disgust found Fear curled up under the console, Anger decided it was time for Riley to run away and planted the idea in her head, getting the ball rolling. Fear tried to stop her while she was packing, but Anger took control back and she continued with her plan.

As Riley got to the bus station, they started to realize what a bad idea it was, but were unable to get the idea out of Riley's head. They realized they were unable to make Riley feel anything. When Sadness and Joy returned to Headquarters, Disgust goaded Anger to make him Angry enough for flames to come out of his head, which she used to cut a hole in the glass, allowing them to come back inside. Then they were surprised when Joy had Sadness take control of the console, which she used to get Riley to get off the bus and go back home, then tell her parents how she was feeling about San Francisco.

Over the next year, the emotions helped Riley form more mixed emotion Core Memories, creating new Islands of Personality. In addition, the Mind Workers installed a new, expanded console. Anger was excited to have access to a full curse word library.

Riley's First Date?[]

Anger returns to the short along with the other emotions. She is first seen giving an embarrassed (and generally annoyed) look at her friends when Mrs. Andersen uses modern slang to try to relate to Riley. Later, he demands that she stop talking like that, which becomes her only line in the short.

Inside Out 2[]

In the sequel, Anger shows his soft side more by comforting Joy when she's frustrated. Anger is also shown to solve problems creatively by using a forgetter vaccum to launch themselves up and get a better view of the long term memory as well as calling Pouchie in desperate times. Anger and Pouchie some to have a squabble as Pouchie annoys Anger. Anger also uses his hand to forcefully take out potentially useful items out of Pouchie. In the end, Anger and Pouchie seemed to come into terms, showing that Anger can put feelings aside and is able to forgive people who have wronged him.


Anger is very serious, temperamental, sarcastic, strict, wrathful and somewhat antagonistic, very closed when expressing sadness or happiness, bitter and hoarse. As Joy explains it, he really cares that things are fair, and is opposite from Fear, just as Joy is opposite from Sadness. Despite his role in setting things right, he sometimes acts impulsively and does things his own way, just like Joy did.

When Riley turned 11, Anger, Fear and Disgust prevailed more in her mind, making Joy try to keep things positive with her coworkers, so that the day goes well as in the past, but in vain. After Joy and Sadness were expelled from the Headquarters, Anger took control of the console, causing four of Riley's five Personality Islands to collapse (the Goofball Island collapsed when Riley's father tried to cheer her up).

Because of his impulsive behavior and explosive lack of control at all, Anger was responsible for driving Riley into depression, because when Riley tried to run away from home because of an idea that Anger came up with (although that idea would only empower Gloom more), Riley's mental health worsened, and the Islands of Honesty and Family fell apart. However, Anger also cares about Riley and wants the best for her, and so he, Disgust, and Fear try to get the idea bulb out of her, but none of them can successfully get the bulb out. Finally, Sadness manages to get the idea of fleeing to Minnesota, and together with Joy, they create a new mixed Core Memory.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Official Description: Anger feels very passionately about making sure things are fair for Riley. He has a fiery spirit and tends to explode (literally) when things don't go as planned. He is quick to overreact and has little patience for life's imperfections.[source?]
  • According to Pete Docter, his appearance is based on a fire brick.[source?]
  • When Anger gets infuriated enough, flames come out of his head.
  • During a stage where the Emotions all had human names, Anger was originally named Ira, short for Irate, as well as Latin and Italian for wrath.[source?]
  • Anger, like the other emotions, has different names depending on which language people are watching, playing or reading in. For example, Anger is called Kiukku in the Finnish dub or Wut in Deutsch.[source?]
  • Anger is the lead emotion in Riley's dad.
  • A lot of Anger's mannerisms are derived from Lewis Black's stand-up persona, including the way he is dressed and his use of the pointer finger to emphasize his point, and his rants.[source?]


Inside Out has a collection of images and media related to Anger.


"So that's how you want to play it old man, no dessert? Oh sure, we'll eat our dinner. Right after you eat this!" (Screaming)

"Congratulations San Francisco, you've ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now you."


"Over MY dead flaming body!"

"Ever since that puberty alarm went off, nothing around here works the way it's supposed to do."

"And if Joy can't see that, well that she's delusional!"

"Can I say that curse word now?"

"Aren't those traitors DEAD to us?!"

"It's MINNESOTA, sweetie!"

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Inside Out Poster Logo
Inside Out: JoySadnessAngerDisgustFearMrs. Andersen's EmotionsMr. Andersen's EmotionsBing BongRainbow UnicornJangles the ClownRiley AndersenMrs. AndersenMr. AndersenMegFrank and DaveJordanFritz

Inside Out 2: AnxietyEmbarrassmentEnnuiEnvyNostalgia
Deleted characters: GloomHopePrideShame