I decided to answer this question from @conspiracyranting in the form of a text post so that I could add it to the Onision tag, and because it’s a subject that I’ve been planning to cover for a while. And the answer to your question is: yes, absolutely. You nailed it. In this case - at least while we’re talking about Onision - I do think that you used the right term when you described his reaction as “narcissistic rage”. I think I may have even argued exactly the same point in one of my previous posts.
Before I continue, however, I first want to define what the term ‘narcissistic rage’ means from a psychological standpoint.
Narcissistic rage is a reaction to narcissistic injury, which is a perceived threat to a narcissist’s self-esteem or self-worth. Narcissistic injury occurs when a narcissist feels that their hidden, ‘true self’ has been revealed. This may be the case when the narcissist has a “fall from grace”, such as when their hidden behaviors or motivations are revealed, or when their importance is brought into question. Narcissistic injury is a cause of distress and can lead to a dysregulation of behaviors, as seen in narcissistic rage.
To the narcissist, the rage is directed towards the person that they feel has slighted them; to other people, the rage is incoherent and unjust. This rage impairs their cognition, therefore impairing their judgment. During the rage, they are prone to shouting, fact distortion, and making groundless accusations.
And, as you pointed out, Blaire White’s criticism of Onision’s videos, opinions, appearance, actions, behavior, and “logic” triggered a narcissistic rage in him, because she dealt a heavy blow to his ego by doing so - she questioned his perception of himself as perfect. This is also why he spends so much time debasing his exes and arguing with his critics (rather than creating quality content), producing thirty minute-long response videos to even the most minor of allegations being levied against him: his ego just cannot let it go. In his eyes, he has been slighted; he must level out the playing field again by getting revenge. (Sadly, his fans - who lack objectivity, and are mostly too young to understand the concept or value of skepticism, due process, and researching both sides of the story before forming an opinion - lap this up, and readily reflect his anger because they idolize him. The reason why his responses are generally so disproportionate to the criticism is because of the enormity of his fan base - he gets a ton of attention and admiration from teenage girls for making those videos, not to mention that sweet, sweet ad revenue.)
However, despite the fact that he will defend himself against anyone who criticizes him in any way, anybody who watches his videos can spot this pattern: he especially hates being criticized by women. And, as you and many other YouTubers, anti-O’s, and casual observers have astutely noted, he seems to be particularly triggered by Blaire White. I personally haven’t seen the videos that she’s made about him (although I did see her do a livestream about him with MrRepzion and two other YouTubers back in December, so I AM somewhat familiar with her viewpoint and speaking style), so I can’t say for sure what exactly about her triggers him so much. Is it the fact that she’s transgender? Is it because she reminds him of somebody else? Is it the actual content of her arguments? Is it something else? I have no idea. But nonetheless, it is extremely obvious to even the most casual observer that something about her damages his ego more than any other YouTuber who has ever criticized him over the years, regardless of gender. Even his own fans noticed the toxicity with which he spews insults at her. His video about her (”She Lied To You…”) was so vitriolic that I actually have trouble watching it. The words he spits at her, the absolutely unhinged, unbridled hatred and rage that flashes in his eyes as he calls her a dumb bimbo cunt to his 1.9 million-strong audience of 15-year-old girls - it’s not the type of average, reasonable, justifiable anger that we all see and experience on a daily basis. (Frankly, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up to witness. There’s just something so incredibly dark and unsettling about Onision that just his facial expressions alone make my stomach churn. Every atom in my body intuitively screams “There is something very wrong with this man” whenever I see his face.) If he felt about me the way that he feels about Blaire White, I would be terrified to live with him.
That said, Blaire White is by no means the only person who has triggered him into a narcissistic rage before. In Onision’s world - the world in which he is an omnipotent, omniscient, all-powerful, universally admired and envied god - simply disagreeing with him can trigger this. And for the people who are close to him - the people who get wrapped up in his circle, like Lainey, Billie, Sarah, or even platonic friends like Cyr - the simple act of expressing their own authentic self in his presence, without his permission or input, is threatening to him, because it challenges his grandiose view of himself as having complete power and control over the people in his life. Any display of individuality is intimidating. To him, his “loved” ones are just another tool that he can use to get what he wants - power, control, attention, praise, admiration, and codependency… in other words, narcissistic supply. We see this every time a woman leaves him, and he feels the need to take his power back by insulting, slandering, and degrading them on social media (see: humiliating Adrienne by revealing the number of sexual partners she’s had, implying that she’s such a whore that he had to get STD tests because of her, and making fun of her vaginal hygiene; revealing to his followers that Billie had been raped and had an abortion, accusing her of being a druggie loser and high school dropout, etc). We see this every time he gets in an argument with Cyr, or Shane, or one of his other YouTube “friends” whenever they express a difference of opinion, and he feels the need to equalize the field again by insulting them and playing the victim (”I let you stay in my house for free, gave you food and equipment, allowed you - a much smaller YouTuber - to piggyback off my fame, and this is how you repay me? By refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton/being acquainted with somebody that I dislike/satirizing me/disagreeing with me in any way?”). He even does this when much more popular YouTubers that he’s not even friends with say something that he disagrees with - for example, when he felt slighted by Andy Biersack, and the whole fiasco with Dan Howell. (Wisely, in these cases, his retaliation was minimal because of the fact that they are so much more beloved and cherished by their respective fanbases than he is (which I’m sure he’s puzzled over and genuinely does not understand). He knows that he can’t pick on them like he can pick on smaller YouTubers like Jaclyn Glen or Blaire White, or reviled YouTubers like LeafyIsHere or Keemstar - there would be too much backlash from his own fanbase, and he would end up creating drama that he wouldn’t be able to recover from.)
Aaaanyway. I went on a bit of a tangent there. But basically what I was trying to say was that yes, I think you’re right: what you’re seeing in Onision’s response to Blaire White is compete, unadulterated rage triggered by a narcissistic injury to his ego. Bingo.
**If anybody is interested in the subject of narcissistic rage, I highly recommend the videos of Sam Vaknin - they’re very informative, and he’s an incredibly intelligent, well-read, and eloquent speaker, one of the world’s leading experts on the subject of narcissistic personality disorder (as well as a sufferer himself). Click here to watch his video about narcissistic rage.