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According to psychologists, everyone has a "red button" that acts like this. It's actually intended as a defense mechanism that tries to avert a bad situation by evoking a deep unpleasant memory; it can be pressed by varying circumstances according to the person, it can be being ignored, slighted, rejected, made fun of, abused... etc. Once pressed it automatically overrides reason and effectively transforms the person.

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[[folder:Celebrities]]
* It is forbidden to say anything bad about ChristopherNolan on any board that has a significant {{Geek}} population. For he is the savior of cinema and is [[UnacceptableTargets above criticism]]. He is the only modern-day movie maker who consistently receives this treatment.
* ''Series/TheAtheistExperience'' will happily debate any theist who calls in... but if Jeff Dee is hosting that week, DO NOT threaten him with Hell, unless you're willing to listen to a long, loud rant about how inherently unjust Hell is.
* [[Series/JimRomeIsBurning Jim Rome]]:
** In full {{jerkass}} mode, he kept calling quarterback Jim Everett "Chris" (after Chris Evert, the female tennis player). Everett attacked Rome by pushing him off his chair. This is believed by some to have been a hoax.
** Don't tell him that you like soccer... even if he is being a complete {{jerkass}} (which he often is) to soccer, or you'll hear a lot of ranting of you, the sport, and its fans that even makes the biggest soccer critics scratch their heads.
* Apparently, insulting Zinedine Zidane's sister may result in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAjWi663kXc serious chest pain.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wcrkxOgzhU Don't tell Buzz Aldrin he didn't land on the moon, but especially don't call him a coward and a liar!]]
* NEVER call Russell Tavares AKA [=PyroDice=] a nerd.
* Don't mention VinceOffer around BillyMays fans, ESPECIALLY since the latter shed his mortal shell and ascended to the {{Pantheon}}.
* PattonOswalt is a very funny comedian and a very nice man. However:
** Do not call him a SadClown. EVER. Do not even insinuate that one of his fellow comedians is a SadClown. You will be verbally castrated.
** Or for that matter rip off his material. If you thought Joe Rogan was cruel to Carlos Mencia...
* Talk about [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers]] with anything other than the utmost respect or the [[AffectionateParody gentlest of send-ups]] and prepare to have ''the entire Internet'' [[DudeNotFunny rip you to shreds]].
* A guy once pushed ''GeorgeCarlin'''s berserk button during a show and received [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-f-I-FiaY0 a pretty harsh verbal beatdown for it.]]
* Never mention Uwe Boll around HideoKojima. It was funny the first time, but it's best not to risk a second strike. Or say that [[CaptainObvious Uwe Boll's movies suck]] to anybody in his fan club [[note]]whose only member is Uwe Boll himself[[/note]] or even better say it to his face, he will more likely than not flat out punch you in the face.
* CillianMurphy's has been rumoured to be people pronouncing his name "silly 'un".
* According to the pop-up track on the ''{{Fargo}}'' DVD, SteveBuscemi finds the constant -- in fact, ubiquitous -- mispronunciation of his name as boo-SHIM-ee a source of neverending annoyance. (It's pronounced boo-SIM-ee; just ignore the C.)
* On one episode of ''AmericasGotTalent'', a contestant decided to insult OzzyOsbourne to Sharon's face. Let's just say that she made her aggravation with his comments quite clear -- via PrecisionFStrike.
-->'''Sharon''': Nobody, ''nobody'' disrespects my husband, so ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]]!!''
* Creator/ChristopherHitchens' was people praising Jerry Falwell.
-->'''Anderson Cooper''': You don't think he was sincere in his beliefs?
-->'''Hitchens''': [[CorruptChurch Well of course not. He woke up every morning, pinching his chubby little flanks and saying: "I've gotten away with it again."]]
* Conversely, Sean Hannity's is people slagging off Jerry Falwell. Watching him and Hitchens meet is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doKkOSMaTk4 very worthwhile experience.]]
--->'''Hannity''': Well, Jerry Falwell was a close personal friend of mine, and I'll miss him.
--->'''Hitchens''': [[ShutUpHannibal If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.]]
* There are several films that it's most definitely '''not''' cool to mention in the presence of Harry Knowles, but probably the biggest example is the [=30th=] Anniversary Edition of ''NightOfTheLivingDead''. Even to this day, saying anything positive about it is grounds for an instant and permanent ban from the "Ain't It Cool News" website.
* [[MemeticMutation Don't]] [[Podcast/RiffTrax stand]] [[ChristianBale in Mr. Bale's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0auwpvAU2YA light.]] (Link is NSFW.)
* Justin Lee Collins, who did a TV show with StevenSeagal, told [[TheBBC Radio 1's]] Chris Moyles that there are four words you should NEVER say to him - "[[JeanClaudeVanDamme Jean - Claude - Van - Damme]]."
* [[http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/04/hayden-panettiere-dont-call-me-lindsay/#.To9QNdTbiLY It may not be a good idea]] to mistake HaydenPanettiere for LindsayLohan if you are lucky enough to be in the presence of the former.
* Never mention Brett Favre's time with the Vikings to a [[AmericanFootball Green Bay Packers]] fan.
* Don't call any of the Backstreet Boys (except Kevin Richardson) a "former" member in front of a Backstreet Boys fan. Or credit an *NSYNC song to them (or vice versa). Or say the two groups sound the same. Or ask if Justin Timberlake was in the group. (The last three also apply to *NSYNC fans.)
* [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20475420,00.html Don't ask Chris Brown about Rihanna.]]
* Apparently, don't mention ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' to Jerry Lewis. Even though he doesn't mind mentioning it in his books, interviewers are told not to in interviews. Some guy made this mistake when he was giving a motivational speech in 2011, asking if it'd ever come out. Jerry's response: "None of your Goddamn business!"
* Do not, under any circumstances, joke about Phil Hartman's murder in the presence of Jon Lovitz. Andy Dick found this out the hard way when he did this, and in response Lovitz "picked [him] up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose." Lovitz held Dick responsible for Hartman's death, saying that Dick introduced Hartman's wife to drugs, which exacerbated her existing emotional problems, which led to the murder-suicide. When Lovitz joined the cast of NewsRadio after Hartman's death, he reportedly said to Dick, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you."
* For a very long time, it didn't seem like Sam Champion was even capable of getting angry, but the BP oil spill was enough to really piss him off.
* Try not to bump Juan Pablo Montoya, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2eu-V57zpc or else]].
* In {{NASCAR}}, don't ask Kurt Busch a stupid question. Ever. On track, he's had some controversial run-ins with Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Kyle Busch. In the past few years, Busch and Jimmie Johnson have had some run-ins on the track.
* Don't EVER bring Leo Laporte's integrity into question. Mike Arrington found out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsV-lgnAjps the hard way]].
* Don't mention Frank Sinatra's cover of "Mrs. Robinson" to Paul Simon.
* [[http://koolbizz.blogspot.com/2012/03/julia-roberts-interview-dont-ever-call.html Do NOT. Be calling Julia Roberts. A cougar.]]
* Try and suggest that the pyramids/Sphinx/whatever in Egypt was built by aliens or Atlanteans to Dr. Zahi Hawass. Results are guaranteed to be entertaining, if you're the sort who likes seeing someone being verbally ripped a new one by an Egyptian archeologist.
* Given that she doesn't like ''something'' about any of its titles, ''The Thorn'' is Bette Midler's BerserkButton (and an OldShame), and the best way to press it is to even ''attempt'' a release of the film, under ''any'' title. Go ahead, try to create a new title for it that hadn't been used by a previous distributor. She'll sue your ass off for putting it on the market.
* HarlanEllison:
** Do not ask where all those jelly beans in ''"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman'' came from.
** Do not ever suggest that he ever wrote any stories for Star Wars. In fact, it's better to view his page for the list of things that will piss him off.
* From the ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' book:
--> ([[BeverlyHills90210 Ian Ziering]]) pronounces his name "EYE-an," and God help you if he hears you pronounce it wrong.
* If you like the idea of half the guys on the Internet coming after you with murder in mind, [[http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/362453/20120712/kate-upton-fat-pics-cat-daddy-video.htm say Kate Upton's a fat cow]].
* Do not bring up [[MisaimedFandom a certain incident]] with [[StalkerWithACrush a certain fan]] in an interview with JodieFoster. She has gotten up and walked off the set without another word. You can't really blame her for it, either.
* If you're ever on the internet, whatever you do, never ever ''ever'' say anything remotely positive about Music/JustinBieber, or worse, say that you actually ''like'' him. The collective denizens of the net [[{{Understatement}} frown upon]] such actions. The lone exception is his song "Boyfriend" which has a TOLERABLE opening. Other than that, any mention of him in a positive light is grounds for death.
** On the flipside, never mention anything even remotely negative about him to his fans.
* Full-on atheist Margot Kidder was once unknowingly (until near the end of production) in a Christian propaganda movie called ''Tribulation'' (part of the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' series). Reminding her about this is ''not'' a good idea. At all.
* MeatLoaf:
** If you are interviewing him, never ''ever'' call him by his real name. He will walk out on you.
** Don't spell it as one word, either. (Or make cracks about his weight.)
* It might not be a good idea for Australians to only ever associate Melissa George with ''HomeAndAway'', if [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/melissa-george-has-meltdown-on-the-morning-show-after-hosts-mentioned-home-and-away/story-fn907478-1226514684954 this]] is any indication.
* Don't call RichardMarx "[[http://www.themorningnews.org/article/right-here-waiting shameless]]." Especially not if you're in Chicago.
* Don't you dare bring up the topic of movie violence to QuentinTarantino. ''Especially'' don't insinuate that it's responsible for real-life violence.
* ''Never'' mention ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' in front of Creator/DavidFincher.
* Wayne Brady [[http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/archive/segment/wayne-brady-to-bill-maher-i-will-beat-your-ass-in-public/51913c3a2b8c2a2f1d00037e awesomely called out]] white comedian/talk show host [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] in 2013 for remarks that he made stating that he thinks President BarackObama would be a "[[UnfortunateImplications real black president]]" and not some kind of "Wayne Brady", implying Brady was some kind of sell-out to his race [[UncleTomfoolery for not being Maher's stereotypical ideal for a black person]].
* EltonJohn has a low threshold of patience for the gossip press, particularly when spreading lies against him in the papers. In 1987, even as Elton's personal life was in a shambles, he famously sued [[BritishNewspapers The Sun]] and won one million pounds in libel damages for a false "rent boy" story they printed at the time. As per Elton's request, the Sun printed "Sorry, Elton" in headlines in the same typeface as used in the libel stories against him.
* ''You must not'' insult Billy Bishop, Canada's WorldWarOne Flying Ace and Fighter Pilot, in front of Canadians.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rglm0h5yjoI Kanye West doesn't take kindly to being harassed by paparazzi.]]
* Don't you dare work on any picture by Orson Welles without first inviting his daughter Beatrice. She's kept ''Othello'', ''The Other Side of the Wind'', and ''The Chimes at Midnight'' off the market for years and balked at re-releases/restorations of ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/TouchOfEvil''. Seriously, she's very touchy about her father's work being altered, and a bit too much so in that regard, to the point where she's a notorious figure among fans of Orson Welles's works.
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] ''hates'' when people use his "real" last name, due to issues with his father.
* If you want to get on [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Randy Milholland]]'s bad side at a con, point out that he's nicer than you expected. Once when a woman said she was "disappointed" by this while he was working on a sketch for her, he [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor tore it up in front of her and refused to speak to her for the rest of the con]].
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[[folder:Cultural and Geographical]]
* Do not call Austrian Minister of Finance Maria Fekter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6w8sSrUezM "Mitzi"]]. Unless you want to be subjected to her [[DeathGlare gaze of death]] or worse.
* People from Arkansas hate it when people call their state Ar-kansas, so much so that they made it illegal.
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[[folder:Games and Sports]]
* Using the term "choke" to an [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut unlucky]] athlete/team (and at times, its supporters). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJeALFiTBag It can get nasty.]]
* In {{NASCAR}}, when Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, many of the Intimidator's loyal fans put blame for the crash on Sterling Marlin, the driver who had touched Earnhardt's rear bumper and gotten Earnhardt loose. For a week after the crash, Marlin actually received a number of death threats. They only stopped when Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rose to defend Marlin and when Marlin was cleared of responsibility by the official NASCAR investigation into the crash.
* Toronto Maple Leafs fans are aware that they haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Quit bringing it up. Also, do not mention the 1993 Conference Final. Especially the Game 6 winning goal. [[spoiler: Now we can add the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Bruins to that list.]]
* If you can find one, don't mention the Winnipeg Jets to an Atlanta Thrashers fan
* Don't mention Barry Bonds around Pittsburgh Pirates fans. Yes, he played seven years for the team and hit 176 home runs for them, but there are a number of reasons he's reviled. One, he had a bad reputation as being horrible towards the press and fans, which in Pittsburgh is akin to a capital offense. Two, he was very eager to leave the team for the San Francisco Giants after his contract ended in 1992 and said some unkind things about his tenure with the Pirates. Third, and perhaps foremost, his performance in the 9th inning of Game Seven of the 1992 National League Championship, where he made a weak throw from Left Field to home plate, allowing former Pirate Sid Bream [[note]] who is not hated as much due to his reputation as fan and press favorite in Pittsburgh[[/note]] to score the winning run for the Atlanta Braves, sending Atlanta to the World Series, and beginning a nearly two-decade long period of losing seasons for the Pirates.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Chicago Blackhawks]] are '''very''' particular about no one being allowed to step on the logo on their locker room floor out of tradition and respect. Music/JustinBieber [[http://www.tmz.com/2013/07/10/justin-bieber-blackhawks-logo-picture-photo/ found that out the hard way]], and while the team said it was no harm no foul, [[http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer/Justin-Biebers-Cup-Rendezvous-Sets-Off-Blackhawks-Fans-214899971.html fan reaction was far angrier]].
* Don't tell any fans of the Dallas Stars that Brett Hull's Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1999 didn't count. Here's some background: it was Game 6 of the finals, the Stars and the Buffalo Sabres were in triple overtime at 1-1. Hull took a shot, was saved by Sabres goalie Dominic Hasek, regained the puck and shot again, finally scoring. Later replays showed that Hull's foot was in the goal crease. This would otherwise have made the goal invalid, except that Hull had regained the puck from Hasek's save, therefore giving Hull control of the puck, thus allowing him to re-attempt the goal. The powers that be ruled that the goal was good, and the Stars won the Cup. Buffalo fans, still to this day and possibly until the end of time, continue to argue for "no goal." It's an issue that is to be tread on very lightly in both Dallas and Buffalo.
** Either way, it's a moot point. The NHL, seeing that the goal crease rule was unnecessarily confusing, repealed the rule the next season.
* Do NOT, under any circumstances, mention the Oklahoma City Thunder in Seattle. Just don't. Seattle rapper {{Macklemore}} was pissed when the Thunder used his song "Can't Hold Us" as their playoff anthem.
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[[folder:Historical]]
* Audie Murphy had a rather famous Berserk Button -- having his best friend killed by German soldiers who [[ISurrenderSuckers pretended to surrender]]. He Hulked out, killed them all (and ''they'' were armed with ''machine guns''), then used their weaponry to kill every baddie in a 100-yard radius, including two more machine gun nests and a bunch of snipers. Yeah, don't make him mad.
* William Wallace's Berserk Button is widely reported to have been the murder of his wife. Kill his wife and he will become a walking machine of death and destruction against England.
* Minneapolis radio personality T.D. Mischke learned the hard way that one should never insult the men of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald'' in ANY of the steel cities on the Great Lakes (it was an iron ore cargo ship that went down with all 29 crew members on November 10, 1975). After replaying an interview he did with an Edmund Fitzgerald expert, where Mischke sang all his questions to the tune of ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'', and the interviewee acting like there's nothing unusual going on (which is what makes it funny), a man who purported to be the twin brother of one of the men on the Fitzgerald threatened to crack Mischke's head open if he ever saw him. The man also said he was going to run Mishke's kids over with an 18-wheeler! [[http://www.mischkemadness.com/audiofiles/the_wreck_of_the_edmund_fitzgerald.mp3 Listen here]].
* AndrewJackson is well known as America's most ridiculously violent president... and a lot of those duels and fights, and threats of duels and fights, were over insults to his wife. He'd become involved with her while she was still married to someone else (her first husband deceived her about the divorce), and she was the subject of a lot of scandalous gossip. Jackson couldn't stand it. That guy he killed? Yeah, that was over her.
* ''Never'' insinuate that Liverpool fans were responsible for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough disaster]]. Do it in print, and you'll get a whole city boycotting you. Do it on the air, and they'll get your sponsors to withdraw and eventually force you off the air. No joke, as [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/29/you-ignorant-disgrace-115875-22368627 Jeremy Hunt learned]].
** If sales of ''The Sun'' in the area are any indicator, Hillsborough residents actually consider even the slightest disrespect in relation to the disaster to be a MoralEventHorizon.
* [[GeneralRipper George S. Patton]] really hated it whenever people mistook his ivory-handle revolvers for ''pearl''-handles.
-->'''Patton ([[Film/{{Patton}} the movie version]]):''' They're ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.
* If you value your life, and happen to be in Nomandy c. 1066, do NOT call William the Conqueror "William the Bastard," or refer to his maternal grandfather's occupation (he was a [[OldShame tanner]]) anywhere near earshot of him. He will kill you in many slow, painful, and humiliating ways.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was known for being open about his [[BiTheWay sexual]] [[DepravedBisexual conquests]] (during his triumphs, his troops sang ribald songs that amounted to "lock up your daughters and your sons -- Caesar's in town and his tackle's out!"). However, people who brought up the subject of rumors that he was "the woman" in an affair with the King of Bythnia were not treated warmly...
* Mention the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuck_rule_game Tuck Rule]] to any [[AmericanFootball Oakland Raiders]] fan. Let's just say you don't wanna be around when [[http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0810/halloween.trick.or.treat/images/001080776.jpg these guys]] get riled up. The reason being, the Tuck Rule unfairly cost the Raiders a shot at the SuperBowl.
** As for the Patriots said rule benefitted, do not mention "18-1" to them, referring to the 2007 season where they went undefeated all the way to the Super Bowl... upon which they lost to the Giants.
* Dr. Otto von Habsburg, like his dynasty in general, is an amiable person. But if one were to insult his father and/or defame the Pope ''in front of his face,'' God help you. When Ian Paisley ''did exactly that'' to John Paul II, he got his reply straight. And he was ''well into his 70s'' at the time. Case in point, this bit from an interview:
--> Question: The historian Alan Sked was quite harsh on the Blessed Emperor Karl in his ''The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918.'' Dr. Sked claims war to have been a Habsburg habit, and he attacks the last Emperor for not even thanking the soldiers when leaving his throne. What is the Archduke’s response to this?
--> Reply: '''NONSENSE!!'''
* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Manila_hostage_crisis 2010 Manila hostage crisis]], the [[PoliceAreUseless Manila Police]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero did a "great" job]] for arresting the perpetrator's brother ''who tried to negotiate with him''. If the police hadn't done that, it's a lot less likely the perpetrator would have gone berserk, causing unnecessary casualties.
* GenghisKhan believed that messengers and envoys had the right to safety when in a foreign place. This was a time period where it was quite common to maim, torture, and execute these folks just for bringing messages of peace. If you did this to Genghis Khan's envoys, though, heaven help you. Heaven help your entire [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Khwarezmia country]], for that matter.
* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Sheridan#Western_Theater Philip Sheridan]] will take your guns if you spill his drink.
* Never, within earshot of an Apollo astronaut, state or insinuate that the moon landings were faked. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU Especially don't do so to his face.]]
* The Marquess of Queensbury once stormed into the home of OscarWilde with a bodyguard and called Wilde a "bugger." Wilde then threw them both out of the house.
* Even Jesus had one -- he reacted angrily when he found merchants and moneychangers had set up shop inside the sacred precincts of the Jerusalem Temple.
-->It is written: "My house shall be a place of prayer." But you are turning it into a den of thieves!
* The Roman Noblewoman Lucretia was raped by a [[RoyalBrat local Etruscan prince]]. Whereupon she [[HonorBeforeReason committed suicide]]. The citizens of Rome were so angry at this that they revolted and ran the prince out of town. After this they went on to destroy the Etruscan civilization and went from there to found TheEmpire.
* Charles Babbage was best known during his lifetime for his hatred of street musicians.
* ''Do not'' hurt Belgium in front of her friend, Britain. Germany learned this the hard way in WorldWarOne.
* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Paulus#Stalingrad/ Friedrich von Paulus,]] commander of the German 6th Army during the Battle of Stalingrad, was surrounded when Soviet forces launched a counteroffensive against the disorganized Romanian troops guarding his flanks. When his officers suggested a retreat, Paulus was hesitant. However, when one officer, Erwin Jaenecke, said that Paulus's famous predecessor, Walther von Reichenau, would have attempted a breakout, Paulus promptly blew his top and screamed, ''"I am not Reichenau!"'' The 6th Army stayed, and was utterly destroyed. Paulus reportedly had trouble with being compared to Reichenau before, but this example had the worst effects.
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[[folder: Human Health]]
* [[ShmuckBait Go ahead.]] Tell an autistic kid that [[http://www.red.com/geekdad/2011/02/bill-gates-says-anti-vaccine-autism-groups-kill-children-hes-right/ vaccines caused their autism]]. You will not [[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704034804576025682621085122.html be treated kindly.]] It does not matter what any vapid celebrity says on TV. DO NOT DO THIS. It is equivalent to saying that a person is [[UnfortunateImplications better off dead than autistic]].
** On a related note, don't tell anyone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders that the condition is made up, or that they are putting it on for the nerd kudos. It isn't, they aren't, and God knows why anyone would want to.
* Never tell a homosexual person that being homosexual is a "choice" or a mental illness.
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[[folder:Media]]
* ''CtrlAltDel'':
** Don't bring up [[RetGone the Linux guy]] or the [[BiggusDickus "Jackie incident"]] on the forums or you and everyone who looked in on it will be perma-banned.
** [[FanworkBan Don't make fanart]] of Tim's characters or you'll be the subject of a FrivolousLawsuit: [[http://dradis.mirror.waffleimages.com/files/79/79dfe1a9555dafeefbef099c1b1790ec3dd75bf8.jpg "Well, you fucked up."]]
* Do not abuse a cat, lest the internet destroy you. Any animal abuse will get at least some people berserk on you, but harm a [[CuteKitten cat]] in any way, and there will be no corner of cyberspace you can hide in without being destroyed. And if you should kill a cat intentionally and post it online (such as the case that gave us NEDM), the internet will descend upon you like the wrath of Ceiling Cat or Longcat, most likely guaranteed by [[ImageBoards /b/ of the infamous image board site, 4Chan.]]
* Comic Sans is known as "the font everyone loves to hate". [[http://i.imgur.com/BezbYny.jpg Even smallpox withers next to the disease known as 'Comic Sans'.]]
* November 2010: Do not steal someone's article off of the internet; that's generally understood to start. But if the author discovers the theft and contacts you to ask for recompense, do not tell her that anything published on the internet is PublicDomain and she should just be grateful that you put her byline on it when you reprinted it. Because the internet does not take kindly to such things, [[http://www.edrants.com/the-cooks-source-scandal-how-a-magazine-profits-on-theft/ and they will be coming for you, Judith Griggs.]]
* The kid from the ''Greatest Freakout Ever'' [=YouTube=] videos has quite a few of these - mainly having his sexuality questioned in any way, being betrayed in an online game, oh yeah, and losing his ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' account. And once you've hit his BerserkButton, who knows what he'll break next.
* [[http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/swarm.htm The Swarm]] is a web forum where everyone has the same unexpected BerserkButton.
* If you ever handle a Japanese anime (or are ever mistaken for doing so, in the case of Saban and ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''), ''never'' change the title if it was already in English to begin with, and ''never'' infuse any Korean into the series.
* Judging from the [[AuthorTract Author's Notes]] in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' Dakari-King Mykan's berserk buttons include [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP]], [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks changes]].
* A Missouri theatre managed to press more than a few buttons by sending in an actor with a fake gun during a screening of ''Film/IronMan3''. Keep in mind that this was nearly a year after Aurora, where a similar incident during a screening of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' ended with a bunch of moviegoers dead and the theatre itself closed for about half a year.
* If you're making a movie centered around Día de los Muertos, for the love of all that's holy, do ''not'' go around trying to trademark the holiday. The Hispanic community will be ''muy enojados'', as demonstrated when [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope Disney, well, pulled a Disney by attempting such a stunt for an in-development Pixar project]].
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[[folder:Politics]]
* [[CheGuevara Che Guevara]] to American conservatives, especially Cuban exiles.
* Do not praise Henry Kissinger abroad. Seriously, the man has a whole bunch of countries, even in the first world, that he regularly avoids like the plague. ''Especially'' if you praise Henry Kissinger in South America, be sure to have your affairs in order.
** Indeed, Kissinger is unable to travel abroad because he's been charged with what basically amount to '''war crimes'''
*** Even within American borders, praising him is risky. TomLehrer actually once said,
--> "Political satire ''itself'' became obsolete when Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."
* In the 2012 vice-presidential debate, Representative Paul Ryan made the mistake of making a flippant remark about car crashes to Joe Biden. Biden's first wife and only daughter were killed in a car crash a week before Christmas in 1972, challenging both his [[FaithHeelTurn Catholicism]] and his [[DrivenToSuicide will to live.]] [[TranquilFury While he appeared calm and somber]], his already-mounting fury toward Ryan made his message clear at this moment: "I WILL END YOU."
* The late Margaret Thatcher is this for a large number of British people... After all, you can tell from listening to the ''BillyElliot'' musical song "[[HailToTheThief Merrry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher]]."
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[[folder:Miscellaneous]]
* Pop-up ads are a common BerserkButton for people who often use the internet.
* The Westboro Baptist Church uses this as an attention-seeking technique. Picketing funerals infuriates entire communities, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity which generates a lot of press]]. They make money by waiting for people to rage at them and then suing.
* In Russian criminal circles, the terms ''suka'' and ''ssuchenniy'' (both terms of which translate to "bitch") refer to any former member of TheMafiya who tries to reform and aid the law, and are thus the enemies of any members of the mafiya. For this reason, calling any Russian criminal a bitch is ''not advisable'' (as in "don't do that, if you want to live").
* Never call a koala a bear, or else the Aussies will go after you. So will the [[KillerRabbit koala]].
* Lagging and noobs are two berserk buttons in the Multiplayer communitity.
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[[folder:Celebrities]]
* It is forbidden to say anything bad about ChristopherNolan on any board that has a significant {{Geek}} population. For he is the savior of cinema and is [[UnacceptableTargets above criticism]]. He is the only modern-day movie maker who consistently receives this treatment.
* ''Series/TheAtheistExperience'' will happily debate any theist who calls in... but if Jeff Dee is hosting that week, DO NOT threaten him with Hell, unless you're willing to listen to a long, loud rant about how inherently unjust Hell is.
* [[Series/JimRomeIsBurning Jim Rome]]:
** In full {{jerkass}} mode, he kept calling quarterback Jim Everett "Chris" (after Chris Evert, the female tennis player). Everett attacked Rome by pushing him off his chair. This is believed by some to have been a hoax.
** Don't tell him that you like soccer... even if he is being a complete {{jerkass}} (which he often is) to soccer, or you'll hear a lot of ranting of you, the sport, and its fans that even makes the biggest soccer critics scratch their heads.
* Apparently, insulting Zinedine Zidane's sister may result in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAjWi663kXc serious chest pain.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wcrkxOgzhU Don't tell Buzz Aldrin he didn't land on the moon, but especially don't call him a coward and a liar!]]
* NEVER call Russell Tavares AKA [=PyroDice=] a nerd.
* Don't mention VinceOffer around BillyMays fans, ESPECIALLY since the latter shed his mortal shell and ascended to the {{Pantheon}}.
* PattonOswalt is a very funny comedian and a very nice man. However:
** Do not call him a SadClown. EVER. Do not even insinuate that one of his fellow comedians is a SadClown. You will be verbally castrated.
** Or for that matter rip off his material. If you thought Joe Rogan was cruel to Carlos Mencia...
* Talk about [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers]] with anything other than the utmost respect or the [[AffectionateParody gentlest of send-ups]] and prepare to have ''the entire Internet'' [[DudeNotFunny rip you to shreds]].
* A guy once pushed ''GeorgeCarlin'''s berserk button during a show and received [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-f-I-FiaY0 a pretty harsh verbal beatdown for it.]]
* Never mention Uwe Boll around HideoKojima. It was funny the first time, but it's best not to risk a second strike. Or say that [[CaptainObvious Uwe Boll's movies suck]] to anybody in his fan club [[note]]whose only member is Uwe Boll himself[[/note]] or even better say it to his face, he will more likely than not flat out punch you in the face.
* CillianMurphy's has been rumoured to be people pronouncing his name "silly 'un".
* According to the pop-up track on the ''{{Fargo}}'' DVD, SteveBuscemi finds the constant -- in fact, ubiquitous -- mispronunciation of his name as boo-SHIM-ee a source of neverending annoyance. (It's pronounced boo-SIM-ee; just ignore the C.)
* On one episode of ''AmericasGotTalent'', a contestant decided to insult OzzyOsbourne to Sharon's face. Let's just say that she made her aggravation with his comments quite clear -- via PrecisionFStrike.
-->'''Sharon''': Nobody, ''nobody'' disrespects my husband, so ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]]!!''
* Creator/ChristopherHitchens' was people praising Jerry Falwell.
-->'''Anderson Cooper''': You don't think he was sincere in his beliefs?
-->'''Hitchens''': [[CorruptChurch Well of course not. He woke up every morning, pinching his chubby little flanks and saying: "I've gotten away with it again."]]
* Conversely, Sean Hannity's is people slagging off Jerry Falwell. Watching him and Hitchens meet is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doKkOSMaTk4 very worthwhile experience.]]
--->'''Hannity''': Well, Jerry Falwell was a close personal friend of mine, and I'll miss him.
--->'''Hitchens''': [[ShutUpHannibal If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.]]
* There are several films that it's most definitely '''not''' cool to mention in the presence of Harry Knowles, but probably the biggest example is the [=30th=] Anniversary Edition of ''NightOfTheLivingDead''. Even to this day, saying anything positive about it is grounds for an instant and permanent ban from the "Ain't It Cool News" website.
* [[MemeticMutation Don't]] [[Podcast/RiffTrax stand]] [[ChristianBale in Mr. Bale's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0auwpvAU2YA light.]] (Link is NSFW.)
* Justin Lee Collins, who did a TV show with StevenSeagal, told [[TheBBC Radio 1's]] Chris Moyles that there are four words you should NEVER say to him - "[[JeanClaudeVanDamme Jean - Claude - Van - Damme]]."
* [[http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/04/hayden-panettiere-dont-call-me-lindsay/#.To9QNdTbiLY It may not be a good idea]] to mistake HaydenPanettiere for LindsayLohan if you are lucky enough to be in the presence of the former.
* Never mention Brett Favre's time with the Vikings to a [[AmericanFootball Green Bay Packers]] fan.
* Don't call any of the Backstreet Boys (except Kevin Richardson) a "former" member in front of a Backstreet Boys fan. Or credit an *NSYNC song to them (or vice versa). Or say the two groups sound the same. Or ask if Justin Timberlake was in the group. (The last three also apply to *NSYNC fans.)
* [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20475420,00.html Don't ask Chris Brown about Rihanna.]]
* Apparently, don't mention ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' to Jerry Lewis. Even though he doesn't mind mentioning it in his books, interviewers are told not to in interviews. Some guy made this mistake when he was giving a motivational speech in 2011, asking if it'd ever come out. Jerry's response: "None of your Goddamn business!"
* Do not, under any circumstances, joke about Phil Hartman's murder in the presence of Jon Lovitz. Andy Dick found this out the hard way when he did this, and in response Lovitz "picked [him] up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose." Lovitz held Dick responsible for Hartman's death, saying that Dick introduced Hartman's wife to drugs, which exacerbated her existing emotional problems, which led to the murder-suicide. When Lovitz joined the cast of NewsRadio after Hartman's death, he reportedly said to Dick, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you."
* For a very long time, it didn't seem like Sam Champion was even capable of getting angry, but the BP oil spill was enough to really piss him off.
* Try not to bump Juan Pablo Montoya, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2eu-V57zpc or else]].
* In {{NASCAR}}, don't ask Kurt Busch a stupid question. Ever. On track, he's had some controversial run-ins with Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Kyle Busch. In the past few years, Busch and Jimmie Johnson have had some run-ins on the track.
* Don't EVER bring Leo Laporte's integrity into question. Mike Arrington found out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsV-lgnAjps the hard way]].
* Don't mention Frank Sinatra's cover of "Mrs. Robinson" to Paul Simon.
* [[http://koolbizz.blogspot.com/2012/03/julia-roberts-interview-dont-ever-call.html Do NOT. Be calling Julia Roberts. A cougar.]]
* Try and suggest that the pyramids/Sphinx/whatever in Egypt was built by aliens or Atlanteans to Dr. Zahi Hawass. Results are guaranteed to be entertaining, if you're the sort who likes seeing someone being verbally ripped a new one by an Egyptian archeologist.
* Given that she doesn't like ''something'' about any of its titles, ''The Thorn'' is Bette Midler's BerserkButton (and an OldShame), and the best way to press it is to even ''attempt'' a release of the film, under ''any'' title. Go ahead, try to create a new title for it that hadn't been used by a previous distributor. She'll sue your ass off for putting it on the market.
* HarlanEllison:
** Do not ask where all those jelly beans in ''"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman'' came from.
** Do not ever suggest that he ever wrote any stories for Star Wars. In fact, it's better to view his page for the list of things that will piss him off.
* From the ''TelevisionWithoutPity'' book:
--> ([[BeverlyHills90210 Ian Ziering]]) pronounces his name "EYE-an," and God help you if he hears you pronounce it wrong.
* If you like the idea of half the guys on the Internet coming after you with murder in mind, [[http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/362453/20120712/kate-upton-fat-pics-cat-daddy-video.htm say Kate Upton's a fat cow]].
* Do not bring up [[MisaimedFandom a certain incident]] with [[StalkerWithACrush a certain fan]] in an interview with JodieFoster. She has gotten up and walked off the set without another word. You can't really blame her for it, either.
* If you're ever on the internet, whatever you do, never ever ''ever'' say anything remotely positive about Music/JustinBieber, or worse, say that you actually ''like'' him. The collective denizens of the net [[{{Understatement}} frown upon]] such actions. The lone exception is his song "Boyfriend" which has a TOLERABLE opening. Other than that, any mention of him in a positive light is grounds for death.
** On the flipside, never mention anything even remotely negative about him to his fans.
* Full-on atheist Margot Kidder was once unknowingly (until near the end of production) in a Christian propaganda movie called ''Tribulation'' (part of the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' series). Reminding her about this is ''not'' a good idea. At all.
* MeatLoaf:
** If you are interviewing him, never ''ever'' call him by his real name. He will walk out on you.
** Don't spell it as one word, either. (Or make cracks about his weight.)
* It might not be a good idea for Australians to only ever associate Melissa George with ''HomeAndAway'', if [[http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/melissa-george-has-meltdown-on-the-morning-show-after-hosts-mentioned-home-and-away/story-fn907478-1226514684954 this]] is any indication.
* Don't call RichardMarx "[[http://www.themorningnews.org/article/right-here-waiting shameless]]." Especially not if you're in Chicago.
* Don't you dare bring up the topic of movie violence to QuentinTarantino. ''Especially'' don't insinuate that it's responsible for real-life violence.
* ''Never'' mention ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' in front of Creator/DavidFincher.
* Wayne Brady [[http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/archive/segment/wayne-brady-to-bill-maher-i-will-beat-your-ass-in-public/51913c3a2b8c2a2f1d00037e awesomely called out]] white comedian/talk show host [[RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] in 2013 for remarks that he made stating that he thinks President BarackObama would be a "[[UnfortunateImplications real black president]]" and not some kind of "Wayne Brady", implying Brady was some kind of sell-out to his race [[UncleTomfoolery for not being Maher's stereotypical ideal for a black person]].
* EltonJohn has a low threshold of patience for the gossip press, particularly when spreading lies against him in the papers. In 1987, even as Elton's personal life was in a shambles, he famously sued [[BritishNewspapers The Sun]] and won one million pounds in libel damages for a false "rent boy" story they printed at the time. As per Elton's request, the Sun printed "Sorry, Elton" in headlines in the same typeface as used in the libel stories against him.
* ''You must not'' insult Billy Bishop, Canada's WorldWarOne Flying Ace and Fighter Pilot, in front of Canadians.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rglm0h5yjoI Kanye West doesn't take kindly to being harassed by paparazzi.]]
* Don't you dare work on any picture by Orson Welles without first inviting his daughter Beatrice. She's kept ''Othello'', ''The Other Side of the Wind'', and ''The Chimes at Midnight'' off the market for years and balked at re-releases/restorations of ''Film/CitizenKane'' and ''Film/TouchOfEvil''. Seriously, she's very touchy about her father's work being altered, and a bit too much so in that regard, to the point where she's a notorious figure among fans of Orson Welles's works.
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] ''hates'' when people use his "real" last name, due to issues with his father.
* If you want to get on [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Randy Milholland]]'s bad side at a con, point out that he's nicer than you expected. Once when a woman said she was "disappointed" by this while he was working on a sketch for her, he [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor tore it up in front of her and refused to speak to her for the rest of the con]].
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[[folder:Cultural and Geographical]]
* Do not call Austrian Minister of Finance Maria Fekter [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6w8sSrUezM "Mitzi"]]. Unless you want to be subjected to her [[DeathGlare gaze of death]] or worse.
* People from Arkansas hate it when people call their state Ar-kansas, so much so that they made it illegal.
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[[folder:Games and Sports]]
* Using the term "choke" to an [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut unlucky]] athlete/team (and at times, its supporters). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJeALFiTBag It can get nasty.]]
* In {{NASCAR}}, when Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, many of the Intimidator's loyal fans put blame for the crash on Sterling Marlin, the driver who had touched Earnhardt's rear bumper and gotten Earnhardt loose. For a week after the crash, Marlin actually received a number of death threats. They only stopped when Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rose to defend Marlin and when Marlin was cleared of responsibility by the official NASCAR investigation into the crash.
* Toronto Maple Leafs fans are aware that they haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Quit bringing it up. Also, do not mention the 1993 Conference Final. Especially the Game 6 winning goal. [[spoiler: Now we can add the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Bruins to that list.]]
* If you can find one, don't mention the Winnipeg Jets to an Atlanta Thrashers fan
* Don't mention Barry Bonds around Pittsburgh Pirates fans. Yes, he played seven years for the team and hit 176 home runs for them, but there are a number of reasons he's reviled. One, he had a bad reputation as being horrible towards the press and fans, which in Pittsburgh is akin to a capital offense. Two, he was very eager to leave the team for the San Francisco Giants after his contract ended in 1992 and said some unkind things about his tenure with the Pirates. Third, and perhaps foremost, his performance in the 9th inning of Game Seven of the 1992 National League Championship, where he made a weak throw from Left Field to home plate, allowing former Pirate Sid Bream [[note]] who is not hated as much due to his reputation as fan and press favorite in Pittsburgh[[/note]] to score the winning run for the Atlanta Braves, sending Atlanta to the World Series, and beginning a nearly two-decade long period of losing seasons for the Pirates.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Chicago Blackhawks]] are '''very''' particular about no one being allowed to step on the logo on their locker room floor out of tradition and respect. Music/JustinBieber [[http://www.tmz.com/2013/07/10/justin-bieber-blackhawks-logo-picture-photo/ found that out the hard way]], and while the team said it was no harm no foul, [[http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer/Justin-Biebers-Cup-Rendezvous-Sets-Off-Blackhawks-Fans-214899971.html fan reaction was far angrier]].
* Don't tell any fans of the Dallas Stars that Brett Hull's Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1999 didn't count. Here's some background: it was Game 6 of the finals, the Stars and the Buffalo Sabres were in triple overtime at 1-1. Hull took a shot, was saved by Sabres goalie Dominic Hasek, regained the puck and shot again, finally scoring. Later replays showed that Hull's foot was in the goal crease. This would otherwise have made the goal invalid, except that Hull had regained the puck from Hasek's save, therefore giving Hull control of the puck, thus allowing him to re-attempt the goal. The powers that be ruled that the goal was good, and the Stars won the Cup. Buffalo fans, still to this day and possibly until the end of time, continue to argue for "no goal." It's an issue that is to be tread on very lightly in both Dallas and Buffalo.
** Either way, it's a moot point. The NHL, seeing that the goal crease rule was unnecessarily confusing, repealed the rule the next season.
* Do NOT, under any circumstances, mention the Oklahoma City Thunder in Seattle. Just don't. Seattle rapper {{Macklemore}} was pissed when the Thunder used his song "Can't Hold Us" as their playoff anthem.
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[[folder:Historical]]
* Audie Murphy had a rather famous Berserk Button -- having his best friend killed by German soldiers who [[ISurrenderSuckers pretended to surrender]]. He Hulked out, killed them all (and ''they'' were armed with ''machine guns''), then used their weaponry to kill every baddie in a 100-yard radius, including two more machine gun nests and a bunch of snipers. Yeah, don't make him mad.
* William Wallace's Berserk Button is widely reported to have been the murder of his wife. Kill his wife and he will become a walking machine of death and destruction against England.
* Minneapolis radio personality T.D. Mischke learned the hard way that one should never insult the men of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald'' in ANY of the steel cities on the Great Lakes (it was an iron ore cargo ship that went down with all 29 crew members on November 10, 1975). After replaying an interview he did with an Edmund Fitzgerald expert, where Mischke sang all his questions to the tune of ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'', and the interviewee acting like there's nothing unusual going on (which is what makes it funny), a man who purported to be the twin brother of one of the men on the Fitzgerald threatened to crack Mischke's head open if he ever saw him. The man also said he was going to run Mishke's kids over with an 18-wheeler! [[http://www.mischkemadness.com/audiofiles/the_wreck_of_the_edmund_fitzgerald.mp3 Listen here]].
* AndrewJackson is well known as America's most ridiculously violent president... and a lot of those duels and fights, and threats of duels and fights, were over insults to his wife. He'd become involved with her while she was still married to someone else (her first husband deceived her about the divorce), and she was the subject of a lot of scandalous gossip. Jackson couldn't stand it. That guy he killed? Yeah, that was over her.
* ''Never'' insinuate that Liverpool fans were responsible for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough disaster]]. Do it in print, and you'll get a whole city boycotting you. Do it on the air, and they'll get your sponsors to withdraw and eventually force you off the air. No joke, as [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/29/you-ignorant-disgrace-115875-22368627 Jeremy Hunt learned]].
** If sales of ''The Sun'' in the area are any indicator, Hillsborough residents actually consider even the slightest disrespect in relation to the disaster to be a MoralEventHorizon.
* [[GeneralRipper George S. Patton]] really hated it whenever people mistook his ivory-handle revolvers for ''pearl''-handles.
-->'''Patton ([[Film/{{Patton}} the movie version]]):''' They're ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.
* If you value your life, and happen to be in Nomandy c. 1066, do NOT call William the Conqueror "William the Bastard," or refer to his maternal grandfather's occupation (he was a [[OldShame tanner]]) anywhere near earshot of him. He will kill you in many slow, painful, and humiliating ways.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar was known for being open about his [[BiTheWay sexual]] [[DepravedBisexual conquests]] (during his triumphs, his troops sang ribald songs that amounted to "lock up your daughters and your sons -- Caesar's in town and his tackle's out!"). However, people who brought up the subject of rumors that he was "the woman" in an affair with the King of Bythnia were not treated warmly...
* Mention the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuck_rule_game Tuck Rule]] to any [[AmericanFootball Oakland Raiders]] fan. Let's just say you don't wanna be around when [[http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0810/halloween.trick.or.treat/images/001080776.jpg these guys]] get riled up. The reason being, the Tuck Rule unfairly cost the Raiders a shot at the SuperBowl.
** As for the Patriots said rule benefitted, do not mention "18-1" to them, referring to the 2007 season where they went undefeated all the way to the Super Bowl... upon which they lost to the Giants.
* Dr. Otto von Habsburg, like his dynasty in general, is an amiable person. But if one were to insult his father and/or defame the Pope ''in front of his face,'' God help you. When Ian Paisley ''did exactly that'' to John Paul II, he got his reply straight. And he was ''well into his 70s'' at the time. Case in point, this bit from an interview:
--> Question: The historian Alan Sked was quite harsh on the Blessed Emperor Karl in his ''The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918.'' Dr. Sked claims war to have been a Habsburg habit, and he attacks the last Emperor for not even thanking the soldiers when leaving his throne. What is the Archduke’s response to this?
--> Reply: '''NONSENSE!!'''
* In the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Manila_hostage_crisis 2010 Manila hostage crisis]], the [[PoliceAreUseless Manila Police]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero did a "great" job]] for arresting the perpetrator's brother ''who tried to negotiate with him''. If the police hadn't done that, it's a lot less likely the perpetrator would have gone berserk, causing unnecessary casualties.
* GenghisKhan believed that messengers and envoys had the right to safety when in a foreign place. This was a time period where it was quite common to maim, torture, and execute these folks just for bringing messages of peace. If you did this to Genghis Khan's envoys, though, heaven help you. Heaven help your entire [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Khwarezmia country]], for that matter.
* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Sheridan#Western_Theater Philip Sheridan]] will take your guns if you spill his drink.
* Never, within earshot of an Apollo astronaut, state or insinuate that the moon landings were faked. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU Especially don't do so to his face.]]
* The Marquess of Queensbury once stormed into the home of OscarWilde with a bodyguard and called Wilde a "bugger." Wilde then threw them both out of the house.
* Even Jesus had one -- he reacted angrily when he found merchants and moneychangers had set up shop inside the sacred precincts of the Jerusalem Temple.
-->It is written: "My house shall be a place of prayer." But you are turning it into a den of thieves!
* The Roman Noblewoman Lucretia was raped by a [[RoyalBrat local Etruscan prince]]. Whereupon she [[HonorBeforeReason committed suicide]]. The citizens of Rome were so angry at this that they revolted and ran the prince out of town. After this they went on to destroy the Etruscan civilization and went from there to found TheEmpire.
* Charles Babbage was best known during his lifetime for his hatred of street musicians.
* ''Do not'' hurt Belgium in front of her friend, Britain. Germany learned this the hard way in WorldWarOne.
* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Paulus#Stalingrad/ Friedrich von Paulus,]] commander of the German 6th Army during the Battle of Stalingrad, was surrounded when Soviet forces launched a counteroffensive against the disorganized Romanian troops guarding his flanks. When his officers suggested a retreat, Paulus was hesitant. However, when one officer, Erwin Jaenecke, said that Paulus's famous predecessor, Walther von Reichenau, would have attempted a breakout, Paulus promptly blew his top and screamed, ''"I am not Reichenau!"'' The 6th Army stayed, and was utterly destroyed. Paulus reportedly had trouble with being compared to Reichenau before, but this example had the worst effects.
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[[folder: Human Health]]
* [[ShmuckBait Go ahead.]] Tell an autistic kid that [[http://www.red.com/geekdad/2011/02/bill-gates-says-anti-vaccine-autism-groups-kill-children-hes-right/ vaccines caused their autism]]. You will not [[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704034804576025682621085122.html be treated kindly.]] It does not matter what any vapid celebrity says on TV. DO NOT DO THIS. It is equivalent to saying that a person is [[UnfortunateImplications better off dead than autistic]].
** On a related note, don't tell anyone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders that the condition is made up, or that they are putting it on for the nerd kudos. It isn't, they aren't, and God knows why anyone would want to.
* Never tell a homosexual person that being homosexual is a "choice" or a mental illness.
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[[folder:Media]]
* ''CtrlAltDel'':
** Don't bring up [[RetGone the Linux guy]] or the [[BiggusDickus "Jackie incident"]] on the forums or you and everyone who looked in on it will be perma-banned.
** [[FanworkBan Don't make fanart]] of Tim's characters or you'll be the subject of a FrivolousLawsuit: [[http://dradis.mirror.waffleimages.com/files/79/79dfe1a9555dafeefbef099c1b1790ec3dd75bf8.jpg "Well, you fucked up."]]
* Do not abuse a cat, lest the internet destroy you. Any animal abuse will get at least some people berserk on you, but harm a [[CuteKitten cat]] in any way, and there will be no corner of cyberspace you can hide in without being destroyed. And if you should kill a cat intentionally and post it online (such as the case that gave us NEDM), the internet will descend upon you like the wrath of Ceiling Cat or Longcat, most likely guaranteed by [[ImageBoards /b/ of the infamous image board site, 4Chan.]]
* Comic Sans is known as "the font everyone loves to hate". [[http://i.imgur.com/BezbYny.jpg Even smallpox withers next to the disease known as 'Comic Sans'.]]
* November 2010: Do not steal someone's article off of the internet; that's generally understood to start. But if the author discovers the theft and contacts you to ask for recompense, do not tell her that anything published on the internet is PublicDomain and she should just be grateful that you put her byline on it when you reprinted it. Because the internet does not take kindly to such things, [[http://www.edrants.com/the-cooks-source-scandal-how-a-magazine-profits-on-theft/ and they will be coming for you, Judith Griggs.]]
* The kid from the ''Greatest Freakout Ever'' [=YouTube=] videos has quite a few of these - mainly having his sexuality questioned in any way, being betrayed in an online game, oh yeah, and losing his ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' account. And once you've hit his BerserkButton, who knows what he'll break next.
* [[http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/swarm.htm The Swarm]] is a web forum where everyone has the same unexpected BerserkButton.
* If you ever handle a Japanese anime (or are ever mistaken for doing so, in the case of Saban and ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''), ''never'' change the title if it was already in English to begin with, and ''never'' infuse any Korean into the series.
* Judging from the [[AuthorTract Author's Notes]] in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' Dakari-King Mykan's berserk buttons include [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP]], [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]], and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks changes]].
* A Missouri theatre managed to press more than a few buttons by sending in an actor with a fake gun during a screening of ''Film/IronMan3''. Keep in mind that this was nearly a year after Aurora, where a similar incident during a screening of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' ended with a bunch of moviegoers dead and the theatre itself closed for about half a year.
* If you're making a movie centered around Día de los Muertos, for the love of all that's holy, do ''not'' go around trying to trademark the holiday. The Hispanic community will be ''muy enojados'', as demonstrated when [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope Disney, well, pulled a Disney by attempting such a stunt for an in-development Pixar project]].
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* [[CheGuevara Che Guevara]] to American conservatives, especially Cuban exiles.
* Do not praise Henry Kissinger abroad. Seriously, the man has a whole bunch of countries, even in the first world, that he regularly avoids like the plague. ''Especially'' if you praise Henry Kissinger in South America, be sure to have your affairs in order.
** Indeed, Kissinger is unable to travel abroad because he's been charged with what basically amount to '''war crimes'''
*** Even within American borders, praising him is risky. TomLehrer actually once said,
--> "Political satire ''itself'' became obsolete when Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."
* In the 2012 vice-presidential debate, Representative Paul Ryan made the mistake of making a flippant remark about car crashes to Joe Biden. Biden's first wife and only daughter were killed in a car crash a week before Christmas in 1972, challenging both his [[FaithHeelTurn Catholicism]] and his [[DrivenToSuicide will to live.]] [[TranquilFury While he appeared calm and somber]], his already-mounting fury toward Ryan made his message clear at this moment: "I WILL END YOU."
* The late Margaret Thatcher is this for a large number of British people... After all, you can tell from listening to the ''BillyElliot'' musical song "[[HailToTheThief Merrry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher]]."
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* Pop-up ads are a common BerserkButton for people who often use the internet.
* The Westboro Baptist Church uses this as an attention-seeking technique. Picketing funerals infuriates entire communities, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity which generates a lot of press]]. They make money by waiting for people to rage at them and then suing.
* In Russian criminal circles, the terms ''suka'' and ''ssuchenniy'' (both terms of which translate to "bitch") refer to any former member of TheMafiya who tries to reform and aid the law, and are thus the enemies of any members of the mafiya. For this reason, calling any Russian criminal a bitch is ''not advisable'' (as in "don't do that, if you want to live").
* Never call a koala a bear, or else the Aussies will go after you. So will the [[KillerRabbit koala]].
* Lagging and noobs are two berserk buttons in the Multiplayer communitity.
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21st Oct '13 6:16:56 PM nombretomado
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* ChristopherHitchens' was people praising Jerry Falwell.

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* ChristopherHitchens' Creator/ChristopherHitchens' was people praising Jerry Falwell.
19th Oct '13 2:26:04 PM Riana1
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* Don't mention VinceOffer around BillyMays, ESPECIALLY since the latter shed his mortal shell and ascended to the {{Pantheon}}.

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* Don't mention VinceOffer around BillyMays, BillyMays fans, ESPECIALLY since the latter shed his mortal shell and ascended to the {{Pantheon}}.
19th Oct '13 2:24:13 PM Riana1
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* Do NOT, under any circumstances, mention the Oklahoma City Thunder in Seattle. Just don't.

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* Do NOT, under any circumstances, mention the Oklahoma City Thunder in Seattle. Just don't. Seattle rapper {{Macklemore}} was pissed when the Thunder used his song "Can't Hold Us" as their playoff anthem.
19th Oct '13 2:19:59 PM Riana1
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* People from Arkansas hate it when people call their state Ar-kansas, so much so that they made it illegal.
18th Oct '13 8:50:26 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->It is written: "My house shall be a place of prayer." But you are turning it into a den of thieves!
13th Oct '13 8:38:48 PM MrSRArter
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* Never tell a gay person that being gay is a "choice" or a mental illness.

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* Never tell a gay homosexual person that being gay homosexual is a "choice" or a mental illness.
13th Oct '13 8:34:16 PM MrSRArter
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* Never tell a gay person that being gay is a "choice" or a mental illness.
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