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28th Sep '16 6:08:14 PM gruegirl
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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' the Nuwisha (were-coyotes) can magically learn just the right statement to set off someone's ''berzerk button''.

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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' the Nuwisha (were-coyotes) [[ThoseWilyCoyotes Nuwisha]] can magically learn just the right statement to set off someone's ''berzerk button''.
28th Sep '16 6:01:44 PM gruegirl
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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' the Nuwisha (were-coyotes) can magically learn just the right statement to set off someone's ''berzerk button''.
19th Mar '16 6:54:34 PM Lopiny
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** In the fan-made ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', there's the entirety of the Etherites, which represent the worst parts of the Victorian sort of science, ''especially'' the part about refusing to acknowledge their precious, beloved pet theory is flat-out wrong. They're pissed at reality itself for being different from it, and will try to vaporize you if you bring this factual wrongness up.
3rd Jul '15 1:51:26 PM TheGoodDoctor
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* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': Two examples in the game's fluff. Don't accuse Tim of using his psychokinesis unethically and God help you if you tell Mama Bear that you've hurt her friends.

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* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': Two examples are in the game's fluff. fluff.
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Don't accuse Tim of using his psychokinesis unethically and or he'll throw a fit, almost to the point of overloading.
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God help you if you tell Mama Bear that you've hurt her friends.friends and may your insurance provider be merciful if you do.
17th Jun '15 1:51:28 PM TheGoodDoctor
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* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': Two examples in the game's fluff. Don't accuse Tim of using his psychokinesis unethically and God help you if you tell Mama Bear that you've hurt her friends.
11th Apr '15 5:07:17 AM narm00
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** While the Diamond Sharks would rather [[ArmsDealer sell you weapons than shoot you with them]] if you attack their mercantile interests or civilians you are in for a beating. When the Draconis Combine was trying to acquire advanced technology after most of their production centers were destroyed in the Jihad, they went to the Sharks. The local warlord gave them a continent to set up shop but a few of his senior officers took offense to this "Clan occupation" and killed a few hundred civilians. By the time the warlord managed to call his subordinates off, the Combine had lost two regiments.
** For most Clans they consider having non-warrior castes taking up arms as abhorrent, when it is discovered that Clan Blood Spirit one of the smallest clans was using armed militia to bolster their forces, the remaining clans call for the Blood Spirits annihilation.

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** While the Diamond Sharks would rather [[ArmsDealer sell you weapons than shoot you with them]] them]], if you attack their mercantile interests or civilians you are in for a beating. When the Draconis Combine was trying to acquire advanced technology after most of their production centers were destroyed in the Jihad, they went to the Sharks. The local warlord gave them a continent to set up shop but a few of his senior officers took offense to this "Clan occupation" and killed a few hundred civilians. By the time the warlord managed to call his subordinates off, the Combine had lost two regiments.
** For most Clans they consider having non-warrior castes taking up arms as abhorrent, abhorrent; when it is it's discovered that Clan Blood Spirit Spirit, one of the smallest clans clans, was using armed militia to bolster their forces, the remaining clans call for the Blood Spirits annihilation.Spirits' annihilation.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon prince]] Graz'zt is probably the least likely demon lord to rip you apart just for existing, even opening his layers of the abyss for trade. Mention that he actually fell in love with Iggwilv, that Malcanthet turned him down, or call his domain "The Little Hells," and he will feed you to the predatory plants in his gardens.
** Do NOT talk about [[FantasticRacism dragons around a behir]].
** In 4th Edition, suggesting that a half-orc was a ChildOfRape in earshot of one is a quick way to get your teeth punched out.
** To make lycanthropy less predictable, ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' encourages {{Game Master}}s to link werebeasts' involuntary transformations (and subsequent Berserk Button rampages) to phenomena other than the full moon, such as the tides, exposure to a particular odor, food or substance, or stressful situations such as feeling hemmed in by a crowd.



* {{GURPS}} has multiple was of simulating this on a character, the most common of which is simply called Berserk.
* ''Old World of Darkness'' - If you ever cross paths with a member of the Sabbat on the ''Path of Honourable Accord'', don't ever, ever, ever, '''EVER''' accuse them of breaking their word. They will pursue you with the full fury of a raging vampire until you either apologize, die, or kill them.
** Clan Brujah has this as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Almost every Brujah vampire has something that throws them off in some way... or in some cases, almost ''[[HairTriggerTemper everything]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper pisses them off]]. Some are more easily pushed than others, but even the calmest elder of the clan has ''something'' that pisses them off -- and you don't want to be ''anywhere'' in the general vicinity if that button gets pressed.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the existence of [[TheBeautifulElite Clan Toreador]] is pretty much a BerserkButton for [[LooksLikeOrlok Clan Nosferatu]].
** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension The Progenitors]] are, as [[TheMan Technocrats]] go, rather laid-back, friendly, and focused on making the world a better place rather that controlling it... but they view the promotion of homeopathy, New Age remedies, and other forms of alternative medicine pseudo-science as literal war crimes, and it's the reason they're by far the most gung-ho of the Conventions about wiping out [[InsistentTerminology Reality Deviants]].

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* {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} has multiple was ways of simulating this on in a character, the most common of which is simply called Berserk.
* ''Old World of Darkness'' - ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'':
If you ever cross paths with a member of the Sabbat on the ''Path of Honourable Accord'', don't ever, ever, ever, '''EVER''' accuse them of breaking their word. They will pursue you with the full fury of a raging vampire until you either apologize, die, or kill them.
** *** Clan Brujah has this as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Almost every Brujah vampire has something that throws them off in some way... or in some cases, almost ''[[HairTriggerTemper everything]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper pisses them off]]. Some are more easily pushed than others, but even the calmest elder of the clan has ''something'' that pisses them off -- and you don't want to be ''anywhere'' in the general vicinity if that button gets pressed.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the *** The existence of [[TheBeautifulElite Clan Toreador]] is pretty much a BerserkButton for [[LooksLikeOrlok Clan Nosferatu]].
** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension The Progenitors]] are, as [[TheMan Technocrats]] go, rather laid-back, friendly, and focused on making the world a better place rather that than controlling it... but they view the promotion of homeopathy, New Age remedies, and other forms of alternative medicine pseudo-science as literal war crimes, and it's the reason they're by far the most gung-ho of the Conventions about wiping out [[InsistentTerminology Reality Deviants]].



* To make lycanthropy less predictable, ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' encourages {{Game Master}}s to link werebeasts' involuntary transformations (and subsequent Berserk Button rampages) to phenomena other than the full moon, such as the tides, exposure to a particular odor, food or substance, or stressful situations such as feeling hemmed in by a crowd.



** Black Templars: Shoot one their battle brothers, the ''entire squad'' comes charging at you. This had led to comparisons with Berserkers of Khorne (to who, technically, ''everything'' is a BerserkButton (but Slaaneshi followers even more so)).

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** Black Templars: Shoot one their battle brothers, the ''entire squad'' comes charging at you. This had has led to comparisons with Berserkers of Khorne (to who, technically, ''everything'' is a BerserkButton (but Slaaneshi followers even more so)).



* The [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon prince]] Graz'zt is probably the least likely demon lord to rip you apart just for existing, even opening his layers of the abyss for trade. Mention that he actually fell in love with Iggwilv, that Malcanthet turned him down, or call his domain "The Little Hells," and he will feed you to the predatory plants in his gardens.
** In 4th Edition, suggesting that a half-orc was a ChildOfRape in earshot of one is a quick way to get your teeth punched out.
* Do NOT talk about [[FantasticRacism dragons around a behir]].
1st Apr '15 9:04:15 PM SpectralTime
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** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension The Progenitors are, as [[TheMan Technocrats]] go, rather laid-back, friendly, and focused on making the world a better place rather that controlling it... but they view the promotion of homeopathy, New Age remedies, and other forms of alternative medicine pseudo-science as literal war crimes, and it's the reason they're by far the most gung-ho of the Conventions about wiping out [[InsistentTerminology Reality Deviants]].

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** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension The Progenitors Progenitors]] are, as [[TheMan Technocrats]] go, rather laid-back, friendly, and focused on making the world a better place rather that controlling it... but they view the promotion of homeopathy, New Age remedies, and other forms of alternative medicine pseudo-science as literal war crimes, and it's the reason they're by far the most gung-ho of the Conventions about wiping out [[InsistentTerminology Reality Deviants]].
1st Apr '15 9:03:09 PM SpectralTime
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** [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension The Progenitors are, as [[TheMan Technocrats]] go, rather laid-back, friendly, and focused on making the world a better place rather that controlling it... but they view the promotion of homeopathy, New Age remedies, and other forms of alternative medicine pseudo-science as literal war crimes, and it's the reason they're by far the most gung-ho of the Conventions about wiping out [[InsistentTerminology Reality Deviants]].
3rd Jan '15 2:47:25 AM Andygal
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* ''{{Exalted}}'': Even if an Exalt fills their Limit meter, it's not necessarily enough for them to go into a [[HeroicBSOD Limit Break]]. Rather, each Break comes with a trigger condition, such as "Annoyed at the childish nature of the world" or "Witness an act of suffering that you could easily stop." A good example of this trope in its pure form is the Red Rage of Compassion break, which typically involves a normally kind-hearted and compassionate Solar going into an UnstoppableRage after seeing one too many innocents cut down.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Even if an Exalt fills their Limit meter, it's not necessarily enough for them to go into a [[HeroicBSOD Limit Break]]. Rather, each Break comes with a trigger condition, such as "Annoyed at the childish nature of the world" or "Witness an act of suffering that you could easily stop." A good example of this trope in its pure form is the Red Rage of Compassion break, which typically involves a normally kind-hearted and compassionate Solar going into an UnstoppableRage after seeing one too many innocents cut down.



* To make lycanthropy less predictable, ''{{Ravenloft}}'' encourages {{Game Master}}s to link werebeasts' involuntary transformations (and subsequent Berserk Button rampages) to phenomena other than the full moon, such as the tides, exposure to a particular odor, food or substance, or stressful situations such as feeling hemmed in by a crowd.

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* To make lycanthropy less predictable, ''{{Ravenloft}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' encourages {{Game Master}}s to link werebeasts' involuntary transformations (and subsequent Berserk Button rampages) to phenomena other than the full moon, such as the tides, exposure to a particular odor, food or substance, or stressful situations such as feeling hemmed in by a crowd.
27th Dec '14 9:17:43 AM TheUnsquished
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* Of the various [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] in ''BattleTech'', the Ghost Bears are frequently considered to be the most laid back and least aggressive. Unless you attack their capital, Alshain. Or use nuclear weapons. Or they have any reason whatsoever to even suspect that you might be associated with Clan Wolverine. Doing any of the above makes them angry. [[UnstoppableRage That's very, very bad.]]

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* Of the various [[ProudWarriorRace Clans]] in ''BattleTech'', ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Ghost Bears are frequently considered to be the most laid back and least aggressive. Unless you attack their capital, Alshain. Or use nuclear weapons. Or they have any reason whatsoever to even suspect that you might be associated with Clan Wolverine. Doing any of the above makes them angry. [[UnstoppableRage That's very, very bad.]]
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