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24th Feb '17 11:07:28 AM MasterFuzzy
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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]] well, there's a reason he's the Trope Namer for Beware the Superman.

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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]] well, there's a reason he's [[BewaretheSuperman the Trope Namer for Beware the Superman. Namer.]]
24th Feb '17 11:06:04 AM MasterFuzzy
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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]] well, there's a reason he's the TropeNamer for BewaretheSuperman.

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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]] well, there's a reason he's the TropeNamer Trope Namer for BewaretheSuperman.Beware the Superman.
24th Feb '17 11:05:32 AM MasterFuzzy
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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]]

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* Good luck if you manage to piss off Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[BewareTheNiceOnes It doesn't happen often but when it does...]]]] well, there's a reason he's the TropeNamer for BewaretheSuperman.
23rd Feb '17 8:21:06 PM Az_Tech341
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With terms in sources speaking of the Norse berserkr also occasionally giving off some implication of {{Shapeshifting}} (or at least stating their ferocity was ''like'' they became savage animals...), it's a possibility the tales of the berserkr would later inspire that of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]].

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With terms in sources speaking of the Norse berserkr also occasionally giving off some implication of {{Shapeshifting}} (or at least stating their ferocity was ''like'' they became savage animals...), it's a possibility the tales of the berserkr berserker would later inspire that of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]].
23rd Feb '17 8:57:07 AM VutherA
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*** Descriptions also commonly mentioned the berserkers gnawing the rims of their own shields (as shown by [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Beserker%2C_Lewis_Chessmen%2C_British_Museum.jpg some of the pieces]] of a 12th-century chess set [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_chessmen found in Scotland]]) like crazed animals, unlike most media portraying berserkers as forsaking their fortitude by DualWielding or using a [[{{BFS}} single oversized weapon]] (perhaps even the berserkers had a semblance of survival instincts?).
22nd Feb '17 4:38:00 PM VutherA
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The trope's title refers to [[TruthInTelevision the]] ''[[TruthInTelevision berserkr]]'' [[TruthInTelevision of Viking-age Scandinavia]]: Warriors who are said to have thrown themselves into battle wearing only animal hides for armour and with no regard for their own safety. Their 'battle-madness', whose exact nature is presently unknown (some say it came from eating weird mushrooms before a battle) is said to have been a gift from Odin. The word "berserkr" means "Bear-shirt" in Old Norse, referring to either [[BearsAreBadNews their going into battle with the ferocity of bears]] or for wearing [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes bear pelts]] into battle. Their effectiveness in battle is up for debate, but they were an imposing and terrifying nightmare to the continental Europeans -- and, if Literature/TheIcelandicSagas are to be trusted, to their own civilization.

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The trope's title refers to [[TruthInTelevision the]] ''[[TruthInTelevision berserkr]]'' [[TruthInTelevision of Viking-age Scandinavia]]: Warriors who are said to have thrown themselves into battle wearing only animal hides for armour and with no regard for their own safety. Their 'battle-madness', whose exact nature is presently unknown (some say it came from eating weird mushrooms before a battle) is said to have been a gift from Odin. The word "berserkr" means "Bear-shirt" in Old Norse, referring to either [[BearsAreBadNews their going into battle with the ferocity of bears]] or for wearing [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes bear pelts]] into battle. Their effectiveness in battle is up for debate, but they were an imposing and terrifying nightmare to the continental Europeans -- and, if Literature/TheIcelandicSagas are to be trusted, to their own civilization.
civilization. Some Norse societies would eventually outright ban the practices of the berserker, no doubt influenced by its people converting to Christianity.

With terms in sources speaking of the Norse berserkr also occasionally giving off some implication of {{Shapeshifting}} (or at least stating their ferocity was ''like'' they became savage animals...), it's a possibility the tales of the berserkr would later inspire that of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolf]].


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** The commonly-known term "berserker" and their bear symbolism wasn't the only way frenzied Norse warriors would manifest - "Úlfhéðnar" warriors had a similar fame for battle ferocity but instead used the wolf for their cult motif. Neither "fire or iron" harming the berserkers was a repeated phrase in reference to the warriors in throes of their signature rage. A boar warrior cult also existed, though it doesn't appear that they had the same reputation for going into an uncontrollable frenzy.
22nd Feb '17 8:54:06 AM BeerBaron
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** [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind's]] Bloodmoon expansion has Berserker NPC enemies. They run around on the game's frozen island setting wearing very little clothing and attack on sight

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** [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind's]] ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind's]]'' Bloodmoon expansion has Berserker NPC enemies. They run around on the game's frozen island setting wearing very little clothing and attack on sight
22nd Feb '17 8:53:35 AM BeerBaron
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* [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind's]] Bloodmoon expansion has a group of Nords (who themselves are almost definitely modeled off of nordic cultures) on a frozen island who run about naked (actually in a loincloth, due to the game's lack of real nudity) despite the freezing temperature and who attack anything and everything on sight, regardless of their own wellbeing.
** Also from the Elder Scrolls series, Orcs have the ability to enter a Berserker Rage as a ''racial'' ability, meaning that EVERY SINGLE ORC has the ''potential'' at least to become a frenzied, bloodthirsty warrior.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series in general has given this to Orcs as a racial ability ever since they were PromotedToPlayable in ''Morrowind''. Exactly how it functions varies from game to game, but it typically increases their ability to dish out and ''take'' damage at the cost of accuracy and dodging ability.
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[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind's]] Bloodmoon expansion has a group of Nords (who themselves are almost definitely modeled off of nordic cultures) on a frozen island who Berserker NPC enemies. They run about naked (actually in a loincloth, due to around on the game's lack of real nudity) despite the freezing temperature frozen island setting wearing very little clothing and who attack anything and everything on sight, regardless of their own wellbeing.
** Also from the Elder Scrolls series, Orcs have the ability to enter a Berserker Rage as a ''racial'' ability, meaning that EVERY SINGLE ORC has the ''potential'' at least to become a frenzied, bloodthirsty warrior.
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10th Feb '17 8:14:59 PM NickFalcon
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** ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' is generally more prone to TranquilFury, but he has, on rare occasions, been known to fly into a screaming, heat visioning blue ball of destruction and rip through ''armies.'' [[HeterosexualLifePartner Usually when he thinks Batman has been killed.]]
10th Feb '17 8:14:14 PM NickFalcon
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** ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' is generally more prone to TranquilFury, but he has, on rare occasions, been known to fly into a screaming, heat visioning blue ball of destruction and rip through ''armies.'' [[HeterosexualLifePartner Usually when he thinks Batman has been killed.]]
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