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13th Sep '17 3:19:42 AM thatmadork
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* In ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar'', a lot of the Waffen-SS and Hitler Youth approach this due to fanaticism garnered through years of propaganda against the "evil English" and a [[HopelessWar general lack of options]]. Brainwashed ChildSoldiers with automatic weapons are quite terrifying.

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* In ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar'', a lot of the Waffen-SS and Hitler Youth approach this due to fanaticism garnered through years of propaganda against the "evil English" and a [[HopelessWar general lack of options]]. Brainwashed ChildSoldiers with automatic weapons are quite terrifying. But it's {{Deconstructed|Trope}} because no matter how crazy these kids are, [[RealityEnsues they're no more or less vulnerable than anyone else]]; they tend to be brushed aside easily while the Heer troops, men in their fourties and fifties pressed back into service with their old WW2-era guns, have a more methodical and rational approach to battle that means they can pull off good, [[WorthyOpponent even sometimes impressive efforts]] against the younger, fitter and better armed Allied troops.
12th Sep '17 2:37:10 PM sampleman
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* In ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'', Alexis has a tendency to lose herself and become increasingly violent when her thirst starts to get the better of her.
12th Sep '17 2:22:13 PM sampleman
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* In ''Literature/EntirelyPresentingYou'', Alexis has a tendency to lose herself and become increasingly violent when her thirst starts to get the better of her.
11th Sep '17 3:31:34 PM mouschilight
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11th Sep '17 1:14:58 AM VisitorAlex
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* Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is extremely brutal and violent when fighting. ''Film/RogueOne'' shows him cutting down rebel troops with vicious cruelty, and then there's him cutting off Luke's hand for nicking him in the shoulder in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
10th Sep '17 5:01:35 PM ObssesedNuker
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* As the above examples illustrate, "going berserk" is a rare but well established phenomenon that manifests as one of several responses to a person being pushed to their psychological limit. Instances have been recorded throughout history across many armies and battles.
9th Sep '17 3:53:15 PM mouschilight
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* A few characters from Music/FoodForTheGods by Music/{{Fireaxe}}, most notably ''The Black Knight''.
* ''Music/{{Manowar}}'''s "The Sons of Odin," in a particularly badass part of the song:
-->Onward, into the heart of the battle fought the sons of Odin.
-->Outnumbered many times, still they fought on.
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood poured forth]] from their wounds deep into the earth.
-->Vultures waited for the broken shells that once were bodies.
-->But Odin alone would choose the day they would enter Valhalla
-->AND [[InItsHourOfNeed IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED]] HE SENT FORTH UNTO THEM... [+'''[[UnstoppableRage THE BERSERKER RAGE!]]'''+]
-->[+''NOW GODS AND MEN THEY ROSE UP FROM THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE WILD ANIMALS,''+]
-->[+''[[DrunkOnTheDarkSide SUCH IS THE GIFT OF ABSOLUTE POWER!]]''+]
-->[+''[[TheJuggernaut NO BLADE OR WEAPON COULD HARM THEM;]]''+]
-->[+'''THEY KILLED MEN AND HORSES ALIKE,'''+]
-->[+'''[[LastStand AND ALL WHO STOOD BEFORE THEM]]'''+]
-->[+'''[[KillEmAll DIED THAT DAY!]]'''+] [++'''''[[NoIndoorVoice HAIL GODS OF WAR!]]'''''++]
* Heather Alexander's "Don't Call My Name In Battle" has a berserker giving some very important advice to his comrades:
-->Don't call my name in battle -- it's not wise.
-->Do not distract me when you see a new soul in these eyes.
-->For when the war god fills this flesh I wear,
-->I am no more your friend; I am the spirit of the bear.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- stand away,
-->For I will never hear you, but some other creature may.
-->It never sees a friend, but only foes.
-->Just count the bodies lying where this taken body goes.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- wait the time,
-->Until I fall and rise again with eyes you know are mine.
-->And then perhaps we'll rest and talk of home.
-->But you'll not be surprised to see how much I walk alone.
* Brad Neely's ''Role Play Tournament (Be Aggressive)'' chronicles how a tabletop RPG player wins a tournament with his berserker-type character. It even goes as far as revealing his self-examination, in that despite his own admission of his lack of self-control, he just goes on punching holes in ships and ripping other characters asunder.
--> Mirror, mirror, uh
--> Up on the wall, uh
--> Who's the baddest motherfucker of them all, uh
--> Just like Columbus, uh
--> He get the bloodlust, uh
--> Just like Columbus he get murderous on purpose
* '[[http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/475780 Berserker]]' by Rubén Álvarez (naturally)[[note]]For English lyrics try Google translate -- it works well on this one.[[/note]].
* The song "Valhall Awaits Me" by Music/AmonAmarth is all about one.
--> "SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS!
--> SOON! I WILL DIE!
--> SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I DIE!
--> BEARSKIN ON MY BACK!
--> WOLF'S JAW ON MY HEAD!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I'M DEAD!"
* Leslie Fish's "The Berserker" is another example of a berserker giving fair warning:
-->So leave the devil where it lies\\
Cast no blood into my eyes\\
And never place my life in threat\\
For when the monster comes alive\\
If you survive, you won't forget....\\
The roar when language falls away\\
The vision leached to black and grey\\
The speed that makes the wind feel slow\\
[[UninhibitedMusclePower The strength beyond the bone's design]]\\
These are the signs I too well know....
* The titular character in Music/LordHuron's song "The World Ender":
-->"Lord knows I should be pushing daisies
-->I was 6 feet down, but something raised me up
-->Sent back for to lift my curse
-->I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first
-->Untied, gonna get little wild
-->Go screaming through the dark like a demon child
-->Close your eyes now, the light is fading
-->And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby"
* The members of GWAR. A literal one recently joined them.
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both the manga and anime (but especially the manga), Guts takes on this role, acknowledging in the manga that he realizes that his battle-crazed moments make people close to him fear him. He is driven, but definitely is not a DeathSeeker, despite his tendency to take on 100 men (or even worse things later on) at once. [[spoiler:This state is now "magically" enhanced by the use of his Berserker Armor that facilitates such fighting mode, for example by numbing any wounds received to keep fighting at his maximal potential. However it does come as a price (aside from not being aware that lethal wounds might have been received) in that his SuperpoweredEvilSide always threatens to take over which would cause him to start attacking ''everything'', friend and foes alike, until he's either dead or the last one standing on the battlefield.]]
* ''[[Anime/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]'':
** Alucard and Father Alexander Anderson both fall squarely into this definition, although the latter tends to be just a ''little'' bit worse sometimes. Despite being fairly calm around regular humans and especially children, Anderson transforms into a full-on berserker whenever he encounters vampires or any kind of monstrous heathen, as he likes to call them. His bloodlust becomes nigh-unstoppable and he can plow through huge swathes of enemies without a single fear for himself, which is definitely reinforced by his powerful HealingFactor, regenerative powers, and role as TheJuggernaut of Iscariot's forces. It often turns into a berserk form of HamToHamCombat between Alucard and Anderson since both of them are rather high on the BloodKnight scale of AxCrazy hitmen.
** When Seras Victoria's eyes go [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] during the early parts of the series, it's a sign that she's in Blood Rage mode, and that any ghouls or other enemies in her presence are going to die very, very messily. During the Valentine Brothers' assault on the Hellsing building, she annihilates the ghoulified remnants of the Hellsing staff in a rage so frightening that Integra has to give her a CooldownHug to snap her out of it. [[spoiler:When Seras drinks Pip's blood and becomes a full vampire, she gains the red eyes permanently, though she gains a measure of control over her blood rages]].
** There's also Yumiko Takagi of Iscariot, who has two personalities. One of them, Yumiko, is a pacifistic, harmless nun who frightens quite easily and looks quite adorable with her glasses on. But when those glasses come ''off'', her other personality, Yumie, emerges. Yumie is a fearless, bloodthirsty, and violent berserker who is absolute murder with a katana, has near superhuman strength, and is good enough to kill someone from outside the room. Her fanaticism in regards to her faith rivals that of Anderson himself, and has a loyalty to the man that is so strong that [[spoiler:she completely loses it when Walter desecrates Anderson's remains, which gets her cut to pieces]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari lapses into this under sufficient psychological stress, when his UnstoppableRage kicks in, the battles against Shamshel and Zeruel being good examples. Threatening Asuka and Rei's lives is also a good, quick way to set off his berserker mode.
** [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] [[AcePilot Langley]] [[BloodKnight Soryu]] [[InHarmsWay is addicted to the thrill of battle]].
** On the other hand [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] fights recklessly because she does not care whether she lives or dies.
** The titular Evangelions have been known to go out of control from time to time; in fact, the official term NERV uses for this situation is "Berserker". Eva-01, the flagship mecha of the show is the most notorious berserker out of the bunch, and it's also ''fiercely'' protective of it's pilot Shinji. It's broken out of restraints, moved without power, and brutally ripped attacking angels to shreds in order to protect the boy. [[spoiler: The Eva is a living being with the soul of Shinji's mother, Yui, inside it; meaning these berserk moments are one hell of a MamaBear moment.]] Eva-00 goes berserk during its activation test, with far less beneficial results. Likewise, Eva-02 goes berserk during the FinalBattle in End of Evangelion.
*** This is sometimes used as a game mechanic anytime the EVA's make an appearance in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series. If Unit-01's health is depleted during a battle, it will go Berserk; gaining a ''massive'' increase in stats (not mention a brutal melee attack) but also causing it to attack any unit within range, be it friend or foe.
** Mari, from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', takes elements of a BloodKnight and takes this to new heights, being the only pilot to [[spoiler: initiate a wholly new variant of BerserkMode consciously and of her own volition]]. She goes [[FoeTossingCharge really]], [[NightmareFuel really]] crazy with it.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Kaiser, once he realizes he [[SecretlyDying doesn't have much time left anyway]], and Judai, when the desire to find Johan completely overrides his reason.
** The monster ''Elemental Hero Wildheart'' and his {{fusion|Dance}}s tend to exemplify the concept, doing things like ignoring/destroying traps, attacking all enemies in one go, etc.
* Aleksei Amigochaz from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' got himself some notoriety by behaving like this on the second floor.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Luffy during the Marineford Arc.
** Anytime Luffy gets suffciently angry (to the point where [[TranquilFury he stops smiling completely and gives blank angry looks]] to everyone) he tends to only stop because he's run out of people to [[CurbStompBattle beat the crap out of]].
* Virtually the entire main male cast of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', who takes his constant personal antagonizing of Mithril and ([[StalkerWithACrush especially]]) Sousuke to a suicidal degree. He seems to care little whether he lives or dies, or who he harms, as long as he is able to [[BreakTheCutie mess up the heroes as much as humanly possible]] -- and with as much panache as he can wring out of it -- [[TakingYouWithMe in the process]]. In the light novels, it is revealed that his destructive attitude stems from a lethal cancer that would kill him sooner or later anyway.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[{{Determinator}} 'Give up' is not a word in his vocabulary]], nor is [[IdiotHero 'tactics', 'sound judgment', or 'subtlety']].
** To a lesser extent, everyone else, ''even the bad guys!''
*** Oh, yeah, you ''think'' they're HotBlooded... and [[FromBadToWorse then you]] [[KickTheDog go and]] [[BerserkButton hurt]] [[TheWoobie Nia]]. [[spoiler:Cue people punching your minions through the boundaries of space-time and blowing up your space armadas with the sheer power of their awesomeness.]]
* Bjorn in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', apart from being a Berserker, is also a real ''berserkr''. After eating a special mushroom he flies into an uncontrollable fury, and is able to rip apart multiple enemies with his bare hands. Problem is he has a habit of killing his own men at the same time, just as any true berserker would. His name even means bear in Nordic languages.
* Vita from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. She's a badass {{determinator}} with a giant hammer and says herself that destroying is the best thing she can do. For example, in the fight with Nanoha, after her [[BerserkButton hat gets damaged]], her [[HellishPupils pupils were narrowing in shock]], just before she [[UnstoppableRage goes ballistic and beats Nanoha like a screaming warrior]].
* "Apapapapapapapapapapa!" While ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' actually has a character ''named'' [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Berserker]], the ''real'' berserker of the series is Apachai Hopachi, the [[RedBaron Death God of the Muay Thai Underworld]]. He ''can't'' hold back in a fight and, as a result, nearly kills Kenichi a few times when training him. He does overcome this to a limited degree, though.
** Also, there is Kisara Nanjo when she first awakens to what other characters name "Nya Kwon Do," during which she behaves exactly like a cat (meowing, grooming herself, and kicking sand at her opponent).
** Ultimately this can happen to anyone who can't control their Dou power.
* Ryoma from ''Manga/GetterRobo''. His FanNickname "Batshit Ryoma" encapsulates him well, as a character who combines all the best parts of HotBlooded, SlasherSmile, AxCrazy, and the {{Determinator}}.
** And then there's his moment in ''New Getter Robo'' which gave him an completely maniacal UnstoppableRage.
* ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'''s Sumire is a berserker, in guess what? Her [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Berserker mode]].
* The title character of ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is this; fortunately her maid can snap her out of it.
* Iceman Hotty of ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' looks like just another [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]], but... "'''Destroy!'''"
* Carossa from ''Anime/GunXSword'' easily surpasses [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Shinn Asuka]] in anger and brashness, [[BerserkButton and that's before someone comes within speaking range of his sister]]. Unlike Shinn Asuka however, Carossa is infinitely more justified in that he's a small child with no military training whatsoever.
* Chang Wufei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' was highly on offense and never cared about defense, even when playing chess.
* Shinn Asuka of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' is also a classic berserker. He's good enough to get away with it against anyone outside of [[TheHero Kira]] and [[TheLancer Athrun]]. Interesting in that while an AntiVillain, he's also a genuinely complex character, with a real life outside of Berserker-ing.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': Kira is mistaken for such by the Desert Tiger - and honestly he seems to be acting somewhat like it at that point as well. [[ILetGwenStacyDie He]] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation has]] [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend his]] [[FantasticRacism reasons]]...
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has Allenby Beardsley, normally a sweet and cheerful GenkiGirl, whose handlers have fitted her Gundam with the aptly-named Berserker System, which forces her to fight like one of these.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has the Embody System in Aila's helmet, which the characters explicitly compare to Allenby's Berserker System at one point. [[spoiler:It's later used on an unwilling Meijin Kawaguchi just before the final round.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide inner hollow]], being the personification of his aggression and bloodlust, fights relentlessly and mercilessly, and mocks Ichigo for not doing the same. Whenever it takes over his body it grants him great power and fights far more brutally than Ichigo is willing to and obviously doesn't care about Ichigo's goals. When the two of them fight for dominance [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind in Ichigo's inner world]], his body gradually transforms into a lizard-like hollow as it blindly lashes out at everything in sight.
** [[spoiler:Zaraki Kenpachi]]'s bankai seems to put him in an unthinking berserker state. His skin turns red, he stops speaking, and he attacks mindlessly and without much pause whereas usually he either bemoans a boring fight or laughs in enjoyment of a good fight.
* Orson from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' is an authentic berserker. He's generally TheStoic, since the emotional catharsis of his rage makes it difficult for him to feel, but hurt someone he cares for, ''especially'' his {{Tsundere}} partner Shiris... and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtV0MG7Xj7Y well, see what happens.]]
* Dawn's Mamoswine in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', arguably even worse than Ash's Charizard in its inability to follow orders, and Iris's Dragonite takes it to an art form.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. It's bad enough that he's [[SuperStrength inhumanly strong]] and [[UnstoppableRage uncontrollably violent]] when angry (read: ''[[HairTriggerTemper all the time]]''), he also happens to have such an insanely high pain threshold that even multiple gunshot wounds barely register -- And, even then, only when he looks down and realizes that he's bleeding all over himself.
* {{Manga/Ranma|OneHalf}}'s "Cat Fist" mode is probably meant to be a form of berserk state. He starts to think he's a cat and attacks any threat with an UnstoppableRage. (The original Norse Berserkers were said to believe themselves to be bears in the heat of action, hence the name - "berserk = "bear shirt".)
* Koululu from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' becomes a berserker in the truest sense of the word when her spells are activated.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The [[JekyllAndHyde Curse Seal]] personality of Jūgo behaves like this, willing to attack anyone it encounters.
** Naruto himself became one in his SuperpoweredEvilSide fueled by Kurama's chakra. The more chakra he used, the more tails he sprouted, and the less he could control himself. By the time [[FourIsDeath the fourth tail sprouted]], he couldn't tell friend from enemy, as shown when he lashed out against Sakura, who was rushing to his aid.
* Annelotte Kreutz becomes this whenever her demon side comes out in ''Anime/QueensBlade Rebellion''. In the original series, Tomoe ventured here after she was forced to fight her best friend Shizuka to the death.
* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' lives this trope. But unlike most Berserkers, he shows little remorse or regret for his actions because they tend to be rooted in rather pure-hearted means, such as defending his TrueCompanions. And he despises the thought of self-sacrifice, he just seems to think that if he tries hard enough (and again...and again) his enemy will eventually fall. It doesn't help that his [[PlayingWithFire magic]] tends to get boosted by his Berserker rages and he tends to come out of the other side better than the person he was facing, so more often than not he is proved right.
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has pretty serious rage issues even [[spoiler: in his normal state since at least]] around ''[[TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior nine years old]]'' [[spoiler: when he killed two grown men in cold blood in order to save the girl who would become his adoptive sister, Mikasa]]. It is even more pronounced [[spoiler:when he goes into Titan form]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin's "Battousai" state where he reverts to [[OneManArmy the cold-hearted killer from the revolution]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[spoiler: [[PresidentEvil King Bradley]] aka]] Wrath the Furious certainly counts as this [[spoiler: during his LastStand. Mortally wounded and having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness fulfilled his role in Father's plan]], he eagerly jumps into a battle to the death with Scar in order to go out with a bang]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka fights like this [[spoiler: at the apex of her mental breakdown]]; nullifying her body's ability to feel pain, rushing headlong and tanking whatever the enemy throws at her, beating the ever-loving crap out of it with her sword, and then healing off the damage afterwards. [[spoiler:This does bad things to her Soul Gem, and when she refuses to cleanse it, it starts the downward spiral that ultimately turns her into a witch]].
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' Greymon's SuperpoweredEvilSide [=SkullGreymon=] loses all sense of self and becomes a rabid monster of destruction with a giant missile strapped to its back. Even in the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 sequel series]] its berserker nature was so volatile that it couldn't even be controlled by the [[MindControlDevice dark rings]], the only Digimon up to that point shown capable of outright ignoring their effect.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', there's [[AxCrazy Kamanosuke]], who finds the idea of strategy offensive as no one can tell him what to do and he just wants to create [[BloodLust blood and havoc]]. His lack of awareness of his limits alongside this also makes him a LeeroyJenkins, unfortunately.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the [[ExtremeDoormat extremely demure]] Kale of Universe 6 [[BewareTheQuietOnes adopts this trait]] once she [[HulkingOut bulks up]] into her (appropriately named) "Super Saiyan Beserk" form. She becomes an [[TheJuggernaut unmanageable]], almost [[UnstoppableRage unreasonable]] force for the more experienced [[FragileSpeedster Cabba]] (even in his Super Saiyan form).

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* The aptly-named Sven the Berserk in ''Film/ErikTheViking'' is one comedic example. His father is also a berserker and lectures him on berserking.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', both the manga and anime (but especially the manga), Guts takes on this role, acknowledging in the manga that he realizes that his battle-crazed moments make people close to him fear him. He is driven, ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'', Ahmad ibn Fadlan goes battle-mad during one attack, but definitely is not a DeathSeeker, despite his tendency to take on 100 men (or even worse things later on) at once. [[spoiler:This state is now "magically" enhanced by the use of his Berserker Armor that facilitates such fighting mode, for example by numbing any wounds received to keep fighting at his maximal potential. However it does come seeing as a price (aside from not being aware that lethal wounds might have been received) in that his SuperpoweredEvilSide always threatens to take over which would cause him to start attacking ''everything'', friend and foes alike, until he's either dead or the last one standing on the battlefield.]]
* ''[[Anime/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]'':
** Alucard and Father Alexander Anderson both fall squarely into this definition, although the latter tends to be just a ''little'' bit worse sometimes. Despite being fairly calm
hanging around regular humans Vikings and especially children, Anderson transforms into a full-on berserker whenever he encounters vampires or any kind of monstrous heathen, as he likes to call them. His bloodlust becomes nigh-unstoppable taking on more and he can plow through huge swathes more of enemies without a single fear for himself, which is definitely reinforced by his powerful HealingFactor, regenerative powers, and role as TheJuggernaut of Iscariot's forces. It often turns into a berserk form of HamToHamCombat between Alucard and Anderson since both of them are rather high on the BloodKnight scale of AxCrazy hitmen.
** When Seras Victoria's eyes go [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] during the early parts of the series,
their culture, it's a sign that she's not surprising.
* Ajax
in Blood Rage mode, and that any ghouls or other enemies in her presence are going to die very, very messily. During the Valentine Brothers' assault on the Hellsing building, she annihilates the ghoulified remnants of the Hellsing staff in a rage so frightening that Integra has to give her a CooldownHug to snap her out of it. [[spoiler:When Seras drinks Pip's blood and becomes a full vampire, she gains the red eyes permanently, though she gains a measure of control over her blood rages]].
** There's also Yumiko Takagi of Iscariot, who has two personalities. One of them, Yumiko, is a pacifistic, harmless nun who frightens quite easily and looks quite adorable with her glasses on. But when those glasses come ''off'', her other personality, Yumie, emerges. Yumie is a fearless, bloodthirsty, and violent berserker who is absolute murder with a katana, has near superhuman strength, and is good enough to kill someone from outside the room. Her fanaticism in regards to her faith rivals that of Anderson himself, and has a loyalty to the man that is so strong that [[spoiler:she completely loses it when Walter desecrates Anderson's remains, which gets her cut to pieces]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari lapses
''Film/{{Troy}}''. When he goes into this under sufficient psychological stress, when his UnstoppableRage kicks in, the battles against Shamshel and Zeruel being good examples. Threatening Asuka and Rei's lives is also a good, quick way to set off his berserker mode.
** [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] [[AcePilot Langley]] [[BloodKnight Soryu]] [[InHarmsWay is addicted to the thrill of battle]].
** On the other hand [[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] fights recklessly because she does not care whether she lives or dies.
** The titular Evangelions have been known to go out of control from time to time; in fact, the official term NERV uses for this situation is "Berserker". Eva-01, the flagship mecha of the show is the most notorious berserker out of the bunch, and it's also ''fiercely'' protective of it's pilot Shinji. It's broken out of restraints, moved without power, and brutally ripped attacking angels to shreds in order to protect the boy. [[spoiler: The Eva is a living being with the soul of Shinji's mother, Yui, inside it; meaning these berserk moments are one hell of a MamaBear moment.]] Eva-00 goes berserk during its activation test, with far less beneficial results. Likewise, Eva-02 goes berserk during the FinalBattle in End of Evangelion.
*** This is sometimes used as a game mechanic anytime the EVA's make an appearance in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series. If Unit-01's health is depleted during a
battle, it will go Berserk; gaining a ''massive'' increase in stats (not mention a brutal melee attack) but also causing it to attack any unit within range, be it friend no AnnoyingArrows or foe.
** Mari,
[[OnlyAFleshWound mere impalement]] can stop him from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', takes elements administering a [[DropTheHammer righteous hammer]] of a BloodKnight and takes this to new heights, being the only pilot to [[spoiler: initiate a wholly new variant of BerserkMode consciously and of her own volition]]. She goes [[FoeTossingCharge really]], [[NightmareFuel really]] crazy with it.
justice.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Kaiser, once he realizes he [[SecretlyDying doesn't have much time left anyway]], and Judai, when the desire to find Johan completely overrides his reason.
** The monster ''Elemental Hero Wildheart'' and his {{fusion|Dance}}s tend to exemplify the concept, doing things like ignoring/destroying traps, attacking all enemies
Parodied by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mr. Furious]] in one go, etc.
* Aleksei Amigochaz from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' got himself some notoriety by behaving like this on the second floor.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Luffy during the Marineford Arc.
** Anytime Luffy
''Film/MysteryMen''. He gets suffciently angry (to the point where [[TranquilFury he stops smiling completely and gives blank angry looks]] to everyone) he tends to only stop because he's run out of people to [[CurbStompBattle beat the crap out of]].
* Virtually the entire main male cast of ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', who takes his constant personal antagonizing of Mithril and ([[StalkerWithACrush especially]]) Sousuke to a suicidal degree.
angry. He seems to care little whether he lives or dies, or who he harms, as long as he is able to [[BreakTheCutie mess up the heroes as much as humanly possible]] -- and with as much panache as he can wring out of it -- [[TakingYouWithMe in the process]]. In the light novels, it is revealed that his destructive attitude stems from a lethal cancer that would kill him sooner or later anyway.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[{{Determinator}} 'Give up' is not a word in his vocabulary]], nor is [[IdiotHero 'tactics', 'sound judgment', or 'subtlety']].
** To a lesser extent, everyone else, ''even the bad guys!''
*** Oh, yeah, you ''think'' they're HotBlooded... and [[FromBadToWorse then you]] [[KickTheDog go and]] [[BerserkButton hurt]] [[TheWoobie Nia]]. [[spoiler:Cue people punching your minions through the boundaries of space-time and blowing up your space armadas with the sheer power of their awesomeness.]]
* Bjorn in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', apart from being a Berserker, is also a real ''berserkr''. After eating a special mushroom he flies into an uncontrollable fury, and is able to rip apart multiple enemies with his bare hands. Problem is he has a habit of killing his own men at the same time, just as any true berserker would. His name even means bear in Nordic languages.
* Vita from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. She's a badass {{determinator}} with a giant hammer and says herself that destroying is the best thing she can do. For example, in the fight with Nanoha, after her [[BerserkButton hat
gets damaged]], her [[HellishPupils pupils were narrowing in shock]], just before she [[UnstoppableRage goes ballistic and beats Nanoha like a screaming warrior]].
* "Apapapapapapapapapapa!" While ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' actually has a character ''named'' [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Berserker]], the
''real'' berserker of the series is Apachai Hopachi, the [[RedBaron Death God of the Muay Thai Underworld]]. He ''can't'' hold back in a fight and, as a result, nearly kills Kenichi a few times when training him. He does overcome this angry. That's it. No super-strength, no supernatural resistance to a limited degree, though.
** Also, there is Kisara Nanjo when she first awakens to what other characters name "Nya Kwon Do," during which she behaves exactly like a cat (meowing, grooming herself,
pain or injury, and kicking sand at her opponent).
** Ultimately this can happen to anyone who can't control their Dou power.
* Ryoma from ''Manga/GetterRobo''. His FanNickname "Batshit Ryoma" encapsulates him well, as
he doesn't [[HulkingOut change into a character who combines monster]]. He's just a raging Creator/BenStiller with all the best parts fighting ability of HotBlooded, SlasherSmile, AxCrazy, and the {{Determinator}}.
** And then there's his moment in ''New Getter Robo'' which gave him an completely maniacal UnstoppableRage.
* ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'''s Sumire is
a berserker, in guess what? Her [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Berserker mode]].
* The title character
loaf of ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is this; fortunately her maid can snap her out of it.
* Iceman Hotty of ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' looks like just another [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]], but... "'''Destroy!'''"
* Carossa from ''Anime/GunXSword'' easily surpasses [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Shinn Asuka]] in anger and brashness,
bread. Then he finally [[BerserkButton and that's before someone comes within speaking range of his sister]]. Unlike Shinn Asuka however, Carossa is infinitely more justified in that he's a small child with no military training whatsoever.
* Chang Wufei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' was highly on offense and never cared about defense, even when playing chess.
* Shinn Asuka of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' is also a classic berserker. He's good enough
finds something]] to get away with it against anyone outside of [[TheHero Kira]] righteously furious about, and [[TheLancer Athrun]]. Interesting in that while an AntiVillain, he's also a genuinely complex character, with a real life outside of Berserker-ing.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': Kira is mistaken for such by the Desert Tiger - and honestly he seems to be acting somewhat like it at that point as well. [[ILetGwenStacyDie He]] [[HeroicSelfDeprecation has]] [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend his]] [[FantasticRacism reasons]]...
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has Allenby Beardsley, normally a sweet and cheerful GenkiGirl, whose handlers have fitted her Gundam with the aptly-named Berserker System, which forces her to fight like one of these.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has the Embody System in Aila's helmet, which the characters explicitly compare to Allenby's Berserker System at one point. [[spoiler:It's later used on an unwilling Meijin Kawaguchi just before the final round.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide inner hollow]], being the personification of his aggression and bloodlust, fights relentlessly and mercilessly, and mocks Ichigo for not doing the same. Whenever it takes over his body it grants him great power and fights far more brutally than Ichigo is willing to and obviously doesn't care about Ichigo's goals. When the two of them fight for dominance [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind in Ichigo's inner world]], his body gradually transforms into a lizard-like hollow as it blindly lashes out at everything in sight.
** [[spoiler:Zaraki Kenpachi]]'s bankai seems to put him in an unthinking berserker state. His skin turns red, he stops speaking, and he attacks mindlessly and without much pause whereas usually he either bemoans a boring fight or laughs in enjoyment of a good fight.
* Orson from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' is an authentic berserker. He's generally TheStoic, since the emotional catharsis of his rage makes it difficult for him to feel, but hurt someone he cares for, ''especially'' his {{Tsundere}} partner Shiris... and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtV0MG7Xj7Y well, see what happens.]]
* Dawn's Mamoswine in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', arguably even worse than Ash's Charizard in its inability to follow orders, and Iris's Dragonite takes it to an art form.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. It's bad enough that he's [[SuperStrength inhumanly strong]] and
suddenly [[UnstoppableRage uncontrollably violent]] when angry (read: ''[[HairTriggerTemper all the time]]''), he also happens to have such an insanely high pain threshold that even multiple gunshot wounds barely register -- And, even then, only when he looks down and realizes that becomes as super-strong]] as he's bleeding all over himself.
supposed to be...
* {{Manga/Ranma|OneHalf}}'s "Cat Fist" mode Dying in battle was a family tradition for Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' and he is probably meant to be a form of berserk state. He starts to think furious when Forrest saves him (especially since he was crippled by his injury).
* Benjamin Martin in ''Film/ThePatriot'' exhibits berserker-like qualities in battle. Especially his first and last fight scenes.
* ''[[Film/DannyTheDog Unleashed]]'': Danny fights with pure aggression when
he's let off his leash.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. When he gets into
a cat fight, he doesn't stop until either his enemy has been defeated or until the battle ends in a draw. Only rarely has he been defeated in battle.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' takes this UpToEleven after Destoroyah [[spoiler:kills Junior.]] Godzilla goes into a berserk rage
and attacks any threat with an UnstoppableRage. (The original Norse Berserkers were said begins to believe themselves to be bears unleash his wrath unto Destroyah all the while [[spoiler:[[SuperpowerMeltdown dying of a nuclear meltdown.]]]] This causes Destoroyah, one of the most (if not the most) sadistic and evil monsters in the heat of action, hence the name - "berserk = "bear shirt".)
* Koululu from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' becomes
films to ''run for his life''.
** This is
a berserker major plot point in the truest sense of the word when her spells are activated.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The [[JekyllAndHyde Curse Seal]] personality of Jūgo behaves like this, willing to attack anyone it encounters.
** Naruto himself became one in his SuperpoweredEvilSide fueled by Kurama's chakra. The more chakra he used, the more tails he sprouted, and the less he could control himself. By the time [[FourIsDeath the fourth tail sprouted]], he couldn't tell friend from enemy, as shown when he lashed
film ''Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla''. It turns out against Sakura, who was rushing that hearing Godzilla's roar is enough to his aid.
* Annelotte Kreutz becomes this whenever her demon side comes out in ''Anime/QueensBlade Rebellion''. In
send Kiryu (a cyborg version of the original series, Tomoe ventured here after she was forced Godzilla) to fight her best friend Shizuka rampage across Tokyo. The JSDF end up reprogramming him to the death.
* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' lives
ensure this trope. But unlike most Berserkers, he shows little remorse or regret for his actions because they tend to be rooted in rather pure-hearted means, such as defending his TrueCompanions. And he despises the thought of self-sacrifice, he just seems to think that if he tries hard enough (and again...and again) his enemy will eventually fall. It doesn't help that his [[PlayingWithFire magic]] tends happen again.
** Gigan and King Ghidorah are two [[PsychoForHire evil examples of this.]] They don't care what planet they're helping the alien villains
to conquer and why. As long as they get boosted by his Berserker rages to fight and he tends to come out destroy things, they're happy.
* One
of the other side better than the person he was facing, so more often than not he replacement players in ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' is proved right.
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has pretty serious rage issues even [[spoiler: in his
Danny Bateman, a riot cop and Gulf War veteran. Stoic and reserved under normal state since at least]] around ''[[TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior nine years old]]'' [[spoiler: when he killed two grown men in cold blood in order to save circumstances, the girl who would become his adoptive sister, Mikasa]]. It is even more pronounced [[spoiler:when second he's expected to perform he goes into Titan form]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin's "Battousai" state where he reverts
becomes a lunatic, equally likely to [[OneManArmy the cold-hearted killer from the revolution]].
inflict bodily harm on friend and foe alike.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[spoiler: [[PresidentEvil King Bradley]] aka]] Wrath the Furious certainly counts as this [[spoiler: The Captain during his LastStand. Mortally wounded and the final battle in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' becomes the [[DeathSeeker Death Seeker]] version of this trope, having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness fulfilled his role in Father's plan]], he eagerly jumps into a battle to already witnessed the death with Scar in order to go out with a bang]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka fights like
of his son and knowing no Spartan will survive this [[spoiler: at fight. Boar spears have a cross-bar behind the apex of her mental breakdown]]; nullifying her body's ability head to feel pain, rushing headlong and tanking whatever prevent animals from doing the enemy throws at her, beating same thing the ever-loving crap out of it with her sword, and then healing off Captain does, which is charge up the damage afterwards. [[spoiler:This does bad things to her Soul Gem, and when she refuses to cleanse it, spear haft after it starts the downward spiral pierces his gut - so that ultimately turns her he can kill the wielder. Like most fabled berserkers, he is only defeated by the combined efforts of several enemies hacking him to pieces.
* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, Wolverine often flies
into a witch]].
rage when he's in a fight.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' Greymon's SuperpoweredEvilSide [=SkullGreymon=] loses all sense of self [[TheHeavy Kylo Ren]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. His lightsaber fighting style is very aggressive and becomes a rabid monster of destruction with a giant missile strapped to its back. Even he cares little about getting hurt in the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 sequel series]] its berserker nature was so volatile that it couldn't even be controlled by the [[MindControlDevice dark rings]], the only Digimon up to that point shown capable of outright ignoring their effect.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', there's [[AxCrazy Kamanosuke]], who finds the idea of strategy offensive as no one can tell him what to do and he just wants to create [[BloodLust blood and havoc]]. His lack of awareness of his limits alongside this also makes him a LeeroyJenkins, unfortunately.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the [[ExtremeDoormat extremely demure]] Kale of Universe 6 [[BewareTheQuietOnes adopts this trait]] once she [[HulkingOut bulks up]] into her (appropriately named) "Super Saiyan Beserk" form. She becomes an [[TheJuggernaut unmanageable]], almost [[UnstoppableRage unreasonable]] force for the more experienced [[FragileSpeedster Cabba]] (even in his Super Saiyan form).
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* {{Wolverine}} of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. Though with his [[PowerCreepPowerSeep increasingly effective]] HealingFactor, he's really got nothing to worry about. This leads to [[GoodThingYouCanHeal unfortunate]] [[TheWorfEffect consequences.]]
** His daughter/OppositeSexClone ComicBook/{{X 23}} is this to a lesser extent. Ordinarily she's a very calculating and tactical fighter ([[DependingOnTheWriter when the writers actually remember it]]), to the point she forms a plan of attack to kill everyone in a room ''the moment she enters it''. Even those times where she legitimately loses her cool, her response is generally a cold fury rather than uncontrolled rage. That doesn't apply when she's under the effects of the Trigger Scent, in which case she's a [[UnstoppableRage whirling ball of adamantium-bladed death]] that will tear through ''[[FriendOrFoe anyone]]'' marked by it, and will shrug off the most horrific of injuries to turn her target into bloody confetti.
* Edward Hyde, as portrayed in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is a Berserker. Initially he is just so powerful that he doesn't need to worry about taking risks in battle, but this shifts in the second volume [[spoiler:when he takes perverse pleasure in sacrificing himself for the sake of killing some H.G. Wells Martians]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'', both Raphael and Casey Jones begin like this until they meet each other, which allows them both to gain some perspective; although they eventually cool down considerably, they are both keenly aware of their tendency to fly off the handle when provoked and try to avoid it.
* Hooded Justice, the first ever superhero in the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' universe, was one of these. In his first ever case as a vigilante, HJ beat up a street thug so bad he lost the use of his legs for the rest of his life.
* Comicbook/{{Slaine}}, main character of the British comic of the same name, is in part based on Cuchulainn. An almost ridiculously powerful Celtic warrior, even by the standards of ''Heavy Metal''-style comic magazines (imagine Conan the Barbarian on steroids), Slaine's favored weapon is a huge battle axe named "Brainbiter" with which he inflicts much carnage, and he embodies the power of the ''ri­astrad'', or "Warp Spasm," which is capable of transforming him into a huge, monstrous mass of muscle and sinew which is incapable of distinguishing friend from foe, but is quite efficient when it comes to dispatching either. He is also, arguably, TheHero and TheBigGuy of the series.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Every single [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern]], bar maybe Atrocitus, who actually has a brain. One panel actually shows one ''shoving his head inside a Sinestro Corpsman made of acid.''
** This is by design: Atrocitus wanted an army of AxCrazy monsters to use as weapons against the Green Lantern Corps, not people capable of rational thought, so he built the rings to induce this state. With the Red Lantern Corps's shift to VillainProtagonist, Atrocitus has been giving more and more of his Corps free will via AppliedPhlebotinum. They'll still all gut you at the drop of a hat, but at least now they might tell you why...
* Mazikeen from ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' gains this as a nickname. She's not averse to it.
* The Vertigo comic ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', which is all about Vikings, has a few mentions of the original Berserkers. The attitude towards them is distilled by one comic, which more or less says "Singers loved berserkers for their deeds, lords loved them because they didn't have to buy them armor or decent weapons, (and didn't have to pay them [[HighTurnoverRate after they inevitably died]]) and no one else remembered them, [[CannonFodder because they seldom lasted longer than a raiding season or two]]."
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has Marv who fights in a very berserk manner, throwing himself head first into the fight with no regard for his own safety. In fact, in his initial story arc, he expects to die anyway, [[spoiler:and does.]]
* The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is the personification of this trope because he is Bruce Banner's latent rage taken a physical form. He's Marvel's best example of a berserker.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor can be a berserker at times, notably when he suffers from warrior's madness. It took Thanos bringing Thor before Odin to cure Thor. Everyone else was on the receiving end of a CurbstompBattle.
* Franchise/XMen: Juggernaut is tough to stop normally. Try stopping him when he's not happy.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': During her Red Lantern tenure in ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Supergirl genuinely enjoyed finding evil jerkasses and pummeling them.
-->'''Kara:''' The Red Ring on my fist chose me. It made me part of a team. We seek out injustice and we punch it in the teeth. And it feels good.
* 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.]]
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Xadhoom is this regarding Evronians. {{Justified|Trope}}, as they are responsible for the genocide of her race.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Has several: In many continuities, all or most of the Dinobots have this, particularly Grimlock.
** In the IDW comics, Cyclonus is this, while trying to be TheStoic. He flies into a rage in his [[ADayInTheLimeLight Spotlight]], angry at how his home was destroyed, among other things, and charges through gunfire, in his rage, he laments about how he strives to seek order, but ironically he's the very chaotic element he despises. Eventually he grows out of this, becoming the stoic full time, though a conversation during a fight implies he can fly back into this.
* In ''{{ComicBook/BPRD}}'', Agent Howards collapses in a coma after touching an ancient Hyperborean sword. When he eventually awakes, he has the memories and personality of the proto-human warrior who originally wielded the sword, and from then on forgoes body armor or firearms, using nothing but the sword to devastating effect. The other BPRD agents are more than a little creeped out by him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Glory}}'', at least in her incarnation by Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell (then using the name Ross Campbell), likes to hulk out harder than the Hulk himself, exploding out of her magical armor, turning into a cyclopean, [[LightningBruiser fast flying]], world destroying mass of crystalline muscles able to tear not just any old gods to pieces, but the Thulian gods of conquest. It is not without reason that most of the people in the comic treat Glory as the greatest threat against all existence that ever existed.
* Wildcat was one of Tomahawk's rangers in ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}''. Although originally a member of a pacifist sect, he became a wild man in combat and was the most enthusiastic member when it came to charging into battle.
* The Doomguy in ''Comicbook/{{Doom}}'' is under the effects of a Berserk Pack at the beginning of the comic, and is every bit as batshit insane as this implies. He becomes ''slightly'' more coherent when it wears off.

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* {{Wolverine}} ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Gunn, as a result
of ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''. Though SurvivorGuilt and blaming himself for Alonna's death. Negated when he fell in love with his [[PowerCreepPowerSeep increasingly effective]] HealingFactor, he's really got nothing Fred, giving him a new lease on life.
** Connor tries
to worry about. This leads to [[GoodThingYouCanHeal unfortunate]] [[TheWorfEffect consequences.]]
** His daughter/OppositeSexClone ComicBook/{{X 23}} is this to a lesser extent. Ordinarily she's a very calculating
commit SuicideByCop after Jasmine's defeat, and tactical fighter ([[DependingOnTheWriter when the writers actually remember it]]), to the point she forms a plan of attack to kill everyone in a room ''the moment she enters it''. Even those times where she legitimately loses her cool, her response is generally a cold fury rather than uncontrolled rage. That doesn't apply care if the Cop has to be Angel.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When we first meet Faith, the result of witnessing the gruesome death of her Watcher. She relapses back into it
when she's under she awakens from her coma.
--> '''Buffy:''' Girl's not playing with a full deck, Giles. She has no deck. She has a 3.
* Numerous alien species from
the effects various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchises, including the Klingons and Jem'Hadar (the latter first appearing in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' continuity), are brutally fierce warrior races which not only show no fear of death but in some instances actually seem to relish the prospect of death in battle (although the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' franchise plays down this aspect of Klingon culture somewhat).
* Gem and Gemma of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. A pair of {{psychopathic|Manchild}} {{Man Child}}ren who have a five year old's fascination for guns and explosions (or rather, "boom time") and a HenshinHero's armory. They have to be reminded rather frequently to, for example, not blow up the enemy factory until prisoners have been removed.
* Series/KamenRiderDouble's MidSeasonUpgrade, [=FangJoker=], first started out as this, due to Philip's difficulty in controlling it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' had a similar problem, except this time, it was his SuperMode, [=PuToTyra=] Combo, that was uncontrollable.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the Season 6 episode ''[[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards The Battle
of the Trigger Scent, in which case she's a Bastards]]'' Jon Snow goes [[UnstoppableRage whirling ball completely berserk]] in the battlefield after [[spoiler: Ramsay kills poor Rickon]], singlehandedly slaying every enemy soldier he can gets his hands on. Even ''Tormund'' is unsettled. At the end of adamantium-bladed death]] that will tear through ''[[FriendOrFoe anyone]]'' marked the episode, he's a BloodSplatteredWarrior [[spoiler: who beats the living shit out of Ramsay]]. Jon only calms upon seeing his sister Sansa, who ultimately kills Ramsay herself by it, feeding him to his own dogs.
** In battle, Tormund
and will shrug off the most horrific of injuries to turn her target into bloody confetti.
* Edward Hyde, as portrayed in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is a Berserker. Initially he is just so
Styr both scream and howl while delivering powerful that he doesn't need to worry about taking risks in battle, blows.
** Brienne starts her fights with proper poise and footwork,
but this shifts in the second volume [[spoiler:when he takes perverse pleasure in sacrificing himself for the sake of killing some H.G. Wells Martians]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'', both Raphael
when she's pushed she'll go absolutely feral on her enemies, biting and Casey Jones begin screaming like this a maniac until they meet each other, which allows them both to gain some perspective; although they eventually cool down considerably, they are both keenly aware of their tendency down.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Doomsday Machine" features an unstoppable machine constructed by an unknown alien civilisation constructed
to fly off the handle when provoked kill and try to avoid it.
* Hooded Justice, the first
destroy for ever superhero in the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' universe, was one of these. In his first ever case as a vigilante, HJ beat up a street thug so bad he lost the use of his legs for the rest of his life.
without stopping.
* Comicbook/{{Slaine}}, main character of the British comic of the same name, is in part based on Cuchulainn. An almost ridiculously powerful Celtic warrior, even by the standards of ''Heavy Metal''-style comic magazines (imagine Conan the Barbarian on steroids), Slaine's favored weapon is a huge battle axe named "Brainbiter" with which he inflicts much carnage, and he embodies the power of the ''ri­astrad'', or "Warp Spasm," which is capable of transforming him into a huge, monstrous mass of muscle and sinew which is incapable of distinguishing friend from foe, but is quite efficient when it comes to dispatching either. He is also, arguably, TheHero and TheBigGuy of the series.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Every single [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lantern]], bar maybe Atrocitus, who
''Series/{{Vikings}}'', while actually has being a brain. One panel actually shows one ''shoving his head inside a Sinestro Corpsman made of acid.''
** This is by design: Atrocitus wanted an army of AxCrazy monsters to use as weapons against the Green Lantern Corps, not people capable of rational thought, so he built the rings to induce this state. With the Red Lantern Corps's shift to VillainProtagonist, Atrocitus has been giving more and more of his Corps free will via AppliedPhlebotinum. They'll still all gut you at the drop of a hat, but at least now they might tell you why...
* Mazikeen from ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' gains this as a nickname. She's not averse to it.
* The Vertigo comic ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', which is all
historical fiction series about Vikings, has a few mentions of the original Berserkers. The attitude towards them is distilled by one comic, which more or less says "Singers loved berserkers for their deeds, lords loved them because they TropeNamers, didn't really have to buy them armor or decent weapons, (and didn't have to pay them [[HighTurnoverRate after they inevitably died]]) and no one else remembered them, [[CannonFodder because they seldom lasted longer than a raiding season or two]]."
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has Marv who fights in a very
an actual Norse berserk manner, throwing himself head first warrior in season 1, but [[BadassGrandpa Tostig]] and [[BloodKnight Rollo]] fit this trope in all other respects. Then in season 2 Rollo, Jarl Borg, and a group of Borg's men are seen eating mushrooms before a battle and charging into the fight with no regard for his own safety. In fact, in his initial story arc, he expects to die anyway, [[spoiler:and does.]]
* The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is the personification of this trope because he is Bruce Banner's latent rage taken a physical form. He's Marvel's best example of a berserker.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor can be a berserker at times, notably when he suffers from warrior's madness. It took Thanos bringing Thor before Odin to cure Thor. Everyone else was on the receiving end of a CurbstompBattle.
* Franchise/XMen: Juggernaut is tough to stop normally. Try stopping him when he's not happy.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': During her Red Lantern tenure in ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Supergirl genuinely enjoyed finding evil jerkasses and pummeling them.
-->'''Kara:''' The Red Ring on my fist chose me. It made me part of a team. We seek out injustice and we punch it
bare chested. Rollo's actions in the teeth. And it feels good.
* 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.]]
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Xadhoom is this regarding Evronians. {{Justified|Trope}}, as they
battle are responsible for the genocide horrifically brutal, and he attacks several of her race.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Has several: In many continuities, all or most of the Dinobots have this, particularly Grimlock.
** In the IDW comics, Cyclonus is this, while trying to be TheStoic. He flies into a rage in
his [[ADayInTheLimeLight Spotlight]], angry at how former comrades savagely until a combination of having killed one of those comrades via ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and being confronted by his home was destroyed, among other things, and charges through gunfire, in his rage, he laments about how he strives to seek order, but ironically he's the very chaotic element he despises. Eventually he grows brother Ragnar finally snap Rollo out of this, becoming the stoic full time, though a conversation during a fight implies he can fly back into this.
* In ''{{ComicBook/BPRD}}'', Agent Howards collapses in a coma after touching an ancient Hyperborean sword. When he eventually awakes, he has the memories and personality of the proto-human warrior who originally wielded the sword, and from then on forgoes body armor or firearms, using nothing but the sword to devastating effect. The other BPRD agents are more than a little creeped out by him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Glory}}'', at least in her incarnation by Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell (then using the name Ross Campbell), likes to hulk out harder than the Hulk himself, exploding out of her magical armor, turning into a cyclopean, [[LightningBruiser fast flying]], world destroying mass of crystalline muscles able to tear not just any old gods to pieces, but the Thulian gods of conquest. It is not without reason that most of the people in the comic treat Glory as the greatest threat against all existence that ever existed.
* Wildcat was one of Tomahawk's rangers in ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}''. Although originally a member of a pacifist sect, he became a wild man in combat and was the most enthusiastic member when it came to charging into battle.
* The Doomguy in ''Comicbook/{{Doom}}'' is under the effects of a Berserk Pack at the beginning of the comic, and is every bit as batshit insane as this implies. He becomes ''slightly'' more coherent when it wears off.
it.



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* In ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]'', Grimlock is the berserker of the Autobot team. His vulgar perspectives and behavior are theoretically due to his being subject to experimentation during the Abominus Initiative, where he was transformed into a monstrous persona. This gives him the DarkAndTroubledPast. More than once, he has fallen into an UnstoppableRage, commonly because ItsPersonal.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': If Asuka got hurt Shinji would turn very, very quickly into one. At one point of the story he realized that the mere thought of her being harmed made him wanting to kill people and burn things down.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] both went berserk as they were fighting [[{{EldritchAbomination}} Leliel]]. That poor bastard got ripped from outside and within.
** Rei also crossed the line or came dangerously close to it when she was fighting [[HeroKiller Zeruel]], and the Angel threatened her friends.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In chapter 3 Asuka took a tip from ''[[Fanfic/ThousandShinji Asukhon]]'' and fought extremely furiously. One month later Shinji was still concerned about it.
-->''Shinji is on his bed, hands under his head, looking at the ceiling. He is thinking about...about how fierce Asuka was in her last battle. He can picture the rage on Asuka's face, as if she was possessed by some demon.''
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': As soon as Shinji came face to face with Sachiel he charged savagely and furiously, killing it in less than one minute. He fought so brutally he made NERV believe that it was Unit 01 that had gone berserk.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In the FinalBattle Shinji went completely nuts when he saw [[spoiler:the MP-Evas had tore apart and eaten alive Unit 02 with Asuka inside.]] He fought like a savage beast, roaring "I'LL KILL YOU!" the whole time, and he did not stop until every last one of the [[spoiler:MP-Evas]] were dead.
* Shinji Ikari in ''Fanfic/PointsOfFamiliarity''.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': When Shinji gets angry he is... scary. All of those times his HumongousMecha turned berserker? It was ''copying'' him when he loses control.
* Francis from ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'' is a modern example. He has two mystical tattoos that let him go berserk, but it takes about an hour to enter the state. Once he does, he can keep the rage for another full hour, has SuperStrength and is tough enough to shrug off even a bullet wound easily, but collapses from exhaustion once the hour is up.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** Shinji tends to become one when he gets pissed off... which is a very usual occurrence in this story.
** On the other hand, Asuka IS one. Shinji and Rei call her a berserker several times even before she becomes a follower of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Khorne, God of War, Anger and Blood]]''. Not only does her Eva get painted like a Khornate berserker, but she steadily transforms into a SuperSoldier capable to summon massive war-axes out of thin air.
* The Master Chief in ''Fanfic/HaloCombatDeformed''.
* [[ThePrankster Socrates]], if angered, quickly turns into this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
--> '''Hobbes:''' When he gets mad, he won't even try to hold it in.
* Jayne in ''FanFic/{{Forward}}'', to the point where "... Jayne saw ''red''" are practically ArcWords. It's actually a weird sort of CharacterDevelopment for him, showing that he now cares enough about the crew ([[ShipTease especially River]]) to become incandescent with UnstoppableRage when they're hurt or threatened.
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' has berserker lineages, [[SuperpowerfulGenetics bloodlines engineered]] to have a reduced fear response and enhanced magical abilities in combat. Mei, one of the original characters, is such a person, and while it allows her to deal with the stress of combat on her first deployment like a veteran, it also [[BlessedWithSuck causes her serious problems]] in her normal life and makes her [[LeeroyJenkins extremely reckless]] because her risk assessment skills are completely screwed up. [[spoiler:Nanoha might be descended from a berserker lineage as well, although that's in-universe WildMassGuessing.]]
* The Crimson Crusaders in ''FanFic/GloryOrDeath'' suffer from this, as descendants of the Blood Angels.
* ''FanFic/SuperReadersBiggestAdventure'' does this to Wonder Red, where, before she gets her MidSeasonUpgrade, gets her BerserkButton pressed in the form of the Evil Reader and Lexicon beating up the other Super Readers, and unlocks the [[MeaningfulName aptly titled]] Berserker Mode, where she reacts on nothing but her rage. When the Evil Reader sees this, his first reaction is an OhCrap, but then he reveals he has a Berserker Mode of his own, and activates it. Despite being much more powerful than Wonder Red, his overuse of his powers causes him to lose his transformation halfway during the battle, and Berserk!Wonder Red proceeds to give the Evil Reader a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* The MassEffect story ''FanFic/MesozoicEffect'' combines this with EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs to create Berserker Packs for use by T-Rexes. The results are about what you'd expect.
* In the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'', Emma's fighting style is extremely savage and brutal because she's trying to survive and her enemies are dangerous and merciless. As per WordOfGod:
-->''The way Emma's fighting style can currently be described here is simply unrestrained violence. She's fighting without limitations and without human dignity and considerations in mind. In reality, people don't jump right away to gouging out other people's eyeballs or ripping off bodyparts with their teeth. They can get to that point, but people hesitate before diving into that. It's a similar reason as to why it's easier -- mentally -- to kill someone with a gun as opposed to stabbing them to death with a knife or choking them.''
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' Asuka tends to go berserk when she fights. She stabbed [[EldritchAbomination Samael]] to death in a savage rage when it drove her mad. And during another battle, Asuka and her [[HumongousMecha Unit-02]] went berserk and brutally ripped [[spoiler:Unit-08]] apart.

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[[folder:Music]]
* In ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]'', Grimlock is the berserker A few characters from Music/FoodForTheGods by Music/{{Fireaxe}}, most notably ''The Black Knight''.
* ''Music/{{Manowar}}'''s "The Sons of Odin," in a particularly badass part
of the Autobot team. His vulgar perspectives and behavior are theoretically due to his being subject to experimentation during the Abominus Initiative, where he was transformed song:
-->Onward,
into a monstrous persona. This gives him the DarkAndTroubledPast. More than once, he has fallen into an UnstoppableRage, commonly because ItsPersonal.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': If Asuka got hurt Shinji would turn very, very quickly into one. At one point
heart of the story he realized that the mere thought of her being harmed made him wanting to kill people and burn things down.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** [[BattleCouple Shinji and Asuka]] both went berserk as they were fighting [[{{EldritchAbomination}} Leliel]]. That poor bastard got ripped from outside and within.
** Rei also crossed the line or came dangerously close to it when she was fighting [[HeroKiller Zeruel]], and the Angel threatened her friends.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In chapter 3 Asuka took a tip from ''[[Fanfic/ThousandShinji Asukhon]]'' and
battle fought extremely furiously. One month later Shinji was the sons of Odin.
-->Outnumbered many times,
still concerned about it.
-->''Shinji is on his bed, hands under his head, looking at the ceiling. He is thinking about...about how fierce Asuka was in her last battle. He can picture the rage on Asuka's face, as if she was possessed by some demon.''
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': As soon as Shinji came face to face with Sachiel he charged savagely and furiously, killing it in less than one minute. He
they fought so brutally he made NERV believe on.
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood poured forth]] from their wounds deep into the earth.
-->Vultures waited for the broken shells
that it was Unit 01 that had gone berserk.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In the FinalBattle Shinji went completely nuts when he saw [[spoiler:the MP-Evas had tore apart and eaten alive Unit 02 with Asuka inside.]] He fought like a savage beast, roaring "I'LL KILL YOU!" the whole time, and he did not stop until every last one of the [[spoiler:MP-Evas]]
once were dead.
* Shinji Ikari in ''Fanfic/PointsOfFamiliarity''.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': When Shinji gets angry he is... scary. All of those times his HumongousMecha turned berserker? It was ''copying'' him when he loses control.
* Francis from ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'' is a modern example. He has two mystical tattoos that let him go berserk, but it takes about an hour to
bodies.
-->But Odin alone would choose the day they would
enter the state. Once he does, he can keep the rage for another full hour, Valhalla
-->AND [[InItsHourOfNeed IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED]] HE SENT FORTH UNTO THEM... [+'''[[UnstoppableRage THE BERSERKER RAGE!]]'''+]
-->[+''NOW GODS AND MEN THEY ROSE UP FROM THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE WILD ANIMALS,''+]
-->[+''[[DrunkOnTheDarkSide SUCH IS THE GIFT OF ABSOLUTE POWER!]]''+]
-->[+''[[TheJuggernaut NO BLADE OR WEAPON COULD HARM THEM;]]''+]
-->[+'''THEY KILLED MEN AND HORSES ALIKE,'''+]
-->[+'''[[LastStand AND ALL WHO STOOD BEFORE THEM]]'''+]
-->[+'''[[KillEmAll DIED THAT DAY!]]'''+] [++'''''[[NoIndoorVoice HAIL GODS OF WAR!]]'''''++]
* Heather Alexander's "Don't Call My Name In Battle"
has SuperStrength and is tough enough to shrug off even a bullet wound easily, but collapses from exhaustion once the hour is up.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** Shinji tends to become one when he gets pissed off... which is a very usual occurrence in this story.
** On the other hand, Asuka IS one. Shinji and Rei call her
a berserker several times giving some very important advice to his comrades:
-->Don't call my name in battle -- it's not wise.
-->Do not distract me when you see a new soul in these eyes.
-->For when the war god fills this flesh I wear,
-->I am no more your friend; I am the spirit of the bear.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- stand away,
-->For I will never hear you, but some other creature may.
-->It never sees a friend, but only foes.
-->Just count the bodies lying where this taken body goes.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- wait the time,
-->Until I fall and rise again with eyes you know are mine.
-->And then perhaps we'll rest and talk of home.
-->But you'll not be surprised to see how much I walk alone.
* Brad Neely's ''Role Play Tournament (Be Aggressive)'' chronicles how a tabletop RPG player wins a tournament with his berserker-type character. It
even before she becomes a follower goes as far as revealing his self-examination, in that despite his own admission of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Khorne, God his lack of War, Anger self-control, he just goes on punching holes in ships and Blood]]''. Not only does her Eva get painted like a Khornate berserker, but she steadily transforms into a SuperSoldier capable to summon massive war-axes out of thin air.
* The Master Chief in ''Fanfic/HaloCombatDeformed''.
* [[ThePrankster Socrates]], if angered, quickly turns into this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
ripping other characters asunder.
--> '''Hobbes:''' When Mirror, mirror, uh
--> Up on the wall, uh
--> Who's the baddest motherfucker of them all, uh
--> Just like Columbus, uh
--> He get the bloodlust, uh
--> Just like Columbus
he gets mad, he won't even get murderous on purpose
* '[[http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/475780 Berserker]]' by Rubén Álvarez (naturally)[[note]]For English lyrics
try to hold Google translate -- it in.
works well on this one.[[/note]].
* Jayne in ''FanFic/{{Forward}}'', to the point where "... Jayne saw ''red''" are practically ArcWords. It's actually a weird sort of CharacterDevelopment for him, showing that he now cares enough The song "Valhall Awaits Me" by Music/AmonAmarth is all about the crew ([[ShipTease especially River]]) to become incandescent with UnstoppableRage when they're hurt or threatened.
one.
--> "SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS!
--> SOON! I WILL DIE!
--> SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I DIE!
--> BEARSKIN ON MY BACK!
--> WOLF'S JAW ON MY HEAD!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I'M DEAD!"
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' has berserker lineages, [[SuperpowerfulGenetics bloodlines engineered]] to have a reduced fear response and enhanced magical abilities in combat. Mei, one Leslie Fish's "The Berserker" is another example of the original characters, is such a person, and while it allows her to deal with the stress of combat on her first deployment like a veteran, it also [[BlessedWithSuck causes her serious problems]] in her normal life and makes her [[LeeroyJenkins extremely reckless]] because her risk assessment skills are completely screwed up. [[spoiler:Nanoha might be descended from a berserker lineage as well, although that's in-universe WildMassGuessing.]]
* The Crimson Crusaders in ''FanFic/GloryOrDeath'' suffer from this, as descendants of
giving fair warning:
-->So leave
the Blood Angels.
* ''FanFic/SuperReadersBiggestAdventure'' does this to Wonder Red, where, before she gets her MidSeasonUpgrade, gets her BerserkButton pressed in the form of the Evil Reader and Lexicon beating up the other Super Readers, and unlocks the [[MeaningfulName aptly titled]] Berserker Mode,
devil where she reacts on nothing but her rage. When it lies\\
Cast no blood into my eyes\\
And never place my life in threat\\
For when
the Evil Reader sees this, his first reaction is an OhCrap, but then he reveals he has a Berserker Mode of his own, monster comes alive\\
If you survive, you won't forget....\\
The roar when language falls away\\
The vision leached to black
and activates it. Despite being much more powerful than Wonder Red, his overuse of his powers causes him to lose his transformation halfway during grey\\
The speed that makes
the battle, and Berserk!Wonder Red proceeds to give wind feel slow\\
[[UninhibitedMusclePower The strength beyond
the Evil Reader a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.bone's design]]\\
These are the signs I too well know....

* The MassEffect story ''FanFic/MesozoicEffect'' combines this with EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs to create Berserker Packs titular character in Music/LordHuron's song "The World Ender":
-->"Lord knows I should be pushing daisies
-->I was 6 feet down, but something raised me up
-->Sent back
for use by T-Rexes. to lift my curse
-->I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first
-->Untied, gonna get little wild
-->Go screaming through the dark like a demon child
-->Close your eyes now, the light is fading
-->And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby"
*
The results are about what you'd expect.
* In the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'', Emma's fighting style is extremely savage and brutal because she's trying to survive and her enemies are dangerous and merciless. As per WordOfGod:
-->''The way Emma's fighting style can currently be described here is simply unrestrained violence. She's fighting without limitations and without human dignity and considerations in mind. In reality, people don't jump right away to gouging out other people's eyeballs or ripping off bodyparts with their teeth. They can get to that point, but people hesitate before diving into that. It's a similar reason as to why it's easier -- mentally -- to kill someone with a gun as opposed to stabbing them to death with a knife or choking
members of GWAR. A literal one recently joined them.''
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' Asuka tends to go berserk when she fights. She stabbed [[EldritchAbomination Samael]] to death in a savage rage when it drove her mad. And during another battle, Asuka and her [[HumongousMecha Unit-02]] went berserk and brutally ripped [[spoiler:Unit-08]] apart.



[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The aptly-named Sven the Berserk in ''Film/ErikTheViking'' is one comedic example. His father is also a berserker and lectures him on berserking.
* In ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'', Ahmad ibn Fadlan goes battle-mad during one attack, but seeing as he's hanging around Vikings and taking on more and more of their culture, it's not surprising.
* Ajax in ''Film/{{Troy}}''. When he goes into battle, no AnnoyingArrows or [[OnlyAFleshWound mere impalement]] can stop him from administering a [[DropTheHammer righteous hammer]] of justice.
* Parodied by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mr. Furious]] in ''Film/MysteryMen''. He gets angry. He gets ''real'' angry. That's it. No super-strength, no supernatural resistance to pain or injury, and he doesn't [[HulkingOut change into a monster]]. He's just a raging Creator/BenStiller with all the fighting ability of a loaf of bread. Then he finally [[BerserkButton finds something]] to get righteously furious about, and suddenly [[UnstoppableRage becomes as super-strong]] as he's supposed to be...
* Dying in battle was a family tradition for Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' and he is furious when Forrest saves him (especially since he was crippled by his injury).
* Benjamin Martin in ''Film/ThePatriot'' exhibits berserker-like qualities in battle. Especially his first and last fight scenes.
* ''[[Film/DannyTheDog Unleashed]]'': Danny fights with pure aggression when he's let off his leash.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. When he gets into a fight, he doesn't stop until either his enemy has been defeated or until the battle ends in a draw. Only rarely has he been defeated in battle.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' takes this UpToEleven after Destoroyah [[spoiler:kills Junior.]] Godzilla goes into a berserk rage and begins to unleash his wrath unto Destroyah all the while [[spoiler:[[SuperpowerMeltdown dying of a nuclear meltdown.]]]] This causes Destoroyah, one of the most (if not the most) sadistic and evil monsters in the films to ''run for his life''.
** This is a major plot point in the film ''Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla''. It turns out that hearing Godzilla's roar is enough to send Kiryu (a cyborg version of the original Godzilla) to rampage across Tokyo. The JSDF end up reprogramming him to ensure this doesn't happen again.
** Gigan and King Ghidorah are two [[PsychoForHire evil examples of this.]] They don't care what planet they're helping the alien villains to conquer and why. As long as they get to fight and destroy things, they're happy.
* One of the replacement players in ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' is Danny Bateman, a riot cop and Gulf War veteran. Stoic and reserved under normal circumstances, the second he's expected to perform he becomes a lunatic, equally likely to inflict bodily harm on friend and foe alike.
* The Captain during the final battle in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' becomes the [[DeathSeeker Death Seeker]] version of this trope, having already witnessed the death of his son and knowing no Spartan will survive this fight. Boar spears have a cross-bar behind the head to prevent animals from doing the same thing the Captain does, which is charge up the spear haft after it pierces his gut - so that he can kill the wielder. Like most fabled berserkers, he is only defeated by the combined efforts of several enemies hacking him to pieces.
* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, Wolverine often flies into a rage when he's in a fight.
* [[TheHeavy Kylo Ren]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. His lightsaber fighting style is very aggressive and he cares little about getting hurt in the process.

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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The aptly-named Sven the Berserk in ''Film/ErikTheViking'' is one comedic example. His father is also a berserker
[[folder:Mythology and lectures him on berserking.
Religion]]
* In ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'', Ahmad ibn Fadlan goes battle-mad during one attack, the mythology of the TropeNamers, Odin was the patron God of the berserkers. The name Odin [[MeaningfulName actually means]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the furious]].
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legend]], when the hero Cuchulainn went into "warp-spasm," he was invincible --
but seeing as he's hanging around Vikings and taking on more and more could not distinguish friend from foe.
* Lancelot from [[KingArthur Arthurian legends]] had many aspects
of this trope. When Monty Python did their culture, it's not surprising.
''Holy Grail'' movie, Lancelot's character was preserved. He was memorable for scenes where he would kill innocents and be pretty sorry for it later, just like the stories.
* Greek mythology:
** Although
Ajax from is described as a defensive fighter in ''Film/{{Troy}}''. When ''Literature/TheIliad'', a post-Homeric source makes him into this. At one point, blind with fury over not getting the recently-deceased Achilles' armor, he goes into battle, no AnnoyingArrows or [[OnlyAFleshWound mere impalement]] can stop him from administering a [[DropTheHammer righteous hammer]] of justice.
* Parodied by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mr. Furious]] in ''Film/MysteryMen''. He gets angry. He gets ''real'' angry. That's it. No super-strength, no supernatural resistance to pain or injury, and he doesn't [[HulkingOut change into a monster]]. He's just a raging Creator/BenStiller with all the fighting ability of a loaf of bread. Then he finally [[BerserkButton finds something]] to get righteously furious about, and suddenly
[[UnstoppableRage becomes as super-strong]] as he's supposed to be...
* Dying in battle was a family tradition for Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump''
berserk rage]] and he is furious when Forrest saves him (especially since he was crippled by his injury).
* Benjamin Martin in ''Film/ThePatriot'' exhibits berserker-like qualities in battle. Especially his first and last fight scenes.
* ''[[Film/DannyTheDog Unleashed]]'': Danny fights with pure aggression when he's let off his leash.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
kills a bunch of sheep, thinking they are the Greek army. When he realizes what he has done, he is DrivenToSuicide. He is depicted the same way in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', although the whole "sheep-killing" thing is skipped over.
** Diomedes also fits, being unwilling to stand down in the face of two deities. He [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wounds both of them]] and forces them to retreat.
** Achilles himself is also an example-- once [[AchillesInHisTent he
gets out of his tent]], that is.
** Heracles is also known to fly
into mad rages at times. This is never a fight, pleasant thing for anyone he doesn't was fighting-- or for any innocents in the vicinity. He murdered his family one time after a particular nasty rage brought about by Hera, which led to him undertaking the Twelve Labors as atonement.
** Ares represented this aspect of war, as opposed to Athena's [[TheStrategist more measured approach]].
* Kali in Myth/HinduMythology. Normally the benevolent mother goddess Parvati, she notably slew the demon Raktabija who kept making copies each time his blood was spilled. The solution? She drains his blood and eats the duplicates. Trouble was, she got [[BloodLust blood]] [[AxCrazy thirsty]], literally. She wouldn't
stop until her husband Shiva either his enemy has been defeated or until the battle ends in a draw. Only rarely has he been defeated in battle.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' takes this UpToEleven after Destoroyah [[spoiler:kills Junior.]] Godzilla goes
turned into a berserk rage and begins baby to unleash his wrath unto Destroyah all the while [[spoiler:[[SuperpowerMeltdown dying bring out her [[MamaBear maternal instincts]] or trampled by a dancing Kali who [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone snapped out of a nuclear meltdown.]]]] This causes Destoroyah, one it once she realized what she was doing]].
* The Literature/BookOfJudges in Literature/TheBible reports that "the Spirit
of the most (if not the most) sadistic and evil monsters in the films to ''run for his life''.
** This is a major plot point in the film ''Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla''. It turns out that hearing Godzilla's roar is enough to send Kiryu (a cyborg version of the original Godzilla) to rampage across Tokyo. The JSDF end up reprogramming him to ensure this doesn't happen again.
** Gigan and King Ghidorah are two [[PsychoForHire evil examples of this.]] They don't care what planet they're helping the alien villains to conquer and why. As long as they get to fight and destroy things, they're happy.
* One of the replacement players in ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' is Danny Bateman, a riot cop and Gulf War veteran. Stoic and reserved under normal circumstances, the second he's expected to perform he becomes a lunatic, equally likely to inflict bodily harm
Lord came on friend and foe alike.
* The Captain during the final battle in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' becomes the [[DeathSeeker Death Seeker]] version of this trope, having already witnessed the death of his son and knowing no Spartan will survive this fight. Boar spears have a cross-bar behind the head to prevent animals from doing the same thing the Captain does, which is charge up the spear haft after it pierces his gut - so that he can kill the wielder. Like most fabled berserkers, he is only defeated by the combined efforts of
Literature/{{Samson|AndDelilah}}" several enemies hacking him to pieces.
* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, Wolverine often flies into a rage when he's
times, which inevitably resulted in a fight.
* [[TheHeavy Kylo Ren]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. His lightsaber fighting style is very aggressive and
high body count. On one occasion he cares little about getting hurt in the process.[[CurbStompBattle killed one thousand Philistines]] singlehandedly, armed only with [[ImprobableWeaponUser a donkey's jawbone]].



[[folder:Literature]]
* Wulfgar, the barbarian from the popular ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]]'' novels (based on the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting), seems to fit into this type in almost every fight he's in after being resurrected after a decade of torment by Errtu. Unable to cope with the hopelessness and torture he endured, and fearing that his escape is all [[LotusEaterMachine some dream]], he fights recklessly. Several times, Drizzt and others have had to divert their tactics to save him from himself.
* Skandians from ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' series can (unintentionally) enter sort of a berserker state, when they gain super-strength and supernatural resistance to pain and wound. And become AxCrazy. Most of them doesn't survive the experience, though.
* Fitz, protagonist of Creator/RobinHobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]]'' and ''Tawny Man'' trilogies, tends to go into a "battle haze" whenever he fights, disregarding his own safety to [[AnAxeToGrind savagely lay about himself]]. This makes him very effective during battle, but then he's left standing around delirious for a few minutes until the berserker-mode wears off.
* In Robert Low's ''The Whale Road'' one of the Viking ship's crew is a skinny man with a bad leg named Pintel. Throughout the story the main character, Orm wonders why no-one ever mocks Pintel over anything and why the man is even able to mock their Captain while anyone else is threatened with death. Later on a newer Christian member of the crew pulls down Pintel's offering to Odin and in the ensuing argument mocks Pintel's leg. Pintel challenges the man to a fight. At the beginning of the duel Pintel throws away his shield and begins to froth at the mouth. Pintel then leaps onto the challenger and hacks at him until there is very little left other than a lot of blood and some blocks of flesh.
* Also in the ''Forgotten Realms'' are the dwarven Battleragers who ''love'' combat and jump into it with a glee that scares their allies as much as the enemy. Considering that their fighting style incorporates armour that can only be described as a mobile cheese grater which is used to shred opponents by rubbing against them with furiously, this is probably justified.
* Grigoriy Pechorin, the ByronicHero of Mikhail Lermontov's ''Literature/AHeroOfOurTime'', has extreme ennui for a fatal flaw and so lives by this principle as well. He leads charges on enemy positions, enters a duel he knows to be rigged and volunteers to tackle an AxCrazy drunken Cossack.
* Logen Ninefingers from Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series is a pretty tough fella normally, but when he's desperate and driven to extremes, he completely loses control and becomes "The Bloody-Nine," an unstoppable killing machine who holds no distinction between "friend" and "foe," only "dead" and "soon to be dead." Logen hates this SuperpoweredEvilSide of himself and spends a good portion of his life trying to escape it.
* Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series:
** Touchstone goes into rages that give him frightening power and disregard for things such as physical impossibilities (i.e. trying to hoist up a throne affixed to the floor so he can throw it at someone). He regrets these bitterly, and they are said to be the result of his mother's affair with a warrior from the North. It is revealed towards the end of ''Sabriel'' that this is why he was [[HumanPopsicle frozen as a figurehead of a ship for 200 years]].
** His son, Sam, inherits this trait to a degree. Perhaps due to his more cautious disposition, he never loses himself to the extent that Touchstone does.
** The title character of the prequel ''Clariel'' also has this [[spoiler: as does her mother, Jaciel]], and her rages are explored in more depth; she tries to use various techniques learned from a book on berserkers to try and keep a lid on it, but the wild, unrestrained passion of the berserker rage also gives her a natural affinity for [[TheDarkSide Free Magic]] [[spoiler: that will, eventually, turn her into Chlorr of the Mask]].
* The Badger Lords, and anyone else [[BlessedWithSuck unfortunate enough]] to have the bloodwrath, from Brian Jacques' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series. When the bloodwrath takes over, the warrior will throw themselves into battle, seeking to reach and kill their mortal enemy (their eyes glow red, even in darkness, and one point-of-view shows that everything around them kind of disappears into red mist with only their archenemy appearing clearly). They are completely heedless of their own safety, and will kill anyone--friend or foe--who tries to get in their way or otherwise stop them. They usually end up killing scores of foes, their mortal enemy, and themselves.
* In the works of Creator/JRRTolkien:
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': In the Battle of Pelennor fields, King Theoden of Rohan is described by the narration has having "''awoken the inherited berserker-rage of his ancestors''". Later, when his nephew Éomer finds Theoden's body together with his unconscious sister and believing her to be dead as well, he turns into a full-on DeathSeeker.
** A few characters from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' also qualify. For instance:
-->''"Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour, and the Orcs fled before his face; for since his torment upon Thangorodrim his spirit burned like a white fire within."''
-->''"Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Húrin cried 'Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive..."''
** Beorn in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' plays this quite literally, being a "skin-changer" who can take on the form of an actual bear in battle. He wins the final battle by going StraightForTheCommander.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine'' and ''Deus Sanguinius]]'', the Blood Angels are perpetually tempted by their "flaw", the "red thirst", which transforms them into this when they succumb. Stele unleashes it in opponents to be rid of them. [[spoiler:At the climax, Rafen succumbs to this; on the other hand, it does [[SituationalSword unlock the powers]] of the [[BladeOnAStick Spear of Telesto]] for him, and the daemon he fights is shocked to see that the many futures in which Rafen failed instantly vanish. Then the spear protects him. When the dying daemon unleashes it in the other Blood Angels, they terrify their enemies, who retreat although [[AttackAttackAttack they never retreat]], and the spear even, astoundingly enough, lets Rafen bring back his battle brothers who had succumbed.]]
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/TheWarGods War God's Oath]]'' series features a species of these. It's somewhat involuntary, and they're not happy about that.
* Erik Hakkonsen from ''Literature/TheShadowOfTheLion'' series is capable of this, but since he doesn't know friend from foe once he enters a rage, he refuses to do it when the prince he's guarding is nearby.
* In ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the multiminded alien character "Runt" had a "pilot mind" who was a berserker. As berserkers make ''very'' bad pilots, Runt did badly enough to qualify for the Wraiths. With his wingman's help Runt eventually got over this problem.
* In ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'', Derfel muses several times about how any man, whether he be a justice loving generous soul like [[KingArthur Arthur]] or a loving family man like Derfel can transform into a monster in battle, especially when victory seems likely.
-->''A terrible hate wells up in battle, a hatred that comes from the dark soul to fill a man with fierce and bloody anger. I knew that Saxon shield wall would break. I knew it long before I attacked it. The wall was too thin, had been too hurried in the making, and was too nervous, and so I broke out of our front rank and shouted my hate at the enemy. At that moment all I wanted to do was kill... so I ran ahead, madness filling my soul and exultation giving me a terrible power as I picked my victims. They were two young men, both smaller than me, both nervous, both with skimpy beards, and both were shrinking away even before I hit them. They saw a British warlord in splendor, I saw two dead Saxons.
** Also his description of the Irish Blackshields, ''an army'' of berserker soldiers and raiders.
--->''The Blackshields did not attack in a line, but came in a howling mass. This was the Irish way of war, a terrifying assault of maddened men who came to the slaughter like lovers.''
* [[EvilOverlord Galbatorix]] creates groups of magically modified soldiers who cannot feel pain in the third book of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. They disregard their safety because they can take crippling injuries and continue on, making them a whole ''army'' of berserkers.
** Roran Stronghammer once killed nearly 200 men in a single battle and when he starts fighting is said to experience a battle rage that lends him strength and allows him to overcome many obstacles. Though he also still relies on smarts and cunning.
* Jarek of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower''. Milla almost turns into one when [[spoiler: Tal sells her shadow in Aenir]] but this trope is defied when she uses meditative breathing exercises to calm herself down.
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Starlight and Shadows]]'' trilogy by Elaine Cunningham one of protagonists is a berserker. Since the abilities are considered partially magical, when Toril's magic was messed up, he became a little closer to the original -- that is, his rage sooner or later [[PowerIncontinence started spontaneously]] in any fight, then he lost all control and usually fought until no standing opponents present (though he still accepted unambiguous surrender in this state). Since both he and his superiors knew soon he's likely to lose ability to tell foes from allies, this was a problem.
* Boïndil from ''Literature/{{Dwarves}}'', [[spoiler: to the point that he mistook his wife for an orc and killed her while raging. And he's a good guy.]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", "The dust of the gray lotus, from the Swamps of the Dead, beyond the land of Khitai" turns some trapped intruders into this. They have no one to turn on but each other.
** Conan himself is a natural berserker. As put in ''Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast'', "The fighting-madness of his race was upon him, and with a red mist of unreasoning fury wavering before his blazing eyes, he cleft skulls, smashed breasts, severed limbs, ripped out entrails, and littered the deck like a shambles with a ghastly harvest of brains and blood."
** Many of Howard's other characters are also born berserkers, including [[Literature/{{Kull}} King Kull]] and Literature/SolomonKane, all the more unnerving with the latter because of his otherwise ironclad self-control, like in "Wings in the Night" when the [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies akaana]] slaughter his new friends: "Kane laid the body gently down, looking for Kuroba. He saw only a huddled cluster of grisly shapes that sucked and tore at something between them. And Kane went mad." Kane gone mad is ''frightening as Hell''.
** In "Literature/BlackColossus," TheHorde led by Natohk (a.k.a. Thugra Khotan) attacks without thought.
* According to Audie Murphy's autobiography ''To Hell and Back'', there were two occasions when he started firing an oversized gun, cursing, and giving no regard to his own safety. He says that the memories of these events are very fuzzy, like it was a dream.
* Among the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent many, many werewolves]] of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are lycanthropes, humans who don't actually shapeshift but maintain a pack mentality and have major rage issues. When the full moon comes around, they go feral and have to hunt something down.
** A Harry Dresden whose instinctive sense of decency has been outraged is a truly fearsome sight - and the last for anybody or anything that tries to stand against him.
** When Harry fully embraced [[spoiler:his mantle as Winter Knight]] he became nearly animalistic in combat. He soon realized that the ability to ignore his wounds and predatory mindset were actually more dangerous to him than his enemy and managed to regain control.
* ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels:
** Rhodry Maelwaedd, most notably during his time as a silver dagger. Rhodry has an extended metaphor about [[DeathSeeker his love for "Lady Death"]].
** One of Jill's past lives, the warrior woman Gweniver, was like this as well. Both Gwen and Rhodry are referred to as "chortling" in battle.
** Jill herself went berserk exactly once. It scared her so much she never did that again.
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': John when his Rifter self is unleashed. He becomes a divinely-powered whirlwind of fury, smashing everyone and everything in his path; he charges straight into armies, taking innumerable wounds, whose pain fuels his rage and which heal instantly. He is almost as dangerous to friends as to enemies, especially when he shatters buildings and creates gaping chasms in the earth.
* With her grizzly bear morph, Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a particularly apt example of this trope. She's been known to use her own severed arm as a weapon in the heat of battle.
* Karsa Orlong from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' uses this exclusively. It's all he knows and it works. So far...
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'':
** In ''Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane'', Gregor learns he's a [[spoiler:"rager" a person with highly developed warrior skills, a natural-born killer. Meaning he has a natural capacity to go into this state when his life is in danger. It's not always voluntary, which is ''really'' bad for a character who normally hates to kill.]]
** [[spoiler:Ripred is also a "rager".]]
* Hurt her husband or her son and Literature/AmeliaPeabody becomes something far more elemental than an English lady. Watch out for the parasol.
* In the world of Literature/TheIcelandicSagas, a warrior in berserk-fury is not only supernaturally strong and ferocious, but may also be invulnerable to fire and regular weapons. The sagas' outlook on berserkers and berserking is very ambiguous, because the older pagan tradition saw these behavior or ability as a good thing, while the Christian Middle Ages viewed it either as mere superstition or as evil pagan magic. As a result, when berserkers (''berserkir'') appear in the sagas, they often do not actually fit this trope: Often, they are merely bandits and troublemakers who live by robbing and blackmailing people and who never actually prove the supernatural ferocity that they claim to possess; the implication is that they just want to scare people into submission with their bogus "berserk powers". Consequently, the sagas will usually ''avoid'' calling (especially heroic) characters that display actual [[UnstoppableRage berserking behavior]] "berserkers", presumably because the term is so strongly connected to the aforementioned villain stereotype. Some examples of saga characters that go on berserk rampages without ever being called "berserkers":
** Kveldulf, Skallagrim and especially Egil of ''[[Literature/EgilsSaga Saga of Egil Skallagrimsson]]'' frequently fall into berserk-fury in combat.
** ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': The hero Bodvar Bjarki goes on a furious killing rampage in King Hrolf's final battle.
** Aslak Holmskalle in ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'' is a berserk, as demonstrated not only by his ferocity but also his NighInvulnerability.
* Valgard of ''Literature/TheBrokenSword'':
--> But after a while the berserkergang began to come on Valgard, he trembled and frothed and gnawed the rim of his shield, he rushed forward howling and slaying.
* Creator/HarryHarrison and Tom Shippey's ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' trilogy features a realistic Nordic berserkr as a major supporting character. When not fighting, he's brooding and melancholy, prone to fits of heavy drinking. When fighting, he's a DeathSeeker. One of the main characters notes that all "true" berserkrs are inherently {{Death Seeker}}s.
* Taur Urgas of ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''. He's the AxCrazy King of Cthol Murgos, and TheBrute of the series' FiveBadBand. He's a total mental case who sleeps in his armour, is prone to fits of madness during which he does everything from commit murder to chewing the furniture, and completely gives into his rage in battle, actually frothing at the mouth as he leads his troops into battle. His madness gives his men a peculiar sense of invincibility, and when he dies (while [[BloodKnight demanding his enemy come back and fight]]) their spirits are completely broken.
** Barak is a heroic version, who literally turns into a bear and flips out when Garion is in trouble. Bear in mind that Garion pretty much exists solely to get into trouble for the greater good.
* [[TheBrute Adus]] of ''Literature/TheElenium'' becomes this towards the end. Already an AxCrazy mentally-handicapped PsychoForHire, he loses his mind during the climax, to the point where he cuts his way through his own troops to get at [[TheLancer Kalten]].
* Seoyun from Literature/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor.
* [[Creator/TomHolt ''Who's Afraid of Beowulf?'']] features Starkad the Berserker, the sweetest, kindest if rather dim hero you'd ever want to meet - outside of battle that is.
* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Koloss]] from ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' are a ''race'' of berserkers. They're used as shock troops by TheEmpire [[spoiler: and were in fact originally created for this purpose]], but in the 1st book the protagonists don't have to worry about them since they're operating LaResistance in TheEmpire's capital, and the koloss's blood rage means they can't ''ever'' be allowed near major population centers you want to leave standing. [[spoiler: In the 2nd and 3rd books after the Lord Ruler, who was essentially restraining them telepathically, dies, the koloss start wandering around in hordes and killing anyone they can get their hands on. Eventually the new BigBad, Ruin, takes command of them]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Sam Vimes]] exhibits some of these qualities, especially in the climactic battles of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. In ''Night Watch,'' Vimes taps into his long-buried rage (that he calls "The Beast") and lets it out as he grabs [[DualWielding two swords]] and hacks his way through the enemy, described as "he wasn't an enemy, he was a ''nemesis''." In ''Thud!'', he appears to be doing much the same thing, to the point of ignoring a dwarfish ''flamethrower'' being used on him. [[spoiler: Although in that case, it was also a case of [[DemonicPossession possession]] as he was under the influence of a quasi-demonic ''thing'' of pure vengeance called the Summoning Dark.]]
** Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' with Mr. A. E. Pessimal - a small man with very shiny shoes who [[spoiler: attacks a troll ... with his teeth. It doesn't end well for him.]]
** [[Discworld/InterestingTimes Mr. Saveloy]]'s (ApatheticTeacher turned BarbarianHero) incandescent [[UnstoppableRage berserker rage]] impress even the [[BadassGrandpa Silver]] [[BarbarianHero Horde]].
* In ''Literature/TheGeneralist'' you have both Frank and Dash, through different means. In Frank's case, if he gets pushed too far beyond his limits of control, or if his rage takes over, or if his quirk of nature "Overkill" gains control of his body, then he can fly into an utter Berserker rage. Dash, on the other hand, has a far greater chance - each time he uses the ability Maximum Troll, his chance of slipping into a Monster-gene fueled berserker fury rises.
** [[spoiler: In Taboos 2 and 3, he actually does lose it, forcing Frank to hit him with the Roadbuster. The first two times broke him out of Maximum Troll, the third was just for fun.]]
* ''Literature/TheIronTower'' has Danner Bramblethorn, a [[{{Hobbits}} Warrow]] berserker. During the last battle of the trilogy he charges all of the Goblins on the walls, ranting about how he is "King of the Rillrock."
* In ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' Wild Rhona claims to be able to enter a berserkergäng without drugs. She doesn't seem to need it much, though.
* In the ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'' trilogy, Fyodor is a berserker from the land of Rashemen, which is well known for its warriors being able to enter a magical berserker state. Fyodor, however, is unable to control his berserker rages, and is exiled from his homeland due to the danger he poses to his allies.
* Nikita of ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' is a berserk, which is basically a magical version of this. Going berserk gives her SuperStrength and an insatiable BloodLust, while taking her ability to feel pain.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' has an understated version of berserkerism called the Nihar rage, which affects members of the Nihar family. They're extremely HotBlooded, cursed with HairTriggerTemper, and more prone to physically attacking someone. When Vivia feels it for the first time, she notes that it makes her fearless, focused and gives a boost to her witchery, and Merik implies that there's some low-level magic to it.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkProfitSaga'', berserkers are members of the Brotherhood of Flame, the most elite of Dwarven warriors. Everyone assumes they "get so angry they go crazy in battle," and it certainly looks like it, especially since they have a hard time remembering the details afterwards. According to Gorm, though, purpose, not anger, is key (although anger has its place too).
--> '''Gorm Ingerson:''' Ye find something in the battle to fight for, something ye'd die for. Your brothers back in the clanhome, the honor of your Da's name, the lives of innocents. A reason to fight, if nothing else, like a tiny fire, and ye reach out and grab it. And ye hold it no matter how it burns. And soon ye can't separate yourself from your purpose, any more than ye could take the light from a candle flame. Ye live to win. Ye can't lose; ye can only die.

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* Wulfgar, the barbarian from the popular ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]]'' novels (based on the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting), seems to fit into this type in almost every fight he's in after being resurrected after a decade Oleg The Usurper of torment by Errtu. Unable to cope with the hopelessness Wrestling Is and torture he endured, and fearing that his escape is all [[LotusEaterMachine some dream]], he fights recklessly. Several times, Drizzt and others have had to divert their tactics to save him from himself.
* Skandians from ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' series can (unintentionally) enter sort
Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, who has TheGimmick of a berserker state, when they gain super-strength and supernatural resistance to pain and wound. And become AxCrazy. Most of them doesn't survive the experience, though.
* Fitz, protagonist of Creator/RobinHobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]]'' and ''Tawny Man'' trilogies, tends to go into a "battle haze" whenever he fights, disregarding his own safety to [[AnAxeToGrind savagely lay about himself]]. This makes him very effective during battle, but then he's left standing around delirious for a few minutes until the berserker-mode wears off.
* In Robert Low's ''The Whale Road'' one of the
Viking ship's crew Berserker. Sidney Bakabella can keep him focused and under control but if Sidney is a skinny man with a bad leg named Pintel. Throughout not around, Oleg will attack everything from fans, to referees to ring announcers.[[/folder]]

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the story the main character, Orm wonders why no-one ever mocks Pintel over anything and why the man is even able to mock Berserker class in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. These heroes, drawn from mythological heroes known for their Captain while anyone else is threatened with death. Later on a newer Christian member of potential for madness, have access to the crew pulls down Pintel's offering to Odin and in the ensuing argument mocks Pintel's leg. Pintel challenges the man to a fight. At the beginning of the duel Pintel throws away his shield and begins to froth at the mouth. Pintel then leaps onto the challenger and hacks at him until there is very little left other than a lot of blood and some blocks of flesh.
* Also in the ''Forgotten Realms'' are the dwarven Battleragers who ''love'' combat and jump into it with a glee
'Mad Enhancement' ability that scares boosts all stats in return for [[SmashMook sealing most of their allies as much as the enemy. Considering that their fighting style incorporates armour that can only be described as a mobile cheese grater which is used to shred opponents by rubbing against skills]], making them with furiously, this is probably justified.
* Grigoriy Pechorin, the ByronicHero of Mikhail Lermontov's ''Literature/AHeroOfOurTime'', has extreme ennui for a fatal flaw and so lives by this principle as well. He leads charges on enemy positions, enters a duel he knows
impossible to be rigged and volunteers to tackle an AxCrazy drunken Cossack.
* Logen Ninefingers from Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series is a pretty tough fella normally, but when he's desperate and driven to extremes, he completely loses
control and becomes "The Bloody-Nine," an unstoppable killing machine who holds no distinction between "friend" and "foe," only "dead" and "soon to be dead." Logen hates this SuperpoweredEvilSide of himself and spends a good portion of his life trying to escape it.
* Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series:
** Touchstone goes into rages that give him frightening power and disregard for things such as physical impossibilities (i.e. trying to hoist up a throne affixed to the floor so he can throw it at someone). He regrets these bitterly, and they are said to be the result of his mother's affair with a warrior from the North. It is revealed towards the end of ''Sabriel'' that this is why he was [[HumanPopsicle frozen as a figurehead of a ship for 200 years]].
** His son, Sam, inherits this trait to a degree. Perhaps due to his more cautious disposition, he never loses himself to the extent that Touchstone does.
** The title character of the prequel ''Clariel'' also has this [[spoiler: as does her mother, Jaciel]], and her rages are explored in more depth; she tries to use various techniques learned from a book
having exorbitant mana drain on berserkers to try and keep a lid on it, but the wild, unrestrained passion of the berserker rage also gives her a natural affinity for [[TheDarkSide Free Magic]] [[spoiler: that will, eventually, turn her into Chlorr of the Mask]].
* The Badger Lords, and anyone else [[BlessedWithSuck unfortunate enough]] to have the bloodwrath, from Brian Jacques' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series. When the bloodwrath takes over, the warrior will throw themselves into battle, seeking to reach and kill
their mortal enemy (their eyes glow red, even in darkness, and one point-of-view shows that everything around them kind of disappears into red mist with only their archenemy appearing clearly). They masters; Berserkers are completely heedless of their own safety, and will kill anyone--friend or foe--who tries to get in their way or otherwise stop them. They usually end up killing scores of foes, their mortal enemy, and themselves.
* In the works of Creator/JRRTolkien:
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': In the Battle of Pelennor fields, King Theoden of Rohan is described by the narration has having "''awoken the inherited berserker-rage of his ancestors''". Later, when his nephew Éomer finds Theoden's body together with his unconscious sister and believing her to be dead as well, he turns into a full-on DeathSeeker.
** A few characters from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' also qualify. For instance:
-->''"Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour, and the Orcs fled before his face; for since his torment upon Thangorodrim his spirit burned like a white fire within."''
-->''"Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Húrin cried 'Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive..."''
** Beorn in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' plays this quite literally, being a "skin-changer" who can take on the form of an actual bear in battle. He wins the final battle by going StraightForTheCommander.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine'' and ''Deus Sanguinius]]'', the Blood Angels are perpetually tempted by their "flaw", the "red thirst", which transforms them into this when they succumb. Stele unleashes it in opponents to be rid of them. [[spoiler:At the climax, Rafen succumbs to this; on the other hand, it does [[SituationalSword unlock the powers]] of the [[BladeOnAStick Spear of Telesto]] for him, and the daemon he fights is shocked to see that the many futures in which Rafen failed instantly vanish. Then the spear protects him. When the dying daemon unleashes it in the other Blood Angels, they terrify their enemies, who retreat although [[AttackAttackAttack they never retreat]], and the spear even, astoundingly enough, lets Rafen bring back his battle brothers who had succumbed.]]
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/TheWarGods War God's Oath]]'' series features a species of these. It's somewhat involuntary, and they're not happy about that.
* Erik Hakkonsen from ''Literature/TheShadowOfTheLion'' series is capable of this, but since he doesn't know friend from foe once he enters a rage, he refuses to do it when the prince he's guarding is nearby.
* In ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the multiminded alien character "Runt" had a "pilot mind" who was a berserker. As berserkers make ''very'' bad pilots, Runt did badly enough to qualify for the Wraiths. With his wingman's help Runt eventually got over this problem.
* In ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'', Derfel muses several times about how any man, whether he be a justice loving generous soul like [[KingArthur Arthur]] or a loving family man like Derfel can transform into a monster in battle, especially when victory seems likely.
-->''A terrible hate wells up in battle, a hatred that comes from the dark soul to fill a man with fierce and bloody anger. I knew that Saxon shield wall would break. I knew it long before I attacked it. The wall was too thin, had been too hurried in the making, and was too nervous, and so I broke out of our front rank and shouted my hate at the enemy. At that moment all I wanted to do was kill... so I ran ahead, madness filling my soul and exultation giving me a terrible power as I picked my victims. They were two young men, both smaller than me, both nervous, both with skimpy beards, and both were shrinking away even before I hit them. They saw a British warlord in splendor, I saw two dead Saxons.
** Also his description of the Irish Blackshields, ''an army'' of berserker soldiers and raiders.
--->''The Blackshields did not attack in a line, but came in a howling mass. This was the Irish way of war, a terrifying assault of maddened men who came to the slaughter like lovers.''
* [[EvilOverlord Galbatorix]] creates groups of magically modified soldiers who cannot feel pain in the third book of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. They disregard their safety because they can take crippling injuries and continue on, making them a whole ''army'' of berserkers.
** Roran Stronghammer once killed nearly 200 men in a single battle and when he starts fighting is said to experience a battle rage that lends him strength and allows him to overcome many obstacles. Though he also still relies on smarts and cunning.
* Jarek of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower''. Milla almost turns into one when [[spoiler: Tal sells her shadow in Aenir]] but this trope is defied when she uses meditative breathing exercises to calm herself down.
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Starlight and Shadows]]'' trilogy by Elaine Cunningham one of protagonists is a berserker. Since the abilities are considered partially magical, when Toril's magic was messed up, he became a little closer to the original -- that is, his rage sooner or later [[PowerIncontinence started spontaneously]] in any fight, then he lost all control and usually fought until no standing opponents present (though he still accepted unambiguous surrender in this state). Since both he and his superiors knew soon he's likely to lose ability to tell foes from allies, this was a problem.
* Boïndil from ''Literature/{{Dwarves}}'', [[spoiler: to the point that he mistook his wife for an orc and killed her while raging. And he's a good guy.]]
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RoguesInTheHouse", "The dust of the gray lotus, from the Swamps of the Dead, beyond the land of Khitai" turns some trapped intruders into this. They have no one to turn on but each other.
** Conan himself is a natural berserker. As put in ''Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast'', "The fighting-madness of his race was upon him, and with a red mist of unreasoning fury wavering before his blazing eyes, he cleft skulls, smashed breasts, severed limbs, ripped out entrails, and littered the deck like a shambles with a ghastly harvest of brains and blood."
** Many of Howard's other characters are also born berserkers, including [[Literature/{{Kull}} King Kull]] and Literature/SolomonKane, all the more unnerving with the latter because of his otherwise ironclad self-control, like in "Wings in the Night" when the [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies akaana]] slaughter his new friends: "Kane laid the body gently down, looking for Kuroba. He saw only a huddled cluster of grisly shapes that sucked and tore at something between them. And Kane went mad." Kane gone mad is ''frightening as Hell''.
** In "Literature/BlackColossus," TheHorde led by Natohk (a.k.a. Thugra Khotan) attacks without thought.
* According to Audie Murphy's autobiography ''To Hell and Back'', there were two occasions when he started firing an oversized gun, cursing, and giving no regard to his own safety. He says that the memories of these events are very fuzzy, like it was a dream.
* Among the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent many, many werewolves]] of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are lycanthropes, humans who don't actually shapeshift but maintain a pack mentality and have major rage issues. When the full moon comes around, they go feral and have to hunt something down.
** A Harry Dresden whose instinctive sense of decency has been outraged is a truly fearsome sight - and the last for anybody or anything that tries to stand against him.
** When Harry fully embraced [[spoiler:his mantle as Winter Knight]] he became nearly animalistic in combat. He soon realized that the ability to ignore his wounds and predatory mindset were actually more dangerous to him than his enemy and managed to regain control.
* ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels:
** Rhodry Maelwaedd, most notably during his time as a silver dagger. Rhodry has an extended metaphor about [[DeathSeeker his love for "Lady Death"]].
** One of Jill's past lives, the warrior woman Gweniver, was like this as well. Both Gwen and Rhodry are referred to as "chortling" in battle.
** Jill herself went berserk exactly once. It scared her so much she never did that again.
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': John when his Rifter self is unleashed. He becomes a divinely-powered whirlwind of fury, smashing everyone and everything in his path; he charges straight into armies, taking innumerable wounds, whose pain fuels his rage and which heal instantly. He is almost
just as dangerous to friends their own controllers as to enemies, especially when he shatters buildings and creates gaping chasms in the earth.
* With her grizzly bear morph, Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a particularly apt example of this trope. She's been known to use her own severed arm as a weapon in the heat of battle.
* Karsa Orlong from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' uses this exclusively. It's all he knows and it works. So far...
* ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'':
** In ''Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane'', Gregor learns he's a [[spoiler:"rager" a person with highly developed warrior skills, a natural-born killer. Meaning he has a natural capacity to go into this state when his life is in danger. It's not always voluntary, which is ''really'' bad for a character who normally hates to kill.]]
** [[spoiler:Ripred is also a "rager".]]
* Hurt her husband or her son and Literature/AmeliaPeabody becomes something far more elemental than an English lady. Watch out for the parasol.
* In the world of Literature/TheIcelandicSagas, a warrior in berserk-fury is not only supernaturally strong and ferocious, but may also be invulnerable to fire and regular weapons. The sagas' outlook on berserkers and berserking is very ambiguous, because the older pagan tradition saw these behavior or ability as a good thing, while the Christian Middle Ages viewed it either as mere superstition or as evil pagan magic. As a result, when berserkers (''berserkir'') appear in the sagas, they often do not actually fit this trope: Often, they are merely bandits and troublemakers who live by robbing and blackmailing people and who never actually prove the supernatural ferocity that they claim to possess; the implication is that they just want to scare people into submission with
their bogus "berserk powers". Consequently, the sagas will usually ''avoid'' calling (especially heroic) characters that display actual [[UnstoppableRage berserking behavior]] "berserkers", presumably because the term is so strongly connected to the aforementioned villain stereotype. Some examples of saga characters that go on berserk rampages without ever being called "berserkers":
** Kveldulf, Skallagrim and especially Egil of ''[[Literature/EgilsSaga Saga of Egil Skallagrimsson]]'' frequently fall into berserk-fury in combat.
** ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'':
enemies. The hero Bodvar Bjarki goes on a furious killing rampage in King Hrolf's final battle.
** Aslak Holmskalle in ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'' is a berserk, as demonstrated not only by his ferocity but also his NighInvulnerability.
* Valgard of ''Literature/TheBrokenSword'':
--> But after a while the berserkergang began to come on Valgard, he trembled and frothed and gnawed the rim of his shield, he rushed forward howling and slaying.
* Creator/HarryHarrison and Tom Shippey's ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' trilogy features a realistic Nordic berserkr as a major supporting character. When not fighting, he's brooding and melancholy, prone to fits of heavy drinking. When fighting, he's a DeathSeeker. One of the main characters notes that all "true" berserkrs are inherently {{Death Seeker}}s.
* Taur Urgas of ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''. He's the AxCrazy King of Cthol Murgos, and TheBrute of the series' FiveBadBand. He's a total mental case who sleeps in his armour, is prone to fits of madness during which he does everything from commit murder to chewing the furniture, and completely gives into his rage in battle, actually frothing at the mouth as he leads his troops into battle. His madness gives his men a peculiar sense of invincibility, and when he dies (while [[BloodKnight demanding his enemy come back and fight]]) their spirits are completely broken.
** Barak is a heroic version, who literally turns into a bear and flips out when Garion is in trouble. Bear in mind that Garion pretty much exists solely to get into trouble for the greater good.
* [[TheBrute Adus]] of ''Literature/TheElenium'' becomes this towards the end. Already an AxCrazy mentally-handicapped PsychoForHire, he loses his mind during the climax, to the point where he cuts his way through his own troops to get at [[TheLancer Kalten]].
* Seoyun from Literature/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor.
* [[Creator/TomHolt ''Who's Afraid of Beowulf?'']] features Starkad the Berserker, the sweetest, kindest if rather dim hero you'd ever want to meet - outside of battle that is.
* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Koloss]] from ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' are a ''race'' of berserkers. They're used as shock troops by TheEmpire [[spoiler: and were in fact originally created for this purpose]], but in the 1st book the protagonists don't have to worry about them since they're operating LaResistance in TheEmpire's capital, and the koloss's blood rage means they can't ''ever'' be allowed near major population centers you want to leave standing. [[spoiler: In the 2nd and 3rd books after the Lord Ruler, who was essentially restraining them telepathically, dies, the koloss start wandering around in hordes and killing anyone they can get their hands on. Eventually the new BigBad, Ruin, takes command of them]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Sam Vimes]] exhibits some of these qualities, especially in the climactic battles of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. In ''Night Watch,'' Vimes taps into his long-buried rage (that he calls "The Beast") and lets it out as he grabs [[DualWielding two swords]] and hacks his way through the enemy, described as "he wasn't an enemy, he was a ''nemesis''." In ''Thud!'', he appears to be doing much the same thing, to the point of ignoring a dwarfish ''flamethrower'' being used on him. [[spoiler: Although in that case, it was also a case of [[DemonicPossession possession]] as he was under the influence of a quasi-demonic ''thing'' of pure vengeance called the Summoning Dark.]]
** Subverted in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' with Mr. A. E. Pessimal - a small man with very shiny shoes who [[spoiler: attacks a troll ... with his teeth. It doesn't end well for him.]]
** [[Discworld/InterestingTimes Mr. Saveloy]]'s (ApatheticTeacher turned BarbarianHero) incandescent [[UnstoppableRage berserker rage]] impress even the [[BadassGrandpa Silver]] [[BarbarianHero Horde]].
* In ''Literature/TheGeneralist'' you have both Frank and Dash, through different means. In Frank's case, if he gets pushed too far beyond his limits of control, or if his rage takes over, or if his quirk of nature "Overkill" gains control of his body, then he can fly into an utter
Berserker rage. Dash, on summoned in the Fifth Grail War is Heracles/Hercules, and Lancer is at one point explained as having the potential to be summoned under this class (understandable, as Lancer is [[Myth/CelticMythology Cú Chulainn]]). In ''LightNovel/FateZero'' the Berserker is the BlackKnight, [[spoiler:later revealed to be Lancelot]]. Later in ''VideoGame/FateEXTRA'', there are two Berserkers: One is [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Lu Bu]], the other hand, has a far greater chance - each time he uses the ability Maximum Troll, his chance of slipping into a Monster-gene fueled berserker fury rises.
** [[spoiler:
is [[spoiler:[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid Brunestud]]]]. In Taboos 2 and 3, he actually does lose it, forcing Frank to hit him with the Roadbuster. The first two times broke him ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Berserkers stand out of Maximum Troll, the third was just for fun.]]
* ''Literature/TheIronTower'' has Danner Bramblethorn, a [[{{Hobbits}} Warrow]] berserker. During the last battle of the trilogy he charges all of the Goblins on the walls, ranting about how he is "King of the Rillrock."
* In ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' Wild Rhona claims to be able to enter a berserkergäng without drugs. She doesn't seem to need it much, though.
* In the ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'' trilogy, Fyodor is a berserker from the land of Rashemen, which is well known for its warriors being able to enter a magical berserker state. Fyodor, however, is unable to control his berserker rages, and is exiled from his homeland due to the danger he poses to his allies.
* Nikita of ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' is a berserk, which is basically a magical version of this. Going berserk gives her SuperStrength and an insatiable BloodLust, while taking her ability to feel pain.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' has an understated version of berserkerism called the Nihar rage, which affects members of the Nihar family. They're extremely HotBlooded, cursed with HairTriggerTemper, and more prone to physically attacking someone. When Vivia feels it for the first time, she notes that it makes her fearless, focused and gives a boost to her witchery, and Merik implies that there's some low-level magic to it.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkProfitSaga'', berserkers are members of the Brotherhood of Flame, the most elite of Dwarven warriors. Everyone assumes they "get so angry they go crazy in battle," and it certainly looks like it, especially since they have a hard time remembering the details afterwards. According to Gorm, though, purpose, not anger, is key (although anger has its place too).
--> '''Gorm Ingerson:''' Ye find something
in the battle to fight for, something ye'd die for. Your brothers back TacticalRockPaperScissors chart; [[GlassCannon their attacks are extra-effective against every non-Shielder class but in the clanhome, the honor of your Da's name, the lives of innocents. A reason to fight, if nothing else, like a tiny fire, and ye reach out and grab it. And ye hold it no matter how it burns. And soon ye can't separate yourself turn they suffer extra damage from your purpose, any more than ye could take the light from a candle flame. Ye live to win. Ye can't lose; ye can only die.those classes]].



[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Gunn, as a result of SurvivorGuilt and blaming himself for Alonna's death. Negated when he fell in love with Fred, giving him a new lease on life.
** Connor tries to commit SuicideByCop after Jasmine's defeat, and doesn't care if the Cop has to be Angel.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When we first meet Faith, the result of witnessing the gruesome death of her Watcher. She relapses back into it when she awakens from her coma.
--> '''Buffy:''' Girl's not playing with a full deck, Giles. She has no deck. She has a 3.
* Numerous alien species from the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchises, including the Klingons and Jem'Hadar (the latter first appearing in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' continuity), are brutally fierce warrior races which not only show no fear of death but in some instances actually seem to relish the prospect of death in battle (although the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' franchise plays down this aspect of Klingon culture somewhat).
* Gem and Gemma of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. A pair of {{psychopathic|Manchild}} {{Man Child}}ren who have a five year old's fascination for guns and explosions (or rather, "boom time") and a HenshinHero's armory. They have to be reminded rather frequently to, for example, not blow up the enemy factory until prisoners have been removed.
* Series/KamenRiderDouble's MidSeasonUpgrade, [=FangJoker=], first started out as this, due to Philip's difficulty in controlling it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' had a similar problem, except this time, it was his SuperMode, [=PuToTyra=] Combo, that was uncontrollable.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the Season 6 episode ''[[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards The Battle of the Bastards]]'' Jon Snow goes [[UnstoppableRage completely berserk]] in the battlefield after [[spoiler: Ramsay kills poor Rickon]], singlehandedly slaying every enemy soldier he can gets his hands on. Even ''Tormund'' is unsettled. At the end of the episode, he's a BloodSplatteredWarrior [[spoiler: who beats the living shit out of Ramsay]]. Jon only calms upon seeing his sister Sansa, who ultimately kills Ramsay herself by feeding him to his own dogs.
** In battle, Tormund and Styr both scream and howl while delivering powerful blows.
** Brienne starts her fights with proper poise and footwork, but when she's pushed she'll go absolutely feral on her enemies, biting and screaming like a maniac until they are down.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Doomsday Machine" features an unstoppable machine constructed by an unknown alien civilisation constructed to kill and destroy for ever without stopping.
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', while actually being a historical fiction series about the TropeNamers, didn't really have an actual Norse berserk warrior in season 1, but [[BadassGrandpa Tostig]] and [[BloodKnight Rollo]] fit this trope in all other respects. Then in season 2 Rollo, Jarl Borg, and a group of Borg's men are seen eating mushrooms before a battle and charging into the fight bare chested. Rollo's actions in the battle are horrifically brutal, and he attacks several of his former comrades savagely until a combination of having killed one of those comrades via ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and being confronted by his brother Ragnar finally snap Rollo out of it.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Gunn, as a result of SurvivorGuilt and blaming himself for Alonna's death. Negated when he fell in love with Fred, giving him a new lease on life.
** Connor tries to commit SuicideByCop after Jasmine's defeat, and doesn't care if the Cop has to be Angel.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When we first meet Faith, the result of witnessing the gruesome death of her Watcher. She relapses back into it when she awakens
Otsana from her coma.
--> '''Buffy:''' Girl's not playing with
''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' is a full deck, Giles. She has no deck. She Valkyrie from The Days of Berserkers and "High Adventures" and she even has a 3.
* Numerous alien species from the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchises, including the Klingons and Jem'Hadar (the latter first appearing in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' continuity), are brutally fierce warrior races
wolf motif which would confirm her berserker status
* Ed from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''
not only show no fear of death but in some instances actually seem seems to relish the prospect of death in battle (although the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' franchise plays down this aspect of Klingon culture somewhat).
* Gem
bloodshed and Gemma of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. A pair of {{psychopathic|Manchild}} {{Man Child}}ren who have a five year old's fascination for guns destruction and explosions (or rather, "boom time") and a HenshinHero's armory. They have to engage in said activities with reckless abandon, he has himself been seriously maimed and/or killed numerous times only to be reminded rather frequently to, for example, not blow up the enemy factory until prisoners have been removed.
* Series/KamenRiderDouble's MidSeasonUpgrade, [=FangJoker=], first started out as this, due to Philip's difficulty
rebuilt/resurrected by his superiors that he might put himself (willingly) in controlling it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''
harm's way again.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''
had a similar problem, except this time, it was his SuperMode, [=PuToTyra=] Combo, one-shot character named Brok that was uncontrollable.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In
hired by the Season 6 episode ''[[Recap/GameOfThronesS6E9BattleOfTheBastards The Battle of the Bastards]]'' Jon Snow Infernomancer during his first appearance, who goes [[UnstoppableRage completely berserk]] in the battlefield into an UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler: Ramsay kills poor Rickon]], singlehandedly slaying every enemy soldier he can gets Bumper tries (and fails) to knock him out by smashing a staff on the back of his hands on. Even ''Tormund'' is unsettled. At the end of the episode, he's a BloodSplatteredWarrior [[spoiler: who beats the living shit out of Ramsay]]. Jon only calms upon seeing his sister Sansa, who ultimately kills Ramsay herself by feeding him head. He was at first meant to his own dogs.
** In battle, Tormund and Styr both scream and howl while delivering powerful blows.
** Brienne starts her fights with proper poise and footwork,
have a much longer run, but when she's pushed she'll go absolutely feral on her enemies, biting and screaming like a maniac until they are down.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Doomsday Machine" features an unstoppable machine constructed by an unknown alien civilisation constructed to kill and destroy for ever without stopping.
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', while actually being a historical fiction series about the TropeNamers,
writer/artist Mookie stated that he just didn't really feel right throwing in a Berserker-type character in a magic-based world, so a raging Brok chases Stunt and Bumper into the sunset and is never seen again.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': The bulk of the Vloz'res army consists of [[ThePlague heavily tainted]] warriors called berserkers. Curiously, the only named berserker is a [[GentleGiant subversion]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Byron the Berserker is arguably the most level-headed, well-adjusted member of the party because he apparently lives in fear of his tendency to lose his shit and become a true, foaming at the mouth, screaming, psychotic, berserkergang killing machine. (He does enjoy a good bloodbath, though.)
** The condition is probably some kind of supernatural curse. A cultist once tried to force him to kill one of his friends with it, and there's a TroubledBackstoryFlashback that [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-5/chapter-5-page-3/ hints he might
have killed a town as a boy]]. Possibly a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed one]].
* ''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'': Several characters qualify, which makes sense given the premise. Consider how many cereal mascots over the years have regularly lost control over their preferred cereal...
** Sonny the Cocoa Puffs Cuckoo-bird is a psychotic (and psychopathic) homicidal, maniac. When he's "sane" he's kept in a dungeon cell in a straitjacket.
** Froot Brute is a pudgy sort of guy who turns into a bloodthirsty werewolf when he even ''thinks'' about his cereal
** Near the end of book three, [[spoiler:Super Bear]] makes
an actual Norse berserk warrior appearance. And everything the character has done through the first two books and first 3/4 of the final one makes ''perfect'' sense. In single combat he takes out Sonny ''and'' Froot Brute. And then is about to go after Tony the Tiger -- one of his own friends.
* Sweet, timid, ShrinkingViolet Calvin
in season 1, ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' can turn into a Berserker when you put a gun in his hands.
* In ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch03-pg16/ Coal's father, apparently.]] And Coal himself. RedEyesTakeWarning...
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Broly. [[spoiler:U16 Bra]] may count too.
* A berserker visits a bordello in ''WebComic/{{Oglaf}}'', only to begin frothing at the mouth and pelvic-thrusting uncontrollably while engaging the services of one of the employees, who has [[TapOnTheHead an emergency sap]] on hand for [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan just such an occasion]]. He is then kicked out for ignoring the clearly labeled "No Berserkers" sign the establishment has up.
* Lewis Black has no superpowers in ''WebComic/FakeNewsRumble'',
but [[BadassGrandpa Tostig]] and [[BloodKnight Rollo]] fit his sheer rage (and a chair) makes him just as capable of fighting monsters as his superpowered colleagues.
* In ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' Tank was literally engineered to be the berserker, forced into it by the army he worked for after an injury, because they wanted to see how far they can push
this trope in all other respects. Then in season 2 Rollo, Jarl Borg, and a group of Borg's men are seen eating mushrooms before a battle man becomes a liability to his team. His army family managed to jailbrake the chassis so the army couldn't pump Tank with aggro juice without warning, but this has left Tank with some hangups that occasionally prompt him to turn up the juice himself and charging into the fight bare chested. Rollo's actions in the battle are horrifically brutal, and he attacks several of take his former comrades savagely until a combination of having killed one of those comrades via ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and being confronted by his brother Ragnar finally snap Rollo insecurities out of it.on [[spoiler:his ex-boyfriend]] CommanderBadass.



[[folder:Music]]
* A few characters from Music/FoodForTheGods by Music/{{Fireaxe}}, most notably ''The Black Knight''.
* ''Music/{{Manowar}}'''s "The Sons of Odin," in a particularly badass part of the song:
-->Onward, into the heart of the battle fought the sons of Odin.
-->Outnumbered many times, still they fought on.
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood poured forth]] from their wounds deep into the earth.
-->Vultures waited for the broken shells that once were bodies.
-->But Odin alone would choose the day they would enter Valhalla
-->AND [[InItsHourOfNeed IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED]] HE SENT FORTH UNTO THEM... [+'''[[UnstoppableRage THE BERSERKER RAGE!]]'''+]
-->[+''NOW GODS AND MEN THEY ROSE UP FROM THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE WILD ANIMALS,''+]
-->[+''[[DrunkOnTheDarkSide SUCH IS THE GIFT OF ABSOLUTE POWER!]]''+]
-->[+''[[TheJuggernaut NO BLADE OR WEAPON COULD HARM THEM;]]''+]
-->[+'''THEY KILLED MEN AND HORSES ALIKE,'''+]
-->[+'''[[LastStand AND ALL WHO STOOD BEFORE THEM]]'''+]
-->[+'''[[KillEmAll DIED THAT DAY!]]'''+] [++'''''[[NoIndoorVoice HAIL GODS OF WAR!]]'''''++]
* Heather Alexander's "Don't Call My Name In Battle" has a berserker giving some very important advice to his comrades:
-->Don't call my name in battle -- it's not wise.
-->Do not distract me when you see a new soul in these eyes.
-->For when the war god fills this flesh I wear,
-->I am no more your friend; I am the spirit of the bear.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- stand away,
-->For I will never hear you, but some other creature may.
-->It never sees a friend, but only foes.
-->Just count the bodies lying where this taken body goes.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- wait the time,
-->Until I fall and rise again with eyes you know are mine.
-->And then perhaps we'll rest and talk of home.
-->But you'll not be surprised to see how much I walk alone.
* Brad Neely's ''Role Play Tournament (Be Aggressive)'' chronicles how a tabletop RPG player wins a tournament with his berserker-type character. It even goes as far as revealing his self-examination, in that despite his own admission of his lack of self-control, he just goes on punching holes in ships and ripping other characters asunder.
--> Mirror, mirror, uh
--> Up on the wall, uh
--> Who's the baddest motherfucker of them all, uh
--> Just like Columbus, uh
--> He get the bloodlust, uh
--> Just like Columbus he get murderous on purpose
* '[[http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/475780 Berserker]]' by Rubén Álvarez (naturally)[[note]]For English lyrics try Google translate -- it works well on this one.[[/note]].
* The song "Valhall Awaits Me" by Music/AmonAmarth is all about one.
--> "SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS!
--> SOON! I WILL DIE!
--> SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I DIE!
--> BEARSKIN ON MY BACK!
--> WOLF'S JAW ON MY HEAD!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I'M DEAD!"
* Leslie Fish's "The Berserker" is another example of a berserker giving fair warning:
-->So leave the devil where it lies\\
Cast no blood into my eyes\\
And never place my life in threat\\
For when the monster comes alive\\
If you survive, you won't forget....\\
The roar when language falls away\\
The vision leached to black and grey\\
The speed that makes the wind feel slow\\
[[UninhibitedMusclePower The strength beyond the bone's design]]\\
These are the signs I too well know....
* The titular character in Music/LordHuron's song "The World Ender":
-->"Lord knows I should be pushing daisies
-->I was 6 feet down, but something raised me up
-->Sent back for to lift my curse
-->I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first
-->Untied, gonna get little wild
-->Go screaming through the dark like a demon child
-->Close your eyes now, the light is fading
-->And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby"
* The members of GWAR. A literal one recently joined them.

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* A few characters from Music/FoodForTheGods by Music/{{Fireaxe}}, most notably ''The In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Razoul and the warriors of Vanna's Black Knight''.
* ''Music/{{Manowar}}'''s "The Sons
Guard in general. They tend to devour Drakeroot before battle in order to become more ferocious and powerful, but the root also has the side effect of Odin," in turning them into nearly mindless brutes as a particularly badass part result.
* David
of the song:
-->Onward,
LetsPlay/GIProz sure loves his screaming.
** Nahman also shows some of this in his videos, albeit more from being
into the heart of game.
* Regan Bard in ''Literature/VoidDogs'' uses this, referred to in text as
the battle fought "warp spasm" of Irish myth.
* In Literature/DeadWest,
the sons of Odin.
-->Outnumbered many times, still they fought on.
-->[[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank Blood poured forth]]
two [=MacArkills=], and even possibly the Amber Duchess. This is more believeable from their wounds deep into the earth.
-->Vultures waited
elder [=MacArkill=], nicknamed the Beast, who is absolutely built for the broken shells that once were bodies.
-->But Odin alone would choose the day they would enter Valhalla
-->AND [[InItsHourOfNeed IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED]] HE SENT FORTH UNTO THEM... [+'''[[UnstoppableRage THE BERSERKER RAGE!]]'''+]
-->[+''NOW GODS AND MEN THEY ROSE UP FROM THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE WILD ANIMALS,''+]
-->[+''[[DrunkOnTheDarkSide SUCH IS THE GIFT OF ABSOLUTE POWER!]]''+]
-->[+''[[TheJuggernaut NO BLADE OR WEAPON COULD HARM THEM;]]''+]
-->[+'''THEY KILLED MEN AND HORSES ALIKE,'''+]
-->[+'''[[LastStand AND ALL WHO STOOD BEFORE THEM]]'''+]
-->[+'''[[KillEmAll DIED THAT DAY!]]'''+] [++'''''[[NoIndoorVoice HAIL GODS OF WAR!]]'''''++]
* Heather Alexander's "Don't Call My Name In Battle" has a berserker giving some very important advice to his comrades:
-->Don't call my name in battle -- it's not wise.
-->Do not distract me when you see a new soul in these eyes.
-->For
it, but when the war god fills this flesh I wear,
-->I am no more your friend; I am the spirit of the bear.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- stand away,
-->For I will never hear
Porcelain Doctor has a meltdown, it is an impossible sight to behold. Mind you, the smaller brother is still 6 foot tall, but some other creature may.
-->It never sees
thin as a friend, but only foes.
-->Just count
stick. This does zero to diminish the bodies lying where this taken body goes.
-->Don't call my name in battle -- wait the time,
-->Until I fall and rise again with eyes you know are mine.
-->And then perhaps we'll rest and talk of home.
-->But you'll not be surprised to see how much I walk alone.
* Brad Neely's ''Role Play Tournament (Be Aggressive)'' chronicles how a tabletop RPG player wins a tournament with his berserker-type character. It even goes as far as revealing his self-examination, in that despite his own admission of his lack of self-control, he just goes on punching holes in ships and ripping other characters asunder.
--> Mirror, mirror, uh
--> Up on the wall, uh
--> Who's the baddest motherfucker of them all, uh
--> Just like Columbus, uh
--> He get the bloodlust, uh
--> Just like Columbus he get murderous on purpose
* '[[http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/475780 Berserker]]' by Rubén Álvarez (naturally)[[note]]For English lyrics try Google translate -- it works well on this one.[[/note]].
* The song "Valhall Awaits Me" by Music/AmonAmarth is all about one.
--> "SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS!
--> SOON! I WILL DIE!
--> SWORD IN MY HAND!
--> AX ON MY SIDE!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I DIE!
--> BEARSKIN ON MY BACK!
--> WOLF'S JAW ON MY HEAD!
--> VALHALL AWAITS ME
--> WHEN I'M DEAD!"
* Leslie Fish's "The Berserker" is another example of a berserker giving fair warning:
-->So leave the devil where it lies\\
Cast no blood into my eyes\\
And never place my life in threat\\
For when the monster comes alive\\
If you survive, you won't forget....\\
The roar when language falls away\\
The vision leached to black and grey\\
The speed that makes the wind feel slow\\
[[UninhibitedMusclePower The strength beyond the bone's design]]\\
These are the signs I too well know....
ensuing carnage.
* The titular character ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' features an official "rager" classification for mutants that's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Students afflicted that way frequently come to Whateley Academy with a body count already on their record. Razorback (a student turned into a sort of velociraptor by his mutation, complete with loss of his human vocal apparatus) is both a poster child and one of the good guys.
* [[FourStarBadass Admiral Flota]] Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, '''HERO OF THE TRIBES''', from v4 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. The male population of the aforementioned "tribes" consists entirely of HotBlooded [[FantasyCounterpartCulture pseudo-Russo-Mongol]] warriors, and thus to be regarded as "'''HERO OF THE TRIBES'''" means you've gotta be a Berserker
in Music/LordHuron's song "The World Ender":
-->"Lord knows I should be pushing daisies
-->I was 6 feet down,
your own right. It's even lampshaded as one of his specialties. Somewhat subverted in that he only does this when engaged in melees, and if there is no other viable ship tactic. When it's more effective to just blow you up from a distance, he ''will'' opt for that instead. Tokarev didn't become an admiral for stupidity, after all.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': The Meta is like this
but something raised me up
-->Sent back
seemingly in the "berserker rage" state permanently. In ''Reconstruction,'' he goes on a massive killing rampage whenever he gets a new AI fragment, and in ''Revelation'' this is taken to its final extreme.
* The third RP of ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' has Gustave, a man who has a penchant
for to lift my curse
-->I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first
-->Untied, gonna get
violence and has little wild
-->Go screaming
regard for his personal safety. Being an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic Nile Crocodile]] with thick muscle, thick scaly skin and scutes that essentially serve as body armor, "personal safety" might mean different things to him.
* Darth Apparatus in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. He may seem reserved when not in battle. Yet when the lightsabers light up, he rips apart enemies in a fit of pure rage. He even used [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Oghren's]] quotes on berserkers while describing how he fights.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang Xiao Long has some elements of this. Though she keeps a cool head most of the time, when a battle begins to go against her, there's a distinct change in her demeanor. She gets far more aggressive, accompanied by a boost in strength (which Ruby says is proportional to how much damage she's taken in the fight). This is usually accompanied by her normally purple eyes turning red, her hair glowing golden, and a SlasherSmile appearing on her face.
* In ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar'', a lot of the Waffen-SS and Hitler Youth approach this due to fanaticism garnered
through years of propaganda against the dark like "evil English" and a demon child
-->Close your eyes now, the light is fading
-->And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby"
* The members
[[HopelessWar general lack of GWAR. A literal one recently joined them.options]]. Brainwashed ChildSoldiers with automatic weapons are quite terrifying.



[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In the mythology of the TropeNamers, Odin was the patron God of the berserkers. The name Odin [[MeaningfulName actually means]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the furious]].
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legend]], when the hero Cuchulainn went into "warp-spasm," he was invincible -- but could not distinguish friend from foe.
* Lancelot from [[KingArthur Arthurian legends]] had many aspects of this trope. When Monty Python did their ''Holy Grail'' movie, Lancelot's character was preserved. He was memorable for scenes where he would kill innocents and be pretty sorry for it later, just like the stories.
* Greek mythology:
** Although Ajax from is described as a defensive fighter in ''Literature/TheIliad'', a post-Homeric source makes him into this. At one point, blind with fury over not getting the recently-deceased Achilles' armor, he goes into a [[UnstoppableRage berserk rage]] and kills a bunch of sheep, thinking they are the Greek army. When he realizes what he has done, he is DrivenToSuicide. He is depicted the same way in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', although the whole "sheep-killing" thing is skipped over.
** Diomedes also fits, being unwilling to stand down in the face of two deities. He [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wounds both of them]] and forces them to retreat.
** Achilles himself is also an example-- once [[AchillesInHisTent he gets out of his tent]], that is.
** Heracles is also known to fly into mad rages at times. This is never a pleasant thing for anyone he was fighting-- or for any innocents in the vicinity. He murdered his family one time after a particular nasty rage brought about by Hera, which led to him undertaking the Twelve Labors as atonement.
** Ares represented this aspect of war, as opposed to Athena's [[TheStrategist more measured approach]].
* Kali in Myth/HinduMythology. Normally the benevolent mother goddess Parvati, she notably slew the demon Raktabija who kept making copies each time his blood was spilled. The solution? She drains his blood and eats the duplicates. Trouble was, she got [[BloodLust blood]] [[AxCrazy thirsty]], literally. She wouldn't stop until her husband Shiva either turned into a baby to bring out her [[MamaBear maternal instincts]] or trampled by a dancing Kali who [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone snapped out of it once she realized what she was doing]].
* The Literature/BookOfJudges in Literature/TheBible reports that "the Spirit of the Lord came on Literature/{{Samson|AndDelilah}}" several times, which inevitably resulted in a high body count. On one occasion he [[CurbStompBattle killed one thousand Philistines]] singlehandedly, armed only with [[ImprobableWeaponUser a donkey's jawbone]].

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the mythology Zuko of the TropeNamers, Odin was the patron God of the berserkers. The name Odin [[MeaningfulName actually means]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the furious]].
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legend]], when the hero Cuchulainn went into "warp-spasm,"
''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is prone to such moments (running Zhao's Fire Navy fleet, seeking out fights with his more powerful sister) because [[{{Determinator}} he was invincible -- but could not distinguish friend truly cannot fathom walking away from foe.
a fight]].
* Lancelot from [[KingArthur Arthurian legends]] had many aspects Dinobot of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is the very ''definition'' of this trope. one. He wasn't ''afraid'' to die... Seeing a battle through to the end was a pretty significant part of his code of honor. [[spoiler:True to form, he went out in a blaze of glory.]]
**
When Monty Python did their ''Holy Grail'' movie, Lancelot's Optimus gets infected with a cyberbee designed to make him a coward, [[GoneHorriblyWrong but got the opposite effect]], he tore through the Predacon base with apparent ease.
* The [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Decepticon]] Sixshot is one of these. He is portrayed as possibly being the greatest pure warrior among the Transformers (though others may be more gifted at overall strategy, or just more powerful), aided by his (even more) rapid transformation speed and five alternate modes. Though a Decepticon, he speaks well of those he's beaten in combat, as he hopes that should anyone ever defeat him he will be treated as respectfully.
* Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* The minor
character was preserved. He was memorable for scenes where he would kill innocents and be pretty sorry for it later, just like the stories.
* Greek mythology:
** Although Ajax from is described as a defensive fighter
Shoza in ''Literature/TheIliad'', a post-Homeric source makes him into this. At one point, blind with fury over not getting the recently-deceased Achilles' armor, he goes into a [[UnstoppableRage berserk rage]] and kills a bunch of sheep, thinking they are the Greek army. ''Shogun's Samurai''. When he realizes what he has done, he is DrivenToSuicide. He is depicted Tadanaga chooses to surrender to avoid the same way in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', although the whole "sheep-killing" thing is skipped over.
** Diomedes also fits, being unwilling to stand down in the face of two deities. He [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wounds both of them]] and forces them to retreat.
** Achilles himself is also an example-- once [[AchillesInHisTent he gets out
massacre of his tent]], troops, his retainer rebukes his decision. The samurai boldly announces his independence before his former master and the enemy and proceeds to set off on a lone charge, determined to defeat every last soldier and retrieve the rival prince's head. Even the enemy commander sincerely declares that is.
** Heracles is also known
Tadanaga has a retainer on his hands before ordering his troops to fly into mad rages at times. This is never a pleasant thing for anyone he was fighting-- or for any innocents in gun him down.
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. It's justified by
the vicinity. He murdered his family one time after a particular nasty rage brought about by Hera, which led fact that, due to him undertaking the Twelve Labors as atonement.
** Ares represented this aspect of war, as opposed to Athena's [[TheStrategist more measured approach]].
* Kali in Myth/HinduMythology. Normally the benevolent mother goddess Parvati, she notably slew the demon Raktabija who kept making copies each time his blood was spilled. The solution? She drains his blood and eats the duplicates. Trouble was, she got [[BloodLust blood]] [[AxCrazy thirsty]], literally. She wouldn't stop until her husband Shiva
telepathic g-gnomes always either turned into inhibiting or inducing anger, he's never really been angry before and it takes him a baby while to bring learn how to deal with it. By the second season, he's grown experienced at [[TranquilFury channeling it]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Darth Maul initially starts
out her [[MamaBear maternal instincts]] or trampled by a dancing Kali who [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone snapped out as one, due to years of it once she realized what she was doing]].
* The Literature/BookOfJudges in Literature/TheBible reports that "the Spirit of
isolation after his dismemberment at the Lord came on Literature/{{Samson|AndDelilah}}" several times, which inevitably resulted hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He later regains his more cunning, manipulative side (along with a working pair of legs) but in a high body count. On one occasion he [[CurbStompBattle killed one thousand Philistines]] singlehandedly, armed only with [[ImprobableWeaponUser a donkey's jawbone]]. fight his berserker tendencies come back to the fore.



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Oleg The Usurper of Wrestling Is and Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, who has TheGimmick of a Viking Berserker. Sidney Bakabella can keep him focused and under control but if Sidney is not around, Oleg will attack everything from fans, to referees to ring announcers.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Khornate Berserkers in both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Age Of Sigmar}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The 40k Berserkers actually undergo voluntary lobotomies to increase their psychotic blood lust (by berserker-surgeons no less). The page quote is one of their most infamous warcries. It also helps that in regular TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} that Khorne's warriors tend to come from a fantasy Viking culture and is essentially an evil Odin.
** Blood Angels Death Company. When they meet the above, things get ''really'' bloody, even by 40K's standards.
** Both [[BloodKnight da Orks]] and many [[BoisterousBruiser Space Wolves]] of the ranks of Blood Claw or Skyclaw.
** Kharn the Betrayer takes it UpToEleven when he attacked his own fellow World Eaters when they wouldn't fight due to the cold. He managed to so completely devastate both his army and the enemy's that both now survive only as fragmented, roving warbands.
** Officio Assassinorum Eversors are this too. They undergo a series of incredibly brutal cybernetic and genetic modifications to make them more efficient killing machines, and are then pumped up on combat drugs that are both addictive to the point that they die in ''hours'' if they go into withdrawal, and would shorten their lifespan to a matter of years if they remained conscious all the time (and are effective to the point where the genetic modifications are ''required to boost their immune systems to avoid immediate death upon injection''). To counter-act this, they're kept in cryo-pods all the time before deployment, and only awakened once they're within range of their target to avoid them going into a frothing berserker rage before time. And then they explode upon death, in case the target was not dead yet. They are, on the tabletop, one of ''the'' one model units with the most dice to roll in the attack phase.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is no slacker, with Witch Elves, Savage Orcs, Skaven Plague Monks, and anyone else with the Frenzy special rule. One classic Skaven spell, Death Frenzy, would turn any Skaven unit into this... but they'd be so psychotic that they would rip each other to shreds as well.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Age Of Sigmar}}'' has the Khorne Bloodbound, an entire army of frenzied berserkers that fall into this trope, all dedicated to the god of rage and murder. Special mention goes to the Wrathmongers, who have a special ability that causes not only themselves to enter a berserker rage, but all nearby allies and even their ''enemies,'' who become so engrossed in the berserker rage that they lose the ability to tell friend from foe and will just attack everyone withing range. Then there's the Blood Warriors, who will fight until their bodies are absolutely destroyed, even going as far as to take their murderers down with them. And not to be outdone is the Skullgrinder, gigantic warrior-blacksmiths who appear out of nowhere with murderous gleams in their eyes, armed with gigantic anvils on chains, and join battles using their anvils as makeshift flails while blinded by a raw murderous intent. And lastly, for anyone who isn't quite as berserked as we want,there's the Bloodsecrator, priests of Khorne carrying giant totems dedicated to the Blood God which opens a portal to Khorne's realm that, among other things,causes nearby allies to enter an unstoppable frenzy and lose all sense of preservation and any fear of pain and death.
** The ultimate example of this in either setting is Skarbrand, the Exiled Bloodthirster. Having been beaten and flung across the daemonic skies for eight whole days and nights after getting the idea that he could replace Khorne by Tzeentch, he is wiped of all personality and thought beyond mindless rage. He possesses an aura that literally causes anyone around him to be filled with berserker rage, causing everyone to fight in a frenzied blood-fueled orgy whenever he appears. To top it all off, both of his axes contain mad, furious greater daemons, making him a triple berserk daemon.
* The Crab Clan in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has two distinct flavors - one set reaching a [[TranquilFury Zen-like state of rage]] and frequently composed of [[DeathSeeker Death Seekers]] from the shamed Hiruma family, and the other typified by [[http://www.kazenoshiro.com/kazenoshiro/3/baddeath.htm Hida Amoro]], who was utterly terrifying in combat for both ally and enemy as well as being an honorless cretin outside of combat (standing out even in the rough-around-the-edges Crab Clan). The latter style of berserker generally became [[{{Flanderization}} the only variety.]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Barbarians are a play on the berserker. They wear light armor, attack with big weapons, and go into rages during battle to give themselves additional combat ability.
** The frenzied berserker class prestige class goes into berserker rages on top of a standard barbarian rage. If they kill all the enemies in sight, they have to make a Will save to avoid attacking allies.
* In the classic Avalon Hill WWII game, Squad Leader, shooting at Russian infantry was a dangerous pastime. If you rolled a K(ill), fine; but if you did anything BUT kill the squad, it had a chance to go berserk and ignore all results EXCEPT K, as well as vastly improved close combat abilities. Realistic? Well, it's Squad Leader, where all the streets in the villages are 40 meters wide.
* Any {{TabletopGame/vampire|TheRequiem}} can do this in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' by "riding the wave" during Frenzy, entering a state where they control which targets they attack instead of just tearing crap up. One good example is the Sotoha [[PrestigeClass bloodline]], which grants its members the ability to perfectly hone and control their Frenzy... but having them technically be in Frenzy ''all the goddamn time''.
* The tiraks in ''TabletopGame/{{Eon}}'', especially the frakk, are quite (in)famous for this ability. Since tiraks are well above humans in terms of strength and endurance, they can afford to be a bit reckless.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', in its book ''Pantheons of the Megaverse'', has a Berserker CharacterClass in its section on Myth/NorseMythology. These berserkers go into their rage by stomping their feet on the ground, yelling, biting their shields, etc. This gives them combat bonuses to attack, but penalties to avoid being attacked.
* The ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' models this with the Enraged and Berserk disadvantages/complications, both of which specify a trigger condition, a trigger ''chance'', and what dice roll it takes to snap out of that state again. (An enraged character will at least first of all attack whatever provoked them, while one who's gone berserk simply lashes out blindly altogether.) As written, this is simply pure drawback that doesn't improve the character's actual combat ''performance'' in play any (except inasmuch as having to all-out attack happens to inadvertantly help more than it hinders); to have a berserker who also gets more ''powerful'' in that state, the player would have to buy appropriate stat boosts, skill levels, and/or powers with an "only while enraged/berserk" limitation.
* Clan pilots in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' hurl themselves into one-on-one engagements with reckless abandon, though their generally [[LostTechnology superior equipment]] lets them get away with it frequently. Amusingly, their disdain for actual melee combat (and their [[HonorBeforeReason silly code of honor]]) meant that many a warrior were killed when their [[SnipingTheCockpit cockpits were crushed]] by [[HumongousMecha battlemech]] punches from the much more pragmatic Inner Sphere pilots. Solahma warriors - "old" Clan warriors considered past their prime - are thrown into the field as CannonFodder, often with nothing more than an outdated rifle and a flak jacket, and are expected to charge the enemy and inflict as much damage before inevitably being gunned down.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
[[folder:Real Life]]
* Oleg [[HornyVikings The Usurper of Wrestling Is and Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, who has TheGimmick of a Viking Berserker. Sidney Bakabella can keep him focused and under control but if Sidney is not around, Oleg will attack everything from fans, to referees to ring announcers.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Khornate Berserkers in
Vikings]] are both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Age Of Sigmar}}'' the TropeNamers and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The 40k Berserkers actually undergo voluntary lobotomies to increase the best examples; among their psychotic blood lust (by berserker-surgeons soldiers there were the fabled Berserkers, warriors who, in a [[UnstoppableRage drug-induced fit of rage]], would plunge themselves into battle wearing little to no less). armor and slash their way through countless amounts of enemies, and earned themselves the mythic reputation they have today.
**
The page quote is one 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.
*** 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 infamous warcries. It also helps that in regular TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} that Khorne's warriors tend to come from media portraying berserkers as forsaking their fortitude by DualWielding or using a fantasy [[{{BFS}} single oversized weapon]] (perhaps even the berserkers had a semblance of survival instincts?).
* The
Viking culture at Stamford Bridge [[YouShallNotPass volunteered to stay behind alone and is essentially hold back the Saxons while they waited for their reinforcements to arrive.]] For an evil Odin.hour, he stood alone on the bridge, killing over 40 men and wounding dozens more. He was only stopped when one soldier got the smart idea of floating in a barrel underneath the bridge, and jammed a spear up through the bridge [[GroinAttack right between the Viking's legs]].
* During the course of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Creator/AudieMurphy went berserk at Anzio when his best friend Lattie Tipton was killed by a German machine-gunner [[ISurrenderSuckers pretending to surrender]]. The result was Murphy killing the entire machine gun crew that killed his friend before commandeering their machine gun and grenades and turning them on German positions and destroying anything not wearing the right uniform. This got him the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, which he got a year later in a truly ballsy move that involved [[AwesomeMoments commandeering the machine gun of a burning tank and using it to hold off a German squad, taking a wound in the leg in the process, before leading his men to repel the Germans]].

** Blood Angels Death Company. When they meet the above, things get ''really'' bloody, even by 40K's standards.
** Both [[BloodKnight da Orks]] and many [[BoisterousBruiser Space Wolves]]
* Probably half of the ranks of Blood Claw or Skyclaw.
** Kharn the Betrayer takes it UpToEleven when he attacked his own fellow World Eaters when they wouldn't fight due to the cold. He managed to so completely devastate both his army and the enemy's that both now survive only as fragmented, roving warbands.
** Officio Assassinorum Eversors are this too. They undergo a series of incredibly brutal cybernetic and genetic modifications to make them more efficient killing machines, and are then pumped up
real people profiled on combat drugs that are both addictive to the point that they die in ''hours'' if they go into withdrawal, and would shorten their lifespan to a matter of years if they remained conscious all the time (and are effective to the point where the genetic modifications are ''required to boost their immune systems to avoid immediate death upon injection''). To counter-act this, they're kept in cryo-pods all the time before deployment, and only awakened once they're within range of their target to avoid them going into a frothing berserker rage before time. And then they explode upon death, in case the target was not dead yet. They are, Website/BadassOfTheWeek got on the tabletop, one of ''the'' one model units with the most dice to roll in the attack phase.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is no slacker, with Witch Elves, Savage Orcs, Skaven Plague Monks, and anyone else with the Frenzy special rule. One classic Skaven spell, Death Frenzy, would turn any Skaven unit into this... but they'd be so psychotic that they would rip each other to shreds as well.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer Age Of Sigmar}}'' has the Khorne Bloodbound, an entire army of frenzied berserkers that fall into this trope, all dedicated to the god of rage and murder. Special mention goes to the Wrathmongers, who have a special ability that causes not only themselves to enter a berserker rage, but all nearby allies and even their ''enemies,'' who become so engrossed in the berserker rage that they lose the ability to tell friend from foe and will just attack everyone withing range. Then there's the Blood Warriors, who will fight until their bodies are absolutely destroyed, even
site by going as far as to take their murderers down with them. And not to be outdone is the Skullgrinder, gigantic warrior-blacksmiths who appear out of nowhere with murderous gleams in their eyes, armed with gigantic anvils on chains, and join battles using their anvils as makeshift flails while blinded by a raw murderous intent. And lastly, for anyone who isn't quite as berserked as we want,there's the Bloodsecrator, priests of Khorne carrying giant totems dedicated to the Blood God which opens a portal to Khorne's realm that, among other things,causes nearby allies to enter an unstoppable frenzy and lose all sense of preservation and any fear of pain and death.
** The ultimate example of this in either setting is Skarbrand, the Exiled Bloodthirster. Having been beaten and flung across the daemonic skies for eight whole days and nights after getting the idea that he could replace Khorne by Tzeentch, he is wiped of all personality and thought beyond mindless rage. He possesses an aura that literally causes anyone around him to be filled with berserker rage, causing everyone to fight in a frenzied blood-fueled orgy whenever he appears. To top it all off, both of his axes contain mad, furious greater daemons, making him a triple berserk daemon.
* The Crab Clan in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has two distinct flavors - one set reaching a [[TranquilFury Zen-like state of rage]] and frequently composed of [[DeathSeeker Death Seekers]] from the shamed Hiruma family, and the other typified by
full berserker. [[http://www.kazenoshiro.com/kazenoshiro/3/baddeath.htm Hida Amoro]], who was utterly terrifying in combat for both ally badassoftheweek.com/inouye.html Late US Senator Daniel Inouye's]] story has a good example. He charges a series of German machine gun nests, gets his arm blown off while trying to throw a hand grenade, then ''picks up the grenade he just dropped with his good arm and enemy as well as being an honorless cretin outside of combat (standing out even throws it'', and ''then'' charges the next machine gun nest in a fugue state, firing one handed until getting wounded in the rough-around-the-edges Crab Clan). The latter style of berserker generally became [[{{Flanderization}} the only variety.]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Barbarians are
leg, at which point he props himself against a play on the berserker. They wear light armor, attack with big weapons, tree and go into rages during battle to give themselves additional combat ability.
** The frenzied berserker class prestige class goes into berserker rages on top of a standard barbarian rage. If they kill all the enemies in sight, they
''keeps shooting''. When his buddies told him what he did, he replied, "No, that can't be... you'd have to make a Will save be insane to avoid attacking allies.
* In the classic Avalon Hill WWII game, Squad Leader, shooting at Russian infantry was a dangerous pastime. If you rolled a K(ill), fine; but if you did anything BUT kill the squad, it had a chance to go berserk and ignore
do all results EXCEPT K, as well as vastly improved close combat abilities. Realistic? Well, it's Squad Leader, where all the streets in the villages are 40 meters wide.
* Any {{TabletopGame/vampire|TheRequiem}} can do this in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' by "riding the wave" during Frenzy, entering a state where they control which targets they attack instead of just tearing crap up. One good example is the Sotoha [[PrestigeClass bloodline]], which grants its members the ability to perfectly hone and control their Frenzy... but having them technically be in Frenzy ''all the goddamn time''.
* The tiraks in ''TabletopGame/{{Eon}}'', especially the frakk, are quite (in)famous for this ability. Since tiraks are well above humans in terms of strength and endurance, they can afford to be a bit reckless.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', in its book ''Pantheons of the Megaverse'', has a Berserker CharacterClass in its section on Myth/NorseMythology. These berserkers go into their rage by stomping their feet on the ground, yelling, biting their shields, etc. This gives them combat bonuses to attack, but penalties to avoid being attacked.
* The ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' models this with the Enraged and Berserk disadvantages/complications, both of which specify a trigger condition, a trigger ''chance'', and what dice roll it takes to snap out of that state again. (An enraged character will at least first of all attack whatever provoked them, while one who's gone berserk simply lashes out blindly altogether.) As written, this is simply pure drawback that doesn't improve the character's actual combat ''performance'' in play any (except inasmuch as having to all-out attack happens to inadvertantly help more than it hinders); to have a berserker who also gets more ''powerful'' in that state, the player would have to buy appropriate stat boosts, skill levels, and/or powers with an "only while enraged/berserk" limitation.
* Clan pilots in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' hurl themselves into one-on-one engagements with reckless abandon, though their generally [[LostTechnology superior equipment]] lets them get away with it frequently. Amusingly, their disdain for actual melee combat (and their [[HonorBeforeReason silly code of honor]]) meant that many a warrior were killed when their [[SnipingTheCockpit cockpits were crushed]] by [[HumongousMecha battlemech]] punches from the much more pragmatic Inner Sphere pilots. Solahma warriors - "old" Clan warriors considered past their prime - are thrown into the field as CannonFodder, often with nothing more than an outdated rifle and a flak jacket, and are expected to charge the enemy and inflict as much damage before inevitably being gunned down.
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* See also: "Berserk" under {{Standard Status Effect|s}}, which generally forces characters under it to only use basic attacks, often with an offensive boost and/or defensive penalty. Sometimes it can be somewhat beneficial to characters who mainly attack physically to begin with, but crippling to spellcasters.
* A fairly common [[FantasyCharacterClasses class in RPGs]], typically a variation on the Warrior that favors offense over defense, but may still be fully controllable.
* The Berserker Class from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' There are also Berserker Armors like Berserker Champion and Berserker Bunny there is even a test-class called Beta Berserker
* In ''VideoGame/TemplarBattleforce'' you have the option to unlock a Templar who wields a giant axe and deals more damage the lower their health. They are called, appropriately enough, Berserkers.
* Sork from ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' is always itching for a fight.
* '''[[http://youtube.com/watch?v=LkCNJRfSZBU Leeeerooooy Jenkins!]]''' from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** The Fury specialization for Warriors is decribed as "showing up to the fight drunk and half naked, wielding two weapons in a berserker's fury and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake". In-game, they can dual wield two handed weapons and have several attacks that enrage them, letting them deal more damage. Warriors also used to have a Berserker stance.
** Tanks that are overgeared for the content they are running will often fall into this, forging on ahead with seemingly little regard for the state of the rest of the party, or even their own remaining health, believing themselves to have little to fear from what they're facing. While they're often correct, they do sometimes go too far, doing things like pulling opponents either numerous or powerful enough to drop their health faster than their healer can replenish it, or jumping into a fight when their healer doesn't have the resources to keep them going long enough to finish it.
** One of the troll racial abilities is called Berserk. Originally when used, it raised the character's attack speed based on how much health the character was missing. It now raises it by a flat amount.
* The Black Whirlwind from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' fits this trope perfectly. The character he was based on, from the ''Literature/WaterMargin'', was exactly the same.
* BoisterousBruiser Minsc and SociopathicHero Korgan from the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series are both good examples of this trope. Despite being the good one of the two, Minsc's berserker rage is even more indiscriminate than Korgan's, as he is prone to attacking his allies if no enemies are present.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Of your various party members, Disney/{{Bea|utyAndTheBeast}}st is probably the best fit. He always charge against TheHeartless head-on with horns, teeth, claws, and a [[BattleCry roar]] - and just the roar can kill the weaker ones!
** Saix from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', while normally cold and composed, becomes this in battle when the moon shines upon him. His personal "race" of Nobodies are dubbed Berserkers as a nod to the Final Fantasy player class.
** One ability is called "Berserk", which helps the party member who has it to become stronger if he has less life and the first one to get it was [[HairTriggerTemper Donald]].
* Hardfangs in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'' are said to have all instincts of self-preservation removed in place of aggressiveness for superior combat performance. True to form, they only have one eye.
* Luca Blight from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' is what happens when you make a character like this a BigBad. In the ClimaxBoss battle against him, he fights until his body is so full of wounds that it gives out on him (but not before fighting through several armies worth of enemies) and he only laughs while spiting the main party for being pansies.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has an enemy actually called "Berserkers" which are female Locust Drones. Unlike the males, [[BizarreSexualDimorphism they are 12 feet tall with bulletproof skin]], and indiscriminately kill anything in their path, human ''or'' Locust. They are blind they track targets by smell and sound, and have enough muscle and mass to pound through solid stone walls. The only way to kill them easily is with the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn]], but in later games you can also KillItWithFire, which has the secondary effect of temporarily making their skin soft enough to be harmed by regular bullets. ''Gears of War 3'' introduces the ''Lambent'' Berserker, which is totally invincible except [[AttackItsWeakPoint in one specific spot]], is bigger, stronger, and meaner than the original, has CombatTentacles, leaks a trail of harmful Imulsion when low on health, and like all Lambent creatures, explodes on death.
* The various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games have had several different types of Berserkers. The most common version is the Berserk spell, which does [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]] when you cast it on someone. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the yeti Umaro as a playable character who could not be controlled by the player and otherwise attacked the enemies whenever his turn came up in battle, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' all had the Berserker available in their Job systems, though ''X-2'''s is the only one where you retained control. Several games also have items or passive effects causing characters to start with the Berserk status.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' had a Berserk spell that didn't make the characters uncontrollable, making it far more useful.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had the Advance skill for the Warrior playing on a similar idea, boosting offensive power at the cost of defense.
** Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was conceptualised as being a Beserker, though due to changes of the system in the game's development virtually nothing of this remains in the game besides some aesthetic elements.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' also has Berserk as a Warrior Job Ability. Upon use, the player retains full control of the player and receives a 25% increase to the Attack stat, but at the cost of a 25% penalty to defense.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' again gives Marauders and Warriors Berserk, which boosts attack by 50% for 15 seconds, but makes it so you can't use weaponskills for five seconds afterwards. This doesn't involve loss of control either. The Warrior also has other abilities with outcomes similar to Berserk, such as consuming defensive buffs to boost their offense. Lancers also have the Blood for Blood ability to boost offense at the cost of defense.
* In ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' whenever a Dwarvish Ulfserker enters melee combat, the attack cycle will repeat until one of the units dies or ''if'' the battle lasts for thirty rounds (which is ''extremely'' rare). This makes them extremely good at slaughtering {{Squishy Wizard}}s, especially the poor Dark Adept, which has [[CripplingOverspecialization no melee attacks at all]]. The game [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on this]] by having the Ulf and its upgrade, the [[TitleDrop Berserker]] laugh maniacally when they attack a unit without a melee retaliation.
* Grom Hellscream from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II'' and ''III''. His rage leads to him actually doing a LeeroyJenkins attack in [=WC3=] (several years before the {{Trope Namer|s}} did his stuff).
** Trolls have had Berserkers since their first appearance in Warcraft II. Unlike most depictions of Berserkers, they're ranged attackers that throw spears or axes at their opponents. They have an improved [[HealingFactor regeneration]] and have an ability that makes them attack faster but take more damage. Troll Berserkers are incredibly buff and larger then Orc Grunts! This state is achieved through goblin or troll {{alchemy}} experimentation and you actually see the trolls [[HulkingOut hulk out]] when upgraded to berserkers. An interesting tidbit was that in Warcraft II, Troll Berserkers were the only trolls seen with tusks.
* The Stronghold creatures introduced in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V: Tribes of the East''. Most of the units (except the Wyverns) have the "Rage" property if lead by a Barbarian Hero. Said "Rage" absorbs a portion of damage and increases the damage done by the unit depending on Rage level. Fitting the trope, the units lose Rage points if they do anything except move, use their special abilities, or attack.
** The [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Fortress]] actually has a creature (upgrade to the Brawler) named Berserker. The description of his special ability [[UnstoppableRage Berserker Rage]]: "[[GlassCannon When this ability is used, the creature's Defense drops temporarily to zero, Offense increases by the same amount, and it attacks the nearest enemy automatically without suffering the retaliation strike.]] [[FriendOrFoe However if there is no enemy in the movement range of this creature it will attack a nearest friendly unit instead of the enemy.]] (activated ability)."
** In the fourth game, the Stronghold faction's first level creature is also called a Berserker. It's relatively cheap and has good stats for its level. The tradeoff is that it ''cannot be controlled in combat'' and [[LeeroyJenkins recklessly charges the enemy.]] The Frenzied Gnasher introduced in the ''Winds of War'' expansion also has this problem. Then again, since the Gnasher is also essentially a living magic-immune battering ram, letting it run wild isn't such a bad idea.
* In ''VideoGame/CloseCombat'', soldiers will occasionally become "Heroic," "Fanatic," or "Berzerk." They'll disregard suppressive fire, and sometimes charge across open ground to close with the enemy. They die just as easily as everyone else, though.
* Asha the assassin in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is sort of like this, as he [[spoiler: won't teleport away even if he's about to die.]] He does say that he [[spoiler: would rather die than be defeated by her. If she doesn't show up to fight him, he skips the middle man and just blows himself up alone. So, it's doubtful he had many qualms about his safety at that point.]]
** Also relating him to the trope is a logbook by another assassin that criticizes him for rushing straight in to battle like he was a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] like Iosa. He is physically weak and the one advantage he has over stronger adversaries (and walls, for that matter...) is [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty technique]], but he still acts like an idiot and [[{{Pride}} disregards his own weaknesses]].
* Iori Yagami from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series. In ''[=KoF=] '95'', when he was first introduced, he brutally beat his teammates Eiji Kasaragi and Billy Kane when losing their match prevented him from taking a shot at his nemesis Kyo. (Brutally enough to have them both enjoy a lengthy vacation at a hospital.) And that was before his tainted Orochi blood caused him to fling into the Riot of Blood and tear Vice and Mature to pieces on ''[=KoF=] '96''. (And Orochi himself on ''[=KoF=] '97'' with Kyo's and Chizuru's help.) Having his purple flames stolen by [[JerkAss Ash Crimson]] didn't calm him down in the slightest - rather than burning opponents down to a violet crisp he claws the living shit out of them.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s monster cast is rife with these. A blind zombie with ridiculously long steel claws that hunts you down by hearing alone and [[PuppeteerParasite Plagas-infested,]] [[AxCrazy chainsaw-wielding villagers]] are just a few.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' brings us Omega, an AxCrazy RoboticPsychopath who takes this trope to blood thirsty new levels. Ironically, the best way to defeat his final form is to turn his berserker AI against him.
** Zero himself could count as a heroic berserker, as well, as his close-range combat style often promotes charging headlong into enemies and Z-Saber-ing your way out. [[spoiler: In case you couldn't tell, the similarity between Zero and Omega is NOT a coincidence.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'', the Germans can have berserkers (that for some reason are dedicated to Thor instead of Odin). These soldiers can reave a bloody mess through enemy units many times their size. In Barbarian Invasions, the berserkers belong to the celts, and are based off of Cuchulain.
** Funnily enough, it's the ''{{warrior monk}}s'' in ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' who are the berzerkers. They have poor armour, but extremely high melee attack and morale, making it very unlikely that they'll rout due to casualties or the loss of their general. No-dachi samurai are this to an extent as well, being the infantry unit most suited to all-out offence at the cost of their own safety.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, "Berserker" is a perk you acquire after having killed a lot of good karma people.
* An unlockable melee weapon for The Soldier in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' called "The Equalizer" is designed to be used in this fashion. It's a pickax that, originally, buffed the player's speed and damage output inversely proportional to their amount of remaining HP but also prevented them from being healed while they have it out. Since the Pyromania Update (June 27, 2012), the speed boost has been removed and given to a new, similar weapon: The Escape Plan. It can be very useful in offensive pushes where combat is confined to close quarters. However, a common tactic is for the player to rocket jump a couple times to the enemy position which both takes out a considerable chunk of health and can take them by surprise if done right. Once landed, they can immediately start slaughtering with the now powered up pickax. Valve actually had to nerf the weapon due to ''entire teams'' being ripped apart by Equalized Soldiers just as the round had barely started.
** So-called Demoknights are often played in this fashion, with the charging mechanic and special melee weapons coming into play. Also there's the fact that they're essentially bringing a sword and shield into a gun fight!
* A few moves in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' can inflict this. "Taunt" forces your opponent to only use damage-dealing moves, "Swagger" greatly raises your opponent's Attack stat, but also confuses them, and some attacks like Thrash and Petal Dance will have the user attack for two or three turns, then become confused after it ends. The most powerful of these moves is the aptly named "Outrage".
** Rage is another example, starting off pretty weak but boosting in power every time your opponent hits you. In fact, once used, you're locked into Rage until one side falls.
** Rollout would be a prime example. Once commanded, the Pokémon continues attacking for five turns, unless they miss or are [=KO=]ed. The first hit is pretty weak, but each one after that doubles in power, making the fifth hit almost as powerful as Explosion (BEFORE the nerf to the latter move in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''). Use Defense Curl first, which doubles Rollout's power yet again, and Rollout's fifth hit is the most powerful attack in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', the Wii-exclusive Purple Wisp turns ''Sonic'' into one, able to chomp through anything in his path.
* VideoGame/ShadowEra seems to portray its Warrior-Class heroes as these. This is furthered by the equitable weapons they can use: both gain damage as deaths occur; one for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge your allies]] and one for your foes.
* ''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.
** ''[[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.
** The Nords, the residents of Skyrim, are often characterized as barbarians and some of their greatest warriors were ferocious berserkers who used the power of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] in battle to crush their enemies. The more modern Nords in the Third and Fourth Era are less mindlessly aggressive, but they are still fearless warriors, and one faction, [[spoiler: the Companions]], are secretly [[spoiler: werewolves, and some of the members enjoy falling into the instinctual violence of the hunt.]]
** The legendary hero Pelinal Whitestrake, who helped Saint Alessia found the First Empire and defeat the Ayleid elves, was a notorious and terrifying killing machine. While clad in plate armor like the knights who would come in later Eras, he would fall into mad, berserk furies and go on rampages that [[PersonOfMassDestruction quite literally ended with entire Alyeid kingdoms being slaughtered,]] one of the Alyeid sorcerer-kings he defeated in battle by biting out his throat, and his first encounter with Alessia involved him walking into her camp covered in the blood and gore of elves he had been killing. It is implied that his mad rage came from an inherently conflicting nature: Pelinal was an Aedric being (the Elder Scrolls versions of angels), but he was also a Shezzarine, which is an incarnation of the god Lorkhan, a "dead" god who is an enemy of the Aedra. The conflicting duality of being both created by the Aedra while also being an aspect of Lorkhan meant that Pelinal was deeply mentally unstable and would often rant and rave at the Aedra who sent him to aid Alessia.
* Brick, one of the four playable characters from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', is classified as a Berserker, and can enter a "Berserker Rage" for his special skill, regenerating his health and allowing him to attack with his fists, beating the snot out of any {{mook|s}}, be it a bandit or a Skag.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Salvador, the rough equivalent of Brick among the new playable characters. Salvador is a ''Gun''zerker -- when he gets mad he starts using GunsAkimbo, doing boosted gun damage and regenerating health all the while. Some of his lines hint that [[CombatSadomasochist he loves pain]] and might even have a slight death wish.
** The sequel also adds an enemy that fits the bill: Goliaths, the Bandits' {{Giant Mook}}s. Knocking a Goliath's helmet off will reveal his hideously mutated head, angering him so much he drops his guns and starts attacking anything nearby, friend or foe. Killing enemies in this state causes him to get bigger and stronger and regenerate all of his health.
** There's also DLC character Krieg the Psycho, whose special skill has him go on a rampage with his buzz-axe, regenerating health for every kill he earns in this state. Two of his skill trees focus on fighting as crazed as possible, with the Mania tree focusing on melee combat and dealing as much damage as you take while the Bloodlust tree focusing on constantly doing damage to the enemy. When designing Krieg, they had the specific rule that none of Krieg's abilities should ''ever'' encourage stalling, taking cover, or otherwise delaying - Krieg players should, where possible, be running around murdering people, not waiting or hiding.
* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', Berserker is an actual character class. Their identifying traits are incredibly high strength stats, piss poor defense stats, can only use axes (which are the strongest weapons compared to swords and lances), and have an added critical hit bonus. This makes them heavy hitters, but also rather fragile at the same time.
** In ''Path of Radiance, there is Largo, self titled "World Class Berserker". He claims that he allegedly pinned two tigers at once.
*** Although he's not in the Berserker class, we have Boyd, who somehow broke his axe on his first mission sometime before the events of the game and is implied that it happened because of this trope. In a similar manner we have Kieran, an overconfident and reckless mounted knight who is so intense in his methods that he even gets injured while practicing alone, and has at least on one occasion not notice a massive injury caused by his own axe on his head.
** In addition, most games have the Berserk staff. If a character is hit by this, they cannot be controlled, and will automatically attack the nearest unit, be it on their side or not. This is rather irritating. [[HilarityEnsues Unless it hits a unit who cannot attack...]]
* Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' runs on a rage that has been the ruin of men, monsters, and gods alike. When he gets going, only a fool stands in his way.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' puts every other example on this list to SHAME. When he gets angry no one, [[OneManArmy NO ONE]], can stop him. [[spoiler:Not even HIS creator.]] And those who try are, to put it simply, [[CurbStompBattle SCREWED.]]
** And then [[spoiler:his [[OneWingedAngel Berserker form]] and [[ClippedWingAngel Wrath form]] comes along and cranks the concept UpToEleven.]]
*** How bad is it? Well [[spoiler:his Berserker form keeps going until he ends up destroying his own arms and his Wrath form causes more damage to himself than to the target in his relentless assaults.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[TheAlcoholic Oghren]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a BloodKnight [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarven]] berserker with a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Texas drawl]] and a misguided idea that [[CasanovaWannabe the ladies love him]]; you can also make other warrior characters berserkers if you get Oghren to teach them or you find the Berserker tome.
** The codex reveals that the first Berserkers were the Dwarves of Orzammar, who learned to harness their battle-wrath and turn it against the encroaching Darkspawn horde. This technique would later be learned by Luthias Dwarfson, an Alamarri warrior, who adapted it to fight alongside [[HeroesLoveDogs Mabari hounds]]. Those he passed this knowledge onto would become the first Ash Warriors, the most feared mercenaries in Thedas.
** Befitting [[UnstoppableRage the vice]] they embody, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent rage demons]] behave in this manner; the codex states that their tactics in battle consist entirely of lashing out at enemies with as much force as possible until they die.
* The Warrior Vocation from ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' is played like a berserker, with buffs that give them high damage resistance and powerful special attacks that's all about wrecking huge damage, all while not able to block (also there's a official ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' camo in the shape of Guts armour and sword to help sell the idea).
* Barbatos Goetia from ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Tales of Destiny 2]]'' has become this in all of his appearances following the first, abandoning his magic and most of his savvy counterattacks in favor of simply chasing your characters around and trying to brutalize them with a wide variety of physical attacks and a few downright deadly ranged ones, [[NoIndoorVoice yelling his head off all the while]].
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', berserkers known as Ulfsarks are available to Norse players, along with a description about the origin of the term 'berserker'.
* Painwheel from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is this. Her ability, Hatred Guard, makes her ''angrier'' if attacked during many of her moves, increasing defence and offensive power as well as not interrupting her attack. Her "Hatred Install" Super enhances this, and also ''[[ImplacableMan she doesn't die]]'' unless the opponent lands multiple hits.
* The Brute and Tanker Archetypes, in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' basically were designed for this: Brute had the "fury" mechanic, in that doing damage pumped up their damage multiplier which quickly started to drop out of combat, leading them to tend to charge recklessly between groups of enemies; both Brutes and Tankers also have a "Defensive" power set along with the standard offensive one, these all have some variation of "As more enemies target you, your stats rise/their stats lower", so the best strategy was "jump into the middle of that group there while hitting taunt, and start smashing before other people pull aggro". Teamplay would usually just be "Ask to be buffed up by the team's SupportPartyMember, ''then'' jump into the middle of that group there while htting taunt, and start smashing before other people pull aggro". Scrappers and Stalkers, while also having most of these abilities, [[GlassCannon just can't survive well enough even with them]] to jump into entire groups, and have to settle for jumping an individual, mauling them, and getting to the next one.
* The appropriately named Berserkers from ''VideoGame/{{XCOM Enemy Unknown}}''. They are Mutons who carry no weapons besides claws that can tear through a man with ease, and unlike other units cannot use cover. However, they have some of the most health among the aliens, and sometimes get a free move towards their attacker if they are shot. They are also notable for their Bull Rush ability, meant to punish a soldier hiding behind cover by charging in a straight line and busting down his cover, giving the Berserker a clear hit. They can do this even if the soldier is hiding behind ''a wall''.
* Berserkers in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'' worship the rage-god Trog, who gives them the ability to, well, go berserk. Berserking boosts your HP, speed, and attack power considerably for a short time, during which you are pretty much restricted to beating on things. Once the rage wears off, you are slowed, exhausted (meaning you can't just go right back to raging), and may even pass out for a few turns, which is especially inconvenient if you didn't quite manage to kill everything you were fighting before your berserk ran out.
* An update to ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' in September 2013 gave Seal Clubbers a "Fury" mechanic as part of a skill revamp. Fury is used to improve and/or power other Seal Clubber skills.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''VideoGame/OfOrcsAndMen.'' Arkail's tendency to fly into a rage tends to be nothing but a hindrance, both in battle (where, although he deals more damage, almost all of his special attacks are restricted and he leaves himself wide open to attack) and out of it. Managing his rage to prevent him from losing control too early in battle is a major aspect of gameplay.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** You run into the occasional krogan berserker, which isn't necessarily fun given their damage output. This is actually built in to the krogan body: they have backups for their vital organs, and if they're injured enough that a backup becomes necessary, the switch triggers a rush of adrenaline and other hormones, causing "blood rage". It's mentioned that krogan hospitals are built like bunkers due to the tendency for injured or sick krogan to suddenly enter blood rage and start attacking everything in sight. Inverted with pre-loyalty mission Grunt; he's a dangerous, vile-tempered, barely-controlled siege weapon ''outside'' combat, but while fighting, he's relatively stable and can be safely pointed at the enemy without needing to worry about stopping him from turning around. He's still ''crazy'', but that stays the case more or less forever.
** In the multiplayer modes for both ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' and ''Videogame/MassEffectAndromeda'', all of the krogan classes have a "rage" mechanic, where, after a certain number of melee kills, their damage and damage resistance is dramatically boosted. Unlike most berserkers, they don't so much fly into a howling rage as they just start [[LaughingMad laughing with glee]] as they [[BloodKnight crush all that stands before them]].
** Despite being an extreme {{Chessmaster}} who runs the galaxy's most powerful information network, The Shadow Broker, [[GeniusBruiser a member of a massive species known as Yahg]], becomes this when his BerserkButton is pressed, losing any form of subtlety or strategy, and looking more like an enraged animal than the extremely intelligent individual that he is. This is actually noted as his FatalFlaw.
* During the dinosaur stages in ''VideoGame/TheLostWorldJurassicParkConsole'', the game rewards the player for acting like this with an "Instinct Gauge" in the shape of an eye. Killing every enemy you come across in rapid succession will cause the eye to go from green with a round pupil to [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] with a [[HellishPupils slitted pupil]] and increase the damage done. However, if you stop fighting then the gauge will gradually decrease and the eye will go back to green.
* The ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' series typically features close-range "brawling" HumongousMecha designed to hurl themselves at the enemy and then start slinging 18 ton autocannons in every direction. The [[PoweredArmor BattleArmor]] of ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'' are particularly potent berserkers; despite only having a sliver of health and puny weapons, they are tiny, extremely agile, and [[CannonFodder cost almost nothing]]. Battlearmor players will throw themselves into melees with reckless abandon, spraying anything that gets within their grasp with heavy laser fire while [[PersonalSpaceInvader jumping onto enemy mechs]] and [[SnipingTheCockpit killing the pilots in their cockpits]]. The Elemental battlearmor warriors in [[Tabletopgame/BattleTech the boardgame]] mix in berserker tendencies with GeniusBruiser in-and-out of combat.
* The Hellion from ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' fits to a T, charging forward with a halberd and doing massive damage. Like [[DeconstructorFleet everything else in the game,]] it's [[{{Deconstruction}} turned on its head]]. She can disturb her teammates, her violent tendencies come from a mixture of self-loathing, sadism and fear, and her relentless assaults tire her out ([[GameplayAndStoryIntegration giving her a debuff]]) and make her vulnerable.
* The Amazon of ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' was designed with this in mind. Her main passive skills are Berserk, which makes her stronger the more she attacks, and Adrenaline, which increase her damage the lower her HP gets. In fact, practically all of her skills are designed to encourage the player to jump into the thick of battle with BladeOnAStick swinging.
* Valkyr of ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' is a melee-centric frame with a broken, tortured appearance thanks to [[MadScientist Alad V]]'s experiments. Her Warcry ability boosts her and nearby allies' melee speed while slowing nearby enemies, her Paralysis ability discharges her shield to stun enemies and her Hysteria ability lets her go into a rampage where she becomes invulnerable and unleashes her claws for as long as she has energy.
* The Viking team of ''VideoGame/PiratesVikingsAndKnights'' has the Berserker class, who is extremely fast, has no ranged weapons, and can enter an UnstoppableRage, giving himself a speed and damage boost. Personality-wise, he is an AxCrazy BloodKnight who talks in a [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent strange, unidentifiable accent.]]
* Beserkers are a special unit in ''VideoGame/{{Northgard}}'' that are only available to the Fenrir Clan.
* Doomguy from the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' series primarily only becomes a berserker when he gets his hands on a Berserk pack or a Berserk artifact. In ''VideoGame/Doom2016'', however, Doomguy is filled with absolute rage at anything to do with demons and Hell in general, and is perfectly capable of tearing enemies apart with his bare hands once they take enough damage, and when he gets his hands on a Berserk artifact? NOTHING that Doomguy gets his hands on is coming out unscathed or alive.
* The Berserk perk from ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'' grants the player a temporary stacking buff to their melee damage every time they kill an enemy. In exchange it imposes a constant and significant penalty to your armour, making you more vulnerable to attack.
* ''Videogame/ForHonor'' has two Viking heroes who fit this concept: the Raider and the appropriately-titled Berserker. The Raider is a fearless, aggressive warrior armed with a huge two-handed axe and wears no armor, because they know the day of their death is already decided by fate and so they fight without fear or regard for their own safety, fitting the ferocious, fearless brute element of this trope. The Berserker, on the other hand, is said to be a ferocious, wild animal spirit in human form, joining the other Vikings on the field of battle, and represents raw, aggressive offense with rapid, brutal attacks and high mobility but [[GlassCannon minimal armor and defensive options outside of pure evasion and killing the enemy first before they get a chance to swing back.]]
** Interestingly, the Vikings also have two classes that avert this entirely: the Warlord and the Highlander. Both are described as rational and calm warriors, with the Warlord being a defensive powerhouse who leads his people in battle, and the Highlander being a calculating, stoic fighter who uses his [[{{BFS}} massive claymore]] with calculated precision.
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* Servants summoned to the Berserker class in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. These heroes, drawn from mythological heroes known for their potential for madness, have access to the 'Mad Enhancement' ability that boosts all stats in return for [[SmashMook sealing most of their skills]], making them impossible to control and having exorbitant mana drain on their masters; Berserkers are usually just as dangerous to their own controllers as to their enemies. The Berserker summoned in the Fifth Grail War is Heracles/Hercules, and Lancer is at one point explained as having the potential to be summoned under this class (understandable, as Lancer is [[Myth/CelticMythology Cú Chulainn]]). In ''LightNovel/FateZero'' the Berserker is the BlackKnight, [[spoiler:later revealed to be Lancelot]]. Later in ''VideoGame/FateEXTRA'', there are two Berserkers: One is [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Lu Bu]], the other is [[spoiler:[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid Brunestud]]]]. In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Berserkers stand out in the TacticalRockPaperScissors chart; [[GlassCannon their attacks are extra-effective against every non-Shielder class but in turn they suffer extra damage from those classes]].
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* Otsana from ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' is a Valkyrie from The Days of Berserkers and "High Adventures" and she even has a wolf motif which would confirm her berserker status
* Ed from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' not only seems to relish bloodshed and destruction and to engage in said activities with reckless abandon, he has himself been seriously maimed and/or killed numerous times only to be rebuilt/resurrected by his superiors that he might put himself (willingly) in harm's way again.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' had a one-shot character named Brok that was hired by the Infernomancer during his first appearance, who goes into an UnstoppableRage after Bumper tries (and fails) to knock him out by smashing a staff on the back of his head. He was at first meant to have a much longer run, but writer/artist Mookie stated that he just didn't feel right throwing in a Berserker-type character in a magic-based world, so a raging Brok chases Stunt and Bumper into the sunset and is never seen again.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': The bulk of the Vloz'res army consists of [[ThePlague heavily tainted]] warriors called berserkers. Curiously, the only named berserker is a [[GentleGiant subversion]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Byron the Berserker is arguably the most level-headed, well-adjusted member of the party because he apparently lives in fear of his tendency to lose his shit and become a true, foaming at the mouth, screaming, psychotic, berserkergang killing machine. (He does enjoy a good bloodbath, though.)
** The condition is probably some kind of supernatural curse. A cultist once tried to force him to kill one of his friends with it, and there's a TroubledBackstoryFlashback that [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-5/chapter-5-page-3/ hints he might have killed a town as a boy]]. Possibly a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed one]].
* ''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'': Several characters qualify, which makes sense given the premise. Consider how many cereal mascots over the years have regularly lost control over their preferred cereal...
** Sonny the Cocoa Puffs Cuckoo-bird is a psychotic (and psychopathic) homicidal, maniac. When he's "sane" he's kept in a dungeon cell in a straitjacket.
** Froot Brute is a pudgy sort of guy who turns into a bloodthirsty werewolf when he even ''thinks'' about his cereal
** Near the end of book three, [[spoiler:Super Bear]] makes an appearance. And everything the character has done through the first two books and first 3/4 of the final one makes ''perfect'' sense. In single combat he takes out Sonny ''and'' Froot Brute. And then is about to go after Tony the Tiger -- one of his own friends.
* Sweet, timid, ShrinkingViolet Calvin in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' can turn into a Berserker when you put a gun in his hands.
* In ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch03-pg16/ Coal's father, apparently.]] And Coal himself. RedEyesTakeWarning...
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Broly. [[spoiler:U16 Bra]] may count too.
* A berserker visits a bordello in ''WebComic/{{Oglaf}}'', only to begin frothing at the mouth and pelvic-thrusting uncontrollably while engaging the services of one of the employees, who has [[TapOnTheHead an emergency sap]] on hand for [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan just such an occasion]]. He is then kicked out for ignoring the clearly labeled "No Berserkers" sign the establishment has up.
* Lewis Black has no superpowers in ''WebComic/FakeNewsRumble'', but his sheer rage (and a chair) makes him just as capable of fighting monsters as his superpowered colleagues.
* In ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' Tank was literally engineered to be the berserker, forced into it by the army he worked for after an injury, because they wanted to see how far they can push this trope before a man becomes a liability to his team. His army family managed to jailbrake the chassis so the army couldn't pump Tank with aggro juice without warning, but this has left Tank with some hangups that occasionally prompt him to turn up the juice himself and take his insecurities out on [[spoiler:his ex-boyfriend]] CommanderBadass.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Razoul and the warriors of Vanna's Black Guard in general. They tend to devour Drakeroot before battle in order to become more ferocious and powerful, but the root also has the side effect of turning them into nearly mindless brutes as a result.
* David of the LetsPlay/GIProz sure loves his screaming.
** Nahman also shows some of this in his videos, albeit more from being into the game.
* Regan Bard in ''Literature/VoidDogs'' uses this, referred to in text as the "warp spasm" of Irish myth.
* In Literature/DeadWest, the two [=MacArkills=], and even possibly the Amber Duchess. This is more believeable from the elder [=MacArkill=], nicknamed the Beast, who is absolutely built for it, but when the Porcelain Doctor has a meltdown, it is an impossible sight to behold. Mind you, the smaller brother is still 6 foot tall, but thin as a stick. This does zero to diminish the ensuing carnage.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' features an official "rager" classification for mutants that's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Students afflicted that way frequently come to Whateley Academy with a body count already on their record. Razorback (a student turned into a sort of velociraptor by his mutation, complete with loss of his human vocal apparatus) is both a poster child and one of the good guys.
* [[FourStarBadass Admiral Flota]] Vladimir Ilyavich Tokarev, '''HERO OF THE TRIBES''', from v4 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. The male population of the aforementioned "tribes" consists entirely of HotBlooded [[FantasyCounterpartCulture pseudo-Russo-Mongol]] warriors, and thus to be regarded as "'''HERO OF THE TRIBES'''" means you've gotta be a Berserker in your own right. It's even lampshaded as one of his specialties. Somewhat subverted in that he only does this when engaged in melees, and if there is no other viable ship tactic. When it's more effective to just blow you up from a distance, he ''will'' opt for that instead. Tokarev didn't become an admiral for stupidity, after all.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': The Meta is like this but seemingly in the "berserker rage" state permanently. In ''Reconstruction,'' he goes on a massive killing rampage whenever he gets a new AI fragment, and in ''Revelation'' this is taken to its final extreme.
* The third RP of ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' has Gustave, a man who has a penchant for violence and has little regard for his personal safety. Being an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic Nile Crocodile]] with thick muscle, thick scaly skin and scutes that essentially serve as body armor, "personal safety" might mean different things to him.
* Darth Apparatus in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. He may seem reserved when not in battle. Yet when the lightsabers light up, he rips apart enemies in a fit of pure rage. He even used [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Oghren's]] quotes on berserkers while describing how he fights.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang Xiao Long has some elements of this. Though she keeps a cool head most of the time, when a battle begins to go against her, there's a distinct change in her demeanor. She gets far more aggressive, accompanied by a boost in strength (which Ruby says is proportional to how much damage she's taken in the fight). This is usually accompanied by her normally purple eyes turning red, her hair glowing golden, and a SlasherSmile appearing on her face.
* In ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar'', a lot of the Waffen-SS and Hitler Youth approach this due to fanaticism garnered through years of propaganda against the "evil English" and a [[HopelessWar general lack of options]]. Brainwashed ChildSoldiers with automatic weapons are quite terrifying.
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* Zuko of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is prone to such moments (running Zhao's Fire Navy fleet, seeking out fights with his more powerful sister) because [[{{Determinator}} he truly cannot fathom walking away from a fight]].
* Dinobot of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', is the very ''definition'' of this one. He wasn't ''afraid'' to die... Seeing a battle through to the end was a pretty significant part of his code of honor. [[spoiler:True to form, he went out in a blaze of glory.]]
** When Optimus gets infected with a cyberbee designed to make him a coward, [[GoneHorriblyWrong but got the opposite effect]], he tore through the Predacon base with apparent ease.
* The [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Decepticon]] Sixshot is one of these. He is portrayed as possibly being the greatest pure warrior among the Transformers (though others may be more gifted at overall strategy, or just more powerful), aided by his (even more) rapid transformation speed and five alternate modes. Though a Decepticon, he speaks well of those he's beaten in combat, as he hopes that should anyone ever defeat him he will be treated as respectfully.
* Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* The minor character Shoza in ''Shogun's Samurai''. When Tadanaga chooses to surrender to avoid the massacre of his troops, his retainer rebukes his decision. The samurai boldly announces his independence before his former master and the enemy and proceeds to set off on a lone charge, determined to defeat every last soldier and retrieve the rival prince's head. Even the enemy commander sincerely declares that Tadanaga has a retainer on his hands before ordering his troops to gun him down.
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. It's justified by the fact that, due to telepathic g-gnomes always either inhibiting or inducing anger, he's never really been angry before and it takes him a while to learn how to deal with it. By the second season, he's grown experienced at [[TranquilFury channeling it]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Darth Maul initially starts out as one, due to years of isolation after his dismemberment at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He later regains his more cunning, manipulative side (along with a working pair of legs) but in a fight his berserker tendencies come back to the fore.
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* [[HornyVikings The Vikings]] are both the TropeNamers and the best examples; among their soldiers there were the fabled Berserkers, warriors who, in a [[UnstoppableRage drug-induced fit of rage]], would plunge themselves into battle wearing little to no armor and slash their way through countless amounts of enemies, and earned themselves the mythic reputation they have today.
** 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.
*** 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?).
* The Viking at Stamford Bridge [[YouShallNotPass volunteered to stay behind alone and hold back the Saxons while they waited for their reinforcements to arrive.]] For an hour, he stood alone on the bridge, killing over 40 men and wounding dozens more. He was only stopped when one soldier got the smart idea of floating in a barrel underneath the bridge, and jammed a spear up through the bridge [[GroinAttack right between the Viking's legs]].
* During the course of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Creator/AudieMurphy went berserk at Anzio when his best friend Lattie Tipton was killed by a German machine-gunner [[ISurrenderSuckers pretending to surrender]]. The result was Murphy killing the entire machine gun crew that killed his friend before commandeering their machine gun and grenades and turning them on German positions and destroying anything not wearing the right uniform. This got him the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, which he got a year later in a truly ballsy move that involved [[AwesomeMoments commandeering the machine gun of a burning tank and using it to hold off a German squad, taking a wound in the leg in the process, before leading his men to repel the Germans]].
* Probably half of the real people profiled on Website/BadassOfTheWeek got on the site by going full berserker. [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/inouye.html Late US Senator Daniel Inouye's]] story has a good example. He charges a series of German machine gun nests, gets his arm blown off while trying to throw a hand grenade, then ''picks up the grenade he just dropped with his good arm and throws it'', and ''then'' charges the next machine gun nest in a fugue state, firing one handed until getting wounded in the leg, at which point he props himself against a tree and ''keeps shooting''. When his buddies told him what he did, he replied, "No, that can't be... you'd have to be insane to do all that."
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* In ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' Tank was literally engineered to be the berserker, forced into it by the army he worked for after an injury, because they wanted to see how far they can push this trope before a man becomes a liability to his team. His army family managed to jailbrake the chassis so the army couldn't pump Tank with aggro juice without warning, but this has left Tank with some hangups that occasionally prompt him to turn up the juice himself and take his insecurities out on [[spoiler:his ex-boyfriend]] CommanderBadass.
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** The Nords, the residents of Skyrim, are often characterized as barbarians and some of their greatest warriors were ferocious berserkers who used the power of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] in battle to crush their enemies. The more modern Nords in the Third and Fourth Era are less mindlessly aggressive, but they are still fearless warriors, and one faction, [[spoiler: the Companions]], are secretly [[spoiler: werewolves, and some of the members enjoy falling into the instinctual violence of the hunt.]]
** The legendary hero Pelinal Whitestrake, who helped Saint Alessia found the First Empire and defeat the Ayleid elves, was a notorious and terrifying killing machine. While clad in plate armor like the knights who would come in later Eras, he would fall into mad, berserk furies and go on rampages that [[PersonOfMassDestruction quite literally ended with entire Alyeid kingdoms being slaughtered,]] one of the Alyeid sorcerer-kings he defeated in battle by biting out his throat, and his first encounter with Alessia involved him walking into her camp covered in the blood and gore of elves he had been killing. It is implied that his mad rage came from an inherently conflicting nature: Pelinal was an Aedric being (the Elder Scrolls versions of angels), but he was also a Shezzarine, which is an incarnation of the god Lorkhan, a "dead" god who is an enemy of the Aedra. The conflicting duality of being both created by the Aedra while also being an aspect of Lorkhan meant that Pelinal was deeply mentally unstable and would often rant and rave at the Aedra who sent him to aid Alessia.
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