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When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage over something apparently innocuous, you've hit his BerserkButton.
* Post-hardcore band At the Drive In's (and now TheMarsVolta) Cedric Bixler-Zavala flips a shit when people mosh, slam-dance, or crowd surf during their shows, and has been known to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi2PjcXO7Zc patronize the audience by calling them sheep and baah-ing at them.]] Omar Rodríguez-López also hates slam-dancing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSHeW9rLQoQ to the point where he slams his guitar on the ground and stops playing.]]
* Bat for Lashes [[http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/bat-for-lashes-amos-angst_1115327 has expressed her anger over people comparing her to]] Music/ToriAmos. Then there's the [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implication]] that she's saying that it's insulting to be compared to her, ''period''.
* Don't insult {{Music/Eminem}}'s daughter, Hailie Jade. Ja Rule and Benzino found this out the hard way.
* Music/EricBogle's song "Do You Sing Any Dylan?" is about the question guaranteed to cause any folk singer to fly off the handle.
* Mark E. Smith of The Fall is a fairly amiable guy. Except if you mention Pavement to him. Do that at your own peril.
* For years, mentioning the other members of Kajagoogoo was a good way of making Limahl very, very angry. (Their '80s split was not at all amicable.)
* Madonna doesn't like [[http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2011/09/madonna_disses.php hydrangeas]].
* Call Mark [=McGrath=] "Sugar Gay" and see what happens.
* Try calling MarkWahlberg 'Marky Mark' and see how that goes for you.
* Don't call MeatLoaf "Marvin".
* Monty Norman wrote the Film/JamesBond theme, not JohnBarry. If you go on record saying that he didn't write it, you ''will'' be sued (and you ''will'' lose - he's done it before and he's always won).
* Music/MyChemicalRomance: Do ''not'' mention that you think they're {{emo}}, particularly to singer Gerard Way, who has voiced his hatred for {{emo}} many times and really doesn't like people labelling them as an emo band. (For the record, they're pop punk or alternative rock.)
* When asked about smooth jazz saxophonist Kenneth "Kenny G" Gorelick, guitarist Pat Metheny gave a well-reasoned argument as to why he didn't like his music but generally had no ill-feelings towards the guy. HOWEVER, when Gorelick dubbed himself over jazz great Louis Armstrong, Metheny delivered a superbly out of character verbal assault, labeling his performance "lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing."
* In Music/TheReplacements song, "Shootin' Dirty Pool," the protagonist loses it when someone shouts out, "Why don't you get a haircut, sister!"
* If you are Mick Jagger of Music/TheRollingStones, ''do not, under ANY circumstances'' refer to your bandmate Charlie Watts as "my drummer." Last time Mick did something like this, Charlie slugged him and said, "[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Don't you ever call me your drummer again! You're my fucking singer!]]"
* It was a bad idea to mention [[Music/DefLeppard Vivian Campbell]] in front of Music/RonnieJamesDio. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOwZBo8FQvo Behold.]] The ranting starts at about 45 seconds in. Bear in mind this is coming out of probably the [[NiceGuy nicest,]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes most considerate]] guy to ever make heavy metal music.
* Scatterbrain's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbLhHtaVIO4 Don't Call Me Dude.]] An extreme case, in that the narrating character is getting out of the psycho ward at the beginning of the song.
* Never refer to the frontman of the gothic-rock band Music/TheSistersOfMercy, Andrew Eldritch, as a {{Goth}} within his hearing.
* Tell [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]] to play ''Sweet Child O' Mine''.
* Being called 'wacky' used to be a major one for Tommy Scott of Music/{{Space}}, although he decided a couple of years ago to embrace his wackiness. As former guitarist Jamie Murphy put it, "Yes, we're wacky, we're quirky, so what?" On a more serious note, ''never'' joke about the Hillsborough Disaster in front of the band. Not only are they Liverpool supporters, but ItsPersonal for keyboardist Franny Griffiths as he is a Hillsborough survivor.
* You can burn my house, steal my car, drink my liquor from an old fruit jar. Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh, Honey, lay off of my shoes...
* Abbie Hoffman learned the hard way that, whether or not [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]] agrees with your socio-political opinions, if you [[{{Woodstock}}interrupt his band's set to rant them]], you will get a [[RockersSmashGuitars guitar to the face]].
* Considering how much of a [[ThePrimaDonna prima donna]] he's known to be, it's easier to list what ''doesn't'' count as a BerserkButton for [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]. The guy's been known to show up late to shows, then walk off thirty minutes in if the lighting is wrong.
* Music/{{Chevelle}}'s song "The Red" is about a character who's [[RedEyesTakeWarning button is pressed]] when someone calls him a freak.