Berserk Button / Anime and Manga

When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage, you've hit his Berserk Button. Some of them are long enough to have their own pages:


  • In the Ace Attorney manga, Raymond Spume becomes enraged when Sparkle Land publicity assistant Julie bites her nails, believing it to be a bad habit and unprofessional to do it in public. This ultimately proves to be his undoing.
    • Thomas Spitzer gets angry when someone questions his expertise on spiders.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Don't ask Jeremy to take off his shirt, or show him those Embarrassing Old Photos. It'll probably end in a Freak Out.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Hey, have you ever wondered what would happen if your blood flow were reversed? Well, mess with Last Order and Accelerator will be glad to give you a first hand demonstration! Unless of course you really piss him off, in which case you'll be launched with such force that you're burnt up due to air friction.
    • One played for laughs: don't steal MISAKA 10032's nightvision goggles. She's got an assault rifle in her schoolbag and unless the thief is Last Order, she WILL shoot to kill.
    • And the original Misaka Mikoto has a few as well. On the comedic side, we have Kuroko trying to peek at her panties and Touma continuously defeating her in fair fights.
      • There's also the matter that catching Accelerator red-handed during the Level 6 Shift project was the only time Mikoto ever tried using her signature railgun attack on a human. Granted, he No Sell'd it without effort but it does not change the fact that she just tried to use massively lethal force against a living target.
    • Touma's entire class has one: making their teacher Komoe cry. For example, all of them were unmotivated and unwilling during the athletics festival... until they overheard another teacher insulting Komoe and calling her school and students trash. They went on to cream that teacher's class, despite being massively outmatched in esper powers. (Komoe herself doesn't understand why they're pushing themselves so hard.)
    • Seiri Fukiyose does not like it when people complain about bad luck. She works hard and encourages others to do the same. To her, luck is just a loser's excuse. Ironically, she has no idea that Touma's bad luck is real.
    • Shutaura Sequenzia lost her father in a plane crash that only killed him, but the event was declared a miracle for the minimal loss of life. For this reason, she doesn't believe in miracles and gets pissed at anyone who even mentions the word "miracle".
  • Ah! My Goddess:
    • Don't badmouth Skuld's inventions unless you want to be on the receiving end of a Skuld Bomb.
    • Don't say "no" to Hild, for whatever reason, unless you're Belldandy.
  • In the harem comedy manga Ai Kora, Maeda tends to go ballistic on those who ridicule or harm the girls in his harem, especially if they threaten their "perfect features" (like a delinquent who nearly knocked out one of Sakurako's flawless blue eyes, or a salesman who preyed on Yukari's self-consciousness about her "bullet-train bustline" with dodgy "breast reduction" bras).
    • Tina and Mayu have a shared Button in anyone trying for Kaoru's affection.
  • Angel Sanctuary: If you value your life, do NOT call Michael short.
  • In Attack on Titan,
    • Eren gets angry at humans who are selfish, insensitive, or passively accept the corrupt system that governs within the walls. Shortly before the Titan attack on Shiganshina, young Eren got worked up when he saw that the Garrison did not take their jobs seriously and almost picked a fight with a man who said that the Survey Corps were a waste of taxpayer money.
    • Also, do not mention titans around Eren. This has become an in joke within the fandom, and many like to joke that Eren can't even hear the word titan without ranting. It's more or less true.
  • Greece from Axis Powers Hetalia is a calm, easygoing Heavy Sleeper until you put him in the same room with Turkey. And if you want to see the fireworks really go off, just position Turkey anywhere remotely close to one of his cats or Japan.
    • It also doesn't take much to tick off Russia. If you thought Stalin had it rough...
      • His sister Belarus is already a Creepy Child. Attract Russia's attention to yourself? Uh, better RUN AWAY.
    • Don't comment on how attractive Austria is if Hungary's around. Especially if you're France. Actually, for that matter, don't even comment on it if Austria's around, particularly if you're France.
    • Don't talk smack about Switzerland's pajamas. Liechtenstein spent fifty two days making those things, dammit!
    • England has a bit of a Hair-Trigger Temper in general, but insulting his cooking or talking about his punk phase seems to really set him off, the latter in particular resulting in a barely concealed Tranquil Fury in contrast to his usual angry outbursts.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, don't tell Chiyo-chan's "dad" that his face resembles that of former prime minister Mori. Especially don't tell him that he's not a real cat. Also don't show him anything that's red.
  • Firo of Baccano! is quite self-conscious about how young and feminine he looks and reacts quite strongly to having it pointed out. Reactions have varied from snarking back, making death threats, or, in one case, breaking the offender's fingers.
  • In Bakuman。, Takagi becomes enraged if someone suggests that Mashiro is weighing him down or he should find someone else, even in times when Mashiro believes he's the weak link.
    • Miura takes it personally when Mashiro or Takagi indicate that they don't trust him or they trust someone else's opinion more.
  • Guts of Berserk has several of these:
    • In general:
      • Don't touch him. Only Casca can do that, and she almost got strangled to death the first time they were intimate together.
    • Post-Eclipse:
  • Villain example from Black Cat: Do NOT mention Minatsuki Saya in front of Creed. Especially if you mention her in a positive light.
    • Oh, and don't refer to Train as "that guy" in front of him, either. You will address his wife partner with respect.
  • Black Lagoon: Although she's generally maladjusted anyway, do not question Revy's cynicism. You'll probably end up with an extra orifice somewhere, even if you are on her side. She also doesn't like Eda asking if she's already had sex with Rock, or other women making advances towards Rock. Isn't she just the sweetest Trigger Happy Tsundere?
    • Also, anyone who waltzes in and starts shooting when Revy and Eda are at the Church of Violence "had better damn well be prepared to go to war," as the scumbags chasing the title character of the Greenback Jane arc found out the hard way. Eda in particular does not look kindly on anyone putting a bullet in the church.
    • Revy's button about Rock got hit again when Jane mentioned possibly seducing Rock if Revy didn't want her banging Benny's brains out all the time. The result is Revy getting really creepy as she relates her sexual experiences in prison and threatens to make Jane her bitch.
    • Do not make fun of Shenhua's poor grasp of English (she's a proud native of Taiwan). Revy offhandedly called her "Chinglish", and she threatened to start cutting her up...despite Leigharch's warning not to press his button and shed blood in his just-refurbished SUV.
  • Bleach
    • Tatsuki will explode with rage if a girl is treated improperly, such as attempting to kiss her. She is especially protective of Orihime. When Kon, hiding in Ichigo's body, attempts to kiss both Orihime and Tatsuki, Tatsuki destroys the entire classroom. Even the teacher is terrified.
    • Rukia is extremely proud of her very bad artwork. Insulting it has produced a range of violent reactions from throwing things at the offender to tying them up and inking them.
    • Hitsugaya is very sensitive about his young age. He cannot stand it if people don't refer to him as "Captain Hitsugaya", if they focus on his short height, or if they try to treat him like the child he is (such as Ukitake trying to give him sweets or people in the World of the Living mistaking him for a school child).
    • Ikkaku insists his head is shaven. Anyone who dares call him bald triggers a reaction ranging from aggressive, in-their-face ranting to physical violence.
    • Yumichika is obsessed with beauty. Anyone who calls him ugly earns his enmity at best and an attempt to kill them at worst. His zanpakutou hates the colour purple. Yumichika tries to hide his taboo Functional Magic abilities from his Blood Knight division. He constantly insults his zanpakutou by giving it a purple-themed nickname; it angrily refuses to unleash its power in battle, allowing him to keep his power secret.
  • Blood The Last Vampire: Mentioning Jesus, God, or any similar term in front of Saya is a bad idea. Luckily, she can't kill humans. Doesn't mean she can't hurt them, tho...
  • Busou Renkin: Papillon utterly despises being called by his real name by anyone other than Kazuki. He was also not too pleased to find that Kazuki had apparently given up his humanity to become a Victor-like being after having fought Papillon, to prevent him from giving up his humanity to become a homunculus.
  • In the manga Cafe Kichijouji De, Jun, a younger effeminate boy, snaps into a violent manner if anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of saying that he looks like a girl.
  • Sakura Kinomoto in Card Captor Sakura is usually nice enough to her brother Touya, but the second he calls her 'Monster' she grinds his foot into the floorboards.
  • Souichi Tatsumi from Challengers and The Tyrant Falls in Love may be antisocial, but he's pretty normal otherwise... until a reference to homosexuality is made, upon which he burns with a desire to bash all homosexuals' skulls in, especially the one courting his little brother. He even has a Hair-Trigger Temper with Morinaga after the latter drives home the point that he's gay with a crush on him, interpreting every offer from Morinaga as an attempt to get into his pants (sometimes it's actually true, sometimes it isn't). And NO, he himself ISN'T a homo; he's just sleeping with one!
  • Shinka from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions hates any mention on adolescent delusions (or "chuunibyou"), because she herself was a pretty serious victim of this. On the other hand, she also deeply resents Sanae's insult to her as a "Fake Mori Summer," "Mori Summer" being her delusional identity.
  • Code Geass:
    • Rolo goes nuts when somebody mentions Nunally.
    • Mentioning Orange in front of Jeremiah Gottwald is asking for either a major thrashdown or a drastic shortening of your life span. Seriously, don't do it. Until he joins Lelouch during R2 episode 14, after discovering the reason why Lelouch became Zero.
  • Cowboy Bebop: As shown in "Jupiter Jazz (Part I)," it's a terrible idea to call Spike by the name of his rival Vicious. He ends up going berserk and beating up an entire gang — whose leader survives, only to toss himself into the back of a garbage truck.
    Spike: You think I'm Vicious? YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT VICIOUS IS!
  • Crayon Shin-chan. Don't ever make fun of Mitzi/Misae's chest, or her butt, or her age! That doesn't stop Shin-chan, though.
    • Also if you're Hiroshi, don't even dare going near these random girls when Mitzi/Misae is around or better yet, don't tell her you been around these woman when you're out by yourself. If you do, she will get you.
  • Girls in Daily Lives of High School Boys often have this:
    • The suggestion that girls should date a boy for Yanagin.
    • For Yoshitake's older sister, the fact that she doesn't have a boyfriend — despite the fact she's just 18.
    • Ringo's height.
  • In Darker Than Black, you do not want to give Hei any reason to think you're connected to his sister. Really, you don't. It's a bad idea.
    • Later on, it's "touch Yin and die."
  • Death Note
    • If there is one thing guaranteed to piss Light/Kira off, it's suggesting that what he is doing is wrong or evil. In fact, it's a very good way to wind up with your name in the title notebook.
    • As far as Misa is concerned, Light is hers, and she will not stand for any other woman getting close to him.
  • In Death Parade, many characters seem to be triggered by a certain event or even certain words that can drive them over the edge. Examples include Takashi never being loved by Machiko, Misaki thinking that she will die if she loses, Onna witnessing Decim's judgement methods, and worst of all is harming Shimada's beloved sister, Sae.
  • It is highly recommended you don't tell Buttercup/Kaoru from Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z she looks cute in a skirt. Her reaction is not pretty.
    • Also Bubbles/Miyako hates to see mistreatment to animals of any kind, as the Rowdyruff Boys find out. Except Mojo, obviously, and a bunch of these monkeys who admittedly didn't deserve Bubbles/Miayko's sympathy with the way they were acting. Though she did feel some sympathy for him when she found out why he is the way he is. But Mojo immediately does something evil to get rid of that sympathy.
    • All 3 of the girls, especially Momoko/Blossom, will get super-mega-pissed when you steal their food, make them leave lunch, or just prevent them from eating in any way. And to a lesser extent, make them miss sleep and they will get angry.
  • Desert Punk has, in its first chapter, a lesser Big Bad who weathers a hurricane of insults in a letter without even flinching, but goes completely off his nut — to the point of Hulking out — when the resident Anti-Hero suggests that his mother has a fat bellybutton.
  • Detective Conan: Please do NOT dismiss friendship in front of one Sonoko Suzuki. Even worse if either you look down on one of her friends, or you do it towards your own friends. The girl's a Genki Girl who borders on Brainless Beauty, but she strongly believes in those she cares for and even if she can't fight like Ran does, she'll do what she can to protect them and she'll expect you to appreciate your loved ones too.
  • Call Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man "Moyashi" and watch him boil and explode. Or mention his Trickster Mentor, particularly if the sentence also contains the word "debt"...
  • In Digimon Tamers, if you value your life, do NOT refer to Beelzemon as Impmon. He'll make you wish you'd never been born.
    • Pre-Heel-Face Turn, at least. Post-HFT he'll stomp his foot and throw a hissy fit, but he won't kill you. Doesn't mean you should push it, though.
    • He had another one when he was evil: being called weak. Do not, do not, DO NOT call him weak. EVER. He casually (and gruesomely) killed one of his allies for doing so.
    • Resident Googlehead Takato has one; messing with or causing distress to his friends is a bad idea. When Implied Love Interest Juri's partner Digimon was killed by Beelzemon, Takato snapped, turned his partner Guilmon into the embodiment of the apocalypse and told him to eat the offender.
  • The anime version of Dinosaur King has a Running Gag where Zoe insults Ursula by calling her an "old lady", which leads to Ursula's Berserk Button being pressed. In fact, she can even hear her calling her an "old lady" from any number of miles away, no matter how far off she is from her.
    Zoe: Hey, old lady!
    Ursula: Arrrggghhh! I'm not an old lady! Got that?!
  • Kei and Yuri have only one official code name: The Lovely Angels. Calling them the Dirty Pair to their faces — or suggesting that two college-age girls can't be all that dangerous — will earn you a punch in the face.
  • Anna and Uni Puma from Dominion Tank Police. Not like they're not psychotic enough to begin with, but if anyone makes reference to their humiliating origins as "love dolls," the body count is going to go into triple digits.
  • In Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!, Akina Shinozaki's Berserk Button is otaku in general and her otaku older brother in particular. Much humor and drama alike is derived from Akina's refusing to admit that she's becoming more and more of an otaku herself as she's introduced to the otaku world via her friend and crush Kaede.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!. Do NOT test his patience. Just... don't. He punched a guy so hard that the poor guy's clothes flew off as he was launched about 20 feet into the air. It gets even worse if you're being nosy about his adored brother Kasuka. Mentioning Izaya is another great way to ask for an early death. Vending machines will fly.
    • Also works in a triangle for the Power Trio of Kida, Mikado, and Anri...mess with any of them and one or both of the other two will come running to kick your ass. And then take into account that these are two gang leaders and the human host of a demonic sword respectively.
    • If you like being alive, don't touch Shinra. If Celty doesn't get you, Izaya will. And you will regret it forever. Just ask Nakura.
  • Perhaps a tribute to Evangelion, Renton in Eureka Seven goes brutally psycho over his opponents at the end of episode 20. Unlike Evangelion, however, it's his deadly combination of his love for Eureka, his hatred towards Holland and frustration with his immaturity that makes him berserk instead of the Nirvash. The result: Blood, a dismembered arm, and a horrific scream, much like Shinji's in The End of Evangelion.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Daigo Ikari goes completely nuts whenever he hears someone badmouth his school or its football team, which is the reason he's two years behind in school; he was sent to a juvenile detention center after one of his "incidents."
    • NEVER insult anyone who stands up to Gaou around him. He will kill you.
    • Monta has a berserk button of being called a monkey.
    • Sena is usually a pretty scrawny kid that you can pick on a lot. He's used to it. Agon learned the hard way that, when you keep calling his hard working team a bunch of trash, he'll come at you on the field with murderous intent.
    • Messing with Panther's sweatband which was given to him by his beloved grandmother made the normally Nice Guy attempt to throw a punch at his racist couch.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Never come between Erza and strawberry cake.
    • Do not ever say that Dragons don't exist when Natsu is around.
  • Calling Sora from Family Compo a girl is his Berserk Button.
  • Rose Marinade of Fighting Foodons doesn't take too well to Chase calling her a "has-been."
    Rose Marinade: Hey, wait a minute! Did I just hear you call me a has-been?!
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • Kenshiro is one of the most kindhearted badasses in anime history, but cruelty to the innocent (especially children) is something he will not abide. When Jackal's men murdered seven-year-old Taki over water he stole for an orphanage and Jackal himself killed the orphanage's caretaker Toyo, the result was one of the most terrifying Roaring Rampages of Revenge in the entire series.
    • Mr. Heart, an early bad guy that Kenshiro faces, goes utterly ballistic if somebody draws his blood.
    • Yuda, probably the Trope Maker for The Fighting Narcissist in anime and manga, similarly goes berserk after receiving some minor cuts to his face.
  • Despite his cold demeanor, Mikagami Tokiya from Flame of Recca HAS one Berserk Button: Call him a girl, a she-man, or whatever Gender Bender insult to him and the best thing you can hope for is a death cold stare from him (which is thankfully what he usually does so far...)
  • Try calling Akita Hikaru from Flunk Punk Rumble a girl, I dare you!
  • One of the two main characters of Freezing, Satellizer El Bridgette: If you ever try to force her to admit defeat, whether she's slashed or even her throat slit, she'll never do it. Instead, she will fight on doubling and tripling her speed and power, even if she is unconscious.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu example: Kaname Chidori is hardly the calmest of characters, but the one thing that really sets her off is the possibility that her precious grade levels are in danger. Such as the discovery that Sousuke left her notes back in his apartment on the day of a test. Cue Sousuke being physically hurled onto the road in order to (barely) stop a taxi in time, so they can drive back and get them.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Do not call Tamahome "Obake-chan."
    • The words "Nuriko" and either "gay" or "pervert" are not to be used in the same sentence.
  • Galaxy Angel: Colonel Volcott O. Huey is a usually even-tempered and complacent commander. But tell him his mustache doesn't suit him, and he'll revert to his combat days as the "White Wolf" and proceed to destroy everything in his path to defend his mustache's honor.
  • Girls und Panzer
    • Sodoko gets angry when people break the rules, act in a way she considers arrogant, or call her "Sodoko" (although for the latter, she seems to make an exception for her friends and fellow hall monitors Gomoyo and Pazomi).
    • Momo gets rather annoyed when she misses, or gets called "Momo-chan" by Yuzu. She gets sincerely upset when her teammates express a belief that they won't win, or that they don't care whether they do, since she knows the school will get shut down unless they win the tournament.
  • Do NOT betray Golgo 13 and do NOT stand behind him. It's dangerous.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhichan, in one of the episodes, had a scene of Achakura wondering if she had have her own stool or chair, then, after Nagato puts down a baby rocker beside Achakura or puts Achakura in the baby rocker note  respectively, Achakura thinks, "Yeaaah, something like that." and "Yeaaah, something like this." respectively, before taking out her anger at Nagato by yelling " THAT'S NOT A STOOL! THAT'S A BABY ROCKER!" and " I AM NOT A BABY!", repectively.
    • Achakura is also dead serious about Nagato not going to sleep, and every single time Achakura notices Nagato's laptop, Achakura attacks Nagato and yells, "Go to sleep!" In the Halloween episode, Nagato opens up her laptop, and Achakura proceeds to destroy the laptop and yell, "GO TO SLEEP!"note 
    • Also, there was this scene in one episode where Nagato, out of complete curiousity, shuts Achakura shut in the jack-in-the-box thingy. That was the result of getting scolded. So please, for the love of God, DON'T mess with Achakura. Even when it comes to jack-in-the-boxes.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Nagi goes apeshit when Hayate discovers her self-made manga and calls it a "picture diary." She boots him out of the study, but he mistakes it for her kicking him out of the mansion.
    • She does it again when she suspects Tama tore up her beloved manga. She locks him away.
    • Also, causing Maria to remind people that she's only 17.
    • Probably the biggest Berserk Button in the story though, is Hinagiku and any character making note of her chest size. Grabbing it (however unintentionally) automatically triggers it, though just referring to it has to be done at least twice. She's taken out an army of volleyball robots, and the one controlling them, just because he made the comment twice, with implied use of only volleyballs as well.
    • Telling a bad joke to Sakuya would count, too.
  • Ikaros in Heaven's Lost Property will blow anyone who touches her watermelons into pieces with a weapon shown to destroy entire cities in a single shot...
    • Also, don't mention Nymph being short or flat
  • Hellsing:
    • NEVER forsake your humanity just to get an edge over Alucard. When Anderson uses Helena's Nail to become a "Monster of God" so he can defeat him, not only is Alucard royally pissed, but after the battle, he actually cries for Anderson!
  • From Hidamari Sketch, we have Hiro's weight and figure. And then we also have Miyako pressing it so often...
  • Rei Miyamoto from Highschool of the Dead has a Shidou-shaped one. The bastard flunked her out due to their fathers' radically differing political beliefs, and as a result, she despises him.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Calling Kenichi a chicken.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Don't ever mention spiders to Kurapika. Don't show him a spider. Don't expose him to anything involving spiders at all, ever.
    • Biscuit Krueger will punch you into the air if you call her a Old Hag, Gorilla, or discuss something in her presence without involving her.
  • InuYasha:
    • When Miroku's perverted past comes back to haunt the group in an unusually significant way, Sango becomes incredibly scary in a way that is mostly Played for Laughs.
    • Sesshoumaru's only displayed a Berserk Button twice in the manga: when Inuyasha pitied his injuries on the battlefield and when Mouryoumaru insulted Kagura's death. The latter upset him so much that he broke Tokijin over it, endangering his own life in the process.
  • A few characters in Is This a Zombie? have at least one. For example, don't casually tell anyone to go die. Eucliwood has experienced death every time she brought someone back from the dead, but fortunately offenders have been known to merely get a slap on the wrist from her for the effort. Also, do not abuse Eucliwood's powers, or Seraphim will be so furious she'll leave her footprint on your face.
  • Josuke of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will go from polite doormat to rampaging berserker if anyone dares insult his hair. This includes his allies. In one particularly humorous scene, his opponent (who is currently bedridden from severe racing injuries) plays off of Josuke's moral nature to keep himself from getting attacked... only to end up insulting his pompadour. Josuke gets around beating up the helpless by using his powers to heal the fellow, and then beats the man to a bloody pulp and throws him out a window. He gets better, though.
    • Wham, one of the Pillar Men in part 2, will instantly attack anyone who steps on his shadow, including his superiors, who take no offense to the attack because is speed and power are an asset, and they can heal it anyway.
    • Narancia's education is a...touchy subject. If you're not a part of Bruno's group and you bring it up, expect unconsciousness to follow.
  • Kara no Kyoukai:
    • Call Touko Aozaki "Dirty Red" and "Dirty Red" shall become an appropriate nickname for you!
  • Kill la Kill:
    • Ryuko is not a fan of perverted guys trying to steal a peek at her bathing or changing clothes.
    • Don't touch Inumuta's laptop, or he will flip out at you.
    • Nui Harime is usually bubbly and happy, with a grin on her face at almost all times. However, if she is caught by surprise ( in Isshin Matoi's case) or if she finds herself outclassed ( in his daughter Ryuko's case), she will really start losing it.
    • Don't call Mikisugi's mecha the "Dotonbori Robo", or he'll insist that you call it "DTR".
  • In the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode "Hour of the Wolfwrath", the frontman says that Wolfwrath (Chilidog in Japanese) doesn't take too well to training.
    King Dedede: That Wolfwrath monster of yours better not wreck my castle! This ain't no doghouse!
    Frontman: I'm afraid Wolfwrath doesn't take too well to training, Triple D. He's kind of a hot dog, and if you try to break him, you'll get burned. (laughs)
    King Dedede: Huh?! It'll attack me?!
    (The frontman laughs even more)
  • Whatever you do, do NOT threaten to sell Chieko's (from Princess Jellyfish) dolls, even if it's to do something like finance an anti-eviction fund. Don't mess with the settings on her sewing machine, either.
  • In Lost Universe, do not rag on Kaine's rag. (Calling his cape a rag is a good way to get a lightsaber to the face.)
  • In Love Hina, Motoko's older sister Tsuruko is a graceful Onee-sama. But please, PLEASE, don't tell her a lie. Not even Motoko can get away with being creative with the truth in front of her "Ane-ue". In fact, Motoko being the liar made the deal even worse.
  • Do not touch Takuto from Magician's Academy in an even vaguely lascivious manner when Suzuho is around, or she'll whip out her Superpowered Evil Side and try to beat the crap out of you (especially if your name is Tanarotte, who, to be fair, can give the punishment right back).
  • Macross Frontier's Alto Saotome is prone to eye-twitching or shouting every time someone brings up his more feminine characteristics. This only encourages his friends — especially Michael (who popularized his "Princess Alto" nickname not only across the school, but also in fandom).
  • She doesn't care if you insult her. She doesn't care if you kill the members of her cult. She doesn't even care if you try to kill her. But for the love of all that is good and holy, do not suggest to Ren Gyokuen that she has no faith in anything. This will happen.
  • Most of the characters on Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are generally well-mannered. However... don't touch Vita's hat. Just don't. You'll live longer.
    • Yuuno gets quite upset whenever someone like Chrono calls him a familiar, or makes a "joke" about his ferret form.
  • In Mai-Otome, Shiho becomes enraged if someone calls her "Maki-maki."
  • Nabari no Ou: Don't ever call Yoite cute or emo; it will be the last thing you ever do.
  • The title character in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water easily loses her temper over any trivial issue whatsoever, to the point where it nearly harms her growing relationships with Jean, Marie, Grandis, and Nemo. It takes a long time for Nadia to learn to control her temper.
  • Ikuto of Nagasarete Airantou, if told anything is "absolutely impossible," will get it done with twice the speed and four times the effort.
  • Don't call Nora a dog.
  • Multiple characters in the Neptunia series have these:
    • Vert, don't insult her breasts; seriously, she will send you flying through a building.
    • Blanc, don't insult her lack of breasts or threaten her little sisters; then you get either the hammer (normal form) or the giant axe (transformed).
  • No. 6: Whatever you do, don't insult the Dogkeeper's mom. Or suggest that Nezumi become a prostitute. You will suffer endlessly.
  • Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from Ouran High School Host Club. Whatever you do, DO NOT attempt to harm his bunny. Or Haruhi or Mori, for that matter. Seriously, don't. He's a deadly martial artist capable of handing entire squads of private military contractors their asses, and he will not hesitate to show it.
    • Tamaki also gets pretty ticked when someone (usually the twins) makes a move on Haruhi. Except for Kasanoda, where he went into a Heroic BSOD!
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Tsubomi finally got her game face on when the first monster she faced smashed a bed of flowers she landed near.
    • Similarly, Cure Flora showed just how dangerous she can be when a Zetsuborg was about to stomp on a lone flower.
  • In episode 2 of the Pretty Sammy OAV, Tenchi mentions to Bif Standard that his software is slow. At that comment, Bif goes into a lengthy rant, feeling that he had insulted his software, and Tenchi, Sasami, and Misao quietly escape while he is still ranting.
  • The Prince of Tennis
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, don't waste Kyouko's food, or she will be pissed.
  • Many of the characters in Ranma ˝ have at least one Berserk Button... all of them being either the Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy or his Distaff Counterpart doesn't help matters.
    • Ranma Saotome hates it when his masculinity is questioned (or calling him ugly in his female form), and only partially due to his Gender Bender curse. Particularly in the anime, calling him a coward also triggers this. Don't mess with his pigtail either. Calling him a "transvestite" or "transgender bitch" is another easy way to piss him off.
    • Make any mention of the fact that Taro's first name is Pantyhose, and he'll immediately try to beat your head in. Usually after taking a dip in cold water first, and thus assuming his alternate form; a giant mishmash of yeti, ox, crane, eel and, later, octopus.
    • Never, EVER take or harm one of Happosai's "treasures" (i.e. bras, panties (both of them usually stolen), voyeuristic pictures, etc.). Sometimes he'll just get his revenge through pranks like tacks in your shoes or ordering mass amounts of delivery food in your name, but other times? He will KICK. YOUR. ASS.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Inner Moka doesn't like to be touched. As Tsukune found out the hard way very early on in the second serialization, Double Standard does not apply here even if he is her boyfriend.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Kid Samurai Yahiko, being Hot-Blooded, flies off the handle when being called a kid or being addressed as "Yahiko-chan". (Though, hilariously, he once got pissed off at Tsubame when she sort of joked that he was finally growing up.)
    • Mentioning Enishi Yukishiro's dead older sister is a good way to set him off, especially if your name is Kenshin. Because Kenshin killed her, albeit unintentionally.
  • Saki
    • For Kanna of Saki Shinohayu -dawn of age-, even laying eyes on her hated rival Hayari "Hayarin" Mizuhara is enough to send her into a rage.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Don't mess with Ryu's sweets.
  • In Servant × Service,
  • Shaman King:
    • Do NOT refer to Faust VII's wife and partner spirit Eliza as a "puppet" or a "doll." He's usually calm and arrogant to an inhuman point, and takes all the insults thrown at him with stride... but the moment you insult her, he will go into an Unstoppable Rage and KILL YOU.
  • In the original Mazinger Z, Sayaka reacted furiously if you insulted her skills or made Stay in the Kitchen statements directed at her (needless to say, Kouji pressed her Berserk Button constantly). Tetsuya from Great Mazinger — Kouji's adoptive brother — also got MADLY enraged if you slighted his skills...
  • Shugo Chara!: It isn't wise to refer to Tadase as 'prince'.
  • In Skip Beat!, never mention the name 'Fuwa Sho' around Kyoko, or vengeful spirits will haunt you.
  • In Slam Dunk, Shohoku ace Rukawa shall NOT be interrupted when he's sleeping. Expect physical damage if you do.
    Rukawa (to Norio Honda): My name is Rukawa Kaede, I'm a first grader, and I will NOT forgive the idiots who wake me up when I'm sleeping. *beats the crap out of Honda*
    • Also earlier in the series, if you ever say 'Basket' or something that sounds like that in the vicinity of Sakuragi, expect yourself to pass out after he headbutts you. When he gets into the basket team, he switches it to being mocked or told that he's not good enough.
    • Their captain and leader, Takenori Akagi. Insult basketball in front of this Genius Bruiser and you'll see exactly how much of a Serious Business the sport is for the guy.
  • Lina Inverse of Slayers has a slew of these, and most of them serve as a base for the series' comedy. The biggest one is calling out her small bustline - Pokota calling her a demon "who spreads flatness" was enough for her to throw an amplified Dragon Slave spell at him. Along with this are not giving her food when needed, her 1,001 nicknames (and her sorcerer guild's title, "Lina the Pink"), not getting rewarded, Gourry's stupidity, calling her short...the list goes on.
    • Anything in regards to Zelgadis' chimeric body will set him off, comedic or not. When he finds out from his great-grandfather that he can't get rid of it, he loses his mind. Alternatively, when its usefulness is pointed out, he gets pissy and moans about it.
  • Hime Makita from Sora No Manimani gets very tense about her hair, and did not hesitate to knee a fellow student when her old nickname of "Drif" (as in "The Drifters," a Japanese rock 'n' roll comedy band with fluffy hair) was brought up.
  • Call Imoko from Sora O Kakeru Shoujo a 'Boiled Potato' and she'll go mental.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Want to push Death The Kid's Berserk Button? Just show him anything that's too asymmetrical. Case in point, in his first appearance, he goes completely bonkers just because a mummy in an otherwise perfectly symmetrical pyramid wasn't symmetrical himself.
    • "DISGUSTING! DISGUSTING! DISGUSTING! DISGUSTING! DISGUSTING!"
    • Considering Death the Kid is quite asymmetrical himself (especially the hair), this leads to a considerable amount of self-loathing when others remind him of this.
    • DO NOT GIVE BLACK*STAR THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU'RE STEALING HIS SPOTLIGHT!! He will kick you ass!! Also do not harm his True Companions!!!
  • Stepping on Roses is actually named after one. Because it's NOT a good idea to show Sumi Kitamura even a single rose. At first it's mild discomfort, but towards the end she starts fainting and angrily throwing them into the water when they're offered to her.
    • Similarly, her husband Soichirou completely freaks out whenever he sees fire. This is due to his family perishing in a house fire when he was a child, and his other relatives accused him of setting it.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Don't look up Mikuru's skirt, or Haruhi will be very pissed off with you, never mind that it may have been an accident.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Kamina's button? Depriving him of fanservice. At least in the uncut English dub.
    Kamina: YOU WANT TO KNOW IF I HAVE A PROBLEM?! YOU TOOK THE ABSOLUTE HIGH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, THE VERY ESSENCE OF A MALE SOUL AND STUCK IT INTO THE DIRT, SMACKED IT AROUND AND SMASHED IT! I'LL FOLLOW YOU BASTARDS THROUGH THE FIERY PITS OF HELL AND KILL YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER!!!
  • Tiger & Bunny's Barnaby Brooks Jr. is usually level and coolheaded... unless he comes across someone associated with Ouroboros. Whenever that occurs, expect violent outbursts, brutalized suspects, and the occasional panic attack.
    • Also, do NOT touch Nathan Seymore's Cool Cars. Please. It's for your own good.
  • In Tona-Gura!, calling Hatsune "motherly" means a Tickling Hell for whatever poor soul did so.
  • Toradora!'s Aisaka Taiga has the same problems regarding her height as Edward Elric, and hates being called by her nickname, the "Palmtop Tiger."
  • In episode 4 of Unlimited Fafnir, Tear gets rather upset Mitsuki insists she's a human, not a dragon. She nearly destroys the auditorium in the process.
  • Utawarerumono: Do not mess with Touka's doll.
  • Kaoru from ...Virgin Love has a few. Chiefly, don't ever imply Kaoru's sex life is affecting his work, and don't ever flirt with Daigo.
  • Wolfen Crest: Don't you dare compare a gang of common Chaotic Evil delinquents to the noble and much-maligned wolf in front of Inugami, he'll give you a Death Glare and an talking-to the likes you've never seen!
    • Also, don't talk to Akira Inugami for more than five minutes. A certain gang leader gets rather... testy, when Inugami confides in someone other than him. Also, don't insinuate that Inugami's a Nice Guy around that certain gang leader either.
  • Yakitate Japan: Suwabara doesn't wear a bandanna because he's bald. Really!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The premise of the show (especially the original manga) revolves around this trope: a soft-hearted and bullied teenager's body will suddenly and spontaneously be possessed by a vengeful, psychotic, vigilante gambling spirit (actually the amnesiac soul of an Egyptian pharaoh who is instinctively obsessed with games due to originating from a time when card games honestly were serious business) whenever either a) said teenager is picked on or endangered, b) said teenager's friends are picked on or endangered, or c) someone challenges said teenager to a game.
    • Do not call Jou bonkotsu ("mediocre" duelist), dog, monkey, or other insult of inferiority. Do not deny him entry to your tournament to spite him.
      • It's also a bad idea to threaten in any way, shape or form his little sister or his much less physically strong best friend. And if you did decide to go after Serenity or Yugi? Hope you aren't attached to your ability to breathe because if you're on the same plane of existence as Jou, he will hunt you down, make you regret whatever you did and make sure you never do it again.
    • Also, do NOT tell Kaiba that Yugi lost a duel to someone. If you are on a phone, the volume of his voice will break the receiver. As he puts it
      Kaiba: No one deserves that title but me!
    • In 5D's, it's apparent that to press Yusei's button, all you have to do is threaten to destroy Neo Domino City. Placido found this out the hard way and was left in pieces by the time Yusei was done with him.
    • Also in 5D's, do NOT call Jack 'former King' or anything similar. Also, don't steal his Ramen.
  • Zatch Bell!: Mistake Zeon Bell for his jolly twin brother and he's gonna kick your ass.
  • Orson from the anime series of Record of Lodoss War has a literal Berserk Button. Seeing a woman in danger, especially if that woman happens to be his companion and Love Interest Shiris causes his eyes to go blank white, his veins to bulge, and the normally stoic mercenary turns into screaming terror. As a boy, Orson lost his older sister in a bandit attack on his home village, and became possessed by a spirit of war and rage named Hyuri.
  • Toriko has several:
    • Most of good guys kills animals, only if they want to eat them or in self defense. Killing any fauna without that reason is guaranteed way to piss them off.
    • Just looking ugly or unpleasant is enough to piss Sunny off. While usually it's just sends him in a comedic screaming fit, ugly antagonists immediately gets sentenced to death.
      Sunny: Gross = kill
    • Zebra is dangerously easy to piss off - for him "being cocky" is enough to kill someone - and it's also applies to animals, and, sometimes, even the weather. Only thing, that he hates more - liars.
    • Do not badmouth Froese, when Miodra is around. It's so dangerous, that even Joa doesn't brave enough to try.