Berserk Button: Live-Action TV

When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage, you've hit his Berserk Button.
  • 24:
    • If Jack Bauer is demanding answers NOW!!!, you had best answer them. Failure to do so will result in extremely unpleasant consequences.
    • Lying to Jack Bauer is like feeding yourself to a hungry Grizzly Bear. Just much worse.
  • 30 Rock: If you eat Liz Lemon's food, she'll cut you so bad you'll have a chin. You'll all have chins!
    Devon Banks: You don't tell me what kind of pizza to like!
  • Adam-12:
    • Malloy doesn't take kindly to Dirty Cop stuff, and he ratcheted it up quite a few degrees in an ep where the cop was involved in blackmail and dragged Pete into it, trying to use their friendship. In the final scene, he tried to say Pete owed him because he'd saved Pete's life twice, and that only made Pete even madder.
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete: "Yellow Fever": Bus Driver Stu Benedict's Berserk Button is the song "If You're Happy and You Know It." He and his girlfriend, Sally Knorp, loved that song...but then Sally broke up with him. AGAIN. Over NOTHING!
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Never refer to Agent May as "The Cavalry".
  • In the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Crackpot", a man flies into a rage when another man accidentally gets his suit dirty. It's not what it seems, though.
  • All The Small Things: The normally-placid Kyle physically attacks an antagonist who speaks badly of Tom DeLonge, Kyle's favourite singer.
  • All That: Don't refuse Ms. Piddlin's peas.
  • Almost Live!: The "Mind Your Manners With Billy Quan" skits. Seriously, when you're around Billy, mind your manners.
  • In Auction Kings, Cindy hates when people win an item at auction and then don't pay for it. Cindy makes Paul a Medal of Dishonor when he does it. Everyone else goes on the Wall Of Shame.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978):
    • Starbuck just about hates Ortega because he cheats in almost any Triad game.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003):
    • And as evidenced in season 4.5, do not keep Laura Roslin from talking to her people. Do not cut off Laura Roslin's wireless.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Howard Wolowitz doesn't like being reminded that he doesn't have a PhD. Every time he tries to start something, Leonard tells him to sit down and he complies. He might not have a PhD but he recognises he's too puny to do anything about it.
    • Sheldon has numerous examples:
      • Perhaps it would be best to begin with an in-universe listing...
      Raj: What did you do? Did you change the contrast or brightness settings on the television?
      Leonard: No.
      Raj: Did you take a Band-Aid off in front of him?
      Leonard: No.
      Howard: Did you buy generic ketchup, forget to rinse the sink, talk to him through the bathroom door?
      Raj: Adjust the thermostat, cook with cilantro, pronounce the T in often?
      Leonard: No!
      Howard: ...Did you make fun of trains?
      • Don't mention Wil Wheaton around Sheldon, unless you want a "WHEEEEEAAAATOOOOOONNN!" that would make Shatner proud. They made up at the end of "The Russian Rocket Reaction" and are now good friends (according to Sheldon, anyways). Unfortunately, Brent Spiner then inadvertently replaces Wil Wheaton on Sheldon's Mortal Enemy list.
      • Goofy.
      Penny: What's wrong with Goofy?
      Leonard: Beats me... he's fine with Pluto. note 
      • The following exchange:
      "You want me to share credit?"
      "GET OUT."
      • A minor example, but only his mother and sister are allowed to call him "Shelly".
  • Cases of the 1st Department: Mjr. Vaclav Plisek gets furious when he learns that the case they're investigating was a practical joke. He's this close to beating the guys up because it's waste of money and their effort.
  • The Catherine Tate Show: The comedy in the "Derek" sketches comes almost exclusively from his reaction when Mistaken for Gay.
  • Cheers:
    • Cliff Clavin is very, very close to his mother. And any suggestion that she won't always be there for him is met with furious denial.
    • He also gets angry at anyone who mocks his job, his uniform, of the postal worker profession in general.
  • Community:
    • Don't steal Annie's pen.
    • Also don't mention Jeff's dad. He will beat you, even if you are a generally harmless old man.
    • And whatever you do, DO NOT refer to Starburns as Starburns to his face. A war (well, okay, a multi-day pillow fight) was started over this.
    • You'd do well not to insult the Barenaked Ladies in front of the study group, as Jeff discovered.
    • Don't call Abed "weird" in front of Troy (it doesn't matter how hot you are)
    • The pottery class instructor will tolerate no acting out of the pottery wheel scene in the movie Ghost (and don't even think of singing "Unchained Melody"!)
  • The Daily Show:
    • One of comedy host Jon Stewart's major hot buttons is gay rights. When he was "interviewing" the show's senior black correspondent Larry Wilmore on the subject of the black community's opposition to gay marriage, Stewart got very worked up and aggressive, despite the fact that the "interview" was pre-planned and comedic.
    • Very little compares to what Jon will do to you if you diss New York City. He used to have a view of the Twin Towers from his apartment. The fact that he doesn't have that view anymore tends to fill him, just as it fills many, many New Yorkers, with Unstoppable Rage. Imply that New York City is unpatriotic, or not part of "Real America," and that Nice Jewish Boy will fucking destroy you.
      "You know, I just want to say to [Sarah Palin], just very quickly... Fuck you. I've never seen someone with a greater disparity between how cute they sound when they're saying something and how terrible what they're saying is. 'Don't ya know, Obama, by golly, he just is a terrorist? What? Oh, you know, he just, gosh, kills babies, you know.' I'm so over the idea that only small-town America is the heart and soul. Small-town America is fine, but it's the same as cities. Cities are just a lot of towns piled on top of each other in one place. They have this whole thing that somehow we can write off entire swaths of the country, that we are somehow... I get it. You know, New York City wasn't good enough for fucking Osama bin Laden, it better be good enough for you. I can't take it anymore. After eight years of this divisiveness, we're back to this idea that only small-town America is the real America. I get it. I'm from New York. We have a lot of gay people. But homosexuals don't have sodomy on Russian flags."
    • Also, do not, under any circumstances, let him catch you eating pizza with a fork.
  • Deadwood: Do NOT accuse Dan Dority of being scared of you. He'll tear your damn eyeball out of your head, and let you flop around in the muck screaming for a little while before he bludgeons you to death.
  • Doctor Who:
    • You do NOT call Ace small. She will hurt you. With a bat. And Nitro-9.
    • NEVER bring up The Time War to the Ninth Doctor.
    • For a time, it wasn't wise to bring up the subject of Rose to the Doctor either. He wouldn't hurt you, but you could be assured things would get unpleasant.
    • Don't tell Isobel Watkins to Stay in the Kitchen.
    • If you tell Jacob Kewper that smuggling is bad, your only hope of surviving is if he owes you a favour.
    • Don't tell the Sixth Doctor he's got no fashion sense. Really, it's a very bad idea.
    • The Fourth Doctor's Berserk Button, as revealed in the arc "Nightmare in Eden", was drug dealers. The Tranquil Fury that radiated from him when he learned that a scientist was trafficking in a powerful narcotic was palpable.
      • The Captain in "The Pirate Planet" also managed to hit his Berserk Button when he revealed the miniaturized husks of the planets he looted and destroyed.
    • Don't make fun of the Fifth Doctor's celery. Okay, granted, he doesn't go full-on Ax-Crazy on you, but he will get angry. And he doesn't get angry very often, so that's kind of a big deal.
    • Captain Cook from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is, in fact, a crashing bore. However, saying so to his face is not a good idea.
  • Drew Careys Improvaganza: DON'T MENTION SUZANNE!
  • Engine Sentai Go-onger: Don't call Kegareshia an old lady. Seriously, unless you have a giant robot, don't. But, as pollution-based villains, the worst thing you can call her, or any Gaiark, is 'pure.'
  • Farscape:
    • Aeryn - Don't touch her Prowler. This is NOT what it sounds like. And don't threaten her unborn child.
    • Rygel - Do NOT touch his food. Oh, and if you torture him he will wear your head as an accessory.
    • Chiana - Don't call her a trailk.
  • Father Ted: While playing himself, Richard Wilson is portrayed as reacting violently whenever someone repeats his catchphrase as Victor Meldrew to him. The actor himself admits that this (much like anyone else haunted by a well-known catchphrase) is something that spills over to real life.
  • Friends:
    • Don't tell Rachel she and Ross were on a break either. On the other hand, don't tell Ross that they weren't on a break.
    • Don't mess about on any sailing boat Rachel's on. She's inherited her father's intolerance for not respecting the dangers of being at sea.
  • Full House: If you are drinking around D.J. Tanner, do not attempt to drive. She will prevent you by any means possible (in part because her mother died in a drunk driving accident years earlier).
  • Glee:
    • You think Sue's bad on normal day? Try insulting her hair. Then run for your life.
    • And don't - just don't - be stupid enough to call Kurt Hummel a fag or mock him with a limp-wristed gesture anywhere where his father can see it. Even in recovery from a heart attack, Burt Hummel will slam you hard up against a wall and invite you to take a swing at him instead, with the implication that you'll be lucky to survive the attempt coming through loud and clear.
  • Good Eats: Alton Brown will be happy to ruin you if you create soulless over-processed food.
  • Gotham:
    • Because Bullock is on the take does not mean he's a bad cop, as he reminds Montoya and Allen early on.
    • Do not betray or threaten Fish Mooney.
    • Playing Maroni for a chump is a bad idea.
    • At first, Cobblepot reacted violently to being called a penguin or compared to one... until, that is, Maroni convinces him to embrace his once-hurtful nickname.
    • Carmine Falcone generally puts up with treacherous plots against him by his caporegimi, but when he finds out that Fish's latest scheme invoked the memory of his "sainted mother", that's where he draws the line!
      Falcone: How dare you use my sainted mother against me!? That's wrong. You'll suffer for that.
  • Hannah Montana: Do not, repeat, do not call Lilly Truscott "stupid" within earshot of her boyfriend, Oliver!
  • Have Gun — Will Travel: One episode had Paladin taking a job to help his star crossed lover, and over the course of the case a ranch hand slaps her. Paladin nearly beats him to death, and only stops from a combination of her pleading and the ranch owner threatening to kill him if he continued his assault.
  • Hell's Kitchen:
    • The best way to press Gordon Ramsay's Berserk Button is to put up food that is improperly cooked or prepared, especially if it's undercooked:
    Chef Ramsay: It's RAW!
    • The other way to push Chef Ramsay's Berserk Button is to disrespect him, usually by forgetting to say "Yes chef" when he gives an order or by second-guessing/completely disregarding his orders.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted is an extremely proud New Yorker and an extremely proud non-New Jerseyan. How proud, you ask? When Ted runs into Stella after she leaves him at the altar, the tipping point at which Ted decides to chew her out is not the fact that she left him in the first place—it's the fact that Stella refused to move to New York and expected Ted to move to New Jersey to be with her, but moves to Tony's place in New York once he and Stella get back together with no fuss.
      • Also not too long after being left at the altar, Doug, the short-tempered McLaren's bartender, insulted Ted saying "no wonder your fiancée left you." Despite never fighting anyone before in his life, Ted punched him.
    • Don't EVER tell him magic is lame or he'll come at you with a fireball (as Ted found out to his horror):
    Barney: Is This LAME?!? (spark flies out of his hand)
    Lily: Barney, no, no! We said no fireballs at the table!
    Marshall: What the hell is wrong with you?
    Robin: There's alcohol here!
    Wendy: Barney, we've talked about this. It's a fire code violation.
    Barney: Ted provoked me!
    Lily: No, you're on a timeout. Go sit over there.
    • Also, don't ever break up a girl fight with him watching.
    • Played for laughs in The Exploding Meatball Sub: after Marshall points out that Barney had a bit of marinara sauce on his tie, Barney views this as terribly humiliating and concocts an elaborate scheme for revenge.
    • Robin, whenever she interacts with Patrice or whenever anybody so much as mentions Patrice to her.
    Robin: I love Patrice. We're like sisters.
    Ted: You've never gotten through even one exchange without screaming at her.
  • Human Target: If you wish to see another sunrise, DO NOT call Guerrero a "freak" or threaten his son. Ever. Also, trying to hurt a client of Chance's is generally a bad idea.
  • iCarly:
    • Despite having an anger management therapist, Sam still has a lot.
      • Never pick on Carly in front of Sam.
      • Never attempt to cut Sam's hair.
      • Never play a prank on Sam, even just to "be even". Mama doesn't play to get even. Mama plays to win.
      • If you offend Carly and she sends Sam to you, be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
    • Do NOT tell Carly to calm down. It will whip her up and send her ranting about.
      • If you're Spencer and her nerdy cousins are visiting for dinner, you better damn well be there!
    • Calling Spencer's butt flat will provoke this.
  • I'm With The Band: Charles, the music producer's son, goes nuts if anyone calls him 'Chucky'.
  • Just Shoot Me!: Elliot is a very nice and mild-mannered photographer; but if you find any fault with his work, he goes on a rampage of insults and stalking. Naturally, job-performance reviews are problematic.
  • Kamen Rider Double: While calling Hidari Shotarou 'half-boiled' will annoy him, making someone cry will really piss him off. Also, Shotarou once found out the hard way not to mess with Philip's mommy issues. Like Spock above, and like many other cases of The Spock, it takes a lot to get under his skin, which means when you finally do, it is (a) all that much more dramatic, and (b) a sign you're probably being a dick.
  • Kamen Rider Kiva: Knight Templar Keisuke Nago goes berserk over a button on a shirt. Nago is a Bounty Hunter who takes a button from every crook he captures as a trophy. In one episode, a Fangire criminal goes out of his way to mess with Nago, even having the buttons of his coat reinforced so they can't be yanked off. This causes Nago to go completely off the deep end, even beating up some cops and abducting the criminal post-arrest just to get the damn thing. And while doing so, he rants "BUTTON! MY BUTTON! MY BUTTON!" Not his proudest moment.
  • The Kids from C.A.P.E.R.: In this '70s live-action Saturday morning show, Bugs went berserk whenever he heard the word "bananas," for no apparent reason.
  • The Kids in the Hall: Takes this to an extreme in the sketch "Citizen Kane", in which a man's inability to remember the name of said movie (and refusal to accept his friend's suggestion of the title he was looking for) drives his friend into a homicidal rage.
  • The King of Queens: In the episode "Bun Dummy," Carrie would get very defensive if someone (usually Doug) made even a passing comment about her wearing her hair in a bun (Indeed, Carrie was taking her bun-wearing pretty seriously). It was only when she saw a picture of Doug's old high school librarian (emphasis on "old") with her hair in a bun that she realized they were right all along. To be fair, it was just in that episode, so it could also be considered a Compressed Vice.
  • Lost:
    • Hurley is a pretty easy-going guy who can take a lot of abuse, especially about his weight, but you're taking a chance if you ever call him "crazy."
    • Don't tell Locke what he can't do!
    • Also, touching upon Sawyer's dark past always makes him act even more angry towards people than usual.
    • Ben Linus can summon the smoke monster. Maybe don't lay hands on his daughter?
  • MADtv: Call this show's version of Oprah Winfrey a stupid bitch, see what happens.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Francis does not want to be reminded of his mom.
  • Merlin:
    • Do not infer that something is the result of magic on Merlin when Uther is around. Don't confess to using magic when Uther is around. In fact, don't even say the word 'magic' when Uther can hear you. The result will not be pretty.
    • Don't call Arthur a prat. Or a dollophead. Or say he's fat.
      • Unless you're Merlin, that is... who will simply get put in the stocks, or similar, because Arthur's fond of him. But yeah...
  • Miami Vice: Don't ever touch Tubbs' Cadillac... just don't.
    • Also, Crockett and men who abuse women. Taking an ugly turn if he's drunk.
  • The Mighty Boosh: You don't want to criticize the writings of Howard T.J. Moon.
  • Monk:
    • Adrian Monk has multiple berserk buttons. Monk has several things that set him off, but most of his Berserk Buttons (such as urinating in the subway or public nudity; which by the way are things that you really could get arrested for in real life) are played for comedic effect.
    • Randy Disher, the Cloud Cuckoolander and sometimes Butt Monkey, has buttons:
      • does not take it kindly whenever the cops think that he is not a reliable source when he had managed to witness a murder (while anasthetized), as happens in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist" (then again, you might take someone's claims they saw their dentist murder a patient while they were being operated on and were semi-conscious with a grain of salt).
      • Don't diss Randy's music. In "Mr. Monk and the Rapper," notice how Randy is offended when Murderuss calls him "white".
    • Natalie Teeger is often both amused and exasperated by Monk's eccentricities. However, even she has buttons:
      • Natalie flies into a furious rage when Monk is late with her paycheck or is unable to pay her. This is suggested in "Mr. Monk and the Genius" to happen very often. In the opening scene, Monk and Natalie are fighting about back pay, with Natalie actually screaming in frustration, and are interrupted when Linda Kloster walks in and says she thought she heard screaming. Natalie immediately coolly comments, "Oh, no, that's just me. I scream every payday."
      • Oh, and don't criticize Julie's acting or singing abilities, or Natalie will have a vendetta against you. Just ask John Hannigan from "Mr. Monk and the Critic," after he writes a scathing review of Julie's performance in a play, and, it turns out he used the play as his alibi while he killed his girlfriend Callie Esterhaus.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • "The Golden Age of Ballooning" sketch in one episode starred Ferdinand von Zeppelin, creator of the zeppelin airship, taking a trip in one of his zeppelins. Several people come up to him to congratulate him on his marvellous "balloon," to which he screams in a terrible German accent, "IT'S AN AIRSHIP!" and throws the offender out the window. And he's NOT going to name it after Bismarck. It's a Zeppelin! It's nothing to do with bloody Bismarck!
    • In the Mattress Sketch, it's important that if you go a certain furniture store, you must never say the word "mattress" to Mr. Lambert, instead, you must say you want to see the "dog kennels"note , because if you do say "mattress", he'll promptly stand up and put a paper bag over his head and respond to nothing, and the only way to snap him out of it is to stand in a tea chest and sing Elgar's "Jerusalem" a capella. It's nothing he can help you understand, but apart from that, he's perfectly all right.
  • The Muppet Show: Miss Piggy. She seems like a nice but diva-ish actress until you insult her. And then ... HII-YAAA! Also...if you know what's good for you...stay away from the frog!
  • My Name Is Earl: Joy is already a borderline psycho-bitch. See what happens when you mess with her kids. Also, Earl's dad really hates drug dealers.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Don't leave Dr. Forrester waiting, like Mike did when he first was tossed up on the Satellite of Love.
    Dr. Forrester: Ah, Mr. Nelson. Mr. "El Relax-O". That's nice. Maybe I should make you do your INVENTION EXCHANGE FIRST! FIRST, YOU HEAR ME?! FIRST!
  • Nashville:
    • If you know what's good for you, you will not eat the bean dip of Juliette Barnes. Or anything else of hers.
    Juliette (to Avery): Touch my caramels and Imma cut a bitch.
    • Also, try and go behind her back and she will verbally castrate you in front of her staff. And it's best not to insult her now late mother either.
    • Should you be in earshot of Teddy Conrad, don't bring up Maddie being Deacon's biological daughter rather than Teddy's. Seriously, just don't.
    • Don't call Rayna Jaymes a bitch in front of Deacon Claybourne. It will not end well for you.
  • NYPD Blue: Andy Sipowicz is a veteran of The Vietnam War (as is his actor Dennis Franz). He doesn't talk about his experience much, but when a fellow officer lied about serving in the war, Sipowicz went off on him.
  • Orange Is the New Black:
    • You probably don't want to ever tell Piper she's not worthy of being loved, unless you want to get a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • Pennsatucky is extremely prideful, and doesn't take kindly to being disrespected. She has perceived disrespect twice in the series. During the show proper, she attempts murder for it. And in a flashback—well, what do you think she's in prison for?
  • Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Do not mess with Larry Kubiak's lunch. According to rumors he once punched and possibly killed a nun for accidentally sitting on his lunch bag on the bus.
  • Pit Boss: Never claim to Shorty that all pit bulls are vicious, or say that you've got something better to do than help a pit bull in need.
  • Power Rangers:
    • In the third season of the original incarnation, whenever Rito Revolto would call Lord Zedd "Ed"... it just wouldn't end well. At all. Actually, Rito was just a walking Berserk Button for all the other villains.
      • Alpha 5 does this as well when Zedd invades the Command Center in "Changing of the Zords, Part 2":
      Lord Zedd: Oh, Alpha, you can come out of hiding.
      Alpha 5 [trembling]: I don't like you... Ed!
    • In RPM, don't call the suits "spandex" in front of Dr. K. Not even schoolchildren are safe from her wrath ("tights" seems to be OK). On a less comical note, she does not take kindly to being reminded that she created Venjix. Also, never put a scratch on Scott's car, don't call Fresno Bob "Bobarino," and don't call Tenaya 7 either human or cute.
  • Press Gang: If you like your eardrums intact, your confidence undestroyed and all your extremities attached, don't suggest to Lynda Day that she might be attracted to Spike Thomson... especially if your name happens to be Spike Thomson.
  • QI: A more humourous example is Stephen Fry in this wonderful gameshow. One of the few things that ruffles Stephen's usually relaxed mood is willful ignorance or asking why people should know obscure facts, or read certain books etc etc. Asking this tends to get you a forceful, yet beautiful, summary on why you are wrong.
    Stephen: It's always the children who say, "Sir, sir, what's the point of geometry" or "what's the point of Latin" who end up having no job, being alcoholic and they don't notice that the ones who actually find knowledge for its own sake and pleasure in information and in history and in the world and nature around us are actually getting on and doing things with their fucking lives!
  • Reba: A mild example, Played for Laughs, is a therapist, David, who appears in one episode. Call him "Dave," and he'll have a cow. As for regular characters... Reba gets upset should she be compared to her ex-husband's wife and told to be Not So Different from her, while said ex-husband's wife won't take being called "blondzilla" kindly, which Reba learns the hard way.
  • The Redd Foxx Show: Ray J. Johnson employed a variation on this as his signature trope; whenever addressed as "Mister Johnson," he would angrily rattle off a list of other things he would prefer to be called.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Do not call Kryten tetchy!
    • In "Polymorph", the Polymorph is attempting to get Rimmer angry so it can suck the emotion out of him, it begins by taking the form of his Mother and has sex with Lister but Rimmer holds back, at least until the Polymorph says "The things this boy can do with alphabeti spaghetti" in which Rimmer responds "ALPHABETI SPAGHETTI!".
    • In "Beyond a Joke" it is revealed that Kryten has a device that saves all negative emotion, eventually this device fills after Lister asks for some Ketchup to go with the Lobster Kryten had just served, once the drive is full Kryten's head proceeds to explode.
  • Revolution:
    • For Miles Matheson, don't call his brother a coward. Even if he's dead and you're said brother's daughter. * Rome: When in Rome, don't talk ill of the XIII Legion. Just don't.
    • Do not imply that Mark Antony is feminine or gay. He can kill you with a book!
  • The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron does not like it when someone lies to her. However, being somewhat lacking in emotions, her anger tends to be very cold. John Connor is both Cameron and Sarah's Berserk Button. Harm him, and your life is forfeit. And don't take Cameron's leather jacket. She likes her leather jacket. She does not like you.
  • The Sarah Silverman Program: Sarah befriends a homeless guy that she knew in high school. When she talks about his mother 'queefing' he goes crazy and tries to kill her.
  • Scrubs: When he was first introduced, Hooch did not take kindly to his name being misused. And then, he went crazy. Man, Hooch is crazy. Also, did you pull a screw from a door, so it won't stay open right? The next 7 years of your life are hell, courtesy of the Janitor.
  • Sesame Street once featured a character named Cyranose de Bergerac, who had a nose that would put Pinocchio's to shame. Unlike his namesake, the mere mention of the word "nose" in any context really would send him into a violent rage, coming at the offender waving his nose like a sword. He was later briefly joined by a Roxanne expy who had a similar complex about her large ears.
  • SM:TV Live: TV Presenter Dec would frequently go insane from people being unable to follow the basic rule of this show's phone-in game thing "Wonkey Donkey" (The rule, quote him is: "IT HAS TO RHYME!!!")
  • Soap: In this TV series, Danny Dallas' brother, Jodie (Billy Crystal), is gay. Do not say this around Danny. He's just a little bit in denial.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • Scotty has a very logical Berserk Button for a chief engineer. Insult The Federation? Fine. Insult Captain Kirk? Fine. Insult him? Fine. Insult the Enterprise and compare it to a garbage scow (like the Klingon officer did in "The Trouble with Tribbles")? Prepare for a Bar Brawl.
    • James T. Kirk will let a lot of stuff slide. But DO NOT try to hijack or steal his lady, the Enterprise. He WILL blow up the damn ship, just so you can see who you're truly messing with.
    • Never insinuate to McCoy that logic is an adequate substitute for compassion or morality. Also, never hurt another person in front of him, especially if that person is Kirk or Spock.
  • Supernatural:
    • It's a bad idea to call Sam a freak.
    • Don't mess with Dean's car either
    • Did you just call Naomi a bureaucrat? Because that's an offense even the king of Hell won't risk reaping the consequences of.
    • Even though it's only shown once, you DO NOT want to press Death's Beserk Button, which happens to be binding him. Somehow, Sam and Dean got away with it. Lucifer did not, and he's now suffering eternal torment fighting his brother in a pit.
  • Top Gear:
    • Do not imply that Richard Hammond has had his teeth whitened. Or (from the Middle East special onwards) play Genesis' "I know what you like (In your Wardrobe)"
    • Never drive into the back of James May's car on an extremely high and precarious road or he will come after you with a machete. Even if you are one of his best mates.
    • And never - but never - tell Jeremy Clarkson there's no hot food available.
  • Torchwood:
    • There's an engineered instance: the guy Suzie has been messing with will go into a ten-second Unstoppable Rage when the titular organization is mentioned.
    • Do *NOT* touch Jack's Hand-In-A-Jar.
  • Tracker: Mel's was Nestov trying to hit on her. And he never seemed to get the message, either. That only made her madder in the part in the next to last episode where where he seemed to Heel-Face Turn and she nearly collected him.
  • True Blood:
    • Jason Stackhouse may be an idiot, but don't ever say anything bad about his sister, as Gabe found out when Jason kicked him in the balls. TWICE.
    • Also don't call him "J." Unless you were on the football team.
    • This might be sort of obvious, since rejection sucks, but Lorena doesn't exactly take too kindly to Sookie telling her that Bill doesn't love her.
    • Sookie is Bill's Berserk Button. So much so that, when he finds out that she's moved onto Eric, he attempts to kill the latter.
    • Sookie is also Eric's Berserk Button, since he's in love with her. Especially since he lost his memory, any new addition to the room or situation sparks his fanged fury.
    • Tara hates vampires. And I mean, she HATES vampires.
  • Veronica Mars: Do not mess with Logan's V, or he will smash up a police car with a baseball bat JUST TO GET ARRESTED, so he's close enough to beat the shit out of you.
  • The West Wing:
  • White Collar: Neal, who's generally a pretty mild mannered person, gets mad if you damage a piece of art. Even more so if you accuse him of doing that same thing.
  • The Whitest Kids U Know: PIZZA'S NOT FOR BREAKFAST.
  • Without a Trace: In one episode, Jack and Samantha catch a serial killer (who was posing as his twin brother) by using his Berserk Button: he hated his childhood nickname, "Mouse." The resulting violence was then cut short by the above agents immediately pointing their guns at him.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place:
    • Zeke: Never mention there can be more than 3 meals a day in his presence.
    • Jerry: Standing between him and food.
  • The Young Ones: Do not mention The Good Life within Vyvyan Basterd’s earshot. It’s an equally bad idea to remind him that he has a girl’s name. Also, Neil may be an Extreme Doormat 90% of the time, but don't mock his flares.
  • Celebrities ranting about their personal Berserk Buttons is the whole point of Room 101.