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When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage over something apparently innocuous, you've hit his BerserkButton.
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* "Coward Of the County" by Music/KennyRogers, about a pacifist man named Tommy who goes wild on the Gatlin boys (no, not Rogers' country music contemporaries Larry, Steve and Rudy) after learning they raped and badly beat up his girlfriend, Becky. Tommy's reluctance to fight was influenced by his father, who ironically had told him not to ever fight or become physical as he had in his wild, trouble-making days. In the climatic scene, it is implied that Tommy brutally beat up all three Gatlins by himself, especially after they had sneered and laughed at him after they first saw him, and then after he left ... only to lock the door.
* 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 Creator/MarkWahlberg 'Marky Mark' and see how that goes for you.
* Don't call Music/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.