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- Ace Attorney:
- Never mention the Kurain Channeling Technique to Edgeworth, because the Master named the wrong person as the murderer of his father and accidentally obscured the truth for fifteen years. Never use forged evidence in his presence either. And never mock the Steel Samurai.
- Never screw Manfred von Karma's record up, or else you'll pay with your life.
- NEVER accuse the Judge of anything, or else you'll be hit with a virtually-finishing penaltynote .
- Shelley de Killer, the Affably Evil, uncatchable assassin for hire, is usually unflappable. But he holds his employers to a high standard, and if you break his trust in any way, like, say, videotaping him at "work" so you can blackmail him later, or manipulating him into something else when you could just tell him, you're dead.
- Dual Destinies has the law teacher Aristotle Means. Fairly pleasant guy, even if he has kind of a Knight Templar philosophy he just can't wait to share. He won't even be annoyed if you accuse him of murder. Tell him his aforementioned philosophy is bullshit, however, and he'll unleash his inner Sadist Teacher, hit you with several pieces of chalk, and lecture you into depression.
- Prosecutor Simon Blackquill, introduced in the same game, detests lies and secrets above all else. At one point, he threatens to cut off a witness' tongue and let his pet hawk feast on it, if said witness lies again.
- Dragon Age:
The Arishok: Fixing your mess is not the demand of the Qun, and you should all be grateful!
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Do not take Sten's sword. You and everyone within reach will die.
- Do not suggest or imply that Orlais isn't a country full of murderous bastards out to destroy everything while Loghain is within earshot. Your death will not be pleasant.
- Do not try to induct Loghain into the Grey Wardens if you don't want Alistair to hate you forever. More generally, do not mess with Duncan.
- Don't touch Oghren's junk and expect to live.
- Don't be disrespectful to the Lady of the Forest around Witherfang.
- Dragon Age II:
- No matter which personality Hawke has, don't touch their mother.
- Do not threaten mages or imply support for the Chantry while Anders is nearby. Just don't.
- Do not call Fenris a slave unless you wish to see your innards up close and in person.
- Never, ever point out that Hawke is more capable than Carver. He isn't likely to take it well.
- Don't be considered a danger to Hawke, even if s/he is more than capable of dealing with you. As one character learns in the Legacy DLC, Varric won't hesitate to kill you if you're a threat to his best friend, even if he's known you longer.
- Don't suggest leniency with the mages to Meredith. All that remains of you will be a reddish smear on the wall.
- Likewise, don't kill Orsino's fellow mages. He'll throw his principles out the window and use everything to crush you.
- Also don't take a Qunari holy relic, if you don't want them to spend a decade looking for you and, when they don't find you, take over a city.
- And finally, don't you dare suggest that blood magic is inherently evil in front of Merrill. She'll make frowny faces.
- Dragon Age: Origins:
The Elder Scrolls
- The Elder Scrolls
"No! You're supposed to say yes! You're supposed to say: Yes, beautiful Azura, I would gladly murder at the snap of your ivory fingers. Boor! Bigot! Barbarian! Now, I must go before I forget that I am a lady and say something that I'll regret."
- In Daggerfall, the Daedric Prince Azura does not take mortals criticizing her well, nor does she take it well if a mortal refuses her requests. (This is a bit of Early Installment Weirdness, as later games portray her as much more benevolent, if not always nice.) If you summon her but do not accept her (rather petty) request:
- In Morrowind, Caius Cosades, Spymaster of the Blades in Morrowind and primary Quest Giver for the first act of the main quest, will epically go berserk if you kill one of your fellow Blades or one of the informants he sends you to talk to. He will be Suddenly SHOUTING! as he tells you to Get Out forever, breaking the normal way to beat the game's main quest.
- Calling a Nord a "milk-drinker" is something not recommended unless you want a fight. Really, doing anything that questions a Nord's honor, no matter how small, will invoke this response.
- The outlawing of the worship of Talos has a lot of Skyrim's people up in arms, especially given the Thalmor's penchant for dragging people off in the middle of the night just for doing this.
- Messing with the Arcaneum is not recommended unless you want to answer to its big and very rough-mannered keeper, Urag gro-Shub, who is fully capable of making his wrath felt in the form of angry Atronachs.
- Getting too close to a giant or messing with one of the mammoths that graze near its camp is a very good way to get sent into low orbit.
- Ulfric Stormcloak utterly loses it when Elenwen, ambassador of the Thalmor, crashes the peace talks during the Season Unending quest. Said Thalmor was personally in charge of his torture back during the Great War, in which he was made to believe that the info he gave up was instrumental to the fall of the Imperial City, so he has plenty of reason to hate her guts. Ulfric hates Elenwen so much that, if you agree to have her kicked out of the negotiations, then it is considered a major concession to the Stormcloak side. In other words, Ulfric is totally willing to cede a small hold (say, Dawnstar) to the Empire just to avoid sitting in the same room as that "elf bitch".
- When met in Sovngarde, Tsun, the old Nordic god of "trials against adversity" and shield-thane of Shor, will be much more hostile to a Player Character who seeks entry to the Hall of Valor by declaring themselves to be a Nightingale or the Listener, neither a profession associated with honorable combat.
- In the Hearthfire DLC, certain villains discover the hard way that abducting the spouse of the Dovahkiin is an incredibly stupid thing to do. He or she will take off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and it will not be pretty.
- Hermaeus Mora of the Dragonborn DLC does not appreciate having secrets kept from him. Or being betrayed, as Miraak learns the hard way.
- Do not mess with the shrines of Meridia, the Daedric Prince associated with Life Energy, Light, and Beauty. A necromancer has to find this out the hard way in her Daedric quest.
- In Online, Meridia shows once again that you should not mess with her shrines. A group of Ayleids built a city above one of her shrines. She responded by destroying it with roots, burying it and all who lived there beneath the ground. Remember, she is typically considered one of the good Daedra...
- In the series' backstory, Pelinal Whitestrake, the legendary hero of mankind/racist berserker, is believed to have been a Shezarrine, physical incarnations of the spirit of the "dead" creator god Lorkhan (known to the Imperials as "Shezarr"). However, suggesting that Pelinal is a god, or an aspect of a god, or divine in any way, or making any mention of what he considers "god-logic", is not advisable. One Nedic soldier who suggested this to him was "smothered by moths" in his sleep.
- Final Fantasy VI: Locke goes nuts whenever someone calls him a thief. He prefers to be known as a "treasure hunter."
- Final Fantasy X:
- Machina and Al Bhed are initially Berserk Buttons for Wakka — using machina or being of Al Bhed heritage was a good way to get yourself on his bad side. He does mellow out about it later on in the game though. Also, DON'T talk about Chappu in front of Lulu.
- Rikku apparently can't stand people who just blindly follow Yevon's teachings without thinking for themselves, as shown when she chews Wakka out for it shortly after her (proper) introduction. Also, hurting Yuna is a good way to get her mad.
- Even Yuna has one, though it depends somewhat on interpretation — don't say the summoner's pilgrimage is useless or that there's no point to it. Even though she didn't get that angry when it was mentioned, that could just be because it was Tidus who said it — the implication is that if it had been anyone else, Yuna's reaction would have been a bit more severe. Also, NEVER insult her guardians.
- Final Fantasy XII:
- Princess Ashe was given an audience with their gods the Occuria. The leader of the Occuria was delighted enough that their chosen had come for her tasks: to become their new Dynast-King and to destroy Venat, an Occuria who did not agree to their plans for Ivalice. The leader maintained an eloquent and neutral tone when speaking to her, but when Ashe questions the task to destroy Venat, the leader's tone of voice changed so much viewers can feel the spite and anger the Occuria have towards Venat. To add to the effect, the calming background music changed into something tense and dark.
- Final Fantasy XIV: Raubahn takes the welfare of the sultana, Nanamo Ul Namo, very seriously, and will easily put down anyone who would threaten her. When Nanamo is assassinated, he flies into a blind rage when one of the Monatarists mocks her, then again when one of his former friends admits to orchestrating her death.
...you would mock her?! THEN MOCK HER FROM HELL!
The Legend of Zelda
- The Legend of Zelda
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: Don't steal from the shopkeeper in Mabe Village, or he'll kill you if he ever sees you again.
- The Legend Of Zelda Ocarinaof Time: The Happy Mask Salesman has a cheerful and smiley demeanor until you don't have enough money to pay him back for the masks you sold.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Also with the Happy Mask Salesman, he keeps up that perpetual smile until you tell him that you haven't gotten his precious mask back yet.
- Anju's mom doesn't react well if you talk to her while wearing Kafei's mask.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Do NOT threaten to or try to hurt Zelda or Link will destroy you. Due to Link using the power of the Triforce to flatten the Imprisoned, Ghirahim winds up kidnapping Zelda, making it crystal clear that he is going to sacrifice her to his master, and jumping into the Gate of Time. You will never see Link in an angrier state as he jumps through the Gate after him, steamrolls over countless Bokoblins, and tears Ghirahim a new asshole. Likewise, Zelda hates bullies and chews out Groose for this very early on in the game.
- In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, don't mess with Aryll or Zelda. The Helmaroc King in particular, who kidnapped the former, paid the price when Link caught up to him, involving being hammered upside his head. Repeatedly.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Don't hurt children around Link, either. He does NOT like that.
- Mass Effect:
- Do not open a mass relay without knowing where it leads first. The Council... frowns upon such shenanigans.
- Kaidan Alenko may be one of the most mild-mannered Marines in the Alliance, but don't threaten his girlfriend. Bad idea.
- Did you break the law in front of Samara? You're in for a world of pain.
- If Mordin finds out that you're using live test subjects, you're probably about to be subject to at least one of the many, many different ways he knows how to kill people.
- Don't imply to Zaeed Massani that his vengeance-turned-obsession against Vido Santiago is a mere grudge. He will flip his shit. Also, if you deny him that vengeance...he doesn't take it well, to say the least. Vido, in general, is one big red button to him.
- Liara hits the Shadow Broker's Berserk Button by speculating that he was taken from his homeworld by a trophy hunter who wanted a slave...or a pet.
- A text file from the previous Broker reveals that this is a weakness shared by the rest of its species: when calm, they are terrifying and calculating. When angry, they become mindless berserkers that, while still formidable, are easier to bring down.
- You may also wish to avoid even suggesting that Grunt is not a true krogan, unless you like walking around without a head.
- Also, holding Jack captive...not a good idea, if you don't want her to tear your prison to pieces with her mind. And Cerberus in general, who had her in captivity, is one giant Berserk Button for Jack.
- Krogan in general - if hurt badly enough, their secondary nervous system kicks in. According to Grunt, higher mental functions like "restraint" and "taking cover" don't always translate well.
- "Don't. Fuck. With Aria."
- Betraying Urdnot Wrex is an excellent way to get him to end you in spectacular fashion. If you sabotage the genophage cure for the salarians in 3, you will have to kill him, as he's intent on doing just that to you.
- While you're at it, why not ruin the millenia-in-the-making plan of an awesomely powerful, ominicidal Space Cthulhu. See what he does...
Sovereign: I am Sovereign and this station IS MINE!
- In the Citadel DLC, Shepard frowns upon those who would belittle their friends, steal their ship, or god forbid try to send their poor pet hamster to an animal shelter for "proper disposal"!
Shepard: "(S)He messed with my hamster, guys. Now It's Personal."
- Shoot the Catalyst, signifying your refusal of his offering. What makes this so absolutely terrifying is how peaceful he is while going berserk. SO BE IT, he says in a deep, booming voice, then switches back to the voice of a young child and emotionlessly declares "The Cycle continues."
- Also, don't take the galaxy away from the Leviathan. Those things can subject you to immediate indoctrination. They're the size of the Reapers. And they WILL crush you like a bug, no matter where you try to hide.
- Paragon Shepard is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. However, if you abuse someone who trusted you and Paragon Shepard finds out, don't be surprised if you get a Pistol Whip to the face and a death threat. Just ask Gavin Archer.
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic and gang do have things that tick them off. We haven't seen exactly what will send Sonic over the edge, but harming any of his friends is close enough. Erazor Djinn got three screamin' strikes; [A] he killed Shahra when she sacrificed herself for Sonic's sake, [B] he continually disrespected Sonic (calling him a rat was the tip of the iceberg), and [C] his goal would encompass the real world if left alone. Suffice it to say he didn't end well.
- In Sonic Lost World, we finally see what immediately sends Sonic over the edge, and makes him drop his normal goofy and cocky attitude. If you know what's good for you, do not threaten Tails.
- Tails looks up to Sonic a lot, as anyone can attest to. When Eggman shot Sonic into space after gloating about how he knew Sonic's Chaos Emerald was bogus, Tails cut the pleasantries and tried to blast 'Botnik to death, becoming That One Boss of Sonic Adventure 2's dark story in the process.
- A smaller one, but Rouge found out the hard way that Tails does not like it when people flirt with him.
- Whatever you do, never harm Shadow's friends. Doing so causes his wrath to become genocidal, which humanity learned in Sonic Adventure 2 and what the Black Arms learned the hard way in Shadow the Hedgehog (Black Doom's actions set off the chain of events that resulted in Maria's death) in one of his Crowning Moments Of Awesome. The thought of Omega being damaged/destroyed in Sonic Chronicles made him a bit unhinged, so you can imagine what would have happened to the Marauders if Omega was actually destroyed.
- Do not tell Amy Rose that Sonic doesn't feel the same way about her or that she doesn't have a snowball's chance with him, unless you want a hammer to the head.
- If you know what's good for you, don't kidnap Cream. Blaze will hunt you down and end you.
- If you want to avoid getting into a Curb-Stomp Battle with Knuckles, stay as far away from the Master Emerald as possible and don't even think about stealing it.
- Chaos from Sonic Adventure is the guardian of the Chao. Don't threaten or hurt them if you value your life. Pachacamac finds out about this the hard way and gets killed but Chaos was so vengeful and angry that his kin were hurt that he nearly destroyed the world and had to be sealed inside the Master Emerald.
- Infinite from Sonic Forces does NOT like being called weak! 'Episode Shadow' reveals that, after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the titular hedgehog, Shadow rubs salt in the wounds by telling him how pathetic he is. This drives Infinite to insanity and is what causes him to go From Nobody to Nightmare.
- Even AdventureQuest Worlds isn't safe from the wrath of anyone under this trope. For example, Vath, the third lord of Chaos, has his Berserk Button pressed (add in a Red Eyes, Take Warning as well) once he realizes from the hero that he/she freed the dwarves and the dwarves are winning against his army.
Vath: No matter! You are their beacon of hope, hero. Once I finish with you, I will throw your body down to them and they will SEE what happens to those who oppose my might! (leaps at the hero with his sword above his head)
- When fighting against the fifth lord of Chaos, Wolfwing, when his HP starts to bottom out and therefore a message appears saying "Wolfwing goes berserk! End this before he ends you!" it means you've pressed his Berserk Button, and his attacks will be dished out twice as fast as usual.
- The same goes for the eighth lord of Chaos, Tibicenas, when his HP drops low enough and a message appears saying "Tibicenas goes berserk! Kill him quickly!"
- Maximilian Lionfang doesn't approve of the Great Truce between Good and Evil because — yep, you guessed it — he doesn't take too well to Evil.
Lionfang: You DARE come into MY tower and corrupt MY soldiers with your lies?! I will SHOW YOU the fate that awaits all EVIL!
- Mess with Andre Jr., Andre the giant's giant son, especially by putting him to sleep with a knock-out potion, and you've hit Andre's Berserk Button and he'll therefore stop at nothing to crush you into dust. That is, until you can beat up all of his body parts and grab the key from his giant necklace.
Andre: What have you done to my son, you filthy vermin?! I'LL CRUSH YOU INTO DUST!!!
- From Alpha Protocol, Steven Heck's a pretty fun guy, and plenty friendly for a highly talented super-spy. Still, don't call him "Steve". He'll set you on fire. After cutting off some of your fingers. Yeah, fun guy, not sane.
- And for god's sake don't make him think you took his keys. Even if you didn't do it, he'll tie you up, beat the crap out of you, possibly make you drink laundry detergent, and then when that's not enough, he might decide to implicate you in the assassination of a world leader to take heat off another he may like more. Poor Wen.
- Conrad Marburg despises unprofessionalism. By taking advantage of this (and doing some research) Mike can actually goad Marburg into fighting to the death rather than simply retreating.
- Albatross is quite sensitive about anything to do with his bodyguard Sis. Asking questions will tick him off and killing her will put Mike on his shitlist.
- Do not touch the eggs of the Angry Birds unless you want to find out why they have the name.
- Hit the reset button on a game of Animal Crossing? Expect to be visited by a mole named Mr. Resetti who proceeds to give you an angry talking to. Hitting the reset button is his berserk button.
- As a well-known berserk button in-story, everyone in A Profile does their best to avoid saying anything to Kaine about his physical sex though occasionally he interprets things that are unrelated to be about the issue as well.
- Assassin's Creed I: Do not kill people whom Altaïr loves. He will fly into an Unstoppable Rage and go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- The same can be said of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, whose rampage lasted decades.
- Revelations had Prince Ahmet threaten Ezio's girlfriend Sofia Sartor, and compound it with the death of Yusuf Tazim during the abduction of Sofia... a terrible idea.
- Alternatively, do not threaten to harm or endanger children. Should you do so, Ezio won't restrict himself to using just the Hidden Blades to end your life...
- The same can be said of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, whose rampage lasted decades.
- Asura from Asura's Wrath has several of these:
- He does not take kindly to being called a god or worshipped like one, mainly because of the behavior of the "gods" mentioned below.
- Part of why Asura is so pissed at the Seven Deities is their "purification" (read: callous slaughter) of innocent humans for the sake of collecting their Mantra. During the close of the second act, Asura's companion for much of the act, a girl who reminds him very much of the daughter he is trying to save from his treacherous brethren, is killed along with everyone else when Olga unleashes the full force of her fleet of warships upon the village they're in to try to kill him. Shit really hits the fan when this particular button is hit, resulting in one of the biggest episodes of Unstoppable Rage in the entire saga.
- And probably the biggest one of all: don't you dare make his daughter Mithra cry. Even if you are a frigging God and the most powerful being of the known universe, Asura will END YOU.
- Astral Transparency: Cole's Gate: Valoria Lapurett, a kind and polite Rose-Haired Sweetie won't fail to instantly invoke I'll Kill You! if you dare say anything bad about her late mother.
- In Backyard Sports, Maria Luna says she is like this whenever Kimmy Eckman destroys her pony dolls.
- Baldur's Gate:
- Don't touch Boo.
- Insulting Dynaheir or Khalid (especially after either's storyline death) is a good way to forfeit your life.
- Minsc has an actual berserk button - as in, there's a button you can click to send him into a berserk rage. He also goes postal if whoever he's adopted as his "witch" in the second game gets killed. (In both these cases, it's a good idea to hide most of your party on the other side of a locked door, since Minsc in berserk mode has a somewhat overactive target acquisition sensor.)
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Haggard flips out when their Blackhawk pilot mentions being a pacifist. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny
- Bayonetta. The titular character is a pretty level-headed lady for the most part. Her usual reaction to most situations is to deal out snark and it's pretty hard to get under her skin. But if you were to do something like, oh say, hurt any of her friends — especially Cereza — that's about the one thing that can get her to stop snarking. And when that happens... let's just say that being dragged off to Inferno will be a mercy after she's done with you. Only three characters so far have triggered that reaction. To say it didn't end well for them would be putting it mildly.
- The Big Daddies are hulking great fellows grafted into old-fashioned diving suits who have found themselves on permanent escort duty for the Little Sisters, and take this duty very seriously. For the most part they are calm and placid, patiently lumbering along in the wake of their creepy little charges and frequently displaying a touching degree of tenderness. But... should anyone pose the least threat to his Little Sister, Big Daddy will respond with great violence.
- One of the audio diaries tells the story of the Big Daddies bonding for the first time with the Little Sisters through the accidental discovery of this berserk button. Let's just say that helping create them does not give you the right to slap a Little Sister when right in front of a Big Daddy. Isn't that right, Dr. Suchong?
- Sander Cohen has a few of these buttons. Harm his art, interrupt his music, even doubt him (or, as the player found, be suspected of doubting him) and you better be ready for a face full of fire.
- Dr. Steinman will horrifically mutilate you if you don't fit his standard of beauty. Though considering he views himself as "the Picasso of Surgery", everyone probably qualifies.
- Borderlands series
- Handsome Jack absolutely cannot stand betrayal: he murders the Merriff of Concordia when he tries to shoot him in the back. Later in the Pre-Sequel, he loses it when Moxxi, Roland, and Lilith betray him by sabotaging his Kill Sat. In 2, he is also fiercely protective of his daughter, Angel, and killing her will cause him to take off his kiddie gloves and really ruin the Vault Hunters' day.
- Top on the list of things that piss off Mister Torgue: being rude to women, dissing video games that he likes, and laser weapons (they don't explode, ergo, they are a travesty).
- Do not give Tiny Tina oatmeal raisin cookies. People will die.
- Headshots are the most common way to finish off enemies. But shooting off a Goliath's helmet will cause him to flip the fuck out and become a berserker who gets more powerful the more of his fellow bad guys he kills on his way to you.
- Dr. Neurosis from Brain Dead 13. Don't call him "average." Just don't.
- Don't call Gary in Bully boring. While he doesn't completely flip his shit, he still overreacts.
- Insulting Jimmy's mom, on the other hand, will make him flip his shit, as Gary finds out the hard way.
- In Call of Duty: Black Ops, don't mention Dragovich, Steiner, or Krevchenko anywhere within fifty feet of Alex Mason. Especially if you ARE Dragovich, Steiner, or Kravchenko. He WILL kill you.
- In the Command & Conquer games, if you so much as lay a finger on the AI's resource harvesters, you'll find yourself at the receiving end of a massive all-out attack by the computer's forces. The AI doesn't mind if you kill its harvesters with air or naval units, or landmines though.
- Jin Saotome from Cyberbots (& Marvel vs. Capcom) goes into a rage if his opponents mention his dead father.
- Darkest Dungeon: If you're fighting the Swine King, don't touch his assistant Wilbur as tempting as that may be. Hurt him, and he will smash your entire party at once. Kill him, and he will go so utterly berserk you will be bound for a Total Party Kill. In the Crimson Court DLC, chopping down the Fanatic's pyre has a similar effect, replacing the attack he usually uses to tie up someone and burn them to smack your whole party with Fury of the Righteous; the rest of his attacks, already painful on their own, proceed as normal.
- Jackie from the The Darkness was mostly shy before joining the mafia and awakening his power, however mistreating Jenny or badmouthing her is a good way for him to launch Disproportionate Retribution.
Jackie: That's when he pushed her... So I did what I did, I curbed the little fuck. Thinking a month eating through a straw will teach him how to treat a girl.
- Darksiders games:
- Darksiders: Upset the balance. War will find you. He WILL make you suffer. He never eats. He never sleeps. He will hunt you like a dog.
- Darksiders II: Go ahead and tell Death that War caused the apocalypse. Realize that he is stated as the strongest horseman. Let the fact that he once proclaimed that he'd storm HEAVEN itself to save War sink in.
- Dark Souls:
- Mortals trespassing on the symbolic tomb of Gwyn and breaking the illusion of his sister Gwynevere are one for Gwyndolin, according to the Darkmoon Blade Covenant Ring, Gwyndolin, all too aware of his repulsive, frail appearance, created the illusion of a sister Gwynevere, who helps him guard over Anor Londo. An unmasking of these deities would be tantamount to blasphemy.
- Clerics in general are this for Patches.
- Avina and her Forest Hunters do not tolerate traitors. Not that most people would take kindly to betrayal, but there's a specific venom present in their voices whenever they speak of traitors to their Clan.
- Dark Souls 2:
- Grave Warden Agdayne is for the most part personable and friendly to anyone who visits the Undead Crypt... unless they bring a torch. Agdayne hates light because it disturbs the rest of the dead, and he takes his job as caretaker of the Crypt, as well as the dead souls resting within it, very seriously.
- The Fume Knight, also known as Sir Raime, is normally a two-stage boss battle: he wields a normal sword in his off hand in addition to his gigantic greatsword, and after losing some health he will get serious and start wielding the greatsword alone while powered up with dark flames. However, if you enter the fight wearing any of Velstadt's equipment, Raime will attack with full force from the get-go. Players who pay attention to the lore will know why: the two used to be partners and comrades, but when Raime dared to suggest that Vendrick was taking actions that were dangerous to the kingdom (which he was), Velstadt fought and exiled Raime rather than hear any word against his King.
- Dayshift at Freddy's: Phone Guy's is any mention of yiffing and Foxy at the same time. Though, this may be Justified considering the player character has yiffed Foxy before the game takes place and could possibly do it again.
- Dead Or Alive 4 Do not gleefully reveal that you killed Helena Douglas's mother with Helena as the target to Helena's face.
- Dead Rising 2 has a host of psychopaths, same as the original game. One of them is the tamer of the casino's tiger, a mentally handicapped man named Ted. When captured by Ted, Chuck tries to talk his way out of it, but makes the mistake of saying they should take things "nice and slow." An unfortunate choice of words that ruins any chance of peaceful solutions.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Don't bring up the Mexicantown Massacre in front of Adam Jensen, if you know what's good for you. You may also want to keep your metal hands away from his girlfriend, unless you want his armblade to end up in your ass.
- Then there's the part where Faridah's dropship gets shot down with you in it. You get the chance to either defend it, and her by extension, or not. For many players who'd come to know the character over the course of the story and were attempting to finish the game non-violently, this moment broke their run.
- Devil May Cry 4 has Agnus, who runs a secret underground lab beneath the Order's HQ. He does NOT take kindly to Nero calling the place a hellhole, or with him making fun of his stutter, and both acts get him mad enough to send the Gladii after him in one of the more annoying boss battles in the game.
- Digital Devil Saga's ultimate Bonus Boss, the Demi-Fiend, REALLY hates it when his enemies have elemental immunity. So much, he'll hit them with an overpowered Gaea Rage for an instant game over.
- In Digital Devil Saga 2, don't even consider casting Magic Repel or using a Magic Mirror or Satan will get pissed and spam Retribution until everyone in your party is dead. Nulling stuff without shield spells is rendered useless anyway since he just uses Futility at the start of battle to reset your party's resistances and weaknesses to normal.
- Persona 3's and 4's Bonus Bosses Elizabeth and Margaret carry on the tradition, killing you dead on the spot with a 9999-damage Megidolaon if you have a Persona with any sort of immunity.
- Flonne, while usually the Love Freak, is unusually loud when someone points out that she's flat. But the closest she actually came to Berserk was when an Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! called her a villainess: She immediately went from "let's talk" to "let's kick his sorry butt".
- That being said, when Etna's assets (or rather, her lack of them) are pointed out, she tends to go right past "loud" and straight to "murderously violent." Rozalin got to learn this the hard way.
- If you think calling Etna flat is a bad idea, then steal one of her desserts or her panties. I dare you. I DOUBLE dare you, muthafucka! While panty theft is a berserk button for women in general, if Etna finds out you were responsible and her prinnies don't get you first, you will wish you called her flat instead.
- DON'T call Laharl "kind" or anything similar, and don't mess his hair; it took him all morning to get it just the way he wanted it. But most of all, doing anything to harm Flonne will make him want to kill you.
- Harming or threatening to harm Adell's family or friends is a good way to get yourself a few broken bones. If you're lucky.
- Rozalin doesn't appreciates any implications that her father doesn't really care about her. When Adell casually commented that Overlord Zenon hadn't sent henchmen out to find her at the beginning of the game, she began to rant about all of the nice things he had given her. With the reveal that she had never set eyes on said father once in her entire life, it's hinted that this outburst was due to her fear that Zenon didn't really care. And as it turned out, he didn't.
- Fuka and Desco enjoy their love talk, especially when dredging Valvatorez' past with Artina out of him. Interrupt it, however, and heads will roll. Namely, yours. Do not take a perverse interest in Desco, or Fuka will go nuts. That means you, MAO.
- Dishonored: Revenge solves everything. In this specific case, it solves the problem of the conspirators behind the murder of the Empress, the woman Corvo Attano was hand-chosen and sworn to defend, living long and happy lives.
- In Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, the dragon knight Amdusias absolutely loathes his former master, Maxos, and will freak out at the mere mention of his name. You can not only mention it multiple times before fighting him, but also confront his soul in the Hall of Echoes and say it again, and much later you can instruct a man on the verge of dying to carry a message for you, saying it again.
- Donkey Kong will show no mercy to those who are stupid enough to steal his Banana Hoard; just ask K. Rool and, more recently, the Tikis.
- In Tropical Freeze, the second boss, Scowl, puts a banana on an altar and smashes it with a hammer. Donkey Kong smashes the altar with his bare hands (though to be fair, he was aiming for Scowl).
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Don't call Solitaire by her birth name. This applies to humans and monsters.
- Duke Nukem Forever: May God have mercy on the souls of any ETs whom Duke catches mass abducting his babes. Normally, he'd have to tell you he was pissed; take this button Up to Eleven, and you will know you fucked up something fierce.
Not my babes! Not in MY town!! You alien motherfuckers are gonna pay for this!
- Dynasty Warriors:
- In story, Guan Yu being captured and executed by Wu causes his brother Liu Bei to drop the virtue and benevolence speeches and replaces it with CRUSH WU! KILL WU! DESTROY WU!
- Also, if you kill all the refugees in the Changban level, he'll go into Hyper Mode and hunt you down.
- Defeating Da Qiao will cause Sun Ce to go absolutely apeshit. It's not a good idea to harm Sun Ce in front of her either, cos you'll learn that she's just as much a warrior as he is.
- Along the same vein, it's not a good idea to defeat Diao Chan while Lu Bu is fighting for her side. Things will end badly.
- If Sima Shi is eating meat buns, don't try to take them away from him. He doesn't like that.
- In story, Guan Yu being captured and executed by Wu causes his brother Liu Bei to drop the virtue and benevolence speeches and replaces it with CRUSH WU! KILL WU! DESTROY WU!
- Eagle Eye Mysteries in London gives us Nigel Eagle, who'll chow down on fish and chips at every opportunity, plays cricket like any English chap, and is usually very cheery and chummy. He will not, however, take it very well if you cheat at chess, which he considers a royal game.
- Never hurt or scare Peter Puppy. Otherwise, he will get revenge on you!
- Fallen London:
- Whenever you're talking with any of the masters of the Bazaar, don't bring up the Second City under any circumstances. Each of them will lash out in a different way, including such things as giving you blatantly subpar merchandise or reading you the riot act for being a discourteous twit, but it's a topic that will piss off every single one off them.
- Devils usually remain Affably Evil no matter what you do. But if they find out you've been seeking Mr. Eaten's name, and that thus each and every Deal with the Devil you made for your soul had brought them completely subpar merchandise (plus other reasons they don't disclose), they will call down a hunting party on you. And if they catch you, they'll do things better off not mentioned. Even the devils you've befriended and (sort of) like you will recoil in disgust, leave your home and never speak to you again if they catch a whiff of your stained soul.
- Jack-of-Smiles is already an Ax-Crazy Knife Nut that will stab the hell out of you if he so much as spots you (and then get pissy at the fact Death Is Cheap and you just got back up), but do not call him Smiles if you don't want him to be thorough about it. Getting up from a Slashed Throat is one thing, coming back from being sliced into tiny pieces and scattered all over the streets is another.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, if you kill Cook-Cook's favorite brahmin, Queenie, he goes in a frenzy and starts attacking everybody.
Do you really think I'm going to let an upstart come into my home, and ransom my property to me!? I spent two centuries searching for the Platinum Chip! It's my invention, my property, mine! Now be a good courier and deliver it!
- In the Old World Blues DLC, Dr. 0 despises Mr. House and anything designed by RobCo, which includes your Pip-Boy. You can even find a picture of House with knives stabbed all over it in his house in Higgs Village.
- Ulysses of the Lonesome Road DLC despises those who use symbols without any understanding as to their meanings. Notably, he was offended by the White Legs braiding their hair in dreadlocks in honor of him since they actually served a symbolic purpose in his former tribe while the White Legs simply did it because they thought it looked cool.
- Mr. House really hates the Brotherhood of Steel and isn't shy at all telling you about it. He's also not shy about telling you how much he doesn't like it when you refuse to give him the Platinum Chip in front of him, At maximum length, volume and ferocity.
- Fujimura Taiga in Fate/stay night is typically playful and cheerful...unless you call her Tiger, in which case you'd better have a will ready. Getting called Tiger actually pisses her off so much that saying it is enough to lift her out of unconsciousness.
- Also, Saber has a tendency to go into Tranquil Fury over badly made food.
- Even worse is when she gets no food at all. The mere suggestion of skipping a meal caused her to nearly beat Shirou to death.
- Shirou himself has one in regards to his family and loved ones, Taiga especially. When Shinji doesn't just harm her but then proceeds to mock her attempts at resistance, it causes Shirou to flip out in a manner that heavily resembles Shiki Tohno.
- Gilgamesh hates insults to his pride and when he believes someone has taken something that belongs to him.
- Also, Saber has a tendency to go into Tranquil Fury over badly made food.
- Fire Emblem Jugdral:
- In Genealogy, hurting or threatening Sigurd's friends will instantly get him to invade your country regardless of odds. Verdane finds this out when one of their princes abducts Aideen, as does Chagall of Agustria when he imprisons Eldigan and attacks Raquesis.
- Harming and generally mistreating children is one for Eyvel in Thracia 776. She slaughtered an entire troupe of slavers when she found them holding Mareeta, and when they later find Mareeta's father, is pretty pissed for letting his daughter get captured in the first place.
- First Encounter Assault Recon: "They took away her babies." For Alma, that Berserk Button never got unstuck.
- The Force Unleashed: Never, ever attempt to harm Juno Eclipse. Ever. Starkiller will find you and do his level best to reduce you to your constituent subatomic particles. Some examples of his speech after Vader Force-Pushes Juno out of a window and she appears dead:
I WILL KILL YOU!!!!!YOU WILL DIE WHERE YOU STAND!!!!
- Freedom Planet brings us Sash Lilac. For her own Berserk Button, it's anyone who threatens, and/or even manages, to hurt her and Carol's friend Milla. Brevon found this out the hard way after his horrific mutation of Milla out of spite towards them.
Lilac: Nobody... hurts... Milla!!!
- She also has a second Berserk Button, this one played for laughs. There's no doubt that calling her a sparkly twit was enough to piss her off. Serpentine learned that the hard way as well, prior to Brevon above.
Serpentine: Hold it right there, you sparkly twit!
Lilac: What did you call me?!
Serpentine: You think you can just walk into this conflict, don't you? Well I have news for you... This isn't your fight!
Lilac: It was the moment you brought it to our homeworld!
Serpentine: So, the duck-man couldn't keep his mouth shut... Well I hope he realizes that he just cost you your life!
Lilac: You'll have to take it first, snake man! (goes wailing on Serpentine)
- She also has a second Berserk Button, this one played for laughs. There's no doubt that calling her a sparkly twit was enough to piss her off. Serpentine learned that the hard way as well, prior to Brevon above.
- God of War: Notwithstanding Kratos being Unstoppable Rage incarnate, he does have two buttons that will ensure your death with be especially brutal. The first is bringing up the failures of his past. The second is insulting Pandora.
- Ghost of Sparta gave us a third: killing his long lost brother in front of him. You almost feel bad for Thanatos....
- Kornell goes nuts and breaks out of a trap in Grandia III when Miranda calls him a "muscle-bound peabrain."
- CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas reacts very badly to being called a 'bustah'. Badly enough that the game goes to pot whenever someone does...
- Also, do not talk smack about his sister Kendl or threaten her in any way. In the "Deconstruction" mission, when he heard about how a bunch of construction workers were calling Kendl a hooker, C.J. paid a visit to the construction site, thoroughly trashed the place, and, just to top things off, trapped the boss of the place in an outhouse, dumped him in a hole, and buried him alive in cement. Damn. Just damn.
- Trevor from Grand Theft Auto V has a Hair-Trigger Temper at the best of times, but three things in particular are guaranteed to make him go berserk; using the insult 'motherfucker' (he's implied to have some serious mommy issues), mocking his Canadian heritage, and anything at all to do with hipsters.
- Sol Badguy in Guilty Gear has one particular Berserk Button: That Man.
Sol: Son of a...! I swear upon my life... I'll get my revenge!
- May also has a Berserk Button that can be pressed when someone messes with any of her crewmates, especially if it's Johnny.
May: (about Dizzy) What are you doing with my crewmate?!
I-No: Do you even need to ask? I'm doing what I l-o-v-e doing!
May: I'll never forgive you! Never!!!
- And again for May? Don't be bald. She hates baldies so much that she'd attack any bald person in sight.
- Similarly, Dizzy has her own Berserk Button as well, as shown in her win quote against Venom. Threatening her friends at the May Ship is not good for your health unless you want some butt-whoopin' from her and her guardian wings Undine and Necro.
- Speaking of Dizzy, don't call her a monster. Her husband Ky really doesn't like that.
- May also has a Berserk Button that can be pressed when someone messes with any of her crewmates, especially if it's Johnny.
- If you are in Half-Life 2, threaten any member of the Vance family and you'll have to answer to Dog. Dog is a giant robot built like a gorilla. He throws cars at people he doesn't like. He rides Striders like bulls and tears off their heads. He certainly won't be intimidated by you.
- San Oko, the track team captain from Hatoful Boyfriend, goes berserk upon encountering any inferior pudding. In Holiday Star it's shown that serious threats to Sakuya are this to his usually casual, carefree brother Yuuya.
- Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure: No one rejects Lady D. Do it and she'll bring out her giant cake of death of on you.
- In the arcs in Higurashi: When They Cry where Shion goes Ax-Crazy, even looking at Satoshi in a way she doesn't like is liable to set her off. In one arc, she beats the crap out of Satoko for calling him nii-nii in her presence.
- Carpenter is a powerful and vengeful spirit from Hunter: The Reckoning who was a convict in the Ashcroft Penitentiary decades ago, where, like all the other convicts, he was used as cattle by the vampires in charge and tortured endlessly in the twisted experiments of Dr. Hadrian. When the spirits break through and tear Ashcroft apart in their anger, Carpenter is the only one who retains his sentience, and has one all-consuming obsession: capture Hadrian and subject him to "three days of neverending pain." But when he finds out that the Hunters encountered Hadrian and killed him, he has an emotional breakdown, followed by Unstoppable Rage and a very difficult boss battle.
- In Jericho, don't call Billie "Wilhelmina." Only her father calls her "Wilhelmina."!!
- Also, don't damage Cole's computer. Cole does have a subversion of this as well, though. Ask her about maths, and she calms right down.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising:
- Pit is usually the Nice Guy of the game, quick to wisecrack and joke. But if you hurt Palutena in any way, then the only thing you can do at that point is buy yourself a coffin because he will END YOU! It doesn't matter if he's trapped in a ring for three years. He will hunt you down, he will find you, and he will thoroughly kick your ass with every goddamn weapon in his arsenal. Ask the Chaos Kin. Oh wait, we can't. He's trapped in the Chaos Vortex for all eternity.
- Palutena will go off on anyone who calls her ma'am.
- Dark Pit does not take kindly to anyone calling him "Pittoo".
- Never mess with nature, or else Viridi will smite your whole land back to basic nature.
- Hades will not stand for anyone questioning his rule. Medusa learned this the hard way.
- Kingdom Hearts: When Lexaeus says "Don't mock me," he means it.
- Sora is usually the Friendship Freak of the series, but you do not harm his Love Interest Kairi unless you have a death wish.
- Kingdom Hearts 2 gives us Saix and the moon. When he's exposed to it for long enough, he'll flip out and become nearly impervious to damage, all the while dishing out wickedly-fast attacks and howling like a banshee.
- Terra and Aqua have the same button — namely, trying to hurt their friends. It's not just villains who can trigger it in Terra's case, as Master Eraqus could attest.
- King Mickey. A mouse that is almost the ultimate good figure in the series… until you kill Goofy. Then he'll hunt you down and kill every Heartless in his way on a murderous rampage. Even though Goofy ends up okay, it's still something that no one saw coming. There's no hint of Mickey's usual mirth when he glares toward the Heartless army and quietly says "They will pay for this."
- He actually has several moments. Do not insult his missing friends that could be dead for the last ten years. Even though Mickey hasn't lost his cool yet, the very fact that he shows anger can lead to this.
- The King of Fighters: Never remind Kyo Kusanagi that he's a higschool drop-out. Obviously, neither be Ash Crimson nor Iori Yagami, nor harm his girlfriend, friends, and partners. Having Yashiro tell him that the Orochi wanted to have Yuki as a Human Sacrifice and later being only able to witness how Ash stole Chizuru's powers were two times when he totally lost it.
- Don't tell Kula Diamond that she's Just a Kid, either. Worse, don't have/use fire powers against her unless your name is K'.
- Kim Kaphwan will not stand for anyone even looking like they're evil. His Catch-Phrase is "I won't forgive evildoing" for a reason.
- Shen Woo gets pissed if you dare doubt or insult his fighting skills. And for some reason he REALLY fucking hates Chin Gentsai's mere presence.
- Mai Shiranui is mostly a Stripperiffic but also friendly and kindhearted Genki Girl, but there are four things that absolutely set her off:
- One, if she asks you where her beloved Andy Bogard is, do NOT give her an answer that doesn't sound like his whereabouts, for she is most devoted to Andy ever since she was a child. (Not even his older brother Terry can get away with that one. And he weaponizes it to get under Andy's skin once).
- Second: do not mock or question her clothes (or lack thereof) in any way. Even if you merely insinuate that she shall change her looks, Mai will take it very badly (Actually, do it, since it will ALWAYS bring up the hilarity.).
- Third: don't insinuate that she's getting old. Seeing Athena in her highschool uniform had her first recalling her schoolgirl years with affection and then believing that Athena was calling her an old maid. (And poor Athena did not get what was going on.)
- Fourth (and arguably the biggest of them all): don't you ever dare question or challenge her position as the Top 1 Japanese woman, since she takes huge pride in her own worth and insinuating that she can't do something or win a fight will have her go Hot-Blooded on you.
- Do not, I repeat do not steal Kirby's food. He will go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge throughout the whole dream land and devour/beat up everything in his way.
- Knights of the Old Republic:
- Don't bring up Taris in front of Juhani. If you have to, be prepared to remember the Jedi Code in order to cool her off. Likewise, you're better off not talking about the Genocide of Cathar...
- And Mission does not want to be treated like some helpless kid. Seeing as she's a nubile, pretty Twi'lek female that fended for herself in one of the worst Wretched Hives in the galaxy for most of her life, it's kinda justified.
- When it comes to Zaalbar, you can kill his father, and abet Czerka's slaving operations on his homeworld... if you're evil, but don't threaten Mission unless you want a large, pissed-off Wookiee charging you, and to hell with the life debt. If you are a bastard and force him to kill her, he will make an attempt to kill you on the Star Forge.
- If you suggest that Canderous is a coward, make peace with The Force beforehand.
- You also probably want to avoid mentioning Carth's wife in front of him. Or Admiral Karath.
- L.A. Noire: Do not call the recently deceased Courtney Sheldon, a former soldier in Cole's platoon on Okinawa back in WWII a druggie. Cole will pull out his gun, aim it at you, and threaten to blow your fucking head off if you say one more word about him. Oh, and for that matter, don't withhold information that could help him arrest a culprit, especially when women and children are involved and are the victims.
- From another work of Nippon Ichi, La Pucelle Tactics, do not mess with Croix's girl or he'll flip out and crush your skull in, slowly, while you beg for mercy.
- League of Legends: Although Veigar is always trying to intimidate people, he becomes disproportionately angry if you call him short.
- The Witch in Left 4 Dead is the most passive enemy in the game, not attacking until you shine a flashlight on her, bump into her, or do anything to disturb the woman. She then promptly stands up, annihilates the person responsible, before bursting into tears and shrieking as she runs away from the survivors.
- As long as you and it draw breath, you are this to the Tank.
- Little Busters!: If you value your well-being, do not hurt a cat while Rin is around.
- Don't ever mess with Ed Edison's hamster in Maniac Mansion. Remembering the events of the first game don't sit too well with him either in Day of the Tentacle.
- He also reacts poorly to messing with his stamp collection in DotT, because it's his therapy for the hamster incident.
- Max Payne 3: Max takes it mutely when a bunch of Joisey punks badmouth him and wave guns in his face. But when they threatened a woman standing up for him, it became time to dish out 9mm headaches. This led to a rampage that eventually led to him losing his job as a cop.
- Shit really hits the fan later on in the game when Max discovers the organ-harvesting ring that the bad guys are running, a level of pure evil that goes beyond anything he's ever had to deal with.
- In Mega Man X: Command Mission, Resistance member Steelheart Massimo has a bit of an idol issue. Never speak poorly of his predecessor sharing the same name. Especially do not call him "weak", "feeble", or mock tearing him apart while saying "rrrriiiiiiipppppp". You will be thrown through a wall... if you're lucky.
"Feeble Massimo? FEEBLE Massimo?! *growl* You sonuva-"
- To put it into perspective, the Reploid that decided to do this was the massive Triceratops-based Silver Horn, who's twice as tall as Massimo and built like a tank. He got sent flying across the room and onto his ass with one blow.
- The memory of your insulting him will not wash away, either. A copy Reploid impersonating Silver Horn appears in the obligatory Mega Man Boss Rush. Massimo treats him as if he was the real deal, stating his intent to take the guy out.
- Rockman 4 Minus Infinity: Pharaoh Man gets pretty upset when you destroy the statues in his pyramid, and later blasts Mega Man through the roof of the pyramid when he destroys a coffin.
- Mega Man Zero: Copy-X seems to have a Hair-Trigger Temper already (at least when he's about to do battle). He's a mix of Knight Templar and immature, spoiled brat who knows nothing of true adversities or sacrifices, any of those things that made the original X a true hero. Tell that truth to him at your own risk... like Zero did.
Zero: He was not as naive as you are. That's what made him a hero.
- Needless to say, Copy-X took this as a major insult on his "heroic" character (since he believed himself superior in every way to the original X) and, hating Zero already, became exponentially more desperate to crush Zero dead as a doornail.note Turns out, he manages to only crush himself while Zero (narrowly) escapes unharmed.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: Whatever you do, do not let yourself get caught posing as Raikov by Volgin, or else he will give you hell to pay before torturing you, or attack you even faster than before.
- Endermen from Minecraft are normally passive unless you look directly at them, which seems to make them fly into a murderous rage.
- In Mitsumete Knight, a few characters have Berserk Buttons:
- Sophia Robelingue: Do not talk ill of her father, or prepare for an Armor-Piercing Slap.
- Linda Zakroid: Do not call her a "nouveau riche." She's a hard worker, and want people to respect her for it.
- Lesley Lopicana: Doing anything that could hurt Laury. She'll go all Mama Bear if doing so.
- Gene Petromolla: Do not do anything that could hurt animals or nature. Especially since she's a badass with a formidable Megaton Punch.
- Carol Palecki: Pulling her a prank with slugs. She'll straight away break all ties with you if you do so.
- Johan Elites: Telling him he's a MotherCon. He'll give you a beating that'll send you to the Hospital if you do so.
- Mortal Kombat has plenty of this.
- Scorpion: Those that would bring harm or death to his family and clan. Namely, Sub-Zero and the Lin Kuei plus Quan Chi, once he discovers he was behind the Shirai Ryu's destruction and had been manipulating him for years.
- Mileena: Seeing another clone of herself, finding out her resistance force is betraying her, and Shinnok being responsible for Shao Kahn's death.
- Erron Black: Being mocked or insulted is a quickfire way to get shot.
- Kano: Being misnamed and finding out that he has been cloned.
- Kotal Kahn: Treachery and being shown no respect.
- Liu Kang: Raiden, after the events of MK 9.
- Kung Lao: Being misnamed and deemed weaker than Liu Kang.
- Kung Jin: Sentencing people to death for petty crimes.
- Cassie, Johnny, and Sonya Cage/Blade: Kano and the Black Dragon clan, also harming their loved ones. For Sonya, being reminded that she married Johnny, to a lesser extent.
- Jax: Finding out that Jacqui is joining the Special Forces, Johnny Cage, and Ermac.
- Ferra: Being deemed a twin alongside Torr, as well as Kotal Kahn to a lesser degree.
- Kitana: Anyone with the title of Kahn, as well as her evil clone Mileena.
- Takeda: Being mocked, reminded that his mother had died, and Kenshi initially (who he had a less than friendly relationship with).
- Shinnok: The Elder Gods, who so rudely banished him to the Netherrealm. Also, Johnny Cage, who bested him in the opening events of Mortal Kombat X.
- Onaga: Anything involving Shao Kahn, especially anyone who thinks they can take the right to beat/kill him away from him.
- Mushihime Sama: If you kill Aki, his mother Larsa is gonna have a field day with you, especially if you're playing on Ultra. If you sympathize with the person who killed him, Larsa will also try to murder you, even if you're her other son.
- Nancy Drew Shadow at the Water's Edge has Miwako get pretty angry at you if you ask about her mother. It's a sore spot for her, so it's justified. If you also ask Miwako about an article detailing her mother's death, she will also get very pissed at you and kick you out of the inn. Again, justifiable as this is proof that you've been pilfering her possessions and breaking into her room.
- Another "Game Over" results from you asking the author of a book a question detailed inside his book. Because this is a rather specific question, he asks how you would think to come across it anyway. If you mention "I read it in a book", he will (correctly) deduce that it's the book he is writing and that you've been rooting through his briefcase, which features the only manuscript of the book.
- Neptunia: Please don't make note of Nisa's breast size, especially not like these poor souls did.
- If you make note of Blanc's chest either, imagine NISA's example except powered up.
- Don't hurt Blanc's sisters either unless you want her axe jammed into your spine. Looking at you Trick.
- Don't even consider hurting Rei or Anonydeath while Yellow Heart is in the vicinity even after being unbrainwashed.
- You don't EVER want to hurt any of Plutia's friends or else, Pirachu, Mr Badd and Arfoire learned this the hard way.
- Don't tell Plutia transformed or not that you turned children into Tragic Monster s More specifically: PLANEPTUNE CITIZENS.
- If you don't wanna piss off Vert then don't have bigger boobs than her and if you do, get the fuck outta Leanbox.
- Don't fuck with Lastation if you don't wanna anger Noire. As Copypaste found out.
- Don't be Anonydeath if you don't wanna anger Noire.
- Also, don't call her your assistant.
- Don't exist in the same dimension as Abnes and kidnap children.
- Don't keep the CPU's in captivity and expect their sisters to not hate your guts for it.
- Don't call Rei a psycho or anything to a similar effect while she's... unhinged.
- Don't be a CPU of Planeptune and be lazy for years on end lest you suffer getting lectured by Histoire.
- Also, don't point out Ultradimension Histoire's low processing power.
- If you make note of Blanc's chest either, imagine NISA's example except powered up.
- The Neverhood: Do not mess with Bil's teddy bear.
- In the first chapter of the Neverwinter Nights mod The Bastard Of Kosigan, the player character gets really, really pissed off when any Germans mix up France and Burgundy. Bigger and more justifiable examples occur in the third and fourth chapters, when someone digs up your mother's grave looking for a sword and when Alex dies, respectively.
- No Man's Sky: Asides from their nature-preserving tendencies, the Sentinels have marked certain worlds off-limits. These planets have the Frenzied rating for the Sentinel population, usually due to an "Endangered" resource on the planet. Taking any of these resources prompts a strong attack from the robots immediately, and they will attack the player on sight regardless.
- Travis from No More Heroes is shown to have one when Jasper Batt Jr. has Travis' best friend killed. Pretending to have killed his brother, girlfriend, and apprentice has similar results.
Travis: You're gonna fucking pay!
- OFF: If you piss off/upset an Elsen normally, they'll become a regular Burnt and attack you, which pose little threat. If you threaten to take away their sugar, however, they'll become a Calvary-Burnt, and try to shred you with their huge new-found claws. It's worth noting Elsens are normally so easily frightened that a rollercoaster that was actually a bunch of immobile chairs was still too much for them, and yet they'll easily slaughter spectres when their sugar's threatened. Of course, it makes sense when you find out they're addicted to it.
- In Ōkami, Susano spends most of the game being (if often hilariously) useless. But when Orochi tries to eat his girlfriend...
Ana: Gérard was a fool to love someone like you.Widowmaker: You don't know anything about him.
- Don't break Winston's glasses, unless you want him to go apeshit on you. He also doesn't take kindly to being called a "monkey". Nor does he simply stand by when you hurt his friends.
- Genji's death is a very sore subject for Hanzo. He's relatively collected during his bout with a cybernetic ninja assassin (whom he doesn't realize is actually Genji) until it is brought up, then he gets pissed.
- The only thing that can get a strong emotional response from Widowmaker other than killing? Bad mouthing her dead husband Gérard Lacroix. She makes this fact known after Ana accuses her of being a cold hearted bitch from the get-go who killed him once she was done stringing him along.
- Persona 4:
- An individual's Shadow will go berserk if the person in question says anything to the effect of "You're not me!" When this happens, it usually ends badly for anyone who doesn't have a Persona. For those who do have Personas, however, it's Boss Battle time.
- It's not a good idea to use the word "strange" around Kanji Tatsumi, or imply that he's gay ("You sayin' I like dudes?!"). It's also not a good idea to disrespect Naoto when he's around.
- Yosuke does not take kindly at all to people who disrespect Saki Konishi or the protagonist.
- Teddie goes bear-serk when Mitsuo calls him a freak.
- Naoto will not stand for weird nicknames or being called "useless."
- And the one thing that will bring down the wrath of the entire Investigation Team is anything bad happening to Nanako. In fact, when Nanako appears to have died toward the end, everyone is more than ready to make her kidnapper Namatame pay, and if you don't snap them out of it, he'll get thrown into the TV and you will get the worst ending of the game.
- Persona 5: Sae Niijima hates anyone bringing up her father and his ideals. In fact, her sister Makoto's innocent comment about how she thinks their father would have supported the Phantom Thieves is enough to make Sae descend into a full-on rant at the dinner table and say some very cruel things to Makoto that she immediately regrets.
- Plants vs. Zombies: The newspaper reading zombie really gets pissed when you ruin his paper.
- Some Lasses will use your locking eyes with them alone as pretext to fight you.
Lass Janice: You looked at me, didn't you?
- Super Nerd Miguel will challenge anyone who he assumes is going for his fossils. When you walk up to him, he'll assume you're a plainclothes Rocket (and there actually is one at the end of the Nugget Bridge a bit later on) and tell you off right before the fight begins.
Super Nerd Miguel: Hey, stop! I found these fossils! They're both mine!
- Diamond and Pearl:
- For this series of games, a new ability was added called Anger Point. Only three mons can have it (Mankey, Primeape, and Tauros), and they all have alternate abilities that are generally considered much more useful (Vital Spirit for the former two, Intimidate for the latter). However, if one of those Pokémon does have Anger Point and an opposing attack used on it is a Critical Hit, that Pokémon's Attack stat is automatically maximized, even if it was already lowered by something like Charm or Intimidate. In other words, the Attack boost is equal to a Belly Drum minus the HP sacrifice, or three simultaneous Swords Dances at neutral stat change. The ability has no importance to the story and is generally not worth basing one's strategy around, but it is likely one of the best examples of a Berserk Button within the gameplay.
- Try to harm a Pokémon Trainer with a Gardevoir. I dare you. Just warning you, don't get fooled with the "cute girl" looks.
- Black 2 and White 2:
- Sun and Moon:
- Drampa literally has the ability Berserk, and if a child it cares for gets hurt, it will go into a frenzy.
- Some Lasses will use your locking eyes with them alone as pretext to fight you.
- In Portal 2, Wheatley's reaction to calling him a moron is a clear indication that you should Beware the Nice Ones. Even GLaDOS, who prides herself on insulting anyone and everyone in every way possible, recognises that it's a bad idea.
GLaDOS: I may have taken that moron thing a bit too far this time...
- The whole point of Postal 2 is that the protagonist, an average, down-on-his-luck citizen of a simple little town can go on a mass-murdering rampage while performing boring, menial tasks that try their hardest to frustrate him. The catch is that the player can choose to do so or not.
- Don't endanger the city of London, don't threaten to harm innocent people, don't mess with Luke Triton, and do not abduct Flora Reinhold. Professor Layton may seem harmless, but he's also a Memetic Badass for a reason, and he becomes quite the relentless Determinator if anyone poses a threat to his city, his neighbors, his apprentice, or his daughter.
- Also, though it's a bit milder than the above, don't call Professor Layton a detective. He is a professor of archaeology.
- Luke, Layton's apprentice (number one!) will absolutely flip his shit if you insult the professor in any manner. This can be anything from doubting his puzzle-solving prowess to simply being "rude" to him (like, by asking him to leave the scene of a crime). He's quite the fanboy.
- [PROTOTYPE]: Alex Mercer, full stop. If you so much as look at his sister, Dana Mercer, in the wrong way, much less harm her or, God forbid, try to kill her, then you are in for a world of hurt. If he lets you live long enough to feel pain. Which, to be honest, he probably will.
- To put it into perspective, Alex is a nigh-indestructible murderer/terrorist/monster with Lovecraftian powers, who spends his time fighting Eldritch horrors. He can kill everyone within certain radius, take down tanks with his bare hands, throw cars off the Empire State Building, kick helicopters out of the sky, and survive a nuclear explosion to the face. So... yeah. Don't touch his sister.
- The kicker is that Dana Mercer isn't actually his sister. The real Alex Mercer didn't give a shit about Dana, and died after releasing a deadly virus in a crowded station, thus killing millions of people, out of spite, and said virus ended up reanimating his body. In other words, a virus reanimating a corpse cares more about Mercer's sister than the real Mercer did.
- Survival tip in Ratchet & Clank: Don't threaten Ratchet's home planet of Veldin. Just trust us on this one. Other dictators didn't and got metric tons of RYNO missiles thrown at them. This is not something you want to happen to you. Just... leave the place alone. Seriously. Insulting Veldin is also unwise, especially when Drek referred to it as a "pathetic lump" that "no one will miss."
- Red Dead Redemption: You can push around John Marston all you want, push around men while John Marston is present, but do NOT and I mean do NOT threaten John Marston's family or a defenseless woman. He will not hesitate to put a bullet in your skull for that woman's sake.
- Ada Wong or in actuality, Carla Radames is Chris Redfield's button in Resident Evil 6.
- RosenkreuzStilette has Zorne Sepperin, who is willing to mop the floor with anyone who hits her Berserk Button by either calling her a Baka or messing with Father.
Zorne: Tia! Don't think I'll go easy on you if you get in Father's way!
Zorne: What!? Who are you calling an idiot!? Damn it! I won't let you get away with that!
- Zorne will even go berserk on anyone who has defeated Trau, accusing them of brainwashing her.
Zorne: About time you showed up, Grolla! If it weren't for you, Trau would still be a part of RKS! You're gonna pay for that!
- Whatever you do, don't humiliate Zorne, unless you want her close friend Trauare Wrede to come at you with her Chaos Spear Leviathan and "seal that impudent mouth of yours once and for all."
Trauare: Grolla... it looks like Zorne was no match for you. I'll have to take this seriously, then.
- Also, there's Grolla Seyfarth, who will stop at nothing to bathe Grollschwert's blade in the blood of anyone who presses her Berserk Button in any way. For example, if her friend Sichte has already been defeated, Grolla threatens to cut Tia down as punishment for Sichte's defeat.
Grolla: Still your tongue! I shall cut you down, here and now! My time will not be wasted on the words of the Empire's lapdog!
Lilli: Hey! Tia's doing what she thinks is right! The Empire's got nothing to do with it!
Spiritia: Grolla, I'm not siding with the Empire. Even so, there's got to be a better way to make everyone happy...
Grolla: Silence, traitor! Grollschwert's blade shall be bathed in your blood!
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, Tia's Berserk Button gets pressed when Grolla speaks of killing Iris.
Spiritia: ...I can't let you do that!
Grolla: Hmph. I knew it would come to this. I have always desired a serious match with you. This may just be the perfect opportunity.
Spiritia: I won't let anyone hurt Iris... and I don't want you carrying that sin! I'll stop you if it takes everything I've got!
Grolla: So be it. Come at me with all you have, Spiritia!
- Telling from her quote in her profile, Dolis Warmind doesn't take too well to being called small.
Dolis: Hey! Don't call me small!
- This is indeed proven true during the encounter with her in Freudenstachel, where Strudel just happens to "use the taboo" of calling her small as she says it, which causes her to go ballistic just before the battle starts.
- Iris reacts rather badly when Grolla says, "I don't care if you're a God, a human, or even an insect — I will rip you apart just the same."
Iris: You pompous maggot...! I shall show you the limits of a commoner!
- Iris also doesn't take too well to any interference with her plans.
- Rink Refraktia also has a Berserk Button that will be pressed if anyone threatens her twin sister Lecht in any way, leading her to stop at nothing to remove the threat.
- Zorne will even go berserk on anyone who has defeated Trau, accusing them of brainwashing her.
- Rule of Rose: Hurt Jennifer's loyal Canine Companion Brown and you'll regret it. And this from a girl who, until this point, used to faint over the smallest things.
- Saints Row 1: Never betray the Boss. You can be an undercover cop or a snitch. But try to betray the Boss and you will not live to regret it.
Boss (Male Voice 3): "Zinyak ruined Biz Markie!"Pierce: "Man, I can't wait to kill that bitch!"
- For that matter, don't think of touching any Saint's lieutenants or their friends either. The Boss thrives on Disproportionate Retribution, which drives much of the plot of Saints Row 2.
- The Boss and Pierce share a Berserk Button in Saints Row IV: when Zinyak interrupts their sing-along to Biz Markie's "Just a Friend".
- Killbane from Saints Row: The Third has a deliberately petty one: using his real name. Kiki DeWynter does it, and he snaps her neck one-handed in an act of spectacular Disproportionate Retribution.
- Phillipe Loren from the same game hates being called French, as he's actually Belgian. He lets the Saints off with a simple correction the first time, but when Johnny Gat does it a second time, he responds with Tranquil Fury that he is going to cut that disrespectful tongue out of his mouth.
- While Mitsunari of Sengoku Basara is always some form of pissed off, insulting his precious Lord Hideyoshi, allying with Ieyasu, or worse, the act of betraying him redirects all of his rage towards you for the moment before going back to Ieyasu.
- Don't ever think that you can bring harm to Masamune while Kojuro is around if you don't want to take a Narukami to the face. Just a warning - Kojuro can be a lot more brutal.
- Since Masamune only has one eye, his right side in particular is a blind spot. But since Kojuro acts as his right eye, it's never posed a problem to him. Except when he's absent and you're fighting someone who is willing to take advantage of that. You probably shouldn't though, or else he'll go straight into War Dance mode in a rage and slice you to pieces.
- Don't betray Mitsunari while his Co-Dragons Yoshitsugu or Sakon are around. Yoshitsugu will shift all his hatred for humanity on you for the time being while Sakon pounds you into stew with his boots.
- Judge Motonari on how he conducts himself plans or otherwise, or even imply that he will amount to nothing in the eyes of everyone and he really WILL lose it. Motochika is already a hothead to begin with, but his crew are like brothers to him and be assured that you will die if you dare kill them. Motonari and Yoshitsugu just happened to hit that button VERY hard by planning the massacre of Shikoku, and when Motochika finds out that it was their doing in his green path not even Motonari having his button stepped on by Motochika in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech could save him from Motochika's rage.
- Keiji is a nice guy until you threaten Toshiie or Matsu, in which case he drops the smile and batters to paste. A button that only Hideyoshi has the means to press is handwaving Nene's death as a trivial matter. Hideyoshi found out the result of pressing that button the hard way.
- Magoichi's button is one Oda Nobunaga, who killed her mentor, the former Magoichi. Her usual cool-headed personality completely goes up in flames if he's within her vicinity, and she'll stop at nothing to put a bullet through his head.
- Kasuga is wildly in love with her master Kenshin. Hurt him and get a kunai to the neck. Kill him and you'll incur wrath vicious enough to even take Mitsunari aback.
- Yoshiteru, despite having a generally cheerful and charismatic personality, isn't much in the way of having any True Companions, and on the inside is harbouring a deep feeling of loneliness and isolation that he'll never outwardly show. If you see through that and even go as far as saying that you understand how he feels, you'll be triggering the anger of the most powerful man in Japan, which to be frank isn't the wisest choice.
- Be Masamune or Kenshin and Matabei will exhibit the full extent of his sadism in making sure that you die as slowly and painfully as possible.
- Men in general are this to Naotora, unless you're Ieyasu, Tadakatsu, Keiji or Toshiie. Takeda Shingen pisses her off especially.
- This is a key element of demon conversations in Shin Megami Tensei games. Making wrongful conversation choices can cause the demon to do anything from ending the conversation, to leaving in disgust, to outright getting a free attack.
- In Sickness, Karasu seems to have one for people talking badly about Suoh. She kills one guy, and almost kills another for it.
- As revealed in Dummied Out content in Silent Hill: Homecoming (around 7:08), don't ever tell Walter that his mother is not Apartment 302. For those of you who aren't willing to watch the video, the psychiatrist has to call for help because Walter, as a child, is attacking him.
- Sly Cooper:
- If you don't want "The Murray" to floss his teeth with your spine, never hurt his friends.
- Do not tell Dimitri his suit sucks. Ever.
- Never tell Bentley that you think turtles are "stew-pid".
- Never try to steal from the shopkeepers in Spelunky. They can kick your ass - in spite of their age. This is an obvious example of the fact they are Made of Iron.
- The titular Spooky from Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion is a Cute Ghost Girl, but she despises being called cute. In fact the reason she built the mansion, captured monsters and lured people inside to die is so she could build a ghost army and take over the world so people will stop calling her cute.
- Within the limits of a child friendly game, Spyro the Dragon tends to get rather vicious if you hurt his friends in front of him.
- Likewise Mega Man Geo-Omega from Mega Man Star Force is the same way as Hollow found out the hard way when he tricked Harp Note to turn against Geo-Omega and then again in when Joker decided to datafy Luna in the third game. Needless to say, the result wasn't pretty.
- It is a bad idea to try to hurt Lan in the presence of Mega Man.EXE, as the darkloids found out the hard way as he rips Shademan.EXE to shreds and then he tries to strangle his dark counterpart.
- The Orz in Star Control will get angry and attack you for asking too much about the Androsynth.
- Orz captain: Nnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is dancing!!!!
- Pointing out to the proudly evil Ilwrath that since their culture accepts evil, they are in fact good drives them berserk on the grounds that you're being annoying.
- Ever since the Utwig broke their civilization-driving artifact by accident, they've been touchy about the issue. They've been almost suicidally depressed as a whole ever since, and have given it away to their allies so they wouldn't have to see their precious artifact damaged like that. Take it and show it to them in its damaged form, and they will get so pissed at the "deliberate reminder of our ultimate failure" that the only way to stop them from killing you is to fix it yourself.
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords:
- A utility droid has a "short man's complex."
- Atton doesn't take it well when people try to get inside his head.
- While Ryu from Street Fighter isn't exactly a social person and primarily fights to test himself against the strongest opponents he can, he does have close friends and allies, who are not to be harmed in front of him. Seeing Bison injure Sakura in Alpha 3 was a trigger strong enough to snap Ryu out of a Brainwashed and Crazy state, and Crimson Viper found this out the hard way as well in The Ties That Bind when she not only kidnapped the wife of Ryu's best friend Ken, but also tortured Cammy to nmear death in front of him, Ken and Sakura —— the already stressed Ryu almost gave into the Satsui no Hadou out of anger. It took Sakura a Cooldown Hug to bring him back to sanity.
El Fuerte: "Lay off the mask, amigo! I'll show you!"
- Similarly, you do not harm children in front of one Chun-Li. Specially pre-teen or teenage girls. Witnessing the horrible effect that Bison's brainwashing brought to Cammy and the Dolls in Street Fighter Alpha and having one of her adopted daughters kidnapped in Third Strike sent this Action Girl into an utter rage.
- Also, if you harm any of the Dolls — Hell hath no fury like a Cammy scorned. She ain't pleased if you harm her other friends or threaten her, either.
- Please don't be a threat to the security of either Hong Kong or Shanghai. Neither Yun nor Yang will have mercy on you.
- Vega will go absolutely BATSHIT if his beautiful face is ever touched, double if you damage it, and triple if the one who damaged it was a young woman. In the Animated Movie, Vega threatened to kill Chun-Li after she repelled his attacks and rearranged his face with her foot. In the comics, he went straight into kill mode when Eliza (then Ken's fiancée) so much as slapped him in the face (she's not a fighter like Chun-Li). If it wasn't for Ken arriving just in time, she'd have been torn to shreds.
- Are you dumb enough to mock/question El Fuerte's Cool Mask? Or his cooking skills? Or his idol Rainbow Mika? Um, he may be a Joke Character, but it doesn't mean he won't try hurting you with a certain "infinite combo"...
- And in the case of Adon... don't be Sagat.
- The Suffering: Do not threaten Torque's children. Do not claim to have sold drugs to them - not even as a joke. And never, ever, suggest that Torque wasn't their father. Yeah, the blood still hasn't washed off the barroom floor, either.
- Do not refer to Suikoden I's Ronnie Bell as "Giant Woman." She will beat your ass to a bloody pulp.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Luigi has one: Don't make fun of his mustache, don't call him a pushover, and, if you value your life, do not call him a pushover and make fun of his mustache. The only person who dared to do both was a psychotic jester who could warp time and space. His game is over. Luigi was the one person in the party who didn't help end his game, for obvious reasons.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a very interesting one: Do not mess with the Gamecube/Wii clock. Lucky, a Bob-Omb who runs the Happy Lucky Lottery, will almost give you a Game Over if you do it once because the Lottery runs on the console's clock, but if you want to continue playing, you need to pay 500 Coins. Do it again... well, Lucky warned you.
- Also, don't read the Toad Ghost's diary in that game. If you do, it pisses him off so much it's a Non Standard Game Over!
- A slightly less berserk example, but Wigglers tend to get really pissed when you jump on their heads. They get a entire level in Something Else called Wigglers' Dwelling.
- Super Paper Mario revealed Princess Peach's berserk button: mocking her eternal Damsel in Distress status. Even Mario and Luigi were afraid of her after Mimi pressed it.
- Broque Monsieur from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story hates people who hit ? Blocks and turn them brown, as he believes this decreases their value. Because Mario and Luigi are famous for doing this, he refuses to service them in his store and will tell them to leave and not return (before apologizing in the very next sentence). He mellows out towards them in Dream Team, but he still tells others he thinks they're crazy behind their backs.
- Narcis Prince in Super Punch Out!! admires his face a ton. If you even punch his beautiful face once, he'll get pissed off and will become more aggressive with his attacks. His berserk button is turned off if you manage to knock him down.
- Aran Ryan will go berserk on you if you hit him with a super punch...however, this also presents an opportunity to trap him in a loop that leads to a guaranteed TKO.
- In the Wii Punch-Out!!, punching Soda Popinski's bottle out of his hand or nailing him with a Star Punch makes him go into an uppercut frenzy. Don Flamenco, meanwhile, flips out (read: stops taunting you and goes into an endless attack string) should you knock off his toupee.
- In the WiiWare game, Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, Doc Louis works almost the same way as Soda Popinski. Midway through the Sparring match, he will bring out a chocolate bar. If you let him eat it, he will restore all his stamina. If you manage to knock it off his hands, not only will it bring a very humorous warning by the WVBA, followed by Little Mac's humorous reaction when Doc Louis rips off his shirt, revealing a leopard sweater, but his speed is doubled, and STILL gets to unavoidably eat another chocolate bar.
- 3 obvious berserk buttons were pressed by beating Don Flamenco, Super Macho Man, & Mr. Sandman. Don tore up a poster of Little Mac before lifting weights. Super Macho Man put a Little Mac poster on the punching bag he was using after seeing his babes, paparazzi, & other media start surrounding Little Mac. Mr. Sandman.....well just ask the rubble of the building that he destroyed with his bare damn hands after he saw Little Mac's facial poster on it!
- In Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, every faction under the AI has something that will drastically increase the chance of them declaring Vendetta against you - namely, picking a government or economic model or virtue that goes against their ideology.
- For the Peacekeepers or Data Angels, it's picking any government type besides Democracy. Justifications: "You're violating human rights!" and "It's an insult to personal freedom!", respectively.
- For the Gaians or the Cult of Planet, it's using any economic model except Green. Justifications: "Your insensitivity to the environment is troubling." and "Your insensitivity to the environment is sacrilegious!" (the Cult are far more irritated and militant about it than the relatively pacifistic Gaians)
- For the Spartans and the Pirates, it's using any value except Power. Justifications: "You're secretly researching something really nasty, aren't you?" (contra Knowledge) and "Your pursuit of Wealth is fat and weak!" (contra Wealth).
- For the Believers, it's using any government except Fundamentalist. Justifications: "You're disobeying the will of God!"
- For the University, it's using any value except Knowledge. Justifications: "I find your pursuit of wealth/power irrational and stifling to science."
- For the Human Hive, it's using any government except Police State. Justifications: "Running a state according to religious principles is stupid." (contra Fundamentalist) and "You really expect the people to maintain an ordered society?" (contra Democracy)
- For Morgan Industries, it's using any economic system except Free Market. Justification: "You are stifling the market with your socialist policies!" note
- For the Cybernetic Consciousness, using any future society except Cybernetic. Justification: "Anything else would be completely irrational."
- For the Free Drones, it's using any economic model except Eudaimonic. Justification: "Your blue sky solutions will not improve living conditions for the common man!" This applies to everyone, especially Green economics.
- For both of the two Progenitor factions, just the other faction being present is a massive Berserk Button. Unlike the human factions who can overlook the ideological differences of their rivals for pragmatic reasons such as global politics, good trade relations, technology-sharing, one faction being insignificant to another due to distance or vast difference in relative strengths, the rivalry between the Progenitors is hard-coded into their AI. They will never stop fighting, and they will fight to the last bullet. Humans can trigger another Berserk Button for the Progenitor Caretakers by trying for the Transcendence victory, and you can't make peace with them unless you immediately cancel the project or complete it (then it doesn't matter because you've won).
- Using a Planet Buster, basically a futuristic nuke, will cause every other faction to declare Vendetta against you irrespective of past standing. You will be booted out of the Planetary council and there will be no way to negotiate peace. If you wanna use a Planet Buster, you better have enough to wipe everybody out.
- In Strawberry Vinegar, We discover Licia's when Rie pretends to be eating her breakfast in order to wake her up.
Licia: NOOOO! GIVE ME BACK MY TOFU, YOU MONSTER! I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL REALLY KILL YOU!
- In the Super Robot Wars Z series, Queennote laments the tranquility of the days long past. She despises the pluralized world, and as he's the proximate cause of it, she reserves a special contempt for Kei. But she would prefer not to see him in the hands of Sidereal, so she gives Z-BLUE another piece of intel: the location of his partner, Orson.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary Adventure Mode, the plot diverges slightly based on player action in the first stage, which determines which of the game's two resident princesses is initially captured by the baddies. The one who escapes is later believed by her corresponding hero to have been assaulted by allies. The batshit rage which results from this erroneous belief indicates that for Mario, endangering Princess Peach presses his Berserk Button; to press Link's, endanger Princess Zelda. The latter is confirmed in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and even earlier in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- If Little Mac's trailer is any indication, one shouldn't draw too much attention to his height, lest you're looking to get your liver liquified by a single punch.
- Velvet Crowe of Tales of Berseria starts to lose it when she hears people praising Artorius (who she wants dead for murdering her brother) for his actions in the past. If she keeps hearing the praises even longer, she's liable to go berserk. She also brutally kicked Oscar into a wall when he tried to justify turning a child into a therion (a daemon like the one Velvet was turned into) to Eleanor under claims it was for the greater good.
- Rogurou Rangetsu cannot stand to lose to his brother and archrival Shigure, and hates it when fighting him doesn't give him clear progress.
- Eizen's berserk button is the Abbey's practice of robbing Malakhim of their free will, which flies in the face of his entire philosophy involving people finding their own paths. He is positively livid during one sidequest that involves the group finding an experimental malak made from combining multiple mindless malakhim into one giant monster head.
- Barbatos Goetia from Tales of Destiny 2 is already batshit insane from the start, but there are some ways to make him even crazier... Cast a spell in front of him? No, not that, he may counter immediately with a spell, but he still keeps his tone to usual... but use an item in front of him, and he'll charge over (Or even teleport in some games), grab you, slam you, stomp you, and slash you while emitting a spectacularly badass scream of "NO. ITEMS. EVEEEERRRRR!!!!!". Even more in the Japanese version, since he got Norio Wakamoto as his seiyuu.
- Tales of Symphonia:
- Raine, despite her normally rather cynical and sensible behaviour, has archaeological mania. Woe betide anyone who disparages or harms any ruins in her presence.
- It is usually a very, very, very bad idea to intentionally harm Colette or Sheena if Lloyd is present.
- Or to speak ill of Lloyd's mother Anna.
- Don't insult Alicia in front of Presea, unless you want her axe embedded in you.
- In the same game, if you call Cruxis's leader, Lord Yggdrasil Mithos,yes, the one from the Kharlan war and you were not one of his old, OLD companions, prepare to get brutally killed by a ball of mana. Just look at what happened to Pronyma.
- And, as Kvar found out the hard way, do not refer to humans as "inferior beings" when Kratos is around. Kratos' rage was fueled even further when Kvar insulted his dead wife, Anna.
- Rita from Tales of Vesperia isn't exactly the nicest person to begin with, but she has an especially strong hatred of people who destroy blastia (At least until she finds out they're slowly killing the world). She also hates perverts, if her frequent abuse of Raven is anything to go by. He'd probably be dead if she had found out he peeped on her and the other girls while they were at a hot spring...
- Team Fortress 2: Never, under any circumstances, are you to touch The Heavy's gun. Ever.
- HWG seems to have several berserk buttons, actually. According to his bio, anyone who disturbs his calm demeanor is likely to be torn limb from limb, and violence in general changes him from Gentle Giant to Psycho for Hire.
- And don't kill his medic. This one in canon comics got Classic Heavy beaten to near-death, with Heavy deciding to sit down and watch him die the rest of the way.
- Also, never tell the Soldier that he isn't technically a real soldier. He would even kill his best friend over it. Check here.
- The Pyro perceives existence as a Sugar Bowl and their actions as bringing peace and love. However, one of the few things to show the Pyro genuinely enraged is the suggestion that fire could ever be bad. Also bears, by extension (they perceive them as Smokey Bear).
- Time Crisis 4 has Captain William Rush, who is so full of Patriotic Fervor that he gets extremely angry at those who try to betray and commit acts of terrorism against the United States, especially if it's an entire company of the U.S. military doing it. You get to see Rush really at it when he wrestles Jack Mathers, the Stage 2 boss:
Captain Rush: "You...YOU'RE A DISGRACE TO YOUR COUNTRY! YOU TOOK AN OATH OF LOYALTY TO YOUR COUNTRY!"
- In the Tokimeki Memorial series, if you don't wanna by hated and / or severely maimed, avoid at all costs pressing the following Berserk Buttons with the following people:
- Shiori Fujisaki: Telling her she's sexy (she doesn't want to be seen as a sex object).
- Yumi Saotome: Telling her she's cute (she wants people to see her as an adult).
- Kotoko Minaduki: Talking or showing her anything related foreign culture, especially curry (she's passionate about traditional Japanese culture). Also, doing anything that could hurt her best friend Hikari.
- Homura Akai: Calling her with the wrong honorifics, AND calling the school headmaster "Kazumi-chan" (she's best friends with him, and she wants to be the only one to call him like this).
- Wataru Hibiya: Calling him "bouzu" or "kouzu" (aka "kid" — he wants people to see him as a man).
- Ikkaku Amanohashi: Calling him "oochan" (aka "gramps").
- Cirno, the resident ditzy ice fairy, reacts rather badly to anyone who calls her an idiot (she is, after all, the strongest).
- Mystia, the "night sparrow" youkai, gets frightened or angry when someone talks about grilled/fried chicken around her.
- Tenshi reacts rather badly to anyone belittling her abilities, which involve beam spamming and Earth-based attacks.
- Ran Yakumo does not take kindly at all to anyone who messes with her shikigami Chen, as your player character finds out the hard way in the Extra Stage of Perfect Cherry Blossom.
- Tenshi has a habit of pressing most people's berserk buttons, usually intentionally. As one notable example, Komachi finally loses her cool when she finds out that Tenshi had been the person murdering the ghosts. While she doesn't lash out angrily, Komachi's behavior at the time is completely different from her normal calm, carefree, and somewhat lazy attitude. She even considers switching jobs so that the collection of souls (specifically, Tenshi's) falls within her jurisdiction.
- Yuuka Kazami is incredibly old and powerful even by Gensoukyou standards, but is more concerned with her flowers than fighting, and takes pride in being civil and courteous. Those who mess with her flowers, however, have a tendency to never be seen again.
- The fandom in general has one in the form of the question "What anime is this?" It's because they hear it all the damned time, and most are rather sick of having to explain things over and over again.
- In True Love Junai Monogatari, we have several:
- The Player Character detests any mistreatment of women. It goes double when said mistreatment includes outright violence, whether psychological/physical/sexual: he can be seen either angrily calling out Ryouko's brother when he finds out how controlling he is to his sister, screaming and swearing at Mikazaki-sensei when he abducts Mayumi to sexually abuse her, straightforwardly attacking Remi's kidnapper despite said kidnapper being armed with a prop gun or kicking out Toshio from his doorstep when he intends to see if he's got a girl in there (he does, but said girl's in the shower after she got caught in a huge downpour and Toshio's known for being The Casanova).
- Mikae, the local Tsundere, has some of her own too. First, don't blow her off if she comes to talk to you. Two, don't miss your date in August. Third, and the most important one... NEVER go out on a second date with Remi (whether it ends in Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex or not) and then go out with her on her birthday.
- While all the girls get upset if you miss your dates with them, the usually sweet and kind Miyuki will be especially angry. i.e., Mikae may give you a second chance in regards to you forgetting her August outing — this girl won't.
- Yumi does NOT like it when her students are slackers, and double if it's the MC. And even worse: NO ONE should ever harm said students, whether it's Mayumi or the MC or anyone else.
- Part of the challenge of The Ultimate Haunted House is figuring out which items anger which inhabitants of the house.
- Byron Price, the child, doesn't like the dart, as it makes him a violent person.
- Countess Vena Cava, the vampiress, doesn't like the mirror, as she cannot see her reflection in them. She will break them and give you bad luck.
- Dr. Synthesis doesn't like "lower order life forms" such as animals or the young blob creature, since he finds them useless.
- Herbert and Chauncey the two-headed monster likes disgusting things to eat, but there are things even they won't eat, punctuated with a "EYYYYYUCK!"
- Frankenstein doesn't like fragile objects, as it is too clumsy and will end up breaking them.
- The house itself doesn't like when people break things or torment the inhabitants, and making the house angry has some dangerous side-effects.
- In Tyranny, you can Death Glare at many characters, most of whom will be intimidated by the result. But Tunon, the Archon of Law is completely unimpressed, and in fact finds your attempt at stoic, intimidating silence infuriating. It's the surest way to earn his Wrath, and the surest way to invite Tranquil Fury punctuated by mocking snark.
- Papyrus of Undertale is normally a Nice Guy, if one with a big ego, but tell puns around him and he goes into a childish fit. Even if he's smiling.
- In Valkyria Chronicles, resident Nice Guy Welkin Gunther has one when he found out that Faldio shot and nearly killed Alicia.
- In Wet, the main trigger for Rubi's Rage Mode is getting blood on her face. When that happens, it's not going to be pretty for anyone in her general vicinity.
- Wildstar: the Aurin like nature, and would very much appreciate that you don't mess with it (especially their trees). Otherwise, they will gut you.
- The Witcher: For a Knight in Sour Armor, Geralt of Rivia is extremely chivalrous when it comes to women. So when in the third game he meets Whoreson Junior, a crime boss who brutally tortures and kills prostitutes and then defiles their bodies, Geralt relentlessly beats the man to within an inch of his life and menacingly explains that he has zero patience for him; one wrong move would make Geralt boil over proper. Considering Geralt's personality, the scene is an extremely awesome example of Not So Stoic.
- Wolfenstein: The New Order: J explains that he had very little sympathy for the fall of America because of the racism in society at the time. As far as he's concerned, the white American government was little different from the Nazis themselves. Blazkowicz, who fucking despises Nazis and has recently woken up to his worst nightmare, does not appreciate the comparison. At all.
- Blazkowicz also reacts very poorly to seeing a Nazi tattoo on Klaus, who is actually a defector.
- The World Ends with You: Say 'Daisukenojo Bito' in front of Beat. I dare you. Getting whacked to death with a skateboard is the very least of your worries!
- World of Warcraft — Warning: Activating Mimiron's lab's Self-Destruct Mechanism makes him angry. You won't like him when he's angry. (You may on the other hand like his loot.)
- And destroying XT-002's Heart is generally foolish as well.
- Do not threaten Genn Greymane's family. Ever. He will EAT YOU.
- The normally calm and mellow Big Good Tirion Fordring will flip out if you so much as mention anything negative about his dead son. He violently one-shot the (powerful) man who killed his son. Just leave Tirion's family alone if you value your life.
- Garrosh Hellscream lives up to the 'Hell' in his name if you mock his father, as Taran Zhu found out the hard way. In World of Warcraft, insulting or threatening anyone's family is a surefire ticket to a maiming or an early death.
- In the same vein, DO NOT call Garrosh a disappointment. It will cause him to turn crazy and evil in an attempt to live up to his father, which just causes him to get called a disappointment even more, ironically.
- Thrall. Threaten ANYONE he cares about, human, dragon, especially his wife and son, ANYONE, and he will end you. Even without a weapon. As the Earth Warder and Master of Elements, his weapons are everywhere, Doomhammer be damned. This is how Garrosh met his end. Thrall summoned a massive hand of rock and crushed him to death. And Thrall was HOLDING BACK the entire time.
- Never call the main character of Witchhunt a witch. In fact even the stat screen covers over the 'W' in skills like 'witchcraft' and words like 'switch'
- That poor poor goblin that offered the other goblins a sandwich, after her warning about the word witch.
- X-Universe: Threaten the Argon way of life. Go ahead, doesn't matter how. Normally they're content to be a mild Proud Merchant Race, but threaten their way of life and you'll be on the receiving end of a Guilt-Free Extermination War. As the Terrans learn to their cost in X3: Albion Prelude.
- Kazuma Kiryu, of Yakuza fame, is a scary and imposing man, but won't go out of his way to hurt anyone. That is, unless they harm a child, particularly one under his care, in which case, he will beat the living snot out of you. Worse still: if you harm his foster niece Haruka, he will straight-up murder you.
- In Zanac, DO NOT pick up Weapon 2, the shield subweapon, otherwise the System (aka the game's Dynamic Difficulty) will go berserk and immediately send out reinforcements.