Berserk Button: Web Comics

When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage, you've hit his Berserk Button.
  • Loretta is actually a fairly kind person, though not unreasonably so. If you so much as scratch one of her swords, though...
  • Don't try to serve Axe Cop a birthday cake without a candle of him on top. Especially when he's just got a tornado gun as a present.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl, Don't abuse/insult a girl in front of Abbey, unless you want a face full of fists.
    • If the Confrontation chapter was any indication, Mike can be this way.
    • Don't be too flirty about Mike near Lucy.
    • This could be a bad sign.
    • Jess hates it when other people defend/are nice to Tess. For example, when Daisy tells her to back off and leave Tess alone, she bitterly barks at her to "shut the fuck up". She later punches Lucy when the latter calls her out for trying to manipulate Paulo to dump Tess. This turns out to be semi justified, as Tess ruined her life in the past.
  • Do NOT call Hester from Blip the H-word. She will kill you.
  • Bob and George Do not speak against ice cream.
  • Don't ever call Buck Godot "butterball". The crew for X-tel Shipping... really shouldn't have.
  • In the webcomic Buzz Boy, it would definately be in your best interest not to call Becca a sidekick.
  • ''Nobody'' touches Ginsha but the Master
  • In The Cobra Days, the Sorrow really doesn't like it if anyone suggests that one shouldn't mourn the dead.
  • Several College Roomies From Hell characters have Berserk Buttons, but the most dangerous is Marsha's. She will try to kill any of her ex-boyfriends on sight — and God help her current boyfriend if she gets it in her head that he's cheating.
  • In Commander Kitty, CK learns the hard way that you do not call Nin Wah "Lefty".
  • The bartender in Corner Alley 13 does not take it kindly if he's called an ogre. He's actually only half-ogre.
  • Skoll of Cry Havoc attempts to perform .45 calibure dentistry on her superior officer after he calls her a 'mutt'.
  • Cucumber Quest has Peridot and her name getting mispronounced.
  • Jasmine apparently has more than one. (Although, the second/third one might be leftoves of the first.)
  • In Dubious Company, never, ever call Phred predictable. He will remake reality just to screw you over in a way you never thought possible.
  • In this strip from El Goonish Shive, we see Nanase push her own Berserk Button.
    commentary: Did you know that the perceived misappropriation of religious symbols and icons can really cheese people off?
    • Justin has one in regards to his ex-girlfriend who accidentally outed him as gay and then went Stalker with a Crush on him.
    • Chaos generally refuses to interfere with anything, both because she's not allowed to and because its more fun that way. When someone hurt her son though, not only did she do everything in her power to get him killed, but she then decided to destroy the world and remake it into something her son would be more comfortable with. She hasn't quite managed that yet, but her son is quite justifiably freaking out.
  • Everyday Heroes has Violet Klein (aka "Shrinking Violent") who is sensitive about the size of her nose. If anyone bumps into it, she undergoes a transformation parodying The Incredible Hulk only in reverse. She shrinks down from 7'2" to 2'7" and goes violent until someone can bring her candy to binge on. This returns her to her normal state but is dangerous, because she's diabetic and could die from the sugar rush.
  • In Exterminatus Now, Lothar - who's pretty damn Badass to begin with - goes into berserk mode when his hat is destroyed. Trying to take his coffee away from him gets a similar reaction from Eastwood.
  • In Fanboys Lemmy goes into a berserker rage (complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom) whenever someone says that "Nintendo is kiddy"; his roommate Paul has used this as a Manchurian Candidate-style trigger on more than one occasion.
  • In Fite!, the normally calm-to-the-point-of-bored Ricci goes completely nuts whenever anyone even mentions Lucco.
  • The Fox Sister: Yun Hee is very serious in her faith and really dislikes it if her religion is treated like some sort of ren-fair novelty.
  • Friendly Hostility: "Fox" Maharassa, when still a minor character in Boy Meets Boy, was demonstrated to react violently to being called by his actual name ("Kailen").
    "The last guy who used the K-name was stripped naked, tied to a chair, and whipped-creamed..."
    "I've been through worse."
    "... then he was wheeled into a Jennifer Lopez concert."
  • The Jaegers of Girl Genius are all very, very fond of their hats (a common Jaeger remark is "Hey, nice hat!") and, apparently, take it badly if the hat is mistreated. When Agatha knocks off Maxim's hat (because he was being rude) he's very much about to flip out... except Agatha is currently in her mad-girl mindset and promptly puts him in his place.
    • When Lars was killed, Agatha flipped out, and if you know she's a girl who can build a Humongous Mecha in her sleep, you'll understand why this is bad.
    • Gil has a button of his own. If you value your face, don't underestimate him.
    • Gil also seems fond of both Agatha and not getting shot.
    • And Airman Higgs does not LIKE seeing Zeetha stabbed through the torso. Do something like that, and you'll find out why they call him "The Unstoppable Higgs."
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Antimony is generally calm and helpful, but when people say bad things about her father she... does not take it especially well. After Sir Eglamore voiced such a notion, she set him up to look as more incompetent and violent than he is before his friends, and added some long-term hostility for good measure. Later, when Renard badmouths her father while berating her about her homework. In a fit of cold fury, she lets slip that Surma never loved him. And continues to twist the knife with a look of vicious glee on her face. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed. (And then Zimmy intentionally used it as a nightmare catapult while in mental contact with Annie. Judging by her face, she didn't expect the "catapult" part to be literal, though. Annie is powerful even when out cold in the infirmary.)
    • For Kat, it's doing anything to hurt Annie, even if it's hurting her feelings. She punched a Psychopomp when she learned that none of them came for Annie's mum, forcing Annie to do it herself. Later she chewed out another Grim Reaper affiliate who snapped at Annie for not doing that job "properly" and told him to get out of his own room... which he did.
  • A good ammount of characters in Heartcore have specific things that pisses them off to no end:
    • Ame will not stand for having her entertainment insulted and she will most likley kill you if you ever harm Suko.
    • Teo will hammer the point in that she doesn't like the fact that she has the smallest breasts in the cast.
    • Volaster will not take it easy if anybody interrupts his stories or claims that Royce doesn't love him. Ame learned it the hard way.
    • Unless you're a masochist like Goristro who likes to get punched in the face, don't call Emerald fat. Also, don't ignore her in favor of Ame.
  • Hanna from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name will have words with you if you mess with Gallahad.
    • As in, he will beat you up.
  • Homestuck: Do not fuck with the mail while the Peregrine Mendicant is around. She doesn't carry around that sword just to look cool.
    • PM also doesn't like seeing her friends killed.
    • Doc Scratch isn't too fond of getting Out-Gambitted by others.
      • He also isn't pleased when his clock gets destroyed, and proceeds to beat the snot out of the culprit.
    • Jack Noir was once forced to try on harlequin outfits by his queen. Within a matter of hours the queen's dead and he's ravaging two universes with powers just short of a god.
      • After Becquerel's self-prototyping, Jack gains all of the "devilbeast's" powers as well as his adoration and loyalty to Jade. Unfortunately for the Courtyard Droll, killing Jade with a shaving cream bomb before Jack's eyes wasn't the best thing he could have done.
    • Sollux doesn't like people trying to get inside his mind. As Clubs Deuce finds out.
    • Rose does not take kindly to John being killed again.
    • Ironically enough, Gamzee's Berserk Button seems to be the "Miracles" music video.
    • There are very few things that can make Dave lose his cool. His sister's life being in danger is one of them.
    • John goes absolutely apeshit in Act 6 when Davesprite mocks his dead father's So Proud of You notes, and starts looking for a hammer.
    • Meenah flips out when she discovers her post-Scratch self was being manipulated by Lord English rather than just rocking out as an evil bitch-empress and begins screaming vows to gild his skull and keep it as a trophy.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Galatea is hardly a model of stability on the best day, but if you value your organs, do not attack a member of her True Companions in her presence. It will not be pretty.
  • Apparently, it's a bad idea to bring up Monopoly to the creators of Irregular Webcomic!.
  • Heartcore: For Ame, her choice of television viewing is serious business. Insult her favorite shows at your own peril.
  • In Knights of Buena Vista, Game Master Walter punished Dick for calling ABBA "the Nickelback of The Seventies".
    Walter: Did you just compare a good band to Nickelback?
  • Please, whatever you do, don't give a gun to Lackadaisy's normally mild-mannered Freckle - unless, you know, you like murderous rampages or something. (He'll be pretty embarrassed about it afterwards, though.)
    • Also, Mordecai was probably planning on killing you anyway, but you just made the last moments of your life so much worse with your blatant disregard for symmetry.
  • In The Last Days of FOXHOUND, whilst Raven's Not Compensating for Anything, claiming he is will often earn you a one way ticket to a world of pain...
    • Mentioning Solid Snake or Liquid's "inferior recessive genes" will throw him into a rage. Weaponized by Psycho Mantis: "If anyone can verbally assault Liquid cruelly enough to save him, I can.''
    • Psycho Mantis has quite a lot of them. Women, sex, stupidity, ghosts, stealing his coffee... For him and Revolver Ocelot, their berserk buttons are each other. Berthold will rip out your lungs if you bother Sniper Wolf. Naomi goes nuts if you say anything bad about Gray Fox. Raven goes nuts if you say anything "racist" around him. Most named characters have berserk buttons.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things:
    • Commander Badass worships Marlon Brando. Literally. And he does not approve of the latter being compared to Chuck Norris.
    • He's also proud of his charcoal and wood-burning abilities, so don't imply that he uses propane.
    • Sten gets irate when the subject of cookies is brought up. Ironically, this doesn't stop him from being obsessed with Cookie Clicker.
    • Kratos has a list of things that aren't Berserk Buttons. Things recently stricken from the list include, but are not limited to: Roombas, LO Lcats, frozen yogurt and bubble tea.
  • Piro from MegaTokyo is a nice, kind, unconfident, and timid American gamer. He can barely handle teenage girls, and has difficulty expressing himself. So go ahead; make the mistake of messing with his friend Largo. No, seriously. I dare you.
    • Oh, and if he's around, try not to bring cameras around Nanasawa, especially if you aim to get upskirt shots. He will not react kindly, and said camera will shortly be pulverised.
    • Ping is usually the nicest and most cheerful member of the cast...but do not call her a sex toy. There's also her crazily violent "rejection" reactions, applied to Largo for humor.
  • Mortifer: Joey Von Krause doesn't take too kindly to anyone doing anything to Kole. Especially having sex with her. Oh, and whatever you do, for the love of god, don't look under his eyepatch.
  • Muh Phoenix: Implying that Namor is homosexual.
    Namor: This is what you get when you provoke my insecurities! Sure I might dress a little provocatively and sure, my hair is always silky and fabulous, but that's no reason to assume anyhting! I'm Namor the womanizer supreme! The prick with a huge dick!
  • Referred to in the Narbonic fanfic "A Brief Moment of Culture":
    There are some things you can't say to people around here without having them come completely unglued. With Helen, it's, "Well, it looks like those fools at the institute were right after all!" All it takes with Dave is, "Bad news, all they had left was menthol." And Mell? Well... "Your weapons are useless against it!"
    • Naturally, Artie doesn't tell us what, if anything, is his own Berserk Button. After all, he is superintelligent.
  • Nerf NOW!! had "Revengineer" story. She was just a level ONE!!!
  • Niels: God help you if you hurt Agent 250 in front of Agent 300.
  • Noblesse Frankenstain has a soft berserk button set off by messes & property damage, & a hard berserk button that goes off if he feels you are disrespecting his master or if you force Raizel to use his powers. Rael's berserk button is anyone but him flirting with Seira. Regis can trigger anyone's berserk button by describing at length how ineligant they are. Lastly the Clan Leaders have a shared berserk button set off when Karias addresses the Lord casually, like calling her "Nunim."
  • In Nodwick, do NOT make Piffany cry: Artax and Yeager will kill you.
  • In the web comic Nosfera, threatening or harming either Nosfera or Grimsworth in the other's presence is a really good way to get yourself killed.
  • DO NOT threaten Nosfera when Grimsworth is around.
  • The Order of the Stick: "YOU BROKE MY SWORD!"
  • Pacificators: Don't call Platoon 113 the Harem Platoon to their faces.
  • In this Penny Arcade strip, Tycho flies into a rage when Gabe insists that Warhammer Online is a ripoff of World of Warcraft.
    • In an earlier strip, Tycho mocks the Star Wars Expanded Universe... and Gabe responds by shoving a book in his mouth and punching it so hard that it rips off the top half of Tycho's head.
    • In this strip, Gabe tells Tycho he's bad at sports and everything else. You won't be seeing Gabe's pelvis again anytime soon.
  • Platypus Comix wrings some Hypocritical Humor out of this concept during a comic where Mulberry Sharona (and eventually, Oprah Winfrey and her followers) go ballistic and bloodthirsty over a comedian who once called women overemotional.
  • Thanatos K'al Hamaad, a renegade drow from Prime of Ambition. An elf tries to kill him on sight? Understandable, old enmity runs deep... barely deserves a comment and only because it helped him to make a point. The guy with whom he's lost in an unknown area seems to hate his guts? Would be curious to guess the reason of such insistence. He is referred to as "it"? Doesn't even roll the eyes. One annoyed threat to "convince" his bird out of silly practical jokes? Announces that messing with her would be a reason enough to kill.
  • In Real Life Comics, the character of Greg Dean owns a replica Master Sword, and while the author Greg Dean owns a number of swords, the Master Sword is not one of them. So don't ask. It's even mentioned in the FAQ!
  • In Reds Planet, stranded on an alien planet, Red finds that even aliens think anyone with red hair gets dubbed Red. She's furious.
  • Referenced in this Rock Paper Cynic comic.
  • Ronin Galaxy takes this trope literally with Ai. Normally a passive computer, goes into attack mode the instant an unidentified person enters the ship.
  • In Rusty and Co., do not knock over the slaad's house of cards.
  • Sakana. If you do something to hurt Jiro or even just talk bad about him, his big brother Taro WILL hurt you. Also, if you mention the fact that Jiro is more successful at being a register worker in front of Yuudai, things will get ugly. Really ugly.
  • Sandra and Woo has some berserk buttons.
  • Scandinavia and the World: No one messes up Sweden's seating plans!
  • Whatever you do, DO NOT MAKE SCARLET CRY.
  • Sinfest
    • Seymour pushes Fuchsia's...and regrets it.
    • And following that, a very understated one for the usually soft-spoken and mild-mannered Criminy here.
    • And then Forky tells Fuchsia someone was hunting it. Things almost got messy.
  • In this strip from Skins Captain Tyr, normally the most restrained of the werewolf soldiers, smashes in a recruit's face for making a crude remark about Jordan, with whom Tyr is deeply in love.
  • In Slightly Damned, Buwaro is the most innocent person in Hell until you take away his star pendant. However we later learn that he was born with (Not So) Unstoppable Rage and the amulet suppresses it thus the trope is actually inverted.
  • Sluggy Freelance
    • Oasis from two of these. Identify yourself as a HeretiCorp employee or the object of Torg's love, and she will kill you painfully. The first is the result of extensive brainwashing, but the second is pure jealousy.
    • Bun-bun the mini-lop can be set off just by being. Period. However, if you really want to make him go so far as to take over a spy organization just to hunt you across half the world so that he can kill you, just mess with his Baywatch tapes. His button was probably pushed and then broken off about the time he was born.
  • One berserk button that steers into major Narm territory is the button for Sonichu's Rosechu: hit her with a pickle, and she'll strip out of her clothes and face rape you. Yes.
  • In Sonic the Comic Online! after the Kane arc mentioning Sonic's name in front of Amy makes her go somewhat ballistic, reapeated firing her crossbow at a target with a picture of Sonic and when she meets Sonic after Kane arc she quickly pulls out a gun on him.
  • In The Specialists, Do not call him Baron Crossbones to his face.
  • Spinnerette: The titular six-armed hero hears cracks about her deodorant bill several times a month and responds with anger when they bring it up, insisting that they should be more original.
    • From the same comic, Tiger has several: being called Black Tiger, implying that his muscles were gained through steroids instead of training and protein shakes, and his blind hatred of Canadians. Though he has gotten better about the last one.
  • In Supernormal Step, Derry, as a Mood-Swinger, gets angry at the mere mention of Henderson Security, but he loses it completely when Fiona mentions that the Hendersons made her an offer, and he gets even angrier when Hall rescues her.
  • Teh Gladiators: For Vallant, threatening Trevor (or Leeroy). For Yolanda, harming Vallant.
  • Thistil Mistil Kistil And Loki thought that because it's his mother's grave, descrecrating it would be all right. . . .
  • In Three Jaguars, coupons for Marketer. A betrayal of the trust between customer and seller.
  • Shiratz in UNA Frontiers really, REALLY didn't like it when his last "owner" in the late pre-Burn era was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. Said persons wound up as barely-recognizable human remains beneath his hooves.
  • In Wapsi Square, Jin went berserk when she caught a rape-in-progress.
  • Waterworks: The protagonist, Connie, is fairly germophobic, and she goes for an off-screen Extreme Melee Revenge after being splashed with what she thinks could be toilet water.
  • Doc from The Whiteboard is a stickler for proper equipment usage, safety, and maintenance. Given some of the inane or outright stupid customer requests he's had to deal with over the years, it's an understandable peeve, but it does seem kinda strange coming from a guy who's shop explodes several times a week. But then again, there's probably a good reason Doc's hobbies haven't killed him yet.
  • xkcd:
  • Yamara as a halfling and thief seems to be accustomed to some people's disdain, but ones who miss her multiclassing while showing it provoke her to make a point. It isn't Unstoppable Rage, but they just earned a ticket to the world of hurt, one way or another.
  • In Zodiac, if you value your health, DO NOT call Taurus fat.
  • When around Fighter of 8-Bit Theater, even if you're a teammate, under no circumstances are you to threaten or even imply that you will, either through action or inaction, bring harm to Black Mage. That would be wrong. Kind of chainsaw wrong.
  • Although used for humor, don't call Centaur Man 'Horsey Man' she will attempt to trample you to death... repeatedly.
  • In this Meme the main character wants to show he's the better man by not beating up a guy, but the moment he mentions his name is a female name, he immediately beats the guy up.
  • Youtuber idol334 note  (aka idol) hates it when she is told to put other things on her hamburger instead of just ketchup.
    idol3341: Lately are more and more idiots in the streets and i was so angry that i draw this with all my fury XD
    • This comic also has idol's many other Berserk Buttons, such as hating the flute. Also, as idol says in one of her facts, don't come near her when she's mad.
  • In [1], [[Video Game/ PaRappa the Rapper Parappa]] flies into a rage when he hears the Donkey Kong Rap, going as far as beating up Diddy Kong for dancing to it.