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When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage, you've hit his Berserk Button.

  • Ed Reardon, due to his Grammar Nazi tendencies, tends to fly into a rage when he sees multiple consecutive exclamation marks, improperly-constructed plurals, and so forth.
  • In The Men from the Ministry Sir Gregory's face apparently goes immediately purple whenever Lennox-Brown's name is mentioned, and whenever Lamb's name is mentioned it goes green.
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  • For the love of all that is holy, please do not mention someone stealing his act to Howard Stern. We only get to hear the man for an average of five hours a day, and no one needs to hear four hours and 59 minutes of microphones being snapped in half.
  • Stu from Stus Show has many, including Live-Action Adaptations of classic cartoons, Celebrity Voice Actors, and low-quality DVD releases.
  • Adam Carolla, best known for his podcast The Adam Carolla Show, has several:
    • Flavoring various things with "passion fruit" that don't need it. A variation is finding a regularly flavored iced tea drink at ALL, as most nowadays are flavored with something (passion fruit being his biggest offender).
    • People who bring their dogs everywhere with them. Especially if they bring them on a plane under the guise of "emotional companion."
    • Cops who seem to exist only to give out "chicken shit tickets" instead of going out and fighting real crime.
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    • LA being a shithole.
    • Billboards, PSA's, etc. telling people to do things that everyone already does or is such common sense that Adam views them as pointless. These include Click-It-Or-Ticket (pointing out that every car in the last few decades have audible seatbelt warnings that can't be turned off unless you put it on), boating safety stuff (IE, how many people boat that we need this), being a "hero" by finishing high school or not being an absentee father.
    • His family's complete indifference to his success, particularly his mother and father.
    • Restaurants that are otherwise normal, nice sit down places, but inexplicably have loud dance music playing.
    • School breakfast programs. He thinks the cost of providing your own kids breakfast is so low even the poorest families can manage it.
    • Spelling his last name incorrectly. Mostly because IT'S NOT THAT HARD TO GOOGLE THE CORRECT SPELLING. He's seen it misspelled in different ways in the SAME article. Ironically, the Canadian label for his Mangria bottle ALSO manages to misspell his name once, despite having it correct in two other instances.
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    • People who take their shoes off in public places like airplanes and restaurants.
    • Recently, patent trolls. He is currently being sued by one, which he claims has no real merit, and has started a crowd funded legal defense fund to fight them.
  • Arthur Shappey in Cabin Pressure is The Pollyanna, who almost never has a bad word to say about anyone (the worst he can say about his terrible father is that he's "not brilliant"). In the episode "Helsinki" he tries to reunite his mother with her sister Ruth, who spends the entire episode psychologically demolishing her. When Carolyn is reduced to tears, Arthur flips out for the first time ever.
    Arthur: Shut up, you horrible aunt!
  • This rant. Be VERY careful when mentioning ranch dressing.
  • Dead Ringers: After being put in charge of The Jeremy Kyle Show, Penelope Wilton tries to run it as a kinder, gentler program, scolding the audience for calling the participants scum. Then she finds out the people she's interviewing don't like tea. That changes her tune.
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme:
    • One sketch has a man getting very upset by people calling themselves geeks when they are not intensely geeky. As it goes on, it becomes clear it's because of childhood bullying by people who are now "fake geeks".
    • The song "Put It On a Plate" is one where the response comes in musical form. It's about a man demanding restaurants just put their damn food on plates.
    • One Storyteller sketch has his commissioned by the British government to put Queen Victoria's brain in a robot body, though he warns a brain detached from body and soul will become dehumanised to the point of monstrousness. Sure enough, seconds after being switched on, Robo-Vic sees the masses of London mourning, and gets upset because they weren't as sad about the death of Albert. She promptly incinerates the lot of them all (the Storyteller having equipped her with many deadly weapons to "enhance her imperial majesty") and stalks off into the night.

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