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  • A few characters from Food for the Gods by Fireaxe, most notably The Black Knight.
  • Manowar's "The Sons of Odin," in a particularly badass part of the song:
    Onward, into the heart of the battle fought the sons of Odin.
    Outnumbered many times, still they fought on.
    Blood poured forth from their wounds deep into the earth.
    Vultures waited for the broken shells that once were bodies.
    But Odin alone would choose the day they would enter Valhalla
    AND IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED HE SENT FORTH UNTO THEM... THE BERSERKER RAGE!
    THEY KILLED MEN AND HORSES ALIKE,
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  • Heather Alexander's "Don't Call My Name In Battle" has a berserker giving some very important advice to his comrades:
    Don't call my name in battle — it's not wise.
    Do not distract me when you see a new soul in these eyes.
    For when the war god fills this flesh I wear,
    I am no more your friend; I am the spirit of the bear.
    Don't call my name in battle — stand away,
    For I will never hear you, but some other creature may.
    It never sees a friend, but only foes.
    Just count the bodies lying where this taken body goes.
    Don't call my name in battle — wait the time,
    Until I fall and rise again with eyes you know are mine.
    And then perhaps we'll rest and talk of home.
    But you'll not be surprised to see how much I walk alone.
  • Brad Neely's Role Play Tournament (Be Aggressive) chronicles how a tabletop RPG player wins a tournament with his berserker-type character. It even goes as far as revealing his self-examination, in that despite his own admission of his lack of self-control, he just goes on punching holes in ships and ripping other characters asunder.
    Mirror, mirror, uh
    Up on the wall, uh
    Who's the baddest motherfucker of them all, uh
    Just like Columbus, uh
    He get the bloodlust, uh
    Just like Columbus he get murderous on purpose
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  • 'Berserker' by Rubén Álvarez (naturally)note .
  • The song "Valhall Awaits Me" by Amon Amarth is all about one.
    "SWORD IN MY HAND!
    AX ON MY SIDE!
    VALHALL AWAITS!
    SOON! I WILL DIE!
    SWORD IN MY HAND!
    AX ON MY SIDE!
    VALHALL AWAITS ME
    WHEN I DIE!
    BEARSKIN ON MY BACK!
    WOLF'S JAW ON MY HEAD!
    VALHALL AWAITS ME
    WHEN I'M DEAD!"
  • Leslie Fish's "The Berserker" is another example of a berserker giving fair warning:
    So leave the devil where it lies
    Cast no blood into my eyes
    And never place my life in threat
    For when the monster comes alive
    If you survive, you won't forget....
    The roar when language falls away
    The vision leached to black and grey
    The speed that makes the wind feel slow
    The strength beyond the bone's design
    These are the signs I too well know....
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  • The titular character in Lord Huron's song "The World Ender":
    "Lord knows I should be pushing daisies
    I was 6 feet down, but something raised me up
    Sent back for to lift my curse
    I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first
    Untied, gonna get little wild
    Go screaming through the dark like a demon child
    Close your eyes now, the light is fading
    And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby"
  • The members of GWAR. A literal one recently joined them.

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