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19th Jun '16 2:01:36 AM jormis29
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* Jack Burton of ''BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is a DeconstructiveParody of this. Burton sports a JamesDean pompadour and drawls like JohnWayne, but lives up to these iconic images of American masculinity with less than perfect aplomb. Overconfident and always slightly behind the information curve, his bombast sometimes pays off, but more often makes him the butt of a slapstick gag. For a light comic performance, KurtRussell walks a very precise tightrope, giving Jack a puppyish quality that redeems his made-in-America arrogance. The audience roots for him to succeed, and to be taken down a peg or two along the way.

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* Jack Burton of ''BigTroubleInLittleChina'' ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is a DeconstructiveParody of this. Burton sports a JamesDean pompadour and drawls like JohnWayne, but lives up to these iconic images of American masculinity with less than perfect aplomb. Overconfident and always slightly behind the information curve, his bombast sometimes pays off, but more often makes him the butt of a slapstick gag. For a light comic performance, KurtRussell walks a very precise tightrope, giving Jack a puppyish quality that redeems his made-in-America arrogance. The audience roots for him to succeed, and to be taken down a peg or two along the way.
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* Wrestling/SaraDelRey was a mixed bag in Luchas 2000 and LLF but a straight example in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} with her American Angel gimmick before her FaceHeelTurn.
** It amusingly ended up being played straight in LLF, as American Angel, April Hunter, Nikki "La Gringa" Roxx and Christie Ricci and all became crowd favorites, Wrestling/DaizeeHaze being over the moment she debuted. It just took American Angel longer than the others.
** Crowds even chanted "USA" at Del Rey during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's UK shows, against native UK talent Eden Black and Jetta even.

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* Wrestling/SaraDelRey was a mixed bag in Luchas 2000 and LLF but a straight example in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} with her American Angel gimmick before her FaceHeelTurn.
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FaceHeelTurn. It amusingly ended up being played straight in LLF, as American Angel, April Hunter, Nikki "La Gringa" Roxx and Christie Ricci and all became crowd favorites, Wrestling/DaizeeHaze being over the moment she debuted. It just took American Angel longer than the others.
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others. Crowds even chanted "USA" at Del Rey during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's UK shows, against native UK talent Eden Black and Jetta even.no less.
10th Mar '16 1:27:30 PM Laevatein
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* Jack Burton of ''BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is a DeconstructiveParody of this. Burton sports a JamesDean pompadour and drawls like JohnWayne, but lives up to these iconic images of American masculinity with less than perfect aplomb. Overconfident and always slightly behind the information curve, his bombast sometimes pays off, but more often makes him the butt of a slapstick gag. For a light comic performance, KurtRussell walks a very precise tightrope, giving Jack a puppyish quality that redeems his made-in-America arrogance. The audience roots for him to succeed, and to be taken down a peg or two along the way.
9th Dec '15 11:32:43 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Santana Garret and Amber O'Neal became a pair of them in the revive WOW (Women Of Wrestling), The All American Girls. Known as The American Sweethearts elsewhere.

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* Santana Garret and Amber O'Neal became a pair of them in the revive {{revival}} of WOW (Women Of Wrestling), The All American Girls. Known as The American Sweethearts elsewhere.
9th Dec '15 11:31:53 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* [[Wrestling/ChrisHero Big]] In [[Wrestling/ColtCabana USA]] are a completely straight and beloved example. What makes it surreal is that they operate in the Japan based Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH.
3rd Sep '15 10:54:23 PM Phlolywag
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' in the episode The Blind Bandit, Fire Nation Man is this for the Fire Nation.
5th Aug '15 11:54:04 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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* The Japan-only women's wrestling/card battle series ''VideoGame/WrestleAngels'' has this in the form of one of the series' most popular and recurring characters, [[CaptainObvious The USA]].

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* The Japan-only women's wrestling/card battle series ''VideoGame/WrestleAngels'' has this in the form of one of the series' most popular and recurring characters, [[CaptainObvious The USA]].USA.
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* In 2014, while TNA was in dire straights, they found room to sign Chris Melendez, a trainee from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D Academy]] who lost his leg in combat and wrestled with use of a prosthetic. Fans received him as a war hero.
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* Back in the '70s, there was "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas.



* This was subverted in the form of Wrestling/KurtAngle, the (legitimate) Olympic gold medalist who, despite fighting for his country and wearing red, white, and blue, was a cocky, egotistical asshole and took every opportunity to point out his superiority to his fellow Americans on top of America's superiority to every other nation.
** They actually were not sure what angle they were going to take with him when he was first signed to WWE. His promos were just generic bios about his Olympic victories and seemed to play him up as this. He oversold it at his first television debut, and the audience started booing him. The execs took it and ran with it, and got word to him in the ring that he was a heel now and should act like an asshole. The rest is history.
** Though it's usually played straight whenever Angle makes a HeelFaceTurn, albeit with a good bit of comic relief mixed in
** One promo by Angle had him convinced that, since he was a beloved American hero and his opponent, Wrestling/JohnCena, was drawing massive amounts of XPacHeat, he could say anything he pleased and still have the crowd on his side. He decided to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydZDLLtp8Y test the theory]] by commenting that [[RefugeInAudacity he does not like "the black people"]], and musing that if he could make one historical figure tap out, [[CrossesTheLineTwice it'd be Jesus]]. And yes, the crowd was still on his side.
* There is also a subversion in a famous match for Mexican-based promotion Wrestling/{{AAA}} that took place in Los Angeles, between the heel team Los Gringos Locos (Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Art Barr) and the face team of El Hijo Del Santo and Octagon. Guerrero and Barr (the Americans) took delight in insulting the mostly Mexican-American crowd, drawing massive heat and resulting in the LA crowd booing the Americans and cheering the Mexicans.
** In Mexico, however, Barr and Guererro were really {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s.
* Yet another subversion is Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, a SelfMadeMan who constantly talks about how proud he is of his country and he is the personification of the American Dream -- but his America doesn't include "foreigners" like Eddie Guerrero and [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] (both native-born Americans), or "miscreants" like John Cena and Wrestling/CMPunk.



* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] tried to mold Wrestling/LexLuger into one of these as a HeelFaceTurn after Hulk Hogan left the company. Unfortunately for Luger, [[CreatorsPet you can only pander to the fans so much before]] [[XPacHeat even they get sick of it]].
* The Quebec-born Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond) took a FaceHeelTurn in 1988 when they began using an "All American Boys" gimmick, a move inspired by their inability to get over with the fans as faces. [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] repackaged Jacques and Raymond into a conceited team, showing facetious affinity for such American things as mother, apple pie and Music/BarryManilow, but actually mocking United States' fans through subtle insults, use of French and of all things waving small American flags and starting "U.S.A. chants." Their "All American Boys" entrance theme an upbeat rock song playing up their supposed love for America solidified their heelish characters; the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn701jXWtkE theme song]] alternated between praising America in English and insulting it in French. (Also solidifying their heel turn, but unrelated to the pro-American gimmick, was their affiliation with Wrestling/JimmyHart and his giving them a cut of the Hart Foundation's earnings as a "bonus," as Hart claimed to still have a contract with Wrestling/BretHart and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart.)



* Back in the '70s, there was "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas.

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* Back Wrestling/{{Sting}} sometimes wore red white and blue facepaint and colors in his outfits.
* Wrestling/RandySavage sometimes dressed this way as well.
* The Quebec-born Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond) took a FaceHeelTurn in 1988 when they began using an "All American Boys" gimmick, a move inspired by their inability to get over with
the '70s, there fans as faces. [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] repackaged Jacques and Raymond into a conceited team, showing facetious affinity for such American things as mother, apple pie and Music/BarryManilow, but actually mocking United States' fans through subtle insults, use of French and of all things waving small American flags and starting "U.S.A. chants." Their "All American Boys" entrance theme an upbeat rock song playing up their supposed love for America solidified their heelish characters; the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn701jXWtkE theme song]] alternated between praising America in English and insulting it in French. (Also solidifying their heel turn, but unrelated to the pro-American gimmick, was "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas.their affiliation with Wrestling/JimmyHart and his giving them a cut of the Hart Foundation's earnings as a "bonus," as Hart claimed to still have a contract with Wrestling/BretHart and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart.)
* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] tried to mold Wrestling/LexLuger into one of these as a HeelFaceTurn after Hulk Hogan left the company. Unfortunately for Luger, [[CreatorsPet you can only pander to the fans so much before]] [[XPacHeat even they get sick of it]].



* There is a subversion in a famous match for Mexican-based promotion Wrestling/{{AAA}} that took place in Los Angeles, between the heel team Los Gringos Locos (Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Art Barr) and the face team of El Hijo Del Santo and Octagon. Guerrero and Barr (the Americans) took delight in insulting the mostly Mexican-American crowd, drawing massive heat and resulting in the LA crowd booing the Americans and cheering the Mexicans. In Mexico, however, Barr and Guererro were really {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s.
* This was also subverted in the form of Wrestling/KurtAngle, the (legitimate) Olympic gold medalist who, despite fighting for his country and wearing red, white, and blue, was a cocky, egotistical asshole and took every opportunity to point out his superiority to his fellow Americans on top of America's superiority to every other nation.
** They actually were not sure what angle they were going to take with him when he was first signed to WWE. His promos were just generic bios about his Olympic victories and seemed to play him up as this. He oversold it at his first television debut, and the audience started booing him. The execs took it and ran with it, and got word to him in the ring that he was a heel now and should act like an asshole. The rest is history.
** Though it's usually played straight whenever Angle makes a HeelFaceTurn, albeit with a good bit of comic relief mixed in
** One promo by Angle had him convinced that, since he was a beloved American hero and his opponent, Wrestling/JohnCena, was drawing massive amounts of XPacHeat, he could say anything he pleased and still have the crowd on his side. He decided to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydZDLLtp8Y test the theory]] by commenting that [[RefugeInAudacity he does not like "the black people"]], and musing that if he could make one historical figure tap out, [[CrossesTheLineTwice it'd be Jesus]]. And yes, the crowd was still on his side.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his [[BadassBiker Big Evil]] phase, from mid-2002 to late 2003.
** At ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1993'', he filled out the final slot of the team the All-Americans, with Lex Luger and the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]]) after Ludwig Borga had [[SquashMatch squashed]] Tatanka.[[note]]Though, as Tatanka is a Native American, and ''Survivor Series'' was usually held on Thanksgiving, what would he have been celebrating?[[/note]] and ' To show he was serious, since this was rather unexpected, [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead he even had an American flag replace the normal lining of his]] BadassLongcoat.
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey was a mixed bag in Luchas 2000 and LLF but a straight example in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} with her American Angel gimmick before her FaceHeelTurn.
** It amusingly ended up being played straight in LLF, as American Angel, April Hunter, Nikki "La Gringa" Roxx and Christie Ricci and all became crowd favorites, Wrestling/DaizeeHaze being over the moment she debuted. It just took American Angel longer than the others.
** Crowds even chanted "USA" at Del Rey during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's UK shows, against native UK talent Eden Black and Jetta even.
* Yet another subversion is Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, a SelfMadeMan who constantly talks about how proud he is of his country and he is the personification of the American Dream -- but his America doesn't include "foreigners" like Eddie Guerrero and [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] (both native-born Americans), or "miscreants" like John Cena and Wrestling/CMPunk.
* Iraq War Veteran Johnny Magnum retired from the army and debuted as a face patriot on The Funkin Conservatory's ''!BANG! TV'', in 2004.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his [[BadassBiker Big Evil]] phase, from mid-2002 to late 2003.
** At ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1993'', he filled out the final slot of the team the All-Americans, with Lex Luger and the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]]) after Ludwig Borga had [[SquashMatch squashed]] Tatanka.[[note]]Though, as Tatanka is a Native American, and ''Survivor Series'' was usually held on Thanksgiving, what would he have been celebrating?[[/note]] and ' To show he was serious, since this was rather unexpected, [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead he even had an American flag replace the normal lining of his]] BadassLongcoat.
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey was a mixed bag in Luchas 2000 and LLF but a straight example in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} as American Angel gimmick before her FaceHeelTurn.
** It amusingly ended up being played straight in LLF, as American Angel, April Hunter, Nikki "La Gringa" Roxx and Christie Ricci and all became crowd favorites, Wrestling/DaizeeHaze being over the moment she debuted. It just took American Angel longer than the others.
** Crowds even chanted "USA" at Del Rey during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's UK shows, against native UK talent Eden Black and Jetta even.
* Inverted when WWE brought in Kenzo Suzuki. He happily announced his love for the United States whenever he could and even went as far as dressing like Uncle Sam but got booed anyway because he always cheated and was lecherous. Oh, and he wasn't very good, and he teamed with ForeignWrestlingHeel Rene Dupree.

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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his [[BadassBiker Big Evil]] phase, from mid-2002 to late 2003.
** At ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1993'', he filled out the final slot of the team the All-Americans, with Lex Luger and the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]]) after Ludwig Borga had [[SquashMatch squashed]] Tatanka.[[note]]Though, as Tatanka is a Native American, and ''Survivor Series'' was usually held on Thanksgiving, what would he have been celebrating?[[/note]] and ' To show he was serious, since this was rather unexpected, [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead he even had an American flag replace the normal lining of his]] BadassLongcoat.
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey was a mixed bag in Luchas 2000 and LLF but a straight example in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} as American Angel gimmick before her FaceHeelTurn.
** It amusingly ended up being played straight in LLF, as American Angel, April Hunter, Nikki "La Gringa" Roxx and Christie Ricci and all became crowd favorites, Wrestling/DaizeeHaze being over the moment she debuted. It just took American Angel longer than the others.
** Crowds even chanted "USA" at Del Rey during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's UK shows, against native UK talent Eden Black and Jetta even.
* Inverted
{{Inverted|trope}} when WWE brought in Kenzo Suzuki. He happily announced his love for the United States whenever he could and even went as far as dressing like Uncle Sam but got booed anyway because he always cheated and was lecherous. Oh, and he wasn't very good, and he teamed with ForeignWrestlingHeel Rene Dupree.



* Wrestling/{{Sting}} sometimes wore red white and blue facepaint and colors in his outfits.
* Wrestling/RandySavage sometimes dressed this way as well.
28th Apr '15 8:01:22 PM LaptopGuy
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* Inverted with [[Wrestling/JackSwagger "The Real American" Jack Swagger]] and his manager Zeb Colter, a pair of all-American heels who spout Tea Party anti-immigrant rhetoric, constantly decry various face wrestlers as being traitors to their vision of America, and generally act like thugs and bullies to anyone who disagrees with them (including the above-mentioned Sgt. Slaughter and Hacksaw Jim Duggan). In contrast, Swagger's rival Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, whose gimmick is based around his being openly and proudly ''Mexican'', is booked as being the face and the defender of American values and virtues. (The feud had been done before with Karl Anderson and Wrestling/JoeyRyan even calling themselves Real American Heroes, except ''their'' opposition, Los Luchas/Los Crazy Chickens, weren't even foreigners) Swagger would later play the role straight, becoming a face when the evil Russian character Rusev showed up.

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* Inverted with [[Wrestling/JackSwagger "The Real American" Jack Swagger]] and his manager Zeb Colter, a pair of all-American heels who spout Tea Party anti-immigrant rhetoric, constantly decry various face wrestlers as being traitors to their vision of America, and generally act like thugs and bullies to anyone who disagrees with them (including the above-mentioned Sgt. Slaughter and Hacksaw Jim Duggan). In contrast, Swagger's rival Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, whose gimmick is based around his being openly and proudly ''Mexican'', is booked as being the face and the defender of American values and virtues. (The feud had been done before with Karl Anderson and Wrestling/JoeyRyan even calling themselves Real American Heroes, except ''their'' opposition, Los Luchas/Los Crazy Chickens, weren't even foreigners) foreigners). Prior to that, Swagger was "The All-American American", playing the same cocky pro-American heel that Kurt Angle did. Swagger would later play the role straight, becoming a face when the evil Russian character Rusev showed up.


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* Note that for any of the aforementioned All-American Heels (Kurt Angle, JBL, the Rougeaus, Kenzo Suzuki, and Jack Swagger in both phases), when they wrestled overseas, they were straight-up {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s.
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