History UsefulNotes / EvelKnievel

6th Oct '17 7:42:14 AM dlchen145
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'''Evel Knievel''' was an American daredevil, entertainer, and painter, famous around the world for his death-defying stunts, and one of the great American icons of TheSeventies. He attempted over seventy-five [[RampJump ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps]] between 1965 and 1980, including a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He suffered over 433 broken bones during his career, including his back seven times, earning him the dubious distinction in the ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' as "most bones broken in a lifetime".

He was born in Montana on October 17, 1938 as Robert Craig Knievel, eldest of two children, abandoned by his parents and raised by his grandparents. A high-school dropout, Knievel worked at the copper mines with the Anaconda Mining Company, but found work boring compared to his motorbiking hobby. After making an earth mover do a wheelie, he drove it into Butte's main power line, disrupting power for several hours and losing his job as a result. In 1956, Knievel was jailed on a charge of reckless driving; when the night jailer came around, he noted Robert Knievel in one cell and William Knofel in the other. Since Knofel was known as "Awful Knofel", Knievel began referring to himself as "Evel Knievel" to match -- intentionally misspelling "evil" to avoid the connotations of the word.

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Robert Craig Knievel Jr. (October 17, 1938 November 30, 2007), better known as '''Evel Knievel''' was an American daredevil, entertainer, and painter, famous around the world for his death-defying stunts, and one of the great American icons of TheSeventies. He attempted over seventy-five [[RampJump ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps]] between 1965 and 1980, including a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He suffered over 433 broken bones during his career, including his back seven times, earning him the dubious distinction in the ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' as "most bones broken in a lifetime".

He was born in Montana on October 17, 1938 as Robert Craig Knievel, Montana, the eldest of two children, abandoned by his parents and raised by his grandparents. A high-school dropout, Knievel worked at the copper mines with the Anaconda Mining Company, but found work boring compared to his motorbiking hobby. After making an earth mover do a wheelie, he drove it into Butte's main power line, disrupting power for several hours and losing his job as a result. In 1956, Knievel was jailed on a charge of reckless driving; when the night jailer came around, he noted Robert Knievel in one cell and William Knofel in the other. Since Knofel was known as "Awful Knofel", Knievel began referring to himself as "Evel Knievel" to match -- intentionally misspelling "evil" to avoid the connotations of the word.
14th Feb '17 9:32:26 AM DocWildNole
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* {{Biopic}}: Titled ''Evel Knievel'', of course, the 1971 movie is based, apparently fairly accurately, on Evel's life. The film makes extensive use of {{Flashback}}s to his juvenile delinquent youth and subsequent rise to fame from his present-day preparation for a major jump. It was script-doctored by Creator/JohnMilius, who would become well-known as a writer & director of action pictures in the 70s & 80s, and directed by Marvin Chomsky, who would not (though in fairness, Chomsky did do well in TV, collecting 4 Emmys in his career). Produced by and starring George Hamilton (who would repeat the dual role, much more financially successfully, in ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'' and ''Film/ZorroTheGayBlade''), it also starred Sue Lyon of ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' fame as his long-suffering wife. Even if you're not an Evel fan, it's well worth a look as an example of {{BMovie}}s of the era.
16th Sep '16 12:27:25 PM rmctagg09
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* The ''Disney/PepperAnn'' episode ''Beyond Good And Evel'', AsHimself.

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* The ''Disney/PepperAnn'' ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode ''Beyond Good And Evel'', AsHimself.
16th Sep '16 12:26:21 PM rmctagg09
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* The ''Disney/PepperAnn'' episode ''Beyond Good And Evel'', AsHimself.
30th Jul '16 11:20:45 PM JamesAustin
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->"God never made a tougher son of a bitch than me."

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->"God ->''"God never made a tougher son of a bitch than me.""''



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3rd Jul '15 12:17:35 AM phoenix
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!!Tropes associated with Evel Knievel:

* AwesomeEgo: Invoked; Evel loved to talk about how awesome he was, and his audience loved him for it.
* CoolBike
* DentedIron: He broke '''''433''''' bones during his career, a number which, according to ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'', still is unsurpassed today.
* {{Determinator}}
* DisproportionateRetribution: After a former promoter of his wrote an unflattering book about him, Knievel assaulted the man with a baseball bat, breaking his arm.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Knievel always warned kids viewing his stunts not to try to replicate them.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Averted, as Knievel never hesitated to urge people to wear helmets, and attributed his own survival to them.

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!!Tropes associated with Evel Knievel:

* AwesomeEgo: Invoked; Evel loved to talk about how awesome he was, and his audience loved him for it.
* CoolBike
* DentedIron: He broke '''''433''''' bones during his career, a number which, according to ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'', still is unsurpassed today.
* {{Determinator}}
* DisproportionateRetribution: After a former promoter of his wrote an unflattering book about him, Knievel assaulted

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the man with a baseball bat, breaking his arm.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Knievel always warned kids viewing his stunts not to try to replicate them.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Averted, as Knievel never hesitated to urge people to wear helmets, and attributed his own survival to them.
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* MadeOfIron: Was injured ''countless'' times during his career, and he survived them all.
* MedalOfDishonor: His Guinness record for "most bones broken in a lifetime".



* PatrioticFervor: His red, white, and blue ensemble isn't for France.
* RampJump: Arguably '''THE''' personification of the trope.
* RatedMForManly
* SequelEscalation
* TheSeventies
* StageName
* TenMinuteRetirement

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* PatrioticFervor: His red, white, and blue ensemble isn't for France.
* RampJump: Arguably '''THE''' personification of the trope.
* RatedMForManly
* SequelEscalation
* TheSeventies
* StageName
* TenMinuteRetirement

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11th Mar '15 12:44:17 PM AnotherGuy
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* TheMovie: ''Film/VivaKnievel''
27th Oct '14 1:25:56 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* DisproportionateRetribution: After a former promoter of his wrote an unflattering book about him, Knieval assaulted the man with a baseball bat, breaking his arm.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: After a former promoter of his wrote an unflattering book about him, Knieval Knievel assaulted the man with a baseball bat, breaking his arm.



* MedalOfDishonor: His Guiness record for "most bones broken in a lifetime".

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* MedalOfDishonor: His Guiness Guinness record for "most bones broken in a lifetime".
13th Aug '14 7:20:28 AM Morgenthaler
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'''Evel Knievel''' was an American daredevil, entertainer, and painter, famous around the world for his death-defying stunts, and one of the great American icons of TheSeventies. He attempted over seventy-five [[RampJump ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps]] between 1965 and 1980, including a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He suffered over 433 broken bones during his career, including his back seven times, earning him the dubious distinction in the GuinnessBookOfWorldRecords as "most bones broken in a lifetime".

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'''Evel Knievel''' was an American daredevil, entertainer, and painter, famous around the world for his death-defying stunts, and one of the great American icons of TheSeventies. He attempted over seventy-five [[RampJump ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps]] between 1965 and 1980, including a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He suffered over 433 broken bones during his career, including his back seven times, earning him the dubious distinction in the GuinnessBookOfWorldRecords ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' as "most bones broken in a lifetime".



* DentedIron: He broke '''''433''''' bones during his career, a number which, according to ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'', still is unsurpassed today.



** '''DentedIron''': He broke '''''433''''' bones during his career, a number which, according to The GuinnessBookOfWorldRecords, still is unsurpassed today.
4th Jul '14 4:54:08 PM Cleaningcaptain
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* DisproportionateRetribution: After a former promoter of his wrote an unflattering book about him, Knieval assaulted the man with a baseball bat, breaking his arm.
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