History Wrestling / CodyRhodes

16th Dec '16 6:48:10 AM lilithmercy
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** ROH would write around it by advertising him with the line "Where we're going, we don't need roads"
13th Dec '16 3:59:19 PM santos32
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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE. He has since embarked on a busy indie career, making appearances in Evolve, PWG, TNA and various other indie promotions under the names '''Cody''' or '''Cody R''' (due to legal reasons, he cannot use the Cody Rhodes name outside of WWE).

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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE. He has since embarked on a busy indie career, making appearances in Evolve, PWG, TNA and various other indie promotions under the names '''Cody''' or '''Cody R''' (due to legal reasons, he cannot use the Cody Rhodes name outside of WWE).
WWE). [[spoiler:He was announced to be the newest member of the Wrestling/BulletClub in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling as announced by the group's leader Wrestling/KennyOmega, and will make his debut for the faction in the January 4th Tokyo Dome show.]]
13th Dec '16 3:56:45 PM santos32
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* FirstNameBasis: Since leaving WWE, he has dropped Rhodes from his ring name as it is owned by the company. That said, he has found certain ways around it: for example, as his wife Brandi has added Rhodes to her ring name post-WWE, Cody can on a technicality can be referred to as a Rhodes through her (in TNA, they are collectively billed as Cody and Brandi Rhodes).
15th Oct '16 1:32:37 AM Benne
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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE. He has since embarked on a busy indie career, making appearances in EVOLVE, PWG, TNA and various other indie promotions under the names '''Cody''' or '''Cody R''' (due to legal reasons, he cannot use the Cody Rhodes name outside of WWE).

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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE. He has since embarked on a busy indie career, making appearances in EVOLVE, Evolve, PWG, TNA and various other indie promotions under the names '''Cody''' or '''Cody R''' (due to legal reasons, he cannot use the Cody Rhodes name outside of WWE).
15th Oct '16 1:30:45 AM Benne
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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE.

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In 2016, Runnels asked for and was granted his release from WWE.
WWE. He has since embarked on a busy indie career, making appearances in EVOLVE, PWG, TNA and various other indie promotions under the names '''Cody''' or '''Cody R''' (due to legal reasons, he cannot use the Cody Rhodes name outside of WWE).
14th Oct '16 12:15:33 PM JamesAustin
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Whatever disorder caused Cody Rhodes to slips further and further into Stardust.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Whatever disorder caused Cody Rhodes to slips slip further and further into Stardust.



In September 2013,



* DespairEventHorizon: A losing streak with his brother and partner Goldust from February–May 2014 seemed to have pushed him over this, as on June he quit wrestling and stood in the back wearing a suit as he recruited all manner of different people other than himself to team with Goldust to win a match, until two weeks later, where he, or should we say "Stardust", partnered with Goldust and finally picked up a win over Ryback and Curtis Axel.

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* DespairEventHorizon: A losing streak with his brother and partner Goldust from February–May 2014 seemed to have pushed him over this, as on in June he quit wrestling and stood in the back wearing a suit as he recruited all manner of different people other than himself to team with Goldust to win a match, until two weeks later, where he, or should we say "Stardust", partnered with Goldust and finally picked up a win over Ryback and Curtis Axel.



** His unmasked gimmick in its later stages became in many ways a tweaked version of Orton's "Legend Killer" gimmick when he started to targed established wrestlers in the industry claiming that they were past their time just for the hell of it, such as Booker T, Big Show, and Christian.

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** His unmasked gimmick in its later stages became in many ways a tweaked version of Orton's "Legend Killer" gimmick when he started to targed target established wrestlers in the industry claiming that they were past their time just for the hell of it, such as Booker T, Big Show, and Christian.



* HeelRealization: He explained his furious anger against Sandow after beingf cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase in July 2013 as not being about just getting outwitted in a match, but about having this as a result of Sandow's smugness.

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* HeelRealization: He explained his furious anger against Sandow after beingf being cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase in July 2013 as not being about just getting outwitted in a match, but about having this as a result of Sandow's smugness.



** He started making fun of The Big Show's less then perfect ''[=WrestleMania=]'' record, i.e that he lost more than he won. Big Show was not happy, had a talk with Teddy Long about a match with Cody at WrestleMania for the Intercontinental Title. He got it. Whoops. This off course didn't stop him from bullying Big Show on a weekly basis up till WrestleMania, where Big Show was the victorious one and won the Intercontinental Championship. Double whoops.

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** He started making fun of The Big Show's less then perfect ''[=WrestleMania=]'' record, i.e that he lost more than he won. Big Show was not happy, had a talk with Teddy Long about a match with Cody at WrestleMania ''[=WrestleMania=]'' for the Intercontinental Title. He got it. Whoops. This off course didn't stop him from bullying Big Show on a weekly basis up till WrestleMania, ''[=WrestleMania=]'', where Big Show was the victorious one and won the Intercontinental Championship. Double whoops.



* InformedDeformity: As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he hated Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr because Rey's knee brace maimed Cody's face so that Cody was no longer dashing. Of course, he looks exactly the same. This is all highly [[InvokedTrope intentional]], as Cody is playing a psychotic heel.

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* InformedDeformity: As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he hated Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} because Rey's knee brace maimed Cody's face so that Cody was no longer dashing. Of course, he looks exactly the same. This is all highly [[InvokedTrope intentional]], as Cody is playing a psychotic heel.



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: While Cody can pull off amazing {{heel}} personas, many fans and wrestlers can attest that he's one of the nicest and most genuine people in the industry.



* {{Pornstache}}: Came back from a month-long hiatus sporting... well... [[http://cdn.wl.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cody_rhodes_mustache.jpg this.]] [[[MemeticMutation It immediately got its own chant.]] He {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this calling it a lovestache. He would later get rid of it after turning face.

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* {{Pornstache}}: Came back from a month-long hiatus sporting... well... [[http://cdn.wl.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cody_rhodes_mustache.jpg this.]] [[[MemeticMutation [[MemeticMutation It immediately got its own chant.]] He {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this calling it a lovestache. He would later get rid of it after turning face.



* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Well, more like "Ugly Guy's Dashing Son." Have you seen Dusty Rhodes? How on God's green earth was Cody born? This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who noted that looks aren't everything while (unfavorably) comparing Cody to Dusty.

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* UglyGuysHotDaughter: TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Well, more like "Ugly "The Ugly Guy's Dashing Son." Have you seen Dusty Rhodes? How on God's green earth was Cody born? This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who noted that looks aren't everything while (unfavorably) comparing Cody to Dusty.
14th Oct '16 12:05:04 PM JamesAustin
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* AffablyEvil: He wanted everyone to look as good as he did, the only thing stopping him from being a good guy, was being a heel, and his narcissism.
* AmbiguousDisorder: This may be true of Cody Rhodes, given the ease in which he slips into completely different personalities.

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* TheEighties: Strongly evoked by his entrance theme, "Smoke and Mirrors", until it got altered in 2011.
* AffablyEvil: He As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he wanted everyone to look as good as he did, the only thing stopping him from being a good guy, was being a heel, and his narcissism.
* AmbiguousDisorder: This may be true of Whatever disorder caused Cody Rhodes, given the ease in which he Rhodes to slips further and further into completely different personalities.Stardust.



** Wrestling/BookerT; who he thought was past his prime and should just retire (Booker was an announcer at the time of the feud)
** Wrestling/TheBigShow; Started when he began mocking Big Show's poor Wrestling/WrestleMania record,[[note]]it wasn't good[[/note]] and this lead to their [=WrestleMania=] match for the IC title in which Show won (oops).
** [[Wrestling/AdrianNeville Neville]]; He constantly taunts Neville asking him to "Be. My. Hero". But when Neville doesn't seem to be up to the task he turns his eyes to...



** According to ''The John Cena Experience'' DVD, even Wrestling/JohnCena [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1yo8xVR4LU loves singing]] "Smoke and Mirrors".
** "Woooooooah-oh! You're only Steve Lombardi! Woooooooah-oh! There goes Cody Rhodes!"
*** It becomes even funnier when you hear Wrestling/ChrisJericho joining in.

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** According to ''The John Cena Experience'' DVD, even Wrestling/JohnCena [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1yo8xVR4LU loves singing]] "Smoke and Mirrors".
** "Woooooooah-oh! You're only Steve Lombardi! Woooooooah-oh! There goes Cody Rhodes!"
***
Mirrors". It becomes even funnier when you hear Wrestling/ChrisJericho joining in.in.
--->'''John Cena:''' Woooooooah-oh! You're only Steve Lombardi! Woooooooah-oh! There goes Cody Rhodes!



* BadassLongcoat: Started wearing one since ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 28''.
* BadassMustache:
** He's ''trying,'' but he seems to be having trouble getting it to fill in.
** He… well actually Wrestling/WadeBarrett shaved it off pre HeelFaceTurn.

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* BadassLongcoat: Started wearing one a pretty fancy longcoat since ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 28''.
* BadassMustache:
** He's ''trying,''
BadassMustache: There was one time when, following a return from injury, he was ''trying'' to grow one, but he seems seemed to be having trouble getting it to fill in.
** He… well actually
in. Wrestling/WadeBarrett shaved it off pre before Cody underwent a HeelFaceTurn.



* BecomingTheMask: In-universe, he seems to have lost his original personality to Stardust. It's creating tension between him and Goldust.

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* BecomingTheMask: In-universe, he seems seemed to have lost his original personality to Stardust. It's creating It created tension between him and Goldust.Goldust before he eventually split with him after Goldust tried to reason with him to "bring" Cody back.



** Don't slap him across the face... or better yet, do, because the results tend to be [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
*** "NOT THE FACE!"
** During his feud with Goldust as Stardust, whenever his brother or father calls him Cody.
*** Lampshaded by the audience and a number of wrestlers after that. Opponents have called him Cody to distract him, while the audience tends to shout Cody during his entrance and during matches. While he doesn't go outright berserk at that, he does show some obvious reaction.

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** Don't As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, don't slap him across the face... or better yet, do, because the results tend to be [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
*** "NOT ---> '''"Dashing" Cody Rhodes:''' NOT THE FACE!"
FACE!
** During his feud with Goldust as Stardust, whenever his brother or father calls him Cody.
***
Cody. Lampshaded by the audience and a number of wrestlers after that. Opponents have called him Cody to distract him, while the audience tends to shout Cody during his entrance and during matches. While he doesn't go outright berserk at that, he does show some obvious reaction.



* BreakTheCutie: Invoked accidentally.
* [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]]: Most of his promos consist of[=/=]include one.
* BreakupBreakout: In regards to Legacy, he has fared much better than Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase|Jr}}, who in 2013 left the company. After the split Cody became Dashing, while Ted was given his father's gimmick, which didn't help him much. He then teamed with Cody again during Cody's disfigurement gimmick, only to grow tired of the "undashing" Cody's abuse, turn face and develop the [[SpoiledSweet DiBiase Posse]] gimmick, and it looked like he would avert this. Sadly, injuries in the middle of a push halted all this and he ended up leaving WWE after a year of not being used.

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* BreakTheCutie: Invoked accidentally.
* [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]]: Most of his promos consist of[=/=]include one.
* BreakupBreakout: In regards to Legacy, he has fared much better than Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase|Jr}}, who in 2013 left the company. After the split Cody became Dashing, while Ted was given his father's gimmick, which didn't help him much. He then teamed with Cody again during Cody's disfigurement gimmick, only to grow tired of the "undashing" Cody's abuse, turn face and develop the [[SpoiledSweet DiBiase Posse]] gimmick, and it looked like he would avert this. Sadly, injuries in the middle of a push halted all this and he ended up leaving WWE after a year of not being used. Cody, meanwhile, at least got two tag team title runs with his brother Goldust before calling it quits in 2016.



* BrownBagMask: He's taken to handing these out at ringside to the front-row fans, as well as placing them over the heads of his defeated opponents. The idea is that he "doing them a favor" by hiding what he perceives as their hideousness from the world, thus making him a one-man [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]][=/=]AlternateCompanyEquivalent to Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s [[Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople Beautiful People.]] Randy Orton put one over Cody's head after defeating him in a brutal street fight.
* BullyingADragon:
** Did this to Wrestling/TheBigShow over his less than stellar WrestleMania record. Big Show is 7ft tall, weighs over 400 pounds, while Cody's 6ft and weighs closer to 200 pounds. [[WhatWereYouThinking Dude, what the hell!?]]
** As his father, Dusty said, he poked a Grizzly Bear.
* ButtMonkey:
** While a member of Legacy, Cody would always be the one to end up taking the fall first, taken out of a thing, or seen as the lesser member.
** Now alternates between this and CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
*** And has now fully migrated into BadAss with his maniacal beatdown of Wrestling/RandyOrton.
* CainAndAbel: Became Cain to Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s Abel in the end.
* CampStraight:
** Shaves his legs, wears lip gloss (to keep his lips from drying out, he claims), and paints nails, but otherwise still shows interest in women.....when not focused on himself.
** One time Wrestling/CMPunk said on commentary that Cody Rhodes and [[CampGay Pat Patterson]] have a lot in common...
** Go back and rewatch that segment at the 2010 ''TLC'' in which Rhodes was [[ComedicUnderwearExposure stripped to his underwear]] by Big Show. On his dress socks he was wearing garters, [[OutdatedOutfit which were common for men in the early 20th century, but now just seem effeminate]].
* CharacterDevelopment
** Cody's entire ''[=SmackDown=]'' run to date has been nothing but character development:

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* BrownBagMask: He's taken to handing During his masked gimmick, he handed these out at ringside to the front-row fans, as well as placing them over the heads of his defeated opponents. The opponents, the idea is that he "doing them a favor" by hiding what he perceives as their hideousness from the world, thus making him a one-man [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]][=/=]AlternateCompanyEquivalent to Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s [[Wrestling/TheBeautifulPeople Beautiful People.]] world. Randy Orton put one over Cody's head after defeating him in a brutal street fight.
fight, putting an end to it.
* BullyingADragon:
**
BullyingADragon: Did this to Wrestling/TheBigShow over his less than stellar WrestleMania ''[=WrestleMania=]'' record. Big Show is 7ft tall, weighs over 400 pounds, while Cody's 6ft and weighs closer to 200 pounds. [[WhatWereYouThinking Dude, what the hell!?]]
**
hell!?]] As his father, Dusty said, he poked a Grizzly Bear.
bear.
In September 2013,
* ButtMonkey:
**
TheBusCameBack: After he was fired in-universe by Triple H (in real life it was so that he could take some time off and enjoy the married life), he returned to the WWE after he and Goldust defeated Wrestling/TheShield at ''Battleground'' on October 6, 2013. They would capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns on the October 14 episode of ''Raw''.
* ButtMonkey:
While a member of Legacy, Cody would always be the one to end up taking the fall first, taken out of a thing, or seen as the lesser member.
** Now alternates
member. After leaving, he alternated between this and CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
*** And has now
CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, before fully migrated into BadAss badass with his maniacal beatdown of Wrestling/RandyOrton.
* CainAndAbel: Became the Cain to Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s Abel in the end.
end when they became embroiled in a feud.
* CampStraight:
** Shaves
CampStraight: As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he shaves his legs, wears lip gloss (to keep his lips from drying out, he claims), and paints nails, but otherwise still shows interest in women.....women...when not focused on himself.
**
himself. One time Wrestling/CMPunk said on commentary that Cody Rhodes and [[CampGay Pat Patterson]] Wrestling/PatPatterson have a lot in common...
** Go
common. Keep in mind that Patterson is gay. Or go back and rewatch that segment at the 2010 ''TLC'' in which Rhodes was [[ComedicUnderwearExposure stripped to his underwear]] by Big Show. On his dress socks he was wearing garters, [[OutdatedOutfit which were common for men in the early 20th century, but now just seem effeminate]].
* CharacterDevelopment
CharacterDevelopment:
** Cody's entire ''[=SmackDown=]'' WWE run to date has been nothing but character development:



** A few months later and Rey Mysterio's knee brace breaking Cody's nose, making him go psychotic about how "disfigured" he became.
** Then some more months later, Orton destroyed Rhodes' protective mask, and the disfigured gimmick disappeared, but he still retained his DarkerAndEdgier attitude.
** Then, after a losing streak, he [[TenMinuteRetirement stopped wrestling altogether for several weeks]], finally coming back as Stardust.
** Stardust's character development is perfectly summarized in [[https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/3jn2gx/stardust_has_become_the_most_storydriven/ this reddit thread]]. Stardust has gone from a mask that Cody would wear when teaming with his brother to a full blown villainous persona to the point that he rejects that he is Cody.

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** *** A few months later and Rey Mysterio's knee brace breaking Cody's nose, making him go psychotic about how "disfigured" he became.
** *** Then some more months later, Orton destroyed Rhodes' protective mask, and the disfigured gimmick disappeared, but he still retained his DarkerAndEdgier attitude.
** *** Then, after a losing streak, he [[TenMinuteRetirement stopped wrestling altogether for several weeks]], finally coming back as Stardust.
** Stardust's
Stardust. His character development is perfectly summarized in [[https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/3jn2gx/stardust_has_become_the_most_storydriven/ this reddit thread]]. Stardust has gone from a mask that Cody would wear when teaming with his brother to a full blown villainous persona to the point that he rejects that he is Cody.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: '''Stardust. Dear sweet mother of god, STARDUST.''' Wrestling/{{Goldust}} has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWTyA0lRt0 described himself as the "normal" one]] in the partnership. ''Think about the implications of that for a second.''
** When he is said to hail from "The Fifth Dimension", you know something's not right with his mind
** Just take a quick dive into [[https://twitter.com/StardustWWE his twitter]] to see just how out there he is.
** If you still doubt his lack of sanity, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPWyZK_suAk take]] a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNtsf1PcKMg look]] at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmwWz4LtoeQ any]] of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEcCDR1SZus his interviews]].

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: '''Stardust. Dear sweet mother of god, STARDUST.''' Wrestling/{{Goldust}} has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWTyA0lRt0 described himself as the "normal" one]] in the partnership. ''Think about the implications of that for a second.''
** When he is said to hail from "The Fifth Dimension", you know something's not right with his mind
** Just take a quick dive into [[https://twitter.com/StardustWWE his twitter]] to see just how out there he is.
**
'' If you still doubt his lack of sanity, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPWyZK_suAk take]] a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNtsf1PcKMg look]] at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmwWz4LtoeQ any]] of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEcCDR1SZus his interviews]]. When he is said to hail from "The Fifth Dimension", you know something's not right with his mind.



* ConfusionFu: His Stardust moveset features virtually none of the moves that he employed in his repertoire as Cody Rhodes. Even though it's been all but acknowledged on-screen that Stardust is (or at least once ''was'') Cody. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be intentional,]] as opponents who have come to expect Cody to do certain things in the ring have now been thrown completely off by Stardust's unique offense.

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* ConfusionFu: His Stardust moveset features virtually none of the moves that he employed in his repertoire as Cody Rhodes. Even though it's been all but acknowledged on-screen that Stardust is (or at least once ''was'') Cody. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be intentional,]] intentional, as opponents who have come to expect Cody to do certain things in the ring have now been thrown completely off by Stardust's unique offense.



** Cody's moveset includes several moves picked up from his former partners, such as [[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]]'s Alabama Slam.

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** Cody's moveset includes several moves picked up from his former partners, such as partners:
*** His double leg slam comes from
[[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]]'s Alabama Slam.



*** Stardust has, once or twice, broken into a random cartwheel in the middle of the match. While this sort of spontaneity isn't terribly out of character for Stardust, fans with good memories will remember that the cartwheel was an in-ring taunt of sorts used by [[strike:Stard]]Cody's old tag partner, Wrestling/DamienSandow.
** One that was rarely acknowledged: During the first season of ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'', he was the "mentor" to [[Wrestling/TheNexus Husky Harris]], the son of Mike Rotunda and grandson of WWE Hall of Famer [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]]. Back in the 1980s in Florida, Mulligan, his son Wrestling/BarryWindham and Rotunda were members of [[PowerStable Dusty Rhodes' Family]].

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*** Stardust has, once or twice, broken into a random cartwheel in the middle of the match. While this sort of spontaneity isn't terribly out of character for Stardust, fans with good memories will remember that the cartwheel was an in-ring taunt of sorts used by [[strike:Stard]]Cody's Cody's old tag partner, Wrestling/DamienSandow.
** One that was rarely acknowledged: During the first season of ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'', he was the "mentor" to [[Wrestling/TheNexus [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt Husky Harris]], the son of Mike Rotunda and grandson of WWE Hall of Famer [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]]. Back in the 1980s in Florida, Mulligan, his son Wrestling/BarryWindham and Rotunda were members of [[PowerStable Dusty Rhodes' Family]].



* TheDandy: His image conscious "dashing" character veered dangerously close to GorgeousGeorge at times.

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* TheDandy: His image conscious "dashing" "Dashing" character veered dangerously close to GorgeousGeorge at times.



* DespairEventHorizon: A recent losing streak with his brother and partner Goldust seems to have pushed him over this, as he's now quit wrestling and stands in the back wearing a suit as he recruits all manner of different people other than himself to help Goldust win a match.
** Until the 6/16/14 edition of WWERaw, where he, or should we say "Stardust", partnered with Goldust and finally picked up a win over [=RybAxel=].

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* DespairEventHorizon: A recent losing streak with his brother and partner Goldust seems from February–May 2014 seemed to have pushed him over this, as he's now on June he quit wrestling and stands stood in the back wearing a suit as he recruits recruited all manner of different people other than himself to help team with Goldust to win a match.
** Until the 6/16/14 edition of WWERaw,
match, until two weeks later, where he, or should we say "Stardust", partnered with Goldust and finally picked up a win over [=RybAxel=].Ryback and Curtis Axel.



* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Randy Orton, Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr. and Cody Rhodes started very similar; MrFanservice that have [[JackOfAllStats well-rounded wrestling styles]], were third-generation Superstars and part of a WrestlingFamily, and all wear UnderwearOfPower. However, Randy's gimmick isn't anything like his father's, is a massive DracoInLeatherPants and has become a seven-time ''world champion''. Ted is an exact LegacyCharacter copy of his father, floundering in the lower mid-card and getting into feuds with Cody's brother (Goldust). Cody is the smallest and quickest, [[SoBadItsGood goofiest]], has gone as far away from his father (but not his [[GorgeousGeorge brother]]) as possible, did quite well for himself on ''[=SmackDown=]'', took a "disfigured" psychotic heel character to a prestige-restoring run as Intercontinental Champion, gained two tag team titles with Goldust, became the supervillain Stardust, and went on to fight Creator/StephenAmell in 2015's [=SummerSlam=].
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Cody]]: Stardust ''[[BerserkButton hates]]'' to be called Cody.

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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Randy Orton, Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr. and Cody Rhodes started very similar; MrFanservice that have [[JackOfAllStats well-rounded wrestling styles]], were third-generation Superstars and part of a WrestlingFamily, and all wear UnderwearOfPower. However, Randy's gimmick isn't anything like his father's, is a massive DracoInLeatherPants and has become a seven-time ''world champion''. multiple time world champion. Ted is an exact LegacyCharacter copy of his father, who floundering in the lower mid-card and getting into feuds with Cody's brother (Goldust).before leaving WWE in 2013. Cody is the smallest and quickest, [[SoBadItsGood goofiest]], has gone as far away from his father (but not his [[GorgeousGeorge brother]]) as possible, did quite well for himself on ''[=SmackDown=]'', took a "disfigured" psychotic heel character to a prestige-restoring run as Intercontinental Champion, gained two tag team titles with Goldust, became the supervillain Stardust, and went on to fight Creator/StephenAmell in 2015's [=SummerSlam=].
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Cody]]: DoNotCallMePaul: Stardust ''[[BerserkButton hates]]'' to be called Cody.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Under his real name of Cody Runnels, seconded Dusty for his induction into the WCW Hall of Fame at ''WCW Slamboree 95'', May 21, 1995.[[note]]WCW fired Dustin on March 23rd for blading in the [[GimmickMatches "King of the Road" Match]] at ''WCW Uncensored 95'' on March 19th.[[/note]]

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* EarlyBirdCameo: EarlyBirdCameo:
**
Under his real name of Cody Runnels, seconded Dusty for his induction into the WCW Hall of Fame at ''WCW Slamboree 95'', May 21, 1995.[[note]]WCW had just fired Dustin on March 23rd for blading in the [[GimmickMatches "King of the Road" Match]] at ''WCW Uncensored 95'' on March 19th.[[/note]]



* EasilyForgiven:
** So, Randy Orton can concuss you, your father, and your best friend, but it's all good in the end and you're willing to join with his new group. Worse still was Orton's treatment of [=DiBiase=] and Rhodes in Legacy, which consisted of being outright abusive at times and STILL attacking their family members and such. They did eventually get tired of it…which somehow was a HeelFaceTurn [[KarmaHoudini for Randy]] [[DracoInLeatherPants Orton]].
** It was supposed to be the other way around, but fans decided that they hated Ted and Cody more and made Randy the ''de facto'' good guy for kicking their asses. The writers ran with it.
** Except now that Cody's had time to stew over it, he's come back for Orton's blood.
* TheEighties: Strongly evoked by his entrance theme, "Smoke and Mirrors", until it got altered in 2011.

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* EasilyForgiven:
**
EasilyForgiven: So, Randy Orton can concuss you, your father, and your best friend, but it's all good in the end and you're willing to join with his new group. Worse still was Orton's treatment of [=DiBiase=] and Rhodes in Legacy, which consisted of being outright abusive at times and STILL attacking their family members and such. They did eventually get tired of it…which somehow was a HeelFaceTurn for [[KarmaHoudini for Randy]] [[DracoInLeatherPants Orton]].
**
Orton]]. It was supposed to be the other way around, but fans decided that they hated Ted and Cody more and made Randy the ''de facto'' good guy for kicking their asses. The writers ran with it.
** Except now that
it…until Cody's had time to stew over it, he's come and he came back for Orton's blood.
* TheEighties: Strongly evoked by his entrance theme, "Smoke and Mirrors", until it got altered in 2011.
blood.



** His masked heel incarnation was somewhat like [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] [[XMeetsY meets]] [[Wrestling/RandyOrton Viper!Orton-lite.]]
** He claimed in a shoot the "undashing" character was supposed to be an expy of [[Comicbook/XMen Mister Sinister]], but Big Show called him [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Cody Von Doom]]. Marvel has caught on to the comparison and interviewed him. Interview can be found [[http://marvel.com/news/story/15747/fightin_fanboys_the_fall_of_cody_rhodes here]].
*** Post-heel turn, Stardust once again invokes Mister Sinister, as he's even donned a cape similar to the character.
** And his unmasked gimmick is in many ways a tweaked version of Orton's "Legend Killer" gimmick.
** His "Stardust" gimmick is an {{Expy}} of... well, Wrestling/{{Goldust}}.
*** As well as a ShoutOut to his father DustyRhodes, who innovated the "Stardust" character during the early days of his career.

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** His masked heel incarnation was somewhat like [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] [[XMeetsY meets]] meets [[Wrestling/RandyOrton Viper!Orton-lite.]]
** He claimed in a shoot the "undashing" character was supposed to be an expy of [[Comicbook/XMen Mister Sinister]], Sinister from the ''ComicBook/XMen'', but Big Show called him [[Comicbook/FantasticFour [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Cody Von Doom]]. Marvel has caught on to the comparison and interviewed him. Interview can be found [[http://marvel.com/news/story/15747/fightin_fanboys_the_fall_of_cody_rhodes here]].
***
here]]. Post-heel turn, Stardust once again invokes Mister Sinister, as he's even donned a cape similar to the character.
** And his His unmasked gimmick is in its later stages became in many ways a tweaked version of Orton's "Legend Killer" gimmick.
gimmick when he started to targed established wrestlers in the industry claiming that they were past their time just for the hell of it, such as Booker T, Big Show, and Christian.
** His "Stardust" gimmick is an {{Expy}} Expy of... well, Wrestling/{{Goldust}}.
*** As
Wrestling/{{Goldust}}, as well as a ShoutOut to his father DustyRhodes, Dusty Rhodes, who innovated the "Stardust" character during the early days of his career.



* FaceHeelTurn: Turned on Wrestling/BobHolly to team with Ted [=DiBiase=], who had said he had a mystery partner at ''Night of Champions 08'', and won the tag team belts with [=DiBiase=].
** MindScrew: Because he was revealed as [=DiBiase=]'s secret partner in the same match where he teamed with Holly only to turn on him, he technically ''defeated and was defeated by himself.''

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* FaceHeelTurn: Turned on Wrestling/BobHolly [[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]] to team with Ted [=DiBiase=], who had said he had a mystery partner at ''Night of Champions 08'', 2008'', and won the tag team belts with [=DiBiase=].
** MindScrew: Because he was revealed as [=DiBiase=]'s secret partner in the same match where he teamed with Holly only to turn on him, he technically ''defeated and was defeated by himself.''
[=DiBiase=].



-->'''[[Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers Titus]]''': Can you even read?\\
'''Stardust''': AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.

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-->'''[[Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers Titus]]''': Titus O'Neil]]:''' Can you even read?\\
'''Stardust''': '''Stardust:''' AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.



* FinishingMove: Cross Rhodes, a rolling cutter. During his debut and subsequent heel turn he used a snap DDT, later christened the "Silver Spoon DDT".
** As Stardust, he uses a modified version of a reverse STO dubbed "Dark Matter."
** He eventually went back to using Cross Rhodes again, but as of 2015 now calls it "the Queen's Crossbow" as a ShoutOut [[note]] Or perhaps a TakeThat, since he and Creator/StephenAmell are supposed to be enemies[[/note]] to Oliver Queen from Series/{{Arrow}}.
* GameBreakingInjury: Although not a serious injury, his broken nose that he suffered in 2011, which made him miss the Wrestling/RoyalRumble and Elimination Chamber, and his shoulder/back injury in November 2012.

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* FinishingMove: FinishingMove:
** As Cody Rhodes,
Cross Rhodes, a rolling cutter. During From his debut and subsequent heel turn until 2009 he used a snap DDT, later christened the "Silver Spoon DDT".
** As Stardust, he uses a modified version of a reverse STO dubbed "Dark Matter."
**
" He eventually went back to using Cross Rhodes again, but as of 2015 now calls it "the Queen's Crossbow" as a ShoutOut [[note]] Or ShoutOut[[note]]Or perhaps a TakeThat, since he and Creator/StephenAmell are supposed to be enemies[[/note]] to Oliver Queen from Series/{{Arrow}}.
''Series/{{Arrow}}''.
* GameBreakingInjury: Although not a serious injury, his broken nose that he suffered in 2011, which made him miss the Wrestling/RoyalRumble ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' and Elimination Chamber, ''Elimination Chamber'', and his shoulder/back injury in November 2012.



** In ''Hell in the Cell'' 2011, Cody dumped the current Intercontinental championship belt in favor of the classic white Intercontinental championship.

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** In ''Hell in the Cell'' 2011, Cody dumped the current Intercontinental championship Championship belt in favor of the classic white Intercontinental championship.Championship.



* HeelFaceTurn: Got cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase by his former best friend, Damien Sandow. The following night on RAW, Rhodes attacked Sandow after Sandow lost to Christian.
** HeelRealization: Later explained his furious anger against Sandow as not being about just getting outwitted in a match, but about having this as a result of Sandow's smugness.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Got cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase by his former best friend, Damien Sandow. The following night on RAW, ''Raw'', Rhodes attacked Sandow after Sandow lost to Christian.
** * HeelRealization: Later He explained his furious anger against Sandow after beingf cheated out of the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase in July 2013 as not being about just getting outwitted in a match, but about having this as a result of Sandow's smugness.



** Oh, geez, if he had just kept his mouth shut at ''Over The Limit'', he'd still have his title. {{Christian}} won a Battle Royal where the winner had the right to challenge for either the IC or US Title that night. Christian won and immediately appeared to choose Wrestling/SantinoMarella, the US Champion. But Cody just 'had' to go mouthing off to Wrestling/EveTorres about how the match wouldn't have been close if Wrestling/{{Christian}} had chosen him. Unfortunately, Christian overheard the conversation, changed his mind, and then beat Cody for the IC Championship.

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** Oh, geez, if he had just kept his mouth shut at ''Over The the Limit'', he'd still have his title. {{Christian}} Wrestling/{{Christian}} won a Battle Royal where the winner had the right to challenge for either the IC or US Title that night. Christian won and immediately appeared to choose Wrestling/SantinoMarella, the US Champion. But Cody just 'had' to go mouthing off to Wrestling/EveTorres about how the match wouldn't have been close if Wrestling/{{Christian}} Christian had chosen him. Unfortunately, Christian overheard the conversation, changed his mind, and then beat Cody for the IC Championship.



* [[IAmNotPretty I Am Not Dashing]]: After getting his nose broken accidentally by Rey Mysterio's kneebrace, he didn't think he was this anymore. Which leads to our next two points...
** InformedAttractiveness: While he's said to be the best looking wrestler on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s roster, there's stiff competition from Randy Orton, John Cena and Wrestling/JohnMorrison for that title. He beat all three of them in a poll by the Divas to see who the best looking Superstar was.
** InformedDeformity: Cody hates Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr because Rey's knee brace maimed Cody's face so that Cody is no longer dashing. Of course, he looks exactly the same. This is all highly [[InvokedTrope intentional]], as Cody is playing a psychotic heel.
** Of course Cody's extreme ego could justify why he seems to make such a big deal when there is no noticeable change in his looks. Because knowing how he likes to be a picture of perfection, it's very likely that something in his looks has changed, but it's so minor only he would notice.
* IHaveTheHighGround: One of Cody's [[SignatureMove signature moves]] is a ''beautiful'' moonsault press.

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* [[IAmNotPretty I Am Not Dashing]]: IAmNotPretty: After getting his nose broken accidentally by Rey Mysterio's kneebrace, he didn't think he was this anymore. Which leads to our next two points...
** InformedAttractiveness: While he's said to be the best looking wrestler on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s roster, there's stiff competition from Randy Orton, John Cena and Wrestling/JohnMorrison for that title. He beat all three of them in a poll by the Divas to see who the best looking Superstar was.
** InformedDeformity: Cody hates Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr because Rey's knee brace maimed Cody's face so that Cody is no longer dashing. Of course, he looks exactly the same. This is all highly [[InvokedTrope intentional]], as Cody is playing a psychotic heel.
** Of course Cody's extreme ego could justify why he seems to make
anymore, making such a big deal when there is was no noticeable change in his looks. Because Then again, knowing how he likes his "Dashing" gimmick liked to be a picture of perfection, it's very likely that something in his looks has changed, but it's it was so minor only he would notice.
* IHaveTheHighGround: One of Cody's [[SignatureMove signature moves]] {{signature move}}s is a ''beautiful'' moonsault press.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: His mask.
* InTheBlood: Dusty Rhodes seems to have charisma in his genes, judging by his sons.
* InTheHood: Fairly often since his 'masked' gimmick and almost always since unmasking.
* JackOfAllStats: As mentioned in DivergentCharacterEvolution.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: His mask.
He used the mask he wore in his post-"Dashing" gimmick to attack other people.
* InTheBlood: Dusty InformedAttractiveness: While as "Dashing" Cody Rhodes seems he was said to have charisma be the best looking wrestler on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s roster, there's stiff competition from Randy Orton, John Cena and Wrestling/JohnMorrison for that title. He beat all three of them in his genes, judging a poll by his sons.
the Divas to see who the best looking Superstar was.
* InformedDeformity: As "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, he hated Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr because Rey's knee brace maimed Cody's face so that Cody was no longer dashing. Of course, he looks exactly the same. This is all highly [[InvokedTrope intentional]], as Cody is playing a psychotic heel.
* InTheHood: Fairly often since his 'masked' gimmick and almost always since unmasking.
unmasking, he got to wear a hooded longcoat.
* JackOfAllStats: As mentioned in DivergentCharacterEvolution.He has very even attributes as a high-flyer, brawler, and technical wrestler, and a relatively average build (not too big, not too small) for pro wrestling standards.



* LaughablyEvil: Yes, he's a goof with a enormous ego, but his narcissism is so massive that any slight, perceived or otherwise, will send him into a psychotic rage.
** Very much [[AvertedTrope averted]] with his new psycho heel persona; he's way more of a legitimate threat, and he's actually kind of creepy at times.
* LaughingMad: When he was masked and "disfigured". And again as Stardust.
* ''{{Leitmotif}}''[=/=]RecurringRiff: All of his songs since the breakup of Legacy have started with almost identical vocalizations of "WHOOOOA-OOOH..." to the point where it's now associated almost exclusively with him.
* LegionOfDoom: The Cosmic Wasteland.

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* LaughablyEvil: Yes, he's as "Dashing" Cody Rhodes he was a goof with a enormous ego, but his narcissism is was so massive that any slight, perceived or otherwise, will would send him into a psychotic rage.
**
rage. Very much [[AvertedTrope averted]] afterwards with his new psycho heel persona; he's way more of a legitimate threat, and he's actually kind of creepy at times.
* LaughingMad: When he was masked and "disfigured". And again "disfigured", he would break into psychotic laughs. Again as Stardust.
Stardust, though those veered more into "''Series/{{Batman}}'' villain" laughs.
* ''{{Leitmotif}}''[=/=]RecurringRiff: {{Leitmotif}}: All of his songs since the breakup of Legacy have started with almost identical vocalizations of "WHOOOOA-OOOH..." to the point where it's now associated almost exclusively with him.
* LegionOfDoom: The As a bonafide supervillain as Stardust, he formed the Cosmic Wasteland.Wasteland after joining forces with Wrestling/TheAscension. Bonus points for the fact that the Ascension were seen as expies for the tag team who was also known for the name "Legion of Doom," Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, comparison the Ascension had fully embraced by the time they joined Stardust.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While Cody can pull off amazing {{heel}} personas, many fans and wrestlers can attest that he's one of the nicest and most genuine people in the industry.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: What drove him to his psychotic heel persona. ReyMysterioJr's knee brace broke his nose, which isn't exactly the worst thing that can happen to a WWE Superstar. See [[IAmNotPretty I Am Not Dashing]].
* {{Mook}}s: During his masked period, Cody was usually accompanied ringside by a group of nameless "attendants"/"baggers", who distribute his paper bag masks for him.
** Now he has two full-time {{Mook}}s in in [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} the Ascension]], and now call themselves [[LegionOfDoom The Cosmic Wasteland]].
* MrFanservice: Pushed as such thanks to a divas poll, though Jerry Lawler repeatedly denied it on commentary.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: While Cody can pull off amazing {{heel}} personas, many fans and wrestlers can attest that he's one of the nicest and most genuine people in the industry.
* MindScrew: Because he was revealed as Ted [=DiBiase=]'s secret partner in the same match where he teamed with Hardcore Holly only to turn on him, he technically ''defeated and was defeated by himself.''
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: What drove him to his psychotic heel persona. ReyMysterioJr's Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}'s knee brace broke his nose, which isn't exactly the worst thing that can happen to a WWE Superstar. See [[IAmNotPretty I Am Not Dashing]].
Superstar.
* {{Mook}}s: {{Mooks}}:
**
During his masked period, Cody was usually accompanied ringside by a group of nameless "attendants"/"baggers", who distribute distributed his paper bag masks for him.
** Now As Stardust he has had two full-time {{Mook}}s Mooks in in [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} the Ascension]], and now call Wrestling/TheAscension, who called themselves [[LegionOfDoom The Cosmic Wasteland]].
* MrFanservice: Pushed as such thanks to a divas Divas poll, though Jerry Lawler repeatedly denied it on commentary.



* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 29, but looks much younger clean-shaven.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 29, but He looks much younger than he is clean-shaven.



* {{Pornstache}}: Came back from a month-long hiatus (see PutOnABus) sporting... well... [[http://cdn.wl.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cody_rhodes_mustache.jpg this.]] [[[MemeticMutation It immediately got its own chant.]] He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this calling it a [[strike:pornstache]] lovestache. He would later get rid of it after turning face.

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* {{Pornstache}}: Came back from a month-long hiatus (see PutOnABus) sporting... well... [[http://cdn.wl.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cody_rhodes_mustache.jpg this.]] [[[MemeticMutation It immediately got its own chant.]] He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this calling it a [[strike:pornstache]] lovestache. He would later get rid of it after turning face.



*** TheBusCameBack: Returned to the WWE after he and [=Goldust=] defeated Wrestling/TheShield at WWE Battleground on October 6. They would capture the WWE Tag Team belts from Rollins and Reigns on the October 14th episode of RAW.
* PyrrhicVictory: He lucked into a victory at ''Extreme Rules'', winning back his Intercontinental Title. Only problem was...The Big Show was all sorts of pissed after the match and chokeslammed him through TWO tables.

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*** TheBusCameBack: Returned to the WWE after he and [=Goldust=] defeated Wrestling/TheShield at WWE Battleground on October 6. They would capture the WWE Tag Team belts from Rollins and Reigns on the October 14th episode of RAW.
* PyrrhicVictory: He lucked into a victory at ''Extreme Rules'', Rules 2012'', winning back his Intercontinental Title. Only problem was...The Big Show was all sorts of pissed after the match and chokeslammed him through TWO tables.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: Stardust is seeing red
* RoguesGallery: Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/SinCara, Damien Sandow, Wrestling/{{J|ohnBradshawLayfield}}BL, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/TheShield
* SanitySlippage: ''Oh yeah.'' So, so much after he broke his nose, and he considered himself not dashing any more, he went off the deep end. He eventually regained his sanity back, only to lose it again as Stardust.
* ShipTease: Had one with Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}}, who was the only one in the company, besides Sandow, that weren't mocking him for his moustache. This was alter dropped for unknown reasons.
* ShutUpHannibal: ''Raw'' 12/10/12, the night of his return from a brief injury. After he and Damien Sandow win a tag team four-way to earn the chance to face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a #1 contender tables match over the tag titles, Wrestling/TheMiz gets them on his [[TalkShowWithFists "Miz TV" talk show segment]] for the sole purpose of mocking Rhodes' mustache, making HoYay jokes, and trying to break up Rhodes Scholars by lecturing Cody on not standing out and saying Sandow said it -- the same way Wrestling/JohnCena successfully did to Miz himself and [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] over a year ago. After calming Sandow down from his outrage, Cody comes right back at Miz and gives him a piece of his own medicine by openly referencing his BadassDecay before ending the interview then and there.
* SoreLoser:
** Many fans, as well as JBL and Damien Sandow, felt Cody was this after losing out on MITB, and that it doesn't justify Cody's actions against Sandow. This notion wouldn't ring so hollow on Sandow's part if he hadn't constantly been touting their bonds of friendship, claiming to be intellectual and professional equals and each man [[BlatantLies promising not to stop the other from achieving success on their own]]. Sandow ''really'' didn't help his stance by offering Cody to be "Keeper of the Case" for Sandow, essentially defining Sandow's view of their friendship in which Cody is his lackey rather than his equal.
** The premise of the feud itself is definitely sound. The disconnect seems to be in the execution, as WWE jumped the gun by having the commentators rush to declare Sandow a traitor immediately after he pushed Cody off the ladder and Cody try to take Sandow's head off the next night on ''Raw'' ''before'' having the promo confrontation where Sandow showed his true colors on the lesser-watched ''[=SmackDown=]''. Had they had the promo done on ''Raw'' and ''then'' had Cody and the face announcers fully regard him as a traitor afterward, it's very likely this trope wouldn't even be discussed here.
** Seems to have been cleared up when Cody finally explained himself under tough scrutiny. His anger at getting cost the briefcase wasn't all that severe, but it was enough to get him to look at Sandow competitively, at which point he could no longer ignore what a SmugSnake he's been hanging out with all this time.
* StuckItems: In the JBLAndColeShow, Cody won JBL's hat but when he put it on, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIj1o-KGDm8 it got stuck.]]

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: Stardust is seeing red
had perpetually red irises.
* RoguesGallery: Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/BookerT, Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/SinCara, Damien Sandow, Wrestling/{{J|ohnBradshawLayfield}}BL, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/TheShield
Wrestling/TheShield.
* SanitySlippage: ''Oh yeah.'' So, yeah'', so, so much after he broke his nose, and he considered himself not dashing any more, he went off the deep end. He eventually regained his sanity back, only to lose it again as Stardust.
* ShipTease: Had one with Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}}, who was the only one in the company, besides Sandow, that weren't mocking him for his moustache. This was alter afterwards dropped for unknown reasons.
* ShutUpHannibal: ''Raw'' 12/10/12, On the December 10, 2012 episode of ''Raw'', the night of his return from a brief injury. After he and Damien Sandow win a tag team four-way to earn the chance to face Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a #1 contender tables match over the tag titles, Wrestling/TheMiz gets them on his [[TalkShowWithFists "Miz TV" talk show segment]] for the sole purpose of mocking Rhodes' mustache, making HoYay jokes, and trying to break up Rhodes Scholars by lecturing Cody on not standing out and saying Sandow said it -- the same way Wrestling/JohnCena successfully did to Miz himself and [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] over a year ago. After calming Sandow down from his outrage, Cody comes right back at Miz and gives him a piece of his own medicine by openly referencing his BadassDecay before ending the interview then and there.
* SoreLoser:
**
SoreLoser: Many fans, as well as JBL and Damien Sandow, felt Cody was this after losing out on MITB, and that it doesn't justify Cody's actions against Sandow. This notion wouldn't ring so hollow on Sandow's part if he hadn't constantly been touting their bonds of friendship, claiming to be intellectual and professional equals and each man [[BlatantLies promising not to stop the other from achieving success on their own]]. Sandow ''really'' didn't help his stance by offering Cody to be "Keeper of the Case" for Sandow, essentially defining Sandow's view of their friendship in which Cody is his lackey rather than his equal.
**
equal. The premise of the feud itself is definitely sound. The disconnect seems to be in the execution, as WWE jumped the gun by having the commentators rush to declare Sandow a traitor immediately after he pushed Cody off the ladder and Cody try to take Sandow's head off the next night on ''Raw'' ''before'' having the promo confrontation where Sandow showed his true colors on the lesser-watched ''[=SmackDown=]''. Had they had the promo done on ''Raw'' and ''then'' had Cody and the face announcers fully regard him as a traitor afterward, it's very likely this trope wouldn't even be discussed here.
**
here. Seems to have been cleared up when Cody finally explained himself under tough scrutiny. His anger at getting cost the briefcase wasn't all that severe, but it was enough to get him to look at Sandow competitively, at which point he could no longer ignore what a SmugSnake he's been hanging out with all this time.
* StuckItems: In the JBLAndColeShow, ''The JBL and Cole Show'', Cody won JBL's hat but when he put it on, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIj1o-KGDm8 it got stuck.]]



* ThatManIsDead: Stardust has said that "Cody Rhodes is dead."
** On the 2/16/15 edition of Raw, during said feud with Goldust, Dusty visits the locker room to try and get his sons on the same page again. Stardust proceeds to make a long, drawn-out rant about being in his father and brother's shadows, concluding with "Cody Rhodes is dead, and so is my father!" Made HarsherInHindsight as this would be Dusty's very last appearance on Raw before passing away for real almost four months later.

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* ThatManIsDead: Stardust has said that "Cody Rhodes is dead."
**
On the 2/16/15 February 16, 2015 edition of Raw, ''Raw'', during said his feud with Goldust, Dusty visits the locker room to try and get his sons on the same page again. Stardust proceeds to make a long, drawn-out rant about being in his father and brother's shadows, concluding with "Cody Rhodes is dead, and so is my father!" Made HarsherInHindsight as this would be Dusty's very last appearance on Raw ''Raw'' before passing away for real almost four months later.later, and Cody would actually not appear again in WWE before he requested his release from WWE in May 2016.



* [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Ugly Guy's Dashing Son]]: Have you seen Dusty Rhodes? How on God's green earth was Cody born? This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who noted that Looks Aren't Everything while (unfavorably) comparing Cody to Dusty.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Most heels will end a beatdown with their finisher. Cody ended the one he gave to [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey]] by raking his face across metal grating, throwing him headfirst into a wall, and then yanking his mask off.
** Also ended up on the wrong end of this via Randy Orton, the ''poster boy'' for UnnecessaryRoughness. A Falls Count Anywhere match during their brief feud saw Randy Orton blasting Rhodes across the face with a ring bell, busting him open the hard way and turning his face (ironically) into a crimson mask.
* VillainousBreakdown: Underwent one after Rey Mysterio Jr. broke his nose. Being an egomaniac who considered himself the picture of perfection, this resulted in him losing his mind and turning into a psychotic heel. Had one again after Wrestling/{{Edge}} basically ignored him.
* VillainousFriendship: Type 1 with Damien Sandow. The two legitimately enjoyed one another's company and considered the other their best friend. Then, Money In The Bank 2013 happened.
* VillainTeamUp: First with Ted [=DiBiase=] in 2008; some time later the two teamed up with Wrestling/RandyOrton to form Legacy. He then teamed with Drew [=McIntyre=] in '10 to create "The Dashing Ones." Unfortunately, right after they established their tag team moniker, they split up. Then he teamed up with Wrestling/DamienSandow, who claimed that Rhodes was the only Superstar he could have an intelligent conversation with, which is hilarious when you consider who Cody's father is. They were officially the "Rhodes Scholars". After teaming up for a couple months, they mutually decided to focus on their singles careers while remaining best friends, going on to resume their team-up a month later while continuing to support each other's solo careers. But then…
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** Damien Sandow seemingly double crossed him to get his hands on the Money in the Bank briefcase. Was confirmed after Cody assaulted Sandow after his match the following night on ''Raw'' and Sandow would go on to try to hash things out with him on ''[=SmackDown=]'' by…[[StealthInsult asking Cody to become "Protector of the Case"]].
** Finally got his revenge on Sandow by tossing Sandow's briefcase into the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GBZcxqby-k Gulf of Mexico]] on the July 26, 2013 episode of ''[=SmackDown=]'' .
** Cody in fact used this as his reasoning when explaining his actions on Raw. While he admits he would've done the same to Sandow if the positions were reversed, Damien's actions allowed Cody to see him as a competitor and not a friend, able to comprehend what an asshole Sandow is, something Cody was naive to as his best friend.

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* [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Ugly UglyGuysHotDaughter: Well, more like "Ugly Guy's Dashing Son]]: Son." Have you seen Dusty Rhodes? How on God's green earth was Cody born? This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who noted that Looks Aren't Everything looks aren't everything while (unfavorably) comparing Cody to Dusty.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: UnnecessaryRoughness:
**
Most heels will end a beatdown with their finisher. Cody ended the one he gave to [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey]] Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} by raking his face across metal grating, throwing him headfirst into a wall, and then yanking his mask off.
** Also ended up on the wrong end of this via Randy Orton, the ''poster boy'' for UnnecessaryRoughness.Unnecessary Roughness. A Falls Count Anywhere match during their brief feud saw Randy Orton blasting Rhodes across the face with a ring bell, busting him open the hard way and turning his face (ironically) into a crimson mask.
* VillainousBreakdown: Underwent one after Rey Mysterio Jr. broke his nose. Being an egomaniac who considered himself the picture of perfection, this resulted in him losing his mind and turning into a psychotic heel. Had one again after Wrestling/{{Edge}} basically ignored him.
heel.
* VillainousFriendship: Type 1 with Damien Sandow. The two legitimately enjoyed one another's company and considered the other their best friend. Then, Money In The ''Money in the Bank 2013 2013'' happened.
* VillainTeamUp: First with Ted [=DiBiase=] in 2008; some time later the two teamed up with Wrestling/RandyOrton to form Legacy. He then teamed with Drew [=McIntyre=] in '10 to create "The Dashing Ones." Unfortunately, 2010, however, right after they established their tag team moniker, "The Dashing Ones", they split up. Then he teamed up with Wrestling/DamienSandow, who claimed that Rhodes was the only Superstar he could have an intelligent conversation with, which is hilarious when you consider who Cody's father is. They were officially the "Rhodes Scholars". After teaming up for a couple months, they mutually decided to focus on their singles careers while remaining best friends, going on to resume their team-up a month later while continuing to support each other's solo careers. But then…
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
**
WeUsedToBeFriends: Damien Sandow seemingly double crossed him to get his hands on the Money in the Bank briefcase. Was confirmed after Cody assaulted Sandow after his match the following night on ''Raw'' and Sandow would go on to try to hash things out with him on ''[=SmackDown=]'' by…[[StealthInsult asking Cody to become "Protector of the Case"]].
**
Case"]]. Finally got his revenge on Sandow by tossing Sandow's briefcase into the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GBZcxqby-k Gulf of Mexico]] on the July 26, 2013 episode of ''[=SmackDown=]'' .
**
''[=SmackDown=]'' . Cody in fact used this as his reasoning when explaining his actions on Raw.''Raw''. While he admits he would've done the same to Sandow if the positions were reversed, Damien's actions allowed Cody to see him as a competitor and not a friend, able to comprehend what an asshole Sandow is, something Cody was naive to as his best friend.



-->'''Cody''': ''[[IronicEcho You've earned this.]]''

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-->'''Cody''': -->'''Cody:''' ''[[IronicEcho You've earned this.]]''



* WrestlingFamily: The son of "The American Dream" Wrestling/DustyRhodes & half-brother to Dustin "[=Goldust=]" Runnels. And Dustin/Goldust was married to former diva/manager and one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] Wrestling/TerriRunnels, which made her Cody's half-sister-in-law. Also, his new wife Brandi has had two stints on WWE programming before as ring announcer/interviewer Eden Stiles, before joining him in the ring in Wrestling/{{TNA}} as part of their post-WWE world tour.

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* WrestlingFamily: The son of "The American Dream" Wrestling/DustyRhodes & and half-brother to Dustin "[=Goldust=]" "Goldust" Runnels. And Dustin/Goldust was married to former diva/manager Diva/manager and one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] Wrestling/TerriRunnels, which made her Cody's half-sister-in-law. Also, his new wife Brandi has had two stints on WWE programming before as ring announcer/interviewer Eden Stiles, before joining him in the ring in Wrestling/{{TNA}} as part of their post-WWE world tour.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[Wrestling/TheNexus Husky Harris]] (Rhodes' former ''NXT'' rookie) more or less did this to Cody during a battle Royal that took place on the 2010 ''Tribute To The Troops''. At one point during the match Rhodes [[ContinuityNod raised Husky's arm to praise him and point him out to the crowd]], Husky thanks him by throwing out of the ring.
** TooDumbToLive: All the commentators had to say about Rhodes' actions was something along the lines of "I guess Cody Rhodes supports Nexus."

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[Wrestling/TheNexus [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt Husky Harris]] (Rhodes' former ''NXT'' rookie) more or less did this to Cody during a battle Royal that took place on the 2010 ''Tribute To The Troops''. At one point during the match Rhodes [[ContinuityNod raised Husky's arm to praise him and point him out to the crowd]], Husky thanks him by throwing out of the ring.
** TooDumbToLive:
ring. All the commentators had to say about Rhodes' actions was something along the lines of "I guess Cody Rhodes supports Nexus."



->[[EarWorm WHOOOAH-OH! YOU'RE ONLY SMOKE AND MIRRORS TO ME!]]

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->[[EarWorm WHOOOAH-OH! ->''[[EarWorm "WHOOOAH-OH! YOU'RE ONLY SMOKE AND MIRRORS TO ME!]]ME!"]]''
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* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: Stardust is an homage to Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}''-era super villains; i.e. PG bad guys, and that's a cornerstone of what makes Stardust so great on the show. That gives him far more mileage than a violent psychopath on a PG show.
13th Oct '16 9:38:13 PM SomeoneElse17
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* WrestlingFamily: The son of "The American Dream" Wrestling/DustyRhodes & half-brother to Dustin "[=Goldust=]" Runnels. And Dustin/Goldust was married to former diva/manager and one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] Wrestling/TerriRunnels, which made her Cody's half-sister-in-law. Also, his new wife Brandi has appeared on WWE programming before as Eden Stiles, and recently signed back with NXT as an announcer.

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* WrestlingFamily: The son of "The American Dream" Wrestling/DustyRhodes & half-brother to Dustin "[=Goldust=]" Runnels. And Dustin/Goldust was married to former diva/manager and one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] Wrestling/TerriRunnels, which made her Cody's half-sister-in-law. Also, his new wife Brandi has appeared had two stints on WWE programming before as ring announcer/interviewer Eden Stiles, before joining him in the ring in Wrestling/{{TNA}} as part of their post-WWE world tour.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Despite Cody being his real name
and recently signed back Rhodes being a professional surname coming from his father, somehow WWE owns "Cody Rhodes" as a specific television trademark. So TNA got around this by having Cody be joined by his wife Brandi so they can refer to them as "Cody and Brandi Rhodes", and thinly disguised that intention by having Brandi announce her signing with NXT as an announcer.TNA and ''then'' having Cody's vignettes advertising his debut at ''Bound for Glory'' separately.
1st Oct '16 6:37:01 AM SomeoneElse17
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* TookALevelInBadass: In frightening fashion. Cody was largely played as a joke since becoming "Dashing" ... That is, until he attacked Rey Mysterio, knocked him into his mirror (the stage screen) and tore his mask off. Yes, Cody Rhodes, the same one who played ButtMonkey for Legacy, who threw a tantrum when you hurt his face and who gave you tips on how to be "dashing", ''beat the hell out of one of the top faces in the WWE''.
** Becoming Stardust, complete with an entirely new moveset. He's yet to lose a match in the new persona.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
**
In frightening fashion. Cody was largely played as a joke since becoming "Dashing" ... That is, until he attacked Rey Mysterio, knocked him into his mirror (the stage screen) and tore his mask off. Yes, Cody Rhodes, the same one who played ButtMonkey for Legacy, who threw a tantrum when you hurt his face and who gave you tips on how to be "dashing", ''beat the hell out of one of the top faces in the WWE''.
** Becoming Stardust, complete with an entirely new moveset. He's yet It took several months for anyone to lose a match in the new persona.figure out how to beat him.
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