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->''(Rocky's opponent, wrestling champion Thunderlips, enters the arena.)''\\
'''Mickey:''' Let's get out of here.\\
'''Rocky:''' Aw c'mon Mick, it's for charity.\\
'''Mickey:''' You're wearing your anatomy out for charity! Nobody else does this much for charity!\\
'''Rocky:''' Bob Hope would.\\
'''Mickey:''' That's true.
-->-- ''RockyIII''

'''Bob Hope''' (1903 - 2003), British-born American comedian and actor who appeared in {{vaudeville}}, films, television and radio. Hosted the AcademyAwards 18 times. Toured for the USO in multiple wars, from World War II to the Gulf War, and in 1996 was declared the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces" by Congress.

His best-known films are the FilmNoir parody ''Film/MyFavoriteBrunette'' and the ''Film/RoadTo'' series, in which he co-starred with Music/BingCrosby and Dorothy Lamour. He also starred in 1939 version of ''TheCatAndTheCanary''. For many years his stand-up material was written by his good friend BobMonkhouse, a stand-up comedian in his own right.
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!!Tropes associated with Bob Hope include:
* DeadpanSnarker
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Hope himself couldn't honestly be counted as one, but he certainly associated with them.
* LargeHam
* LovableCoward: His persona in many of his films like ''Film/PaleFace'' and ''Film/ThePrincessAndThePirate''.
* RapidFireComedy
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Twice a victim, once in 1998 and again in 2003, just months before his actual death. Both were cases of pre-written obituaries accidentally being published.
* RunningGag: Hosted several AcademyAward ceremonies, but was never even so much as ''nominated'' for one; although throughout his lifetime he received five Honorary Awards. This became fodder for his routines about his movie career and Hollywood politics after BingCrosby won for ''Film/GoingMyWay''. (See "Self Deprecation" below.)
** The cover of the book ''Inside Oscar'' by Damien Bona and Mason Wiley has a gag photo of MarlonBrando trying to wrest his Oscar for ''OnTheWaterfront'' away from Hope.
* SelfDeprecation:
** "Welcome once again to the Academy Awards... or as we call it in my family, Passover..."
** On his 100th birthday: "I'm so old, they've canceled my blood type."
* ShoutOut: Early in [[WarOnTerror the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan]], ''TheOnion'' ran an article which claimed his caregivers were keeping the news away from him:
-->''[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/bob-hope-not-told-about-war,211/ "Bob is a true patriot, and whenever he hears about a new war, he wants to get out there and entertain the troops"]]''
* TakeThat: This bit of exchange from 1940's ''The Ghost Breakers''.
-->'''Richard Carlson (as Geoff Montgomery):''' "It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring."
-->'''Bob Hope (as Larry Lawrence):''' "You mean like Democrats?"
* ThemeTune: ''Thanks for the Memories''.
* ThoseTwoActors: with BingCrosby and Dorothy Lamour
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