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[[caption-width-right:300: The Man, the Chin, the Force of Nature]]

Hulking, tattooed front man of seminal punk band Music/BlackFlag and later the Rollins Band, spoken word artist, author of several prose/poetry books, actor, [=TV=] and radio host, entrepreneur, outspoken activist, blogger and all-around force of nature. By the age of 30 he had written, sung, performed, acted and published more material in more varied mediums than many artists could aspire to during their entire life.

'''Henry Rollins''' (February 13, 1961-) is quite intelligent, and despite his imposing physical appearance and manic performance style, he is a nice guy and something of a nerd, embracing the Internet and other technology at the cutting edge. (This may be because he initially cultivated the whole "physically imposing" deal to cope with rowdy, often-violent Black Flag shows).

In 1991, Henry and Joe Cole were accosted by a gunman and Henry watched his best friend get murdered in front of him by a gunshot to the head. Henry escaped unharmed, but this event was a considerable influence on his work for some time as reflected in a lot of his writing and spoken word afterward.

Now in his fifties, Henry is still in the same physical shape he has always been and is actively performing, writing, touring and kicking ass as much as ever.

If you would like to see a full list of everything he has published during his career, your best bet is to visit his official website at [[http://21361.com/ 21361.com]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Rollins go look]] at TheOtherWiki - it is enough to fill a(nother) book.

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!!Tropes embodied by Henry's work:

* AbusiveParents: Some of his stories of his childhood and high school years.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Has several bits about it, including one describing thinking about himself masturbating while masturbating as his fodder.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: For him, it is [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]]. And even worse, Rollins was an UnknownRival [[http://youtu.be/vOjjY-Pp_og from 1992 to 1996]]. And even when Iggy ''did'' realize it, [[CurbStompBattle Rollins got his ass kicked.]]
-->'''Rollins:''' "What are you doing in Denmark?" I-I played tonight! "You did?" Yes, I was the opening band, I saw you staring at me! "[[OvershadowedByAwesome You played? I just remember Iggy Pop.]]" [Iggy]'s just like ''*finger flick* dink''.
* {{Badass}}[=/=]BadassGrandpa: 53 years old, still limitless energy, still publishing and performing and still looks like he could punch through a truck.
* BerserkButton:
** Techno music, having railed against it multiple times, particularly DumbassDJ's who play it and think they are musicians because they can mess with a song list on a Mac book. Of course, his rants have been the fodder for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf13MmZIcLs techno remixes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0TSVti62r0 for years now]].
** Throughout ''Literature/GetInTheVan'' he rails against closed-minded punk rockers he encountered constantly. During a later tour of the UK, he and the band would have the DJ take off the generic punk tape playing over the PA and play a tape of Music/ZZTop's ''Eliminator'' to piss everyone off, and then told everyone it was the new album from [famous punk band], just to further bum them out.
** He has so many of these that he served as host to NationalGeographic's documentary on "[[http://youtu.be/35cOqZI067E The Warrior Gene]]", wondering whether he had it - [[spoiler: he did not]].
* BourgeoisBohemian: A punk version rather than a hippy version. He is notably the voice of Infinity luxury automobiles.
* CassandraTruth: Went to a voice specialist doctor for chronic vocal problems. When asked to list all the drugs, drink and smokes he does daily, the doctor refused to believe him when he said "zero" (granted, he was looking at his vocal chord x-ray at the time, which resembled Lemmy from Motorhead's more than a clean living guy, due to Henry's aggressive vocal styling).
--> "Ok Henry, we'll go with that for now, but when you're ready to tell the truth, just let me know."
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule:
** Mary, one of his high school girlfriends.
** His first kiss (and cigarette, and drink of whiskey) was from a Catholic school girl at a mixer dance when he was 15.
* DarkIsNotEvil: In spite of his reputation and overall demeanor, he is generally agreed to be friendly and approachable.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: You will seldom find a musical performance in which he is wearing shoes.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: He intentionally drove like a nutter for [[Series/{{Jackass}} Steve-O's]] "off-road tattoo" - while swearing at everyone around him.
* DrugsAreBad: Staunch anti-drug, alcohol and tobacco. Most find it hard to believe (see CassandraTruth).
* TheEponymousShow: ''The Henry Rollins Show,'' which aired on [=IFC=] from April 2006 to September 2007.
* EvilFeelsGood: From "Liar"
--> "Oooooh I'm a liar, I lie, yeah, I like it, I feel good"
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Covered in tattoos and muscles with a reputation for kicking large amounts of ass, and on the lower side of average height at about 5'9".
* FreeTheFrogs: A humorous version on The Boxed Life. While he was attending a MilitaryAcademy / private school as a teen, his dissection frog escaped and the boys in the class had to chase it around. "It was cute, like something from that Creator/RobinWilliams [[Film/DeadPoetsSociety movie]]."
* GallowsHumor: When he hit his 50th birthday, Henry commissioned some artwork and photos that confronted the issues of aging head on. [[http://albertarosetheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Henry-Rollins-Pic-225x300.jpg This poster]] for a speaking tour shows him in his Franchise/{{Superman}}-esque outfit from the "Liar" video, while the Grim Reaper peers over his shoulder. In two photos taken for a ''Billboard'' interview around the same time, one shows the Grim Reaper chasing Rollins while another shows the singer wearing Depends over the Franchise/{{Superman}} outfit.
* GeniusBruiser: The man is big, smart, and has performed or published material in just about every medium that exists. His stage presence is one of a barely-controlled explosion. He will verbally ''destroy'' you with logic and common sense at the drop of a hat, and then when you are on the ropes, he will drop a PrecisionFStrike to devastating effect; good thing he is a good guy.
* HardcorePunk: With Black Flag, he helped define the genre.
* InkSuitActor: He has voiced cartoon characters that bare a passing resemblance to him:
** His ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' character [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/19735/Batman%20Beyond%20Fancast%20henry-rollins.jpg Mad Stan]].
** [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/b02ec55708f276c2f91f1923ccb1051f/tumblr_n8mzy9Gjdf1rg2ffoo1_1280.jpg Zaheer]] from WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra.
* LampshadingTheObscureReference: When working in a science lab, he would write Music/{{Devo}} on his chemical protective suit (as they looked like something Devo would wear onstage, hell, probably was), to the bafflement of the middle aged scientists working there. He would then proceed to make of them for being out of touch, despite at the time Devo being a fairly obscure band.
* LoonyFan: Met many over the years.
** While in line to get tickets at a {{Kiss}} show, a drug-addled, white trash meathead ahead of him in line recognized him and began gushing about his work to him, making Henry uncomfortable to have such a...''specimen'' of humanity be a fan of his.
** The entirety of the ''Eric the Pilot'' saga (the whole tale takes up an entire spoken word disc). Henry's flight got cancelled to a gig in Oklahoma, and as he scrambled for a new flight out of St. Louis, a "pilot" approached and said he would take him on his small charter plane. The plane got completely lost and made an emergency landing in a tiny air strip in the middle of nowhere. Turns out Eric a) was not a licensed pilot (still in training) and b) had taken the plane without his company's or the FFA's permission. He was just a huge fan trying to impress and help his idol.
** Henry describes himself as one when meeting various musicians, authors and actors he idolizes. Particularly Music/KingCrimson guitarist Adrian Belew when working with him on a Creator/WilliamShatner album in Nashville.
-->'''Ben Folds'''[[note]]producer for the album[[/note]]: "Oh no, are you a Trekkie for Adrian Belew?!"
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look at him, listen to his music, learn of his reputation and then speak with him for five minutes. His seemingly perpetual rage is based on the fact that he firmly believes ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre most people are better than they realize]]'' and he wants you to know it, even if it seems he [[ToughLove wants to beat it out of you]].
* MistakenForGay: Gets this constantly. He is mostly just amused by it, and is a staunch supporter of gay rights.
--> "If I were gay there would be no closet. I would have burned it for kindling when I was twelve. Because there's nothing wrong with being gay ''and you know it.''"
* MoodWhiplash: Most of his stand up shows are like this, going from hilarious anecdotes to serious statements on the state of the world.
* MotorMouth: Occasionally lapses into this in his stand-up shows.
* NerdsAreSexy: He is not just a big guy who yells a lot. Not only does he embrace technology, but he yells at you to take every advantage you can of it for your own betterment. Often sports NerdGlasses for extra points.
* PerpetualFrowner: A staple of his appearance. It is quite shocking [[WhenSheSmiles when he smiles]]. You can see some videos of him laughing his ass off on his website.
* PrecisionFStrike, ClusterFBomb, SirSwearsALot: All staples of his work.
* ProtestSong: Black Flag, Rollins Band, and most of his spoken word works are filled with these.
* RenaissanceMan: Look at the first paragraph.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: Remember that song?
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Played with. When working at Haagen Daz as a teen, he and HeterosexualLifePartner [[Music/MinorThreat Ian MacKaye]] would get bored and play various pranks on customers, including once replacing bubblegum sprinkles with ''rat poison.''
--> Customer: "...and I'll take some bubblegum sprinkles."
--> Ian: "Sir those are not sprinkles. That is rat poison."
--> Customer: "Oh, ha ha, that does look like rat poison."
--> Ian: "Sir, I assure you, that really is rat poison." *holds up bag*
--> Customer: "...why the ''hell'' would you put rat poison in the toppings selection?'
--> Ian: "Sir, we just thought you'd want the option."
* UrbanLegend: As per the PromotedFanboy on the trivia tab, the exact details of his joining Black Flag are murky. The popular version (and told by Rollins in his ''Get in the Van'' bio) is that Henry simply took a train to see them in New York, and jumped onstage (or was invited to in the spur of the moment) as they played "Clocked In" for him before he had to get on the train to go to work back in D.C. Others have suggested they were already considering him, having already formed a friendship with him and having listened to his EP from his previous band State of Alarm, then somewhat discussed the possibility of him coming on stage to sing with them ahead of time. Even Henry's own retelling of the event years later does not seem to keep the details straight.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Henry raised eyebrows for sporting a muscle-bound physique and often performing shirtless, which did not fit into many peoples' perceptions of what punks looked like.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Quite literally. One of his tales from his days working odd jobs as a teen includes his time as a gofer in a science lab, and how one lab rat due for experimentation managed to escape. The staff never located it. Eventually, the entire grouping of rats were put down, and as they closed the door on the room for the last time before it was dismantled/sterilized, the rat made his final escape out the closing door, never to be seen again. The rat became Henry's personal hero.
* {{Workaholic}}: "I am addicted to work."
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