[[caption-width-right:231:"The Brain"]]

-> "''A friend in need is a pest.''"

Born '''Raymond Louis Heenan''' in 1944, '''Bobby "The Brain" Heenan''' is one of ProfessionalWrestling's most famous managers (and possibly the most successful), working throughout Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s "Federation Years" of [[TheEighties the '80s]] and [[TheNineties '90s]] as the manager of many a great wrestler and tag team, often running his collective of wrestlers under the name of "The Heenan Family". The Family was constantly opposed by Wrestling/HulkHogan, and many of the wrestlers Heenan managed met with bitter defeat at Hogan's hands, despite Heenan's efforts to tilt the odds in their favor.

Aside from his managerial duties, Heenan was also a color commentator; he was one-half of (arguably) the greatest commentary duo in the history of the industry (with the late Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon), and he also worked for {{Wrestling/WCW}} for a number of years. Heenan is also an official member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

You can read more about his life and career at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Heenan That Other Wiki]].
!!'''Mr. Heenan provides examples of:'''

* {{Acrofatic}}: Could take insane bumps in his rare matches that seemed to defy gravity at times.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/DickTheBruiser, Wrestling/TheCrusher, Tommy Rich, Hulk Hogan, to the point where Hogan's heel turn actually made Heenan turn face, he detested the man so much.
* [[{{Biography}} Autobiography]]: 2002's ''Bobby The Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All''
* BadSanta: Famously on the Christmas Day, 1989, episode of WWF ''Prime Time Wrestling'', where Heenan -- dressed as Santa -- openly mocked the tradition and declared there was no Santa, riling RoddyPiper up enough to get his ass kicked. The skit and the WWF were widely criticized for this episode, given that [[ThinkOfTheChildren many viewers in the audience were children who still believed in Santa]].
** Of course those people missed the point that Bobby had always been portrayed as TheGadfly and a JerkAss, so the kids would have no reason to believe him.
* BadassGrandpa: When word got out that he needed surgery to treat throat cancer, he declared he wasn't going down without a fight, and famously added that if Gorilla Monsoon couldn't shut him up, this wasn't going to, either.
* BigNo: When Hogan beat Wrestling/RicFlair at ''Bash at the Beach 1994'', Heenan responded with a series of these.
* BigYes: The 1992 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'', which was won by Wrestling/RicFlair. The pinnacle of his announcing career was capped off by over half a dozen of these:
-->'''Bobby Heenan''': YES! YES! YES! YES! YES, YES, YES! [[Wrestling/RicFlair HE]] DID IT!
* BitingTheHandHumor: The fun thing about this job is that he could trash awful wrestlers and claim it's in-character.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine. An American version, with Heenan as the Boke to Gorilla Monsoon's Tsukkomi. Happened practically [[OnceAnEpisode once a match]]:
-->'''Bobby Heenan''': \\
'''Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon''': ''(exasperated)'' Will you ''stop?!''
** He did the same routine with Tony Schiavone, although since Schiavone was nowhere near Gorilla's level as a commentator, they didn't come up with any memorable exchanges. Whereas Monsoon would seemingly try to shut Heenan up, he did it in a way that fed Heenan to retort, so they would keep {{volleying insults}} back and forth. Schiavone would act like a brick wall and shut down any attempts by Heenan ("no, it's ''not''", or ''"shut'' up.") to get a similar flow going. This reason for this lack of chemistry was that, whereas Heenan and Monsoon were the best of friends, Heenan and Schiavone genuinely hated each other. That makes for uncomfortable viewing.
* BullyingADragon[=/=]TooDumbToLive: At ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania VI]]'' in 1990, was managing the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champions]] the Colossal Connection (Wrestling/AndreTheGiant and [[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Haku]]) against the challengers Wrestling/{{Demolition}}. After the Demos won the match and the titles, after Andre's attempt at interference backfired against Haku (who had wrestled the entire match himself due to Andre's physical decline), Brain got in Andre's face and yelled at him for costing them the titles. Andre proceeded to slap the heck out of Brain, thus [[HeelFaceTurn turning himself face]], and left to the cheers of the crowd.
* UsefulNotes/{{California}}: Billed from Beverly Hills, although he is actually from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}.
* CassandraTruth: Had [[{{Kayfabe}} bashed]] Wrestling/HulkHogan for years as a bad person, then ended up looking like he was right when Hogan [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], launching the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. In fact, that night, when Hogan came out, ostensibly to aid the faces, Heenan (to the derision of the other commentators) was the only one to actually ask whose side Hogan was actually on. The line was unscripted, though, and earned him a reprimand from management for nearly giving the twist away. That said, according to Heenan's book, WCW boss Wrestling/EricBischoff imposed that kind of GenreBlindness on the announcers, since he wanted them to call the action as if it was a "shoot" (real). Heenan said he told Bischoff that they'd never seen a shoot and that [[PretenderDiss if they saw one they wouldn't know it]]. So it's very likely Heenan was relying on his character's hatred for Hogan to take him through that spot and trying to sound utterly obnoxious about it all the while so the inevitable Hogan save could make him look like the foolish heel again…and then Hogan dropped the leg and proved the bitter fool correct and he reacted accordingly.
* TheCastShowOff: Several of his 90s-era post match commentaries featured 'The Brain Scan', which simply involved Heenan doodling a famous cartoon character like WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker or [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]] on the show's Telestrator while putting down a {{Face}} wrestler.
* ClusterFBomb: Obviously not as much as an announcer (aside from his infamous run-in with Wrestling/BrianPillman), but as a manager he was known to be a tad colorful at ringside.
-->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/01/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-clash-of-the-champions-xxxii/3/ Brandon Stroud]]''': You keep expecting Heenan to lift the table over his head and [[TalkToTheFist break it over Pillman]] like a Nasty Boy.
** Prior to Andre The Giant's face turn at Wrestlemania VI he was berating him by repeatedly yelling "I'M THE FUCKING BOSS!"....in 1990, very PG kid oriented WWF no less!
* DeadpanSnarker: [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bobby_Heenan A grandmaster of it]].
* DirtyOldMan: While certainly never to the extent of, say, Wrestling/JerryLawler in WWE, but, he had his moments.
** During the Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} vs. [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Disco Inferno]] match at ''WCW Halloween Havoc 97'', Jacqueline suffered [[ClothingDamage a nipple slip]] while executing a Russian Legsweep, and Heenan said, "Replay!"
** Tony Schiavone asked Heenan why he didn't clap for the Nitro Girls' dance routine on the August 16, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. His answer: "It's impossible to clap with only [[ADateWithRosiePalms one hand.]]"
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Tuesday In Texas pay-per-view event where JakeRoberts slaps Miss Elizabeth across the face (after forcing her to beg for RandySavage's safety). Even he seemed shocked that Roberts put his hands on a much smaller woman, and was sure that he was going to [=DDT=] her into oblivion.
** While he was already established as anti-nWo, his TranquilFury moment at the parody of Arn Anderson's retirement speech also could qualify. "It's not funny anymore....not when you know Arn Anderson like we do..."
* FunnyTShirt: His collection of garish sweatshirts on ''WWF Prime Time'', ranging from Ivy League schools (Harvard, Princeton), to the China Club, MENSA, etc.
* TheGadfly: This was pretty much his role on commentary in WCW, especially with Tony Schiavone, as he'd tell BlatantLies or do anything he could think of to provoke/crack up/annoy him.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: ''Nitro'' is a show that demands lubrication to go down smooth.
-->'''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1998071t.htm DDT]]''': Heenan refers to Malone's truck as an "[[{{Malaproper}} 88-wheeler]]". Someone just came back from Happy Hour.\\
Heenan refers to Stevie Ray as a great tag team. He's smashed.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Chuck Barris called, he wants his wardrobe back. Rhinestone-covered tracksuits, gold medallions, glitter jackets, [[BowtiesAreCool fat bowties]], and a Tony Clifton ruffled shirt that would embarrass a 70s prom date. And this was in the days of ''Nitro'', when '''Wrestling/JimmyHart''' wore a bland suit to work.
* IronicNickname: Inverted, as judging by his look and personality, he's a none-too-bright commentator. But every now and then he'd let slip a dry remark, [[ObfuscatingStupidity revealing it to be an act.]]
* JerkAss: Naturally, given his status as a heel. Bobby is arrogant, selfish, cowardly, cheap and is contemptuous of anyone he deems beneath him (which is most people) and a [[ProfessionalButtKisser suck-up to superiors]]. Out of character, he said there's a HUGE difference between Raymond Louis Heenan (the man) and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (the character).
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: In retirement. When Wrestling/RingOfHonor was in danger of going under, following the RF Video Scandal and separation, Heenan offered to help keep the promotion afloat.
* MemeticHandGesture: You're looking at it. (See profile pic.)
* MotorMouth: An amalgam of every annoying sports agent on earth. It was also one of his greatest strengths as a manager.
* NeckLift: Was on the receiving end of many of these, usually when he tried to interfere in his wrestlers' matches and the face would catch him.
* OnlySaneMan: Became trapped in this role at WCW. Like most ex-WWF guys on the roster, he was hired solely for name recognition, as Bischoff and others delighted in making him look utterly impotent (i.e. literally handcuffing him to the desk, or having Madusa dose him with WCW cologne with zero provocation).
* PetTheDog: The Brain's heart grew three sizes at ''[=WrestleMania VII=]'', when Wrestling/RandySavage accepted his defeat with grace and reunited with [[Wrestling/MissElizabeth Liz]]. He also (reluctantly) acknowledged that Hogan defeating American traitor SgtSlaughter to win the WWF championship later in the card was a victory for America. Of course, he was back to his money-grubbing ways when the credits rolled, leading into his SchiffOneLiner.
* PowerStable: The Heenan Family, in the World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis, the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation, [[http://www.georgiawrestlinghistory.com Georgia Championship Wrestling]], and Wrestling/{{WWE}} from the late 1960s until 1991.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: As a commentator, Heenan would make himself look either oblivious or seriously delusional, all for the sake of putting the heels over. In the ''WWF Prime Time'' segments with Vince and company, he dropped the act and behaved like his real self: a serenely-smug chucklehead.
* {{Racist Grand|ma}}pa: Heenan ripped on the faces a lot while a commentator, but none so much as Wrestling/TitoSantana. Interestingly, Tito was actually one of Heenan's favorite wrestlers in real life, and Heenan's constant ripping of him was an attempt to garner fan support for him.
* RedBaron: "Pretty Boy," "Brain" (taken from Eddie Creatchman), "The Weasel" (imposed on him by The Crusher) which stuck with him as a derogatory nickname for the rest of his career.
** Roddy Piper called him "Boobs" when they did commentary together.
* ShoutOut: After [[Wrestling/BryanClarke Wrath]] {{Squash|Match}}ed Olympic bobsledder-turned-pro-wrestler Chip Minton on the December 3, 1998 episode of ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Thunder'', Heenan on commentary said, "So much for [[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]."
* SoftWater:[[invoked]] Ad-libbed at ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Halloween Havoc 95'', after Hogan pushed [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] off the roof of Cobo Hall at the end of their Monster Truck challenge. Believing him to be dead from the fall, Bobby asked what side he fell into, river or street (with the implication being that falling into the water makes recovery much more difficult). However, Eric and Tony did not appreciate him [[FridgeLogic poking holes in this story's logic]] and cut him off immediately. "What ''difference'' does it make?" (A man is '''DEAD''', Heenan!) Cue on-camera {{facepalm}} from the Brain.
* StunnedSilence: The famous shoot with {{Wrestling/Madusa}} and a trash bin. Probably the only time in his life when Heenan was left speechless. As per usual on ''Nitro'', he wasn't briefed on what would it would happen, so his reaction is genuine. (Bisch and Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=] are [[DullSurprise unfazed]], swatting Madusa away like a fly at a picnic, while Heenan looks like he's been shocked with a cattle prod.)
* TalkShowWithFists: In response to his snarking abilities and willingness to do virtually EVERYTHING to gain attention, Bobby Heenan was awarded his own talk show. Not an in-ring interview segment, not a "Piper's Pit" style roadshow, an actual hour long talk-show!
* {{Tuckerization}}: Dick the Bruiser gave Heenan the name "Bobby" since he reminded Bruiser of [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers "The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers]]' manager Bobby Davis.
* UnknownRival: Bobby has a long history of speaking very negatively about Tony Schiavone, especially in Heenan's autobiography. Shiavone has claimed he holds no ill will towards Bobby, and never did... and doesn't seem to particularly care enough to reciprocate the potshots.
* UnrelatedBrothers: with Jerry Heenan, real name John Hill, who, among other names, also did this gimmick as "Gentleman" Jerry [=Valiant=], with "Handsome" Jimmy [=Valiant=] (real name James Fanning) and "Luscious" Johnny [=Valiant=] (real name Thomas Sullivan), who weren't related to each other either.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: While working for Dick the Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis in the 1960s, he once showed up for a match against "Cowboy" Bob Ellis on crutches, while pleading for a postponement (only four or five months!) Of course, Heenan "recovered" and tried attacking Ellis, who fought off both Heenan AND his TagTeam Wrestling/TheBlackjacks ''by himself''. Heenan took a bump over the top rope to the floor and got counted out while arguing with the commentators.