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->'''''"I didn't even know what Chikara was... So I show up at the show, and I'm expecting a normal wrestling show... there's like a f#%ing dude in a dinosaur outfit walking around, and there was a stipulaton that someone would be sent back in time... Not that I disliked it or anything, I was just like, what the hell is going on."''''' -- [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Jon Moxley]] reminiscing about working for CHIKARA.

CHIKARA (also Chikara or Chikara Pro), is a ProfessionalWrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, PA that chiefly tours the northeastern United States, known for its light tone, sense of humor, and high-flying action. It was established in 2002.

It's heavily influenced by not only the American style of pro wrestling, but also Japanese ''puroresu'' and Mexican ''lucha libre'', as well as a heavy dose of {{Superhero}} comics and ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films. Unlike most wrestling promotions, CHIKARA has a defined season and off-season, and its season is built around 4 annual events: King of Trios (a weekend-long tournament of three-man teams), Aniversario, the Young Lions' Cup (a tournament to crown the new holder of the Young Lions Cup, a title that can only be held by wrestlers 25 years old or younger), and the Torneo Cibernetico (a 16-man ''lucha libre'' elimination match that serves as the show's main event). CHIKARA also operates the Wrestle Factory, a wrestling training school; many of CHIKARA's wrestlers are Wrestle Factory graduates.

CHIKARA is also notable for being [[LighterAndSofter about as family-friendly as wrestling can be]]: in addition to the wacky over-the-top-and-then-some characters and [[RuleOfFunny the comedy bits within matches]], CHIKARA and its fans do their best to keep adult language out of the shows (a popular story goes that when a fan tried to start a "Holy shit" chant at a show, he was met with the rest of the crowd chanting "Shut the heck up!"), and there's virtually no kind of sexual content. If Wrestling/{{WWE}} is TV-PG, CHIKARA could be [=TV-Y7=].

CHIKARA's events can be seen via DVD or [=MP4=] download, the former sold from [[http://www.chikarapro.com their website]] and both available from [[http://www.smartmarkvideo.com/ Smart Mark Video]]. Additionally, you can pay to watch each show on the [[http://smvod.com Smark Mark Video On Demand]] website. The promotion also produces a weekly video podcast - "CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go" - that can be viewed on their official Website/YouTube channel.

CHIKARA was cross-promoting with Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel for a time, though nowadays the only remnant of said cross-promotion[[note]] Until Dr. Cube resurfaced as a member of rudo supergroup The Flood, that is.[[/note]] is Louden Noxious (now Gavin Loudspeaker), who serves as an announcer for both companies. CHIKARA recently joined up with the USA counterpart of Japanese promotion Wrestling/DragonGate to help promote their arrival in the United States, with several wrestlers appearing on their shows and Leonard F. Chikarason (as well as Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush) doing commentary for the PPV and DVD versions of their shows.

Currently their [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pa/e/chikara/chikara-g.html Grand Championship]] is held by Icarus, who defeated Wrestling/EddieKingston at "You Only Live Twice" on May 25th, 2014. The [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pa/e/chikara/chikara-t.html Campeones de Parejas (tag team champions)]] are the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield and "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti). The [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pa/e/chikara/chikara-yl.html Young Lions Cup X trophy]] is held by "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti.

Chikara 'closed' in spectacular fashion at the end of their show on June 2nd, 2013. Although there seemed to be various levels of storylines involved, Chikara legitimately did not promote any more shows in 2013.[[note]] Indeed, events listed on the website as scheduled after June 2nd weren't even booked before being announced as canceled.[[/note]] A fan-compiled [=.PDF=] document, "Is ''Chikara'' Really Dead?", is so far the most comprehensive explanation of the events revolving around Chikara's closure. It can be read [[http://chikaralives.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/chikara-is-it-really-dead.pdf here]].

Sometime after Chikara's 'closure', a series of Chikara-related videos, titled [[http://theashesof.com/ Ashes]], started being put up. Among other things, these mainly chronicle the Colony's search for Soldier Ant, 3.0's search for Archibald Peck, and Icarus' search for allies to help revive Chikara. These, in extended form and along with yet-to-be-seen footage, were compiled into a [[http://shop.wrestlingis.com/product/the-ashes-of-chikara-download full-length feature film]], which, according to Mike Quackenbush and along with everything that happened from the closure to National Pro Wrestling Day 2014, is considered to be season 13. In October 2013 Chikara signed an agreement with Creator/NeonAlley, the anime streaming service, to release a weekly wrestling program on their Saturday lineup. This deal expired at the end of March 2014.

CHIKARA returned on May 25th, 2014, the 12th year anniversary of their very first show, with the Season 14 opener, ''You Only Live Twice''. This was [[http://www.smvod.com/premium-video/chikara-ippv-may-25-2014-you-only-live-twice-easton-pa aired on iPPV]].
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!!! "[=Tropecast=]-A-Go-Go":
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The September 6, 2008 show, centering around the "Lethal Lottery"[[note]]A Wrestling/DustyRhodes idea from 1991 Wrestling/{{WCW}}, where tag teams are put together by random draw, first used for the ''[=Starrcade=] 91'' [=PPV=][[/note]], was titled ''La Loteria Letal.''
* AllAmericanFace: Formerly Tim Donst, U.S. Ape. Currently Green Ant of The Colony.
* AllThereInTheManual: At Anniversario: Never Compromise, Derek Sabato cuts a promo in the ring about the Vavasseur family, Worldwide Media Development Corporation, and the Titor Conglomerate. These are references to a slowly building angle regarding a massive conspiracy incorporating the owners of the company, time travel, and paranormal artifacts. This was the first time the story had been referenced outside of some mysterious websites and the odd shady character hanging around shows, despite having been building up for at least ''two years'' at this point.
* AmazonianBeauty: Wrestling/SaraDelRey.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Dasher Hatfield, the Old Timey King of Swing, who speaks in the requisite old timey accent.
* [[AnyoneCanDie Anyone Can Suffer a Career-Ending Injury]]: The theme of 2014 so far. The current list: [[spoiler:Kobald, deviANT, Tursas, Masked Condor Guy #2, Estonian Thunderfrog]].
* AssKicksYou: Los Ice Creams and their finishing move El Asesino. This was also a staple of Pinkie Sanchez's offense until he donned the Carpenter Ant mask.
* AxCrazy: Eddie Kingston in season seven, Pinkie Sanchez forever.
* {{Badass}}: Even amongst wrestling, a profession in which you're expected to be badass, Eddie Kingston stands out.
* {{Badass Cape}}s: The Colony wear them.
* BaldOfEvil: Gran Akuma, Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli post-FaceHeelTurn both meet it, but Ares could be the trope codifier.
* BeardOfEvil: Ares had one during Seasons 9 and 10 - it started as a chinstrap and was later grown out into a full beard.
* BigBad: CHIKARA has many such villains that usually last for a year (or "Season") or two.
** For Seasons 1 and 2, Blind Rage, leader of the Night Shift then Dark Breed.
** For Season 3, Larry Sweeney, leader of Sweet 'n' Sour International
** For Seasons 4, 5 and 6, Chris Hero, leader of the Kings of Wrestling
** For Seasons 7 and 8, Vin Gerard, leader of the [=Unstable=]
** For Seasons 9 and 10, Ares, leader of Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes with Sinn Bodhi, leader of the Dark Army, becoming a fellow BigBad in Season 10.
** For Season 11, a BigBadEnsemble of 17, leader of GEKIDO, Tim Donst and Delirious, leader of the second Dark Army.
** For Season 12, Wink Vavasseur, the corrupt Director of Fun as a NonActionBigBad.
** For Seasons 13 and 14, Deucalion, The Titan of Titor, the leader of the Flood.[[note]]From ''National Pro Wrestling Day'' to ''You Only Live Twice'', it originally seemed Jimmy Jacobs was the leader, but instead seems to be TheDragon[[/note]]
* BiggerBad: Chris Hero may have ascended to this after leaving the promotion, considering his involvement in the backstory and formation of the BDK.
* BlackKnight: Lance Steel, post FaceHeelTurn.
* BloodKnight: Eddie Kingston, especially in Season Seven.
* BombThrowingAnarchists: What Arik Cannon was trying to go for, but besides using "Anarchy in the U.K." and having "The Anarchist" for a nickname, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything he never did much of anything like that or in-character]].
* BookEnds: The Ashes series proper (after the Prelude) began and ended with someone (Green Ant at the beginning, [=assailANT=] at the end) being told "You're a Worker now".
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Amusingly, the fans do this to themselves and each other. They substitute "holy poop" for the standard "holy shit" chants, and when one guy once tried to start a "holy shit" chant, they shouted him down with "shut the heck up". Even Wrestling/TommyDreamer apologized for saying "shit" during a speech at one event.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Delirious, during his time with the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple and The Bruderschaft. It might count as BrainwashedAndCrazy except "And Crazy" is Delirious' default state anyway.
* TheBusCameBack:
** Crossbones, who vanished in early 2010 and was absent for about a year and a half, made his return in a Big Damn Heroes moment to help Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}} against Sinn Bodhi and The Batiri. He now makes occasional appearances.
** As of the final weekend of 2011, Gran Akuma returned from a year's hiatus with Icarus in his crosshairs.
** Amasis missed a little under two years with a back injury before returning to the ring in April 2013.
** Chikara as a whole.
* CallBack: The use of an acoustic cover of the theme to ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' in the Ashes video "Believe" calls back to its almost-use in the earlier video "Fickle", with Icarus' reaction to it in both videos serving to illustrate just how far his crusade has come.[[note]] In the versions of both scenes used for the Ashes movie, the GAH theme is replaced with Jonathan Coulton's "So Far So Good".[[/note]]
* CatchPhraseSpoutingDuo: 3.0. BOOYAH!
* CerebusRetcon: Wink Vavasseur's "[=CHIKARAbermetrics=]" were initially seen as him merely being a incompetent PointyHairedBoss. Then, on twitter, he revealed it was a system devised by his father, Conrad, to isolate and break the spirits of many CHIKARA wrestlers...
* CerebusSyndrome: Season Nine. Again in Season Twelve.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Chikara loves this trope. From Mike Quackenbush returning from injury as the masked Spyrazul to fool Larry Sweeney, to Ricochet tormenting Chuck Taylor as Helios, and most recently, we had The Mysterious And Handsome Stranger, who was revealed to be Archibald Peck.
** Jimmy Olsen as Equinox II is an arguable example, as no one ever made any attempt to disguise who he really was and in fact he started using the Equinox gimmick to mess with the head of Vin Gerard (Equinox I).
* TheChessmaster: [=UltraMantis=] Black. He wanted the Eye of Tyr, which was in the possession of Kaiju Big Battel's Dr. Cube. So he finds out what Dr. Cube wants (Chris Hero to work for him), convinces Hero to work for Dr. Cube in exchange for the counter to the Chikara Special submission hold, and then breaks Shane Storm's losing streak in exchange for the counter.
** DidntSeeThatComing: This scheme would eventually lead to the creation of the BDK, and the destruction of Mantis's Order of the Neo-Solar Temple.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Tim Donst dips into this, including a rare babyface example. He "betrayed" the babyfaces after feigning amnesia, after which he joined The Order of the Neo Solar Temple, who he betrayed after being a mole for the babyfaces. Then he teamed with Hydra, who he betrayed in frustration resulting in a legitimate heel turn, then betrayed Chikara in total by joining the Bruderschaft. AND, during the latter days of THAT stable, he was beginning to show serious Starscream tendencies. AND AGAIN, he's started to sabotage his partner Jakob Hammermeier's career.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: There have been some roster members who just vanished (Like Melvin Snodgrass, [=BlackJack Marciano=], Lance Steel, Retail Dragon, Dr. Cheung and Private Eye, for example). but the most notable examples are probably Mitch Ryder, Lince Dorado, and Tursas. The most recent example is Sara Del Rey, who was signed in early autumn 2012 as a trainer with WWE but didn't get an in-character explanation for the departure.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Delirious.
** Shane Matthews deserves a mention here, as well. Half the time, his tag team partner doesn't even know what he's ranting about.
* CollectiveGroan: Mentioned by name by commentator [=UltraMantis=] Black when the ring announcer introduced [[TakeThat "Colt [=CaBunny"=]]] on Night 1 of the CHIKARA 2006 Tag World Grand Prix.
* CoolMask: Yes.
* ContinuityCreep: Perhaps the only example of a wrestling promotion featuring this. Compare the first couple years where there are very few storylines (and the ones that do happen pretty much boil down to the standard "wrestler hates other wrestler, they fight" angle) to the promotion in 2009, where the BDK angle is deeply tied in to nearly every major feud in CHIKARA in the last two years ''somehow.'' The current angle involving the Titor Conglomerate, Wink Vavasseur, and Archibald Peck's time travel may run even deeper.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Cavalier Jones, member of the Board of Directors for all of two shows in 2004. Bob Saget is implied to have perhaps been this as well, leading to his being replaced as commissioner by Dave Coulier in 2008. Dieter [=VonSteigerwalt=] was one too; his decisions were fairly logical and rational... except for when they involved the Bruderschaft in any way, shape, or form.
** Current authority figure Wink Vavasseur showed shades of it, though he eventually subverted it by being a WellDoneSonGuy to a real corrupt executive.
** The Titor Conglomerate, particularly Wink's father Conrad Vavasseur.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Employed by the Bruderschaft des Kreuzes ("Brotherhood of the Cross"), naturally.
* {{Crossover}}: The ''King of Trios'' tournaments have regularly featured teams from other promotions, including Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/{{CZW}}, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[GarbageWrestler Big Japan Pro Wrestling]], Osaka Pro, Kaientai Dojo, El Dorado, IPW: UK, BSE (Blood Sweat and Ears in Canada), IWS (International Wrestling Syndicate in Canada), [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]][[note]]Wrestling/{{Demolition}} and Wrestling/TheOneManGang in 2008[[/note]], EPIC WAR, [=F1RST=], Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla, Perros del Mal, Wrestling/DragonGate and Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling.
* CurbStompBattle: Eddie Kingston does this to people a lot. Notable examples include his feuds against Lince Dorado in season seven, Tim Donst in season six, and BLK-OUT vs. The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple at King of Trios '08. In 2010 the all-girl team of Death Haze beat former Campeones De Parejas the Osirian Portal in 5 minutes. (Death Haze later themselves lost in that exact time to the Colony, but the match was intended to go 15+ minutes before Daizee suffered a legit broken nose from a Fire Ant kick and they stopped it early)
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: Dancing could break out at any time in CHIKARA, usually started by the Osirian Portal.
* DarkActionGirl: Sara Del Rey and Wrestling/DaizeeHaze. After endlessly feuding with each other, they teamed up (Sara turning heel in the process) and immediately proved to be entirely capable of beating the crap out of the guys.
* [[BlackComedy Dead Baby Comedy]]: Literally. Read The Batiri's twitter. Apparently their favorite snack is "fetus jerky".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: CHIKARA's Website/YouTube channel regularly featured a weekly segment called the "Throwdown Lowdown," which were clips of great moves from past shows in full color. The BDK's segment, "The VDK," on the other hand, was shown in black and white.
* [[VillainDecay Diminishing Villain Threat]]: GEKIDO played with this trope. As soon as Quackenbush returned from injury to break 17's fingers, they went from dangerous invaders to losing most of their matches, and assailANT got reassigned to The Colony. However, after Quack injured 17 and combatANT on consecutive cards, the Shard TookALevelInBadass and went on a massive winning streak for the latter half of 2012 and assailANT eventually started to gel with The Colony and has become successful as well.
** Shard and Jigsaw are now a TagTeam called Pieces of Hate. They're also the 2013 Tag World Grand Prix winners.
*** And recently, 17 and combatANT returned, alongside deviANT, and stormed one of the "Wrestling Is" promotions and ''destroyed it'' in one night! They've since attempted to do the same with Wrestling Is Fun and National Pro Wrestling Day 2014, alongside a group mostly comprised of other villains from CHIKARA's past.
** deviANT and the Colony Xtreme Force attempted to burn down the Wrestle Factory.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Carpenter Ant and Vökoder are a clever play on this trope; both characters appeared in the CHIKARA comic books, so fans thought that when they showed up in the promotion itself in 2009 they were the same characters. [[ShockingSwerve They weren't.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Batiri aren't actually abominations themselves, but their gimmick seems to include being somehow associated with one.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: One of their big annual shows is titled ''[=Chikarasaurus Rex=].''
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Shane Storm's transformation into STIGMA, and pretty much all of the BDK (but ''especially'' Lince Dorado).
* EvilPowerVacuum: The storyline going into 2012. With Ares, Claudio and Sinn Bodhi gone and the BDK disbanded, the top rudo spot was up for grabs and Tim Donst, Obariyon, Brodie Lee, Ophidian, and Vin Gerard were all in the running for it. However, Donst and Obariyon ended up back in the midcard, Brodie was signed to a WWE developmental deal, Vin was re-released after losing a match against Eddie Kingston, and 17 wasn't quite formidable enough to claim the job. By 2013, Wink Vavasseur had become a NonActionBigBad.
* ExcitedShowTitle: May 27, 2007's ''Aniversario!''
* {{Expy}}: Amasis is a partial expy of Wrestling/BookerT.
** And since his return from injury, Green Ant is one of Wrestling/LexLuger, of all people. Specifically, Luger's [[AllAmericanFace "All-American"]] gimmick. He even got an endorsement from the Total Package himself!
*** During the fan conclave for ''King of Trios 2011'', the BDK's Jakob Hammermeier dared anyone to try to slam the group's monster Tursas. Green Ant walked out dressed the same way Luger had for the Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} Bodyslam Challenge that was held on the USS Intrepid on July 4, 1993 and even used the same music. Unlike Luger, Green Ant was not successful at the time at slamming Tursas. However, during Night II, Tursas interfered in the Colony (Fire Ant[=/=]Soldier Ant[=/=]Green Ant) vs. BDK (Delirious[=/=]Hammermeier[=/=]Tim Donst) match, and Green Ant slammed him and followed by making Hammermeier tap out to the Torture Rack, which was Luger's primary FinishingMove.
* FaceHeelTurn: Many times. The most prominent example of the beginning of 2013 is Jigsaw.
** Subverted during an angle when it looked like Tim Donst had turned heel and joined the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple, but was just faking it. He did eventually turn heel for real.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Thumbtacks have ''nothing'' on Ice Cream Junior's sprinkles.
* FiveBadBand:
** The BDK fit into this mold better than into the Power Stable one.
*** TheBigBad: Ares
*** TheDragon: Claudio Castagnoli, replaced by Tim Donst
*** TheEvilGenius: Pinky Sanchez, Tim Donst pre-promotion
*** TheBrute: Tursas & Sara Del Rey
*** TheDarkChick: Daizee Haze, Lince Dorado, Jakob Hammermeier
*** TeamPet: Delirious
** The Dark Army
*** TheBigBad[=/=]TheEvilGenius: Sinn Bodhi
*** TheDragon: Obariyon
*** TheBrute: Kodama
*** TheDarkChick: Kobald
** The Kings of Wrestling
*** TheBigBad[=/=]TheEvilGenius: Chris Hero
*** TheDragon: Claudio Castagnoli
*** TheBrute: Arik Cannon (until he left) and Gran Akuma
*** TheDarkChick: Icarus
*** TheSixthRanger: Chuck Taylor. Sometimes Larry Sweeney would help them.
** Gekido
*** TheBigBad: 17
*** TheDragon: The Shard
*** TheEvilGenius: [=assailANT=]
*** TheBrute: [=combatANT=]
*** TheDarkChick: [=deviANT=]
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: While Chikara has had various heels from foreign nations, the only ones who've really played up their heritage for heeldom have been Claudio Castagnoli and Ares.
* FunnyAnimal: U.S. Ape, [=MosCOW=], Dragon Dragon, CP Munk, Colt [=CaBunny=]... the list goes on. Currently represented by the Colony, a duo turned trio turned foursome turned trio of masked wrestlers who represent different types of ants.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''F'''riends '''I'''n '''S'''imilar '''T'''ights.
** Sadly, it later became a pseudo-acronym when none of them could remember what it meant.
* FunWithAutocensors: The official forums censor the name of Chris Hero (a wrestler who left the promotion on bad terms) to UsefulNotes/JohnKerry. Fans needing to mention Hero referred to him as "a certain Heroic figure" or as Kassius Ohno[[note]]the name he used while in WWE developmental[[/note]] - or simply by his last name only since 'Hero' isn't censored.
** The censoring of "Titor", "Condor", and "Conrad" (all in reference to the Titor Conglomerate shutting down CHIKARA), which has since been abolished.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of season 12. Kingston defeats Donst to retain the Grand Championship. Cut to two guys looking for the pieces of the Eye of Tyr in a tunnel. Cut to Wink Vavasseur's Father telling him to stop screwing up.
** The ending of Anniversario: Never Compromise. Icarus, fresh off his HeelFaceTurn, is about to win the Grand Championship from Eddie Kingston when [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Wink Vavasseur]] and around 20 security officers rush the ring. The security guys drag the wrestlers and referee out, tear down the set, and kick the entire audience out of the building as Wink watches from the stage. The next day, all of CHIKARA's events on their website are marked as "canceled", and none of the typical daily Web content has gone up.
* TheGiant: Parodied by Hydra...all 150 pounds of him. Mano Metallico and Tursas are more typical versions.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: [=UltraMantis Black=] uses the Eye of Tyr to give Delirious back his free will and then smashes the Eye. Delirious declares that since [=UMB=] stole 2 years of his life, he will subject him to 2 years of Hell.
* GoodIsDumb: Subverted; see the storyline revolving around TheMole.
* GratuitousGerman: Die Bruderschaft Des Kreuzes (Brotherhood of the Cross), to the point where Claudio and Ares have cut ''entire promos'' in German, with no subtitles offered.
* GratuitousJapanese: The title. (ちから hiragana, 力 in kanji) It means "power". [[MeaningfulName Appropriate, eh?]]
* HarmlessVillain: Los Ice Creams. Long-serving Rudos, but so silly no one really takes them seriously.
* [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut]]: Vökoder, who appeared to be some manner of time-traveling robot detective from the future. Which, really, was a pretty metal idea. The first time he showed up, it turned out to be Tim Donst in disguise. The second time, it was a returning Larry Sweeney.
* HeelFaceTurn: Well, it's a wrestling promotion, so obviously quite a few. Perhaps of the most note in the current CHIKARA landscape are [=UltraMantis=] Black, Eddie Kingston and Sara Del Rey. And most recently, [=assailANT=].
** Subverted by Larry Sweeney, who pretended to feud with the Fabulous Two for half a year for the ''sole purpose'' of luring Claudio into a false sense of security before screwing him over. Also subverted by Vin Gerard and STIGMA when they spent a good four months pretending to be on the road to becoming tecnicos and ditching Colin Delaney, but it turns out they were just faking it (probably just for the sake of screwing with people).
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Jakob Hammermeier is still technically a rudo and aligned with Tim Donst. Doesn't stop fans from feeling bad for him any time he suffers abuse and generally getting behind him however. Jakob's beat Jigsaw and Gran Akuma cleanly. He soon became really only ineffectual when dealing with Donst, and he was eventually able to overcome that as well during ''Never Compromise''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chuck Taylor. One of his favorite ways to get heat is to surprise little kids watching at ringside by screaming at them.
** Pretty much every Rudo, by extent.
** In 2011 Wink Vavasseur was a total dick to Ophidian for no apparent reason.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mike Quackenbush on why he tried to end the career of 17. 17 was injuring people remorselessly, with the worst example being [=Tianlong=] at ''Hot Off the Griddle'' on April 28, 2012, as 17 not only squashed him in 1:05 but gave him a career-ending injury in what would sadly turn out to be his ''only match'', and took about five years off Quackenbush's career by breaking his wrist. General consensus was that 17 did indeed deserve it.
** On the other hand, general opinion on Quackenbush deliberately injuring 17's GEKIDO ally [=combatANT=] was more along the lines of "Going too far, dude."
* {{Kayfabe}}: This is pro wrestling, so it goes without saying that there'd be some of this. But Mike Quackenbush is reportedly really strict about his talent never breaking kayfabe, even by pro wrestling standards.
** Quack has admitted to making the Chikara roster sign non-disclosure agreements about the details of Chikara's closure.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Lance Steel and Lance Steel (yes, two different Lance Steels) before they imploded.
* LampshadeHanging[=/=]MediumAwareness: By the ''crowd'', of all possible people, after the match between The Future Is Now (Jigsaw[=/=]Helios[=/=]Jimmy "Equinox" Olsen) and The [=UnStable=] (Colin Delaney[=/=]STIGMA[=/=]Vin Gerard) at ''Through Savage Progress Cuts the Jungle Line,'' September 19, 2010. TFIN had won by DQ after Gerard hit Equinox with a [[GroinAttack low blow]]. Gerard did it again and beat him down until Helios made the save, with Gerard and STIGMA heading to the back. As Colin and Equinox were down on the mat, the crowd chanted "Awkward silence! Awkward silence!"
* LargeHam: There a few heels who fit here, including but not limited to [=UltraMantis=] Black, Icarus, and ''especially'' the Fabulous Three.
** Archibald Peck may be the living embodiment of this trope.
*** Before Peck, no one was hammier than Larry Sweeney, who was the ''leader'' of the Fabulous Three.
** Sugar Dunkerton can be hammy at times as well.
* LegionOfDoom: The Flood, an alliance of GEKIDO, Dr. Cube's Posse, Sinn Bodhi's Odditorium, BDK, Sidney Bakabella's Wrecking Crew, The Colony: Xtreme Force (A unit of Condor operatives) and Jimmy Jacobs alongside two mysterious Titor executives certainly gives off this vibe.
* LightIsNotGood: The BDK often dressed in white despite being the top heels.
* LightningBruiser: Brodie Lee, Crossbones and DJ Skittlez were all pretty quick for their size. Brodie and DJ could both bust out a tope suicido, and Crossbones threw kicks like Ultimo Dragon.
* LongTitle:
** ''If the Airplane is Snowed in, Put Your Bloody Skis on and Get Going!''
** ''Retribution Rumble of Revenge and Rumble to Remember''
** ''Beware of Barely Badd Blasts and/or Blood Brawls on the Beach''
** ''The International Invasion of the International Invaders''
*** Later led to ''Son of...'' and ''Return of the Son of...''
** ''Laying in the Gutter, Looking at the Stars''
* MaskedLuchador: LOTS. From the very first graduates of the Chikara Wrestle Factory, luchadores that come in from elsewhere, to the more recent graduates like Ophidian, Amasis and Frightmare. Since the promotion roots itself in ''lucha libre'' action, it's pretty much expected.
%%* MightyGlacier: Tursas in 2010/2011 [[spoiler:and 2014]], Mano Metallico in 2004/2005.
* TheMole: An entire storyline revolved around one of the Tecnicos having gone mole for the Rudos and passing the counter to Mike Quackenbush's feared finisher (the CHIKARA Special) to Chris Hero via [=UltraMantis=] Black. The Tecnicos had Tim Donst do a fake FaceHeelTurn and join up with the Rudos as a mole and find out who the traitor was. Turns out the traitor was Shane Storm, who later became STIGMA.
** Neatly followed up by Pinkie Sanchez and Tim Donst (again) through 2009 as they took on the roles of Carpenter Ant and Vökoder to infiltrate the Colony (and the tecnicos) and the Order of the Neo Solar Temple (and the rudos) respectively. They revealed themselves at the WhamEpisode detailed below.
* MoodWhiplash: Chikara had their Tag Wars 2008 show hosted by German promotion WXW. WXW is known for its rowdy fanbase. Commentators had to continuously apologize for the obscene chants (for example, "You fat fuck" directed at STIGMA) and wild behavior of the fans. At the same time, the WXW fans were totally into the Chikara tecnico teams like The Colony.
* MundaneMadeAwesome
** The thing as a whole.
** Claudio Castagnoli's 100-revolution Giant Swing on Grizzly Redwood, at "King of Trios 2009."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [=UltraMantis Black=] smashed the Eye of Tyr and gave Delirious his sanity back. Now Delirious is involved in some sort of End of the World conspiracy with Ophidian and the Batiri.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Wink Vavasseur's [=CHIKARAbermetrics=] shuffling assailANT (later revealed by Wink to have been seen as the "weak link" of GEKIDO) into the Colony and triggering both a HeelRealization and a gradual [[HeelFaceTurn Rudo Tecnico Turn]]. Since then, he's prevented deviANT from burning down the Wrestle Factory and has been anointed the new Worker Ant.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Ice cream clowns, ants, women from outer space, characters from Egyptian mythology, time-traveling marching band leaders...
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The tag team gauntlet match on Night III of ''2012 King of Trios'' included the team of [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel]] and the team of [[Film/TheKarateKid Johnny Miyagi and Ralph Macchio Jr.]]
** At ''Zelda The Great,'' which was held in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, the Devastation Corporation (Blaster [=McMassive=] and Max Smashmaster) [[SquashMatch squashed]] [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar]].
* NoFourthWall: The Titor Conglomerate angle has played out on the official Chikara101 forums. There was an in-character moderator, Anton Frady aka wmdchikara, who would delete any posts critical of Wink Vavasseur or speculating on anything involving Titor Conglomerate and Condor Security. The [[FunWithAutocensors autocensor]] also blocked the words 'Titor', 'Condor' and 'Conrad'.
* NoIndoorVoice: 2/3.0, especially Shane Matthews.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGstJsPL7l0 Lince]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZED2v9_N8U Dorado]] seemed to thrive on violently and utterly getting destroyed. [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat He has had a seizure in the ring]] and is legally blind in one eye.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain:
** Pinkie Sanchez, the dancing, pink-clad comedy character, posed as Carpenter Ant for the second half of season eight, winning the Torneo Cibernetico while under the hood, and joined the BDK in the season eight finale.
** Also Team FIST at the start of the same season when they ditched their comedy leanings and put Worker Ant on the shelf for good.
** Wink Vavasseur, despite being stupid and incompetent, counts as this due to his connections to Titor Conglomerate and Condor Security.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Current Director of Fun Wink Vavasseur shows shades of this, though, whether it's due to malice or stupidity can change at any given time.
* OnlySaneMan: Crossbones was this during the [=UltraMantis=] Black/Crossbones/Delirious configuration of Order of the Neo-Solar Temple.
** Pinkie Sanchez tried to invoke this regarding the return of Vökoder, when no one else in the BDK believed him. Of course, he was right.
* PartsUnknown: Of course.
** The Colony, from "The Ant Hill". Their weight was announced in ''milligrams.''
** [=UltraMantis Black=] from "The Black Tea Garden"
** The [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Brothers]] from "The Mushroom Kingdom"
** Sugar Dunkerton from "Dunktown, USA"
** Crossbones, from "Jerk Town, NJ"
** Dragon Dragon, from "Dragon's Lair, AR"
** Retail Dragon, from "Super [=WalMart=], Aisle C"
** Gran Akuma, from "Afar"
* ThePigPen: Vin Gerard.
** And to an extent, Michael Nakazawa, who carries ''baby oil'' with him at all times.
* OutsideContextVillain: As of National Pro Wrestling Day 2014, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs appears to have a '''big''' hand in the closure of Chikara. He appeared in a Condor mask leading the entire RoguesGallery of anti-Chikara wrestlers!
* PitifulWorms: Ares did this to [=UltraMantis Black=], usually calling him "insect" or "bug". Granted, [=UMB=] ''is'' a bug, sort of...
* PointyHairedBoss: Wink Vavasseur, circa 2012. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130421042213/http://www.chikarapro.com/blog/4-3-2012.php Here is an example.]]
* PowerStable: The Kings of Wrestling, who filled this role from 2005 to the end of 2007. Despite being powerful and a stable, The Brüderschaft falls outside the description of PowerStable.
** The Flood.
* {{Pride}}: After [=UltraMantis=] Black obtained the Eye of Tyr (see above under The Chessmaster), he refused to listen to the part where the Eye brought misfortune on its user unless he gave it away after using it, because he believed he was smarter than the Eye's curse. Then the BDK destroyed his Order of the Neo-Solar Temple.
* PutOnABus: Chikara often tries to provide storyline reasons to remove wrestlers from the roster.
** Mr. ZERO, Jolly Roger, and Worker Ant I were all written out via excessive injuries suffered at the hands of Team FIST.
** Hydra, via losing a "Loser Leaves CHIKARA" Match vs. Tim Donst.
** Crossbones at the hands of Delirious via kayfabe broken collarbone.
** Gran Akuma getting kicked out of FIST by Icarus and Chuck Taylor.
** Amasis, who was legitimately injured in a car crash in April 2011, though he wasn't put on a bus properly until the end of the season, when Ophidian turned on him during his retirement speech).
** Daizee Haze, who was suffering from an unspecified legitimate health issue, was kayfabe injured off a chokeslam from Claudio Castagnoli.
*** And then Claudio left for WWE a month later, with the explanation being that he was too embarrassed by losing to Icarus to stick around.
** As of August 2012, 17 and [=combatANT=] were both deliberately injured by Quackenbush.
** Soldier Ant, Johnny Gargano and Sugar Dunkerton all ragequit out of disgust with Wink Vavasseur's management. Soldier over being forced to team with the Colony: Xtreme Force, Gargano over having Sugar F.I.S.T., and then Sugar after F.I.S.T. dissolved.
* PsychoRangers: GEKIDO. They were invaders who appeared to be dark mirrors of popular CHIKARA wrestlers The Colony (combatANT, assailANT, & deviANT), Jigsaw (The Shard), and Mike Quackenbush (17).
* QuestioningTitle: ''Aniversario?'', May 26, 2007.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When Claudio signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}}, CHIKARA had to explain his departure somehow. So the end of his last match in CHIKARA (a losing effort against Icarus) was shown on the Podcast-A-Go-Go, followed by this news from Gavin Loudspeaker:
-->'''Gavin:''' In fact, Claudio was ''so'' upset over this loss, he packed his bags, went down to World Wrestling Entertainment, and changed his name to "Antonio Cesaro". Who figured?
* RingOldies: Parodied with the Senior Assault Team; Lester "Darkness" Crabtree and Melvin Snodgrass. Snodgrass vanished off the face of the Earth by the end of 2003. Crabtree showed up once in a blue moon afterward, until he met his end at the hands of GEKIDO. Both are old and slow (and funny).
** Played straight with Johnny Saint and Robbie Ellis, both of whom make occasional appearances.
* RuleOfFunny: A 150-pounder as an unstoppable force? Bob Saget and Dave Coulier as commissioners? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P9qgbT1YwY Pausing Player Uno by pressing "Start" on the controller printed on his tights]]? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RPARG_u9Q4 Player Dos gaining abilities based on what NES cartridge is connected to his tights?]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhov41UQbUI A match done in slow-motion]]? All in a day's work for CHIKARA's athletes.
** Also, Mr. Zero's Newspaper Lock, where he has his opponent in a camel clutch-like position while reading a newspaper.
** A team called [[TheUnintelligible Incoherence]] regularly getting promo time.
* RuleOfThree: In order for a team to challenge for the Campeonatos de Parejas, the team has to have three points via winning three consecutive matches.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Chuck Taylor does not like to be chopped. [=UltraMantis=] Black is known to scream like a girl when chopped, torqued in an armbar, or confronted by ominous, menacing figures clad in white. (Although that last was marred by his voice cracking in mid-scream.) Amasis is an unintentional example, as his voice frequently cracks when he's trying to sell normally. Icarus and Los Ice Creams are also offenders, though it's PlayedForLaughs with those three.
* ShoutOut: The DVD covers are all homages to famous comic book covers, and many of the show names are lifted from song titles from various bands (including Music/TalkingHeads and [[Music/BenFolds Ben Folds Five]]). Similarly, ''Through Savage Progress Cuts the Jungle Line'' is from Music/JoniMitchell's "The Jungle Line."
** Does the fact that the entire promotion is basically a live action version of ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' count?
** The team finisher for The Colony is "Ants Go Marching", which - in addition to using "Ants Marching" as their theme - is a ShoutOut to the Music/DaveMatthewsBand.
** Archibald Peck's animated portrait on the roster page is nearly a dead ringer for [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-8-most-baffling-food-mascots-all-time_p3/ Popsicle Pete]].
** Another example involving Archibald Peck. Archie used to be in a relationship with Veronica. [[Franchise/ArchieComics Sound familiar?]]
** All of the ''[=Cibernetico=]'' shows have names derived from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (e.g., ''[=Cibernetico=] and Robin''.)
** The names of the 2013 shows from ''All the Agents and Superhuman Crew'', itself a ShoutOut to Music/BobDylan's "Desolation Row," through ''The Ghost of You Clings'' are all taken from lines in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', with ''All You See Is Mine'' through ''All Things Must Pass'' being named for Music/GeorgeHarrison lyrics.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Buck Hawke.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Ophidian.
* {{Supervillain}}s: The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple. Especially their leader, [=UltraMantis=] Black.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Green Ant, for Worker Ant, in a very successful iteration of this trope as he both fills Worker's role in The Colony (as the one who speaks fluent English and the one who tends to play face in peril for the group) and has developed his own distinct persona.
** Originally thought justified, as he almost became the second Worker Ant by receiving the mask and gear of the first. Eventually subverted, as he passed the name, mask, and gear on to assailANT.
--->'''Green Ant''': "You're no assailANT, you're a Worker now."
* TakeThat: CP Munk was a TakeThat against Wrestling/CMPunk, born after Punk canceled on one of their shows at the last minute. Punk didn't take it very well, which inspired CP Munk to become an occasionally recurring character, as well as the creation of Colt [=CaBunny=] (based off Punk's tag partner Wrestling/ColtCabana), and later Ace Panda (based off Ace Steel; the Panda portion of this character came from WWE losing the letter F to the World Wildlife Fund in a lawsuit, leading to jokes that WWE "lost to the Pandas"). He also used a chipmunked version of Music/{{AFI}}'s "Miseria Cantare- The Beginning" as entrance music.
** Along similar lines, Icarus wore a pink shirt with the words "Best In The World" on it during the Team FIST (Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano) vs. Team Osaka Pro (Ebessan, Kikutaro and Takoyakida) match on Night 1 of King of Trios, September 14, 2012. CHIKARA has even parodied ''that'', selling a T-shirt that read "Worst In The World".
** The December 9, 2007 show was called ''Creator/StephenColbert > [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]''.
** [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110717202535/http://www.chikarapro.com/blog80.shtml One of Pinkie Sanchez's blog updates]] was a fairly tongue-in-cheek TakeThat aimed at the portion of CHIKARA's fanbase that jumped to conclusions regarding the BDK angle when he writes "And the geeks out there figured I was a comic book character from the future. Great Scott - someone needs a reality check!"
* TerribleTrio: There have been many Rudo trios, but the original was the Night Shift in Blind Rage, Hallowicked and Ichabod Slayne (better known as Icarus).
** The most well-known example in the promotion is F.I.S.T.: Icarus, Chuck Taylor, and Gran Akuma (later replaced by Johnny Gargano). They've even been referred to as "CHIKARA's Most Dangerous Trio".
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The annual Torneo Cibernetico match. The match starts as an elimination match between two eight-man teams; if a whole team is eliminated and the other team has more than one competitor remaining, those remaining competitors continue the match under the same elimination rules (and, if required, tag rules) until only one wrestler is left to stand tall.
* TimeTravel:
** The Osirian Portal.
** Also formerly Lance Steel, Time Displaced Noble Knight (and his tag team partner... Lance Steel, Time Displaced Noble Knight).
** Carpenter Ant was hinted at being this, but it was ultimately a red herring.
** Archibald Peck does a lot of it. First, he was hit by Eddie Kingston's "Backfist to the Future" and actually went to the future. He brought back a Chikara Almanac, which is how he knew Colt Cabana would answer his open challenge at King of Trios 2011. Later, Peck's attorney "The Barrister" RD Evans used time travel to get him reinstated in Chikara at the end of Season 11.[[note]]Peck and Evans are the same guy.[[/note]]
*** Archie gets it so much that it even created something of a StableTimeLoop featuring two separate versions of him.
**** And he later deliberately invoked it by showing up to National Pro Wrestling Day 2014 in a [[Film/BackToTheFuture [=DeLorean=]]] with 3.0 (who had also been affected by time travel by traveling to Parts Unknown to find him) in tow.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze as part of the BDK.
* TooDumbToLive: Jakob Hammermeier thought it would be a good idea to accuse Sara Del Rey of being "the Queen of the Lockerroom". She didn't appreciate it, and beat the hell out of him.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Wink Vavasseur has been getting dumber ever since showing up. Compare sanctioning the Grand Championship in early 2011 to breaking up the Colony and the Swarm with his "Chikarabermetrics" system in 2012.
** Subverted in regards to [=CHIKARAbermetrics=], as according to Wink, its true purpose was to sow discord within the CHIKARA teams it affected.
* TheUnintelligible: Delirious, most of the time. Also Hallowicked and Frightmare. (There's a reason why their team is called "Incoherence.") Finally, Hydra mostly communicated in a series of grunts and growls.
** Fire Ant also usually only communicates with growling and yelling noises, but when the situation really calls for it he ''is'' capable of saying a few words. Soldier Ant, conversely, only speaks in military jargon ("SIR YES SIR!").
* UnnecessaryRoughness: They have a rule about it, called ''"castigo excesivo''", or "excessive punishment." At ''A World Of Comforting Illusions,'' Incoherence (Hallowicked and Frightmare) d. the BDK team of Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze by DQ for this reason after Sara gave Frightmare four consecutive piledrivers without going for a cover.
** Archibald Peck has been disqualified for this a number of times against Mr. Touchdown.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Simply being able to keep up with the numerous {{Shout Out}}s and {{Take That}}s in an average event, from the wrestlers AND the announcers, requires a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' meets Creator/QuentinTarantino meets Wrestling/JoeyStyles-level of cultural and wrestling literacy and attention span.
* VillainousBreakdown: Eddie Kingston flirted with this during his feud with Lince Dorado. Not because he couldn't beat him, because King never suffered a real singles loss to Lince, but because no matter how badly he beat him down, Lince ''kept getting back up and asking for another rematch.''
* TheVoiceless: Tursas. He's supposed to be some Finnish viking/monster thing, but it seems likely the wrestler has no knowledge of Finnish, so they use this trope. STIGMA spoke a whole lot less after turning heel, though he still spoke from time to time.
** Tursas DID yell "Fight me!" during his match with Eddie Kingston at ''CHIKARA The Mint Condition'', February 27, 2010, though.
* WaifFu: Averted by Daizee Haze, who, despite being the size of your average Waif Fu practitioner, prefers punching, kicking and front face locks.
* WhamEpisode: The end of ''Three-Fisted Tales,'' November 22, 2009, which was the GrandFinale for Season 8 (the last of CHIKARA's 2009 shows) - BDK demands the Eye of Tyr back from [=UltraMantis=] Black, and when he refuses, the larger BDK guy unmasks as Tursas and the regular-sized one unmasks as Claudio's ex-Swiss Money Holding partner Ares, who had been gone from the promotion since ''2006''. Mike Quackenbush looks over at Claudio as if to say, "What have ''you'' got to do with this?" Claudio uppercuts Mike Quackenbush, Carpenter Ant attacks the Colony, Vökoder attacks [=UltraMantis=], Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze just attack whoever's there. After this the 7 pose in the ring, and Vökoder and Carpenter Ant unmask to reveal they were, respectively, Tim Donst and Pinkie Sanchez.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 17's seventeen forgotten finishing holds. He only got about a quarter of the way through them before Quack dropped him on his head 4 times to remove him from Chikara.
* WingedHumanoid: Powa Rangeru's costume at least has rounded transparent wings.
* WorkedShoot: Vin Gerard being released from Chikara seemed to be one. One ''day'' before his release in October 2011 he won clean over Eddie Kingston via submission. He then posted youtube videos and made appearances at a few other promotions talking about Chikara, and the angle looked like a worked shoot. Come February 2012 he gets readded to the Chikara roster... loses clean to Kingston, is immediately removed from the roster and vanishes into thin air.
** The current Titor Conglomerate angle has some strong worked shoot elements to it. Especially on the May 31, 2013 show, when Condor Security goons tore down the set and ring and chased the fans out of the building. Shortly after that, various Titor Conglomerate people have posted on various fora that they're liquidating the Chikara assets.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Hydra ''thought'' he was.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Invoked repeatedly by Daizee Haze, who isn't above cowering and screaming when it looks like her male opponent is about to turn the tables on her. Of course, the second the guys hesitate she cheap shots them.
* WrestlingDoesntPay: Retail Dragon, masked Wal-Mart clerk extraordinaire. Also formerly Shane Storm (now STIGMA), Unionized Traffic Regulator and Mr. ZERO, wrestling office worker. Taken to the logical extension, Vin Gerard is rumored to be homeless (yet he has an Internet connection).
** The Throwbacks: Sugar Dunkerton (wrestling basketball player), Dasher Hatfield (wrestling baseball player) and "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti (wrestling football player.)
* XtremeKoolLetterz: [=assailANT=], [=combatANT=] and [=deviANT=] of the Swarm/GEKIDO.
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