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[[caption-width-right:329:[[LargeHam The Ayatollah of Rock-and-Rolla]] ]]

->''"Armbar!"''

'''Chris Jericho''' (real name '''Chris Irvine''') is a professional wrestler with a long, storied career spanning two decades and several promotions around the world, and frontman of the heavy metal band Music/{{Fozzy}}.

Jericho's rise to stardom in the industry began in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, where the "Lionheart" became a hit with the fans (particularly because of [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious promo work]]), holding several Cruiserweight Championships and feuding with the likes of Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, and Juventud Guerrera. When Jericho tried to move into the main event, however, his attempts were blocked by the bookers; a planned feud with Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} was aborted, and Jericho realized he'd never make it to the main event in the company. In 1999, Jericho left WCW and jumped ship to [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]]; his debut at the end of the "Countdown to the Millennium" - interrupting a promo by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], of all people! - is considered one of his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].

In the decade since, Jericho has accomplished a lot - in addition to holding the Intercontinental Championship a record nine times, he's also a multiple-time world champion, a multiple-time tag team champion, and he was the first man to hold the WWE's Undisputed Championship (the unification of the WWE Championship and the WCW Championship), which he accomplished by beating The Rock '''and''' Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in back-to-back matches. He hosted [[Series/{{Downfall}} a short-lived game show on ABC]] and was multi-champ hottie Cheryl Burke's partner on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. (He did surprisingly well, lasting until week six.) He also competed in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's [=WAR=] (Wrestle Association R) promotion, Wrestling/{{FMW}}, Wrestling/{{SMW}}, Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, the [=CWA=] (Catch Wrestling Association) in UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}[=/=]UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{AAA}}, Stampede Wrestling, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and other promotions in Mexico and Canada. He also stars in a web series called WebVideo/ButImChrisJericho

Per usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Jericho That Other Wiki]] has a great writeup of his extensive career, both in and out of the ring.
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!!!'''"BREAK THE TROPES DOWN!!!!"''':

* AbortedArc: The week after the 2012 Over the Limit saw Wrestling/RandyOrton facing off against Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio (thanks to a Fatal Four Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship in which Orton and Del Rio weren't pinned). Jericho attacked Orton just before the match ended, hitting him with three Codebreakers and proclaiming that he was the best in the world. It looks like this was setting up for a major feud between the two. One week later... both get suspended, promptly flushing the potential feud down the toilet.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: On the January 1, 2001, ''Raw'', he called the trio of Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/{{Edge}}, "'''J'''unior, '''J'''erky and '''J'''ackass."
* {{Adorkable}}: Not too obvious with his looks and charisma, but read his books. Chris is as nerdy as they come. As of 2013, he's hosting ''Series/RobotCombatLeague'' which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Done twice, first ''dead'' seriously after being fired by Wrestling/EricBischoff for losing to Wrestling/JohnCena, eventually having to be dragged out by security. (LaserGuidedKarma: Bischoff ended his own run with a similar attempt, equally unsuccessful and ten times the [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment Cool And Unusual]].) Another following his return, when he was forced to beg for Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's forgiveness to maintain his job; despite how hilariously forced and insincere the whole thing was, it actually worked.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How he felt about Wrestling/LanceStorm when they first met.
** Jericho also once compared himself to Music/GeorgeHarrison of Music/TheBeatles, noting that while George was one of the best song writers of his era, he happened to be in a band with ''the'' best two song writers of his era, Music/JohnLennon and Music/PaulMcCartney; noting that while he(Jericho) may have been one of the best of the attitude era, he worked with the best, meaning The Rock and Stone Cold.
* [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent And Now For Something Completely Different]][=/=]MindScrew: The vignettes foreshadowing his return in December 2011...really didn't foreshadow anything. They really didn't have anything to do with Chris Jericho, since they were about creepy children in a school talking about prophecies.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Lion-Tamer, Lionsault.
* AntiClimax[=/=]DownerEnding: Has said that he doesn't want to go out with a huge Wrestling/RicFlair-esque sendoff, but rather be dragged kicking and screaming from wrestling while the audience thinks "Wow that guy was a jerk".[[note]]A reaction that's quite hard for him to get, because even when he's playing [[SmugSnake the most obnoxious, egotistical]] {{heel}} you've ever seen (and he does exactly that), he does it in such a charismatic, entertaining way that fans can't help but want to see him do it again next week.[[/note]] Which is exactly what happened when he took a break from wrestling in 2005. He lost a match with Wrestling/JohnCena and Eric Bischoff fired him, having security drag him up the ramp kicking and screaming. As revealed in his second book, he was originally supposed to just be walked out by security. But when they walked out, he told them under his breath to carry him out.
** During his last month with WWE, Jericho vowed he'd retire if he couldn't win the WWE Championship at ''Night of Champions.'' Come the match and Jericho is the first of the six eliminated within minutes. This is where the crowd ''should'' have been chanting "Na-na-na-na! Na-na-na-na! Hey he-ey! Goodbye!" but instead chanted [="Y2J! Y2J!"=] in respect for the performer. Clearly, that wasn't enough of a downer ending because he stayed around for two weeks so he could get a more dubious send-off: a punt by Wrestling/RandyOrton.
** On the Raw following ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'', Wrestling/AJLee books a rematch between Ziggler and [=Y2J=] with some higher stakes this time around: Dolph's [=MITB=] briefcase vs. Jericho's WWE Contract. Jericho wins, he gets Dolph's title shot. If Ziggler wins, Jericho's gone from the company. It's a back-and-forth match, with both men hitting their signature moves, up until Dolph counters the Lionsault into the Zig Zag for the 1-2-3. Played straight when a frustrated Jericho hits Ziggler with his MITB briefcase post-match, followed by a Codebreaker. However, it turns into a more BittersweetEnding with the crowd cheering and chanting for Jericho all the way as he walks up to the stage and looks out to the crowd for [[TenMinuteRetirement (seemingly)]] the last time.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/TripleH and Stephanie [=McMahon=] for much of WWE's Wrestling/AttitudeEra. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] was also something of an arch-enemy, spoiling his big debut in the WWF and eventually boiling over during the [=InVasion=].
** Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was one of these to Jericho for a year or so in the WWF, though they had feuded in Japan as well.
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels on-and-off during the Brand Extension, but especially during 2008.
** Wrestling/CMPunk for the first half of 2012.
** Wrestling/DolphZiggler for the second half of 2012 and into 2013.
** He's referred to Bob Barker as his "arch-nemesis"
** The Heavenly Bodies in Wrestling/{{SMW}}
** Alex Wright, Dean Malenko and Wrestling/PerrySaturn in Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* AscendedFanboy[=/=]PromotedFanboy: Chris has stated in numerous interviews that he wanted to two things in life, to become a wrestler and be in a rock 'n roll band. He succeeded with both. When he isn't wrestling, he's touring with his band Fozzy.
* AscendedMeme: During his famous Man of 1004 Holds, Jericho listed the "Moss-Covered, Three-Handled Family Gradenza," a phrase he saw in the 1950 TV adaption of ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat''. Wrestling/PaulHeyman liked the name so much that when Perry Saturn began using a swinging fisherman's suplex as a finisher, Heyman gave it that name.
** In addition, he was fired by Wrestling/AJLee as GM on the 1004th episode of ''RAW''.
* AttentionWhore: The nature of his "[=Y2J=]" persona. This was relevant when he turned heel in 2009, believing all his audience-pandering got him nowhere and that HumansAreBastards, ready to turn on you the second you're out of their good graces.
* BadassBoast: "I AM THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT EVERYTHING I DO."
* BadassInANiceSuit: Following his heel turn in 2008.
* BeardOfEvil: Jericho tends to sport a BadassBeard when he's a heel.
* BigNever: "It will never [=EEEEEEVVER=] happen again!"
* BlahBlahBlah: Jericho's response to Wrestling/PaulHeyman when he wasn't all that forthcoming about Wrestling/CMPunk's whereabouts.
* BlatantLies: During his brief feud with Wrestling/KenShamrock in his early WWE days, he would place himself inside of a steel cage and hire a bodyguard, saying that it wasn't to protect himself from Shamrock, but to protect ''Shamrock'' from ''Jericho''.
** Real life injuries sustained by Shamrock during this feud was what caused him to leave WWE for good and retiring from wrestling all together for several years.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Except during his "save us [=Y2J=]" gimmick.
* BreakupBreakout: Jericho was once part of a tag team called with Wrestling/LanceStorm that, in Japan, were called Sudden Impact but which were renamed the Thrillseekers when they arrived in Wrestling/{{SMW}} in 1994.
* BullyingADragon: In only his ''second'' appearance on WWE TV, the August 16 (taped August 10), 1999 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', he actually interrupted '''Wrestling/TheUndertaker''''s promo, calling Taker and Wrestling/TheBigShow "two morons" who "couldn't string together two intelligent words," and that instead of being the "personification of evil," they were the "personification of BOREDOM." Taker put him in his place.
** Jericho apologized for this on the 2001 ''Undertaker: This Is My Yard'' [=DVD=].
*** DumbassHasAPoint: [[http://www.cagematch.net/?id=93&nr=790 It wasn't exactly Taker's best promo.]]
* TheCastShowOff: In addition to being a wrestler, Jericho is also the lead singer of his metal band, Music/{{Fozzy}}, has written ''two'' best-selling books, [[Series/{{Downfall}} hosts a game show]], and took part in the 2011 season of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''.
* CanadaEh
** Though he was born in [=Manhasset=], NY.
* {{CatchPhrase}}: Several.
** "C'MON BABY!" is perhaps his first catchphrase, dating back to his pure face fun in WCW.
*** In fact, it's all he said during the first three weeks of his 2012 return, along with "YEAH"
** "Welcome to ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Raw Is Jericho]]''!" which is a descendant of "Monday Night Jericho!" from his WCW Nitro days.
** "...would you ''please'', ''SHUT! THE HELL! UP!''
** "Nevah! EEEEEEVVER! [...] AGAIN!" (with ''again'' pronounced ''uh-gain'')
** Though he only used it in one promo, he repeated it enough to make it count: "ARMBAR!"
** "You idiot!"
** Currently he has "I'm the best in the world at what I do!" which sounds suspiciously like the catchphrase of a certain fellow Canadian and [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mutant]] [[{{Wolverine}} badass]].
** "Gelatinous sycophantic tapeworms" and the like to describe the audience.
** "Filthy, dirty, disgusting, nasty, skanky, brutal, bottom-feeding, trashbag HO!" in reference to Stephanie [=McMahon=].
*** Recycled on Wrestling/TrishStratus on the March 29, 2004 ''Raw'' during "The Highlight Reel," in re her [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] on Jericho in his match with Wrestling/{{Christian}} two weeks earlier at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XX'', though he left out "nasty, skanky" that time.
*** Almost made a comeback on the July 28, 2014 ''Raw'' but Wrestling/TripleH cut him off at "Ho".
** Known for coining the insult "assclown," which was taken from ''Film/OfficeSpace'', but popularized by Jericho. You know you've made it when Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer herself uses the term.
** "Get your head out of your ass!"
** Chris Jericho does not have any catchphrases, as that would be pandering to the mindless drones and hypocrites that comprise the WWE Universe. Do you understand what I am saying to you right now?
** HEY PUNK
** As undisputed champion, he would constantly remind people of this while also referring to himself as a Living Legend.
** Look at me when I'm talking to you, boy!
* CheapHeat: In ''A Lion's Tale,'' he claims that he described the hairstyle he had for his ''Raw'' debut to Vince as being this. Vince's response, "Indeed."
* TheComicallySerious: Any time his "grumpy" post-2009 character is put into a more lighthearted situation (like when he played ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' with Bob Barker on RAW).
* CommutingOnABus: These days he is more focused on his band Fozzy, so he only make occasional appearances between gigs with the band.
* CompositeCharacter: His most recent incarnation is a mix of his "rock-star" personality from his 2007-2008 run mixed with some of the more seriousness of his 2009/2010 run.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He accused WCW of conspiring to keep the cruiserweight championship away from him. It turns out he was only half right. They were trying to keep the title away from Chris Jericho but they were perfectly willing to let everyone know about it, rather than try to hide the fact.
* TheCorrupter: Planned on turning Wrestling/CMPunk into an [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic.]] He failed in that regard.
* CostumePorn: The light-up jacket(s) he started wearing since his return in 2012.
** IconicOutfit: The aforementioned jacket has turned into one, to the point where it's almost a bit jarring to see him without it.
* CreepyMonotone: During his post-return heel run.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: His signature pose is this.
* CurbStompBattle: When he went on Nancy Grace's talk show, it appears she expected him to just be some dumb musclehead, instead of the intelligent, well-spoken man he is. He proceeded to call out her CriticalResearchFailure, and defend the business [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0luR8MpP4eQ at the time it needed it the most]].
** DefeatMeansFriendship: According to Jericho, Grace actually appreciated this since his appearance, at his core, was to educate and not spout off angry agenda like everyone else at the time.
* {{Determinator}}: Once broke his arm the morning before SMW Night of the Legends, August 5, 1994 and still wrestled. Wrestling/TerryFunk of all people went up to him that night and said "you're a bigger dumbass than me!" That night, the Thrillseekers (Jericho and Wrestling/LanceStorm) defeated the Heavenly Bodies ("The Doctor of Desire" Tom Prichard and "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray, w[=/=]Wrestling/JimCornette) in a street fight that was the bloodiest match in SMW history.
* DirtyCoward: Jericho is always this when he is a heel.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Shockingly averted, as Jericho's band Fozzy have never recorded his entrance music. Whilst Jericho did perform vocals on the ''WWE Originals'' CD for the track "Don't You Wish You Were Me?", it was never used as his theme song.
** Actually, it WAS used as his theme song, briefly. It didn't catch on, and after a week or two he was back to his usual 'Break The Walls Down' theme.
* DramaticDrop
* DumbJock: The Nitro Announcers called his promos "Meat head microphone" and he was called a "muscle head" during a Series/MadTV sketch about a guy trying to embarrass him and a bunch of other people working [=WrestleMania=] XX. (Chris Jericho proved it wrong in the later case)
* FatAndSkinny: Jeri-Show.
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: Averted during the earlier part of his career (the Rock even told him to brush his teeth during one of their feuds) but played straight these days.
** He's admitted on Twitter that he wears dentures.
* FinishingMove: Lionsault (Wrestling/UltimoDragon's La Quebrada), Lion Tamer(Boston crab plus knee in the head), Walls Of Jericho(Boston Crab [[NameOfPower with better name]]), Code Breaker (face breaker with knees)
* FoeRomanceSubtext: With Stephanie [=McMahon=], unknown if it's intentional, but it's definitely there. Jericho would often mock her by stating how promiscuous she was, often sounding like he was secretly pissed ''he'' wasn't getting any. Though a truly epic TakeThatKiss delivered to her at the 2001 Summer Slam points towards it being intentional.
-->Wrestling/JimRoss: "[[Wrestling/RobVanDam RVD]] Is thinking about retaining the title, Jericho is [[FreudianSlip thinking]] of Stephanie."
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: It actually got him booted out of Brazil, after he balled up their flag and booted it into the crowd.
* GameBreakingInjury: Used in the last week of September 2010 as an [[{{Kayfabe}} in-story explanation]] for Jericho's absence in Wrestling/{{WWE}} while he did his Fozzy tour.
* GeniusBruiser: In RealLife, Chris is quite the intelligent fellow.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
** HeelFaceReturn: Notoriously, Chris managed to do both this ''and'' a FaceHeelTurn within the span of ''ten minutes''. How? He simply said nothing instead of a return promo and trolled the crowd by acting all pumped up while shouting out things like "Yeah, baby!" all for the sole purpose of pissing off the audience. When he finally spoke about a month or so later, he fully admitted to trolling them and called both the audience and the wrestlers in the back a bunch of Jericho wannabes.
* HesBack: As of 1/2/12. And again, as of 1/27/13. And ''uh-gain'' as of 6/30/14, interrupting Wrestling/TheMiz's tirade before getting curb-stomped by Wrestling/TheWyattFamily.
* {{Hunk}}: Not quite as PrettyBoy-like as he was in his younger days, but he's still definitely fine-featured.
* IHaveManyNames: Chris Jericho, Lion Do, Super Liger, ''Corazón de León''
* ILied: Jericho's response to staying on ''Raw'' after promising to retire forever if he lost at ''Night of Champions''.
** But then, he once cut a promo where he said that he'd have a sex change and become "Christina Jericho" if he lost to Wrestling/{{Chyna}}.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Had a series of matches with Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, bringing this into play whenever Jericho lost.
* UsefulNotes/IceHockey: He's a big fan. Crossed with ItRunsInTheFamily, since his father [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Irvine Ted Irvine]] played for four UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague teams. There is footage of Jericho playing hockey on his 2000 WWE VHS release ''Break the Walls Down.''
* IncomingHam: His theme starts with a countdown, then several seconds of silence, then a pyrotechnics explosion, followed by several seconds of a close-up of him on the [=TitanTron=], followed by him standing with his back to the crowd, then finally turning around and heading to the ring as his song yells "BREAK THE WALLS DOOOOOWN!!!". It's as much IncomingHam as a [[ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestler]] can get.
** As Undisputed champion, he cranked it UpToEleven, doing elaborate poses with both belts as he made his way to the ring.
* InsaneTrollLogic: So, if you attack and take out Team WWE, Wrestling/TheNexus won't have anybody to fight against, so the match can't take place, and Nexus can't take over Raw......BRILLIANT!
** On his role as WCW Television Champion: "I am the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-tv.html WCW Television Champion]]! That means that if you watch television, I am your champion!"
* {{Irony}}: Onscreen, Chris is the one credited with creating the concept of the Money in the Bank ladder match - a match he has never actually ''won''. The closest he ever came was ''WrestleMania 24'', and the guy who won it, Wrestling/CMPunk, would go on to win it ''again'' next year.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Eric Bischoff, during his run as the head of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, thought Jericho simply didn't have what it took to be a main-event star and a draw. He STILL believes that to this day, despite the last 10+ years of evidence to the contrary.
* ItsPersonal: What started as a feud over who was the best in the world, turned in to this when Jericho revealed to the world that Punk's father and sister were addicts, alcoholic and drugs respectively. Wrestling/CMPunk was not [[ClusterFBomb pleased.]]
* JackOfAllStats: A Super Junior with high-flying, technical submission and brawling skills.
* {{Kiai}}: Particularly when he's hitting his [[SignatureMove bulldog.]]
* KickTheDog: At first, Jericho seemed to have come back because he was hacked off at what he saw as other superstars ripping off his style - Wrestling/CMPunk in particular. Usually in WWE, that's reason enough to start a fight. Then it got personal, with Jericho essentially airing Punk's family's dirty laundry to the public. [[BerserkButton CM Punk was not impressed, indeed.]]
** [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse.]] After Punk takes a beating from Wrestling/MarkHenry the Raw after [=WrestleMania=], Jericho comes in from the crowd, mocking Punk's victory and wanting to make "a toast." He takes a bottle of Jack Daniel's and pours it all over Punk's near-unconscious body, then takes another one and ''breaks it over the back of the man's head.'' Seems like denigrating Punk's family was just the tip of the iceberg for Jericho.
* KingOfBeasts: He was called "Lionheart" prior to coming to WWE.
* LanguageBarrier: He said that when he had wrestled in Japan earlier in his career, he hadn't bothered to learn Japanese. He survived because some of the Japanese wrestlers knew English.
* LargeHam: Even in his heel incarnation, he can't rid himself of the ham.
** It's pretty safe to say he will never EEEEEEVVER!!! be accused of being subtle.
** It certainly reached a new level at his 2012 comeback, where he did nothing but bask in front of the camera and get the crowd to cheer for him, without ever actually saying anything except a few "Yeah baby!!" exclamations.
* LensmanArmsRace: One of the reasons Chris Jericho has changed his style so much from the beginning of his career. When he started, his moonsaults and hurricanranas were hot shit; as time wore on, the high fliers moves got increasingly complex and he got older, so he had to change his lucha style to a more American one. Some people even prefer the new Jericho. Although, perhaps as a result of changing his style, he's still able to perform moves like the Lionsault at will, despite being well into his forties.
* LongList
** During a feud with Dean Malenko, "The Man of a Thousand Holds," Jericho came out and read his list of a Thousand and ''Four'' Holds, which lasted through a commercial break and went clear into another segment. Every third or so item on the list was "[[RunningGag ARMBAR!]]"
*** Which you can name in [[http://www.sporcle.com/games/Sycophants/chrisjerichos1004holds this Sporcle quiz.]]
** In a call back to the above, Jericho makes another LongList on the 09/27/2010 episode of RAW, this time made up of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq4A1J3CnFY all the opponents he's beaten]], including people he's only beaten backstage and counting wrestlers with different aliases multiple times.
*** Which you can name in [[http://www.sporcle.com//games/greateone10/jerichos_list THIS Sporcle quiz.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Attempted this in WCW after he lost the Cruiserweight title as a way to get it back. It never quite worked out for him (though it did earn him the unceremonious nickname "The Crybaby" Chris Jericho).
* [[LoserLeavesTown Loser Leaves WWE]]: Been involved in two of these. Once in 2005, when he was in a match against Wrestling/JohnCena where the loser would be fired, and second, most recent in 2012, where he was in a match against Wrestling/DolphZiggler, where Jericho's WWE contract vs. Dolph's Money in the Bank contract were on the line, with him losing both of them. Both of the times was so he could go tour with his band.
* MadeOfIron: Other than a broken arm during his SMW days, has never[[note]] e-e-e-ever[[/note]] gotten seriously injured. Keep in mind that until about midway through his first WWE run he had a high-risk, hard-hitting style and has had his fair share of "career-shortening" gimmick matches.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Jericho's early gimmick in WWE was intentionally getting other wrestlers' names wrong, calling Wrestling/MickFoley "Mike" and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit ("Ben-wah") "Chris Ben-OIT". Made a short comeback when he met Santino.
* MatrixRainingCode: As seen in SAVE_US.222 and his second WWE run, which also saw it briefly incorporated into his tight designs.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Chris Jericho is an egotistical, self-centered lying jackass; Christopher Irvine is a well-spoken, clever and responsible member of society.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: Crosses with BerserkButton. Do '''not''' interfere with Jericho when he's on the job in any way. Period. When he's on the clock, describing him as 'high strung' is probably generous. Grab him from behind the guard rails, yell at him, or even invade his personal space, and it's an invitation for a verbal and/or physical beating.
* MessianicArchetype: Invoked many times during his promos. His return vignettes also contain words such as "save us" and "the second coming".
* MillenniumBug: His RedBaron "[=Y2J=]" was based on this.
* MrFanservice: A hilarious, athletic {{hunk}} provides much fanservice? [[SarcasmMode No way!]]
** With forearms the size of hams and a face just this side of {{Bishonen}}, how could he ''not''?
** To Wrestling/TrishStratus from "The Highlight Reel" on the March 29, 2004 ''Raw'' (see above under CatchPhrase):
-->"I'm not in your league? I'm Chris Jericho, I'm a sexy beast, baby!"
** However, FanDisservice ensued the night after the 2008 ''Unforgiven'', when he appeared in the ''Raw'' ring to strip off his shirt in order to show the crowd the huge red welts that that "horrible man," Shawn Michaels, had given to him in their Unsanctioned Match - and also to show off his World Heavyweight Championship belt, which he'd won in the course of the same evening (long story).
* MulticoloredHair: In WCW he had blonde locks and a brown beard.
* NameTron: A key part of the set for "The Highlight Reel" is, of course, the "ridiculously expensive [=Jeritron=] 3000."
* OlderThanTheyLook: Even though he's been around seemingly ''forever'' to the longtime wrestling fan, it's still easy to forget sometimes that he's 43.
* OnceAnEpisode: During his prime in WCW, he'd tie his hair in increasingly bizarre ways and quote popular rock songs, including Music/CheapTrick's "I Want You To Want Me" and Music/TheOffspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)."
* OverlyLongGag: His long, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxdYMZYCrYQ#t=5m30s long introduction to]] Wrestling/SantinoMarella
** His list of 1004 holds.
* PopularityPower: During his 2012 return tour. Jericho's ''really'' had to go out of his way to {{Heel}} it up because so many of the fans still want to cheer him for coming back.
** This may be partly a DracoInLeatherPants (and an [[CostumePorn awesome light-up jacket]]) situation, too, as Jericho's one of the most entertaining heels to watch.
* PowerStable: Was a member of [=Fuyuki-gun=] in the [=WAR=] (Wrestle Association R) promotion, led by Hiromichi Fuyuki and also including Gedo and Jado. Lion Heart would go be "Lion Do" during this period of time.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Until he turned heel in 2008; see CreepyMonotone above.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jericho punching HBK's wife. While the punch was scripted, Jericho accidentally busted her lip. This provided a lot of fuel for the feud.
** It should be noted that Rebecca was totally okay with it.
* RealSongThemeTune:
** The Thrillseekers used Danger [=Danger=]'s "Rock America" in SMW, which Jericho apparently hated.
** (In Wrestling/{{ECW}}): [[Music/RobZombie White Zombie]]'s "Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"
* RedBaron: The Lionheart, [=Y2J=], The Ayatollah of Rock-And-Rolla, Your Hero, Role Model and Paragon of Virtue, the Man of 1004 Holds, the King of the Loopholes, the Larger Than Life Living Legend, the King of the World, the Highlight of the Night, the King of Bling-Bling. Seriously, for sheer numbers, his only rival is Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: His defeat of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/TheRock in the same night in order to claim the Undisputed Championship is often cited as a near impossible feat -- one that Jericho has no problem boasting about all the time.
* RenaissanceMan: Already one of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling, Jericho is also a successful rock musician, a bestselling author, and an accomplished dancer. It seems like there's nothing the man cannot do if he puts his mind to it.
* TheRival: Wrestling/ChrisBenoit during the Attitude Era.
** The Rock, during the [=InVasion=].
* RunningGag: Wrestling/MickFoley has never beat Jericho in a match. This is stated every time Foley is mentioned in Jericho's books.
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Jericho actually let Foley pin him at his Hall Of Fame Induction. CM Punk counted the pin.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: In his latter-day heel runs in particular. Listen to his heel promos long enough, and even if your vocabulary's pretty respectable, you're likely to find yourself thinking about reaching for a dictionary at least once.
* ShooOutTheClowns: He became ''way'' more serious and ditched all of his previous catchphrases before becoming a multiple-time WWE champion.
** Of course as a Heel he's pretty firmly a clown.
*** Unless he's channeling [[NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]].
** On the eve of his Undisputed title defense with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] at ''Royal Rumble 2002'':
--> [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]: [[{{Catchphrase}} "If ya smell-"]]
--> Jericho: "[[BigNo No!]] This is not a joke! [[LetsGetDangerous I am not a joke!]] I am serious! And you will not look past me, you ''[[PrecisionFStrike stupid son of a bitch!]]''"
* ShoutOut: A few of his skits back in WCW run were basically scenes from ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' transitioned into wrestling promos. At the terrible ''WCW Fall Brawl 98'' [=PPV=], Jericho parodied Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}'s dramatic guided entrance by walking to the ring with his bodyguard [[Film/BloodSuckingFreaks "Ralphus"]] and got "lost" on the way there.
** His name is inspired by the Music/{{Helloween}} album ''Walls of Jericho''.
** His theme song, "Break the Walls Down", references not just the above album (which is itself inspired by a story in the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] Book of Joshua), but the rock bands Music/{{ACDC}} and Music/JudasPriest and the William Butler Yeats poem "The Second Coming."
** His 2009 heel persona was inspired by ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' (specifically Anton Chigurh).
* [[ShutUpHannibal Shut Up]] Wrestling/MichaelCole: Twice in the same night!
-->'''Wrestling/MichaelCole''': ''(after "new" "email" jingle goes off)'' Can I have your attention ple--\\
'''Jericho''': OF COURSE YOU HAVE AN EMAIL, YOU IDIOT! JUST READ IT!
** And again...
--->'''Wrestling/MichaelCole''': ''(after "new" "email" jingle goes off)'' Can I have your atten--\\
'''Jericho''': SHUT UP! JUST READ IT!
** He also delivers one to ''[[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily BRAY FREAKIN' WYATT]]''!
--->'''Jericho''': "WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP?!"
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: The implied reason why Jericho obsessively insulted Stephanie so much: she was easy... for everyone except ''him''. The fact that he forcefully kissed her at the 2000 King of the Ring and the 2001 ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' definitely makes this even more obviously true.
* SmugSnake: In full-on heel mode, Jericho is one of these.
** And a CardCarryingVillain, I'm surprised he doesn't spontaneously grow a mustache and start stroking it when he goes heel.
* TagTeam:
** Sudden Impact[=/=]The Thrillseekers, w[=/=]Lance Storm, in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, Wrestling/{{FMW}}, Wrestling/{{SMW}} and various other promotions in Canada and Japan.
* TalkShowWithFists: "The Highlight Reel"
* [[TalkToTheFist Talk To The Knees]]: Pulled this once on Wrestling/DolphZiggler, who was rambling on about how Jericho was "losing his touch". As soon as Dolph starts repeating the line to Wrestling/VickieGuerrero in an aside - cue [[FinishingMove Codebreaker]] to the face mid-sentence.
* TheCameo: In the film Albino farm. He also has shown up on a lot of [=VH1=] countdowns.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: On Nitro, Ted Turner said that Chris Jericho was correct when he whined about the cruiserweight championship being awarded to Dean Malenko, however he found Chris Jericho so whiny and annoying that he decided to let Dean Malenko's reign continue anyway.
* TheHost:Of ''Sunday Night Live'' with done by the Sketchersons troupe, of the reality show ''Redemption song'', of the game show ''Downfall'' and of the ''Robot Combat League''.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck[=/=]OhCrap: His initial reaction when Wrestling/TheWyattFamily interrupts him. You can practically see the GenreSavvy moment happen on his face, where he goes from "Who the hell are ''these'' guys?" to "...This isn't going to end well, is it?"
* ThreatBackfire[=/=]InsultBackfire: He tried to leverage Wrestling/CMPunk's DarkAndTroubledPast (his father was a massive alcoholic growing up) to get inside his head. That was one pipe bomb that blew up right in his face.
* {{Troll}}: If he's not playing the heel that's giving [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]] and trying to get inside opponent's heads, he's this. This has especially been true on his comeback tour (take the first few weeks after his return in 2012, for example), and it's even been true while he's been a ''face''.
* UndyingLoyalty: Since leaving Wrestling/{{WCW} during the MondayNightWars, he's worked solely for the Wrestling/WWE in a wrestling capacity, and has said that he will never work for Wrestling/{{TNA}} or an independent promotion in his entire career, despite getting invitations from both, because of his loyalty to the WWE. Then again, given how he was treated in WCW compared to how he's treated in the WWE, his loyalty is understandable.
* UnknownRival: He has one in former Wrestling/{{n|ew world order}}Wo girl April Hunter, who has hated Chris Jericho ever since he broke Chyna's hand. He finally became aware when she showed up to mock his baby face turn and loss at [=WrestleMania=] XX while being interviewed by PWI
* UnrelatedBrothers: Averted. Claimed in his book that one of the first promoters he encountered suggested booking him as "Rob Benoit."
* VerbalTic: "ASK HIM!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8iAhSuRV7E has become to Chris Jericho]] what "HAH!" is to Wrestling/ScottSteiner.
* VillainousBreakdown: After losing to Wrestling/JohnMorrison on 9/6/10's RAW and losing his spot in the six-way championship match, he spent the rest of RAW catatonic and silent.
* VillainSong: ''Don't You Wish You Were Me?'', performed by Jericho on the ''WWE Originals'' album, although this was only used for a week or two as Jericho's entrance.
** ''King Of My World'' by Saliva.
* VillainTeamUp: With Wrestling/{{Edge}} in 2009, to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. And again with Wrestling/TheBigShow when Wrestling/{{Edge}} got injured and had to be replaced.
* WhenEldersAttack: At [=WrestleMania=] 25, Jericho would face Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/JimmySnuka, and Wrestling/RickySteamboat in a three-on-one handicap match. While Jericho would [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzQuQ6fUmlM quickly dispose of Snuka and Piper]], it was Steamboat who surprised everyone, both in {{Kayfabe}} and in RealLife, in [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome keeping up with the much younger Jericho in that match.]] The match developed out of a feud Jericho had been having with actor Mickey Rourke in re Rourke's role in the movie ''Film/TheWrestler,'' and how Jericho had disapproved of the film's theme of respecting wrestlers after their careers start to decline. Rourke, who had a legitimate 6-0-2 record in boxing, knocked out Jericho with one punch after the match.
* WorthyOpponent: In RealLife, Jericho considers Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to be his favorite people on the roster to work with.
* WouldHitAGirl: In RealLife, if you jump Chris, he will punch you.
** Also in {{kayfabe}}, during his 2008 feud with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels by punching out Shawn's wife, Rebecca.
** Earlier than that, his first run as Intercontinental champion came about by feuding with Wrestling/{{Chyna}}.
** He also tried to go after Wrestling/CMPunk's sister after the latter [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome slapped him]] during their match at ''Extreme Rules 2012.'' Naturally, this mashed one of Punk's {{Berserk Button}}s '''hard''', and Jericho got his ass kicked for his trouble.
* YouGotGuts: Villainous variant. Following {{Randy Orton}}'s attack on Vince and Stephanie Macmahon (which culminated in him punting Vince in the head and severely injuring him), Jericho interrupted an interview. A defensive Orton expected him to gloat his ass off or chew him out like every other superstar, however Jericho points out he was actually impressed someone finally managed to put their disapproving boss and his spoiled daughter so bluntly in their place. He smugly adds however, he feels the need to state this now since Orton probably won't be around for much longer.
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'''...ARMBAR!!!'''
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