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'''Dustin Runnels''', born 1969, is a {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er best known by his ring names '''Dustin Rhodes''' and '''Goldust'''. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes]], the half-brother of fellow WWE superstar, Wrestling/CodyRhodes and the ex-husband of former WWE Diva Terri "Marlena" Runnels. While he is most known for his work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Wrestling/{{WCW}}, he has also competed for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}}, and many independent promotions around the U.S.

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-6.html WCW World 6-Man Tag Team Champion]] w[=/=]Matt Borne and "The Z-Man" Tom Zenk, a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]], holding the belts 1x w[=/=]Wrestling/RickySteamboat and 2x w[=/=]Wrestling/BarryWindham, a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]], a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a former 10x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]] a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]] w[=/=]Wrestling/BookerT, and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion alongside his brother Cody.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldust The Other Wiki]].
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!!!"You will never forget the tropes of *inhaled deeply* Goldust":
* AgentPeacock: Okay, so he's pretty gay and a movie nerd but if pushed he throws down with the best of them. Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} in character credited the name he made for himself to his brawls with Goldust in WWECW.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Of ''himself'' as Black Reign in Wrestling/{{TNA}}
* AmbiguouslyGay: Though it could be argued that that was all part of his mindgames to get into his opponent's head. Wrestling/JerryLawler once outright asked the question, to which Goldust [[BigNo shouted "NOOOO!"]] before beating him down.
** WhatCouldHaveBeen: The character was supposed to be the first openly gay wrestler, and was portrayed as one for about a month (his first major feud was sending love letters to [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]]). However, gay rights groups got upset over a gay person also being "evil," so Marlena was introduced and it all became "mindgames."
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of movies, and, especially, the AcademyAward, when the Goldust gimmick started.
* TheArtifact: Shattered Dreams. He invented the move specifically to get back at Val Venis for fooling around with Marlena, but he kept using it afterwards too.
* AssKicksYou: He likes to hip check people he whips into the ropes.
* AwardBaitSong: His WWE entrance music intentionally invokes this, befitting of his gimmick.
* BadassFamily: He's a Rhodes, it's a given.
** Dustin was the one that established this trope, being the first of Dusty's kids to follow in his footsteps.
* BaldOfEvil: Concealed by a wig, which he would toss at the camera when it was time to wrestle. Less so once the fans started popping for him, obviously.
* BlackFace: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust wore it, along with an afro wig and a boom box before the 1998 Royal Rumble on Raw. He happened to be facing [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio Flash Funk]], who actually was black. Funk knocked off the wig, making The Artist a {{dark skinned blonde}}.
* BigDamnHeroes: When Hornswoggle was about to get crushed by Wrestling/TheBigShow, he came in just in time, to save him. He lost miserably, but it's the thought that counts.
* BlowYouAway: Normally his "wonder breathing" is just creepy or disgusting to other wrestlers but he managed to blow Summer Rae off the ring apron with it once. (Cody was their to catch her)
* CaptainErsatz: As Dusty Rhodes Jr. in WWC.
* CatchPhrase
** "Remember the name...GOLDUST"/"You will ''never''... forget the name of *inhales deeply*...GOLDUST!"
** "Shut the hell up!" was shouted by Luna and The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust when the fans inevitably got sick of his inane, irrelevant promos.
* {{CloudCuckoolander}}: What do you expect with a guy who covers himself in gold and black facepaint, the wigs, and the other crazy hijinx that's happened over the years?
** CloudcuckoolandersMinder: As of mid-2014, he's become this to Stardust (''his brother''). You '''know''' things are bad if Goldust is this.
* {{Cosplay}}
** While teaming with Booker T Goldust did his fair share of it. Sometimes as popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. Other times as popular movie characters, such as Darth Vader.
** The Artists Formerly Known As Goldust became known as Chynadust, Dust Lovedust, Dustydust, Hunterdust, Flashdust, Marilyn Mansondust, Sabledust and Vaderdust.
* DepravedBisexual: At least he pretended to be one.
* DropTheHammer: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust hitting Big Van Vader with a hammer is what really started their feud.
* DrugsAreBad: A serious message in his [[{{Biography}} autobiography]] ''Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness''.
* EvilCripple: The Artists formerly known as Goldust claimed his wrist was too injured to tag in for the Survivor Series match under team USA lead by Wrestling/BigVanVader. After Survivor Series he milked it for all it was worth, coming out to the arena in a wheel chair and claiming his injury had spread to his whole body, making him an invalid paraplegic. Vader's manager was having none of it.
-->Wrestling/JimCornette:"No, he's an [[AccentOnTheWrongSyllable invalid]]!"
* FacialMarkings: In longer matches they would start to rub off or be sweated off.
* FakeHairDrama: At W.O.W (Warriors Of Wrestling) The Latin Lover Chachi stole his wig.
* FinishingMove: The Curtain Call/Lone Star State Of Mind (Falling inverted DDT). The Final cut (a neckbreaker lifted like a suplex). As Dustin Rhodes, he usually used the bulldog.
* FunWithAcronyms: After Dustin [[TrashcanBonfire burned the Goldust suit]] on the May 11, 1998 ''[[{{Wrestling/WWERaw}} Raw]]'', he went back to his real name and started a [[TheGimmick gimmick]] as a born-again Christian. It was mostly played straight and serious (in fact, his warning before the Wrestling/{{Sable}}-Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} bikini contest at ''WWF Fully Loaded'', July 26, 1998, was a definite precursor to WWE's subsequent RealLife problems with the Parents' Television Council, which spawned the [[MoralGuardians Right to Censor]] gimmick), though Dustin also appeared in taped vignettes where he would attempt to spread his message and would claim to be speaking for an organization called '''E'''vangelists '''A'''gainst '''T'''elevision '''M'''edia and '''E'''ntertainment.
* GRatedSex: During a 1996 match with Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Taker was knocked out and Goldust... took advantage of his prone state. By laying on him and rubbing himself against Taker. Likely as close to male-on-male molestation as the WWF/WWE would ever show. (Of course, Undie was laying in wait, immediately grabbed his throat impressively fought his way to a standing position while holding Goldie in midair ... and went on to deliver a huge chokeslam before defeating him.)
* GenreSavvy: Of Pro-Wrestling and Film
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In his book, he acknowledges how "sick" some of his promos were during his initial heel run (e.g., [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything eating a chocolate bar while talking about Ahmed Johnson]].)
* GorgeousGeorge: He keeps the ambiguity up even as a face, flirting with both Wrestling/{{Fandango}} and Summer Rae, to their mutual displeasure. His valet Marlena was supposed to be this trope too but the storyline was rejected. Goldust was originally planned as an aversion though {{media watchdog}}s scrapped the plans for him to be outed as actually gay.
* GroinAttack: "Shattered Dreams" in his early years. More recently, he's been a liberal user of the famously legal [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial most-definitely-not-a-]]GroinAttack reverse atomic drop.
* HarmlessElectrocution: {{Averted| trope}} during his feud with Stevie Richards and notable in that Goldust still suffers negative effects from it even after the SevenYearRule says he should no longer have to, as he explained to Abraham Washington on WWECW.
* HesBack: When Wrestling/CodyRhodes was [[PutOnABus temporarily fired]]. Goldust comes back and tries to get his job back.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: With Marlena and Wrestling/LunaVachon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Him and Wrestling/YoshiTatsu are superpals.
* HollywoodTourettes: After getting "electrocuted", thankfully it died down and went away permanently later on, though it was PlayedForLaughs, which it received.
* LargeHam: What do you expect from someone whose face is painted gold and wears gold suit and a wig?
* NamedWeapons: Black Reign's spike, Darkness Falls.
* {{Nepotism}}: Being Dusty's son, and with Dusty's booking power in WCW, he had to work to overcome the implications of this. It was largely averted in fact. Goldust's greatest success came in the years beginning the WWE Wrestling/AttitudeEra, where he and his father worked in different promotions[[note]]Dusty Rhodes was working in WCW while Goldust was in the aforementioned WWF/E[[/note]] and weren't even on speaking terms.
* {{Mascot}}: Misty, his pet rat as Black Reign
* MiniMook: Minidust, who looked even more effeminate than the big guy.
* OddFriendship: With Wrestling/BookerT. Huge emphasis on the 'odd' part.
* PartsUnknown (as Black Reign in [=TNA=]): "The Deepest Darkest Corner of His Mind"
* RageAgainstTheAuthor[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Dustin got tired of being Goldust at one point and tried to be a born-again Christian wrestler. (See above under FunWithAcronyms.) The gimmick sadly didn't take, in part [[ScrewedByTheNetwork because WWE]] [[TheyJustDidntCare didn't care]] and in part because it was just him in a t-shirt and blue jeans just preaching before matches. Even when Dustin went to WCW and TNA, he never tried (or they never let him try) the gimmick again.
* RedBaron: "The Bizarre One", "The Prince of Perversion", "The Man With The Golden Power"
** As Dustin Rhodes, he was called "The Natural," "The American Nightmare," or "Lonestar." The latter was used by Matt Striker when speaking about Goldust in WWECW.
* TheRival: Though the history wasn't ever referred to in WWE, Dustin has had a lot of matches against Wrestling/WilliamRegal dating back to the early 90s in WCW.
* RomanceOnTheSet: InUniverse: With Wrestling/{{Aksana}} on ''WWE NXT''.
* ShoutOut:
** Goldust regularly quoted or otherwise referenced movies in his promos, starting with the initial pre-debut vignettes.
** His new facepaint as of his late-2013 WWE run is basically a golden [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]].
* SiblingYinYang: In character, and arguably RealLife. He's a good sixteen years older than [[CodyRhodes Cody]], and by their own admission the Rhodes brothers don't have a lot in common
* SignatureMove: He has two in regards to the backdrop. Countering it by falling on his back and punching them (though he started dropping to his knees instead later) or with an exaggerated jumping face buster.
** Often both will be used along with a power slam, and high cross body for his {{five moves of doom}}, ending with the final cut (though [[SubvertedTrope not]] too [[{{Jobber}} often]])
* StillGotIt: ''Oh hell yes.'' Beat Wrestling/TheShield along with his brother in two consecutive matches - a feat that's been done very few times, if at all - won the Tag Team Titles at age 44, and (both in-universe and in RealLife) is said to look as good or better in the ring as at any point during his long career.
* TagTeam:
** The Texas Broncos, w[=/=]Kendall Windham.
** With Wrestling/BookerT. The team never had a name; [[FanNickname fans called them]] "Black Gold" while wrestling sites referred to them as "The Movie Critics"
** And now with his brother CodyRhodes.
* TakeThatKiss: One of his moves to throw off an opponent.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, a period where he was managed by Luna Vachon and most known for wearing disturbing outfits.
* VillainTeamUp: In his [=TAKFA=] Goldust days in early 1998, he and "Marvelous" Marc Mero randomly joined forces against the Headbangers, with Goldust dressing up as Music/MarilynManson. This fell apart when Wrestling/{{Sable}} and Luna Vachon started their own feud.
* WrestlingFamily: Son of Dusty Rhodes and half-brother of [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody]]. He was married to Terri Runnels for a couple of years. Also, Jerry Sags of Wrestling/TheNastyBoys and Fred "Tugboat"/"Typhoon" Ottman are/were uncles at one point, as they have both been Dusty's brothers-in-law
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