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'''Jacob "Jake" Hager, Jr'''. (born March 24, 1982) is an American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] from Perry, Oklahoma signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}}, better known by his ring name '''Jack Swagger'''.

Hager attended the University of Oklahoma as a two sport athlete, participating in both football and wrestling. He switched to wrestling full-time in his sophomore year, and in 2006, set the record for most pins in a season with 30 as an All-American. Following a try-out, Hager signed a WWE contract in mid-2006. He made his debut for the WWE developmental territory Deep South Wrestling in September, and was moved to the Ohio Valley Wrestling territory in January 2007. A few months later, Hager debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he was the final [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fcw/fcw-s-h.html FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion]] and the inaugural [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fcw/fcw-fl-h.html FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion]].

In late 2008, he debuted for the ECW brand under the name Jack Swagger, and in January 2009, he won his first World Championship, the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW Heavyweight Championship]] defeating Matt Hardy. In March 2010, while a member of the Raw brand, he won the Money in the Bank ladder match at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXVI'', and cashed it in later that week on SmackDown, defeating Wrestling/ChrisJericho to become the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html World Heavyweight Champion]]. In January 2012, he won the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Championship]], defeating Wrestling/ZackRyder.

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!!! "All-American American Tropes":
* AllAmericanFace: Inverted.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Swagger seems as of late to have fallen a step or two behind his "Real American" partner [[Wrestling/AntonioCesaro Cesaro]]. When Swagger failed to qualify for the 2014 Elimination Chamber, Cesaro succeeded. And even when Swagger made Colter proud by winning #1 contendership for the IC Title on Smackdown, it paled in comparison to Colter's pride for Cesaro, who shockingly beat the WWE World Champion RandyOrton later that night. Jack can't seem to catch a break.
* ArchEnemy: When tagging with Wrestling/DolphZiggler, [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Air]] [[Wrestling/KofiKingston Boom]]. Singles, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio.
* BadassBoast
* BeardOfEvil: When he returned from his six months of absent he sported one.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BoisterousBruiser
* BrainWashed: The commentators and Jim Ross in particular believe this is the case as Swagger never showed any traces of his "Real American" gimmick before associating himself with Zeb Colter.
* TheBully: Can come off as this very often. Most of his feuds tend to be with wrestlers significantly smaller, older, and/or weaker than he is. He once tried to call out '''Hornswoggle''' for a match in ECW. Of course, that was before WWE-ECW's more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome moments]] when a [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} certain someone]] [[HesBack came out in the middle of Swagger's promo]] to stop the madness.
* TheChewToy: While it's pretty much been because of his own doing, Swagger just hasn't caught a break in his pursuit of the World Title since returning. Original penned to win it at WM 29? Changed due to his marijuana bust. Originally scheduled for a triple threat World Title match at Extreme Rules? Changed to a #1 Contender's "I Quit" match against Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, which he lost, because he legitimately concussed World Champion Wrestling/DolphZiggler the week before. Haven't seen bad juju like this surrounding the World Title since late 2005-2007.
* DemotedToExtra: And it's reportedly a consequence of his having been caught smoking marijuana several times, as well as attitude/behavior issues.
* DirtyCoward
* DumbMuscle: Zigzagged. Even though his RealLife persona errs much closer to that of a GeniusBruiser (he was a two-sport athlete at Oklahoma, where he also earned a degree in finance and was set to start a career in that field before WWE called him), he almost invariably comes off as this in storyline if he's aligned with someone else. It may be the [[SpeechImpediment lisp]] that has something to do with it, or his more-than-passing resemblance to [[TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* {{Expy}}: [[Wrestling/KurtAngle Where have we seen this before]]? An [[JerkJock arrogant but talented wrestler]] who brags about his accomplishments in amateur wrestling while wearing the traditional wrestling singlet and using an ''ankle lock'' as a finisher? How about making him an American Patriot? [[SarcasmMode Never seen that before in WWE.]]
** What are they going to do next, shave him bald?
** InformedAttribute: He never quite leaned into the flavor-2 {{Eagleland}} that one would expect from a patriotic heel until 2013 when he became "[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain A Real American]]"... which actually turned out to make him somewhat an {{Expy}} of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield... in his feud against Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, in particular.
* FinishingMove: The Red White and Blue Thunder Bomb[[note]]A play on the Blue Thunder Bomb, which is a completely different move[[/note]] (Gutwrench powerbomb) and the Patriot Act (Ankle lock).
* {{Homage}}: The Swagger Bomb (a corner slingshot splash) is one of these to Wrestling/{{Vader}}.
* {{Irony}}: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag The Gadsden flag]] that flies in the background of Swagger's entrance video and YouTube vids symbolizes the American spirit ("Don't Tread On Me") and unity of the original thirteen colonies. Swagger's first major victory coming back to WWE? Defeating "The '''Viper'''" RandyOrton in the Elimination Chamber to face the World Champion at Wrestlemania.
* {{Jerkass}}: See TheBully above.
* JerkJock
* LargeHam: As is a prerequisite of most wrestlers nowadays.
* LightningBruiser: Weighs north of 260, but doesn't seem to give up a lot of speed to smaller opponents. And scarily enough, after his recent return (aside from his style being much more stiff) he seems to have gotten ''faster.''
* MessyHair: In stark contrast to his conservative hairstyle of old, when he came back in early 2013, his hair seemed to be all over the place.
* MythologyGag: His manager, Zeb Coulter, is played by Dutch Mantel. Mantel had earlier been in WWE as Uncle Zebekiah in the 90s, managing the Blu Brothers[[note]]Jacob and Eli, better known as [[TagTeamTwins Ron and Don Harris]][[/note]] and [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw]].
* OutOfCharacterMoment: During one vignette, he and Zeb were letting out some "Real American" rhetoric...and then break character completely, address the camera with their real names, and then explain to GlennBeck (who had criticized the product ''very'' publicly) what ProfessionalWrestling by the WWE is supposed to be. They then segued right back into character.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Swagger's new "Real American" gimmick in 2013, standing against immigration.
* PutOnABus: After an long losing streak in 2012, he took an extended leave of absence.
** TheBusCameBack: He came back six months later, on the February 1st edition of Smackdown.
* RedBaron: "The All-American American"
* SmallNameBigEgo: WHO AM I?
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* TheStoner: It could be argued very strongly that Swagger hasn't quite reached his potential in WWE in no small part because of his fixation with the cannabis plant. He's been caught with marijuana as recently as February 2013.
** WhatAnIdiot: The timing could not have ''possibly'' been worse, as Swagger was in the middle of the biggest push of his career. It ended up costing him winning the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania.
* TookALevelInBadass: Jack Swagger . . . [[WTHCastingAgency World Heavyweight Champion]]?!
** Also seems to have gotten back that level ''and then some'' upon his early 2013 return.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Several of his promos during his World Heavyweight Champion reign made it clear that his dad held him to extremely high standards and always expected him to become a champion.