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->''"I'm a monster. I wear a mask. My only source of pleasure is eviscerating people... and even I find you mentally unstable."''
-->--Kane, to Wrestling/AJLee

'''Glenn Thomas Jacobs''', born April 26, 1967, is an Spanish-born American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er currently working for Wrestling/{{WWE}} under the name '''Kane'''. He is one of WWE's longest-tenured superstars, with the gimmick having debuted in 1997 (and having worked for WWE a number of times prior to the Kane gimmick); in {{Kayfabe}}, Kane is the half-brother of Wrestling/TheUndertaker, with Kane's father being Undertaker's former manager Wrestling/PaulBearer (the "Brothers of Destruction" shared the same mother). He was originally thought to be dead, due to a fire started by the Undertaker that also claimed the lives of his parents, before Paul Bearer brought him back. Since their initial feud, Kane and Undertaker have both teamed up and feuded again several times. Kane originally wrestled in a mask, but removed it in 2003 (revealing his supposed physical scars from the fire were more like mental ones). In late 2011, he started wearing a mask again, in 2013 he removed it and switched to a ManOfWealthAndTaste attire as he "sold out" to TripleH & StephanieMcMahon, briefly re-donning the mask from April-August 2014. He is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Champion]], a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Champion]], a 9x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]][[note]]During the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance storyline in 2001[[/note]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html WWE ECW Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]], once with Wrestling/TheBigShow and once with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] as Wrestling/TeamHellNo.

For a detailed look at Kane's in-ring career, you can check out his {{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_(wrestler) page]]. Kane's kayfabe history is a little more... convoluted... so in lieu of a Wikipedia article, instead you can check out [[http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/columns/287909/Evolution-Schematic-6.20.13:-Kane-%28Version-2.0%29-%5BPart-1%5D.htm this special two]] [[http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/columns/287912 part column]] on 411mania that does its best to cover Kane's kayfabe history (it even works Glenn Jacobs' gimmicks prior to Kane into the kayfabe) up to 2013.
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!!! [[Wrestling/JimRoss "FROM HELLFIRE AND BRIMSTONE COME KANE'S TROPES!"]]
* AbortedArc: The most confusing of all the myriad examples in Kane's career was that of the Imposter Kane, a mysterious figure wearing Kane's original costume who frequently interfered in his matches and even defeated Kane in a PPV match. The Fake Kane was played up as a man of mystery from Kane's past and possibly his next ArchEnemy, but the angle provoked minimal fan reaction, so the Fake Kane was simply discarded without his identity ever revealed, and the whole thing is something of a {{BLAM}} now. Fans were largely disappointed that when Kane stripped the mask off Imposter Kane at the abrupt end of the storyline, he didn't put it on.
** His feud with Wrestling/{{Edge}} over Wrestling/{{Lita}} was discontinued and effectively [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] once Wrestling/MattHardy returned and WWE could no longer keep it kayfabe. But nowadays it seems to have gone back to being considered canon.
** The Katie Vick story was cut short, which was rather a mercy killing (for Jacobs and for fans).
** His 2010 feud with The Undertaker was promptly forgotten so that Undertaker could fight Wrestling/TripleH at Wrestlemania.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Kane and the Undertaker's gimmicks have usually been laced with various elements of the supernatural, with both men using OffscreenTeleportation, PlayingWithFire, even sometimes CameBackWrong. This makes absolutely no sense at all and tends to become even more prominent when they feud, but generally it's just accepted as part of the show.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Apparently AJ does, at least.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: An ongoing theme with Kane's character is his desire for a female companion and family. Perhaps the first hint of emotion Kane ever showed was his concern for Wrestling/{{Chyna}} after accidentally injuring her in 1999. Later he went so far as to [[ScarpiaUltimatum blackmail]] [=Lita=] to bear his child and marry him, then harassed Wrestling/KellyKelly, and then stalked Wrestling/EveTorres during his feud with Cena in order to get [[TheCorrupter Cena to give in to the hate.]]
** Ironically, when Wrestling/AJLee actually shows interest in him, he's completely befuddled as to what's going on. Though this might be a little bit of GenreSavvy kicking in; it's possible he suspects her of ObfuscatingInsanity and is trying to figure out what her game is.
** In Kane's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBDvS8A3NP0 own words,]] "I'm a monster. I wear a mask. My only source of pleasure is eviscerating people. And even I find you mentally unstable." Although, in all fairness, he also [[BlatantLies said he "Doesn't do relationships,"]] which clearly isn't true. Additionally, he seemed to veer into "It's not you, it's me" territory when telling AJ "This may come as a shock to you, but I'm not exactly boyfriend material."
* AlmightyJanitor: One of the best men in the business, but often jobs for other wrestlers.
* AmplifierArtifact[=/=]SplitPersonality: The mask seems to be played like this in 2013-2014. During his tenure with TheAuthority, he appears to be able to take up and discard the mask at will. His masked self is much more brutal and dangerous, although his suit-wearing 'corporate' side is nothing to take lightly, and seems to be much more reasoned.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: He once forced Lita to marry him, after Matt Hardy lost a match that stipulated she would marry Kane if Hardy lost. It later became [=Rape Is Love=] briefly until, in a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, she dumped Kane for [=Edge=] and it became an AbortedArc when Matt Hardy returned.
* ApologeticAttacker: Was very apologetic that he was attacking Josh Mathews, while doing it, on the August 31 episode of Smackdown. He had previously, as part of his anger managemet, apologized to him for the attack at SummerSlam. Then he had a bad match with Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio...
* ArchEnemy: The Undertaker and Triple H most notably.
** [=Edge=] is another good contender. If not for his short lived tenure, Gene Snitsky would also qualify. What makes these four stand out is that while Kane is capable of making any feud he's in personal for his enemy, these guys made it personal for ''Kane''. For reference? Lower down on the page, under UnnecessaryRoughness? Electro-torturing [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane'o'Mac's]] testicles was in no way personal for Kane. He just did that for kicks.
** What about Pete Rose?
** Wrestling/TheShield, an animosity shared with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson his tag-team partner]], are one of his newest arch enemies. Even after he joined The Authority. He and The Shield still don't get along.
** As Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS, Wrestling/BretHart[[note]]Bret had defeated Wrestling/JerryLawler at ''King of the Ring 1995'' in a "Kiss My Foot Match", that saw Bret shove Lawler's own foot in his, Lawler's, mouth, thus making it necessary for him to get help from his dentist. Lawler's dentist, Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS, was so disgusted by what kissing Bret's foot did to Lawler's mouth that he felt the need to enter the WWF so he could take revenge on Bret personally. Yes, this was a real storyline.[[/note]]
** As Unabomb in SMW, Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress
* TheArtifact: Like Undertaker, [=Kane=] is one of the last remaining remnants of a past era in WWE history - in Kane's case, it's the brutality of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the gimmicks of the Cartoony Era of the WWF in which The Undertaker has his roots.
** He became an artifact as soon as Undertaker dropped his Deadman gimmick and his kayfabe and became a biker. However he was lucky enough to eventually find his niche even after that, though to do so BadassDecay ensued.
** Kane's ''MASK'' also qualifies as an artifact due to the fact that he wore it well past the end of the more cartoonish era of the 80s and early 90s, and the end of the Attitude Era. He has worn a number of different masks with mostly variations on a singular design that were reconstructed to make them more comfortable for Kane to wear, until his 2003 mask which was a large departure from what was then the standard design for his masks' look.(It was ultimately the fact that the mask was a source of discomfort that he was finally unmasked in 2003) His most recent mask is actually one worn by the Undertaker when he was recovering from a cracked orbital socket, repainted red to match Kane's gimmick and the colors associated with him. Which means the mask he currently wears is something of a MythologyGag for anyone who noticed it.
** In one instance, the girl didn't even have to exist -- that being the infamous "Katie Vick." See the AbortedArc entry for the background.
** Kane's right eye, the one with the blue contact lens. In his first RAW appearance, Paul Bearer claimed that Kane was "missing an eye", implying that he was either blind in that eye or that it was a glass eye.
* AntiHero: Assumed to be a Type V as a face given the nature of his character... but careful examination will show that he's more often a Type IV that gradually slides to Type III the longer he stays a face - which inevitably causes some level of BadassDecay before he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor goes on another murderous rampage.]]
* AshFace: During his first six years in the WWE, the "Big Red Monster" never appeared in public with any part of his body other than his left arm uncovered; the story was that he'd gotten caught in a fire started in his parents' funeral parlor and had barely survived, and his burns were too horrific for the sight of "normal" humans. In 2003, however, he was finally forced to remove his trademark red-and-black mask - and revealed, instead of grotesquely pitted features, a comically mild-looking AshFace. (It was made even funnier by the ''Raw'' commentators speculating on how ugly and deformed Kane would look.)
* AxCrazy: Kane is so psychotically deranged, that even he himself has admitted that he has no idea whatsoever why he enjoys assaulting Pete Rose at every given opportunity (see ContinuityCavalcade below).
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBookworm: He won on ''Series/TheWeakestLink''.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Made it ''very'' clear in reminding a disgruntled Randy Orton that while Kane may be Triple H's new [[CorruptCorporateExecutive "director of operations"]] and wear a suit and tie, he has no problem handling matter the old-fashioned way. He's arguably more fearsome in a way because his "director of operations" role gives him onscreen booking power ''and'' a variety of minions at his disposal, as well as the ability to book ''himself'' into matches if none of the above works or he wants his villainy to have a more personal touch. Oh, and he exhibits the same bad temper and sociopathy.
* BadassTeacher: Subverted. He holds a teaching degree, but isn't a teacher per se.
* BaldOfEvil: After unmasking in 2003. ''[[FacePalm Immediately]]'' after unmasking.
* BashBrothers: Kane and the Undertaker have fought together as a tag team, calling themselves the Brothers of Destruction. Also with The Big Show
** As Unabomb, with Wrestling/AlSnow in Wrestling/{{SMW}}.
* BastardBastard: As Undertaker's evil, resentful half-brother, Kane is this (at least when he's a heel).
* BerserkButton: Kane has started feuds over the smallest things, such as when he got spilled coffee on him by Wrestling/ChrisJericho. May 19th qualifies as well[[note]]InUniverse, Kane said that this was the date (the year, of course, will never be known) of the fire that turned him into what he is. May 19, 2006 was also the release date of his movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''.[[/note]]
** In general, not doing anything to make him angry is a wise move.
** In real life, don't mention Isaac Yankem to him. He hung up on an interviewer for it
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Initially.
* BigDamnKiss: AJ Lee planted one on him on the 6/11/12 episode of Raw. The following Sunday at No Way Out, he would return the favor.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: He's been famously part of such tag teams or at least teamed up with smaller and swifter guys, notably; [[DGenerationX X-Pac]], The Hurricane, Wrestling/RobVanDam and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
* BigLittleBrother: Is a few inches taller than Undertaker.
* BigNo: Kane's reaction to Paul Bearer's 2010 return.
** Although, not all was as it seemed´┐Ż
* BlondGuysAreEvil: As Unabomb and as Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS.
** DyeingForYourArt: Went dark as the Fake Diesel and never went back.
* BridalCarry: Kane did this to [=Chyna=] after accidentally burning her, in quite possibly the tenderest moment of his career.
** Recently did this to AJ, picking her up after she took a nasty bump. His intentions were...unclear.
* TheBrute[=/=]TheBigGuy
* BullyingADragon[=/=]WrongGenreSavvy: Sure, Kane's a monster in his own right, but his constant threats against Wrestling/TheShield ''reeked'' of this. First of all, the Shield's a three-man group - but not just ANY three-man group... a three-man group whose members have individually and collectively beaten down just about the entire top end of the WWE roster at one point or another. Among other things, they pinned John Cena during a weekly television match and put The Undertaker ''through the announce table'', which was the last anyone heard of him for the better part of a year. Hell, Kane himself had been on the wrong end of a couple of beatdowns from them. They don't scare easily, and are even harder to control. And yet Kane didn't seem to remember ''any'' of the above when he spent about a week or two constantly mashing The Shield's collective buttons. Thus, when they turned and beat the crap out of him on the 3/17/2014 RAW, it wasn't exactly shocking.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Teacher]]: Was once a high-school English teacher, has his degree in education, and once said he'd probably be teaching if he weren't a wrestler. Not to mention his political blogging.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: During his "Anger Management" segment with Daniel Bryan, the way Kane recounted his indiscretions with [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} various]] [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon co-workers]], [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker family]] [[Wrestling/PaulBearer members]], and [[Wrestling/{{Lita}} significant others]] sounded more like he was telling his life story than what made him angry.
** But, given Kane's history, they would seem to be the same thing.
* ButNotTooForeign: His parents are American, he is Spanish-born.
* CainAndAbel[=/=]SiblingRivalry: Kane's rivalry with Undertaker.
* CanonDiscontinuity: What's an "Isaac Yankem, D.D.S?" Nor was he the Fake Diesel. Nor was he the Christmas Creature in Memphis (didn't stop Jerry Lawler from making a snide reference to it once, and a more lighthearted allusion to it a few years later).
* CaptainErsatz: Prior to the Kane gimmick, Glenn Jacobs played a fake Diesel in a really drawn out TakeThat to Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* CardCarryingVillain: Kane frequently refers to himself as a "monster", a "demon" (even "The Devil's Favorite Demon"), "mentally unstable", and "evil".
* CatchPhrase: As part of Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan: "'''''I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!'''''"
* CelebrityResemblance: Creator/GlennMorshower, when unmasked and not acting particularly demonic.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In his prime, Glenn Jacobs had a deadlift of '''900 pounds'''.
** Back in the day, he was able to get ''the Big Show'' up for a tombstone.
* CoolMask: Debuted this way in 1997, before being forced to unmask in 2003. As part of finding his inner monster again he re-masked in 2011. This lasted until 2013 when he unmasked as part of the Wrestling/TheAuthority angle[[note]]In reality it was part of Kane making a movie, where he didn't wear a mask, and had to unmask in order to promote the film[[/note]]. As of April 2014, he's wearing the mask again.
* TheComicallySerious: Is rather good at this when he's not playing a monster heel - sometimes mixed with a dash of DeadpanSnarker.
* CompositeCharacter: The 2012 re-masking of Kane seems to land somewhere at the midway point between his two main [[EraSpecificPersonality era-specific personalities:]] the [[GeniusBruiser intelligence]] and propensity for [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]] from the unmasked Kane combined with the violence and unpredictability from his mid-90s masked incarnation.
** [[ThemeMusicPowerUp His entrance music]] [[FridgeBrilliance represents this]].
* CombatPragmatist: Most of Kane's strikes target the throat/windpipe. Also, on more than one occasion of an opponent trying to [[IHaveTheHighGround come off the top rope]], Kane simply kicks the ropes, and whoever happens to be on the turnbuckle at the time loses their footing...[[GroinAttack and usually lands very painfully.]] Given that his primary finisher is the chokeslam... there's a certain sense of psychology involved.
* ContinuityCavalcade: Kane gives a delightful speech about his past while in an anger management class on the 8/27/12 edition of Raw. HilarityEnsues.
--> "I grew up locked in a basement, suffering severe psychological and emotional scarring when [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker my brother]] set my parents on fire. From there, I shifted around among a series of mental institutions until I was grown, at which point I buried my brother alive ... twice. Since then, I've set a couple of people on fire and abducted various co-workers. Oh, and I, uh, [[UnnecessaryRoughness once electrocuted]] [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon a man's]] [[GroinAttack testicles]]. Years ago, [[DiscontinuityNod I had a girlfriend named Katie]] but [[OldShame let's just say that didn't turn out too well]]. My real father is a guy named Wrestling/PaulBearer, who I recently trapped in a meat locker. I've been [[Wrestling/{{Lita}} married]], divorced, broke up my ex-wife's [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} wedding]] and Tombstoned the priest. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And, for reasons never quite explained, I have an unhealthy obsession with torturing Pete Rose.]]"
** See RunningGag below for more on that last one.
* ContinuitySnarl: Kane's entire backstory, which eventually resulted in a novel that painstakingly attempted to reconcile all of it.
** This failed. Spectacularly, as next to ''nothing'' of this backstory made any sense whatsoever nor was it referenced within WWE's on-air continuity, and contained a few snarls of its own, such as placing Kane and Taker in the midwest, when their parents (or in this case Kane and Taker's mother, as they have different fathers in the storyline) are supposedly buried on ''LONG ISLAND''.
* TheCorrupter: Kane is playing this role to John Cena. By brutalizing Cena and his friends, he is trying to force Cena to give into his rage and hatred.
** And it seems to be working; Cena was about to clock Ryder in the face on the 2/13/12 RAW [[spoiler: after accidentally kissing Eve Torres due to trying to save her from Kane taking her away in an ambulance.]]
* CostumeCopycat: Of his original gear, resulting in the odd booking of Kane VS Kane at a Vengeance PPV.
** The Undertaker has also worn the original Kane outfit in an effort to fool [=McMahon=], and on an earlier occasion Kane fooled Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin by dressing as the [[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness Ministry]]-era Undertaker, but with his mask on.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He's the ([[NotQuiteDead not quite]]) Dead Little (Half-)Brother of The Undertaker. That says it all... sort of.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Arguably the angle he's going for after his re-transformation into "The Demon" in mid-2014. He's used the Tombstone Piledriver more than he ever had for years prior (and used THREE on Daniel Bryan during one segment on an episode of Raw), and he returned to his old M.O. of kicking ass at completely unexpected times for petty reasons (or none at all).\\
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He also altered the execution of his finishers, going back to [[http://youtu.be/9ZNlLUwnLWI?t=2m51s his old-school one-armed chokeslam]] (and using more force overall), and, sometimes, [[http://youtu.be/YET0pMs4X9o?t=29s a version of the Tombstone Piledriver in which he simply lets his feet out from under him]] (resulting in a much quicker, and more painful looking fall), [[http://youtu.be/YET0pMs4X9o?t=3m34s instead of kneeling slowly as is usual, for safety reasons.]] [[http://youtu.be/0NXzxmzqjEg?t=1m41s He used the former version during an attack on Daniel Bryan]] in April 2014, ''[[UpToEleven on the steel steps at ringside.]]''\\
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This is the Kane that fans had been asking for throughout the entire mid-to-late 2000s.
* TheDeadCanDance: From the August 26, 2002 episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6594B8e0IDA The Kaneroonie]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Whenever he does have a funny moment.
* DeathFromAbove: The setup for Kane's [[FinishingMove chokeslam]] usually involves a top-rope flying clothesline. Kane is ''[[TheGiant seven feet tall and over 300 pounds.]]''
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Inverted, as - unlike Undertaker - Kane practically exists to be defeated.
* DepravedDentist: As Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS
* DiscontinuityNod: Katie Vick is brought up every once in a while, even by Kane himself.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Was known as Doomsday in the USWA.
* TheDragon: Kane was used this way while a member of Wrestling/TheCorporation, which he had been forced to join in order to avoid being sent to a mental institution.
* DrivenToMadness: Good job Stone Cold!
* EnemyMine: Had been working mostly as a heel in late 2010-early 2011, but teamed up with The Big Show to face the growing threat of [[Wrestling/TheNexus The Corre]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He pulled The Big Show off of Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio as he was giving Alberto a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, saying "You're going to kill him!"
** He {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d this in a backstage promo with AJ Lee. He admits to being a monster who feeds on destruction and chaos, but even he finds her to be [[CuteAndPsycho "mentally unstable."]]
* EvilCounterpart: The gimmick started as a way to provide the ultimate credible threat to the Undertaker's face persona; a monster heel who looked and wrestled like the Undertaker, but was driven by sociopathic rage.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilSoundsDeep: As a {{heel}} definitely.
* EvilVsEvil: Even when he's a face, Kane is at his best, a NobleDemon, so his feuds against heels tend to be this.
* FacepalmOfDoom: Does this to John Cena recently.
* FaceNodAction: In pretty much every battle royale he's ever been in, Kane and the other biggest man in the match will lay everyone else out, square off against each other, nod, and throw down one on one. Whether or not he wins depends on who has more PopularityPower.
* FashionableAsymmetry: His original attire (as Kane) was sleeveless in the left.
* FatalFlaw: His inability to control his temper, especially as Corporate Kane. His constant antagonism of Wrestling/TheShield actually ''cost TripleH the WWE World Heavyweight Title.''
* FingerlessGloves: Only wears one on his right hand. Recently returned to the full-fingered glove he wore when he first appeared in the company in the gimmick.
* FinishingMove: Like his half-brother, Kane's chief finishers are the Chokeslam and the Tombstone Piledriver. In this regard, Kane actually has something of a one-up on The Undertaker in the fact that, at Kane's physical peak, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7m7o7F8ONO4#t=540s he was capable of using only one arm to execute a Chokeslam.]]
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: In the gimmick's early years, when he would make his way out, Wrestling/JimRoss would say, "Fire and brimstone personified," "from the depths of Hell, comes Kane," "Through Hell fire and brimstone it's Kane!" or words along those lines.
* FoeTossingCharge: Twice, both in 2000.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-EkIq78Ok&feature=player_detailpage#t=41s In his return on the February 17 episode of Monday Night Raw,]] the Big Red Machine mowed down superstar after superstar in the ring as he attempted (but failed) to get to X-Pac.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m7o7F8ONO4&feature=player_detailpage#t=496s Later that year, on Monday Night Raw's May 29 episode,]] he took it up a notch. This time, the other wrestlers began to rush towards him before he even got in the ring (hell, before his music even stopped playing). Big mistake. As JR so aptly put it, "The Big Red Machine, with evil intentions, is kicking ass!" To be honest, that was probably an understatement.
* ForTheEvulz: Sometimes his heel turns have seemingly no impetus at all. And there's no strict reason why he has to be quite as violent and sadistic as he is most of the time.
* ForegoneConclusion: It was pretty easy to guess who would win that first Inferno Match, given that Kane's (then) full-body costume could be padded and insulated to protect him from the flames (whereas the Undertaker's comparably skimpy ring gear would have left him seriously injured had he tried the same stunt).
* FreakyIsCool: WWE marketed a "FREAKS RULE" T-shirt for a time.
* FreudianExcuse: Initially, his violent psychosis was portrayed as the result of his parent's tragic deaths and his own disfigurement. As years went by and some of these elements were retconned (again and again), this has kind of diminished, and these days he's just sort of a dick on his own terms.
* GambitRoulette: Retcon into having everything he's done up to mid-2010 an IndyPloy version of this, all part of a revenge plan for over 10 years.
* GeniusBruiser: He holds a teaching degree in real life, and has said that he'd be a teacher if he weren't a wrestler. The ability to be well-spoken allows him to be a rare 7-footer who can handily carry a long promo on his own with the best of them.
* GenreSavvy: See AllLoveIsUnrequited. Kane decided he wanted nothing to do with AJ Lee which may point to an awareness that anytime he's involved himself with one of the Divas, it hasn't ended well. Of course, the fact that AJ's [[CuteAndPsycho totally out of her gourd]] probably had a lot to do with it, too.
* TheGiant: Though he subverts a lot of the tropes, namely being actually able to wrestle and having charisma, he really is a charismatic performer with a gimmick beyond SquashMatch and NoSell, although that ''was'' how the gimmick was played in its first few months. It is hard to come up with another 7-footer in wrestling history with equal mic skills as Kane; this may be in part because he is a GeniusBruiser in real life.
** Really the only other Wrestler on the same level as him is The Undertaker, and on good days, The Big Show.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: His character and the way he's booked tend to make him this. As a heel in particular, he'll often show up completely without warning and either attack everyone in sight, or go after someone specific, only making his intentions known after the fact. He started his feud with John Cena like this (especially glaring, as [[Wrestling/MarkHenry the guy who had put him out of action was right there in the ring]]). And then on ''[=SmackDown=]'' 3/2/12 he started a feud with Wrestling/RandyOrton in the exact same way.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Must be nearing the record of flipping between face and heel in a career, if he doesn't hold it already. It's to the point where he switches multiple times a year, often without even building to it.
** This has reached ludicrous levels as of March 2011, he did nothing to turn face... but gets cheered by the fans because not only is he teaming with The Big Show, but he is fighting [[Wrestling/TheNexus The Corre]].
** The 7/22/11 ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown [=SmackDown=]]]'' pretty much sums it up. Before his Street Fight with Randy Orton, Kane cuts a promo talking about how he is disturbed by his showing glimpses of humanity in the past few months and that he was going to exorcise it out of him against Orton. Sounds like a heel turn, right? Well, after Orton triumphs in a half-hour-long Street Fight, Kane offers his hand out of respect. [Surely, Kane's gonna use the opportunity to get a post-match drop on Orton, right? Nope, he actually shakes his hand in a sportsmanlike manner with no turn to be found, before being ambushed by Mark Henry, another man familiar with the face/heel door.
* HumansAreBastards: His feud with John Cena is centered around him teaching Cena this lesson, and how he should come to embrace ThePowerOfHate.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Felt he became too human in 2011 and thought by beating Randy Orton, he would exorcise his humanity. Only he lost to Orton and then was taken out by Mark Henry for a number of months. He now wants a rematch with Orton at [[Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} the grandest stage of them all]] to get a closure on that particular subject.
* '''[[IAmTheNoun I'M]]''' [[LargeHam THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!]]
* IHaveNoSon: Wrestling/PaulBearer has disowned Kane for the most part, siding against him at ''[=WrestleMania=] XX''; when he returned in September 2010 prior to ''Hell in a Cell'', he sided with Undertaker again. [[spoiler: This, however, did not last. Maybe he sees Kane as his son after all.]]
-->Son? You're no son of mine!
* ImplacableMan
* IronButtMonkey: He can dish out and take grievous amounts of punishment. Throughout his career, he's been written into some of the worst angles in recent WWE history. Katie Vick comes to mind.
** Then there was the time he had to drive his car into the side of a tractor trailer.
** To illustrate this, Kane holds the dubious distinction of having "won" the ''WrestlingObserver'' "Worst Feud of the Year" award more than anyone else, at seven times[[note]]In '02 (for the Katie Vick story), '03, '04( for the raping Lita story), '07, '08, '10, and '12.[[/note]]. To put that in perspective, the next most wins on that list is Hulk Hogan, with ''three''
* JackOfAllStats: One of the prime reasons he's so well respected in the wrestling community is his wealth of skills in different areas. In the ring, he has the look of a power wrestler (read: he's '''huge'''), and even at his advanced age, may be one of the strongest guys on the WWE roster (see CharlesAtlasSuperpower). But he's also extremely agile for his size, still uses a [[IHaveTheHighGround top-rope diving clothesline]] as a signature move to this day, and can also be a striker and dip into GarbageWrestler when a brawl is required. In terms of his promo skills, he's been a LargeHam and he's been the Voiceless. He can be [[TheStoic deadly serious]], [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments comic]], TheComicallySerious, or anything in between.
* KillItWithFire: The Inferno match, Kane's signature match where the only way to beat your opponent is to set them on fire.
** Either he tried to do this to someone, or someone tried to do it to ''him'' in his original backstory.
* LargeHam: Kane's unmasked years made it clear that whatever his characterization at any given time, Glenn Jacobs ''does not do subtlety''. Of course, when your basic gimmick/character is an insane giant monster with the ability to control fire, what else would you expect?
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Has red motifs. If that's not enough, look at his "[[{{Pun}} Big]]" {{Red Baron}}s below.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In most backstage skits, the wrestlers will never acknowledge that the camera man is right in front of them filming them, even if they're discussing top secret plans. Kane is the exception, usually giving a knowing glare to the camera at the end of the skits.
** He now does most of his promos without an interviewer, backstage in a dark, moodily-lit area and talking directly to the audience.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Has edged into something of a comedy character in backstage skits with Daniel Bryan. Can still kick your ass six ways to Sunday.
* LightningBruiser: Especially when you compare to other [[TheGiant giants]], Kane has a top rope move, has done an enzuigiri, and has an awesome ring exit where he uses the ropes to flip himself over, pretty impressive for such a big guy, he's even added a low angle dropkick, to his repertoire. Keep in mind all of that is in his arsenal at age 46, being in terrific shape for a wrestler that size and that age (compared to The Undertaker, who at that point couldn't even work a half-time schedule, while Kane still works a full year-round load).
* ListOfTransgressions While in anger management, Kane goes into one of these.
** LongList: Predictably, this is quite long.
* LongRunner: He's been in the WWE for just shy of twenty years and is currently the oldest wrestler on the active roster. He holds the record for most televised matches of ''any'' wrestler in the WWE, by a significant margin.[[note]]As of this entry, 9/22/14, Kane has 928 televised matches under his belt. The next closest is Big Show, with 766.[[/note]]
* MadeOfIron
* MalevolentMaskedMan: ZigZagged this trope throughout his career. Debuted playing it straight, averted it for a while, then straight once again.
* ManlyTears: After Wrestling/{{Edge}} abducted Wrestling/PaulBearer, and Kane searched backstage for him in vain. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Poor guy.]]
* ManOnFire: Kane doesn't have the best win/loss record when it comes to Inferno Matches. That's mainly because he's the only person besides The Undertaker (who defeated Kane both times) who's actually been in more than one of them.
* MaskPower: Kane's "Veil of Fire" mask which he first wore in his return at the end of 2011 has been portrayed as somehow motivating or activating his demonic rage ever since he first took it back off to be [[Wrestling/TheAuthority Corporate Kane]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Kane is usually regarded as one of these. Fan interaction with him is considered the holy grail of meeting professional wrestlers among [[SmartMark smarks]].
** Wrestling/JimCornette has said that WWE loved Glenn Jacobs because he was "[[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid]] Lite," meaning he had all the size and power and none of the attitude problems.
* MilitaryBrat: In RealLife; Jacobs was born in the Madrid area to a U.S. Air Force family stationed there.
* MirrorMatch: At ''Vengeance 2006'' against an impostor who dressed like the masked Kane (the impostor later showed up in WWE as Festus, real name Andrew Hankinson, later Luke Gallows of Wrestling/CMPunk's Straight Edge Society, later DOC of Aces & 8's in Wrestling/{{TNA}}). It became an AbortedArc.
* MotiveRant: Gave one after burying Undertaker alive in 2003, and putting Undertaker in a vegetative state in 2010. Though they're considered two of his best promos.
* MovesetClone: Being kayfabe brothers, Kane and The Undertaker are of the same basic build and use a lot of the same moves. This was especially true during the late 90's when Kane was pretty much Undertaker with a mask and fire fetish.
* MundaneMadeAwesome[=/=]MundaneUtility: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg3q9ldQmRk Kane's a hit at BBQ's.]]
* NameOfCain
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Kane'', ''Unibomb'', ''Doomsday''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Picking on Wrestling/TheShield, who were probably about a hair's breadth away from splitting up for good, has really come back to bite Kane in the ass.
* NobleDemon: Usually as a Face.
* NoSell: Possibly the only man in wrestling history to no-sell a kiss. {{Wrestling/AJ|Lee}} leapt onto him and started going to town, and Kane, in response, stood there, motionless, even as she kissed him. Once she was done he said ScrewThisImOuttaHere, tagged in [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], and left the ring calmly without saying a word.
** He also plays this straight, with his most famous routine involving him getting beaten to the point of laying down... then calmly sitting back up and giving a DeathGlare to his opponent, all-but saying "I'm ready for Round Two."
* OhCrap: When that big stage pyro goes off, Kane's coming to the ring - and whenever this happens, he is usually ''not a happy man''.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Kane's instrumental themes all started with this.
* OmnicidalManiac: If Kane's a heel and comes down to the ring to kick some ass, never, ''ever'' assume that you're safe because you're a heel like him. '''You will regret it.'''
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're big sadistic monsters that are related to zombies.
** A book put out years ago by George Napolitano claims Undertaker was half human and half vampire.
* OutOfTheInferno: Kane was alleged to have started - and survived - the funeral home fire that killed his and Undertaker's parents, though this resulted in his face being radically scarred (or so he thought). He also managed to survive getting set on fire in the first-ever Inferno Match.
* PartsUnknown:
** While The Undertaker is generally billed from Death Valley, ''where'' Kane is supposed to be "from" has never been acknowledged, as only his weight and name, along with whatever his TagTeam[=/=]PowerStable affiliation may be at the time and any titles he is holding at a given time, are ever announced. His [[http://www.wwe.com/superstars/kane profile on WWE's website]] doesn't even list a "hometown" for him.
** As Unabomb in SMW he was billed from "The Land of the Giants."
** As Doomsday in Wrestling/JerryLawler's USWA in Memphis, he was billed from "The Wastelands."
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: He was originally intended to have this, being scarred by the fire that killed his family, but the makeup didn't work out when the mask came off, so now he just has the psychological ones.
* PivotalWakeup: Like The Undertaker, Kane would sometimes perform a vampire-like sit up to regain more momentum as well as intimidate his opponent
* PlayingWithFire: His ring pyro is ''amazing''. Not only does half the arena light up in flames during the initial entrance, he lights up the four turnbuckles on the ring, too.
* PopularityPower: Despite not being as popular as Undertaker, Kane remains respected amongst fans, likely due in part to his association with Undertaker (and, in some circles, because of his "company man" image - in that he takes the crappiest angles and runs with them, without complaint, for the good of WWE).
** Also due to the fact that it's hard to find a nicer wrestler outside the ring, and that he does not seem to have an ego in an ego-centric business. Like Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, he's stated he preferred the world title be held by younger guys who would carry the company in the future than a veteran like himself, who was already firmly entrenched in the company and fanbase (although his loyalty and popularity was finally rewarded with a world title run in the second half of 2010).
** When Kane cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase against World Champion [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] (one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster), he got a largely positive response to his title win. It was Kane's first major title win since his one-day WWE Title reign in ''1998'' (twelve years earlier).
* ThePowerOfHate: His new gimmick in late 2011.
* PowerStable:
** (as Unabomb in [=SMW=]: [[Wrestling/JimCornette Cornette]]'s Army
** (as Doomsday in Wrestling/JerryLawler's USWA in Memphis): Team Icon (led by [[Trivia/{{SMW}} "Dirty" Dutch Mantel [WWE's Zeb Colter]]])
** (as Kane in WWE): Wrestling/TheCorporation, [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]]
* PutOnABus: By Wrestling/MarkHenry.
** TheBusCameBack: [[CoolMask Wearing a mask.]]
* PsychoForHire: A fairly common tactic for heels, especially heel GM's, is to put Kane in a match against whoever their Face enemy is (Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RandyOrton, and Wrestling/ChrisJericho have all done this), or [[KickTheDog threaten to put the Face's girlfriend in a match with Kane]] if they don't comply with their demands (both Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis have pulled this one). Kane doesn't do it out of any sense of loyalty to the heel in the storyline, or even for his paycheck; he does it because he's bored (it's usually when he doesn't have a feud of his own going on) and wants to hurt someone. Though more than a few of these guys have found that trying to treat Kane as their own personal attack dog can come back to bite them in the ass.
* QuizzicalTilt: Kane commonly did this while mute and wearing a mask. Ever since AJ Lee entered his picture, he's been known to do this a few times in response to some of her more questionable actions.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Was randomly turned heel on the Undertaker before ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 2000'' because Taker's original opponent, The Big Show, had been shipped off to WWE's developmental league Ohio Valley Wrestling in an attempt to get him to lose some weight. Although if you need someone to go heel on the Undertaker on a moment's notice without a stated reason...
** The primary reason he was originally unmasked is because Glenn Jacobs was having increasing difficulty wrestling with the mask on.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Love]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Puppies and Rainbows]]: [[SubvertedTrope HELL NO!]]
** Except when [[EatTheDog puppies are there for snacking]].
* RealSongThemeTune: As Unabomb in [=SMW=], he used Music/{{KISS}}'s "Unholy."
* RecurringRiff: In '97, he first appeared as Kane with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKBE0nxKixQ&fmt=18 this theme]]. Said theme was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw9brxkxepU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL updated in 2000]], with the tune completely retained. In 2002, when he switched to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLrkKW1jcRk Finger Eleven's Slow Chemical]], which again, kept the same tune. He kept this as his theme until late 2008. So that's [[LongRunners eleven years of that riff recurring]].
** His 2008 theme "Man on Fire" still retained elements from his original theme, though, but without the guitar riff.
** But the guitar riffs returned with the re-masking in 2011, by [[ThemeMusicPowerUp mixing them back into "Man on Fire"]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* RedBaron: [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority The Big Red]] Machine / Monster and, recently, The Devil's Favorite Demon.
* RedFilterOfDoom: His entrance, in which the lights in the arena go red. Notably, when he first debuted the lights would stay red for the entirety of his matches. Sometimes when he's backstage he's still accompanied by red lighting.
** Since the return of the mask, his promos have all had the red lighting remain on, until he gets interrupted by someone.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to The Undertaker's Blue, which matches their ColorMotif. Interestingly when he was paired with The Big Show he played a stoic Blue to Show's BoisterousBruiser Red.
** Seems, curiously enough, to be the '''Blue''' Oni to Daniel Bryan's Red as well. While Daniel Bryan has a HairTriggerTemper that can be set off at a moment's notice, Kane's anger is a bit more of a focused [[{{Pun}} slow burn]], which, if anything, makes him even more dangerous.
* RedemptionDemotion: He was never quite as threatening as a face. While his initial face run as WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds was still threatening and believable on some level, as time went on he progressively got defanged, to the point where he could tag team with [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms The Hurricane]] and actually fit right in.
** Although he arguably had his strongest push (prior to his 2010 title run) while he was a babyface in 2002; he held the Intercontinental and Tag Team titles simultaneously, winning the latter in a Fatal Four-Way Tornado Tag TLC match...''without a partner''' (The Hurricane had been attacked backstage before the match). Then the Katie Vick angle happened, and well...
* {{Retcon}}: Kane's backstory has been rewritten multiple times. Most notable was the reveal that he was never really disfigured at all. Although this created several plot holes in and of itself, it also solved the FridgeLogic of his diminishing ring gear and SuddenlyVoiced.
** As a result, it's probably easiest if you go by the character's original premise, Undertaker's insane younger brother who supposedly died in a fire but actually survived and came back for revenge, with other acts of mayhem and destruction along the way.
** Kane's marriage to Wrestling/{{Lita}} was technically retconned due to the whole Wrestling/MattHardy / Lita / Wrestling/{{Edge}} triangle storyline. They've recently removed it from CanonDiscontinuity, probably because Matt's been released and blackballed from the company.
* RunningGag: His "obsession with torturing" [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Cincinnati Reds baseball]] great [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rose Pete Rose]]:
** Rose was the surprise[[note]]his participation had been announced but not his specific role[[/note]] special guest ring announcer for the UT-Kane match at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XIV'', which was held in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, MA. Rose went heel on the crowd, ripping on the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Boston Red Sox]], making sure to work in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Buckner Bill Buckner]] reference.[[note]]During Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and the New York Mets, Buckner had the misfortune of not stopping a ball from rolling between his legs, allowing the Mets' Ray Knight to score the winning run. The Mets would go on to win the series.[[/note]] Kane and Paul Bearer came down to no introduction and Kane Tombstoned Rose.
** The following year, ''WM'' was in Philadelphia. However, before the Kane vs. Triple H match, Kane was attacked by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Chicken the San Diego Chicken]], an advertising mascot most associated with baseball's San Diego Padres. Kane unmasked the chicken, found Rose, and Tombstoned him again.
** The following year, ''WM'' was in Anaheim, CA. Kane and Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} d. [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} X-Pac and "Road Dogg" Jesse Jammes]]. After the match, Rose [[BatterUp tried attacking Kane with a bat.]] He failed, of course. Kane chokeslammed Rose and Rikishi gave him the [[AssKicksYou Stinkface]], which Wrestling/JimRoss compared to Rose's treatment by Major League Baseball Commissioner [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Selig Bud Selig]].[[note]]Rose had been banned from baseball in 1989 by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti (yes, Creator/PaulGiamatti's dad) due to his betting on games. Selig has maintained the ban to this day.[[/note]]
** Kane's hatred of Pete Rose is a bit of FridgeBrilliance. When Rose played for the Cincinatti Reds, they won several championships and earned the nickname "The Big Red Machine". Maybe Kane is trying to take the name back.
*** For Rose's pain, he was inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
** [[OldShame Katie]] [[NeverLiveItDown Vick]]. It's been a decade and people ''still'' bring it up from time to time.
* SlasherSmile: If he's a heel, you might be ''more'' screwed if he's wearing one of these than if he's scowling.
* SociopathicHero
* StalkerWithACrush: During the storyline where he [[ScarpiaUltimatum forced]] Wrestling/{{Lita}} to marry him and give birth to his child.
** Again with Wrestling/KellyKelly, as a ''face'', some how (mainly because the guy she was really interested in was Wrestling/RandyOrton, though this became an AbortedArc.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ZPimSbBkY He then got his own in the form of the lovely Ms. AJ Lee.]]
* TheStoic[=/=]TheQuietOne: He's become more like this after his re-masking in late 2011. Also when he was mute when he first debuted.
* StraightMan: To Daniel Bryan. No, '''seriously.''' Bryan is ''[[LargeHam that over the top.]]''
* SuddenlyVoiced: He debuted as mute, later was able to talk through a voice box, and later still was able to use his voice without any trouble at all.
* TagTeam:
** (as Unabomb in SMW): The Dynamic Duo, w[=/=]Wrestling/AlSnow
** (as Kane): The Brothers of Destruction, w[=/=]Wrestling/TheUndertaker; Wrestling/TeamHellNo, w[=/=][[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TieredByName: Ever since relinquishing his mask (the first time) to Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Triple H and becoming "Director of Operations" within Wrestling/TheAuthority, the people around him, in {{kayfabe}} and out of it, have taken to referring to the suit-and-tie version of the character as "Corporate Kane," and the mask-wearing version as "'The Demon' Kane." Unsurprisingly, "'The Demon' Kane" is much more capable and willing to kick ass (but this doesn't mean that "Corporate Kane" can't hold his own at the same time), and is far less stable and controllable.
* TragicMonster: The character had some elements of this after his debut, as it seems he was driven to evil by his tragic childhood, his disfigurement, and perhaps most importantly, the manipulation of Paul Bearer. His inaugural face turn played this angle up even more.
* UnnecessaryRoughness: Kane seemingly loves this trope, and is usually on the giving end of said Roughness. One time, he handcuffed Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon to a ring post, trapped him against the ring using the ring steps, and ''electrocuted Shane's testicles with a car battery''. [[ShareTheMalePain Guys, you can whimper now.]]
** He's used a rather subdued, but brutal method of incapacitating John Cena in their 2012 feud; he holds his hand over Cena's mouth and nose, suffocating him. While it doesn't look to bad to the untrained eye, for those that recognize it as an ''actual method of murder'' can find it somewhat disturbing.
*** The first time or two, they used some Hollywood FX to have John [[BloodFromTheMouth coughing up blood]] the first time or two it happened. Apparently that was a bit too realistic and there were enough complaints that the fake blood (but not the hold) was dropped afterwards.
* UnwittingPawn: Ended up in the middle of the CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan feud because each of them has used Kane's HairTriggerTemper to do damage against the other. Eventually Kane caught onto it and beat the hell out of ''both of them'', temporarily putting himself into the entire affair involving them, the WWE Championship´┐Żand [[LoveMakesYouCrazy AJ Lee]].
** Averted in his latest heel turn as the Director of Operations for the Authority, where he willingly (for reasons never fully explored) submits to Wrestling/TheAuthority.
* UnrelatedBrothers: While half-brothers in kayfabe, The Undertaker and Kane are not related in real life.
* VillainProtagonist: Often times as a face.
* VillainousValour: He may be a heel, but he's no coward.
* VillainsOutShopping: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhpjSNfUM1I His Stacker 2 commercials.]] The aforementioned Chef Boyardee commercial probably also counts.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Kane and The Undertaker, who have both feuded and teamed up with each other at various times since 1997. He also has this kind of thing going on with The Big Show. He and Daniel Bryan are the epitome of this trope.
** TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Daniel Bryan
** FireForgedFriends: The fight with The Shield seems to have done this to them.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Daniel Bryan.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Particularly after Paul Bearer abandoned him to rejoin Undertaker in 1998 and attempted to have him committed to an insane asylum, Kane's character was portrayed as this. He's also done a promo about how much he loves the holidays and his family - he even said he wasn't a monster and that he's tired of being seen as an outsider - and the audience booed the entire thing (mainly for his "devil's favourite demon" claim). Really puts his angle with [=Edge=] in a new light.
** Everybody who Kane gets attached to or gets close to seems to turn on him. Wrestling/{{Chyna}} turned on him. [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman X-Pac]], the best friend Kane ever had and the guy who helped Kane feel 'human', turned on him. His girlfriend [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]] turned on him to align herself with X-Pac. You can understand why he'd end up bitter and lashing out at a world that doesn't seem fair to him.
* TheWorfEffect: Whenever WWE wants to show off a talented new wrestler, they'll often have him go over Kane in a feud and series of matches. Because of this trope (and [[LongRunner Kane's longevity]] in the business), the list of guys who have gone through Kane on their path to the top of the business is quite long.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** Came close to attacking Wrestling/{{Sable}} on the March 17, 1998 ''Raw,'' after her match with Wrestling/LunaVachon went to a no-contest. Sable had injured her ankle and was lying helpless on the mat until Undertaker showed up on the stage.
** Averted, though implied as part of the Katie Vick angle as a cause of her death; this was the angle where Triple H falsely claimed Kane had killed Katie as psychological warfare.
** He once gave Linda [=McMahon=] a Tombstone Piledriver onto the stage.
** And then about a couple years later, he did it to Wrestling/{{Lita}}.
** Came close to doing this to Wrestling/KellyKelly during a short-lived 2008 angle, whom he thought was flirting with him. He kidnapped her and sequestered her to a back room to interrogate her as to who she was seeing, she claimed she was with Wrestling/TheMiz, in order to protect Wrestling/RandyOrton, who in actually was only using her. The angle didn't go anywhere beyond a match on [[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]].
** As of 2012, not much has changed. Kane has made moves for Wrestling/EveTorres on a couple of occasions, but WWE being [[LighterAndSofter PG]], someone always showed up to rescue her at the last moment.
** During the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, he attacked [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]] and Wrestling/{{Chyna}}.
*** As far as Chyna goes, he grabbed her neck preparing for a chokeslam on a RAW before the Royal Rumble which would have been the first time she would have been totally owned by a wrestler, but was stopped by Triple H before the move could be completed. Steve Austin got the honor of hitting her first.
* WrestlingMonster: [[IAmAMonster A self proclaimed example.]]
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