[[caption-width-right:249:"No retreat, and ''no'' surrender!"]]

Roderick George "Roddy" Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015), better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was a Canadian [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] and occasional actor best known for his kayfabe rivalry with Wrestling/HulkHogan and starring roles in cult films such as ''Hell Comes to Frogtown'' and ''Film/TheyLive''. He also [[AdamWesting parodied]] himself in two episodes of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.

Piper was a big reason why the WWF (now the Wrestling/{{WWE}}) got so huge in the '80s and was one of its most popular villains. Hulk Hogan was considered a good guy back then and was one of Piper’s biggest rivals.

Known for his kilt, deafening bagpipe music, and big mouth, Piper feuded with nearly everyone in the business, along with some celebrity talents like Music/CyndiLauper and Creator/MrT. He was also the host of ''All-Star Rock 'N' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular'', a preview lineup of CBS kid's shows with bumper segments of Piper lording it over a studio audience.

Among his in-ring achievements, he was a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/RicFlair, and a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html NWA (Mid-Atlantic)[=/=]WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]].

Along with WWE and, later, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, he also competed in various Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance territories, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic (the Carolinas), UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and the Pacific Northwest territory in UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon.

Piper pressed pause on his wrestling career in the early '90s to act in movies full time. He returned to the WWE several times and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2005.

On July 31, 2015, Piper was found dead in his home from cardiac arrest. He was 61.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roddy_Piper The Other Wiki]] has the basics about his career.

!!! "Just when you think you have the tropes, I change the indexes!":
* TenMinuteRetirement: ''Many'', starting with his first, after ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania III]]'' in 1987. Every time you'd thought he's gone for good, there go the bagpipes.
* EightiesHair: His "business in the front, party in the back" hair was supreme.
* AdamWesting: In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', where he showed up in his iconic "Hot Rod" shirt and kilt, fistfights Creator/KeithDavid to snap him out of a LotusEaterMachine, and becomes a recruitable party member who uses wrestling moves to battle alien invaders.
* ArchEnemy:
** Wrestling/GregValentine, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/JimmySnuka. He'd have other feuds over his career, but these were easily his biggest.
** He was the Joker to Hogan's Batman. When you're THE Rival to the biggest name in wrestling history, and can boast that Hogan (technically) never pinned you cleanly, you're definitely in slim company. Piper himself said as much when he came to WCW. "Do you think they would've loved you so much if they hadn't hated ''me'' so much?"
** He once managed to get off Alcatraz Island to fight Hollywood Hogan.
** Piper passed away the same week a scandal broke over Hogan's racist rants. In true Hot Rod fashion, he once again stole the spotlight away from Hogan (but not before actually coming to Hogan's defense).
* [[{{Biography}} Autobiography]]: ''In the Pit with Piper''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Roderick Toombs" sounds even tougher than Rowdy Roddy Piper.
* AxCrazy
* BadassCreed: "I'm trying to find a place with peace. And if not, then let's fill it with mayhem."
* BashBrothers: "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr., Ric Flair, Wrestling/RickMartel,[[note]]They were 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pnw/nwa/pnw-t.html NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champions]] together[[/note]] Greg Valentine.
* BerserkButton: Basically everything, as he was CrazyAwesome, but if you really wanted to tick off Hot Rod, you'd say that the kilt was a skirt.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: His contribution to ''The Wrestling Album'' was a cover of a song by Mike Angelo & The Idols originally called "Fuck Everybody." Due to the WWF's family-oriented direction, he had to change it to "For Everybody." The word "ass" was also replaced with "trash" on two occasions.
* CanadaEh: From Saskatchewan in RealLife. Was known early in his career as the Masked Canadian.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Just when they think they've got the answers, I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS."
** "[[ChewBubblegum I am here to chew bubblegum and kick ass]], [[TropeNamer and I'm all out of bubblegum]].
** "''Real'' men wear kilts."
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: The Piper Machine.
* ChewBubblegum: [[TropeNamer He's the one]] [[TropeMaker who said the immortal line]] in ''Film/TheyLive.'' The kicker? [[ThrowItIn He actually ad-libbed it]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** He's been referred to as the Creator/RobinWilliams of wrestling. Watch him train people on Lance Storm's show, or really, listen to any of his promos.
** Blindsiding Jimmy Snuka... with a coconut to the head.
** That "Speaking of feet, [[{{Dissimile}} Tony Atlas is an asshole]]" line from ''Legends House''. The show was mostly forgettable, but Piper was peak Piper in the last two episodes.
** The above was a reference to Atlas' somewhat disturbing foot fetish.
* CombatPragmatist: Even as a {{face}}, one of his trademark attacks was an eye poke.
* CoolMask: As Piper Machine.
* CoolOldGuy: His gimmick in his last years was the awesome old-school guy that came in to teach the young punks a lesson. Some examples:
** Teamed with Ric Flair to defeat the Spirit Squad (represented by Kenny and Mikey) for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Championship]] at ''Cyber Sunday'' on November 5, 2006.
** Teamed with the Highlanders (Rory and Robbie) in a six-man-tag to defeat 3/5 of the Spirit Squad (Johnny, Kenny and Mikey) on the November 6, 2006 ''Raw.''
** Defeated Wrestling/TheMiz with a rollup and a fast three-count courtesy of special referee Alex Riley in ''1:08'' on the June 13, 2011 ''Raw.''
* {{Crossover}}: His feud with Wrestling/CarlitoColon started in WWE but was settled in WWC with Piper pinning Colon. If you only watched WWE you might not know they had a feud in the first place, since their promotion of the fact two of their contract workers go to another company, continuing a storyline started on WWE television, was bare minimal.
* CurbStompBattle: In one of Piper's first matches ever (in Winnipeg in 1970), Larry "The Axe" Hennig completely squashed Piper in about ten seconds. Piper was a mere 16 years old at the time.
* DrillSergeantNasty: On Wrestling/LanceStorm's ''World of Hurt''.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** Hogan seems to get all of the credit for the Rock n' Wrestling era. He was the one that gets his birthday celebrated and a banner raised at MSG. Piper seemed to be treated as nothing more than a footnote -- an also-ran who dressed in a kilt and cracked corny jokes. Hot Rod always felt disrespected, like he wasn't getting the recognition he deserved. Ironically, Hogan's scandals along with Piper's passing could change the public perception of their legacies.
** In his autobiography, Piper said that Hulk Hogan and the other face headliners went to a swanky afterparty after [=WrestleMania=]. Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton were not invited, nor even given a ride back to the hotel.
** Rowdy had to pay his dues the hard way, and he openly resented bodybuilders and celebrities [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections taking the spots]] of hard workers. See "Sitcom Archnemesis" below.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For as legendary and groundbreaking as ''Piper's Pit'' was, the first few segments from early 1984 showed the segment was still finding its footing. Although main-event stars Paul Orndorff, Wrestling/TitoSantana, Wrestling/TheIronSheik and The Masked Superstar were guests, these were largely forgettable segments, as were many others featuring low- to mid-card faces, guests whom Piper simply mocked and wouldn't let get in a word edgewise. The first really remarkable ''Piper's Pit'', then, aired March 17, 1984, nearly two months after its debut, and featured Wrestling/AndreTheGiant picking Piper up by his shirt (after having enough of Piper insulting him) and an angry Piper screaming afterwards, "You do NOT throw rocks and somebody that's got a machine gun!" But it wasn't until later in 1984, with the infamous ''Pit'' where Piper smacked Jimmy Snuka over the head with a coconut (after making racist remarks about his heritage), another segment where Piper famously attacked a jobber (before declaring, "Just when they think they have all the answers, I change the questions!") and the series of ''Pit'' segments with Cyndi Lauper, that ''Piper's Pit'' finally found solid footing.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The final "Victory Corner," a short-lived interview segment that aired on ''WWF Championship Wrestling'' in late 1983 and early 1984, saw Piper introduced as the host of a new segment called ''Piper's Pit''. Piper declared he was going to pull no punches and he was going to speak freely of what he thought of his fellow wrestlers, do what he wanted, and also he would cede no ground to wrestlers like Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. How true that was.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes:
** Not only did his entrance theme feature bagpipes, he also occasionally played them himself, and was quite good.
** It's actually [[LineOfSightName how he got his ring name]]. He was walking to the ring for his first match while playing the bagpipes and was announced as "Roddy the Piper."
* FinishingMove: A good old-fashioned sleeper was Piper's finisher of choice.
* GenreSavvy: This in spades. Even as a face he remembered every dirty trick in the book and exploited them at every chance.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Stay the heck away from drugs, kids! Yes he actually said "heck."
* TheGrinch: Inverted: he becomes a crusader for Christmas by [[ItMakesSenseInContext beating the crap out of Bobby Heenan, who was dressed as Santa Claus.]]
* GutturalGrowler: A wrestler from TheEighties with a speech impediment? It would be ''more'' shocking if he spoke normally.
* HandicappedBadass:
** Lost hearing in his right ear due to a burst eardrum after an unusually brutal Dog Collar Match with Wrestling/GregValentine in 1983.
** His knee/hip injuries came into play in several matches.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He turned many times over his career.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Piper and Flair on ''Celebrity Wife Swap''. Wendi keeps maxing out Ric's credit cards, Kitty is completely at sea, and at the center of it all it Rod -- the only person in the house who really 'gets' Naitch.
** Ric Flair once said that Piper was the only guy who could fill any building, any time, anywhere just by being on the card. It was always a sellout. Keep in mind Naitch is not exactly known for his humility.
* HiddenDepths: Found a piano in World of Hurt's gym, and demonstrated he could actually play.
* HotBlooded: See BerserkButton.
* IllKillYou: After Wrestling/{{Sting}} had made the save for Piper and Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage from the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder [=nWo=]]] at the end of the October 13, 1997 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', Piper actually said these exact words.
* IceCreamKoan: He didn't need to know how tough he was, to know how tough he was. And just when you thought you had the answers, he went and changed all the questions.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Piper was legendary for using whatever was on hand as a weapon. Probably most (in)famous was when Piper clocked Wrestling/JimmySnuka in the head a coconut.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has there been any time when somebody ''wasn't'' beefing with Piper? That guy had pissing people off down to a fine art.
* KickTheDog: Piper was the kind of {{heel}} who did this every chance he got. The coconut incident on Piper's Pit with Jimmy Snuka is a particularly infamous example.
* LargeHam: Even by wrestling standards!
* ManInAKilt: [[CaptainObvious You don't say?]] If not the ''actual'' MostTriumphantExample, then at least the most triumphant one in wrestling.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Like most heels, he was a completely different person than his stage persona. And a very devoted husband and father.
* MotorMouth: In his prime, the man was a walking "rant machine" on wheels. He'd mellow down considerably as he got older, however.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Hollywood Backlot Brawl with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XII''.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: He was supposed to be Scottish after all, whilst speaking with a recognizable Canadian accent.
* NothingPersonal: During the Monday Night War, he didn't get the whole WWF vs. WCW thing and just saw them as two more territories.
* OhCrap: Had a noticeable one when during his feud with Mr. America (HulkHogan in a knockoff ComicBook/CaptainAmerica mask) tried beating an already down and out America with a flag pole, only for Zach Gowan to jump in the way. When Roddy tried to pull Gowan off, he instead pulled off Gowan's prosthetic leg. Piper could only meekly place the leg down, and flee the ring with what little dignity he had left.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper or "Hot Rod".
* PowerStable:
** Piper's Palace, in NWA Mid-Atlantic, leading Jimmy Valiant, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. and Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher in a feud against Wrestling/SirOliverHumperdink's House of Humperdink.
** He also was a member of Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose's Army in NWA Pacific Northwest.
* PrecisionFStrike: Got away with saying "bullshit!" at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 21''; appropriately enough, it was in an interview segment with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
* RagsToRiches: Piper was homeless and lived on the street as a teenager. At one point, he owned nothing but his car and his bagpipes. Piper's net worth after he died was estimated to be around 4 million dollars.
** He used to wander hotels, in order to eat scraps on flatware left outside the door for room service to carry away.
* RetiredBadass
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: On the September 27 (taped September 16), 1986, ''WWF Superstars'', Piper's [[TheDragon Dragon]] "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. and [[Wrestling/DonMuraco "Magnificent" Don Muraco]] turned on Piper, siding with "Adorable" Adrian Adonis's "The Flower Shop," tore down the "Piper's Pit" set, and injured Piper's leg in the process. On the October 4th show (taped the same night), Piper came out with a crutch and destroyed the set of "The Flower Shop." This ultimately led to the hair vs. hair match between Piper and Adonis at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania III''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: He made Creator/MrT look like the fool on the microphone and in the ring. He also shoot-wrestled Mr. T to the mat at ''[=WrestleMania=]'', and didn't let him get in any of his spots.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** Piper passed the nickname "Rowdy" to Creator/RondaRousey.
** Most "Rock n' Wrestling" WWF personalities have a WWE equivalent, and Piper is no exception: Wrestling/DeanAmbrose.
* TalkShowWithFists: ''Piper's Pit'' is the originator.
* WildCard: See his CatchPhrase and GenreSavvy above. No one knew what Piper would do at any given time.
* WouldHitAGirl: By his last years, it was very much averted. He'd gone onto the WWE's programs to host special Piper's Pits specifically to scold heel wrestlers who hurt women the previous week. But this was not always the case, of course. In 1984-1985, during the height of his highly volatile, crazy heel persona, and when the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" era was in full swing, Piper (in {{kayfabe}}) hated rock music diva Music/CyndiLauper so much he tried to attack her, without provocation, many times. He actually did assault her and her then-boyfriend David Wolfe during an infamous in-ring promo at New York City's Madison Square Garden (the setup being ''Series/AmericanBandstand'''s Dick Clark presenting an award to Lauper and "Captain" Lou Albano for their (real life) work with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation). The incident brought Piper's feud with Wrestling/HulkHogan (an avowed friend of Lauper's) to a new level, and set up "The War to Settle the Score," aired nationally via MTV, where Piper's allies -- "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and "Cowboy" Bob Orton -- threatened to seriously hurt Lauper, if not worse.
* WroteTheBook:
** When Wrestling/JakeRoberts says you're the best promo, you're the best promo.
** [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] has said that Rowdy was a big influence on him and his character. When all the best talkers put one man on top, you definitely know who the trailblazer was in that regard.
* WrestlingFamily: He was a cousin of the Harts.
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