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-->'''''The Truth Has Set Me Free!'''''

'''Ronnie Aaron "Ron" Killings''' (born January 19, 1972) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, R-Truth (previously K-Kwik and Ron "The Truth" Killings). He's wrestled in Wrestling/{{TNA}} and currently Wrestling/{{WWE}}. His career started in 1997.

A rundown of his career can be found at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Killings The Other Wiki.]]
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!!'''Tropes associated with the C-O-N...SPIRACY include:'''
* AngryBlackMan: His 2011 heel turn.
** However, on Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s fifth [=PPV=], July 17, 2002, he cut a promo which ended, "I'm not an angry black man. I'm just the damn truth - and the truth will no longer be denied."
** ScaryBlackMan: Though he's less scary than any insane professional athlete has the right to be, he still managed to scare most of the Raw roster to get them to vote "no confidence" on Triple H.
* AntiHumor: Truth pulled one during his Survivor Series 2011 promo in which he had the crowd expecting him to explain his conversation with a bunch of pigeons, since he's WWE's {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. The MSG crowd gave him an ovation for the hilarious bait-and-switch.
-->"I yelled to those pigeons, I said, 'Hey pigeons! The Rock and Cena are gonna lose tonight!' You know what those pigeons said?...Nothing. They're pigeons. Pigeons don't talk. All they do is crap!"
* TheArtifact: "The Truth" moniker originally came from a MalcolmXerox gimmick he had in TNA. After turning face he kept The Truth, even after rejoining the WWE. Apparently he got/stole the name from Truth Martini, even though he has a completely different gimmick.
* ArchEnemy: John Morrison, which instigated his heel turn in the first place. Then LittleJimmy. Then he had face turn. Then it became TheMiz.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: "Nothin' good comes from the South." Says the guy who came from North Carolina/Georgia.
** It's just CheapHeat. Wrestling/MichaelCole said pretty much the same thing, despite being from Texas.
** "The good R-Truth is gone." He was including himself in that statement because he's [[LampshadeHanging not a good guy]] (at least at the time).
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His actual name Ron Killings, anyone? He's using R-Truth now and before that, K-Kwik.
* BerserkButton[=/=]HairTriggerTemper: After turning heel.
** After turning face again, someone hitting [[ImaginaryFriend Little Jimmy.]]
* {{Cameo}}:In ''Film/HeadOfState'' and ''Film/TheWrestler''
* CharacterDevelopment: Before his heel turn, Truth was a bland face who rapped, then he lost out on a Championship opportunity and turned heel and lost all his marbles. Now he's back as a face, but still has his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} mannerism. And he's all the better for it.
* CatchPhrase
** What's Up?
** Truth is...
** And that the truth, the whole truth and nothin' but the truth.
** It's a conspiracy!
** Don't boo me, you should be booing yourselves!
** Lil' Jimmy!!
** [Insert Wrestler Here] is about to get GOT!
** [[SarcasmMode I'm Gonna be a GOOD R-TRUTH]]!!
** Don't "what?" me!
*** (After crowd shouted "What" at him) Okay, what me!
** The TRUTH has set me free!
* [[CheapHeat Cheap Pop]]
** "[Name of city he's currently in], WHAT'S UP?"
** [[TemptingFate DON'T WHAT ME!]]
*** '''Crowd''': [[BigWhat WHAT!?]]
*** Okay, "what" me!
** (Formerly) "[Current city], we're about to get rowdy!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Became one after his 2011 FaceHeelTurn. Then again, this might be putting it a bit mildly...
* CompositeCharacter: R-Truth's latest face run saw him bring back a few of the dance moves he refused to do for most of his heel run. Also, he went back to a subtly flashier in-ring style whereas his heel run saw him use a slightly more aggressive moveset. Essentially, Truth's latest face run is Nutcase!Truth's promo work meshed with Rapper!Truth's in-ring mannerisms.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Considers himself a victim of a massive conspiracy.
* CurseCutShort: In one of his Touts (mainly due to you only getting 15 seconds worth of airtime):
-->'''Truth:''' [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio]], in German: You gon' get got. In French: You gon' get got. In Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bickanese: You gon' get got. In English: Imma kick yo-- *tout ends*
* DarkReprise: "U Suck" is pretty much a VillainSong version of "What's Up".
* DoItYourselfThemeTune
** "What's Up/U Suck" and "Right Time." When he was a Face, his entrance included him dancing and performing the rap over the track on his way to the ring.
** He does all but two of his seven themes.
* {{Expy}}
** Shows several similarities to Wrestling/BookerT - a black, dreadlocked, SpiritedCompetitor with a LightningBruiser fighting style (although more emphasis on the "lightning" and less on the "bruiser"). He even used a modified version of the [[FinishingMove scissors kick]] for a while.
** R-truth is an expy of K-kwik...Ron Killings became an expy of himself.
** The beginning of his late 2011 Heel run. Extremely violent, slightly unhinged loose cannon with anger issues. It later [[{{Flanderization}} (d)evolved into something completely different,]] but at the beginning it was a near dead-ringer for RandyOrton's heel run, particularly in the Legacy days. (Truth's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ctjb5rXrBs finisher]] even changed to something slightly resembling the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaxzrtIOy6U&feature=fvwrel RKO.]])
* FaceHeelTurn: Performed one after he lost a Championship opportunity to Wrestling/JohnMorrison who had goaded him in to a match with the contendership at stake, and went from a happy go lucky guy who raps to the audience to a raving mad conspiracy nut.
** HeelFaceReturn: Upon returning from his Wellness Policy suspension, R-Truth seems to be OK with Little Jimmies.
* FelonyMisdemeanor
** Wrestling/HeathSlater kicking Little Jimmy in the face on ''Wrestling/WWESuperstars''. Even better, the crowd reacted as if he had actually kicked a small child in the face, as did Truth.
** This happened again in his and Kofi Kingston's tag match with Epico.
* HamToHamCombat
** A three-way version occurred on 06/20/11 Raw between Truth, TheMiz, and {{Christian}}. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpWKnTK_bno It was pretty funny.]]
** Then there was that Elimination Chamber promo, which was something like [[HamToHamCombat Ham-To-]][[HamToHamCombat Ham-To-]][[SerialEscalation Ham-To-]][[OverlyLongGag Ham-To...]]yeah. You get the idea.
** IncomingHam: Whenever you hear "The Truth Shall Set You Free/[[HeelFaceReturn The Truth Has Set Me Free]]," expect something awesome to follow.
* HearingVoices: He call Triple H crazy for talking to himself while repeatedly turning around to speak to people no one else can see.
* {{Flanderization}}
** At the very beginning of his most heel turn in 2011, he was certainly a slightly unhinged loose cannon, but as the heel run has gone on, his SanitySlippage has been cranked UpToEleven...''and then [[SerialEscalation slightly past it.]]''
** As a {{Face}} in his tag team with Wrestling/KofiKingston, the crazier (and arguably funnier) aspects of his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} persona have been toned down, leaving a slightly loopy guy with an imaginary friend.
* GameBreakingInjury[=/=]PutOnABus: Wasn't on TV for several months because of [[http://www.24wrestling.com/24/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/truth-injury-490x653.jpg this knee injury.]] (WARNING: MAY INDUCE {{Squick}}.) He later [[TheBusCameBack returned]] to save Wrestling/KofiKingston from a beatdown courtesy of Wrestling/DamienSandow.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: After doing a FaceHeelTurn by beating up Wrestling/JohnMorrison, he took out a cigarette and began smoking it, as the chanted "That's illegal!" and a woman in the audience very audibly shouted "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Will somebody please think of the children?!]]"
* GreenEyedMonster: At least part of his 2011 heel run seems to be because he's jealous of the fact that people only seem to care about Wrestling/JohnCena.
-->[[LargeHam "I Want My Son Back!"]]
* HeelFaceTurn: In TNA, being opposite of Vince Russo will bring that on really quick.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the weeks building to his match against Wrestling/JohnCena at ''Capitol Punishment'', Truth had been antagonizing Cena's fanbase, even throwing a cup of soda/water in a fan's face. During the match, Truth had Cena down and decided to bully a kid at ringside, drinking from his collector's cup. The kid would throw the liquid in Truth's face, distracting him long enough to get thrown back in the ring and get hit with the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
* ImaginaryFriend: Little Jimmy. And lord help you if you decide to play along with him and actually kick Little Jimmy for hell of it. [[BerserkButton Truth doesn't react well to Little Jimmy getting kicked. At all.]]
* KidAppealCharacter: As a face. Part of his FaceHeelTurn involved Truth saying he would no longer dance and smile for the "Little Jimmys". Following his face turn a couple months later, he is accompanied to the ring by [[ImaginaryFriend Little Jimmy.]]
* LampshadeHanging: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBTkMoGWrAA I don't even know if that's PG!]]"
** Considering this was after his HeelFaceTurn but he was still taking up residence in [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} crazy town]], one week he did a standard "wrestler cuts a promo while talking to the camera" spot that played in the corner while he walked to the ring. The trope is inverted though, because while it's generally assumed that the wrestler involved is addressing the fans/his opponent, Truth stops mid-sentence, gets a confused look on his face, and asks, "Wait, [[HearingVoices who am I talking to]]?"
* LargeHam: Is a bit of one as a face, but then again, [[WorldOfHam so are most guys in pro wrestling.]] [[EvilIsHammy Since his heel turn in 2011,]] Truth hasn't just [[ChewingTheScenery chewed scenery]], at some points he's ''[[UpToEleven swallowed it whole.]]''
** EvilIsHammy: Oh God. The image of him entering an arena in Richmond, VA to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" in full [[AmericanCivilWar Confederate soldier regalia]] will not be unseen for a long time.
*** Better yet, the [[SarcasmFailure look]] Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin gave R-Truth suggests he'll be taking that image to the grave.
* LightningBruiser: Is he a fast power wrestler or a strong high flyer?
* LivingLieDetector: JustForPun.
* {{Malaproper}}: During his heel run. Mainly PlayedForLaughs.
* MalcolmXerox: As part of the "New Panthers" in XPW. During his original heel run in Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Part of the initial angle was the fact that no black man had been [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]] before ([[ThreeMonthRule Bobo Brazil won it but then was stripped, Carlos Colon had if for a few days]], but no black man has ever gotten a fair run apparently was not as appealing). It was 2002. He ultimately won the title twice.
* ManChild: Arguably. His {{Face}} in-ring style has always been a bit...flippy, and the fact that he now has an imaginary friend doesn't help.
* MookCarryover: He has inherited the Funkadactyls, after the Tons Of Funk breakup.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
** His attack on John Morrison after losing his number one contender spot.
** His run-in along with Wrestling/TheMiz during the Punk/HHH match at ''Night of Champions 2011''. They beat the hell out of both competitors, and then ''beat the hell out of the referees.
** Then came ''Hell In A Cell 2011'' when they beat the crap out of everyone including the ''cameramen''
** His return on the last Raw of 2011 has him beating the shit out of The Miz
* NoIndoorVoice: Face or heel...when cutting promos, R-Truth has two volumes: loud and [[UpToEleven louder.]]
* NonSequitur: Half the stuff that comes out of Truth's mouth on camera ''makes no freaking sense at all.'' Doesn't stop it from being hilarious, though.
* OddFriendship: With Wrestling/TheMiz. It also consistently provides the most entertaining parts on Raw.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's in his early 40's. For perspective, he's older than Edge and The Rock, and younger than Triple H.
* OneLetterName: R-Truths first name is "R". At least if you believe what a raving lunatic are saying. This was during a segment between R-Truth, Vince [=McMahon=] and Steve Austin with R-Truth coming out in a Confederate costume with the content to secede from the WWE Universe.
* PowerTrio: Besides the Kru, he and Konnan were part of Team TNA with Wrestling/SamoaJoe
* QuieterThanSilence: His theme [[InNameOnly 'song']] right after his heel turn consisted of "THE TRUTH! SHALL SET YOU FREE!" Then R-Truth came out to a loud, blaring track of ''nothing'', usually [[HearingVoices having conversations with the voices in his head on the way.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Awesome Truth was split up after R-Truth was hit with a Wellness Policy violation, which was played out with Miz deciding that Truth [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness had outlived his usefulness.]] Obviously, upon his return, R-Truth would be looking for revenge, which meant one of the hottest heels in the company had to do a HeelFaceTurn in order to align himself against The Miz.
* RecognitionFailure: Pretty Ricky, [[FanonDiscontinuity and not just because of the legions of wrestling fans who now want to destroy TV Tropes for making them remember that.]] Pretty Ricky was not allowed to attend Smackdown shows even though he worked them.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After returning from being injured by TheMiz, he proceeds to beat the stuffing out of him... Then stop JUST short of taking him out so he can stretch it out over several weeks, telling Miz as much to his face.
* SanitySlippage: Oh so very much with his {{Heel}} turn in 2011. Even if a viewer could think it was something else, announcers and people fighting him will [[DiscussedTrope tell you directly]] that R-Truth has lost it. And he was ''still'' insane after turning face. Well, for a few months at least. Now he's back to his old self.
* ShoutOut: His team with Wrestling/{{Konnan}} and [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} BG James]] in Wrestling/{{TNA}}: [[Music/TwoLiveCrew The 3 Live Kru]] (later became the 4 Live Kru with the addition of Kip James [WWE's Billy Gunn].)
* SlasherSmile: Look at the above picture and say that this a guy that you'd want to run into in a dark alley.
* SpinAttack: Two of the finishers he's used (Truth Axe and Lie Detector) - respectively, a corkscrew [[Wrestling/BookerT scissors kick]] and a ''double corkscrew'' flying elbow.
* StunnedSilence: When Truth came down to the ring in the aforementioned Confederate uniform and song, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin raised his microphone to make a remark and then let it drop back down, [[SarcasmFailure unable to say anything in response]]. You could actually see the point as to when he simply went "ScrewThisImOuttaHere" on the conversation entirely.
** And when you [[IncrediblyLamePun stun]] Steve Austin...[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments you've done something.]]
* TheCastShowoff: His rapping, such as when he dressed down Ryback on Smackdown.
* TheHeart:Of the Three Live Kru in TNA
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Shouted at him in the UK for his heinous act of indoor smoking, along with chants of "That's illegal!".
* ThreeMonthRule: R-truth's first WWE title was the United States Championship he won from the Miz. K-kwik won the hardcore title? K-kwik who?
* TookALevelInJerkass: Went from KidAppealCharacter to the guy blowing smoke rings in people's faces and chucking drinks at audience members.
* UnexplainedRecovery: After being blown up by [=MacGruber=] on Raw, leaving nothing but his shoes, R-Truth showed up on NXT without explanation.
* UncleTomfoolery: Played straight, then subverted, then ''double''-subverted in the course of a single year. Truth's heel turn in the spring of 2011 was partly prompted by his desire to stop acting hammy for the fans like a stereotypical black comedian. But now that he's back to being a face again, the drawl and the double-takes and the other minstrel-like qualities seem to have not only returned, but are being taken UpToEleven. At least he's a {{Badass}} minstrel.
* VillainSong "U Suck"
** TheVillainSucksSong: After turning face he had a variation of "what's up" for Ryback
* VillainTeamUp: With Wrestling/TheMiz
* WeaponOfChoice: A water bottle. Seriously. And it works.
** ContinuityNod: The bottle comes from the angle that originally turned him heel. As part of Wrestling/JohnMorrison's promo against Truth, [=JoMo=] claimed that R-Truth's stamina was down because of his smoking habit. Truth was caught at one point during his match drinking from a water bottle. Later that same episode, when he beat down John Morrison, he used the water bottle for the first time.
* WeUsedToBeFriends
** With Wrestling/JohnMorrison. After Morrison took his spot in a WWE title PPV match, Truth took him out of commission for several months.
** And again with The Miz, who decided a few weeks before that Truth had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]] and assaulted him on the steel ramp, giving Truth a concussion [[note]]in kayfabe, of course. Another example of RealLifeWritesThePlot here - Truth was sent on a Wellness Vacation.[[/note]] that put him out of action for a month.
* WolverinePublicity: He did the main promo for ''Hell In A Cell'' 2013 despite not being on the card. The only sense to make of it was the "hell" in the title and Truth's tendency to paraphrase the Bible "The Truth, Has Set Me Free".
* WrestlingDoesntPay: K-kwik, a wrestling rapper. This was actually [[RealLifeWritesThePlot true]] for Ron Killings for a time too.
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