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->''You sit there and you thump your bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you '''anywhere!''' Talk about your psalms, talk about ''John 3:16'' -- ''Austin 3:16'' says'' "I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS!''"''

''[-*glass shatters*-]''

'''''[[Wrestling/JimRoss BAHGAWD STONE COLD! STONE COLD!]]'''''

'''"Stone Cold" Steve Austin''' (born December 18, 1965, real name '''Steven Williams''') is a professional wrestler who wrestled for Wrestling/JerryLawler's USWA, Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/{{ECW}} and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling (among others) before signing with the [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] in 1995, under whom he'd wrestle almost exclusively for the rest of his career.

Originally a heel (no surprise there), Steve had a respectable four-year run in Atlanta as one half of the tag team The Hollywood Blondes. Wrestling/EricBischoff took over the company in the mid-nineties, and '''"Stunning" Steve Austin''' was a victim of his red marker. While wrestling in Japan, he received the standard Bischoff pink slip ([[ItWillNeverCatchOn "not marketable"]]) and drifted to ECW, where his former manager Wrestling/PaulHeyman held open a spot for him. Since Austin was recuperating from injury, Heyman characteristically used '''"The Extreme Superstar"''' as a mouthpiece to run down WCW every chance he got (''"Where the Big Boys [[TakeThat Play With Each Other™!]]"''). Meanwhile, recently-fired WCW announcer Jim Ross convinced his new boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Mr. McMahon]], to give Austin a try. Which wouldn't be the last time Eric [[DeathByIrony screwed himself.]]

When the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] came onto the scene, the whole landscape changed overnight; basically, it redefined the type of personality that could headline a show. This lit a fire under WWE's collective asses, and as a counter-attack, they elevated '''"The Ringmaster" Steve Austin''', who [[GrowingTheBeard solidified his identity]] with that famous ''King of the Ring '96'' speech. The "Stone Cold" persona, which Austin had been steadily refining since his ECW days, was a hard-drinking, bald-headed ''Man's'' Man in addition to being just a Big Man.

As the [[TheFace poster boy]] for WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra, he drew more money in 2 consecutive years than the previous three ''combined''. It wasn't just Austin who changed his look, but also Vince [=McMahon=] --who decided to put the heat generated from [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob Montreal]] to good use--and The Rock, both remodeling themselves to better feud with him: [=McMahon=] became the juiced-up corporate bigwig familiar to today's fans, and Rocky (the heir apparent to [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hogan]] who failed to go over) saw his [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap game go up considerably]] as Steve's rival.

Like the [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Bluesmobile]] falling apart the minute it reaches Chicago, Steve's accumulated neck injuries caught up with him, and he bowed out of wrestling once the Wrestling/MondayNightWars were over. WWE almost immediately went back to Rock as its main attraction, and the product gradually returned to its PG roots.

He was voted the third greatest ''[[InsistentTerminology superstar]]'' of all time by the WWE roster for WWE's ''50 Greatest Superstars of All Time'' DVD set (behind Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/TheUndertaker).

Not to be confused with that other [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan Steve Austin]] (hence his nickname "Bionic Redneck").

You can read all about his extensive and impressive career at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Cold_Steve_Austin That Other Wiki]].

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!!! "If you want to read Stone Cold's tropes, gimme a hell yeah!":
* AlternateDVDCommentary: In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage (a rookie at the time) would record all his matches so he could watch them and improve his in-ring work. Often Austin and Wrestling/MickFoley would watch with him and do snarky commentary on the tapes just to bug Page. Foley noted that Page now jokes he "could make a fortune" with those tapes.
** Austin also recorded alternate commentary (alongside Jim Ross) for several of his most famous matches as part of an official Blu-ray release from WWE and later recorded a solo commentary for his match with The Rock at ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'' that he released as an episode of his podcast.
* AnimalMotifs: The Texas Rattlesnake. Also a RedBaron.
* AntiHero: One of the first extremely popular ones in wrestling. He was a SociopathicHero when he first turned, although he lightened into an UnscrupulousHero during his nicer periods.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/BretHart were his three biggest. Both Wrestling/TripleH and The Undertaker have also tried to ''kill'' him at certain points. At the start of his career, it was his trainer, [[Wrestling/ChrisAdams "Gentleman" Chris Adams]][[note]][[RealitySubtext Austin's valet Lady Blossom was Adams' former wife.]][[/note]]. In [=WCW=], Wrestling/RickySteamboat.
* AsHimself: He did his own voice as a RecurringCharacter on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. (He claimed in an interview that the only thing he didn't like about his animated alter-ego was that he had four fingers on each hand.)
* AtrociousAlias: They considered calling him '''''Chilly [=McFreeze=]'''''. Just imagine the glass shattering, the music hitting, and JR yelling out, "[=McFreeze=]! [=McFreeze=]! [=McFreeze=]!"
** Baron [[TheVonTropeFamily Von]] Ruthless was another one that was considered. No shit, the guy [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Frozone]] made fun of for being long-winded. He jokes that if they rejected the Stone Cold moniker, he'd have tried to be the best Baron Von Ruthless that he could be.
* AudienceSurrogate: In his feud with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, for ''anyone'' who's ever had a BadBoss.
* {{Badass}}: He's been king of the ring for years. Furthermore, he defeated The Undertaker and managed to scare the shit out of Brock Lesnar.
* BadassBeard: Except for his "Stunning" run in WCW
* BadassBoast: One month after winning the 1996 King of the Ring, while being interviewed about his victory, he gave this gem of a line:
-->'''Austin''': On the eighth day, God created Stone Cold and I'm rewriting the book! I will continue to whip every one's ass until someone's got the guts, the talent, or a ''machine gun'' to stop me!
* BadassDriver: With all the random vehicles he has driven into the arena to terrorize his enemies, he qualifies. It's practically a running gag.
* BadassGrandpa: At 45 years of age, Stone Cold can still kick ass every time he pops up on WWE television.
* BadassMustache: Looking at him, you will find out
* BaldOfAwesome: ''Hell yeah!''
* BaldOfEvil: When he was a heel, of course.
* BANGFlagGun: Did this to Mr. [=McMahon=] in order to get rehired in the WWF. The flag had Austin 3:16 written on it apparently.
-->'''Stone Cold Steve Austin''': [=McMahon=] 3:16 says I [[BringMyBrownPants just pissed my pants!]]
* BerserkButton: Never under any circumstances waste beer in front of him. Especially if you challenge Austin to a drinking contest. He doesn't care if it's Canadian beer, if you are willing to challenge him, you will drink it. JBL learned that the hard way.
* BestBeerEver: Half down his shirt for the fans, half in his mouth for himself.
* BigDamnHeroes: While a lot of wrestlers will do run-ins to save fellow wrestlers, Stone Cold was probably the master at it. There's nothing quite like watching a collection of heels giving a beatdown to an outmatched face, only to hear that famous glass break and watch Stone Cold run in and lay waste to everybody he can find. Of note are his run-in to save Stephanie from The Undertaker and the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness the Raw after Backlash '99 (probably the first time Stone Cold acted like a genuine hero as opposed to just a NinetiesAntiHero), his run-in to help the Rock finally take the WWF Championship from HHH a year later at Backlash '00, and his run-in with a pool cue to take out EVERY MEMBER of the Alliance and save the WWF roster in the early part of the Invasion before he turned later at the next PPV.
** You can't forget the run-in on the Rock/Mankind match that gave Foley the title. [[GoneHorriblyRight That put some butts in the seats.]]
* BigEater
** His later promos often consist of him discussing how much food he's eaten.
--> "I'mma go down to Whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat-Whataburger ([[BigWhat *what*]]) and I'mma order a Whataburger with cheese ([[BigWhat *what*]]) a Whataburger without cheese ([[BigWhat *what*]]) a Whataburger with double cheese ([[BigWhat *what*]]) some French fries ([[BigWhat *what*]]) some MORE French fries ([[BigWhat *what*]]) and **** it with a Fresh-catch fish sandwich ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Another Whataburger with double cheese ([[BigWhat *what*]])
** At the time, he was kayfabe working on building his gut that time for the ''Royal Rumble''...[[GenreSavvy because a low center of gravity makes it harder for him to get thrown over the top rope.]] Legendary woman wrestler The Fabulous Moolah noted once Austin had what wrestlers from her generation referred to as "a natural body"; being someone who worked out in the gym and worked hard in the ring, but spent most of their time on the road eating at diners.
** But that wasn't the last time he mentioned eating a lot of food. Later that year...
--> "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP55LsGNKSI So while I was trying to make that decision,]] I drove down to the Sonic Drive-In ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Ordered a jalapeño burger ([[BigWhat *what*]]) A chicken-fried steak sandwich ([[BigWhat *what*]]) A chili cheese dog with extra onions ([[BigWhat *what*]]) French fries ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Tater Tots ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Washed it down with one beer ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Two beers ([[BigWhat *what*]]) Three beers ([[BigWhat *what*]]) a shot of whiskey ([[BigWhat *what*]]) a margarita ([[BigWhat *what*]]) and a bloody mary. ([[BigWhat *what*]])
* BigWhat: His last catchphrase, so engrained in the WWE audience that a decade after his retirement, crowds STILL do it on a weekly basis.
** Also, FlatWhat and various other varieties of "what". Basically, if there was a way to say "what", Austin managed to do it at some point in his career.
** He's also featured in the current trope page image.
* BigYes: "Oh...Hell...Yeah!"*
* BittersweetEnding: Austin's final match was at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XIX'' against The Rock; he lost.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: His natural hair color, which he grew out long "surfer style" to play the Heel "Stunning" Steve Austin in [=WCW=].
* BreakupBreakout: He and Wrestling/BrianPillman formed the Hollywood Blondes in WCW: Austin went on to become the biggest star of all-time. Pillman, however, is revered as a legend in his own right, pioneering the high-flying cruiserweight style in North America that would go on to be a staple of the late 90s. Pillman was poised for super-stardom, avoiding the trope, but his [[AuthorExistenceFailure untimely death]] stopped that.
* CaptainErsatz: You can find "him" the Game Boy Advanced ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''.
* CarFu: Used various large vehicles as weapons during his WWE run.
* CatchPhrase
** "Do unto others before they do unto you!"
** The Hollywood Blondes ended promos by saying, "Your brush with greatness is over."
** "Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"
** "If ya wanna see Stone Cold (produce yet another [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment of Awesome]]), gimme a hell yeah!" "[[CrowdChant Hell yeah!]]" [[invoked]]
** "And that's the bottom line, '''cause Stone Cold said so!'''"
** "DTA[[note]]you sonuvabitch[[/note]]! Don't Trust Anybody!
** "[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]"
** And more recently, in his Twitter-posted magic trick videos: "''How'' does he do it, ladies and gentlemen, '''how''' does he do it?"
* CheapHeat: Stone Cold Steve Austin was so popular referring to him in any way could get a cheap pop long after he had left an active roll with the company.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: There's a reason one of his nicknames is "The Rattlesnake".
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
** Ever seen his [[http://twitter.com/steveaustinBSR Twitter page]]? His wars with sharks and Toyota Priuses, and his misadventures in Chickensaurus farming are classics.
** Austin's heel act in 2001 was the embodiment of this trope. It was also a big reason why he had a hard time getting over as the top heel, he was too damn funny to be booed.
** [[http://www.podcastone.com/f/Steve-Austin-Show The Steve Austin Show]] takes this to new heights. Episode seven has him get into an argument with and wrestle a fly. It's as insane as it sounds.
* CombatPragmatist: Austin turned this into an art form. Even as "Stunning" Steve Austin, his finisher, the Stun Gun, essentially involved dropping his opponent's throat onto the top rope. In the WWF, he took it UpToEleven, using chairs, [[CarFu vehicles]] and, at one point, shooting ScottHall with a net gun.
* CoolCar: Austin got to drive a lot of awesome vehicles during the Attitude era, including (but not limited to) a tanker truck full of beer, a Zamboni, a collection of monster trucks, and a cement mixer (see below). You could also win his signature jeep in a 1996 Royal Rumble sweepstakes.
-->'''Chris Jericho:''' I loved how the Austin character just morphed into a guy who would just drive any type of vehicle onto the show and trash things.
* DealWithTheDevil: Frequently after his FaceHeelTurn and alliance with Vince [=McMahon=] in 2001, it was said that he sold his soul for the WWF Title.
* DemBones: His ring and entrance attire usually have skulls on them, and his merchandise often depict glowing eyed skeletons
* DemotedToExtra
** Following his match with The Rock at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX'', Austin appeared on WWE programming in a non-wrestling capacity (mainly as an authority figure) until 2004, when he left the company due to contract disputes and a budding acting career.
** Austin had also retired due to injuries at that time: he hasn't wrestled another match since.
** In 2002, Austin was scheduled to face rising star Wrestling/BrockLesnar on ''Raw'' in a match during the King of the Ring tournament; Austin would have jobbed to Lesnar (who, in fact, eventually went on to win the tournament). However, Austin - who had been shafted out of a match with Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'', facing Wrestling/ScottHall instead - thus making it his first WM appearance since WMXIII where he wasn't in the main event- felt that losing to Lesnar on ''Raw'' would do neither man any favors[[note]] According to Austin, he didn't mind putting over Lesnar, but thought that losing in an early KOTR round on RAW with no build-up would make Austin look weak while throwing away money. He felt that building up to Lesnar facing Austin in the KOTR finals on PPV would've not just made money, but also would've given Lesnar an incredible rub with a big-stage win over Stone Cold, instead of a random win on RAW with no bigger star in the tournament for Lesnar to face afterwards[[/note]]. After disagreements with the creative staff over the issue, Austin took his ball and went home, no-showing ''Raw'' and not appearing on WWE programming until 2003.
** Austin didn't like the idea of facing Hall because he thought Hall was unreliable. WWE was aware of this, which was why they didn't announce a match ahead of time for Wrestling/KevinNash, since he was the Plan B. In the event that Hall, being Hall, had screwed up and gotten himself fired prior to the show, they could simply have plugged Nash into Hall's spot.[[note]]Hall DID get canned, but it happened over a month later, following the [[http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/columns/wwe/tripfromhell.html "Plane Trip from Hell" in May 2002]].[[/note]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Stone Cold once finished a promo with this:
-->''I'll tell you why, because Stone Cold said so! And that's the bottom line, why?! BECAUSE OL STONE COLD SAID SO!"
-->"And that's the damndest bottom line, I ever bottom-lined!"
* DomesticAbuse: Austin did this to his former wife Debra Marshall and an ex-girlfriend of his in RealLife, the former of which claimed that Austin forced her to write a letter saying that everything was okay. [[DudeNotFunny Not cool, Austin.]]
* DontDoAnythingIWouldntDo: Austin said this to Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} when handing him a ticket to ''No Way Out'' 2004, in which Goldberg's enemy, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, was defending the WWE Championship. The problem with this was later lampshaded by Vince [=McMahon=]:
--> '''Vince [=McMahon=]:''' There isn't a '''damn thing''' you wouldn't do!
* TheDragon: To his ArchEnemy Vince [=McMahon=] following his FaceHeelTurn at ''[=WrestleMania=] 17''. Probably one of the most shocking examples
* DrillSergeantNasty: Plays this role on the new season of ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' but not to degree of costar [[Wrestling/HughMorrus Bill [=DeMott=]]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Monster trucks over The Rock's Lincoln. Cement trucks into Vince's corvette. A zamboni over lighting equipment and used as a ramp to attack [=McMahon.=] A beer truck that was too big for the [=TitanTron=] and nearly caused it to pulled down.
* DropTheCow: Since Austin's active career with WWE ended, any appearance he makes is just buildup until he inevitably Stone Cold Stunner(s) everyone in the ring, whether it makes any sense or not. The crowd '''always''' goes crazy for this. [[MemeticMutation Arrive. Stunner. Leave.]]
** On ''RAW Homecoming'', the entire [=McMahon=] family was stunned by Austin. Can anything go right for these poor people in the Attitude Era? (The answer is no.)
* {{Drunk Driv|er}}ing: He'd often jump on his all terrain vehicle and ride around the arena after doing his beer bash. Once Johnathan Coachman assembled the team of Wrestling/{{Goldust}} and Wrestling/BigVanVader to fight Stone Cold, but Stone Cold no showed, Vince [=McMahon=] revealing Austin had been in a motor vehicle accident.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
** In voice, demeanor, not to mention the long blond hair, "Stunning" Steve Austin (1989-1995) is like a whole other person. In fact, if you look at pictures of him from that era and try covering up the hair, he ''still'' doesn't look anything like he did as Stone Cold.
** Even during his first year in WWE he was "The Ringmaster." He was managed by [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted [=DiBiase=]]]) (to compensate for a perceived [[FridgeLogic lack of interview skills]]), still had hair (albeit in a crew cut by that point), and wrestled a very hold/submission-based style.
** Prior to his broken neck at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 1997'', he was a feared technical wrestler, who had a unique style that mixed submission holds and brawling (witness his ''[=WrestleMania=] XIII'' classic with Bret Hart)
* EnemyMine
** Stone Cold and the Rock were never friends even as mutual faces, though a common ''Raw'' main event was to team the two together against their respective opponents at the upcoming PPV. Usually, the other team was part of the same stable (and thus more unified), so a reoccurring theme was whether Austin and the Rock could get along enough to beat them.
** One huge example of EnemyMine happened when Austin helped his ArchEnemy Vince [=McMahon=] win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship]] from HHH.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Many times, Stone Cold would act friendly to somebody else only to kick them in the gut and then stun them for the hell of it. Sometimes, he even lampshaded it by saying "DTA! Don't trust anybody!" right after.
* FinishingMove
** The Stone Cold Stunner. The move was popularized through Austin to the point where it's exclusively called a "Stunner" whenever anyone performs it. It is a lot simpler than saying "Three-quarter facelock jawbreaker."
** As the Ringmaster, he used the Million Dollar Dream (Cobra Clutch)
** Pre-WWE, he used the Stun Gun (drop-your-opponent-throat-first-on-the-top-rope, aka Wrestling/EddieGilbert's Hot Shot.)
* {{Flanderization}}: Towards the end of his career Austin had a tendency to apply the Stunner to [[HeyYouHaymaker pretty much everyone he interacted with]], including other babyfaces, often with no provocation whatsoever.
* FlippingTheBird: The Stone Cold Salute.
* FunetikAksent: PlayedForLaughs, as Austin would refer to the [=McMahon=]s' hometown of Greenwich, CT (which is pronounced "Greh-niche") as if it were pronounced "Green-witch."
* GameBreakingInjury: While everyone will rightfully speak the world of the late great Wrestling/OwenHart, he is also noted for shortening the career of Stone Cold with that infamous piledriver, which was so devastating that WWF virtually banned the popular move for everyone effective immediately. Stone Cold was able to sustain his career by changing from a typical chain wrestler to his signature kick-and-punch Main Event Style (that eventually spread company-wide to save wear-and-tear) before the neck injury put him out for good in 2003.
* GarbageWrestler
** Due to his neck problems, most of Austin's wrestling repertoire in WWF consisted of just beating the shit out of the other guy.
** In one of his ECW promos, he called the promotion's style "violent crap."
* GoodIsNotNice: Heel, face, or neutral, if you get on his nerves he will Stun you. And that's if he's feeling particularly nice.
* GroinAttack: Austin in his ring attire would sometimes stomp his opponent's family jewels between the legs when he's down. For some reason, this doesn't seem to get him disqualified.
* HaHaHaNo: A clip of Austin laughing and then suddenly falling into a stone-faced, serious expression has built its way up to MemeticMutation status.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Attacked both heels ''and'' faces, regardless of alignment. If anything, that made the fans love him more.
* HeelFaceTurn: At ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'' he fought a brutal submission match with Bret Hart, but refused to submit and endured the pain until he passed out. This heralded Austin properly being recognized as a {{Face}} by the WWF while Bret Hart made a FaceHeelTurn by attacking Austin after the bell. A year later, Austin would be the biggest star wrasslin' has ever seen.
** However, while Austin was feuding with the reunited Hart Foundation, he and the other Americans still got the heel treatment in Canada and Europe.
** ReformedButNotTamed: One of the best examples of pro wrestling. Even after turning face, he still gives stunners to anyone unprovoked as well as behaving like an all-out {{Jerkass}}.
* HellIsThatNoise: His theme by Disturbed in 2001 classifies with it's murderer-esque guitar riffs.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Austin's character since his retirement has been built on this. If he offers you a beer, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder DO NOT TAKE IT]].
** Actually, probably smarter to take it. If you do, you'll probably only be on the receiving end of a stunner. If you don't, [[BerserkButton he might take it personally.]]
** Take the beer and toast with him, but run the hell out of the ring IMMEDIATELY after.
** It's gotten to the point where, when Austin gave commentators Booker T and Josh Matthews stunners while celebrating with them after Wrestling/MichaelCole's defeat at [=WrestleMania 27=], Josh and Booker actually [[TheChewToy got mad at Michael Cole]] for getting them so excited over his defeat that they'd be dumb enough to get in the ring with Austin in a beer bash, knowing the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder end result]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** HHH had him run over by a truck at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 99''. HHH got hoist as well: By taking out Austin, this left the third spot in the main event against The Rock open, and it was filled by...THE BIG SHOW, who proceeded to beat HHH for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] that night.
** Literally hoist when Haitch arranged a sneak attack at the next ''Survivor Series''...he intended to run Austin down again. Cue fork lift where the car he was in was lifted up and dropped from about thirty feet.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Austin has admitted that he's a bad singer, and he employed this "skill" during his skits with Wrestling/KurtAngle and Vince [=McMahon=]. See [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment Of Funny]].
* HotBlooded: "Arrive, Raise Hell, Leave!"
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: Austin at the end of his "Submission Match" at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13''.
* ImportantHaircut: His hairline was deteriorating rapidly in the eighties, but he still tried to be a long-haired blond (e.g. the vanilla of pro wrestling) who preened about his looks all the time. Not so as Stone Cold.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: During his brawl with Wrestling/BookerT in the supermarket, he uses everything from flour to eggs to milk to frozen pizzas to kick Booker's ass.
* InkSuitActor
** AsHimself, on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' regular character in the series during several seasons, as the main color commentator. Also the GadgeteerGenius and science and weapons advisor. Often seen performing PercussiveMaintenance on his TimeMachine.
** Austin also had a recurring role on Nash Bridges, basically playing Stone Cold with a badge.
* IronicEcho: Austin was very upset that Wrestling/OwenHart never called him to find out his condition after Hart broke his neck with a botched Tombstone piledriver. This only becomes Ironic because Austin never bothered to check up on Wrestling/MasahiroChono after breaking ''his'' neck in an almost identical fashion, during an Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA World Heavyweight Championship match, in September 1992. Only avoids crossing over into hypocrisy because Austin, at the time, had no idea that Chono was actually injured.
* IronicNickname: The "Stone Cold" moniker contrasts Austin's character as he is a HotBlooded, volatile wrestler and his promos mostly consist of imagery of flames in the background.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn
** What [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Eric Bischoff]] said after Austin was fired from [=WCW=] over the phone. Thing is, he was catching on prior to the signing of Hogan. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at Unforgiven when he was the next big thing, and in ''[[VideoGame/{{WWE}} WWE 13.]]''
** After WCW introduced [=Goldberg=] in 1997, '''MANY''' people labeled him an Austin ripoff because of the similar appearance and outfit ([bald head and black trunks and boots), and saw it as hypocritical, since, according to Austin, Bischoff had told him that a guy who wears such a basic outfit wouldn't get over.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As a face. While his motto was "don't trust anyone" and was known for Stunning heels and faces alike, he also didn't shy from helping people out once in a while:
** Joined Wrestling/DGenerationX in backing up Mankind during his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSa80CxTbCU big title match.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYF6r22UjKU Returned at Backlash 2000]] to take out Triple H's posse to even The Rock's odds against him.
** He even helped his arch-enemy Vince [=McMahon=] by [[http://youtu.be/h-c6wDFjQ8I?t=6m27s rescuing his daughter Stephanie from the Corporate Ministry.]]
* KickTheDog: Austin's 2001 [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] was full of this, from brutally attacking his friend Jim Ross, and The Hardy Boyz [[WouldHitAGirl and]] Wrestling/{{Lita}} (the latter two with Triple H), and then attempting to cripple Kurt Angle when it became apparent that he cannot beat Angle in a one-on-one match.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Stone Cold Steve Austin tormented Vince [=McMahon=] in many ways during their feud, such as attacking him in the hospital and holding him hostage with a gun (it was a [[BANGFlagGun toy]], though). As one of the most prominent wrestling villains of the late 1990s, Vince received no sympathy from the fans.
* KnightOfCerebus: Ironically not when they gave him the silly Stone Cold serial killer gimmick but when he won the king of the ring and gave his now famous fiery promo to Jake Roberts.
* LargeHam: Several of Austin's promos fell into this category.
* LovableRogue[=/=]WildCard: Austin was a "tweener", but was mainly treated as a face in feuds...
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: For a given value of nice. While a {{Heel}}, he's good with fans and is a solid worker, though he's also been convicted of domestic abuse.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Pretty much the TropeCodifier for ProfessionalWrestling, the Stone Cold character got its start when Austin was in ECW before he came to WWE and ran with a lot of the themes ECW was gaining its fanbase with.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Austin (or equivalent) appeared in the animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' as the judge during a child custody hearing over Dilbert's baby.
%%* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught
* OddCouple: With Kurt Angle and Vince [=McMahon=] during the start of the Invasion storyline. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments It's often considered some of the funniest promos in WWF history.]]
* OneManArmy: Stone Cold Steve Austin's "trust no one" maxim meant he often had to rely on himself while feuding with entire stables. The whole fusion of the Corporation and Ministry of Darkness was apparently just to mess with Stone Cold.
* OneSteveLimit: Austin first began competing under his real name, Steve Williams. However when Mid-South merged with Austin's employer, World Class Championship Wrestling, Dutch Mantell forced Austin to change his name to avoid confusion with Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams who was, at that time, more famous.
* OverlyLongGag: WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? It managed to last long after Austin left the ring.
* PassingTheTorch: By putting Austin over, Wrestling/JakeRoberts symbolized the old style of wrestling making way for the new.
* PopularityPower:
** Even after he was turned heel in 2001, people '''still cheered for him...'''...or when he was pretty clearly in the wrong, he was still cheered. A good example was when he came back in 2000 after his 1999 ''Survivor Series'' collision and was "investigating" who did it (i.e. just beating up anyone he felt like). Commissioner Mick Foley was almost unreasonably lenient with Austin's behavior, only asking that Steve not interfere with matches, which Stone Cold continued doing with impunity. Eventually, Foley was backed into a corner and had to suspend Austin. Despite the fact that Foley was only doing his job and Austin was being unreasonably selfish in his behavior, Austin's massive popularity led to Foley getting boos during the semi-feud.
** If anyone else would do what he did (e.g. attack people at will, heel or face), they would usually change from face to heel. Not Stone Cold, that was just how he is and the commentators lampshades this frequently.
* PowerStable: [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman The Dangerous Alliance]] and [[Managers/{{WCW}} The Stud Stable]] in WCW. The WCW/ECW Alliance in [=WWE=] (interesting as Austin had been in WWE, WCW, AND ECW). His tag team with HHH (known as the Power Trip) kind of qualifies, as they were just as dominant as a PowerStable even though they were only a tag team, winning multiple titles.
** In Texas, he was in Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar's Devastation Inc.
* RatedMForManly
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DV0RHVteLs&list=PLDC038D25B1F0D9E2&index=3&feature=plpp_video This promo definitely sums it up best.]]
** "I ain't no sexy boy! I don't dance, son!"[[note]] The video featured above is a promo concerning the 1996 ''Survivor Series'' featuring Austin taking stabs at Bret Hart for [[TenMinuteRetirement "quitting" his career]] after losing to Shawn Michaels in sudden death overtime in the Iron Man Match at ''[=WrestleMania=] XII''. Austin in this promo also mocked Shawn for not being a "real man," (Shawn was ducking Austin at this time to prevent a feud between the two) hence the "I ain't no sexy boy" line.[[/note]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot
** A lot of people saw potential in Stunning Steve Austin at that time, although he wasn't a part of Bischoff's grand plan. WCW had pegged him as a future star before Bischoff took over and cleaned house: Steve was working matches with Ric Flair, Vader, Sting and Ricky Steamboat. But when the push to mainstream went live, Austin got shoved on the backburner to make room for old WWF guys. That's when Paul picked him up in ECW. And, as Paul has said, he just gave Austin a mic and let him vent. Austin's circumstances created Stone Cold, not Paul or WWE or anyone else.
** In a sense. After a botched piledriver by Wrestling/OwenHart broke Austin's neck, Austin had to change his wrestling style to accommodate his injury; in turn, other wrestlers adapted to this, and produced what is termed by some as the "main event style" that is still employed to this day.
** An actual version of this happened following the infamous "Curtain Call Incident" at Madison Square Garden on May 19th, 1996, involving Wrestling/TheKliq (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, HHH, and Shawn Michaels, a mixture of babyfaces and heels, all hugged each other in the middle of the ring following Nash's last match in the WWF until his return in 2002). Somebody had to take the fall; with Hall and Nash leaving for WCW, and Shawn holding the WWF Championship, HHH had to accept the punishment - which was to be denied winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament. The man who took his spot as the tournament's ultimate victor? Steve Austin, who was catapulted to superstardom thanks to the victory.
*** Even if HHH had won the tournament, Austin could have become a star anyway. However, this would have robbed the world of Austin's coronation speech where he mocked runner-up Jake "The Snake" Roberts, boasting that Jake's prayers and John 3:16 didn't get him anywhere before telling the born-again Christian Wrestling/JakeRoberts that Austin 3:16 means he just whooped your ass. Thus, one of the most popular {{Catch Phrase}}s ever was born. It also presumes that the company could have survived 1996 at all without Austin beginning his big rise.
* RealMenWearPink: Admits to watching every episode of ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'' back in the day, and can still recite [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9JRdmM4slA the song lyrics.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
** When acting as GM for the "All Star" edition of Raw on June 13, his first appearance is giving an ''EPIC'' one to Wrestling/TheMiz, not even giving Miz a chance to speak.
** Hell, giving this to Wrestling/JakeRoberts following the 1996 King of the Ring tournament was his EstablishingCharacterMoment. As part of it, he claimed that quitting drinking was how Roberts lost his edge.[[note]]Alcoholism was a demon Roberts would continue to wrangle with for over 15 more years.[[/note]]
--->'''Stone Cold:''' All he's gotta do is go buy him a cheap bottle of Thunderbird, and try to dig back some of that courage he had in his prime.
** As the Judge on Tough Enough, he gave these every week to whoever ended up in his "bottom three", or rather he eliminated one of the them and then gave the reason you're here speech to the other two that he let stay around. Wind up there three times and automatic dismissal.
* RebelliousSpirit: Stone Cold Steve Austin's feud with Vince [=McMahon=] marked the first time someone had stood up to the boss. It was basically a blue collar worker doing what many want to but realistically cannot.
* RedBaron: "Stunning" and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, "The Texas Rattlesnake," "The Toughest S.O.B. in the WWF," "The Bionic Redneck."
* RuleOfCool: After ''King of the Ring 1996'', Austin ran on this and beer for the rest of his career.
* SchmuckBait: The [[http://slashwrestling.com/smackdown/991028.html October 28, 1999 episode]] of ''[=SmackDown!=]'' saw Austin use this against [=DX=] with tremendous success. First, he caught Road Dogg in a bear trap. Second, he caught Wrestling/BillyGunn with "the ol' snare on the ground." Then he called up [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman [=X-Pac=]]] on his cell phone and mentioned Creator/CaseyKasem and his [=catchphrase=], "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars," and then dropped some ceiling tiles on him. The show ended with the recovered [=DX=] in the ring. HHH called out Austin, who answered and proceeded to run them down, saying that "[=Badass=]" Billy Gunn should be called "[=Dumbass=] Billy Gunn," and called [=X-Pac=] "so damn stupid, so damn stupid." Austin started heading down to the ring to face [=DX=] when a net fell on them.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere
** Seeing [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] dressed up in a Confederate military uniform and [[TalkativeLoon spewing nonsensical ramblings]] generated this response from Stone Cold.
** He did this behind the scenes in 2002 (see DemotedToExtra above).
* SociopathicHero: When he first turned face. And post-retirement, when he tends to give stunners to everyone in the vicinity, women and other non-combatants included. Even is the recipient was a face it was never considered a heel turn; just Austin being Austin.
* StageNames: Austin was born Steve Anderson and grew up Steve Williams. Dutch Mantel gave him the name Steve Austin so he wouldn't be confused with Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams.
* StunnedSilence: The only time he's had this reaction in his entire career was the aforementioned R-Truth dressed as a Confederate soldier skit. Keep in mind this is a career that's had him Kayfabe arrested, ran over and had an undead cult leader hang him from a gothic cross, try to kill him at least once, as well as trying to both bury him alive and '''''embalm''''' him while still alive. This shows just how bad he considered the R-Truth skit when ''that'' was the first and only time he's ever been struck completely dumb by anything WWE has ever done. While certainly someone who never aspired to political correctness, Austin clearly recognized the perversity of a black man dressed as a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate Soldier]].
* TagTeam: The Hollywood Blondes, with "Flyin'" Brian Pillman in 1993 WCW, who were ultimately ScrewedByTheNetwork. WCW that year initiated their "Disney tapings," where they taped ''months'' of their syndicated weekend show ''WCW Worldwide'' at a studio in Orlando, FL.[[note]][[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Sound familiar?]][[/note]] These tapings set in stone title changes and storyline developments ''months'' before they were scheduled to happen, breaking {{Kayfabe}} and essentially booking themselves into a corner. The tapings dictated that the Blondes would lose the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Titles]] to the Four Horsemen team of Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Paul Roma, who would lose them soon after to Wrestling/TheNastyBoys. Unfortunately, Pillman was injured prior to ''WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV'', August 8th, 1993, so WCW simply inserted [[Wrestling/WilliamRegal Lord Steven Regal]] into Pillman's place in the match. Anderson and Roma won, of course.
* TakeThat
** Austin did several promos ripping into [=WCW=] and Wrestling/EricBischoff in his time in Wrestling/{{ECW}}.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frCAYo7KrkU Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Nyquil!]]
* TemporarilyAVillain: Steve Austin was always an AntiHero VillainProtagonist, since he was a face who did heel stuff, but in the [=InVasion=] angle he temporarily joined the invading WCW side, which was by definition the "bad" side of the angle. As soon as the angle was over he was back to his old self again.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Done quite a bit during his feud with Vince [=McMahon=]. Subverted with his real-life retirement which has so far lasted eleven years and counting.
* ThemeNaming: As a member of the Hollywood Blondes, he used a standing figure-four leglock called "Hollywood and Vine", and a modified figure-four called "That's a Wrap."
* ThirdPersonPerson: Although The Rock is more known for this, Stone Cold fell into this quite often as well.
* UnderwearOfPower: Earlier in his career, he wore long black pants with colorful designs on them, which falls under the EarlyInstallmentWeirdness described above.
* VillainProtagonist: While there's no question that he was an AntiHero from 1998 onward, it could be argued that he was basically a Villain Protagonist in 1997. Although the crowd was firmly on his side against the Hart Foundation, he acted like the same vicious heel he had always been - beating up on babyfaces, even the ones who helped him. When Mankind helped him in a handicap match, for example, he hugged him and then gave him a Stunner and told him he'd never work with a freak like him. When he was forced to relinquish the Intercontinental and Tag Team Titles [[RealLifeWritesThePlot thanks to his neck injury]], he made a hitlist of the three main authority figures (lead announcer Jim Ross, Commissioner Wrestling/SgtSlaughter, and Vince [=McMahon=]) and made sure to beat them all up while mocking them for it the whole time. Mind you, they were all babyfaces and were looking out for his safety. Just 18 months earlier, that same type of storyline was used to get Wrestling/{{Vader}} over as a monster heel.
* VillainTeamUp: In 2001, with HHH (as the Two-Man Power Trip).
* VitriolicBestBuds: Austin and The Rock in real life.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idu2ugrAmmQ Gloriously played straight]] with Stephanie [=McMahon=].
** And with Wrestling/{{Chyna}}
** Also with [=Lita=], twice (one of them with HHH), in 2001.
** And Wrestling/StacyKeibler, [[FelonyMisdemeanor who committed the cardinal sin of]] [[DisproportionateRetribution spitting out the beer Austin gave her.]]
** Sadly, also Debra in real life.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After several months of Vince [=McMahon=] constantly trying to keep him away from the title, Austin finally won it back at ''[=WrestleMania=] 15''. Vince later revealed himself as the Higher Power behind The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness after having his henchmen screw Austin out of the title again.
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--> ...and that's the bottom line, '''''’cause Stone Cold said so!''' *glass shatters*''