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[[caption-width-right:240:Remember when guys like this were a ''[[PoesLaw parody]]'' of Wall Street? ]]

''[-(moneyy moneyy moneyy moneyy monneeyyyyy-eeyy ♪)-]''

'''''NYAAAAHAHAHAHAHAA!!'''''

Listen up, you nickel-and-dime peons: "The Million Dollar Man" '''Ted [=DiBiase=]''' was one of the premier {{Heel}}s in the "federation years" of the WWE. Now retired, he was inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2010, and has since been keeping a watchful eye over his son [[Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr.]] in his WWE run. He is a 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]] with [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Irwin R. Schyster (Mike Rotunda)]] as Money Inc, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-na-h.html WWF North American Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/pwf-t.html All Japan PWF World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/StanHansen and 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/aj-t.html All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Champion]] also with Hansen, and held various territorial titles in the late 1970s and through most of the 1980s before arriving in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1987.

As usual, ThatOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_DiBiase a more detailed run-down of his career.]]
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!!! "Every man has his trope":
* AffectionateNickname: Nicknamed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gafkXGT7WJc "Teddy Bear"]] by his moll, [[Wrestling/SherriMartel Sherri]], an oblique reference to being her sugar daddy. She kept right on calling him that, even in retirement.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/JunkyardDog, [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]], Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/RandySavage, Wrestling/DustyRhodes, Wrestling/{{Virgil}}, the Natural Disasters ([[Wrestling/JohnTenta Earthquake]] and Typhoon), [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors the Legion of Doom]], [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]], the Steiner Brothers (Rick and [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Scott]])[[note]]Both in WWE near the end of Money Inc.'s run and as a manager for the NWO in WCW. Ironically, [=DiBiase=] would himself manage the Steiners until Scott's heel turn.[[/note]], Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/LexLuger, [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]], Wrestling/BamBamBigelow (after he quit/was fired from the Million Dollar Corporation), Savio Vega.
* AuthorAvatar: Ted [=DiBiase=]'s Million Dollar Man character was based on the type of wrestler WWE boss [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] wanted to be. This was years before Vince himself would [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] following the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob and become the BigBad we know today.
* BadassPreacher: Became one after his wrestling career petered out; he frequently worked with Wrestling/NikitaKoloff on combined Christian/wrestling events. And he does weddings, too.
-->'''[[http://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/1xpi7b/ama_announcement_the_million_dollar_man_ted/ Redditor ]]''': He also insisted that we do counseling with him pre-wedding, so we spoke with him about life and love and lovemaking (which he referred to as "romp-and-stomping" in his thick Mississippi accent--hilarious, but a touch awkward, too).
* BashBrothers: With [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]], "Maniac" Matt Borne, Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams, Virgil, IRS, Wrestling/StanHansen
* BattleButler: Virgil, ''Wrestling Superstar''. Amusingly, in 2013 Ted let slip the reason he left WCW was because he refused to be "Hogan's Virgil".
* BeardOfEvil
* BlingBlingBang: Not sanctioned by the WWF, the Million Dollar Belt was more a huge piece of jewelry than anything else. Taking a belt shot ''covered in diamonds''? That'll leave a mark.
* CatchPhrase: "[[EveryManHasHisPrice Everybody's got a price]] for the Million Dollar Man!"
* DemotedToExtra: As with so many other stars, Ted was kept on WCW's payroll despite rarely appearing on television.
** Ted was one of the first WWF Superstars to jump ship to WCW, and also one of the first to jump right back. The idea was that Ted bankrolled the NWO, with Hogan and the others providing the muscle. He turned face and disappeared from WCW programming later that year, and his boss role was subsumed by Wrestling/EricBischoff. According to Ted, it slowly dawned on Eric that he was essentially paying someone to play himself, but [=DiBiase=] had signed a three year contract. When he kindly pointed this out, Turner Entertainment realized that [[DidntThinkThisThrough had no choice but to keep employing him]], so Ted became a road agent for ''Nitro''. He really took them to the cleaners.
* DirtyCoward: Whenever he couldn't buy his way out of a situation, he folded like a lawn chair.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Sang his [[{{WWE}} WWF]] entrance theme.
* TheDogBitesBack: From his "servant," Wrestling/{{Virgil}}.
* EvilKnockoff: When Yokozuma bested Wrestling/TheUndertaker at the '94 RoyalRumble, he finally broke Wrestling/PaulBearer's hold over the zombie wrestler. [=DiBiase=] declared that everybody from there to Timbuktu was searching for The Undertaker's remains, but had come up short. Using his vast money and resources though, the Million Dollar Man claimed he did indeed find the casket first and signed a contact placing Taker (actually an impersonator, Brian Lee) under ''his'' control. Paul called B.S. on this, as not even he knew where Taker was buried. In due course, Paul unsealed the power of the urn and the real Undertaker re-materialized to take the imposter out. It's interesting how [=DiBiase=] is basically arguing over Taker like he's a piece of land, something to be bought.
-->'''''[[http://rockethideout.com/articles/undertakerpt2.html RocketHideout]]''''': At the end of the ''SummerSlam'' match, when his Undertaker was lying prone and helpless, I think Ted [=DiBiase=] took a closer look at his Undertaker and saw on the bottom of his boot those three words nobody wants to see when they buy something. ''Made in China.''
* EvilLaugh: Ted [=Dibiase=] is always laughing; he must be very happy.
* {{Expy}}: Claimed in his [[{{Biography}} autobiography]] ''Every Man Has His Price'' that [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] described the "Million-Dollar Man" [[TheGimmick gimmick]] to him as a wrestling version of Creator/DonaldTrump.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{Fiction 500}}: Daddy Warbucks with fists.
** [[http://www.kayfabenews.com/dibiase-bails-greece/ "DiBiase Bails Out Greece"]]
* FinishingMove: The Million Dollar Dream submission hold.
** He also used the Cobra Clutch combined with a Russian Legsweep, a top rope backwards elbow drop, and a Spinning Toe Hold at different phases of his career.
** His unique fist drop was sometimes used as this or as a SignatureMove.
* HappilyAdopted
* {{Heel}}: Probably one of the best-known characters of this archetype.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: After the famous incident in 1993 where [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman The 1-2-3 Kid]] beat [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]], Ted challenged the Kid to a match to prove how easy it was to beat "a nobody." During said match, Ted kept picking the Kid up at the count of two just to inflict more punishment. When Razor himself showed up, Dibiase decided to rub it in by attempting the most nonchalant cover imaginable... only for the Kid to crucifix him for the win. Razor, his HeelFaceTurn now complete, cracked up laughing on the outside.
* IAmGreatSong: Money[-Money-][--Money--][---Money---][----Money----]
* ItRunsInTheFamily: See WrestlingFamily below.
* LaserGuidedKarma: He bought the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble from Akeem in order to have the best chance at winning. Along with that, he tried to buy off Wrestling/BigJohnStudd so he could win the whole thing. Studd didn't bite, making the Million Dollar Man the last man eliminated. In the subsequent Rumble matches he participated in, [=DiBiase=] drew #1 in 1990, #2 in 1992, and #3 in 1993. He was even the first man eliminated from the Rumble in 1992.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: His entrance attire is tuxedo, for crying out loud!
** Barney in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' spent an exorbitant amount of money on a custom suit with [[ConspicuousConsumption diamond encrusted pin-stripes]] called "The [=DiBiase=]". You can't take that to just any dry cleaners.
* MarshmallowHell: Happened while he was selling a bump, after [=DiBiase=] made fun of Sherri's tits once too often.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A third-generation wrestler, Christian minister, and devoted family man. It's just too bad that, like Wrestling/BigBossman, one of the most well-adjusted guys in wrestling didn't exactly have one of the best careers.
* MoneySong: His theme, obviously, which is also an EarWorm.
* MoneyToThrowAway: Yes, the Man is so rich he can afford to stuff wads of cash in his opponents' mouths. Also, his entrances. (See below)
* NoSell: Amazingly, he once did this after the Fabulous Freebirds gave him a spike piledriver on the ''floor''.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: He once attempted to purchase the WWF Championship off of Wrestling/HulkHogan. One [[AlternateHistory "Rewriting the Book"]] article on Website/{{WrestleCrap}} explores WhatCouldHaveBeen if Hogan had taken the deal.
** Ironically, he actually inverted this earlier in his career. While competing for "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, [=DiBiase=] competed in, and was eliminated from, the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/midsouth/uwf/uwf-h.html UWF World Heavyweight Title]] Tournament on May 30. ([=DiBiase=] d. [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Blade Runner Rock (The Ultimate Warrior)]] in the First Round and Terry Gordy d. him in a Quarter-Final Match.) [=DiBiase=]'s former manager, Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar of Devastation Inc., offered him $25,000 to interfere and cost his friend [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]] his semi-final match against Akbar's charge [[Wrestling/{{Kamala}} Kamala the Ugandan Giant]]. [=DiBiase=] said, "Make it $50,000." Akbar agreed, [=DiBiase=] put on his infamous black glove, and nailed KAMALA, giving Duggan the win and sending him into the finals against Gordy. (Duggan lost, but that's another story.)
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: [=DiBiase=] is remembered for producing a money roll and tossing bills at crowds to buy their support.
* PowerStable: He was the manager of The Million Dollar Corporation: Irwin R. Schyster, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff, Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, the [=Underfaker=][[note]]Brian Harris, aka Wrestling/{{SMW}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s Brian Lee and Chainz of the Disciples of Apocalypse[[/note]] Wrestling/{{Tatanka}}, Kama[[note]]Papa Shango[=/=]The Godfather[[/note]], [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]],[[Wrestling/SeanWaltman The 1-2-3 Kid]], [[Wrestling/BallsMahoney Xanta Klaus (Jonathan Rechner, aka SMW's Boo Bradley[=/=]ECW's Balls Mahoney)]], [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin The Ringmaster ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin)]].
** (In Mid-South/UWF): Devastation Inc.
** (In WCW): The [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]]
* PowerTrio: (in "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South/UWF): The Rat Pack, with [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]] and "Maniac" Matt Borne.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''Inverted,'' in that The Gimmick Writes Real Life: when Ted started working as the Million Dollar Man, the WWF needed him to play the role to the hilt to protect kayfabe, so it gave him a bankroll many guys probably would have killed to have just so he could do things like travel by private jet, ride around in limos, and stay in high-class hotels.
* RedBaron: "The Million Dollar Man"!
* {{Rich B|itch}}astard
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: His son is turning into this.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Do we ''really'' have to explain this one?
** Creating his own championship, for a start.
** Averted in 1988. [=DiBiase=] paid Wrestling/AndreTheGiant to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF Championship]] from Wrestling/HulkHogan for him, and detained referee Dave Hebner backstage while Dave's EvilTwin brother Earl impersonated him to help Andre win the title; Andre tried to surrender the belt to [=DiBiase=], but the WWF refused to acknowledge Ted as the champion, and the title was declared vacant. (Andre's brief reign is still the shortest recognized WWE Championship reign in history.)
* SpiritualSuccessor: Make way for Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, who is absolutely this trope for the new millennium. Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio has credited (or credi-'''Ted''') the M.D.M. as well.
** As JBL himself said, three generations [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdUjRJ8IMAAg4kC.jpg:large of one stolen gimmick.]]
* StartMyOwn: Since Ted literally couldn't buy a WWF Championship reign, he went out and had the "Million Dollar Championship" - a custom belt made of gold and diamonds - created just to prove he was the best.
** He awarded the belt to Steve Austin in 1996, and eventually, to Ted Jr. in 2010. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse The belt subsequently disappeared not long after that.]]
** In January 2000, he started his own promotion, the short-lived [=WXO=].
* TagTeam: Money Inc., with IRS.
* TakeThat: Following victories, [=DiBiase=] would stuff $100 bills into his opponents' mouths.
** This is the kayfabe distinction between the Cobra Clutch and the Million Dollar Dream (they're the same hold, otherwise).
* ThrewMyBikeOnTheRoof: Purchasing a public pool just so he could kick all the kids out.
** The Million Dollar Man would usually offer rewards to audience members for doing some task, but they could never pull them off. He once offered $500 to a very small child to dribble a basketball 15 times without missing. The boy did surprisingly well... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwoQ2b3k8Uo only for Ted to kick the ball out from under him at the fourteenth bounce.]]
** PetTheDog: The boy was later invited backstage, however, where he was given the $500 and got to meet the wrestlers.
** Funnily, his kicking of Cody Rhodes got him a {{face}} pop.
* TricksterMentor: To his son, maybe.
* WouldntHitAGirl: One of the more common elements of RandySavage's storylines during his face run was the villains either trash-talking or outright physically harming his valet, Miss Elizabeth. [=DiBiase=] completely averted this; his focus was plain and simple: Win the title, don't worry about the girl.
* WrestlingFamily: Ted's mother Helen Nevins-[=DiBiase=] was a wrestler (as Helen Hilde), as was his adoptive father "Iron" Mike [[=DiBiase=]], and his sons Mike, Ted Jr. and Brett have all become wrestlers. Ted Jr. was signed to WWE but has since left as of the end of August 2013.
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->''Some might cost a little''\\
''Some might cost a lot''\\
''But I'm the Million Dollar Man''\\
''And you '''will''' be bought! [[EvilLaugh DYAHAHAHAHAHAHA!]]''
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