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'''Leon White''' (born May 14, 1957), known in the wrestling world as Big Van '''Vader''', is one of ProfessionalWrestling's legendary big men, having made a name for himself all over the world, including Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}}, and Japan. Among his many achievements, he is a 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/newjapan/iwgp-h.html New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/newjapan/iwgp-t.html New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/tc-h.html All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion]]. He started his career in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] in the mid-1980s as "The Baby Bull" Leon White and also competed for Otto Wanz's Catch Wrestling Association in Austria[=/=]Germany, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH and Wrestling/{{TNA}}.

As usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Van_Vader That Other Wiki]] has an article on his career.

Not to be confused with [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] or [[Music/{{Vader}} the band called Vader]].
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Especially considering his finisher, the Vadersault (which is, indeed, a Moonsault)
* AllAmericanFace: He was the leader of "Team USA" during the USA vs Canada Feud.
* AnimalMotifs
** Wrestling/VinceMcMahon wanted to rename him the Mastodon so that he could trademark the name. He has the ability to turn into one in the ''WWF In Your House Challenge'' video game.
** Before going to Japan and becoming Vader he was Baby Bull, then Bull Power.
* AxCrazy: At the start of his WWF run, which actually got him ({{kayfabe}}) fired. Jim Cornette was able to get him to settle down when he brought Vader back and acted as his manager.
* {{Badass}}: A legit tough guy inside and outside the ring.
** TheAce: He held three different world titles from three different promotions on three continents (UWA Mexico in North America, New Japan in Asia and The German Catch Wrestling Association in Europe) making him the closest thing professional wrestling has ever had to a true world champion.
* BadassBeard: It was most noticeable during his spat with the less hairy Bret Hart.
* BadassGrandpa: He's 57, according to TheOtherWiki, and he can still get it done in the ring.
* BadassSanta: The WWF had him dress up like Santa Clause, so he gave out candy and used the opportunity to sneak attack The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust.
* BashBrothers: Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]], Wrestling/StanHansen, Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams.
* BellyFlopCrushing: Used many variations of the splash throughout his career
* {{Bowdlerize}}: His WCW feud with Cactus Jack was more violent and bloody than their televised showings would have you believe.
* TheBrute: Made a career out of it.
* {{CatchPhrase}}: The aforementioned "Vader Time" shtick.
** Also, what Mick Foley called his "'Who's the Man?' gorilla-grunting routine."
* CoolHelmet: For years he would wear a large smoke-emitting helmet to the ring that resembled a cross between [[DarthVaderClone Darth Vader's]] helmet and an elephant's head.
* CoolMask: Until Kane removed it
* DeathFromAbove: '''THE VADERSAULT.''' Vader is '''450 pounds.''' (to put that into perspective, that's very nearly the current weight of Wrestling/TheBigShow.)
* DemotedToExtra
** What he eventually became in Wrestling/{{WWE}}. He went from challenging for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship Title]] at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1996'' to losing to a young Bradshaw in 1998.
** Hogan not selling the [[FinishingMove Power Bomb]] AT ALL helped kill his drawing power in WCW.
* DistaffCounterpart: Wrestling/AjaKong, unofficially. Officially, [[Wrestling/{{WSU}} Big Van Missy]].
* EnemyMine:
** With the Undertaker temporarily when he prevented Kane from escaping from their inferno match.
** With The Patriot vs Bret Hart.
** Attempted by Paul Bearer to give him and Mankind a common goal but it did not work.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Made his Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling debut in the Vader gimmick by {{Squash|Match}}ing the promotion's [[TheAce biggest star]], Wrestling/AntonioInoki at Year End in Kokugikan 1987, December 12, 1987 in a brisk '''2:49''', sparking a riot that led to the arena banning NJPW for fourteen months.
** In WWF, he attacked and injured acting WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. A few months later, he assaulted Yokozuna, broke his leg, and then kept on attacking him while medics tried to get him onto an ambulance.
* EyeScream
** In 1990, during an Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling[=/=]New Japan Pro Wrestling supercard show, Vader faced fellow brawler Wrestling/StanHansen in a match. During the match, Hansen, who, like Vader, is known for his incredibly stiff style of fighting, landed a punch which caused Vader's right eyeball to pop out of socket. Fortunately, the eyeball was contained by the swelling of his eyelid.
** And then, later in that same fight, he pushed his eye back in the socket with his own fingers.
* FeelNoPain: His standard BadassBoast included him saying "I fear no man and I feel no pain!"
* FingerlessGloves: The complemented his flesh exposing mask well enough
* FinishingMove: Powerbomb, Vader Bomb (second-rope inverted slingshot splash), Vadersault
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: In NJPW but he did eventually turn face.
* GameBreakingInjury: See MegatonPunch below; Vader couldn't walk for three days after that match.
** Something of an inversion, Vader was the one that threw [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]] into the ropes, where Cactus Jack got tied up and ended up losing most of one of his ears. Early in Cactus Jack's/Mick Foley's run in the WWE as Mankind the injury was shown to both reveal to wrestling fans who he was and to establish him as one of the craziest/toughest men on the roster. (For what it's worth, the injury was a terrible accident and wasn't anybody's "fault" per se. It was a planned spot Foley often did, and he attributes the injury to the ropes being too tight in ''Have A Nice Day''.)
* GentleGiant: Outside of the ring, anyway. Wrestling/JimCornette was once asked what the first thought to come to mind was when he thought of Vader. Jim's immediate response? [[spoiler: "A big ol' teddy bear"]].
* HeroicBSOD: Vader suffers one following his match with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at ''Over the Edge 1998'', to the point where he calls himself a "piece of shit." ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMBY3825kyc Clip starts at 2:58]])
* HeroKiller: His WCW run began with him squashing Wrestling/{{Sting}} and then beating him again for the world heavy weight championship but killing careers by retiring Wrestling/NikitaKoloff and breaking Joe Thurman's back is what really put him in this category.
** HopeSpot: Vader would continue to beat Sting too but every match they had saw Sting get closer and closer to beating Vader. This went on for eight months. Due to injury Vader dropped the title to someone substituting for Sting's rematch, Wrestling/RonSimmons, but he won the title back from Simmons after he was healthy again and no one else was able to beat Vader again until Sting finally got the job done.
* HiredGuns: Hired by Jonathan Coachman along his former enemy Goldust to take out Stone Cold Steve Austin. Instead the two of them ended up fighting Dave Batista.
* {{Homage}}
** Some of Wrestling/JackSwagger's moves are taken from Vader.
** Raiden from Fatal Fury and character Alexander the Grater from Saturday Night Slam Masters, are videogame characters based on Vader.
* LargeHam: Though he usually let a manager do most of his talking, Vader could get very animated when he decided to cut his own promos or when Jim Cornette was talking him up in the locker room.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: He'd tell you red and black were the superior colors.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mastodon in WWF, which was in reference to his vetoed rename...or maybe those weird helmets he used to wear. Or both.
* LightningBruiser: Especially during his younger years.
* MadeOfIron
** He got right back up after a Samoan drop from the 600 pound Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}.
** StanHansen broke his orbital bone and made his eye pop out, ''Vader popped it back in and kept fighting''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** As noted by Wrestling/MickFoley in his first autobiography ''Have A Nice Day: A Tale Of Blood And Sweatsocks'', despite being a sadistic, merciless monster heel in the ring, Vader was very sweet and friendly behind the scenes, and on one occasion [[TearsOfRemorse cried inconsolably]] after he believed he'd accidentally paralyzed a rookie with a Powerbomb when he couldn't feel his legs afterward. Luckily this was not the case; the rookie retired from pro wrestling, but regained the full use of his legs and became a police officer.
** In Wrestling/JimCornette's youshoot interview, Cornette describes Vader as being like "a big teddy bear backstage". This is one of the reasons that Cornette hates Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, as Michaels was a complete dick to Vader backstage, and even made the big man cry by threatening to have him fired [[DisproportionateRetribution because Vader pulled Michaels' hair during a match]].
* MegatonPunch: Delivers one to Wrestling/KenShamrock in their match at the ''WWF in Your house 15: A Cold Day in Hell'' [=PPV=] in May 1997. Shamrock was one of the only ones who could legitimately tolerate Vader's stiff style.[[note]]Although Shamrock was coming in from [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship the UFC]], he HAD wrestled professionally in the Carolinas-based independent promotion South Atlantic Pro Wrestling in the early [[TheNineties 1990s]] under the name "Mr. Wrestling" Vince Torelli. It had just been a few years since he'd been in a worked competition.[[/note]] After several minutes of Shamrock kicking Vader as hard as he could around the legs and thighs, Vader winds up and throws a punch/clothesline that ''levels'' Shamrock.
* MiniMook: Besides Big Van Vader, there was the lesser known Mini Vader.
* MomentKiller: One of the biggest anticlimax promos in WWE history occurred on his time. When he did his "WHAT TIME IS IT?!" at the end, Sunny, the woman interviewing him, mentioned it was about 15 minutes until the PPV started. It deflated Vader.
** FunnyBackgroundEvent: But what everyone remembers about that promo is [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warrior Hawk]] entering in the background, realizing he was walking in on the promo, gawking in surprise, and walking back out.
** Another example for both came in 2005. Vader had been brought in by [[Characters/WWECommentators Jonathan Coachman]] (along with Wrestling/{{Goldust}}) for a beatdown on Wrestling/{{Batista}} (who was filling in for Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin for a match at ''Taboo Tuesday''.) Vader and Goldust laid Batista out (I know, right?) and then, as the villainous trio were making their exit, Vader jumped off the apron... only to lose his balance and promptly fall on his ass. Not that that match had much steam going into ''Taboo Tuesday'' as it stood, but that COULDN'T have helped.
* {{Mythopoeia}}: In New Japan Pro Wrestling Big Van Vader was said to have been inspired by a legend in which a man fought to defend his village for seventy two hours straight, but no such story actually existed until Go Nagai (who is also behind Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger) came up with it.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->[[Wrestling/BretHart "The best there is the best there was the best there ever will be.]] What a bunch of bullshit."
* PrejudicedForPecs: A beneficiary of it but also ran into the negative side of the trope too. Ole Anderson thought moonsaults from a guy Vader's size would not be bought by fans, for example.
* ProWrestlingEpisode: ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' made use of Vader's wrestling for the episode ''Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men.'' He showed up at least one more time in ''The thrilla in Philla'' and was known to be the father of a one of the show's bullies.
* RedBaron: (in the AWA): "The Baby Bull"; (in USAW): "The Prince Of Power"; (in WWE): "The Mastodon"
* SignatureMove: Vader attack (running body block), Vader Crush (standing splash, doing it from the ropes made it the Vader Bomb), Vader Hammer (forearms in the corner), Vader Slam (running power slam), face eraser (wheelbarrow face buster).
* SmarmyHost: As asked by a Kuwaiti reporter if "wrestling was fake", which caused him to assault said reporter. Miscommunication lead to Gerry Bisco telling Vader it was a work, so he felt free to go crazy on the reporter but it was not, so he suffered a fine. Unfortunate since Vader was both passive otherwise ''and'' a stiff worker.
* StillGotIt: On his ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' appearance in June 2012, Vader went one on one with Wrestling/HeathSlater. Despite being a little slower on his feet and at getting back up than he used to be, Vader actually pulled out a pretty good match against Slater, and the crowd showered him with praise for his effort, popping enormously when he hit the Vader Bomb for the win.
* StoutStrength: Vader was not just a big guy but he was strong enough to lift up guys just as large and larger than himself.
* TagTeam:
** The Masters of the Powerbomb, with [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid [=Vicious=]]], in Wrestling/{{WCW}}
** Won the NJPW World Tag belts with BamBamBigelow in Japan.
* TooManyBelts: Held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/newjapan/iwgp-h.html New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight Title]] and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/europe/germany/cwa/eu-cwa-h.html CWA (Catch Wrestling Association in Austria/Germany) World Heavyweight Title]] at the same time in 1989-1990, forcing him to go back and forth between two continents on a regular basis.
* TheWorfEffect
** Was used to help Wrestling/{{Kane}} get over at a Pay Per View, and in order to build credibility for Kane as a monster heel, Kane had to annihilate Vader. Notably very controversial at the time, as Vader had built up a huge amount of credibility as a monster heel in WCW and Japan over the years. His career never truly recovered from such a devastating loss.
** A few years prior, his career took another hit when in a match with Wrestling/HulkHogan, Hogan (who was at the height of his BoringInvincibleHero stage) [[NoSell no sold]] Vader's Power Bomb, a move that has legitimately caused concussions and broken backs.
* WrenchWhack: Tried many times during his feud with Kane.
* WrestlingFamily: His son Jesse was in WWE's developmental program ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'' as Jake Carter until he was released.
* WrestlingMonster: One of the trope codifiers in North America, the other being the Undertaker.
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