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The WWWF Era (1963-1984)
Captain Lou Albano (Louis Vincent Albano) 1960-1961, 1964, 1967-1986, 1994-1995
Freddie Blassie (Frederick Kenneth Blassie) 1964, 1971, 1973-2003
Coach (John Tolos) 1963–1964, 1973–1974, 1990–1991
- Jerk Jock
- Large Ham
- Red Baron: "The Golden Greek" when he wrestled.
- Retired Badass: He along with his brother Chris, were former WWWF United States Tag Team Champions.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A managing football coach.
Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) 1972-1974, 1977-1978, 1981-1996
The Grand Wizard of Wrestling (Ernie Roth) 1970s-1983
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
- I Have Many Names: The Grand Wizard (of Wrestling), J. Wellington Radcliffe, Mr. Clean, Abdullah Farouk and Armstrong K.
- Non-Action Guy: The first manager in WWE history who had not previously been a wrestler.
- Smug Straight Edge: From an interview Vince was conducting with him and "Crazy" Luke Graham:"We think it is the booze in the fans that is causing them to boo us, because everyone who's not imbibing knows greatness when they see it!"
- Sunglasses at Night
Arnold Skaaland 1963-1987
- Action Survivor
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994.
- Beware the Nice Ones: During his managerial time, he was portrayed as a quiet, humble guiding force to his wrestlers, most notably Bob Backlund and Bruno Sammartino, this in stark contrast to the bombastic, loud evil managers who conspired against him. But if you managed to cross him the wrong way, he would make sure you paid for it. Most notable was when Backlund betrayed him in 1994 and Skaaland rallied the troops to knock some sense into the newly-turned heel Backlund.
- Red Baron: "The Golden Boy"
- Semper Fi
- Wrestling Family: His son, George Skaaland.
The Rock 'N' Wrestling Era (1984-1993)
Paul Bearer (William Alvin "Bill" Moody) 1991-2002, 2003-2010, 2012
Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) 1988-1991, 1993-2008
- Bullying a Dragon/Too Dumb to Live: To The Undertaker, of course. In early 2003, The Big Show had been setting up crates in the ring week after week on SmackDown! for Taker. On the February 6th show, Taker opened the crate and out came Brother Love. BL tried to get Taker to "remember the lessons of love" and to get him to see Big Show's side of things. Taker, complete with a "thumbs down" of disgust, Tombstoned BL instead.
- Catch-Phrase: "I love you!"
- Large Ham: "I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE YEEEEEEEEEEEEW!!!"
- Light Is Not Good: "Just because I love you, doesn't mean I like you."
- Non-Action Guy: Though he did make it to the final four of the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-7. However, this did not stop several faces from physically beating Love, with the Ultimate Warrior (on Love's final segment during his original run) beating him to the brink of unconsciousness.
- Put on a Bus: That dropped him off in the WWE office in 1991. His show was replaced by Paul Bearer's "The Funeral Parlor."
- Sinister Minister
- Take That!: For a very short time in 1993, he was repackaged as Reo Rogers, which was the third gimmick WWE had created as a shot at Dusty Rhodes, the others being Virgil and Akeem the African Dream.
- Talk Show with Fists: "The Brother Love Show"
- Reo Rogers briefly had "Reo's Roundup."
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He's a managing televangelist.
Paul Ellering 1992, 1998-1999, 2016-
- Action Survivor
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: He and the Road Warriors were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Badass Mustache
- Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: Face and Heel respectively in the late 90s.
- Cool Shades
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: In Real Life, Ellering personally booked The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom's matches, scheduled their flights, set up hotel reservations, and kept track of expenses.
- Red Baron: "Precious"
- Ventriloquism: Rocco, a dummy he carried around briefly in 1992.
Jimmy Hart (Jimmy Ray Hart) 1985-1993
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (Raymond Louis Heenan) 1984-1993See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.
Sir Oliver Humperdink (John Sutton) 1987-1988
Slick (Kenneth "Ken" Johnson) 1986-1993
- Cool Shades
- Heel–Faith Turn: Became "Reverend" Slick after he became a born-again Christian.
- Jive Turkey
- Nice Hat
- Non-Action Guy
- Red Baron: "The Doctor of Style"
- Soul Brotha
- Sharp Dressed Man
- Ur-Example: The first African American manager in WWF history.
Dr. Harvey Wippleman (Bruno Lauer) 1991-
The New Generation Era (1993-1997)
James E. "Jim" Cornette (James Mark "Jim" Cornette) 1993-2005
Uncle Zebekiah/Zeb Coulter 1994-1997, 2013-2016
- Catch-Phrase: Now I want you all to stand, place your hand over your heart and in a loud clear voice say "WE THE PEOPLE".
- Conflict Killer: Yeah I'm sure you'd all like to see Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro fight one another but that will have to wait, they've got bigger fish to fry like Los Matadores Engañoso.
- Evil Foreigner: You all know the UK would be a better place if Real Americans were running it.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: It's called tough love, it helped Jack Swagger win, reminded him what he's made of.
- No True Scotsman: A real American would admit there is some sense to what Zeb Coulter has to say.
- Patriotic Fervor: Although instead of the standard Red-White-Blue he opts for the black "Don't Tread On Me" flag.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: There is a problem with this country and Real Americans know it: Mexicans. Furthermore, Real Americans know how to fix it and we're starting with Alberto Del Rio.
- Skyward Scream: If you had to endure the trials that Zeb Coulter and real Americans like him regularly go through you'd occasionally have to vent too.
- You Look Familiar: Uncle who, Blu Brother what? That clearly is not the same guy who managed the Real Americans. He definitely is not Dutch Mantel from WWC either, even though we sent our Superstars there for cross promotion as late as 2005.
Johnny Polo (Scott Levy) 1993-1994
Oscar (Greg Girard) 1993-1995
The Attitude Era (1997-2001)
The Jackyl (Don Callis) 1997-1998
Yamaguchi-San (Wally Yamaguchi) 1998
The InVasion Era (2001-2002)
Paul Heyman, 2001-2006, 2012-
The Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2008)
Armando Alejandro Estrada (Hazem Ali) 2006-2008, 2011
- Carnival of Killers: Sent many people after Colin Delaney when he was in WWECW.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In OVW, he was billed as "Osama" and did an Arab, anti-American gimmick.
- Fanboy: He said he grew up as one of Ric Flair but was bent on proving that he was obsolete by the time he made it to the WWE. Significantly, he debuted by having the debuting Umaga attack Flair.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- Full-Name Basis/Say My Name: "Armando Alejandro ESSSTRADA!", complete with Trrrilling Rrrs.
- Hammy Herald
- Nice Hat
- Smoking Is Cool: Or rather, cigars are cool. Nobody actually smoked them, at least not on screen.
Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) 2006-2016
Ranjin Singh (David Kapoor) 2007-2011
- Non-Action Guy: He lost an arm-wrestling match to Hornswoggle!
- Omniglot: Speaks both Punjabi and English
- Put on a Bus: After Khali attacked him and sided with Mahal, he disappeared off TV, and even after Khali turned face again, he hasn't returned. One of the reasons is that Singh is part of the creative staff.
- Translator Buddy: Since Khali's English isn't the best, and his speech is muddled, Ranjin was there to translate for him
- Unrelated Brothers: To The Great Khali.
- Wrestling Family: The brother in law to Jinder Mahal.
The WWE Universe Era (2008-2011)
Abraham "AW" Washington (Brian Bary Jossie) 2009-2010, 2012
- Bald of Evil
- Early Installment Weirdness: Started out in WWE's developmental program FCW as Abraham Saddam Washington, a Heel Parody of President Barack Obama, complete with his Secret Service stable of Agent D (Derrick Bateman), Agent T (Tevita "Donny Marlow"/"Camacho" Fifita) and Agent C (Matthew "Joseph Canterbury" Walsh). This gimmick was eventually abandoned.
- Fun with Acronyms: AW stands for All Worlds Promotion. However it could also be his former ringname, Abraham Washington.
- Large Ham/Hammy Herald: Not helped by the fact that he is mic'd up while at ringside for his stable's matches.
- Our Presidents Are Different: As Abraham Washington in FCW, he was an Unmodified President Jerkass.
- Rape as Comedy: Made an off-color reference to the Kobe Bryant rape case from several years ago. He's since been released from WWE. It didn't help that he wasn't so apologetic backstage about it, the following weeks, which lead to his release.
- The internet, being what it is, quickly raised a clip from a Smackdown episode where Big Show made the same joke. It's believed he was really fired for referring to Linda's second race for the senate with an excuse thrown up for plausible dependability.
- And WWE fans, being what they are, started chanting "Kobe Bryant" during the Prime Time Players' SummerSlam 2012 match.
- Talk Show with Fists: "The Abraham Washington Show"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tony Atlas
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He was first Primo's and Epico's manager, but turned on them for the Prime Time Players during an number one contenders match for the tag titles (which Primo & Epico had to be a part of since they lost their rematch clause after it expired after thirty days due to AW never telling them when to use it.)
The WWE, Inc. Era (2011-2014)
The Reality Era (2014-2016)
The New Era (2016-)