Creator / Tim Allen

Timothy Alan Dick (born June 13, 1953), known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcoms Home Improvement and Last Man Standing. He is known for his starring roles in several popular films, including the Toy Story film series (as the voice of Buzz Lightyear), The Santa Clause film series, and Galaxy Quest. Allen also wrote an autobiography, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, and has been the voice of "Pure Michigan" tourism ads since 2006.

More on his career can be found, as ever, on The Other Wiki.

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Tropes associated with Tim Allen

  • American Accents: His Michigan accent can be notable at times; for example, in the Santa Clause movies, he repeatedly says "roof" as "ruf".
  • Bumbling Dad: An overwhelming number of his characters in television and movie roles.
  • Cool Car:
    • Owns several vintage cars and frequently appears on friend Jay Leno's podcast from the garage where Leno keeps his famed car collection.
    • Tim Taylor on Home Improvement would frequently buy and restore vintage cars for himself, friends or family.
    • Mike Baxter of Last Man Standing drives a '53 Chevy pickup that he claims to have rebuilt himself as well.
      • Bonus points: said truck actually belongs to Allen.
  • Handy Man: A staple of his stand up routines, later the basis for his character on Home Improvement.
  • Hulk Speak: Used in his stand up routines to illustrate his premise that "men are simple". It became a part of the Tim Taylor character as well.
  • Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast:
    • Another staple of his stand up routines.
    • Many of Tim Taylor's problems in Home Improvement came from his inability to understand problems his wife Jill was having.
    • And in Last Man Standing as a man's man who has been married for three decades and is raising three daughters.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Averted. Despite serving time for drug trafficking in the late '70s, he has been able to get steady work from Disney, which is notoriously tough on those with criminal records, afterwards.
  • Self-Deprecation: Not only his stand-up, but a big part of Home Improvement and Last Man Standing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • A staple of his early stand-up routines were situations in which his wife made him feel like one.
    • Tim Taylor suffered from this frequently.
    • Buzz Lightyear for most of the first Toy Story, not realizing he was a toy and thinking he was really the leader of Star Command, having crashed on an alien planet, was pretty self-important.
    • Jason Nesmith in Galaxy Quest was this for most of the movie.
    • His character on Last Man Standing has elements of this, especially on the webisodes he produces for the regional sporting goods store of which he is vice president.
  • Star-Derailing Role: His career outside of Home Improvement, Galaxy Quest, and the Toy Story series had been made up of many critically bashed films, along with his highly publicized DUI incident in Michigan, that turned him into a walking joke. However, he still kept getting lead roles until Wild Hogs which, despite being a financial success, seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back as the only mainstream role he's gotten since then is reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3. Other than that, he's been doing independent films and also went back to TV in Last Man Standing.
  • Star-Making Role: Allen rose to fame with the sitcom Home Improvement.
  • Straw Character: Allen considers himself a "moderate conservative" and notes how this is very rare in Hollywood, his stand up routine is heavily skewed toward this viewpoint. But he frequently interjects more political views into his sitcom characters, playing the extreme conservative for laughs. On Home Improvement whether it was serious or not was in the eye of the beholder. On Last Man Standing it's more of a satire and usually pits him against his equally liberal oldest daughter and her son's father almost entirely for satirical humor.
  • Tim Taylor Technology: Many of the devices invented by the Trope Namer (whom he played) were first hypothetically suggested in his stand up routines.
  • What Could Have Been: He was attached to star in the later-cancelled Disney live-action adaptation of Stretch Armstrong.