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Wrestling: André the Giant
Andre taking out Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Andre the Giant, real name André Rene Roussimoff (Bulgarian: Андрей Рене Русимов; Polish: Andrzej Renat Russimow; (May 19, 1946 — January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler well-known for his impressive sizenote . You may also remember him as Fezzik from the motion picture adaptation of The Princess Bride.

During his tenure in the WWF (or WWE as it is called now), he was dubbed "The Eighth Wonder of the World" due to his frame, and held a fifteen-year undefeated streak in the company (with the exception of disqualification and count-out losses). One of the most famous matches of his career was against Hulk Hogan for Hogan's WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania III.note 

Unfortunately, his great size was due to gigantism, and he suffered intense pain throughout his body, especially as he got older. On January 27, 1993, shortly following his retirement from professional wrestling, he died in his sleep from congestive heart failure. In his honor, the WWF made Andre the first inductee into the company's Hall of Fame, established that same year.

As usual, That Other Wiki has a nice read-up on his life and career.


"Giant Tropes":

  • Afro Asskicker: At times earlier in his career, sporting an afro while wrestling in territories such as what is now known as WWC. Big John Studd shaved it off.
  • The Alcoholic: André. Loved. Liquor. Because of his size, he could easily outdrink everyone at whatever function he was at; the stories about his drinking really get into extreme territory. Just check that link for some of the best. When he had to go into surgery, he was so large that the anesthetist had to base dosing on what it took to get Andre drunk. He was told by friends that it took a 1.75l bottle of vodka to get him buzzed.
    • One wrestler related to the one time he did pass out drunk, when he was in a hotel. His sheer size meant that even the combined strength of the wrestlers couldn't move him. So they simply left him asleep on the floor of the hotel lobby overnight. The hotel clerk ran into him in the morning and was in shock. The amount of liquor needed for that is believed to be about 119 bottles of beer.
      • Apparently most of his meals consisted of a 6 pack of beer and at least one entire bottle of wine.
  • Arch-Enemy: Kamala, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Hulk Hogan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, The Ultimate Warrior, Demolition
  • Ass Kicks You: He would back people into the turnbuckle then ram his backside into their gut.
  • Badass
  • Bash Brothers: Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka
  • Big Fun: Partially because he knew his gigantism would be the death of him (and it was, in a roundabout way), he decided that he would party and drink as much as humanly possible.
  • The Big Guy: He was called Andre The Giant for a very good reason.
    • A friend of Andre's tells the story of a dinner where he tried to pick up the check (Andre refused to let anyone else pay for his prodigious meals) while Andre was in the bathroom. He was speaking with the waiter when Andre returned, tucked his friend under his arm and firmly replaced him in his seat. This particular friend was not exactly a midget himself.
  • Blatant Lies: When he was placed in the ring with someone like Ernie Ladd (6'9", and promoters couldn't bump him up because he was a well-known pro football player), even the thick lifts in his boots weren't enough to keep up the myth of the 7'4" giant. When he visited the Mexican set of Conan the Destroyer and took a picture with 7'1" Wilt Chamberlain, Vince McMahon Sr. did everything in his power to keep the photo from being widely circulated as it revealed Andre the Giant is actually shorter than Wilt.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A group of men once hassled him in a bar. After chasing them out, he turned over the car while they were in it.
  • Cassandra Truth: Likely the reason André was never charged for the above incident when he chased four guys out of a bar, then flipped their car over while they were in it. Four drunk guys talking about an angry giant would have been just a little hard to believe, especially if the cops thought the overturned car was due to their own intoxication.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: The Giant Machine.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: He's the subject of an affectionate graphic biography by Box Brown.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He is Hulk Hogan's Crowning Moment of Awesome. Specifically, Hogan was the first person to lift him up and bodyslam him, at least during the WWF's "Rock 'n' Wresting" era.note 
    • Although an obvious set-up, André was having increasing health problems which slowed him down considerably. Hogan practically danced around him in the ring making the spectacle somewhat believable.
    • Andre was the generator of such moments for many other wrestlers back before Hogan. Hogan wasn't the first, but he was the first to do so with a national audience. Before that, Andre would go around to various territories and put over wrestlers by having them slam him. In addition, Hogan (back in 1980, when the Hulkster was a villian and Andre was the good guy) slammed the big guy at least twice.
    • Andre let Hogan retain the championship at Wrestlemania III, as Hogan knew the giant could defeat him in the ring if he wanted, regardless of what had been decided beforehand. For Hulk Hogan, it was Andre choosing to put Hogan over that made it the greatest moment in his career.
  • Finishing Move: Big splash, Elbow drop, Leg drop, Sitdown splash, vertical suplex.
  • Gasshole: The man really appreciated a good fart joke.
  • The Giant: It's in his NAME! Subverted in that he was actually a moderately skilled Greco-Roman wrestler.
  • Gentle Giant: His role as Fezzik in The Princess Bride.
    • In Real Life too. He kept a small farm where he would walk around and play with the animals because they didn't stare at him and Robin Wright says that he used to put his hand on her head to keep her warm during cold days on the set of The Princess Bride.
  • Hard Head
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Suffered during his infamous run-in with Jake Roberts' snake, Damien. Needless to say, once Andre recovered, he didn't take to suffering this sudden illness very well.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Along side the 5'6" Robin Wright in The Princess Bride.
  • Iconic Wrestler: First inductee into the WWF/E Hall of Fame. It was in his honor that the WWE created their Hall of Fame.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Early in his career, he was around 400 lbs. and could throw dropkicks. Acromegaly slowed him to Mighty Glacier later.
  • Like You Were Dying: Andre knew from his youth that he would likely die young. His entire life can be seen as a way to defy his fate and just enjoy himself.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite his occasional monster heel persona, he was very nice...as long as you didn't piss him off.
  • Odd Friendship: With the playwright Samuel Beckett. Apparently, it started when Beckett would drive Andre to school because he couldn't fit in the schoolbus.
  • Off The Scale: The anesthetist mentioned above had to base dosage in that manner because most hospital charts simply would not account for someone of Andre's size.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Pretty much Andre's trademark, taking punches and throw attempts like they are nothing.
  • Square/Cube Law: He died young because his body was violating it.
  • Squash Match: Several, often of the handicap (Andre vs. 2 or 3 guys at once) variety.
  • Tag Team:
  • Unrelated Father and Son: The Giant (Paul Wight) in WCW was supposedly Andre's "son."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: During their feud, Jake "The Snake" Roberts exploited Andre's fear of snakes with the help of his pet snake Damien.

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