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In WCW he would often say, "Don't hate the player, hate the game." It didn't really catch on. However, it led to a pretty cool moment in WWE. During a feud with Triple H, he and Goldust were talking about Hunter. The conversation ended with Goldust prompting him with "Don't hate the player..." and Booker responding in a murderous tone with "...hate The Game."
And he was the Five Time...Five Time...Five Time...Five Time...Five Time WCW CHAMPION!!!! That one did catch on.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Harlem Heat (Booker and Stevie Ray)'s original, very short-lived, gimmick in WCW was that they were chained prisoners being led around by their white Southern manager, Col. Robert Parker. note Real name Robert Welch, aka "The Tennesse Stud" Robert Fuller in Memphis and Alabama for decades and Jeff Jarrett's manager Tennessee Lee in 1998 WWE). The idea for the gimmick is usually attributed to wrestler Sid Vicious.
Dreadlock Warrior: For most of the notable part of his career. Not so much now with the 'warrior' part, but he's still got dreads down to his waist.
Earn Your Happy Ending: While a 5-time WCW champ, Booker had to endure a lot setbacks in his WWE career (the finish of WrestleMania XIX is a good example where Triple H squashed him in humiliating fashion) before he finally won a world title again in 2006, five years after joining the company.
For Your Own Good: Booker T's reasoning for helping Jerry Lawler pull Michael Cole from the ring, who had already retreated over the top rope to get away from Kharma, who went on to drop Dolph Ziggler with the implant buster.
Good Is Dumb: As Smackdown GM, he believes everything Eve Torres tells him. To the point where Sting would probably think he's missing the obvious. He has gotten better, though.
Hollywood Voodoo: After claiming to be better than the Undertaker (which got the predictable results), Booker T turned to a bokor, who freaked out because "a shadow" was stalking him. When he asked her what to do about "the shadow" she gave him some powder, which he was to sprinkle in a grave site. It raised another man from the dead, who presumably would fight the Undertaker for Booker T but Booker got scared and took off before he could see the man come out of the ground.
He tried to suppress this as King Booker but even then he got all fired up when Cryme Tyme stole his wallet. Otherwise this was pretty much the norm.
By his own admission, this is why he called Hulk Hogan the N-word. It just kinda slipped out.
I Kiss Your Foot: King Booker would often try to force other wrestlers to kiss his foot
Immediate Self-Contradiction: Booker T claimed to Goldust that he was not a Star Wars fan and had never watched the movie before. He then took Goldust's toy lightsaber and swung it around while calling himself Obi Book Kenobi.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a face prior to his semi retirement. Booker T's been much nicer as a commentator and as the Smackdown general manager than he was as a wrestler.
Large Ham: It had reduced a bit as he got older but even then it took awhile. Take a gander at King Booker's promos where he completely cuts off Batista on the microphone to assure him of his inferiority. Better yet, just watch his entrance where he hops around and raises his hands when the pyro goes off.
Last of His Kind: He was the last wrestler to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the final episode of Nitro.
Leave Him to Me: At Producciones Perros del Mal, Booker T willingly took on Big Daddy V to keep him off of his smaller partners Mesias and Blue Demon Jr. However, after everything Booker T did failed to knock Big Daddy V down he called for their help, once they were done with Shawn Hernandez and Shelton Benjamin.
Legacy Character: Sort Of. Bubba Douglas was the first Booker T when he was in CSW:Heart of America Sports Attractions, a promotion in Kansas but that Booker T wasn't much like this one beyond name (and a not quite afro, if you want to stretch it)
Kicked Upstairs: Has left the commentary team to become the GM of Smackdown.
Lightning Bruiser: Besides power moves like the bookend, his chops or various kicks, he was also known for a flying forearm and an exaggerated jumping knee drop.
Morality Pet: Was friends with Goldust despite being a heel. Later on his wife Sharmell filled this role.
Older Than They Look: Booker will turn 50 in 2015 and looks to be in his mid-to-late thirties at the most. However, seeing that African-Americans usually age more slowly than other races, it shouldn't be surprising.
Only One Name: After Big T. defeated him for the right to use the letter T, Booker was just Booker.
Only Sane Man: He shares this role with Josh Matthews when it comes to commentary on Smackdown. Though unlike Josh Matthews, who wisely stays quiet about it, Booker T tends to call Michael Cole out on his insanity.
During his time as King Booker, Booker used an obviously fake British accent. On occasion he'd slip back to his actual accent, mostly when someone caused him to revert to yelling "Tell me, he didn't just say that!"
Whilst part of the Main Event Mafia, Booker used an obviously fake African accent, to portray the idea he was African royalty. He'd slip out of this one just as frequently.
Semi-Retired Badass: Following his return to WWE in 2011, he became a commentator, then he was appointed to be the Smackdown GM in 2012. 48 years old and can still drop a scissors kick on you if you get out of line.
Sharp-Dressed Man: During his United States Championship feud with the Boogeyman Booker declared himself to be the best dressed wrestler in the world and usually wore a suit. Also in the Main Event Mafia, obviously.
At age 46, he can still go well enough in the ring, and he can still pull off the Spinaroonie too!
To prove this? The Raw of 06/06/11. He gets challenged by Jack Swagger and goaded into a match. Many people expect Swagger to squash him. After all, Booker's a commentator now and the commentary team kept hyping that he had at least four years of ring rust (despite being part of TNA). What happens? Booker beats Swagger so bad, Swagger tries to run away only for Evan Bourne to toss him back into the ring to receive Booker's patented Scissors Kick. Now, can you dig that? Sucka!
Also, a series of very good and closely contested matches with Cody Rhodes, who was about 20 years his junior. Booker came very close to winning the Intercontinental Championship after spending several months in semi-retirement at the announcer's table.
Upper-Class Twit: As King Booker, and again during his TNA tenure with team 3D declaring him royalty and kissing his ring.
Worthy Opponent: El Illegal Chicano in Puerto Rican IWA, despite being part of the evil Main Event Mafia stable and holder of his trumped up Legends Championship, Booker T was hardly upset when he lost to Chicano and celebrated with him.
Would Hit a Girl: Hit the Bookend on Team Canada's Major Gunns (Tylene Buck) on the November 15, 2000 WCW Thunder after she hit him with the Canadian flag, though he apologized for it the following week.