Wrestling / Bray Wyatt

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Windham Lawrence Rotunda (born May 23, 1987) is an American professional wrestler. He debuted in WWE in 2010 under the ring name Husky Harris as a part of The Nexus. After a punt kick from Randy Orton and a trip back down to developmental, he re-debuted in 2013 as Bray Wyatt, a creepy backwoods cult leader and the "patriarch" of The Wyatt Family along with Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman. He is the son of Mike Rotunda and the older brother of Taylor Rotunda, who currently wrestles for WWE as Bo Dallas. He's a one time Smackdown Tag Team champion and a one time WWE Champion.


"Catching tropes… in his mouth…"

  • Aborted Arc: During his last few months in NXT, Bray Wyatt began cutting promos challenging then-NXT Champion Big E Langston, and appeared to be heading towards a showdown with him. This ended up not happening, possibly due to the Wyatt Family being called up to the main roster sooner than expected, meaning it wouldn't have been all that worth it to put the title on Bray.
    • There looked to be a feud in the works with Big Show for Bray in mid-2014, but, perhaps due to the Wyatts' overall decline in recent months and the feud with Chris Jericho doing little to help re-elevate Wyatt, Show was placed into a feud with Rusev while the Wyatts have been repackaged with vignettes indicating Bray has "released" Harper and Rowan into the world, while Bray's vignettes potentially hint at the appearance of the unseen "Sister Abigail."
    • He seemed to be on the cusp of a Heel–Face Turn in April 2016 when he began feuding with the League of Nations and even teamed with Roman Reigns against them in the main event of Raw. However, Bray went down with an injury just a couple weeks later, and the League of Nations only lasted for two more weeks after that. When Bray returned, he remained a heel and hasn't shown any signs of turning again anytime soon.
  • Abusive Parents: During his early hype vignettes, Bray said his daddy was a mean man who made him work on his shrimping boat instead of going to school. Bray set fire to his dad's boat - and implied that his dad died in that fire.
  • Acrofatic/Fat Bastard: While Wyatt himself is not exactly "fat" compared to how he used to be, he is definitely overweight compared to most of the roster. That does not stop him from being a very agile wrestler and flexible enough to do the reverse spider crawl from The Exorcist for real in the middle of the ring (on live television no less).
  • Action Dad: He has two daughters.
  • Affably Evil: Sure he is a cruel, psychotic egomaniac cult leader who fancies himself some kind of primordial force of nature, but he has a good sense of humor, is incredibly polite and is highly charismatic. Plus he's got a really nice singing voice!
  • A God Am I:
    • Wyatt said as much to John Cena:
      "If you look up at me, you will see a friend. If you look down at me, you will see an enemy, but if you look me in the eye, you will see a god."
      • Incidentally, that's paraphrasing a quote from Charles Manson.
  • All There in the Manual: The story behind Sister Abigail, the namesake of Wyatt's finishing move, is told exclusively through an eerie video on WWE's website here.
  • Animal Motifs: Sheep. Wyatt often gives speeches about the sheep walking upright and turning on the wolves, and Rowan wears a child's sheep mask when not wrestling... not to mention Wyatt's occasional singing of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
  • Anticlimax: His confrontation with Boogeyman at the 2015 Royal Rumble
  • Ascended Extra: After spending the first part of his career as Husky Harris and essentially being used as roster filler in the CM Punk-led incarnation of The Nexus.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • It's a bit unclear, as the Wyatts go after everyone. Even The Shield. Then they targeted Daniel Bryan, and have since targeted John Cena, The Usos, and Chris Jericho.
    • The Cena rivalry is the best example thus far; Cena took his rivalry with Wyatt more personally than he did his rivalry with Randy Orton, who has put Cena's father in the hospital on multiple occasions.
    • Dean Ambrose is becoming a fairly violent one as well. It all started when Bray wanted to "heal" Ambrose but Ambrose declined by smashing him with a chair. This spiraled down into Ambrose breaking his "sacred" rocking chair and Bray smashing Ambrose's neck with a chair against the steel steps. However, it's not as strong an example because Dean only went after Bray because he screwed Dean out of finally getting his revenge on Seth Rollins, his one, true foe, and the realization that Bray wasn't going to leave him alone any time soon.
    • Roman Reigns. While the Wyatt Family reuniting in 2015 and feuding with Reigns, Ambrose, and Orton has bad blood on all ends, at the core of it all, it comes down to Roman and Bray. It started with them, and considering how much the two hate each other now as the months wear on, it's going to end with them.
    "Anyone but you, Roman. Anyone but you."
    • After spending 4 months as a seemingly loyal member of the Wyatt Family only to betray Bray by burning down the Wyatt Family compound, knowing that the spirit of Sister Abigail laid underneath, Randy Orton definitely takes the cake as Bray Wyatt's most hated nemesis, considering the level of Orton's actions.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: During the 2014 Royal Rumble, Bray told Harper and Rowan to go in the back so he can deal with Daniel Bryan on his own, and then proceeds to do so.
  • Badass Boast: During a promo to Kane, explaining that his flames could not hurt him, culminating in the rather unsettling claim of:
    "I'm already dead."
    • During a fight with Justin Gabriel, Bray let out this gem.
      "Foolish child! I am the eater of worlds!"
    • Towards Chris Jericho on July 4, 2014:
      You may call me Bray Wyatt... but I have a thousand faces, and a million names! Seducer! Accuser! [whispers and smiles eerily] ... destroyer. [returns to normal cadence] I am the color red in a world full of black and white, and if you value your ability to breathe... don't get too close.
  • Badass Preacher: Although what he's preaching is still anybody's guess.
  • Beard of Evil: It hangs down to his chest.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Harming members of the family is this for Wyatt; if they're in a match, you've got leeway. If they aren't, leave them be. When John Cena drove Luke Harper through the barricade at WrestleMania XXX, Wyatt went ballistic.
    • Dean Ambrose found out the hard way that disrespecting Sister Abigail is a one-way ticket to Bray Wyatt's bad side, as he suffered a steel chair to the throat for destroying Bray Wyatt's sacred rocking chair, which he revealed was a remnant of Sister Abigail herself. We know almost nothing about Sister Abigail, though, so it's not often that she's the target of other wrestlers' mockery/disrespect.
  • Blinding Bangs/Peek-a-Bangs: Not to say that he chooses one or the other— his long, stringy hair tends to just hang in front of his face haphazardly, which can result in either of these tropes.
  • Bookends: In his farewell promo (as a regular member of the NXT roster that is) to the NXT crowd in July 2013, Bray ends his speech with his creepy rendition of "Time Is On My Side", as he did in the early days of the gimmick on FCW/NXT.
  • Breakup Breakout: Towards The Nexus along with Daniel Bryan and Ryback, and most certainly is this out of the prospects that joined the CM Punk-led version of the stable.note 
    • Towards the end of the Family's run as a cohesive unit, there was an arguable amount of Badass Decay going on. Then, Bray "released" Rowan and Harper, all three now going into more-or-less singles competition. So who broke out? All of them! Bray entered a stellar feud with Dean Ambrose, Harper became part of Team Authority at Survivor Series (being rewarded with an Intercontinental title run), and Rowan was the ultimate surprise entrant for Team Cena. While time will tell who has staying power, it seems the WWE is fairly confident about all three men.
  • Bring It:
    • During the February 3 2014 edition of RAW, the Shield told the Wyatts that they're not scared of them and are gonna put them in a world of hurt. Bray just laughs and shouts "I WELCOME THIS WAR!"
    • When Sheamus threatened to shove his foot down Bray's throat, Wyatt just laughed and clapped and shouted, "I LOVE IT!"
  • Broken Tears: Sheds these at the end of the February 28th 2017 edition of Smackdown, after Randy Orton turns on him and burns down the compound, along with Sister Abigail's remains.
  • Call-Back: During their mid-2014 feud, Wyatt constantly taunted Chris Jericho to "Save us" and to "Save yourself," both of which are phrases used by Jericho during his comeback in 2007.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Follow the buzzards."
    • Every now and again, "Down with the machine."
    • [whispering] "We're/I'm here."
    • "♫He's got the whoooooole world in his hands...♫"
  • Characterization Marches On: When the Bray Wyatt character first debuted, he was more of a preacher and less of a messianic archetype. He was also ambiguously Christian - he was careful never to outright refer to Christian mythology, but he often talked about "the Good Book" and once cut a promo comparing himself (unfavorably) to "a certain carpenter." He also had a backstory in which he grew up poor white trash on the bayou, working on his father's shrimping boat. His father died in a fire on that boat that Wyatt implied he set himself. It's possible that the retcon of Wyatt's backstory was done because on the main roster it was harder to ignore his past as Husky Harris, and so his backstory was reworked to include Harris.
  • Cheap Pop: A rare, weird example of a heel using this to great effect. At some point in early 2014, Bray started preceding his "We're here" Catch-Phrase with the name of whatever city they were in for the episode.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Dear lord... every promo Bray Wyatt cuts is basically a scenery buffet.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Bray Wyatt is a villainous version of this. He's extremely eloquent and yet most of the time nobody but he himself (and maybe Rowan and Harper) knows what he's actually saying.
  • Composite Character: John Bradshaw Layfield described Wyatt as "Duck Dynasty meets Charles Manson." A more accurate description would probably be "Max Cady from Cape Fear meets Azazel from Fallen." Either way, combine the fact that it's Husky Harris's body doing this, and it's freaking scary.
  • Continuity Snarl: As Wyatt's gimmick evolved since his NXT times, we have got at least three distinct biographies for his character: a disturbed bayou dweller who burned his father alive, a dark cult leader whose very birth is related to the enigmatic 'Sister Abigail', and now an ancient evil possessing Husky Harris's body. But the scariest part is that the three lives are implied to be somehow one and the same. We just could realize how little we know about him.
    • According to one interpretation, his different life histories could belong to his previous vessels, whose personalities he keeps in some way. The implications don't make the matter less eerie, certainly.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Elimination Chamber 2014. The crowd was eating it up and were chanting "This is awesome!" even before the bell rang!
  • The Corrupter: He officially became this to Daniel Bryan on the last episode of Raw in 2013, though this proved to be a ruse on Bryan's part two weeks later. Bray also did something to Kane after kidnapping him that drove Kane into a Face–Heel Turn when he finally resurfaced, and tried in vain to tempt and cajole John Cena into giving into the monster Bray saw inside of him.
    • Implied to be this to the entire fanbase during the course of his feud with John Cena, mostly as a way of justifying the fact that he frequently gets cheered over Cena and tying it into the storyline.
    • It's also worth mentioning that the first signs of The Shield imploding happened while they were feuding with The Wyatt Family...
  • Creepy Children Singing: On April 28, 2014, Bray scared the living hell out of John Cena by bringing in a crowd of children who sang "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" while wearing sheep masks.
    • Taken even further at Extreme Rules 2014.
    • On the June 16, 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler claimed that earlier in the week, a four-year-old girl asked him for his autograph. While he was signing it, he asked her who her favorite Raw superstar is, and she replied by staring Lawler square in his eyes and singing "He's got the whole world in his hands..."
  • Creepy Doll: Several are seen in their promos. The significance is unknown.
  • Cult: Though how old the whatever the group is has not been established. We know Bray Wyatt was introduced to it by 'Sister Abigail' (about whom we know almost nothing), who he claims told him he was chosen before he was even born.
    • Although it may be Wyatt himself that seeks to elevate his belief system from cult status. More often than not, cults may give lipservice to expansion but are decidedly insular. It seems that Wyatt, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to see his message reach every distant corner of the (WWE) Universe.
  • Darker and Edgier: Most would probably agree that The Wyatt Family stood out distinctly from the less extreme gimmicks in the "Early-mid 2010s" era of WWE. Normally, the darkest character WWE would create during the Cena Era is someone like Randy Orton, who "hears voices in his head" and has "anger management issues." Then, enter The Wyatt Family, led by a possibly-demonically-possessed, ax-crazy, backwoods cult leader who speaks in dark, cryptic riddles and preaches sermons about death and destruction on a nearly weekly basis. He can also manipulate (and possibly possess) children in a somewhat hypnotic manner, and pretty much anyone he wants (including the entire WWE Universe— the commentators often note that "The movement is spreading" as the crowd supports Wyatt more and more despite being a heel). Their entrance begins with a sudden flash of horror-movie-esque images and sounds, and the things Bray Wyatt does in the ring are creepy and unnerving to say the very least.

    In terms of being dark and edgy, they give Ministry Undertaker of the late 1990s a run for his money, and he was known for (amongst other things) crucifying people, kidnapping them and taking them to God-knows-where, and even in one instance attempting to embalm Steve Austin alive. The Wyatt Family's creepiness factor can probably be perfectly understood by watching this video of a visit by WWE to their home, especially the seemingly random Madness Mantra that occurs roughly 20 seconds in.
  • Dark Messiah: Bray presents himself as one but unlike most examples, his rhetoric is quite disturbing and he isn't afraid to agree with that sentiment. However, he still fits the criteria.
  • Deep South: The Wyatt Family was based in Louisiana on NXT. Parts of the pre-Family Bray Wyatt hype vignettes took place out in the bayou, and Bray's father was a shrimp boat captain. They're now based in the real Ghost Town of Snake Bight, Florida.
    • This is noted when the group fought on April 8, 2014. The New Orleans crowd was ecstatic.
  • Determinator: Where losses like the one to Cena at WrestleMania and Payback would normally deter an opponent or force them to take a different tact or approach in their character, Wyatt's still preaching his word, his hope that the rest of the world will "open their eyes" like he did. JBL summed it up best when he said that to Bray, "wins and losses don't matter." Bray, one way or another, finds a way to his goal regardless of the setbacks he suffers. and even then, victories against him and the family can come at a physical and mental cost.
  • Demonic Possession: Whilst never made entirely clear, Bray is implied to be some malevolent entity that's using Husky Harris' body as a vessel. A few of his NXT promos have shown him briefly slip back into using Husky's voice and mannerisms, before promptly switching back.
    • At least one fan recalls him openly telling them this when asking him "Whatever happened to the Army Tank with a Ferrari Engine?" (Husky Harris' former Red Baron) during an autograph session.
    • Wyatt has also confirmed this on Twitter, answering a fan's question on the matter with "he needed me, and I needed a vessel."
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Bray finds out the hard way during his match against the Undertaker in WrestleMania 31. He didn't seem to learn his lesson, prompting 'Taker (along with Kane) to give him and the Family a refresher the following November at Survivor Series.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Came back after an injury in 2016 with his long hair in dreadlocks
  • Eldritch Abomination: Quite possibly so. At the very least, he portrays himself as such.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Wyatts Introduced themselves to the WWE in person by beating the hell out of Kane and giving him a Con-chair-to with steel steps.
  • Evil Is Hammy
    • Subverted slightly when Wyatt, instead of yelling, dropped his voice in a whisper in his recent warning to Kane: "I heard you like to call yourself 'The Devil's Favorite Demon.' You might want to be careful who you say that in front of, because you never know who might be listening."
      • But then double subverted when the next thing Wyatt did was scream at the top of his lungs, "FOLLOW THE BUZZARDS!" loud enough for half the arena to hear him without the aid of a mic.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: The three of them live in a dark shack in the middle of nowhere with very little electricity. Their entrance is through a darkened arena, lit only by Wyatt's lantern.
  • Evil Laugh: Wyatt has a very high pitched, almost childlike giggle. It is eerie.
  • Expy:
    • To Max Cady (and by extension, to Waylon Mercy) and that might just be the obvious one. The underlying hints that he's possessed by an abomination also liken him somewhat to Azazel from Fallen.
    • Husky Harris was similar to Samoa Joe both in build and some of their moves. At one point, fans even chanted "BRAY IS GOING TO KILL YOU!"
    • In terms of other well-known wrestlers, he compares in a lot of ways to a young Mick Foley (the original Mankind persona in particular). He even uses a variation of the Foley pop. Foley himself even signs off on this comparison, tweeting the day of WrestleMania XXX that Wyatt is "A darker, meaner, more athletically gifted version of what [he] brought to the table."
    • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has compared the transition from the deadend Husky Harris gimmick into the exceedingly popular Bray Wyatt gimmick as having shades of his own transition from The Ringmaster to the Stone Cold persona.
  • A Father to His Men:
    • An interesting example, since Bray Wyatt is many years younger than both Rowan and Harper in kayfabe and reality (See "Freeze-Frame Bonus" below), but he is clearly the leader, and is a damn good one. He doesn't hide behind Rowan and Harper and allow them to come into harm to save himself, nor does he mistreat them overall. As well, hurting either of them is a one-way ticket to a beatdown from Bray Wyatt. Say what you will, but he does seem to actually care about his family on a significant level, flying into a rage at WrestleMania XXX, for example, when John Cena drove Luke Harper through the barricade; his first priority was checking on Harper to see that he was all right. He even refuses to refer to them as his "followers", instead considering the whole Family his "brothers and sisters in cause."
    • Adversely, Bray once did a running senton over John Cena while he was locking Rowan in the STFU, showing an utter disregard for his partner being directly under Cena and thus eating the move as well. He seems to be belligerently against any person harming his brothers — except himself. Which makes sense, since it's clear he gathered the family by breaking the members down and building them back up in his image.
  • Finishing Move: 'Sister Abigail', a swinging reverse STO.
  • Forced to Watch: On May 26th, 2014, he tried to force John Cena to watch him beat down Jerry Lawler, having Harper and Rowan hold John's eyes open. Thankfully the Big Damn Heroes came before he could do it.
  • Foreshadowing: In one early promo, Bray said that the Family would 'pry open their eyes and force them to watch'. Fast forward a couple of years, and that's exactly what they did to Cena.
  • Found Footage Films: The promos hyping them up on the Raw of their debut were done in the style of shaky hand-camera horror movies.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: April 7, 2014. The audience displayed what could be described as cult-like behavior with the Wyatt Family... clapping, swinging their arms in the air and the... oh yes, sending "BRAY IS GOING TO KILL YOU!" chants (although Tazz, Kurt Angle, and Samoa Joe have invoked this chant long before Wyatt even debuted) to Big E., Wyatt's opponent that night. Creepy.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The mid-2014 pay-per-view "Battleground" used a futuristic heads-up display for its matchup promos, featuring facts such as height, weight, hometown, and birth date. If one watched in high-definition and paused at the right time (as seen in the screenshot), it's possible to see information unavailable anywhere else (officially), such as Luke Harper's hometown (Lincoln, Nebraska) and birth date (December 16, 1979, making him 34 in kayfabe), and the same for Erick Rowan (Minneapolis, Minnesota and November 28, 1981, respectively, making him 33 in kayfabe).

    The same can be done by the viewer for Bray Wyatt, who the promos confirm is 27 years old (born May 23, 1987) and is from Brooksville, Florida. Bo Dallas, Wyatt's brother in real life, is also booked from Brooksville. Now that's continuity.
  • Friend to All Children: Bray played with this trope for Nightmare Fuel - very effectively - in his feud with John Cena. When you consider Cena's main target demographic, it's probable that Bray did this just because he knew it would mess with Cena's head.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Remember Husky Harris? Remember the fat guy from The Nexus who was more or less a punching bag for everybody in the company? Who would have thought that he would not only turn into one of the biggest monsters in the WWE's recent history, but join the handful of Superstars to become World Champion before the age of 30?
  • Genre Throwback: One of the things that makes Wyatt (and by extension, his family) stand out is he's a high-concept character in an era that doesn't really use them anymore unless they're holdovers from a previous age. The high concept of his gimmick looks a lot more like something that would have been seen in the early-to-mid-90s.
  • The Ghost: Bray's beloved "Sister Abigail," whom he refers to often in his promos and has even named his Finishing Move after, but who has yet to actually appear. (Assuming that she is a person, not a disembodied entity. Also assuming she even exists. For what it's worth, what Bray's said about her heavily implies that she is a real person, but she died some time ago.) From what he has said of her, she is responsible for making him into what he is today (so she's either evil herself or just plain messed up bad) and possesses the power to save the world with a touch or destroy it with a kiss.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Wyatt wears a Hawaiian shirt, but he is far from a harmless tourist...
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: One of his many brawls with Roman Reigns saw him grab a cameraman out of the crowd and, with no warning whatsoever, just throw the man at Reigns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Bray Wyatt's last promo on NXT was definitely face-y. He didn't break character at all, which actually made it kind of scary...
  • Hell Is That Noise/Interrupting Meme/Jump Scare:
    • Their Titantron video starts with a muddle of screechy sounds as well as a very fast slideshow of disturbing images that take over the full screen out of absolutely freaking nowhere. They even used this to interrupt WWE's "Then. Now. Forever." opening on May 19 of 2014. It's officially no longer safe to watch Raw with the lights off.
    • Most TV segments end with a quick few frames of a close-up Erick Rowan's masked face, and Wyatt's voice yelling something (it sounds like "DEATH!") before it cuts out.
    • A minor one, but anyone watching their entrance for the first time is likely to jump upon noticing Erick's sheep mask right behind Bray just before he says "We're here."
    • Not so minor is their tendency to use the above Titantron effect, cut the lights, and then, just when you're expecting the Wyatts to start their long, deliberate entrance, the lights come back on and the Family is instead already standing around or in the ring.
  • The Illuminati: Bray has periodically RT'd tweets from a philosophical Twitter account bearing their name, as well as made reference to them in a short few of his own tweets.
  • Irony: For all the praise he gives his "brothers" Rowan and Harper and the others who follow and be a part of his "family", Brays's greatest successes in the WWE have often come when he's been alone, against the likes of Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho, without the Wyatt Family at ringside. He may have realized this with his later decision to set them free at the tail end of 2014, as all three men have come back stronger since going their separate ways.
  • Kiss of Death: Wyatt kisses his victim on the forehead right before executing his Finishing Move.
  • Knight of Cerebus: With the WWE's current Lighter and Softer atmosphere of PG-rated family friendly fun, it's really jarring to see a gimmick like this one, especially considering it may be one of the most disturbing and genuinely unnerving characters in the history of the company.
  • Large Ham: ...doesn't even begin to do him justice.
  • Light-Flicker Teleportation: He and his family make use of this on occasion, a la The Undertaker, to appear in the middle of the ring for a surprise attack on whatever poor dumb bastard is there.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He occasionally changes his pants, but he has always wrestled in the same black tank top, or his character-themed t-shirt.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase:
    Wyatt: [city/arena name]... we're/I'm here.
  • Madness Mantra: In one of the vignettes leading up to their debut, the WWE.com reported toured their residence, a dimly lit shack of sorts with minimal technology. The reporter ignored Harper's warning not to stray and stumbled upon a room where an unknown man stood on his knees repeating the word "obey" endlessly.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Wyatt wore a half mask while tending to a facial injury. It gave him a very creepy, serial-killer effect.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Either the Wyatts are a supernatural cult led by the demon inside Bray Wyatt, or they're a group of delusional hicks who most people are too afraid to argue with because they'll get beat up... or worse.
  • Meaningful Name: The sound that a sheep makes is often referred to as a "bray."
  • Nice Hat: Wyatt wears a Panama hat/fedora hybrid when not wrestling.
  • No Indoor Voice: He could easily cut a promo without a microphone if he felt like it, and sometimes does go on mini rants after a match or a segment:
    Wyatt: We are war! Famine! Pestilence! Death! WE ARE THE RIDERS! And I say you better make your pleas while you still can, BECAUSE AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE, THERE WILL BE NO SALVATION! The apocalypse... is here.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: What with his kissing victims on the forehead and whispering directly in people's ears. It adds to his creepiness factor. He's also, at least once, slow-danced with the limp body of John Cena during a match. It's exactly as disturbing as it sounds.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Tend to ambush people and subject them to these.
  • Oddly Small Organization:
    • While promos have shown that the Wyatt cult is composed by at least a dozen of people, it seems that the only ones among them who can wrestle are Rowan and Harper, besides Bray himself.
    • It's possible that at some point more wrestler members of the group were planned - see The Pete Best on the Trivia page for more.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: His WrestleMania 31 feud with The Undertaker,Kane at Summerslam 2013. John Cena at WrestleMania 30,Extreme Rules 2014 and Payback 2014,Chris Jericho at Battleground 2014,Summerslam 2014 and September 8 edition of Raw,Dean Ambrose at Survivor Series 2014,TLC 2014 and WWE Raw,Roman Reigns at Battleground 2015 and Hell In A Cell 2015,Randy Orton at WrestleMania 33 and Payback 2017 and Seth Rollins at Great Balls Of Fire.
  • Our Demons Are Different:
    • Bray Wyatt (or rather, Husky Harris) appears to be possessed by some kind of demonic entity with the goal of spreading his influence and gaining followers. A few promos have very heavily implied that the demon possessing Bray Wyatt is none other than the Devil himself, or that he at least has some sort of tie(s) to Lucifer.
      Wyatt: I heard you like to call yourself "The Devil's Favorite Demon." You might want to be careful who you say that in front of, because you never know who might be listening...
  • Power Stable: The Wyatt Family. Previously his vessel was part of The Nexus.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Has shades of this.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • WWE bought the rights to Mark Crozer's "Broken Out In Love" so they could use it as Bray's theme song.
    • "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", a public domain spiritual which Bray appropriated for his own purposes.
  • Reality Ensues: A strange, rare storyline example saw the Wyatts end up in a feud because their actions inadvertently pissed off a third party. They went after John Cena during an important match teaming him and two other Superstars against The Shield, with the winning team being awarded the three spots that were left in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Since they attacked Cena, the Shield were disqualified and lost their shot at headlining WrestleMania. The Hounds of Justice, predictably, were not happy about this, to the point where they demanded that Triple H give them a match against the Wyatt Family. The result was AWESOME.
  • Red Baron:
    • The Eater of Worlds, The Angel in the Dirt, The Necessary Evil, The (New) Face of Fear, among many others for the big man himself.
    • The commentators seem to like calling Bray "The False Prophet."
  • Restart the World: Bray admits to Cena in the May 5, 2014 edition of RAW that he wants to watch the world burn so it can be reborn in his image.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Of WWE NXT season 2. While Curtis Axel has won the Intercontinental Title, Bray Wyatt is getting a much bigger push than Axel ever got.
  • Serial Escalation: When Wyatt debuted, he was not portrayed as anything more mundane than a mildly crazy Southerner in the vein of Waylon Mercy and Max Cady. When Harper and Rowan joined, he became a less civilized, wilder hillbilly in the vein of Deliverance before they started playing up the cult aspect until it completely overtook the rest of the gimmick. As of mid-2014, he's hinted to be some supernatural force of an unknown kind (He needed me, and I needed a vessel.), akin to The Undertaker, circa late 1990s.
  • Shout-Out: The whole family reminds some of Deliverance. Bray himself is a Call-Back to former WWE wrestler Waylon Mercy, down to the Hawaiian shirts and soft-spoken demeanor. This is mostly due to sharing a mutual inspiration in Robert De Niro's Max Cady portrayal.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Averted. He has a tendency to interrupt the promos of others and start rambling in riddles and mysterious speech, yet everyone he interrupts simply stands there and listens rather than cutting him off mid-sermon. Perhaps Fridge Logic in that part of Bray Wyatt's character is his hypnotic charisma, which can possibly make even his enemies unable to resist listening to his words.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He dispenses with the shirt and favors a sleeveless tank top as well.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: In his WrestleMania XXX match with John Cena, he repeatedly tried to goad Cena into attacking him with weapons and getting himself disqualified. It didn't work.
  • Take That!: Delivered a subtle one in a promo against John Cena when he referred to Cena's 'plastic girlfriend'. Most people that have done their homework (or watch Total Divas) know that Cena is dating Nikki Bella (and for an extra point, Nikki got a boob job during the time she and her sister spent away from WWE).
  • Take-That Kiss: As part of Sister Abigail, Bray Wyatt will plant a quick kiss to his opponent's forehead before planting said opponent on the ground.
  • Terrible Trio: Wyatt is the leader, with Harper and Rowan his devoted followers and henchmen.
  • Troll: At Fast Lane, Bray staged a perfect re-enactment of the Undertaker's entrance, only with himself instead of Taker.
    • In the go-home show before WrestleMania he was interrupted by Undertaker's thunder and dark light effects to make people think Taker was coming, only to reveal he was the one "commanding the spirits of the night" now.
  • The Unintelligible/Convulsive Seizures: Appeared to go through a combination of the two on May 23, 2014, during a promo on John Cena. Neither Rowan nor Harper, standing behind him silently, so much as batted an eyelash as Wyatt dropped to all fours and went through some sort of supernatural/religious breakdown. Bray himself didn't miss a beat, either, as he began singing "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" only seconds afterwards. Just another average day with the Family.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Initially (right after their debut), Bray Wyatt appeared to be unable to keep from using "man" as a filler word during promos ("They lied to you, man!"), but has gotten much better with avoiding the tic since then.
    • Interestingly, there is a not-small segment of the fanbase who enjoyed it because it lent Bray's promos a unique cadence and went a long way towards making them sound unscripted and genuine.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: It may be a bit inaccurate to call WWE "saccharine," but when most of the bad guys are just cowardly Smug Snakes and brutish Jerk Jocks, it definitely makes the Family stand out.
  • Villain Song/Leitmotif:
    • "Live In Fear" by Mark Crozer and the Rels (formerly known as "Broken Out In Love" prior to WWE buying the rights to the song) is an incredibly unnerving track with a perfect creepy backwoods Southern sound that accompanies their promos and entrance.
    • Has taken a habit to using "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" as one of these.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During his WrestleMania match against the Undertaker, Bray said something along the lines of "I won't let you take this from me! I OWN this! This! All of this is mine now!" During the final minutes of the match when the Undertaker recovered from another fall, Bray appears to have had enough and starts going batshit on him, only to end up as the 22 in 22-1. The Undertaker holds the honor of being the very first to truly get under Bray's skin.
    • The Feburary 28, 2017 episode of Smackdown has Bray go into one when Randy Orton burns down Bray's house, which also holds the remains of Sister Abigail!
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • Back on NXT, Wyatt would often break out into a creepy rendition of The Rolling Stones's "Time Is On My Side" as a punctuation to end his promos. He doesn't do this anymore, but he did treat us to a similar rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
    • In the Sister Abigail promo he opens and closes with a rather creepy version of "Down to the River to Pray." During his feud with Cena leading up to a match at WrestleMania XXX, Wyatt began singing "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" during promos. This lead to the New Orleans crowd to sing the song during the match, and since then, he's used it as a Villain Song to enchant his "followers" (and the crowd buys it hook, line, and sinker).
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • Said several times to Daniel Bryan during he lead up to TLC 2013.
      They can't love you, not like I can Bryan, and I understand that together we can tear the walls of this place.
      • And then, finally, Bryan joined the Wyatt Family on December 30 on Raw. Only to turn on the Wyatts two weeks later.
    • The entirety of Bray's match against John Cena at WrestleMania XXX is basically an extended attempt by Bray to invite Cena to become a monster like he is.
  • Wild Card:
    • Just to reiterate, they go after everyone. The only people they have not antagonized when given the chance to do so are Triple H and the McMahons. But would you put it past them?
    • Bray can be extremely detrimental to the plans of even The Authority as well. At Money in the Bank 2014, when Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Randy Orton and looked to capture the WWE World Title, Triple H and Stephanie had a massive Oh, Crap! moment that he could come away with the championship, because they know there's no way he could realistically be corralled under The Authority.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Can invoke this in-universe; on more than one occasion, the Wyatt Family has beaten the tar out of someone only to carry them off to God-knows-where.
    • Wyatt individually (due in no small part to bookers seemingly having no idea what to do with him) has picked up the habit of disappearing completely for weeks at a time. He'll usually resurface at a PPV to attack someone and set up his next feud.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seemed to have considered Roman Reigns to have been this; while he viciously mocked Dean Ambrose, and denounced the likes of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk, he treated Reigns with the closest we've seen him come to respect, and described him as an "interesting creature." However, this all went to hell after Wyatt started to feud with Reigns after Money in the Bank 2015, with Wyatt outright bringing Reigns' push as the reason, telling Reigns that he wishes "anyone but you" to have that opportunity.
    • Though come the build up to Extreme Rules 2017, and Bray refers to Roman as an "old friend", and seems to mean it as genuinely as he means anything, and out of his rivals in the build to the PPV, treats Roman with the most respect and cordial behavior(all things being relative, of course). It could be that after suffering the betrayal from Randy and watching his family dissolve and abandon him, he really does view Reigns as the closest thing to a friend that he has left.
  • Wrestling Family:
    • *deep breath* Here goes: Blackjack Mulligan is Barry Windham's father. Mike Rotunda (WWF's Irwin R. Shyster) married Windham's sister. Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) and Bo Dallas (Taylor Rotunda) are IRS' kids. Blackjack is their maternal grandfather.
    • Wyatt picked up a win on the 4/11/16 Raw, getting the full face treatment alongside Reigns. (Bray was the hot tag guy vs. the League of Nations.) Pretty clear it was out of respect to Blackjack Mulligan, who died that previous week.
  • Younger Than They Look: Believe it or not, he was the youngest male wrestler on the WWE main roster at only 26 years of age. This was until Bo Dallas (his younger brother) debuted on Smackdown in May 2014.

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