Wrestling / Brock Lesnar

Lesnar's motto, ca. 2014

Brock Edward Lesnar (born July 12, 1977) is a professional wrestler and MMA fighter. Lesnar won the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship in 2000, before being signed to WWE's developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling later that year, and in 2002 debuted in WWE full-time. After winning the WWE Championship three times, he suddenly left WWE in 2004 to try out for American Football. He played pre-season for the Minnesota Vikings, but was cut before the regular season began. He then returned to wrestling and went on to win New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

After moving to Mixed Martial Arts, Lesnar won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2008 from Randy Couture, later losing it to Cain Velasquez in 2010. He served as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Junior Dos Santos. However, an ongoing battle with diverticulitis ended up cutting his MMA career short, and he retired after losing to Alistair Overeem in late 2011.

Lesnar returned to the WWE on the April 2, 2012 episode of WWE Raw, when he came out and hit John Cena with the F5. In 2014, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, ending 'Taker's previous 21-0 streak at the show. Four months later he beat (read: massacred) Cena cleanly at SummerSlam 2014 to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, winning his first championship at WWE in over ten years.

Lesnar returned to the UFC for a fight at UFC 200 in July 2016, defeating Mark Hunt.

Lesnar has also managed to leave an impact on pop culture. By their own admission, the creators of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things and Attack on Titan used Lesnar as a model for the physical build of two important characters— Commander Badass and the Armored Titan, respectively. Coincidentally, they both seem to know Brock mostly from his UFC days.

The Other Wiki has a more extensive article on his life and career.

Eat. Sleep. Trope. Repeat.:

  • Always Someone Better:
    • One of his few losses as an amateur wrestler came in the 1999 NCAA Division I wrestling championship to Stephen Neal, who later went on to live Lesnar's dream of playing in the NFL, and played for the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2010. Although Lesnar did win the championship the following year, and became much more famous and accomplished by going into pro wrestling and MMA, he admitted in a March 2011 interview that the loss to Neal still stuck with him.
    • Goldberg is the only wrestler Brock has not been able to defeat in his entire WWE career. Worse, their second encounter not only ended with Lesnar's loss — he also got squashed flat.
  • And Starring: The April 30, 2012 show saw "WWE Raw Supershow starring Brock Lesnar". A week later, Triple H showed up and put a stop to it.
  • Anti-Hero: Lesnar's pro-wrestling character has always been sort of a jerkass, but in the early 2000s, he would help out fan favorites like Rey Mysterio if they were getting mugged by a group of heels or something. In late 2015, though, despite being at the very least a de facto face (the crowd cheers for him and he beats up heels), he has no friends except Paul Heyman (by choice— hell, he doesn't interact at all with anyone other than Heyman unless he's using his fists), he openly (through Heyman) does not care about the "sport" of pro wrestling as much as his paycheck, and he respects absolutely no one.
  • Arch-Enemy: In MMA, possibly Frank Mir. In pro wrestling, Kurt Angle and The Undertaker. With the latter one, Lesnar has history dating back to Lesnar's initial WWE run — his current run culminated in him ending 'Taker's streak at WrestleMania. 'Taker would've been graceful with the loss if Lesnar (and by Lesnar, we mean Paul Heyman) hadn't kept boasting about it on live TV for the next year and a half.
  • Ascended Meme: "Suplex City," which was born as a result what was likely just a one-off remark by Lesnar to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania XXX (Lesnar simply yelled "Suplex City, bitch!" after one of his umpteen German Suplexes); the commentators played up the concept during the match, including Jerry Lawler warning Reigns not to "Take up residence in Suplex City," which probably helped somewhat with this trope being played straight. His reappearance at Raw post-Money in the Bank has him wearing the meme shirt, its design changing based on the city in which WWE is performing, the implication being that Suplex City is wherever Lesnar goes.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: It sounds so perfect for his image that it might be a shock to find he was born with it.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: His main strategy. And with his speed and strength, he doesn't need to use any other strategy, although it can come back to bite him on occasion, such as against Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez and John Cena (at Extreme Rules in 2012— against Cena in 2014, this strategy actually led to Cena's destruction in a frighteningly one-sided match).
  • Ax-Crazy:Best summed up by himself in a vignette before SummerSlam 2014. "If you want to wrap your head around my world, you need to understand one thing: I enjoy hurting people."
  • Badass Beard: The "mountain man" look he sported in the run up to his fight with Cain Velasquez.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "I am the Next Big Thing!" Also doubled as his Red Baron until it was replaced by "The Beast"/"The Conquerer."
    • During the 2004 No Way Out intro he uttered this epic line:
      Lesnar: I've beaten legends, great ones, phenoms! You are no one!
    • In a vignette leading up to SummerSlam 2014, he gives his thoughts on breaking The Streak:
      Lesnar: The thing is, I knew I was gonna beat the Undertaker. Everyone knew I was gonna beat the Undertaker. They just didn't want to believe it. For God's sake, why wouldn't Brock Lesnar be able to beat the Undertaker? Because he's some mythical god?
  • Berserk Button: Don't slap him in the face, as John Cena discovered the hard way.
  • Blood Is the New Black:
    • After busting Spanky open, Brock found Spanky's blood on his chest and then started headbutting Spanky's open wound till he was brown with dried blood.
    • After his early-career victory over Hulk Hogan, Lesnar had quite a bit of Hogan's blood on his hands (literally). To discard it, he calmly wiped it across his massive chest, which resulted in a damn cool-looking "badge of honor," as Michael Cole put it.
      • None of the commentators said anything, but Lesnar did the same thing to John Cena at Extreme Rules in 2012, and also at one point nonchalantly licked Cena's blood off of his hands while smiling about it.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Arguably anybody that competes in UFC has to be a bit of one, but he brought it into WWE with him as well. The in-universe explanation apparently is that he 'started' in WWE, and 'left' for UFC because pro wrestling didn't sate his bloodlust.
      Lesnar: What makes me happy? Beating people up. That's what makes me happy.
    • And that's quite possibly not just the character he portrays. During an interview with ESPN, Lesnar claimed, apparently with the straightest of faces, that if it was legal to go out and beat down random people just for kicks, it'd be his number-one hobby.
      Lesnar: If it was legal and I wouldn't get in trouble, I'd pick a fight on every street. If I wouldn't lose any money or nothing, I would fight. I'd fight every day.
    • Arguably played this trope straight literally after his 2012 return. During a time where blood was a no-no in WWE, seemingly every brawl Lesnar was in resulted in someone (be it him or his opponent) bleeding heavily by the time it was over.
    • Proved that he's for real about it (at least in kayfabe) when 3MB (a heel stable) called out The Shield (a face stable) due to a confrontation that the two groups had a week prior. Everyone watching was probably anxious to see The Shield lay the ass-kicking of a lifetime on 3MB, but who comes out instead? Brock fucking Lesnar, who was himself a heel at the time. Heel-on-heel violence is rare in WWE, but so is someone with Lesnar's blood lust and killer instinct. Long story short, Brock Lesnar showed up during a promo of a mini-feud in which he was in no way involved, and ripped three other heels to shreds for almost no reason (the commentators pointed to his previous-night loss to Triple H as having pissed him off enough to lash out at anything in his way).
  • Big "SHUT UP!": His first line (not counting a UK-exclusive PPV) on WWE television was to interrupt Paul Heyman mid-rant by screaming "SHUT UP PAUL!" at him.
  • Bookends:
    • Debuted in WWE on March 18th 2002, the night after WrestleMania X8, and made his final appearance for the company at WrestleMania XX.
    • And then he returned to WWE in 2012, on the April 2 episode of Raw, the night after WrestleMania 28, providing another book end.
  • Boring, but Practical: Lesnar's Signature Move after his return in 2012, the Kimura Lock, would be more suited to the days of Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund (and probably has been used by one of them) and looks out of place beside flashier moves of today. However, it can cripple someone in real life and is a nice nod to his MMA days.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Beat the Streak, destroyed John Cena like he was nothing, and only bothers to show up a few times a year to wrestle. To be fair, however, this may be a Call Back to his days in UFC, in which fighters defend their titles less than once a month.note 
  • The Brute: During his first heel run, with Paul Heyman as his manager and mouthpiece. A role he frequently returns to.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned to Raw, April 2, 2012 and laid out Cena with an F5.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Particularly in his days in WWE, he seemed impossibly strong, even able to hoist the 500 pound Big Show around with ease. This is actually Truth in Television. As far back as middle school, Lesnar is noted to have been freakishly strong. Like many Strongman competitors, he grew up on a farm, and became accustomed to lifting heavy loads (such as young calves) and developed an iron-clad work ethic. It's best described by the man himself in a UFC Countdown video:
    Brock Lesnar: [in response to how training for MMA differs from professional wrestling] I learned early on that I don't need to lift 500 or 600 pounds once. I need to be able to press 250 pounds as many times in a row as I need.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his matches, he wants to cause as much pain as possible, rules and/or showmanship be damned. This is especially made notable at SummerSlam 2014, where, to paraphrase AJ Styles, Brock beat the piss out John Cena and peeled his head like an onion on the way to capturing his fourth WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was an incredible display of how to physically wear down and dissect a superman, which also contained a brilliant subtle insult aimed at Cena's place in history. Described perfectly by Paul Heyman, who educated John Cena on Brock Lesnar's psychology during a match, and why he can't be beaten:
    Heyman: With all due respect, Mr. Cena, that is your biggest problem. You LIVE to be John Cena. You LIVE for the fans to chant at the top of their lungs, "LET'S GO CENA!" But you see, when Brock Lesnar steps into the ring, Brock Lesnar doesn't hear anybody but three people: (1) The referee, who has the power to disqualify him, (2) Paul Heyman, who strategizes his greatest victories, and (3) the suffering of his victims, like YOU suffered at Brock Lesnar's hands at SummerSlam.
  • Commuting on a Bus: This has been his works schedule since his New Japan run. And while it's not unusual for a champion to not be in NJPW full time, it is expected that they still defended the title elsewhere. It's called the International Wrestling Grand Prix for a reason. Brock fared much better in UFC, where champions typically defend their titles less than once a month anyway.
  • Crossover: When New Japan stripped Lesnar of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for refusing to drop it despite his poor reception (among other things), Antonio Inoki declared they had made a mistake and declared Brock was still champion in the Inoki Genome Federation. He then brought in TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle for a title vs. title match, which Angle won. After two defenses, Angle lost the title to Shinsuke Nakamura to send the belt back to New Japan for good.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: When he broke The Streak, the fans looked like the ring had just exploded while they watched in silent disbelief.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He's notorious for dishing these out in his pro wrestling persona, sometimes just for fun. None were more impressive, however, than the one he handed to JOHN CENA in 2014.
    • He was, however, on the receiving end of one at Survivor Series 2016 when he was completely decimated by Goldberg, returning for his first match in 12 years, after a pair of Spears and a single Jackhammer.
  • Dark is Evil: Constantly wears black clothes and wrestles in black fighting gear.
  • Dark is Not Evil: In his 2003 and 2015-present Face run.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He ended The Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak cleanly. Go watch WrestleMania XXVII and marvel at the ludicrously one-sided beatdown that Triple H gave to the Deadman. On top of that, Triple H had to use weapons, and he still lost. Brock Lesnar, meanwhile, proved at WrestleMania XXX that he IS a weapon.
  • Defiant to the End: Gave Undertaker a middle finger before passing out in the Hell's Gate submission hold at SummerSlam 2015
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "This is a real feeling that you're feeling because I can feel it! I'm the reason you're feeling the way that you're feeling right now, John."
  • Determinator: At the 2015 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. In a triple-threat match with John Cena and Seth Rollins, Rollins and Cena, despite being INCREDIBLY bitter enemies, did their best to turn the bout into a handicap match to eliminate Lesnar. Brock suffered the following: FOUR Attitude Adjustments, a Curb Stomp, an Irish Whip into the steel ringside stairs, an attack to the head using the stairs, an elbow drop through the announce table (which broke at least one of Lesnar's ribs), and two shots the side of his head with Rollins' metal Money in the Bank briefcase. Lesnar won the match... despite using no weapons and pretty much doing nothing but suplexes and finishers.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He ended The Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak cleanly.
  • The Dragon:
  • The Dreaded: CM Punk said it best — Brock's greatest weapon has never been any of his physical gifts (and he has many), but the sheer, morbid fear all of his opponents had towards him, whether they showed it or not.
  • Easily Forgiven: After ending The Streak, you'd think he'd have heel heat forever. But once it was leaked that he would be facing John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2014, there were a group of fans rooting for him. People even started chanting "We Want Lesnar" on the Raw after Money in the Bank. So either people were over The Streak ending or they just wanted Lesnar to take the title from Cena. He's also gotten cheers for not acquiescing to The Authority and possibly for his tendency to beat up heels despite technically being one himself (and the fans might simply have a huge amount of respect for his breathtaking athletic ability and the matches he puts on).
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: His sword tattoo looks like a little too much like another type of sword...
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Lesnar debuted during a hardcore match on Monday Night Raw and proceeded to pound Al Snow, Maven Huffman, and Spike Dudley into the mat like they were dolls while hardly breaking a sweat (note: almost all of the participants in this match were armed with weapons— Lesnar gave approximately zero fucks). To further drive the point home, Maven was the Hardcore Champion, and this was when the 24/7 rule (so long as a WWE official was present, the Hardcore title could be defended at any moment) was in effect, meaning, in kayfabe, he could have pinned Maven and won the Hardcore Title in his first ever TV appearance if he had wanted.
    • Upon his first re-appearance in WWE, he made a beeline straight for the ring and delivered an F5 to John Cena without saying a single word.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman seem to be each other's only friend in the business, and have a genuine respect for one another. If someone looks like they are getting in Heyman's face, here comes Brock to step up and protect his manager (kayfabe-wise Heyman has some other friends. They just haven't appeared on WWE programming since he came back).
    • Even Heyman will step in to protect Lesnar, knowing full well that he doesn't stand a chance against any kind of wrestler. This was shown in the 2013 Extreme Rules match against Triple H where he runs into the cage where Trips has Brock in a submission he has no chance of escaping, without so much as a weapon, just to get him to let go. Afterwards, he wills himself up just long enough to get a cheap shot on Hunter and gives Lesnar the victory. If they weren't heels at the time, that would have been a touching Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Since Brock's de-facto Heel–Face Turn when he announced he was re-signing with WWE for three years and officially done with UFC, Heyman has been cleverly using his "Heyman Hustle" website/YouTube channel to promote Brock to the masses by taking advantage of relevant viral moments. This is hardly a friendship that ends when the cameras stop rolling or the alliance of convenience their characters would typically insist it is.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: On the February 22, 2016 episode of Raw, Lesnar attacked and hospitalized Dean Ambrose, who showed up during a Lesnar/Heyman promo later that night, driving an ambulance into the arena, still in a neck brace, and literally unable to stand. He crawled to ringside and collapsed in a heap at Lesnar's feet, to which Lesnar showed mercy for Ambrose and settled for simply stepping over him (and on his face) and leaving the arena. That is, until Ambrose told Brock to "kiss [his] ass" and challenged him to a match at WrestleMania. He ate an F5 on the floor for his troubles.
  • Evil Plan: His main objective at Extreme Rules 2012 was to hurt John Cena. Which he did.
  • Eviler Than Thou: John Laurinaitis tried to bring him in as The Dragon, but Lesnar turned the tables and bullied him into giving him whatever he wanted.
  • Exact Words: At one point, Brock had a cameraman held up across his shoulder and Stephanie McMahon told him to put the man down. The end result was an F5.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: The 2014 Royal Rumble saw Lesnar likely exceed WWE's yearly chair shot quota all over The Big Show's back - breaking three chairs in the process.
  • Farm Boy: In South Dakota.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Sports MMA style gloves since his 2012 return.
  • Five Moves of Doom: More like Two Moves of Doom. Nowadays, all Lesnar ever really does in a match is to go for German suplex after German suplex (plus other kinds of suplexes)... and maybe throw an occasional jab or two before the inevitable F5. This became noticeable after his 16-suplex beatdown of John Cena, and from then on evolved into a popular Memetic Mutation (i.e. Suplex City).
  • Flipping the Bird: Did this to The Undertaker as Taker put Lesnar in Hell's Gate the second time during their SummerSlam 2015 rematch.
  • Four Is Death: Lesnar's victory over Cena at Summerslam 2014 earned him his fourth reign with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (he previously hold the WWE Championship three times in his first run) in the company. Also, during that match, he also delivered 16 suplexes before finishing with the F5. Square root of 16 is, you guessed it, 4.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His (ongoing) battle with diverticulitis hindered his MMA career quite badly, leading to his retirement.
  • The Gloves Come Off: If Brock takes off his MMA gloves during a match, he's kicked it into another gear and someone is about to get hurt (more).
  • Groin Attack: Has no qualms about running up behind someone (say, John Cena for example) and kicking him right in the balls.
  • Handicapped Badass: He kept fighting in UFC even when suffering from diverticulitis. YMMV on the claims by Paul Heyman, but Lesnar was supposedly only at "50 percent" because of his continued issues with diverticulitis even while devastating John Cena for 20+ minutes at Extreme Rules 2012, only to narrowly lose the match after two hits.note  Going into SummerSlam 2014? He was allegedly at 100%. He decisively beat John Cena.
  • Handshake Refusal: Big Show offered Lesnar a congratulatory handshake after being defeated soundly by Brock at a special WWE Network-only event in late 2015. As if thinking that Lesnar would actually shake his hand wasn't already less than logical, Big Show then decided to taunt Lesnar in return by bringing up the fact that Undertaker beat him at 2015's SummerSlam, which earned Show a trip to Suplex City.
  • Hero Killer: His entire comeback run in WWE appears to be built on Lesnar being exactly this, becoming the most significant hero-killer in professional wrestling history by ending The Streak 100% cleanly, and he promptly followed that by giving John Cena the biggest beatdown of his career at SummerSlam 2014 to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • First he gets tackled by Goldberg at the 2004 No Way Out during his title defense against Eddie Guerrero. Then Guerrero performs a frog splash onto his injured body and pins him to become the WWE Champion. Then Goldberg defeats him in their grudge match at WrestleMania XX (which was, not incidentally, both men's last match in WWE) - and finally, just to twist in the knife, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin "stuns" both him and Goldberg to massive cheers from the crowd. Then he attempts to break into the NFL and fails, and then he attempts a return to the WWE but is turned away, and then he tries to wrestle in Japan but can't get out of his no-compete clause. It took awhile for Brock to get back on his feet.
    • Perhaps appropriately, Lesnar has inverted this trope as of late 2015. He ended The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, he downright embarrassed John Cena at SummerSlam 2014, made Kofi Kingston look like he didn't belong in WWE at The Beast in the East event in Japan, and he squashed then-WWE-Champion Seth Rollins at Battleground as much as a halfway-legitimate champion can be squashed (although he didn't win).
    • Goldberg defeats him yet again in Survivor Series 2016, this time in a squash match.
    • It continues at the 2017 Royal Rumble where, despite a dominant first impression, he's once again humiliated by Goldberg, who unceremoniously tossed him out after a Spear.
  • I'll Kill You!: Shouted that to the Undertaker on the night after Battleground. Undertaker responds with "YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO!" Echoed on each end, verbatim, at SummerSlam 2015.
  • Invincible Villain:
    • The Big Show, Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Mark Henry, Randy Orton (as of SummerSlam 2016), Roman Reigns, Triple H, The Undertaker, etc., have all failed to stop him and even been brutalized repeatedly for their efforts. Seth Rollins has been the only one to subvert this — and even then, only via constant Dirty Coward tactics instead of actual prowess.
    • Finally inverted — Up to Eleven, no less — at Survivor Series 2016: It turned out that his Invincible Villain status was still no match for Goldberg's Invincible Hero status.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Lesnar dominates his UFC debut match with Frank Mir but gets caught via an inexperienced mistake and loses the match. Fast forward to 2012: it happens to him again in his WWE return match against the now-veteran John Cena, destroying him for 20 minutes before running into a chain-wrapped fist as a result of attempting an ill-advised high-risk move.
    • Another echo, this time to his second match with Mir, where Lesnar's new experience and patience allows him to dominate Mir. His SummerSlam 2014 match sees Lesnar being much harder to take down, and he defeats John Cena decisively.
  • It's Personal: He and Paul Heyman seemed to be doing everything in their power to make his feud with Triple H this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Can be a Jerk Jock at his worst, but is a cool guy if you don't diss him. He seems to have become this especially after a hard-fought win against Carwin and losing his title to Velasquez.
    • For all the bridges he's burned in his career (most notably with the WWE), he's done well to rebuild many of them, or keep himself from burning any more. He still praises the people who helped him get where he is today, and gives credit where it is due... unless you are Frank Mir.
    • It's pretty much impossible to get an autograph from him outside a WWE/UFC event. He's been known to completely ignore fans who approach him in public, although he has repeatedly said that he is an intensely private person outside the ring, and has no tolerance for people bugging him when he's not working.
    • According to reports, he personally thanked The Undertaker after their WrestleMania XXX match; this after a long-standing feud between the two after Brock felt Taker was always reluctant to put him over.
  • The Juggernaut: Oh hell yes. Especially in his championship run. He's been compared to a final boss from an arcade fighting game.
  • Knight of Cerebus: During his second WWE run.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • Lesnar is known for both his extreme size and and surprising quickness in the UFC. Seanbaby wrote in this article: "Brock Lesnar is a human cheat-code. He is 300 pounds of muscle and judging by the way he darts around, I don't think mass and inertia were properly explained to him." He also played this trope straight during his WWE career.
    • Once during a replay on Raw, he was shown standing in the ring, and then outside the ring attacking 3MB, with no clipping. The camera had just turned away from Brock for around a second and when it came back Brock was beating up 3MB on the floor. To go into further detail, when only Heath Slater and Lesnar remained, Slater made a break for it. He scrambled to the outside on one side of the ring, and Lesnar quickly left the ring through the adjacent side of the ring, beat Slater to the spot where he was running, and still had time to set himself to execute a stiff, but safe, clothesline (again, all on live television with no camera tricks). He looked like a heat-seeking middle linebacker beating a halfback around the edge of the offensive line. It's kinda hard to describe, so just watch. And don't forget to pick your jaw up off the floor.
    • A long time ago, Eddie Guerrero proved that Brock was more of a Glass Cannon, relying on his incredible offence to beat his opponent quickly, but if the match started dragging on he would run out of gas and be vulnerable to mistakes. That was in the past. Now he's learned. Now he paces himself and dishes out suplexes like he's painting the floor with your face. And the instant you show any signs of a Heroic Second Wind, he will shut you down and end the match without wasting any more time.
    • And that aforementioned running out of gas? He can now deliver repeated suplexes to a 250-pound man and throw the guy around like he was made of putty for twenty minutes straight and have enough energy left in the tank to stuff all of his opponent's comebacks in seconds. The fact that Lesnar isn't, visually, the specimen he was in the early 2000s (and his diverticulitis, which would have likely killed him had he not had the best doctors money could buy) seem to have had little effect on his stamina. If anything, losing a lot of extra muscle mass that was doing nothing but draining energy has resulted in greater strength, speed, and stamina.
  • Likes Older Women/May–December Romance: His wife Rena (former wrestler Sable) is 10 years his senior.
  • Limit Break: His F5. It often operates as a finishing move, but given that he only wrestles a few times a year in high-profile matches (where moves that are normally a One-Hit KO are nerfed for drama's sake), it becomes this. Frighteningly enough, he seems to start with what would be considered a 'full gauge' at the start of the match. It's not at all uncommon to see him use an F5 (or, at least, his first one) less than a minute after the bell rings.
  • Made of Iron: Lesnar was already tough as nails in WWE (both in kayfabe and in real life) prior to competing in MMA. When he returned to WWE after his UFC career, however, this was taken Up to Eleven. At the 2015 Royal Rumble, Lesnar ate three consecutive Attitude Adjustments from John Cena, and then a Curb Stomp from Seth Rollins. After both pins were broken up (Lesnar kicked out anyway, though), Lesnar was the first of the three to his feet. And there's no 100% concrete logic behind his ridiculous level of resilience— it's perhaps implied that MMA toughened him up, but nobody (from commentators to opponents) can figure out how he does what he does, outside of either being a literal superhuman or being from a different planet than the rest of us.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Played straight with his 2014 mantra "Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat." After WrestleMania XXX, it became "Eat. Sleep. Break The Streak." Then it became "Eat. Sleep. Conquer John Cena." Another example that Heyman used (which didn't appear on a t-shirt, however) was "Eat. Sleep. Suplex. Repeat," referring to the 16 German Suplexes that John Cena took at SummerSlam 2014.
  • Minnesota Nice: Averted. He's billed from Minnesota, but he's anyhting but nice, face or heel.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: On April 6, 2014, Brock Lesnar entered his 362nd scripted professional wrestling match and was booked as the winner for the 262nd time over a 49-year-old man with bad knees and a face that looked like that of a 65-year-old. The entire sports world proceeded to collectively lose its shit.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A lot of his matches against weaker opponents like Zach Gowen turn into this (also when he threw Gowen down a flight of stairs). But then he upped it to eleven when he did it in his return match to John Cena, putting on such a vicious beatdown that even the usual split-for-Cena crowd started to rally behind John towards the end of the match.
  • No Sell:
    • Brock Lesnar is so durable in kayfabe that sometimes a finisher (read: a move that finishes matches) isn't enough to keep him down for more than half a second. A Roman Reigns Spear or a John Cena Attitude Adjustment might as well be a basic scoop slam when you're facing Brock.
    • He tends to do this during his many, many Squash Matches. Take his Beast in the East match against poor Kofi Kingston, who tries drop kick after top-rope drop kick, and the most that elicits from Brock is a 'Seriously?' look on his face. At another time, he no-sold Jeff Hardy swinging a steel chair at his head like a baseball bat
  • Oh, Crap!: Lesnar is so fearsome that he gets this reaction from people even when he's fighting someone else. When he sprinted down to the ring to confront Undertaker after Battleground, every single one of the commentators said "Fuck this" and took off.
  • Only in It for the Money:
    • Lesnar was always rather upfront about the fact that his true passion was football and his real dream was to play for the NFL, but he went to WWE because "that's where the money was." During his 2012 return, this was a major aspect of his character. His honesty is magnified in his autobiography, where he clearly states that he is a "business" man who will show up to work if the price is right, even if it is for one night of easy work (like his first MMA fight).
    • After April 6, 2014, this was the reason Lesnar was coming under ferocious levels of X-Pac Heat invoked from fans all over the place, as they don't believe he deserved to be the one to end The Streak, due to the fact that he's got no love for the industry or the fans. His attitude of being in it only for the money was hyped up by Heyman on Raw the following night. Fans were not willing to forgive him for it. When it comes to him and the Undertaker, however, not only had Undertaker been pegging Brock to be The Streak-ender since late 2010 (although Vince was the one who officially made the call), which may add a new dimension to the whole "wanna do it?" thing after Brock's loss to Cain Velasquez, not only is Brock visible and audible saying "thank you" to Taker during the pin, but when Undertaker was driven to the hospital due to a severe concussion he suffered mid-match as Heyman mentioned in his Worked Shoot on TV the following night, not only did Vince McMahon go with him, so did Lesnar and Heyman themselves, who left out this last detail on Raw for obvious reasons.
  • Pet the Dog: On the 8/15/2016 Raw, Heath Slater kept Bullying a Dragon by challenging him. But instead of just destroying Heath right then and there, Brock actually offered him a chance to just walk away while he still could. Sadly, he chose to be Too Dumb to Live.
  • Phrase Catcher: Tazz liked to shout "Here comes the pain!" whenever Lesnar made his entrance (and was later the subtitle for the fifth game in the SmackDown! series), and appeared on several of his merchandising shirts at the time as well as his DVD. Paul Heyman sometimes uses the phrase (making sure everyone can hear him) as Lesnar is preparing to suplex an opponent during a match.
  • Power Stable: "Team Lesnar" with the Big Show, Matt Morgan, Albert and Nathan Jones, all managed by Paul Heyman, though this was only a team they made for Survivor Series 2003.
  • Protectorate: If you want to get to Paul Heyman, you have to go through Lesnar first.
  • Psycho for Hire: A mercenary at heart who relishes in conquering things, dishing out pain, and getting paid in the process.
  • The Quiet One: He usually lets Paul Heyman do the talking for him.
  • Rated M for Manly: Especially in WWE.
  • Reality Ensues: Survivor Series 2016. After taking his first bump, he tried to psyche out Goldberg by slowly standing back up with a Slasher Smile... and then immediately ate a Spear before he could even blink.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Overlaps with Dark is Evil above, as his gear usually has crimson accents.
  • Red Baron: The Next Big Thing, The Anomaly, The Beast (Incarnate), The Conqueror, The Carnivore, The Human Cheat-Code, The Conqueror of The Streak, The One in 21-1, The Mayor of Suplex City.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the one behind the one in 21-1. I earned that distinction when my client, BRRRRRROCK LESSSSSSSNAR! ... conquered The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania!" He repeats this monologue, more or less word-for-word, so often that the crowd has memorized it enough to say at least half of it at the same time as Heyman does. It's also always the first thing he says when he opens a promo, ever since the aforementioned win by Brock Lesnar over Undertaker.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Brock Lesnar's match against John Cena at SummerSlam of 2014 is almost a perfect microcosm of Lesnar's kayfabe attitude and skillset during his 2014-2015 run, and explains why he was so dominant. Suplex after suplex after suplex— that's natural, since, based on his physical tools and wrestling experience, that's the most efficient way Lesnar can hurt someone. There was no wasted motion; everything that Lesnar did to Cena hurt (even simply picking Cena up off the mat or breaking a rest hold was done with force).
    • 16 German Suplexes on a man who weighs 250+ pounds should be exhausting, right? Nope. Lesnar made sure not to use energy on anything that didn't increase his chances of winning, including simply letting Cena get up before suplexing him again (as opposed to lifting Cena from the mat himself).
    • And lastly, look at Lesnar's positioning relative to Cena throughout the entire match. He never takes his eyes off Cena, even when it looks like Cena is down and out. He, like everyone else who's followed Cena's career, has seen John win big matches with a Heroic Second Wind against an unsuspecting opponent. Not this time (although it definitely did almost happen, which, if anything, proves how valiant Cena is).
  • Rogues Gallery: In his initial WWE run he had constantly clashed with Kurt Angle, The Big Show, John Cena, Chris Benoit and The Undertaker.
  • Rule of Symbolism: 16 suplexes seems like a rather odd number to hit someone with...unless you remember that the record for most World Championship reigns is 16, held by Ric Flair; a record John Cena is one short of tying with 15 title victories, and whom, if Brock has anything to say about it, won't be getting that sixteenth championship.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Ironically, WWE had originally gone to the University of Minnesota to sign Lesnar's teammate Shelton Benjamin, not Lesnar himself.
  • Shout-Out: His Tag Team in WWE's developmental program OVW with Shelton Benjamin was called the Minnesota Stretching Crew, based on the old school team the Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene/Lars/Ole/Arn Andersons).
  • Slasher Smile: Sported one during his "match", with John Cena at SummerSlam 2014, even emulating the Undertaker's signature sit-up taunt.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: On-air, Brock wears his character-themed shirts when he's not wrestling, and it's rare to see sleeves on said shirts. Averted in UFC, however.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Well, more like Big Name Bigger Ego, but this is pretty much his gimmick since his 2012 WWE return i.e. the inherent belief that he should be waited upon hand and foot and have everything handed to him right when he asks. And the way he destroyed the undisputed face of WWE (plus defeating The Undertaker at WrestleMania), he may have a point.
  • Smug Super: Lesnar can kick anyone's ass six ways from Sunday and has the arrogance and bravado to show for it.
  • Spam Attack:
    • His match against John Cena at SummerSlam 2014. Suplex after suplex... after suplex. And when Brock was done with that, he delivered - you guessed it - more suplexes. 16 in total.
    • Did the same thing to Seth Rollins, delivering about a dozen. He didn't get to win that match, though...
  • Take Over the World: Between his "Conqueror" tagline and the time he tried to make Monday Night Raw "Starring Brock Lesnar", he's as close as a part-time wrestler is gonna get to making this trope a goal. Heyman even once described Lesnar as a modern-day Alexander the Great, sitting on a rock and weeping, because he had no worlds left to conquer. He would further elaborate later, citing the fact that Lesnar is the only man in history to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship, WWE Championship, and NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, making sure to note that no one else has even won any TWO of those titles, let alone all three. "Taking over the world" (at least the world of athletics) may be no understatement.
  • Take That, Audience!: After his underwhelming WrestleMania XX match with Goldberg, Lesnar gave the MSG crowd a one finger salute for the X-Pac Heatnote  they gave him (and Goldberg) earlier. He later clarified on the Stone Cold Podcast that the gesture was meant for Vince, not the fans.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: He retired from wrestling to pursue a career in the National Football League, but was cut before the season began, so he returned to wrestling. He would also retire from the UFC in 2011, only to end up with a scheduled bout five years later.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Suplex City, Bitch!
  • Underwear of Power: In his initial WWE run. Since his WWE return, he's been wearing an MMA gear (shorts and fingerless gloves) with boots.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Lesnar severely underestimated Goldberg during the weeks leading up to Survivor Series 2016 by constantly mocking him and threatening Goldberg's family, thinking that since Goldberg hasn't been in the ring for 12 years that he would be an easy win and paycheck. Goldberg proved Lesnar wrong by decimating Lesnar in 86 seconds come the event.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Sort of a running theme to his MMA run. His strength and speed were enough to overwhelm some opponents (and even then he was vulnerable, as Frank Mir proved when he submitted him in their first fight), but against high level opposition his relative lack of experience in striking and submissions really showed.
    • This is basically him in his second WWE run, too. He basically strikes and spams German suplexes and F5s. And his suplexes are noticeably 'sloppier', which may be by design as they tend to look and be sold more like 'legit' suplexes, which aren't much of a stretch for a guy with Brock's raw power. As athletic as he still is, it may not be so much that he can't use any other moves as much as he just doesn't need any other moves.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Well, it was really Paul Heyman who wouldn't shut up about ending The Streak, but Lesnar certainly made no effort to stop him. It would come back to bite Lesnar in the ass a year and a half later when 'Taker decided he'd had enough and cost Lesnar his chance to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Seth Rollins denied him his rematch the night after WrestleMania and high tailed it out of there, Lesnar proceeded to completely lose his shit and upended the announcer table, knocking down the commentators before waylaying J&J Security. He then grabs a fleeing Michael Cole and delivers an F5 in the ring, before grabbing a cameraman to do the same. Stephanie McMahon pleads with him to stop, even promising him his rematch with Rollins, only for Lesnar to F5 the cameraman anyway.
    Stephanie: [with Brock holding a cameraman on his shoulders] Brock, PUT HIM DOWN
    Lesnar: [F5s the cameraman to the canvas]
  • Villainous Breakdown: On the March 30, 2015 episode of Raw, the day after WrestleMania 31, Brock called in his rematch clause against Seth Rollins, who had cashed in Money in the Bank on him and won the title. Seth, being the weasel that he is, decides not to go through with it, saying he's jetlagged and his foot's sore from Curb Stomping Lesnar and Roman Reigns. After Rollins manages to escape, Brock goes on a tear first by flinging Rollins' security escorts, flipping the announcer's table pinning JBL and Booker T. Michael Cole tries to get away, but he gets pulled into the ring by Brock who gives him an F5. He pulls a cameraman into the ring until Stephanie McMahon has to come down and stop him. She promises he'll get his rematch if he puts the cameraman down. He doesn't listen and F5s the guy twice, leaving Stephanie to suspend him indefinitely.
  • Villainous Friendship: He and Paul Heyman when they're heels, as they're also each other's best friend inside the business, and have a genuine respect for one another.
  • Violence Is Disturbing: This is pretty much Brock's entire gimmick since returning to WWE in 2012, by means of stiff strikes and throws, and a tendency to draw blood with his bare hands, all while (in kayfabe) enjoying every second of it and never relenting. Perhaps the best example occurred at 2016's SummerSlam, when Brock laid down some brutal MMA-style top-mounted elbows on Randy Orton. Randy was left unconscious in a pool of his own blood, his head leaking like a faucet, after Lesnar was declared the winner by knockout.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Not so much when he speaks (although his voice is maybe a tad higher than one would expect from a testosterone-fueled musclehead) but whenever he tries to yell. The screeching tires sound that issues from his throat has become the stuff of memetic legend.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Lesnar doesn't react well to getting punched in the face. Note that he is never knocked down or knocked out (he took a freakish amount of punishment in his fight with Shane Carwin), but when someone gets through and lands a hit he tends to backpedal away.
    • Came into play in his return match at Extreme Rules 2012 when Cena managed to overcome a then-Curb-Stomp Battle with a shot to the face of a leaping Lesnar with his chain wrapped around his fist, which stunned Lesnar enough to allow Cena to get the AA on the steel steps for the improbable, even by his standards, win.
    • Came up again during his match with Triple H at SummerSlam. While not as one sided as his match with Cena, he was dominating for most of the brawl until Triple H managed to get a hard strike on his stomachnote  at which point Brock promptly doubled over in pain and was staggering for the rest of the match.
    • During an episode of SmackDown when Chris Jericho was a guest manager, he unwisely picked a fight with Lesnar. While the fight didn't even last a minute, Jericho delivered a punch to Lesnar's face that stunned him for a good five seconds. Even more interesting considering how small Jericho is compared to Lesnar.
    • Subverted in his match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31. Reigns was able to bloody Lesnar up both in the beginning of the match when he madly grabbed and punched at Brock before being put down with an F5, and also when he busted Brock open by sending him headfirst into the ringpost. However, with Lesnar being on the roll of his (or anyone's) life in terms of pure dominance, it took THREE SUPERMAN PUNCHES (usually one suffices) for Roman to finally floor him enough to stand a chance at being able to pin him after TWO Spears.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Went through this with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31. Lesnar dominated the better part of the match, pummeling Reigns with strikes, suplexes and F5s. Reigns, however, simply laughed at Brock, on more than one occasion during the match. Three F5s into the match, Roman still refused to be beaten, but unlike most heels, Brock didn't cost himself the match by losing his temper. He showed minor signs of frustration, but in the end, kept his cool and just beat Reigns up for another 10 minutes or so.
  • Wild Card: Whether he's nominally acting as face or as heel, it's safe to say his true alignment is a lot closer to "Force of nature that fucks up any unfortunate fool in its path".
  • Worked Shoot:
    • His confrontation with The Undertaker at UFC 116. It never lead anywhere, as there is simply no way Dana White would let Lesnar appear for any other fighting or pseudo-fighting organization while he's still under UFC contract.
    • Ironically, the two would have a completely unrelated one-month feud in his WWE return resulting in Brock breaking the streak cleanly, and Heyman throwing on a Worked Shoot the following night in which he verbally showed up everyone from both the fans and the industry who did not like Lesnar's victory while simultaneously convincing them to hate it even more.
  • World's Best Warrior:
  • Worthy Opponent:
  • Would Hit a Girl: After a confrontation with The Hurricane early in his career, Lesnar found himself face-to-face with The Hurricane's sidekick, Mighty Molly. He didn't hesitate to blast her with a clothesline that would have easily floored many male wrestlers.
  • Wrestling Monster:
    • Less out-there than most of them, but there isn't really any other way to justify the way he completely no-sold weapons used by, among others, the Hardyz during his rampages. An especially notable case in that he doesn't have any Halloween or otherwise gimmicky effects to his character: his sheer physical prowess and attitude alone causes this trope.
    • In a way, Lesnar is an Outside-Genre Foe for professional wrestling. His 2014-onward run has him as a living subversion of the tropes of the industry. He doesn't try to tell a story, unless that story is "The big man hit the other man until he stopped moving. The end." He doesn't play to the crowd (they might as well not even be there— in every match, the story is that Lesnar showed up to win, not to put on an aesthetically pleasing contest). He doesn't engage in chain wrestling or dazzling aerial moves. If you even manage to mount any offense, he'll take your finisher, pretend it hurt for a few seconds, then sit up and laugh, because, seriously? That's your big finale? Lesnar simply hits you with whatever body part is closest to you, suplexes you for a while, and when he gets bored of that (because he could have pinned you ten minutes ago), throws you around with a few F5s just to make sure you have no more fighting spirit. And then after he pins you, he'll run off to the woods of Minnesota for a few months until he feels the urge to kill again.
  • You Are Already Dead: In his fight against Alistair Overeem, he provided a great example of this reaction. He got hit with a thunderous kick to the liver, took two steps back and then doubled over in pain, unable to continue. To anyone unfamiliar with the physiology, this might have looked suspicious, but fighters who have taken clean shots to the liver say that it does take a second or two for the pain and shock to register. At that point, according to former UFC fighter Scott Smith, "You feel like you're gonna die."
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Prior to WrestleMania XXX, everyone from commentators to managers to fellow wrestlers to the Deadman himself commonly referred to Undertaker as, in some form or another, the most dangerous wrestler in WWE history. Since defeating him at WrestleMania, Brock Lesnar appears to have taken that title.