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Wrestling: Chris Jericho

"Armbar!"

Chris Jericho (real name Chris Irvine) is a professional wrestler with a long, storied career spanning two decades and several promotions around the world, and frontman of the heavy metal band Fozzy. Jericho's rise to stardom in the industry began in WCW, where the "Lionheart" became a hit with the fans (particularly because of hilarious promo work), holding several Cruiserweight Championships and feuding with the likes of Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio Jr, and Juventud Guerrera. When Jericho tried to move into the main event, however, his attempts were blocked by the bookers; a planned feud with Goldberg was aborted, and Jericho realized he'd never make it to the main event in the company. In 1999, Jericho left WCW and jumped ship to the WWF; his debut at the end of the "Countdown to the Millennium" - interrupting a promo by The Rock, of all people! - is considered one of his Crowning Moments of Awesome. In the decade since, Jericho has accomplished a lot - in addition to holding the Intercontinental Championship a record nine times, he's also a multiple-time world champion, a multiple-time tag team champion, and he was the first man to hold the WWE's Undisputed Championship (the unification of the WWE Championship and the WCW Championship), which he accomplished by beating The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in back-to-back matches. He hosted a short-lived game show on ABC and was multi-champ hottie Cheryl Burke's partner on Dancing with the Stars. (He did surprisingly well, lasting until week six.) He also competed in Genichiro Tenryu's WAR (Wrestle Association R) promotion, FMW, SMW, CMLL, the CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) in Austria/Germany, ECW, AAA, Stampede Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and other promotions in Mexico and Canada. He also stars in a web series called But I'm Chris Jericho!

Per usual, That Other Wiki has a great writeup of his extensive career, both in and out of the ring.

"BREAK THE TROPES DOWN!!!!":

  • Aborted Arc: The week after the 2012 Over the Limit saw Randy Orton facing off against Alberto Del Rio (thanks to a Fatal Four Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship in which Orton and Del Rio weren't pinned). Jericho attacked Orton just before the match ended, hitting him with three Codebreakers and proclaiming that he was the best in the world. It looks like this was setting up for a major feud between the two. One week later... both get suspended, promptly flushing the potential feud down the toilet.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: On the January 1, 2001, Raw, he called the trio of Christian, Kurt Angle and Edge, "Junior, Jerky and Jackass."
  • Adorkable: Not too obvious with his looks and charisma, but read his books. Chris is as nerdy as they come. As of 2013, he's hosting Robot Combat League which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Done twice, first dead seriously after being fired by Eric Bischoff for losing to John Cena, eventually having to be dragged out by security. (Laser-Guided Karma: Bischoff ended his own run with a similar attempt, equally unsuccessful and ten times the Cool And Unusual.) Another following his return, when he was forced to beg for Stephanie McMahon's forgiveness to maintain his job; despite how hilariously forced and insincere the whole thing was, it actually worked.
  • Always Someone Better: How he felt about Lance Storm when they first met.
    • Jericho also once compared himself to George Harrison of The Beatles, noting that while George was one of the best song writers of his era, he happened to be in a band with the best two song writers of his era, John Lennon and Paul McCartney; noting that while he(Jericho) may have been one of the best of the attitude era, he worked with the best, meaning The Rock and Stone Cold.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different/Mind Screw: The vignettes foreshadowing his return in December 2011...really didn't foreshadow anything. They really didn't have anything to do with Chris Jericho, since they were about creepy children in a school talking about prophecies.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Lion-Tamer, Lionsault.
  • Anti-Climax/Downer Ending: Has said that he doesn't want to go out with a huge Ric Flair-esque sendoff, but rather be dragged kicking and screaming from wrestling while the audience thinks "Wow that guy was a jerk".note  Which is exactly what happened when he took a break from wrestling in 2005. He lost a match with John Cena and Eric Bischoff fired him, having security drag him up the ramp kicking and screaming. As revealed in his second book, he was originally supposed to just be walked out by security. But when they walked out, he told them under his breath to carry him out.
    • During his last month with WWE, Jericho vowed he'd retire if he couldn't win the WWE Championship at Night of Champions. Come the match and Jericho is the first of the six eliminated within minutes. This is where the crowd should have been chanting "Na-na-na-na! Na-na-na-na! Hey he-ey! Goodbye!" but instead chanted "Y2J! Y2J!" in respect for the performer. Clearly, that wasn't enough of a downer ending because he stayed around for two weeks so he could get a more dubious send-off: a punt by Randy Orton.
    • On the Raw following SummerSlam, AJ Lee books a rematch between Ziggler and Y2J with some higher stakes this time around: Dolph's MITB briefcase vs. Jericho's WWE Contract. Jericho wins, he gets Dolph's title shot. If Ziggler wins, Jericho's gone from the company. It's a back-and-forth match, with both men hitting their signature moves, up until Dolph counters the Lionsault into the Zig Zag for the 1-2-3. Played straight when a frustrated Jericho hits Ziggler with his MITB briefcase post-match, followed by a Codebreaker. However, it turns into a more Bittersweet Ending with the crowd cheering and chanting for Jericho all the way as he walks up to the stage and looks out to the crowd for (seemingly) the last time.
  • Arch-Enemy: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for much of WWE's Attitude Era. The Rock was also something of an arch-enemy, spoiling his big debut in the WWF and eventually boiling over during the InVasion.
    • Chris Benoit was one of these to Jericho for a year or so in the WWF, though they had feuded in Japan as well.
    • Shawn Michaels on-and-off during the Brand Extension, but especially during 2008.
    • CM Punk for the first half of 2012.
    • Dolph Ziggler for the second half of 2012 and into 2013.
    • He's referred to Bob Barker as his "arch-nemesis"
    • The Heavenly Bodies in SMW
    • Alex Wright, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn in WCW.
  • Ascended Fanboy/Promoted Fanboy: Chris has stated in numerous interviews that he wanted to two things in life, to become a wrestler and be in a rock 'n roll band. He succeeded with both. When he isn't wrestling, he's touring with his band Fozzy.
  • Ascended Meme: During his famous Man of 1004 Holds, Jericho listed the "Moss-Covered, Three-Handled Family Gradenza," a phrase he saw in the 1950 TV adaption of The Cat in the Hat. Paul Heyman liked the name so much that when Perry Saturn began using a swinging fisherman's suplex as a finisher, Heyman gave it that name.
    • In addition, he was fired by AJ Lee as GM on the 1004th episode of RAW.
  • Attention Whore: The nature of his "Y2J" persona. This was relevant when he turned heel in 2009, believing all his audience-pandering got him nowhere and that Humans Are Bastards, ready to turn on you the second you're out of their good graces.
  • Badass Boast: "I AM THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT EVERYTHING I DO."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Following his heel turn in 2008.
  • Beard of Evil: Jericho tends to sport a Badass Beard when he's a heel.
  • Big "NEVER!": "It will never EEEEEEVVER happen again!"
  • Blah Blah Blah: Jericho's response to Paul Heyman when he wasn't all that forthcoming about CM Punk's whereabouts.
  • Blatant Lies: During his brief feud with Ken Shamrock in his early WWE days, he would place himself inside of a steel cage and hire a bodyguard, saying that it wasn't to protect himself from Shamrock, but to protect Shamrock from Jericho.
    • Real life injuries sustained by Shamrock during this feud was what caused him to leave WWE for good and retiring from wrestling all together for several years.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Except during his "save us Y2J" gimmick.
  • Breakup Breakout: Jericho was once part of a tag team called with Lance Storm that, in Japan, were called Sudden Impact but which were renamed the Thrillseekers when they arrived in SMW in 1994.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In only his second appearance on WWE TV, the August 16 (taped August 10), 1999 Raw, he actually interrupted The Undertaker's promo, calling Taker and The Big Show "two morons" who "couldn't string together two intelligent words," and that instead of being the "personification of evil," they were the "personification of BOREDOM." Taker put him in his place.
  • The Cast Show Off: In addition to being a wrestler, Jericho is also the lead singer of his metal band, Fozzy, has written two best-selling books, hosts a game show, and took part in the 2011 season of Dancing with the Stars.
  • Canada, Eh?
    • Though he was born in Manhasset, NY.
  • CatchPhrase: Several.
    • "C'MON BABY!" is perhaps his first catchphrase, dating back to his pure face fun in WCW.
      • In fact, it's all he said during the first three weeks of his 2012 return, along with "YEAH"
    • "Welcome to Raw Is Jericho!" which is a descendant of "Monday Night Jericho!" from his WCW Nitro days.
    • "...would you please, SHUT! THE HELL! UP!
    • "Nevah! EEEEEEVVER! [...] AGAIN!" (with again pronounced uh-gain)
    • Though he only used it in one promo, he repeated it enough to make it count: "ARMBAR!"
    • "You idiot!"
    • Currently he has "I'm the best in the world at what I do!" which sounds suspiciously like the catchphrase of a certain fellow Canadian and mutant badass.
    • "Gelatinous sycophantic tapeworms" and the like to describe the audience.
    • "Filthy, dirty, disgusting, nasty, skanky, brutal, bottom-feeding, trashbag HO!" in reference to Stephanie McMahon.
      • Recycled on Trish Stratus on the March 29, 2004 Raw during "The Highlight Reel," in re her heel turn on Jericho in his match with Christian two weeks earlier at WrestleMania XX, though he left out "nasty, skanky" that time.
    • Known for coining the insult "assclown," which was taken from Office Space, but popularized by Jericho. You know you've made it when Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself uses the term.
    • "Get your head out of your ass!"
    • Chris Jericho does not have any catchphrases, as that would be pandering to the mindless drones and hypocrites that comprise the WWE Universe. Do you understand what I am saying to you right now?
    • HEY PUNK
    • As undisputed champion, he would constantly remind people of this while also referring to himself as a Living Legend.
    • Look at me when I'm talking to you, boy!
  • Cheap Heat: In A Lion's Tale, he claims that he described the hairstyle he had for his Raw debut to Vince as being this. Vince's response, "Indeed."
  • The Comically Serious: Any time his "grumpy" post-2009 character is put into a more lighthearted situation (like when he played The Price Is Right with Bob Barker on RAW).
  • Commuting on a Bus: These days he is more focused on his band Fozzy, so he only make occasional appearances between gigs with the band.
  • Composite Character: His most recent incarnation is a mix of his "rock-star" personality from his 2007-2008 run mixed with some of the more seriousness of his 2009/2010 run.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He accused WCW of conspiring to keep the cruiserweight championship away from him. It turns out he was only half right. They were trying to keep the title away from Chris Jericho but they were perfectly willing to let everyone know about it, rather than try to hide the fact.
  • The Corrupter: Planned on turning CM Punk into an Alcoholic. He failed in that regard.
  • Costume Porn: The light-up jacket(s) he started wearing since his return in 2012.
    • Iconic Outfit: The aforementioned jacket has turned into one, to the point where it's almost a bit jarring to see him without it.
  • Creepy Monotone: During his post-return heel run.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: His signature pose is this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When he went on Nancy Grace's talk show, it appears she expected him to just be some dumb musclehead, instead of the intelligent, well-spoken man he is. He proceeded to call out her Critical Research Failure, and defend the business at the time it needed it the most.
    • Defeat Means Friendship: According to Jericho, Grace actually appreciated this since his appearance, at his core, was to educate and not spout off angry agenda like everyone else at the time.
  • Determinator: Once broke his arm the morning before SMW Night of the Legends, August 5, 1994 and still wrestled. Terry Funk of all people went up to him that night and said "you're a bigger dumbass than me!" That night, the Thrillseekers (Jericho and Lance Storm) defeated the Heavenly Bodies ("The Doctor of Desire" Tom Prichard and "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray, w/Jim Cornette) in a street fight that was the bloodiest match in SMW history.
  • Dirty Coward: Jericho is always this when he is a heel.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Shockingly averted, as Jericho's band Fozzy have never recorded his entrance music. Whilst Jericho did perform vocals on the WWE Originals CD for the track "Don't You Wish You Were Me?", it was never used as his theme song.
    • Actually, it WAS used as his theme song, briefly. It didn't catch on, and after a week or two he was back to his usual 'Break The Walls Down' theme.
  • Dramatic Drop
  • Dumb Jock: The Nitro Announcers called his promos "Meat head microphone" and he was called a "muscle head" during a Mad TV sketch about a guy trying to embarrass him and a bunch of other people working WrestleMania XX. (Chris Jericho proved it wrong in the later case)
  • Fat and Skinny: Jeri-Show.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Averted during the earlier part of his career (the Rock even told him to brush his teeth during one of their feuds) but played straight these days.
    • He's admitted on Twitter that he wears dentures.
  • Finishing Move: Lionsault, Lion Tamer/Walls Of Jericho, Code Breaker
  • Foe Romance Subtext: With Stephanie McMahon, unknown if it's intentional, but it's definitely there. Jericho would often mock her by stating how promiscuous she was, often sounding like he was secretly pissed he wasn't getting any. Though a truly epic Take That Kiss delivered to her at the 2001 Summer Slam points towards it being intentional.
    Jim Ross: "RVD Is thinking about retaining the title, Jericho is thinking of Stephanie."
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: It actually got him booted out of Brazil, after he balled up their flag and booted it into the crowd.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Used in the last week of September 2010 as an in-story explanation for Jericho's absence in WWE while he did his Fozzy tour.
  • Genius Bruiser: In Real Life, Chris is quite the intelligent fellow.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
    • Heel Face Return: Notoriously, Chris managed to do both this and a Face-Heel Turn within the span of ten minutes. How? He simply said nothing instead of a return promo and trolled the crowd by acting all pumped up while shouting out things like "Yeah, baby!" all for the sole purpose of pissing off the audience. When he finally spoke about a month or so later, he fully admitted to trolling them and called both the audience and the wrestlers in the back a bunch of Jericho wannabes.
  • He's Back: As of 1/2/12. And again, as of 1/27/13. And uh-gain as of 6/30/14, interrupting The Miz's tirade before getting curb-stomped by The Wyatt Family.
  • Hunk: Not quite as Pretty Boy-like as he was in his younger days, but he's still definitely fine-featured.
  • I Have Many Names: Chris Jericho, Lion Do, Super Liger, Corazón de León
  • I Lied: Jericho's response to staying on Raw after promising to retire forever if he lost at Night of Champions.
    • But then, he once cut a promo where he said that he'd have a sex change and become "Christina Jericho" if he lost to Chyna.
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: Had a series of matches with Chyna, bringing this into play whenever Jericho lost.
  • Ice Hockey: He's a big fan. Crossed with It Runs in the Family, since his father Ted Irvine played for four National Hockey League teams. There is footage of Jericho playing hockey on his 2000 WWE VHS release Break the Walls Down.
  • Incoming Ham: His theme starts with a countdown, then several seconds of silence, then a pyrotechnics explosion, followed by several seconds of a close-up of him on the TitanTron, followed by him standing with his back to the crowd, then finally turning around and heading to the ring as his song yells "BREAK THE WALLS DOOOOOWN!!!". It's as much Incoming Ham as a Professional Wrestler can get.
    • As Undisputed champion, he cranked it Up to Eleven, doing elaborate poses with both belts as he made his way to the ring.
  • Insane Troll Logic: So, if you attack and take out Team WWE, The Nexus won't have anybody to fight against, so the match can't take place, and Nexus can't take over Raw......BRILLIANT!
    • On his role as WCW Television Champion: "I am the WCW Television Champion! That means that if you watch television, I am your champion!"
  • Irony: Onscreen, Chris is the one credited with creating the concept of the Money in the Bank ladder match - a match he has never actually won. The closest he ever came was WrestleMania 24, and the guy who won it, CM Punk, would go on to win it again next year.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Eric Bischoff, during his run as the head of WCW, thought Jericho simply didn't have what it took to be a main-event star and a draw. He STILL believes that to this day, despite the last 10+ years of evidence to the contrary.
  • It's Personal: What started as a feud over who was the best in the world, turned in to this when Jericho revealed to the world that Punk's father and sister were addicts, alcoholic and drugs respectively. CM Punk was not pleased.
  • Jack of All Stats: A Super Junior with high-flying, technical submission and brawling skills.
  • Kiai: Particularly when he's hitting his bulldog.
  • Kick the Dog: At first, Jericho seemed to have come back because he was hacked off at what he saw as other superstars ripping off his style - CM Punk in particular. Usually in WWE, that's reason enough to start a fight. Then it got personal, with Jericho essentially airing Punk's family's dirty laundry to the public. CM Punk was not impressed, indeed.
    • It gets worse. After Punk takes a beating from Mark Henry the Raw after WrestleMania, Jericho comes in from the crowd, mocking Punk's victory and wanting to make "a toast." He takes a bottle of Jack Daniel's and pours it all over Punk's near-unconscious body, then takes another one and breaks it over the back of the man's head. Seems like denigrating Punk's family was just the tip of the iceberg for Jericho.
  • King of Beasts: He was called "Lionheart" prior to coming to WWE.
  • Language Barrier: He said that when he had wrestled in Japan earlier in his career, he hadn't bothered to learn Japanese. He survived because some of the Japanese wrestlers knew English.
  • Large Ham: Even in his heel incarnation, he can't rid himself of the ham.
    • It's pretty safe to say he will never EEEEEEVVER!!! be accused of being subtle.
    • It certainly reached a new level at his 2012 comeback, where he did nothing but bask in front of the camera and get the crowd to cheer for him, without ever actually saying anything except a few "Yeah baby!!" exclamations.
  • Lensman Arms Race: One of the reasons Chris Jericho has changed his style so much from the beginning of his career. When he started, his moonsaults and hurricanranas were hot shit; as time wore on, the high fliers moves got increasingly complex and he got older, so he had to change his lucha style to a more American one. Some people even prefer the new Jericho. Although, perhaps as a result of changing his style, he's still able to perform moves like the Lionsault at will, despite being well into his forties.
  • Long List
    • During a feud with Dean Malenko, "The Man of a Thousand Holds," Jericho came out and read his list of a Thousand and Four Holds, which lasted through a commercial break and went clear into another segment. Every third or so item on the list was "ARMBAR!"
    • In a call back to the above, Jericho makes another Long List on the 09/27/2010 episode of RAW, this time made up of all the opponents he's beaten, including people he's only beaten backstage and counting wrestlers with different aliases multiple times.
  • Loophole Abuse: Attempted this in WCW after he lost the Cruiserweight title as a way to get it back. It never quite worked out for him (though it did earn him the unceremonious nickname "The Crybaby" Chris Jericho).
  • Loser Leaves WWE: Been involved in two of these. Once in 2005, when he was in a match against John Cena where the loser would be fired, and second, most recent in 2012, where he was in a match against Dolph Ziggler, where Jericho's WWE contract vs. Dolph's Money in the Bank contract were on the line, with him losing both of them. Both of the times was so he could go tour with his band.
  • Made of Iron: Other than a broken arm during his SMW days, has nevernote  gotten seriously injured. Keep in mind that until about midway through his first WWE run he had a high-risk, hard-hitting style and has had his fair share of "career-shortening" gimmick matches.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Jericho's early gimmick in WWE was intentionally getting other wrestlers' names wrong, calling Mick Foley "Mike" and Chris Benoit ("Ben-wah") "Chris Ben-OIT". Made a short comeback when he met Santino.
  • Matrix Raining Code: As seen in SAVE_US.222 and his second WWE run, which also saw it briefly incorporated into his tight designs.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Chris Jericho is an egotistical, self-centered lying jackass; Christopher Irvine is a well-spoken, clever and responsible member of society.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Crosses with Berserk Button. Do not interfere with Jericho when he's on the job in any way. Period. When he's on the clock, describing him as 'high strung' is probably generous. Grab him from behind the guard rails, yell at him, or even invade his personal space, and it's an invitation for a verbal and/or physical beating.
  • Messianic Archetype: Invoked many times during his promos. His return vignettes also contain words such as "save us" and "the second coming".
  • Millennium Bug: His Red Baron "Y2J" was based on this.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A hilarious, athletic hunk provides much fanservice? No way!
    • With forearms the size of hams and a face just this side of Bishōnen, how could he not?
    • To Trish Stratus from "The Highlight Reel" on the March 29, 2004 Raw (see above under Catch Phrase):
    "I'm not in your league? I'm Chris Jericho, I'm a sexy beast, baby!"
    • However, Fan Disservice ensued the night after the 2008 Unforgiven, when he appeared in the Raw ring to strip off his shirt in order to show the crowd the huge red welts that that "horrible man," Shawn Michaels, had given to him in their Unsanctioned Match - and also to show off his World Heavyweight Championship belt, which he'd won in the course of the same evening (long story).
  • Multicolored Hair: In WCW he had blonde locks and a brown beard.
  • Name Tron: A key part of the set for "The Highlight Reel" is, of course, the "ridiculously expensive Jeritron 3000."
  • Older than They Look: Even though he's been around seemingly forever to the longtime wrestling fan, it's still easy to forget sometimes that he's 43.
  • Once an Episode: During his prime in WCW, he'd tie his hair in increasingly bizarre ways and quote popular rock songs, including Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" and The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)."
  • Overly-Long Gag: His long, long introduction to Santino Marella
    • His list of 1004 holds.
  • Popularity Power: During his 2012 return tour. Jericho's really had to go out of his way to Heel it up because so many of the fans still want to cheer him for coming back.
  • Power Stable: Was a member of Fuyuki-gun in the WAR (Wrestle Association R) promotion, led by Hiromichi Fuyuki and also including Gedo and Jado.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Until he turned heel in 2008; see Creepy Monotone above.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jericho punching HBK's wife. While the punch was scripted, Jericho accidentally busted her lip. This provided a lot of fuel for the feud.
    • It should be noted that Rebecca was totally okay with it.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • The Thrillseekers used Danger Danger's "Rock America" in SMW, which Jericho apparently hated.
    • (In ECW): White Zombie's "Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"
  • Red Baron: The Lionheart, Y2J, The Ayatollah of Rock-And-Rolla, Your Hero, Role Model and Paragon of Virtue, the Man of 1004 Holds, the King of the Loopholes, the Larger Than Life Living Legend, the King of the World, the Highlight of the Night, the King of Bling-Bling. Seriously, for sheer numbers, his only rival is The Undertaker.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: His defeat of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night in order to claim the Undisputed Championship is often cited as a near impossible feat — one that Jericho has no problem boasting about all the time.
  • The Rival: Chris Benoit during the Attitude Era.
    • The Rock, during the InVasion.
  • Running Gag: Mick Foley has never beat Jericho in a match. This is stated every time Foley is mentioned in Jericho's books.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In his latter-day heel runs in particular. Listen to his heel promos long enough, and even if your vocabulary's pretty respectable, you're likely to find yourself thinking about reaching for a dictionary at least once.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: He became way more serious and ditched all of his previous catchphrases before becoming a multiple-time WWE champion.
    • Of course as a Heel he's pretty firmly a clown.
    • On the eve of his Undisputed title defense with The Rock at Royal Rumble 2002:
    Jericho: "No! This is not a joke! I am not a joke! I am serious! And you will not look past me, you stupid son of a bitch!"
  • Shout-Out: A few of his skits back in WCW run were basically scenes from This Is Spinal Tap transitioned into wrestling promos. At the terrible WCW Fall Brawl 98 PPV, Jericho parodied Goldberg's dramatic guided entrance by walking to the ring with his bodyguard "Ralphus" and got "lost" on the way there.
    • His name is inspired by the Helloween album Walls of Jericho.
    • His theme song, "Break the Walls Down", references not just the above album (which is itself inspired by a story in the Biblical Book of Joshua), but the rock bands AC/DC and Judas Priest and the William Butler Yeats poem "The Second Coming."
    • His 2009 heel persona was inspired by No Country for Old Men (specifically Anton Chigurh).
  • Shut Up Michael Cole: Twice in the same night!
    Michael Cole: (after "new" "email" jingle goes off) Can I have your attention ple—
    Jericho: OF COURSE YOU HAVE AN EMAIL, YOU IDIOT! JUST READ IT!
    • And again...
      Michael Cole: (after "new" "email" jingle goes off) Can I have your atten—
      Jericho: SHUT UP! JUST READ IT!
    • He also delivers one to BRAY FREAKIN' WYATT!
      Jericho: "WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP?!"
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: The implied reason why Jericho obsessively insulted Stephanie so much: she was easy... for everyone except him. The fact that he forcefully kissed her at the 2000 King of the Ring and the 2001 SummerSlam definitely makes this even more obviously true.
  • Smug Snake: In full-on heel mode, Jericho is one of these.
    • And a Card-Carrying Villain, I'm surprised he doesn't spontaneously grow a mustache and start stroking it when he goes heel.
  • Tag Team:
    • Sudden Impact/The Thrillseekers, w/Lance Storm, in Genichiro Tenryu's WAR promotion, FMW, SMW and various other promotions in Canada and Japan.
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The Highlight Reel"
  • Talk To The Knees: Pulled this once on Dolph Ziggler, who was rambling on about how Jericho was "losing his touch". As soon as Dolph starts repeating the line to Vickie Guerrero in an aside - cue Codebreaker to the face mid-sentence.
  • The Cameo: In the film Albino farm. He also has shown up on a lot of VH1 countdowns.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: On Nitro, Ted Turner said that Chris Jericho was correct when he whined about the cruiserweight championship being awarded to Dean Malenko, however he found Chris Jericho so whiny and annoying that he decided to let Dean Malenko's reign continue anyway.
  • The Host:Of Sunday Night Live with done by the Sketchersons troupe, of the reality show Redemption song, of the game show Downfall and of the Robot Combat League.
  • This Is Gonna Suck/Oh Crap: His initial reaction when The Wyatt Family interrupts him. You can practically see the Genre Savvy moment happen on his face, where he goes from "Who the hell are these guys?" to "...This isn't going to end well, is it?"
  • Threat Backfire/Insult Backfire: He tried to leverage CM Punk's Dark and Troubled Past (his father was a massive alcoholic growing up) to get inside his head. That was one pipe bomb that blew up right in his face.
  • Troll: If he's not playing the heel that's giving Breaking Speeches and trying to get inside opponent's heads, he's this. This has especially been true on his comeback tour (take the first few weeks after his return in 2012, for example), and it's even been true while he's been a face.
  • Unknown Rival: He has one in former nWo girl April Hunter, who has hated Chris Jericho ever since he broke Chyna's hand. He finally became aware when she showed up to mock his baby face turn and loss at WrestleMania XX while being interviewed by PWI
  • Unrelated Brothers: Averted. Claimed in his book that one of the first promoters he encountered suggested booking him as "Rob Benoit."
  • Verbal Tic: "ASK HIM!" has become to Chris Jericho what "HAH!" is to Scott Steiner.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After losing to John Morrison on 9/6/10's RAW and losing his spot in the six-way championship match, he spent the rest of RAW catatonic and silent.
  • Villain Song: Don't You Wish You Were Me?, performed by Jericho on the WWE Originals album, although this was only used for a week or two as Jericho's entrance.
    • King Of My World by Saliva.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Edge in 2009, to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. And again with The Big Show when Edge got injured and had to be replaced.
  • When Elders Attack: At WrestleMania 25, Jericho would face Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat in a three-on-one handicap match. While Jericho would quickly dispose of Snuka and Piper, it was Steamboat who surprised everyone, both in Kayfabe and in Real Life, in keeping up with the much younger Jericho in that match. The match developed out of a feud Jericho had been having with actor Mickey Rourke in re Rourke's role in the movie The Wrestler, and how Jericho had disapproved of the film's theme of respecting wrestlers after their careers start to decline. Rourke, who had a legitimate 6-0-2 record in boxing, knocked out Jericho with one punch after the match.
  • Worthy Opponent: In Real Life, Jericho considers John Cena and Shawn Michaels to be his favorite people on the roster to work with.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In Real Life, if you jump Chris, he will punch you.
    • Also in kayfabe, during his 2008 feud with Shawn Michaels by punching out Shawn's wife, Rebecca.
    • Earlier than that, his first run as Intercontinental champion came about by feuding with Chyna.
    • He also tried to go after CM Punk's sister after the latter slapped him during their match at Extreme Rules 2012. Naturally, this mashed one of Punk's Berserk Buttons hard, and Jericho got his ass kicked for his trouble.

...ARMBAR!!!
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alternative title(s): Chris Jericho
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