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Wrestling: D-Generation X
"If you're not down with this page, we got two words for ya..."

"Suck it!"

D-Generation X is a Professional Wrestling Power Stable that began in the Attitude Era of the Monday Night Wars (roughly late 1997) and ended in March of 2010, after many incarnations. It also has close ties to The Kliq (due to Real Life Writes the Plot) and the New World Order (in the sense that both stables were very similar in their Refuge in Audacity tendencies, although they were wimpy compared to Team No Respect in FMW in Japan.)

Now, that's the boring answer. So, are you ready?, No TV Tropes, I said ARE YOU READY? Break it down!. Ahem, D-Generation X exemplified the Vulgar Humor craziness of the late 1990s WWF. It consisted of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, X-Pac, Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Rick Rude, and Tori. As you can see, not every member of D-X was successful, but its legacy and the lengthy bond between all (well, most) of them changed the careers of everyone involved and in many ways wrestling forever.

As usual, The Other Wiki has more details on the stable.

These tropes suck it:

  • Arch-Enemy: The Hart Foundation, The Nation of Domination, and The Corporation were all enemies of DX in succession.
    • In the later runs with only Hunter and Shawn, it would be the McMahon family (more specifically Vince and Shane), Rated-RKO, and Jeri-Show.
  • Animal Motif: The Road Dogg even had a anthropomorphic representation of himself on some of his merch in the form of a green bulldog.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The entire damn stable. From where Triple H stands in relation to Shawn Michaels when they hit the ring to the setup to Road Dogg's Pumphandle Powerslam to the random lips painted all over Billy Gunn's trunks along with his moniker of "Mr. Ass". D-X reeks of this trope.
    "You know and I know, that Shawn Michaels and his boy-toy Hunter Helmsley are the one responsible for all the problems right now."
    • When your catchphrase is "Let's get ready to suck it!", this trope is pretty much inevitable.
  • Appropriated Appellation/Insult Backfire: Bret Hart called them a pack of degenerates, so they took on that name for themselves.
  • The Artifact: HHH's "ARE YOU READY"/"Let's get ready to SUCK ITTTT!" intro started as a mockery of Michael Buffer's melodramatic intros for WCW Monday Nitro main events. He brought it back as part of the DX reunion in 2006, even though WCW had been dead since 2001.
    • The New Age Outlaws continue to wear D-Generation X shirts to the ring in their occasional in-ring reunions to this day, despite the stable having dissolved for good in 2010.
  • Breakup Breakout: Triple H, who went from a smart-assed comic-relief type to a guy called "the Cerebral Assassin" and a thirteen-time world champion. Not to mention the son-in-law of the boss. Shawn doesn't count because he was well established before forming DX.
  • Butt Monkey: Shawn was often the victim of (comical) physical abuse during the later DX runs, but especially during the "one night only" reunion in 2007.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The Kliq and its various offshoots have a long history of this.
    • The New Age Outlaws formed when the Road Dogg (formerly the Roadie/"The Real "Double-J" Jesse Jammes) convinced Rockabilly to leave the Honky Tonk Man and join forces with him. Rockabilly agreed, smashing Honky over the head with his own guitar for emphasis. This came after Flash Funk had defeated Rockabilly on the October 11 (taped October 6), 1997 Shotgun Saturday Night due to Honky tripping up Gunn, and, once Road Dogg walked out, Flash's win was immediately forgotten.
    • DX beat up Commissioner Shawn on the January 4, 1999 Raw.
    • WWE Champion The Rock defeated Triple H in an "I Quit" match on the January 25, 1999 Raw after The Corporation ran in and Kane had Chyna up for a chokeslam. The Big Bossman told HHH to give up or Chyna's neck would be broken. HHH agreed, and said "I quit." Chyna thanked him by...low-blowing him and joining the Corporation.
    • HHH turned on X-Pac during his match with WWE European Heavyweight Champion Shane McMahon at WrestleMania XV, costing X-Pac the match and joining the Corporation.
      • Which occurred moments after Chyna turned on Kane during his match against HHH and rejoined DX.
    • X-Pac turned on Kane to reform the late 1999-2000 heel version of DX with HHH and the NAO.
  • Cool Hat: Shawn with his cowboy hat.
  • Cool Old Guy: Shawn and Hunter in the final incarnation of DX firmly hit this trope.
  • Crowd Song: "We got two words for ya: SUCK IT!" and these two for the New Age Outlaws:
    • "Oh you didn't know?! Yo' ass better caaaaaall somebodyyyyyy!" (Even when it was removed from Road Dogg's entrance theme, the crowd would still do it.)
    • "Llllladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, tonight, D-Generation X proudly brings to you its six-time WWE Tag Team Champions of the Wooooorld... The Road Dogg Jesse James! The Bad Ass Billy Gunn! THE NEW! AGE! OUTLAWS!" (Yes, the crowd would join in this chant as well.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Triple H, hell, the main reason he got pushed was because Shawn Michaels thought Trips was hilarious; the audience certainly agreed.
  • Delinquents: Their major gimmick, due to Shawn Michaels and Triple H's Real Life backstage hijinks.
  • Depraved Bisexuals: Hunter and Shawn most notably.
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Five-Man Band
    • The (Anti) Hero: Triple H
    • The Lancer: X-Pac
    • The Smart Guy: Road Dogg
      • Roadie's greatest plan ever involved a one fall match that had three teams facing each other for the Tag Titles. LOD 2000 and Disciples of Apocalypse did most of the fighting while the Outlaws stood on the corner until finally LOD and DOA had enough and tagged BOTH Outlaws into the match, forcing the tag team champs to fight. Road Dogg would end up laying down for Billy Gunn and got the easy pin and title retention to the absolute horror of the other two teams. The next time the Outlaws had a title defense, the commentary team has mentioned that the Outlaws' loophole had been closed and that two partners could not be tagged in at the same time.
    • The Big Guy: Bad Ass Billy Gunn
    • The Chick: Chyna
      • She could - and often did - double as a second Big Guy, but she was also the one responsible for mitigating the egos of the wrestlers involved.
  • Hostile Show Takeover
  • Ho Yay: Just look at the page. Though it doesn't get more blatant than Shawn and Hunter kissing in the middle of the ring and Hunter's response to the question of whether or not he was bilingual:
    I'm bi- a lot of things. Lingual ain't one of them.
  • Hypocrite: Quite a few examples.
    • HHH taking part in something (the Nation parody) that involved mocking the size of someone's (Owen Hart) nose.
    • HHH and Chyna taking part in the parody of The Corporation, a Heel faction they would both later join. Of course, HHH would later join the ACTUAL Corporation a few years later.
  • Jerkass: A whole group of them.
  • Kick the Dog: One of the most cruel acts committed by DX was during the Thanksgiving '99 episode of SmackDown when they invited a group of homeless into the arena for a Thanksgiving feast. Instead of offering them the food, DX tortured the homeless people by waving food in front of their faces. Of course, the whole segment was played for laughs.
  • Merchandise-Driven: DX circa 2010 ran off of this trope, at least they made it funny.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The clear reason why Road Dogg and Billy Gunn have returned to WWE, after they had mocked DX and the company in TNA (saying DX stood for "Dumb to the Xtreme"). They had been teaming as the Jammes Gang and renamed the team the Voodoo Kin Mafianote 
    • Out of universe, Gunn/Kip James once did a shoot interview where he said,
    KIP JAMES: "Bad things happen to bad people and that motherfucker will pass me on the way down,when he's not married to the boss' daughter or he's fuckin' in trouble or something.. and he bypasses me at the airport I'm going to knock his fucking dick off."
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shawn. Just - Shawn, and to a lesser but still significant extent, Triple H.
  • No Fourth Wall: All the damn time. They murdered the fourth wall with great abandon and impunity.
    • On a segment posted on WWE.com:
      Hunter: For the thousands in attendance, for the millions who, five minutes ago, were watching at home- *crowd boos* Guys, it's like, 11:08, we're off the air!
    • The constant references to Triple H's real-life wife and him being the father of her children.
      Shawn: Man, that baby looks familiar, but I just can't put my finger on it. *taps Triple H on the shoulder*
  • Only Sane Man: Chyna, most of the time.
  • Ordered Apology: After they took over RAW one night from Jonathan Coachman when Vince was out, due to the fact that they didn't have the legal authority to do that. Shawn was willing but Hunter saw no point, and the attempts to apologize were constantly shot down to the point that they hadn't apologized to anyone at all. Shawn even attempted to apologize for something hadn't even happened yet.
  • Pirate: X-Pac certainly looked like one.
  • Popularity Power: Enough to get Shawn Michaels ("for one night only") cheered in Montreal.
  • Power Stable
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "ARE? YOU?? REEEAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDYYYYYY???????"
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Shawn and Hunter, post-2000. They teased a DX reunion during Shawn's original 2002 comeback, but that lead to a heel turn for Hunter and a three-year rivalry. They finally pulled the trigger in mid-2006, and ran with it until Shawn's retirement in 2010.
    • For the 1000th episode of Raw, Shawn and Hunter came to the ring in their gear and were about to do the intro when Shawn said they were missing someone. Cue Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac entering the arena. This was actually the first time that DX had appeared in that particular configuration.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-Blooded, egomaniac Shawn, and the laid back, snide Hunter fit this trope perfectly.
    • Inverted in the reunion with Triple H making all the bawdy jokes and a mellowed-out Shawn cringing off to the side.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Their signature. Among many instances:
    • The time they hijacked a tank and invaded a WCW live show.
    • Any of their excellent parodies (the Nation, The Corporation, the McMahon family).
    • Takeovers of shows (which was also a staple of rival group the nWo) and messing with the production truck, pyrotechnics, microphones, etc.
    • The time they played strip poker in the middle of the ring.
    • DX's "Christmas Present to the World" - let's say it involved Shawn and Hunter dressed only in thongs.
    • Raining crap on Vince, Shane, and the Spirit Squad.
    • Shawn sticking the Canadian flag up his nose . . . in Calgary.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Played with Shawn Michaels and Triple H's run from 2006-2010.
  • Shameless Self-Promotion: One of DX's trademarks (especially during the later reunion runs) is their inability to resist a cheap plug for their merchandise, whether it be their action figures, T-shirts, DVDs, or even their new book, in the most blatant, forced, and incongruous way possible, with Cheshire Cat grins on their faces the whole time.
    Shawn Michaels: Now available on WWEShop.com! Buy! Buy! Buy!
  • Sickly Green Glow: Part of the DX aesthetic was bright neon green letters, arena lighting, merchandise and glowsticks.
  • Sixth Ranger: In late 1998 to 1999, Mankind was a unofficial member of the group during their war with the Corporation and, in fact, DX was watching Mankind's back during his famous first world title win. After the match, DX hoisted him on their shoulders with smiles too big not to be real.
    • This despite how these same guys had beaten the crap out of Cactus Jack and Terry Funk nine months earlier in the cage match on the March 30, 1998 Raw when the New Age Outlaws officially joined the group and regained the WWE World Tag Team Titles.note 
    • Kane could have been considered one during DX's run in 1999.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: First against The Hart Foundation, then later against The Corporation and eventually the McMahons themselves.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: All the damn time.
  • Stripperiffic: Any time Shawn Michaels was in the ring, but for maximum tropage:
    • The time Shawn, Hunter, and Chyna played strip poker in the middle of the ring.
    • The time Shawn and Hunter stripped down to mistletoe-covered thongs for Christmas. (complete with "Merry DXMas" written on their asses).
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During their late 1999 heel run, the group had the opportunity to bring Kane into the fold who was tagging with X-Pac at the time. For whatever reason, D-X decided it'd be great if instead they'd turn on the hulking yet loyal monster and make an enemy out of him.
  • The Trickster: Both Shawn and Hunter, especially during their first run.
  • True Companions: DX was born out of a Real Life group of these in The Kliq.
  • Unperson: Chyna. Her absence in the Raw 1000 reunion episode solidifies this.
    • Tori got fired for legitimately refusing to return to the developmental league, and hasn't been mentioned on WWF/E television since then. Since she was never a very important part of DX, people mostly didn't even notice.note 
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Probably the poster children for this trope. If we tried to list all of DX's juvenile pranks, promos, and segments, we'd be here all year decade.
  • X Makes Anything Cool
  • X-Pac Heat: Well, it did contain the Trope Namer. However, X-Pac didn't get unpopular while he was still in DX - that wouldn't happen until a year and a half later when DX was over, but X-Pac was still chopping his crotch and playing the exact same character.

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