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Wrestling: Goldust

Dustin Runnels, born 1969, is a Professional Wrestler best known by his ring names Dustin Rhodes and Goldust. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, the half-brother of fellow WWE superstar, Cody Rhodes and the ex-husband of former WWE Diva Terri "Marlena" Runnels. While he is most known for his work in WWE and WCW, he has also competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling, the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis, TNA, HUSTLE, and many independent promotions around the U.S.

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former WCW World 6-Man Tag Team Champion w/Matt Borne and "The Z-Man" Tom Zenk, a former 3x WCW World Tag Team Champion, holding the belts 1x w/Ricky Steamboat and 2x w/Barry Windham, a former 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a former 3x WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, a former 10x WWE Hardcore Champion a former WWE World Tag Team Champion w/Booker T, and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion alongside his brother Cody.

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"You will never forget the tropes of *inhaled deeply* Goldust":

  • Agent Peacock: Okay, so he's pretty gay and a movie nerd but if pushed he throws down with the best of them. Sheamus in character credited the name he made for himself to his brawls with Goldust in WWECW.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Of himself as Black Reign in TNA
  • Ambiguously Gay: Though it could be argued that that was all part of his mindgames to get into his opponent's head. Jerry Lawler once outright asked the question, to which Goldust shouted "NOOOO!" before beating him down.
    • What Could Have Been: The character was supposed to be the first openly gay wrestler, and was portrayed as one for about a month (his first major feud was sending love letters to Razor Ramon). However, gay rights groups got upset over a gay person also being "evil," so Marlena was introduced and it all became "mindgames."
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of movies, and, especially, the Academy Award, when the Goldust gimmick started.
  • The Artifact: Shattered Dreams. He invented the move specifically to get back at Val Venis for fooling around with Marlena, but he kept using it afterwards too.
  • Ass Kicks You: He likes to hip check people he whips into the ropes.
  • Award Bait Song: His WWE entrance music intentionally invokes this, befitting of his gimmick.
  • Badass Family: He's a Rhodes, it's a given.
    • Dustin was the one that established this trope, being the first of Dusty's kids to follow in his footsteps.
  • Bald of Evil: Concealed by a wig, which he would toss at the camera when it was time to wrestle. Less so once the fans started popping for him, obviously.
  • Black Face: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust wore it, along with an afro wig and a boom box before the 1998 Royal Rumble on Raw. He happened to be facing Flash Funk, who actually was black. Funk knocked off the wig, making The Artist a dark skinned blonde.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Hornswoggle was about to get crushed by The Big Show, he came in just in time, to save him. He lost miserably, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Blow You Away: Normally his "wonder breathing" is just creepy or disgusting to other wrestlers but he managed to blow Summer Rae off the ring apron with it once. (Cody was their to catch her)
  • Captain Ersatz: As Dusty Rhodes Jr. in WWC.
  • Catch Phrase
    • "Remember the name...GOLDUST"/"You will never... forget the name of *inhales deeply*...GOLDUST!"
    • "Shut the hell up!" was shouted by Luna and The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust when the fans inevitably got sick of his inane, irrelevant promos.
  • CloudCuckoolander: What do you expect with a guy who covers himself in gold and black facepaint, the wigs, and the other crazy hijinx that's happened over the years?
    • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: As of mid-2014, he's become this to Stardust (his brother). You know things are bad if Goldust is this.
  • Cosplay
    • While teaming with Booker T Goldust did his fair share of it. Sometimes as popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. Other times as popular movie characters, such as Darth Vader.
    • The Artists Formerly Known As Goldust became known as Chynadust, Dust Lovedust, Dustydust, Hunterdust, Flashdust, Marilyn Mansondust, Sabledust and Vaderdust.
  • Depraved Bisexual: At least he pretended to be one.
  • Drop the Hammer: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust hitting Big Van Vader with a hammer is what really started their feud.
  • Drugs Are Bad: A serious message in his autobiography Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness.
  • Evil Cripple: The Artists formerly known as Goldust claimed his wrist was too injured to tag in for the Survivor Series match under team USA lead by Big Van Vader. After Survivor Series he milked it for all it was worth, coming out to the arena in a wheel chair and claiming his injury had spread to his whole body, making him an invalid paraplegic. Vader's manager was having none of it.
    Jim Cornette:"No, he's an invalid!"
  • Facial Markings: In longer matches they would start to rub off or be sweated off.
  • Fake Hair Drama: At W.O.W (Warriors Of Wrestling) The Latin Lover Chachi stole his wig.
  • Finishing Move: The Curtain Call/Lone Star State Of Mind (Falling inverted DDT). The Final cut (a neckbreaker lifted like a suplex). As Dustin Rhodes, he usually used the bulldog.
  • Fun with Acronyms: After Dustin burned the Goldust suit on the May 11, 1998 Raw, he went back to his real name and started a gimmick as a born-again Christian. It was mostly played straight and serious (in fact, his warning before the Sable-Wrestling/Jacqueline bikini contest at WWF Fully Loaded, July 26, 1998, was a definite precursor to WWE's subsequent Real Life problems with the Parents' Television Council, which spawned the Right to Censor gimmick), though Dustin also appeared in taped vignettes where he would attempt to spread his message and would claim to be speaking for an organization called Evangelists Against Television Media and Entertainment.
  • G-Rated Sex: During a 1996 match with The Undertaker, Taker was knocked out and Goldust... took advantage of his prone state. By laying on him and rubbing himself against Taker. Likely as close to male-on-male molestation as the WWF/WWE would ever show. (Of course, Undie was laying in wait, immediately grabbed his throat impressively fought his way to a standing position while holding Goldie in midair ... and went on to deliver a huge chokeslam before defeating him.)
  • Genre Savvy: Of Pro-Wrestling and Film
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In his book, he acknowledges how "sick" some of his promos were during his initial heel run (e.g., eating a chocolate bar while talking about Ahmed Johnson.)
  • Gorgeous George: He keeps the ambiguity up even as a face, flirting with both Fandango and Summer Rae, to their mutual displeasure. His valet Marlena was supposed to be this trope too but the storyline was rejected. Goldust was originally planned as an aversion though media watchdogs scrapped the plans for him to be outed as actually gay.
  • Groin Attack: "Shattered Dreams" in his early years. More recently, he's been a liberal user of the famously legal most-definitely-not-a-Groin Attack reverse atomic drop.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Averted during his feud with Stevie Richards and notable in that Goldust still suffers negative effects from it even after the Seven Year Rule says he should no longer have to, as he explained to Abraham Washington on WWECW.
  • He's Back: When Cody Rhodes was temporarily fired. Goldust comes back and tries to get his job back.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: With Marlena and Luna Vachon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Yoshi Tatsu are superpals.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: After getting "electrocuted", thankfully it died down and went away permanently later on, though it was Played for Laughs, which it received.
  • Large Ham: What do you expect from someone whose face is painted gold and wears gold suit and a wig?
  • Named Weapons: Black Reign's spike, Darkness Falls.
  • Nepotism: Being Dusty's son, and with Dusty's booking power in WCW, he had to work to overcome the implications of this. It was largely averted in fact. Goldust's greatest success came in the years beginning the WWE Attitude Era, where he and his father worked in different promotionsnote  and weren't even on speaking terms.
  • Mascot: Misty, his pet rat as Black Reign
  • Mini Mook: Minidust, who looked even more effeminate than the big guy.
  • Odd Friendship: With Booker T. Huge emphasis on the 'odd' part.
  • Parts Unknown (as Black Reign in TNA): "The Deepest Darkest Corner of His Mind"
  • Rage Against the Author/Real Life Writes the Plot: Dustin got tired of being Goldust at one point and tried to be a born-again Christian wrestler. (See above under Fun with Acronyms.) The gimmick sadly didn't take, in part because WWE didn't care and in part because it was just him in a t-shirt and blue jeans just preaching before matches. Even when Dustin went to WCW and TNA, he never tried (or they never let him try) the gimmick again.
  • Red Baron: "The Bizarre One", "The Prince of Perversion", "The Man With The Golden Power"
    • As Dustin Rhodes, he was called "The Natural," "The American Nightmare," or "Lonestar." The latter was used by Matt Striker when speaking about Goldust in WWECW.
  • The Rival: Though the history wasn't ever referred to in WWE, Dustin has had a lot of matches against William Regal dating back to the early 90s in WCW.
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe: With Aksana on WWE NXT.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Goldust regularly quoted or otherwise referenced movies in his promos, starting with the initial pre-debut vignettes.
    • His new facepaint as of his late-2013 WWE run is basically a golden Darth Maul.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: In character, and arguably Real Life. He's a good sixteen years older than Cody, and by their own admission the Rhodes brothers don't have a lot in common
  • Signature Move: He has two in regards to the backdrop. Countering it by falling on his back and punching them (though he started dropping to his knees instead later) or with an exaggerated jumping face buster.
    • Often both will be used along with a power slam, and high cross body for his five moves of doom, ending with the final cut (though not too often)
  • Still Got It: Oh hell yes. Beat The Shield along with his brother in two consecutive matches - a feat that's been done very few times, if at all - won the Tag Team Titles at age 44, and (both in-universe and in Real Life) is said to look as good or better in the ring as at any point during his long career.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Texas Broncos, w/Kendall Windham.
    • With Booker T. The team never had a name; fans called them "Black Gold" while wrestling sites referred to them as "The Movie Critics"
    • And now with his brother Cody Rhodes.
  • Take That Kiss: One of his moves to throw off an opponent.
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X: The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, a period where he was managed by Luna Vachon and most known for wearing disturbing outfits.
  • Villain Team-Up: In his TAKFA Goldust days in early 1998, he and "Marvelous" Marc Mero randomly joined forces against the Headbangers, with Goldust dressing up as Marilyn Manson. This fell apart when Sable and Luna Vachon started their own feud.
  • Wrestling Family: Son of Dusty Rhodes and half-brother of Cody. He was married to Terri Runnels for a couple of years. Also, Jerry Sags of The Nasty Boys and Fred "Tugboat"/"Typhoon" Ottman are/were uncles at one point, as they have both been Dusty's brothers-in-law

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