Wrestling: Hulk Hogan

His name is synonymous with wrestling, BROTHER.

"Whatcha gonna do, brother, when the largest arms in the world and HULKAMANIA run WILD on you?!?!?"

His given name is Terry Gene Bollea (August 11, 1953-). You know him better as Hulk Hogan. If the name doesn't ring any bells, you were either born in the past decade or you've been living under a rock for the past three. To put it simply: Hogan is the single most famous professional wrestler to ever lace up a pair of boots, as even his industry rival, Ric Flair, has reluctantly admitted.

Hogan, like most great wrestlers of the 70s and 80s, is an invention of Verne Gagne (something Verne never let Vince forget) who later got pinched by the WWF. Simply put, Hogan is the guy who made wrestling go mainstream. Vince had the dream, but Hogan had the face, and the push for nationalization would not have worked without him. Moreover, Hogan was already a household name by 1983, with his memorable cameo in Rocky III and interviews on numerous talk shows worldwide.

It's common "knowledge" that Hogan can't wrestle. While he demonstrated great technical ability in his Japanese tours, that's not what American audiences wanted from Hogan. He wasn't a lure for hobbyists, or adrenaline junkies looking for hurricanranas and pele kicks. Hulk Hogan was Captain America. People were buying up tickets just to see Hogan "beat the odds" and "run wild". Truth is, he didn't have do much other than pose, cup his ear and leg drop someone. And all Vince had to do was count their money.

It was when Hogan faced allegations of steroid use, took his act to Hollywood (see below) and later joined WCW that he ran into problems. In 1992, it was speculated that (in addition to constant training) Hogan had been using anabolic steroids to enhance his physical strength - a fact he confirmed two years later. This almost instantly killed his status as a "good role model for kids" and, consequentially, put a major dent in his popularity. At the same time, in 1993, WCW was still an old-fashioned rasslin' promotion, and introducing a superhero like Hogan (and even campier villains) never quite clicked. But Hogan still had one last card to play: He took the plunge and turned heel, betting the novelty of "Evil Hulk" would be enough to get by. He was right. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan was born at Bash at the Beach '96, and wrestling history jackknifed into an era known as "Attitude".

Hogan would don the red and yellow once again by 1999, but the diminishing returns of the nWo angle and numerous business and creative failures led to WWF (now WWE) buying out WCW. He has maintained an infrequent presence on TV, alternating between Reality TV star and General Manager of TNA Impact. He was re-signed to the WWE on a legends deal, including making appearances at Wrestlemania 30 and 31, however, in July 2015, he was "future endeavoured" after audio surfaced of a racist rant he made against his daughter's black boyfriend during his infamous sex tape with Heather Cole.

Hogan has also "acted" in over a dozen films. Under his belt are such classics as No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, Mr. Nanny, Santa With Muscles, Three Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (listed on IMDb's "100 Worst Movies") Thunder in Paradise and morenote . This opened the door for other WWE alumni to have film and TV careers, but only The Rock has equaled Hogan's cinematic output (although Kevin Nash is sneakily trying to catch up).

That Other Wiki has an extensive article on his life and career (both in and out of the ring), so you can go check that out if you really need a refresher.

These Tropes Are American Made:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Just when you think Hogan's had his last match... During one such retirement, he announced he was running for president.
    • Hogan is now approximately 90% cyborg, a pensioner, and can barely walk. He's still stumping for a match with Cena.
  • Alliterative Name: Hulk Hogan, and "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.
  • All American Face: For fourteen years. Hogan became so synonymous with the role that his Face-Heel Turn genuinely sent shock waves through the industry.
    • The Mr. America gimmick in WWE in 2003 was his last stab at it.
  • Arch-Enemy: André the Giant, Sting, Ric Flair. Roddy Piper was Hogan's Arch-Enemy during the early days of Hulkamania.
  • Attention Whore: The general consensus amongst modern wrestling fans is that yes, Hogan today is very much an attention whore, both onscreen and in Real Life. Back in WCW, Hogan used to schedule his vacations during football season so the dip in the ratings could be blamed on him not being there, justifying his claim that new guys couldn't draw so that way he could keep the spotlight on himself.
  • Badass Mustache: The hair of a REAL American is apparently not on the top
  • Badass Grandpa: Hogan will probably no-sell the Grim Reaper and run wild on him when the time comes.
    • Hogan always looked great for his age, so much so that in Toronto—which used to be Flair Country until the WWF dominated the scene there—Flair sold himself as the establishment heel and Hogan as the scrappy upstart, despite them being only 5 years apart in mileage.
  • Beard of Evil: And contrary to popular belief, it wasn't a sprayed-or-painted on beard. It was dyed dark though, which made it occasionally look painted on.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: I wonder how Hulk feels now about telling Bully Ray to do something that'll be remembered forever?
  • Berserk Button: In real life, Hogan does not take jokes about bald people terribly well. Just ask Vince Russo or WCW circa 2000. This would explain why Hogan's models in video games often wear a bandana or (especially in more recent games) have a full head of hair added to them (for example in WWE 2K15).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Although he is careful to remain cool and amiable during interviews, even the Hulk has his limits, such as when he was invited on Richard Belzer's cable talk show Hot Properties as part of an expose on pro wrestling. The program is now remembered solely for Hulk placing Belzer in a sleeper hold, causing the spry host to collapse like a lawn chair and hurt his head.
  • Big Bad: In WCW as "Hollywood Hogan," the leader of the New World Order. Of course when the nWo came to WWE, the nWo became hired thugs of WWE's Big Bad and owner Vince McMahon.
  • Big "YES!": His response to Roddy Piper, who asked him if he accepted Heenan and Andre's challenge for the WWF title at WrestleMania III.
  • Bookends: To a degree in his relationship with the WWF. In the mid 80s, he became the perennial WWF champion for years while spearheading the promotion's nationwide expansion, being the first champion most fans remember to any meaningful degree as anything other than the answer to a trivia question. Certainly the first significantly important world champion in the promotion's history. During his later tour with the WWF in 2002 after WCW's shutdown, he became the final WWF world champion, as the company changed its name to WWE during his championship reign.
  • Boring Yet Practical: During his AWA run, he got into an argument with Verne Gagne in his office and Hulk put a side headlock on him, which reportedly led to this exchange.
    VERNE: "Is that the only hold you know?"
    HULK: "It's the only hold I NEED to know to take you down!"
    • Both his finishers. One's a simple leg drop and the Axe Bomber is a slightly altered lariat.
  • Breakup Breakout: During their NWA and AWA days, Terry Bollea and Ed Leslie were a tag team of Unrelated Brothers, known alternately as Terry & Ed Boulder and Hulk & Dizzy Hogan. Hulk Hogan, of course, became Hulk Hogan. Ed Leslie became best known as either Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, or "that guy with no talent who only has a job because he's best friends with Hulk Hogan." In Ed Leslie's defense, he gained quite a bit of popularity after his Heel-Face Turn in '87 and he became a decent wrestler in late '89, and, unlike HHH, his connection to Hogan wasn't apparent at the time. Unfortunately his para-sailing accident in 1990 put an end to all that and anything after really was riding Hogan's coat tails.
  • Calling Your Attacks: After the Big Boot, Hogan would often do the ear-cupping thing to the crowd before going for the legdrop. Also, according to Chris Jericho, Hogan actually mutters "Hulk Up, Hulk Up, Hulk Up, Hulk Up" to himself when he, well, Hulks Up.
  • Captain Ersatz: Fire Pro Wrestling naturally had "Ichiban".
  • Care Bear Stare:
    1. Hogan starts off strong (he subsists entirely on milk and vitamins and thus is unstoppable)
    2. Bad guy does somethin' to CHEAT, that dirty sonuvabitch
    3. All is lost.
    4. Hulk Hogan looks to the right.
    5. Hulk Hogan looks to the left.
    6. The Hulkamaniacs start to cheer.
    7. Hogan, shaking his fists, looks deep within himself and remembers what A Real American Hero is.
  • Cassandra Truth: Initially—initially—knew that Bully Ray was Evil All Along. He's been that man before. Even in TNA. And he's been around Bully Ray enough in TNA to be able to know what he's about.
  • Catch Phrase:
  • Celebrity Toons: Hulk Hogans Rock N Wrestling, in which he was played by Brad Garrett.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: His "Mr. America" persona. Come on, now. He even strikes the same poses. Vince couldn't fire him from Raw because he didn't have ironclad "proof" that it was the same guy.
    • "Rip Thomas" in No Holds Barred.
  • Chaste Hero: At his core, Hogan is a great big kid. Though this was not always the case in the old days.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hogan would routinely do heel spots: Choking, fingernail scrapes, closed fists — even interfering in a match by smacking DiBiase in the back of the head with a chair and setting up Macho (the babyface) to get the pin at WrestleMania IV. Hogan is similar to "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant in that they trained to wrestle heel and never bothered to learn much in the other direction. However, they were both over and charismatic enough that when they heeled out on their opponents, fans accepted that the guy getting the business must've done something to deserve it.
  • Cool Mask: Hogan's Mr. America mask.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In 1985, Randy Savage got Miss Elizabeth to climb into the ring before one of Hogan's matches and ask "why he doesn't wrestle anyone with credentials." Judging by what he then did to jobber Rusty Brooks, he was, let's say, a bit put out by the accusation.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: A serial tanner
  • Deconstruction & Reconstruction: The first worked like a charm, but the second proved more difficult. Hollywood Hogan's stated reason for turning heel was that he felt fickle fans didn't appreciate all he'd done for them, ignored his charity work and avoided his films like the plague. He became a sleazy parody of what heels had always accused of him of being: a money-grubbing showboat who rewarded his friends and punished his rivals. However, he fell out of favor with the nWo in 1999, when he, Nash, and Savage began to squabble over who was going to be in charge of WCW with Flair removed from office. He reverted to his trusty red & gold and trounced Savage and Nash to a great crowd reaction — the object of the whole nWo exercise, no doubt.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable
    • One of the only people to ever defeat André the Giant by pinfall. Conversely, anyone who manages to beat Hogan cleanly is considered to have done this. In fact, the list of people who have beaten Hogan cleanly can be counted on your fingers, and still have room left over. It's worth checking, at least:
    • Was pinned clean by the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, giving Warrior his only world title run.
    • The most triumphant example may be his WCW title match against Lex Luger. Not only did Luger get Hogan to tap out clean to the Torture Rack, but he survived a slew of nWo run-ins without resulting in a DQ.
    • The famous world title loss to Goldberg on Nitro.
      • In Warrior's big "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Hogan on the August 17, 1998 Nitro, he said, " Hogan - beating you means nothing anymore. Everybody already has," with Bobby Heenan adding, "Now, to Hogan, that hurts."
    • Lost clean to perennial cruiserweight midcarder Billy Kidman during their feud in 2000. Clean, but more of a fluke win than actually being defeated.
    • Famously lost clean to the Rock at WrestleMania X8, first tapping out on a submission hold (which didn't count due to a ref bump) and then being pinned after the Rock kicked out following the five moves of doom and countered with his own.
    • Jacques Rougeau (best known for his runs in the WWF as half of the Fabulous Rougeau Bros. and later as The Mountie) once pinned him cleanly in WCW.
    • As far as the trope applied to Hogan's opponents, the WWF would often sign a new monster heel, touted as unbeatable, and then allow that wrestler to run roughshod over jobbers and low- to mid-carders, even occasionally taking out a main eventer. Famous examples include King Kong Bundy, The One Man Gang (before he became Akeem), the Big Bossman, Big John Studd, and Earthquake; Andre the Giant became an example when he turned heel in 1987. Hogan would then get a shot at the heel and, after enduring a beating, would come back with his Five Moves of Doom to eventually defeat the bad guy. By the time Hogan was done with the feud, the monster heel wasn't so fearsome anymore.
  • Dented Iron: Hogan's patented legdrop has caused serious damage to his knees and spine over the years, not helped by his long-term steroid abuse, and the sheer length of his career. He's had numerous spinal operations that have left him all but unable to wrestle, and have even resulted in him losing several inches of height.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: His Freudian Excuse for his infamous Face-Heel Turn. See Motive Rant below. WWE fans love to say Vince made Hogan, and that he'd be nothing without him. This is of course ignoring the fact that he was so popular over in Japan that he was called Ichiban, which means Number One, and that the phrase Hulkamania was first used in the AWA.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He made his WWE debut in 1979 as a heel managed by Freddie Blassie and wearing blue tights, kneepads and trunks. And had a full head of hair.
  • Evil All Along: His 2010 TNA Face-Heel Turn.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Hogan switched out his famous yellow trunks and boots for black-and-white tights with a lightning design airbrushed on when he joined the nWo. Possibly foreshadowed during the Dungeon of Doom feud, when he briefly became the black-clad "Darkside" Hogan.
  • Expy: He visually resembled Jesse Ventura, who in turn took cues from Superstar Billy Graham. Their gimmicks were pretty different once you got past that though.
  • Face-Heel Turn: One of, if not then the, most famous example in wrestling history. Hogan - the ultimate All American Face, who taught kids to train, say their prayers, take their vitamins, and believe in themselves - turned his back on the fans at Bash at the Beach 1996, once more becoming one of wrestling's top draws (this time, as a Heel).
    • Heel-Face Turn: Following the huge crowd reaction to Hogan when the nWo came into the WWF, Hogan was quickly moved out of the group and turned back to a face role. He did a similar turn twenty years earlier in the AWA, to the point where when he returned to the WWF, he was brought in as a straight-up babyface.
    • Ladies and gentlemen, please note: Hulk is the page picture for both Heel and Face.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: Hogan was one of the two men involved with the actual Trope Naming match.
  • Finger Wag: Part of his Five Moves of Doom.
  • Finishing Move: The nigh-infamous Leg Drop, originally used as a way for Hogan to take pressure off a dodgy knee, eventually became the finisher we all know.
    • In Japan, Hogan uses a running clothesline known as the Axe Bomber, mostly due to fan demand after he legitimately knocked out Antonio Inoki with said clothesline.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Hulk Up, Punch, Punch, Punch, Irish Whip, Big Boot and Leg Drop.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: While Hulk Hogan had some success in TNA, it is generally looked upon as one of his failures, a re-heating of the nWo/Hollywood angle.
  • Follow the Leader: The bodybuilder look, the long blonde hair, calling people "Brother," and even the "Twenty-four inch pythons" catchphrase all came from Superstar Billy Graham.
  • Game-Breaking Injury
    • Potentially. Hogan had spinal fusion surgery in late 2010, which might very well end his active wrestling career permanently.
    • To put this in perspective, this was the same surgery Edge had in 2003 that led to his retirement. Edge was 29 at the time and lasted eight more years, probably against better judgment. Hulk Hogan was nearly twice that age.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Always happens after he Hulks up, emphasized by a huge "YOU!" from him and the crowd. Followed up by his Five Moves of Doom.
  • Handicapped Badass: He looks pretty good for a guy who's had a billion and 1 back and knee surgeries.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: The years have not been kind to the Hulkster. On top of being blamed for The Death of WCW, he went through a messy divorce with his wife of twenty years, and had several hits to his reputation for his own actions. Several of his forays into other media are seen as desperate attempts to keep the spotlight, including a reality show and a stint on American Gladiators. His tenure with TNA was seen as the company's Dork Age, and he got blackmailed with a sex tape. He sued to keep said sex tape from being released, only for the transcript of the tape to show him saying copious racist and homophobic slurs that got him fired from the WWE and made him Persona Non Grata in their eyes, being scrubbed from nearly every inch of their website, including his picture being removed from the online Hall of Fame. In short, it really sucks to be the Hulk these days.
  • Heel: Hogan's "Hollywood" persona, used during his time in the nWo.
  • Hulking Up: You can tell the difference between Face and Heel Hogan because Heel Hogan is in no-sell mode immediately, whereas Face Hogan starts trembling and huffing like he's having an asthma attack, until the baddie stupidly lays That One Hit on him, causing him to run wild and drop the leg of doom. If they just walked away and left him shaking in the ring, he might die of malnutrition.
    Noah Antwiler: Sleeper holds never work on the good guy. He almost goes out, right? But then he goes into some kinda seizure... WTF HE'S HULKING OUT! HULKAMANIA'S RUNNING WILD! NO DON'T PUNCH HIM, HE'S INVULNERABLE!
    Ric Flair *knife edge chop*
    Hogan: YOOOOOU!!
  • Hypocrite: In 2010, Hogan interrupted a heartfelt speech from Jeff Jarrett, accusing him of being a glory hog who kept younger talent down in order to keep the spotlight on himself. This would be an accurate and legitimate criticism of Jarrett's career...if it hadn't come from Hogan, the biggest Attention Whore in the history of professional wrestling. The audience of the Impact Zone was perfectly aware of this and didn't hesitate to boo Hogan out of the building.
  • I Have Many Names: Terry "The Hulk" Boulder, Sterling Golden, and Hulk Hogan. In films he's often credited as Terry "Hulk" Hogan.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: His iconic match with The Rock in Wrestlemania X8. Whether or not the latter actually meant to beat an actual Heel-Face Turn out of him, he (and the audience) seemed pretty impressed to have the old Hogan hulking up again.
  • Implausible Deniability: "I am not a steroid abuser and I do not use steroids." Why, if you can't trust what Hulk Hogan says, who can you trust? After the stink started hitting real media, he did a complete 180, trying to explain that the show format didn't allow him to tell "the whole truth." After this, former Hogan role model "Superstar" Billy Graham would admit to using steroids with Hogan, and former friend David Schultz would not only admit the same, but also buying them from him as well. He admitted to thirteen years of steroid abuse in Vince McMahon's 1994 drug distribution trialnote , and has generally been candid about past use. Although Hogan would remain one of the most popular wrestlers in America for a long time afterwards, his numbers (house show, TV, pay-per-view) took a nosedive almost immediately after the show hit the airwaves, and never really reached the same peak of popularity.
    Missy Hyatt: I'm sure Hulk Hogan in his head thought if he denied extensive steroid usage in 1991, the media would move on. Who would have ever thought his denial would cause a steroid media buzz which attacked wrestling so fierce with major ramifications.
  • Improbable Weapon User
    • Used his shirt to choke people during the 1992 Royal Rumble.
    • At WrestleMania 2, King Kong Bundy used the tape on Hogan's ribs to choke out Hogan. Hogan later used the tape to tie Bundy's arm to the top rope.
  • Invincible Hero: Hogan in The '80s was practically this trope personified. It might be the greatest gimmick in the history of wrestling just short of The Undertaker. How do you hurt a cartoon?
    Bryan Alverez: That's sayin' somethin', everybody. That man knows how to get everything out of NOTHING. And very few people know how to do that. Does that mean Hulk Hogan should be on top? Fuck no! They gotta push Boddy Roode and all these guys. BUT: he does have a point. Young guys today could learn something from Hogan on how to get something outta less.
    • Somewhat subverted as he was the biggest draw in wrestling at the time, invincible certainly for the audience, but not very boring until later years at least.
    • One of the reasons that Hogan stayed interesting for so long was that Hogan's Strictly Formula main event matches were few and far between. Unlike today's wrestling atmosphere, a main event featuring World Champion Hulk Hogan was something rare and special.
    • The problem with this didn't really become apparent until his time in WCW; a good portion of WCW's fanbase had it in for Hulk and all things WWF from day one, and Hogan didn't exactly endear himself by making everyone on the roster look bad so he could rest easy while on vacation or shooting a Three Ninjas film... When Monday Nitro was started with main-event-quality matches every week and WCW started airing Pay-Per-View events every month, Hogan was exposed as formulaic and lazy performer. Thankfully, a truly shocking Face-Heel Turn may have saved his career.
      • His invincibility hit particularly egregious levels during Uncensored '96 just prior to turning heel. He and Randy Savage took on the Four Horsemen AND the Dungeon of Doom (a total of EIGHT men) and squashed them.
    • Subverted in his 2002 run. While he did win the title from Triple H, he lost it shortly afterwards to The Undertaker, and would go on to have a loss to Kurt Angle at KOTR by TAPPING OUT, and was finally destroyed by Brock Lesnar and would leave television until early 2003.
  • Large Ham: Even in real life and his short lived movie star career if people stop paying attention to him, he will do something to get the cameras pointed his way.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In his Terry Boulder days he was being interviewed alongside Lou Ferrigno. The host looked at them and proclaimed Boulder was "bigger than The Hulk!" The name stuck for the rest of his career.
  • Motive Rant: What ended the Bash at the Beach PPV when Mean Gene demanded to know what Hogan was doing joining the NWO. Hogan's response pointed out that he had done everything a good guy should and the fans had turned their backs on him for it. Had some elements of a Worked Shoot as part of it.
  • The Munchausen
    • Hogan is prone to repeating various anecdotes wherein the truth has been... blurred to say the least. Although in all due fairness, the man spent twenty-odd years traveling on a constantly exhaustive schedule in various nations as the biggest name in wrestling and spent a good deal of time having his body and head battered. Probably not all that surprising that events have become confused in the Hulkster's mind.
    • The biggest might be on the eve of his TNA debut when he declared he taught Vince McMahon how to work a wrestling business.
    • The IWC has a Running Gag meme based on this, where both the weight of André the Giant and the size of the crowd at Pontiac Silverdome at WrestleMania III increase exponentially with each time Hulk recounts the event. This is only mildly exaggerated from what Hulk actually says. Apparently the force of the slam was so powerful it retconned all of wrestling history, becoming to wrestling what the Big Bang was to our entire universe.
      • Then Andre died the next day.
    • He partied with John Belushi all the time. In 1986.
    • He was able to work 400 days a year due to gaining time while crossing the International Date Line on flights from Japan and back.
    • He was fired from the WWF for appearing in Rocky III instead of going to work in North Carolina. Any interviews on MSG TV promoting the film and Hogan's role in it (or wrestling clips of Hogan jobbing to Tony Atlas after filming wrapped) are the figments of someone's imagination.
    • Hogan, while being pushed as a top Foreign Wrestling Heel in Japan, was told to wrestle to a draw with young boy and Olympic judoka Riki Choshu, and just 'kicked his ass' instead.
    • In every interview that brought up the subject, Hogan would vehemently deny taking any type of steroid/HGH/whatever. Once Hogan was under oath in the '93 steroid trials, his story changed.
    • He was considering suicide and actually had a gun to his head when he was called on the phone by his co-host of American Gladiators, Laila Ali, whose call snapped him out of his suicidal depression. Oddly enough, even when told Hogan's version of the anecdote, Ali has no memory of any such event.
    • He was so fed up with wrestling in 1986 that he auditioned for the role of Metallica bassist after Cliff Burton's death. (Although this may be a misquote - he claimed to have hung around with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and talked about playing bass in a band with them in the late 70s or early 80s. Given that he was a bass player who lived in the Bay Area, this is actually somewhat believable. Though Lars says he doesn't remember, he was trying to recall if he knew a Hogan, not a Terry Bollea).
    • At the time he joined the NWO and WCW were running monthly pay-pre-views (Most of which Hogan headlined), his body was so damaged that he had to 'get cut on' (Have corrective surgery) every time he wrestled.
    • One of his stated claims to fame was discovering The Undertaker while filming Suburban Commando. Actually, when the film was being shot, Mark Callaway was already under contract to the WWF, but hadn't been given a gimmick yet. Then, Pat Patterson dreamed up the Deadman character, and he debuted in late 1990, before the film was released.
    • And speaking of The Undertaker, Hogan would later claim in his biography that Undertaker severely damaged his (Hogan's) neck at Survivor Series '91 with a Tombstone piledriver onto a steel chair, when it's clear (thanks to an unflattering camera angle) that it was Taker's safest Tombstone ever, with a foot-long gap between the mat and Hogan's head. This is supposedly why Hogan didn't just kick out of the Tombstone, etc etc.
  • No Sell:
    • When Hulking Up.
    • Obviously, the famous no selling Vader's powerbomb (a powerbomb that has legitimately given concussions and broken backs).
    • In the Smithsonian of No Selling, Hogan v. The Wall is the Mona Lisa. These two should never have been put in the same ring.
    • He also kicked out of Goldberg's Jackhammer, though that was due to Kevin Nash being late to the ring to break up the pin.
    • He's no sold the lift portion of the Undertaker's chokeslam. Which looks stupid and forced Taker to tell Hogan to actually jump this time.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Hogan employed this trope both as a heel and a face, but chiefly in his "Hollywood" heel persona.
  • Older Is Better: Not usually thought of like this, but in comparison to current-generation wrestlers(or for that matter, the generation or so before them), is very old-fashioned in his thinking about wrestling and its traditions. Case in point: During the WWE DVD/hatchet job The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, Vince McMahon recalls a story from Summerslam 1991 where the eponymous wrestler refused to wrestle in the main event unless given twice the agreed-upon amount of money beforehand. According to Vince, Hogan asked if Warrior needed to be hurt. Hogan's response? To candidly admit that he said exactly that, and claim that it was how things were done when he was in the business at his prime.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The end result for Hogan of Sting foiling his latest attempt at a 10-Minute Retirement scam to get away from the Icon.
  • Paint It Black: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. His heel turn was motivated primarily by money and fame, as Hulk took the attitude that he was bigger than wrestling didn't owe either it or the public anything. In actuality, anti-Hulkamania signs had started to pop up in the stands for years, and WCW had been experimenting with turning Hogan heel way back in 1994, well before the nWo and his much-publicized steroid trial. At Halloween Havoc, a leaner, clean-shaven Hulk wore all black in his match against the Dungeon of Doom, a B-horror themed stable that tried to awaken "the darkness within Hulkamania!" The makeover was sufficiently convincing.
  • Panthera Awesome: The Wizard (King Curtis Iaukea) called Hogan "the rare, white Bengal tiger" on the October 14, 1986 WWF Prime Time Wrestling. Iaukea later became the Master of the Dungeon of Doom in WCW in 1995, and he, "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan and the Giant would again refer to Hogan that way.
  • Papa Wolf
    • Aces & Eights threatened his daughter. When he returns, he knocks out three of their members with Sting's baseball bat and is absolutely livid.
    • When they ruined her wedding and attacked him and Bully Ray along with the wedding party, that was enough for him to finally recognize Bully's loyalty, revoke the disproportionate suspension he put on Bully, and book a pseudo-rematch of the BFG'12 tables match (Aces & Eights vs. Bully and Sting) the following week.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He has become one in Real Life thanks to his racist remarks regarding Brooke's rapper boyfriend at the time.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Thankfully no one died but a few careers might have. Hulk Hogan announced he would not be returning to WWE because of the insult they gave an aspiring singer, his daughter Brooke, through Jillian Hall's tone deaf gimmick and went on to say he would prove Hulkamania was bigger than WWE. Turns out Jillian had a tendency to "sing" in that manner already and had just decided to do so on camera. Most of her act imitated the likes of Britney Spears or Beyonce and she kept it up long after leaving McMahon land, including a few appearances for TNA. Hulk Hogan's whole TNA run? That happened because he assumed something was about him when there were any number of possibilities and Jillian's might have been the gimmick he could have used to convince WWE to give Brooke more of their airtime; might have helped elevate Jillian too (Jillian was in a "feud" with Lillian Garcia, a singer whose voice did not make children cry and has since "feuded" with Mickie James in the NWA for the same reason) and might have averted TNA's misguided attempt to recreate the Monday Night Wars.
    • He was Properly Paranoid. In 2007 Hogan knew Vince McMahon was upset with him for getting drunk and leaking the names of then up coming Hall of Fame inductees over the radio. Since had Hulk gotten Brooke in a angle already it is not hard to see why he jumped to that conclusion. Still, a lot could have been salvaged with a little conversation.
  • Popularity Power
    • Years after the height of his popularity and success in the industry, Hogan is still wildly popular, especially outside of America.
    • The Hulkster's so well loved, he actually managed to get THE ROCK booed when they fought at Wrestlemania 18... and Hulk was a heel then!
      • Note: Wrestlemania 18 was held at the Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And Canadians usually have an aversion for stereotypically American things. Not to mention the standing ovation he got the show after Wrestlemania 18, in Montreal.
  • Power Stable: The New World Order, aka the nWo. Also, Immortal.
    • Was a member of the Spears Family while wrestling in Alabama early in his career.
    • The Millionaires' Club in WCW in 2000, before the group fell apart.
  • Precision F-Strike: At Bash at the Beach 2000, Hogan faced Jeff Jarrett in a WCW Championship where Jarrett immediately took a dive for Hogan. Annoyed, Hogan shot off with, "That's the reason why this company's in the damn shape it's in, because of BULLSHIT like this!"
  • President Evil: His 1998 "candidacy" for the White House. (Jesse who? ) In the second Nitro of November, Hogan came out in his formalwear—a black and white feather boa—surrounded by Secret Service agents as "Hail To The Chief" played, with Bischoff beside him saluting and a giant American flag unfurling around him.
  • The Prima Donna:invoked He's been accused, with some equanimity, of always putting himself in the spotlight, even when it's to the detriment of the product. Burying younger talent in interviews (seemingly unable to decide whether his protégés are "the future of this business brother!" or talentless "knuckleheads" who "aren't ready, brother"), putting himself over despite being booked as the heel, invoking "Creative Control" clauses, and generally soaking up as much adoration as humanly possible.
    Jay Hunter: Next night on Nitro, they retcon the outcome of Halloween Havoc: That Giant's DQ win actually snags him the WCW World Title.
    V1: Fuck me.
    Jay: So Giant...wins the WCW World Title without...getting to celebrate getting the World Title. Huh, thanks Hogan!
    V1: Hogan is masterful at this shit, isn't he?
    • As proof, his last bit within WCW was a Pay-Per-View event where he walked out to the ring and literally stepped on his opponent's chest for the pin. This led Vince Russo (whom the fans unanimously hated) getting cheered as he violated Kayfabe by explaining Hogan's creative control clause, which let him rewrite anything he didn't like in WCW... including the results of that match. In short, Russo — quite possibly the biggest heat magnet in the entire industry — achieved in minutes what few actual wrestlers did in their professional careers: burying the mustachioed one. In typical Russo fashion, this entire exchange was a work apart from the jibe at Hogan's baldness; Hogan was so furious that he filed a real-life defamation of character suit based on that insult alone. Interviewers in the 80s were contractually banned from referring to Hogan's baldness, and it's safe to assume Hulk never removed that stipulation when he signed with WCW.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Hulking up always started with the opponent punching at the Hulkster to no avail. However, more than once this was used against him, usually to push an opponent as a more dire threat than ordinary opponents (namely, Zeus and The Undertaker). During his WCW days, this happened at least once when he squared off against The Giant at Hog Wild.
  • Put on a Bus: This happened with Hogan and his Mr. America persona due to Hogan having a falling out with Vince McMahon (over money, apparently).
  • Real Men Love Jesus: A dedicated Evangelical Christian.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Prior to the release of the WWF's first Wrestling Album, Hogan used Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" as his entrance theme, which he carried over from his 1982-1983 run in the AWA. Replaced briefly by "Hulk's Theme" (which was used for his concurrent Saturday morning cartoon series) before using Rick Derringer's "Real American" starting in January 1986.
    • As part of the NWO and during his WWE run in '02 he used Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slow Return)"
  • Red Baron: The "Immortal", "Hulkster" and/or "Hollywood".
    • "Orange Goblin" by his detractors.
    • "Ichiban" ("Number One" or "The Best") in Japan.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Invoked during the start of Hogan's feud with Ted DiBiase in the 80's where Hogan was offered a substantial amount (never stated but DiBiase said it would have made "The crowd's head spin") for his title. Hogan's understated response?
  • Smug Snake: Hogan as a heel is somewhere between this and a Generic Doomsday Villain. While Hogan could and often did beat anyone that came to take his championship, he often did it with illegal help and was so smug about it that the crowd was hoping somebody would just take the damn thing away from him. Enter Sting and later Goldberg.
  • Sore Loser: In the 1989 and 1992 Royal Rumbles. The first Survivor Series as well; after he was eliminated, he refused to leave ringside until the referee threatened to strip him of the title.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": According to Wrestle Crap, the tribe Hogan would have been looking for was the Yavapai when Ric Flair stole his weight lifting belt in WCW.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad
    • Even Hogan's friends say he's a wonderfully generous guy personally, but a rather cutthroat man when it comes to dollars and cents. Others, like Shawn Michaels, said you could tell from the beginning that Hogan was not there to make friends (he had his separate locker room) and was slowly weaving a web of connections.
      WrestleCrap: You know, I bitch all the time about Hunter, but trust me, that guy has NOTHING on Hogan, who manipulated Vince to such a degree that he basically buried two top stars in Hart and Yokozuna just to appease his ego by putting the strap on him once again...So while you may have cheer Hogan when he comes back for one of his oh-so-frequent nostalgia tours, don’t do so too loudly. You might give him ideas.
    • In 1988, there was a tournament to crown a new WWF Champion. Hogan was in it, but he and Andre the Giant got each other disqualified and eliminated in their quarter-final match. The two men who made it to the finals were Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase. The Million Dollar Man was accompanied to the ring by Andre, who interfered a bit on his behalf. Savage's valet Miss Elizabeth decided that Savage needed help, so she ran to the back and came back with none other than Hulk Hogan, who whacked DiBiase with a chair while the ref's back was turned (as opposed to, say, brawling with Andre in order to stop him from helping DiBiase any more). This set DiBiase up to be hit with the Macho Man's Finishing Move, and Savage was the new champ. It was Savage's first ever world title in the WWF, which was undoubtedly a great night for him. But the way the finish was booked, it looked like he hadn't been able to do it without Hogan's assistance. Savage also had to share the spotlight with Hogan in his post-match victory celebration, as Hogan would stay in the ring with Macho until the show ended. It's one thing to, say, raise the new champion's hand and briefly congratulate him before getting out of the ring and letting him have his moment. It's another to spend like five minutes congratulating him, working the crowd, and not leaving the ring, thus drawing the crowd's attention away from the new champion and onto yourself.
    • Similarly, when Hogan passed the torch a couple of years later to the Ultimate Warrior, he got at least as much time on camera as Warrior after the match, much of which showed him looking absolutely heartbroken over his loss. To put this in perspective, imagine if years later when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin won the WWF Championship from Shawn Michaels, most of the attention after the match was on HBK and how upset he was over losing his title rather than on Austin. Then, once he composed himself, he got into the ring with Warrior and proceeded to congratulate him and work the crowd until the end of the show, just as he did with Macho. Once again, he arguably should have stepped aside and allowed the new champion to have his moment and, once again, he didn't. Hellwig would eventually migrate to WCW in 1998, where heel Hogan squashed him in what even Bischoff considers one of the worst PPV main events ever. The one WWF champ to never job to Hogan.
      DDT: Hogan says he's going to be the man who takes wrestling into the new millenium. The really scary thing is that he probably will. Bah.
    • Wrestlemania IX. In kayfabe, Bret had a title shot against Yokozuna. Hogan had already competed earlier in the card, defeating Money Inc. Anyway, shenanigans occur. Yoko throws salt in Bret's eyes, blinding him. Hulk Hogan comes out and is all "Bret the Bret-man Hart that isn't the right dude, somebody needs to step up for the USA". Bret points weakly toward the ring, Hulk runs out and pins Yokozuna in a matter of seconds, making both Yoko and Bret look like complete pushovers. Everybody sells it like it's wonderful and he celebrates in the ring for what feels like an hour and nobody mentions Bret Hart at all.
      • It was supposed to set up Hogan vs. Hart as a torch-passing thing, but then Hogan went all Hogan. This was followed by him leaving the company, fleeing to Japan, and blowing the lid on WWF's steroid abuse, so we can assume the backstage fallout from W9 was bad.
    • Starccade '97. Mention this match to any WCW fan, and they will break out in hives and spit blood. Sting was making his comeback in the rafters after being benched for over a year. His opponent was WCW champ Hollywood Hogan. Well, the match progressed nicely, when all of a sudden, Hogan dropped the leg on Sting and got the three-count. Clean. Immediately following this, Bret Hart (making his WCW PPV debut.... as a referee) ran over to ringside and ordered the match restarted, yelling that Sting was robbed. Sting quickly put Hogan in the scorpion deathlock and won the match and title. There were rumors of missed cues and other monkeyshines. Anyway, the screwjob finish helped kill Sting's heat.
      Eric Bischoff: The way we’d built it up, Sting should have been the clean winner. But Hogan was underwhelmed with Sting, and balked. I didn’t really see his point of view. I had a hard time reading between the lines with Hogan because he didn’t come flat out and tell me what his issues were.
    • Many of his Big Damn Heroes moments during his 1980s prime would result in having his music, rather than that of the wrestler(s) he had saved, being played. This often happened with Randy Savage.
    • The main reason Paul Orndorff turned on Hogan was feeling he always took the spotlight and considered Orndorff to be underneath him. The problem was most fans agreed with Orndorff, causing the first real split crowd in a Hogan feud since Hogan had become champion.
    • The Hulkster never rests. Shortly after he signed with (read: basically took over) Total Nonstop Action wrestling, he arrived with a bang, first by severely limiting the roster/screentime of the X-Division and Knockouts division. Whenever he didn't get his way or was overruled by Dixie Carter, e.g. strapping a rocket to AJ Styles and Bobby Roode, he gave interviews to the press which intimated that both athletes had stroke in the company and were getting pushed for political reasons rather than merit. (Styles had criticized him in public and said he hopes Hogan never joins TNA; Roode's big title change was going to take attention away from Hogan's big face turn, and we can't have that, so Hulk lobbied successfully for Angle to keep the belt.)
      "I’d go with James Storm all day long. Mainstream, brother! Cowboy hat, beer drinking, middle America, Nascar, Walmart, Country Western. I mean all day long, it’s a no brainer. That’s me. That’s my opinion. So, I mean, Bobby Roode’s a tremendous athlete—I would change. I’d bill him from Venice Beach, California or Omaha, Nebraska instead of, I dunno, 'Canada, eh!'"
      • After he'd finished with his head-chopping mission (half of TNA's midcarders were shown the door) and bled the company dry with his huge salary, Hogan chose not to re-sign with them. This rarely happens once. To happen twice...
  • Still Got It: Invoked with the "Hulk Still Rules" shirts released by WWE during his run in 2002. Vince McMahon felt a little bit differently, leading to their second third split. (He demanded to be paid as much as Cena.)
  • Strictly Formula: His babyface victories tended to all end the same way.
  • Tag Team:
  • Take That, Audience!: When revealing the standard four-sided ring to replace TNA's unique six-sided one, the crowd roundly booed him and chanted "WE WANT SIX SIDES!" His response:
    Hogan: I got one thing to say about six sides: you had it, and it only got you so far. Now we're takin' ya all the way, Jack! No more eight sides, no more six sides, no more stinkin' playpen rings!
  • Take That, Critics! At the 1995 World War 3 PPV, Hogan (alongside Sting and Randy Savage) burns a dirtsheet, which he calls "a ragsheet", telling Gene Okerlund to "Observe this!", which is a shot at Dave Meltzer of the The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and then proclaiming, "The Internet's got all the scoops!" Little did he know that those words would come back to haunt him. They changed the booking of the show after Meltzer got word of it in order to swerve him, but Meltzer had the changes in the issue the week before the PPV.
  • Tonight In This Very Ring: Suicide will take his mask off, brother!
  • Totally Radical: Dude.
  • Traumatic Haircut: On the October 2, 1995 episode of Monday Nitro, Kevin Sullivan and the Dungeon of Doom took Hogan down and shaved his mustache. Subsequently, Hogan would appear dressed in black and state he was ready to play the Dungeon's game.
  • Twerp Sweating
    • He suspended Bully Ray, a man who's consistently sided with him easily more often than not during his three years in TNA. Why? For dating his daughter Brooke. According to Hogan, this broke some sort of unwritten wrestler's code, brother! ...however this falls flat when you consider that not only is Brooke a legal adult at 24 who's moved out of her parents' house and thus can make her own decisions, but Bully and Hulk's age gap is actually bigger than Bully and Brooke's.
    • Fences were mended on the 1/31/13 Impact Wrestling episode when Hogan finally reinstated the Bully....BWAHAHAHAH or not.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Forget breaking the forth wall; EATING IT would be a better description for Hogan's comments on the November 18, 2010 TNA ReAction.
    Hogan: "Well, brother, we're lightening the load around here. We're trimming the fat. We're thinning the herd. I mean, you know, it's pathetic. It's pathetic, that Dixie would let this company get in the shape it's in. It's her train of thought! Raven? Who hasn't had a damn shower or bath? Y'know, with RVD, and that whole crew out there? They meant to professional wrestling what Hulk Hogan, who sold out Shea Stadium? who put 94,000 people in the Pontiac Silverdome? Who slammed a 700-pound giant? They mean to professional wrestling what Hulk Hogan means?
    "No wonder this company was in the shape it's in. It's time to get rid o' the trash, the garbage, the worthless piece of crap out here, and we started with Dixie Carter. Yeah, we're gettin' very real around here. We are so, real, it's unbelievable. Because, if you don't get over like I said, you're fired. If you don't draw numbers, if you don't entertain, if you don't put asses in seats, if you don't put the coinage in the piggy bank, you're fired. No more games. No more, "Kayfabe." "It's a work." "I've won thirty-four tag team belts." Who gives a damn, how many... fake belts you won!? If you don't draw money, you get fired around here. If you don't put asses in seats, you’re gone."
  • Underwear of Power: Hogan's famous yellow trunks.
  • Unperson: Distressingly enough, he is (as of July 24th 2015) being removed from WWE websites, including a removal from WWE's Hall of Fame, reportedly due to a racist tirade he went on to a friend eight years prior that surfaced recently. Considering why the last person was erased he must have said some incredibly racist shit. How do you pretend that the biggest and most recognizable star in professional wrestling never existed?
    Michael K.: The WWE’s website is now 40% less orange, because they have already erased every sign of Hulk Hogan from it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hulk Hogan did not have an amateur wrestling background and while he was competent on the mat, as his New Japan matches usually showed, he was also kind of sloppy and not up to the standard set by Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel in the AWA. That said, Gagne was one of the people who was willing to give Hogan an AWA singles title run despite his "lacking" technical chops, he just wasn't willing to do it on the time table Hogan or the fans wanted it on (since they were still paying to see Hogan chase the champ. Then Hogan left and their money chased him, oops).
  • Unrelated Brothers: Teamed with Brutus Beefcake early in their careers as the Boulder Brothers, Terry and Ed.
  • Verbal Tic: Brother, which he took from Superstar Billy Graham. Also "Dude!" A running joke on /wooo/ when Hogan is mentioned is the phrase "brotherdudejack", a combination of some of his most-used tics.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
    • Randy Savage (in the ring and Real Life, at least for a while. Probably not anymore. DEFINITELY not anymore.)
    • Also with the man who always bashed him in commentary, Bobby Heenan
    • Arguably had this relationship with Vince McMahon in real life.
  • What Have I Become?: After his match with Sting at the climax of the Immortal angle, Hogan performs a Heel-Face Turn and turns on Immortal. Next Impact, he explained he'd realized he'd pretty much become nothing more than a thug and he didn't like it.
  • Worked Shoot
    • In New Japan Pro Wrestling he called the WWF Championship worthless while he was still WWF champion and called the American promotions crap. He even put down The Great Muta saying he wanted to knock out Antonio Inoki again.
    • "These two men right here, came from this great big organization up north. Well, who knows more about that organization, brother?"
    • Bash at the Beach 2000: "That's the reason why this company's in the shape it's in, because of bullshit like this!" Jeff Jarrett laying down for him, Hogan making his speech, and Vince Russo cutting a promo on Hogan were all works until Russo started making personal attacks on Hogan.
  • Wrestling Family: His nephew Mike competed as Horace Boulder in Japan, ECW, and other promotions before arriving in WCW in 1998. On the October 26, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro, he said his name was "Horace Hogan" and joined the NWO. While in FMW, Horace teamed with his cousin, Mike Awesome.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Say what you will about his tendency to No Sell when making his big comeback at the end of matches and of his overall wrestling ability in general, but when he took a beating in the ring, he took a beating. When on the receiving end of his opponent's overpowering assault, he looked absolutely haggard and could make you believe that the man he was facing was an unstoppable juggernaut.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Hogan's changeover to the ring name "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" was WCW's way of getting around royalty payments to Marvel Comics; the announcers started calling him simply "Hollywood Hogan", which cut down on the amount of times "Hulk" was used, which cut down on the royalty payments. Eventually, Hogan simply bought the rights to use the name himself.
  • Younger Than They Look: Hogan had started going bald even in his early career and by 1990, was bald as an egg. He was around 40 in the image above but looked a lot older. His age has caught up to his lack of hair, though.