Wrestling: Hulk Hogan

His name is synonymous with wrestling, BROTHER.

Whatchoo 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 numerous interviews on talk shows worldwide.

It's a known "fact" 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 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.

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 and Batista are 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.
  • '80s Hair: Subverted. In real life, Hogan wears a bandanna everywhere he goes, and 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).
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle:
    • Advising kids to eat their vitamins, exercise, and say their (Christian) prayers. A more modernized Hulk would probably throw a "Shalom" or two in there somewhere.
    • "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?
      WrestleCrap: It just goes to prove that old saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Unless the thing that changes is Hulk Hogan’s steroid intake, in which case, things change pretty drastically.
  • Alliterative Name: Hulk Hogan, and yes, "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:
  • 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?
  • 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 "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, vitamins, and America, and no opponent can hope to match him.
    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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Hulkamania just might be the greatest gimmick in the history of wrestling (just short of The Undertaker). How do you hurt a cartoon?
      Bryan Alverez: 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...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.
  • 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.
  • Overprotective Dad:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    • 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:
    • 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?
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    "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.
  • 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.