Jeffrey Nero Hardy, often known as "The Charismatic Enigma", is a professional wrestler currently signed to Impact Wrestling. He's best known for his time in WWE, where he began as part of the Hardy Boyz tag team with his brother, Matt. He has won multiple championships both on his own and with his brother, including being a WWE World Champion three times.Despite not being very tall or bulky by pro wrestling standards, and not being the greatest talker in the business (despite the nickname), Jeff got over by using an array of high-flying moves in his matches that took the crowd's breath away. While Jeff's made his living by being "extreme", some of the things in his matches bring his sanity into question. And while his wrestling persona can be pretty strange sometimes, he's reportedly even stranger in real life.Speaking of Jeff's life outside of wrestling, it hasn't always been much fun. He's had his house burn down with his dog still inside, and in 2009 he was arrested after the police found a large stash of drugs during a raid on his new house.That Other Wiki has more information on him. Read it here.
Tropes associated with Jeff Hardy:
The Atoner: Since his return to TNA following his disgraceful performance on Victory Road 2011.
Arch-Enemy: Hardy has a history with Edge, Christian, and The Dudley Boys going back to their tag team days (their ladder matches were something else). CM Punk feuded with Hardy and ultimately forced him to leave WWE (kayfabe, due to Hardy's expiring contract). He also feuded with his brother Matt. In TNA it's Austin Aires.
Early on it seemed Matt would be the Michaels due to his immensely popular Version 1 character while Jeff got fired. Then the whole Matt/Lita/Edge debacle happened which completely derailed his career, while Jeff was rehired and ultimately redeemed himself long enough to win a World Title.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jeff Hardy has been portrayed like this. He gyrates and dances his way to the ring, covers his arms and face in fluorescent paint, makes abstract paintings backstage, openly refers to his fans as freaks and misfits (in a good way, indicating that he's just as much one as them), and throws his body into his every attack with reckless abandon... and is a three-time WWE world heavyweight champion and six-time tag-team champ. Even better? He fits this trope in real life as well, as his real behavior is even more bizarre, and yet he was respected enough and loved by the fans enough during his WWE run that he was given all those title reigns.
Jeff also seems to have an affinity for large African animals. He and Matt did at least one interview while straddling wooden cheetahs◊ (also notice Jeff's leopard-print pants). There's another photo of him gleefully hugging an honest-to-god giraffe.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His TV character is in fact considerably more normal than he is in real life. His closest friends claim that one of his favorite activities outside of wrestling is "digging holes and filling them back in." His sculpting material of choice is aluminum foil. Also, there's his alter-ego Itchweeed (which is in fact the correct spelling).
"Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Jeff, with his band Peroxwhy?gen, performs all five of his TNA entrance themes ("Modest", "Another", "Resurrected", "Similar Creatures", and now "Time and Fate").
Easily Forgiven: Matt, by Jeff, after they feuded in 2009. Essentially Matt said that he had made a mistake and Jeff forgave him. The "mistake" apparently involved Matt burning Jeff's house to the ground, killing his dog (both of which happened in real life, albeit not because of anything Matt had done), and trying to murder him and/or end his career at least three times. The forgiveness came only a couple months after the end of their fighting over it.
Even more so with WWE and TNA, considering he's been a world champion in both companies despite being previously fired from both for drug use.
Though Victory Road 2011 may have finally averted this. He promptly dropped the title and has been written off of the show for months. Despite asking for forgiveness from other wrestlers, all he has gotten in return have been What the Hell, Hero? speeches and a feud with Jeff Jarrett.
Mr. Fanservice: TNA doesn't need to add the sound of screaming girls to his entrance music; it's a given that the female members of the crowd will provide that themselves.
Evil Laugh: As Willow, it is even part of his entrance music.
Face: During his decade-plus career, Jeff has almost never been a Heel.
Heel Face Return: Returned a few months later asking for forgiveness and getting another chance after his performance at Victory Road 2011.
Facial Markings: Frequently paints his face, sometimes paints his whole body. For a stretch in the WWE he was using glow in the dark paint, which tended to rub off on whoever he was wrestling or then love interest Trish Stratus.
Finishing Move: The Swanton bomb, a top rope senton bomb which involves flipping at the last possible instant where it is still possible to somersault (a more showoffy version). Also borrowed his brother's twist of fate.
Functional Addict: Hardy has had a sorted history with abusing drugs, even while on the road. This came to a head a Victory Road 2011, when he came out to perform completely inebriated. Since then he's managed to stay on the wagon.
Fragile Speedster: Subverted; Jeff may rely on his quickness and agility, but he can also take a shitload of punishment. Sometimes that punishment's self-inflicted in order to do even greater damage to his opponent.
Of course, in Real Life, even in his early twenties he was obviously in pain as he walked.
Groin Attack: One of his signature moves is to spread apart the legs of a prone opponent and then drop both legs on his balls. This has been hand waved as not actually being a strike, and therefore legal in a match.
The announcers will also try to put over that the ref doesn't have a clear view, looking like Hardy goes for the gut.
Or in general, that the move is supposed to be planting his feet in the opponents abdomen and having his legs land on their groin is just collateral damage.
Hard Head: Striking Willow's head is not very effective
Kid-Appeal Character: In the WWE, in spite of his overall bizarreness and being rough around the edges in real life he had much merchandise pushed at kids and tended to wear very bright colors. It worked too, at times he outsold or was second only to John Cena. His problems outside of the ring kept him from getting a bigger push most times in spite of this status.
Lightning Bruiser: Especially in TNA, where he has been repeatedly show to trade blows with the monster Abyss somewhat evenly and still employs his usual jump around style.
Made of Iron: He does not sell all the tables he goes through after jumping off of high things too much, and he has lasted a lot longer in his career doing it than other guys who had cleaner lifestyles too.
Mask Power: As Willow in TNA, everyone still knows it is Jeff Hardy, since he used the gimmick before joining the company but Willow is a different beast to face all the same
Oh Crap/This Is Gonna Suck: The only words to describe his reaction to seeing Fortune turn face directly around him and leaving him alone in the ring. Needless to say, he was very right.
Once a Season: Seems to debut a new TNA theme at every Bound for Glory since 2010.
Real Men Wear Pink: ...or green, or yellow, or purple, or whatever color Jeff will wear next.
Real Life Writes the Plot: When Jeff didn't sign a new contract with WWE before his old one expired, he was charged with drug possession during his time away from the company. Before that, Jeff had been feuding with the Straight Edge EvilCM Punk, who had made references to Hardy's past substance abuse issues during that feud. After Hardy's arrest, Punk gloated in-character about his former rival's misfortune in order to get heat. The original plan was to eventually negotiate a new deal with Hardy, who would return to face Punk at a future pay-per-view. However, Hardy didn't appreciate what was being said about him on WWE programming, so he signed with TNA instead. WWE was forced to go with Plan B: putting Punk in a feud with Rey Mysterio Jr.
The loss of the TNA World Title to Mr. Anderson in such a rushed fashion was most likely to get the belt off Hardy, who might be sentenced to jail time soon after being found guilty on his aforementioned drug charges. But seeing that he gained it back soon after, that may not have been the issue.
His match at Victory Road 2011 was so short because Jeff showed up "in no condition to work" (i.e. "drugged out as all Hell") and Sting wasn't going to actually wrestle him for fear of Jeff injuring one or both of them in his state. So, instead of an actual match, Sting squashed him in 90 seconds. Keep in mind that match was for the World Title, and was the main event of the evening. And TNA had earlier in the night squandered the chance to name a #1 contender, so the 90-second match ended the event. His return to the company had him making a public apology to the audience over his unprofessional behavior at Victory Road, but as noted above, he has not been completely forgiven.
It even became rather literal; between Jeff having to almost be carried to the entryway backstage, his obvious inability to even get down to the ring, and Sting having (allegedly) been honestly considering walking out on the match, Eric Bischoff walked out into the middle of the ring on live PPV after the ring announcer ran down the match to pass along emergency instructions to each wrestler under the cover of adding an extra stipulation to the match. Jeff looked heartbroken, Sting went from disgusted to furious, and then 90 seconds later went home with the belt. And when one fan yelled out "THAT WAS BULLSHIT", Sting said "I agree! I agree!"
Red Baron: The Charismatic Enigma and The Anti-Christ of Professional Wrestling.
Sibling Team: With Matt Hardy, whom internet chat rooms goers and ROH bots tended to prefer but Jeff tended to overshadow anyway.
Signature Move: Psuedo slingshot drop kick to someone on the lower turnbuckle, double leg drop to the "sternum", whisper in the wind (top rope or spring board corkscrew, usually to a standing opponent)
Spot Monkey: Has sometimes been accused of being this, although he's shown improvement over time. And let's face it, a lot of those spots were amazing.
Squee: Jeff, PLEASE don't take your shirt off again in the middle of a match. It hurts our ears.
Start My Own: He and Matt would start a Backyard Trampoline Wrestling Federation. It did not take too long to fold but managed to have at least one successor.
Took a Level in Badass: As far as his WWE career goes, his Ladder Match with Undertaker in the early 2000s. He didn't receive his first main event push until late 2007, but that was the match that really put him in the public's eyes as legitimate singles competitor.
The Unfettered: Heel and face, this man gives it his all with every move.
Vetinari Job Security: As described throughout the page, Hardy has had a spotty record with both WWE and TNA, that would've gotten anyone else lower on the card fired with prejudice. Hardy has Popularity Power on his side. note Case in point, when Jeff and Matt both respectively had their drug related issues, Jeff was kept on board and sent to rehab while Matt was fired.
Villain Song: One of his TNA theme songs, "Another Me", fits this to a T.