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.
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").
Dye Hard: By now it's easier to just count the colors he hasn't dyed his hair.
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.
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.
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.
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 aformentioned 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 off their names, whispered something in each wrestler's ear and left. 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 simply stated "Yeah, it was."
Red Baron: The Charismatic Enigma and The Anti-Christ of Professional Wrestling.
Role Ending Misdemeanor: Jeff's current stint with TNA is not his first or his second. He was let go by WWE in 2003 due in part to drug problems, after which he went to TNA. He was there for the next two years before being let go for drug issues and no-showing events and then returning to WWE. Then, in 2011, he resurfaced in TNA again after taking the second half of 2010 off to allow his body to heal. Then came the infamous Victory Road match. And he disappeared for four months, with many thinking by this time that TNA would just give up on him and not elect to bring him back. Now he's back again.
Star-Making Role: 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.
Villain Song: One of his TNA theme songs, "Another Me", fits this to a T.