->''"My governor can beat up your governor"''
-->-- T-shirt popular during his term as governor of Minnesota.

James George Janos (born July 15, 1951) is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, politician and broadcasting personality from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He performed in the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation and the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] under the name Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a {{Heel}}, from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s, when he had to leave the ring due to blood clots in his lungs (which he claimed were the effects of exposure to Agent Orange). At that point, he took up color commentary with both the WWF and Wrestling/{{WCW}}. He also competed in the NWA Central States territory in UsefulNotes/KansasCity, NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling in UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, OR and NWA UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}. He is a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] with Adrian Adonis.

In 1987, Ventura appeared [[HilariousInHindsight alongside fellow future governor]] Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Ventura and Schwarzenegger would also appear together in ''Film/TheRunningMan'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. In the same year as ''Predator'', Ventura made a guest appearance on ''Series/SmallWonder''; he also appeared in the famous ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Jose Chung's from Outer Space".

He was elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in 1990, serving from 1991 to 1995. In 1998, he successfully ran for the office of governor of Minnesota (as a third-party candidate, the first such occurrence in modern political history), serving from January 1999 to January 2003.

In late 2003, Ventura hosted a show on Creator/{{MSNBC}} called ''Jesse Ventura's America''. He returned to broadcasting in 2009 with ''Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura''.

His life resembles that of [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]]. No relation to Film/AceVentura.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Ventura The Other Wiki]] has the basics about his life and different careers.

!!! "These tropes ain't got time to bleed":
* AHandfulForAnEye: Weightlifting powder.
* AndThisIsFor: When Ventura threw Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon out of the ring at ''[=SummerSlam=] 1999'', he (in)famously shouted, "That's for your [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon old man]], you little bastard!"
* AppropriatedAppellation: As governor of Minnesota, he handed out media badges labeled "Media Jackal". These quickly became a hot commodity.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Okay, so he was a wrestler ''before'' becoming a governor, but still. One example of him being this while being governor is his role as ref during the 1999 ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' main event.
--> ''[After literally throwing out Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon for interfering]'' That's for your [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon old man]], you little bastard!
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: A key part of his victory in the gubernatorial election was a combination of Minnesota's same-day voter registration laws and campaign workers accosting young men in the street and saying, more or less, "Hey, you! Jesse Ventura is running for governor! You want to vote for him?" "Hell, yeah!" After the election, his office printed up t-shirts that were just an outline of Minnesota, with the words "My governor can beat up your governor."
* BerserkButton: Increasingly, lately--seemingly just for someone daring to challenge him confidently on an issue. [[JerkassFacade Could be an act, though.]]
* BlatantLies: His claims about having "hunted men." Ventura never went to Vietnam, though he frequently claims otherwise. He was also never a SEAL, but a frogman who opted not to take the additional 26-week SEAL qualification course after completing BUD/S training.
* CatchPhrase:
** As an announcer in WWF, "I tell ya what, [[Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon Gorilla]]..."
** At least OnceAnEpisode of his ''Conspiracy Theory'' show, he would find an excuse to indignantly exclaim "I was a Governor!", usually in regards to not being allowed inside some secure facility.
** "[[CombatPragmatist Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.]]", which he borrowed from [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner Gorgeous George]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Some people see him as this in light of the conspiracy theories he espouses on his TV show about them.
* ConspiracyTheorist: To the point that his made a TV show about them, ''Conspiracy Theory''. For a time, he was one of ''the'' most vocal proponents of the 9/11 conspiracy theory.
* CoolOldGuy: If you think putting a wrestler in the White House would be cool, Ventura thinks there should probably be one in there. People have said they'd like to see him run for it, even people who wouldn't vote for him.
* DentedIron: Blood clots in his lungs forced Ventura into retirement. To this day he's still on blood-thinners.
* DirtyCoward: Allergic to direct confrontation in the ring, even from much smaller or non malicious "adversaries".
* ExpansionPackPast: Navy SEAL (technically, UDT, or Underwater Demolition Team, which merged with the [=SEALs=] after he left), bodyguard for Music/TheRollingStones, [[BadassBiker member of the outlaw motorcycle gang "The Mongols"]]...
* {{Expy}}: The bleach-blond locks, wild facial hair and colorful outfits he wore as a wrestler (and later as a commentator) were clearly influenced by [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]. As a commentator, Ventura would {{lampshade|Hanging}} this by claiming [[HypocriticalHumor Graham stole HIS look]].
* FinishingMove: Overhead gutwrench backbreaker rack.
* GorgeousGeorge: Less camp than most examples, but Ventura's wrestling attire included tie-dyed tights, feathered boas and lots of rhinestones, with one of those rhinestones in the cleft of his chin.
* {{Heel}}: Braggart turned coward at the slightest sign of trouble.
* JerkJock: For all of the GorgeousGeorge aestetics of his wrestling persona, it also had shades of this.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: His motivation for running for mayor.
* MaliciousMisnaming: During his run as heel commentator in the WWF, has often called several face wrestlers disparaging names to help put them over. Most notable are Wrestling/HulkHogan (whom he's called "Chump" Hogan) and Wrestling/TitoSantana (nee "Chico" Santana). Santana remarked about this once in his biography, saying in fact that he encouraged Ventura the two shared mutual respect for one another to refer to him as "Chico" to help boost his popularity.
* NiceHat: Ventura wore a pilgrim hat during his three Survivor Series broadcasts (the show aired on Thanksgiving night back then).
* NoIndoorVoice: Always manages to sound kinda...''forceful'', whatever he says.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He may have been able to serve well as Mayor of Brooklyn Park, but he was far less competent serving as Governor, when his forceful personality and tendency to grandstand alienated him from the legislature and press.
* PowerStable:
** (in Central States): Robley's Army
** (in Memphis): The First Family, led by Wrestling/JimmyHart
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: As an on-camera interviewer, Jesse had a habit of mouthing the lines of pro wrestlers as he questioned them, feigning shock over a revelation he'd already whispered to himself.
* RealMenWearPink: Wore extremely color outfits as a wrestler and a commentator, including a pink suit!
* RetiredBadass: Sports and military...to politics.
* SitcomArchNemesis:
** [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Garrison Keillor]].
** Ventura also hates Wrestling/HulkHogan with a passion.
* SoreLoser: Assaulted and put Paul Ellering on a stretcher for beating him in a dead lifting contest back in the AWA.
* StealthInsult: When Jesse would claim to be better than Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham, someone would often point out that Graham is a former World Champion while Jesse wasn't. Jesse would usually respond with, "He beat an easy champion!" Graham beat Wrestling/BrunoSammartino for the WWWF Title.
* TagTeam:
** The East-West Connection, with Adrian Adonis
** The Far East-West Connection, with Mr. Saito
** The Younger Generation, with [[Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose "Playboy" Buddy Rose]]
* TalkShowWithFists: "The Body Shop"
* TestosteronePoisoning: All the memes and bragging about his being tough can ''easily'' come across this way...
* TheatricsOfPain: He sold lifting weights as a dreadfully painful experience, which is pretty ironic, considering he's "the body" and all.
* {{Unperson}}: His commentary is often edited out of [=DVDs=] released by WWE. Subverted later with box sets and shows on the WWE Network. The reason for the edits is because Ventura won a lawsuit after leaving the WWE where he gets royalties for any broadcasts, videos, etc. that use his commentary.
* UrExample: Ventura is generally credited as the first heel announcer.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ventura's broadcast partnership with Gorilla Monsoon played out like this.
* WarriorPoet: Ventura was known for dressing like a {{beatnik}} in his wrestling days.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: He helped Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} on his way to become WWE Champion after declaring their was a conspiracy to keep the belt on Wrestling/JohnCena. Problem? Conspiracy implies something is covered up, kept secret, etc. WWE has not been the least bit shy about letting the whole world know about its favoritism of John Cena.