[[caption-width-right:333:One of the more [[PimpDuds introverted]]\\
wrestlers of the era.]]

''Need a little'' '''EXCITEMENT?'''\\\
''Snap into a ''Slim Jim! '''''[[BigYes HOHHH YEEEEAH DIG IT!!]]'''''

Randall Mario Poffo, best known as '''"Macho Man" Randy Savage''', was one of the most notable names of ProfessionalWrestling during TheEighties and a good portion of TheNineties, with a career spanning over 20 years. Managed for much of his career by his late wife Wrestling/MissElizabeth, Savage (whether a face or heel) was the perfect complement to Wrestling/HulkHogan; while Hogan did well with the kiddies, Savage's intense and more adult character (particularly his romance with Elizabeth) appealed to their parents, and his mix of power wrestling, high flying maneuvers, and blatant shoot-you-in-the-back cheating drew in the more 'traditional' wrestling fans who didn't pop for FiveMovesOfDoom and bodybuilder posedowns.

A 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] and 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], Savage would go on to [[Film/{{Spider Man}} wrestle Spider-Man]], [[HeyItsThatVoice provide the voice]] [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory of an intergalactic wrestler]], [[CelebrityEndorsement hawk beef jerky]] and [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy make a rap CD]] (they can't all be winners, folks).

Snippets of some of his quotes have been used to open up each installment of Maffew's ''{{Website/Botchamania}}'' blooper series, usually his more bizarre ones ("I don't even know what that words means! Is that a bird!?").

Savage passed away on May 20th, 2011 at the age of 58: after suffering a sudden, massive heart attack while driving, he lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and crashed into a tree. Initial reports of his death indicated that he had been killed in the collision, when in fact he and his wife had been wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash. Rather coincidentally, on the same day, Slim Jim's factory in North Carolina closed down, as well.

For more on Savage, go to ThatOtherWiki for a detailed article on his career and life.

''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' fandom has honoured his legacy in the most baffling of ways, with [[http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5518// a mod]] that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bifmj1O3D24 turns all dragons into Macho Man]].

Oh, and he guest-starred in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Sadly he does not elbow drop Dee Dee.

On January 12, 2015, after years of hoping from the fans, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX8TVGY3sCU it was announced that Savage would finally go in to the WWE Hall of Fame]].

!!'''OOOOOH YEAH! Snap into these tropes, associated with the MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE!:'''

* AffectionateParody: "Black Machismo"(Wrestling/{{TNA}})/"The Machismo King"(Wrestling/RingOfHonor) Jay Lethal (and in [=RingSide=] Collectibles promotional skits for Randy Savage action figures).
** Lethal even got to do the "Megapowers handshake" with a bemused Hulk Hogan when he arrived in TNA.
** As well in WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment (which, awkwardly, killed him in his cameo a day or so before he died), and in WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory.
** "Manly Man Ricky Ravage" on the ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' episode "Rassle Mania," along with "[[HulkHogan Bulk Togan]]", [[Wrestling/AndreTheGiant "Sergey the Giant"]] and [[Wrestling/SgtSlaughter "Sgt. Murder"]].
** A one shot in WWE's [=ECW=] show, Macho Libre.
** The developers of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' have called Mr. Torgue their version of Savage.
** [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/?p=3720 Motormaster]] from the comics-only continuation of ''TransformersAnimated'' is written with the personality of the Macho Man.
* AlwaysSecondBest: He was the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck to Hulk Hogan's WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* JustForFun/ApocalypseDayPlanner: His death and the inevitable apocalypse-that-didn't-happen became a joke that stated "Macho Man died to stop the apocalypse"
* ArchEnemy: While never explicitly acknowledged as thus, EVERY time he lost a World Heavyweight Title, in WWE or WCW, it was ALWAYS to either Hulk Hogan or to Ric Flair.
** Wrestling/JerryLawler, and not just in the ring. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Poffos (Angelo, Lanny and Randy) were running [[http://www.freewebs.com/icwpoffouniverse/ International Championship Wrestling in Lexington, KY]], which was an outlaw (runs in the same territorial areas as an established promotion in opposition) promotion against the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, TN run by Lawler and Jerry Jarrett. ICW's TV announcers would give away the real names of CWA wrestlers, issue challenges on the air, and Savage even once attacked CWA wrestler "Superstar" Bill Dundee at the CWA's gym. ICW closed in 1984, leading to the Poffos going to Memphis to actually feud with Lawler and co. Many of these dirty tricks would be recycled during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, except for the part about attacking guys at the gym.
** [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]], [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior the Ultimate Warrior]], Wrestling/RicFlair (also in WCW), Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Wrestling/KevinNash.
* AttentionWhore: During his first run with Elizabeth as valet, Savage would often bring her out in front of the camera during a Mean Gene interview. He would then implore her to say something to the "videoscope" or Mean Gene would begin a conversation with her, only Macho Man to quickly [[StayInTheKitchen shoo her away]] before she could get a few words in.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Crowned himself the "Macho King" after his victory over Duggan at ''King of the Ring''. [=Ted DiBiase=] was on hand to perform the (long, ''looong'') coronation of Randy and Wrestling/{{Sherri|Martel}} ...The joke being that their supposedly terrifying alliance is really just a co-dependent train wreck, with Savage and Sherri [[HarmlessVillain feeding each other's delusions]]. Most of their feuds just seem to revolve around the fact people don't take them seriously as "King" and "Queen" of the WWF. They ran amok for months until Randy was finally dethroned by the Ultimate Warrior.
* BadassBeard & BadassGrandpa: Self explanatory; he was a pretty hirsute fella.
** BadassLongcoat: Wore one in {{Wrestling/TNA}} to disguise his grizzly bear frame.
** BadassFingerSnap: Used to punctuate his rants in promos. Often a sign that he was losing patience with his interviewer.
* UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}: [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams The St. Louis Cardinals]] signed him as a catcher out of high school and he was sent to the minor leagues to help him develop. He would play for the Cardinals', the Cincinnati Reds' and the Chicago White Sox' farm league teams but never made it to the majors.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: On the May 27, 1999 ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Thunder'', he ended a promo with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson "If you smell what the Mach is cooking!"]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Macho Man might have been one of the most insane people in wrestling (and that's saying a ''lot'') but he also went to great lengths to ensure he had the best matches he could possibly make.
* TheCameo: A villainous baseball player who tries to psyche out the hero in ''Film/RookieOfTheYear''.
** '''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy BONESAW]] IS''' '''''READYYYYYYYYYY'''''
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Savage's promos typically would go back and forth between an ''intense whisper'' and suddenly '''''GROWLING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS.'''''
* CatchPhrase:
** DIG IT!
** SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM! (Whereupon he does so, and [[AwesomenessIsVolatile something awesome happens]].)
** A "videoscope®" is the equipment you need to record in glorious [=GrappleVision™=].
* CelebrityEndorsement: "Snap into a Slim Jim!"
* CharacterTics: Look for him to wag his finger during promos. He ''always'' did it.
** He also is very expressive with his hands, though not quite MilkingTheGiantCow.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Many of his promos didn't make any sense. This did not stop them from being awesome, however.
--->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBITkwVl8n8#t=4500s Noah Antwiler]]:''' He's got a little cup of a coffee creamer, and outta that, he delivers a ''classic'' promo about how he's the best, 'cause he's the champion ([[{{Metaphorgotten}} I think]]).
** "I've been in the danger zone, YEE-EEEAH. I've been in the danger zone east of the Pacific Ocean, west of London England, south of Mars, and north of Hell! YEE-EEEAH.
** Which just means that [[GlobalIgnorance he's in America.]] (Or Michigan, in which case...fair enough.)
* CuckoolanderCommentator: His time as a commentator saw him lean more toward "crazy" than "CrazyAwesome", but through all his rambling diatribes, he was as Macho Man as he'd ever been.
* CombatPragmatist: Knew all sorts of shortcuts. Like driving people's throats into the ropes to stun them or hogtying them so they couldn't make it back to the ring.
** He won his ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} X'' match against [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Crush]] by stringing him up after the out-of-the-ring pinfall to prevent him from getting back to the ring before the count of 60.[[note]]It was a Falls-Count-Anywhere match in pre-hardcore WWE, so that was the rule.[[/note]] Notable in that Wrestling/JohnCena would practically homage this by using a [[DuctTapeForEverything similar method]] [[LoopholeAbuse to beat]] Wrestling/{{Batista}} in their Last Man Standing match in 2010.
* CoolShades: Often gaudy colored shades with strips of plastic or odd designs over the lenses.
* CrazyPrepared: Savage used to put tons of prep work into his matches and would meticulously rehearse and plan each and every detail of his matches.
* DeathSong: "My Perfect Friend," about Wrestling/CurtHennig, from his rap album ''Be A Man''.
* DentedIron: After a series of knee injuries ending about 1998, Savage couldn't work at his former level, and had to be protected with a series of valets doing interference spots; this was far from the worst thing about WCW in 1999. Due to a neck injury he suffered while filming ''Spider-Man'', he could no longer even turn his head towards the end of his life. There were also unsubstantiated reports of a health scare involving steroids, after which Savage shrank from about 260 to less than 200 pounds; his heart attack was determined to be the result of a steroid-enlarged heart.[[note]]Just like his close friends Curt Hennig and Brian "Crush" Adams, as well as Wrestling/BrianPillman, Davey Boy Smith, Eddie Guerrero, Big Bossman, and Road Warrior Hawk.[[/note]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "My curiosity is killing me just like the cat would be killed by the curiosity!"
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: When the Ultimate Warrior left shortly before the 1992 Survivor Series, Savage had to get a new partner. He then lured [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] from Team Flair, which culminated in Perfect beating Flair in a Loser Leaves the WWF match on Monday Night Raw.
* DreadfulMusician: Let's just say Savage's rap album didn't sell well.
** One Amazon review described the vocals as sounding like "Nick Nolte on a whiskey and sandpaper binge."
** I mean how can you argue with this:
-->People wanna know if Macho's still in the ring
-->People wanna know if Randy's doin' his thing
-->Everybody's talkin' wanna know this and that
-->So I'm a tell ya right now Randy Savage is back!
** In one interview, Savage confided that the reason he chose to do a rap album is because his singing is even worse than his rapping.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Spent the last decade of his life taking care of his aging parents.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: In 1990, during his "Macho King" run, Savage switched from trunks to long tights and started wearing shirts during matches. He kept this look after turning face in 1991. The reason for the costume switch was because Randy had gotten a bit flabby after quitting steroids and was trying to hide his loss of definition. When he went to WCW in December of 1994, he began wrestling shirtless again, but still kept the tights.
* FinishingMove: The Flying Elbow
* FireForgedFriends: Both his on-screen friendships and tag team partnerships with Hulk Hogan (The Mega Powers in the WWF, and the Monster Maniacs in WCW), and The Ultimate Warrior (The Ultimate Maniacs) were based on this.
* GloryDays: Odd subversion; towards the end of his life, he was much more comfortable with being Randy Poffo, minor league baseball washout, than he was with being wrestling legend Randy Savage.
* GutturalGrowler: And his distinctly strained, constipated way of speaking has been mimicked my generations of wrestling fans.
** [[VocalEvolution Vocal Decay]]: By 1998-1999, he had appeared to have blown out his voice.
* HiddenDepths: Despite his boisterous, spontaneous personality, he was well known as a perfectionist when it came to his matches, meticulously mapping out every detail with his opponent before the match.
* HilarityEnsues: Whenever he [[MemeticMutation "snaps into a Slim Jim"]] in the commercials.
* HotBlooded: Big time.
* IdiotBall: That goofy angle in the buildup to 'Mania VIII, where Flair photoshopped himself (in 1991!) into photos of Randy and his wife, Miss Elizabeth, to suggest some kind of tryst from the past. Not only did Randy forget taking the pictures, he failed to notice Liz is the exact same age in the photos. They don't call him "Mensa Man" Randy Savage.
** The 1993 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''. As soon as Savage managed to take Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} down, he went for the elbow drop, but instinctively went for a pinfall. One, pinfalls do not count in the Royal Rumble. Two, he was too close to the ropes. Yoko powered out of that pin, propelling the Macho Man over the top. Yokozuna went on to ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' to challenge Wrestling/BretHart while Savage did commentary with [[Wrestling/JimRoss JR]] and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan. Justifiable, because a wrestler's first instinct is to go for the pinfall, since those are the standard rules.
** Subverted in the previous year's Rumble. Savage threw Wrestling/JakeRoberts out, but made what looked like a big mistake by following up with a pescado on to Roberts, going over the top and to the floor himself. However, the official ruling was that Savage was not eliminated after all; someone else had to throw him over the top for it to count. (Someone did--Ric Flair.)
* LargeHam: Even by WWF standards, his promos were insanely, pants-wettingly over the top.
** HamToHamCombat: Macho ''and'' Sherri shouting over each other? That's one hard promo to understand.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Music/EdwardElgar's "''Pomp and Circumstance''".
* LightIsNotGood: Still wore his bright colored attires as a heel.
* LightningBruiser: At his best, since he could fly with Steamboat but was big enough to be believable against Hulk Hogan.
* LineOfSightName: While wrestling under his real name, Ole [=Anderson=] said that Randy wrestled "like a ''savage.''"
* LoveRedeems: After his loss to Warrior, Sherri rushed over to Randy as he lay dejected in the ring. Unlike Elizabeth, she was in no mood for coddling and proceeded to [[YouHaveFailedMe beat him up instead]]. This was the final straw for the First Lady, who clambered into the ring and (in a rare display of violence) sent Sherri into space with one punch. Randy was so touched that Elizabeth would embrace him after a crushing loss, even after he dumped her, that he immediately turned face and later married her on TV. Even The Brain [[CareBearStare momentarily turned face]] while witnessing this Homeric tale of love and redemption.
-->'''Heenan''': He lost the match, but he certainly got something much more valuable: his woman.\\
'''Heenan''': ([[IgnoredEpiphany I'd rather have some money than a skirt.]])
* MachoCamp: "Warrior loses the WWF title after receiving a scepter between the eyes" is a line which can only originate from a certain era of wrestling.
-->'''''{{Website/WrestleCrap}}''''': Look at him and tell me he doesn’t look like a clown from the world’s most effeminate rodeo.
* ManInWhite: Savage's last stand at ''[=WrestleMania VII=]'' saw him in a striking [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AyezJdxKHM4/TIF_uAnOn3I/AAAAAAAAFa4/m52ZTHoiEt8/s1600/vlcsnap-2010-09-02-21h11m50s217.png blue and white]] suit and hat, possibly foreshadowing his face turn by the end of the evening. He later wore a platinum tuxedo to his televised wedding.
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Along with the Ultimate Warrior, Savage fell for the "Perfect Plan." Leading up to the Randy Savage-Ultimate Warrior WWF Championship match at Summerslam 1992, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased that one of them sold out to Team Flair. It turned out neither man had sold out; it was just a way for Flair and Perfect to attack both champion and challenger liberally just so Flair could have a clear path to his 2nd WWF title. Warrior won, but only by countout, meaning the title stayed with the Macho Man, who ended up losing it to Flair shortly after this.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The elbow off the top rope is hard on the knee, and after several surgeries, Savage's knee was no longer able to absorb the impact, leading to the move becoming "stiffer". One time, he ''severely'' injured another wrestler doing the move (broke several ribs), and visited his opponent in the hospital daily until he was released.
* NiceHat: Savage had one from 1990 to 1996.
* PassingTheTorch: Him being retired by Ultimate Warrior was supposed to be such a moment but in the long run, it was Warrior who ended up leaving. Also, he had a promotion set up for the purpose of putting over new talent, one [[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter Antonio Banks]] was to go over Randy Savage before it fell through.
* PerkyFemaleMinion
** Sensational Sherri Martel managed Randy Savage until he lost his retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior. Then she [[TheStarscream tried to attack him]], leading Miss Elizabeth to come to his aid and the two of them getting married.
** Team Madness in WCW was composed of three, [[NonIndicativeName Gorgeous George]] ([[GorgeousGeorge not]] [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner that]]), [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness]] and Wrestling/{{Madusa}}.
** He got The Disciplinarian Kristen Davidson and Jungle Grrl Erica Porter, wrestlers of WOW fame, when he showed up in the Spider-man movie as Bonesaw.
* PowerStable:
** (in Memphis): The First Family, led by Wrestling/JimmyHart
** (in WCW): The NWO
*** He also had Team Madness, with [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Gorgeous George (Stephanie Bellars) and [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness (Molly Holly)]], though it was more of an entourage.
* RealMenWearPink: Or whatever weird color he'll be wearing, all the time, besides the black and white in his Wrestling/NewWorldOrder days, which he changed to black and red during his time in the NWO Wolfpac.
* RedBaron: "Macho Man", briefly "Macho King" before returning to the original moniker.
* SanitySlippage: Back in TheEighties, he would get violently upset if he thought someone was making moves on Elizabeth. [[FromBadToWorse It went downhill from there]].
** By the end of his career he was so paranoid that he carried a gun in his bag at all times.
* SiblingRivalry: Inverted. While he was often programmed against his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, many times in his pre-WWE career, the two shared an extremely close relationship from their boyhood until the end of Randy's life.
* SignatureMove: Elevated body slam with theatrics, or a double knee drop upon the head of a downed opponent.
* TagTeam:
** with his brother Lanny Poffo in Tennessee
** The Megapowers, with Hulk Hogan in WWE (renamed the Monster Maniacs in WCW)
** The Ultimate Maniacs, with the Ultimate Warrior in 1992
** The Perfect Team, with Mr. Perfect at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1992''.
* TakeThat: The song "Be A Man Hogan!" off of his rap album, which is pretty much all about his RealLife feud with Hulk Hogan and his refusal to face Savage in a real wrestling match.
* TeamDad: Mellowed a bit by the early 1990's and became this to the up and coming stars of the "New Generation era".
** Apparently Savage bawled out Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon after their epic Wrestlemania X match because it went on too long and as a result a 10 man tag team match on the undercard was scrapped, which cost all 10 guys a Wrestlemania payday.
* TooImportantToWalk: The Macho King was carried to every match in a sedan throne on the backs of {{jobber}}s like a Roman Emperor. This happened.
* UnderwearOfPower: Until 1990, when he swapped to long tights.
** Sometimes he would wrestle in said elaborate attires, like during his match against Ric Flair at WrestleMania VIII.
* {{Unperson}}: For years, Savage ''was'' treated like this by [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and WWE, for personal reasons known only to Savage and [=McMahon=]. Savage got one of the best sendoffs in the company in 1994, and remained on good terms with [=McMahon=] quite a while afterwards, entering contract talks with him in 1996 and 2000. (Also easily overlooked, Savage was interviewed in the inaugural 2003 issue of ''WWE Smackdown Magazine'' a.k.a. ''WWE Magazine''.) Apart from that, [=McMahon=] ''buried'' Savage ever chance he got, and would turn down any angles even mentioning him. This while bringing back many ex-WWF wrestlers who had been much ''less'' acrimonious towards him, and even in some cases sued him. A RiddleForTheAges...
** Thankfully, WWE has decided to recognize Savage's contributions to wrestling history as of late, with matches of his showing up on various DVD compilations as well as his own three-disc set, ''Macho Madness''. The story goes, one of Vince's shareholders stood up and demanded to know why such a big star as Randy was not being capitalized upon. Vince knew the game was up, as he could not (or would not) reveal his motivations for blackballing Randy, and so audibly sighed and went ahead with the [=DVDs=]. Business is business. Fortunately for Savage, it was not an attempt at character assassination like ''The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior''.
** According to his brother "Leapin' Lanny" Poffo, the Slim Jim endorsement was a huge pay day, and the contract stipulated that a percentage should have gone to the WWF. Furthermore, other reports from agents (and written about in Bret's book) claimed that Savage drunkenly called Vince ''while he was sleeping'' to announce that he was jumping ship to WCW.
** A principal rumor involves Savage acting inappropriately towards Vince's daughter Stephanie (who was in her early-middle teens when Savage left WWE) and Vince finding out after the fact. This would explain [=McMahon=]'s initial embrace of Savage turning [[PapaWolf very, very cold]], and rings consistent with backstage accounts of Savage following his divorce from Liz Hulette. Even Randy's brother has indicated to interviewers that he doesn't know one way or the other. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LunZpNPFr-o Explained in this video.]]
** Relations seemed to have massively improved in 2011 as the Macho Man not only appears in the ''VideoGame/WWEAllStars'' video game but he appeared in one of the commercials as well (this deal was brokered by THQ with WWE's permission but no contact between the two sides). Yeeeeah.
* VerbalTic: See CatchPhrase.
** To clarify, beside his catchphrases, the word "Yeah" was a major verbal tic of his.
** A good recent example would be his commercial for ''WWE All-Stars''. He managed to include it at least once in every sentence along with between every sentence.
** VitriolicBestBuds: Hulk Hogan (in the ring and in RealLife). According to Hogan, they were in the process of mending their friendship when he died.
* WagTheDirector: Pressured WCW execs to induct his father, Angelo Poffo, in their Hall of Fame, despite Poffo never having wrestled for WCW. This was cited as one of the reasons Wrestling/GordonSolie quit WCW shortly after.
* WrestlingFamily: His brother is "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, the wrestling poet (aka The Genius) and his father, Angelo Poffo, was a famous wrestler in the 1950s and 60s. He and Elizabeth were married in RealLife from December 1984 to 1992.
* XanatosSpeedChess: In response to Ric Flair's MassiveMultiplayerScam and Warrior's departure from the WWF, he convinced Mr. Perfect to leave Team Flair and fill in for the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect accepted.
''Long live the heart, long live the soul, that knows what it wants. No matter how far, how heavy this load, it never lets go''.