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->''If wrestling can be considered an art form, then ''[Ric Flair]'' is using oils, and the many others merely water colors.''
-->-- '''Wrestling/JimRoss''', ''Starrcade 1988''

"The Nature Boy." "Slick Ric". "The Dirtiest Player in the Game." "Naitch." The sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion, and a [[RhymingList limousine-ridin', jet-flyin', wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin']] -- '''''WOOOOO!''''' -- SON-OF-A-GUN!

In the realm of ProfessionalWrestling, there are wrestlers, there are superstars, there are legends... and then there's '''Ric Flair'''. With a career spanning four decades (starting in 1972), 22 World Heavyweight Title reigns (10 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA]], 8 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW]], 2 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE]] and 2 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-in-h.html "WCW International" World Heavyweight]]), legendary matches and feuds with some of the biggest names in the business, and a retirement sendoff that will likely never be duplicated in either scope or emotional impact on the fans, Flair (real name '''Richard Morgan Fliehr''', born 1949) is one of the most famous professional wrestlers who has ever lived, and is arguably one of the three biggest performers in the history of the industry (the other two being Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin).

Trained by Verne Gagne, he began life as the vanilla strongman '''Ramblin' Ricky Rhodes''', a (kayfabe) cousin of Wrestling/DustyRhodes. When that didn't catch on, he [[LeanAndMean lost weight]] and became Ric Flair, cousin to [[Wrestling/ArnAnderson Arn & Ole Anderson]] and leader of The Four Horsemen. In 1978, he earned his nickname by [[KlingonPromotion beating the Golden Age "Nature Boy"]], Buddy Rogers, in the ring.[[note]]In {{real life}}, Rogers handed the mantle over to Flair, along with his ring persona and finishing move.[[/note]] With his Liberace robes, infectious speech patterns (think Creator/DustinHoffman on amphetamines), and...shall we say, "[[WildTake animated]]" promos, Flair's star rose rapidly, becoming one of the industry's most demented --[[LaughablyEvil and endearing]]--heel wrestlers.

While still closely identified with the {{Wrestling/WWE}}, most of his memorable matches took place in the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and {{Wrestling/WCW}}, particularly his rivalries with Dusty and {{Wrestling/Sting}}. Later, when Hogan turned heel and joined the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, Flair and his Horsemen saw the light and became good guys--and a chief impediment to the [=nWo=]. Being as the [=nWo=] were relentlessly pushed for five years, this [[{{Jobber}} didn't work out so well]] for him. Nevertheless, Naitch remained a headliner until the company shuttered its doors in 2001. Sting offered him [[LetsDance one last dance]] for the final broadcast.

Afterward, Flair continued to bounce between the independent circuit and various promotions, often times in the ring (reforming his old posse with {{Wrestling/Evolution}} and {{Wrestling/Fortune}}), but mostly as an authority figure. Despite many accomplishments at the WWE and his stated intention to close out his career there, Flair's contract finally expired in 2009 (apparently he was a little ''[[WagTheDirector too]]'' animated for today's scripted WWE) and he migrated to Wrestling/{{TNA}}; but within a year he'd had a bellyful and returned to WWE, thus fulfilling his wish.

For an in-depth look at his career, go check the article on him at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric_Flair That Other Wiki]].
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!!!'''"Whether you like them or whether you don't, learn to love 'em, because they're the best tropes going today. Woo!"''':
* TenMinuteRetirement
** On and off following his "retirement" match with Shawn Michaels. While he obeyed the [[ExactWords letter of the law]] (very Nature Boy, this) by declining another match in America, he wrestled against Hulk Hogan during the latter's 2009 tour of Australia. ''Then'' he signed with TNA, and while this naturally put a damper on his {{Tearjerker}} of a sendoff at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 24'' (putting off both longtime fans ''and'' newcomers to ''Impact''), he definitely showed everyone that he's still got what it takes to work the crowd, if not the match.
** He has apparently retired for real as of late 2012, citing the heart attack suffered by Wrestling/JerryLawler a few months earlier as driving home the dangers of even a physically fit man of his age continuing to subject himself to the rigors of the ring. (Cue sighs of relief from his family, to say nothing of the internet.) Nowadays Flair is settling into the role of statesman.
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: In TNA, he literally thinks that he is the wrestling form of ''God''. Not ''a'' god. '''[[AGodAmI God.]]'''
** He was very nearly voted ''TIME'' magazine's Man of the Century in a [[VoteEarlyVoteOften stuffed ballot]] in 1999. By the time the editor finally caught on, he was trailing in second place just behind Jesus Christ. The Flair marks also rigged the ''People'' Magazine "[[EvenTheGuysWantHim Most Beautiful People]]" poll.
* AppropriatedAppellation:
** At an NWA TV taping in 1986, Flair, Ole, and Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and manager JJ Dillon were placed in an impromptu interview spot together due to time constraints. The four wrestlers had been working as something akin to a PowerStable before this, but then Arn said "The only time this much havoc had been wreaked by this few a number of people, you need to go all the way back to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!" during the interview; just weeks later, fans were carrying "Four Horsemen" signs to NWA events. The name stuck, and the Four Horsemen went on to become arguably the most successful and powerful stable in pro wrestling (until the New World Order came along).
** WWE would try and duplicate this with Evolution and the Authority but neither ever took off with the fans, so they had to start telling them what the groups were called.
** The widespread "Woos" after using one of Flair's moves. It began as a form of [[IronicEcho mockery]] by Wrestling/ShaneDouglas, who derided Flair and the other NWA alums (of which [[BoomerangBigot Shane was one]]) as dinosaurs; but it became an endearing ShoutOut, and is guaranteed to be heard whenever a wrestler chops an opponent in the corner.
* ArtifactTitle: Buddy Rogers was given the nickname "Nature Boy" by a colorful promoter named Jack Pfefer. It didn't really "mean" anything: Pfefer liked the idea of combining theater with pro wrestling to make it more entertaining, hence Pfefer's penchant for giving his performers weird gimmicks and catchy names. Long story short, Pfefer heard the song "Nature Boy" on the radio in the late 1940's, liked the name and gave it to Buddy Rogers. Rogers bore a resemblance to Johnny Weissmuller who played {{Franchise/Tarzan}} in the films at that time. (See also [[Characters/WWEDivas The Fabulous Moolah]], another Pfefer client.) Tarzan being a "Nature Boy", Rogers adopted the name and it took off from there.
-->'''Wrestling/SteveAustin''': I'm assuming it's because they either like nature, [[DeadpanSnarker or they like boys.]]
* ArchEnemy: Quite a few, but his most memorable opponents were Dusty Rhodes (the common man to his "[[SlobsVersusSnobs Golden Spoon]]"), [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/TerryFunk, Wrestling/LexLuger, [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]], Wrestling/MickFoley, and, of course, Hulk Hogan.
* BadassGrandpa: As AJ Styles intimated, Ric Flair may be older than him but acts younger. He would talk about Flair going to bed later than him, getting up earlier, partying all night and still finding time for the gym while on the road.
** It's hard to remember, what with his leaps from the top rope [[BullfightBoss always failing]], but one of Ric Flair's quirks when he was NWA World Champion was to flip over the top rope to the apron after being Irish Whipped. In some ways he displayed [[LightningBruiser more agility]] when he was older, such as adding a roll to his jumping knee drop after connecting.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He really loved his suits. They cost more than most people make in a year, you know. Also, this was "Evolution's" gimmick in a nutshell: They gang up on people and they wear suits.
* BadassNormal: Unlike some of his most famous opponents, he didn't possess super-strength (Luger, Sting, Hogan) or fly off the top much (Steamboat, Sting.) He instead was just the greatest wrestler of his era.
* BashBrothers: Wrestling/GregValentine, [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Mulligan]], Wrestling/ArnAnderson, Wrestling/{{Sting}}
* BerserkButton: Don't you dare take wrestling lightly, as Wrestling/{{Carlito| Colon}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FStT_VIdW0c found out]]. Imitating him without his permission (Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Jay Lethal) and being a {{garbage wrestler}} in his eyes (Wrestling/MickFoley) also do the trick.
** Somewhat hypocritical from the man who wore a {{fat suit}} and Stetson hat to impersonate Dusty on ''Nitro''.
** Stand in a room, alone, and name somebody ''other'' than him as "the greatest of all time." Just don't be surprised when [[InadvertentEntranceCue his music hits, followed by a hand chopping you in the throat]]. (He has a sharp ear.)
* BittersweetEnding
** Ric Flair vs. Wrestling/{{Sting}} closing out the final ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.
** Flair's ''WrestleMania 24'' "retirement" match. [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels "I'm sorry. I love you."]]
* BlasphemousBoast: One of his catchphrases below.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: For most of his career, Flair dyed his hair blond while using villainous tactics.
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: Whole hospital refrigerators could be filled with the bags of blood Ric Flair has bled over the course of his career. One of the most common images of him is with his hair dyed solid red and his face a red mask.
-->[[{{Website/Botchamania}} *blades like a motherfucker*]]
** [[BloodyHilarious "I'M ALL OUT OF MILK!" *blades* *eats cereal*]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Flair would often telegraph his figure-four leglock by exclaiming, "Now, we go to school!" Some of his best opponents, such as Wrestling/BretHart, were GenreSavvy enough to reverse when he did that, though.
* CaptainErsatz: On the handheld console additions of ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''
* CasualtyInTheRing: According to popular opinion, and apparently his own desire, his most likely ultimate fate.
* CatchPhrase: A ton. Being in the business for four decades tends to allow you that luxury. Among his most famous:
** "To be the man ('''''WOOO!'''''), you gotta ''beat'' the man!"
** "Time to go to school!" (usually just prior to whooping somebody's ass)
** "What's ''''CAUS'''in' all o' this?"
** "[[YouAreFat Fat boy!]]"
** "...limousine-riding, jet-flying, stylin', profilin', whiskey drinking, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin' '''son of a gun!'''"
** "The BIGGEST house, on the BIGGEST hill, on the BIGGEST side o' town...!"
** "'''''MEEEEEAN''''' -- '''''WOO BAHGAWD, WOO BAHGAWD''''' -- '''''[[SayMyName GENE!]]'''''"
** "Time to ride [[ICallHimMisterHappy Space Mountain]]!"
*** "It may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line!"
--->'''''Website/UrbanDictionary''''': Space Mountain is good because it is in the dark, has head choppers as well as cool effects.
** "I am '''GOD!'''"
* TheChewToy: Being the Champ so much, and primarily a heel who went out of his way to make people hate him, inevitably led to having a '''LOT''' of guys lining up to beat up Flair. In ''Inside Wrestling's'' "100 Greatest Wrestlers of the Century" special issue from Summer 2000, the photos for Wrestling/JerryLawler, Lex Luger, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/RickySteamboat and Wrestling/{{Sting}} are all of them battling Flair. Sting and Luger are also included in the "Best of the 1990s" special color section, and the photos for them are ''also'' of them beating on Flair. The photo for Flair is of him about to chop Rick Steiner, who, [[NoSell as per his usual]] for many of his opponents, doesn't look too interested in selling it.
* ChickMagnet: His entourage. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years.
** In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to "take [[YourMom your momma]] for a ride on Space Mountain, fat boy! WOOOOOOOOO!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder:
-->'''Wrestling/ScottSteiner''': Mean, WOO, Gene! I'm a limo riding, jet flying, '''backstabbing son of a bitch'''![[note]]This was a [[ActuallyPrettyFunny really good impression]], by the way.[[/note]]
** Flair turned on Sting more times than almost humanly ''possible.'' He turned on Wrestling/{{Vader}}, [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]], Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and even turned on fellow Horsemen Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/DeanMalenko, in a way, with his David-centric behavior. Perhaps the most triumphant example of this trope, though, was during the 1992 Royal Rumble, when he gave The Barbarian a high-five, circled around in front of him and ''immediately'' gave him a knife-edge chop. Raised to funny by commentator Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, who had previously managed Barbarian, pleading with Ric ''not'' to turn on Barbarian.
** Also, Fourtune. He formed them specifically to be his future expy of the Horsemen [[DudeWheresMyRespect motivated by taking back prominence in the company they helped build]], but then as soon as that purpose turned them against Hulk Hogan's blatant new-generation nWo ripoff, he would show that for him it's all about the power.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
** Most of Ric Flair's promos sometimes gave off this vibe. But really, anybody who calls himself God in dead seriousness is probably an example.
--->'''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBITkwVl8n8#t=4850s Wrestle! Wrestle!]]''''': You think a ''second'' of the Nature Boy was fucking scripted? ''Hell'' no. Nowadays? '''Still''' no! I think if they handed Ric Flair a script, he would tear it in half and elbow drop it.
** One of ''[=Nitro=]''[='s=] more eccentric commentators, Mongo [=McMichaels=], liked to carry his little Chihuahua Pepe to matches. When Pepe started yapping at Flair, what he did he do? '''[[https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/flair-vs-pepe1.gif?w=650&h=494 SNARLED RIGHT BACK.]]'''
** He once yelled at Piper that he was the [[NapoleonDelusion President of the United States]]. (He meant he was President of WCW.) He also began decorating his office with a Presidential Seal and War Room phone.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ81sB0tV3Y President Ric Flair]] was this overall.
* TheCoatsAreOff: When Ric Flair whips his jacket off, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment that's when shit gets real]].
** [[TantrumThrowing Elbow drop]] optional.
** If he rips off his ''pants'', like he did on the December 28, 1998 ''Nitro'' in a promo where he demanded a rematch against [[Wrestling/EricBischoff Bischoff]] after Bischoff beat him the night before at ''[=Starrcade=]'', '''''RUN!'''''
* CombatPragmatist: As [[FightingDirty "The Dirtiest Player in the Game"]] as well as an avid fan of [[GroinAttack nut-shots]], this trope fits him to a T.
* ComplimentBackfire: Calling Wrestling/AustinAries a fair hand who might become another Shawn Michaels or Nature Boy while Ric Flair was trying to put over Wrestling/RingOfHonor and HD Net. Aries believed he was already that good and that notable.
* ConspicuousConsumption: "I have spent MORE MONEY! On ''BAR TABS!'' Than ALL THREE of you! WILL EVER! MAKE!"
** From the ''[[http://41.media.tumblr.com/ade20ce94677e26a16eb0ae4128907e7/tumblr_nkusfsK8q51sg99p0o1_1280.jpg WWE: Ultimate Superstar Guide]]'': "The Nature Boy's majestic robes cost more than the average car."
* CoolOldGuy: Later in his career, all his dirty cheating and condescending ways had given way to nostalgia, meaning he no longer got booed except when he was associated with guys like Triple H or Hulk Hogan. Notably, he got cheered in the ECW arena after calling the promotion a "glorified stunt show".
* CostumePorn: Wore a brand-new, sparkly, ''befeathered'', occasionally-pink ring robe to '''each''' big event (we're talking ''pink'', here; he should've driven to the ring in a Barbie Dream Car). Each robe was custom-made and cost more than the previous one, eventually totaling at $5000 a pop. And yet he [[RealMenWearPink still manages to look masculine]].
* CueTheFlyingPigs
** Flair and Dusty teamed up in the 1980s against Dick Slater and a heel-turned Wrestling/{{Chief Wahoo McDaniel}}.
** Flair and Hulk Hogan's characters being friends for the Immortal scam.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Ric's final ''WrestleMania'' match. Facing a mandate that he would be fired the next time he lost, Ric specifically chose to face Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Mr. [=WrestleMania=], because if he didn't face the best then it didn't mean anything. At the end of the match, Flair (legitimately, if tales are to be believed) had trouble even standing and holding his fists up, telling Shawn to "Come on! Pull the trigger!" He knew it was his last match, and it would end in nothing short of an epic climax.
* DemotedToExtra: Especially after Hulk Hogan joined WCW, and during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars.
* DirtyOldMan: Due to playing the "ladykiller" gimmick well into his sixties he comes across as this. According to insider information, he's this in RealLife too, apparently flashing women is a backstage trademark of his.
* DisappearedDad: Was abandoned by unknown parents and was adopted by the Fliher family.
* TheDogBitesBack: His most treasured memory from WCW? Watching it go out of business!
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
** When Flair was beginning his career he was a 300lb brawler with brown hair. Even after he began bleaching his hair, he was noticeably bulkier than his later leaner appearance as US and World champ. Not to worry though, his stupidly-giant capes and collars make up the 100 lb weight difference.
** The sight of Flair with huge EightiesHair held in place by a headband, compared to his much more modest hairstyle he'd be known for most of his career.
* EasilyDistractedReferee: Flair utilized this trope to its fullest advantage.
* EccentricMentor: Ask Scott [=McGhee=] and [[Wrestling/MidnightExpress Stan Lane]], whom Flair had a hand in training. [=McGhee=] got training from both Ric Flair and Buddy Rogers, since we're on the topic.
* EvilOldFolks: Not unlike other WCW vets who turned up on ''Raw'' & ''Impact'' -- but Ric is the oldest heel by five years. As a heel authority figure, he was a thorn in the sides of Mr. [=McMahon=], Dixie Carter and Eric Bischoff. He stepped on many young wrestlers to get a foothold back in power; all that aside, the audience was more inclined to root for him.
* {{Expy}}
** Of Wrestling/BuddyRogers.
** The strut was taken from Memphis great [[Wrestling/JackieFargo "The Fabulous One" Jackie Fargo.]][[note]]Who also trained Wrestling/JerryLawler and who, at least in {{Kayfabe}}, put together the TagTeam [[Wrestling/TheFabulousOnes the Fabulous Ones, Steve Keirn and Stan Lane]].[[/note]]
* EyePoke: One of his signature moves
* FaceFault
** The "Flair Flop", in which Flair would get hit a few times, stagger forward, then fall flat on his face while his legs went back and up in the air a bit. As time when on his opponents would often back off to watch the inevitable flop. Some would even visibly geek out over the spectacle.
** He's even [[FaceFault Flair Flopped]] onto a board ''covered in barbed wire''.
* FinishingMove: The Figure Four Leglock.
* {{Flanderization}}: 1998 was the year he started being booked by Eric Bischoff ([[TheManBehindTheMan really Hogan and Nash]]), and Ric stopped being the lovable, "crazy" uncle who rips off his jacket when agitated, and became the [[SanitySlippage senile relative]] who strips to his underwear on television and has to be escorted away by Roddy Piper. What, that doesn't happen in your family?
** Even in the loony bin, Naitch is still pulling hot nurses.
** TNA Flair blurred the line between "legend" and "dangerous old man", believing himself to be '''God''' (as in Jehova, Yahweh etc.), and revealed he doesn't draw the line at thoroughbreds when [[BestialityIsDepraved selecting his dates.]] Compared to how others were booked (Orlando Jordan), he still got off easy.
** ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Best known for cheating and gurning and flopping around, Flair was a really good technical wrestler...when he felt like showing it.
* FlungClothing
** Some of his promos towards the end of Wrestling/{{WCW}} would see him rip off his suit until he was down to his underwear... and to add salt to the would, he would drop elbows on his suit jacket.
** According to pretty much everyone, Flair was fond of doing this while partying too.
---> '''Wrestling/TripleH''': "Ric, I know I've told you this a thousand times but for God's sake, man, ''put your pants on!''"
* FourHorsemen: Much like in ''Street Fighter II'', you had to plow through three sub-bosses (Ole, Arn, and Tully) to face the [[FinalBoss main boss]]. The Horsemen ruled NWA but never quite reached the same level of prominence in the other two companies.
* GameBreakingInjury:
** Nearly died in a serious plane crash in 1975 and broke his back in three places. He was told he'd never wrestle again. However after exhaustive comprehensive rehab, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he returned to the ring six months later.]]
** Flair would use chop blocks, kicks, ANYTHING that would weaken an opponent's legs and/or knees to soften them up for the Figure Four.
* GenreBlindness: Crossed with an inversion and literalization of HeelFaceDoorSlam: Spent much of July and August 1997 trying to recruit Wrestling/CurtHennig for the Four Horsemen, with Hennig finally agreeing after [[http://www.cagematch.net/?id=93&nr=36 Arn Anderson's "I'll give you my spot" promo]] on the August 25 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. At ''WCW Fall Brawl 97'' on September 14, the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] (Wrestling/KevinNash[=/=]Syxx [Sean Waltman][=/=]Buff Bagwell[=/=]Wrestling/{{Konnan}}) defeated the Horsemen (Flair[=/=]Hennig[=/=]Wrestling/ChrisBenoit[=/=]Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=]) in [[GimmickMatches War Games]] when Mongo submitted after Hennig had [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], handcuffed Benoit and Mongo to the cage and finished the job by literally slamming the cage door on Flair's head. What makes this genre blindness is that Hennig had already proven two months earlier that he couldn't be trusted when he turned on Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage in their match against Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/RandySavage at ''Bash at the Beach.'' On top of that, earlier at ''Fall Brawl'', the NWO had attacked Hennig, and he had shown up for the match with a cast on his arm. This was a recycling of the angle from the October 21, 1996 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', where Wrestling/TripleH had "injured" Mr. Perfect prior to what was supposed to be Perfect's return to the ring after a three-year absence, leading to Perfect essentially suckering in [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]] "Wildman" Marc Mero into defending his title, since Helmsley had said that he wouldn't wrestle Mero unless the title was on the line. Helmsley won the match and the title after Perfect turned on Mero and hit him with a chair.
* GoodIsDumb: Inverted, as Flair would famously lure Sting (aka "[[FanNickname the dumbest man in wrestling]]") into the Four Horsemen and then turn on him, kicking him out of the group. And he did it '''[[TooDumbToLive twice]].'''
* GorgeousGeorge: The feather boa raised a few eyebrows, as did the [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday frequency and volume]] of Flair recounting his heterosexual exploits.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Due to being on Creator/{{TBS}} in prime time on November 27, 1986, the worst threat Flair could throw at Wrestling/NikitaKoloff during their ''[=Starrcade=]'' match was, "Now I'm gonna kick your butt, you son of a gun!"
** "I'm gonna take your girlfriend home and make her say 'Mickey Mouse'!"
* GroinAttack: Pretty much every heel during Flair's heyday used the Low Blow. Flair [[TropeCodifier turned it into an art form.]]
* HappilyAdopted: Flair was part of a "black market" baby brokerage scheme based out of the infamous Tennessee Children's Home society; he doesn't definitively know his birth name or the names of his biological parents.
* HandsomeLech: In his prime. In a shoot interview with Missy Hyatt, she [[http://thesmartmarks.com/old_site/artman/publish/article_237.shtml said]] that Flair has the manners of a subway flasher, but had the ability to get "uptight women dancing on tables with their skirts above their heads."
** [[PrettyInMink Handsome In Mink]]: Sometimes fur, too. They fit Wrestling/SherriMartel like a glove, which [[https://40.media.tumblr.com/c61cc55a7a686b900c1f4bfd00e81531/tumblr_n6c72gnnxS1qfotvwo1_1280.jpg says more]] about Naitch's fashion sense than anything.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: It [[DependingOnTheWriter Depends On The Booker]], or on whoever Ric is feuding with at the time. From [[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1998083m.htm DDT]]:
-->"He never changes his attitude, he's always been a bit of a prick, and he's damn good at it. He's a lot like [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper Piper]], never playing any different to the fans, just being the same guy all the time, and fucking with whomever gets in his way."\\
"Good point. Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing."
* HijackedByGanon: Flair was shoehorned into the infamous Black Scorpion angle in 1990. The reason you haven't heard of it is because WCW always managed to top itself (the Shockmaster).
** Flair volunteered to be unmasked as the Black Scorpion, believing it wouldn't hurt him, whereas if Wrestling/BarryWindham (who had recently portrayed a [[ActuallyADoombot Stingbot]] in the ''Halloween Havoc'' fiasco) went in his place, it would drive a stake in Windham's wrestling career ''and'' behead it for good measure.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: One of the more prolific bladers in this business, and certainly the most famous. He still ranks lowest on ''Bleacher Report''[='s=] "Most Hideously Scarred Foreheads in Wrestling History" list, just under Dusty and well behind [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys D-Von Dudley]] and Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher.
-->'''''Taimapedia:''''' The collective weight of his newfound fortune caused his personal chartered jet to crash, breaking his back in three places. But this accident uncovered his hidden talent, one that would allow Flair to stay in the wrestling business long past his time; he could bleed continuously with little ill effects.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Flair was pretty jacked in the eighties.
* InadequateInheritor: Wrestling/AJStyles was pushed as a Nature Boy for a new millenium (his robe came with [[YoungerAndHipper a hood]], you see), but the gimmick was dropped when it became apparent that Flair had little on-screen chemistry with him. Then there's the "Real" Nature Boy [[http://www.ddtdigest.com/landel/ Buddy Landel]], whose main claim to fame is being drafted by Shane Douglas to be his {{training dummy}}. And who can forget Paul Lee, an indie wrestler who paid a cash-strapped Flair to endorse him, and then claimed they went back years together?
** [[AffectionateParody Parodied]] by the late "Playboy" Buddy Rose, whose [[KavorkaMan big Buddha belly]] and silk robes were part of his gimmick. In fact, when Flair would boast of some "blonde waiting for him" in a limousine, Hogan and Nash would chirp, "Buddy Rose?"
** From his earliest days in the NWA, Lex Luger was seen as the heir to Flairís throne (he was actually an honorary member of The Horseman for a year) by fans and the office alike; Naitch thought differently. The pair would reunite in WCW during the eighties, again building toward a monumental Flair/Luger feud that would last until 1991, with Luger trying doggedly to beat Flair for the title, and the Horseman always managing to interfere/cheat their way to victory. At long last, Jim Herd booked Ric to drop the strap, so he took his ball and and went home to WWF -- but he would [[MortonsFork never fully recapture the glory]] of the decade he owned. As for Luger, somewhere along the line it [[ICouldaBeenAContender started to go wrong]] for him, and despite chasing Flair from WCW to the WWF and back, he stayed a midcarder for the remainder of his career.
* IntergenerationalFriendship
** With Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/TripleH, the former of which wrestled Flair in his WWE "retirement" match and the latter inducted him into the Hall of Fame.
** Briefly had this with Carlito, until... well, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder it's Carlito.]]
* JobberEntrance: Not even Ric Flair was above these in WCW.
* '''''[[LargeHam LAAAAAAAAARGE.....]] [[VerbalTic WOOO!!!]] [[LargeHam BY GOD, HAM!!!]]'''''
-->'''[[http://cewshreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/monday-night-wars-take-two-rehappening.html Cewsh ]]''': We open the show greeted with the lovely calm visage of one Richard Flair, who isnít exactly happy about the fact that Eric Bischoff has named himself the [[HangingJudge special referee]] of the title match tonight. He daintily explains this to one Christina Hemme, and assures us all that though he and Eric have [[{{Understatement}} had difficulties]] in the past, they will put aside their issues like gentlemen so thÖ\\\
Wait, did I say calm visage? What I meant to say is that Ric Flair [[IncomingHam bursts through a random door like a crazy person]], [[HotBlooded turning so red that you could use him to direct ships at sea]], and [[IllKillYou screaming at the top of his lungs about how heís going to murderize Eric Bischoff]] and about how he and AJ have been screwed. Then he totters off somewhere to upset small children and get an ice cream cone.
* ''{{Leitmotif}}'': ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra'', Flair's famous entrance theme.
* LikeASonToMe: In Wrestling/{{TNA}} he has AJ Styles and Kazarian, who even got into a fight for Ric's love until he decided to make them a part of Fourtune, where he was a TeamDad of sorts for about eight months.
* LostInCharacter: Over half of Flair's career was during the days of kayfabe being unbroken. He's since run into financial problems at times due to still living the Nature Boy lifestyle without the Nature Boy paycheck.
** [[http://www.kayfabenews.com/ric-flair-launches-will-woo-for-food-campaign/ "Will Woo For Food".]]
* LovableRogue: A status Wrestling/{{Raven}} has attributed to him, of all people.
* MachoCamp: His whole schtick.
* MachoMasochism: WWF had a "no-blading" policy by the time he joined up. How cute. He and Savage were both fined $500 (admittedly drop in the bucket) for their brutal display at 'Mania VIII.
* MadEye: Oh my god, Naitch's crazy-eyes must be seen to be believed.
* ManlyTears: Way too many to mention. At ''Night of the Champions'', Ric opened the show by noting that a backstage worker told him not to cry about this being his last TNT show.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste:
** His ring attire is the [[OminousOperaCape Opera-style robe and cape]] mentioned above. Outside the ring, it's high-priced custom suits and stupidly expensive watches.
** And, apparently, [[http://youtu.be/iy-LQH8N6Ug?t=16s some pretty damn expensive shoes.]]
** [[FriendshipMoment Like the matching Rolexes he and Shawn Michaels bought to commemorate his last WWE match]].
** At the very height of his career in the late 80s, he spent over $60,000 a year of his own money on limousines alone for himself and the Four Horsemen.
** Just read through his biography, ''To Be The Man''. Every other page has an example of real life indulgences beyond the dreams of avarice.
** According to Flair's surrogate son on ''[[RealityShow Celebrity Wife Swap]]'', you would need a six-figure salary to pay for the nightly cost of Ric's restaurant bills. Yes, [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/flair-piper-celebrity-wife-swap/ a pre-teen boy with a legal pad]] is a better accountant than Mr. Flair.
* MemeticHandGesture: The four-finger salute of the Horsemen. Also, pointing at his Rolex.
* MotiveDecay: Betraying Wrestling/{{Fortune}} for Immortal caused this big time for his role in TNA, both in-universe and out. In-universe he betrayed his own plans to both finally defeat Hogan once and for all and to remake the Horsemen with TNA homegrown talent and proved it was all about the power for him. Out-of-universe he seemed to float around with no purpose, as there wasn't exactly much potential to elevate amongst the Immortal ranks, what with the one young rising star in Gunner being lost in the shuffle up until 2012. He was such an ineffectual member with Immortal that people were speculating he was being a ReverseMole to help either Fortune or Sting with taking out Hogan, but this never materialized.
* NoIndoorVoice & TheUnintelligible: Speaks a hitherto unknown language known as Flairglish, punctuated by Woos and pelvic thrusts.
** "IS THIZ [[UsefulNotes/StLouis ST. LOOZ MAZURAH]]?! I BEENHER BEFOREBUD I ALWEZ HEVA GREYTIME SO I THANKYA. WOO TRIPLE H MEMBER WHEN YOU WAZ EATIN RIBEYE?! [[{{Wrestling/Batista}} BATIZDA]], DAMMID [[Wrestling/RandyOrton RANDEH]], SHIT MY SON BUT I LIKE WREZLERS AND ...I CHOOZE [[Wrestling/TheShield SHEILZD]] WOO"
* NonChalantDodge: Avoided Mike Wrestling/{{Von Erich|Family}} this way while doing his usual strut.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Again, he wasn't called "The Dirtiest Player in the Game" for no reason.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: As per his idiom. So huge is the hubris in thinking only those who defeat ''him'' are worthy of being a champion. On the other hand, Flair refused to no-sell, giving his all to ensure they seemed like a real match for him. The most famous example is, of course, Sting, who went over him at the very first ''Clash of the Champions.'' (Note that Sting didn't even win that match; [[WeWinBecauseYouDidnt it was a draw.]])
* OutGambitted: The Perfect Plan was one thing, but Wrestling/RandySavage had the last laugh; he convinced Mr. Perfect to split from him and Flair chose [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] to be his partner at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1992''. That decision would lead up to a LoserLeavesTown match on ''Raw'' between Flair and Mr. Perfect. Perfect won.
** Years later, Naitch exacted revenge in the best way he knew how: he bought ''Raw''. This put him on equal footing with Vince for a while.
* OutOfFocus: Both he and Sting would be consigned to jobber hell during the [=nWo=] years. Fortunately they still had lots of mic time, albeit between matches.
* PaidHarem: Sherri, Fifi, Woman, and Heel Elizabeth to name a few. The latter two added new tricks to Flair's arsenal: The [[AHandfulForAnEye coffee cup of doom]] and the [[ShoeSlap shoe shuriken]].
* {{Pixellation}}: When Flair brought his NWA/WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt to the WWF, it ended up being shown as a mess of pixels due to legal reasons, and it was explained that Flair's NWA Title was not sanctioned by the WWF...The full story here is that Flair, like every NWA champion, had put down a $25,000 deposit on the belt. Since he kept winning, his deposit was never returned. When he was fired/resigned from WCW (without having been made to drop the title), the deposit was never returned, so Ric kept the belt and took it with him to WWF. WCW filed a lawsuit which led to the censoring of the NWA/WCW belt and Ric wearing what looked like a WWF tag title at house shows. In the end, WWF simply put their own world title on him. WCW later reacquired the belt from Flair for a hefty $38,000.
* ThePlan[=/=]MassiveMultiplayerScam: Let's just say it was the Perfect Plan. In the weeks leading up to the[[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF/E World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/RandySavage vs.Wrestling/UltimateWarrior ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 1992'' match , Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased being in one of their corners. During the match, the two liberally attacked Savage and the Warrior, leaving more doubt into their (and the fans') heads. Warrior won the match by count out, but not the title. A few weeks later, Flair beat a weakened Macho Man for his second WWF Championship.
* PlotArmor: You can tell the difference between face and heel Flair because the former's leg lock actually works.
* PopularityPower:
** WCW audiences proved how much this trope works via their sabotaging the Lex Luger vs. Wrestling/BarryWindham main event of ''The Great American Bash 1991''; the crowd chanted "We want Flair!" practically non-stop during the match, in protest of Flair being fired from WCW.
** This wasn't just sabotaging the main event; the crowd sat on its hands in protest for the entire undercard, resulting in just about everyone half-assing their matches, before launching into the deafening "We want Flair!" chants during the main event, which were loud enough to be heard despite WCW cutting the crowd microphones; they were even picked up on the ring and announcer mics. And all this when Flair had been ''the most hated heel in the company'' going into the pay-per-view!
** The Four Horsemen in the NWA/WCW; Wrestling/{{Evolution}} in WWE.
** To wit: The Horsemen were arguably the most famous and popular stable in wrestling history up until the rise of the [=nWo=], and at the height of Evolution's success, all four members simultaneously held ''every men's title exclusive to Raw''.
** The Magnificent Seven: With Buff Bagwell, Wrestling/JeffJarrett, Lex Luger, Rick Steiner, [[Wrestling/LegionOfDoom Road Warrior Animal]] and Wrestling/ScottSteiner
** Millionaire Club with Brian Adams, Bryan Clarke, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Horace Hogan, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Wrestling/MissElizabeth, Scott Steiner and Terry Funk
** In Wrestling/{{TNA}}, he started [[Wrestling/{{Fortune}} Fourtune]], basically a new-generation Four Horsemen of TNA Originals who for a while were the top heels in the company, delivering Horsemen-style beatdowns to everyone on the roster.
* PrepareToDie: Yelled this(more or less) at Abyss after he was given a WWE Hall Of Fame Ring..
* PretenderDiss: Through frequently on the hunt for the "next" Nature Boy, he has no time for losers who ape his style without his blessing.
-->"When the World Champion walks down the aisle, referee always lifts the rope, [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas boy]]. (You wouldn't know anything about that.)"
* RealLifeWritesThePlot
** Happened a few times in Flair's career, notably his "Real World Champion" gimmick in his first WWF run and his firing/rehiring in WCW in 1998.
** Also, the Horsemen's gimmick. According to Arn Anderson, it became a "full-blown shoot".
** The plane crash that broke his back caused him to alter his style in-ring. To the end, he never took another bump directly on his back (he took them slightly to the side instead).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
** Flair [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FStT_VIdW0c dismantles]] Carlito in one of the greatest examples in professional wrestling history.
** His big return on the September 14, 1998 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' included one on Wrestling/EricBischoff, who certainly deserved it.
* RedBaron: The Nature Boy ([[OlderThanYouThink though not]] the [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers first one]]), Naitch, The Dirtiest Player in the Game, Slick Ric, the Man, and [[strike:The Crimson Mask]] ([[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling THAT'S NOT PG]])
* RingOldies: Wrestled his first match in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] in December of 1972. Times change, but the Nature Boy does not.
** He retired from full-time competition from the Wrestling/{{WWE}} in a grandiose sendoff angle in March 2008 at the age of 59, but continued to wrestle part-time for Wrestling/{{TNA}} and other indie promotions until officially announcing his retirement in December 2012 at 63, almost exactly forty years after his debut.
* RuleOfCool: Okay, those chops really do hurt but why bother when you can just punch a guy instead? Because the chop makes a louder noise, WOOO! To that matter, why keep using the figure four leg lock when it has an obvious counter and never won you a single of your sixteen titles? Because it looks cool, WOOO!
* RunningGag: Flair's inability to hit a top rope maneuver without getting caught by his opponent. Subverted on the few times it actually works.
* SerialSpouse: We could eliminate the national debt tomorrow if we totaled up Ric Flair's alimony payments. To his credit, he's owned up to it and even incorporated it into his schtick.
* SignatureMove: Besides his chops, there was the rolling knee drop. In WCW these got increasingly bizarre, such as failing a top turnbuckle move or begging for a timeout. Also, there's his famous strut.
** He so thoroughly ''owns'' the the knife-edge chop that if anyone uses it today, the crowd will shout "Wooo!" in honor of Ric.
* SoProudOfYou: Is rendered to [[ManlyTears tears]] after watching his daughter capture the NXT Women's championship and he later declares that she will be the best Flair ever.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Catchphrase Without an H]]: His catchphrase is often misspelled as "Whooooo!"
* TagTeam: "Team Package" with Lex Luger in WCW
* TalkShowWithFists: "A Flair for the Gold," WCW 1993. His most famous guest by far was the Shockmaster. Ric, on the verge of {{corpsing}} (''"I'' [[IToldYouSo told]] ''you. Oh, God."''), fled the set.
* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt:[[invoked]] In 1991, WCW decided that Flair was too old to build the company around, had suffered too much damage from bad angles to be an effective draw, and felt putting the belt on a newer star would draw more fans. Management attempted to renegotiate an already-signed contract (to the tune of a 50 percent pay cut in the two final years) and demand he put over Lex Luger, something he had steadfastly refused to do before; Flair protested and was fired, thereby keeping the belt. And yes: the belt ''actually'' belonged to him, as his boss was [[TheScrooge too cheap]] to repay the $25,000 deposit (with interest) which wrestlers customarily paid to wear the belt for a year.
* TheatricsOfPain: If Flair wanted you to believe he was in pain, he would make you believe it.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Flair was a master of this. He wasn't given the nickname "The Dirtiest Player in the Game" for nothing. Thumbs to the [[EyePoke eye]] and [[GroinAttack kicks to the groin]] were among his favorite illegal tactics. When all else failed, he could just [[JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards summon his Horsemen]].
-->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/05/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-monday-nitro-42996-the-hands-of-the-doggone-giant/ Darren Stroud ]]''': Usually when you wrestle Flair heíll drag things out and the Horsemen will get involved, or Woman will throw coffee in your face or Wrestling/MissElizabeth will take off her shoe and [[ArmorPiercingSlap use it like a machete]]. It becomes more and more complex and difficult the longer it goes, and if you donít have magical Hulk Hogan powers you canít win. Even Hogan loses to it sometimes.
* UnderwearOfPower: For all that talk about his money and expensive clothing, this is all he wrestles in.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Was originally introduced in the NWA as the "nephew" of veteran wrestler Rip Hawk, and later as a distant cousin of the Anderson wrestling family, which also consisted entirerly of unrelated relatives. The cousin aspect was eventually dropped as Flair became closely associated with Ole and ArnAnderson.
* VerbalTic: Rhymes with "boo".
* WrestlingFamily:
** His sons, David, known for his time in WCW from 1999 until the end, and Reid, who competed primarily in the North Carolina area and Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling before dying on March 29, 2013, of what has since been determined to have been an accidental overdose of heroin and other drugs. Flair's daughter, Ashley, is in ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'' as [[MeaningfulName Charlotte]].[[note]]Ric is billed from Charlotte, NC.[[/note]]
** Scott [=McGhee=] is his brother in law and Bram, perhaps best known to USA viewers for his time in TNA, is his son in law.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Flair is 65 as of 2014, but looks much, MUCH older. It's hard to believe that only 10 years had passed between [[http://blogbeckett.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/flairauto.jpg this image]] and [[http://crispycelebs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ric-Flair-2.jpeg this one.]] A lifetime of alcohol and drug abuse and getting dropped on the head for a living took its toll.
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