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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''

Trained by Verne Gagne, "The Nature Boy" '''Ric Flair''': the sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion -- and a [[RhymingList limousine-riding, jet-flying, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin']] - '''''WOOOOO!''''' - '''son - of - a - gun!'''

In the "[[{{Kayfabe}} sport]]" of ProfessionalWrestling, there are wrestlers, there are superstars, there are legends... and then there's Ric Flair (real name Richard Morgan Fliehr, born in 1949). 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 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).

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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* ArchEnemy: Quite a few, but his most memorable opponents were [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/TerryFunk, Wrestling/LexLuger, [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]], Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/DustyRhodes and, of course, Hulk Hogan.
* 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 Wrestling/NewWorldOrder 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.
* BadassInANiceSuit: He really loved his suits. Also, this was "Evolution's" gimmick in a nutshell. They gang up on people and they wear suits.
* BadassLongrobe[=/=]BadassLongcoat: A sparkly, ''befeathered'', occasionally-pink ring robe. And yet [[RealMenWearPink still manages to look masculine]].
** [[PrettyInMink Handsome In Mink]]: Sometimes fur too
* 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}}
* BecomingTheMask: Has run into financial problems at times due to still living the Nature Boy lifestyle without the Nature Boy paycheck.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 [=CAUSin=]' all this?"
** "...limousine-riding, jet-flying, stylin', profilin', whiskey drinking, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin' '''son of a gun!'''"
** "Time to ride [[ICallHimMisterHappy Space Mountain]]!"
*** "It may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line!"
** [[AGodAmI "I am God!"]]
** And, of course, "Woooooo!"
* 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, as per his usual for many of his opponents, doesn't look to interested in selling it.
* ChickMagnet: Oh, so much. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
** 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.
** He once yelled at Wrestling/RoddyPiper that he was the President of the United States.[[note]]He meant he was President of WCW.[[/note]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ81sB0tV3Y President Ric Flair]] was this overall.
* 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.
* 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".
* 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.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: When Flair was beginning his career he was a 300lb brawler with brown hair. Even after he began bleaching his hair, he was noticably bulkier than his later leaner appearance as US and World champ.
* 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.
* {{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]]
* EyeTake: Oh my god, Naitch's crazy-eyes must be seen to be believed.
* 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''.
* FightingDirty: 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.
* FinishingMove: The Figure Four Leglock.
* 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!"
* 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.
* ''{{God}}'' [[AGodAmI Am I]]: In TNA, he literally thinks that he is the wrestling form of ''God''. Not ''a'' god. '''God.'''
* 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]].'''
* 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!"
* 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. He might have been a bit of a sleazebag, but he didnt have any trouble getting the ladies.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: DependingOnTheWriter.
* HiddenDepths: Best known for striking, and cheating and flopping around, Flair was a really good technical wrestler...when he felt like showing it.
* HijackedByGanon: Flair was shoehorned into the infamous Black Scorpion angle in 1990.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: One of the more prolific bladers in wrestling history, and certainly the most famous.
* InsultBackfire: The widespread "Woo" after using one of Flair's moves used to be a TakeThat devised by [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Shane Douglas]]. It later became an endearing ShoutOut and is guaranteed to be heard whenever a wrestler chops an opponent in the corner.
* 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.]]
* {{Keet}}: 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.
* ''[[LargeHam LAAAAAAAAARGE.....]] [[VerbalTic WOOO!!!]] [[LargeHam BY GOD, HAM!!!]]''
* ''{{Leitmotif}}'': ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra'', Flair's famous entrance theme.
* LetsGetDangerous: [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment When Ric Flair whips his jacket off, that's when shit gets real]].
** TheCoatsAreOff: 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 Bischoff after Bischoff beat him the night before at ''[=Starrcade=]'', '''''RUN!'''''
* LikeASonToMe: In Wrestling/{{TNA}} he has Wrestling/AJStyles 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.
* LightningBruiser: It's hard to remember, what with his trips to the top rope 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 Whips. In some ways he displayed more agility when he was older, such as adding a role to his jumping knee drop after connecting.
* LovableRogue: A status Wrestling/{{Raven}} has attributed to him, of all people.
* MachoCamp: His whole schtick.
* ManlyTears: Way too many to mention....
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
** His ring attire is the BadassLongcoat 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.
* 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: Ric Flair speaks a hitherto unknown language communicated through woos and pelvic thrusts.
-->"[-I just want to ask you ''one'' question...-] '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHO ARE YOU! TO EVER TELL ME! HOW TO WRESTLE!?!]]'''''
* 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.
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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!
* ThePornomancer: His "nature boy" gimmick, basically Hugh Hefner on speed. In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to steal his opponents' girlfriends.
* PowerStable
** 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.
* 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.
* RingOldies: Wrestled his first match in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] in December of 1972. 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!
* SayMyName: His promos with Mean Gene Okerlund:
-->'''Ric''': MEEEEEEEEEAN--WOOOOOOO!--BY GOLLY, GENE--WOOOOOOOO!!!
* SeriousBusiness: Over half of Flair's career was during the days of kayfabe being unbroken.
* 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.
** The knife-edge chop so much so 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.
* TenMinuteRetirement
** Played straight a few times, and ''sort-of'' averted after his retirement following ''[=WrestleMania=] 24''; while he has yet to wrestle another match in America, he wrestled against Hulk Hogan during Hogan's 2009 tour of Australia. He has also wrestled on Impact! now and while this, especially coupled with his absolute {{Tearjerker}} of a sendoff at Wrestling/{{WWE}}, naturally created a BrokenBase, he definitely showed everyone that he's still got what it takes to work the match and the crowd.
** He has apparently retired for real as of late 2012, announcing that he had no plans to ever get back into the ring, 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 in-ring competition.
* TheatricsOfPain: If Flair wanted you to believe he was in pain, he would make you believe it.
* 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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