Wrestling / Sgt. Slaughter


"That man has the constitution of a vending machine!"
Cobra Commander

Robert Remus (born August 27, 1948), better known by his ring name Sgt. Slaughter, is an American former WWE personality and semi-retired professional wrestler. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Slaughter had success in the National Wrestling Alliance, American Wrestling Association, and World Wrestling Federation. In the 1980s, an alternate version of the Sgt. Slaughter character was incorporated into the GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line as well as its animated series and comic books. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a former 2x NWA (Mid-Atlantic) United States Heavyweight Champion and a former NWA (Mid-Atlantic version) World Tag Team Champion with Don Kernodle.


  • All-American Face: He first debuted in WWF using his old Drill Sergeant Nasty gimmick, but as a soldier he was in a good position to stand up for the US of A against The Iron Sheik and turn face.
  • Arch-Enemy: (as a heel in NWA Mid-Atlantic): Ricky Steamboat, Jay Youngblood; (as a face in WWE): The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff; (as a face in the AWA): The Sheik's Army; (as a heel in WWE): Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior.
  • Bald of Evil: As a heel.
  • Burning the Flag: The unthinkable was definitely just that during Slaughter's face runs, as anyone who even so much as verbally insulted the American flag was in for a major beating. That said, this was considered — briefly — by the WWF's writing team during Slaughter's heel run, as an effort to build tremendous heel heat for this Iraqi sympathizer, and during a time when Slaughter was the WWF World Heavyweight Champion and America was engaged in the Persian Gulf War with Iraq. Fortunately, Slaughter nixed the idea, deciding that burning an American flag in an arena, even during a house show, would have very negative (to put it mildly) consequences for both him — Slaughter and his family in particular had been the targets of some very frightening death threats — and the WWF; it was bad enough that (off-camera) Slaughter was said to have "defaced the American flag." After some convincing by Slaughter and a few others, the WWF writing team decided that burning a Hulk Hogan T-shirt, while attached to a flagpole, would draw the desired heat and make its point — that Hogan was weak and would stand no chance against Slaughter at WrestleMania VII.
  • Celebrity Toons Not only was he made into a G.I. Joe character, he voiced all his cartoon appearances.
  • Cool Shades
  • Death from Above: The Slaughter Cannon, his top rope clothesline.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: His original heel gimmick. Applies to his G.I. Joe counterpart as well, as he was brought on board for the express purpose of keeping the Joes in fighting shape, although his cartoon version also stood up for his charges when required.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He wanted to beat the daylights out of the New Age Outlaws when they threw a dumpster that had Terry Funk and Mick Foley. Keep in mind, he's one of the henchmen of Vince McMahon and they were shocked on what happened.
    • While Sgt. Slaughter played an Iraqi sympathizer (during the Gulf War no less...), he was asked to burn an American flag before a match with Hulk Hogan. Slaughter refused, but offered to burn the next best thing, one of Hogan's trademark shirts on a stick. Reportedly, he only agreed to go along with the gimmick because the character was written in a way that he supported Iraq only because they were stronger than America, who had turned "soft."
  • Finishing Move: The Cobra Clutch.
    • During his Iraqi heel run, he also used the Camel Clutch and...a move often referred to as the "Atomic Noogie."
  • General Ripper: Slaughter couldn't accept that the Cold War ended peacefully and thought it was an evil trick by the USSR. He was infuriated that the United States fans would accept Nikolai Volkoff's face turn. He ended up turning heel over it.
  • Heel Realization: After he got defeated by Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter realized how much of a traitor he was and started to proclaim, "I want my country back."
  • I Have Many Names: The Super Destroyer II, Bob Slaughter, "Beautiful" Bob Remus, Sgt. Slaughter
  • International Showdown by Proxy: He fought Kaientai over claims Japan had a better education system
  • Irony: In his PPV debut, against Col. DeBeers at AWA SuperClash III, the guys who ran in to attack him were the Iron Sheik and Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie, who would later be his allies as the repackaged Col. Mustafa and General Adnan, respectively, as part of the Iraqi sympathizer gimmick.
    • The fact that his Finishing Move is called the Cobra Clutch, and he voiced a member of G.I. Joe, whose opposing force goes by the name Cobra.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Large Ham
  • Military Maverick
  • Nice Hat
  • No Indoor Voice: His gimmick is a drill sergeant. What do you expect? Though he is very soft spoken when he isn't Sarging.
  • One-Man Army (If he's a Face)
  • Power Stable:
  • The Quisling: His heel role in the 90s.
  • Redemption Quest: Following SummerSlam 1991, in which Slaughter and his team (Col. Mustafa and General Adnan) lost to Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, a storyline was started that had Slaughter reflect on what his Iraqi sympathizer heel gimmick cost him and what it would take to regain trust of Americans. The path was started in a series of vignettes where he recited the Pledge of Allegiance with fans and school students. His face status was re-established in full when he helped save one-time adversary Hacksaw Jim Duggan from a 2-on-1 attack by Mustafa and Adnan. note 
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Split from the AWA in mid-1990 during the disastrous Team Challenge Series, where he was the leader of Slaughter's Snipers, to go to WWE. Col. DeBeers took over his team, and it was renamed DeBeers' Diamondcutters.
  • Sergeant Rock
  • Tag Team: The Cobra Corps, which had a few different versions.
    • In WWE in the mid-1980s, it was with Pvt. Terry Daniels
    • In the AWA, with Greg "Rambo" Gagne
    • In NWA Mid-Atlantic, it was the name for the trio of himself and the Privates (Don Kernodle and Pvt. Nelson [James "Boris Zhukov" Darrell]).
    • The Triangle of Terror, with Col. Mustafa (The Iron Sheik) and Gen. Adnan (Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie)