Blessed with Suck: Being NWA World Heavyweight Champ back in The Seventies meant lots of travel from one territory to another, seven days a week. (This still continued with Wrestling/Ric Flair's NWA World Heavyweight title reigns in the 1980s.) Traveling so much led to...
Heroic Fatigue: His February 6, 1977 title loss to Harley Race was because of this. He got sick and tired of the travel schedule.
Blood Knight: In Memphis, aiming straight for Jerry "The King" Lawler.
Breakup Breakout: Averted. He and Dory Jr. were equally successful, albeit in different ways.
Broken Record: "JAPAN! NUMBER ONE! NUMBER ONE! FOREVER! AND EVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER!"
Conspiracy Theorist: Felt that Memphis fans, wrestling announcer Lance Russell, and Memphis police were all on Jerry Lawler's side in 1981. This led to him challenging Lawler to an Empty Arena Match. (See Eye Scream for the results.)
Determinator: During a tag team match in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 1977, Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik cut up his arms to the point that his brother Dory had to take over against both foreign madmen. Terry rolled out of the ring, got his arms taped up while in the crowd, and came back in the ring to continue the match, which the Funks won by DQ.
Another time back in Memphis around 1981, and this was after the piece-of-wood-basedEye Scream, he would stop at nothing to get his hands on Lawler.
Eye Scream: Twice, both in 1981. First, the "Empty Arena Match" against Jerry "The King" Lawler: Got himself stabbed in the eye with a piece of broken-off wood. For the second one, which you don't exactly hear him screaming, see Going Native / To Know Him I Must Become Him below.
Going Native/To Know Him I Must Become Him: The "Florida Cracker" promo. In 1981, when he was feuding with Jerry Lawler, this time in Florida, he was saying that Lawler wanted to become a real Floridian (Lawler's from Memphis, Tennessee), "not a transplant". The Funker wanted to know what it'd be like to be a "true Florida cracker". He then really mocks the people of Florida (and what he said was Lawler's desire to become one of them) by dumping Quaker State Super Blend motor oil on his head, upper body, and face, which burns his eyes. (Damn, Terry could've blinded himself right then and there!) He then pours dirt and sand on himself to really drive it home and then wants to challenge Lawler to a loser-gets-covered-in-motor-oil-and-dirt match. (At this point, Terry shuts his eyes tight enough due to the oil burning his eyes. Ouch.)
What an Idiot: Terry should've worn goggles if he was going to shower himself in oil so he could spare his eyes the pain. Because of the oil not washing out of his hair for several days, his pillow got oil blotches and had to be thrown away, confirmed by Word of God in his 2005 autobiography. Some websites advertising VHS/DVD collections of his matches and promos (with this promo on them) have also said that he had to either cut his hair short or shave it off because the oil wouldn't wash out of it.
Lampshade Hanging: At ECW Ultra Clash 1993, Terry Funk and Stan Hansen faced Kevin Sullivan and "The Madman from the Sudan" Abdullah the Butcher in a "Bunkhouse Match." The match went to a DQ when "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, who had left the company the night before and announced his "retirement," interfered and attacked Funk. Joey Styles explained that in Eastern Championship Wrestling, which it was called back then, you can use weapons but can not have outside interference. Eventually, ECW got rid of the "no outside interference" rule.
Laughing Mad: At the end of his "Florida Cracker" promo in 1981.
Mark of Shame: The "branding iron" aspect of his mid-1980s WWF "evil cowboy" gimmick, wherein he'd take said object and stamp his hapless opponent in the back, with the jobber selling it as though he was legitimately being branded with a hot iron.
Playing with Fire: Used a flaming branding iron as a weapon in ECW and MLW. In fact, the Funkin' Army (Terry/the Sandman/Dr. Death Steve Williams/Sabu/Bill Alfonso) defeated the Extreme Horsemen (Steve Corino/C.W. Anderson/Simon Diamond/PJ Walker [Justin Credible]/Barry Windham) in the War Games match at MLW War Games when Funk burned Corino with the branding iron and forced him to submit to the Spinning Toe Hold.
On the January 10, 2000 WCW Monday Nitro, Funk, then the WCW Commissioner, came together with Arn Anderson, Paul Orndorff and Larry Zbyszko as The Old Age Outlaws. It didn't even last a week, since Kevin Nash beat Funk for the "Commissionership" that Sunday at NWO Souled Out 2000.
Tareme Eyes: More squinted than doe-eyed, but he does have pretty droopy (around the outer corners), sad-looking eyes.
10-Minute Retirement: To elaborate, his first retirement was in 1983 in All Japan Pro Wrestling. A more well-known retirement match was in 1997 against Bret Hart, documented in Beyond The Mat, which had been broken during the film's editing. As of 2013, due to finally getting knee replacement surgery (which was recommended on camera in Beyond the Mat), it looks like he might finally be unable to get back in the ring, though he might still do it for a ridiculous amount of money.
Theatrics Of Pain: His selling grew more exaggerated and over-the-top as he got older. He is noted for his unusual psychology when selling: Unlike most wrestlers who simply act hurt, Funk often asks for mercy or help from opponents by name. This is showcased in the Empty Arena match against Jerry Lawler - after sustaining his eye injury, Funk veers between calling Lawler a "Yellow Bastard" and begging him for assistance.
Unfortunate Names: His last name is one letter away from being one of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words You Can't Say on Television. (Does the interchangeable letter need to be noted here?) It doesn't help that a nickname for the Funking Conservatory (Dory Jr's wrestling school) is "Funk U".
Unrelated Brothers: Both straight with Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr, son to wrestler and promoter Sandy Barr, older brother to WCW and AAA wrestler Art Barr) in Rock 'N' Wrestling Era WWF and averted with Real Life brother Dory Funk Jr.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mick Foley. If they're working at the same promotion at the same time, they'll have brutal matches against each other and team up in a short span of time.