"WEEEELLL, WELL IT'S THE BIG TROPES! IT'S THE BIG BAD TROPES TONIGHT!":
Actor Existence Failure: Averted. The Big Show was born with acromegaly, the same disorder that made (and ultimately killed) André the Giant (hence why he was billed as André's son in WCW). Pituitary gland surgery when he was a teenager stopped his out-of-control growth.
Big Damn Heroes: He showed up on October 14, 2013 of Raw to help Cody Rhodes and Goldust fight The Shield and win their Tag Team Champions. As Triple H came out later and raged at him, Show then led the crowd into chanting "YES!" after the former forbade anyone to do.
Create Your Own Villain: Big Show certainly had a small habit of this in 2011. First, during his feud with Alberto Del Rio, he had a match on Smackdown against the already angry and motivated World's Strongest ManMark Henry, during which he repeatedly Knockout Punched Henry to the point he had to be stretchered out. No wonder Henry went absolutely Ax-Crazy into full-on Scary Black Man territory. Then during Big Show's revenge-for-revenge return feud against Henry later that year, when Henry started having issues with Money in the Bank winner Daniel Bryan, Show was the one who prodded Bryan to cash in against Henry and thus break his promise to wait for the next WrestleMania (although Henry's attacks certainly helped that along). Bryan would try twice against Henry, the first not even getting off the ground and the second being a false alarm. Third time would be the charm…against Big Show himself. Cue Show's dubious distinction of being the shortest-reigning world champion in history and Bryan's recent case of Acquired Situational Narcissism…and dick moves.
He brought the top rope elbow back years later against Mark Henry.
On occasions he'll try the Vader Bomb like drop from the second rope
Determinator: There's a very good reason he's only been competed against in Last Man Standng matches twice in WWE history; it took chloroform, a beat-down from Test and a 40-plus-foot elbow drop for Shane McMahon to beat him the first time. The second time, it took Alberto Del Rio flinging a set of solid steel steps at him three times and dumping an entire announce table on top of him to keep him from getting up for the 10-count. Otherwise, it's nearly impossible to keep this giant down for long.
In the credits for The Waterboy, he was credited as "Paul 'The Giant' Wight."
It should be noted that, upon his introduction to WWE in 1999, he was introduced as "Big Nasty" Paul Wight, and then as "Big Show" Paul Wight, before dropping his real name.
The Dog Bites Back: He got real tired of being Triple H's mook and doing his business. This led to him getting fired, of course; this also led to him not being afraid of doing more harm, like making sure the tag team titles ended up in the hands of Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: His exit from WCW happened when Eric Bischoff, who'd been temporarily demoted to ring crew, sabotaged the ring in such a way as to cost Show a match. After that he was kept off the air until his contract expired.
Pig Slow, according to Scott Keith, who has no room to talk.
Finishing Move: Originally, it was the Chokeslam. It's currently the WMD/Knockout Punch.
He also used a spinning headlock elbow drop that he called the Final Cut, and a legdrop takedown called the Showstopper.
Flashback Within a Flashback: After weeks of Cody Rhodes playing Big Show's embarrassing WrestleMania moments on the Titantron, Big Show finally beats Rhodes at Wrestlemania XXVIII. On a subsequent RAW, Big Show comes out and plays a highlight of that match. The next week, Big Show shows a clip of himself showing the Wrestlemania clip from last week.
Friend to All Children: As a face. He usually picks one out of the front row of the crowd to give his skullcap.
Fun with Acronyms: At the time Big Show went over to WWE, WCW was still in action - with both Thunder and WCW Saturday Night running on Turner station TBS.
Gentle Giant: In Real Life, the guy is a big teddy bear. Sometimes, this appears in the ring or on camera (such as his cameo on SNL when the Rock hosted where, despite being a heel, he acted like a big goof.)
Watching him bawl over Ric Flair's retirement comes to mind, as well as his show of emotion at Eddie Guerrero's memorial show.
Graceful Loser: Despite Daniel Bryan cashing in Money In The Bank on him, he took it rather well. Of course, his goal was to take the title from Mark Henry as revenge, so he still won.
Subverted. Mentioning the fact that he held the World Heavyweight Championship for all of a couple of minutes (in storyline, they exaggerate it a bit and say 45 seconds) after a 9-year drought...tends to get Show a bit irritated.
Groin Attack: Sometimes become a victim of this because Big Show is just too strong for them if they don't play dirty, either from his opponent like Ric Flair here or just a cheating third party like Trish Stratus here. Most of the time, however, he appears to be keep his stand instead of crumple on the ring and still able to continue the match, unless his opponent is disqualified (which unfortunately often not for various reasons).
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Makes sense that he's tagged with Kane on multiple occasions; only Kane has gone through the door more times than Big Show over the last decade in the company.
He was like this in WCW too. He started as a heel in the Dungeon of Doom, became even more of a heel when he switched to the NWO, became a face when the NWO kicked him out in early 1997, then went heel again by rejoining the NWO in mid-1998 and stayed that way until he left in early 1999.
He hung around Lex Luger a lot in WCW, who has a long history of this.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Lampshaded by Show the night after TLC, explaining that he can't really complain about losing the World Title right after he won it, since he was the one to encourage Bryan to cash in the MITB briefcase before WrestleMania. Doesn't mean he's any less ticked about it, though...
Incoming Ham: His theme music starts with "WEEELL, WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW!"
Jerkass: His Heel persona is much more effective than most giants - he takes the usual monster heel persona that most giants play as heels and adds a very liberal helping of smugness.
Karma Houdini: Mark Henry takes him out for three months in retaliation for the Big Show constantly punching Mark Henry with his finisher move over and over and over and over again. Though when he returns, the Big Show is able to somehow seek revenge on Mark Henry and the whole thing about Big Show being the instigator of the entire thing is wiped from his history. So Big Show gets to be the innocent victim and his initial unprovoked violent attack on Mark Henry doesnt get a mention.
To be fair Big Show warned Henry not to come into the ring but Henry came in anyway.
Not to mention Mark Henry lost any kind of sympathy he would have garnered once he started making a habit of breaking people's ankles with chairs.
The Heel-Face Turn mentioned above came about as a result of a Saturday Night Live episode featuring The Rock as host and guest appearances from a variety of other WWF talent. Of all the wrestlers to appear, Show was the biggest ham by far (in more ways than one), and most viewers agreed he had stolen the show.
Manly Tears: When he won the Intercontinental Title against Cody Rhodes at Wrestlemania 28. By itself, it wouldn't have been a big deal for someone of his tenure and accomplishments, but up to that point, Show had put together a spotty-at-best record at Wrestlemania (a fact brought up by Cody during the feud). Not to mention his win of the Intercontinental title made him a WWE Grand Slam Champion note To become a Grand Slam Champion, it is required to have held a tertiary (European/Hardcore) title, a tag team title, the Intercontinental Championship, and either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship, one of only twelve men to hold such an honor. note The other eleven are Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kane, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Jeff Hardy, John Bradshaw Layfield, and Christian. Given that, due to some of the belts being permanently retired, there are only four active wrestlers left that could possibly accomplish the feat (those being The Undertaker, who is short the Intercontinental Championship; William Regal, who needs the Heavyweight or WWE Championship; Mark Henry, who needs a tag team and Intercontinental champion; and R-Truth... yes, you read that right, he needs the Intercontenental and either the Heavyweight or WWE Championships), all four of them are over 40 and the only one that works a full-time schedule is the least likely to do it (R-Truthnote He held the WWE Hardcore Title as K-Kwik, the WWE Tag Team Titles with Kofi Kingston, and the WWE United States Title, and thus would need to hold the IC Title and either the WWE Championship Title or the WWE World Heavyweight Title and has been largely a career midcarder), Show may well be the last one to accomplish the feat under the current rules.
Oh Crap: He reacted this way when Cody Rhodes dropkicked him off the apron in a tables match at Extreme Rules 2012 for the Intercontinental Championship Show won at Wrestlemania from Cody. His foot promptly proceeded to go through a table. The referee saw this and the victory went to Cody, along with the Championship. Show was not happy afterwards.
Potty Emergency: Eddie Guerrero once gave The Big Show a tainted burrito as revenge for Big Show spitting in Eddie's. Later that night in the middle of a match, Big Show had to flee the ring clutching his butt to find a bathroom backstage, losing the match by a count-out. While he eventually did find a bathroom in time, Eddie walked in to inform the Big Show that he'd conveniently removed all of the toilet paper, and then kicked the door to Big Show's stall in.
Rage Quit/Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Did this during a tag team match not long after losing his last World Heavyweight Title. Alberto Del Rio threw a bucket of water into his face. Show's response was to fume for several seconds until finally going "screw it all" and just walking back up the entrance ramp. Since Show was actually the legal man in the match, he lost by countout.
On the Raw before the Rumble, Show had a match against Zack Ryder, which he won decisively, and since it was announced he would be in Last Man Standing match against Alberto Del Rio, he did the whole, count to ten over the fallen victim thing, only he got five before the "What" chants annoyed/pissed him off enough, that he stopped counting and left the ring all together.
Reality Ensues: Weaponized. When he got fired by the Authority after being blackmailed into being their minion for weeks...he sues them for wrongful termination and forces them to settle, exactly what would likely happen in that situation in real life.
And again on the 28/05/12 episode of Monday Night Raw when he annihilated Brodus Clay, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston at the end of the show. And on the June 1st episode of Smackdown he laid out Santino Marella and Zack Ryder. However, this backfired big time, when the those he had attacked intervened at No Way Out to prevent him from taking advantage of some outside interference by John Laurinaitis and winning the match, leading to his defeat.
After weeks of being used as a chained dog for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to boss around, he got back at them on October 6, 2013 Raw, by coming out to fight The Shield after being fired. And once he powered out of their triple powerbomb, he KO-Punched the boss.
Self-Serving Memory: Claims that he betrayed John Cena at Over The Limit 2012 and turned heel as revenge for none of the fans or superstars giving him any support whatsoever over Laurinaitis firing him... when it was clearly not the case. In addition, he says John Cena didn't call Laurinaitis out for firing him...except that he did, rather bluntly. Trent Barreta lampshaded this selective forgetfulness in a Twitter post shortly after Show's first explanation.
Strawman Has a Point: Pointing out the various things that happened after his firing, Brodus Clay's match that came, which was a massive Mood Whiplash, and that Cena was making jokes on top of it all. And whichever GM that would come after Laurinaitis might not hire him back, or Laurinaitis wouldn't do it either if he was victorious, and that's why he took the only offer that was given to him.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In a storyline in which he got fired by WWE General Manager John Laurinaitis for making fun of Laurinaitis's voice. Even though he pleaded and cried in front of the entire world, no one seemed to show him sympathy or come to his defense. When he managed to return to WWE with an "ironclad contract," he used this opportunity to vent his rage on seemingly everyone else in the locker room. And when you weigh well over 400 pounds, who's going to stop you?
The Worf Effect: Seems to happen a lot to him as a heel. In the weeks leading up to a big match, he's an unstoppable menace, slowed only by someone using a weapon - and sometimes not even then (see Talk to the Fist). In the actual match, he usually ends up doing the job.
Subverted in his feud with Sheamus in 2012. Most people were figuring either he'd fail to win the title in their match at the Hell In A Cell pay per view (Show is generally seen nowadays as being the guy who people feud with when creative has nothing for them), or if he won, he'd swiftly drop it to a cashing-in Dolph Ziggler. Not only did Show win the match, he did so cleanly, with no cash in from Ziggler.