GONG...The Undertaker is the longest-tenured performer in WWE history, spending over twenty years with the company without officially leaving at any point (he is the last performer who appeared on the very first Monday Night Raw to still work for the company as an in-ring talent). Born Mark William Calaway, he is one of the most memorable and recognizable superstars in the company's history.His career — which you can read about in greater detail over at Wikipedia — is most notable for "The Streak": in his twenty-one appearances at WrestleMania, The Undertaker has never lost a single match, and every year since WrestleMania 17, "The Streak" is a huge part of the buildup to the annual event.He and his "half-brother"are the last twoholdovers from WWE's "Rock 'n' Wrestling" era of high-concept, comic book-style wrestling gimmicks, something last seen in WWE with the Boogeyman. Undertaker shed the "darkside" gimmick for a more true to Real Life one between 2000 and 2003, but he returned to it in 2004; even though an undead "zombie wrestler" with mystical powers sticks out like a sore thumb in today's somewhat more realistic WWE, fans still adore his gimmick anyway.When WWE crafted its controversial "50 Greatest Superstars of All Time" DVD set, the company polled its roster to create the list. Undertaker was #2 on the list — #1 was Shawn Michaels.Not to be confused with The Coroner.
Tropes associated with The Undertaker include:
The Ace: The Undertaker is the ultimate McMahon wetdream: he's big and strikes an imposing figure, but also has the in-ring chops and mic skills to back up the hype. Hell, during his heyday back in the late '90s, the man was practically unbeatable, and he was capable of going toe-to-toe with just about every wrestler and style out there.
All American Face: Specifically during his "BikerTaker" / "American Badass" run, especially during his last year or so before reverting back to the Deadman gimmick.
He proved to be a very non-standard example of this during the 1993 Survivor Series, where — despite being undead — he decided to stick up for America by joining the All Americans Survivor Series team.
Amplifier Artifact: The urn that Paul Bearer carried with him brought The Undertaker power when he was down and out in matches earlier in his career. The contents of the urn have never fully been explained, though it could be interpreted as something like a Soul Jar. When it was finally opened in 1994, green fog came billowing out of it. It's been brought back a few times since; most notably in 2004 with his return to the Deadman gimmick, and in September 2010 with the return of Paul Bearer. Wrestling/CM Punk used it to his own advantage in their WrestleMania XXIX feud after Paul bearer's death, even pouring the contents all over The Undertaker on Raw.
Anti-Hero: Type V when he's face and also has the stance of being the first antihero in WWE history!
Well, to be fair, a lot of that was due to interference. In the very first Hell in a Cell match, for instance, he beat the crap out of Michaels and was probably going to win...and then Kane made his debut.
Also, Shawn's back injury that kept him out of the ring for four years and completely miss the business' biggest boom, the Attitude Era? It happened while fighting The Undertaker.
In real life, Brock Lesnar. Brock was unhappy with Taker's refusal to lose to him cleanly at Unforgiven 2002 (necessitating a Hell in a Cell rematch) while Taker did not appreciate Brock's attitude. Even today, it's still going as evidenced by the two having a brief staredown after a UFC bout. Many interviews today show Brock either does not fully respect Taker or just skewers his perspective on how his animosity with Taker is.
The Artifact: Born waaaay back in 1990, the Undertaker gimmick is the last and greatest surviving example of the WWF "cartoon" era of silly, high-concept characters. How many other stars on the WWE roster could or did share the ring with Doink The Clown without looking out of place?
Of course this isn't to say that Undertaker didn't change with the times during his career, even practically dropping his kayfabe entirely during his American Badass years.
Having built up enough credibility to go fully back into the Deadman gimmick, he is still pulling it off in an era that has all but phased out "cartoon"-ish characters.
It helps that the Deadman gimmick is A. one of the most well loved of the cartoony gimmicks, and B. pretty badass.
Badass Boast: In response to Kane declaring himself "The Devil's favorite demon";
Taker: "Have you forgotten, that the house that the devil lives in, I built? Brick by fiery brick! And when I come callin', the devil still answers with "sir"."
In response to Triple H denying his challenge for a rematch at Wrestlemania and claiming he doesn't want it;
Taker: You can lie to yourself. You can lie to Shawn. But you will not lie to me.
Bald of Awesome: Since spring 2012 (a bit earlier in Real Life; he actually wore a wig when he first returned for the Wrestlemania build-up until cutting his hair in kayfabe). Surprisingly to many fans, he actually pulls the look off, thanks in part to Costume Porn.
Becoming the Mask: During the early part of 1999, The Undertaker was running a cult-like stable called the Ministry Of Darkness and was terrorizing the WWF. To sell the angle, many people were proclaiming that "Mark" had gone off the deep end and let the "Undertaker" persona overtake who he actually was.
A very, very easy way to piss off WWE Smarks is to disrespect The Undertaker in any way, shape, or form.
During the American Badass era, The Undertaker's wife Sara was used many times by his foes (i.e. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Diamond Dallas Page, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar) to try to weaken or distract the Deadman. This only served to make the imminent beatdowns more severe. To quote him, "Mess with my family, and I will hurt you."
Big Damn Heroes: The Monster Heel has just beaten everybody and seems absolutely unstoppable, not even John Cena can beat him! There he is, standing in the middle of the ring, the broken bodies of the roster surrounding him, how can anyone possibly... *gong* *Crowd proceeds to lose their shit*
Combined this with The Dreaded on the 1000th episode of RAW to keep SIX MEN from attacking Kane until his entrance was finished, at which point the two proceeded to demolish them. The crowd chanting "This Is Awesome" only adds to the moment.
Real life example: After the Montreal Screwjob Mark Calaway threatened to beat up Vince Mcmahon and quit if amends were not made, alluding that the other wrestlers were so upset there might not even be a WWF in 24 hours. See Papa Wolf below.
Buried Alive: Several times throughout his career. In fact, only one Buried Alive match in which he has participated ended without him being buried alive - it even happened in (well, after) the first one with Mankind even though Undertaker won the match.
WWE tends to gloss over his Biker gimmick nowadays.
His first Wrestlemania match with Triple H got this as well it would seem, aside from a Continuity Nod given by HHH the day after Wreslemania 27, anyway. Not that acknowledging the fact that the two had been in the ring together before would have really hurt the build-up much.
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: During one storyline in the early-to-mid-nineties Kama stole The Undertaker's urn of power. The Undertaker said that he now had to rely on his Creatures of the Night (his special nickname for his fans) to provide him with the power he needed to win the match.
Dark and Troubled Past: Paul Bearer revealed Undertaker's dark and troubled past after he refused to rejoin Bearer upon winning the WWF championship in 1997. He revealed that Undertaker's parents were killed in a fire (though who caused it has been retconned a couple times in kayfabe since), and that his Dead Little Brother Kane was actually Not Quite Dead. Undertaker explained his side of the story in another promo, which can be viewed here.
Defeating the Undefeatable: When he originally appeared, he had this going on. Even today, he rarely loses clean. Additionally, he has his WrestleMania Streak, which has remained unbroken after 21 appearances.
In fact, ending said Streak is literally stated time and time again to be a greater accomplishment than winning a world title - which something everybody in this business aims to do. Ending the Streak is considered to be a one-way ticket to the WWE Hall of Fame; the issue however, is ending it.
Dented Iron: The reason he rarely wrestles anymore. Triple H notes this on the 2/6/12 RAW as to why he won't wrestle Undertaker again—he knew that Taker was getting old and battered and he didn't want to fight that Undertaker; he'd rather have the memory of the man who he fought in last year's Wrestlemania rather than put him down like a dying dog.
Determinator: Maybe CM Punk put it best when he said: "I know what it takes to put Undertaker down. I don't know what it takes to keep him down." Then there's the fact that he's still wrestling at all, putting on top-card matches at WrestleMania while rapidly approaching the age of 50 and having sustained a host of injuries throughout his long career.
Hilariously invoked, and before the Internet had really spread the nature of kayfabe to a wider audience, on ''Celebrity Deathmatch's "Halloween Episode I" ; 'Taker had a Villainous Breakdown when his opponent proclaimed to know his deepest, darkest secret and then chanted in a completely juvenile neener-neener voice, "Your real name is Mark!"
Averted in an angle in 2002 during his BikerTaker persona. Paul Heyman (the manager of then-rival Brock Lesnar) paid off a woman to claim Taker had an affair with her, to strain the relationship between him and his pregnant wife Sara (who was his pregnant wife in real life) as a mental roadblock heading into a world title match with Lesnar. In an effort to give it some real gravitas, both women referred to him as "Mark" throughout the angle.
Completely averted in a WrestleMania X8 access interview where he was introduced as Mark Calaway and spoke candidly about himself, his career and some of the rumors at the time such as having to discipline Shawn Michaels (when he first retired) and The Big Show (on how he can be the best athlete in the world but can slack off.)
He was used as this in the Corporate Ministry, which was a bit of a demotion from his earlier position as leader of the Ministry Of Darkness.
Even before that he implyed he was taking orders from a "Higher Power", which following the creation of the Corporate Ministry was revealed to be Vince McMahon.
He was also The Dragon to Vince again during the early days of the brand extension during his Big Evil run, until Vince decided to take a break from television appearances and Taker pulled a Heel Face Turn.
The Dreaded: The tell-tale GONG alone is enough to cause those in the ring to straight-up lose their shit.
Dye Hard: He is actually a redhead and performed as one early in his career, but eventually dyed it black and kept it that way ever since. You could see his hair shift a bit back towards red during his BikerTaker days when he had short hair and didnt have to do the Deadman jet-black dye job.
Finishing Move: His main finisher is the Tombstone Piledriver, but other staple moves include The Last Ride powerbomb, the Hell's Gate submission hold, the Chokeslam, the Flying Clothesline, and the Tightrope Walk.
Five Moves of Doom: Played with in a 2010 storyline where Kane has stolen his power. He used some of his regular sequences of moves such as snakes eyes to big boot or a chokeslam only to have them be countered or ineffective.
Genius Bruiser: Was a Fulbright Scholar who left college a few credits short of what he needed to graduate to pursue "this dream of wrestling," as he explained on his 2001 home video release Undertaker: This Is My Yard.
Genre Savvy: On the the 4/1/2013 edition of Raw, while cutting a promo he was interrupted by a bunch of druids and Paul Heyman dressed as Paul Bearer. Undertaker stormed up the ramp to confront Heyman, only to stop and start attacking the druids, correctly predicting that CM Punk was disguised as one (An angle that's been done many a time). Unfortunately, while the idea was there, it didn't quite work out as the first two druids he attacked weren't Punk, giving enough chance for an attack from behind.
Ghostly Glide: Said to have this power as part of his gimmick, and in at least one Wrestlemania event "floated" to the ring via a moving platform concealed under fog.
Gimmick Matches: He originated a number of them - Hell in a Cell, Buried Alive, and Casket matches.
He's Back: Undertaker has had a lot of comebacks like this in his career, the biggest one perhaps being his return to the darkside at WrestleMania XX.
Happens once or twice a year now because of his part-time schedule to aid the wear-and-tear he has taken over his long career. He takes time off between Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble, then again in the spring-to-summer months after WrestleMania.
Though it should be noted that this trope could apply to the match in general, considering Triple H himself set the stipulation, and is known for having the most victories in Hell In A Cell.
Humanoid Abomination: Strictly Kayfabe speaking. Let's see, he uses Mindscrew warfare, warps the lines between fantasy and reality, screws with the laws of physics and logic on a regular basis, has unearthly control over lighting, sound weather and visuals, seems to be impervious to pain or immune to conventional physical harm, resides in the Uncanny Valley, can drive people he's feuding with insane or to hallucinate by employing standard Cosmic Horror Story tropes. If The Undertaker isn't an Eldritch Abomination himself, he definitely is in league with one.
Human Sacrifice: Starting after Undertaker rejoined Paul Bearer and shortly before the Ministry Of Darkness was in full swing, when he attempted to embalm Steve Austin alive. He would then do a sacrificial blood-letting ritual to Dennis Knight, turning him into Mideon and making him insane. After this, he normally 'sacrificed' people by tying them to his "T" symbol, sort of a non-violent crucifixion. He's been known to do this a couple times since returning to his zombie persona in 2004.
I Did What I Had to Do: Invoked by the Deadman himself. The main event of the King of the Ring was not the legendary Hell in a Cell, rather it was WWE ChampionStone Cold Steve Austin in a First Blood match. Kane threatened to set himself on fire if he lost, and when it looked like he was losing Taker proved that blood is thicker than water and interfered in the match, accidentally hitting Austin when he was aiming for Mankind; who had run in to attack Kane after the Hell in a Cell match where he was thrown off the top of the Cell (which Undertaker was in Real Life very reluctant to do, and done at Mick's insistence), through the roof on the cell (a chokeslam that went horribly wrong, and was by far the worst incident in the match) and slammed onto thumbtacks twice. Undertaker's interference angered Vince McMahon, and when questioned about it Undertaker was adamant that he...well, did what he had to do, despite threats from Vince.
This was also Undertaker's explanation for burying Paul Bearer in cement in 2004, since Bearer had become a weakness (he'd been feuding with Paul Heyman and the The Dudley Boys at the time, who had kidnapped Bearer in order to blackmail Undertaker).
The Last Thing You Ever See: Often during promos before a Buried Alive match Undertaker would promise that the last thing his opponent will ever see is shovels of dirt.
The Leader: Here's a fun thing to do: Go to Google, type in "Locker Room Leader" and look at the name to pop up in the suggestions area. He's like a father figure to everyone in the locker room, even people older than him. Ric Flair recalls their Wrestlemania match in both his book and his Hall of Fame induction and says Undertaker referred to him as "kid" during a spot despite Ric being 20 years his senior.
Lightning Bruiser: Compared to other similarly sized wrestlers, Undertaker is very agile (more so when he was younger). For instance, he can tightrope-walk along the very narrow and slick-looking top rope of the ring without upsetting his balance while holding his opponent in an armlock. He also often dives clear over the top rope to land on someone outside the ring, most notably during his first match against Shawn Michaels, where he took out over half the roster. When you see a 6'8" man bearing down on you from 8 feet in the air - run.
He's 6'8, pushing 300 lbs., getting very close to being fifty and his body has broken down to the point where he can only wrestle a handful of times a year (mainly at the Big Four PPVs, and later being phased out of working all but WrestleMania)...and can still dive over the top rope to the floor when the time calls for it. Suffice to say, the crowd and announcers still lose their shit when he busts out the suicide dive.
Long Runner: Debuting in 1990, he's wrestled every big name wrestler for the past two decades, from Hulk Hogan to Stone Cold Steve Austin to John Cena and most everyone in between. And smarks have been expecting him to retire since 2000. Hence the nickname "The Last Outlaw" in 2011.
Pretty much the only big name wrestlers that he hasn't wrestled are those who have never worked for WWE, most notably Sting.
Made of Iron/How Much More Can He Take: This is ultimately his gimmick during the actual wrestling parts of shows. Undertaker takes vicious amounts of punishment, sometimes even another wrestler's signature move(s), only to do the famous sit up. Undertaker occasionally even no sells chair shots, especially shots to the back from someone not known for strength.
The following WrestleMania was even worse. Triple H laid some vicious chair shots on Undertaker to the point that the viewers could clearly see the bruising on his back. And a sledgehammer alongside a Sweet Chin Music/Pedigree combo wasn't enough afterward.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mark Calaway is a rather private person, but is noted as being quite gracious to fans who ask for pictures or autographs. Apparently his sole proviso is that he doesn't want to be approached if he's with his wife and kids.
The switch to "Bikertaker" was also partly because of Calaway's personal discomfort with the demonic angle of The Undertaker (though he did say on the "This is My Yard" DVD that while he enjoyed the Ministry Of Darkness gimmick, he regarded it as a low point when it merged with The Corporation, creating the Corporate Ministry, because being Vince McMahon's Dragon was a part of something "not derived from The Undertaker"). He switched back to the Dead Man gimmick for the fans' sake.
Mirror Match: Undertaker vs. Underfaker at Summerslam 1994. The story behind it was after Undertaker lost a casket match to Yokozuna at Royal Rumble 1994, he 'crossed over' into the afterlife. A few months later, "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase claimed to have brought back The Undertaker and placed him in his Power Stable, the Million Dollar Corporation. This 'Underfaker' was really just a look alike, played by Memphis regular Brian Lee, real name Brian Harris. Paul Bearer would deny that this was the real Undertaker, and he brought the real Undertaker to fight the fake one at SummerSlam 1994. Besides the fake one being a little shorter and slimmer than the real one they did look a lot alike.
The resemblance actually worked against the event, unfortunately. The live audience couldn't tell what was going on, and is pretty much dead the entire time. It's obvious both of them are growingly desperate to somehow salvage the match as it continues, but Undertaker's ultimate opinion on it years later would be that it was a good idea on paper that just didn't work in execution.
My God, What Have I Done?: Undertaker was genuinely afraid for his opponent's life when he accidentally sent Mick Foley through the roof of the cell during their Hell In A Cell Match. He reported afterwards as feeling nothing but concern for Foley after the occurence. He still managed to avoid breaking character, however.
At least until Mick gets up off the stretcher and runs to the Cell to climb it. Again. The match itself doesn't show it but some DVDs that discuss the match has a shot of Undertaker legitimately shocked.
My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Undertaker is known to dramatically sit up after taking a big beating and being flat on his back. He used to rise due to the power of the urn but does it automatically since the demise of the urn.
Although this was hilariously subverted by The Rock. When he was about to do the People's Elbow, Taker sat back up. What does The Rock do? He stops, kicks him back down, and then does the elbow.
No Sell: Part of Undertaker's gimmick is to no-sell shots that would fell lesser wrestlers. Sometimes, anyway.
This was especially true early in his career. He hasn't no-sold moves much since he started his Biker gimmick, when he was at his most human. These days though, the depressing thing is the possibility that the reason he still doesn't no-sell as much is because he can't, now that his body is in bad shape.
Not So Stoic: He has his rare moments, not counting his run as the Bikertaker. One can first see this during the storyline in which Kane is introduced. For the first time we saw Undertaker's human side, as he told his side of the story about the fire that claimed his parents.
Not even he could resist cracking a smile at Kaneassisting D-Von Dudley in doing the WHASSSSUUUP and yes, this was before he was wearing the half-mask.
Oh Crap: When the funeral bell rings and the arena goes dark for the Dead Man's entrance, it's a rare opponent who can keep from fudging their undies.
Related to his Dead Man Walking gimmick, we have the No Sell after a finishing move... where Taker simply sits up. It's rare to have an opponent not need a new wardrobe when they turn around to see him either sitting up, or on his feet and ready for more.
The Undertaker has a real life one at the infamous Hell in a Cell against Mankind. Not from the first fall, but upon seeing Mick Foley climb off the stretcher, smiling, and running to the cage to climb back up. It's not shown during the match itself but some video (such as Eve of Destruction) shows Taker is legitimately shocked. The Oh Crap can be interpreted as either Kayfabe that Mankind wants more, astonishment that he was able to get up or a real life concern of what else can happen.
This gets a bit weird when you look at one of the books written by George Napolitano in the early 90s, which claimed the Undertaker was half human and half vampire and that he would do impressions of Dracula backstage.
Out of the Inferno: Undertaker has occasionally "walked through" a wall of flames on the stage during promos to get his point across.
"I would walk through the fires of Hell to face you, Kane."
There's also the Inferno Match with Kane when he jumped out of the ring as it was surrounded by flames and clotheslined Kane.
In the 2010 Elimination Chamber PPV, he actually did get set on (non-Kayfabe) fire by his entrance pyro. He still competed.
Something similar happened to Undertaker at some point in 1998, when Kane's ring pyro went off right in his face instead of 'Taker's ring fog. He didn't appear fazed, but one could guess someone was probably fired over that; it's one of the few times anyone who saw him backstage would describe him as livid. If you play the footage at less than normal speed, you can barely see him flinch.
Papa Wolf: In character occasionally, mostly to face a monster heel or during the Invasion storyline. In real life however he was very much this.
When the Montreal Screwjob occurred Taker hunted for Vince McMahon and first said if he didn't get his ass out of his office he would beat the door down and kick it. When Vince did answer the door he was basically told, "If you want to still have a company tomorrow you better apologize to Bret Hart." He also said something along the lines of "Also, I'm quitting if you don't."
WrestleMania XIV, Michaels was threatened and told not to pull any funny business, with Undertaker even reportedly taping his fists after his match, where Shawn could see.
Undertaker's claim that The Big Show is one of the best if not the best athletes in the business, however he will get on his case if TBS is out of shape because of how good he can be when healthy.
And he stopped Batista from getting WWE divas fired for rejecting his advances.
Parts Unknown: Played with; the American Badass averted this entirely, but the Deadman is billed as being from "Death Valley." Death Valley is a real desert/town in California, but the lack of a state attached to the billing gave it the feeling of a Parts Unknown-style hometown. Later character moments have broken this somewhat, suggesting that the character's hometown is indeed Death Valley, California. At times, announcers announcer Jim Ross has talked about Taker's opponents "trying to cut down this big California redwood."
In his early days in the USWA in Dallas as the Punisher, he was a member of General Skandor Akbar's Devastation Inc.
Precision F-Strike: During Fully Loaded 2000Kurt Angle kicks out of a pin after a one handed slam. Undertaker turns to the referee and very clearly mouths "fuck you" as the ref protests and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler discuss the language Taker was using.
Pride: Kane and Paul Bearer have cited it as Undertaker's greatest weakness back in their 2010 feud with him. And considering his demands for a rematch with Triple H at WrestleMania XXVIII from a match he won, simply because he refused to let the image of his Pyrrhic Victory be his lasting memory, they may have had a point.
It should be noted that The Rock is an exception to the rule; most attempts to avert the trope in this matter lead to ineffectual and often frantic efforts to make the Phenom stay down, generally ending in his getting up anyway, oftentimes with a big mitt wrapped around his opponent's throat for their troubles.
This is also how the Last Ride is frequently set up; his opponent has him trapped in the corner and stands on the first rope punching Taker repeatedly...until Undertaker grabs them by their tights. You'd think they would learn to stop doing that by now.
Pyrrhic Victory: He was barely able to defeat Triple H at WrestleMania 27, making his undefeated streak 19-0. But by the end of the match, he couldn't even get up to do his darkness salute. He was carried out in a stretcher. One has to wonder how much that took out of him. To put it in perspective, Triple H may have lost but he was still able to walk backstage on his own two feet when it was done.
Mostly averted in WM 28. He was able to leave on his own after failing to get up several times and then helped up by Shawn Michaels (who was the Special Guest Referee), and then helped to carry Triple H out with Michaels.
The Quiet One: Rarely talks, although he was more vocal in his Attitude Era & biker days. Said to be like this in real life as well.
Real Life Writes the Plot: In recent years, periods of time when Undertaker's not on TV are due to nagging injuries catching up with him. You can catch instances of this in the late '90s if you're watching for it, with many of his matches made short with an emphasis on grappling to avoid aggravating the injuries that eventually sent him off for the sabbatical before his big return and the reveal of the "American Badass" gimmick.
Also, the retool to BikerTaker was in part inspired by the fact that Mark Calaway is an avid biker in real life.
The "Sara" tattoo on his neck was often edited out of promotional photos (and the videogames, since 2008) before he eventually had it removed, due to the separation from his wife, Sara, in 2007.
The Hell's Gate is a mixed-martial-arts grapple called the Gogoplata; 'Taker is an huge MMA fan.
The "vegetative state" storyline was a direct result of an injury suffered while wrestling Rey Mysterio Jr. Undertaker had his orbital socket broken by one of Rey's knee braces.
Further, Kane's win in the Buried Alive match was due to Undertaker having an arm injury. And it was originally going to happen at Survivor Series.
Red Baron: Lots of them - The Deadman, The American Badass, The Lord of Darkness, The Phenom, The Last Outlaw.
Redemption Demotion: Averted; whether he's face or heel, he's still one of the toughest wrestlers on the roster.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Kane. Kane being the red one and 'Taker being the blue. Even used in their intros with colored lighting.
Rise From Your Grave: After every Buried Alive match he's been in, though for most of them, presumably off camera. Usually accompanied by an iconic lightening strike when the audience does get to see it.
Shock and Awe: The indoor lightning strike is one of his most used tricks, though only to intimidate, never offensively. Kane on the other hand, when mimicking The Undertaker's powers did strike a worker with a lightning bolt.
In his early days when cutting promos with Paul Bearer, if you watch closely you can tell that he sometimes has a hard time maintaining the stoic act while Bearer is going on in his shrill voice and making hilarious facial expressions. Paul Bearer said in an interview years later that several times he was purposely trying to see if he could get Undertaker to laugh.
We may never know how many takes they had to do for those promos with Paul Bearer due to Undertaker giving in and laughing.
Technopathy: An extension of his power over lightning, The Undertaker can manipulate electronics. This is usually limited to messing with the lights, displaying images on the Titan tron or playing with the sound system but he has also made motor vehicles move without drivers.
Teleporters and Transporters: He seems to be able to appear and disappear in the absence of light. Shut caskets, buried in dirt or even an arena whose lights were off of a few seconds.
Tempting Fate: As stated in The Worf Effect below, WWE loves to try and put new guys over fast by putting them in a storyline with The Undertaker. Unfortunately, the only person this seems to have actually worked with was Mankind. There is a long list of people who were supposed to feud with him who either disappeared almost instantly or never appeared at all (Nathan Jones, Hade Vansen, Mordecai). The lesson here seems to be: If you're an up-and-comer and they want you to feud with The Undertaker, resign and save them the trouble of future endeavoring you.
10-Minute Retirement: On the next Raw after the final defeat of the Corporate Ministry, Vince McMahon announced that Undertaker got released from the WWE. Eight months later, in comes Undertaker in his American badass persona.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: During the build-up to WrestleMania 25, instead of being afraid of him, other wrestlers were actively arguing over who would compete against him, determined to break "The Streak." His reactions made it clear he was not used to this.
"Punk escaped Hell In A Cell relatively in one piece, all he lost was his title. At Bragging Rights, I will take his soul. Rey Mysterio Jr, your tenacious heart is legendary, you courage unquestionable, but make no mistake about it, I will show you no mercy. And that brings me to Batista. Batista our battles from the past are epic but even your strength and your rage will not be enough to save your soul."
Building up to his match with Kurt Angle at Fully Loaded 2000:
"I'm gonna kick your teeth so far down your throat you'll be able to chew your own ass out for pissin' me off."
This trope only applies with 'Taker and Michelle as long as they both wear stage make-up. Without it, Michelle and 'Taker are both reasonably attractive for their age, and their looks are not in any way incongruous. See attached.◊
Undertaker: Well duh. The gimmick began as an idea from Vince on the Western undertakers, before the character changed to the Phenom, Deadman, Bikertaker roles in later years.
Unnecessary Roughness: When Undertaker started using the Hell's Gate submission hold, it was presented as this, to the point where he was eventually banned from using the move (a ban which would come back to haunt him down the road in a match against CM Punk). However, there's also numerous segment and post-match attacks such as Tombstoning Vickie Guerrero 2-3 times and burning Edge virtually to Hell with his powers.
Unrelated Brothers: While half-brothers in kayfabe, The Undertaker and Kane are not related in real life.
The Un Twist: The 2/21/11 promos from January to said date showed a man walking around a cabin in the middle of the night in the rain. The IWC deduced immediately that it was The Undertaker making his returnnote (the other guess was Sting jumping ship to WWE, something he hasn't had an interest in doing in over 10 years; this would get Jossed a few weeks later, anyway. When the day came, Smarks were surprised, but for a muchdifferent reason.
What Could Have Been: The Undertaker's original manager, back when he was "Cain the Undertaker" (get a load of that name)? Brother Love. Now just imagine how the character would have evolved if Brother Love had stayed his manager.
Taker very briefly had a gimmick sort of halfway between his Druid/Ministry gimmick and the American Badass. He had his motorcycle, and an entrance video with three creepy girls saying "his judgment day is now...". Then Limp Bizkit released Rollin', and Taker's gimmick was changed so he could use it as a theme song.
There's also Undertaker's decision to bury Paul Bearer in cement in 2004, presumably because Bearer was "a weakness". This is probably why Bearer betrayed Undertaker and sided with Kane when he came back in 2010.
The Worf Effect: WWE loves having new guys beat Taker into a pulp to make them look like major threats. It rarely works, mostly due to the fact that that they have a bad tendency to do this with guys that really have little in the way of talent (Vladimir Kozlov, The Great Khali, etc.) and the fact that Taker is probably the only guy in the company no one wants to see lose, especially once his appearances became sporadic to the point of being a sort of "special occasion". Because of this, most of his Worfings aren't losses. He'll get beat up but once it's time for a real match he'll usually win.