YMMV / André the Giant

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: He and Akira Maeda had a match in New Japan in which they both refused to do the job, so Akira floored Andre by kicking his legs a lot. Then Andre threw Akira out of the ring. When Maeda came back for more Andre was now in the mood to job but Maeda refused to go over. Then Antonio Inoki came out and demanded the match end, much to the audience's confusion.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Bobby Heenan recalls a story during the feud between André and the Ultimate Warrior. The two had a spot where Warrior would clothesline André into the ropes so that his arms would get trapped (a spot André loved doing), but Warrior kept hitting André too hard. After a couple nights of putting up with this, André got fed up. When the spot came the next night, André just stuck out his fist and let Warrior smack into it at full steam. After that, Warrior learned not to mess around with André The Giant.
    Bobby Heenan: Then he says to me, "He will learn. He will learn."
    • His "Boxing Match" with Gorilla Monsoon. This edited version doesn't do it justice. It's essential to see the whole thing.
    • While living in France, André was able to drive a car by sticking his head out of the sunroof.
    • Andre and Pedro Morales vs. Captain Lou Albano and Afa, August 23, 1980. Just from the description you can probably see it. Pedro plays Ricky Morton as the heels do everything in their power to keep him from tagging in Andre. Of course, Andre gets tagged in and the fun begins. At one point Afa is lying on the mat and Andre is standing on his hair. Eventually, Albano takes the hint and bails. Pedro whips Afa into Andre's boot and pins him. You can't go wrong with a comedy match with actual psychology.
  • Jerkass: According to several people who had worked with Andre, he could be a real asshole to people he didn't like, deservedly or not. He was also allegedly kind of racist towards black wrestlers.
    • Bad News Allen once confronted André about this, and André backed down. Despite Andre being a little over a foot taller and, at most, some 250 lbs. or so bigger than Allen, André knew better than to mess with a guy who was an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kamala said he once beat up Andre for a racist comment, but noted that Andre did not try to fight back because he knew he had said something wrong and Kamala knew Andre could have handled him if he wanted to, saying he had fought bears before and Andre was just as strong as one.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Was arguably bigger in Japan than he was in America, which is saying something.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite his occasional monster heel persona, he was very nice...as long as you didn't piss him off.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "André The Giant has a posse." A meme that started before the Internet.
    • Remember when Andre the Giant tripped/bodyslammed himself at Wrestlemania 3? Explanation 
  • Tearjerker: Once saved his brother's life by overturning the tractor he was stuck under. He said about it in his biography that "It's okay that I have this condition that's going to kill me, I now know that God had a plan for my size". Excuse us for a moment.
    • In retrospect, watching many of André's later matches in the late '80s. His match against Hulk Hogan (in which he won his first and only WWF title) in 1988 was especially painful. At that point, he could barely move and could only manage a small handful of offensive moves, limited to punches and one or two bodyslams. At the time, audiences would have seen him as a typical slow and plodding big man, but with the knowledge of his medical condition now well known, it's easy (and heartbreaking) to see the pain that he goes through while performing.
    • André died while he was in Paris for his father's funeral. Have to feel sorry for his family.
    • Purportedly one of André's dreams, which he confessed to his agent near the end of his life, was to go and see a live theatre show. His agent offered to buy a couple of tickets so the two of them could go see a show, but André declined, explaining that - thanks to his size - he wouldn't be able to fit in the seats and he would block the view of anyone sitting behind him.
  • Too Cool to Live: Died at the age of 46 due to heart failure; this was partially due to his enormous size.
  • What An Idiot: Regarding the famous story of André scaring off some guys hassling him in a bar... one must wonder what sort of thought process led those geniuses to think hassling a 7'4" 516 pound wrestler would end well.