YMMV / Chris Jericho

  • Awesome Music: When Jericho joined the WWE in 1999 he used for his theme Break the Walls Down. Prior to this at WCW he used an instrumental version of Pearl Jam's Even Flow.Breaker:
  • Awesome Ego: Definitely exuded this with his "Gift of Jericho" persona in his most recent run.
    Jericho: Drink it in, maaaaaan...
  • Base-Breaking Character: A lot of 70's and 80's veterans really, really hate Jericho's guts. Superstar Billy Graham especially. One commentator suggested that most veterans really hate most wrestlers who, like Chris, came up during the Monday Night Wars and the Attitude Era, but mostly keep quiet about it because the others are either too powerful (e.g. Triple H and Shawn Michaels) or are members of respected dynasties (e.g. Dwayne Johnson), and single out Chris as a safe target.
  • Dork Age:
    • His early WCW "white-meat" babyface run. His reign as Undisputed Champion is something of one too, looking so weak he was barely able to beat midcarders and taking a backseat to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's bulldog Lucy in the build-up to the WrestleMania main event WWF Championship match.
    • His 2015 return constituted a minor one as he was well into his 40s and still doing his usual shtick. This led to some people calling him (and referring to that period as) Cool Dad. Even when he turned heel it wasn't of any help, the nadir of it being him defeating AJ Styles at WrestleMania, a result that didn't help any of those two men. Thankfully got out of it once he adopted the scarf-wearing Gift of Jericho persona.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: It helps that Jericho is one of the few wrestlers who can successfully play both an entertaining Hero and Villain. Plus his incredible in ring skills.
  • Evil Is Cool: Loves being a heel.
  • Foe Yay: He and Stephanie McMahon were this trope personified.
  • Fountain of Memes: Nearly every word Jericho says gets turned into a meme.
    • Jericho himself is very aware of the memes, if his non-WWE Facebook page is to be believed.
  • Growing the Beard: While Jericho had always been considered a great wrestler with good mic skills, his feud with Stephanie McMahon and subsequently Triple H was what really helped to turn him into the white hot trash-talking grassroots Anti-Hero of the Attitude Era that many people still know and love nowadays.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This comedic segment from the 2000 "Break the Walls Down" video shows Jericho in a suit talking about cutting the comedy and taking things serious, a Hilarious in Hindsight moment considering his character would evolve into that for real in 2008.
  • Ho Yay:
    • During the WWE Draft in the late spring of 2005. Jericho was hosting the first round of the draft on Raw, and John Cena was the first Superstar selected from SmackDown. It's not enough to say that Jericho was thrilled to have Cena on the show; he practically squealed with glee when he heard Cena's music. The perky, tomboyish hairstyle he was sporting that night only made things worse.
    • With The Big Show, when they teamed up in 2009. When they were forced to split up after losing the Tag Titles due to being on separate brands, the writers handled the split as if they were a couple separating.
    • His alliance with Kevin Owens has shades of this, ranging from Jericho singing Kevin's praises as the current (as of writing this) Universal Champion to asking him to give him some love before a match.
  • Jerkass Dissonance:
    • Chris Jericho's final WCW match was in Peoria, IL in a tag match teaming with Eddie vs. Rey and Kidman. Before the match, Jericho said that if he got pinned he'd leave WCW. After the match, all four wrestlers hugged in the ring. There were fans in near tears, as was Jericho. Kidman started a Jericho chant. Jericho said that he was overwhelmed by the response, but he still thinks that Peoria sucks.
    • In his 2012 return to the WWE. By that point the nostalgia had set in, and Chris couldn't get the heat to last until he started to insult Punk's family and cross the MEH. Then when his feud with Punk ended it went back into nostalgia territory, so when Chris returned again in 2013, he wisely did so as a face.
  • Love to Hate: As a heel, he's really, really good at it.
  • Memetic Badass: Has become this to the IWC. He got into physical altercations with both Goldberg AND Brock Lesnar, and walked away from them unharmed (and in Goldberg's case, took him to the floor with a front facelock!). Now we can add Hunico/Sin Cara Dos to the list, a man who has gotten into (and won) many backstage fights in recent times.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "ARMBAR!"
    • "....all these hypocrites!"
    • And perhaps his greatest contribution to the English language - "assclown".
    • "ASK HIM!"
    • "It will never, EEEEVVVERRRR happen again!"
    • Do you understand what I am saying to you right now?
    • Chris Jericho invented [X].
    • STUPID IDIOT(S)
    • ...the gift of Jericho. Drink it in mmaaaannnnnnnnn.
    • You're going to get... *a really long and awkward pause* IT.
    • You know what? ...YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!
  • Mis-blamed: He and Lance Storm weren't really popular with The Rock 'n' Roll Express after performing their finishing move in Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Lance Storm actually told Jericho it was a bad idea but Jim Cornette gave them the okay.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. In kayfabe, no one, from Randy Orton to Danny Masterson, will let Jericho live down his WrestleMania 29 loss to Fandango.
    • Out of universe, the time he nearly caused an international incident by kicking a flag to get heat in Brazil without knowing that it was illegal there, and had to actually be suspended for 30 days to appease the authorities.
  • Special Effect Failure: Under close inspection, the Jack Daniels bottle he smashed over CM Punk's head appears to explode well before impact.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Jericho's main WCW theme, which was a Suspiciously Similar Song version of "Evenflow" by Pearl Jam.
  • Vindicated by History: On paper, Jericho's reign as Undisputed Champion looks a lot better a decade after the fact, as the details of his feuds are forgotten by the younger generations of fans on only the facts that he held the Championship the longest and went over both The Rock and Steve Austin are remembered. There's also the fact that in comparison to, say, Rey Mysterio's 2006 reign as World (Heavyweight) Champion, which had him losing non-title matches left and right, with combined with Rey winning it during the infamous "Eddiesplotation" angle played a hand in his reign being perceived as weak, Jericho only lost during his reign three times, two of them by DQ, and the third one being the match with Triple H at WrestleMania in which he lost the title. Also, compared to Seth Rollins and his world title reign, widely considered THE worst chickenshit heel world championship reign in recent times, Chris Jericho's Undisputed Champion run comes off looking slightly better, especially considering Jericho's reign didn't last as long, thus avoiding Arc Fatigue.
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