* AmericansHateTingle: Hulk Hogan was never able to really appeal to the core audience of Wrestling/{{WCW}}. They brought him in doing the exact same face routine that he did in WWF, and the reaction went from mildly positive to flat out booing him. This is partly because Wrestling/{{Sting}}, in WCW, was the guy that the fans refused to boo and expected to be the invincible hero, partly because they preferred the southern "wrasslin'" style to the northern "sports entertainment" style, and partly because Hogan didn't treat the long term WCW guys with any respect.
* AwesomeEgo:
** Whenever Hogan shoots on people who write his checks, you really have to clean out your ears and listen again to make sure you heard him right.
--->"I swore I would never talk about the money again with Vince because that's what we always argue about. But when I saw the amount I was like, 'That's like one of my driver's paychecks', so I had to say something. He replied, 'Well you're not the only big guy any more, there are now 12 big guys'. I said, 'Well if that's the case let me explain something to you, I heard the first three matches and nothing. ''I'' wrestled and I heard what happened. And then I heard ''your'' match, Vince, and nothing. And I saw [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]], and people were leaving. I had a hard time getting out the building because of all the people marching through. So who are the other 11 big guys you're splitting '''my''' money with?' [our emphasis]
** During his initial heel run in the WWF, by late 1980 and early 1981, Hogan -- in television interviews -- began bragging that he was going to become a big Hollywood star and had connections with his "friend," Sylvester Stallone, who was then working on ''Film/RockyIII'', and that Hogan was going to be the star of the film. Everyone thought he was full of it and it was just another muscle-bound, arrogant wannabe blowing hot air but it would be averted, big time, when ''Rocky III'' became a huge box office success and made Hogan (proving himself right) a national icon.
* AwesomeMusic: Nothing screams "[[AllAmericanFace American]] {{Badass}}" like ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efQlv3wPS4o Hulk Hogan's Theme]]."
* BaseBreaker: Casual fans like him, but {{Smar|tMark}}ks tend to hate him.
* BrokenBase: Hulk getting removed from the WWE Website and essentially being made an Unperson after a racist rant of his from a decade prior was leaked in the summer of 2015. Most fans agree that it's a bit of an overreaction on the WWE's part, with some pointing out that this is hardly the worst thing Hogan has done and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzZcMoUxSFQ that the WWE's own history with racial equality hasn't been flawless]]. Others have pointed out the ''very'' suspicious timing in that it was leaked right before Hogan was taking Gawker to court over his sex tape that Gawker has exclusive access to. Hogan took them to court for a hundred million dollars, while Gawker only made around forty five million in traffic in 2014. The court ruled in favour of Hogan, and he was awarded $115 million, plus punitive damages could increase that reward to nearly ''half a billion dollars''. It's also curious that for all its talk of equality and progressiveness, Gawker has very few non white people among its staff, especially the higher ups.
* CreatorsPet:
** Originally as far from it as one could get but every return of Hogan's had increasingly diminishing returns from the fans, especially as Hogan's age and injuries began to catch up with him. While it took a while to reach this status in WWE, Hogan was this right from the start in TNA.
** From hanging out with Website/{{WrestleCrap}} inductee wrestlers, to celebrity guests like Dennis Rodman or Creator/DonaldTrump. Pretty much everyone the writers have desperately wanted to put attention on has been Hogan's "old friend".
* [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]]:
** Hogan bodyslamming Wrestling/AndreTheGiant at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 3''.
** Hogan's now-legendary FaceHeelTurn at WCW's ''Bash at the Beach 1996'', which led to the rise of the [=nWo=].
** The completely unexpected fan response at the [=nWo's=] first WWE appearance led Hogan into a match with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'' - a match which not only stole the entire show, but once more put Hogan at the forefront of the wrestling business (and it was a damn good match, to boot).
** Hogan vs. [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] at ''[=WrestleMania XIX=]'' in a street fight.
* [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]]: During his last run as the WWE Champion, Hogan was dragged through an arena by Wrestling/TheUndertaker while chained to his motorcycle. On the next Smackdown!, Hogan was going to make bruised but not beaten speech to the crowd. But from the very moment his music kicked up, they would. Not. Stop. Cheering. He motioned several times that he had the mic and needed to talk, but they kept cheering. The show went to commercial, came back a few minutes later, and they were still cheering. Hogan dropped the mic, and went to the turnbuckle to gather himself because he was so touched by this response, that he started crying. And where did this enthusiastic response come from for the All-American face? Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErnmSGIMRrk Here's part of the video.]]
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of Awesome]][=/=]{{Leitmotif}}: Rick Derringer's "Real American" and Music/JimiHendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)".
* DesignatedHero: In 2010, Hogan interrupted a heartfelt speech from Jeff Jarrett, accusing him of being a glory hog who kept younger talent down in order to keep the spotlight on himself. This would be an accurate and legitimate criticism of Jarrett's career...if it hadn't come from ''Hogan'', the '''biggest''' primma donna in the history of professional wrestling. The audience of the Impact Zone was perfectly aware of this and didn't hesitate to boo Hogan out of the building.
* DrinkingGame: Watch some of his promos, especially his mid-90s [=WCW=] promos. Take a shot every time he says "brother", "dude", or "jack".
* FirstInstallmentWins:
** Smarks are generally not crazy about Hogan himself, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VBAHdeyn9s#t=265s even they cannot deny]] He still leaves a crowd spellbound. Those who remember when he first joined the nWo will attest: he generated real heat. So here we have a performer who's lasted roughly forty years across five major companies, able to shift seamlessly between face and heel (at least until TNA, when the Impact Zone made it clear that they wanted the old Hulkster back -- which further proves the point). His replacements? Not so much. In fact, WWE struggled in his absence until Steve Austin came along.
** His role in ''Film/RockyIII'' is considered his only decent acting role, and this role is what got him the publicity he needed to become the megastar he was.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]''' The only time the crowd even '''rustled''' during this match was chanting for Hogan after [[Wrestling/AndreTheGiant Andre]] tripped up [[Wrestling/RandySavage Macho Man]].\\
'''Jay''': God, that makes me really sad. That means that Hogan's ''right!'' [[ReplacementScrappy He's right to steal the spotlight.]]\\
'''V1''': In a way, yeah.
* FollowTheLeader: The bodybuilder look, the long blonde hair, calling people "Brother," and even the "Twenty-four inch pythons" catchphrase all came from Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** Is INCREDIBLY popular over in Japan, or at least used to be.
** He's also inexplicably popular in Canada, despite their general disposition towards technical mat wrestlers and the Hart Foundation 97 angle making the AllAmericanFace a bad guy in Commonwealth nations. Hogan's two battles with Rock in Canada probably began the process of rebuilding bridges burnt by the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. This was especially apparent at ''[=WrestleMania X8=]'' in Toronto, Canada.
* HarsherInHindsight: Hogan and Randy Savage, The [=MegaPowers=], feuded heavily with the heels Akeem and the Big Bossman. What was the heel team name? The Twin Towers. This may have been the origin of the "HULK HOGAN DID WTC" meme described below.
* HoYay: "Ya know what really turned me on Mean Gene? The whole time I've been training with a dude..."
** "We've been hangin' and bangin'!"
** "If you THINK for one second, [=McMahon=], that I was the right [[strike:GAY]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA2BQXwlOOE GUY...]]"
** Courtesy of the infamous Yapapi Strap Promo: "And as I see the raw pink meat on your back brother, I will take it to another level. I will transform from Hulk to Hollywood. I will double strap you with both fists, and you will scream to the heavens."
* LoveItOrHateIt: Hogan is either the most famous wrestler of all time and a great entertainer despite his personal flaws, or an evil S.O.B. who has no talent and only got to the top through dumb luck and politcking.
* MemeticMutation:
** Brother.
*** Dude.
*** Jack.
** WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN (fill in the blank)-MANIA, RUNS WILD ON YOU?
** 24-INCH PYTHONS
** The Apple Pie Indian Strap Match, thanks to an infamous bit where Hogan mispronunced "Yapapi Indian".
** [[OutOfFocus YOU'RE NOT READY, BROTHER.]]
** "HULK HOGAN DID WTC" There were several pictures of Hulk Hogan photoshopped during the September 11 attacks, including one of him doing the Atomic Leg Drop to one of the towers as it collapsed. This may stem from the [=MegaPowers=] vs. Twin Towers feud in the 80's.
** [[SpotlightStealingSquad THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: Hogan has a limited repertoire which took him far: Hulking up, posing, no-selling punches and pointing. Nobody wants to see Hulk Hogan as a boss heel on TNA -- something he made careful note of, as seen in his recent WWE cameos.
** Think he can't make the Impact Zone pop for him? Think again. ''(He's gonna it. He's gonna do it! HE'S GONNA DO IT--! ''*shirt rip*'' '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCINhc9cce0#t=950s YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!]]''''')''
* {{Misblamed}}:
** For the infamous Starrcade '97 finish. A lot of people have accused him of refusing to do the job cleanly, and conspiring with Nick Patrick over the "quick count" timing to make Sting look bad. Wrestling/EricBischoff said that he booked the finish and it was a bad idea all around. He panicked when Sting showed up to the event pale and out of shape, having not wrestled in over a year. Apparently Sting was going through some personal problems at that time in his life, including substance abuse and marital trouble, which affected his work ethic. When Bischoff saw the state of Sting, he changed the finish of the match, and has stated that Hogan wanted to do the job clean because it was the payoff for a year's build. As for the fast count, Nick Patrick simply forgot to do it, according to Bret Hart.
** Bischoff has also said that Hogan rarely played his "creative control" card during his tenure in WCW. Hogan's detractors would have you believe he was practically booking the promotion, however Bischoff said he could "count on his hands" the times Hogan refused to do something.
* {{Narm}}: Some of his promos. The end of his four year title reign to Andre (with help from debuting EvilTwin referee Earl Hebner) is a pretty good example. Hogan has tears running down his face as he babbles incoherence like "HOW MUCH FOR THE PLASTIC SURGERY, MEAN GENE" and "WHEN I TURNED AROUND THEY WERE IDENTICAL!"
** Also, a surreal ''[=WrestleMania IV=]'' promo (Which probably crosses over into NarmCharm for sheer entertainment value) where Hogan promised to sink the east coast into the ocean when he [[CriticalResearchFailure body slams Andre all the way down into the fault lines]]. But it's okay, because [[ArtisticLicensePhysics everyone who can't swim can hold onto him while he heads for the new shore]] - Specifically, they can hold onto 'The largest back in the world', while he backstrokes and doggy-paddles them to safety. In which case they would probably drown. And we haven't touched the part where Donald Trump gives up all material possessions. He then did his usual pose, and pantomimed a swimming a backstroke for some reason.
** The night after ''Bound for Glory'' and Hogan's heel turn, Bischoff and Hogan come down to the ring with Hogan reusing his "Hollywood" gimmick complete with smug air-guitar. The big difference now, however, is instead of playing on the World Title like he would back in WCW, he's now playing on ''crutches'' and is mugging the camera with it at every chance he can. If ever the smarks needed an image that encapsulated their feelings on Hogan in TNA, there you go. Made worse in hindsight considering he could've used the Immortal world title he was to present Jeff Hardy with in that very same segment.
** From the 1985 ''WWF The Wrestling Classic'': "Ya wanna get in there for some ring-a-ding-ding, Piper?!"
** [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj1d2bdh9p1qzx70zo1_500.jpg The fist helmet]].
** From 1995: For most people, cutting a vicious promo and promoting your new restaurant business would be two entirely different things. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MqesGatCgg Not if you're the Hulkster.]]
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Hulkster will always be remembered as a selfish, senile old man who kept down the young talents at any cost. While he has admitted he wants to maintain a higher profile than everyone else (he's earned it, you see), he also jobbed to stars that had great potential like Warrior and Goldberg. Additionally, the haters seems to ignore that Hulk Hogan is also doing good deeds as [[http://www.brethart.com/bio/columns/tribute-hulk-hogan Bret Hart said]]. Every rumor is automatically believed, no matter how wild or fallacious, while the good deeds go unacknowledged.
** When he confused the Silverdome for the Superdome at Wrestlemania XXX.
* PopularityPolynomial: More like popularity rollercoaster. Hogan was the most famous and well-liked pro wrestler in the 1980s during WWF's first boom period. A steroid trial in the early nineties and a few shitty movies later, not so much. He tried to make a comeback by going to WCW in 1994 and while welcomed at first, he ultimately failed to get over with the WCW fans. Then he makes a FaceHeelTurn in 1996, and eventually became LoveToHate as the leader of the nWo, only for him to be outright hated again when the novelty wore off. Then Hogan made a return to WWF/E in 2002 in which his popularity resurfaced. However, it once again took a nosedive at the end of the decade due to his divorce, catastrophic personal life, failed reality shows, a sex tape, and his disastrous run in TNA. He made one last comeback attempt by returning to WWE in 2014, and while that was mildly successful, he was caught using racial slurs in his sex tape and was fired and blacklisted in 2015. However, his victory over Gawker in 2016 was met with massive approval across the internet (especially since Gawker is considered to be a DarthWiki/FallenCreator), and he's rebounded back once again, and WWE have mentioned that they are open to letting Hogan make a return to the company eventually.
* ProtectionFromEditors:
** Wrestling/KurtAngle may have the 3 I's, but Hulk's got the 3 C's: [[AC:C]]reative [[AC:C]]ontrol [[AC:C]]lause, it's true, it's true.
** ''Nitro'' became what it was through the wallet of Ted Turner, who bought World Championship Wresling in the early 90s. With this much money to play with, WCW management i.e. Eric Bischoff could pretty much write a blank check to any talent he wanted to sign. This meant attracting huge names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Diesel, and a slew of others to come join WCW. However, for some of these stars--Hogan in particular--a blank check wasn't enough. They wanted creative control of their on air characters. This meant they would have a hand in dictating what storylines they took part in, and even wins and losses. This creative control became a cancer that would eat away at WCW for years, and eventually led to Wrestling/VinceRusso's infamous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cps9Xd7wmw rant at "Bash at the Beach"]] in 2000, and a subsequent lawsuit because said rant went further than Hogan thought it was going to.
* ShockingSwerve: Hogan's FaceHeelTurn at ''Bash at the Beach 1996'' that led to the [=nWo=] angle.
* SnarkBait: The feud in WCW between Hulk Hogan and the Dungeon of Doom largely falls into this category. Certainly wasn't helped with Hogan's LargeHam tendencies taken to previously thought impossible levels.
** "THIS WATER'S NOT HOT!!!"
*** WildMassGuessing: When Hulk found himself inside the Dungeon of Doom, he thought that he was in [=Hell=] and when he found that the water wasn't hot, he figured, "OK, the ''good'' news is that I'm not in Hell? But then, where AM I?"
* SoBadItsGood:
** Have you ever seen Hulk's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rLWdOTplVw acting?]] He's okay when he isn't trying to act angry, but when he does...
** [[http://www.i-mockery.com/bad-albums/hogan/ His music can qualify as well]]. One of his songs has him singing about a dead fan, complete with ''a gospel choir''.
-->"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQmoIcyOWW0 The world just lost...another hulkamaniac]]."
* WereStillRelevantDammit:
** '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5j5l851zi8 HIT ME LIKE A WRECKING BALL, BROTHER]]''''' (P.S.: [[FanDisservice you're welcome]].)
** At the height of Hulkamania he wore T-shirts and headbands that said "Hulk Rules", in the post-WCW phase of his career, they read "Hulk Still Rules", make of that what you will.
** The nWo attire. Actually [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]], depending on how you look at it. Hulk is terribly attached to his trademark red & gold, since it symbolizes the peak of his popularity and success. Hogan has made no secret of his misgivings over [[EvilCostumeSwitch the whole nWo makeover]] (turning heel, he insists, [[GladIThoughtOfIt was entirely his idea however]]), and hurriedly went back to the spandex once he rejoined WWE. Marks and Smarks agreed that [[DiscoDan it looks pretty ridiculous]].
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