- Base-Breaking Character: His entire angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in the closing months of 2013. On one hand, it was nice to see him getting involved in the main event again. On the other…fans were not pleased that Big Show had supplanted Daniel Bryan as the anti-authority rebel for fans to cheer. His match against Randy Orton wasn't exactly a thriller either.
- Creator's Pet: He is one of those wrestlers that WWE tends to push more often because of his size. In later years he's become a symbol of the problems a lot of people have with WWE's booking, as he appears quite frequently, whether Face or Heel, and often wins over newer wrestlers, while fans agree he hasn't been interesting in years. He's also older and has more injuries than other wrestlers, so his matches don't tend to be great, either.
- Ear Worm: Well... well, it's the Big Show!
- Fanon Discontinuity: That he started his career in WCW as the Giant of the Dungeon of Doom tends to be either overlooked, ignored or unknown to some people. There are even fansites for him that only cover his WWE run in the gallery sections.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: His reasoning for joining the New World Order in Kayfabe was that he wasn't paid enough by WCW and was envious of Hulk Hogan and his huge mansion. He later appeared on Stone Cold's podcast, where he discussed his pay in WCW. While numbers weren't specified, both agreed that his pay was far less than it should have been for someone on the top of the card, but he was too inexperienced at the time to know this.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: When he's in a feud with another big man, things will get broken:
Tazz: HOLY SHIT!
- His first match with The Undertaker led to him chokeslamming 'Taker through the ring.
- His famous superplex at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Lampshaded by Tazz.
7'4", 550! Can he get him up in a Jackhammer?
- Similarly lampshaded back in WCW when Goldberg was readying the Jackhammer.
If he does, the roof's coming off this joint!
- Slamming JBL through the ring in a Cage Match.
- Recently, Mark Henry knocking him through the side of a cage.
- Also, Mark Henry and Show repeating the Show/Lesnar spot mentioned above.
- In WCW, he once hit Scott Steiner with a missile dropkick, launching Steiner across the ring and on his head.
- Show breaks the ring for the third time, this time being superplexed by Braun Strowman.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Narm Charm: The angle where John Laurinaitis fired a weeping Show could not have been done with anyone else.
- Never Live It Down: His 45 second World title reign.note
- One-Scene Wonder: His memorable one-scene cameos as the giant Santa in Jingle All the Way and as Captain Insano in The Waterboy.
Giant Santa: I'm gonna deck your halls, bub.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In the first half of his WWE run, Wight was badly overweight and couldn't do many of the moves that made him famous during his WCW tenure, making the fans wonder just why he was being pushed as a main eventer. Thankfully, he took some time off, lost much of his excess weight and came back a much better wrestler.
- In his first year in WWE, however, he was probably as in shape as he's ever been and was capable of dropkicks and kip-ups (though he usually held a rope but still). As time went on, injuries and weight dragged his agility way down.
- The Scrappy: He and Kane became this in 2015 as the Authority's twin titans, to the point they are repeatedly accused of ruining everything they touch. The two's anticlimactic garbage-dumping eliminations of several crowd favorites in the 2015 Royal Rumble along with Show's victory in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Mania 31note have been described as making the roster look like the weakest it's been in Show's time there, and since then Show has been peppered with chants telling him to "Please Retire!" until late 2016.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In an appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, when asked about what scares him, he sheepishly stated "small people". He went on to state that he feels when four or five of them are in a group, they think they could take him down.
- The Woobie: During his late 1999 feud with The Big Bossman. Not only did Bossman frequently mock his dying (later dead) father, but he also tricked his mother into revealing, live on Raw, that Show was an illegitimate son. May also fall under Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds since Show was also WWF champion for part of the feud and at one point got a bit of revenge by pushing a skip onto a car where Bossman and his Dragon Prince Albert were hiding.
- X-Pac Heat: Two words for ya—"PLEASE RETIRE!"
- It's reached a point where some are stating they should rename this trope "Big Show Heat".
- Finally subverted as of late 2016, possibly due to his weight loss and subsequent muscle gain, looking in even better shape than his time in WCW. This coincided with WWE finding a perfect opponent for him to work with in Braun Strowman, who Show manages to bring the best out of.