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YMMV: The Miz
  • Badass Decay. So, so much since losing the WWE Championship. It looked for a while that he would come out of it during his time with R-Truth, but after their split, R-Truth is the hotter one of the two. It took winning the IC title and face turn to become bad ass again.
  • Base Breaker: Once he won the WWE Championship, the IWC, and to an extent casual fans, promptly split in half, especially considering the nature of how he won it. It doesn't help the fact that those who don't like the fact he's champion are split over those thinking he got his push too early (despite being employed since mid-2006), and those who view it as a personal insult to the wrestling business as a whole.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Every single championship he's held, since he flaunts the belts to an absurd degree.
    • The MITB briefcase (although it was usually Alex Riley that carried it) to the same degree.
  • Crowning Music Of Awwwwwwesoooooommmmmmeeeeee!!!!!!: His current theme, "I Came To Play", is pretty cool. That being said, it could change to "Hate Me Now" (a song so appropriate for Miz, it's not even funny) and nobody would really complain.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Seriously. Smarks have a good deal of affection for him, as he's one of the funniest Heels on WWE programming, and his theme is pretty badass too.
    • Like many other heels that have gotten this treatment, this was eventually paid off with a Heel-Face Turn for Miz.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: As are all charismatic Heels
  • Evil Is Cool: Like many bad guys before him, Miz has managed to get over with fans despite playing a Dirty Coward.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Miz has gotten Jeff Hardy-esque squees from girls.
  • Fridge Horror: Whether as a Face or Heel The Miz has been one of WWE's leading Superstars in the Anti-Bullying Be-A-Star Campaign because of being bullied in his life. Now the horror is this; was it because he was bullied as a child, or because of the Hazing he suffered from early on in his career at the hands of the WWE lockerroom?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Look at the quote on the main entry for The Miz. Then look at the results of Super Bowl XLV. Chances are The Miz took a bath on the locker room football pool.
    • Also, his Take That at The Rock right before WrestleMania XXVII for his role as the host of said show. He was recently announced as the host of Summerslam 2013. Also doubles as Hypocritical Humor, as Miz got his start on the main roster as the host of Smackdown and of the widely-disliked WWE Diva Search.
    • In an online interview, the interviewer mistakenly said that you could see The Miz on TV every Monday, Tuesdaynote  and Wednesday - to which Miz responded "Wednesday? What are we doing Wednesday?". Fast forward to 2012 where Miz would become a regular commentator on Main Event - which airs on Wednesdays.
    • By his own recollection on Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho podcast, after his time on The Real World, people recognised Miz as, well... Miz rather than Mike, despite the Miz persona only appearing in one episode of the show. Of course, being that he wrestled for the WWE & became WWE champion as The Miz, people are more likely to recognise him as Miz rather than Mike.
  • Ho Yay: With Alex Riley and Michael Cole.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: John Morrison has called him fat multiple times, for a while he was very sensitive about his weight.
    • Lampshaded by Dolph Ziggler in the Raw before Royal Rumble 2011.
  • HSQ: During one match with Kofi Kingston, Miz gets hit with a Trouble In Paradise. This wouldn't be noteworthy if it didn't make an incredibly loud THWACK. This sound effect wasn't just for show. This causes his head to snap back and it outright KO'd poor Miz for a while and caused him to bleed a little. You could say it gave him quite the bit of Trouble in Paradise.
  • Internet Backdraft: Miz winning the WWE Championship. Either the moment that cemented The Miz as a serious performer or a complete and utter travesty.
  • Jerkass Woobie: There's really just one time he fit this trope, but it's worth mentioning: the night he cut this promo. Despite the fact that he's delivering it in character as a Heel, a lot of it's a shoot, and JBL would later admit flat out in an interview that he hazed the hell out of Miz back in the day and wasn't the least bit sorry for doing it - because he wanted to see if Miz had what it took to be a part of the locker room.
    • Nowadays on commentary Bradshaw openly admits that he once hated the Miz but now respects him for what he's endured and accomplished.
  • Memetic Mutation: This crowd reaction shot of an angry little girl after Miz won the WWE Championship has quickly become one.
    • Ascended Meme: The Miz pointed her out the next week as one of the highlights of his reign.
    • Recently the dirt sheets reported that The Miz was getting heat backstage and being blamed for things that probably weren't his fault. Wrestling fans have responded to this by jokingly blaming everything bad that happens on The Miz.
  • Misblamed: He was apparently blamed and punished in early 2012 for the low Survivor Series buyrate despite being only one of four men involved in the main event. The other three participants? John Cena, The Rock, and R-Truth. Also keep in mind that the match was set up through Cena being overwhelmed by Awesome Truth and asking Rock for help, only for the next few weeks on Raw to see Cena overcoming them by himself, killing off all sense of unpredictability this match could have beforehand.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Despite the MANY Levels in Badass he took, it's just hard for some people to take The Miz seriously as an intimidating Heel with the way he carries himself.
  • Older Than They Think: Mike Awesome was using "Because I'm AWESOME" as a Catch Phrase years before the Miz, except that he made people believe it. In his case, it helped that he was a 6'7, 294 lbs. Lightning Bruiser.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • He got back in to the feud by cutting an amazing promo where he destroyed Cena using The People's Elbow., entering the ring dressed as The Rock beating the hell out of Cena again the following week, kicking his ass all the way back up the entrance ramp and then bouncing Cena's head off everything that had a metal surface, which included hitting a Rock Bottom and later finishing it with a Skull Crushing Finale on the WWE logo stand.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Just look at his first appearance on the A-Show. Who would have thought this fool would be cashing in Money in the Bank on Randy Orton four years later to become WWE Champion?
    • And he's recently made a Heel-Face Turn. Turns out he's pretty good at using the same things that made him annoying as a heel to be absolutely hilarious as a face.
    • Lampshaded on his most recent T-shirt, which has "HATERS WANTED" on the front in the style of a newspaper classified ad, with the back saying, "The Old Ones Are Starting to Like Me."
  • The Scrappy: YMMV as to whether Miz counts as a scrappy, however, almost no one likes his apprentice Alex Riley. At the very least, they think he's run his course as Miz's lackey.

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