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*** Even within the ''Transfomers'' franchise itself, several gimmicks exist to make various characters stand out and vary up the standard robot with one alternate mode formula. These include Triple Changers (Transformers with a robot mode and two distinct alternate modes), [[CombiningMecha Combiners]] (A group of Transformers who can merge with each other into an even larger robot), Headmasters, and Headmasters, Targetmasters, and Powermasters (a Transformer with a symbiotic relationship with a smaller sized being who forms said Transformer's head, weapon, or engine, respectively).


** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker provides an example of how far you can go without going outside your Gimmick: outside of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he defines the human version of the MonsterClown. Within the Silver Age and Silver Age-styled settings, he's merely a prankster VillainousHarlequin. He and his minions generally just focus on the abstract theme of humor or play up the clown shtick for all it's worth: depending on the medium, they will style themselves as standard [[NonIronicClown circus-style clowns]], jesters, mimes, classic comedians of vaudeville and Hollywood, or on at least two occasions the Pierrot-type whiteface clown from Leoncavallo's ''I Pagliacci''. And this doesn't even include those non-Joker villains who occasionally disguise themselves or their henchmen as clowns for some reason, probably much to the Joker's annoyance. [[FridgeLogic You have to wonder]] why Gothamites [[GenreBlind haven't learned to react with screaming paranoia whenever a buffoonish character appears on the scene]].

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker provides an example of how far you can go without going outside your Gimmick: outside of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he defines the human version of the MonsterClown. Within the Silver Age and Silver Age-styled settings, he's merely a prankster VillainousHarlequin. He and his minions generally just focus on the abstract theme of humor or play up the clown shtick for all it's worth: depending on the medium, they will style themselves as standard [[NonIronicClown circus-style clowns]], jesters, mimes, classic comedians of vaudeville and Hollywood, or on at least two occasions the Pierrot-type whiteface clown from Leoncavallo's ''I Pagliacci''. And this doesn't even include those non-Joker villains who occasionally disguise themselves or their henchmen as clowns for some reason, probably much to the Joker's annoyance. [[FridgeLogic You have to wonder]] why Gothamites [[GenreBlind haven't learned to react with screaming paranoia whenever a buffoonish character appears on the scene]].


** ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Robocop}} and the Ultra Police'': The figures have working cap guns.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' ''WesternAnimation/COPSAnimatedSeries'' and ''Franchise/{{Robocop}} and the Ultra Police'': The figures have working cap guns.



** ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'': Each figure and vehicle uses at least one [[{{Hologram}} holographic sticker]] to represent its magical powers. Unfortunately, the holograms wound up dooming the line--they were expensive to make and easily damaged, and the toys didn't sell well enough to compensate for this.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'': Each figure and vehicle uses at least one [[{{Hologram}} holographic sticker]] to represent its magical powers. Unfortunately, the holograms wound up dooming the line--they line -- they were expensive to make and easily damaged, and the toys didn't sell well enough to compensate for this.


The true definition of a gimmick is if an AlternateUniverse or {{Reboot}} equivalent (or a CaptainErsatz) isn't "really" that character without the gimmick, then that's this.

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The true definition of a gimmick is if an AlternateUniverse or {{Reboot}} ContinuityReboot equivalent (or a CaptainErsatz) isn't "really" that character without the gimmick, then that's this.


Most common in ComicBooks and ProfessionalWrestling, but can show up elsewhere. See also {{Idiosyncrazy}}, for when a character's gimmick is driven by his insanity, rather than out of universe considerations. Compare the DancingBear. A whole ''team'' of people with a shared gimmick tends to result in a GangOfHats.

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Most common in ComicBooks and ProfessionalWrestling, gimmicks are so important to the latter that professional wrestling was the first category to get it's own sub page, but gimmicks can show up elsewhere. See also {{Idiosyncrazy}}, for when a character's gimmick is driven by his insanity, rather than out of universe considerations. Compare the DancingBear. A whole ''team'' of people with a shared gimmick tends to result in a GangOfHats.


* Franchise/SpiderMan's gimmick, in universe, is his spider theme (less important) and sharp wit (more important); but out of series, his gimmick is OneOfUs: he's an average person who got hit with the superpower stick, and now has an extra set of responsibilities.

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* Franchise/SpiderMan's gimmick, in universe, is his spider theme (less important) and sharp wit (more important); but out of series, his gimmick is OneOfUs: that he's one of us: he's an average person who got hit with the superpower stick, and now has an extra set of responsibilities.



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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': When Bucky and Sam meet Spider-Man, Sam comments "everyone's got a thing now." Ironic, considering that Sam himself has been leaning a bit more heavily on his bird theme in this movie (such as by naming one of his drones and treating it like a pet).


* When they started out, the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'''s gimmick was being former {{Beautiful Elite}}s who became outcasts and freaks through cruel twists of fate. However, the outcast hero niche got more and more crowded throughout the 60s, and today their gimmick is more like "really damn bizarre".

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* When they started out, the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'''s gimmick was being former {{Beautiful Elite}}s [[TheBeautifulElite beautiful elites]] who became outcasts and freaks through cruel twists of fate. However, the outcast hero niche got more and more crowded throughout the 60s, and today their gimmick is more like "really damn bizarre".



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* When they started out, the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'''s gimmick was being former {{Beautiful Elite}}s who became outcasts and freaks through cruel twists of fate. However, the outcast hero niche got more and more crowded throughout the 60s, and today their gimmick is more like "really damn bizarre".


* Gimmicks were common in the action figure lines of TheEighties, mpost of which were spun off into MerchandiseDriven cartoons.

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* Gimmicks were common in the action figure lines of TheEighties, mpost most of which were spun off into MerchandiseDriven cartoons.


* ComicBook/ThePunisher's willingness to kill and torture bad guys. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And having a skull on his tunic]].

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* ComicBook/ThePunisher's willingness to [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill and torture bad guys.guys]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And having a skull on his tunic]].



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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind of clothing (the Jones Street Boys and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You have the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), and the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, and indeed maintain a tribal form of government that is roughly egalitarian, with a "war chief" being informally designated as circumstances warrant).

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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than Gimmicks were common in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind action figure lines of clothing (the Jones Street Boys TheEighties, mpost of which were spun off into MerchandiseDriven cartoons.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}''
and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You have the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), ''Franchise/{{Robocop}} and the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves Ultra Police'': The figures have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, working cap guns.
** ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' (and too many others to list): The figures have built-in action features.
** ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
and indeed maintain a tribal form of government ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'': Robots that is roughly egalitarian, convert into vehicles. ''Transformers'' was such a smash hit that it led to competitors with a "war chief" being informally designated [[FollowTheLeader similar gimmicks]], such as circumstances warrant). ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' (the characters' ordinary vehicles deploy [[WeaponizedCar hidden weapons]]) and ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' (the heroes wear Assault Weapon Systems with [[MechaExpansionPack interchangeable parts]]).
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'': Each figure and vehicle uses at least one [[{{Hologram}} holographic sticker]] to represent its magical powers. Unfortunately, the holograms wound up dooming the line--they were expensive to make and easily damaged, and the toys didn't sell well enough to compensate for this.


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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind of clothing (the Jones Street Boys and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You have the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), and the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, and indeed maintain a tribal form of government that is roughly egalitarian, with a "war chief" being informally designated as circumstances warrant).
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** Gimmicky villains are so common in DC that some even wind up sharing gimmicks. Riddler's niche is crowded by Baffler, Puzzler, and Cluemaster, while Joker has to compete with Punch and Jewelee, Trickster, Prankster, and maybe Toyman to a degree.


** Apparently it's common for mad scientists to have a theme to their inventions. In fact, one of Penny's distinguishing features is that she ''isn't'' bound by a theme. Nearly all mad scientists are restricted to a single general theme in their inventions (lasers, clockwork, candy, etc). Penny can make just about anything. This means that she is one of the best {{Mad Scientist}}s seen in generations, to the point that several adults think she can't possibly be making all her gear herself. If she was, she'd be a better scientist than Creator/NikolaTesla.

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** Apparently it's common for mad scientists to have a theme to their inventions. In fact, one of Penny's distinguishing features is that she ''isn't'' bound by a theme. Nearly all mad scientists are restricted to a single general theme in their inventions (lasers, clockwork, candy, etc). Penny can make just about anything. This means that she is one of the best {{Mad Scientist}}s seen in generations, to the point that several adults think she can't possibly be making all her gear herself. If she was, she'd be a better scientist than Creator/NikolaTesla.UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla.


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* [[TheGimmick/ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestling]]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling Gimmickry Overview]]
Unlike actors, the large majority of professional wrestlers don't really have character roles but rather are reacting to where they are placed in a book, what spots they are given, how an audience reacts and just use gimmicks to make things more interesting. After all, you can't help but react the way you really would, but what if [[Wrestling/{{Raven}} you]] decided to react to everything in the most negative way you can possibly perceive it? [[Wrestling/MattHardy You]] are going through a rough patch so why not use it? Maybe [[Wrestling/MattSydal you]] strive to react in the ways you think will be best for your merchandise sales? If nothing else, people will not have to think hard to understand why someone would act in such a way. Even if your gimmick is that of a survivor from the lost city of Atlantis, you had better react to all things as if ''you'' are a survivor from Atlantis. If the gimmick is not a part of you, it has to ''become'' part of you or will likely fail.

To a professional wrestler, finding something within to magnify and project outward is almost as important as being physically conditioned, almost as much as wrestling in of itself. Something that immediately lets fans pick one out from amongst their peers can give fans something to latch on to and believe in. Drawing people's attention is the first step to drawing crowds. Interest can make crowds want to see one win... or get one's head beat in. So long as they are interested enough to tune in or buy tickets, you win something. Simply dying [[MulticoloredHair a few hairs blond]] did wonders for Sputnik Monroe. Wrestling/RandySavage's memorable voice and odd way of speaking hyped fans for his matches that much more. And, of course, Wrestling/GeorgeWagner had people speculating [[AmbiguouslyGay as to whether he was gay or straight.]]

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Unlike actors,
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the large majority of professional wrestlers don't really have character roles but rather are reacting to where they are placed in a book, what spots they are given, musical ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', the three strippers that Rose and Louise meet sing about how an audience reacts "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" in order to stand out from the crowd. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRSawe33sA Electra covers herself in lights, Tessie Tura uses refined ballet moves, and just use gimmicks to make things Mazeppa uses a trumpet.]] Later, when Louise is more interesting. After all, you can't help but react the way you really would, but what if [[Wrestling/{{Raven}} you]] decided or less pushed into a stripper role, she takes their advice to react to everything in the most negative way you can possibly perceive it? [[Wrestling/MattHardy You]] are going through a rough patch so why not use it? Maybe [[Wrestling/MattSydal you]] strive to react in the ways you think will be best for your merchandise sales? If nothing else, people will not have to think hard to understand why someone would act in such a way. Even if your heart. Her gimmick is that of a survivor from the lost city of Atlantis, you had better react to all things as if ''you'' are a survivor from Atlantis. If the gimmick is not a part of you, it has to ''become'' part of you or will likely fail.

To a professional wrestler, finding something within to magnify and project outward is almost as important as being physically conditioned, almost as much as wrestling in of itself. Something that immediately lets fans pick one out from amongst their peers can give fans something to latch on to and believe in. Drawing people's attention is the first step to drawing crowds. Interest can make crowds want to see one win... or get one's head beat in. So long as they are interested enough to tune in or buy tickets, you win something. Simply dying [[MulticoloredHair a few hairs blond]] did wonders for Sputnik Monroe. Wrestling/RandySavage's memorable voice and odd way of
speaking hyped fans for his matches that much more. And, of course, Wrestling/GeorgeWagner had people speculating [[AmbiguouslyGay as directly to whether he was gay or straight.]]the audience.



[[folder:Some Common Generic Gimmicks Found In Professional Wrestling]]
Some commonly reoccurring wrestling gimmicks have pages on this wiki. They are not mutually exclusive to each other and many different variations of each are explained in more detail on each respective article.

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* AllAmericanFace
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown
* {{Face}}
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
* GarbageWrestler
* TheGiant
* GorgeousGeorge
* {{Heel}}
* {{Jobber}}
* MaskedLuchador
* PartsUnknown
* PowerStable
* TagTeam
** RickyMorton
** TagTeamTwins
* WorldsStrongestMan
* WrestlingDoesntPay
* WrestlingFamily
* WrestlingMonster
** WildSamoan
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Some commonly reoccurring wrestling gimmicks
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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind of clothing (the Jones Street Boys and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You
have pages on this wiki. They are not mutually exclusive to each other the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), and many different variations the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, and indeed maintain a tribal form of each are explained in more detail on each respective article.

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* AllAmericanFace
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown
* {{Face}}
* ForeignWrestlingHeel
* GarbageWrestler
* TheGiant
* GorgeousGeorge
* {{Heel}}
* {{Jobber}}
* MaskedLuchador
* PartsUnknown
* PowerStable
* TagTeam
** RickyMorton
** TagTeamTwins
* WorldsStrongestMan
* WrestlingDoesntPay
* WrestlingFamily
* WrestlingMonster
** WildSamoan
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government that is roughly egalitarian, with a "war chief" being informally designated as circumstances warrant).





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* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], whose gimmick was being evil. And having a snake. However, he may end up being just as well known for his born-again Christian gimmick in the 90s, as it led to Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin delivering his Austin 3:16 promo, and the Wrestling/AttitudeEra at large.
* Wrestling/TheOneManGang's gimmick was having a chain and {{squash| match}}ing {{jobber}}s, then he reappeared from an over seas trip to get in touch with his Deepest {{Darkest Africa}}n roots, becoming a {{pretty fly for a white guy}} Akeem the African dream.
* Prolific in the late '80s and early '90s [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WW]][[strike:[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} F]]]][[Wrestling/{{WWE}} E]], when every wrestler would be gimmicky. See WrestlingDoesntPay for examples.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's gimmick has switched between being a grave digging zombie, a wrestling [[EnemyWithout evil in hearts of all men]], a wrestling biker, a wrestling grim reaper and the last outlaw. Through it all, the gimmick of being unbeatable at Wrestlemania has been his only constant.
* Black Magic started out as a simple mat technician, then became the ForeignWrestlingHeel Lord Henry Norman, then became the dance battler Wrestling/NormanSmiley, then went to being the cowardly screaming Norman who was forced into Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s hardcore division and would dress in the home team uniforms of the cities he wrestled in.
* Charles Wright went from a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Charles Barkley, to Voodoo sorcerer, to ultimate fighter, to political revolutionary, to pimp, to {{moral guardian|s}} to pimp again.
* PrettyBoy and [[CasanovaWannabe Wannabe playboy]] Scotty The Body also had a SurferDude gimmick as Scotty Flamingo. Then in Wrestling/{{ECW}} he became the depressed nihilist Wrestling/{{Raven}} and Wrestling/StevieRichards began imitating Raven's old gimmicks before his own gimmick settled on being Raven's {{ascended fanboy}} and PsychoSupporter who wore a [[BareYourMidriff small midriff baring shirt]]. Then Wrestling/{{Francine}} became Stevie Richard's ascended fangirl. Then [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] became Stevie Richard's psycho supporter.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s gimmick was being ambiguously gay and being a movie critic who took himself so seriously he dressed and painted his body to look like an Oscar award. Then he got sick of movies and became [[{{the X formerly known as Y}} The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust]], a gimmick which involved dressing in the most offensive manners possible (such as BlackFace) and reciting poetry. Then he returned to form as Goldust but got electrocuted by Wrestling/StevieRichards, adding a speech impediment to his gimmick. He popped up in TNA as Black Reign, whose gimmick was being Goldust without the gold and having a pet rat named Misty.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]'s gimmick was speaking in {{third person|person}} at all times and comically overselling.
* [[Wrestling/RonKillings K-Kwik/Ron "The Truth" Killings]] was just a wrestling rapper, except for when he was a wrestling political activist such as his Wrestling/{{TNA}} run, but then he was betrayed by Wrestling/JohnMorrison and became an insane conspiracy theorists who talks to people who are not really there and hates all you {{little Jimm|y}}ies. He also developed a fear of heights and spiders. He was also the bad toothed Pretty Ricky but most fans would rather forget that one.
* [=LuFisto=]'s gimmick was started as [[{{Louis Cypher}} Lucifer]], then became a tease who tried to get men to drop their guard so she or her partners in crime could beat them up more easily. Then she became a Kawaii anime about {{garbage wrestling}}. Then she became a bitter veteran driven crazy(or crazier) by her own resentment.
* Baldo's gimmick in Century Wrestling Alliance was being bald. Then Albert was one half of Wrestling/TrishStratus's [[FunWithAcronyms T&A]]. Then he became the [[CarpetOfVirility disgustingly hairy]] A-Train. Then went to Japan where he became the star Giant Bernard who beat people up and half of Bad Intentions with Wrestling/KarlAnderson. Then returned the the US in an Akeem like fashion as Lord Tensai. He then tagged with the Funkasaurus and became {{disco dan}} Sweet Tea.
* Macaela Mercedes started out as an ill tempered narcissist before becoming the relentlessly cheery high flier Wrestling/JillianHall. But then Jillian got breast implants and became a malicious, vain bully. Then Jillian became "the fixer", a freelance consultant who needed a protective mask when she wrestled do to a giant mole that grew on her face. Then the Boogeyman bit the mole off Jillian's face and her biggest client fired her, seeing her slip closer to her cheery gimmick before becoming a narcissist again. Then she became convinced she could sing, [[HollywoodToneDeaf even though she couldn't]].
* Wrestling/BryanDanielson started off as a bland vanilla midget who was picked up by [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Spanky]] because he needed a partner but then merged the ROH World and Pure wrestling titles and became an ArrogantKungFuGuy. Then he became the bland vanilla midget rookie Daniel Bryan until he won one of the ladder matches at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', burnt his bridges and degraded into an insane SmallNameBigEgo who hates goats and the word yes. This was partially based on real life, where he was the very definition of vanilla midget before working on speaking.
* Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y's gimmick was wearing a wife beater, [[SubvertedTrope not wrestling like his father]] and carrying a shovel. Then in Ohio Valley Wrestling his gimmick became being AmbiguouslyGay. Then he began to imitate [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]]'s gimmick of speaking in third person and taking other people's things before settling on [[TrademarkFavoriteFood eating apples]], [[SpitefulSpit spitting on people]] and having an [[FunnyAfro afro]].
* Eddie Colon's gimmick [[PlayedStraight was wrestling like his father]] but then he became [[GangBangers a gangster]] by teaming up with Wrestling/{{Hunico}}, Camacho and his cousin Orlando. Then he and Orlando became masked Mexican bullfighters.
* Wrestling/CMPunk started out as half of a ChickMagnet TagTeam. Then he became [[TheFundamentalist militant]] StraightEdge who [[CatchPhrase screamed]] "better than you!" Then he became the brainwashed thrall of Raven. Then he became a {{cult}} leader. Then he became the Wrestling/HarleyRace invoking "Best In The World"!
* Brazo de Plata Jr was just that, the son of his father, the largest of the second generation of Los Brazos(who were all third generation luchadors). That bored fans of IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, however, so the second line of Brazos all got new gimmicks fans found more interesting, except Plata Jr, whose ClassicalMythology inspired "Kronos" still didn't take. So he went to [[Wrestling/{{AAA}} Triple A]] and became a MonsterClown, or rather, Psycho Clown, leading the CircusOfFear that would become the promotion's most popular group.
* Shortstack was just a midget wrestler. Then the leprechaun Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}'s gimmick was to be a [[FastballSpecial projectile]] for the fighting Irishman Finlay. After he got popular he became more of a prankster that lives under the WWE rings. [[spoiler: And was the anonymous Raw GM who only spoke through a computer.]]
* The Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}}'s gimmick was that he was an actor from a failed television program who got {{lost in character}}, believing he really was the Boogeyman. He also had the gimmick of randomly appearing to beat up people the fans did not like, talking to clocks, wrestling with glass from smashed clocks sticking out of his head and eating worms.
* The base gimmick of Leva Bates is a geeky super hero who wants to protect honorable professional wrestlers from all the evil they encounter in their line of work ([[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor except in places]] [[CardCarryingVillain where it is the other way around]]). Extensions of the gimmick include "specialized armor" (goggles to stop eye poking and other case by case bases) and [[{{Cosplay}} channeling her favorite characters]].
* Wrestling/BrodusClay's gimmick was being a gangsta thug before it became based on his real life job as a body guard but then he became a giant dancing DiscoDan and the only living, breathing Funkasaurus in captivity.
* Cheeseburger's gimmick was being the underfed whipping boy of the Wrestling/RingOfHonor locker room but then became a blood thirsty man-leech Landa in Wrestling/{{Chikara}} derivatives Wresting is Fun and Wrestling is Respect.
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* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', the three strippers that Rose and Louise meet sing about how "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" in order to stand out from the crowd. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRSawe33sA Electra covers herself in lights, Tessie Tura uses refined ballet moves, and Mazeppa uses a trumpet.]] Later, when Louise is more or less pushed into a stripper role, she takes their advice to heart. Her gimmick is speaking directly to the audience.
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* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind of clothing (the Jones Street Boys and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You have the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), and the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, and indeed maintain a tribal form of government that is roughly egalitarian, with a "war chief" being informally designated as circumstances warrant).
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\n\n[[folder:Specific Professional Wrestling Gimmicks]]\n* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], whose gimmick was being evil. And having a snake. However, he may end up being just as well known for his born-again Christian gimmick in the 90s, as it led to Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin delivering his Austin 3:16 promo, and the Wrestling/AttitudeEra at large.\n* Wrestling/TheOneManGang's gimmick was having a chain and {{squash| match}}ing {{jobber}}s, then he reappeared from an over seas trip to get in touch with his Deepest {{Darkest Africa}}n roots, becoming a {{pretty fly for a white guy}} Akeem the African dream.\n* Prolific in the late '80s and early '90s [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WW]][[strike:[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} F]]]][[Wrestling/{{WWE}} E]], when every wrestler would be gimmicky. See WrestlingDoesntPay for examples.\n* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's gimmick has switched between being a grave digging zombie, a wrestling [[EnemyWithout evil in hearts of all men]], a wrestling biker, a wrestling grim reaper and the last outlaw. Through it all, the gimmick of being unbeatable at Wrestlemania has been his only constant.\n* Black Magic started out as a simple mat technician, then became the ForeignWrestlingHeel Lord Henry Norman, then became the dance battler Wrestling/NormanSmiley, then went to being the cowardly screaming Norman who was forced into Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s hardcore division and would dress in the home team uniforms of the cities he wrestled in.\n* Charles Wright went from a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Charles Barkley, to Voodoo sorcerer, to ultimate fighter, to political revolutionary, to pimp, to {{moral guardian|s}} to pimp again.\n* PrettyBoy and [[CasanovaWannabe Wannabe playboy]] Scotty The Body also had a SurferDude gimmick as Scotty Flamingo. Then in Wrestling/{{ECW}} he became the depressed nihilist Wrestling/{{Raven}} and Wrestling/StevieRichards began imitating Raven's old gimmicks before his own gimmick settled on being Raven's {{ascended fanboy}} and PsychoSupporter who wore a [[BareYourMidriff small midriff baring shirt]]. Then Wrestling/{{Francine}} became Stevie Richard's ascended fangirl. Then [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] became Stevie Richard's psycho supporter.\n* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s gimmick was being ambiguously gay and being a movie critic who took himself so seriously he dressed and painted his body to look like an Oscar award. Then he got sick of movies and became [[{{the X formerly known as Y}} The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust]], a gimmick which involved dressing in the most offensive manners possible (such as BlackFace) and reciting poetry. Then he returned to form as Goldust but got electrocuted by Wrestling/StevieRichards, adding a speech impediment to his gimmick. He popped up in TNA as Black Reign, whose gimmick was being Goldust without the gold and having a pet rat named Misty.\n* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]'s gimmick was speaking in {{third person|person}} at all times and comically overselling.\n* [[Wrestling/RonKillings K-Kwik/Ron "The Truth" Killings]] was just a wrestling rapper, except for when he was a wrestling political activist such as his Wrestling/{{TNA}} run, but then he was betrayed by Wrestling/JohnMorrison and became an insane conspiracy theorists who talks to people who are not really there and hates all you {{little Jimm|y}}ies. He also developed a fear of heights and spiders. He was also the bad toothed Pretty Ricky but most fans would rather forget that one.\n* [=LuFisto=]'s gimmick was started as [[{{Louis Cypher}} Lucifer]], then became a tease who tried to get men to drop their guard so she or her partners in crime could beat them up more easily. Then she became a Kawaii anime about {{garbage wrestling}}. Then she became a bitter veteran driven crazy(or crazier) by her own resentment.\n* Baldo's gimmick in Century Wrestling Alliance was being bald. Then Albert was one half of Wrestling/TrishStratus's [[FunWithAcronyms T&A]]. Then he became the [[CarpetOfVirility disgustingly hairy]] A-Train. Then went to Japan where he became the star Giant Bernard who beat people up and half of Bad Intentions with Wrestling/KarlAnderson. Then returned the the US in an Akeem like fashion as Lord Tensai. He then tagged with the Funkasaurus and became {{disco dan}} Sweet Tea.\n* Macaela Mercedes started out as an ill tempered narcissist before becoming the relentlessly cheery high flier Wrestling/JillianHall. But then Jillian got breast implants and became a malicious, vain bully. Then Jillian became "the fixer", a freelance consultant who needed a protective mask when she wrestled do to a giant mole that grew on her face. Then the Boogeyman bit the mole off Jillian's face and her biggest client fired her, seeing her slip closer to her cheery gimmick before becoming a narcissist again. Then she became convinced she could sing, [[HollywoodToneDeaf even though she couldn't]].\n* Wrestling/BryanDanielson started off as a bland vanilla midget who was picked up by [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Spanky]] because he needed a partner but then merged the ROH World and Pure wrestling titles and became an ArrogantKungFuGuy. Then he became the bland vanilla midget rookie Daniel Bryan until he won one of the ladder matches at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', burnt his bridges and degraded into an insane SmallNameBigEgo who hates goats and the word yes. This was partially based on real life, where he was the very definition of vanilla midget before working on speaking.\n* Wrestling/{{Carl|itoColon}}y's gimmick was wearing a wife beater, [[SubvertedTrope not wrestling like his father]] and carrying a shovel. Then in Ohio Valley Wrestling his gimmick became being AmbiguouslyGay. Then he began to imitate [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]]'s gimmick of speaking in third person and taking other people's things before settling on [[TrademarkFavoriteFood eating apples]], [[SpitefulSpit spitting on people]] and having an [[FunnyAfro afro]].\n* Eddie Colon's gimmick [[PlayedStraight was wrestling like his father]] but then he became [[GangBangers a gangster]] by teaming up with Wrestling/{{Hunico}}, Camacho and his cousin Orlando. Then he and Orlando became masked Mexican bullfighters.\n* Wrestling/CMPunk started out as half of a ChickMagnet TagTeam. Then he became [[TheFundamentalist militant]] StraightEdge who [[CatchPhrase screamed]] "better than you!" Then he became the brainwashed thrall of Raven. Then he became a {{cult}} leader. Then he became the Wrestling/HarleyRace invoking "Best In The World"!\n* Brazo de Plata Jr was just that, the son of his father, the largest of the second generation of Los Brazos(who were all third generation luchadors). That bored fans of IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, however, so the second line of Brazos all got new gimmicks fans found more interesting, except Plata Jr, whose ClassicalMythology inspired "Kronos" still didn't take. So he went to [[Wrestling/{{AAA}} Triple A]] and became a MonsterClown, or rather, Psycho Clown, leading the CircusOfFear that would become the promotion's most popular group.\n* Shortstack was just a midget wrestler. Then the leprechaun Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}'s gimmick was to be a [[FastballSpecial projectile]] for the fighting Irishman Finlay. After he got popular he became more of a prankster that lives under the WWE rings. [[spoiler: And was the anonymous Raw GM who only spoke through a computer.]]\n* The Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}}'s gimmick was that he was an actor from a failed television program who got {{lost in character}}, believing he really was the Boogeyman. He also had the gimmick of randomly appearing to beat up people the fans did not like, talking to clocks, wrestling with glass from smashed clocks sticking out of his head and eating worms.\n* The base gimmick of Leva Bates is a geeky super hero who wants to protect honorable professional wrestlers from all the evil they encounter in their line of work ([[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor except in places]] [[CardCarryingVillain where it is the other way around]]). Extensions of the gimmick include "specialized armor" (goggles to stop eye poking and other case by case bases) and [[{{Cosplay}} channeling her favorite characters]].\n* Wrestling/BrodusClay's gimmick was being a gangsta thug before it became based on his real life job as a body guard but then he became a giant dancing DiscoDan and the only living, breathing Funkasaurus in captivity.\n* Cheeseburger's gimmick was being the underfed whipping boy of the Wrestling/RingOfHonor locker room but then became a blood thirsty man-leech Landa in Wrestling/{{Chikara}} derivatives Wresting is Fun and Wrestling is Respect.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder: Theatre]]\n* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', the three strippers that Rose and Louise meet sing about how "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" in order to stand out from the crowd. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFRSawe33sA Electra covers herself in lights, Tessie Tura uses refined ballet moves, and Mazeppa uses a trumpet.]] Later, when Louise is more or less pushed into a stripper role, she takes their advice to heart. Her gimmick is speaking directly to the audience.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder: Video Games ]]\n* ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''. Even more than in the 1979 movie that started it all, the 2005 game is jam-packed with [[GangOfHats colorful street gangs]] you won't be confusing for each other. Sometimes the gimmick is merely wearing a particular kind of clothing (the Jones Street Boys and their zebra-striped "referee" shirts, or the Saracens in their Adidas tank tops), or something having to do with race or sex (the Hurricanes are all Puerto Ricans, the Lizzies all girls). Beyond that, things start getting ''weird''. You have the Hi-Hats (clowns), the Boppers (1930s gangsters), the Savage Huns (kung-fu experts straight out of a Creator/BruceLee movie), and the Furies (who apparently can't decide whether they're baseball players or multicolored demons). Even the Warriors themselves have a well-defined gimmick, although it actually informs their character (they all dress vaguely or sometimes blatantly like American Indians, and indeed maintain a tribal form of government that is roughly egalitarian, with a "war chief" being informally designated as circumstances warrant). \n[[/folder]]----


* Brazo de Plata Jr was just that, the son of his father, the largest of the second generation of Los Brazos(who were all third generation luchadors). That bored fans of IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, however, so the second line of Brazos all got new gimmicks fans found more interesting, except Plata Jr, whose ClassicalMythology inspired "Kronos" still didn't take. So he went to [[Wrestling/AAA Triple A]] and became a MonsterClown, or rather, Psycho Clown, leading the CircusOfFear that would become the promotion's most popular group.

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* Brazo de Plata Jr was just that, the son of his father, the largest of the second generation of Los Brazos(who were all third generation luchadors). That bored fans of IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, however, so the second line of Brazos all got new gimmicks fans found more interesting, except Plata Jr, whose ClassicalMythology inspired "Kronos" still didn't take. So he went to [[Wrestling/AAA [[Wrestling/{{AAA}} Triple A]] and became a MonsterClown, or rather, Psycho Clown, leading the CircusOfFear that would become the promotion's most popular group.

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