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* AscendedFanboy: Was a fan of professional wrestling growing up, even though he was a freestyle wrestler first.


* TheFightingNarcissist: Is responsible for several of these, who (somehow) missed the ambiguously gay aspects of his gimmick or did not want to incorporate them into theirs.



* RealSongThemeTune: Music/EdwardElgar's "''Pomp and Circumstance''" later used by Wrestling/RandySavage, making him the UrExample of wrestlers using entrance music. This is often miscredited to Wrestling/TheFabulousFreebirds, though they were the first to use ''rock'' music for their entrance.



* TheFightingNarcissist: Is responsible for several of these, who (somehow) missed the ambiguously gay aspects of his gimmick or did not want to incorporate them into theirs.


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* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: He would always try to cheat in his matches after turning heel


-->"''Get your filthy hands off me!''"
-->--'''Gorgeous George'''

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-->"''Get ->''"Get your filthy hands off me!''"
-->--'''Gorgeous
me!"''
-->-- '''Gorgeous
George'''


George Raymond Wagner (1915-1963) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as Gorgeous George. He started his career in 1932 on the carnivals circuit under his own name. He was inspired to develop a flamboyant image by reading an article in ''Vanity Magazine'' about the wrestler Lord Patrick Lansdowne who would come to the ring wearing a velvet robe accompanied by two valets. He started dressing like that and [[LineOfSightName heard some women in the crowd call him "gorgeous."]] He took it and ran with it, creating the first truly great [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in pro wrestling, one of the the first gimmicks that wasn't a generic "athlete," a farmer or a ForeignWrestlingHeel. He helped sell a lot of televisions in that industry's early years. As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/newengland/awa/ma-awa-h.html AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight Champion]], a multiple-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pnw/wac/pc-lh.html Pacific Coast (Portland) Light Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/gc/gc-h.html Gulf Coast (Alabama) Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-south-h.html NWA Southern (Georgia) Heavyweight Champion]]. He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Wrestling/{{WWE}} Hall of Fame in 2010.

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George Raymond Wagner (1915-1963) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as Gorgeous George. He Trained by Farmer Burns, he started his career in 1932 on the carnivals circuit under his own name. He was inspired to develop a flamboyant image by reading an article in ''Vanity Magazine'' about the wrestler Lord Patrick Lansdowne who would come to the ring wearing a velvet robe accompanied by two valets. He started dressing like that and [[LineOfSightName heard some women in the crowd call him "gorgeous."]] He took it and ran with it, creating the first truly great [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in pro wrestling, one of the the first gimmicks that wasn't a generic "athlete," a farmer or a ForeignWrestlingHeel. He helped sell a lot of televisions in that industry's early years. As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/newengland/awa/ma-awa-h.html AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight Champion]], a multiple-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pnw/wac/pc-lh.html Pacific Coast (Portland) Light Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/gc/gc-h.html Gulf Coast (Alabama) Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-south-h.html NWA Southern (Georgia) Heavyweight Champion]]. He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Wrestling/{{WWE}} Hall of Fame in 2010.


* AmbiguouslyGay: Well to have the trope take his name, he had to be. He was not the first ambiguously gay professional wrestler in the country, citing Lord Patrick Lansdowne with his two valets and velvet robes before him. George set out to be less on the ambiguity and more on the gay though, only taking one valet, Jeffries, and acting much more effeminately.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Well to have the trope take his name, he had to be. He was not the first ambiguously gay professional wrestler in the country, citing Lord Patrick Lansdowne with his two valets and velvet robes before him. George set out to be less on the ambiguity and more on the gay though, only taking one valet, a ''male'' valet in Jeffries, and acting much more effeminately.



* PrejudicedForPecs: His success in professional wrestling was the biggest argument ''against'' this trope during his time period besides maybe Wrestling/ElSanto and definitely among promoters in the United States. Only 5'9 and 215 lbs and not even freakishly athletic. Didn't matter, because despite his apparent sissy persona, he was tough and could wrestle very well. So his lack of physical intimation ended up helping him after his heel turn.

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* PrejudicedForPecs: His success in professional wrestling was the biggest argument ''against'' this trope during his time period besides maybe Wrestling/ElSanto and definitely among promoters in the United States. Only 5'9 and 215 lbs and not even freakishly athletic. Didn't matter, because despite his apparent sissy persona, he was tough and could wrestle very well. So his lack of physical intimation intimidation ended up helping him after his heel turn.



* TraumaticHaircut: He lost a hair versus mask match to Destroyer, and had to endure the shaving of his "precious" locks.

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* TraumaticHaircut: He lost a hair versus mask match to Destroyer, and had to endure the shaving of his "precious" locks. He lost another hair match to Billy Watson.


* LegacyCharacter: As mentioned below under WrestlingFamily, his son and his great-nephew would take up his mantle in their careers. Wrestling/LannyPoffo was also slated to have a run in Wrestling/{{WCW}} with the Gorgeous George name and character, but it never happened because... well, because WCW.

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* LegacyCharacter: As mentioned below under WrestlingFamily, his son and his great-nephew would take up his mantle in their careers. Wrestling/LannyPoffo was also slated to have a run in Wrestling/{{WCW}} with the Gorgeous George name and character, but it never happened because... well, because WCW.WCW, so the name was instead used by Wrestling/RandySavage's then-girlfriend Stephanie Bellars.

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* RatedMForManly: In contrast to the gimmick he worked, George was known as a genuinely tough guy in RealLife.


'''The''' FountainOfExpies in ProfessionalWrestling.

'''George Raymond Wagner''' (1915-1963) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as '''Gorgeous George'''. He started his career in 1932 on the carnivals circuit under his own name. He was inspired to develop a flamboyant image by reading an article in ''Vanity Magazine'' about the wrestler Lord Patrick Lansdowne who would come to the ring wearing a velvet robe accompanied by two valets. He started dressing like that and [[LineOfSightName heard some women in the crowd call him "gorgeous."]] He took it and ran with it, creating the first truly great [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in pro wrestling, one of the the first gimmicks that wasn't a generic "athlete," a farmer or a ForeignWrestlingHeel. He helped sell a lot of televisions in that industry's early years. As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/newengland/awa/ma-awa-h.html AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight Champion]], a multiple-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pnw/wac/pc-lh.html Pacific Coast (Portland) Light Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/gc/gc-h.html Gulf Coast (Alabama) Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-south-h.html NWA Southern (Georgia) Heavyweight Champion]]. He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Wrestling/{{WWE}} Hall of Fame in 2010.

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'''The''' ''The'' FountainOfExpies in ProfessionalWrestling.

'''George George Raymond Wagner''' Wagner (1915-1963) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as '''Gorgeous George'''.Gorgeous George. He started his career in 1932 on the carnivals circuit under his own name. He was inspired to develop a flamboyant image by reading an article in ''Vanity Magazine'' about the wrestler Lord Patrick Lansdowne who would come to the ring wearing a velvet robe accompanied by two valets. He started dressing like that and [[LineOfSightName heard some women in the crowd call him "gorgeous."]] He took it and ran with it, creating the first truly great [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in pro wrestling, one of the the first gimmicks that wasn't a generic "athlete," a farmer or a ForeignWrestlingHeel. He helped sell a lot of televisions in that industry's early years. As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/newengland/awa/ma-awa-h.html AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight Champion]], a multiple-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pnw/wac/pc-lh.html Pacific Coast (Portland) Light Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/al/gc/gc-h.html Gulf Coast (Alabama) Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/ga-south-h.html NWA Southern (Georgia) Heavyweight Champion]]. He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Wrestling/{{WWE}} Hall of Fame in 2010.


* {{Badass}}[=/=]RatedMForManly: In contrast to his character, George was known as a genuinely tough guy in RealLife.


!!! George Wagner is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:

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!!! !! George Wagner is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:



!!! "Read my tropes, you peasants!":

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!!! !! "Read my tropes, you peasants!":

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* TropeMaker: He basically ''invented'' the idea of professional wrestling as a grandiose spectacle rather than just a sport, and was arguably the first true {{Heel}}. If not the ''actual'' Trope Maker (although it'd be hard to find an earlier example), then he was undoubtedly at least the TropeCodifier.


* BlondGuysAreEvil: He was one of the first heels to find major success, rather than being a perpetual loser or {{jobber}} to the stars.


-->"''Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.''"

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-->"''Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.''"-->"''Get your filthy hands off me!''"

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