Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye; November 5, 1911 July 6, 1998) was a star of over a hundred "singing cowboy" movies, as well as a long-running series that began on radio and moved to television.
He also has a fast food chain named after him. Make of that what you will.
Roy Rogers films on TV Tropes:
Tropes associated with Roy Rogers include:
- Canine Companion: Bullet.
- Cool Horse: Trigger.
- Cowboy: He played a singing cowboy for much of his career.
- The Danza: Most of the characters he played were also called "Roy Rogers".
- Friendly Rivalry: With fellow singing cowboy star Gene Autry.
- Happily Married: To Dale Evans, who was his wife until his death.
- New Old West: The Roy Rogers Show is set in the present (the 1950's), but it's set far enough out in the country that you could easily forget that fact most of the time, except for the presence of Pat Brady's jeep, Nellybelle.
- Sidekick: Pat Brady and/or Gabby Hayes.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Very much on the bright shiny idealistic side.
- Theme Naming: His horse Trigger and his dog Bullet.
References to Roy Rogers in other works:
- Probably the most famous, from Die Hard:Gruber: Who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?
McClane: I was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts.
Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.
- In Gladiator, the protagonist has a horse whose name is "Trigger" in Latin.
- "Roy Rogers", song by Elton John
- "Front Row Cowboy", song by Eric Bogle
- "If I Had a Boat," song by Lyle Lovett
- The Coen Brothers' film Hail, Caesar! has Hobie Doyle, a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Rogers, as a major character.
- "Woody's Round-Up," the Show Within a Show in Toy Story 2 on which Woody was based, is basically The Roy Rogers Show with Howdy Doody style puppets, with Woody and Jessie as expies of Roy and Dale.
- In The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4, one of Adrian's poems to Pandora concludes "You've got a magic figure/I'm Roy Rogers, you are Trigger". When Pandora has Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure, Adrian lends her his dad's old Roy Rogers annual. It's not clear why he thinks comparing her to a horse is a compliment in the first place, but making sure she understands that's what he's doing...