Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist, and conservationist. He achieved worldwide fame with his television series Crocodile Hunter, which documented his generally giddy interactions with the frequently dangerous wildlife of Australia and helped him fill the shoes left open after the death of fellow conservationist Jacques Cousteau. He and his wife, Terri, co-owned and operated the Australia Zoo, and his children Robert and Bindi Sue have been eagerly following in their fathers footsteps in their love of and respect for wild animals of all kinds.
He died in 2006 after being stung in the chest by a stingray during the filming of Ocean's Deadliest. Reportedly, his last words were that the stingray didnt mean to sting him. The documentary was aired later, but without the footage of Irwins death.
- Admiring the Abomination: He always reacted to wild animals, especially the dangerous ones, with respect and childlike glee. He was like a real-life Rubeus Hagrid.
- Awesome Aussie: Took over this role in the 1990s.
- Big Fun: He was a bit overweight, but everything he did, he did with his whole heart.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Fulfilled the Australian stereotype here, with sun-bleached hair and a strong tan from working outdoors.
- Dented Iron: Later in life, all his animal encounters started to take a visible toll on his body.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Steve played wingman for his publicist even after finding out said publicist was gay, because "blokes love me".
- Fatal Method Acting: He died while filming a documentary in 2006, though the footage was never released to the public.
- Fluffy Tamer: He loved all animals, especially the dangerous ones, and knew how to handle them safely (though he typically had help).
- Fourth Date Marriage: A literal example, as he asked Terri to marry him on their fourth date.
- Friend to All Living Things: To the point where he even excused the stingray that fatally wounded him, stating that it didnt mean to injure him so badly.
- Great White Hunter: Approaches this from the conservationist angle, treating every rescue and wild animal with infectious enthusiasm.
- The Insomniac: According to Steve and Me, Steve was a workaholic that only slept about four hours a night. He would work on the zoo from sunup to well after dark, and even during family vacations he would get up at the crack of dawn to go on walks and scope out places to visit.
- Irony: Everyone assumed he'd get killed by a wild animal, and ultimately he did—in a freak accident involving an animal that was usually harmless rather than by one of the crocodiles or venomous snakes.
- Keet: Steve was excitable and jovial both on and off-camera. He frequently got bored and ran off to find wildlife during lulls in shooting, and was dreaming up new projects for both his conservation and filming careers even before he finished the ones he was already working on. To the surprise of no one, Steve's parents said in "The Steve Irwin Story" that as a child, he bordered on hyperactive, was never where he was supposed to be, and was always running off to climb trees, or catch snakes and lizards.
- Love at First Sight: Reportedly, he and Terri hit it off immediately.
- Love Makes You Dumb: When he first saw Terri, he was so lovestruck that he almost got eaten by the crocodile hed been hand-feeding at the time.
- Memetic Badass: He has his own list of Chuck Norris Facts.
- Stout Strength: While he was a bit overweight, he was physically very strong.
- Taught by Experience: All of his animal handling skills have been learned in the field.