Darby Allin (real name Samuel Ratsch, born in January 7, 1993) is an American professional wrestler currently working for All Elite Wrestling. He made his career working for independent circuits before making his name in AEW.
Named after Darby Crash and GG Allin, Darby is best described as a rebellious, death-defying Straight Edge Punk with a Dark and Troubled Past and a fondness for threatics trying to carve out his own path in the wrestling world, one mad stunt at a time. He's known for his theatrical (and often silent) promos, fondness for skateboarding (occasionally skateboarding to the ring) and a high-risk, high-flying daredevil style. Perhaps as a result of this unique style, Darby Allin was one of the breakout new stars of All Elite Wrestling in 2019 and 2020, eventually becoming TNT Champion in November, 2020, at AEW's "Full Gear" PPV. Champion or not, Darby Allin is (much like the tattoo on the back of his head) relentless.
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- Alternate Company Equivalent: Has been likened to "a young Sting", although Darby is a much smaller guy than the large, powerful WCW Icon. The "Alternate Company" part was ironically subverted when Sting himself debuted in (and signed with) AEW, saving Darby from a beatdown at the hands of Team Tazz, and then drawing the comparison even more directly by saying on his first interview there that things looked familiar in AEW to his old days before having a long staredown with Darby, who was hanging out in the rafters not unlike Sting used to do in WCW.
- Arch-Enemy: Ricky Starks. Unlike some of Darby's other recurring opponents such as Cody Rhodes and Jon Moxley, the two simply hate each other.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Darby is eerily calm and soft-spoken in his promos. He is also capable of dishing out and receiving huge amounts of punishment.
- Cast from Hit Points: Darby's offense is seriously high-risk, and does just about as much damage to himself as he does to his opponents.
- Combat Pragmatist: After getting jumped one too many times by Team Taz, including right after his shocking win over Cody for the TNT Title, Darby started wearing a jacket with thumbtacks glued on so no one could get the jump on him without getting a few wounds themselves, as we saw on the post-Full Gear Dynamite.
- Cool Board: He used to be a professional skateboarder, and he often skates down the entrance ramp.
- Dark and Troubled Past: From homelesness to surviving a car crash, his tragic real life past is a key part of his gimmick.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Sure, he's got a scary look for him and some of his intro videos may be kind of disturbing, but he's clearly against the Inner Circle. And if someone is getting bullied, Darby will be there to give aid to the person and to make sure they're okay.
- Death Seeker: Darby claims to be "half-dead already" after surviving a horrible car crash that killed his uncle as a child and thus has very little regard for his own life.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Allin has a fondness for black-white color patterns and often does promos in a monochromatic scheme.
- Dem Bones: He has half his face painted to look like a skull.
- Determinator: Knocking a man as comparatively small as Darby down is easy for most wrestlers. Keeping him down is almost impossible. He is, in a word, relentless.
- Establishing Character Moment: His debut in AEW was a singles match against top AEW star Cody Rhodes at Fyter Fest 2019. Despite a modest indie reputation and a series of vignettes by AEW to introduce him, Darby went into the match as an effective unknown, with the crowd massively behind Cody. But in 20 gruelling minutes that included some disgusting bumps (including a missed Coffin Drop directly onto the ring apron), Darby just refused to stay down and held one of AEW's biggest names to a time limit draw, and by the end of the match he was a made man.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His face paint only goes down the left-side of his face, and usually is in some way designed to unnerve his opponent.
- Finishing Move: "Coffin Drop" (Reverse-facing Diving Senton), "Last Supper" (Modified Figure-Four leglock/bridging pin combination)
- Friendly Rivalry: Has had Face vs. Face feuds with both Cody Rhodes and Jon Moxley. The feuds were similar in that they revolve around Darby as an inexperienced and reckless newcomer going up against hardened industry veterans. In Cody's case, he initially underestimated Darby's determination before slowly coming to see him as a Worthy Opponent, while Moxley saw Darby as somebody who needs to be struck down before he does permanent damage to his own wellbeing, while admitting that he does really like the kid, who reminds him of himself when he was younger.
- Improbable Weapon User: Darby has used his own skateboard as a weapon multiple times, on two occasions (against Joey Janela and Ricky Starks) even gluing thumbtacks onto the underside and then ollie-ing on top of an opponent's back.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is a homage to both Darby Crash and GG Allin.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Darby is one of the smaller guys in AEW, billed at only 5'8" and 180lb, but is still one of the top guys in the promotion thanks to his agility, daring, and sheer relentlessness.
- Pyromaniac: Has a tendency to finish his promos by setting something (including himself) on fire.
- Red Baron: "The Face of TNT", during his reign as TNT Champion.
- The Rival: Probably his most persistant and respected adversary is Cody Rhodes. Cody was largely responsible for bringing Darby into the company, and was his first opponent for his debut match at Fyter Fest 2019. The two have clashed repeatedly, with the older, larger and more-experienced Cody usually being visibly the better of the two, but Darby giving as good as he got at every turn, culminating in him finally getting a pivotal upset win over Cody at Full Gear 2020 to win the TNT Championship off him. There have also been times where the two have allied with each other against other opponents such as the Butcher and the Blade, and Team Tazz.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Darby doesn't hit women and when he accidentally hits Brandi from a running move outside of the ring, he checks on her to see if she is okay.