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His name is synonymous with wrestling, BROTHER.


His given name is Terry Gene Bollea (born August 11, 1953). You know him better as Hulk Hogan. If the name doesn't ring any bells, you were either born in (or after) The New '10s note  or you've been living under a rock since The '80s. To put it simply: Hogan is the single most famous professional wrestler to ever lace up a pair of boots, as even his industry rival, Ric Flair, has reluctantly admitted.

Hogan, like most great wrestlers of the 70s and 80s, is a wrestler who largely made his name overseas, and then later gained major fame in the US under Verne Gagne in the AWA (something Verne never let Vince forget) who later got pinched by the WWF. Simply put, Hogan is the guy who made wrestling go mainstream. Vince had the dream, but Hogan had The Face and the push for nationalization would not have worked without him. Moreover, Hogan was already a household name by 1983, with his memorable cameo in Rocky III and numerous interviews on talk shows worldwide.


It's a known "fact" that Hogan can't wrestle. While he demonstrated great technical ability in his Japanese tours, that's not what American audiences wanted from Hogan. He wasn't a lure for hobbyists, or adrenaline junkies looking for hurricanranas and pele kicks. Hulk Hogan was Captain America. People were buying up tickets just to see Hogan "beat the odds" and "run wild". Truth is, he didn't have to do much other than pose, cup his ear and leg drop someone. And all Vince had to do was count their money.

It was when Hogan faced allegations of steroid use, took his act to Hollywood (see below) and later joined WCW that he ran into problems. In 1993, WCW was still an old-fashioned rasslin' promotion, and introducing a superhero like Hogan (and even campier villains) never quite clicked. But Hogan still had one last card to play: He took the plunge and turned heel, betting the novelty of "Evil Hulk" would be enough to get by. He was right. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan was born at Bash at the Beach '96, and wrestling history jackknifed into an era known as "Attitude".


Hogan would don the red and yellow once again by 1999, but the diminishing returns of the nWo angle and numerous business and creative failures led to WWF (now WWE) buying out WCW. He has maintained an infrequent presence on TV, alternating between Reality TV star and General Manager of TNA Impact.

He served a three-year suspension starting in 2015, as racist comments made during an affair (he was the other man) came to light and led the WWE to attempt to scrub him from their history.; however, he was reinstated in 2018. After all, no matter what you say about him, he's still Hulk Hogan.

Hogan has appeared or starred in over a dozen films, which is not to call him an actor. Under his belt are such classics as No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, Mr. Nanny, Santa with Muscles, Three Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (listed on IMDb's "100 Worst Movies") Thunder in Paradise and morenote . This opened the door for other WWE alumni to have film and TV careers, but only The Rock has equaled Hogan's cinematic output. (Although Kevin Nash and Batista are sneakily trying to catch up.)

That Other Wiki has an extensive article on his life and career (both in and out of the ring), so you can go check that out if you really need a refresher.

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  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • Just when you think Hogan's had his last match... During one such retirement, he announced he was running for president.
    • Hogan is now approximately 90% cyborg, a pensioner, and can barely walk. He's still stumping for a match with Cena.
  • '80s Hair: Subverted. In real life, Hogan wears a bandanna everywhere he goes and does not take jokes about bald people terribly well. Just ask Vince Russo or WCW circa 2000. This would explain why Hogan's character models in video games often wear a bandana or (especially in more recent games) have a full head of hair added to them (for example in WWE 2K15).
  • Alliterative Name: Hulk Hogan, and yes, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.
  • All-American Face
    • For fourteen years. Hogan became so synonymous with the role that his Face–Heel Turn genuinely sent shock waves through the industry.
    • The Mr. America gimmick in WWE in 2003 was his last major stab at it.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent
    • More like alternate regional equivalent, given Hogan did the international heel becomes international baby face back home routine across multiple companies that sometimes overlapped, but El Canek did it before him as the big bully who became the hero of Mexico, right down to slamming 530 lbs French Giant at the big UWA show. Hogan in fact was one of Canek's extranjero challengers before his own face turn. By the time of their rematch both Canek and Hogan were faces, so it of course went to a draw.
    • Konnan, meanwhile, is the Latin American equivalent to the latter day "Hollywood Hogan", being a big star from a big company who defected, went "gangsta" and helped a newer company overshadow the one he left...only Konnan didn't have the Billy Graham traits, didn't defect so much as help found AAA, and Cibernetico's LLA was closer to the nWo in function than any group Konnan ever lead. Los Gringos Locos got the same reaction Hogan that lead to Hogan's heel turn, though, just they were purposefully riling up audiences from the start. Konnan's Legion Extranjera was also truer to the concept of "an outsider invasion" than the nWo was. Again, Konnan did most of it before Hogan was around to help Hogan through WCW.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Advising kids to eat their vitamins, exercise, and say their (Christian) prayers. A more modernized Hulk would probably throw a "Shalom" or two in there somewhere.
  • Appropriated Appellation/Insult Backfire: Back in 1988, Bad News Allen disparagingly called him "Hollywood Hogan." Randy Savage called him that on the WCW Monday Nitro after Hulk's heel turn at WCW Bash at the Beach 96. Come the December 30, 1996 Nitro, Hulk officially started calling himself "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Badass Mustache: The hair of a REAL American! His is likely the single most iconic in wrestling history.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wore it to cover his baldness, but still worked for the Hulkster.
  • Bald of Awesome: His lack of hair on top didn't hinder his immortality.
  • Bald of Evil: As Hollywood Hogan.
  • Bear Hug: When he was Sterling Golden in Georgia Championship Wrestling, he used it as his Finishing Move, calling it the Golden Squeeze, and he used it here and there in his matches since.
  • Beard of Evil: As a heel. And contrary to popular belief, it wasn't a sprayed-or-painted on beard. It was dyed dark though, which made it occasionally look painted on.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: You have to wonder how Hulk feels now about telling Bully Ray to do something that'll be remembered forever?
  • Berserk Button: Hogan does not take kindly to bald jokes. Being called bald during the infamous "worked shoot" at Bash at the Beach 2000 was oneof the reasons Hogan sued WCW.
  • Big "NO!": His response to Ted DiBiase offering Hogan money for the WWF title in late 1987.
  • Big "YES!": His response to Roddy Piper in early 1987, who asked him if he accepted Heenan and Andre's challenge for the WWF title at WrestleMania III.
  • Bookends: To a degree in his relationship with the WWF. In the mid-80s, he became the perennial WWF champion for years while spearheading the promotion's nationwide expansion, being the first champion most fans remember to any meaningful degree as anything other than the answer to a trivia question. He was also the first champion under the WWF banner, as Vince would shorten the name from WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) to WWF pretty much right after Hogan won the belt. He is still largely considered the first significantly important world champion in the promotion's history. During his later tour with the WWF in 2002 after WCW's shutdown, he became the final WWF world champion, as the company changed its name to WWE during his championship reign.
  • Boring Yet Practical:
    • During his AWA run, he got into an argument with Verne Gagne in his office and Hulk put a Front facelock on him, which reportedly led to this exchange.
      Verne: Is that the only hold you know?
      Hulk: It's the only hold I NEED to know to take you down!
    • Both his finishers. One's a simple leg drop and the Axe Bomber is a slightly altered lariat.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In Japan he tended to work harder and do a lot more mat wrestling than he did in the U.S. If he had brought more of that style to his work in the U.S. he'd probably be thought of more highly as a wrestler than he is. On the other hand, that style would clash with the formula that made him so successful in the first place. Damned if you do...
  • Bullying a Dragon: Was on the receiving end of this from Gawker, who released a sex tape of the Hulk (intending to be Cape Busters) and refused to take it down even with a court order against them. Hogan ended up running wild on them. ** Later it was revealed that Hogan was just The Dragon in this tale. His attorneys were paid for by the actual Big Bad, tech gazillionaire Peter Thiel, who also had a beef with Gawker's coverage of him and as The Chessmaster was looking for a while to fund cases that could bankrupt Gawker.
  • Calling Your Attacks: After the Big Boot, Hogan would often do the ear-cupping thing to the crowd before going for the leg drop. Also, according to Chris Jericho, Hogan actually mutters "Hulk Up, Hulk Up, Hulk Up, Hulk Up" to himself when he, well, Hulks Up.
  • Captain Ersatz: ...oh, so many!
  • Care-Bear Stare:
    1. Hogan starts off strong. He subsists entirely on milk, vitamins, and America, and no opponent can hope to match him.
    2. Bad guy does somethin' to CHEAT, that dirty sonuvabitch.
    3. All is lost. Well… 
    4. Hulk Hogan looks to the right.
    5. Hulk Hogan looks to the left.
    6. The Hulkamaniacs start to cheer.
    7. Hogan, shaking his fists, looks deep within himself and remembers what A Real American Hero is.
  • Cassandra Truth: Initially—initially—knew that Bully Ray was Evil All Along. He's been that man before. Even in TNA. And he's been around Bully Ray enough in TNA to be able to know what he's about.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Celebrity Toons: Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, in which he was played by Brad Garrett.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: His "Mr. America" persona. Come on, now. He even strikes the same poses. Vince couldn't fire him from SmackDown because he didn't have ironclad "proof" that it was the same guy.
    • He actually Passed a Lie Detector Test when he was asked point blank if he was Hulk Hogan, and said no. This leads to Fridge Brilliance on WWE and Hogan's part; strictly speaking, he's Terry Bollea, and Hogan and Mr. America are both gimmicks. So even though the entire thing was staged, he probably could pass a real life lie detector test under this logic.
    • "Rip Thomas" in No Holds Barred.
  • Chaste Hero:
  • Clothes Make the Legend:
    • Once the Hulkamania Hulk Hogan character was set, Hogan always wore his red and yellow colors; bandana, tear-away shirt, wristbands, trunks (tights later in his career), kneepads, and boots.
    • Hollywood Hogan always wore black and white: Bandana, sunglasses, tear-away nWo t-shirt, fingerless gloves, black tights with lightning airbrushed on them, weight belt, black kneepads and boots.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hogan would routinely do heel spots. Choking, fingernail scrapes, closed fists, even interfering in a match by smacking DiBiase in the back of the head with a chair and setting up Macho (the babyface) to get the pin at WrestleMania IV. Hogan is similar to "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant in that they trained to wrestle heel and never bothered to learn much in the other direction, but were both over and charismatic enough that when they heeled out on their opponents, fans accepted that the guy getting the business must've done something to deserve it.
  • Composite Character: His post-nWo 2002 WWE run. Using the template of Hollywood (long tights, black beard, "Voodoo Child"), while adding the red and gold.
  • Continuity Nod: From Hulkamania to Hollywood and beyond, there are a few select foes who in kayfabe have for the most part consistently hated Hogan. Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen, and Bobby Heenan are the most reliable players for this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In 1985, Randy Savage got Miss Elizabeth to climb into the ring before one of Hogan's matches and ask "why he doesn't wrestle anyone with credentials." Judging by what he then did to jobber Rusty Brooks, he was, let's say, a bit put out by the accusation.
    • Was on a rare receiving end at King of the Ring 1993, courtesy of Yokozuna. And worse, this was the very last time that anyone ever saw Hogan in the WWF/E before he subsequently debuted in WCW.
    • His legal battle against Gawker over its publication of his sex tape ended up with him winning, Gawker filing for bankruptcy, and the court ruled that Hogan could start seizing Gawker assets.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: A serial tanner, to pretty glaring levels. Made only more prominent by the fact that he is of mixed ancestry that includes Italian and Panamanian ancestry, two ethnicities known for dark complexions.
  • Deconstruction & Reconstruction: The first worked like a charm, but the second proved more difficult. Hollywood Hogan's stated reason for turning heel was that he felt fickle fans didn't appreciate all he'd done for them, ignored his charity work and avoided his films like the plague. He became a sleazy parody of what heels had always accused of him of being: a money-grubbing showboat who rewarded his friends and punished his rivals. However, he fell out of favor with the nWo in 1999, when he, Nash, and Savage began to squabble over who was going to be in charge of WCW with Flair removed from office. He reverted to his trusty red & gold and trounced Savage and Nash to a great crowd reaction — the object of the whole nWo exercise, no doubt.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable
    • One of the only people to ever defeat André the Giant by pinfall. Conversely, anyone who manages to beat Hogan cleanly is considered to have done this. In fact, the list of people who have beaten Hogan cleanly can be counted on your fingers, and still have room left over. This is by design, as Hogan often used his popularity and drawing power to justify being allowed to win, and had an infamous contract with WCW that included complete Creative Control over his stories. Anytime he is questioned he wielded the attendance figure of Wrestlemania III like a bazooka as justification of his constantly being the winner. It's worth checking, at least:
    • He lost to Piper clean at Starrcade '96. For the record, Hot Rod was, both in kayfabe and real life, not at top game due to surgery, Hogan had help from his NWO goon and The Giant, and Piper still won clean.
    • Lost clean to Andre several times back when Andre was the face and Hogan the heel.
    • Lost clean to Tony Atlas back in 1980.
    • Was pinned clean by the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, giving Warrior his only world title run.
    • The most triumphant example may be his WCW title match against Lex Luger. Not only did Luger get Hogan to tap out clean to the Torture Rack, but he survived a slew of nWo run-ins without resulting in a DQ.
    • The famous world title loss to Goldberg on Nitro.
      • In Warrior's big "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Hogan on the August 17, 1998 Nitro, he said, "Hogan — beating you means nothing anymore. Everybody already has," with Bobby Heenan adding, "Now, to Hogan, that hurts." Hogan later referenced this on the "The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" DVD as him going into business for himself, and his promo was a "no no" as far as he was concerned.
    • Lost clean to perennial cruiserweight midcarder Billy Kidman during their feud in 2000. Clean, but more of a fluke win than actually being defeated.
    • Famously lost clean to the Rock at WrestleMania X8, (though The Rock did use Hogan's weight belt as a whip that went unnoticed due to a ref bump).
    • Jacques Rougeau (best known for his runs in the WWF as half of the Fabulous Rougeau Bros. and later as The Mountie) once pinned him cleanly in WCW. Apparently it was on Hogan's insistence, due to the fact that the Rougeau's were a big name in Montreal, and he had a deep respect for them.
    • As far as the trope applied to Hogan's opponents, the WWF would often sign a new monster heel, touted as unbeatable, and then allow that wrestler to run roughshod over jobbers and low- to mid-carders, even occasionally taking out a main eventer. Famous examples include King Kong Bundy, The One Man Gang (before he became Akeem), the Big Bossman, Big John Studd, and Earthquake; Andre the Giant became an example when he turned heel in 1987. Hogan would then get a shot at the heel and, after enduring a beating, would come back with his Five Moves of Doom to eventually defeat the bad guy. By the time Hogan was done with the feud, the monster heel wasn't so fearsome anymore.
  • Dented Iron: The Hulkster's body has taken quite the pounding over the years; particularly his knees, hips and spine. Not helped by his trademark leg drop, Scoliosis that went undiagnosed until his fifties, long-term steroid abuse and the sheer length of his career. He's had both knees and both hips replaced and a total of ten back surgeries. Hogan was still able to wrestle with the knee and hip replacements, but once they cut into his back, it was game over. He initially wanted to get a spinal fusion like Shawn Michaels so he could keep wrestling, but the doctor suggested he try everything else first. They'd cut so much bone out of his spine that he is now several inches shorter than he used to be and incapable of ever wrestling again.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He made his WWE debut in 1979 as a heel managed by Freddie Blassie and wearing blue tights, kneepads and trunks, and a full head of hair.
    • Hogan occasionally wore various other colors in his early run as WWF world champion after he returned to the company, such as blue trunks and boots with red kneepads and an all white trunks, kneepads, and boots that was famous enough to be used as an alternative outfit in Legends of Wrestling, but eventually settled on his now classic yellow trunks and boots with red kneepads.
    • Earlier in his WWE years, he'd say "daddy" where he's now famed for saying "brother."
  • Evil All Along: His 2010 TNA Face–Heel Turn.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Hogan switched out his famous yellow trunks and boots for black-and-white tights with a lightning design airbrushed on when he joined the nWo. Possibly foreshadowed during the Dungeon of Doom feud, when he briefly became the black-clad "Darkside" Hogan.
  • Expy: He visually resembled Jesse Ventura, who in turn took cues from "Superstar" Billy Graham. Their gimmicks were pretty different once you got past that though.
  • The Face: Without a Hogan, Vince is another territorial promoter with a carnie show. With Hogan he is a global powerhouse in merchandising and television. He needs a Hogan front-and-center at all times because, without that 1 mega star, all the other stars don't get the residual exposure. If millions of young men weren't tuning in to watch Steve Austin, they never would have sat through the nation of domination. They wouldn't have cared enough to see Mankind's underdog story. They wouldn't have ever bought a ticket to see Val Venis. Vince without a Hulk Hogan is like Steve Jobs without an iPhone.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • One of, if not then the, most famous example in wrestling history. Hogan - the ultimate All-American Face, who taught kids to train, say their prayers, take their vitamins, and believe in themselves - turned his back on the fans at Bash at the Beach 1996, once more becoming one of wrestling's top draws (this time, as a Heel).
    • Heel–Face Turn: Following the huge crowd reaction to Hogan when the nWo came into the WWF, Hogan was quickly moved out of the group and turned back to a face role. He did a similar turn twenty years earlier in the AWA, to the point where when he returned to the WWF, he was brought in as a straight-up babyface.
    • Incidentally, the original Heel–Face Turn came in 1981, when Hogann (performing in the AWA) started to get cheers despite being pushed as a villain; he came in to run Wrestling Monster Jerry Blackwell from the ring after he was beating down a jobber into oblivion and several other faces (including main-eventers Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) had failed to even faze Blackwell.
    • Ladies and gentlemen, please note: Hulk is the page picture for both Heel and Face.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: Hogan was one of the two men involved with the actual Trope Naming match.
  • Finger Wag: Part of his Five Moves of Doom.
  • Finishing Move: The nigh-infamous Leg Drop, originally used as a way for Hogan to take pressure off a dodgy knee, eventually became the finisher we all know.
    • In Japan, Hogan uses a running clothesline known as the Axe Bomber, mostly due to fan demand after he legitimately knocked out Antonio Inoki with said clothesline.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Hulk Up, Punch, Punch, Punch, Irish Whip, Big Boot and Leg Drop.
  • Flanderization: He switched between white, red, blue and yellow trunks up to WrestleMania III, then it was yellow trunks and boots with red knee pads up until the nWo. It coincided with the standardization of the Hogan matches. Before this, he did more: more moves, moved more quickly, changed up sequences. Usually if he was in white, he was going to bleed. He worked so much, though, that by this point Hogan/the company had cracked the elements of his shtick and condensed them into the match he'd more or less repeat until '96. He didn't have to put as much thought into it, and was less likely to be injured. Also, this way, they could make one action figure and it'd always be accurate.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: While Hulk Hogan had some success in TNA, it is generally looked upon as one of his failures, a re-heating of the nWo/Hollywood angle.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Added feather boas to his entrance attire in the late 90s/early 2000s. Provides the current page image.
  • Foreshadowing: His first live appearance for TNA involved him talking about how it was time to do right by the business and put over young talent, while spending at least a half an hour in segments where he did nothing that could have been cut back to give more time to young talent.
    • Also applied to his final WCW title run. Having come back from an injury as Hollywood, his promos became more Hulk-like, culminating with him reverting to the red and gold.
    • During his 1979-1981 WWF run, manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie, in promos, predicted that Hogan would one day grace the cover of large-circulation magazines; although at the time these were nothing more than empty boasts — a skeptical Vince McMahon chuckled, MAD — but in the end these actually came to pass, with Hogan actually making MAD, Sports Illustrated and many more. Blassie (and Hogan) also bragged about how Hogan would one day be a leading movie star, and that he had connections with Sylvester Stallone and in negotiations to play in the (then in-development) Rocky III; again, in an era where there was no internet and kayfabe reigned supreme, there was no way to know that just two years later, Hogan would indeed grace the big screen and as Thunderlips fight Rocky Balboa.
    • Hogan had arguably his best match during his early heel run on April 5, 1980, at the Philadelphia Spectrum, defeating WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund by countout. Play-by-play announcers Dick Graham and Kal Rudman remarked that they had the feeling they were seeing a future world champion, and Rudman even correctly admitted that Hogan — for his wrestling ability and determination to dethrone Backlund — gained many new fans that night. In his autobiography, Backlund admitted he praised Hogan for his work that night, that they put on a great match and said he thought he had what it took to be a big star in the business.
  • Game-Breaking Injury
    • Potentially. Hogan had spinal fusion surgery in late 2010, which might very well end his active wrestling career permanently.
    • To put this in perspective, this was the same surgery Edge had in 2003 that led to his retirement. Edge was 29 at the time and lasted eight more years, probably against better judgment. Hulk Hogan was nearly twice that age.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Always happens after he Hulks up, emphasized by a huge "YOU!" from him and the crowd. Followed up by his Five Moves of Doom.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: After André the Giant ripped Hulk's cross off his neck as part of his Face–Heel Turn during "Piper's Pit" on the February 7 (taped January 26), 1987 WWF Superstars, Piper told Hulk that he was bleeding but Hulk didn't seem to notice, since he was so in shock from Andre's betrayal.
  • Handicapped Badass: He looks pretty good for a guy who's had a billion and 1 back and knee surgeries.
  • Heroic Second Wind: You can tell the difference between Face and Heel Hogan because Heel Hogan is in no-sell mode immediately, whereas Face Hogan starts trembling and huffing like he's having an asthma attack, until the baddie stupidly lays That One Hit on him, causing him to run wild and drop the leg of doom. If they just walked away and left him shaking in the ring, he might die of malnutrition.
    Noah Antwiler: Sleeper holds never work on the good guy. He almost goes out, right? But then he goes into some kinda seizure... WTF HE'S HULKING OUT! HULKAMANIA'S RUNNING WILD! NO DON'T PUNCH HIM, HE'S INVULNERABLE!
    Ric Flair: [knife edge chop]
    Hogan: YOOOOOU!!
  • He's Back: August 9, 1999 is a major case. Goldberg and Sting are set to team with Hollywood Hogan for a six man again Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and Rick Steiner. Out of nowhere, "American Made", Hogan's original WCW theme starts playing. For the first time since July 7, 1996, in fact. The crowd actually goes almost dead silent as they have no idea why they're playing that song. Then....out walks Hulk Hogan, clad in the famous Yellow and Red that had been synonymous with him for over a decade. The crowd proceeds to collectively LOSE THEIR SHIT, as a man that most were almost starting to miss due to how long the nWo angle—and the Hollywood persona— had been played for, comes back in his classic persona. Tony and Bobby were screaming their heads off in amazement, which further helped to sell it. Even the wrestlers looked surprised. Nash himself looked almost stunned and completely poleaxed. The fans were all too willing to welcome this Hogan back after three years of Hollywood Hogan.
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone "knows" that Hogan can't really wrestle. Of course, "everyone" presumably hasn't seen his matches in Japan.
  • I Have Many Names: Terry "The Hulk" Boulder, Sterling Golden, and Hulk Hogan. In films he's often credited as Terry "Hulk" Hogan.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: His iconic match with The Rock in Wrestlemania X8. Whether or not the latter actually meant to beat an actual Heel–Face Turn out of him, he (and the audience) seemed pretty impressed to have the old Hogan hulking up again.
  • Improbable Weapon User
    • Used his shirt to choke people at times.
    • At WrestleMania 2, King Kong Bundy used the tape on Hogan's ribs to choke out Hogan. Hogan later used the tape to tie Bundy's arm to the top rope.
  • Invincible Hero:
    • Hulkamania just might be the greatest gimmick in the history of wrestling (just short of The Undertaker). How do you hurt a cartoon?
      Bryan Alverez: That man knows how to get everything out of NOTHING. And very few people know how to do that. Does that mean Hulk Hogan should be on top? Fuck no...BUT: he does have a point. Young guys today could learn something from Hogan on how to get something outta less.
    • One of the reasons that Hogan stayed interesting for so long was that Hogan's Strictly Formula main event matches were few and far between. Unlike today's wrestling atmosphere, a main event featuring World Champion Hulk Hogan was something rare and special.
    • The problem with this didn't really become apparent until his time in WCW; a good portion of WCW's fanbase had it in for Hulk and all things WWF from day one, and Hogan didn't exactly endear himself by making everyone on the roster look bad so he could rest easy while on vacation or shooting a Three Ninjas film. His invincibility hit particularly egregious levels during Uncensored 1996. He and Randy Savage took on the Four Horsemen AND the Dungeon of Doom (a total of EIGHT men) and squashed them. When Monday Nitro started to have main-event-quality matches every week and WCW started airing pay-per-view events every month, Hogan was thought as formulaic and lazy. Thankfully, a truly shocking Face–Heel Turn saved his career.
    • Subverted in his 2002 run. While he did win the title from Triple H, he lost it shortly afterwards to The Undertaker, and would go on to have a loss to Kurt Angle at KOTR by TAPPING OUT, and was finally destroyed by Brock Lesnar and would leave television until early 2003.
  • Large Ham: Hogan is the yardstick for hammy wrestlers in WWE, setting a standard in the 80s with his huge, gruff promos about America, the 24-inch pythons, taking down evildoers and his beloved Hulkamaniacs. He's the reason that 80s wrestling has its Larger Than Life reputation. Even in real life, and his short lived movie star career, if people stop paying attention to him, he will do something - anything - to get the cameras pointed his way.
  • Like a God to Me: Spoken word for word to Andre The Giant when he is trying to talk Andre out of his Face–Heel Turn during their appearance on "Piper's Pit" on the February 7 (taped January 26), 1987 WWF Superstars.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In his Terry Boulder days he was being interviewed alongside Lou Ferrigno. The host looked at them and proclaimed Boulder was "bigger than The Hulk!" The name stuck for the rest of his career.
  • Manly Tears: He's shed a few over the years.
    • When Andre first turned heel and ripped Hulk's shirt and crucifix off his person.
    • His post match interview after losing the WWF Heavyweight Title due to the second referee.
    • In 1989, when he thought Miss Elizabeth had died (no, seriously) after having Randy Savage thrown on top of her. (This was during the infamous "Megapowers Meltdown" on The Main Event that saw Savage, the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, turn bad on Hogan over his perceived second-billing role in the alliance and Hogan's overly friendly behavior toward Elizabeth.)
    • He shed legit tears in 2002 on SmackDown! after a 15 minute standing ovation from the crowd.
  • Monster Heel: During his first WWE run way back in the 70's, this was basically Hogan's gimmick, as there was simply no other wrestler even close to his size at the time, save André the Giant, who was a face at the time. In fact, Hogan was comparable to the actual Hulk in terms of mass. To get an idea of what he was like at the time, just watch his appearance in Rocky III.
  • Motive Rant: What ended the Bash at the Beach PPV when Mean Gene demanded to know what Hogan was doing joining the nWo. Hogan's response pointed out that he had done everything a good guy should and the fans had turned their backs on him for it. Had some elements of a Worked Shoot as part of it.
  • N-Word Privileges: Subverted in July 2015, when eight-year-old audio of Hogan ranting against Brooke's former boyfriend made him the Unperson in the WWE.
  • No-Sell:
    • When he gets a Heroic Second Wind.
    • The infamous no selling Vader's powerbomb (a powerbomb that has legitimately given concussions and broken backs).
    • In the Smithsonian of No Selling, Hogan v. The Wall is the Mona Lisa. These two should never have been put in the same ring.
    • He also kicked out of Goldberg's Jackhammer, though that was due to Kevin Nash being late to the ring to break up the pin.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Hogan employed this trope both as a heel and a face, but chiefly in his "Hollywood" heel persona.
  • Older Is Better: Not usually thought of like this, but in comparison to current-generation wrestlers(or for that matter, the generation or so before them), is very old-fashioned in his thinking about wrestling and its traditions. Case in point: During the WWE DVD/hatchet job The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, Vince McMahon recalls a story from Summerslam 1991 where the eponymous wrestler refused to wrestle in the main event unless given twice the agreed-upon amount of money beforehand. According to Vince, Hogan asked if Warrior needed to be hurt. Hogan's response? To candidly admit that he said exactly that, and claim that it was how things were done when he was in the business at his prime.
  • One Mario Limit: While it's a two-Mario limit with his first name (thanks to The Incredible Hulk), he has pretty much taken ownership of the name "Hogan" in and out of wrestling.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The end result for Hogan of Sting foiling his latest attempt at a 10-Minute Retirement scam to get away from the Icon.
  • Overprotective Dad: He suspended Bully Ray, a man who's consistently sided with him easily more often than not during his three years in TNA. Why? For dating his daughter Brooke. According to Hogan, this broke some sort of unwritten wrestler's code, brother! Fences were supposedly mended on the 1/31/13 Impact Wrestling episode when Hogan finally reinstated the Bully but Hulk apparently subsequently revoked the reinstatement or something.
  • Paint It Black: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. His heel turn was motivated primarily by money, fame and a healthy dose of bitterness after the fans started to turn on him as Hulk took the attitude that he was bigger than wrestling and didn't owe either it or the public anything. At Halloween Havoc, a leaner, clean-shaven Hulk wore all black in his match against the Dungeon of Doom, a B-horror themed stable that tried to awaken "the darkness within Hulkamania!" The makeover was sufficiently convincing.
  • Panthera Awesome: The Wizard (King Curtis Iaukea) called Hogan "the rare, white Bengal tiger" on the October 14, 1986 WWF Prime Time Wrestling. Iaukea later became the Master of the Dungeon of Doom in WCW in 1995, and he, "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan and the Giant would again refer to Hogan that way.
  • Papa Wolf
    • Aces & Eights threatened his daughter. When he returns, he knocks out three of their members with Sting's baseball bat and is absolutely livid.
    • When they ruined her wedding and attacked him and Bully Ray along with the wedding party, that was enough for him to finally recognize Bully's loyalty, revoke the disproportionate suspension he put on Bully, and book a pseudo-rematch of the BFG'12 tables match (Aces & Eights vs. Bully and Sting) the following week.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Thankfully no one died but a few careers might have. Hulk Hogan announced he would not be returning to WWE because of the insult they gave an aspiring singer, his daughter Brooke, through Jillian Hall's tone deaf gimmick and went on to say he would prove Hulkamania was bigger than WWE. Turns out Jillian had a tendency to "sing" in that manner already and had just decided to do so on camera. Most of her act imitated the likes of Britney Spears or Beyonce and she kept it up long after leaving McMahon land, including a few appearances for TNA. Hulk Hogan's whole TNA run? That happened because he assumed something was about him when there were any number of possibilities and Jillian's might have been the gimmick he could have used to convince WWE to give Brooke more of their airtime; might have helped elevate Jillian too (Jillian was in a "feud" with Lillian Garcia, a singer whose voice did not make children cry and has since "feuded" with Mickie James in the NWA for the same reason) and might have averted TNA's misguided attempt to recreate the Monday Night Wars.
    • He was Properly Paranoid. In 2007 Hogan knew Vince McMahon was upset with him for getting drunk and leaking the names of then up coming Hall of Fame inductees over the radio. Since Hulk had gotten Brooke in an angle already it is not hard to see why he jumped to that conclusion. Still, a lot could have been salvaged with a little conversation.
  • Popularity Power
    • Years after the height of his popularity and success in the industry, Hogan is still wildly popular, especially outside of America.
    • The Hulkster's so well loved, he actually managed to get THE ROCK booed when they fought at Wrestlemania 18... and Hulk was a heel then!
      • Note: Wrestlemania 18 was held at the Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And Canadians usually have an aversion for stereotypically American things. Not to mention the standing ovation he got the show after Wrestlemania 18, in Montreal.
  • Power Stable: The New World Order, aka the nWo. Also, Immortal.
    • Was a member of the Spears Family while wrestling in Alabama early in his career.
    • The Millionaires' Club in WCW in 2000, before the group fell apart.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • At Bash at the Beach 2000, Hogan faced Jeff Jarrett in a WCW Championship where Jarrett immediately took a dive for Hogan. Annoyed, Hogan shot off with, "That's the reason why this company's in the damn shape it's in, because of BULLSHIT like this!"
    • Got another one during his Mr. America stint in 2003, when Vince McMahon was taking the lie detector test. He asks "Are you the biggest ASSHOLE on God's Green Earth?"
  • President Evil: His 1998 "candidacy" for the White House. (Jesse who? ) In the second Nitro of November, Hogan came out in his formalwear—a black and white feather boa—surrounded by Secret Service agents as "Hail To The Chief" played, with Bischoff beside him saluting and a giant American flag unfurling around him.
  • Produce Pelting: His heel turn at Bash at the Beach caused the fans to litter the ring with trash, an act that would continue for a while as the nWo ran roughshod over WCW, though not to the extent that the initial turn at Bash did.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Randy Savage slowly started to turn against Hulk Hogan for eliminating him from the Royal Rumble, calling it a betrayal even though it was an every man for itself match, thus making Savage look like a Sore Loser suffering Sanity Slippage. However, when Hogan was eliminated from a Royal Rumble by Sid Justice he proved to be such a sore loser he illegally helped Ric Flair eliminate Sid. The crowd cheered when Hogan was eliminated too, so the WWF piped in boos over them, to make it look like they actually supported Hogan for being just like Savage.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Hulking up always started with the opponent punching at the Hulkster to no avail. However, more than once this was used against him, usually to push an opponent as a more dire threat than ordinary opponents (namely, Zeus and The Undertaker). During his WCW days, this happened at least once when he squared off against The Giant at Hog Wild.
  • Put on a Bus: This happened with Hogan and his Mr. America persona due to Hogan having a falling out with Vince McMahon (over money, apparently).
    • And again in 2015, when a tape he made with a friend's wife went public which included racist comments.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: A dedicated Evangelical Christian.
  • Red Baron: The "Immortal", "Hulkster" and/or "Hollywood".
    • "Orange Goblin" and more recently Wally Walrus by his detractors.
    • "Ichiban" ("Number One" or "The Best") in Japan.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: One of the reasons he and Randy Savage could never team together for too long was that they were both Reds.
  • Ring Oldies: Hogan always looked great for his age, so much so that in Toronto—which used to be Flair Country until the WWF dominated the scene there—Flair sold himself as the establishment heel and Hogan as the scrappy upstart, despite them being only 5 years apart in mileage.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Invoked during the start of Hogan's feud with Ted DiBiase in the 80's where Hogan was offered a substantial amount (never stated but DiBiase said it would have made "The crowd's head spin") for his title. Hogan's understated response?
  • Smug Snake: Hogan as a heel is somewhere between this and a Generic Doomsday Villain. While Hogan could and often did beat anyone that came to take his championship, he often did it with illegal help and was so smug about it that the crowd was hoping somebody would just take the damn thing away from him. Enter Sting and later Goldberg.
  • Sore Loser: In the 1989 and 1992 Royal Rumbles. The first Survivor Series as well; after he was eliminated, he refused to leave ringside until the referee threatened to strip him of the title.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": According to Wrestle Crap, the tribe Hogan would have been looking for was the Yavapai when Ric Flair stole his weight lifting belt in WCW.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • He's been accused, with some equanimity, of always putting himself in the spotlight, even when it's to the detriment of the product. Burying younger talent in interviews (seemingly unable to decide whether his protégés are "the future of this business brother!" or talentless "knuckleheads" who "aren't ready, brother"), putting himself over despite being booked as the heel, invoking "Creative Control" clauses, and generally soaking up as much adoration as humanly possible.
    • Even Hogan's friends say he's a wonderfully generous guy personally, but a rather cutthroat man when it comes to dollars and cents. Others, like Shawn Michaels, said you could tell from the beginning that Hogan was not there to make friends (he had his separate locker room) and was slowly weaving a web of connections, though it's not like Shawn was that different considering all the power he and the rest of The Kliq accumulated.
  • Still Got It: Invoked with the "Hulk Still Rules" shirts released by WWE during his run in 2002.
  • Stock Parody: He is THE stock parody for professional wrestling, both in wrestling and in media in general. For so long, if you saw a wrestling character in media, he was most likely going to be based on Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage came close, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker and Triple H reached this level in wrestling but not as much in regular media as Hulk did.
  • Strictly Formula: Some of his non main event matches in his heyday could be like this.
  • Tag Team:
  • Take That, Audience!: When revealing the standard four-sided ring to replace TNA's unique six-sided one, the crowd roundly booed him and chanted "WE WANT SIX SIDES!" His response:
    Hogan: I got one thing to say about six sides: you had it, and it only got you so far. Now we're takin' ya all the way, Jack! No more eight sides, no more six sides, no more stinkin' playpen rings!
  • Take That, Critics! At the 1995 World War 3 PPV, Hogan (alongside Sting and Randy Savage) burns a dirt sheet, which he calls "a rag sheet", telling Gene Okerlund to "Observe this!", which is a shot at Dave Meltzer of the The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and then proclaiming, "The Internet's got all the scoops!" Little did he know that those words would come back to haunt him. They changed the booking of the show after Meltzer got word of it in order to swerve him, but Meltzer had the changes in the issue the week before the PPV.
  • Tonight in This Very Ring: Suicide will take his mask off, brother!
  • Totally Radical: Dude.
  • Traumatic Haircut: On the October 2, 1995 episode of Monday Nitro, Kevin Sullivan and the Dungeon of Doom took Hogan down and shaved his mustache. Subsequently, Hogan would appear dressed in black and state he was ready to play the Dungeon's game.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm:
    • Forget breaking the fourth wall; EATING IT would be a better description for Hogan's comments on the November 18, 2010 TNA ReAction.
      Hogan: No wonder this company was in the shape it's in. It's time to get rid o' the trash, the garbage, the worthless piece of crap out here, and we started with Dixie Carter. Yeah, we're gettin' very real around here. We are so, real, it's unbelievable. Because, if you don't get over like I said, you're fired. If you don't draw numbers, if you don't entertain, if you don't put asses in seats, if you don't put the coinage in the piggy bank, you're fired. No more games. No more, "Kayfabe." "It's a work." "I've won thirty-four tag team belts." Who gives a damn, how many... fake belts you won!? If you don't draw money, you get fired around here. If you don't put asses in seats, you’re gone.
  • Underwear of Power: Hogan's famous yellow trunks.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Hulk Hogan did not have an amateur wrestling background and while he was competent on the mat, as his New Japan matches usually showed, he was also kind of sloppy and not up to the standard set by Verne Gagne and Nick Bockwinkel in the AWA. That said, Gagne was one of the people who was willing to give Hogan an AWA singles title run despite his "lacking" technical chops, he just wasn't willing to do it on the time table Hogan or the fans wanted it on since they were still paying to see Hogan chase the champ. Then Hogan left and their money chased him, oops.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Teamed with Brutus Beefcake early in their careers as the Boulder Brothers, Terry and Ed.
  • Verbal Tic: Brother, which he took from "Superstar" Billy Graham. Also "Dude!" A running joke on /wooo/ when Hogan is mentioned is the phrase "brotherdudejack", a combination of some of his most-used tics.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
    • Randy Savage (in the ring and Real Life.)
    • Also with the man who always bashed him in commentary, Bobby Heenan
    • Arguably had this relationship with Vince McMahon in real life.
  • Wham Line: Bash at the Beach 1996 featured the longtime All-American Face Hogan announce that he turned his back on the fans and that he joined forces with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to form the New World Order.
    Hulk Hogan: Mean Gene, the first thing you need to do is tell these people to shut up if you wanna hear what I gotta say!
  • What Have I Become?: After his match with Sting at the climax of the Immortal angle, Hogan performs a Heel–Face Turn and turns on Immortal. Next Impact, he explained he'd realized he'd pretty much become nothing more than a thug and he didn't like it.
  • While You Were in Diapers: During his Face–Heel Turn promo at Bash at the Beach:
    Hogan: If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, you people wouldn't be here! If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would be still selling meat from a truck in Minneapolis! And, if it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, all these johnny-come-latelies that you see out here, wrestling wouldn't be here! I was selling out the world, brother, while they were bumming gas to put in their car to get to high school!
  • Worked Shoot
    • In New Japan Pro Wrestling he called the WWF Championship worthless while he was still WWF champion and called the American promotions crap. He even put down The Great Muta saying he wanted to knock out Antonio Inoki again.
    • "These two men right here, came from this great big organization up north. Well, who knows more about that organization, brother?"
    • Bash at the Beach 2000: "That's the reason why this company's in the shape it's in, because of bullshit like this!" Jeff Jarrett laying down for him, Hogan making his speech, and Vince Russo cutting a promo on Hogan were all works until Russo started making personal attacks on Hogan.
  • Wrestling Family: His nephew Mike competed as Horace Boulder in Japan, ECW, and other promotions before arriving in WCW in 1998. On the October 26, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro, he said his name was "Horace Hogan" and joined the nWo. While in FMW, Horace teamed with his cousin, Mike Awesome.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Say what you will about his tendency to No Sell when making his big comeback at the end of matches and of his overall wrestling ability in general, but when he took a beating in the ring, he took a beating. When on the receiving end of his opponent's overpowering assault, he looked absolutely haggard and could make you believe that the man he was facing was an unstoppable juggernaut.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Hogan's changeover to the ring name "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" was WCW's way of getting around royalty payments to Marvel Comics; the announcers started calling him simply "Hollywood Hogan", which cut down on the amount of times "Hulk" was used, which cut down on the royalty payments. Eventually, Hogan simply bought the rights to use the name himself.
  • Younger Than They Look: Hogan had started going bald even in his early career and by 1990, was bald as an egg. He was around 40 in the image above but looked a lot older. His age has caught up to his lack of hair, though.


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Hulk Hogan shocks all of WCW by joining the NWO.

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