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Robert Maillet (b. 1969 in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Professional Wrestler and actor best known for his time in WWE from 1997 to 1999 as Kurrgan. He started his career in 1989 as The Acadian Giant in the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling promotion in the Maritimes, and also competed for the hardcore W*ING promotion in Japan as Goliath El Gigante. He entered WWE in 1997 as The Interrogator as a member of the tag team the Truth Commission, whose gimmick was of a paramilitary organization from South Africa. He redebuted under the Kurrgan name on the December 8, 1997 Raw and was a member of the Oddities along with Giant Silva, John Tenta and many others. He has also competed for the CMLL and UWA promotions in Mexico, in South Korea and for various independent promotions around Canada. He also played the "Über-Immortal" in 300, "Dredger" in Sherlock Holmes (2009), "Alexis Kaidanovsky" in Pacific Rim, and is currently portraying The Master in The Strain. Among his achievements, he is a former 3x USWA World Tag Team Champion and a former WWA (South Korea) World Heavyweight Champion.

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"The Trope Commission":

  • Amoral Afrikaner: Back when he was with the Truth Commission, whose gimmick was that they were essentially an entire stable of these guys.
  • Arch-Enemy: In AGPW, Leo Burke. In WWF, The Disciples of Apocalypse (Crush, Chainz, 8-Ball and Skull), the Headbangers, the Insane Clown Posse (after they turned heel on the Oddities) and Too Much (Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor.) In CMLL, his former ally Giant Silva.
  • B Show: The Oddities' wins were pretty much relegated to these (Jakked/Metal and Sunday Night Heat.)
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is DEEP.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Big Damn Heroes: This was his original role in AGPW, which is understandable, given that he's seven feet tall and 350 lbs.
  • Breakup Breakout: The Truth Commission was scrapped for his singles push as the renamed Kurrgan.
  • Circus of Fear: The Oddities' original heel carnival sideshow gimmick.
  • Cult: What the Truth Commission seemingly became after the Commandant was replaced by the Jackyl.
  • The Dragon: To the Jackyl after the Truth Commission broke up and in the early heel stage for the Oddities. While he'd normally fall into the role of The Brute, he made such an impression and so completely overshadowed Recon and Sniper that he easily rose to this role.
  • Expy:
    • The Truth Commission were one of Col. DeBeers' South African militant racist gimmick from the 1980s, although not as blunt about it.
    • On the other hand, The Great Khali's gimmick had a few inspirations taken from Kurrgan's first solo run.
  • Finishing Move: The Paralyzer (see below), the Sidewalk Slam (this move was apparently called the Kurrgan Shuffle, although the name was not used on TV.)
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: As a member of the Truth Commission, a South African white nationalist.
  • The Giant: He's 6 feet 11 inches tall.
  • I Have Many Names: The Acadian Giant, Goliath El Gigante, the Interrogator, Kurrgan.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: As seen on his Facebook.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He usually didn't need much mobility thanks to his strength and size, but he was pretty fast on his feet for a wrestling giant and could even dance with some grace.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • After accidentally punching Robert Downey, Jr. and bloodying his face during the filming of Sherlock Holmes, was reportedly much more upset about it than Downey was.
    • He's also a really sweet guy on social media, regularly posting photos of himself with his kitten and his family, and announced in July of 2015 that he was going to be co-chair of the 2015 Tree of Hope campaign (a charity that raises money for cancer research).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Interrogator, The Acadian Giant, Goliath El Gigante
  • Nice Hat: Wore a colorful one for a time in the Oddities.