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It's not paranoia! It's the Usos!
Line 'em all up, knock 'em down like this!
L-R: Jimmy, Jey

Jonathan Solofa Fatu and Joshua Samuel Fatu (born August 22, 1985) are a Samoan-American Tag Team known to WWE viewers as The Usos, Jimmy (Jonathan) and Jey (Joshua). They debuted in 2007 under their real names for the World Xtreme Wrestling promotion, run by their uncle, Afa. They named their team The Samoan Soldiers and also made appearances in Texas based Xtreme Championship Wrestling, Anarchy Wrestling in Georgia and NWA Prime Time, winning tag team gold in Booker T's PWA before they jumped to WWE. They became the Uso Brothers, Jimmy and Jules, in WWE's developmental program FCW, where they were 1x FCW Florida Tag Team Champions. They debuted in WWE in 2010 as heels, feuding with the Hart Dynasty. They turned face via their feud with the Corre on WWE NXT in 2011 and remained faces for around five years, during which they won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice. In 2016, shortly into the renewed brand extension, they turned heel by assaulting the most popular team on the WWE SmackDown brand, American Alpha. Since then, they've racked up a total of six tag-team championship reigns.


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  • The Ace: As a unit. Since their breakout around 2015, commentators in WWE often touted them as one of the most talented tag teams either on the roster at the time, or of the last X number of years. In 2019 and onward, they were praised by varying sources as one of the best tag teams in WWE history. They were also named the Tag Team of the Year at the annual Slammy Awards in 2014 and 2015, CBS' Tag Team of the Year in 2018, and Pro Wrestling Illustrated's 2014 Tag Team of the Year.
  • All-American Face: Mild example, but the Samoan Soldiers would wear camouflage gear on occasion.
  • Alliterative Name: Samoan Soldiers
  • Arch-Enemy
  • The Artifact: For a while, they were the only real serious Tag Team in WWE.
  • Ass Kicks You: They both use running corner hip splashes in homage to their father (Rikishi) and their late uncle (Umaga), the latter of whom often goes unmentioned on TV. It should also be noted that this is not because of Umaga's early passing; he's been mentioned on-air in other contexts, but the commentators seem to think that Rikishi was the one who utilized the corner hip splash, when it was actually Umaga.
  • Anti-Villain: Jey's 2020 heel turn is clearly a result of being manipulated by Roman Reigns and wanting his cousin's approval. Jimmy would initially oppose this upon returning from injury, before gradually following suit.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: The Samoan Soldiers wrestled with bandanas around their necks and around their ankles, and sticking out of the back pockets on their shorts. The Usos also started wearing bandanas after their 2016 Face–Heel Turn.
  • Battle Chant: As faces, their entrance consists of them doing a haka called the Siva Tau and then getting their crowd chant on.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At Money In The Bank 2013, saving the titular match up from Shield interference.
  • Braids of Action: They had them when they debuted on Raw and put them back in on occasions.
  • Catchphrase: Have developed quite a few since going full urban and gritty in 2016:
    • "We done with that."
    • "It's not paranoia, it's the Usos!"
    • "Day One Ish"
    • "Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!"
    • (as members of the Bloodline) "You the twos and we the ones!"
  • Chef of Iron: They are the "good cooks who happen to be wrestlers" variety, and once offered to show anyone who wanted to know how they barbeque chicken and other dishes.
  • Co-Dragons: To Roman during his "Tribal Chief" gimmick.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As heels on SmackDown Live they have taken this to its logical extreme, favoring the tactic of physically kneecapping their opponents in order to gain the upper hand.
  • Cool Big Sis: Although she was referred to in passing as their 'cousin' at the time of their partnership, Tamina Snuka played this role to the Usos during the early parts of their WWE career. She has actually addressed Jimmy and Jey with "brother" in promos but this falls under Bilingual Bonus.
  • Dance Battler: Well, they dance before they battle and when they No-Sell. This was what started their feud with the Prime Time Players, who mocked the Siva Tau to which the Usos mocked the "million dollar dance" along everything else about Titus and Darren.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: They were at one point known as "The Uso Brothers". In Samoan, "Uso" means the same thing as "brother", which is why the official name was shortened to just "The Usos" after they got called up to the main roster.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hit this after losing to Roman at Hell in a Cell 2020. After being faced with the choice of being Roman's servant or Fatu's excommunication from the Anoa'i family, Jey chose to fall in line.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Starting August 1, 2017, The Usos rapped their own theme song using a variety of catchphrases during their current heel run, this would later be known as the Day One remix of "Done With That".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few times that they did a tribal dance entrance, they used "Ka Mate", the chant associated with the New Zealand team, before switching to "Siva Tau", the Samoan counterpart.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Their Raw debut, jumping, slamming and splashing the Hart Dynasty in tandem with Tamina.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When pit in a Gauntlet Match against Xavier Woods and Big E to determine if Kofi Kingston will face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, they give a collective middle finger to the WWE champion and Vince McMahon and forfeit the match, claiming all three had already earned their respect.
  • Evil Costume Switch: At Backlash 2016 they ditched their colorful facepaint and shorts for monochromatic grey hoodies and black pants.
  • Expy: After their 2016 Face–Heel Turn, they seem to have adopted a look and in-ring tactics reminiscent of their relatives in Three Minute Warning note , as well as a resemblance or two to X-Pac.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Finally had theirs on the September 6, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live with a vicious post-match attack on American Alpha.
    • On the October 31, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Jey turned heel after attacked Daniel Bryan with Super Kick later on he would hit the Usos Splash on the announced table, falling in line with Roman's demands to obey the Tribal Chief.
    • On the July 9, episode of SmackDown, Jimmy showed the alliance with Roman Reigns and turned heel.
  • Facial Markings: Started putting on face paint in 2013.
  • Finishing Move: A double back suplex prior to WWE, The Superfly Splash. Ever since turning heel, they've used the Superkick to finish matches, including the match that won them the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from American Alpha.
  • Generation Xerox: Averted. While they did adopt a couple of moves in homage to their father, Rikishi, neither brother is anywhere near as big, and a close examination of their movesets reveals that they actually owe more of their wrestling style to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and their late uncle Umaga.
  • The Gimmick: At first, vague Wild Samoan motifs. Later, they dunked that and went with being a pair of rappers.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: With Tamina toward the Hart Dynasty. They felt their families weren't respected by the fans the way the Harts are and attacked the Dynasty during their Raw debut.
  • Hard Head: Discussed by Jerry Lawler in a match where one of their opponents thought it would be a good idea to exchange headbutts with them: "Don't ever try to headbutt an Uso."
  • Heel–Face Turn: On the October 10, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, The Usos called out The New Day and offered a truce, and explained how the two teams were the top on the show and claimed that they had respect for The New Day, turning into faces, for the first time since September 2016. Although newly reformed faces, The Usos continued to use their heel theme and attire. The Usos cemented their face turn when they attempted to shake Benjamin and Gable's hand during a backstage segment, whereas Benjamin and Gable refused.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They aren't identical, but at the beginning, they looked similar enough that it was near impossible to tell them apart. For a while only Jey had a tattoo on one of his pecs, now they both do (a tribal one). Jey has a cross incorporated in his right arm sleeve tattoo, while Jimmy has a tattoo with the words "Fatu" on his right upper arm. Jey's pec tat was discussed In-Universe to help viewers who were having a hard time telling the two apart. Also, now that they've started wearing face paint, each wears it on the opposite side. Jimmy's is on the right side of his face (the camera's left), and Jey on the left side of his face (camera's right). Left to right, Jimmy and Jey. As of their return in late 2015, Jey has grown a thicker beard. And as of their heel turn in fall 2016, Jimmy wears jerseys/tanktops and baseball caps in his new attire while Jey goes shirtless and/or bareheaded. As of their 2021 storyline with Roman Reigns, Jimmy's hair is longer and bushier than Jey's who has his cut into a mohawk and he still normally wears gym shorts and shirts related their tag team as opposed to Jey's full pants and shirts related to his association with Roman.
  • I Have the High Ground: Do they ever. Keep in mind, also that these guys are not cruiserweights, with Jey at about 230 and Jimmy at 251. (For point of reference, this makes Jimmy about the same weight as John Cena.)
  • I Know Madden Kombat: They both used to play football and the Samoan Soldiers used to wrestle with receiver gloves on, despite both being linebackers (possibly implying they aimed to intercept).
  • It Runs in the Family: Part of the massive Wrestling Family known simply as the Samoan Dynasty.
  • Keet: They can be pretty hyper at times.
  • Knee-capping: Their go-to tactic in their latest heel run. Most of their new offense is centered around it, making them come off as brutal and slightly dirty. (Generally in athletics, even when/if it's not against the rules to hit someone at the knees, it's generally considered bad form because of the inherent danger.)
  • Large Ham: They're pretty average by wrestling standards, not particularly prone to extended scenery chewing or giant cow milking but their first promo on Raw revealed they are dripping with charisma and can be very forceful when making a point. All the same, their subdued moments have worked very well, such as when they mocked the Shield's video packets.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They're known as high flyers (and can back it up with the Superfly Splash and their top-rope clearing suicide dives) but are quite a bit larger than average for that type of wrestler (Jey at 228 pounds, Jimmy at 251) and incorporate a lot of hard striking attacks into their arsenal.
  • Meaningful Name: Uso is the Samoan word for "brother". Makes sense considering the entire basis of their tag team is being siblings.
  • No Indoor Voice: Especially before their matches. The mic that's meant to pick up their Siva Tau chant often comes in a couple of seconds late, but you can always still hear at least one of them.
  • Perky Female Minion: "The Fallen Goddess" Athena during their PWA Tag Team Title run, though she was with a rival team in Xtreme Championship Wrestling.
  • Playing with Fire: Probably the best pyro in WWE today next to Kane and perhaps Batista.
  • Power Stable: Both of them were in Polynesian Power Package in WWE's FCW revival with Donny Marlownote , Tamina and Brodus Clay.
  • Power Trio: Teamed up with cousin Roman Reigns as The Bloodline to do battle against The Club and then control Smackdown when Roman became the Tribal Chief.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Jey having been forced to run with Roman for the better part of a year while Jimmy was out injured, The Usos have become differentiated by developing into this. Jey's personality has been molded into more or less that of an attack dog slavishly loyal to his family, while Jimmy has had time to observe the situation and think through his decisions, his fealty and principles clashing as a result. This caused Jimmy to take issue with the way Roman has been doing business, a weeks-long argument that sent Jey ping-ponging into a Villainous Breakdown before Roman finally started to gaslight Jimmy and convince him to be on board.
  • Say My Name: The crowd will do this when they are on a face turn.
    USOS: "UCE!"
    CROWD: "OH!"
  • Screaming Warriors: Starting with their Siva Tau chant as well as shouting "UCE!" (and for the audience to reply with "OH!") in the middle of their matches.
  • Signature Move
    • A drawn out OTK back breaker elbow drop, double falling hip toss, Umaga-esque hip smash, diving headbutt, assisted Samoan drop (alley-uce), double back elbow to double elbow drop, savate kick thrust in the gut transitioned to an uppercut, suicide plancha ("we got us a flying Uso!"), Irish whip into a waiting uppercut.
    • Jimmy favors a full nelson bomb and a top rope corkscrew senton, Jey favors a Northern Lights suplex and a running corkscrew elbow. Both brothers also pack a mean superkick, which was soon upgraded to a Finishing Move ever since they turned heel. The heel turn also has the two using the Tequila Sunrise submission a lot more often.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: After their cousin, Roman Reigns, turned heel in 2020 and allied with Paul Heyman, both Jimmy and Jey are appalled by his changed in behavior. However, both brothers eventually turned heel after Roman beat the shit out of Jey and guilt trip Jimmy into helping him. Following this, they become fully loyal to Roman as part of the Bloodline.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Taken in several different directions in different situations.
    • Averted with regards to each other, obviously. They've been acknowledged as brothers right from the off, and stayed that way ever since.
    • Also averted with their father, Rikishi. They vaguely alluded to it by drawing attention to their family relationship to The Wild Samoans, at which point anyone who looked closely at their faces probably put two and two together, and within weeks they were being directly acknowledged as his sons.
    • Zig-zagged regarding their initial relationship with Tamina, who was called their cousin on-screen despite the fact that that the Anoa'i and Snuka families aren't even from the same country. (Anoa'i are from American Samoa, while Snuka's origins are in Fiji.) There is a connection, though, as Tamina's mother (Snuka's second wife) is a member of the Anoa'i family via a blood brother tie-in similar to The Rock, meaning they do regard each other as cousins in reality.
    • Inverted as far as their relationship with The Shield's Roman Reigns goes. By blood, Reigns is The Usos' first cousin once removed, but until the night Reigns won the Royal Rumble this was never brought up. Justified in kayfabe by Reigns himself, stating he wanted to keep it close to his chest so as to make his own mark instead of waving his connections around. Since then, though, it's simply been averted. They even very briefly formed a nominal stable with Reigns when he was feuding with AJ Styles (who had the aid of The Club).
    • Also inverted with Jimmy's wife Naomi of the Funkadactyls, whose marriage was also never referenced for a long time despite the fact that she (and by extension, Jimmy) was a heavy feature on Total Divas along with Brie Bella, whose Real Life engagement and subsequent marriage to Daniel Bryan had been featured in storylines at times. WWE TV finally recognized the marriage in April 2014, after the Total Divas episode that focused on their wedding— of course, that wedding took place back in January. Naturally, not long after the marriage was acknowledged on screen, Naomi started to manage her husband and brother-in-law and even forged an alliance with cousin-in-law Tamina after turning heel in 2015. Eventually she and Jimmy worked together on the Mixed Match Challenge as a Battle Couple.
  • Tag Team Twins
    • This was accidentally used against them at least once in Pro Wrestling Alliance/Reality Of Wrestling when the legal twin was forced out of the ring after a making a tag by a referee.
    • Subverted at first, where they noted not long after their WWE debut that the fans probably could not tell them apart but that would change. Later played a straight in an attempt to turn around a losing streak on Superstars, then subverted again when Jimmy became noticeably the bigger of the two and they got started wearing face paint.
  • Took a Level in Badass
    • After a slow crawl toward respectability for most of their careers, right around June 2013 (notably, when they started wearing face paint as part of their attire), they made the jump not only to a feature tag team (they appear on TV nearly as much as the current champions nowadays) but a serious threat in the ring. They also teamed up with Christian as one of the first units to beat The Shield in a televised match and have quickly gone from jobbers to having a mostly winning TV record.
    • Every Month Or Two They Fizzle Out/Blessed with Suck: However, this has coincided with a pattern of The Usos going on a hot streak and winning a right to challenge for the Tag Team Titles before losing the title match itself.
    • They finally achieved the Tag Team Championship on March 3rd, 2014 and have since firmly entrenched themselves at the top of the division.
    • And when 2020 finally marked the time where one of them getting injured or busted on a DUI didn't lead to the other also being taken off TV, Jey became a main event threat as part of their angle with the freshly made top heel Roman Reigns, cleanly defeating and later viciously assaulting various top players on the SmackDown brand.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: After Jimmy's marriage to Naomi became recognized by programming, it seemed almost inevitable that she would start accompanying her husband and brother-in-law to ringside for their matches. It finally started happening in 2015, but stopped after Naomi's heel turn.
  • Verbal Tic: Both brothers repeatedly insert the word "uce" (short for uso— Samoan for "brother" or "bro") as a filler word when they speak.
  • Wild Samoan: Subverted, from the start they claimed not to be your stereotypical Samoans. They don't dress the part, and the few aspects they did use, such as performing Polynesian wardances, were used to both intimidate their opponents and pay homage to their Samoan heritage. Although it's worth noting that the Trope Namers are relatives of theirs, and they adopted face paint and looser, more island-esque (though still urban) wrestling attire. Their 2017 heel run pretty much did away with the rest of this entirely.
  • The Worf Effect: After their hot feud with the Hart Dynasty, they lost a lot of momentum when Jey jobbed to Randy Orton. They were also used to set up Triple H's Authority and the reunited Evolution.
  • Wrestling Family: Members of the large Anoa'i family, specifically the sons of Rikishi, and the nephews of Umaga and Tonga Kid. Also cousins of one of their old Shield archenemies turned Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns and an older brothers of NXT Solo Sikoa. If you were to count the Anoa'i family's "blood brothers", you could throw the Maivia family (and therefore one Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and even the Snuka family in there as well. And those are just the most notable ones. Don't try to count on your fingers exactly how many of their family members have been involved with professional wrestling. You will run out of fingers. Let's just say that Jimmy and Jey boast a very strong pro wrestling gene pool.

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Alternative Title(s): Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso