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I believe the WWE examples of X-Pac Heat should be split off into their own separate page considering the number of examples and how it\'s just going to keep growing, including the Trope Namer and \"repeat offenders\" since pretty much all of them are from WWE.
Perhaps it's time to finally retire "X-Pac Heat" and change it to "Reigns Heat." Given the sheer spitefulness between both the WWE and fans alike, one could make a fairly compelling argument Roman Reigns' immense dislike has finally come out ahead.
The discussion of the Trope Namer doesn't mention how it became known he had beaten Chyna when dating her.
To be fair, Chyna was also arrested for assaulting him, but I added it to the description anyway, along with more elaboration on his drug issues and I put the omitted part about their sex tape back, because lets face it, that all turned a lot of people against him.
I am curious as to whether his failed suicide attempt should be there too? Traditionally people say his work in Mexico is when X-pac became more bearable but I doubt that could not have endeared anyone to him.
Pre-wrestling examples if they will be reused somehow:
Added that Cole's X-Pac Heat could be cured, though probably not in the way one would've wanted to have anyone cured of such. He did a HELL of a job keeping his cool when Lawler had his heart attack on RAW. Anyone who is able to do what he did during a situation like that deserve some mad props, and it seems like a lot of people are agreeing that that might've been the turning point for him.
We need a trope for when this doesn't apply to wrestling. For example, when people in the 00s thought Gwyneth Paltrow was annoying for talking overly formal, or for a more extreme example, the thoughts on Mel Gibson after he was revealed to be anti-semitic and a bully or when it was revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger had a mistress on the side.
Proposal: a "heat index" on performers/creators who don't get the response they/the audience intend. Reba West's voice is one of the reasons people hate Robotech's Lin Mimay. M. Night Shyamalan is a director with low "heat". X-pac heat would be a subtrope of course.
Could there be a description anywhere on this page about who 'X-Pac' is and why people hated him so much? It seems the entire page completely sidesteps that and it really bugs me. I have no idea who this guy is and would like some info.
Re limiting to wrestling: Decided here
By that logic we should edit all the face/heel trope pages to be wrestling only
I'd be for it.
I think this definitely needs a rename.
I added some new bits to this, and included the Trope Namer explanation in the main topic. I think it just needs to be in there, partially to keep the trope's description from being too short. I also enlarged the scope a bit to apply to all forms of media, and characters that people just plain despise aside from being villains.
I think it shouldn't really apply to other forms of media unless they display HEAT the same way professional wrestling does. How are you going to say, an actor in a movie, has heat comparable to X Pac when there isn't a live audience booing him and breaking Kayfabe? The closest anything else comes to that are sporting events.
A LOT of the examples are not X-Pac heat at all. To Cider— the Wesley Crusher example is a good one for how you can have X-Pac heat w/out being in front of an audience.
I had a Jewish girl I was dating a few years ago refuse to see Apocalypto because it was made by Mel Gibson. That's closer than A LOT of the examples on the page IMO, which are closer to Fan Dumb or Misaimed Fandom than X-Pac Heat. It's pretty explicit in the description that you're talking about a particular PERFORMER, and yet several examples are about the character.
For what it's worth, Ric Flair would routinely act like an under card performer for just about anyone during some of his title reigns in JCP.
He would let himself be beaten within an inch of his life by various performers, escaping through some underhanded method or help from the Horsemen. He'd even cheat to win against under card performers!
No one believed Flair to be a credible threat alone, in fact his entire claim to fame at one point was being the cowardly, inefficient villain who couldn't do much without incredible circumstances to aid him.
A similar case would be made for the Honky Tonk Man or Jerry Lawler (although the later has shifted from useless to superhuman to somewhere in between depending on how he felt like booking himself). Such characters, when well handled, could lead to "great payoffs" as the fans are eager to see the "travesty" end.
I recall as a child that I hated these characters precisely because they were not dangerous or even threatening to the heroes. The champion should have been closer to a superman in my childhood mind, and having a weakling with the belt was a grave insult. At least a monster would be a legitimate force. The Ultimate Warrior destroying HTM would never have worked as well as it did if HTM had not spent almost a year aggravating fans with count outs, D Qs, Jimmy Hart interference, being a cowardly "Southern" heel etc.
The phenomenon of X-Pac heat refers to an apparently generalized lack of interest leading to an exacerbated feeling of frustration and hostility as a particularly unappealing character or performer is more or less "forced" upon the audience either with hopes of "winning them over" or merely because of other sundry external factors. As opposed to HTM and Flair (Lawler has run the gamut of motivations and presentations), X-Pac was meant to be "cool" and "respected" hence the reactionary "heat".
In fact, HTM's initial face run was a bust precisely because of the heat by association and design that X-Pac was accused of by internet writers (e.g. he was associated with popular inidividuals). As a friend of Hogan, it was assumed he would be welcomed with open arms, yet fans booed him out of a general lack of interest in him. In a spectacular (for the time) event, a poll was opened to determine the fate of HTM. Upset with the fans' dislike of him, he turned heel just as they had decided for him in his debut as HTM (he had a previous career as a heel as part of the Blonde Bombers prior to the WWF). His eventual victory over Ricky Steamboat as an underdog heel would cement his trademark character.
So when discussing the Miz's or any other contemporary performer's villainous pro wrestling character, be aware that there are precedents to this "lame dog champion" and that some of them are recognized as great by now grown up children of the 80's. After all, would anyone compare the "heat" Ric Flair received for running away from a lowly under card performer in the late 80's to early 90's to X-Pac heat?
The article at times feels like an indictment of various contemporary booking decisions and character arcs rather than examples of X-Pac heat. Too many segues into "this was a stupid character" or "stupid angle that no one liked" with little proof outside the author's perception.
Lastly, X-Pac heat turned into a semi-4th wall breaking running gag as characters like GM William Regal would exchange quips with right hand man Tajiri about X-Pac. And X-Factor were verbally buried on television with emphasis on X-Pac's presence.
A lot of people were booing Miz when he debuted as a supposed face though because they did not want to see him. He didn't win the fan votes in tough enough, Daniel Puder did. I guess whether Miz's current response is X-pac heat or the response WWE wants him to have I'll tell you right now I still don't want to see Miz on my tv screen. I've got no interest in this Real World faux hawk wearing runner up. I'm actually mad at Kurt Angle too because he's as responsible as anyone but Kurt's at least a good promo. Kurt's an outstanding technician. Kurt's a believable powerhouse.
Turning Miz doesn't make him any more tolerable to me. The closest that came was when he was the butt monkey who jobbed to Hornswoggle. I did not want to see him then, but at least then he would be guaranteed to be putting over someone I liked, or at least would rather not see. Now WWE wants us to take him seriously so what little interest I would have in his appearances is gone. I still want PUDER! How many people still think that way I don't know, I'm not a righteous WWE follower anymore, but his X-Pac heat between his Raw debut and premier of The Dirt Sheet was obvious.
It was legitimately gone at least for a good deal during the Dirt Sheet. People wanted to see him get his head kicked in but at least then there was a high and undeniable demand to see Miz's(and Morrison) in some form, unlike initially. Whether he's got his X-pac heat back or not I don't really know but I wouldn't be surprised given how underwhelming his wrestlemania match with John Cena was. A bad wrestlemania is what started Cena's X-pac heat and Brock Lesnar's. Also, if Miz has more recent X-pac, it may simply be because of his association with Michael Cole, who shilled him to no end and was something of an X-pac himself.(WWE mass produces this response huh?)
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