History Wrestling / TripleH

17th Sep '16 9:16:13 PM tsstevens
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* MontrealScrewjob: He was involved: knew about it, part of meetings on it. So Shawn's story goes, Triple H said that how Bret was acting is not right, it isn't fair, and addressed the earlier Alundra Blayze incident before Shawn said just take the belt off him, double cross and screw Bret. Later references would place Haitch as more of the instigator, saying if Bret would not do business they would do business for him.
17th Sep '16 7:12:16 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* TheArtifact: The name "Triple H" comes from his original gimmick in the WWE where he was a snooty blueblood known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The name of his finishing move, the Pedigree, is likewise an artifact of his original gimmick. He's also still billed as from Greenwich, Connecticut (though he now actually lives there). Presumably, "Hunter Hearst Helmsley" is [[CanonName still his kayfabe "real name"]], since other wrestlers who are friendly with him in a given storyline will sometimes call him "Hunter", and he is even sometimes called this backstage.

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* TheArtifact: The name "Triple H" comes from his original gimmick in the WWE where he was a snooty blueblood known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The name of his finishing move, the Pedigree, is likewise an artifact of his original gimmick. He's also still billed as from Greenwich, Connecticut (though he now actually lives there). Presumably, "Hunter Hearst Helmsley" is [[CanonName still his kayfabe "real name"]], since other wrestlers who are friendly with him in a given storyline will sometimes call him "Hunter", and he is even sometimes called this backstage. Hell, when he does something the fans love (such as when he revealed the new Cruiserweight Championship belt at the climax of the Wrestling/WWECruiserweightClassic Tournament) the crowd start cheering ''"Thank you Hunter!" *clap clap clapclapclap*''
3rd Sep '16 5:22:24 PM JamesAustin
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* TenMinuteRetirement: After his 2012 feud with Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Wrestling/PaulHeyman had repeatedly warned him he was past his prime, though after losing to Lesnar he actually started to wonder if the JerkassHasAPoint and stated he had a lot of thinking to do. Shortly after Lesnar returned to harass his father in law in 2013 however, HHH showed up to make the save.



* AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. The biggest example was his immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:
-->'''Wrestling/JimRoss:''' Didn't know you were bilingual.\\
'''Triple H:''' I'm bi a lot of things, but lingual isn't one of them. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Wait, did I mean to say that?]]\\
'''Jim Ross:''' Probably not, but we're live.



* BadBoss: Particularly after ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''

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* BadBoss: Particularly after instaurating his "Best for Business" policy after ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''2013'', which in short means "screw the faces over and piss off the crowd."
* BaldOfEvil: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his real-life responsibilities backstage increased, and consolidated into this when he turned heel at ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''.



* TheCorrupter[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.

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* TheCorrupter[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: TheCorrupter: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.



* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed Shawn Michaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:

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* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: DepravedBisexual: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed Shawn Michaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:



* DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.

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* DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: DragonWithAnAgenda: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.



* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8''. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately to the now revitalized Hogan at the next pay-per-view. It took years for him to admit he was in the wrong.

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* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8''. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately way up to the now revitalized Hogan at infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the next pay-per-view. It took years for WWF]] saw him to admit become such a great example of this he was in the wrong.turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.



** His ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]
** His occasional use of "Bow Down To The King" as entrance music, which has since become the entrance theme for The Authority.

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** His ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]
Kahn]].
** His occasional use of "Bow Down To The King" "King of Kings" ("Bow down to the / bow dow to the King!") as entrance music, which has since become the entrance theme for The Authority.



* [[GirlPosse Guy Posse]]:
** From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills. The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.

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* [[GirlPosse Guy Posse]]:
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Posse]]: From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills. The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.



* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his responsibilities backstage increased. Because his on-screen debut with short hair was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he lampshaded it by noting that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.

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* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil: ImportantHaircut: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his responsibilities backstage increased. Because his on-screen debut with short hair was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he lampshaded it by noting that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.



* JokerImmunity: Being Vince [=McMahon=]'s [[RealLifeRelative son-in-law]] gave him this. The only way this will be revoked is if he has a rather nasty divorce from Stephanie. He still has to wait for the ultimate immunity his father-in-law has though.
* KarmaHoudini: Like many heel wrestlers before and after him, his nasty deeds as a heel would get no comeuppance once he made a HeelFaceTurn. One time though, it was actually averted when he found himself in a Survivor Series team in which his teammates were former rivals of his and all of them reminded him of their previous feuds. All Triple H could do after that was say a meek "My bad."

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* JokerImmunity: Being Vince [=McMahon=]'s [[RealLifeRelative son-in-law]] gave him this. The Since turning heel while being COO of the company and only way this will be revoked is if doing part-time appearances, he has a rather nasty divorce from Stephanie. He still has seems to wait for have inherited the ultimate immunity one his father-in-law has though.
old [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon pops-in-law]] has.
* KarmaHoudini: Like many heel wrestlers before and after him, his nasty deeds as a heel would get no comeuppance once he made a HeelFaceTurn. One time though, it was actually averted when he found himself in a Survivor Series ''Survivor Series'' team in which his teammates were former rivals of his and all of them reminded him of their previous feuds. All Triple H could do after that was say a meek "My bad."



* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood and Evolution variants.

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* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood ManipulativeBastard: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: As the "Connecticut Blueblood" (an upper-class {{heel}}) and as part of
Evolution variants.(where, taking a page from the Four Horsemen, delivered beatings to the faces and then bragged about it while in fine suits).



* ReaLLifeWritesThePlot: or rather, [[InvertedTrope The Plot Wrote Real Life]]. Triple H was originally billed from Greenwich, Connecticut as part of his "Connecticut Blueblood" gimmick. He has since long dropped the Blueblood gimmick, but he has now married into the McMahon family and lives with his wife Stephanie in Greenwich.



* TenMinuteRetirement: After his 2012 feud with Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Wrestling/PaulHeyman had repeatedly warned him he was past his prime, though after losing to Lesnar he actually started to wonder if [[JerkassHasAPoint the little weasel actually had a point]] and stated he had a lot of thinking to do. Shortly after Lesnar returned to harass his father in law in 2013 however, HHH showed up to make the save.



* UnkemptBeauty:
** His DX look, jeans and t-shirt with ruffled hair, earns him more fangirl love than his [=McMahon=]-Helmsley SharpDressedMan, though it could just be the Shawn Michaels-related HoYay, and not being a heel. Or ''both''.

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* UnkemptBeauty:
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UnkemptBeauty: His DX look, jeans and t-shirt with ruffled hair, earns him more fangirl love than his [=McMahon=]-Helmsley SharpDressedMan, though it could just be the Shawn Michaels-related HoYay, and not being a heel. Or ''both''.



** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face the Undertaker at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.
*** During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.

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** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face the Undertaker at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' 28'' is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.
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retire. During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', said match, [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than the 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.''[=WrestleMania=] 27''.



** Conspired to do the same to Batista - instead earned the Animal as an enemy and lost his title.
** Did so to ShawnMichaels. Several times.

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** Conspired to do the same to Batista Wrestling/{{Batista}} - instead earned the Animal as an enemy and lost his title.
** Did so to ShawnMichaels.Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Several times.



** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens to put the WWE Universal Title on the latter for reasons unknown.]]

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** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]] to put the WWE Universal Title Championship on the latter for reasons unknown.]]
3rd Sep '16 10:21:06 AM HumanTorch2
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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].

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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].
3rd Sep '16 10:20:15 AM HumanTorch2
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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon.

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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon.
Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].
3rd Sep '16 9:36:28 AM ironballs16
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*** During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.
3rd Sep '16 12:31:10 AM xXwindsofchangeXx
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** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens to put the WWE Universal Title on the latter for reasons unknown.]]
2nd Sep '16 2:43:55 AM mugiwara
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* ReaLLifeWritesThePlot: or rather, [[InvertedTrope The Plot Wrote Real Life]]. Triple H was originally billed from Greenwich, Connecticut as part of his "Connecticut Blueblood" gimmick. He has since long dropped the Blueblood gimmick, but he has now married into the McMahon family and lives with his wife Stephanie in Greenwich.
31st Aug '16 2:12:21 PM JamesAustin
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!!! '''"Time to read the tropes... TIME TO READ THE TROOOPES!"''':

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!!! '''"Time !! "Time to read the tropes... TIME TO READ THE TROOOPES!"''':TROOOPES!":



* MisBlamed:
** He was blamed for the infamous Katie Vick angle; that was created by Kevin Dunn, with approval by Vince [=McMahon=]. Years later, Hunter admitted that he had hated the angle straight from the beginning (it was the only time he had ever questioned Vince about a storyline), but being who he is and Kane being the ever loyal company man, they went through with it anyway.
** Dennis Randazzo, author of ''Literature/RingOfHell'', accuses Triple H turning Austin into his lackey during the latter's 2001 FaceHeelTurn, despite that fact that Austin held the WWF Title and Triple H held the Intercontinental Title, and thus, Austin was positioned as the more important/credible member of the Two-Man Power Trip (''Ring of Hell'' was accused of several instances of misblaming, anyway).
** Triple H also gets this for the event just below, for bringing up [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blayze]] throwing the WWF Women's title in the trash on Nitro. What involvement he had in arranging the screwjob himself varies from person to person, but it was Shawn who actually came up with the idea.



* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] were {{kayfabe}} married in 1999 and (again, kayfabe) divorced in 2002, but they got married in RealLife in 2003. Their real-life marriage appears to have had none of the turmoil that they had in the early 2000s.
** Also dated Chyna.
31st Aug '16 1:25:06 PM JamesAustin
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** Wrestling/CMPunk. If you believe Punk's explanation of why he left WWE (see [[http://youtu.be/WP5aG1w8k4c episode 226 of Colt Cabana's podcast]]), WWE expected him to shut up, act stupid, get paid, and be happy. There were plenty of workers lined up behind him who are good company men. But Punk is highly opinionated, dangerously smart, knows how to save his bucks so he's not interested in money (insofar as receiving ''equal'' pay goes), and could give a rat's ass about authority. When he singled out HHH for mismanaging his career, he [[ItsPersonal made it personal]] and Stephanie and Hunter were '''livid''' over being crapped on in full view of the IWC. Keep in mind that Vince has been around the block a few times (he suffered through The Ultimate Warrior; Punk is nothing), and has been willing to overlook past grudges in the name of entertainment. Hunter is not as accustomed to it -- not by a long shot.

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** Wrestling/CMPunk. If you believe Punk's explanation of why he left WWE (see [[http://youtu.be/WP5aG1w8k4c episode 226 of Colt Cabana's podcast]]), WWE expected him to shut up, act stupid, get paid, and be happy. There happy; there were plenty of workers lined up behind him who are good company men. But Punk is highly opinionated, dangerously smart, knows how to save his bucks so he's not interested in money (insofar as receiving ''equal'' pay goes), and could give a rat's ass about authority. When he singled out HHH Triple H for mismanaging his career, he [[ItsPersonal made it personal]] and Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Hunter Triple H were '''livid''' over being crapped on in full view of the IWC. Keep in mind that Vince has been around the block a few times (he suffered through The Ultimate Warrior; Punk is nothing), and has been willing to overlook past grudges in the name of entertainment. Hunter is not as accustomed to it -- not by a long shot.IWC.



** Wrestling/RomanReigns. While Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and Wrestling/TheShield hate each other well enough, the one Reigns eventually came to hate the most was Hunter, even if his initial issues were with Wrestling/RandyOrton. As of this writing, Hunter has manipulated Reigns' surrogate little brother Wrestling/SethRollins into betraying both him and his other surrogate brother Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, helped Rollins win the Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank briefcase that would screw him out of his ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' moment, and helped Rollins put [[BigBrotherInstinct Ambrose through physical and emotional hell]]. Then he endorsed Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and the League of Nations and pulling the same crap with ''him''. Reigns eventually snapped and beat Triple H so bad that he had to be hospitalized. Hunter retaliated by eliminating him and Ambrose from the Royal Rumble to win his fourteenth world title.
** Wrestling/BretHart. Bret might actually hate Hunter more than he did Shawn, who he has long since buried the hatchet with. It's a mutual feeling, if a little less obvious on Hunter's end. With Bret, you can't trust him to give an unbiased view about something if it involves Hunter in any capacity.
** Arguably lesser examples include Wrestling/ShawnMichaels (between DX runs), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon (between [=McMahon=]-Helmsley regime runs), Wrestling/MickFoley, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (though Triple H and Austin still reached the point that they've each ''tried to kill each other'' at consecutive Survivor Series events). Of course, a few of those people are RealLife friends of Triple H, and Vince [=McMahon=] is his RealLife father-in-law. However, if rumors of his backstage politics are to be believed, Triple H probably has just as many enemies in RealLife, [[UpToEleven possibly even more]].

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** Wrestling/RomanReigns. While Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and Wrestling/TheShield hate each other well enough, the one Reigns eventually came to hate the most was Hunter, even if his initial issues were with Wrestling/RandyOrton. As of this writing, Hunter has manipulated Reigns' surrogate little brother Wrestling/SethRollins into betraying both him and his other surrogate brother Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, helped Rollins win the Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank briefcase that would screw him out of his ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' moment, and helped Rollins put [[BigBrotherInstinct Ambrose through physical and emotional hell]]. Then he endorsed Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and the League of Nations and pulling the same crap with ''him''. Reigns eventually snapped and beat Triple H so bad that he had to be hospitalized. Hunter retaliated by eliminating him and Ambrose from the Royal Rumble ''Royal Rumble'' to win his fourteenth world title.
title. Once he got a shot at the title again, Reigns ambushed Triple H week after week leading up to ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' before taking the title from Hunter at '''Mania''.
** Wrestling/BretHart. Bret might actually hate Hunter more than he did Shawn, who he has long since buried the hatchet with. It's a mutual feeling, if a little less obvious or more ignored on Hunter's end. With Bret, you can't trust him to give an unbiased view about something if it involves Hunter in any capacity.
** Arguably lesser examples include Wrestling/ShawnMichaels (between DX runs), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon (between [=McMahon=]-Helmsley regime runs), Wrestling/MickFoley, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (though Triple H and Austin still reached the point that they've each ''tried to kill each other'' at consecutive Survivor Series events). Of course, a few of those people are RealLife friends of Triple H, and Vince [=McMahon=] is his RealLife father-in-law. However, if rumors of his backstage politics are to be believed, Triple H probably has he also made just as many enemies in RealLife, [[UpToEleven possibly even more]].RealLife.



* AscendedMeme: The March 14, 2013 episode of ''[[WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' left no more pretenses.

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* AscendedMeme: The March 14, 2013 episode of ''[[WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' left no more pretenses.



** By all accounts, ''WWENXT'' is a running case of Author Appeal. According to sources, ''NXT'' is sufficiently under Vince [=McMahon=]'s radar, and is Triple H's "baby," and he's pretty much running it himself.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Seems to work for him in varying degrees since becoming the onscreen Chief Operations Officer. He's managed to put down guys like Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Wrestling/{{Sting}} at [=WrestleMania=] but also couldn't beat [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] or Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Then again he won not only the Royal Rumble in 2016 but the world championship in the same fell swoop.

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** By all accounts, ''WWENXT'' ''NXT'' is a running case of Author Appeal. According to sources, ''NXT'' is sufficiently under Vince [=McMahon=]'s radar, and is Triple H's "baby," and he's pretty much running it himself.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Seems to work for him in varying degrees since becoming the onscreen Chief Operations Officer. He's managed to put down guys like Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Wrestling/{{Sting}} at [=WrestleMania=] ''[=WrestleMania=]'' but also couldn't beat [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] Bryan]], Wrestling/TheUndertaker or Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Wrestling/RomanReigns. Then again again, he won not only the Royal Rumble ''Royal Rumble'' in 2016 2016, but the world championship in the same fell swoop.



** Triple H's ego has also been used as an [[InvokedTrope intentional]] Berserk Button for the benefit of others. Perhaps the most well-known incident of this manner occurred during the buildup for Triple H's [=WrestleMania=] 28 match against The Undertaker. After an in-ring monologue from The Undertaker, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=EodcpPediPM#t=503s the rest of the segment]] used an obscene number of tropes in a number of different ways as Triple H and 'Taker had a verbal battle for the ages. \\
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Triple H initially refuses The Undertaker's challenge, on the grounds that it would be "bad for business."
--->'''Undertaker:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Hey, businessman]]... is it bad for business if I'm gone... [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech or is it bad for business that you'll be gone? You can put whatever spin that you want on this, but at the end of the day, when you look in a mirror, all you're gonna see is a coward.]] \\
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'''Triple H:''' [[VillainousBreakdown I am SICK TO DEATH of this "coward" thing!]] YOU WANT COWARD?! ''[hesitates as he regains his composure]'' [[GenreSavvy I see what you're trying to do]]... [[SubvertedTrope it's not gonna work.]] I'm sorry, but the answer's no. ''[leaves the ring and starts to walk to the back]'' \\
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'''Undertaker:''' You know, Hunter... I think I just figured it out. [[ItsPersonal You know that you can't do what your buddy Shawn Michaels couldn't do.]] Because you know Shawn was always ''better than you.'' \\
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** Triple H's ego has also been used as an [[InvokedTrope intentional]] Berserk Button for the benefit of others. Perhaps the most well-known incident of this manner occurred during the buildup for Triple H's [=WrestleMania=] 28 ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'' match against The Undertaker. After an in-ring monologue from The Undertaker, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=EodcpPediPM#t=503s the rest of the segment]] used an obscene number of tropes in a number of different ways as Triple H and 'Taker had a verbal battle for the ages. \\
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Triple H initially refuses The Undertaker's challenge, on the grounds that it would be "bad for business."
--->'''Undertaker:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Hey, businessman]]... is it bad for business if I'm gone... [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech or is it bad for business that you'll be gone? You can put whatever spin that you want on this, but at the end of the day, when you look in a mirror, all you're gonna see is a coward.]] \\
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'''Triple H:''' [[VillainousBreakdown I am SICK TO DEATH of this "coward" thing!]] YOU WANT COWARD?! ''[hesitates as he regains his composure]'' [[GenreSavvy I see what you're trying to do]]... [[SubvertedTrope it's not gonna work.]] I'm sorry, but the answer's no. ''[leaves the ring and starts to walk to the back]'' \\
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'''Undertaker:''' You know, Hunter... I think I just figured it out. [[ItsPersonal You know that you can't do what your buddy Shawn Michaels couldn't do.]] Because you know Shawn was always ''better than you.'' \\
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* BigBad: As heel, except for when he's TheDragon to WWE's [[BigBad Biggest Bad]] VinceMcMahon, the owner of WWE and HHH's father-in-law. In fact his two major main event heel runs (his Attitude era run in 1999-2001 and his Evolution/King of Kings run in 2002-2006) ultimately had him become Vince's [[TheDragon Dragon]] in the end, though the latter only happened at the very end. Even his most recent run has him being Vince's [[TheDragon Dragon]], though he's more of a DragonInChief so far as Vince only made one appearance since HHH's heel turn, making Vince more of a BiggerBad.

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* BigBad: As heel, except for when he's TheDragon to WWE's [[BigBad Biggest Bad]] GreaterScopeVillain VinceMcMahon, the owner of WWE and HHH's father-in-law. In fact his two major main event heel runs (his Attitude era run in 1999-2001 and his Evolution/King of Kings run in 2002-2006) ultimately had him become Vince's [[TheDragon Dragon]] in the end, though the latter only happened at the very end. Even his most recent run has him being Vince's [[TheDragon Dragon]], though he's more of a DragonInChief so far as Vince only made one appearance since HHH's heel turn, making Vince more of a BiggerBad.



--> '''Triple H:''' The question, Vince, isn't ''if'', but ''how many times'' we "consummated the marriage!" ''(thrusting his hips)''

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--> ---> '''Triple H:''' The question, Vince, isn't ''if'', but ''how many times'' we "consummated the marriage!" ''(thrusting ''[thrusting his hips)''hips]''



* BlatantLies: His "Best for Business" thing he got going.

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* BlatantLies: His "Best for Business" thing he got going. It's always his justification for doing things that ultimately piss the fans off, i.e. not the best for business.



* [[InvincibleVillain Boring Invincible Villain]]: Grew into this. He was boring early on, but the invincibility came later.
* TheCaligula: Along with Stephanie [=McMahon=] during the [[HostileShowTakeover [=McMahon=]-Helmsley Era]]

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* [[InvincibleVillain Boring Invincible Villain]]: Grew into this. He was boring early on, but the invincibility came later.
* TheCaligula: Along with Stephanie [=McMahon=] during the [[HostileShowTakeover [=McMahon=]-Helmsley McMahon-Helmsley Era]]



** The walkout isn't the first time that the WWE locker room threatened to boycott him.
** Also, the 2012 confrontation between the [[HesBack returning]] [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] and Triple H was a direct call-back to their 2011 confrontation with the roles reversed. The first time, everybody knew through the vignettes that the Undertaker was coming to RAW on 2 21 11, and before he could say much of anything ([[TheQuietOne not that he's much of a talker, anyways...]]) Triple H's music hit. In 2012, Trips - who had already been announced for RAW - was poised to fire John Laurinaitis and then Undertaker's music hit in exactly the same fashion. Also, both times, the two offered challenges by using their trademark gestures.
** After turning heel in 2013 after Wrestling/SummerSlam, he told us that Randy Orton, the new champion, was the diamond that had squeezed out of coal, something he referenced in his promo when he debuted Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, in which Batista and Orton was the future and the coal that would be transformed in to a diamond.

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** The walkout in October 2011 isn't the first time that the WWE locker room threatened to boycott him.
** Also, the 2012 confrontation between the [[HesBack returning]] [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] and Triple H was a direct call-back to their 2011 confrontation with the roles reversed. The first time, everybody knew through the vignettes that the Undertaker was coming to RAW ''Raw'' on 2 21 11, and before he could say much of anything ([[TheQuietOne not that he's much of a talker, anyways...]]) Triple H's music hit. In 2012, Trips - who had already been announced for RAW ''Raw'' - was poised to fire John Laurinaitis and then Undertaker's music hit in exactly the same fashion. Also, both times, the two offered challenges by using their trademark gestures.
** After turning heel in 2013 after Wrestling/SummerSlam, ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'', he told us that Randy Orton, the new champion, was the diamond that had squeezed out of coal, something he referenced in his promo when he debuted Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, in which Batista and Orton was the future and the coal that would be transformed in to a diamond.



* CannotSpitItOut: This happened to him on the 1/30/12 RAW with his attempt to fire John Laurinaitis. Instead of going with his father-in-law's classic [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "YOU'RE! FIIIIRRRRREEDDD!"]] yell, he tried to [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrow Laurinaitis' "I wish you well in all your future endeav-"]] and was interrupted by [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker's]] '''[[ForDoomTheBellTolls gong.]]'''

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* CannotSpitItOut: This happened to him on the 1/30/12 RAW January 30, 2012 ''Raw'' with his attempt to fire John Laurinaitis. Instead of going with his father-in-law's classic [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "YOU'RE! FIIIIRRRRREEDDD!"]] yell, he tried to [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrow Laurinaitis' "I wish you well in all your future endeav-"]] and was interrupted by [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker's]] '''[[ForDoomTheBellTolls gong.]]'''



* DemotedToExtra: For the most part Triple H is semi-retired, mainly due to his backstage duties piling up in preparation for when he finally does take over the company.
** This occurred to him in 1996. He was a part of the infamous kayfabe-breaking Madison Square Garden "curtain call" (where Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Trips, and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels hugged each other in the middle of the ring following a match); since Hall and Nash were heading off to Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Michaels was the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF World Heavyweight Champion]] at the time, Trips [[TheScapegoat had to take the fall]]. His main event push was delayed for quite a while as punishment. Interestingly, Triple H was originally supposed to win the 1996 Wrestling/KingOfTheRing tournament. After the "curtain call", Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was booked to win the tournament as part of Triple H's punishment, and it's that victory over [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] that gave us the [[CatchPhrase Austin]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome 3:16]] phenomenon.

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* DemotedToExtra: DemotedToExtra:
**
For the most part Triple H is semi-retired, mainly due to his backstage duties piling up in preparation for when he finally does take over the company.
** This occurred to him in 1996. He was a part of the infamous kayfabe-breaking Madison Square Garden "curtain call" (where Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Trips, and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels hugged each other in the middle of the ring following a match); since Hall and Nash were heading off to Wrestling/{{WCW}}, and Michaels was the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF World Heavyweight Champion]] at the time, Trips [[TheScapegoat had to take the fall]]. His main event push was delayed for quite a while as punishment. Interestingly, Triple H was originally supposed to win the 1996 Wrestling/KingOfTheRing tournament. After the "curtain call", Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was booked to win the tournament as part of Triple H's punishment, and it's that victory over [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] that gave us the [[CatchPhrase Austin]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome 3:16]] phenomenon.



* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed ShawnMichaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}
-->Wrestling/JimRoss: didn't know you were bilingual.
-->HHH: I'm bi a lot of things, but lingual isn't one of them. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Wait, did I mean to say that?]]
--> Jim Ross: Probably not, but we're live.

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* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed ShawnMichaels Shawn Michaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}
-->Wrestling/JimRoss: didn't
Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:
-->'''Wrestling/JimRoss:''' Didn't
know you were bilingual.
-->HHH:
bilingual.\\
'''Triple H:'''
I'm bi a lot of things, but lingual isn't one of them. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Wait, did I mean to say that?]]
--> Jim Ross:
that?]]\\
'''Jim Ross:'''
Probably not, but we're live.



** In 2001, running forward to hit Wrestling/ChrisJericho with a forearm to the back of the head, Triple H ''ripped the quadricep muscle right off his kneecap'' in one of the most cringe-inducing sports injuries ever caught on film. You can actually see the muscle come loose under the skin of his thigh and he immediately falls out of the ring in agony. Somehow he managed to get back up and finish his role in the match.
** Jericho, who had real life issues with HHH at the time, admitted in his book that he developed a huge amount of respect for HHH that night because he insisted on taking Jericho's finisher, which applied an insane amount of pressure on his already damaged quads.
** And did it ''again'' in 2007 in a tag-team match with Shawn Michaels against Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Randy Orton. Tore his other quad and managed to finish the match, even Pedigreeing Edge through the announcer's table.

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** In 2001, running forward to hit Wrestling/ChrisJericho with a forearm to the back of the head, Triple H ''ripped the quadricep muscle right off his kneecap'' in one of the most cringe-inducing sports injuries ever caught on film. You can actually see the muscle come loose under the skin of his thigh and he immediately falls out of the ring in agony. Somehow he managed to get back up and finish his role in the match.
**
match. Jericho, who had real life issues with HHH at the time, admitted in his book that he developed a huge amount of respect for HHH that night because he insisted on taking Jericho's finisher, which applied an insane amount of pressure on his already damaged quads.
** And did it ''again'' in 2007 in a tag-team match with Shawn Michaels against Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Randy Orton. Orton: Tore his other quad and managed to finish the match, even Pedigreeing Edge through the announcer's table.



* DisappearedDad: A fate he desperately wanted to avert in his kids' lives, so he bought stock in a private plane company and flies back to his house after every show to see them.
** Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming with [[http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/WWE-s-Triple-H-rallies-fathers-mentors-in-1083418.php things like this]]. It's clear he's crazy about his girls; just listen to any of his interviews about them.
* DiscontinuityNod: He and Shawn Michaels took shots at the infamous Katie Vick angle in a 2007 DGenerationX promo.
* DoNotCallMePaul:
** {{Trope Namer|s}}. Triple H asks people to call him by his ring name, not his given name (Paul Levesque).
** Bizarrely inverted with WWE Studios, with Triple H being the first (and only to date) wrestler to be billed under his real name as opposed to his in-ring pseudonym.
** This was particularly highlighted in an in-ring segment during which Wrestling/CMPunk, another wrestler who prefers not to be addressed by his given name, said, as a means of emphasizing how serious he was, that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zglAkGTqBog "This isn't CM Punk talking to Triple H. This is Phil Brooks talking to Paul Levesque."]]
** As of 2013, it should be noted that this applies to his on-screen character only. As a corporate executive, you ''do'' call him Paul.

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* DisappearedDad: A fate he desperately wanted to avert in his kids' lives, so he bought stock in a private plane company and flies back to his house after every show to see them.
**
them. Doubles as a Crowning Moment Of of Heartwarming with [[http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/WWE-s-Triple-H-rallies-fathers-mentors-in-1083418.php things like this]]. It's clear he's crazy about his girls; just listen to any of his interviews about them.
* DiscontinuityNod: He and Shawn Michaels took shots at the infamous Katie Vick angle in a 2007 DGenerationX Wrestling/DGenerationX promo.
* DoNotCallMePaul:
**
DoNotCallMePaul: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Triple H asks people to call him by his ring name, not his given name (Paul Levesque).
** Bizarrely inverted with WWE Studios, with Triple H being the first (and only to date) wrestler to be billed under his real name as opposed to his in-ring pseudonym.
**
Levesque). This was particularly highlighted in an in-ring segment during which Wrestling/CMPunk, another wrestler who prefers not to be addressed by his given name, said, as a means of emphasizing how serious he was, that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zglAkGTqBog "This isn't CM Punk talking to Triple H. This is Phil Brooks talking to Paul Levesque."]]
**
"]] Bizarrely inverted with WWE Studios, with Triple H being the first (and only to date) wrestler to be billed under his real name as opposed to his in-ring pseudonym. As of 2013, it should be noted that this applies to his on-screen character only. As a corporate executive, you ''do'' call him Paul.



** To Vince [=McMahon=] after Vince's FaceHeelTurn at Wrestlemania 16. Was also CoDragons with Stone Cold Steve Austin to Vince in 2001, until Triple H got injured. He seems to be becoming this in RealLife as well, as Vince recently made him his Senior Advisor.
** Triple H was also TheDragon to Shawn Michaels in the early days of [=DeGeneration=] X, until HBK got injured and HHH [[DragonAscendant became the new leader]].
** NumberTwo: He's currently kayfabe COO, making him this to Vince(who of course is the owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE in RealLife and kayfabe), as well as the future heir to Vince's throne. They've only had a couple of interactions though.

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** To Vince [=McMahon=] after Vince's FaceHeelTurn at Wrestlemania 16. ''[=WrestleMania=] 2000''. Was also CoDragons with Stone Cold "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to Vince in 2001, until Triple H got injured. He seems to be becoming this in RealLife as well, as Vince recently made him his Senior Advisor.
** Triple H was also TheDragon to Shawn Michaels in the early days of [=DeGeneration=] D-Generation X, until HBK got injured and HHH [[DragonAscendant became the new leader]].
** NumberTwo: He's currently kayfabe COO, making him this to Vince(who of course is the owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE in RealLife and kayfabe), as well as the future heir to Vince's throne. They've only had a couple of interactions though.
leader]].



*** DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.

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*** * DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.



* EdgyBackwardsChairSitting:
** Invoked by Triple H (who's almost always been a rebellious character) during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDg9CIrqOqg an attack on The Undertaker in 2001.]] Triple H first got the jump on Taker as he was sitting on his motorcycle, which resulted in the bike itself pinning Undertaker to the ground. Triple H then set up a chair, backwards, ''on top of Undertaker's neck''. Then, to top it all off, he leaned over the backrest of the chair and talked tons of shit to the Deadman.
--->'''Triple H:''' How ya doing, [[RedBaron American Badass]]? You're the guy that makes people famous, ain't ya? You know what? [[BadassBoast I'm already famous. I'm famous for crippling people. I'm famous for putting people out!]] Let me tell you something... you keep screwing with me... I will cripple you.
* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at Wrestlemania X8. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately to the now revitalized Hogan at the next Pay Per View. It took years for him to admit he was in the wrong.

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* EdgyBackwardsChairSitting:
** Invoked by Triple H (who's almost always been a rebellious character) during
EdgyBackwardsChairSitting: During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDg9CIrqOqg an attack on The Undertaker in 2001.]] 2001,]] Triple H first got the jump on Taker as he was sitting on his motorcycle, which resulted in the bike itself pinning Undertaker to the ground. Triple H then set up a chair, backwards, ''on top of Undertaker's neck''. Then, to top it all off, he leaned over the backrest of the chair and talked tons of shit to the Deadman.
--->'''Triple -->'''Triple H:''' How ya doing, [[RedBaron American Badass]]? You're the guy that makes people famous, ain't ya? You know what? [[BadassBoast I'm already famous. I'm famous for crippling people. I'm famous for putting people out!]] Let me tell you something... you keep screwing with me... I will cripple you.
* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at Wrestlemania X8.''[=WrestleMania=] X8''. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately to the now revitalized Hogan at the next Pay Per View.pay-per-view. It took years for him to admit he was in the wrong.



* EvilMentor: In Evolution, he was one to Randy Orton (echoing their RealLife relationship) and {{Batista}}. On the flipside, he had his own in Ric Flair.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: While he may be no-nonsense authority figure, Triple H cares about his family to the point anyone thinking about harming or even smack talking about them will result in a beat-down.

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* EvilMentor: In Evolution, he was one to Randy Orton (echoing their RealLife relationship) and {{Batista}}.Wrestling/{{Batista}}. On the flipside, he had his own in Ric Flair.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
**
While he may be no-nonsense authority figure, Triple H cares about his family to the point anyone thinking about harming or even smack talking about them will result in a beat-down.



* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even The Game Has Standards]]: Even as a heel, Triple H wonít cross some lines.
** He didnít like the racism towards Latinos that [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]] was known for.
*** Inverted with the racism toward African Americans that he himself was known for during his title program with Booker T.

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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even The Game Has Standards]]: EvenEvilHasStandards: Even as a heel, Triple H wonít won't cross some lines.
** He didnít didn't like the racism towards Latinos that [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]] was known for.
***
for. Inverted with the racism toward African Americans that he himself was known for during his title program with Booker T.



** His Conan the Barbarian, "[[RedBaron King of Kings]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-kmws3Gx4entrance at Wrestlemania 22]] is made of this trope.
** His [=WrestleMania=] 27 and 28 entrances feature this trope in full force, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jr2RnavrbE the 27 one]] in particular. Being accompanied by a [[FacelessGoons masked army]], striding out of a DarkFantasy village left [[RapePillageAndBurn in ruins]], wearing a BlackCloak and [[CoolCrown skull-faced crown]], all while Music/{{Metallica}} is [[ThemeMusicPowerUp blaring in the background]]? This may take home the award for most metal entrance ever.
-->'''Wrestling/JohnCena''': Well, it looks like He-Man (Triple H) and Skeletor (Edge) have some unfinished business...
** His [=WrestleMania=] XXX entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]

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** His Conan the Barbarian, "[[RedBaron King of Kings]]" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-kmws3Gx4entrance com/watch?v=Zh-kmws3Gx4 entrance]] at Wrestlemania 22]] ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'' is made of this trope.
** His [=WrestleMania=] 27 ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' and 28 ''XXVIII'' entrances feature this trope in full force, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jr2RnavrbE the 27 XXVII one]] in particular. Being accompanied by a [[FacelessGoons masked army]], striding out of a DarkFantasy village left [[RapePillageAndBurn in ruins]], wearing a BlackCloak and [[CoolCrown skull-faced crown]], all while Music/{{Metallica}} is [[ThemeMusicPowerUp blaring in the background]]? This may take home the award for most metal entrance ever.
-->'''Wrestling/JohnCena''': --->'''Wrestling/JohnCena:''' Well, it looks like He-Man (Triple H) and Skeletor (Edge) have some unfinished business...
** His [=WrestleMania=] XXX ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]



-->"The night before his WWE contract expired, CM Punk snatched the WWE championship from the loathed John Cena, and wrestling was edgy and cool again ... for about a week. Then Triple H ó Vince [=McMahon's=] son-in-law and inexplicable "star" from 2003 ó hogged the Monday Night Raw cameras for the entire summer. The fuck?"
* FatalFlaw: For all his success and years of devotion to the business, the one thing Hunter has never been able to overcome is his ego, something that he himself has admitted on numerous occasions. It was how the Undertaker was able to goad him into the "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell match at WM 28, and it was what would ultimately destroy Evolution, something that would come to bite him in the ass down the line, in the form of former protege Randy Orton, who gradually went insane due to the betrayal and held Hunter accountable for what happened for several years.
* AFatherToHisMen: Triple H has become this to everyone in the {{WWENXT}} roster.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Maybe Pro Wrestling's ''first'' finger poke of doom and almost certainly the first to ever be aired on television when Shawn Michaels basically gave up the European championship to him. It was no where near as wasteful or damaging as WCW's, but still.

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-->"The -->'''''The Boston Phoenix'':''' The night before his WWE contract expired, CM Punk snatched the WWE championship from the loathed John Cena, and wrestling was edgy and cool again ... for about a week. Then Triple H ó Vince [=McMahon's=] son-in-law and inexplicable "star" from 2003 ó hogged the Monday Night Raw cameras for the entire summer. The fuck?"
fuck?
* FatalFlaw: For all his success and years of devotion to the business, the one thing Hunter has never been able to overcome is his ego, something that he himself has admitted on numerous occasions. It was how the Undertaker was able to goad him into the "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell match at WM 28, ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'', and it was what would ultimately destroy Evolution, something that would come to bite him in the ass down the line, in the form of former protege Randy Orton, who gradually went insane due to the betrayal and held Hunter accountable for what happened for several years.
* AFatherToHisMen: Triple H has become this to everyone in the {{WWENXT}} NXT roster.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Maybe Pro Wrestling's pro wrestling's ''first'' finger poke "Fingerpoke of doom Doom" and almost certainly the first to ever be aired on television when Shawn Michaels basically gave up the European championship Championship to him. It was no where near as wasteful or damaging as WCW's, but still.



* FleetingDemographicRule: What his WrestleMania 27 feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker was. They last fought each other at [=WrestleMania=] 17.

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* FleetingDemographicRule: What his WrestleMania 27 ''[=WrestleMania=] 27'' feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker was. They last fought each other at [=WrestleMania=] 17.''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven''.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: From the low man on [[Wrestling/TheKliq the Clique]] totem pole and the guy who carried Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' bags to the guy who stands to potentially inherit the company in barely four years.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: From the low man on [[Wrestling/TheKliq the Clique]] Wrestling/TheKliq totem pole and the guy who carried Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' bags to the guy who stands to potentially inherit the company in barely four years.



** One of the first things people use in a Triple H parody is a gigantic fake nose, hell, a FanNickname[[invoked]] of his is "The Nose of Noses".

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** One of the first things people use in a Triple H parody is a gigantic fake nose, nose; hell, a FanNickname[[invoked]] FanNickname [[invoked]] of his is "The Nose of Noses".



--->''"The comedy stuff with us was just based on our giving personalities. I gave Shawn the comedy gift of my nose ..."''
* GameBreakingInjury: [[{{Pun}} Jokes aside,]] The Game tearing his quad left him out of action for eight months in 2001. Would he be considered lucky that he missed the Invasion angle?

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--->''"The --->'''Triple H:''' The comedy stuff with us was just based on our giving personalities. I gave Shawn the comedy gift of my nose ..."''
nose ...
* GameBreakingInjury: [[{{Pun}} Jokes aside,]] The Game tearing his quad left him out of action for eight months in 2001. Would he be considered lucky that he missed the Invasion angle?2001, and tearing his ''other'' quad left him out of action for a similar amount of time in 2007.



** Shows subtle genre savvy during his entrance. When he climbs onto the apron to shoot water into the crowd, he looks over his shoulder at his opponent(s) before doing so. As of late 2015, after over 15 years of doing the same entrance week after week, only CM Punk (at Night Of Champions 2011) has blindsided him despite Triple H being in perfect position to be jumped from behind.

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** Shows subtle genre savvy during his entrance. When he climbs onto the apron to shoot water into the crowd, he looks over his shoulder at his opponent(s) before doing so. As of late 2015, after over 15 years of doing the same entrance week after week, only CM Punk (at Night Of ''Night of Champions 2011) 2011'') has blindsided him despite Triple H being in perfect position to be jumped from behind.



** From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills.\\
\\
The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.

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** From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills.\\
\\
The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.



* HesBack: He came back after about eight months on the shelf on 2/21/11, the same night Wrestling/TheUndertaker made his return.
** Then on the 8/29/16 edition of RAW, in the waning moments of the Fatal 4-Way Match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Big Cass for the WWWE Universal Championship, Triple H showed up, at the shock of the WWE universal and Stephanie and Mick, pedigreeing Roman Reigns, which allowed Seth Rollins to eliminate him. And then when it appeared Owens was gonna followed next, HHH sent shockwaves by pedigreeing Seth Rollins, helping Kevin Owens to his first WWE championship.

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* HesBack: HesBack:
**
He came back after about eight months on the shelf on 2/21/11, February 21, 2011, the same night Wrestling/TheUndertaker made his return.
** Then on On the 8/29/16 August 29, 2016 edition of RAW, ''Raw'', in the waning moments of the Fatal 4-Way Match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Big Cass for the WWWE WWE Universal Championship, Triple H showed up, at the shock of the WWE universal and Universe, Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Mick, Mick Foley, pedigreeing Roman Reigns, which allowed Seth Rollins to eliminate him. And then when it appeared Owens was gonna followed next, HHH Triple H sent shockwaves by pedigreeing Seth Rollins, helping Kevin Owens to win his first WWE championship.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_wrestling_championship#World_championships world heavyweight championship]] in WWE.



** Set up the vehicular attack on Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1999'' to take him out of the triple-threat match for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship Title]] also involving the Rock. '''Wrestling/TheBigShow''' got plugged into the match instead, and pinned HHH for the title.

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** Set up the vehicular attack on Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1999'' to take him out of the triple-threat match for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship Title]] WWF Championship]] also involving the Rock. '''Wrestling/TheBigShow''' got plugged into the match instead, and pinned HHH for the title.



** During Daniel Bryan's "Occupy Raw" movement, Triple H ordered security to handle the situation. Since WWE apparently hires mall cops and not actual security guards, they had no means of riot control (tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.), and the fact that they could do nothing about the situation only frustrated Triple H further. Eventually, Daniel Bryan's request to be given a chance to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at [=WrestleMania=] pushed The Game over the edge. In his attempt to storm the ring in rage, he had to be held back by the same security guards that he called to escort Bryan and his 100-some-odd supporters out of the building.

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** During Daniel Bryan's "Occupy Raw" movement, Triple H ordered security to handle the situation. Since WWE apparently hires mall cops and not actual security guards, they had no means of riot control (tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.), and the fact that they could do nothing about the situation only frustrated Triple H further. Eventually, Daniel Bryan's request to be given a chance to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at [=WrestleMania=] ''[=WrestleMania=]'' pushed The Game over the edge. In his attempt to storm the ring in rage, he had to be held back by the same security guards that he called to escort Bryan and his 100-some-odd supporters out of the building.



** Buried Wrestling/BookerT to his face for a being a five-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], bringing up Wrestling/VinceRusso and David Arquette, while standing next to Wrestling/RicFlair, who held that title 8 TIMES, and while ''holding the actual belt'' that had been used for the Wrestling/{{WCW}} World Heavyweight Title and had been dug out ''just for HHH'' as the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]]. Even if the point he was making was that Booker's title reigns all came during the lowest point of the WCW World Title's existence, this was still hypocritical, as around the same time frame, Trips himself was amassing a number of WWF Championship runs while Wrestling/VinceMcMahon would hold the same title, not to mention [[Wrestling/DGenerationX his crew back then]] pretty much gift-wrapped the Women's Championship to the [[SarcasmMode acclaimed ring general]] known as Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon.
** He left WCW in early 1995 because he didn't want to team with Regal in an elitist, blueblood snob gimmick. He debuted in WWE as "Hunter Hearst Helmsley"- an elitist, blueblood snob gimmick.

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** Buried Wrestling/BookerT to his face for a being a five-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], bringing up Wrestling/VinceRusso and David Arquette, while standing next to Wrestling/RicFlair, who held that title 8 TIMES, and while ''holding the actual belt'' that had been used for the Wrestling/{{WCW}} World Heavyweight Title Championship and had been dug out ''just for HHH'' as the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-h.html WWE (WWE) World Heavyweight Title]]. Championship]]. Even if the point he was making was that Booker's title reigns all came during the lowest point of the WCW World Title's existence, this was still hypocritical, as around the same time frame, Trips himself was amassing a number of WWF Championship runs while Wrestling/VinceMcMahon would hold the same title, not to mention [[Wrestling/DGenerationX his crew back then]] pretty much gift-wrapped the Women's Championship to the [[SarcasmMode acclaimed ring general]] known as Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon.
** He left WCW in early 1995 because he didn't want to team with Regal in an elitist, blueblood snob gimmick. He debuted in WWE as "Hunter Hearst Helmsley"- an elitist, blueblood snob gimmick.
non-wrestler Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon.



* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil:
** Triple H cut his hair once his responsibilities backstage increased.
** Because his on-screen debut with short hair fell was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he noted that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.
* InformedAttribute: Was explicitly called a great technical wrestler ad nauseum in the '90s and '00s, despite being a brawler first and foremost, and uses far more strikes than he's ever used submissions/throws. His one attempt at a real submission hold was a disastrous experiment with the ancient "Inverted Indian Deathlock". It was generally an attempt to push him as a "smart wrestler" (as smart guys are usually technical masterminds as well), which he really did better by cheating and manipulating others anyways.
** He uses tonnes of submission holds from time to time, including the figure four leg lock, sharpshooter, crossface, armbar, abdominal stretch, sleeper hold and so on. His technical prowess is well displayed in his matches against Bryan, Benoit, Angle or Ambrose. He said in an interview that although he can chain wrestle, he doesn't do it very often and insists on doing them at the right time and place. In fact, his recent match against Roman Reigns was criticized for being overly methodical,slow and technical since it didn't fit with their brutal feud.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Claims responsibility for breaking [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker "The Streak."]] Not because he actually ''beat'' the Undertaker, but because he was able to walk out of the arena on his own power and 'Taker wasn't. After his Hell In A Cell rematch the following year, however, he was so badly beaten both 'Taker and Shawn Michaels had to carry him out of the arena together.

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* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil:
**
ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his responsibilities backstage increased.
**
increased. Because his on-screen debut with short hair fell was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he noted lampshaded it by noting that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.
* InformedAttribute: Was explicitly called a great technical wrestler ad nauseum in the '90s and '00s, despite being a brawler first and foremost, and uses far more strikes than he's ever used submissions/throws. His one attempt at a real submission hold was a disastrous experiment with the ancient "Inverted Indian Deathlock". It was generally in an attempt to push him as a "smart wrestler" (as smart guys are usually technical masterminds as well), which but he really did so better by cheating and manipulating others anyways.
** He
anyways, as while he uses tonnes of submission holds from time to time, including the figure four leg lock, figure-four leglock, sharpshooter, crossface, armbar, abdominal stretch, sleeper hold and so on. His on (his technical prowess is well displayed in his matches against Bryan, Benoit, Angle or Ambrose. He said Ambrose), he only does so from time to time, as his one attempt at a real submission hold as a finishing move was a disastrous experiment with the ancient "Inverted Indian Deathlock", and he admitted in an interview that although he can chain wrestle, he doesn't do it very often and insists on doing them at the right time and place. In fact, his recent match against Roman Reigns at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' was criticized for being overly methodical,slow methodical, slow and technical since it didn't fit with their brutal feud.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Claims Claimed responsibility for breaking [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker "The Streak."]] Streak"]] after ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII''. Not because he actually ''beat'' the Undertaker, but because he was able to walk out of the arena on his own power and 'Taker wasn't. After his Hell In A in a Cell rematch the following year, year at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVIII'', however, he was so badly beaten both 'Taker and Shawn Michaels had to carry him out of the arena together.



* ItsAllAboutMe:
** He has a reputation for using bigger draws to make himself look better or taking credit for their popularity. [=DeGeneration X=]'s bigger draws were Shawn Michaels and Chyna while the New Age Outlaws were getting over without the rest, the Two Man Power Trip gave him more focus even though he was with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, the Corporate Ministry was Undertaker and Chyna again, and WWE's Summer of Punk remake became the Autumn of Triple H. It was even used for a story line when his Evolution partners got sick of everything being about Triple H, even though he really wasn't doing anything to prove his particular importance.

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* ItsAllAboutMe:
** He has a reputation for using bigger draws to make
InvincibleVillain: Grew into this once he established himself look better or taking credit for their popularity. [=DeGeneration X=]'s bigger draws were Shawn Michaels and Chyna while in the New Age Outlaws were getting over without the rest, the Two Man Power Trip gave main event scene.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His run in Evolution eventually had
him more focus even though he was with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, the Corporate Ministry was Undertaker and Chyna again, and WWE's Summer of Punk remake became the Autumn of Triple H. It was even used for a story line when devolve into this, as his Evolution partners got sick of everything being about Triple H, even though he really wasn't doing anything to prove his particular importance.



* KarmaHoudini: Has a history behind the scenes of blaming other people when some bad angle involving him flops.
* LackOfEmpathy: Demonstrates this from time to time as a {{heel}}, even towards his own ''wife'' (despite being [[HappilyMarried happily married]]). When Stephanie was arrested and taken to jail on the July 21, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw (for striking Brie Bella, who was at the show in a fan capacity and not as a competitor), she was scared to death and begging Triple H to help her as she practically drowned in her own tears. Hunter told her he'd be at the police station to get her out in five minutes tops, and at this point, there was a little less than an hour left in the show. By the end of the show, Triple H hadn't even come close to leaving the building, instead deciding to stay to announce the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. This is all despite saying that "Family comes first" when questioned about it initially.

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* KarmaHoudini: Has Like many heel wrestlers before and after him, his nasty deeds as a history behind the scenes of blaming other people heel would get no comeuppance once he made a HeelFaceTurn. One time though, it was actually averted when some bad angle involving he found himself in a Survivor Series team in which his teammates were former rivals of his and all of them reminded him flops.
of their previous feuds. All Triple H could do after that was say a meek "My bad."
* LackOfEmpathy: Demonstrates this from time to time as a {{heel}}, even towards his own ''wife'' (despite being [[HappilyMarried happily married]]). {{happily married}}). When Stephanie was arrested and taken to jail on the July 21, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw (for ''Raw'' for striking Brie Bella, who was at the show in a fan capacity and not as a competitor), competitor, she was scared to death and begging Triple H to help her as she practically drowned in her own tears. Hunter Triple H told her he'd be at the police station to get her out in five minutes tops, and at this point, there was a little less than an hour left in the show. By the end of the show, Triple H hadn't even come close to leaving the building, instead deciding to stay to announce the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.Championship. This is all despite saying that "Family comes first" when questioned about it initially.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Boy, oh boy, does he love to do this. When he's not outright bulldozing the fourth wall with a complete disregard for maintaining {{kayfabe}}, he enjoys poking fun at smarks. At one point in 2013, after the internet was abuzz that he was going to bury [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] during their feud, he promised, in-character, to do exactly that (even using the word "bury").
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: His heel persona in The Authority has him acting, [[VerbalTic quite frankly]] as Mr [=McMahon=] version 2.0.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Boy, oh boy, does he love to do this. When he's not outright bulldozing the fourth wall with a complete disregard for maintaining {{kayfabe}}, he enjoys poking fun at smarks. At one point in 2013, after the internet was abuzz that he was going to bury [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] during their feud, he promised, in-character, to do exactly that (even using the word "bury").
"bury"). In another occasion, he also did an impression of a hypothetical WWE fan, saying that he "and his friend Mark" would stop watching, being an obvious reference to the term "SmartMark."
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: His heel persona in The Authority has him acting, acting [[VerbalTic quite frankly]] as Mr Mr. [=McMahon=] version 2.0.



* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood and Evolution Variants.

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* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood and Evolution Variants.variants.



* MetaGuy: He is fond of LeaningOnTheFourthWall
* {{Misblamed}}:

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* MetaGuy: He is fond of LeaningOnTheFourthWall
LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
* {{Misblamed}}:MisBlamed:



** Dennis Randazzo, author of ''Literature/RingOfHell'', accuses Triple H turning Austin into his lackey during the latter's 2001 FaceHeelTurn, despite that fact that Austin held the WWF Title and Triple H held the Intercontinental Title, and thus, Austin was positioned as the more important/credible member of the Two-Man Power Trip.

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** Dennis Randazzo, author of ''Literature/RingOfHell'', accuses Triple H turning Austin into his lackey during the latter's 2001 FaceHeelTurn, despite that fact that Austin held the WWF Title and Triple H held the Intercontinental Title, and thus, Austin was positioned as the more important/credible member of the Two-Man Power Trip.Trip (''Ring of Hell'' was accused of several instances of misblaming, anyway).



* Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob:
** On [[SmartMark the]] [[InternetBackdraft Internet]], he's actually hated/blamed by fans for the Screwjob more than either [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] or Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, due to his backstage influence with Vince and the fact that he's the one who suggested the possibility that [[Wrestling/BretHart Bret]] would pull an Alundra Blayze and trash the WWF belt upon going to WCW.[[note]]He would confirm that on Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' ''Heartbreak & Triumph'' DVD and book.[[/note]]



* {{Nepotism}}: In RealLife, he's the "Senior Advisor" to [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and the head of Talent Development.

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* {{Nepotism}}: In RealLife, he's the "Senior Advisor" to [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and the head of Talent Development.



* NumberTwo: He's currently kayfabe COO, making him this to Vince (who of course is the owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE in RealLife and kayfabe), as well as the future heir to Vince's throne. They've only had a couple of interactions though.



** How he reacted to Wrestling/TheUndertaker at both WrestleMania 27 and 28 in their matches when he sat up/kicked out after numerous chairshots, hammershots, and [[FinishingMove Pedigrees]].

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** How he reacted to Wrestling/TheUndertaker at both WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 27 and 28 in their matches when he sat up/kicked out after numerous chairshots, hammershots, and [[FinishingMove Pedigrees]].



* ParentalSubstitute:
** He and Vince [=McMahon=] are quite close, and according to the nastier rumors floating out there, [[WhyAreYouNotMySon closer than Vince and Shane]].
** All but confirmed by his {{kayfabe}}-tweaking [[TearJerker "I love you, Pops"]] to Vince upon "relieving [Vince] of his duties".

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* ParentalSubstitute:
**
ParentalSubstitute: He and Vince [=McMahon=] are quite close, and according to the nastier rumors floating out there, [[WhyAreYouNotMySon closer than Vince and Shane]].
** All
Shane]], all but confirmed by his {{kayfabe}}-tweaking [[TearJerker "I love you, Pops"]] to Vince upon "relieving [Vince] relieving Vince of his duties".duties in kayfabe in July 2011.



* PowerStable: The Kliq (as the TagAlongKid), then Wrestling/DGenerationX (as its Leader and Co-Founder), which was then merged with Wrestling/TheCorporation (forming the [=McMahon-Helmsley Faction=], him as again the Leader), and later Wrestling/{{Evolution}}.

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* PowerStable: The Kliq (as the TagAlongKid), TagalongKid), then Wrestling/DGenerationX (as its Leader and Co-Founder), which was then merged with Wrestling/TheCorporation (forming the [=McMahon-Helmsley Faction=], him as again the Leader), and later Wrestling/{{Evolution}}.



* RatedMForManly: His singles competitor persona from 2005 to 2011. Gone are the [[BadassInANiceSuit custom three-piece suits]] of Evolution and the [[DepravedBisexual sexual ambiguity]]/[[VulgarHumor juvenile humor]] of Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}}. Instead he's a hammer-wielding badass with a Music/{{Motorhead}} VillainSong and a bad attitude.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot[=/=]RomanceOnTheSet:
** Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] were {{kayfabe}} married in 1999 and (again, kayfabe) divorced in 2002, but they got married in RealLife in 2003. Their real-life marriage appears to have had none of the turmoil that they had in the early 2000s.
** Was also a member of The Kliq but it effectively "disbanded" before he rose to any prominence, and as a result of the "Curtain Call" arguably did him more harm than good.
** Also dated Chyna.

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* RatedMForManly: His singles competitor persona from 2005 to 2011. Gone are the [[BadassInANiceSuit custom three-piece suits]] of Evolution and the [[DepravedBisexual sexual ambiguity]]/[[VulgarHumor juvenile humor]] of Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}}. Wrestling/DGenerationX. Instead he's a hammer-wielding badass with a Music/{{Motorhead}} VillainSong and a bad attitude.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot[=/=]RomanceOnTheSet:
** Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] were {{kayfabe}} married in 1999 and (again, kayfabe) divorced in 2002, but they got married in RealLife in 2003. Their real-life marriage appears to have had none of the turmoil that they had in the early 2000s.
** Was also a member of The Kliq but it effectively "disbanded" before he rose to any prominence, and as a result of the "Curtain Call" arguably did him more harm than good.
** Also dated Chyna.
attitude.



** Despite his heel turn at [=SummerSlam=] 2013, he still shows flashes of this trope. As is the norm for powerful heels, he does have a tendency to lie and make life a living hell for babyface wrestlers (often for no good reason), but he's also done the same to fellow heels, including Wrestling/TheShield, Vickie Guerrero, and Wrestling/RandyOrton. He's shown a bit of favor to faces like Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/JohnCena as well.
* RedBaron: [[TheAce The Game]], [[MagnificentBastard The Cerebral Assassin]], [[TheEmperor The King of Kings]].

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** Despite his heel turn at [=SummerSlam=] 2013, ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013'', he still shows flashes of this trope. As is the norm for powerful heels, he does have a tendency to lie and make life a living hell for babyface wrestlers (often for no good reason), but he's also done the same to fellow heels, including Wrestling/TheShield, Vickie Guerrero, and Wrestling/RandyOrton. He's shown a bit of favor to faces like Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/JohnCena as well.
* RedBaron: [[TheAce "[[TheAce The Game]], [[MagnificentBastard Game]]", "[[MagnificentBastard The Cerebral Assassin]], [[TheEmperor Assassin]]", "[[TheEmperor The King of Kings]]."
* RetiredBadass: Well, semi-retired. Triple H doesn't work nearly a full ring schedule since his 13th reign as WWE Champion in 2009 (as he is aging and growing used to his backstage role), but he can still throw a good beatdown or pound a guy to a pulp with a sledgehammer when the time calls for it.



* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] were {{kayfabe}} married in 1999 and (again, kayfabe) divorced in 2002, but they got married in RealLife in 2003. Their real-life marriage appears to have had none of the turmoil that they had in the early 2000s.
** Also dated Chyna.



* [[RetiredBadass Semi-Retired Badass]]: Triple H doesn't work nearly a full ring schedule since his 13th reign as WWE Champion in 2009 (as he is aging and growing used to his backstage role), but he can still throw a good beatdown or pound a guy to a pulp with a sledgehammer when the time calls for it.



** Done to finally end the Evolution stable when he attacked RicFlair with a sledgehammer after a victorious tag team effort against Carlito and Chris Masters. Evoked the trope the following week on Raw when he said Flair was too old and too mediocre and was damaging his own legacy so [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness he "...took Ric out behind the barn and shot him]]."
** The reason why he challenged The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27 - he wanted to end The Streak as well as believing that Taker was way past his prime.

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** Done to finally end the Evolution stable when he attacked RicFlair Wrestling/RicFlair with a sledgehammer after a victorious tag team effort against Carlito and Chris Masters. Evoked the trope the following week on Raw ''Raw'' when he said Flair was too old and too mediocre and was damaging his own legacy so [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness he "...took Ric out behind the barn and shot him]]."
** The reason why he challenged The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27 ''[=WrestleMania=] 27'' - he wanted to end The Streak as well as believing that Taker was way past his prime.



* ShoutOut: Real life WWE does not have a "chief operating officer". But Wrestling/RingOfHonor does!

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* ShoutOut: Real life In real life, WWE does not have a position of "chief operating officer". But Wrestling/RingOfHonor does!



** By necessity for the 2016 build up to ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'', which is why Hunter won his fourteenth world title despite having expressed no interest in winning another one ever since he became more of a backstage official and an office executive. With the exceptions of Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, every single full-time main event talent on the roster was injured or (in the case of Wrestling/DanielBryan) retired and would miss ''Mania''. There was literally no other major heel to hold the title for Reigns to challenge for it besides Wrestling/BrockLesnar, but Lesnar had transcended beyond the traditional dynamics of face and heel and had become a tweener in the eyes of the fans, one who would be cheered above Reigns no matter what he did. Then, after ''Fastlane'', Reigns had to be written out so he could get facial reconstruction surgery for a deviated septum -- he would still be able to do the match but still had to miss a significant portion of the build. Since Lesnar, [[spoiler:Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon]], and Wrestling/TheUndertaker were only booked for a couple of shows, that meant Ambrose and Hunter had to carry RAW by themselves and start a mini-feud for the upcoming ''WWE Roadblock'' Network Special, since their respective opponents (Lesnar and Reigns) were unavailable.

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** By necessity for the 2016 build up to ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'', which is why Hunter won his fourteenth world title despite having expressed no interest in winning another one ever since he became more of a backstage official and an office executive. With the exceptions of Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, every single full-time main event talent on the roster was injured or (in (or in the case of Wrestling/DanielBryan) retired [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] retired) and would miss ''Mania''. There was literally no other major heel to hold the title for Reigns to challenge for it besides Wrestling/BrockLesnar, but Lesnar had transcended beyond the traditional dynamics of face and heel and had become a tweener in the eyes of the fans, one who would be cheered above Reigns no matter what he did. Then, after ''Fastlane'', Reigns had to be written out so he could get facial reconstruction surgery for a deviated septum -- he would still be able to do the match but still had to miss a significant portion of the build. Since Lesnar, [[spoiler:Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon]], and Wrestling/TheUndertaker were only booked for a couple of shows, that meant Ambrose and Hunter had to carry RAW ''Raw'' by themselves and start a mini-feud for the upcoming ''WWE Roadblock'' Network Special, since their respective opponents (Lesnar and Reigns) were unavailable.



* SuperDeformed:
** Some DX merchandise has a chibi Shawn and Hunter on it.
** Particularly hilarious are the t-shirts of chibi Shawn and Hunter ''mooning'' people.
** Even funnier in that Triple H said in an interview that when shown the new shirts for approval, no one showed Shawn what was on the back (the chibi asses).

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* SuperDeformed:
**
SuperDeformed: Some DX merchandise has a chibi Shawn and Hunter on it.
**
it. Particularly hilarious are the t-shirts of chibi Shawn and Hunter ''mooning'' people.
**
people. Even funnier in that Triple H said in an interview that when shown the new shirts for approval, no one showed Shawn what was on the back (the chibi asses).



** Too many times to count in [=DeGeneration X=], though of particular note is the time he asked Chris Masters what he could write a book about - "how to lose 30 pounds in a week?".
* TakeThatAudience: Has gotten to be very good at delivering these while in his Authority corporate role. During [[Wrestling/DanielBryan Daniel Bryan's]] ascent in early '14, he seems to love nothing more than to mock the crowd's propensity for cheering on so-called "internet favorites" and behaving like crybabies when they don't get what they want.

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** Too many times to count in [=DeGeneration X=], D-Generation X, though of particular note is the time he asked Chris Masters what he could write a book about - "how to lose 30 pounds in a week?".
* TakeThatAudience: Has gotten to be very good at delivering these while in his Authority corporate role. During [[Wrestling/DanielBryan [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan's]] ascent in early '14, he seems to love nothing more than to mock the crowd's propensity for cheering on so-called "internet favorites" and behaving like crybabies when they don't get what they want.



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: First in 2000 when he married Stephanie and controlled Raw, then again in 2013 when he screwed Daniel Bryan out of the WWE Championship title. He claims what he's doing is "Best for business"...
* VerbalTic: His infamous ending of many sentences with "uh", especially when getting dramatic. "I am... the GAME-uh!" Has been mocked a couple times by [[Main/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] during their feuds.

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: First in 2000 when he married Stephanie and controlled Raw, ''Raw'', then again in 2013 when he screwed Daniel Bryan out of the WWE Championship title. He claims what he's doing is "Best for business"...
* VerbalTic: His infamous ending of many sentences with "uh", especially when getting dramatic. "I am... the GAME-uh!" Has been mocked a couple times by [[Main/DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] during their feuds.



** Had one on RAW March 10th when [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] organized a ''protest'' that occupied the ring and brought the show to a screeching halt. He managed to maintain some composure...until Bryan revealed he didn't ''just'' want him at [=WrestleMania=], but that if he won, he gets a title shot. Hunter ''lost it'' and had to be held back by security to keep him from trying to rip Bryan's head off in rage.
** Happens at Survivor Series 2014 when Team Authority begins losing (which means the Authority would be stripped of their power). He drops any pretense of playing fair and throws every YankTheDogsChain and tactic he can think of, up to and including punching out multiple refs until he finally calls in a crooked one. When even ''this'' fails and Team Authority is defeated, all he can do is hold his head in shame.
* VillainProtagonist: Oh yeah. He's a heel as of mid-2015 and he's been the center of attention for 14 years and counting.

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** Had one on RAW the March 10th 10, 2014 episode of ''Raw'' when [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] organized a ''protest'' that occupied the ring and brought the show to a screeching halt. He managed to maintain some composure...until Bryan revealed he didn't ''just'' want him at [=WrestleMania=], but that if he won, he gets a title shot. Hunter ''lost it'' and had to be held back by security to keep him from trying to rip Bryan's head off in rage.
** Happens at Survivor ''Survivor Series 2014 2014'' when Team Authority begins losing (which means the Authority would be stripped of their power). He drops any pretense of playing fair and throws every YankTheDogsChain and tactic he can think of, up to and including punching out multiple refs until he finally calls in a crooked one. When even ''this'' fails and Team Authority is defeated, all he can do is hold his head in shame.
* VillainProtagonist: Oh yeah. He's a heel as of mid-2015 mid-2016 and he's been the center of attention a main eventer for 14 15 straight years and counting.



** The Rock and Triple H were engaged in a long and acclaimed feud in the attitude era, with each guy coming on top for several times. This rivalry was verbally referred to at their confrontation in Wrestlemania XXXI. In Austin's absence, they managed to work so well together that 2000 was WWE's most profitable year financially.
** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face TheUndertaker at Wrestlemania 27 is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the Pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.

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** The Rock and Triple H were engaged in a long and acclaimed feud in the attitude era, Attitude Era, with each guy coming on top for several times. This rivalry was verbally referred to at their confrontation in Wrestlemania XXXI.''[=WrestleMania=] 31''. In Austin's absence, they managed to work so well together that 2000 was WWE's most profitable year financially.
** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face TheUndertaker the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27 ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the Pre-Attitude pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.



** Daniel Bryan is a subversion of sorts, as Triple H repeatedly stated that Daniel was a "B-Plus Player" on-screen, but in reality is very proud of all the hard work he has put in, and had no problem putting him over at Wrestlemania XXX.
** Batista has the distinction of being the only man to defeat Triple H one-on-one in three straight PPV championship matches, is one of only two men (The Undertaker) to pin Triple H inside Hell in a Cell, and is undefeated against The Game. In kayfabe, [[{{Heel}} Triple H]] refused to admit that Batista was playing this trope straight.

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** Daniel Bryan is a subversion of sorts, as Triple H repeatedly stated that Daniel was a "B-Plus Player" on-screen, but in reality is very proud of all the hard work he has put in, and had no problem putting him over at Wrestlemania XXX.
''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''.
** Batista has the distinction of being the only man to defeat Triple H one-on-one in three straight PPV championship matches, is one of only two men (The Undertaker) to pin Triple H inside Hell in a Cell, and is undefeated against The Game. In kayfabe, [[{{Heel}} since Triple H]] H was a {{heel}} at the time, he refused to admit that Batista was playing this trope straight.



* XanatosSpeedChess: Executed brilliantly on the June 2nd, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw. At the beginning of the show, Batista suddenly and unexpectedly declared his official departure from Evolution and, apparently, from WWE itself. With the group only having Triple H and Wrestling/RandyOrton remaining, it looked as if the two had finally lost the war to Wrestling/TheShield.\\
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By the end of the night, however, Triple H proclaimed, like the mastermind that he is, that there's ''always'' a "Plan B." That was Seth Rollins' cue to beat the living hell out of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose with a steel chair.\\
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Evolution went from losing a member of its group to stealing a key member from its enemy, all in the span of less than three hours, without Triple H being able to pre-plan anything before that night. Evolution stayed alive by adapting, and The Shield perished, when it looked like the exact inverse was going to occur after Batista quit and The Shield thought they had won. Say what you want about Triple H's heel persona in {{kayfabe}}, but the man is the quintessential pro-wrestling [[TheChessmaster chessmaster.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: The man has had to fight accusations of being a CreatorsPet and a SpotlightStealingSquad for years. When he began to work behind the scenes, smarks began to love him for defying WWE's apparent "Big Guys and Eye-Candy" policy by having his first major decisions be hiring lucha star Wrestling/SinCara (formerly Mistico) and BrawnHilda [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma (formerly Amazing/Awesome Kong)]]. Unfortunately, both of those acquisitions have kinda blown up in his face, as Sin Cara missed a lot of time between a Wellness Violation and injury, as well as being a patron saint of botching.[[note]]As of December 2, 2013, Luis Urive, the man behind the Sin Cara mask, has reportedly left the WWE. The Sin Cara character is being played by Wrestling/{{Hunico}} as of 2015.[[/note]] Kharma, in the meantime, was put out of action for nearly a year due to a surprise pregnancy; she would go on to lose her baby and was eventually released by the company.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: Executed brilliantly on the June 2nd, 2, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw.''Raw''. At the beginning of the show, Batista suddenly and unexpectedly declared his official departure from Evolution and, apparently, from WWE itself. With the group only having Triple H and Wrestling/RandyOrton remaining, it looked as if the two had finally lost the war to Wrestling/TheShield.\\
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By the end of the night, however, Triple H proclaimed, like the mastermind that he is, that there's ''always'' a "Plan B." That was Seth Rollins' cue to beat the living hell out of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose with a steel chair.\\
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Evolution went from losing a member of its group to stealing a key member from its enemy, all in the span of less than three hours, without Triple H being able to pre-plan anything before that night. Evolution stayed alive by adapting, and The Shield perished, when it looked like the exact inverse was going to occur after Batista quit and The Shield thought they had won. Say what you want about Triple H's heel persona in {{kayfabe}}, but the man is the quintessential pro-wrestling [[TheChessmaster chessmaster.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: The man has had to fight accusations of being a CreatorsPet and a SpotlightStealingSquad for years. When he began to work behind the scenes, smarks began to love him for defying WWE's apparent "Big Guys and Eye-Candy" policy by having his first major decisions be hiring lucha star Wrestling/SinCara (formerly Mistico) and BrawnHilda [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma (formerly Amazing/Awesome Kong)]]. Unfortunately, both of those acquisitions have kinda blown up in his face, as Sin Cara missed a lot of time between a Wellness Violation and injury, as well as being a patron saint of botching.[[note]]As of [[note]]In December 2, 2013, Luis Urive, the man behind the Sin Cara mask, has reportedly left the WWE. The Sin Cara character is being played by Wrestling/{{Hunico}} as of 2015.[[/note]] Kharma, in the meantime, was put out of action for nearly a year due to a surprise pregnancy; she would go on to lose her baby and was eventually released by the company.



** Put a hit out on Wrestling/TheShield when they showed signs of rebellion against The Authority. He was found out, resulting in his former protectors going full rogue and costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Title after DanielBryan had been essentially offered to Trips on a silver platter.

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** Put a hit out on Wrestling/TheShield when they showed signs of rebellion against The Authority. He was found out, resulting in his former protectors going full rogue and costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Title Championship after DanielBryan Daniel Bryan had been essentially offered to Trips on a silver platter.
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