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->''"You guys talk about being 'students of the game'? I '''am''' the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Game, J.R.! There is '''nobody''' who eats, sleeps, and breathes this business more than me!"''
-->--Triple H, during a 1999 interview with Jim Ross

'''Triple H''', or Hunter Hearst Helmsley if you prefer (''[[TropeNamers not]]'' [[DoNotCallMePaul Paul Levesque]]), is one of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s longest tenured performers. He is a multi-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Champion]] (winning it eight times), and has been part of some of the biggest angles and matches in the company's history. Currently, he is the [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] Chief Operating Officer (in real life he works in the backstage area of the business, as Executive Vice President of Talent Development and Relations, as well as a "Senior Advisor" to Vince [=McMahon=]).

Married to [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]], the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]].

As usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_H That Other Wiki]] has a nice, long article on his career.
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!!! "Time to read, time to read the [=TROOOPES!=]":
* AffablyEvil: In-character. He's charming, funny, and when he dedicates himself to a cause, he really gives it his all. It's just that if that cause is himself (and it frequently is), he genuinely does not care how much damage he causes to others.
* AlliterativeName: When he was '''H'''unter '''H'''earst '''H'''elmsley and the basis for his most known ring name of Triple H.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Discounting TV matches, Hunter was never able to best Batista with the World Title on the line during their rivalry in 2005. It took Batista beating him at three straight PPV matches (WM 21, Backlash and "Hell in the Cell" at Vengeance) for TripleH to come to terms with the fact that Batista was not only the better man, but that he had truly evolved into the "Animal" and the champion that Hunter had hoped he would someday become.
* ArchEnemy:
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince McMahon]], Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/RandyOrton.
*** With Randy, it became so personal that Orton had the audacity to attack Hunter's extended family -- the [=McMahons=], including his wife [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie]]. Orton even hit Stephanie with a DDT and then kissed her as she laid on the mat, unconscious, while Triple H (handcuffed to the turnbuckle) was forced to watch. Hunter himself retaliated by attacking Randy in his own home, including beating the crap out of him on his own front lawn. He then vowed to (and legitimately attempted to, in {{kayfabe}}) break Randy Orton's neck at [[WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 25.]]
** Well, 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]].
** [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
** Certain segments of the audience as well.
* 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 still his kayfabe "real name", since other wrestlers who are friendly with him in a given storyline will sometimes call him "Hunter".
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: A marriage where the groom: kidnapped the bride (who was engaged to somebody else), drugged her to the point that she couldn't even remember the incident and was completely unconscious and unable to give consent, gave consent for her in a high-pitched voice and created videographic evidence that he did so, which he then showed on live national television. Yeah, [[SarcasmMode that's completely legally binding]].
* AscendedExtra: He was a pretty minor character in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as Jean-Paul Levesque. In WWE, he was the Kliq's DesignatedDriver and "the guy who carried Shawn Michaels' bags."
* AscendedMeme: The March 14, 2013 episode of ''[[WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' left no more pretenses.
-->'''Triple H:''' I will put an end to your dreams and I will '''BURY''' [[Wrestling/DanielBryan DANIEL BRYAN]]!!
* AuthorAppeal:
** Triple H loves to make penis gags. Specifically, he loves to imply he has a giant one. Also, according to Wrestling/MickFoley's ''The Hardcore Diairies'', he was the one to note [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC's]] Brian Johnson's significant pants bulge to the other wrestlers during their time on SaturdayNightLive.
** His use of Motörhead for his entrance theme counts, though it was incidental. WWE's music director asked if he'd ever heard of Motörhead when it came time to do a new theme; it turns out Trips has been a huge fan of the band since his youth.
*** That's to the point where the band itself (or simply Motörhead frontman Lemmy) has appeared at WWE events, including one such [=WrestleMania=] event.
** He also loves old school southern style wrestling with more of an emphasis on the wrestlers than other people, and has been trying to talk Vince into resurrecting the War Games match for years.
** Since becoming head of Talent Development, he's signed Wrestling/SinCara as well as [[{{Fandom}} IWC]] favorite [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]], and has focused on the old-school style of using promos to introduce new wrestlers before calling them up. To the IWC's great delight, also, he has also reportedly made some tweaks in developmental, expressing (among other things) a desire to have the talents there learn to cut promos from bullet points rather than the writers writing the promos word-for-word.
** 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.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Pedigree, while very painful-looking and cool, takes a while to set up in comparison to other finishing moves and leaves him to be easily countered in a myriad of ways (usually either a back body drop or hooking the legs for a slingshot), making it very hard to pull off next to a move like the [[Wrestling/RandyOrton RKO]] or [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels Sweet Chin Music]].
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
*** BadassMoustache: When he doesn't have a beard.
*** PermaStubble: The times he has neither.
* BadBoss: Particularly after Summerslam 2013.0
* BashBrothers: With Wrestling/ShawnMichaels.
* BerserkButton: You do '''''NOT''''' want to speak ill of Triple H's children. Wrestling/PaulHeyman found this out the hard way when Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] both went full PapaWolf / MamaBear on him.
** Harming or even threatening to harm his wife Stephanie is another sure-fire way to get a beat down from The Game.
** Triple H's ego has also been used as an [[InvokedTrope intentional]] Berserk Button. 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:''' Hey, businessman... is it bad for business if I'm gone... [[RantInducingSlight 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:''' [[BerserkButton 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. 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:''' ''[at the top of the stage-- removes suit jacket and tie, storms to the ring]'' You think that suit and tie cover up layers of who I am? Well, the layers are gone... I'm standing before you, and I'm looking you in the eye, and I am more certain than I have ever been before. [[BerserkButton You want this?! You want [=WrestleMania=]?! You want it all to come to a head?! YOU WANT AN END?!]] [[DoubleSubversion You've got it!]]
** On March 10, 2014, Triple H maintained his composure during Daniel Bryan's entire Occupy Raw movement, but when Daniel Bryan demanded to be inserted into the Championship Match at Wrestlemania should he defeat Triple H, he completely lost it, and had to be held back by security from storming a ring of hundreds of Daniel Bryan fans.
* 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.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Several times over the years with [[StephanieMcmahon his wife.]].
** Of course, as mentioned above, they wound up being Vince's CoDragons (along with ShaneMcMahon) in their initial run following Vince's FaceHeelTurn, and are currently playing the role to Vince sans Shane. Though Vince is more of a BiggerBad who's only made one appearance since their {{Face Heel Turn}}s, at least for now.
** UnholyMatrimony
* TheBigGuy
* BlackComedyRape:
** When he kidnapped, drugged and married Stephanie in Vegas. She also [[VictimFallsForRapist fell in love]] with him after that. Of course, it's entirely possible he was lying to mess with Vince's head.
--> '''Triple H:''' The question, Vince, isn't ''if'', but ''how many times'' we "consummated the marriage!" ''(thrusting his hips)''
** Attempted and failed with the infamous Katie Vick angle.
* BlatantLies: His "Best for Business" thing he got going.
* BlondGuysAreEvil:
** He plays this trope pretty damn straight. When he's heel, his hair is cleaner and pulled into a ponytail, making him look much more blond; when he's face, his hair is loose and unkempt, making his hair look darker.
** And during his heel runs in the early 2000s, he actually did dye his hair a much lighter golden blond than is his natural color.
* BloodBrothers: Wrestling/TheKliq, but especially Shawn Michaels. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge God help you]] if you mess with Shawn Michaels and Triple H is around to witness it.
* [[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]]
* CallBack:
** 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.
* 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.]]'''
* CoolOldGuy: He's in his forties now. Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/TheMiz once sarcastically hinted that he looked old enough to be ''fifty''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** His heel character typically comes off as this. As a heel HHH cuts his hair to a shorter length (though it's still quite long) and keeps it pulled back in a ponytail, shaves, wears suits and frequently manipulates the system through politics, dirty tricks and outright bribery. Contrast this to his face persona who wears leather jackets, t-shirts and jeans, lets his hair grow wild and sports a beard.
** Many fans accuse him of being this in RealLife ever since he married the boss' daughter.
** Inverted in his on-screen role as Chief Operating Officer. Wears suits, is a good guy. Until...
** Took to this trope fully during the Summer 2013 storyline against Daniel Bryan, openly screwing him over for the sake of "business." He's gone on to use Wrestling/TheShield as enforcers who attack anybody speaks out against him and threatened to even fire anybody who disagrees with his increasingly corrupt actions. Went so far as to firing Wrestling/CodyRhodes after he lost to Randy Orton on the September 2nd, 2013 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q0y98WJLqw episode of RAW.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: While he himself was a heel at the time, it's universally agreed upon that Wrestling/{{Evolution}} (more specifically, Hunter) was responsible for Wrestling/RandyOrton's StartOfDarkness. Randy ''never'' got over their betrayal, and it became ''the'' defining moment of his career. It would come to haunt his mentor for years to come, especially during 2009.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** As a face he wears dark trunks with CreepyCoolCrosses and DemBones on them, wields a hammer, and does the right thing... eventually.
** He was also LightIsNotGood during most of his 2002-2006 heel run (going clean-shaven and famously wearing lily-white trunks and boots at ''[=WrestleMania=] XX'', while playing a dastardly heel).
* 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 King of the Ring 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: "I 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?"]]
--> Jin Ross: "Probably not, but we're live."
* {{Determinator}}:
** 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.
** 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.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Gave Wrestling/TheUndertaker a [[Wrestling/DGenerationX crotch chop]].
* 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.
* TheDragon:
** 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.
** He's TheDragon to Vince once more, though he's so far been a DragonInChief with Vince being more of a BiggerBad who hasn't appeared much, and they haven't interacted much since HHH's heel turn oddly enough.
** Even going back to Wrestling/{{The Corporat|ion}}e Wrestling/{{Ministry|OfDarkness}}, he was this to Vince for at least part of 1999. At first it first appeared he'd become this to Wrestling/{{Shane|McMahon}} and Wrestling/TheUndertaker's BigBadDuumvirate or the third man in their [[UpToEleven Big Bad Triumvirate]]. Then Vince revealed himself as [[TheManBehindTheMan the Higher Power]] later on, making the three of them CoDragons.
*** 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.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice / CompanionCube is a sledgehammer.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not many, who have not followed him from the beginning, know that in the beginning of his WWE career his gimmick was being a high-class snooty aristocrat, with mannerisms pulled right from the Victorian era. His gimmick and mannerisms have changed quite a lot since.
* 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 doin', American Badass, huh? Huh, Deadman? You're the guy that makes people famous, ain't ya? Yeah. You know what? [[BadassBoast I'm already famous. You know what I'm famous for? I'm famous for cripplin' people. I'm famous for puttin' people out!]] Let me tell you somethin'... you keep screwin' with me... I'm warning you. You screw with me, I will cripple you. I will take ''you'' out! You just remember that. You think about that.
*** At that point, Undertaker, still coughing and gasping for breath, remained DefiantToTheEnd:
---->'''Undertaker:''' [as Triple H is walking off with the chair in hand] You better finish the job while you got a chance!
---->'''Triple H:''' [walking back towards Undertaker] Finish the job, huh? [lifts chair, preparing to use it as a weapon]
---->'''Undertaker:''' [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch And you better make it a good shot too, bitch!]]
*** The last remark by Undertaker made Triple H hesitate (almost in a "Is this fucker THAT crazy?" kind of way), giving Wrestling/{{Kane}} time to run in and scare Triple H off before he cracked Undertaker's skull.
* 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.
* 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.
** Lampshaded during the Slammy Awards 2013 episode of RAW, when Randy Orton received a Pedigree for inadvertently bumping into Stephanie while in the middle of an in-ring brawl during the Title Ascension Ceremony.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even The Game Has Standards]]: Even as a heel, Triple H won’t cross some lines .
** He didn’t like the racism towards Latinos that [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]] was known for.
** [[WouldntHurtAChild He won't put up with attacks on children]], [[PapaWolf especially his children]].
* EvilOverlord:
** As a heel and as a [[DarkIsNotEvil face]] he sometimes resembles a dark king out of a fantasy novel. The [[GrimUpNorth epic Viking mustache]] he has sported since 2005 certainly helps.
** His Conan the Barbarian, "[[RedBaron King of Kings]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_MFoWuO158 entrance at Wrestlemania 22]] is made of this trope.
** [=His WrestleMania=] 27 and 28 entrances feature this trope in full force, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EUB84BqIAEthe 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]].
* {{Expy}}: His earliest WWF appearances had him acting almost exactly like [[Wrestling/WilliamRegal Steven Regal]] (fitting since he was supposed to tag with Regal in WCW). The main difference was in WCW his character was a ForeignWrestlingHeel from France whereas in WWF he was a TakeThat against old money families in Connecticut.
* FanDisservice: In 2011, ''The Boston Phoenix'' ranked him #20 on their [[http://100unsexiest.com/unsexy/2011/person/?id=4556 "100 Unsexiest Men of 2011" List]]:
-->"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 — Vince [=McMahon's=] son-in-law and inexplicable "star" from 2003 — hogged the Monday Night Raw cameras for the entire summer. The fuck?"
* FinishingMove: The Pedigree - also an [[TheArtifact artifact]] from the Hunter Hearst Helmsley gimmick.
* FleetingDemographicRule: What his WrestleMania 27 feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker was. They last fought each other at [=WrestleMania=] 17.
* FourthWallObserver
* FrenchJerk: His real last name is ''Levesque''...
* 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 some four years.
* GagNose:
** One of the first things people use in a Triple H parody is a gigantic fake nose, hell, a FanNickname of his is "The Nose of Noses".
** He lampshaded it in his Hall of Fame induction for Wrestling/ShawnMichaels:
--->''"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?
* GeniusBruiser:
** In character he's a powerful and devious competitor, out of character he's a body builder and by all accounts a very smart man. One of his official nicknames is "The Cerebral Assassin."
** His real life role as VP of Talent and Live Events has been oft-lauded by industry insiders as having a progressive and vested point of view when it comes to younger talent.
* GenreSavvy: All the time. Especially the time he gave an entire lesson/LampshadeHanging to Shelton Benjamin on how to properly cut a promo and how the heel has to wait until the face has their back to the ramp before they jump him.
* GlassCannon: He can't really take hits anymore, but he insists on trying.
* GoThroughMe: On the June 3, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, Triple H was determined to wrestle Curtis Axel, despite the fact that Triple H was barely in the condition to do so (having collapsed at ringside two weeks before). Backstage, Triple H defiantly told Vince "I'm wrestling Curtis Axel." Vince told him otherwise. Triple H's response: "Who's gonna stop me?" Vince took a step towards Triple H, and Stephanie stepped between Vince and Triple H.
* GreenEyedMonster
* [[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 the Four Horsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in NWA and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.
* HappilyMarried: To Stephanie [=McMahon=].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HesBack: He came back after about eight months on the shelf on 2/21/11, the same night TheUndertaker made his return.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Shawn Michaels are among the most famous heterosexual life partners in wrestling history. According to [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Hunter's actual wife]], Shawn is Hunter's "road wife".
* HijackedByGanon:
** Triple H was revealed as the mastermind behind Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's attack in 1999.
** He also hijacked Wrestling/{{Test}}'s (kayfabe) wedding to Stephanie [=McMahon=] (and subsequent push).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** 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.
** Was on the wrong end of a brutal beatdown by Kevin Nash, who mainly used a [[WeaponOfChoice sledgehammer.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Taking part in a parody segment that included jokes about the size of Owen Hart's nose.
* {{Hypocrite}}: 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 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]].
** 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.
** His vendetta against Daniel Bryan is because Bryan insulted his wife and family, feeling it's a personal attack on them. Which would be all fine and good... if his family didn't start the entire thing by repeatedly insulting him and treating it as if it's NothingPersonal.
*** Not to mention claiming that every action he takes is "what's best for business"...how good would it have been for business if he had fired ''every Superstar and Diva'' for getting involved in Bryan getting beat down by the Shield?
*** Or getting pissed over having the Escalade he gave RandyOrton "tagged" by Bryan, when he did just that and more to Vince [=McMahon=]'s jet and limousine as part of DX?
* IAmTheNoun: The quote above.
** AppropriatedAppellation: He also got his most well-known nickname from this interview.
* 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 Slammies 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. 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.
* 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.
** TemptingFate: And after his Hell In A Cell rematch the following year, he was so badly beaten both 'Taker and Shawn Michaels had to carry him out of the arena together.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With his idol, Wrestling/RicFlair.
* 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.
** A reputation which is perhaps unfair considering that, contrary to popular smark belief, he's a bigger draw than almost all of his opponents, as well as associates like Shawn Michaels and Chyna.
* ItsPersonal: Usually a hallmark of a really, really good Triple H feud. Notable examples are his 2002-2004 feud with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, his 2007 feud with Wrestling/RandyOrton, and his 2011 feud with Wrestling/CMPunk.
* {{Jerkass}}: When he's a heel. To demonstrate how much of a Jerkass he can be, in 1999 the man turned Vince [=McMahon=], the BigBad and the same man who was the mastermind behind a satanic cult whom he had kidnap his own daughter as part of a plan to get the WWE title off of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin earlier that same year, [[HeelFaceTurn into a FACE]], and it even resulted in an EnemyMine situation when Austin would help Vince, his hated ArchEnemy, win the WWE Championship from Triple H. And that's just one example.
* 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: Has a history behind the scenes of blaming other people when some bad angle involving him flops.
* LargeHam: Hilarious. Give the man a live microphone and 20 minutes of free airtime, and you're guaranteed to be entertained.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: His latest Heel persona in the Authority has him acting, [[VerbalTic quite frankly]] as Mr [=McMahon=] version 2.0.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** He beat the crap out of his [=Kayfabe=]-at-the-time ex-wife, of course, she did thoroughly deserve it.
* LoveableRogue: As part of DX.
* LoveTriangle:
** Between his then-kayfabe wife Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Kurt Angle in 2000.
** A RealLife one of sorts also occurred between him, Stephanie, and Wrestling/{{Chyna}} at one point.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood and Evolution Variants.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite being one of the most controversial figures in professional wrestling, both on camera and behind the scenes, Triple H is actually friendly with the fans and is a noted [[TheMentor mentor]] to many wrestlers, including Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Randy Orton.
* TheMentor: To Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/RandyOrton, both in Wrestling/{{Evolution}} and in RealLife.
* MetaGuy: He is fond of LeaningOnTheFourthWall
* {{Misblamed}}:
** He was blamed for the infamous Katie Vick angle; that was created by Kevin Dunn, with approval by Vince [=McMahon=].
** Dennis Randazzo, author of ''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 member of the Two-Man Power Trip.
** Haitch 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.
* 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]]
** Hilariously, he claims in a response to a WWE.com WhatMightHaveBeen interview that the Screwjob could never have happened in reverse: [[HeterosexualLifePartners he and Shawn]] [[TakeThat aren't that stupid]].
* MusclesAreMeaningless: For a guy who built himself as much as he has, he doesn't do too many power moves. A logical explanation comes in the form of a rumor that surfaced from his relationship with Chyna in the 1990s. Anecdotal evidence implies that Triple H is so ripped because he couldn't deal with the fact that Chyna was stronger and more muscular than he was.
* {{Nepotism}}: In RealLife, he's the "Senior Advisor" to [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and the head of Talent Development.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Yea, firing Big Show was not such a good idea, since in his mind he has nothing left to lose, so now he was free to invade WWE programming as much has he felt the need.
* NightmareFetishist: He slept with ''Wrestling/{{Chyna}}''!
* NobleDemon: As much as he talks about what a dangerous guy he is, he's not that different from any other face.
* NoFourthWall: All the damn time.
-->''It's like, 11:08, guys. We're off the air!''
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In 2000, Triple H (married to Stephanie [=McMahon=] in kayfabe) was backstage with Wrestling/TrishStratus, as he taught her some basic wrestling maneuvers. Eventually, he teaches her how to reverse a [[http://i.ehow.com/images/a04/s1/1g/do-pro-wrestling-moves-800x800.jpg basic standing hammerlock]] by reaching down and sweeping the opponent's leg. Then, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGLRhkkcZIY&feature=player_detailpage#t=69 as soon as Trish bends over,]] in walks Stephanie [=McMahon=], [[AccidentalPervert while Triple H is in a very... compromising position with Trish]] (and the look on Hunter's face is absolutely priceless). Despite Triple H's innocence and [[ICanExplain his attempts to explain the situation to Stephanie,]] she throws a tantrum and storms out of the room in tears.
* OddFriendship: Wrestling/TheKliq. While Michaels, Hall, Nash, and Waltman were established wrestlers at a near-equal level, Triple H was a newbie who didn't party. Now, things have changed, and it's still hard to believe that the massively successful HHH and one of the best wrestlers ever in Wrestling/ShawnMichaels are friends with the troubled X-Pac and Wrestling/ScottHall, whose jump to Wrestling/{{WCW}} was a major turning point in their careers.
* OhCrap:
** His epic reaction shot to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68gwIbZ6jQ8&feature=related being informed]] he'd be facing not Mankind, but ''Cactus Jack'' in the 2000 Royal Rumble. CMOA for Wrestling/MickFoley, but Hunter's reaction just makes it. Specifically, Foley credits this as selling the angle, had Hunter laughed it off it would have bombed, but because this was perhaps the most scared he looked in his career and foreshadowed it a week earlier when Hunter looked like he saw a ghost when Foley lost the mask it was one of the high points of the AttitudeEra.
** How he reacted to Wrestling/TheUndertaker at both WrestleMania 27 and 28 in their matches when he sat up after numerous chairshots, hammershots, and pedigrees.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Triple H" is actually short for the name he used during his first major run in the WWF: Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He's still referred to as "Hunter" sometimes, though it's probably because Hunter is an [[RuleOfCool awesome]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]], and [[DoNotCallMePaul he calls himself "Hunter" in real life]].
* OnlySaneMan: Has this reputation in The Kliq, as well as in the [=McMahon=] family.
* PapaWolf: Do not bring his children into a feud. Just don't. As Wrestling/PaulHeyman recently found out, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown it ends badly]].
* ParentalSubstitute:
** Him 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".
* ThePlan: Sometimes skirts into GambitRoulette territory.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Told Wrestling/BookerT that people who look like him, have hair like him and dance like him don't belong in main events.
* PopularityPower
* PowerStable: [=DeGeneration X=], Wrestling/TheCorporation, and Evolution.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Tv Tropes, are you ready? No, Triple H asked you '''ARE? YOU? REEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAADY?!'''
* PunnyName: "Terra Rysing"
* RatedMForManly: His singles competitor persona from 2005 to 2011, gone is the [[BadassInANiceSuit suits]] of Evolution, the [[DepravedBisexual sexual ambiguity]] and [[VulgarHumor juvenile humor]] of Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}}, instead he's a hammer-wielding badass with a Music/{{Motorhead}} VillainSong and a bad attitude.
** Of course, he's this now that he's no longer overshadowed by Chyna and Batista.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot[=/=]RomanceOnTheSet:
** Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] were {{kayfabe}} married in 1999 and divorced in 2002, but they got married in RealLife in 2003.
** 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.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Amazingly enough, most backstage accounts seems to imply Trips is this whenever he's not trying to put himself in the spotlight.
** His current role as Chief Operating Officer seems to have him shaping up as one of these, giving certain heels their comeuppance, including letting Wrestling/ZackRyder squash Wrestling/MichaelCole on live television, bringing back Wrestling/JimRoss, and letting Wrestling/JohnMorrison get his hands on R-Truth.
** 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 The Shield, Vickie Guerrero, and Randy Orton. He's shown a bit of favor to faces like RobVanDam and JohnCena as well.
* RedBaron: [[TheAce The Game]], [[MagnificentBastard The Cerebral Assassin]], [[TheEmperor The King of Kings]].
* TheRival: The Rock, Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and most, recently, Sheamus. You can now add Brock Lesnar to the list.
* RoguesGallery: [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]] and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. He tends not to make a lot of friends.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Both in-character (as part of the [=McMahon=]-Helmsley Regime) and in RealLife (due to the Kliq and his marriage to Stephanie [=McMahon=]).
* [[RetiredBadass Semi-Retired Badass]]: Triple H doesn't work nearly a full ring schedule anymore as he's in his 40s 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.
* SharpDressedMan: In Evolution and recently, in RealLife due to his corporate position.
* ShootTheDog:
** 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 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.
** The following year, Taker's {{pride}} in refusing to accept a PyrrhicVictory would lead Taker to persistently demand he try this again - persistently, because a little more time in his new position caused Triple H to see business and nostalgia as more important than another fight.
* ShoutOut: Real life WWE does not have a "chief operating officer". But Wrestling/RingOfHonor does!
* SleevesAreForWimps: As a heel in the early-to-mid 2000s, he would always wear the typical striped referee shirt, with the sleeves cut off, when he was assigned to officiate a match.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Especially during his 2003 and 2011 runs. Has progressively pulled this on the CM Punk story. Watch any promos promoting the upcoming match and how he's turned Punk from being an AntiHero rebel who spoke what everybody felt into a straw man complainer and turned the storyline into defending his wife's honor.
* 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).
* TagalongKid: On the November 10, 1997 ''Raw'', Jim Ross did a WordAssociationTest with Jeff Jarrett. When JR asked Jarrett about HHH, he said, "Tagalong."
* TakeThat:
** His original incarnation as a stuck-up blueblood was because Vince [=McMahon=] recently purchased a new home in the posh Stamford, Connecticut, and his neighbors didn't take too kindly to the kind of "low-brow" entertainment the WWF put on.
** Hunter has also said numerous times in interviews that Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} is a terrible wrestler.
** 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.
* 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 returned to make a save.
* TrueCompanions: Wrestling/TheKliq, which also included [[RealLife real-life friends]] Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, and Sean Waltman ([[XPacHeat X-Pac]]).
* UnderwearOfPower:
** He started wearing this when he was pushed to main event status.
** He had actually worn one in WCW, but switched to the long trunks in his "Blueblood" persona.
* 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''.
* 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 and. 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!"
** Mocked a couple times by [[Main/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] during their feuds.
* VillainousBreakdown: Had one on RAW March 10th when [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] organizing 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 ''loses it'' and has to be held back by security to keep him from trying to rip Bryan's head off in rage.
* VillainProtagonist: Oh yeah. He's a heel and he's been the center of attention for 14 years and counting.
* VillainSong: "King of Kings" - he's used it almost exclusively during his recent heel authority figure run.
* VillainTeamUp: In 2001, with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (as the Two-Man Power Trip).
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Anyone else mocks Shawn's receding hairline and new religion, they're headed for a beatdown.
** A perfect example is his [[http://atlanta.sbnation.com/pro-wrestling/2011/4/2/2087732/wwe-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-2011-triple-h-shawn-michaels Hall of Fame induction speech]] for Shawn. Height, fashion sense, receding hairline, all are legit targets - and then you get down to the end, where he talks about how close he and Shawn are.
--->''"You know, the only reason Shawn asked me to do this tonight is to force me to say something nice about him."''
* [[VocalEvolution Vocal Evolution or Vocal Decay]]: It's one or the other, when he first started, his voice was kind of high and nasal. As time as gone on, it's bottomed out and gotten more growly.
** As about fifteen years have passed, this could be purely coincidental (read: age), but it's likely that some of this has to do with his CharacterDevelopment from his snooty Connecticut blueblood gimmick to the RatedMForManly, [[DropTheHammer sledgehammer-wielding]] brawler that he's been for the majority of his career.
* WarriorPrince: Plays this pretty straight in regards to the WWE itself.
* WeaponOfChoice: The [[DropTheHammer sledgehammer]].
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Kevin Nash in kayfabe.
* WhamLine:
--> "Vince, you have been relieved of your duties."
* WorthyOpponent:
** Shawn Michaels stands out more than anyone else. Even after reforming DX, the two would still come to blows but still walk out as friends.
** 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.
** Chris Benoit. So much respect Hunter had for him, that he tapped out clean to the Crossface on three separate occasions within a year at a time when the IWC was vocal in thinking that Triple H was only looking out for himself.
** 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.
* WrestlingPsychology: Even his detractors will (usually) admit he's got quite the grip on this and can really use the crowd to build his matches.
* 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 Wrestling/SethRollins' 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 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 currently being played by Wrestling/{{Hunico}}.[[/note]] Kharma ln the meantime was put out of action for nearly a year due to a suprise pregnancy, she would go on to lose her baby and was eventually released by the company.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Infamous for doing this to kayfabe underlings and stablemates. Nearly equally infamous for having it come back to bite him in the ass at some point later.
** Kicked Wrestling/RandyOrton out of (the original) Evolution, resulting in Orton's transformation into the Viper and his tormenting of the [=McMahon=] family for the better part of ''ten years.''
** Conspired to do the same to Batista - instead earned the Animal as an enemy and lost his title.
** Did so to ShawnMichaels. Several times.
** More recently, put a hit out on Wrestling/TheShield. He was found out, resulting in his former protectors going 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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