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-->''Vince didn't screw TV Tropes. TV Tropes screwed TV Tropes.''

'''Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=], Jr.''' is a third generation wrestling promoter, chairman and CEO of Wrestling/{{WWE}} and patriarch of the [=McMahon=] WrestlingFamily. He is also the man who revolutionized professional wrestling forever by taking the World Wrestling Federation and turning it from a regional territory into a mainstream national promotion in the mid-1980s, where it enjoyed massive success and eventually turned into the multi-billion dollar empire we now know as World Wrestling Entertainment. [=McMahon=] also has decades of on-camera experience in the promotion; first as a play-by-play announcer, and, after 1997, as the evil boss character "Mr. [=McMahon=]".

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_McMahon That Other Wiki]] has an extensive article on his life and career.

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* AbortedArc: He faked his own death in 2007 with the infamous limo explosion. This was quickly dropped for [[ChrisBenoit good]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot reason]], as it would have been in very bad taste to continue the arc. The explosion ended up on the OMG! DVD though.
** The storyline where he "sold" Raw to Donald Trump was supposed to last considerably longer than it did(a week). It was cut early due to stockholders who didn't understand Kayfabe panicking and the price of WWE stock dropping. According to some reports, similar reasons may have killed the "faked death" storyline as well, even if not for the above-mentioned reasons.
* AbusiveParents: Vince grew up in a trailer park in North Carolina with his mother and a series of stepfathers; one was an alcoholic who regularly beat Vince with "anything he could get his hands on." Vince would later lament in a ''Playboy'' interview that he thought it was "unfortunate that he died before I could kill him. I would have enjoyed that."
** In the same article, he talked about the fact that he was sexually abused by his mother. His upbringing seems to go a long way towards explaining his more erratic behavior (like the [[BrotherSisterIncest incest]] [[ParentalIncest storylines]] he kept trying to do...[[Wrestling/MarkHenry and the one he actually did]]).
** Meanwhile, Vince's on-screen character is himself both mentally and physically abusive towards his kids when he's really being nasty. He's even wrestled them - his son [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane]] numerous times, and his daughter [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie]] a few days before her RealLife wedding to Wrestling/TripleH.
* AlasPoorVillain: Upon being relieved of duty he gets a 'THANK YOU VINCE!' chant from the crowd as the show closed, especially notable as not five minutes earlier the crowd was cheering at the news of him being replaced. Likely because the promo started off like any other in such a situation - someone (HHH in this case) coming out to interrupt a promo). But once the crowd figured out that this was basically Vince's retirement speech from active involvement and the symbolic handing of the reins to HHH, they started changing the chant. You can tell that Vince himself was a little taken aback by the emotion.
* ArchEnemy: [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], [[Wrestling/DGenerationX [=DeGeneration=] X]] from 2006 onwards, and anyone who dares to "cross the boss."
** Wrestling/CMPunk earned his candidacy by making Vince '''''[[HolyShitQuotient apologize]]''''' to him ''on live television''. Plus, his running off with the title facilitated Vince's eventual removal from his position as COO of the WWE and being replaced by his son-in-law Triple H.
** Ted Turner and WCW, of course.
** [[spoiler:Wrestling/DanielBryan. The main reason as to why Daniel keeps getting screwed out of being WWE Champion is because Vince legitimately thinks that Daniel is not a top performer, and thus does not deserve to be champion. See AuthorAppeal below.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Iron Sheik and Jim Duggan were caught driving in New Jersey under the influence of some major narcotics. However, they were released from the company not for this, but for the fact that they were supposed to be arch-enemies, and the world seeing them break character by partying together made Vince furious.
* AuthorAppeal: It's historically known that Vince [[PrejudicedForPecs loves big, muscular men]], and he will push them, regardless of talent.
** Brakkus and Chris Masters would seem to be aversions of this, as the former only got a few TV appearances and the latter got pushed as hard as possible without ever winning a title in his first run, then came back much better, got somewhat over, yet was given jobber duty.
** Technical wrestlers are his more personal appeal, as the big men usually only get titles when they are over, and the practice pre-dates the current Vince. Solid wrestlers, though, will usually get pushed to the upper midcard. Either way, high-flyers tend to get the short end of the stick.
** Vince's inclination towards muscular was more apparent in the 80's where they were pushed even if they had talent but were forced to hide it (Wrestling/HulkHogan), or like some, had no skill in the ring (Wrestling/UltimateWarrior). As time went on, smaller yet more talented wrestlers were given chances. At this point, Vince tends to push charisma over everything else, in-ring talent included.
** It has been said that, with some (but not very many) exceptions, he insists on people being of a certain height. Two-time World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr would suggest otherwise, but Mysterio ''is'' probably the second most popular wrestler in the company at the time of this writing, behind only Wrestling/JohnCena. That being said, when WCW folded, it took his entire creative staff pushing him for him to sign Mysterio to a very low minimum guarantee.
** Part of the "bigger guys" thing is simply that they have more of a physical presence, since it's easier to make a guy look intimidating when he's bigger or taller (and it gives the announcers a go-to factoid to repeat during a dull part in a match.) While WWE isn't filled with complete giants right now, most of the wrestlers considered "average-sized" by WWE standards (guys not pushed as giants, such as Cena, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison Morrison]]) are at least 6'2" and over 220 pounds, which is considered above average for the typical man. The only really prominent smaller guys are Mysterio and Wrestling/EvanBourne, who are closer to the American average of 5'9" (Mysterio is in fact considerably shorter than that).
** He also has a thing for ToiletHumor and skeevy storylines: his daughter Stephanie confirmed that he wanted to use her first pregnancy to push an incest storyline, with him as the father(!). He also OK'd the [[OldShame Katie Vick]] saga, probably the most horrible storyline to feature on a pre-watershed television programme. Made worse by the fact it was [[BlackComedy played for laughs]].
* AuthorAvatar: Vince's on-screen persona is just an exaggerated version of himself. [[BecomingTheMask Or so it is claimed]].
* AuthorTract: Ironic for someone named "Kennedy", [=McMahon=] is a Republican and never missed an opportunity to spoof the Democratic Party's sacred cows.
* BadBoss: His on-screen persona. As a heel anyway.
** BenevolentBoss: The odd occasion he is a face however, he is usually a tough but fair [[AFatherToHisMen Father to His Men]].
* BadassGrandpa: "It's not very often that you see a sixty-year-old man with a [[LargeHam HERCULEAN]] physique like mine!"
** Terry Funk called him "the most hardcore man in the business" because he's a multi-millionaire who doesn't need to be hit over the head with chairs week in and week out, but does so anyway to promote a story. TERRY F'N FUNK, the father of all {{Garbage Wrestler}}s.
** Shown in his 2012 match with CM Punk. Not only did he not mind taking some nasty shots, he came close to ''winning'' without outside interference to the point that Punk tried to ''run away''.
** Shown once again on RAW in January 2013, when he was about to fire Wrestling/PaulHeyman. He was scheduled to get hip surgery for a real life issue, so what did he do to have an excuse to be off TV? Take an [[FinishingMove F-5]] from Wrestling/BrockLesnar, of course.
* BadassInANiceSuit: As part of his {{Workaholic}} lifestyle (see below), he will hold booking meetings in his home and get all dressed up for them.
* BaldOfEvil: After he had his head shaved by Creator/DonaldTrump during Wrestlemania 23.
* BecomingTheMask: It's very hard to tell where Vince [=McMahon=], the man begins and [[{{Kayfabe}} Mr. [=McMahon=]]], the character, ends.
* BerserkButton: Don't [[FelonyMisdemeanor sneeze]] in the proximity of the man. Just... ''don't''.
** It's been said that Vince gets angry when even HE sneezes, as he wants to control everything and a sneeze is something he can't control. [[TestosteronePoisoning A man who cannot stifle a sneeze in public lacks fortitude.]]
** Vince is an old pro who still clings to the notion of kayfabe. While Wrestling/VinceRusso proved there is such a thing as ''too much'' audience awareness, Vince forbids his commentators from even calling out moves. Instead, it's "What a maneuver!" and "Look at that move!" As a result, the play-by-play is pretty samey despite Cole and Bradshaw's efforts to make it work.
** Vince also doesn't like being interrupted either when he's preparing a speech.
* BigBad: As a Heel. On the occasions that is is a Face, he's the BigGood. Since he's the boss of the entire company both on-screen and in real life, he's one of the few people who can be BOTH the BigGood AND the BigBad in any form of fiction. Though he plays the BigBad a lot more often, and sometimes his face turn is just part of his EvilPlan and he's EvilAllAlong(such as him being the Higher Power).
** He also played this role in USWA in 1993 while feuding with Jerry "The King" Lawler.
** BiggerBad: Since he's the owner of the company, he's arguably responsible(directly or indirectly) for everything that has happened in WWE since he took over the company in 1982. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in quite a few "worked shoots".
*** Even WCW originally implied Vince was this to the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder [=nWo=]]] before scrapping the idea when WWE threatened to sue them........only for Vince to imply it even more when he brought in the [=nWo=] to be his [[TheDragon Dragons]] in his goal to kill his own company after he had purchased WCW, even going as far as being the one to kill the group altogether once [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had no need for them anymore]]. He also appeared directly on WCW television during the final episode of Nitro, playing the BigBad of both WWE AND WCW.
** He's currently this in the latest storyline, as he's only made one appearance since the L.A. screwjob, the night the recent PowerStable was formed, but since has remained behind-the-scenes while his [[TripleH son-in-law]] and [[StephanieMcMahon daughter]] are tormenting employees on television. He's also the reason they turned heel, as they screwed Bryan to appease Vince.
* BigShutUp: He's ''MASTER'' of this trope, spewing it out to hilarious effect.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Known to be woefully out of touch with popular culture. Music/{{Metallica}} wanted to perform ''St. Anger'', the theme for the 2003 ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' event, live at the PPV but Vince shot down the idea, not knowing how big the band was. Sacked the gimmick of Pirate Paul Burchill, as he didn't get the [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow homage]] (the gimmick was dropped less than a month before the first sequel came out, and the gimmick was supposed to ride its coattails). And he thought [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon (Scott Hall)]]'s catchphrases such as "[[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Make way for the bad guy!]]" was of Hall's own accord. Wrestling/StevieRichards and Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie's Wrestling/{{Sable}} parody ''The Blonde Bytch Project'' was cancelled partially out of concern for her lawsuit and reportedly because Vince didn't know about the movie ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' and didn't trust that people might get the joke.
** This verged into RichInDollarsPoorInSense territory at times, such as with the famous "Burrito Story" told by a former member of WWE Creative. Someone pitched an idea for Wrestling/BigShow to eat a spiked burrito and fall asleep, tranquilized; in response, [=McMahon=] boomed, "Burrito?! Who the hell knows what a burrito is?" Actually, Vince was quite familiar with what a burrito looks like given that he was unknowingly dining on them in the writer's room.
--->'''Dan Madigan''': "Every day, he was eating a burrito and not knowing what it was... when you're in a bubble and in a business where you're ostracized from society, it's you and them, that's it. Everyone else is an outsider, so things like that do make sense in the confines of the wrestling world."
* BringMyBrownPants: Vince wet his pants once after Stone Cold held a gun to his head, which turned out to be a fake gun.
-->'''"Stone Cold" Steve Austin''': [=McMahon=] 3:16 says I just pissed my pants!
* BullyingADragon: He can make many cower before the control he has over the company, but all too often he'll overestimate just how much abuse his wrestlers will endure to keep their jobs [[WorthIt over kicking his ass]].
** Works both ways as well. Many employees found out the hard way to not "cross the boss" .
* ButtMonkey: Forget the countless Stunners, Rock Bottoms, chairshots and other abuse he's taken ever since the first Stunner on the September 22, 1997 ''Raw.'' The guy ''sacrificed a freaking CORVETTE'' for the cause of Austin getting a laugh.
** He could be this even when he was the generic announcer/interviewer. He once attempted to interview Ray "The Crippler" Stevens, who simply stood there as a perfect Smug Snake with CoolShades and BadassArmfold and was completely silent and never acknowledged Vince during the entire segment.
* CardCarryingVillain: Vince really enjoys being evil at times, and has acknowledged that he will probably go to Hell when he dies.
* CatchPhrase YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU'RE FIIIIIIIIIIIIIRED!!!!!
** STRAAAAAAAAIGHT TO HELLLLLLLLLL!!!!
** Earlier in his run as a heel, he used "Vince didn't screw [X]. [X] screwed [X]." after "[[Wrestling/BretHart Bret]] screwed Bret" became an AscendedMeme.
** I'M VINCENT KENNEDY [=MCMAHON=], DAMN IT!
** ''SHUUUT UP!''
** "In the interest of fairness...," right before he'd announce something that was absolutely unfair to whoever was involved.
** As an announcer: "WADDAMANOOVER!", "1... 2... HE GOT HIM HE GOT HIM!", "[[NotQuiteDead Oh wait, no he didn't]]," or "''Anything'' can happen in the WWF!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Vince often betrays his employees, whether they be Faces, Mooks, or even TheDragon, whether it be because [[YouHaveFailedMe they failed him]], [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they were no longer useful for him]], or because he feels that [[UngratefulBastard a major story is "ungrateful" to Vince, who believes he "created" them]]. Sometimes he just does it as part of an EvilPlan or even solely [[ForTheEvulz for shits]] [[ItAmusedMe and giggles]].
* ComplexityAddiction: Vince [=McMahon=] tends to simply screw wrestlers he's feuding with, even if it takes an EvilPlan to do so, rather than just simply fire them, despite the fact he fires others for lesser things. This is mainly because Vince prefers to torment anyone who stands up to him.
** DoubleSubverted at one point during his feud with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, in which Vince finally fired him after Austin refused to make either The Undertaker or Wrestling/{{Kane}} the new champion. However, Austin wasn't too happy with this, and took Vince hostage the following night on RAW. Shortly after it was revealed Austin had been rehired by Vince's own son Shane, however at Survivor Series 1998 it was revealed that this was all just another master plan of Vince's as Austin was screwed out of the championship once again.
*** FridgeBrilliance would be that Vince realized how much money he could make from Austin so he kept him on the show, but tried his hardest to torment him. No idea if this was lampshaded in universe.
**** When he fired [[Wrestling/MickFoley Dude Love]] after [[YouHaveFailedMe he lost to Austin at Over The Edge,]] he said that he won't fire Austin because he "just makes me richer" while Mick Foley just 'made him sick'.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in 2003 during Vince's feud with Hulk Hogan. Vince ''tried'' a complex scheme to fire Hogan, but failed... so he simply decided to not book Hogan, and instead just pay him to stay home. [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown "Mr. America"]] would soon appear to avenge Hogan's honor; however [[TooDumbToLive Mr America unmasked himself to be Hogan to the MSG audience,]] thus giving [[TheBadGuyWins Vince the loophole he needed to fire Hogan]].
** The following dialogue between Wrestling/RandyOrton and Vince's daughter Stephanie in 2009 seems to indicate that this is just some pathological addiction of the entire [=McMahon=] family.
--->'''Randy Orton:''' "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis FIRE. ME. NOW]]."\\
'''Stephanie [=McMahon=]:''' "Firing you... would be too easy. We have ''bigger'' plans."
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with Orton, as he'd won the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' and was thus promised a world title match at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'', and had threatened to sue WWE and get a court order to stop ''[=WrestleMania=]'' from taking place if he was fired before the event. He changed tact and started demanding he be fired after realizing how much it would hurt the [=McMahon=] family to not have the event take place.
** Sometimes this kind of thing comes back to bite Vince and the family as a whole in the ass, such as when Randy then turned the mini-feud he had going with the [=McMahon=]s around with a EvilPlan of his own in order to get his hands on the World Title, during the same storyline in which the above quotes took place!
* ControlFreak: Vince is obsessed with micro-managing just about everything in his personal life, to say nothing of his business. It's been said that even the Haitches (Nipple and Triple) aren't immune to Vince changing their material with seconds to go before filming.
** Wrestling/MickFoley's book "Countdown to Lockdown" confirmed what a lot of people already knew, that Vince has a habit of providing [[LoudOfWar loud and heated "feedback"]] to his announce team in the interest of keeping things on-track, mostly on matters of InsistentTerminology and pushing particular storylines. This brought him to grief with Foley when he was on the announce team for close to a year; Foley did extensive research and consulted with the wrestlers themselves to provide highlights and talking points to make his commentary more interesting. For the most part, his announcing tenure was a great critical success, but by the end of his contract Foley was low on morale and decided not to renew his contract. Though he very much enjoyed announcing, he couldn't deal with the stress of knowing an angry Vince [=McMahon=] could start [[JumpScare yelling in his headset without warning]] at any given moment.
** It's probably a big reason why he doesn't push guys who made it big in other companies, as he doesn't feel comfortable putting the spotlight on guys he didn't make and therefore aren't loyal to him. ([[ProperlyParanoid Understandable]] given the behavior of The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, Wrestling/JackSwagger, Mr. Kennedy, et al. -- Perhaps the deepest cut of all was Hulk Hogan joining WCW ''and'' testifying against him in court.) Unfortunately, workers who have the temerity to start careers in someplace ''other'' than WWE are shoved to the midcard regardless of prior accomplishment or work ethic, and usually drop out after a few years.
** He's made exceptions in the past, particularly during times when he was starting out (bringing in Hulk Hogan, who had gotten over huge in Japan and the Midwest) or when he was under the gun (bringing in Wrestling/RicFlair in the early '90s, and building his company around a bunch of WCW rejects such as Scott Hall, Wrestling/KevinNash, [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], Triple H, Wrestling/MickFoley, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the middle/late '90s). Wrestling/BrockLesnar is the Shining Light of MMA and [=McMahon=] continually backs up bigger and bigger trucks full of money to keep him on the card. (Brock is aware of this and ruthlessly turns Vince over a spit every time his contract is renewed.)
** Vince actually takes some glee in successfully pushing wrestlers rejected by other companies (it shows Vince is so much smarter than those other promoters, you see). Of the above examples, only Austin was planned for anything above mid-card in [=WCW=] and that ended as soon as Hogan arrived.
** He supports the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT-IP, the Internet's ultimate ControlFreak + {{Greed}} bill. Which would be fine if he made more matches available on the network, but poor Vince is still just getting the hang of this "Dee-Vee-Dee" thing.
*** Understandable from a business perspective, as a large majority of WWE's income comes from pay-per-view revenues and there's no easy way to build in copy protection to television broadcasts.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: "Mr. [=McMahon=]". One gets the strong impression that Vince would sell his own mother if it gave him a better percentage.
-->"Even my FAMILY! Even my [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment IMMEDIATE FAMILY]] bought it!"
** During the notorious WWE steroid trial, Vince had just undergone neck surgery and resurfaced in court with (you guessed it) a ''neck brace!'' Some observers speculated that he had timed the procedure just for the sake of that prop. In any case, the image of a smiling Vince emerging, John Gotti-like, victorious and leaving in his limo is an oft-produced photo by fans and detractors alike.
** In RealLife, Vince climbed to the top of the wrestling business by, essentially, carpet-bombing said business by freezing out his competitors (via strong-arming the networks into not airing any other promotions or else he would pull [=WWF=] off their channels), locking out the big arenas (intimidating arena mangers into being [=WWF/WWE=]-exclusive), and raiding the top talent from every promotion in North America. Years later, even Vince admitted that killing the territories was a mistake. Nowadays the [=WWE=] is put into the position of finding new performers ''and'' training them from scratch. Also, to put it in perspective, the now-defunct NA territorial system employed thousands of prospective performers; the [=WWE=] employs a few hundred.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: CM Punk getting Vince to apologize - on LIVE TELEVISION - probably caused more "OH SHIT"s from the IWC than any match, spot, promo, or otherwise in the history of the wrestling industry.
** On the other hand, he ''did'' apologize by yelling '''"I APOLOGIZE, YOU SON OF A BITCH!"''' in utter venom, Punk was satisfied, and justifiably so considering it was ''[[CardCarryingVillain Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=]]]'', but if it were an older brother apologizing to his sister, one doubts that person's parents would be impressed.
* {{Cult}}: Vince was the "Higher Power" controlling Wrestling/TheUndertaker's Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness.
* CurbStompBattle: Most of Vince's fights with his wrestlers (especially his ''[=WrestleMania=]'' matches) are this since Vince isn't a wrestler and much of his in-ring talent involves being willing to take a brutal ass-kicking.
** CurbstompCushion: Though not much on par with his employees, he can pull some nasty kicks and right hooks when given the opportunity (not to mention one mean slap), not to mention being the boss, can often apply stipulations and outside interferences in his favor, usually allowing for at least some amount of tension in his matches. His beatdown at the hands of Bret was one of the few instances he got ZERO offense whatsoever, perhaps another reason it's considered so uneventful (see below).
** A notable exception being the street fight against Ric Flair at the 2002 Royal Rumble; the match was actually very even, with Vince dominating the first half. Giving his physique compared to Flair's, it was actually fairly believable.
** When he faced CM Punk in late 2012, he actually had the upper hand for most of the match (partially because CM Punk had gotten cocky given Vince's above track record, and another because he had pushed Vince's {{Berserk Button}}s for far too long).
* DealWithTheDevil: Whenever a wrestler aligns themselves with Vince, the commentators often call it this. The "Kiss My Ass" club is an entire bandwagon of wrestlers who did this.
* DirtyOldMan: His affairs with Wrestling/TrishStratus and [[Characters/WWEDivas Candice Michelle]] are only the most famous; who ''knows'' just how many he's had?
* DisproportionateRetribution: Like any traditional BadBoss, he thrives on this trope. Sometimes even so much as indirectly undermining his power and logic in the slightest manner is enough to ensure you spend the usually very short remainder of your career living utter hell.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Throughout the 80's and more than half of the 90's he was well known to the [=WWF=] audience....as one of the ringside commentators. Not many fans knew that he was actually the Boss.
* TheDreaded: Many have OhCrap reactions when they learn of Vince's arrival, since it usually means someone is going to be fired or worse.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Vince [=McMahon=]...[[http://oi61.tinypic.com/2ekhmp3.jpg just another]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD24SxwXfSs announcer guy.]]
* EvilAllAlong: Vince was the Higher Power of the Corporate Ministry, and his brief face run was just part of his EvilPlan to get the title off of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
* EvilIsHammy: Vince is a LargeHam regardless of alignment, but he really enjoys playing the [[EvilOverlord evil dictator-like boss of WWE]].
* EvilOverlord: Of WWE, until his son-in law Triple H took the reins.
* EvilPlan: Vince pulled quite a few of these, especially in his early days as the evil boss character. Examples include the Survivor Series 1998 screwjob(which was a Kayfabe remake of the Montreal Screwjob a year earlier, only replacing Bret Hart and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels with Mankind and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and the whole Ministry of Darkness / Corporate Ministry / Higher Power plot.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Vince was horrified to see BrockLesnar tossed Zack Gowen, one-legged wrestler, down a set of stairs. Vince pleaded with Brock not to do it without success.
** He was also aghast when [[KevinNash Diesel]] used Mad Dog Vachon's prosthetic leg as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFyCQlbO7VA weapon]].
** He also had a truce with Steve Austin when he saved Stephanie from the Ministry of Darkness.
* FaceHeelTurn: Vince used the Montreal Screwjob to turn himself into the BigBad of his own company.
* FauxAffablyEvil: After his initial FaceHeelTurn following the Montreal Screwjob, Vince tried to come across as a BenevolentBoss and ReasonableAuthorityFigure in order to mask his true BadBoss and CorruptCorporateExecutive self, and tried to justify his actions to the fans and employees such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. During his feud with Austin however he soon gave up on this and became the [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] BigBad that he's famous for now.
* {{Flanderization}}: Vince's character has degenerated more and more into self-parody in recent years, becoming more cartoonishly evil as time went on, as he seemingly grows increasingly desperate to feud with ''someone'' but can't seem to decide on who. By the time his feud with DX happened in 2006, Vince came across less like a serious threat and more like a [[Film/AnimalHouse Dean Wormer]][=/=][[Franchise/{{GIJOE}} Cobra Commander]] hybrid. Of course, this may be one of the few examples of a writer [=flanderizing=] ''his own character.''
** Vince's ''walk'', initially it was a semi-confident stride. Now it's a full blown comical strut.
* FreudianExcuse: Averted. The aforementioned abusive childhood of Vince is never brought up in storylines when he's a heel. Also inverted as he's this to his family and numerous others
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the submission match between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Bret Hart at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'', Wrestling/JerryLawler mentioned the possibility of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Bret submitting to his own move, the Sharpshooter]], in which Vince replied "Hey, it can happen!!" [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob Guess what move was used against Bret at ]]''[[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob Survivor Series]]''[[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob [= =]later that year when Vince called for the bell.]] In fact, the whole storyline leading up to ''[=WM13=]'' can be considered this, from Bret accusing Vince of screwing him to even shoving him down after losing a match, and that Bret's paranoid complaining about getting "screwed" simply fell under TemptingFate.
** It happened again in 1999, when during an Inferno match between The Undertaker and [=Kane=], Wrestling/MichaelCole mentioned that The Undertaker was answering to a "Higher Power", in which Vince replied "Well tonight he's answering to me!!" [[HijackedByGanon Vince would later be revealed to be the Higher Power all along]]. Could also be considered FridgeBrilliance, even if it wasn't intentional.
** [[http://youtu.be/bEIqKSpwM0Q This interview]] with StoneColdSteveAustin in 1996 after Stone cold attacked BrianPillman, Stone Cold's line. "You're the boss why don't you do something to me?". Come 1998.
* AGodAmI: Vince once started his own religion called "[[ParodyReligion [=McMahonism=]]]" and compared himself to God during a promo he cut while inside a church.
** Had done this earlier in the 1990s, but that only lasted for one show
* GodIsEvil: A non-God example. Since Vince is the owner of the company WWE he's pretty much responsible for WWE and everything involved in it(especially in RealLife in which he has the final say in everything that happens, including what happens InUniverse), and since he's the onscreen EvilOverlord, he's the closest to this trope that anyone is going to get in pro wrestling. Vince has [[AGodAmI lampshaded this]] frequently.
* {{Heel}}: Vince [=McMahon=] is probably the quintessential heel manager.
* HijackedByGanon: He turned out to be the 'Higher Power' that the Ministry of Darkness answered to, revealing that the entire Ministry of Darkness gimmick was all a scheme against Steve Austin at the expense of [=McMahon=]'s own family. It later became the Corporate Ministry.
** Happened again with the [=McMahon=]-Helmsley storyline, though done much differently, as he didn't mastermind the whole thing. This time he simply hijacked it by pulling a FaceHeelTurn against The Rock by costing him the main event of Wrestlemania, which led to both of Vince's kids, who had been {{The Starscream}}s up to that point, loyally returned to his side, and Triple H, whom he had been genuinely feuding with for months, became his new [[TheDragon Dragon]], and the direction of the storyline changed into a Rock vs Vince feud, with Vince doing everything to try and keep the title away from the Rock and Rock having to overcome the odds Vince stacked against him, similar to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin before.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with the [=nwo=] storyline in 2002, by Vince himself, who revealed he was the mastermind behind bringing in the nWo to help him kill WWE in the same segment everyone learned they would be returning.
** Then the fans cheered for Hogan against the Rock at ''[=WrestleMania=] X-8'', and the whole NWO as poison idea pretty much fell apart.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard[=/=]EpicFail: Vince tries to pull a screwjob on CM Punk to keep him from walking out of Chicago with the WWE Title´┐Żbut all it does is distract John Cena, who had Punk locked in an STF for the second time in the match and thus likely ''poised to tap'', and instead let Punk win the title. Then Vince goes on the fricking headset and [[CallingYourAttacks calls for]] Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, ''right in front of Punk'', to [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase that he won that night on Punk to take the WWE title]]. Naturally, the only guy other than [=Edge=] who's [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy actually cashed in on people twice]] would see this coming, dispatch Del Rio with a swift roundhouse kick, blow Vince a goodbye kiss on the guardrail, and run off into the throng of cheering Chicagoans with Vince's most precious title belt.
** Then the next night on Raw, he tries to go through with his promise to fire John Cena for losing the match. [[DisproportionateRetribution Despite the fact it was his own fault this even happened in the first place.]] Before he can say the word, however, Triple H arrives to make the bittersweet announcement that the Board of Directors has decided to kick Vince out of power and put Hunter in his place. [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Really, Vince has no one to blame but himself.]]
** Because of his status as the world's most famous and recognizable wrestling promoter (despite his loathing of the term, see InsistentTerminology below), the media sometimes tries to link any wrestler deaths back to him.
* HumiliationConga: Seems to get humiliated annually at ''[=WrestleMania=]''.
** DX put him through ''many'' during their feud with him.
** The entire ''Money in the Bank 2011'' WWE Championship storyline with CM Punk and John Cena leading to Mr. [=McMahon=]'s dismissal from power in favor of Triple H was the ''ultimate'' HumiliationConga for the character.
** The "[=McMahon=] Family Reunion". Crowning Moment Of Funny for Triple H in particular, for his [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall editorial comments]] and TakeThatKiss with Stephanie.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Has his company pushing an anti-bullying campaign and in kayfabe is currently the BigGood. Meanwhile his character is '''still''' the biggest cutthroat in the entire company, what with his constant attempts to derail CM Punk virtually anytime they've met since the June 27, 2011 Pipe Bomb and now the uncomfortable habit he's got of publicly intimidating Wrestling/VickieGuerrero into making matches that are clearly supposed to be pro-his favorite faces (such as handing John Cena and Wrestling/{{Ryback}} additional title shots and even booking Vickie herself into a fight with [[Wrestling/AJLee AJ]] [[AxCrazy Lee]]).
** Taken to its logical conclusion when Vince, Stephanie, HHH, and Randy Orton of all people made a collective FaceHeelTurn in summer 2013.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: One hidden camera segment had Vince at a urinal, whipping it out with his famous introductory "Andre The Giant!" See also: DudeNotFunny
* ILied: "Hey Wrestling/ZackRyder, RAW's in Long Island tonight, and you've got a big night ahead! You're gonna be the star of the show out there tonight--[[DudeNotFunny PSYCHE! It's actually your Superstars script, buddy.]]"
* IdiotSavant: As colorful as the Mr. [=McMahon=] character is, his eccentricity pales in comparison to the reality. Quoth Mike Steele:
-->''With several complexities and pet peeves that just aren't normal, he's a very strange man indeed. This is one of the reasons why I do believe he is a creative genius to some extent. Most geniuses are plagued with compulsions and tendencies that drive them mad.''
* InsistentTerminology: "Sports Entertainment", not "ProfessionalWrestling".
** Even worse, he's taken to calling it "Live Entertainment" as of 2010.
** As Wrestling/JoeyStyles [[WorkedShoot mentioned]], there are also "Superstars" and "Divas" instead of "wrestlers".
** And instead of fans, it's the "WWE Universe".
** When Ted Turner called Vince announcing his purchase of what became WCW, Turner said "Hey Vince, I'm in the rasslin' business!" In response, Vince said, "That's great Ted; I'm in the ''entertainment'' business."
** They're "championship titles", NOT "belts". [[Wrestling/CMPunk CM Punk]] referenced this during a Jimmy Kimmel Live sketch in which he met a young [[Wrestling/JohnCena John Cena]] fan.
* IronicEcho: "Nobody's bigger than [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} this business.]]" First said by Vince to John Cena, then said by Triple H to Vince as the latter was removed from a position of power in the company.
* ItRunsInTheFamily[=/=]WrestlingFamily: The whole [=McMahon=] family, including the in-laws.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Again, noted in Mick Foley's autobiography. At one point during the Attitude Era, 80s-era wrestler Tony Atlas was brought onto the roster for a short time at a point when he was having financial difficulties. Mick recalls that he had wondered aloud why he wanted to bring in Atlas, since he had never been a true main eventer even at his peak and that most casual fans didn't recall him. Someone later told him, "Sometimes, Vince does things just to be nice." One of his old wrestlers was having problems, so he gave him a helping hand.
** A better (dare we say defining?) example would come in the wake of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's death from complications involving a prior drug addiction. As noted, Eddie had completely recovered from drugs at the time and had openly thanked the company for sending him to treatment and for saving his life, so his sudden death due to complications years after the fact hit everyone especially hard. Since Eddie was his family's sole provider, leaving behind a wife and children, Vince gave his widow Vickie a job as a backstage performer, guaranteed pretty much for life for as long as she needed it. Years later, she is one of the best heel manager types in the business and has stated that her late husband would have loved the fact that she was now involved in the business that he gave so much for.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4NFIBaHnl4 Following 9/11]], he gave out a speech on how he was upset with what happened, and he gave his own [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You Suck]] speech to the terrorists who attacked New York, basically seeing that America WILL NOT BACK DOWN.
* JokerImmunity: Justified as Vince is the owner of WWE in both RealLife and Kayfabe, and has said he would run the company until the day he dies. Given the nature of the business and how even the biggest names can be released or quit the company, Vince is pretty much the only person in WWE who officially has this.
* KavorkaMan: The Vince character is basically this, thanks to the aphrodisiac powers of having a WriterOnBoard. An illegitimate son angle had Vince confessing to losing his virginity at such a young age that everyone else in the room was creeped out.
* {{Kayfabe}}: His blood would test positive for it if such a thing was possible.
* KnightOfCerebus: When he shows up, it's usually for something important. Especially if he's at his most evil as a heel.
* LargeHam: The largest.
-->"'''''YOOOOOUUUUU'RE FFFFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEDDDD!!'''''"\\
"[[BigShutUp SHUT UP!]]"\\
"STRAIGHT TO HEEEEEEEEELLL!"\\
"Welcome everyone! To WRRRRRRRESTLEMANIAAAAAAAAAA!"\\
"IIIIIIIT'S ''[[DramaticUnmask ME]]'', AUSTIN! IT'S ''ME'', AUSTIN! ITWUZMEEEEEEEEE ALL HALONG AUSTIN!!\\
"IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MO-NAYYY, ''IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MO-NAYYY!''"
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Way back in 1997 a ''[[AmericanNewspapers New York Times]]'' writer named Phil Mushnick targeted professional wrestling. He hated the sport, hated the fans, wasn't content to change the channel and wanted to take away people's rights. Wrestling/JimCornette spoke his mind on the issue and after another segment where fan opinions were voiced Vince read out the address to send Mr. Mushnick their opinion, before stating he can think of a letter to send himself. At the time few knew Vinnie Mac ran the WWF and as owner he would rightly have a few choice comments to make.
* LouisCypher: "Some say he's the devil himself." - Wrestling/JimRoss
* TheManBehindTheMan: Vince was the "Higher Power" masterminding the Ministry of Darkness / Corporate Ministry.
* MathematiciansAnswer: One of his favorite ways to justify any of his actions is to say, "Because I'm Vince [=McMahon=], damn it!"
* MeanBoss: Many fans of WCW and ECW see him as this due to their treatment of the [=InVasion=] angle (dedicating [[BestServedCold a year and half]] and [[MoneyToThrowAway millions of dollars]] to humiliating his "major acquisitions", all for his personal jollies), his disfavoring of smaller wrestlers, rampant {{nepotism}}, and various other reasons.
** A sentiment by no means limited to fans of those two departed promotions.
** Despite his public perception, many of his employees are quick to point out his caring and friendly nature. Mick Foley has mentioned in several of his books Vince's concern for Mick's well-being (telling after the infamous Cell match that he appreciated all Mick's done for the company but for Mick to never do something that dangerous again) and thoughtfulness over Mick's career. He also complimented Vince on allowing the book to be published with criticisms of him intact. He also stated he doesn't entirely understand why Vince doesn't show this side of him to the public world, aside from outdated ''kayfabe'' reasons.
*** A lot of his former employees have credited him for helping get their lives back together, paying for rehab, taking care of their finances and offering them legend contracts and jobs. Even Jeff Jarrett thanked Vince and Co. for showing support for him and his family after his wife died as a result of cancer.
* NeatFreak: Jim Ross confirmed that Vince has the eating habits of a Vulcan; for instance, he will not eat with his hands, resorting to a fork and knife even for a sandwich.
* NewEraSpeech: On the December 15, 1997 ''Raw,'' he delivered a huge [[http://www.cagematch.net/?id=93&nr=981 promo]] where, invoking Creator/USANetwork's slogan of the time "The Cure for the Common Show," he said, "The WWF extends far beyond the strict confines of sports presentation into the wide open environment of broad based entertainment," effectively proclaiming the beginning of the Attitude Era, though not using those specific words. He proceeded to compare ''Raw'' to ''JerrySpringer'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', and ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Then came the big WhamLine, as Vince drew a clear line in the sand between the company's past and its present and future:
-->"We in the WWF think that you, the audience, are quite frankly tired of having your intelligence insulted. We also think that you're tired of the same old simplistic theory of "Good Guys vs. Bad Guys". Surely the era of the super-hero urge you to say your prayers and take your vitamins is definitely passÚ. Therefore, we've embarked on a far more innovative and contemporary creative campaign, that is far more invigorating and extemporaneous than ever before." Cue the legendary Attitude Era.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Nearly every Vince match is one of these. Not only does he get absolutely destroyed by whoever he's facing, but the good guy usually delivers a beating so brutal it would turn them [[FaceHeelTurn Heel]] if it was against anyone else.
** Part of the reason Bret vs. Vince didn't work out well was probably because the LighterAndSofter approach WWE has implemented means Bret couldn't really beat the holy hell out of Vince like Shawn Michaels or Hulk Hogan could years before. That, and Bret - having suffered a career-ending concussion and a stroke in the twelve-plus years between the Montreal Screwjob and ''[=WrestleMania=] 26'' - was in no shape to actually wrestle. That being said, the crowd did indeed roar with approval when Bret locked in the Sharpshooter.
** A couple notable Aversions; his match with Ric Flair over control of the WWE in the early 2000s had him dominate the Nature Boy. He also got the better of CM Punk in their 2012 brawl.
* NonActionGuy: Vince runs the ring rather than wrestling in it. While he has enough moves to throw a few effective blows and supplies well in cheap shots, he will usually either cower or get his teeth kicked in whenever forced into a legitimate match.
* NonIdleRich: Like many other business tycoons, Vince could have stayed behind the scenes without ever appearing in the public eye. Instead, he's done everything from commentary at ringside to [[ItMakesSenseInContext doing skits where he wets his pants on live television]] to taking vicious beatings in the ring itself.
* OmnicidalManiac: Vince at one point attempted to "kill" WWE in 2002 with help from the [=New World Order=]. In the end Vince wound up killing the nWo instead.
* PapaWolf: {{Subverted|Trope}} during the Higher Power storyline. Vince acted like this when his daughter Stephanie was threatened by The Undertaker and the Ministry of Darkness, however it was then revealed that Vince was the Higher Power who masterminded Stephanie's kidnapping all along. Since then for the most part Vince has been portrayed as treating his family cruelly - unless they're on the same side, in which case he plays this pretty straight.
* ParodyReligion: "[=McMahonism=]".
* ThePowerOfHate: You gotta give credit: as malicious and brutal he is to his enemies, he is at least [[{{Determinator}} resilient about it]]. He was driven to a borderline VillainousBreakdown at the hands of [=DeGeneration X=], but remained vigilant just because he was ''that'' intent on destroying them.
* PowerStable: Wrestling/TheCorporation, Corporate Ministry, [=McMahon=]-Helmsley Faction/Regime, and Team [=McMahon=]. There was also a tag team version of a PowerStable known as the Power Trip, which still held the WWE, Intercontinental, and Tag Team title belts at the same time despite only consisting of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Triple H.
* PowerWalk: Fans sitting in ringside seats will often bow down and "worship" him as he walks by them on his way to the ring. Has grown into more of a SillyWalk with the passage of time.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: VINCENT! KENNEDY! [=MCMAHON=]!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The infamous MontrealScrewjob became a WorkedShoot, where Vince took the '''massive''' amount of heat he got for calling the match early and parlayed it [[CorruptCorporateExecutive into a complete character]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [=McMahon=] was especially good at these, particularly when he was perfecting the "Mr. [=McMahon=]" character in the spring of 1998, berating faces and heels alike with no shame or guilt, as though he were still proud to look at himself in the mirror every morning. One of his best was one he did with Wrestling/MickFoley on the June 1, 1998 edition of MondayNightRaw. Foley had tried unsuccessfully, as [=McMahon=]'s hired gun, to defeat Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, the most recently a day earlier at "Over the Edge." [=McMahon=] publicly called Foley an embarrassment to his company, friends and family, and tough-talking coward -- at one point, Foley was ready to slug [=McMahon=] with a steel chair, but backed off as [=McMahon=] told him that he would revoke various trust funds for his children and parents and drive him to ruin. After several more minutes of calling Foley a miserable failure, he fired him, by which time Foley had collapsed into tears.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The first image in his Mr. [=McMahon=] Titantron was a shot of his face, which was all black-and-white except for his eyes, which were colored red.
* ReligionOfEvil: "[=McMahonism=]". Vince was also the "Greater Power" of the Ministry.
* TheReveal: IT'S ME AUSTIN!!!
-->''"[[JimRoss Aw, sonuva bitch!]]"''
* TheRival: The MondayNightWars were started and fuelled primarily by his personal rivalry with Ted Turner
* SanitySlippage: After losing the ECW Championship at ''One Night Stand 2007'', Mr. [=McMahon=] started to behave more erratically in the following weeks that would lead to his "death" in a limousine explosion. (However, [[TooSoon this would soon be dropped abruptly]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot due to the real life death of]] Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. Once WWE was ready to pick up the storyline again, Vince explained that it was a ruse to see what people actually thought of him, including his own family.)
** There are way more examples than that. In 2006, he booked himself against God (and Shawn Michaels) in a PPV match, a feud in which he healed Candice Michelle of a chest cold in an orgasmic frenzy simply by touching her chest and did a rambling prayer promo to himself in the middle of a church. ([[CrossesTheLineTwice God no-showed the match, BTW, and [=McMahon=], well, he couldn't keep from talking about it that night.]]) In 2003, while feuding with The Undertaker, he turned into a devout follower of an unknown power and walked to the ring as a praying, grinning idiot; this would later turn out to be a MoreThanMindControl relationship with Kane. And of course, in 1999, he WAS the "Higher Power" behind The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness. Vince has been slipping for a long time.
** In 2002, Vince was going off the hinges over Ric Flair being co-owner of the WWF. Vince was so convinced that Flair was going to kill the WWF that he decided the only solution was for him to kill it first. So, he injected the WWF "with a lethal dose of poison" - which turned out to be the New World Order, which did not turn out to be any kind of poison at all.
** Vince also went crazy in 2003 when he learned he was going to be in a Buried Alive match against The Undertaker, going as far as to demand that Taker's house be burned down, and that Taker's children were kidnapped and his wife was raped, and [[YouHaveFailedMe was even about to murder Paul Heyman and fire his corpse]] before [[ManipulativeBastard Heyman]] managed to talk Vince out of it.
* {{Satan}}: Often called this by commentators, especially JimRoss. At one point Ross even claimed that when Vince goes to Hell, [[LikeABadassOutOfHell he would quickly take it over, implying that Vince was even WORSE than Satan]]. Vince was also the "Higher Power" of the Ministry, a Satanic cult, and branded himself a counterpart at war with God in "[[ParodyReligion [=McMahonism=]]]". As well, during the [=McMahonism=] storyline, Vince imitated Triple H's water-spitting entrance using holy water, then turned to his son Shane and said, "That kind of burns a little!" giving a hint of actual demonic influence. No wonder Shane asked him off-screen after that if he was going to Hell.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem Screw the Rules, I'm Vince [=McMahon=], dammit!]]
* SelfDeprecation: We're talking about a promoter who allowed himself to get his head shaved by Trump, take several wrestlers' finishers, get hit with steel chairs, have his face shoved into Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}'s backsides, getting literally whipped with a belt, and [[DiscontinuityNod allowed wrestlers to make fun of]] [[OldShame his "Stand Back" music video]]...
** Of note: every ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match Vince has ever competed in has been a loss for him, with Vince himself believing that he should never be on the winning end of a feud.
** The Monday Night Wars were finally won basically by airing Vince getting his ass kicked by Steve Austin week after week. Even when he won, he lost!
* ShootTheDog: How he views the Montreal Screwjob, he had to do what he had to do.
* SmugSnake: He proudly took credit as being the one behind the [[Wrestling/TheNexus NXT Riot]], only for the "NXT Seven" to subsequently beat him down for the insinuation.
* StraightMan: As an announcer, producing some terrific interactions with such color men as Wrestling/JesseVentura, Wrestling/BobbyHeenan and Jerry Lawler.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over Professional Wrestling]]: Vince's goal was to make WWE the biggest wrestling promotion and to put rival promotions out of business. He succeeded. There are still other wrestling promotions, but none are really a serious threat to WWE.
** Which is especially ironic, considering the InsistentTerminology entry above. In recent press releases, Vince has placed an embargo on the words "wrestling," "wrestler," "fight," and even "athlete." He tried to take over pro wrestling, and is now trying his absolute hardest to convince the world he's anything but a wrestling promoter.
* TemptingFate: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIHSHJZU7Xg On the 9/5/98 edition of Raw,]] Vince called {{Wrestling/Kane}} retarded, and called both Kane and Wrestling/TheUndertaker "a couple of putrid pussies".
* TheThreeCertaintiesInLife: During a feud with USWA, he claimed that the three guarantees in life are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I3mGNF1cLg Death, Taxes, and Randy Savage.]]
* TonightInThisVeryRing: {{Trope Namer|s}} and a former CatchPhrase of his.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to an interview with Daniel Bryan, Vince [=McMahon=] drinks a bottle of ketchup a day. Hopefully, that's hyperbole.
** In WWE Unscripted, Jim Ross claims that [=McMahon=] tops his steak with ketchup and it's a pet peeve of his to have this combination questioned.
* VerbalTic: Get Vince talking about anything, either in his Mr. [=McMahon=] character or as himself, and see how long it takes before he precedes a statement with the words "quite frankly". Odds are good he'll say it within the first minute.
* VillainousIncest: {{Defied| trope}}. Vince intended on doing this angle with his daughter Stephanie, but she declined. He had an incest storyline set up for Paul Burchill and [[Wrestling/KatarinaWaters Katie Lea]], who were lovers in OVW and put back together in WWE with the same antics but the slight change that they were now related but the switch to PG across the board stopped the implications from being taken all the way. [[Wrestling/MarkHenry Sexual Chocolate]] was in an incest storyline but was treated it like a past crime he was trying to atone for so he was not a villain.
* VillainProtagonist: Vince [=McMahon=] is the owner of WWE and the kayfabe universe is his own, so he's basically this. He also tends to center the show around himself and his storylines even though he's the BigBad. His antics in 2007(Feud with Trump, ECW reign, limo explosion, illegitimate son, etc.) are just some examples.
* VillainSong: "No Chance in Hell", which initially started as the theme song for The Corporation, and before that, the theme song for the 1999 Royal Rumble, at which Mr. [=McMahon=] assured that Steve Austin has "no chance in hell" of winning that year's Royal Rumble.
** It also got a DarkReprise simply known as the Corporate Ministry theme.
* VillainousBreakdown: Vince loves this trope. see SanitySlippage.
** A straight example of this trope: after [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome won the WWF title for the first time]] in early 1999, Vince, with the Corporation in tow, retreated up the ramp, all the while with Vince shouting ''"NO!!! NOT HIM!!! ANYBODY BUT HIM!!! NO!!! [[AnythingButThat NOT MANKIND]]!!!"''
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Both in kayfabe and in real life. Vince takes it very hard when wrestlers he had helped develop would leave him for the competition or ended in bad terms with him.
** Wrestling/BretHart, thanks to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. After Bret left for WCW, Vince spent a lot of time buring him in his shows and claimed, quite infamously, that it all had been Bret's own fault. After Bret became interested in making a DVD for the WWE, Vince lost no time in making amends with him and admiting, albeit vaguely, that it was partly his fault.
** Wrestling/HulkHogan, too many times to count.
** Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, perhaps the most infamous. His pet project (at least according to several wrestlers) and handpicked by Vince to be the champion after Hogan left (which he never trully did) had an insanely nasty fallout with Warrior in the both the 80s and 90s. They sued each other (accounts vary as who won what, but it is usually accepted Warrior won at least one litigation and Vince never forgave him about it) and were on enough bad terms with each other that the WWE went to produce an infamous DVD called ''The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior'', which was a several hours long DVD bury of Warrior's work and legacy, which alienated the Warrior even more. It wasn't until 2014 that they finally made amends, the WWE replaced the DVD with another in a much positive light, and Warrior was inducted in the Hall of Fame. Warrior died shortly after, and Vince looked absolutely''devastated'' on the Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Legend special produced after Warrior's passing.
* {{Workaholic}}[=/=]MarriedToTheJob: [[http://www.kayfabememories.com/TapeReviews/shootinterviews/jjdillon-2.htm JJ Dillon]] and [[http://www.kayfabememories.com/TapeReviews/shootinterviews/donmuraco-2.htm Don Muraco]] have both confirmed that Vince has no life outside of wrestling and never takes vacations. Dillon, who spent years in the WWE office after Turner bought what remained of the NWA from Jim Crockett Jr., said that he reached the point where he could no longer keep up with Vince's drive by 1996 and so he went back to WCW. This is likely why he put Linda, Shane and Stephanie on the payroll, since he'd never see them otherwise.
* WriterOnBoard: It's really amazing how many angles have been written of Vince kissing, fondling, or otherwise sexually interacting with a hot Diva. It's kind funny/sad on Vince's DVD when they talk about the angle in which Vince would make out with Wrestling/TrishStratus in front of his comatose wife as just something that was part of the story as if Vince had ''no'' control over that little plot development.
* YesMan: Many of his critics attribute WWE's difficulties to these - Vince's former advisors who were able to say "no" to him (e.g. Pat Patterson) have all left the company, and his current crew doesn't stand up to him.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Vince has two words for those who fail him: YOOOOOUUUUU'RE FFFFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEDDDD!!!!
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-->'''TV TROPES, YOOOOOUUUUU'RE FFFFFFFFFFFFFIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEDDDD!!!!'''