Total Divas is a reality show produced by the E! Network. It is similar in format to Keeping Up With The Kardashians and it revolves around the lives and careers of the WWE Divas. The women the show focuses on are:
The Funkadactyls - Naomi Knight (real name: Trinity McCray) and Cameron Lynn (real name: Ariane Andrew). They act as dancers to Brodus Clay and are just making the transition to in-ring wrestlers. Like the twins, the show explores the differences between them - Trinity being more about the in-ring athleticism and Ariane being more about the glamour and character.
Natalya - Nattie Neidheart, third generation Diva and Cool Big Sister to the rest of the cast. The series deals with her frequently feeling left out by the company and her troubled engagement to childhood friend Tyson Kidd (real name: TJ Wilson).
Eva Marie - a recently signed developmental Diva. Portrayed as very ambitious and desperate to make a name for herself, angering a lot of people in the company.
Jojo - another recently signed developmental Diva. Is the youngest out of all the Divas, being only nineteen (and below WWE's policy of wrestlers on the roadnote WWE does not call up wrestlers under the age of 21).
The show has a balance between storylines and reality. On the one hand, it acknowledges that wrestling itself is scripted and breaks Kayfabe. On the other, the women clearly play up their onscreen characters and the show is used to further storylines on the main roster.
A-Cup Angst: Ariane goes through this, considering getting a boob job. She decides against it, feeling it would be a Family-Unfriendly Aesop to send to her fans. Nikki Bella also went through the same and chose to get a boob job before the show aired.
All Women Are Lustful: Ranges from superficial (the girls delightfully seeing a male striptease show, Nikki brings along a vibrator when John can't make it to Vegas) to dramatic (Nattie worrying that she and TJ haven't had sex since he got injured, Eva Marie takes off her engagement ring for a 'business meeting' with Fandango.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: This trope is likely the reason Nattie gets so worked up about accidentally peeing during one of her matches.
Big Eater: Nikki Bella while Brie tends to panic if she's eaten too much.
Bitch Alert: Tyson/TJ's mother before she's even shown onscreen. TJ and Nattie are staying in their hometown of Calgary for Nattie's birthday week. They want a hotel to spend quality time together. TJ's mother phones them and demands they stay at her house (where she would make TJ sleep on the couch and Nattie share her bed). TJ caves and goes to her house, while Nattie refuses and stays in the hotel. When his sister makes an appearance later in the episode, this trope happens to her instead. It's never stated why but TJ makes plans for them to have dinner at his sister's on Nattie's birthday. Presumably the sister did a lot of pressuring.
Eva Marie tells producers that she has a background in ballet and ballroom dancing. She doesn't.
The show also tries to pass off segments on Main Event and Superstars as "live on Raw". It might work on E! viewers, but WWE fans can tell in a heartbeat. For the first one it's a little more justified since some Superstars matches are taped before Raw and it's likely producers don't want to confuse viewers.
The Cameo: From various WWE employees in different episodes. Vince himself made an appearance on episode 7.
Catch Phrase: Ariane - "Girl, bye". Trinity also always greets her by affectionately saying "hey, baby girl".
The Cast Show Off: Jojo gets to show off her singing voice by performing The Funkadactyls' entrance music live.
Christmas Cake: Nikki (who is near 30) voices her worry about getting married, afraid John Cena won't want to as he has recently divorced.
The City vs. the Country: A variation. Brie's apartment in sunny San Diego is contrasted with Bryan's modest house in damp wet Aberdeen, Washington. They eventually move to Phoenix instead.
Dye Hard: Eva Marie (brunette dyed red) and Ariane (black dyed caramel brown and eventually blonde).
Evil Twin: Nikki is portrayed as being this compared to Brie. Funnily enough whenever the two were pit against each other on WWE TV, Nikki usually played the heelnote Aside from Team Teddy vs Team Johnny for Wrestle Mania 28 where Nikki finally got to be the face.
Failed Audition Plot: Inverted. The second episode builds towards an audition that we know is doomed to fail.
Fanservice: Lots and lots of it. Especially one episode which has Nikki and Nattie modelling lingerie for each other and Ariane walking around with boob implants.
Freudian Excuse: Ariane's erratic temper is the result of growing up in a household where her mother and (now divorced) stepfather fought a lot.
Gag Boobs: And how! When Ariane is considering a boob job, she's given a pair of silicone implants to "test drive". Hilarity Ensues - they fall out while she's in the pool, her boyfriend names them, Brie tries them on and she ends up having to go out on TV with only one in.
Girl's Night Out Episode: The episode featuring a trip to Vegas for Nattie's bachelorette party. Despite being a show about the women, it's still a straight example as TJ's bachelor party happened alongside it but the show only focused on the women.
Hidden Depths: Surprisingly after Eva Marie's disastrous attempt at being Fandango's new girl, she displayed more maturity and sense than she had previously shown. Character Development people.
Hypocrite: Nattie complaining about Eva Marie being asked to dye her hair blonde because she herself is also blonde. Does she really think people aren't going to tell the two of them apart if they have the same hair colour? Eva Marie did resemble the Bellas but even with blonde hair she wouldn't look like Nattie.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Nattie previously dyed her hair a different colour because she felt there were too many blonde Divas. She went the same colour as Eva - redhead.
Informed Ability: Trinity cops on to Eva's supposed dancing experience being this when Eva says she can't do the splits. Any trained dancer would have the flexibility to do the splits.
The Ingenue: Jojo is presented as this, being younger than the other girls.
Lady Drunk: When Brie gets like this, it's called "Brie Mode".
Manipulative Editing: Especially between breaks, when one thing that what was shown in the preview before the break, and the "One The next..." doesn't match when we actually see it. Also, certain things that happened on Raw or Smackdown, are let out of the Total Divas airing. Such as Daniel Bryan winning the WWE title, but failing to show the aftermath with Triple H and Randy Orton.
Once More with Clarity: Some segments on WWE programming that makes little sense why they would occur we find out here why. A 8 mixed tag match between Tons of Funk with the Funkadactyls vs The Bella Twins and The Usos, the latter being heels teaming with faces. This was a segment done for Total Divas.
One Steve Limit: Averted with Nikki's boyfriend John Cena and Trinity's boyfriend Jon Fatu.
Only Sane Man: Pretty much the girl who isn't getting the focus of whatever episode becomes this to the rest. Even Eva Marie and Ariane occasionally. John Cena also seems to function solely to tell Nikki to stop being so immature.
Plenty of Blondes: Inverted. Management feels there are too many brunettes and want Eva Marie to become a blonde to fix that.
Polar Opposite Twins: The show plays this up with the Bellas. Brie is calm and sensible while Nikki is more aggressive and passionate.
Satellite Love Interest: Justified. All we know about the various boyfriends is how they fit into the women's world.
Shameless Fanservice Girl: There's one scene where a breast implants consultant bares her breasts to Ariane and Trinity and lets them cop a feel. She even does the same for Trinity's boyfriend, Jon AKA Jimmy Uso, by flashing him and letting him feel her breasts.
Shirtless Scene: John Cena and Bryan Danielson for the sake of a wood-chopping contest.
Spicy Latina: Eva Marie, who is Mexican-Italian, describes herself as such. Nikki appears to be a straight example too (same ethnicity) though she doesn't play one on TV (the Bellas are more Alpha Bitch than Spicy Latina).
Stay in the Kitchen: Implied with Vincent's father regarding Ariane. He doesn't like that she's on the road most of the week, leaving Vincent alone. He's basically two steps ahead of them, wanting them to get married, despite it has never come up between the two. It's also implied he's pushing Vincent to propose, which he was sorta did, he took her to a jewelry store to look at rings, in which she freaked out and the two decided to take a break. They got back together before Nattie's wedding, due to a health scare.
The Teetotaler: Eva Marie doesn't drink, and we've seen a couple examples of it. First during the house warming party she and Jojo had for the rest of the cast, then when they where in Vegas for Natties bachelorette party; she hung out with Jojo, who was too young to drink.
Eva Marie, particularly in the first few episodes. There is a whole list of infractions that would get almost any other wrestler in the company released if it weren't the show's resident crash test dummy doing them:
In the pilot episode, her very first impression with WWE creative is to completely disregard their instructions on her hair color note She admittedly had a point. Going in, she has an already sexy and distinctive brown color with red highlights and was told to dye her hair blond, which would do absolutely nothing for her complexion. Instead, she went with Rhianna fire station red, an improvement over blond but still a downstep from her original color. .
Next, she wanted to take a shortcut to get on camera by insinuating that she has a background in ballet and ballroom dancing in order to get an on-screen position as Fandango's escort/manager. A fair amount of planning goes into this until she has her audition and fails miserably. Fandango himself looks fairly disgusted with the whole affair, the creative staff is flabbergasted and has to find a replacement for the dancer role, and Stephanie Mcmahon herself takes Eva to task for wasting so many people's time. note Stephanie's on-screen anger is mostly staged, but Eva didn't know that at the time. Still, as the person in charge of the creative division, she had to have been pissed to some degree at Eva for causing such a distraction.
In an attempt to throw something against the wall to see if anything would stick, Eva was given a ring announcer's role for a match during Raw. Despite having most of a week to memorize a half dozen names and billed locations, she still mangles a lot of names, including "Ginger Mahal" in 3MB, which to him is a Berserk Button. note This makes sense. He is an entirely disposable mid-carder who might be dropped at some point and never be seen again, so every television appearance he has is valuable. So someone butchering his name, to him, is showing him a distinct lack of respect.
Traumatic Haircut: Eva Marie freaks out on the first episode when management has her dye her hair blonde. She eventually is unable to go through with it and decides to Take a Third Option - she becomes a redhead instead.
Those Two Girls: Three pairs of them, in fact. The only one who isn't is Natalya.
The scene where Nattie is tearful about not getting a match at WrestleMania? Obviously staged. At the time Natalya had barely been a fixture in the women's division, either jobbing at that stage or acting as the Great Khali's manager. Plus the 8-person tag was announced weeks in advance so it's likely she heard about it on TV rather than an agent having to tell her personally. Nattie would probably be more shocked if she did get a match at WrestleMania considering the current Divas' Champion was also a Face and Natalya hadn't been in the women's division much.
JoJo and her supposedly disastrous attempt at singing on Main Event. The show doesn't mention that their version of "Somebody Call My Momma" was sold on Itunes and JoJo was given the chance to sing the National Anthem at SummerSlam.
Natalya's embarrassing pants-wetting incident happened on a match that got cut from the Superstars broadcast. The match a fan refers to is a second one taped the week after (with Eva Marie at ringside).
Cena's elbow/triceps injury. On the show it appears as he finds out the week of SummerSlam, and that no one else knows and only told Nikki, when in fact that he found out about it a few weeks before, and the doctors wanted him to cancel the match and have the surgery right away.
The first episode has Trinity and Ariane standing by while Sandra is finishing up stitching together their wrestling outfits for their Wrestlemania match. It's a nice touch of tension, but sort of loses believability when we're expected to swallow that these outfits (for a match at Wrestlemania no less!) weren't finished weeks beforehand and are instead being put together at literally the last possible second.
Unusual Euphemism: Trinity for her crotch showing - "all my cookies are hanging out". Cue thousands of "hand in the cookie jar" jokes online.
Wardrobe Malfunction: Two variations. Ariane has new gear designed for her and Trinity but does not get Trinity's measurements - resulting in her crotch being on full display. Secondly Nikki robs one of Ariane's silicone boobs out of her costume, leaving her very...erm...uneven.
Wedding Day: The mid-season finale revolved around Nattie and TJ's wedding. Though it was strongly implied by many WWE talents that Nattie and TJ had eloped beforehand and that the ceremony was a gesture to their friends and family.
What the Hell, Hero?: Stephanie McMahon of all people delivers this to the Funkadactyls. She reminds them that they are representing the company whenever they are out in public - and that their Cat Fight was both childish and could have generated negative publicity for them.
Worked Shoot: The show seems to be mixing this in, making fans wonder what parts are staged and which are genuine.