Stephanie McMahon Levesque (née Stephanie Marie McMahon) is certified pro-wrestling royalty. The daughter of promoter Vince McMahon and granddaughter of WWF/WWE founder Vince McMahon Sr., Stephanie has worked in the wrestling business since she was a teenager answering phones at Titan Tower. She has worked both in front of and behind the cameras, as a wrestler, a heel manager for her storyline-husband (and eventual Real Life husband) Triple H, a General Manager for the Smackdown brand, and her current role as Executive Vice President of Creative Development and Operations (i.e. head writer). She is a 1x WWE Women's Champion, winning the title in her debut match after Tori (Terri Poch) DDT'd Jacqueline and she had to be told to pin her, something that hadn't happened on WWE TV since Kamala in 1993, and for completely different reasons.That Other Wiki has an article on her life and career here.
"Billion Dollar Tropes":
Aborted Arc: Her on-camera appearances are so few and far-between, that there wasn't really an arc to abort, but they did try to uphold the illusion of Triple H and Stephanie's storyline divorce, mostly because, since everybody and their goldfish knew they were married in real life, it made for some hilarious in-jokes (see the night Stephanie gave birth to her first daughter; Triple H was in the ring congratulating her and "That guy who knocked her up.") However, at some point, they seemed to simply throw their hands up and say "Forget it," since now they acknowledge that they're still married.
Abusive Parents: In-character only, but pretty thoroughly in-character. Vince has actually wrestled Stephanie (in a match that took place only a few days before her wedding).
Actually Pretty Funny: When Natalya gets insanely drunk on the Total Divas finale and leaves numerous voicemails on Stephanie's phone, this is her reaction. She even says she's going to save them and possibly show them to Vince.
Bait and Switch: She announced that a Smackdown Diva had been chosen to pose in Playboy and said "congratulations to me!" (and gathered an Earth-shattering pop from the crowd) before elaborating that she meant congratulations to herself for sealing the deal and that Torrie Wilson would be in Playboy instead.
Complexity Addiction: One immaterial thing she's inherited from her daddy is his pathological vindictive need to torment top-level employees that cause the family trouble rather than fire them on the spot. Clearly demonstrated in this exchange with Randy Orton in 2009, right before bringing out her brother Shane to attack him for punting Vince in the head:
Randy Orton: "FIRE. ME. NOW."
Stephanie: "Firing you... would be too easy. We have bigger plans."
From one of her many confrontations with Austin on the January 1, 2001, Raw:
So tonight...In This Very Ring...you will face William Regal. And the winner of your match will face the winner of the Rock/Kane match, who will face the Undertaker, in a Triple Threat match for the #1 Contendership to the World Wrestling Federation championship on SmackDown!
Control Freak: Also seems to be inherited from her father (during her heel runs, anyway). And much like her father, this often came to bite her back, due to overestimating just how much crap particular employees would take from her. It was her berating of Randy Orton that kicked off the horrific feud mentioned above, for example.
Stephanie: This is MY show!
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Most definitely when she's in-character. Some of the rumor mills have painted her as this in real life, due to her yes-man status for her father and the high turnover in the writer's room.
Reportedly kicked Tommy Dreamer off of the "creative" team for "making too much sense."
It's suggested that she and Michael Hayes both blocked Paul Heyman from the writing team.
Creator Couple: Stephanie handles most of the writing for WWE, Hunter is more active in front of the camera as well as with the showrunning aspect.
Face-Heel Turn: When she first appeared, she was the innocent little girl that somehow remained as such while having a horrible father. Then, she turned on him and got with Triple H as revenge for the Ministry Of Darkness Break the Cutie plot, causing Vince to leave the company for months in a Despair Event Horizon, leaving her and Triple H as the head of the WWF. She turned out to be much more capable a heel than she ever was as a face.
Faux Action Girl: Was technically capable of wrestling (as in, could take bumps, had a few offensive moves), but mainly stuck to taunting opponents, bitch-slapping, and hiding behind Dad or Hunter or Shane when things got bad.
After receiving Rikishi's Stinkface on the May 7, 2001 Raw, she cut a promo on SmackDown about having Rikishi's disgusting "bottom" in her face.
Similarly, during her feud with her father and Sable in 2003, she accused Vince of siding with Sable after she presumably shook her "fanny" in Vince's face. Though that one is an aversion in the UK since there "fanny" is a slang term for "vagina".
Jerkass: Consider her family and who her husband is. If she didn't start out this way, she grew into it.
Karma Houdini: To varying degrees, but most times she is a Heel antagonizing a male Face, there are naturally limitations how far attacking a female non wrestler can be seen as a righteous resolve compared to with Vince. This is evident with the recent feud with The Big Show, while Steph was often most vigorous in tormenting and enslaving him for her gains (or just for the sheer fun of it), most of his retribution seems to be directed to Triple H. As shown above however, some opponents can get creative.
Large Ham: Pretty much invented the screechy-heel character that Vickie Guerrero now plays to the hilt.
The Maiden Name Debate: Kayfabe forced her to dance all around this. She went by Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley while she and Triple H were Kayfabe married and goes by Stephanie McMahon-Levesque in real lifenote She is even credited under that name in the liner notes for WWE's entrance music albums, but since Hunter doesn't go by his real name, she just goes by Stephanie McMahon any time she appears in-character.
Mama Bear: As Paul Heyman learned; all he did was mention her children, and she knocked him to the ground and started whaling on him. Of course, Hunter had warned him at least twice already, so frankly, he kinda had it coming.
Sanity Slippage: That time she and Triple H (in-character) wanted to renew their wedding vows, Hunter found out Steph had lied about her pregnancy and trashed the ceremony (Protip: If you're going to attempt The Baby Trap on your boyfriend, make sure that the actor you hire to play your doctor isn't currently on a late-night infomercial.) Steph Flipped. Her. Shit. WWE, any time that footage is reused, almost without fail, turns her scream at the end into a deep ''roar.''
Sleeps with Everyone but You: It's been implied that the main reason why Jericho insulted her so much was because she was easy... for everyone except him.
Slut Shaming: Well, Jericho and the fans tried, but it didn't really take.
Smug Snake: During her heel phase as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley.
Even as a Face she tends to be this, whatever side she is on she has an unsavvy tendency to bicker or try to kick around dangerous Heels, this usually ends with her becoming a patsy used against another more prominent rival such as Hunter.
The Tease: Most noteworthy when she was announcing who was chosen to pose for Playboy.
Vapor Wear: Her feud with Triple H, starting with the failed "wedding" described below, saw her suffer Clothing Damage and demonstrated that she hadn't bothered to wear much underneath.
The March 11, 2002 Raw saw her try to escape from HHH in the ring and he grabbed her pants and exposed her butt.
That Thursday on Smackdown, HHH went for the Pedigree on an announce table and her breasts fell out of her dress.
Villainous Breakdown: Had one on Raw March 10th, 2014 when Daniel Bryan managed to get an army of fans to storm the ring and occupy it to force her and Triple H into giving Bryan what the Authority had been denying him, screaming her head off that she owns them.
Vocal Evolution: While she might be forever known for that whiny screechy harpy voice, in recent years, her voice has seriously mellowed out, with her voice becoming smoother and more authoritative as time has gone on, leaving Vickie Guerrero to pick up where she left off.
The Villainous Breakdown, however had her go harpy for first time in over a decade. Albeit in a lower pitch than her 20's.
Warrior Princess: Being the daughter of WWE's owner, she can be considered as such.
Wedding Smashers: Thrice involved. First came the infamous "satanic wedding" angle with The Undertaker and the Ministry Of Darkness in the spring of 1999, where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin eventually saved her from a lifetime of torture. Later in 1999, she was to be married (in kayfabe) to Test (Andrew Martin), only for the whole event to be upstaged by Triple H, who drugged her and married her while unconscious. Later, when Steph agreed that the vows were legitimate and became a scheming heel, the kayfabe marriage continued until Triple H decided he was tired of Steph's lying; the two would try to work out their differences and it appeared that they had to a point where they agreed to renew their vows ... until Triple H learned that Steph's "pregnancy" was a sham. Triple H ended the wedding right there and exposed her on national television, knocking her down so that one of her breasts was sticking out of her dress.
Makes it all the more ironic that Triple H and Steph's real-life wedding was a low-key affair.
What Happened to the Mouse?: After T&A split up on the January 1, 2001, Raw, there was a scene in Stephanie's office where Albert told her that if she needed anything she could call him. This was forgotten almost immediately after.
Younger than They Look: While Stephanie has always looked fairly age appropriate, her voice radically changed around early/mid-2002 (most likely due to her role as the Screaming Woman during the McMahon-Helmsley era). By early-2003, she sounded more like she was 46 than 26 (her actual age at the time).