YMMV: Edge

  • Author's Saving Throw: After weeks of decidedly un-facelike behavior and a Running Gag of Paul Bearer dummies that fans hated, Edge made a promo about he was fighting Kane's evil with his own evil and actually acted like a face, i.e. wanting to win the World title legitimately and actually respecting the General Manager.
  • Crazy Awesome: How much of his character is "crazy" and how much is "awesome" varies from time to time, but Edge falls firmly into this category.
  • Cry for the Devil: It was hard not to feel bad for Edge in the summer of 2008, really. His (kayfabe) romantic relationship with then-SmackDown! General Manager Vickie Guerrero, which at first appeared to be nothing more than a shrewd career move, was later shown to be real and heartfelt. On the day of their wedding, when Triple H revealed that Edge had been cheating on his fiancee with wedding planner Alicia Fox, the heartbreak was truly something to behold. Edge went overnight from being his usual Jerkass self to begging Vickie for forgiveness: "I can't live without your love!" But Vickie was so vindictive that she booked her would-be husband in a Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker. Edge was terrified, and desperately asked Mick Foley for advice on how to win the match. When Foley refused to help him, Edge snapped and smashed Foley through a table (after delivering the monumental, two-word "World of Cardboard" Speech described below). He had passed the Despair Event Horizon by this point and even lashed out at his own (adopted) family, vowing to Vickie that "I'm gonna drag you down to Hell with me!" And at the conclusion of the Hell in a Cell match, Edge actually was sent to Hell (or Chokeslammed through the ring mat and set on fire, to be precise). But of course, he proved three months later to be Not Quite Dead.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Similar to Randy Orton, he turned face in late 2010, despite doing nothing good to warrant his massive pop.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: A meta-example, some fans find it hilarious to make jokes about Edge's injuries.
    • Chris Jericho was one such man. Then Edge returned. He was not happy.
  • Fountain of Expies: Edge codified the sneaky, opportunistic heel for the modern era, especially after his Money In The Bank wins. Subsequent younger Money In The Bank winners have often taken on elements of his "Ultimate Opportunist" personality during their runs with the briefcase, with CM Punk doing it twice (both as a face and as a heel, and ironically the first time to Edge himself). Also, curiously enough, each of the three members of The Shield is somewhat a snapshot of Edge at various points in his career.
    • Dean Ambrose is Edge during his late-career Face runs - a Determinator who is more than a bit off his rocker, somewhat a Lovable Rogue whose willingness to throw caution to the wind is beloved by fans.
    • Seth Rollins is a combination of Edge during his tag team days - young, hungry, and willing to take insane bumps - and Edge right at the time of his first main event title run - conniving, opportunistic heel with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. He's also got the requisite massive ego and Miles Gloriosus traits.
    • Roman Reigns has the size, the Mr. Fanservice looks, and spears anything that walks. He also enters through the crowd much like Edge did in his first year or two (and like the E&C team did some years after that).
  • Fridge Brilliance: Edge & Christian were first introduced to the WWE as brothers. From a certain point of view, they are.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Go watch any of the matches early in his career, like the TLC or Ladder matches - More than likely, you'll hear Jim Ross remarking about how they were shortening their careers.
    • Really, considering the damage that put him out of action was due to his neck, watching him charge head-first at anybody for a Spear during a match can make you cringe (yes, a spear is more a shoulder tackle, but it still looks bad.)
  • He Really Can Act: Unlike most wrestlers that go into filming, Edge's role in the American supernatural series Haven proves that he has acting talent.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / "Funny Aneurysm" Moment - During his feud with Kurt Angle, Edge jokingly suggested that fans should chant "You Suck" to Kurt Angle.
    • WrestleMania 17 had the second TLC, and in one of many such moments during that era, Edge speared Lita. Fast forward to 2005, and it turned out that Edge had been…spearing Lita.
      Jim Ross: "Lita's here! Jerking Edge off... the ladder!"
    • Edge and his one-time proteges Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder all have one thing in common aside from blonde hair and love of wrestling: all three men share the real life middle name of Joseph.
      • Just Edge and Hawkins, Ryder's middle name is Brett
  • Jerkass Woobie: How Edge pulled off his most recent Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Joker: The two have so much in common, it's just scary. It would be enough to point out that they share the exact same height (6'5", according to the comic books, although Edge is 50 pounds heavier), that Edge is famous for his Slasher Smile, and that during her final months in WWE (immediately after her breakup with Edge, when the two were still strongly linked in the public mind) Lita once appeared on television wearing a Harley Quinn T-shirt. But then there are also a number of uncanny associations Edge has with the 1989 Tim Burton film, which of course marked the Clown Prince's first major foray onto the big screen (Cesar Romero's in 1966 notwithstanding). His similarity to a younger, blond Jack Nicholson are many: Cool Shades, a low growl for a voice (at least when he did an American accent as a heel), imitating the main character from The Shining for WWE's Backlash poster in 2007. He also was paired up (platonically) on a couple of occasions with Torrie Wilson, who bore more than a passing resemblance to Kim Basinger (although if WWE ever noted this, they never played it up). And, just like Jack Napier in the '89 film, in the summer of 2008 Edge was embroiled in a love triangle with a "Vickie" and an "Alicia"!
  • Love to Hate: The fans preferred Edge as a heel so much that his 2004 and early 2010 face runs both petered out after a few months. Of course, comebacks after long injury breaks tend to pop the fans, but he's never had much of a natural progression from heel to face when he's active. Until the autumn of 2010, when issues with the anonymous Raw General Manager caused him to become a Jerkass to more traditional heels - leading to a fitting final run for his Hall of Fame career.
  • Magnificent Bastard: He IS called "The Ultimate Opportunist" for a reason, after all.
    • Case in point; out-Mind Screwing Kane of all people.
    • Lampshaded in a 2008 interview on a news program in Orlando, where they actually speculated half-jokginly that his next Red Baron should be "Magnificent Bastard".
  • Memetic Molester: Edge will steal your girlfriend.
    Paul Heyman: Hey, hide your girlfriends, it's Edge! You know, Edge, I've got the guts they don't, so I'm going to say the two words that no one else will dare to say. Matt Freakin' Hardy!
    Edge: *spits out his beer* That's three words, Paul!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Be careful; next you have a hard fought victory over something you've worked long and hard, Edge might just pop up with a briefcase and take it fr- You think you know me. *guitar*
    • "SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR..."
    • "WROOOONNG!! WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG...."
    • Edge - spear - doesn't care - spear spear - about your accomplishments because Spear.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Prior to about December 2006, Edge seemed more annoying than evil. It is true that he'd already done plenty of low things - betraying Chris Benoit; stealing Lita from both Kane (in Kayfabe) and Matt Hardy (in Real Life); shoving Mick Foley through a flaming table; pinning Beulah McGillicutty in a simulated rape pose at WWE's second annual One Night Stand pay-per-view; and breaking into John Cena's house and slapping Cena's father - but it was still hard to see him as much more than just a cheap bully. He really made clear just how bad he was when he and Randy Orton delivered a Con-chair-to to Ric Flair - thus savagely bloodying a near-60-year-old man - just to piss off Triple H. A year later, when he began his ongoing feud with the Undertaker, he proved just how diabolical a foe he had become - and when he screamed at Vickie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero (his wife and nephew-in-law at the time) that if he was going to Hell, he was taking them with him...by God, he made you believe he would do it.
    • Of course, this 60-year-old man seems to have an addiction to being savagely bloodied, so in hindsight…
    • Pay attention — this was all after Lita retired. Was she secretly his Living Emotional Crutch or Morality Chain in some way? Did not having her by his side anymore because of the fans expedite a Sanity Slippage on his part? As noted above, he certainly seemed to be even more callous and disregarding of others after she retired.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "You think you know me..."
  • Never Live It Down: Ever since a certain infamous affair and termination, Edge and Lita became known as the ones that "screwed" Matt Hardy, and he in turn became known for "never getting over it". However, unlike the other two it did nothing to hurt Edge's career in the long run; on the contrary he went on to much greater heights than anybody at the time would've thought possible, going from perennial midcarder to one of the company's top heels.
  • Replacement Scrappy: When Edge was drafted to Raw and started "playing Goldberg" in Goldberg's absence, randomly spearing people and then returning to the back, he was pretty over. After his first feud with Kane was over though, fans started to turn on him, feeling him to be an inferior replacement in the feud with Evolution. This was eventually solved by just turning him heel, to reflect the audience opinion but then Edge got even more hate for a different reason (see never live it down)
  • Strawman Has a Point: His "Real Emotion" promo from the episode of Raw that aired August 8, 2005. Edge points out that the only reason Matt Hardy was now a main event star was because his girlfriend fell in love with someone who had earnt his main event spot. Whilst the promo is definitely Vindicated by History, these were still valid points in 2005. But the absolute kicker? Edge's remark that despite Matt saying he wanted to marry Lita, they were together for 6 years & he never proposed.
    • This promo, also with Matt Hardy from around the time Jeff Hardy was starting his mysterious attacker storyline. Edge pointing out that people didn't care about Matt, and Matt was getting involved simply to take Jeff's spotlight. While Edge didn't realize it in storyline, those were the exact reasons Matt attacked Jeff.
  • Tear Jerker: His farewell shoot announcing his retirement on the 4/11/11 edition of RAW.
    • As was his shoot on the 4/15/11 edition of Smack Down, when he left the belt in the middle of the ring.
    • The finale of his speech on the 4/11/11 RAW makes one feel downright awful: He states that if one would ask him to go through the whole thing all over again—the matches, the training, surgery, injuries, planes, etc. etc.—he'd do it...in a heart beat. (cries)
  • Vindicated by History: Edge and Lita, the actual infidelity aside. While Edge became a modern-day legend and an inspiration to other wrestlers, including (especially) Ryder and Hawkins, and Lita was missed more and more as the Diva division deteriorated following hers and Trish's retirements, Matt Hardy's personal and professional life spiraled into what became an increasing train wreck for several years largely of his own doing, proving many of the things the Rated-R Couple had said about him during the Worked Shoot storyline.
  • Win the Crowd: Edge may be one of the best examples of this in wrestling. Starting off in the undercard, Edge worked his way up card, moving from being a popular tag team wrestler, to an over midcarder, before finally winning the WWE title in 2006. His career showed that patience really does pay off.