YMMV: Sheamus

  • Badass Decay: Oh god yes, he started out as an uber heel that murdered everyone, beat John Cena for the WWE Championship, "retired" Triple H and dominated most people he's been up against, as soon as he won the championship a second time he's really started to loose all the badass cred, Randy Orton punked him out whenever they faced each other (to this day Sheamus has never beaten Orton), he ran like a bitch from The Nexus, hell, The Miz kicked his ass.
    • Recently, he's forcing the Badassery to re-emerge. Talking trash with Randy Orton? Check. Classic triple threat match with Mark Henry and Christian? Check. Recovering from THE PUNT in ONE WEEK? CHECK. Interrupting the Randy Orton / Christian contract signing and punking out both men? CHECK. The audience is now seeing how Sheamus is a force to be reckoned with. This has led to Sheamus actually being cheered! Heel-Face Turn fast approaching?
      • Taking on Mark Henry, because no one else want due to him being on a warpath and taking out a bunch of people. And getting cheering for it. I would say YES, most definitely approaching a Heel-Face Turn.
      • Withstanding the Great Khali vicegrip and Breaking out of it.
      • BADASS DECAY OVER
      • Twofold, fella!
  • Base Breaker: Half the IWC thinks he's a versatile power man who's good on the mic, and the other half thinks he's one-dimensional and boring. There is no middle ground.
  • Creator's Pet: Judged by his detractors to be one, due in large part to his well-known Real Life friendship with Triple H. It got worse after the Squash Match in which he got the title.
    • Went away after dropping the World Heavyweight Championship but seems to be returning after winning the United States Championship in 2014, as the booking takes many precautions to avoid Sheamus getting pinned or tapping out, up to and including removing him from the Survivor Series main event after being promoted for weeks as part of it (the nature of the Survivor Series main event means that, since he wasn't one of the team captains, Sheamus being pinned or forced to tap was very likely).
    • Back with a vengeance now that he has won the Money In The Bank contract despite being, arguably, the least popular man in the match and the one with the least storyline direction (and no appropriate build up). With the title scene already rather packed with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar many feel Sheamus just does not belong in the title scene and the briefcase ensures he will be there for a long while (unless he pulls an early cash in attempt).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Mocking false lyrics aside
  • Designated Hero: If one really looks at his actions and attitude toward opponents since the buildup for his World Heavyweight Championship match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania started, continuing past the controversial way he won that title match all the way into his four months thus far as champion, one can't be blamed for seeing Sheamus's character as a monster heel being sold as a babyface through the power of Be a Star.
    • Many people also consider his face character to be this all-around. In any actual feuds, Sheamus usually isn't that much more morally right than his heel opponents, and will sometimes attack his opponents mostly or entirely unprovoked.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Kevin Dunn doesn't like Sheamus, so he was given the stupid crown and weak booking to make him look like an idiot.
  • Fridge Logic: The commentators regularly state that growing up, Sheamus was bullied for having pale skin and red hair. Aside from only stating this because he's now the face of the Be A Star anti-bullying campaign (which in itself is Fridge Logic because his character started out as a notorious bully and even as a face has the Hair-Trigger Temper to pass as one), Sheamus is from Ireland, with a great many Irish people having red hair and pale skin.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On the 2011 Wrestlemania Revenge Tour in Europe, Sheamus faced Daniel Bryan (for the US Championship) - and worked as a face for the Dublin show. Although A Hero to His Hometown would obviously come into play, the idea of Daniel Bryan getting X-Pac Heat against Sheamus is kind of hilarious. See next entry.
  • Internet Backdraft: Involved in one after his Squash Match against Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 28. Curiously, most of the ire seems to be less about the fact Sheamus won, as pretty much everyone and their mother figured Sheamus would come out that match the victor, and more that the match took 18 seconds, although the backdraft wouldn't be as bad if Bryan won in 18 seconds rather than Sheamus..
    • Misblamed: He's been forced to endure some vicious booing for that booking decision in the week(s) directly following Wrestlemania - for a booking decision that wasn't his fault, natch. The whole incident came dangerously close to derailing his title run, but thankfully it's mostly gone after he faced Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules in a two out of three falls rematch and worked his ass off, keeping up with Bryan in a well received match.
  • Memetic Molester: Sheamus will rip your head off and fuck your girlfriend.
    • He's just a shark circling an empty butt hole.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Started to get a bit more respect for his ring work around the time of his program with Triple H (though was still seen as something of a Creator's Pet). He really got more fans with his Heel-Face Turn in 2011.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: They've never interacted on camera, but, for obvious reasons, people seem to like to pair him off with Paige in a hypothetical "My gosh, how pale would their kids be" kind of way.
  • Squick: At one point, Sheamus was attacked after a match by a belt-wielding Mark Henry. He sustained quite a lashing, and picked up a new set of scars to show for it. Ugh...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Or name, rather - Considering Sheamus is referred to as "The Celtic Warrior" & his finisher is a Crucifix Powerbomb, it's a damn shame Finlay called his Finishing Move the Celtic Cross.
    • Notably, no one seems to know what to call this move. Sometimes Cole will call it the "Celtic Cross". The next week, it'll be the "High Cross." Before either of those, the move was briefly called "Pale Justice", which arguably might fit better now than either of the first two, given Sheamus' new "Great White" Red Baron and his status as a Face. As of right now, the announcers seem to be settling on "Celtic Cross".
    • And now, ironically, Sheamus has added to his moveset the finisher that Finlay calls "The Celtic Cross." Only, for Sheamus, it's called "White Noise."
    • A more literal example of the trope: Sheamus got himself into one of those "your Finishing Move is banned" scenarios with a Rules Lawyer-ing Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus even began using a new submission finisher around this time to foreshadow and then 'sell' the ban. But when the time came for the match, perhaps finding out that Del Rio's sidekick was overselling the injuries to his neck, Booker T reinstated the Brogue Kick, rendering the whole plotline null and void.