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Eve Torres Gracie (born Eve Marie Torres on August 21, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in/billed from Denver, Colorado) is a female American retired professional wrestler who has competed exclusively in WWE. She won the final Diva Search competition in 2007. She initially featured as a backstage interviewer on WWE Smackdown, but transitioned to in-ring work in 2009.

In 2010 she became the first Diva Search winner to hold the WWE Divas' Championship, and as of 2012 she became the first three-time Divas' Champion. She was heavily featured across the company for the majority of her tenure, and announced her surprise retirement in early 2013 - the very night she lost her title to Kaitlyn. Since leaving wrestling she has ventured into acting, with a recurring role on Matador and a guest spot as Maxima on Supergirl (2015).

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  • Aborted Arc: In early 2012 Kane began targeting Eve, claiming he had big plans for her. One episode of Raw had him lock Eve in an ambulance, and she was saved by John Cena. This segued into her Face–Heel Turn the next week, and Kane was completely forgotten about.
  • Accidental Kiss: It seemed like it when Cena rescued Eve from Kane and the ambulance and she was caught up in the moment, not realizing Zack had seen everything. Subverted big time when she reveals the week after she'd been using Zack and trying to reel in the "big fish" to get some big-time notoriety.
  • Action Girl: First three-time Divas' Champion, a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and she teaches self-defence classes to young women. She also legitimately choked out Matt Hardy once.
  • Alpha Bitch: Her heel turn initially started as The Vamp but morphed into this during her tenure as a Sexy Secretary.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: She told The Miz he was quite possibly the furthest thing from awesome the WWE had ever seen. And he was ugly.
  • Ascended Extra: Went from being an interviewer to an active wrestler.
  • Badass Family: She's married into one, wedding Rener Gracie of the legendary Gracie Brazilian jujitsu family.
  • Bait-and-Switch: One interview with Triple H had him strangely fixated on something on her chest area. He remarked that they were round, perfectly shaped and his mom had a set just like them. Eve replied that yes they were real and Triple H eagerly reached out to touch the pearls around her neck.
  • Battle Ballgown: See Pimped-Out Dress below.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Has become a good in-ring wrestler but is still disliked by a vast amount of fans purely for her "modelling career" which consists of a few photo shoots and nothing else. This may have contributed to how hard the crowd jumped against Eve the minute she kissed Cena on 2/13/12.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Michael Cole learned the hard way. After interrupting Eve's matches, she came out to deliver a moonsault to him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Was revealed to be one on the 2/20/12 episode of Raw.
  • Book Ends: Her first singles match as part of the Smack Down brand was against Michelle McCool; Eve lost. When Eve had her last singles match as part of the SmackDown brand, it was also against Michelle McCool, and she lost again.
  • Cat Fight: With Kelly Kelly during a Jerry Springer segment. Another with Maryse at the make-up table.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • Along with Zack Ryder, was one of the people Kane targeted, in his quest to make Cena embrace the hate. Unlike with Zack, whom he has put out of action for nearly a month, all Kane did was a lot of stalking when it came to Eve.
    • Tried pulling this, along with the Crocodile Tears ploy, to make John Cena pity and comfort her after his verbal tirade against her for ostracizing him from Zack. Almost worked, but going for the kiss turned him off pretty quickly.
  • Demoted to Extra: Twice now. Got shunted aside for Melina in 2010 and then for Kelly Kelly. She never got her Divas' Championship rematch.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her heel gimmick seems to be a female Dave Batista.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As Michael Cole will tell you, do NOT piss her off.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Hoeski", bestowed on her by John Cena and the fans chanted it whenever they saw her.
  • Epic Fail: Her one spot in the 10 diva tag match at WrestleMania 26 where she tried her flipping senton on Maryse and didn't make contact.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Subtly after her Face–Heel Turn was cemented. She wore her hair up for the first time in a very long time during her first heel 'promo.'
  • Expy: Her new heel gimmick as John Laurinaitis's "Executive Assistant" is identical to Stacy Keibler's "Miss Hancock" and Brooke Adams's "Miss Tessmacher".
  • Face–Heel Turn: As of 2/20/2012. Not only was it sudden and unexpected, It literally happened in the first 2½ minutes of the show. What made it even more surprising in historical context. Until earlier this year, Eve and Kelly Kelly were the only two female titlists in WWE in the past 15 years to have never been heels.
  • Femme Fatale: Heel!Eve fancies herself as this.
  • Fetishized Abuser: Towards Zack Ryder.
  • Finishing Move: She actually went through a period of trying different finishers out. First she had a handspring into a splash, then her moonsault which she rarely used, an innovated arm bar from the top rope, an incredibly silly headscissors facebuster move and finally settled on the corkscrew neckbreaker.
  • Forced to Watch: Was reduced to watching in horror as her boyfriend Zack Ryder got beaten up by Kane on more than one occasion.
  • Friends with Benefits: Said she wanted to be this with Zack Ryder after everything that's happened. Of course, Eve being who she is, you'd have to take that with a grain of salt at best. Then again, when another Diva proposed the same thing, Eve wasn't up for sharing, which sort of makes you wonder.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Averted. Eve had an arm injury while she was Divas' Champion the third time and continued to wrestle.
  • Girl Next Door: Until she revealed to the Bella Twins that she wasn't really this.
  • Hidden Depths: Teaches free self defence classes to young women.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: On the 2/13/12 Raw, she explained to Zack this was the reason she didn't see them in a relationship. He might've been more receptive to the idea if he hadn't seen her kissing Cena after her rescue from Kane.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • At a backstage SmackDown party, Zack Ryder went to throw punch on Damien Sandow who ducked and Eve got drenched instead.
    • A lot of this is happening thanks to Teddy Long now that Laurinaitis is gone and he's not forced to be Eve's personal lapdog. The aforementioned drenching happened while she was in some odd dowdy white dress with a huge "Hi, My Name Is EVE" nametag on the front (a call back to when she forced Teddy to wear a similar name tag and a maid's uniform a few weeks back.)
  • Lovely Angels: Has done this with three divas, Melina, Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly. Only with Gail has she been the main one though.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Ever since her heel turn, Eve has been manipulating Zack Ryder's feelings and has him chasing her like a love sick puppy.
  • Mood Whiplash: Oh, boy. She started off the 2/20/12 Raw by saying she was only using Zack Ryder for attention and was now gonna cast him aside now that she had hooked "The Big Fish." This turned the entire WWE against her nearly instantly. However, a little later, while Cena is verbally tearing her apart, she collapses into a violently crying heap in the middle of the ring, and it's a little uncomfortable to watch.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Never My Fault: Her first real heel promo said that the crowd shouldn't boo her for her strengths but they should hate themselves for their own (namely the men) weaknesses - essentially claiming it wasn't her fault if people fell for her manipulations because she was a beautiful woman.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Whenever there's an award ceremony.
  • Rage Quit: After losing the Diva's Championship on Raw's 20th Anniversary, she promptly left the WWE (in storyline only - in real life, she had given her notice to the company and was leaving to marry one of the Gracies of MMA fame).
  • Right Behind Me: On the 2/20/12 episode of Raw she told the Bella Twins how she just used Zack Ryder and how she planned to do the same with John Cena. Guess who was behind her the entire time.
  • Sexy Secretary: Had this role when Johnny Laurinaitis was GM. Now that she's the assistant to Booker T, this might come in to play again.
  • Shaking the Rump: Always does this before performing a moonsault on her opponents.
  • Ship Tease: With the Great Khali, R-Truth, Jack Swagger and The Miz. Chris Masters as well but then they became an actual couple for a brief period. Then with Zack Ryder for while before he true intentions came to light. Poor Zack.
  • Shout-Out: Dressed up as Raphael for Halloween in 2008 and as Robin this year.
  • Spicy Latina: A notable subversion. She's been the only one of as many as five Latina divas whose background has never been played up.
  • Spot Monkey: She showed signs of this mid-2009 when she was doing a lot of flippy stuff but really shaky with the basics. Now she's avoided that completely.
  • Stripperiffic: Depends on how you look at it. Some of her outfits could be considered provocative but compared to other divas she's not that exposed. Subverted in her Sexy Secretary gimmick, where she dresses much more conservatively - and is arguably even sexier for it.
  • Token Minority Couple: Not an actual couple but what are the odds three Latina divas on the roster end up feuding with each other?
    • Again, not an actual couple, but what are the odds a black man and a Latina would be the main hands in the "People Power" administration?
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from doing bikini contests to doing moonsaults.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: And pretty much destroying Zack Ryder.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: When she wins a match, he as a photographer take photos of her, while she's standing over her fallen opponent.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Was pretty much a sobbing wreck after she tried to "explain" to John why she did why she did. Didn't help any that she decided to do so in the ring and the fact John gave her one big verbal beatdown.