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Stephanie McMahon Levesque (born Stephanie Marie McMahon, September 24, 1976), Chairwoman and CEO of WWE, is certified American 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 2014 (and ongoing) role as Executive Vice President of Creative Development and Operations (i.e. head writer), as well as a position as WWE's Chief Brand Officer. She took a leave of absence in 2022 to spend time with her family, only to be installed as interim CEO and Chairman of WWE after her father Vince elected to temporarily step down in the wake of an investigation into a pending internal misconduct allegation, before becoming Co-CEO outright with WWE's President Nick Khan after Vince's retirement. She would resign from this position on the 10th of January 2023 after Vince forced his way back into the company again, leaving Khan as the sole CEO.

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. She has one brother, Shane McMahon. As mentioned above, she married Paul "Triple H" Levesque in 2003 and they have three daughters.

"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," simply claim in kayfabe that they re-married.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted, since she has a huge ego and a loud mouth and no problem telling whoever she is talking to at the time how he or she has let her down.
  • Alpha Bitch: Could slide into this when she was with DX in the early McMahon-Helmsley Regime days. Over a decade later, The Authority saw her play this role to perfection.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: As she put it on March 2, 2015:
    McMahon: Where would John Cena be without WWE!?
  • Asshole Victim: Ronda Rousey tried to break Stephanie's arm after by putting her already-injured arm in an armbar. Given Steph's Karma Houdini status, it was hard to feel sorry for her.
  • 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.
  • The Baroness: Her new Red Baron and a rare version who is both the Sexpot (in appearance, moreso in personality before her GM days) and the Rosa Klebb (in personality since the Authority's formation).
  • Battle Couple: With Hunter, occasionally.
  • Becoming the Mask: She and Triple H fell in love with each other during their storyline.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Chris Jericho, so much so that the fanfic writers went bonkers. Every fangirl who ever wrote wrestling fic has a Smoochy Dreamer fic in her past.
  • Berserk Button: Like any McMahon, it's a bad idea to question her power or decisions.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Triple H on Raw's 15th Anniversary, finally acknowledging their relationship onscreen. Also shared one with Eric Bischoff at a Halloween party in 2002.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: What they tend toward in-character.
  • Black Comedy Rape: When Triple H kidnapped, drugged and married Stephanie in Vegas. She also fell in love with him after that. Of course, it's entirely possible he was lying to mess with Vince's head.
    Triple H: The question, Vince, isn't if, but how many times we "consummated the marriage!" [thrusting his hips]
  • Brainy Brunette: Has become quite the corporate executive, speaking in front of Forbes and CNN in her new role as Chief Brand Officer.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Played it in her 20's, but otherwise played it straight.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: (Like father, like daughter, huh?) When Brie Bella slapped her at Payback, the camera caught a shot of a dark streak running down the back of Stephanie's dress as she fled the arena, causing some speculation that she had peed herself from the unexpectedly-hard smack. Other fans have argued that the so-called stain was part of the dress' design, with the strip of fabric underneath hitting the light at an unfortunate angle. Decide for yourself.
  • Brother–Sister Team: With her brother, Shane, as owner of ECW during the Alliance storyline.
    • They did team on the July 24, 2000 Raw. Lita and The Big Show defeated them by DQ when Trish Stratus interfered and pushed Lita off of the top turnbuckle.
  • Bullying the Dragon: While it's pretty much a trademark facet of the McMahon family, Stephanie has been a particularly suicidal case as of recently. While Vince is usually smart enough to know to keep tormented employees in his power, Stephanie will abuse superstars with the utmost sadism, and then fire them on the spot anyway, giving them nothing to lose, and thus no reason not to bite back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Much like her Dad, Stephanie was on the receiving end of hilarious abuse during the Attitude Era, typically from Chris Jericho or The Rock.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Again like her father, she is pretty commendable for some of the abuse she takes for a non wrestler. It's always been said that Vince McMahon would never force any of his wrestlers to do anything he wouldn't do himself (leading to his legendary Butt-Monkey status.) Stephanie apparently inherited this from him, as she's definitely come in for her fair share of comedic abuse. A stinkface from Rikishi, becoming a "Dairy Queen" thanks to Kurt Angle, Pedigreed by Triple H at their Kayfabe wedding, tossed in a mud-pit by Vickie Guerrero, the list goes on.
  • The Caligula: During the first few months of the McMahon-Helmsley Era, the Invasion angle and the Authority stint, she would show how horrible of a boss she is.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Triple H during her Heel run in the early 2000s. This is pretty much completely nonexistent now.
  • 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:
      Stephanie: So tonight...In This Very 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.
  • Covered in Gunge: Err, it was actually implied to be something a little grosser than thatnote , but yes, courtesy of Vickie Guerrero, Stephanie ended up soaked from head to toe in, um, "gunge." All the faces (and more than a few of the fans) were quite pleased to see the Billion-Dollar Princess all washed up in something befitting of her personality.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Almost as good a heel as her father. It's just hard to top the guy frequently called "Satan" by commentators.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the Ministry of Darkness storyline in which she was kidnapped by The Undertaker, and later, in the "Love Her or Leave Her" storyline between her brother Shane and Test.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She's the breast- I mean best.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: She inexplicably dressed like a dominatrix for her "climactic" match against Brie Bella.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her Heel Turn on Vince and siding with Triple H at the Armageddon 99 PPV effectively set her heel persona in stone.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Stephanie was horrified when Kane started to viciously attack Daniel Bryan on the 4/21 Raw, even telling Brie Bella to run. She also apologized to Daniel on Raw the week after. This is still being invoked with her storyline with Daniel and Brie, seeming to be concerned, though it's starting to appear more like crocodile tears to lead them on while waiting for the other shoe to drop (of course, Daniel and Brie don't believe a word she says.)
    • Stephanie had a similar reaction on the post-WrestleMania 31 episode of RAW when Brock Lesnar went on a rampage after Seth Rollins refused to give him a rematch for the title, attacking various people at ringside and putting an F5 on both Michael Cole and a cameraman. Stephanie tried to talk him down, and when that didn't work, didn't hesitate to suspend him despite being a huge draw. Neither she nor management would let him back on the show until he promised to apologize to those he attacked on live television.
    • The way Charlotte Flair treated her father on Raw May 23 2016 was so cruel and self-indulgent it actually made Stephanie read her the riot act in person, calling her an embarrassment to the championship.
  • Evil Is Petty: Perhaps her most-needlessly-cruel example — after already firing then-General-Manager Mick Foley for finally invoking The Dog Bites Back against her, she then decided to screw over any Superstar or Diva whom showed him respect on his way out (regardless of whether or not they even did anything to her).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The night after she turned on Vince, Stephanie traded the innocent straight hair she had as The Cutie into the sexy crimp and curls that signal her transition into the dark chick.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When she first appeared, she was the innocent little girl who somehow remained as such despite 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.
  • Fake Pregnancy: The end of the McMahon-Helmsey Faction was caused by this. She lied to Triple H that she was pregnant to keep their on-the-rocks marriage afloat. When Triple H found out, he was not happy at all.
  • Family Business: The WWF/WWE, Stephanie being a fourth-generation talent.
  • Faux Action Girl: Was technically capable of wrestling (as in, could take bumps, had a few offensive moves, could even go 1v1 against the likes of Ronda Rousey), but mainly stuck to taunting opponents, bitch-slapping, and hiding behind Dad or Hunter or Shane when things got bad.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: With Chris Jericho. Oh so much with Jericho. Everyone and their mother knew that as much as he insulted her, he had a thing for her, and it was implied more than once that she had a thing for him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Technically, Stephanie's first WWE appearance was to model hats and other merchandise when she was a kid. From there, she got a job as a receptionist at Titan Tower, the WWE's corporate headquarters. Even when she first appeared on TV, she was The Ingenue in a Kayfabe romance with Test dealing with Shane's My Sister Is Off-Limits overprotectiveness. Nowadays, she's one of the most famous heels in professional wrestling.
  • Genre Savvy: On the September 22, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw, she overruled her husband's orders to have Dean Ambrose thrown out of the building, and instead ordered him to be locked in a closet guarded by multiple security guards, on the grounds that that when a wrestler gets ejected from the arena, they always return. Trouble is, you just can't out-Genre Savvy someone who's so crazy he comes back full circle to being the most realistic guy in the room, meaning Ambrose somehow made it out of one Authority trap and disguised himself in place of another anyway.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Was this in storyline for some time, having given birth to both her Real Life children while, in kayfabe, she was single and the identity of the father(s?) was unknown. Of course, in reality, she was married to Triple H the whole time.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The boss' daughter is perpetually a heel, and a terrible boss that abuses her employees to boot.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • 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.
  • Go Through Me: On the June 3, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, Triple H was determined to wrestle Curtis Axel, despite the fact that Hunter himself was barely in the condition to do so (having collapsed at ringside two weeks before). Backstage, Triple H defiantly told Vince "I'm wrestling Curtis Axel." Vince told him otherwise. Triple H's response: "Who's gonna stop me?" Vince took a step towards Triple H, and Stephanie stepped between Vince and Triple H, knowing that neither of them would harm her to get to the other.
  • Groin Attack:
    • She gave Chris Jericho a devastating kick in the family jewels during the June 26, 2000 episode of Raw.
    • She held nothing back in giving both Brock Lesnar and her own father Vince two devastating kicks to the family jewels during the September 11, 2003 episode of Smackdown.
    • She also gave one (this time, a punch) to Mick Foley during the March 13, 2017 episode of Raw, after Foley put the Mandible Claw on Triple H.
  • Hammy Herald: Occasionally serves as this to Triple H, particularly during his Wrestlemania 32 entrance.
...There Can Be Only One who stands in this, the colosseum of the immortals, as the undisputed champion! Only one who takes the breath of his opponents with barbaric fortitude! Only one who wears the sharpened crown! Now bow down, and grooovel at his feet! He is the King! The King of Kings! The Cerebral Assassin, the Game, TRIIIIIPLE AAAAITCH!!!
  • Happily Married: Horribly subverted with Triple H in the McMahon-Helmsley Faction storyline during the Attitude Era, but Romance on the Set happened and it was played straight in real life, thus becoming a double subversion when WWE acknowledged their real-life marriage onscreen during The Authority's run in the PG Era.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Made a genuine turn as GM of Smackdown. Sadly, see under Really Gets Around for how that ended.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: A recurring problem of hers is her tendency to forget that after she fires somebody after kicking them around for months, they're under no obligation to play nice anymore. See Vickie Guerrero and the mud pit, Brie Bella and the colossal slap after she kayfabe quit, or Becky Lynch's brief No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Stephanie, who implored her to be evaluated by a doctor due to her knee injury (and Becky was just suspended, not fired).
  • Hot Chick In A Badass Suit: In her GM role.
  • Hot Witch: Dressed as a witch for Halloween in 2002, clearly evoking this, though it was seen as a case of For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself.
  • Hypocrite: It's all well and good that she called out Charlotte on the May 30th, 2016 RAW for her belittling and practically disowning her father Ric Flair, but given that Stephanie slapped the taste out of his mouth a couple weeks before and is a beyond-certified Daddy's Little Villain herself, calling Charlotte a "selfish, self-important brat" rings pretty hollow coming from Steph.
  • Invincible Villain: Runs the company, nuclear heat, can not be dethroned, she's the most powerful Heel (besides Vince), and everyone cowers before her and, unlike Vince, few are willing to give her the asskicking she asks for. She's WWE's Galactus.
  • Insult to Rocks: On the May 8, 2000 episode of Raw, Chris Jericho called Stephanie a "filthy, dirty, disgusting, nasty, skanky, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho!" When he was forced to apologize, he all the "filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, skanky, bottom-feeding, trash-bag hoes" for even comparing them to Stephanie. He decided that "bargain basement slut" and "miserable slimeball pig" were more appropriate.
  • It Runs in the Family: Paul Heyman, in a 2008 interview, referred to Stephanie as "The Vincess". Interestingly enough, she claims Shane started the term.
  • 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, so a Karma Houdini Warranty will usually come into play.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much invented the screechy-heel character that Vickie Guerrero now plays to the hilt. But when she fires somebody (see: Chris Jericho in 2009, Vickie Guerrero in 2013), she can be every bit as intense as her dad.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A little bit of justice for all of Stephanie's incessant bullying of her employees came in the form of Vickie Guerrero of all people, who bodily grabbed the Queen of WWE and dragged her into a pool of noxious brown slop after Stephanie had her thrown in to make Vickie lose the match and get fired. She would have been able to avoid it by being nicer, or hell, just not setting up such a humiliating match and then standing directly between Vickie and the aforementioned pool while taunting her about getting fired. Just to make Stephanie suffer more, she couldn't even climb out of the pool at first, having to struggle and fall back in for awhile before finally managing to crawl out.
  • Last Girl Wins: She was the last woman Triple H dated and had as a love interest on-screen. She has been his partner of 20 years, and married to him for 17.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: From her Control Freak tendencies to her Love to Hate heel persona to her being willing to personally take vicious physical risks, Stephanie truly is Vince McMahon's daughter.
  • 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 , 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While she only showed off her body once (when her shirt was ripped off), there is still an aura about her that makes her more appealing than some of the Divas.
  • Morality Pet: Zach Gowen; Vince's degrading treatment of him caused her to snap and level Vince with a The Reason You Suck speech that seemed more like her repressed anger at him coming to the forefront.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: A firing variant. What Chyna claimed that Stephanie did to her in 2001, if she's to be believed.
  • Nepotism: She is the boss's daughter.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Her earliest WWF appearances were modeling hats and other merchandise at the age of 13, and she's never worked anywhere else.
  • Never My Fault:
    • After the Alliance lost at Survivor Series in 2001, Stephanie attempts to pin her betrayal entirely on Shane and pleads Vince to forgive her. Vince doesn't buy it and orders security to remove her.
    • She slapped Brie Bella in the mouth when she was a paying customer and a civilian and was arrested as a result. She spent most of her time after complaining about how bad that was for her and that she 'didn't deserve it'.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Much like her father and brother, Stephanie doesn't actually need to appear on WWE television, much less take the physical risks she does.
  • Oireland: Her "Irish temper" was mentioned during her match with Trish Stratus at the No Way Out 2001 PPV.
  • Not Me This Time: She was claiming this over Triple H screwing Seth Rollins (and Roman Reigns but almost everyone was indifferent) in the Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Universal Championship, which was given to Kevin Owens. Considering she has a hand in many previous screwjobs, she's not easily believed.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens when she fires Vickie Guerrero and starts singing mockingly at her…then realizes Vickie (who she now has absolutely no power over) is now very angry at her, and the pool of muck the match revolved around is now directly behind her.
  • Older Than They Look: Seriously, would you believe it's been nearly 15 years since she was appointed the first General Manager of WWE SmackDown? Because she doesn't look like she's aged anymore than two years since then. Between this and the drastic smoothing of her vocal pitch in 2002, we have a woman who looks 30, and sounds 50, yet is actually 40.
  • Out-Gambitted: On the March 19, 2001 Raw. Commissioner William Regal issued a restraining order to The Undertaker in her name. However, it didn't say anything about Kane, so Taker sent Kane after her. Kane was shown pressing Stephanienote  above his head. Taker told Regal to give Kane what he wanted, which was a match with Big Show at WrestleMania X-7, and that he, Taker, wanted a match with HHH. Regal agreed.
  • Power Stable:
    • DeGeneration X (w/Triple H, X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Tori [Terri Poch]).
    • The McMahon-Helmsley Regime, w/her father, her brother, all of the above, and the Stooges (Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco.)
    • The Alliance.
    • Became a co-leader of The Authority, alongside her husband Triple H.
  • Psychotic Smirk: The Awesome tab describes how she gave Triple H a hammer during his match against Sting, saying that she looks like the embodiment of evil. The malevolent smile that crosses her lips as she slowly stands up is what really sells it.
  • Rape as Drama: Implied when The Undertaker kidnapped her and held her in a seedy motel. This was later implied as one of the two catalysts that led to her aligning with Triple H, the other being the reveal of her as a pawn in Vince's overall scheme to screw over Steve Austin.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • A basic tenant of her heel character, to the point that when she appeared pregnant for the first time, it was implied that she was sleeping around and managed to bed Triple H, who knocked her up and thus sparked their character's reconciliation. Even to this day, it's still implied that she will sleep with a potential minion as incentive to do her dirty work.
    • Subverted during her Smackdown GM run, as it was implied that she was trying to turn over a new leaf, putting her promiscuity and sycophant traits aside and generally being a decent boss and person. Sadly, she forgot that Vince loves sycophants, leading to her being forced into matches with Big Show, Brock Lesnar, and ultimately Vince himself (a street fight no less), finally being forced to quit. The trauma of her father assaulting her coupled with her losing her job seemed to cause her repressed traits to reemerge, leading to her character's current iteration.
  • Recognition Failure: Why former WWE Diva Amy Zidian was fired — she not only did not recognize Vickie Guerrero, she didn't recognize Stephanie and was incredibly rude to both. Even when she was informed who they actually were, she refused to apologize and was promptly shown the door.
  • Red Baron: The aforementioned "Billion Dollar Princess" and later the Billionaire Baroness / Queen of WWE.
  • 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.''
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Stephanie likes the spotlight, Shane plays it cooler (well, except for the times he has gone or been put through the announce table.
  • 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.
  • Spoiled Brat: The core of her Heel persona in early years. Toned down as she matured, though foes still like to snide her as "Daddy's Little Girl". Shows up when the Authority's power in the WWE is on the line against Team Cena. She assumes win or lose she'll still have her power offscreen. Her reaction to her father telling her that's not the case is to assume he's somehow rigged an escape clause for her and Hunter...and it left speechless when that's not the case. The idea that her father would let her actually lose her power never occurred to her.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: When she was with D-Generation X.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9"note . She also tends to wear high heels more often than not, which gives her the impression of towering over almost every Diva, and even some of the male roster.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Her tendency to slap the taste out of people's mouths finally came back to bite her on the 7/21/14 episode of Raw. She came out and argued with and eventually slapped Brie Bella, who had Kayfabe quit weeks before and was in the audience as a fan (and civilian.) Brie, in turn, promptly called the police and had Stephanie arrested for battery.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: A number with Triple H, the crowner probably being their in-ring smooch during the "McMahon Family Reunion" segment (before their marriage was official on-air canon).
    Stephanie: Dad, you have serious problems. You've embarrassed this family long enough. It's time I embarrassed you. [makes out with Triple H]
    Hunter: See ya at home, Steph! Ooh, I mean, your brother's a gnome!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is famous for these, but special attention goes to the once she gave Vince on the 6/19/03 Smackdown.
    • For context; Vince sent Sable (who was his concubine at the time) to seduce and humiliate Zach Gowan, who was looking for a contract. After humiliating Gowan, Stephanie confronted Vince and railed on him not just for Gowan's humiliation, but for reminding Stephanie about how Vince pimped her out to business associates when she was 17; this one line went a long way towards explaining Stephanie's promiscuity, sleeping around in order to "please" Vince, and also explained why she was trying to turn a new leaf. Unfortunately, all this did was piss Vince off enough to set in motion the events that led to Steph being forced to quit her GM job and revert back to being "Daddy's Little Girl".
  • The Tease: Most noteworthy when she was announcing who was chosen to pose for Playboy.
  • Unconventional Wedding Dress: Her 1999 wedding to Test, where she is wearing a white dress, is interrupted by her "drunken wedding" video of her marrying Triple H in red top and jeans in a car. When Life Imitates Art 4 years later, she was wearing white.
  • Urban Legend: One has persisted for a long time that (at least part) of the reason Randy Savage left WWE in 1994 and never returned was because he got in bed with a then-underage Stephanie (who would'be been 18 and of age at the time he left). Randy's brother Lanny has also said he believes there was some form of romantic relations between the two. Obviously, now that Randy is A) deceased and B) in the Hall of Fame, this will almost certainly not be mentioned by WWE anymore.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She wasn't a complete Alpha Bitch when she first debuted, quite the opposite in fact. During her father's feud with the Undertaker, she was shown to be quite sweet and innocent (especially in comparison to the rest of her family). All of this changed when Taker kidnapped her. By the time she made her Face–Heel Turn in 99' and aligned herself with Triple H, any traces of her previous persona where gone.
  • 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 bare ass.
    • 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.
    • Has a bigger one at Survival Series 2014 when Team Authority is defeated, resulting in her and Hunter being stripped of their power completely. She engaged in a tantrum not seen by her since the end of the Attitude Era.
    • She has one on the 12/21/15 show, the week after Roman Reigns won the WWE Title. Dean Ambrose has just beaten Sheamus in a Cage Match and Todd Phillips makes the mistake of interviewing her, resulting in her slapping him repeatedly.
  • 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. Some have called Vocal Dissonance
    • The Villainous Breakdown, however had her go harpy for first time in over a decade, albeit in a lower pitch than her 20's. Frankly, she sounded less shrill and more demonic (or at least more female!Vince-like).
  • 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, at least until 2009 when it was intentionally brought up by Triple H on-screen, after years of humor alluding to it.
  • 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.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Exploits this trope to dish endless cheap shots to male wrestlers, knowing they wouldn't dare hit her back (though sometimes, mostly accidentally, they did, here's a notable example). She even Lampshades this after delivering a hard smack to The Rock and goads him as powerless. He agrees with her, she didn't quite expect him to bring in UFC Female Champion Ronda Roussey to even the odds however...
  • Wrestling Family: Fourth-generation and proud of it.
  • Yandere: If she's a heel.
  • Younger Than They Sound: While Stephanie has always looked fairly age appropriate if not younger than her own age, 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).


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Stone Cold saves Stephanie

Before the Undertaker could marry Stephanie in a dark wedding, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin arrives and saves her from Taker and the Ministry's clutches.

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