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  • Accidental Innuendo: During a backstage interview after she and Sami Zayn were eliminated from the Mixed Match Challenge, Sami, at one point talked about eating cake at a local Philly bakery. Becky proceeded to corpse after hearing about it.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: She's beloved in her native Ireland and to be fair, didn't catch a negative reaction in the U.S. until her Face–Heel Turn in SHIMMER. However, her usual babyface routine got an incredibly negative response from the WWE NXT crowds, who are usually happy to see independent and foreign "darling" wrestlers. Once she toned the "I'm Irish!" stuff way down and shifted to the moshpit (and later steampunk) gimmick, she became beloved again; they liked her well enough, it's just the gimmick they found too stereotypical.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: One which may have been forced by the fans if anything. During her first promo after her late 2018 Face–Heel Turn, Becky called into question the fans' loyalty towards her. However, they did not turn against her; in fact when she first asked if they were with her the whole time, they instantly screamed and chanted "YES!" in response. That section of the promo came across as her trying really hard to be a heel and no one biting, and social media commentary mercilessly called out the creative team for having her completely deny the reality of her fan support. With the intended narrative undermined to death, the official WWE YouTube cut of the promo noticeably edits out her jabs towards the fans and merely cuts to Charlotte coming out after her justifying herself turning against her, having her come off as less heelish, and the following week saw Becky attack Charlotte again while being presented more as a frustrated and exhausted anti-hero than a straight villain, with reports indicating that the angle itself was in fact being repackaged. Unfortunately, this never definitively materialized until after her feud with Charlotte, with WWE persistently trying to present Becky as an arrogant and dirty-fighting heel in the lead up and follow up to that match, culminating in Ronda Rousey channeling Vince McMahon's thoughts on the matter and shouting about her being a spoilt entitled millenial who needs to be put in her place on the Survivor Series go-home show of Raw.
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  • Awesome Ego: Most of the time in WWE, if a heel gets so popular that the fans start cheering for them no matter what, the heel will keep making at least token insults to the crowd to try and get them to stop chanting their name. Becky, on the other hand, embraces that fan support. She doesn't play to the crowd—or acknowledge them much at all, really—but if you watch her right before she cuts a promo, while the crowd is chanting "BECKY! BECKY! BECKY!" and she's got the mic at the ready, you'll see she looks around nodding and smiling, like she's thinking "Yeah, I totally deserve this."
  • Awesome Music: Her WWE entrance theme, "Celtic Invasion". As Becky's popularity increases, fans take it to sing along her entrance theme. This was first done at NXT TakeOver Unstoppable where despite her lost, the fans pay their respect by singing her theme. Following her debut as "The Man", the fans sing along whenever her entrance is played and for a while after it has ended.
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  • Badass Decay: Downplayed but, while still higher in popularity than she was prior to SummerSlam 2018, it appears that WWE's attempts to capitalize into her surprise popularity boom with the fans actually made her character as "The Man" gradually lose some steam. After returning from when her face got injured by Nia Jax, which cost her her spot at that year's Survivor Series against Ronda Rousey, a strange dynamic in the creative approach to Becky's character caused some to see her push as becoming both forced and weak at the same time.

    On the one hand, her marketing as "The Man" has gone into overdrive to the point of taking over her entrance graphics, WWE is no longer trying to shoehorn her into the role of a heel, and she has been heavily shilled heading into an encounter with Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship set to be the first ever female main event of WrestleMania, while getting to cite herself as being responsible for this feat. On the other hand, any notions that she would be organically booked as a female counterpart to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin have been shot down hard; she has been routinely shushed, shouted down, and lectured by others in promos such as Rousey, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and on several occasions Charlotte Flair herself, while rarely getting a chance to deliver a proper comeback until she got on Twitter the next day; had very few wins on television since the injury; tapped out after spending a mere six seconds in an Asuka Lock at Royal Rumble 2019 and begged and gimped her way through two injury angles (her own and Lana's) into winning the Women's Rumble match; and later most infamously spent an entire episode of Monday Night Raw figuring out whether to apologize for attacking her bosses so she could keep her title shot, then eventually doing so (reluctantly) only for Vince McMahon to take the title shot away from her anyway by suspending her until after WrestleMania and replacing her with Charlotte Flair. On top of ruining the idea of the one-on-one dream match between Becky and Ronda as well as tethering Charlotte to Becky's momentum yet again, all of this has cut away from the "dangerous girl who's lost her last trace of mercy and is coming for what's hers" vibe that first put Becky over the top.

    However, given this was followed up by subsequent break-ins and attacks on the part of Becky, as close to Stone Cold-style as one could get while selling a badly-injured leg, as well as an utterly heated and personal Worked Shoot exchange between her and Ronda on Twitter which went well beyond PG or kayfabe and was reported to have left Vince utterly furious (thus adding supplementary heat to the story), this criticism may have been heeded, if not intentionally invoked as an ebb and flow to the match's build.
  • Designated Villain:
    • At SummerSlam 2018, Becky turned heel and attacked Charlotte Flair after the latter's victory in their three-way Women's Championship match, no doubt jealous of Charlotte once again stealing her spotlight in what was supposed to be her moment. Two days later on SmackDown, Becky pulled a typical heel speech, claiming how the fans were only half-heartedly there for her and she is tired of being underused. Despite being the heel, Becky actually has had the fans cheering for her for years and the speech made her even more beloved, with legions on Twitter declaring in defiance to the booking that they will never boo her. More than a few even pointed out that Charlotte and her father Ric Flair betrayed Becky over championship gold first in 2016, and not only were they never paid back for this but Becky seemed to forget about it to promptly resume their friendship as soon as Charlotte arrived on SmackDown, only for Charlotte to repeatedly emerge as top face with Becky's support as the memetic "sidekick"; thus, despite being the logical thing for a competitor to do, Charlotte unflinchingly taking the championship spotlight at a point when Becky had clearly earned the best shot at it was seen as more disrespect.
    • She was again treated as this, or at least as the aggrieved face going a bit too far, at Elimination Chamber 2019 by the commentators (except Renee Young) when she attacked both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte despite being suspended at the time and called her out for being jealous and attempting to ruin the main event of WrestleMania, ignoring the fact she was screwed by Vince McMahon for taking away her WrestleMania opportunity and given it to Charlotte (the clear Heel of the angle) who not only injured her recently healed knee but had been mocking her for months. Even Michael Cole, who is usually the Face commentator, who normally supported Anti-Hero wrestlers who were screwed by an authoritative figure, agreed with Heel commentator Corey Graves that she should had been arrested.
  • Dork Age: The two weeks of the Oireland gimmick. And her time as a heel in the Team BAE alliance. She successfully broke out of her Dork Age as of her feud with Sasha Banks and switch to a steampunk look.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Becky is arguably more popular as a heel than as a face, especially as of her heel turn in late 2018. She's ubiquitously considered one of the best wrestlers (male or female) on the roster, a fantastic trash-talker, and perhaps most of all, easy to root for as an underdog against women who were hand-picked to be great athletes from birth like Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Slowly became this as she climbed up in the NXT Women's division, as people came to see the value in her as more than just a lackey for Sasha Banks. See Crowning Moment of Heartwarming above for how that ended up. She was previously this in SHIMMER - as she didn't make too many appearances but was fondly remembered for years after her retirement. What's more is that the only time Paige got booed during her heel turn promo was when she insulted Becky. And so far, Becky is the only Face that has ever been cheered going against Sasha Banks on the main roster.
    • At the start of 2019, Becky is universally considered to be the most beloved person in the entire company, especially when compared to her "best friend", Creator's Pet Charlotte Flair; her popularity absolutely exploded when she turned heel at SummerSlam 2018 and attacked Charlotte after their title match, to which the crowd loudly cheered for her. WWE tried persistently, bless them, to turn the fans against her after that, with each successive attempt falling flatter and flatter until Becky's concussion at the hands of Nia Jax just before Survivor Series 2018 - to say nothing of her absurdly badass No-Sell of the injury immediately afterward - made them give up entirely and deliberately seat Becky at the top of the ladder. When the latter incident gets you unironically compared to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, well...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2016, WWE released a video in YouTube where several superstars, one of them being Becky, reenact "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's infamous King of the Ring speech in 1996, and a year later during a WWE Live Event in England in 2017, Becky performed a Stone Cold Stunner on James Ellsworth, even imitating Austin's double bird gesture with her little fingers. Becky's new gimmick in late 2018 has fans comparing her with the Texas Rattlesnake himself.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The week before Survivor Series 2018, Becky lead the SmackDown women's roster in a raid onto their Raw counterparts; in the ensuing brawl, Lynch took a punch to the face from Nia Jax that resulted in legitimate facial fractures and a concussion. Becky proceeded to completely No-Sell it and continued beating the living hell out of Ronda Rousey, all while blood poured from her nose, leading to the iconic image of Becky on the arena steps telling the Raw women's roster to Bring It.
  • Iron Woobie: On the main-roster Becky has been betrayed by all three of her closest companions, both her friends from her early career (Paige and Natalya) and her friend from her comeback (Charlotte Flair), and remained a face all throughout (the only female wrestler on the main-roster to not be a heel). And unlike every other Horsewoman, Becky has only won a single title in her time in WWE, which she held for about three months before returning to a usual pattern of having really good matches and ultimately losing. That, combined with her unlikely road to the company, her injury-studded past that led to he retirement, plus her constantly cheerful and positive outlook in interviews where she's grateful to just be in the company has lead to her being a real life version of the trope, not to mention being translated big time into massive support for her after her late 2018 Face–Heel Turn, leading WWE to having to shift her into an Anti-Hero.
  • Memetic Badass: The incident mentioned in "Holy Shit!" Quotient above cemented her reputation as fearless and tough-as-nails and had not just he fans, but the entire Women's division of SmackDown cheering on the following episode when she walked out to the ring, inviting comparisons with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
  • Memetic Loser: Not with her ring ability or match record, but rather just her downright terrible luck with allies. Becky is infamous over the fact that the poor woman cannot keep a friend to save her life leading to her being compared to Sting with the amount of unfair backstabbing she is going through. Taken Up to Eleven when La Luchadora, the Masked Luchador disguise Becky created to fight Alexa Bliss, is later taken by an unknown person (later revealed to be Mickie James) to distract Becky and cause her to lose against Bliss, which means technically Becky was betrayed by her own gag. Small wonder some have started calling her "The New" (or "The Female") "Sting". Perhaps the cherry on top of this was that the last straw for Becky was Charlotte winning the SmackDown Women's Championship from under her; Sting having most famously being betrayed by Charlotte's father Ric.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The way she pronounced the word "disgusting" in a backstage segment with Sasha Banks. Even Sasha mocked her for it in a later segment. It was briefly an Ascended Meme and the name of her finisher (as the "Disgusting Armbar"), but the name was quickly changed.
    • "Stone Cold" Becky Lynch, sometimes accompanied by any of Stone Cold's Signature Lines and catch-phrases such as "Becky 3:16 says I just whopped your Lass!".
    • "We could never boo Becky"
    • Did you know that Seth and Becky are in a relationship?note 
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Commented on this before she returned to wrestling. She was beloved in her home country, despite her wrestling character abroad being "a jigging Irish leprechaun" (in her own words). Showing how this trope can change, the reaction to her doing it in NXT was extremely negative.
  • Narm:
    • To some, her rocker chick character looked awkward and unnatural as a heel.
    • Her unusually deep voice combined with her almost comically heavy Irish accent can make it very hard for some to take her promos seriously... at least until 2018, where her heel (sorta?) persona and positioning against opponents like Charlotte and Ronda Rousey allow her to lean hard into her natural Contralto of Danger voice tone. If anything, some would even say that her persona is enhanced by this as opposed to being hindered. When she makes a threat, she sounds like someone you had best take seriously.
  • Narm Charm: As a Face, her frequent puns. She's clearly going for So Unfunny, It's Funny and since it's clear that she's a Pungeon Master in real life, they seem very natural. They serve to make her Adorkable.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In a particular spot during her Unstoppable match against Sasha Banks, Sasha locks in a modified armbar and then, to add more pressure, stands on Becky's arm as it's being wrenched past her shoulder blade. It legitimately looked like Becky's arm was about to be snapped in half or ripped out of its socket, the move was THAT brutal. If you can stomach it, it can be seen here.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Her change in gimmick to a mosh pit girl began her redemption with the NXT fans, and a well done Face–Heel Turn along with more chances to show off her incredible in-ring abilities completed the rescue.
    • Detractors didn't like how she didn't have a defined character on NXT. When she moved up to the main roster, she kept the steampunk look and started incorporating her love of puns - establishing herself as an Adorkable Genki Girl. It's one of the few instances where the main roster has improved something from NXT.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Even more so than actual Ensemble Dark Horse heels of the time. When Becky turned heel on SummerSlam 2018 and attacked Charlotte, the fans cheered wildly for her and booed the latter, no doubt because of Charlotte's constant push and numerous title victories over someone like Becky who had worked hard for the past few months to earn a title opportunity while Charlotte simply returned from surgery and won one match to enter the picture again. Her speech two days later at how the fans weren't truly solid in their support of her in order to gather heat instead made the fans cheer for her even more, as if to defy her frustration (or more accurately, the booking of her as the heel). Even bringing up Edge's neck injury did nothing to make the fans boo her, instead causing them to support Becky getting Edge off her case as harshly as possible. If anything, Becky gets cheered even more as a "heel" than she did as a clear face. Some smarks have noted that she's the reverse Roman Reigns: he gets booed no matter how hard WWE tries to make him the top face, she gets cheered no matter how hard they try to make her the top heel. Because of this, her character was retooled into an Anti-Hero embraced by the fans with her new self-titled moniker of "The Man", as in the superior of the daughter of the man who codified the notion of "The Man".
  • Signature Scene: Her injury at the hands of Nia Jax in the leadup to Survivor Series 2018 and the subsequent No-Sell which propelled her to the top of the company. It's generally agreed that the most indelible image to come out of the angle was the final one: Becky standing on the bleachers above the crowd with her face and arms wreathed in blood and her nose obviously broken, raising her arms in triumph in defiance of it all.
  • Strangled by the Red String: While Becky/Seth Rollins was a Fan-Preferred Couple way before they actually started dating each other, the implementation of their relationship in kayfabe didn't came without problems. For starters, it pushed even further the decayness of The Man's badassery, while it also made Seth look like a chump. And then then there was the build-up to Extreme Rules 2019, where the couple was finally acknowledged on the shows and they were set to feud with... Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans, a feud very few people cared about. It didn't help that their interactions during said build-up had them appear very stilted.
  • Tough Act to Follow: She's one of the "Four Horsewomen of NXT" alongside Sasha Banks, Bayley and Charlotte Flair. They are the top women's stars (and some of the top stars overall) on NXT, and now that all four of them are on the main roster and all four have at least one women's championship under their belts, it's fair to say expectations are very high for the next wave of women's talent on the developmental brand.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Despite being the heel during her 2018 feud with Charlotte, Becky had the fans cheering for her, even after giving out a typical heel speech and peppering in jabs at the fans. After hogging the spotlight for three years, fans have had enough of Charlotte Flair, The Ace who's already spent the majority of her first three years on the main roster within any one of EIGHT championship reigns and is clearly being prepped for more of the same, and wanted Becky Lynch, the underdog who was underutilized and worked hard for years only to blindsided and betrayed at every turn with only a single three-month reprieve as a champion, to win. This sentiment was so loud and vociferous both in the arenas and on social media that WWE couldn't last two weeks before at least courting a shift in the story from straightforward Charlotte-face, Becky-heel booking to two defiant former friends each with valid points. Ultimately, they did stick to trying to make her the villain, mocking Edge's neck injury, repeatedly attacking Charlotte Flair in front of children and making her cry, and engaging in more Unsportsmanlike Gloating than the Rock, but they have yet to actually make the fans turn on her. The limit of their changes appears to be having her refrain from throwing abuse at the audience that clearly loves her. Vince McMahon's frustration can be tasted when, on the Survivor Series go-home episode of Raw, Ronda Rousey starts ranting about how Becky is a spoilt, entitled millenial who needs to be put in her place while being a millenial herself; and this despite Becky clawing for every inch she has.


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