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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In re the Dumb Blonde item on the main page. To be charitable, maybe she was trying to see if Shane Douglas could back up his threats.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After missing out on becoming Women's Champion or the first Divas' Champion, some see her Hall of Fame induction to be this.
  • Awesome Moments: Her return as part of the 2018 Royal Rumble match. Showing that she did not end her career as a Fanservice model, she took it straight to Sasha Banks and even eliminated Dana Brooke from the match. The crowd erupted with cheers as soon as her music hit, showing that she was still remembered just as fondly as the stars like Trish and Lita.
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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: And has been vocal about how upset she was about this. In her shoot interview she talked about her and the Smackdown girls putting time in at training and house shows. They would then arrive at tapings to find themselves put into bikini contests or bra & panties matches. She's also stated that she wished she could have been Women's Champion.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: After one match with Victoria, a strange blonde woman brutally attacked Torrie at ringside...and was never seen again. This woman was Krissy Vaine who had originally been planned to be a part of a storyline with Torrie but asked for her release due to personal issues.
  • Broken Base:
    • Fans can't agree on whether or not Torrie should have been champion. The camp that says no cites some particularly bad matches she had on PPV with Dawn Marie early in her career - especially when the women's division on Raw was in a boom period. The others argue that she had improved as a wrestler by the year 2006, and would have been a worthy Divas' Champion.
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    • The lengthy storyline with Dawn Marie. Smart Marks loathed it for taking nine months and not delivering notable matches (and because it was a women's feud). Diva fans loved it for giving a high profile angle that didn't involve the Women's Championship - and was in addition to the title feud rather than instead of. There were also some who liked it in a So Bad, It's Good sense, or for the Fanservice.
    • Her Hall of Fame induction. Many smart marks have balked at the idea of a Ms. Fanservice who never won a title nor did much, if anything of note wrestling-wise being inducted over others who did. Though some fans are coming to her defense, pointing out things such as her longevity, her character and the fact that she's still well-liked and almost as well-remembered as the likes of Trish and Lita, and that not everyone who goes into the Hall of Fame has to have been a multi-time world champion.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: No Women's Championship, no major storylines (aside from her nine-month feud with Dawn Marie) and no real accolades - besides two Playboy covers. However she was one of the most popular Divas of the Ruthless Aggression Era and is still fondly remembered to this day. When she returned during the first women's Royal Rumble, she received thunderous pops and the crowd audibly chanted for her during the match.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Despite being a Ms. Fanservice character, Torrie had a huge following of female fans - for her fashion, beauty and character. Women's wrestling website Diva Dirt was a Spiritual Successor to a Torrie Wilson fan-site.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The death of her father, Al Wilson, means that his Kayfabe death via Out with a Bang is even less funny now than it was at the time.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Torrie's time on Smackdown in 2002 and 2003 saw her ring skills becoming quite respectable. She and Nidia had a series of matches that were pretty good.
    • Torrie really stepped it up in 2007, having a pretty intense series of bouts against Victoria when she was moved back to Smackdown. It's suspected that the Divas' Championship was going to be introduced this way before Torrie got injured.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The year 2004 saw Kurt Angle punishing her for injuries he suffered at the hands of the Big Show - including a match where her career was put on the line. Torrie's career would come to a sudden end just three years later, because of injuries. However her departure was an amicable one - WWE offering Torrie a chance to stay on as a PR figure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Krissy Vaine said in a shoot interview that she had a hard time getting hired by WWE because she looked so similar to Torrie - and she was signed immediately after darkening her hair. And after she reverted to her original colour, she was put on the road and into a program with Torrie.
    • The now incredibly obscure incident in 2005 where she was allegedly fired and rehired within a few days was oddly prophetic of something that happened to Emma literally ten years later. She was fired for accidentally shoplifting an iPad case and then rehired only a few hours later.
    • Torrie lampshaded the Irony in her shoot interview that the Undertaker's ex-wife Sara Callaway hated her when she was on the road in 2001. She became best friends with his next wife Michelle McCool.
  • Nightmare Fuel: An episode of Smackdown in 2004 had the Big Show lose a match that meant he had to quit. While walking backstage, he overheard Torrie laughing and assumed she was laughing at him. He did not take it well, later ambushing her in the parking lot and destroying her car - having her flee in terror. The episode ended with him holding her over a high ledge.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The planned storyline between Krissy Vaine and her could probably have been something impressive, given how brutal Krissy's attack on her was at ringside. But Krissy had opted to leave WWE, rendering it an Aborted Arc.note 
    • Despite being the two top face Divas on Raw and Smackdown respectively, Trish Stratus and Torrie never had any kind of feud. They did wrestle each other briefly on Raw in 2005 but that was eclipsed by Trish's big storyline with Mickie James.
    • Candice Michelle has said that she would have preferred having an actual match at WrestleMania as opposed to a Playboy Pillow Fight.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Torrie was noted for her attempts to bring some wrestling to the Fanservice segments she kept having to do. For example in a Lingerie Match against Stacy Keibler, she performed a springboard elbow as a Shout-Out to Tajiri - and in a Playboy Evening Gown match she did a crossbody to Jackie Gayda.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • She was an unexpected entry in the first Women's Royal Rumble in 2018.
    • She was announced as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame the next year, which took many by surprise.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Teaming up with Dawn Marie against Shaniqua just made Shaniqua look like a baby face overcoming the odds, given that by this point Dawn had well established herself as pure evil while Shaniqua's only crimes had been hindering opponents of The Basham Brothers and maybe being a dominatrix, but if you had objections to Shaniqua's second job chances are you still found Dawn worse given her escapades had gotten someone killed on camera, namely Wilson's father!
  • The Woobie: This was her raison d'etre for most of her career. Whenever a Heel needed to get heat, Torrie was an easy target to go after. This is presumably also the reason she rarely stayed heel for very long; she was just too effective as a doe-eyed damsel. She would be succeeded in this aspect by Kelly Kelly.
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