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As the reality game show equivalent to "[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny who would win in a fight?]]", fans had greatly anticipated an All-Star season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' since Season 4, and finally, Phil Keoghan declared that they were getting so many good teams that the eleventh season would be an All-Stars edition. The cast was stocked with seven seasons' worth of popular, often controversial teams, giving ten of the eleven (save for former winners [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Uchenna & Joyce]]), [[MyGreatestSecondChance Their Greatest Second Chance]] at the Race. There were numerous controversies that surrounded the race, such as accusations of unworthy teams being cast, the lack of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace4 Season 4]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 6]] representation, a number of huge snubs ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Ken & Gerard]], [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Colin & Christie]], [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Kris & Jon]], and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 B.J & Tyler]] being the most often mentioned), the course being easy compared to what the fans had just seen in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 the previous season]], and a production snafu in Africa that spread 7 teams over ''24 hours apart'' from each other, which, while it made the following sets of episodes rather predictable, is still considered one of the best episodes of the first eleven seasons. When it ended with a winner who was just as unpopular as [[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Flo]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Kendra]], it cemented the season in a lot of people's minds

However, the end result was still an exciting season with numerous upsets in the leaderboard, and the clash of the personality titans made for some of the most interesting inter-team interactions in the entire series. At the very least it will be remembered as the season when the gender barrier that had plagued the Race through it's early seasons was decimated, at a point in which the fanbase was getting ravenous to see an all-female team come out on top. Both female teams ended up making it into the Final Three, and it looked like one of them was a shoo-in to win, but well....

!! Eric Sanchez & Danielle Turner ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 Season 9]], 2nd and 8th Place (respectively))
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"Newly dating" couple made up of opposing team members from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 Season 9]]. As expected from such a team, they bickered. A lot. Expectations were high from them pre-race, due to Eric & Jeremy having one of the statistically best seasons ever. However, Eric showed little of the skill he demonstrated in his original season, part in thanks to being shackled with a partner he didn't want to work with and who brought little to the table, as they narrowly escaped elimination repeatedly, never won a single leg prior to the finale, and only won due to a final task which [[LuckBasedMission required one team member to guess the other's opinions regarding the other teams]]. In a single year Eric went from being a part of possibly the best team to ever run the race, to being a part of possibly the worst and most disliked teams to ever win it. They broke up immediately after the season.

* BornLucky: Eric's lucky streak continued in this edition, as they barely avoided elimination five times. And of course, the overly luck-based final task which allowed them to triumph over Dustin & Kandice and Charla & Mirna who both performed better overall.
* BuxomIsBetter: Eric told Danielle to use her boobs to hold down fish.
* TheCameo: Eric was allowed to call Jeremy after winning the Race.
* DumbBlonde
* EvilGloating: Post-race. See {{Jerkass}}.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Eric's infamous "[[{{Anchorman}} dirty pirate hookers]]" comment to Dustin & Kandice after getting Yielded by them was made in jest and in the heat of the moment, but they continued to hold a grudge over the Yield for the rest of the season. He then had a similar, more serious, blowup when it was Oswald & Danny's turn, causing bad blood between them that lasted well after the race was over.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Count how many times he talks about Danielle's boobs. Hell, both Joe & Bill and Danny & Oswald knew Eric used to dance in gay bars.
* IdiotBall: While trying to find the elusive tickets to Zanzibar, Eric had the idea to not wait for the ticket counter to open, and instead go up the the airline office to book tickets. It was a great idea, but he told Uchenna & Joyce and Danny & Oswald, while Dustin & Kandice noticed what was going on and followed them. Though they booked their tickets first, Eric & Danielle didn't get themselves put on top of the standby list. All four teams got on the plane, but there was a mistake made, and one team had to get taken off the plane, the team that was at the bottom of the standby list, Eric & Danielle.
* InsaneTrollLogic: In the final challenge they both somehow come to the conclusion that Danny & Oswald were the most untrustworthy team.
* {{Jerkass}}: Eric, while somewhat douchey in his original season, took his attitude a whole new level in this one with his homophobic and misogynistic comments towards the other teams and Danielle. He got torn apart verbally by both Joe & Bill and Rob. On top of that, he was a sore winner in the post-race interviews (in which most racers generally are honest and respectful regardless of their behavior on the race), claiming that he was happy to have ruined the season for his "haters". Oswald & Danny in particular were so incensed by his attitude that they called him a "f**king asshole" in one of their interviews.
* TheLoad: Suffice to say, there's a reason Danielle finished 8th originally.
* RubberbandAI: Ended two straight legs over 12 hours behind the lead team, yet due to a bunch of contrived equalizers, they managed to come back and win the Race.
* TheSlacker
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* UnderdogsAlwaysWin: The least merit-based example of this in race history.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: See {{Jerkass}}.

!! Dustin-Leigh Seltzer & Kandice Pelletier (''The Beauty Queens'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 Season 10]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DustinKandice_1038.jpg]]
--> '''Kandice''': We're bigger than her.
--> '''Dustin''': Yeah, we'll make a beauty queen sandwich out of her.

The intensely competitive pageant queens returned to further prove their worth as more than just pretty faces. In just the few months that had passed since Season 10, Dustin married her boyfriend Luke Seltzer, and they had gone from perceived villains to fan favorites. They showed up big time, going from a good, but flawed team on Season 10, to being one of the best teams to ever run the Race. They dominated the last half of the season, winning four legs overall, and were the easy favorites to win until they were unable to finish the final task before Eric & Danielle (partly because Dustin's initial response would not go through and she thus changed it; a fatal decision in a matching task), ending up 2nd.

* ActionGirl: They were better at physical tasks than most of the men they were racing against, and became the measuring stick for every female team that came after them (and most female racers in general).
* AlphaBitch: They played an even bigger subversion this time around, as though they were seen this way again, particularly by Charla & Mirna and Eric & Danielle, they were generally more likable than their rivals.
* AppropriatedAppellation: After they bought the Yield from Oswald & Danny, they declared themselves the "Yield Queens" in reference to an insult Mirna made after they Yielded Eric & Danielle.
--> '''Kandice''': We now officially are the Yield Queens. We just bought a Yield.
* BrutalHonesty: Still one of the most honest teams ever. While the other teams were all playing nice around the cameras, worried about ManipulativeEditing, they told Phil and the cameras exactly what they were thinking.
* CrackDefeat: They were not the first team to lose because of bad luck and a short last leg (due to a mid-leg flight making the first half of the leg inconsequential), but this one enraged the fans, even more so than [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Freddy & Kenda beating Kris & Jon]]. You'll notice how they changed the way the final leg is set up after this season.
* CurbStompBattle: Between legs 7 and 12 they only lost to Fast Forwards. When they got beaten by Eric & Danielle in the finale, that was the first time they lost to a team head to head since leg 6.
* DeadpanSnarker: How they generally handled the other teams' animosity, particularly Charla & Mirna.
-->'''Kandice''': We have to kind of compete with Too Hot To Handle.
-->'''Dustin''': It's a little hard to keep up with Too Hot To Handle.
* FailedASpotCheck: A couple times early on they reverted to old bad habits, such as in leg 5 when they overlooked the beacon they needed for a task, but they fixed this in the second half of the season.
* GenreSavvy: Even more so than the last time. For example, they knew that Mirna was way better than them at booking flights, so they tailed her at the final airport to make sure she didn't uncover another miracle flight.
* HeelFaceTurn: They got this due to their fan favorite status and also because of who they were up against in the Final 3.
* HistoryRepeats: Through a combination of their racing skills and their non-social attitudes, they had the other teams obsessed with their elimination. In particular, they got stuck at an Intersection again (for 4 hours this time) waiting for a team [[TeethClenchedTeamwork they didn't really want to work with and vice versa]].
** For winning leg 9, they won a pair of motor-scooter, which went really well with the motor-scooters they won for winning leg 7 in Season 10.
* InSeriesNickname: The Beauty Queens; The Blondes; Blondies; Barbies.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Teri & Ian.
* MsFanservice
* NoDamageRun: They were the first team to pull this off (save for the inevitable {{No Damage Run}}s by Rob & Brennan and Frank & Margarita in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]]), and though there would go on to be a NoDamageRun in every season from 14 on (except for [[Characters/TheAmazingRace16 16]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace21 21]]), they remain the only ones to do it while running ''three'' legs with only four teams, where a 3rd place finish in any of those would have ruined their NoDamageRun.
* OddFriendship: With Uchenna & Joyce.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} Like in their original season,]] they inspired this in other teams due to their dominance and non-social attitudes, especially after Rob & Amber bit the dust.
* PolitenessJudo: Early in leg 7, they were at the same travel agency as Charla & Mirna, working with two different travel agents. They started talking about how Charla & Mirna made such agents uncomfortable with the way they would lean over the desk and crowd them. Fittingly, Dustin & Kandice's travel agent got them the last tickets on the best flight. Even more fittingly, Charla & Mirna were working with Oswald & Danny, who had previously had much success ''not'' being pushy and demanding with ticketing agents, and in this instance decided to just sit back and let Charla & Mirna be pushy (to their own detriment).
* RubberbandAI: They started leg 8 while Eric & Danielle and Joe & Bill were still running leg 7, yet because of a charter bus, an Intersection and an Intersected Fast Forward being taken, they ended up going head to head with those same to teams to avoid elimination.
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: They deliberately tried to play down using their looks to their advantage, as they wanted to prove they were more than looks. This did not stop Charla & Mirna of accusing them of this.
* SequenceBreaking: In leg 3, they spotted the path to one of the Detours without ever finding the clue that was supposed to point them to said path. Though being sent back to get the clue cost them several minutes, they did not fall any spots because some other teams saw them going back to get the clue, and promptly followed them the wrong way.
* ShesGotLegs: Kandice, in particular, who was a Rockette.
* SitcomArchnemesis: With Charla & Mirna.
* SoLastSeason: At the beginning of leg 7, they talked about how a lot of the tricks they had used on Season 10 were now useless, as every team knew those tricks and more.
* UpToEleven: Dustin & Kandice opened leg 7 by saying that what they had been doing so far wasn't enough, as every team knew how to play the game. Their goal, which had just been to hang on in the middle of the pack and stay in the race up to that point, needed to change and it was time for them to get serious and step it up a notch. That would end up being their first leg win.

!! Charla Baklayan Faddoul & Mirna Hindoyan (''Mirna & Schmirna'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Season 5]], 6th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/CharlaMirna_5822.jpg]]

The crazy cousins returned with their usual madness to find themselves clashing with their competitors. They started off as apparent CannonFodder, but hit their stride by winning back-to-back legs. Mirna's airport skills carried them into the Final 3, in which they were the last team to arrive at the final task and, being unable to finish it within the time limit, they finished 3rd.

* CallBack: After listening to David & Mary talk about how the other teams on Season 10 all disliked and feared Dustin & Kandice, the comparisons to Colin weren't far behind.
* CallItKarma: Repeatedly talked about how Karma was going to get Dustin & Kandice for their behavior, especially for Yielding Eric & Danielle. They even tried to coin the term "Yield Karma."
* ChewingTheScenery: Guess. "Charla LVEL 5! LEVEL 5! ON THE TREADMILL!"
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Mirna liked to make a bunch of self-righteous speeches, though a lot of them tended not to make much sense once you really thought about them.
* ElSpanishO: Mirnish retured with a vengeance. It was Lampshaded by Marshall & Lance with their letter to the cousins during the letter sorting Roadblock, where they said that despite claiming to speak five languages, the cousins barely spoke English.
* FaceHeelTurn: With Charla having less of a presence, and Mirna taking a level in crazy, they were much less likable this time around. This was emphasized by how most of the other teams couldn't stand them, and the teams at the Elimination Station wanted them to stay in the game so they wouldn't have to share a house with them.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: They reacted this way to everything Dustin & Kandice did.
* HistoryRepeats: Mirna started another feud with a dominant team they had no chance of beating.
* HolierThanThou: Her attitude towards Dustin & Kandice, especially after the Yield.
* InSeriesNickname: Mirna & Schmirna, which Mirna openly hated because she thought it implied that Charla wasn't as important to the team, but it didn't stop Tera & Ian from using it frequently.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Less emphasized this time.
* InsultBackfire: After discovering that Dustin & Kandice had used their Yield power in both Seasons 10 and 11, Charla & Mirna decided to nickname them the "Yield Queens". A few episodes later, Dustin & Kandice bought Danny & Oswald's Yield to keep it from being used on them, and were the only team not upset by the whole exchange.
* LesserOfTwoEvils: They got cheered by the other teams after leg 4 for beating Rob & Amber to to the Pit Stop, including Dustin & Kandice.
* LetsGetDangerous: They started out weak, finishing 8th in the first three legs and 7th in the fourth, barely avoiding elimination the last two times, but then they won two legs in a row.
* MotorMouth: This was one of the things about Mirna that made the other teams hate her. Kevin voiced this complaint at the Elimination Station, saying that Mirna would yap at other teams in her HolierThanThou way far past the point of frustration.
* TheNapoleon: Not Charla, but Mirna, who on both this season and Season 5 was loud, aggressive, pushy, and picked the biggest Alpha Dogs around (Colin and Dustin & Kandice) to constantly harp on and insult.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mirna tended to yell everything at Charla.
* OddFriendship: With Oswald & Danny, especially because their approaches to the race couldn't be any more different.
* OutOfFocus: Charla was very quiet to the point that production had to prod her for soundbites. Also, she had little opportunity to demonstrate the physical prowess she showed in her original season due to there being less emphasis on brute strength.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Drew said that Mirna would try to take advantage of this, by pointing at Mirna whenever other racers would get upset at her. Though it often worked, it made the other teams resent her.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Mirna's comment on how to use the Yield:
-->"The Yield wasn't really necessary. Why would you ever Yield a team in the beginning of a leg knowing that they're not that far behind and they can catch-up and pass you at any moment? It didn't make logical sense to me."
* RubberbandAI: They got a flight that would put them a day in front of the rest of the teams to Tanzania. Naturally, this didn't last.
* SayMyName: "Charla!"
* ShutUpHannibal: Mirna delivers one to Rob during the letter sorting Roadblock when he tried to RulesLawyer her by saying she couldn't talk to Charla during the task, and she responded with a scathing retort, saying she was just praying to her grandmother.
* SitcomArchnemesis: With Dustin & Kandice.
* UndesirablePrize: For winning leg 6 they got a pair of catamarans, and didn't actually start celebrating until they found out what a Catamaran was.
* WeakButSkilled: Mirna, particularly with airports. Her uncanny ability to find the absolute best flights was the one thing that intimidated the other racers about this team.

!! Oswald Mendez & Danny Jiminez (''Cha-Cha-Cha'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace2 Season 2]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OswaldDanny_156.jpg]]

The gay not-a-couple returned to spread more of their fabulousity around the world, though this time with a bit of "fighting couple" flair. While other teams from the early seasons struggled, the tactics that isolated them from the other teams the first time around played favorably into the {{Metagame}}, making them one of the early favorites. Once again, they finished 4th due to Oswald getting lost at the GPS Roadblock in Guam.

* AlwaysSecondBest: Danny & Oswald were the last team eliminated ''again''.
* BadassGay
* BatmanGambit: They were never planning on using their Yield power, but when they found themselves low on money, they decided to "extort" money from Dustin & Kandice by vaguely threatening them with the Yield unless the girls paid them to use it on someone else, counting on the Beauty Queens' cutthroat natures to compel them to take the deal.
* CallBack: They decide to do the Dragon detour in Macau as it resembled a similar Hong Kong Detour in their original season in which they wore a lion head to their next destination. Unfortunately, this put them in last and Marked For Elimination.
* CampGay
* CallItKarma: Oswald felt karma was going to get them after selling Dustin & Kandice their Yield.
* CuttingTheKnot: Danny became frustrated while doing the paper collecting Roadblock on leg 9, so he just went to a store and bought a bunch of newspapers to complete the task. This depleted their funds, leading to them selling their Yield.
* DealWithTheDevil: This is how they saw their selling their Yield to Dustin & Kandice when they found themselves out of money, especially after when the deal was done, Mirna offered them money.
* TheGlomp: Attempted on Phil while covered in coal dust, though Phil got away long enough to avoid it.
* HistoryRepeats: They finished in the same position as in their original season.
* JustFriends: They would constantly tell the audience that they were not a couple.
* NoSenseOfDirection
* OddFriendship: With Charla & Mirna, in which they even rooted for them to win after their elimination. They justified this in a post-race interview by saying that whatever they did to other people, they didn't do it to them. They were also the only team to get along with Rob & Amber prior to the Elimination Station.
* PolitenessJudo
* ShooOutTheClowns
* TrueCompanions
* TwoferTokenMinority: Being Hispanic and gay.
* WorthyOpponent: They were the team Rob seemed to have the most respect for prior to his elimination.

!! Uchenna Agu & Joyce Agu ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], 1st Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/UchennaJoyce_955.jpg]]

The winners of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]] returned for another shot at the million, though with a bit more edginess than last time. A flight gamble that didn't pay off left them in 5th.

* BaldOfAwesome
* GentleGiant: Uchenna.
* MercyKill: After which they remarked it was strange to be eliminated for the first time.
* OddFriendship: With Dustin & Kandice. It started with Uchenna threatening them with a lecture about slavery in Zanzibar of all things.
* OutOfFocus: Though more of their personalities were allowed to shine through this time, they got maybe even less airtime, probably because their rather subdued personalities got buried beneath all the big personalities flying around.
* ParanoiaFuel: The aforementioned slavery remark, as well as their ambiguous reaction to Auschwitz after which Uchenna claims that humanity is going to "get it", hopefully before we destroy each other. Joyce adds "It's definitely going to happen someday."
* SomethingWeForgot: They disappeared fifteen minutes into their final episode, due to their flight gamble putting them hours behind the other teams, and did not appear again until all the other teams had checked in.
* WorthyOpponent: Once Rob & Amber were gone, they were picked as the favorites to win by most of the teams at the Elimination Station, including by Rob, who finally gave Uchenna & Joyce props for beating him twice.

!! Joseph "Joe" Baldassare & William "Bill" Bartek (''The Guidos'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]], 3rd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/JoeBill_1634.jpg]]

The conniving couple from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 the series' genesis]] were back, now having to adapt to a race that had changed significantly since the beginning. They were one of the two teams left behind overnight at the Johannesburg airport, after which they competed with Teri & Ian to avoid elimination. In the next leg, they had to do it all over again, this time losing out to Eric & Danielle on a non-elimination leg. Still, this was their death sentence, as an Intersection/Marked For Elimination combo put them out of their misery in 6th place.

* BadassGay
* BadassGrandpa
* BornUnlucky: While they still remained strong racers, several unlucky breaks meant that they just weren't meant to stay within shouting distance of the lead pack.
* CoolOldGuy: This time around.
* HappilyMarried: Changing network standards meant that they could show even more of their relationship on-screen, even kissing.
* HeelFaceTurn: Though they were always tame compared to the villains that came after them, they got a more positive edit due to not liking what they saw on screen the first time.
* HistoryRepeats: They ended up falling way behind the other teams again, bringing their total legs where they finished over eight hours behind the lead team to eight, which is over a third of their total legs ran. At least they got to be at the Finish Line this time.
* InSeriesNickname: The Guidos.
* IronicNickname: Team Guido, a pair of middle-aged, cultured gay men who nicknamed themselves after their dog.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted.
* UnwinnableByMistake: Again, though this time it was because a Marked for Elimination/Intersection combo that guaranteed their exit in leg 8.
* VillainDecay: They were no longer villains, but neither were they the biggest threat anymore. Probably because their biggest advantage the first time around was their travel experience, and that most of their competition had no idea what they were getting into. Having teams like Dustin & Kandice, Rob & Amber, and Charla & Mirna who knew the {{Metagame}} took away those advantages.

!! Teri Pollack & Ian Pollack ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]], 2nd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TeriIan_1462.jpg]]

The cantankerous couple came back to compete with those youngsters again. While they started off good, Terri began complaining about wanting to give up on the race and just catch a flight home. They would end up being caught within the Tanzania flight spread, with their only chance of staying in the race being to beat Joe & Bill. However, they came up short, and were eliminated in 7th place.

* [[BadassGrandpa Badass]] [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandparents]]: Bill & Joe even commented that Teri & Ian are much more competent than they are given credit for.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: Same as Joe & Bill, they lost a lot of what made them special due to increased competition and Ian having cooled down somewhat.
* CatchPhrase: Ian would yell, "We're comin', Phil," on approach to each Pit Stop. He also had, "Hoorah!"
* ChewingTheScenery: Ian, still.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ian no longer had to deal with quitting cigarettes, which meant they lost much of their {{Jerkass}} tendencies from their original season.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Dustin & Kandice.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Teri insisted on pronouncing Ian's name "Eye-an", despite everyone else (including him) pronouncing it the usual way. This is because that's how his mother intended for his name to be pronounced, and how he was introduced to Teri.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: They ''are'' a married couple who've been together over twenty years and fit this trope like a glove.
* SoreLoser: Ian complained at the Elimination Station about Oswald & Danny playing unethically, saying they had stabbed them in the back at a travel agency, intentionally getting them illegal tickets.

!! "Boston" Rob Mariano & Amber Mariano (''Romber'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], 2nd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rob__Amber_-_All-Stars_1055.jpg]]

The infamous ''{{Series/Survivor}}'' couple returned with a vengeance. For three legs, they left the other teams in the dust as they grabbed consecutive 1st place victories, but they suddenly collapsed in the fourth leg (with the catalyst being Rob's inability to spell "Philippines"), burning out in 8th.

* AlwaysSecondBest: Lampshaded in the Elimination Station, when, on the last day, Mary made Rob a "Best Number Two" Certificate.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: They even got a montage of the other teams talking about how glad they were to see them gone in the leg after their elimination.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Rob & Amber stated in their Reality News Online interview that they had to look up on the Internet to remember who Susan & Patrick were after receiving a spiteful letter from them during the letter searching Roadblock.
* ChewingTheScenery: Rob was even more of a cartoonish villain than last time.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rob's interactions with his fellow teams again almost entirely consisted of making snide remarks to the camera about how the other teams were beneath him.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: A huge deal was made out of their ShockingElimination, it even leached over into the following episode.
* EvilGloating: They picked up right where they left off in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], in particular when they were standing around in their final leg, gloating about how they had sent Charla & Mirna off course while looking for a clue.
* EvilLaugh
* GenreSavvy: Of course. This time they even started the race with a single small backpack, a gamble no other team has ever tried.
* HappilyMarried
* HumiliationConga: their final leg was one blow to the ego after another for Rob, culminating with losing the deciding Roadblock to a team he thought was weak, and getting a nasty letter from Susan & Patrick that just rubbed in their inevitable elimination.
* IconicItem: Rob's Red Sox hat.
* IconicOutfit: Rob's Red Sox hat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rob.
* LaserGuidedKarma: It happened to them ''again'' on All-Stars. Even before winning the first three legs, Rob's ego was flying as high as ever, [[TemptingFate and he was already declaring them the winners]]. Then every single thing went wrong for them on leg four, and Rob had to watch as Charla & Mirna, who they had deliberately sent in the wrong direction less than an hour before, made up a twenty minute deficit to pass them at the Roadblock.
* TheLoad: Amber
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} Invoked]] this in the other teams through a combination of their reputations and being so dominant early on, with former "villain" Joe becoming so obsessed that Bill had to tell him, "Rob is not Jesus."
* RelationshipUpgrade: Had gotten married since their last appearance.
* RuleOfPool: After much buildup, including asking her if it had happened yet, Rob throws Mary in the pool at the Elimination Station, then himself jumps in with her, then gets Jill as well.
* ShockingElimination: The shocking elimination to end all shockers.
* SmugSnake
* SoreLoser: Rob did not take their 8th place finish well, even after the season was long over. He said in interviews that skill was not rewarded, and luck was too much of a factor on the Race, and he would never run it again, even if asked (unless [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Colin]] [[WorthyOpponent was involved]]).
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Even worse than in Season 7. The entire first four legs revolved around them.
* StuntCasting
* TemptingFate: Rob did it again, declaring himself the winner in the first leg. You think he would have learned his lesson after Season 7.
* TrashTalk: Rob, naturally.
* VillainousBreakdown: Rob falls to his frustration slowly over leg 4, first when he struggled with the Sign It side of the Detour, then even more so when he couldn't find his letter during the Roadblock. In a DeletedScene, Dustin & Kandice talked about how, as they were heading to the hotel, they could hear Rob losing it in the post office.

!! David Conley, Jr. & Mary Conley (''Kentucky'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 Season 10]], 6th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DavidMary_2043.jpg]]

The Kentucky couple arrived in a more competitive racing world and aimed not to make stupid alliances like they did last time. As expected, they were unable to keep up, finishing 9th.

* CallBack: They wore shirts picturing Erwin & Godwin, aka the Cho Bros, who they allied with in Season 10. They later wore shirt with the word "Lost" and a picture of Phil printed on them, worn by Erwin & Godwin one season previously.
* GoodOlBoy
* HenpeckedHusband: More prominent this time.
* InSeriesNickname: Kentucky

!! Kevin O'Connor & Andrew "Drew" Feinberg ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/KevinDrew_6084.jpg]]

The funny Frats from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]] were back. Unfortunately, Drew was ill fit to run the race due to his various ailments and injuries, and they were further hindered by their complete unpreparedness, having done nothing to get ready for the season (as they had done nothing to prepare for the first season, and they thought it had worked out pretty well for them last time). They grumped their way through two legs, finishing 10th.

* BigGuyLittleGuy
* CallBack:
** Their promotional photo was taken in the exact same pose as their Season 1 photo.
** The Peru/Ecuador line in the premiere (which featured prominently in advertisements), was eerily similar to an exchange in the first episode of the series where Drew said they were in Zambia (true) and Kevin corrected him by saying they were in Namibia (false).
* GameBreakingInjury: Drew hobbled through both episodes. He was physically unable to compete against normal competition, let alone against experienced teams. Not only did he come in with a pre-existing injury, but he injured his shoulder when he fell in the first leg, then got altitude sickness.
* GlobalIgnorance:
-->'''Drew''': Peru is nice. It's beautiful out.
-->'''Kevin''': I'm sure it's nice in Peru. We're in Ecuador.
* GrumpyBear: Drew.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Drew stated that he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win because, as beauty queens, they had already won something. When Amber asked if that meant he didn't want her to win because she won ''Survivor'', he said no, because he liked her.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: On Season 1 they were a couple of goofy, good-natured guys who became fan favorites as a result. Here they transformed into a pair of grumpy old men, who were woefully unprepared for the rigors of the modern Race, and spent their entire two legs complaining about everything.
* OhCrap: Drew was not happy to see Teri & Ian show up at the Elimination Station.
* RageQuit: Drew stormed off the mat before Phil could declare them eliminated. Then they complained to the production crew about how all the other teams had been breaking the rules by speeding, and forced the production crew to stop the race for six hours, forcing the other teams to stand out in the heat and waste half of their Pit Stop while the crew reviewed the tapes to make sure none of the other teams had gone even 1 kph over the speed limit. This was because Drew didn't realize that halfway through the driving trip the speed limit increased by 10 km/h, despite having both a road sign and [[ReadTheFreakingManual the clue]] to tell him so. His staying well below the speed limit wreaked havoc on other teams' driving through that stretch, to the point where Mirna yelled at him that he drove like a girl.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: See RageQuit.
* SoLastSeason: They thought they could get by without preparing, just relying on their experience from the first season. Never mind that the game had changed a lot, or that their competition was greatly increased. You can even see it in how their bags are far bigger than anyone else's.
* SoreLoser: Drew.
* UnknownRival: Drew spent the Elimination Station talking about how he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win, and Kevin repeatedly picked them to be the next team out.
* VitriolicBestBuds: This was more apparent in the Elimination Station, when Drew was not suffering as much.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Drew had an American flag bandanna.
* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Mary got them mixed up despite having already spent several days with them at the Elimination Station.

!! John Vito Pietanza & Jillian "Jill" Aquilino ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]], 5th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/JohnVitoJill_5337.jpg]]

The plucky dating couple from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]] returned, now separated. While they started the first two thirds of the leg extremely strong, they became the first outs when they got lost, once again, while trying to find the Detour, though at least Jill got to be the unofficial host of the Elimination Station.

* AmicableExes
* HistoryRepeats: They get eliminated by driving in the wrong direction.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl
* NoSenseOfDirection
* OffScreenBreakup
* OneHeadTaller
* WorkingWithTheEx

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As the reality game show equivalent to "[[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny who would win in a fight?]]", fans had greatly anticipated an All-Star season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' since Season 4, and finally, Phil Keoghan declared that they were getting so many good teams that the eleventh season would be an All-Stars edition. The cast was stocked with seven seasons' worth of popular, often controversial teams, giving ten of the eleven (save for former winners [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Uchenna & Joyce]]), [[MyGreatestSecondChance Their Greatest Second Chance]] at the Race. There were numerous controversies that surrounded the race, such as accusations of unworthy teams being cast, the lack of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace4 Season 4]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 6]] representation, a number of huge snubs ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Ken & Gerard]], [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Colin & Christie]], [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Kris & Jon]], and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 B.J & Tyler]] being the most often mentioned), the course being easy compared to what the fans had just seen in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 the previous season]], and a production snafu in Africa that spread 7 teams over ''24 hours apart'' from each other, which, while it made the following sets of episodes rather predictable, is still considered one of the best episodes of the first eleven seasons. When it ended with a winner who was just as unpopular as [[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Flo]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Kendra]], it cemented the season in a lot of people's minds

However, the end result was still an exciting season with numerous upsets in the leaderboard, and the clash of the personality titans made for some of the most interesting inter-team interactions in the entire series. At the very least it will be remembered as the season when the gender barrier that had plagued the Race through it's early seasons was decimated, at a point in which the fanbase was getting ravenous to see an all-female team come out on top. Both female teams ended up making it into the Final Three, and it looked like one of them was a shoo-in to win, but well....

!! Eric Sanchez & Danielle Turner ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 Season 9]], 2nd and 8th Place (respectively))
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"Newly dating" couple made up of opposing team members from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 Season 9]]. As expected from such a team, they bickered. A lot. Expectations were high from them pre-race, due to Eric & Jeremy having one of the statistically best seasons ever. However, Eric showed little of the skill he demonstrated in his original season, part in thanks to being shackled with a partner he didn't want to work with and who brought little to the table, as they narrowly escaped elimination repeatedly, never won a single leg prior to the finale, and only won due to a final task which [[LuckBasedMission required one team member to guess the other's opinions regarding the other teams]]. In a single year Eric went from being a part of possibly the best team to ever run the race, to being a part of possibly the worst and most disliked teams to ever win it. They broke up immediately after the season.

* BornLucky: Eric's lucky streak continued in this edition, as they barely avoided elimination five times. And of course, the overly luck-based final task which allowed them to triumph over Dustin & Kandice and Charla & Mirna who both performed better overall.
* BuxomIsBetter: Eric told Danielle to use her boobs to hold down fish.
* TheCameo: Eric was allowed to call Jeremy after winning the Race.
* DumbBlonde
* EvilGloating: Post-race. See {{Jerkass}}.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Eric's infamous "[[{{Anchorman}} dirty pirate hookers]]" comment to Dustin & Kandice after getting Yielded by them was made in jest and in the heat of the moment, but they continued to hold a grudge over the Yield for the rest of the season. He then had a similar, more serious, blowup when it was Oswald & Danny's turn, causing bad blood between them that lasted well after the race was over.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Count how many times he talks about Danielle's boobs. Hell, both Joe & Bill and Danny & Oswald knew Eric used to dance in gay bars.
* IdiotBall: While trying to find the elusive tickets to Zanzibar, Eric had the idea to not wait for the ticket counter to open, and instead go up the the airline office to book tickets. It was a great idea, but he told Uchenna & Joyce and Danny & Oswald, while Dustin & Kandice noticed what was going on and followed them. Though they booked their tickets first, Eric & Danielle didn't get themselves put on top of the standby list. All four teams got on the plane, but there was a mistake made, and one team had to get taken off the plane, the team that was at the bottom of the standby list, Eric & Danielle.
* InsaneTrollLogic: In the final challenge they both somehow come to the conclusion that Danny & Oswald were the most untrustworthy team.
* {{Jerkass}}: Eric, while somewhat douchey in his original season, took his attitude a whole new level in this one with his homophobic and misogynistic comments towards the other teams and Danielle. He got torn apart verbally by both Joe & Bill and Rob. On top of that, he was a sore winner in the post-race interviews (in which most racers generally are honest and respectful regardless of their behavior on the race), claiming that he was happy to have ruined the season for his "haters". Oswald & Danny in particular were so incensed by his attitude that they called him a "f**king asshole" in one of their interviews.
* TheLoad: Suffice to say, there's a reason Danielle finished 8th originally.
* RubberbandAI: Ended two straight legs over 12 hours behind the lead team, yet due to a bunch of contrived equalizers, they managed to come back and win the Race.
* TheSlacker
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* UnderdogsAlwaysWin: The least merit-based example of this in race history.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: See {{Jerkass}}.

!! Dustin-Leigh Seltzer & Kandice Pelletier (''The Beauty Queens'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 Season 10]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DustinKandice_1038.jpg]]
--> '''Kandice''': We're bigger than her.
--> '''Dustin''': Yeah, we'll make a beauty queen sandwich out of her.

The intensely competitive pageant queens returned to further prove their worth as more than just pretty faces. In just the few months that had passed since Season 10, Dustin married her boyfriend Luke Seltzer, and they had gone from perceived villains to fan favorites. They showed up big time, going from a good, but flawed team on Season 10, to being one of the best teams to ever run the Race. They dominated the last half of the season, winning four legs overall, and were the easy favorites to win until they were unable to finish the final task before Eric & Danielle (partly because Dustin's initial response would not go through and she thus changed it; a fatal decision in a matching task), ending up 2nd.

* ActionGirl: They were better at physical tasks than most of the men they were racing against, and became the measuring stick for every female team that came after them (and most female racers in general).
* AlphaBitch: They played an even bigger subversion this time around, as though they were seen this way again, particularly by Charla & Mirna and Eric & Danielle, they were generally more likable than their rivals.
* AppropriatedAppellation: After they bought the Yield from Oswald & Danny, they declared themselves the "Yield Queens" in reference to an insult Mirna made after they Yielded Eric & Danielle.
--> '''Kandice''': We now officially are the Yield Queens. We just bought a Yield.
* BrutalHonesty: Still one of the most honest teams ever. While the other teams were all playing nice around the cameras, worried about ManipulativeEditing, they told Phil and the cameras exactly what they were thinking.
* CrackDefeat: They were not the first team to lose because of bad luck and a short last leg (due to a mid-leg flight making the first half of the leg inconsequential), but this one enraged the fans, even more so than [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Freddy & Kenda beating Kris & Jon]]. You'll notice how they changed the way the final leg is set up after this season.
* CurbStompBattle: Between legs 7 and 12 they only lost to Fast Forwards. When they got beaten by Eric & Danielle in the finale, that was the first time they lost to a team head to head since leg 6.
* DeadpanSnarker: How they generally handled the other teams' animosity, particularly Charla & Mirna.
-->'''Kandice''': We have to kind of compete with Too Hot To Handle.
-->'''Dustin''': It's a little hard to keep up with Too Hot To Handle.
* FailedASpotCheck: A couple times early on they reverted to old bad habits, such as in leg 5 when they overlooked the beacon they needed for a task, but they fixed this in the second half of the season.
* GenreSavvy: Even more so than the last time. For example, they knew that Mirna was way better than them at booking flights, so they tailed her at the final airport to make sure she didn't uncover another miracle flight.
* HeelFaceTurn: They got this due to their fan favorite status and also because of who they were up against in the Final 3.
* HistoryRepeats: Through a combination of their racing skills and their non-social attitudes, they had the other teams obsessed with their elimination. In particular, they got stuck at an Intersection again (for 4 hours this time) waiting for a team [[TeethClenchedTeamwork they didn't really want to work with and vice versa]].
** For winning leg 9, they won a pair of motor-scooter, which went really well with the motor-scooters they won for winning leg 7 in Season 10.
* InSeriesNickname: The Beauty Queens; The Blondes; Blondies; Barbies.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Teri & Ian.
* MsFanservice
* NoDamageRun: They were the first team to pull this off (save for the inevitable {{No Damage Run}}s by Rob & Brennan and Frank & Margarita in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]]), and though there would go on to be a NoDamageRun in every season from 14 on (except for [[Characters/TheAmazingRace16 16]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace21 21]]), they remain the only ones to do it while running ''three'' legs with only four teams, where a 3rd place finish in any of those would have ruined their NoDamageRun.
* OddFriendship: With Uchenna & Joyce.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} Like in their original season,]] they inspired this in other teams due to their dominance and non-social attitudes, especially after Rob & Amber bit the dust.
* PolitenessJudo: Early in leg 7, they were at the same travel agency as Charla & Mirna, working with two different travel agents. They started talking about how Charla & Mirna made such agents uncomfortable with the way they would lean over the desk and crowd them. Fittingly, Dustin & Kandice's travel agent got them the last tickets on the best flight. Even more fittingly, Charla & Mirna were working with Oswald & Danny, who had previously had much success ''not'' being pushy and demanding with ticketing agents, and in this instance decided to just sit back and let Charla & Mirna be pushy (to their own detriment).
* RubberbandAI: They started leg 8 while Eric & Danielle and Joe & Bill were still running leg 7, yet because of a charter bus, an Intersection and an Intersected Fast Forward being taken, they ended up going head to head with those same to teams to avoid elimination.
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: They deliberately tried to play down using their looks to their advantage, as they wanted to prove they were more than looks. This did not stop Charla & Mirna of accusing them of this.
* SequenceBreaking: In leg 3, they spotted the path to one of the Detours without ever finding the clue that was supposed to point them to said path. Though being sent back to get the clue cost them several minutes, they did not fall any spots because some other teams saw them going back to get the clue, and promptly followed them the wrong way.
* ShesGotLegs: Kandice, in particular, who was a Rockette.
* SitcomArchnemesis: With Charla & Mirna.
* SoLastSeason: At the beginning of leg 7, they talked about how a lot of the tricks they had used on Season 10 were now useless, as every team knew those tricks and more.
* UpToEleven: Dustin & Kandice opened leg 7 by saying that what they had been doing so far wasn't enough, as every team knew how to play the game. Their goal, which had just been to hang on in the middle of the pack and stay in the race up to that point, needed to change and it was time for them to get serious and step it up a notch. That would end up being their first leg win.

!! Charla Baklayan Faddoul & Mirna Hindoyan (''Mirna & Schmirna'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Season 5]], 6th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/CharlaMirna_5822.jpg]]

The crazy cousins returned with their usual madness to find themselves clashing with their competitors. They started off as apparent CannonFodder, but hit their stride by winning back-to-back legs. Mirna's airport skills carried them into the Final 3, in which they were the last team to arrive at the final task and, being unable to finish it within the time limit, they finished 3rd.

* CallBack: After listening to David & Mary talk about how the other teams on Season 10 all disliked and feared Dustin & Kandice, the comparisons to Colin weren't far behind.
* CallItKarma: Repeatedly talked about how Karma was going to get Dustin & Kandice for their behavior, especially for Yielding Eric & Danielle. They even tried to coin the term "Yield Karma."
* ChewingTheScenery: Guess. "Charla LVEL 5! LEVEL 5! ON THE TREADMILL!"
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Mirna liked to make a bunch of self-righteous speeches, though a lot of them tended not to make much sense once you really thought about them.
* ElSpanishO: Mirnish retured with a vengeance. It was Lampshaded by Marshall & Lance with their letter to the cousins during the letter sorting Roadblock, where they said that despite claiming to speak five languages, the cousins barely spoke English.
* FaceHeelTurn: With Charla having less of a presence, and Mirna taking a level in crazy, they were much less likable this time around. This was emphasized by how most of the other teams couldn't stand them, and the teams at the Elimination Station wanted them to stay in the game so they wouldn't have to share a house with them.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: They reacted this way to everything Dustin & Kandice did.
* HistoryRepeats: Mirna started another feud with a dominant team they had no chance of beating.
* HolierThanThou: Her attitude towards Dustin & Kandice, especially after the Yield.
* InSeriesNickname: Mirna & Schmirna, which Mirna openly hated because she thought it implied that Charla wasn't as important to the team, but it didn't stop Tera & Ian from using it frequently.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Less emphasized this time.
* InsultBackfire: After discovering that Dustin & Kandice had used their Yield power in both Seasons 10 and 11, Charla & Mirna decided to nickname them the "Yield Queens". A few episodes later, Dustin & Kandice bought Danny & Oswald's Yield to keep it from being used on them, and were the only team not upset by the whole exchange.
* LesserOfTwoEvils: They got cheered by the other teams after leg 4 for beating Rob & Amber to to the Pit Stop, including Dustin & Kandice.
* LetsGetDangerous: They started out weak, finishing 8th in the first three legs and 7th in the fourth, barely avoiding elimination the last two times, but then they won two legs in a row.
* MotorMouth: This was one of the things about Mirna that made the other teams hate her. Kevin voiced this complaint at the Elimination Station, saying that Mirna would yap at other teams in her HolierThanThou way far past the point of frustration.
* TheNapoleon: Not Charla, but Mirna, who on both this season and Season 5 was loud, aggressive, pushy, and picked the biggest Alpha Dogs around (Colin and Dustin & Kandice) to constantly harp on and insult.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mirna tended to yell everything at Charla.
* OddFriendship: With Oswald & Danny, especially because their approaches to the race couldn't be any more different.
* OutOfFocus: Charla was very quiet to the point that production had to prod her for soundbites. Also, she had little opportunity to demonstrate the physical prowess she showed in her original season due to there being less emphasis on brute strength.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Drew said that Mirna would try to take advantage of this, by pointing at Mirna whenever other racers would get upset at her. Though it often worked, it made the other teams resent her.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Mirna's comment on how to use the Yield:
-->"The Yield wasn't really necessary. Why would you ever Yield a team in the beginning of a leg knowing that they're not that far behind and they can catch-up and pass you at any moment? It didn't make logical sense to me."
* RubberbandAI: They got a flight that would put them a day in front of the rest of the teams to Tanzania. Naturally, this didn't last.
* SayMyName: "Charla!"
* ShutUpHannibal: Mirna delivers one to Rob during the letter sorting Roadblock when he tried to RulesLawyer her by saying she couldn't talk to Charla during the task, and she responded with a scathing retort, saying she was just praying to her grandmother.
* SitcomArchnemesis: With Dustin & Kandice.
* UndesirablePrize: For winning leg 6 they got a pair of catamarans, and didn't actually start celebrating until they found out what a Catamaran was.
* WeakButSkilled: Mirna, particularly with airports. Her uncanny ability to find the absolute best flights was the one thing that intimidated the other racers about this team.

!! Oswald Mendez & Danny Jiminez (''Cha-Cha-Cha'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace2 Season 2]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OswaldDanny_156.jpg]]

The gay not-a-couple returned to spread more of their fabulousity around the world, though this time with a bit of "fighting couple" flair. While other teams from the early seasons struggled, the tactics that isolated them from the other teams the first time around played favorably into the {{Metagame}}, making them one of the early favorites. Once again, they finished 4th due to Oswald getting lost at the GPS Roadblock in Guam.

* AlwaysSecondBest: Danny & Oswald were the last team eliminated ''again''.
* BadassGay
* BatmanGambit: They were never planning on using their Yield power, but when they found themselves low on money, they decided to "extort" money from Dustin & Kandice by vaguely threatening them with the Yield unless the girls paid them to use it on someone else, counting on the Beauty Queens' cutthroat natures to compel them to take the deal.
* CallBack: They decide to do the Dragon detour in Macau as it resembled a similar Hong Kong Detour in their original season in which they wore a lion head to their next destination. Unfortunately, this put them in last and Marked For Elimination.
* CampGay
* CallItKarma: Oswald felt karma was going to get them after selling Dustin & Kandice their Yield.
* CuttingTheKnot: Danny became frustrated while doing the paper collecting Roadblock on leg 9, so he just went to a store and bought a bunch of newspapers to complete the task. This depleted their funds, leading to them selling their Yield.
* DealWithTheDevil: This is how they saw their selling their Yield to Dustin & Kandice when they found themselves out of money, especially after when the deal was done, Mirna offered them money.
* TheGlomp: Attempted on Phil while covered in coal dust, though Phil got away long enough to avoid it.
* HistoryRepeats: They finished in the same position as in their original season.
* JustFriends: They would constantly tell the audience that they were not a couple.
* NoSenseOfDirection
* OddFriendship: With Charla & Mirna, in which they even rooted for them to win after their elimination. They justified this in a post-race interview by saying that whatever they did to other people, they didn't do it to them. They were also the only team to get along with Rob & Amber prior to the Elimination Station.
* PolitenessJudo
* ShooOutTheClowns
* TrueCompanions
* TwoferTokenMinority: Being Hispanic and gay.
* WorthyOpponent: They were the team Rob seemed to have the most respect for prior to his elimination.

!! Uchenna Agu & Joyce Agu ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], 1st Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/UchennaJoyce_955.jpg]]

The winners of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]] returned for another shot at the million, though with a bit more edginess than last time. A flight gamble that didn't pay off left them in 5th.

* BaldOfAwesome
* GentleGiant: Uchenna.
* MercyKill: After which they remarked it was strange to be eliminated for the first time.
* OddFriendship: With Dustin & Kandice. It started with Uchenna threatening them with a lecture about slavery in Zanzibar of all things.
* OutOfFocus: Though more of their personalities were allowed to shine through this time, they got maybe even less airtime, probably because their rather subdued personalities got buried beneath all the big personalities flying around.
* ParanoiaFuel: The aforementioned slavery remark, as well as their ambiguous reaction to Auschwitz after which Uchenna claims that humanity is going to "get it", hopefully before we destroy each other. Joyce adds "It's definitely going to happen someday."
* SomethingWeForgot: They disappeared fifteen minutes into their final episode, due to their flight gamble putting them hours behind the other teams, and did not appear again until all the other teams had checked in.
* WorthyOpponent: Once Rob & Amber were gone, they were picked as the favorites to win by most of the teams at the Elimination Station, including by Rob, who finally gave Uchenna & Joyce props for beating him twice.

!! Joseph "Joe" Baldassare & William "Bill" Bartek (''The Guidos'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]], 3rd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/JoeBill_1634.jpg]]

The conniving couple from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 the series' genesis]] were back, now having to adapt to a race that had changed significantly since the beginning. They were one of the two teams left behind overnight at the Johannesburg airport, after which they competed with Teri & Ian to avoid elimination. In the next leg, they had to do it all over again, this time losing out to Eric & Danielle on a non-elimination leg. Still, this was their death sentence, as an Intersection/Marked For Elimination combo put them out of their misery in 6th place.

* BadassGay
* BadassGrandpa
* BornUnlucky: While they still remained strong racers, several unlucky breaks meant that they just weren't meant to stay within shouting distance of the lead pack.
* CoolOldGuy: This time around.
* HappilyMarried: Changing network standards meant that they could show even more of their relationship on-screen, even kissing.
* HeelFaceTurn: Though they were always tame compared to the villains that came after them, they got a more positive edit due to not liking what they saw on screen the first time.
* HistoryRepeats: They ended up falling way behind the other teams again, bringing their total legs where they finished over eight hours behind the lead team to eight, which is over a third of their total legs ran. At least they got to be at the Finish Line this time.
* InSeriesNickname: The Guidos.
* IronicNickname: Team Guido, a pair of middle-aged, cultured gay men who nicknamed themselves after their dog.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted.
* UnwinnableByMistake: Again, though this time it was because a Marked for Elimination/Intersection combo that guaranteed their exit in leg 8.
* VillainDecay: They were no longer villains, but neither were they the biggest threat anymore. Probably because their biggest advantage the first time around was their travel experience, and that most of their competition had no idea what they were getting into. Having teams like Dustin & Kandice, Rob & Amber, and Charla & Mirna who knew the {{Metagame}} took away those advantages.

!! Teri Pollack & Ian Pollack ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]], 2nd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TeriIan_1462.jpg]]

The cantankerous couple came back to compete with those youngsters again. While they started off good, Terri began complaining about wanting to give up on the race and just catch a flight home. They would end up being caught within the Tanzania flight spread, with their only chance of staying in the race being to beat Joe & Bill. However, they came up short, and were eliminated in 7th place.

* [[BadassGrandpa Badass]] [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandparents]]: Bill & Joe even commented that Teri & Ian are much more competent than they are given credit for.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: Same as Joe & Bill, they lost a lot of what made them special due to increased competition and Ian having cooled down somewhat.
* CatchPhrase: Ian would yell, "We're comin', Phil," on approach to each Pit Stop. He also had, "Hoorah!"
* ChewingTheScenery: Ian, still.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ian no longer had to deal with quitting cigarettes, which meant they lost much of their {{Jerkass}} tendencies from their original season.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Dustin & Kandice.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Teri insisted on pronouncing Ian's name "Eye-an", despite everyone else (including him) pronouncing it the usual way. This is because that's how his mother intended for his name to be pronounced, and how he was introduced to Teri.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: They ''are'' a married couple who've been together over twenty years and fit this trope like a glove.
* SoreLoser: Ian complained at the Elimination Station about Oswald & Danny playing unethically, saying they had stabbed them in the back at a travel agency, intentionally getting them illegal tickets.

!! "Boston" Rob Mariano & Amber Mariano (''Romber'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], 2nd Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rob__Amber_-_All-Stars_1055.jpg]]

The infamous ''{{Series/Survivor}}'' couple returned with a vengeance. For three legs, they left the other teams in the dust as they grabbed consecutive 1st place victories, but they suddenly collapsed in the fourth leg (with the catalyst being Rob's inability to spell "Philippines"), burning out in 8th.

* AlwaysSecondBest: Lampshaded in the Elimination Station, when, on the last day, Mary made Rob a "Best Number Two" Certificate.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: They even got a montage of the other teams talking about how glad they were to see them gone in the leg after their elimination.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Rob & Amber stated in their Reality News Online interview that they had to look up on the Internet to remember who Susan & Patrick were after receiving a spiteful letter from them during the letter searching Roadblock.
* ChewingTheScenery: Rob was even more of a cartoonish villain than last time.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rob's interactions with his fellow teams again almost entirely consisted of making snide remarks to the camera about how the other teams were beneath him.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: A huge deal was made out of their ShockingElimination, it even leached over into the following episode.
* EvilGloating: They picked up right where they left off in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Season 7]], in particular when they were standing around in their final leg, gloating about how they had sent Charla & Mirna off course while looking for a clue.
* EvilLaugh
* GenreSavvy: Of course. This time they even started the race with a single small backpack, a gamble no other team has ever tried.
* HappilyMarried
* HumiliationConga: their final leg was one blow to the ego after another for Rob, culminating with losing the deciding Roadblock to a team he thought was weak, and getting a nasty letter from Susan & Patrick that just rubbed in their inevitable elimination.
* IconicItem: Rob's Red Sox hat.
* IconicOutfit: Rob's Red Sox hat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rob.
* LaserGuidedKarma: It happened to them ''again'' on All-Stars. Even before winning the first three legs, Rob's ego was flying as high as ever, [[TemptingFate and he was already declaring them the winners]]. Then every single thing went wrong for them on leg four, and Rob had to watch as Charla & Mirna, who they had deliberately sent in the wrong direction less than an hour before, made up a twenty minute deficit to pass them at the Roadblock.
* TheLoad: Amber
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} Invoked]] this in the other teams through a combination of their reputations and being so dominant early on, with former "villain" Joe becoming so obsessed that Bill had to tell him, "Rob is not Jesus."
* RelationshipUpgrade: Had gotten married since their last appearance.
* RuleOfPool: After much buildup, including asking her if it had happened yet, Rob throws Mary in the pool at the Elimination Station, then himself jumps in with her, then gets Jill as well.
* ShockingElimination: The shocking elimination to end all shockers.
* SmugSnake
* SoreLoser: Rob did not take their 8th place finish well, even after the season was long over. He said in interviews that skill was not rewarded, and luck was too much of a factor on the Race, and he would never run it again, even if asked (unless [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Colin]] [[WorthyOpponent was involved]]).
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Even worse than in Season 7. The entire first four legs revolved around them.
* StuntCasting
* TemptingFate: Rob did it again, declaring himself the winner in the first leg. You think he would have learned his lesson after Season 7.
* TrashTalk: Rob, naturally.
* VillainousBreakdown: Rob falls to his frustration slowly over leg 4, first when he struggled with the Sign It side of the Detour, then even more so when he couldn't find his letter during the Roadblock. In a DeletedScene, Dustin & Kandice talked about how, as they were heading to the hotel, they could hear Rob losing it in the post office.

!! David Conley, Jr. & Mary Conley (''Kentucky'') ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace10 Season 10]], 6th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DavidMary_2043.jpg]]

The Kentucky couple arrived in a more competitive racing world and aimed not to make stupid alliances like they did last time. As expected, they were unable to keep up, finishing 9th.

* CallBack: They wore shirts picturing Erwin & Godwin, aka the Cho Bros, who they allied with in Season 10. They later wore shirt with the word "Lost" and a picture of Phil printed on them, worn by Erwin & Godwin one season previously.
* GoodOlBoy
* HenpeckedHusband: More prominent this time.
* InSeriesNickname: Kentucky

!! Kevin O'Connor & Andrew "Drew" Feinberg ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]], 4th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/KevinDrew_6084.jpg]]

The funny Frats from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]] were back. Unfortunately, Drew was ill fit to run the race due to his various ailments and injuries, and they were further hindered by their complete unpreparedness, having done nothing to get ready for the season (as they had done nothing to prepare for the first season, and they thought it had worked out pretty well for them last time). They grumped their way through two legs, finishing 10th.

* BigGuyLittleGuy
* CallBack:
** Their promotional photo was taken in the exact same pose as their Season 1 photo.
** The Peru/Ecuador line in the premiere (which featured prominently in advertisements), was eerily similar to an exchange in the first episode of the series where Drew said they were in Zambia (true) and Kevin corrected him by saying they were in Namibia (false).
* GameBreakingInjury: Drew hobbled through both episodes. He was physically unable to compete against normal competition, let alone against experienced teams. Not only did he come in with a pre-existing injury, but he injured his shoulder when he fell in the first leg, then got altitude sickness.
* GlobalIgnorance:
-->'''Drew''': Peru is nice. It's beautiful out.
-->'''Kevin''': I'm sure it's nice in Peru. We're in Ecuador.
* GrumpyBear: Drew.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Drew stated that he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win because, as beauty queens, they had already won something. When Amber asked if that meant he didn't want her to win because she won ''Survivor'', he said no, because he liked her.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: On Season 1 they were a couple of goofy, good-natured guys who became fan favorites as a result. Here they transformed into a pair of grumpy old men, who were woefully unprepared for the rigors of the modern Race, and spent their entire two legs complaining about everything.
* OhCrap: Drew was not happy to see Teri & Ian show up at the Elimination Station.
* RageQuit: Drew stormed off the mat before Phil could declare them eliminated. Then they complained to the production crew about how all the other teams had been breaking the rules by speeding, and forced the production crew to stop the race for six hours, forcing the other teams to stand out in the heat and waste half of their Pit Stop while the crew reviewed the tapes to make sure none of the other teams had gone even 1 kph over the speed limit. This was because Drew didn't realize that halfway through the driving trip the speed limit increased by 10 km/h, despite having both a road sign and [[ReadTheFreakingManual the clue]] to tell him so. His staying well below the speed limit wreaked havoc on other teams' driving through that stretch, to the point where Mirna yelled at him that he drove like a girl.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: See RageQuit.
* SoLastSeason: They thought they could get by without preparing, just relying on their experience from the first season. Never mind that the game had changed a lot, or that their competition was greatly increased. You can even see it in how their bags are far bigger than anyone else's.
* SoreLoser: Drew.
* UnknownRival: Drew spent the Elimination Station talking about how he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win, and Kevin repeatedly picked them to be the next team out.
* VitriolicBestBuds: This was more apparent in the Elimination Station, when Drew was not suffering as much.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Drew had an American flag bandanna.
* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Mary got them mixed up despite having already spent several days with them at the Elimination Station.

!! John Vito Pietanza & Jillian "Jill" Aquilino ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]], 5th Place) [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/JohnVitoJill_5337.jpg]]

The plucky dating couple from [[Characters/TheAmazingRace3 Season 3]] returned, now separated. While they started the first two thirds of the leg extremely strong, they became the first outs when they got lost, once again, while trying to find the Detour, though at least Jill got to be the unofficial host of the Elimination Station.

* AmicableExes
* HistoryRepeats: They get eliminated by driving in the wrong direction.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl
* NoSenseOfDirection
* OffScreenBreakup
* OneHeadTaller
* WorkingWithTheEx
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* GoodOlBoy



* SweetHomeAlabama

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* SweetHomeAlabama
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* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Mary got them mixed up despite having already spent several days with them at the Elimination Station.
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* DiminishingVillainThreat: They were no longer villains, but neither were they much of a threat anymore either. Probably because their biggest advantage the first time around was their travel experience, and that most of their competition had no idea what they were getting into. Having teams like Dustin & Kandice, Rob & Amber, and Charla & Mirna who knew the {{Metagame}} took away those advantages.




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* VillainDecay: They were no longer villains, but neither were they the biggest threat anymore. Probably because their biggest advantage the first time around was their travel experience, and that most of their competition had no idea what they were getting into. Having teams like Dustin & Kandice, Rob & Amber, and Charla & Mirna who knew the {{Metagame}} took away those advantages.
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* HeelFaceTurn: Ian no longer had to deal with quitting cigarettes, which meant they lost much of their {{Jerkass}} tendencies from their original season. This was reverted in Elimination Station where Ian complained about Oswald & Danny playing unethically.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Ian no longer had to deal with quitting cigarettes, which meant they lost much of their {{Jerkass}} tendencies from their original season. This was reverted in Elimination Station where Ian complained about Oswald & Danny playing unethically.




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* SoreLoser: Ian complained at the Elimination Station about Oswald & Danny playing unethically, saying they had stabbed them in the back at a travel agency, intentionally getting them illegal tickets.



* AlwaysSecondBest: Lampshaded in the Elimination Station, when, on the last day, Mary made Rob a "Best 2nd Place" Certificate.

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* AlwaysSecondBest: Lampshaded in the Elimination Station, when, on the last day, Mary made Rob a "Best 2nd Place" Number Two" Certificate.



* GrumpyBear: Drew

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* GrumpyBear: DrewDrew.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Drew stated that he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win because, as beauty queens, they had already won something. When Amber asked if that meant he didn't want her to win because she won ''Survivor'', he said no, because he liked her.



* UnknownRival: Drew spent most of the Elimination Station talking about how he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win.

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* UnknownRival: Drew spent most of the Elimination Station talking about how he didn't want Dustin & Kandice to win.win, and Kevin repeatedly picked them to be the next team out.
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* OhCrap: Drew was not happy to see Teri & Ian show up at the Elimination Station.
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* RuleOfPool: After much buildup, including asking her if it had happened yet, Rob throws Mary in the pool at the Elimination Station, then himself jumps in with her, then gets Jill as well.




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* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Drew had an American flag bandanna.
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