History YMMV / TheAmazingRace

14th Nov '15 7:03:09 AM Blazer
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* HilariousInHindsight: Burnie and Ashley being in Season 28. One of Creator/RoosterTeeth's videos was a small series called "A Million Dollars, But..." in which Burnie and others would come up with hypothetical conditions a person would be put through if they were given a million dollars. Their appearance in Season 28 is essentially a season-long version of this video.
5th Oct '15 7:26:04 AM Polisi25
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** Mark & Bopper (20 & 24). During the race it was revealed Bopper's daughter was sick and they needed the money for treatment. Throughout the race Bopper hurt his knee making him unable to do the Bollywood Roadblock, forcing Mark to do it. Mark spent hours trying and failing to the point of dehydration. They were eliminated the next leg despite using the Fast Forward. In the All Stars preview, Phil had revealed between seasons they had lost their jobs. On Season 24, Bopper was forced to leave the race because of pancreatitis. Mark was paired up a partner (Mallory, 17 and 18) that is considered a stranger, which they were eliminated on the second leg.

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** Mark & Bopper (20 & 24). During the race it was revealed Bopper's daughter was sick and they needed the money for treatment. Throughout the race Bopper hurt his knee making him unable to do the Bollywood Roadblock, forcing Mark to do it. Mark spent hours trying and failing to the point of dehydration. They were eliminated the next leg despite using the Fast Forward. In the All Stars preview, Phil had revealed between seasons they had lost their jobs. On Season 24, Bopper was forced to leave the race because of pancreatitis. Mark was paired up a partner (Mallory, 17 and 18) that who is considered basically a stranger, which they were eliminated on the second leg.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Zabrina & Joe Jer from the first Asia season are beloved by fans due to being very nice and a break from the usual all-female teams of gorgeous ladies who look too much alike, and for being the first all-female team to ever win the race, something which absolutely thrilled fans of the franchise as a whole.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Zabrina & Joe Jer from the first Asia season 1 are beloved by fans due to being very nice and a break from the usual all-female teams of gorgeous ladies who look too much alike, looked identical, and for being the first all-female team to ever win the race, something which absolutely thrilled fans of the franchise as a whole.



** In Canad 3, Dana & Amanda were OutOfFocus and the 3rd eliminated, but wound up winning fan favorites (well 2nd to Gino & Jesse) and free gas for a year.

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** In Canad Canada 3, Dana & Amanda were OutOfFocus and the 3rd eliminated, but wound up winning fan favorites (well 2nd to Gino & Jesse) and free gas for a year.



* ToughActToFollow: Australia V New Zealand is this for Australia 2.
* ValuesDissonance: Li Xiaopeng & Li Anqi in China 1 got derided from Chinese viewers for their strategical maneuvering to stay in the game, especially when they Yielded well known fan favorites Chen Xiaochun & Zhen Yijian in South Korea. In America, this type of maneuvering is kinda expected.

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* ToughActToFollow: ToughActToFollow:
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Australia V New Zealand is this for Australia 2.
* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
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Li Xiaopeng & Li Anqi in China 1 got derided from Chinese viewers for their strategical maneuvering to stay in the game, especially when they Yielded well known fan favorites Chen Xiaochun & Zhen Yijian in South Korea. In America, this type of maneuvering is kinda expected. expected.
** While other versions of the race took place in their hometown, local viewers Amazing Race Canada surprised fans with them wanting the race to mostly focus on Canada.
28th Sep '15 12:50:47 AM t3hdow
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* FountainOfMemes: At least one per season. Generally the [[SpotlightStealingSquad spotlight hog]] or the villain. The list includes, but not limit to: [[BigFun Kevin]] (S1), [[JerkassWoobie Flo]], [[DeadpanSnarker Ken]] [[PluckyComicRelief &]] [[SelfDeprecation Gerald]] (S3), [[TheMillstone Mary]] (S10), [[{{Hypocrite}} Mirna]] (All-star), [[AlwaysSecondBest Jen]][[AlphaBitch ni]][[HairTriggerTemper fer]] (S12), [[DecoyProtagonist Z]][[BrutalHonesty e]][[InnocentlyInsensitive v]] (S15 & 18), [[HairTriggerTemper Big]] [[LargeHam Ea]][[TheBigGuy sy]] (S15 & 18), [[CloudCuckooLander Brook]] (S17), [[GenkiGirl Mallory]] (S18), [[{{Wangst}} Rachel]] (S20), [[BadLiar Leo]] [[LargeHam &]] [[NoIndoorVoice Jamal]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Marie]] (S23) and, [[LongRunner of course]], [[DramaticPause P]][[FascinatingEyebrow h]][[WittyBanter il]] (for the grace of hosting ''every single season'').



* FountainOfMemes: At least one per season. Generally the [[SpotlightStealingSquad spotlight hog]] or the villain. The list includes, but not limit to: [[BigFun Kevin]] (S1), [[JerkassWoobie Flo]], [[DeadpanSnarker Ken]] [[PluckyComicRelief &]] [[SelfDeprecation Gerald]] (S3), [[TheMillstone Mary]] (S10), [[{{Hypocrite}} Mirna]] (All-star), [[AlwaysSecondBest Jen]][[AlphaBitch ni]][[HairTriggerTemper fer]] (S12), [[DecoyProtagonist Z]][[BrutalHonesty e]][[InnocentlyInsensitive v]] (S15 & 18), [[HairTriggerTemper Big]] [[LargeHam Ea]][[TheBigGuy sy]] (S15 & 18), [[CloudCuckooLander Brook]] (S17), [[GenkiGirl Mallory]] (S18), [[{{Wangst}} Rachel]] (S20), [[BadLiar Leo]] [[LargeHam &]] [[NoIndoorVoice Jamal]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Marie]] (S23) and, [[LongRunner of course]], [[DramaticPause P]][[FascinatingEyebrow h]][[WittyBanter il]] (for the grace of hosting ''every single season'').


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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Watching the likable season 6 contestant Hera [=McLeod=] is unsettling nowadays, if you have any awareness of [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/the-police-told-her-to-report-her-rape-then-arrested-her-for#.if52vMakX how tragic her life became years after participating in the show]]. Disclaimer: prepare to be super depressed and pissed off.
25th Sep '15 7:29:01 PM TotalDramaRox97
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** In Canad 3, Dana & Amanda were OutOfFocus and the 3rd eliminated, but wound up winning fan favorites (well 2nd to Gino & Jesse) and free gas for a year.
17th Aug '15 8:55:05 PM k9feline7
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* BadassDecay: A few teams have become noticeably less strong their second or third time around. Examples include Kevin & Drew (11), Jaime & Cara (18), Jet & Cord (18), Jessica & John (24), and Flight Time & Big Easy (24)

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* BadassDecay: A few teams have become noticeably less strong their second or third time around. Inevitable, really, since by definition, everybody in the All-Stars is an experienced racer, and early eliminations are as always a part of the game. Examples include Kevin & Drew (11), Jaime & Cara (18), Jet & Cord (18), Jessica & John (24), and Flight Time & Big Easy (24)
3rd Aug '15 1:41:36 PM JCHTropeFan
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*** Peter. He was a total Jerkass to Sarah and because of the implications of the Dating title, despite they actually never dated...
** Eric & Danielle, Season 11. Not only had they not raced together in Season 9, but they had been dating less than a year when they were foisted upon the fans as a RomanticPlotTumor for All-Stars. They were even chosen from Season 9 over BJ & Tyler, who at that point were probably the most popular team to ever run the race. They became that season's fighting couple, won the show with a luck based task. Then, to cap it all off, they promptly broke up after the season was over. Individually, Eric was a {{Jerkass}} to his partner and the other teams. Danielle was TheLoad who came from a cannon fodder team and often whines at any inconvenience.

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*** Peter. He was a total Jerkass to Sarah and because of the implications of the Dating title, despite being called an dating couple, even though they actually never dated...
dated.
** Eric & Danielle, Season 11. Not only had they not raced together in Season 9, but they had been dating less than a year when they were foisted upon the fans as a RomanticPlotTumor for All-Stars. They were even chosen from Season 9 over BJ & Tyler, who at that point were probably the most popular team to ever run the race. They became that season's fighting couple, won the show with a luck based task.task over two popular female teams at a point where an all-female team hasn't won in the American version. Then, to cap it all off, they promptly broke up after the season was over. Individually, Eric was a {{Jerkass}} to his partner and the other teams. Danielle was TheLoad who came from a cannon fodder team and often whines at any inconvenience.



*** Rachel Reilly as well, with (mostly the viewers) hearing her finding at least one topic to Wangst about in almost every episode and (for mostly the contestants before closer interaction) having already won 500 grand from Big Brother. Granted, this Season has one of the most hated Final 3, with Rachel Brown being the only person that viewers like.

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*** Rachel Reilly as well, with (mostly the viewers) hearing her finding at least one topic to Wangst about in almost every episode and (for mostly the contestants before closer interaction) having already won 500 grand from Big Brother.Series/BigBrother. Granted, this Season has one of the most hated Final 3, with Rachel Brown being the only person that viewers like.
30th Jul '15 7:59:24 AM Polisi25
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*** Rachel Reilly as well, with hearing her finding at least one topic to Wangst about in almost every episode, as well as having already won 500 grand from Big Brother. Granted, this Season has one of the most hated Final 3, with Rachel Brown being the only person that viewers like.

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*** Rachel Reilly as well, with (mostly the viewers) hearing her finding at least one topic to Wangst about in almost every episode, as well as episode and (for mostly the contestants before closer interaction) having already won 500 grand from Big Brother. Granted, this Season has one of the most hated Final 3, with Rachel Brown being the only person that viewers like.



** Season 4 had a cast full of unlikable teams (Jon & Al being the exception, possibly Tian as well) who resorted to bickering and ugliness whenever anything didn't go their way. There was far too much fighting over what was "fair" and who had what place in line, with teams playing cutthroat one second, then complaining about other teams doing the same the next. Then Jon & Al had to go and get eliminated in 4th, leaving the fans no one to root for in the finale.

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** Season 4 had a cast full of unlikable teams (Jon & Al being the exception, possibly Tian as well) who resorted to bickering and ugliness whenever anything didn't go their way. There was far too much fighting over what was "fair" and who had what place in line, with teams playing cutthroat one second, then complaining about other teams doing the same the next. Then Jon & Al had to go and get eliminated in 4th, leaving the fans no one to root for in the finale.



** Season 20 had a Bollywood Roadblock, in which the participating member had to correctly perform a Bollywood routine in traditional garb in hot weather. Only 1 team got through in one try.

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** Leg 3 of Season 20 had a Detour choice of stacking a watermelon pyramid in hot weather, where 5 teams decided to switch to a more manageable choice of fixing a harp, and the last team that finished the task took until nighttime to finish it.
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Bollywood Roadblock, in which the participating member had to correctly perform a Bollywood routine in traditional garb in hot weather. Only 1 team got through in one try.



** China (Celebrity), Leg 3. Aside from having teams to give up all their money and had to earn their allowance in just 1 task. It also had a Roadblock where teams had to climb up a rope ladder in 5 minutes. Only 1 team finished it.



** Netherlands in Australia 1, they teams only ate applebollen, a simple pastry, before taking a train (and passed over Germany) to Czech Republic.

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** Netherlands in Australia 1, they teams only ate applebollen, a simple pastry, before taking a train (and passed over Germany) to Czech Republic.
13th Jul '15 6:23:28 PM k9feline7
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** Linda Weaver (8) initially garnered a lot of sympathy from viewers for her back story of having lost her husband in a race car accident, but that sympathy evaporated when she (and the rest of her family) became a HolierThanThou hypocrite who harped on other teams' supposed deficiencies and sinfulness, and alienated them to the point where they declared an EnemyMine against her family. All of this made her as entertaining to watch as similar HolierThanThou wives showcased on ''Series/WifeSwap''.

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** Linda Weaver (8) initially garnered a lot of sympathy from viewers for her back story of having lost her husband in a race car accident, but that sympathy evaporated when she (and the rest of her family) became a HolierThanThou hypocrite who harped on other teams' supposed deficiencies and sinfulness, deficiencies, and alienated them to the point where they declared an EnemyMine against her family. All of this made her as entertaining to watch as similar HolierThanThou wives showcased on ''Series/WifeSwap''.
18th Jun '15 6:18:12 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Unpopular Popular Team]]: Dustin & Kandice were the most popular team on both Seasons 10 and 11 despite being hated by most of the other teams to the point where, in both seasons, others were plotting their elimination.

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* [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Unpopular Popular Team]]: Dustin & Kandice were the most popular team on both Seasons 10 and 11 despite being hated by most of the other teams to the point where, in both seasons, others were plotting their elimination.
** In Season 25, by mid season all of the remaining teams had grown to abhor Kym & Alli. The fanbase on the other hand adored them.
16th Jun '15 8:51:36 AM Polisi25
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** Also in Season 6 was Kendra, she complained about every single place they went and whined about Sri Lanka smelling. Even though she did not whine as much, in many ways she was worse than Flo, as she seemed to despise any place that did not live up to her standards. Made worse by the fact that she seemed completely oblivious to how offensive she came across.

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** Also in Season 6 was Kendra, she complained about every single place they went and whined about Sri Lanka smelling. Even though she did not whine as much, in many ways she was worse than Flo, as she seemed to despise any place that did not live up to her standards.standards and whined about Sri Lanka smelling. Made worse by the fact that she seemed completely oblivious to how offensive she came across.



** Dave from Season 20. He and his wife became the season's fighting couple, with him treating Rachel more as a soldier than a partner. He had a large ego (that was somewhat justified because they won the most legs with 8), but unlike Art & JJ, he had no PetTheDog moments and his winning streak sucked out the excitement of the season.

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** Dave from Season 20. He and his wife became the season's fighting couple, couple (which is quite impressive, given then the 2 other couples in the race essentially played the same "fighting couple" role as them), with him treating Rachel more as a soldier than a partner. He had a large ego (that was somewhat justified because they won the most legs with 8), but unlike Art & JJ, he had no PetTheDog moments and his winning streak sucked out the excitement of the season.



** The Family Edition for the American viewers. Having children on the Race, as well as having teams of 4 (as the show already requires a huge travel budget with teams of 2), restricted international travel, meaning the entirety of the race ended up taking place in North and Central America. The challenges had to be watered down for the families, and viewers watched as families turning seemingly [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional]] while being challenged to such difficult tasks as pitching a tent in exotic Pennsylvania. Some people actually think it wasn't that bad; just better on paper than it was in practice.

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** The Family Edition for the American viewers. Having children on the Race, as well as having teams of 4 (as the show already requires a huge travel budget with teams of 2), restricted international travel, meaning the entirety of the race ended up taking place in North and Central America. The challenges had to be watered down for the families, down, and viewers watched as families turning seemingly [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional]] while being challenged to such difficult tasks as pitching a tent in exotic Pennsylvania. Some people actually think it wasn't that bad; just better on paper than it was in practice.



** In the early seasons, thrill tasks like bungee jumping and sky diving were seen as some of the more difficult tasks, with them often appearing as the "scary" side of Detours late in the game. However, as the seasons went on, they became less intimidating as teams came to expect them, to the point that post-Unfinished Business, thrill tasks are not only expected, but they're usually put early in the season as an introduction to the game, and unless someone completely freaks out, little time is spent on how "scary" the task is.

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** In the early seasons, thrill tasks like bungee jumping and sky diving were seen as some of the more difficult tasks, with them often appearing as the "scary" side of Detours late in the game. However, as the seasons went on, they became less intimidating as teams came to expect them, to the point that post-Unfinished Business, thrill tasks are not only expected, but they're usually put early in the season as an introduction to the game, and unless someone completely freaks out, little time is spent on how "scary" the task is.is, and even became a hindrance for teams that lagged behind to have any chance of catching up.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot / [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter Team]]: Unavoidably showed up in every single All-star season, except for maybe ''Unfinished Business''. The most glaring example would be Eric & Jeremy: Instead of finding out whether or not they are the strongest team when not facing with a bunch of mistake-prone crowd, what we got is a brutal StrangledByTheRedString case in the form of Eric & Danielle that were immediately thrown into the Scrappy heap because of their constant arguing and Eric TookALevelInJerkass, as well as winning over fan favorite Dustin & Kandice by a ''opinion matching task''. Another one would be season 24, where we have teams that raced for the ''3rd'' time, instead of picking more memorable teams from the last 5 seasons, as well as poor production value (see Seasonal Rot).

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot / [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter Team]]: Unavoidably showed up in every single All-star season, except for maybe ''Unfinished Business''. The most glaring example would be Eric & Jeremy: Instead of finding out whether or not they are the strongest team when not facing with a bunch of mistake-prone crowd, what we got is a brutal StrangledByTheRedString case in the form of Eric & Danielle that were immediately thrown into the Scrappy heap because of their constant arguing and Eric TookALevelInJerkass, as well as winning over fan favorite Dustin & Kandice by a ''opinion matching task''. Another one would be season 24, where we have teams that raced for the ''3rd'' time, instead of picking more memorable teams from the last 5 seasons, seasons or even from the beginning, as well as poor production value (see Seasonal Rot).



* ValuesDissonance: The early seasons have this from time to time, which is shocking considering the first season was filmed in 2001, but some offhanded remarks come off as sexist or homophobic, and there are several uses of the phrase "This is/We're retarded." All things the editors wouldn't include now, but didn't think twice about then.

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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
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The early seasons have this from time to time, which is shocking considering the first season was filmed in 2001, but some offhanded remarks come off as sexist or homophobic, and there are several uses of the phrase "This is/We're retarded." All things the editors wouldn't include now, but didn't think twice about then.then.
** In the early season where twists in Yield & U-Turn exists, teams and viewers had a polarizing point of view about them about used as a tool for winning the race, or a seeker of bad karma. Come around the seasons starting from Season 14, they are now considered an expected part of the game, to the point in Season 24, Dave actually got criticized by viewers for having a sour attitude when they are U-Turned.



** China Rush 3 Leg 9, where after a leg that's themed around Miao's wedding culture, the teams went to an elder's house, and got themselves... a Hilton teddy bear, which is not even used as a route marker itself.



** From China Rush 3, Xiao Bing & Xiao Bang were very popular with the fanbase for their strength and DecoyProtagonist status. What made them even more popular was how they were eliminated in 8th place due to a 30 minutes penalty despite arriving 2nd at the Pit Stop even losing out to EliminationHoudini Henry & Jennifer.

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** From China Rush 3, Xiao Bing & Xiao Bang were very popular with the fanbase for their strength and DecoyProtagonist status. What made them even more popular was how they were eliminated in 8th place due to a 30 minutes penalty despite arriving 2nd at the Pit Stop even Stop, losing out to EliminationHoudini Henry & Jennifer.
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