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After two straight disappointing seasons, the 10th season of the Race made several changes to shake up the format, first and foremost being hiring a new challenge coordinator, who immediately put together the toughest course to date. They ditched the unpopular "mugging" penalty of seasons past, replacing it with the Marked for Elimination penalty, in which last place teams had to finish first on the next leg or otherwise incur a 30-minute penalty. They also added the Intersection, which forced two teams to work in tandem, and the first (and only) mid-leg elimination. On top of that, this season featured the show's most diverse cast, including the first Indian and Muslim teams, and threw them into the most physically challenging course the show would see for the next ten seasons.

Despite all these new twists, the biggest surprise came at mid-season, when three of the teams entered into a co-dependent alliance, where one of teams ended up waiting around at a task, after they had already finished, for the other two to complete it. The fans soured on these teams, two of whom had been the fan favorites up to that point, and, in a strange twist, many started backing the season's villain team. Ultimately, despite having one of the most hated finales in the series[[note]] Featuring both three unpopular teams, and uninspired course design[[/note]], Season 10 was an above-average season that managed to set a new standard for course difficulty that post-All-Star courses would have to live up to.

!!Tyler Denk & James Branaman
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Former drug addicts and current models. They were good at physical tasks, and took advantage of the physically demanding course to power through the season, not even James's general struggles with the tasks managing to hold them back that much. They made it to the Final 3, where they won because their cab had an E-Z Pass toll collection system, allowing them to get a lead on Rob & Kim.

* BigEater: About the only thing James was good at was eating donkey lips.
* ChekhovsHobby: They breezed through hanging the jacket in the finale due to their jobs as models.
* FollowThatCar: Their strategy in the penultimate leg was to just follow Dustin & Kandice all day and pass them up in a run to the Pit Stop.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Dustin & Kandice. Tyler even described their relationship with the Beauty Queens as a tenuous one, where they were both looking for the first opportunity to stab each other in the back, yet at the same time, James also lent Kandice his nail clippers and conditioner.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Tyler did not like losing challenges to Dustin & Kandice, and made fun of James when he lost Roadblocks to them.
* JerkJock: Tyler had his moments where he would complain about or mock the other teams, and at the Kuwait City airport he intentionally provoked Karlyn into a fight after Dustin & Kandice bumped them ahead of Bama in the ticket line (James seemed more interested in just getting his tickets and getting out of there, and had to tell Tyler to cool it when he was getting all giddy about the fight later).
* TheLoad: James in the second half of the season. Both he and Tyler often talked about how useless he appeared to be most of the time, and he had to do five straight Roadblocks starting with leg 9 due to Tyler taking most of them early on.
* MrFanservice: Being models of course.
* MusclesAreMeaningful: Probably one of the last times this truly mattered, as they were able to power their way through a very physical season with almost no tricky mental tasks (though they were still considered underdogs to a pair of beauty queens).
* NoSenseOfDirection: They were almost eliminated in Kuwait when they got lost for hours looking for the Roadblock, only Peter & Sarah getting more lost saved them.
* PrettyBoy: They were described this way, semi-mockingly, by Dustin & Kandice. The girls even borrowed conditioner from them.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: James chewed out Tyler in the finale for sitting around at the Barcelona airport all night instead of trying to find a way to buy tickets to Paris immediately.
* RecordNeedleScratch: They were in 1st place running to the Pit Stop in Morocco, the victory music blaring in the background, when suddenly they remembered they had left the good luck charm they were supposed to bring to the Pit Stop in the car. The Record Needle Scratch played and they scrambled back to the car.
* ShirtlessScene: Their part of the opening credits.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: They took so long eating the cow lips at the Fast Forward, that Dustin & Kandice beat them to the mat.
* TagalongKid: James. He willingly let Tyler make all their decisions, while he just went along for the ride. Much of their airtime in the second half of the season was even them talking about this fact.
* TemptingFate: The entirety of leg 8 was them and Rob & Kim first gloating about the Beauty Queens being forced to do the Intersection with one of the Six Pack, then gloating about how the Fast Forward was going to put them so far ahead, only to have Dustin & Kandice beat them to the Pit Stop anyway.
* TrueCompanions: They beat drug addiction together.
* UnskilledButStrong: James.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: James and heights.

!!Robert "Rob" Diaz & Kimberly "Kim" Chabolla [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RobKimberly2_7738.jpg]]

Dating, they were the fighting couple for the season. They were at each other's throats from the very beginning, and had a tendency to blow up at each other over the smallest things. Despite their fighting and their cars constantly breaking down, they managed to make the Final 3, where they lost when their cab didn't have an E-Z Pass system, dropping them behind Tyler & James in New York.

* AccidentalPun: Rob, at the airport in Kuwait City, grew frustrated with David & Mary not sharing their flight information, and dropped this gem:
-->'''Rob''': Dude, I do not want to deal with Alabama and Kentucky, if they want to segregate themselves, fine.
* BornUnlucky: They had a lot of car troubles over the course of the season, perhaps more than any other team in the series. In Ukraine, they broke down and had to get a replacement car, only for their replacement car to start acting up right away.
* DrivingStick: Rob, in Mauritius, which led to him breaking their car.
* FacePalm: Rob, while Kim struggled through the puzzle Roadblock in Kuwait.
* FollowThatCar: They did this a lot when they were navigating for themselves, particularly in the finale, when they tailed Tyler & James's cab in New York.
* GenreSavvy: They worked the booking agents at Charles de Gaulle in the finale, securing tickets on the first flight the night before, while the other two teams had to be put on the wait list for next morning.
* GlobalIgnorance: Kim asked if the cows wandering the streets of India were homeless cows.
* HairTriggerTemper: Rob.
* {{Jerkass}}: In India, they complained about being forced to race in all these poor countries, and they wanted to go to Europe and be around the rich people. In Madagascar, Rob started talking about how all the locals' brains were less developed because they got less protein.
* TheLoad: They were huge information leaches, most frequently off of Tyler & James.
* {{Malaproper}}: In Kuwait, when a local told them to turn at the Grand Mosque, Kim repeated it as Grand Mask several times (she did not know what a mosque was).
* TheMasochismTango: Their constant fighting took up their entire storyline, and their passive-aggressive usage of the word "babe" during their fighting pretty much killed its usage as a term of endearment in the series.
* PissTakeRap: The rapping Detour in Ukraine.
* RageQuit: Kimberly fell apart on the tomato pelting Detour in Barcelona, and started shrieking at Rob that she wanted to switch Detours, and kept walking away from the task. The only reason they managed to finish the task is because it was 20km to the other task, and they didn't feel like traveling that far.
* RunningGag: Their constant breakdowns had fans joking that all cars have it out for Rob.
-->'''Karlyn''': If you have trouble every time you get in the car, then maybe it's you, and not the car.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: They took so long eating the cow lips at the Fast Forward, that Dustin & Kandice beat them to the mat.
* TemptingFate: The entirety of leg 8 was them and Tyler & James first gloating about the Beauty Queens being forced to do the Intersection with one of the Six Pack, then gloating how the Fast Forward was going to put them so far ahead, only to have Dustin & Kandice beat them to the Pit Stop anyway.
* VerbalTic: Rob calling everyone "dude".
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Kim completely freaked out when she had to ride a horse in Mongolia. She somehow managed to get clotheslined off the horse by a low hanging branch while the horse was moving at a slow walk, then sat on the ground sobbing.

!!Lynette "Lyn" Turk & Karlyn Harris (''Bama Mamas'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LynKarlyn2_9183.jpg]]
--> '''Karlyn''': We just won't die. Like roaches.

Single moms from Alabama. They were dismissed as CannonFodder early on after they had trouble scaling the Great Wall in the first leg, but they eventually showed that, despite their physical shortcomings, they had a shrewd understanding of the {{Metagame}}. They were members of the Six Pack, however, unlike the other two teams in their alliance, they had a rather pragmatic view of their alliance, and took advantage of the other teams' kind natures to be the last of the Six Pack standing. They used their cunning and navigational skills to become the first all-female team to make the Final 3, where they went to Orly Airport in Paris instead of Charles de Gaulle Airport, and were therefore last on the waiting list for the first flight to New York, and missing the flight cost them the Race.

* CallItKarma: A twisted take on this occurred when Karlyn rejoiced in one of the Beauty Queens getting a cut on her leg as she got into the boat in Vietnam, claiming it was karma for stealing their boat. She also later invoked it after Dustin & Kandice Yielded them despite Karlyn just previously relishing the thought of doing exactly the same thing to Dustin & Kandice given the chance.
-->'''Karlyn''' (after being yielded): ...it's typical of something they would do. They've shown no character at all in this game. That's on them to live with, they'll have to live with that.
* ControlFreak: Karlyn, as described by Lyn.
* DeathGlare: Karlyn, towards everyone.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Karlyn's reaction to getting Yielded by Dustin & Kandice was that they were playing unethically and she hoped they could sleep at night. [[{{Hypocrite}} Never mind that she had been gloating about having the chance to Yield them the night before.]]
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: In her letter to Dustin & Kandice in All-Stars, Lyn considered them, her and Karlyn, and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Linda & Karen]] role models.
* GreenEyedMonster: Upon arriving in Finland, they give a speech in the cab about how the Beauty Queens use their looks to their advantage, and how they're at a natural disadvantage because of it. Because it came minutes after Dustin's SoBeautifulItsACurse quote at the beginning of the episode, it came off more bitter than it was possibly intended. It did not help that they were the only team still using the more derogatory "{{Franchise/Barbie}}s" nickname at that point, instead of "The Blondes" like the other teams.
** They made the same complaint in the penultimate leg, about Dustin & Kandice always getting the first cab, when it had been shown that the Beauty Queens had called ahead to get that first cab.
* GrumpyBear: Karlyn constantly complained, which is the main reason that why, despite them supposedly being cut as potential fan favorites, they were disliked instead.
* HairTriggerTemper: Karlyn.
* HolierThanThou: Especially towards Dustin & Kandice. Though Rob & Kim also mentioned feeling like they were being judged by them from the very beginning of the season.
* InSeriesNickname: 'Bama.
* {{Jerkass}}: Karlyn, who spent the entire race being nasty to everyone who wasn't David & Mary or Erwin & Godwin.
* MoralMyopia: Karlyn, who would do anything to stay in the race, but would complain when anyone else (Dustin & Kandice in particular) would do the same. In the first leg, she complained because Sarah used her artificial leg to board the plane slightly ahead of them.
** She got upset in Kuwait when Dustin & Kandice tried getting information from the same local they had, to the point where she shoved both the man and Dustin in an effort to keep him from helping her. After they got a different man to ride along with them, Karlyn complained that it wasn't fair, and they needed to learn how to run their own race...
* TheNavigator: Their superior navigation skills gave them a needed advantage over the more physically fit teams late in the season.
* OddFriendship: With Erwin & Godwin, David & Mary, and Tom & Terry.
* PerpetualFrowner: Karlyn, to the point where her surly demeanor was pointed out by the other teams.
* PissTakeRap: The rapping Detour in Ukraine.
* {{Pixellation}}: Karlyn flipped off Kandice after the Yield.
* RealWomenHaveCurves: They said they were more comfortable in India because the people there had a little more substance to their bodies.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Dustin & Kandice, though Lyn still wrote a very complimentary letter to them in All-Stars despite claiming they weren't friends. Karlyn didn't sign it.
* [[ThisIsACompetition This is a Race]]: Karlyn repeatedly spouted this, and used it to justify many of her actions.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Towards the rest of the Six Pack. Lyn convinced David & Mary not to go for the Fast Forward during the Intersection when it might have been the only thing that could have helped them overcome their Marked for Elimination penalty (thereby guaranteeing they would be tethered to a team guaranteed to get a 30-minute penalty at the end of the leg), and they ditched Erwin & Godwin in Ukraine once it became clear the brothers had no idea where they were going and they were racing for last, whereas both of the other teams held their friends over the Race.
* WeakButSkilled: On a highly physical season, featuring a bunch of fit teams on a physically demanding course, they took advantage of their navigation skills and some far too generous allies to make the Final 3.

!!Dustin-Leigh Konzelman & Kandice Pelletier (''Beauty Queens'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DustinKandice102_4352.jpg]]
-->'''Kandice''': You know, the funny thing is some people are gonna [[CallItKarma call this bad karma]]. [[AvertedTrope There's no bad karma in a game]], you do what you do to win.

Miss California and Miss New York 2005 (respectively), they were roommates at Miss America and decided to apply for the Race together. Initially dismissed as just another DumbBlonde team, they quickly established themselves as a threat, and became the favorites to win after Peter & Sarah's elimination. However, they managed to alienate themselves from the other teams by being viciously cutthroat in their game play, and deciding to run the race by themselves on a season where the other teams were all busy making alliances.

Though they were cut as the season's villains, due to a combination of the other teams being boring, unlikable, or stupid, they became increasingly popular as the season wore on in spite of their villainous portrayal, especially after they became the first team to ever come from behind to beat a Fast Forward. Navigation issues during the Detour in Barcelona caused them to finish in 4th, but their skill and charisma got them invited back for [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 All-Stars]], where they would end up as fan favorites. Kandice later established her own swimwear line, ''Kandice Pelletier Swimwear'', with high-profile customers such as Denise Richards.

* 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).
* AffablyEvil: Outside of their cutthroat gameplay, they were genuinely charming and funny. They were likable enough that, despite their villainous portrayal, they managed to get a good portion of the audience behind them by the end of the season.
* AlasPoorVillain: Their final leg portrayed them in a much softer light than the rest of the season, and they got a touching EliminationStatement that clashed with their more cutthroat and businesslike demeanor up to that point.
* AlphaBitch: Played straight for most of the season, but started to become a subversion late in the season as, though most teams saw them this way, particularly Lyn & Karlyn, they were generally no worse than their rivals, albeit a bit over-competitive.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: The other teams were rooting for their elimination several legs before it actually happened.
* AntiVillain: They fell into the same trap as [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Bill & Joe]], trying to run the race by themselves on a season where everyone else was making alliances. Their only real crimes were being overly aggressive and not wanting to share information.
* AsideGlance: At the Bangkok airport in leg 5, when they and Peter & Sarah were both frantically searching for a faster connecting flight to India, Peter, who thought they were in an alliance, came over to look over Kandice's shoulder to see what flight they had found. Kandice showed her frustration at him by rolling her eyes at the camera.
* BlondesAreEvil: How all the other teams saw them.
-->'''Kandice''': We're not [[BlondesAreEvil evil blondes]], we're just [[CompetitionFreak competitive blondes]].
* BrainlessBeauty: At the beginning of leg 3, they talked about they get stereotyped as this due to being pageant girls. The fact that the other teams referred to them as the {{Franchise/Barbie}}s right off the bat shows this was not an unfounded opinion.
* BreakoutCharacter: The producers obviously did not expect them to become fan favorites, considering the obvious villain cut. Their popularity was enough to earn them a HeelFaceTurn on All-Stars. Notable in that, while on other reality shows villains have become fan favorites on several occasions, this was the only time it has happened on the Race (at least while the season was going on).
* BrutalHonesty: Possibly one of the most honest teams ever, with both Phil and in interviews. If they didn't like a team, they did not dance around it.
* CallItKarma: Averted with Kandice's quote from Morocco above.
* CompetitionFreak: This shared trait between them is what caused them to bond at Miss America, and what inspired them to apply for the Race in the first place.
* DeadpanSnarker: Their modus operandi, which did not make them very popular with the other teams.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Their final two episodes were devoted to the other teams being obsessed with their elimination.
* DirtForcefield: On both halves of leg 9, teams had to compete in tasks that left them soaked in mud (a mud obstacle course Detour, and a tank driving Roadblock) save for Dustin & Kandice, who came out of both relatively clean.
* DumbBlonde: Subverted. Though most dismissed them as this early on, they ended up being one of the most dangerous teams in Race history.
* EnemyMine: The other teams had one against them when it was down to four.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: At the beginning of leg 7, right after Mary gave a speech about how she would give up the Race for her friends, Dustin had her own:
-->'''Dustin''': It's really dog eat dog. Each team is out there for themselves, and so to say that you have an alliance, really when it comes down to it, only one team is gonna step on the mat at a time. I think the other teams are gonna do what's best for them, and we are too.
** Despite playing the "evil" part in this trope, this was also the beginning point of their HeelFaceTurn that would come to fruition in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 All-Stars]], as leg 7 would be where fans started to get frustrated at the way the Six Pack was running the race, as well as the point where people started to believe that Dustin & Kandice had a real shot at becoming the first female team to win the Race.
* EvilLaugh: They had one that became more and more prominent near the end of the season.
* FailedASpotCheck: They had a tendency to overlook things. Their worst offense came in Morocco, when they drove right past the Detour location, dropping them from first to last, and earning them their Marked for Elimination penalty.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Tyler & James.
* GenreSavvy: While they were waiting for the garden maze in Barcelona to open, they got a local to call a cab and have it waiting for them there once they had retrieved the clue, getting them a jump on the other teams for the Detour.
* GlobalIgnorance: The editors frequently liked to poke fun at Dustin for ''almost'' knowing something about where they were going next, like when she said that people wear wooden shoes in Finland (instead of the Netherlands) or that a nuclear weapon went of in Chernobyl (it was actually a nuclear power plant accident).
* HateSink: They were an intended Hate Sink, mileage varied on how well this succeeded.
* InSeriesNickname: "Barbies" was the most prevalent early on, though only Lyn & Karlyn used it with any frequency by the end of the season. By then, "Blondes" and "Blondies" were more common.
* LimitedWardrobe: They commented during the All-Stars pre-season interviews that they made a mistake bringing so many tank-tops and only a single t-shirt apiece, as they wound up in so many situations where they felt it was inappropriate to have bare shoulders, and therefore wound up wearing those t-shirts far more than they had ever planned to.
* LonersAreFreaks: Played straight with the other teams, as they isolated themselves by repeatedly refusing to share their information, preferring to work alone, which did not sit well with everyone else. Not so much with the fans, whom with they were increasingly popular after mid-season.
* LoopholeAbuse: While there have always been rules in place to keep teams from taking each others cars mid-leg, there was never anything in place to keep teams from switching cars at the Pit Stop until Dustin & Kandice switched their damaged car for another team's at the beginning of leg 8. This loophole was immediately closed, as Kevin & Drew tore up their tires so badly in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 Season 11's]] first leg that they were driving on their rims, but were unable to take John Vito & Jill's car at the beginning of the next leg despite the couple being eliminated.
* LostAesop: The lesson they were seemingly supposed to be teaching was that it's not good to alienate other people and try to do everything alone, only this got lost somewhere during their two seasons. First, they ran one of the most impressive legs in Race history while using their cutthroat strategy, an episode that, despite framing them as the villains, made everyone look bad except them, then they got invited back for All-Stars due to the way they played the game, where, employing the same strategies, they performed a HeelFaceTurn and became one of the most popular teams to run the Race.
* ManipulativeEditing: A lot of their villainous acts. For example, them cutting in front of Lyn & Karlyn in the boat line in leg 4. They would later say in an interview that they had been in front of the other women on the dock, and had not cut in line (in an earlier shot, you can even see Dustin running down to the boats with the lead group, and Lyn & Karlyn nowhere in sight).
* MiracleRally: They remain the only team to come from behind to beat a Fast Forward[[note]]Every other time a Fast Forward has been beaten, it has been because the team was already far behind when they took it, or because the team who won it sat around after winning it, drinking tea[[/note]].
-->'''Tyler''': The other teams cannot be ahead of us unless they ran a miracle.
* MsFanservice
* NoSenseOfDirection: Getting lost during the giant costume Detour in Barcelona got them eliminated.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: The moment that put them at their lowest level of popularity happened in leg 5, when Dustin kept their cab driver from sharing directions with Peter & Sarah's driver by literally covering his mouth with her hand.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} Inspired this in other teams, especially when it was down to four.]]
** This exchange while the other teams were waiting for them to show up for a connecting flight in Casablanca:
-->'''James''': The anticipation is killing everyone.
-->'''Rob''': They've seeped something into my blood system or something.
-->'''James''': The blondes have too much power over us.
* PissTakeRap: The rapping Detour in Ukraine.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]:
** They almost got themselves eliminated in leg 4 because they did not read to take their junk to the Pit Stop, and instead thought they had to row there. They actually could not go back and reread their clue as it got so damaged by the water it was unreadable, and therefore they paddled around until Kandice made the suggestion of going back to their junk. This not only led to their worst leg in two seasons, but their biggest argument as well.
** They did not fill up their bags of camel feed to the marked line in the Kuwait Detour, and even though their bags were rejected the first time through, it did not stop them from finishing 2nd that leg (behind the Fast Forward).
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: They took a big risk on a tight connection through Milan to get to Casablanca a few hours earlier just so they could sit around waiting for a once-a-day flight. Granted, they were banking on getting there early and searching for something faster, but they risked not getting there at all.
* ReliableTraitor: They would temporarily work with someone or willingly accept information if it got them further in the game, they just never had any intention of returning a favor unless it was in their own best interest. Their tendency to always do what they thought was best for them at that moment was so constant, that both the Cho Bros. and [[Characters/TheAmazingRaceAllStars Danny & Oswald]] were able to enact {{Batman Gambit}}s on them to get what they wanted.
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: They deliberately tried to play down using their looks to their advantage, as they wanted to prove they were more than just looks. This did not stop the other teams of accusing them of this.
* ScheherezadeGambit: When facing the Marked for Elimination penalty in the penultimate leg, they tried getting Tyler & James to help them out by saying they would be more fun to have around in the finale than Rob & Kim. It did not work, as Tyler & James, like any sane person, wanted nothing to do with Dustin & Kandice in a finale situation.
* SexSells: Godwin talked about how they had an advantage over him selling flowers in Vietnam due to their looks.
* ShesGotLegs: Kandice, in particular, who was a Rockette.
* ShockingElimination
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Lyn & Karlyn.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: At the beginning of leg 9, Dustin talked about how the two of them have to fight to be taken seriously a lot because of their looks.
-->'''Dustin''': A lot of people look at Kandice and I, and they just assume that things come easy, that things are handed to us, but the truth is we really do work hard.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Starting with episode 7 and lasting up until their elimination. Teams became increasingly obsessed with them in their last two legs, with both episodes revolving almost completely around them. Judging by how the fans reacted to the Final 3, [[TropesAreNotBad this might not have been all that bad]] as fans either were rooting for the Beauty Queens by then, or it gave the fans that didn't like them someone to root against.
* [[ThisIsACompetition This is a Race]]: The reasoning behind all their "evil acts."
* TrueCompanions: Became this over the course of the season. Kandice was made a bridesmaid at Dustin's wedding because of their time together on the Race, when before that they were just roommates from Miss America.
* VillainHasAPoint: Their anti-alliance stance sounded a lot smarter once the two teams who relied most on their alliance ended up getting hurt when they focused more on helping their alliance than on running their own race.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Discussed by Kandice at the beginning of leg 6, when she said the other teams were not happy losing to a couple of blonde girls.
* [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends We're Not Here To Make Friends]]: Invoked at the beginning of leg 8, right before they had to face the Intersection.
* WhatADrag: In Mongolia, Kandice was thrown from her horse, and was dragged for several seconds before her foot came free from the stirrup.

!!Erwin Cho & Godwin Cho (''Cho Bros'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ErwinGodwin2_3207.jpg]]
-->'''Godwin''': A bitter and cynical person might think we're keeping [Lyn & Karlyn and David & Mary] around because they're "weaker" than the other teams, but if we stick together we can be stronger than those who tend to fend for themselves only.

Korean brothers. They started started off the season as fan favorites and frontrunners, especially due to their naturally selfless and kind natures. However, this changed in leg 7, as they quickly lost a lot of fan goodwill when they made a number of bonehead moves, including waiting around at tasks after they had completed them to wait for their alliance-mates. They made numerous statements in the ensuing legs that made it clear they cared more about coming off as good people than they did winning the Race. Their popularity plummeted, and they went from fan favorites to a team that many remember as one of the most idiotic to ever run the Race. They would be eliminated in 5th place in Kiev when they turned onto a street closed down for pedestrian traffic while looking for the Pit Stop, and they were detained by the police.

* AnAesop: Many of their confessionals sound like they're trying to deliver one of these, like at the beginning of leg 3, when Godwin said he was already a winner because of all the experiences he was getting to have with his brother. Now, most teams get these moments over the course of the season, but those are usually reserved for {{Elimination Statement}}s and other special moments. The Cho Bros. seemed to deliver a speech like this at least OnceAnEpisode.
* BatmanGambit: With David & Mary facing a Marked for Elimination penalty in Kuwait, the Chos wanted them to go for the Fast Forward. However, Dustin & Kandice also decided to go for it. Knowing that the Beauty Queens would not want to risk their race on the chance that someone else might get the Fast Forward before them, they pretended like they were going for it, discouraging Dustin & Kandice from taking it, and ultimately giving it up to David & Mary.
* BeingGoodSucks: The episode 9 title quote from Godwin, upon him and Erwin waiting in line for a cab while all the other teams jumped the line:
-->'''Godwin''': Being polite sucks sometimes.
* TheDitherer: At times they looked afraid to make their own decision, or even to go off and race on their own. Karlyn accused Erwin of being this in their final leg when they kept stopping to ask for directions.
* DitzyGenius: Despite both having grad degrees, they did a lot of stupid things. They brought squirt guns into the Seattle airport post-9/11, brought along a fake cell phone to prank the other teams into believing they were booking a flight during a train ride, inspiring Peter to do the same thing with a real cell phone, and then there was their tendency to freely give out whatever information they had to whomever cared to ask.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: They seemingly did not realize the whole point of the Race is to win. They were more preoccupied making friends, having a good time, and coming off as good people than they were competing.
* {{Expy}}: For the first half of the season they were an Asian version of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 B.J. & Tyler]], they even took a moment to pay their respects to John [=McCain's=] flight suit in the Vietnam war prison (much like B.J. & Tyler's moment to admire the Russian cathedral). However, their actions in the second half of the season proved that they were not as hungry to win as the Hippies.
* FollowThatCar: Averted in Ukraine, when they had a chance to follow Lyn & Karlyn (who had help from a local) to the Detour, they instead broke off on their own, still upset about Bama trying to ditch them earlier, and got lost on the way to their elimination.
* HanlonsRazor: When the other teams saw how tight the Six Pack had gotten, they attributed the Chos' involvement in the alliance as them trying to drag two weak teams with them to the end. In reality, they actually thought it was in their best interest to have such a tight alliance with David & Mary and Lyn & Karlyn.
* HonorBeforeReason: The entire motivation behind the Six Pack alliance. At the beginning of the ninth leg, they even had a chance to get a flight to Finland hours ahead of Lyn & Karlyn, but gave them the flight information that they would not have had time to discover for themselves (they got to the airport 10 minutes before the flight was supposed to close).
** Upset with Lyn & Karlyn for trying to ditch them in Ukraine, they decided to not follow them to the Detour, saying they had too much pride to tail them at that point. This decision led to their elimination.
* HonorIsFairPlay: They said it was more important for them to be able to look at themselves in the mirror after teh race than it was to win it.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Joked about.
-->'''Godwin''': To the homeland... although we're not Chinese.
* InformedAbility: They were supposedly really smart. Erwin even went to Harvard. Little of this intelligence ever actually showed. Tyler & James even called them out on this in their final leg.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Lyn & Karlyn kept complaining that they would stop every five minutes to ask for directions in Ukraine, which ultimately led to Bama ditching them, and their elimination that leg.
* OddFriendship: With Lyn & Karlyn, David & Mary, and Tom & Terry.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: They seemed to lose any and all sense the moment they formed the Six Pack. The way they would do things within the alliance, such as wait around after they completed challenges instead of worrying about their own game, or making their Detour decisions based on what the other teams wanted to do, would eventually bite them in the butt. Lyn & Karlyn, on the other hand, had a much more pragmatic approach to the alliance, which is why they were the last ones standing.
* RunningGag: Them stopping to ask for directions every five minutes in Ukraine, followed by Lyn & Karlyn getting annoyed at them stopping ''again''.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: They said it was more important to be able to look at themselves in the mirror after this was over than it was to win the money.
* ShooOutTheClowns
* SiblingTeam
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Dustin & Kandice during the Intersection. While the Beauty Queens were happy to have them as a partner, they did not like having to compete against the rest of the Six Pack, nor did they care much for the string of put downs about their allies' racing abilities.
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: They brought water guns with them and started squirting other teams with them at the Seattle airport... until they were confiscated by airport security that is.
* WillNotTellALie: They made the decision not to lie to the other teams, which meant they gave out a lot of their information they did not want to simply because someone asked what they had found.
* WhatTheHellHero: With their reputation as two of the biggest boneheads to run the Race, it's easy to forget that for the first six legs they were nearly as popular as David & Mary. It was in leg 7, when they waited for the rest of the Six Pack to swim back from the boat where they got their first clue in Mauritius, that the audience turned on them. In their final leg, Karlyn questioned their tendency to wait for them after the Chos had waited around at the tank Roadblock despite them being in last.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Heights for the both of them. This led to the hilarious face forward rappel at the beginning of episode 10, where, instead of walking down the building like everyone else, Erwin slid down the building with his helmet scraping against the wall.

!!David Conley, Jr. & Mary Conley (''Kentucky'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DavidMary102_57.jpg]]
-->'''Mary''': We've made friends in this race, and it's well worth a million dollars or more. In a heartbeat, I would sacrifice this race for the friends I've made.

Coalminer and his wife from Kentucky. Many expected them to be CannonFodder and completely overwhelmed by the Race, as they had never ventured far outside their hometown, but they ended up being one of the most open-minded teams the Race had ever seen, and they managed to hang on past mid-season for a 6th place finish. Though they would get eliminated in Madagascar when the Intersection chained them to Lyn & Karlyn too long for them to make up for their Marked for Elimination penalty, their open-minded attitudes and fan favorite status earned them an invitation back for [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 All-Stars]].

* BackseatDriver: Mary almost go them eliminated in leg 7 when she forced David to drive in the wrong direction looking for the Pit Stop. Only the non-elimination leg saved them (temporarily, though, because the Marked for Elimination penalty would knock them out in the next leg).
* BrutalHonesty: Dave described Mary this way.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Like the Cho Bros., they would have given up winning the race for their friends.
* FailedASpotCheck: They left their fanny pack at the coal Detour in Vietnam, and Dave had to run back to get it.
* FishOutOfWater: Their story as a whole. They'd had limited travel outside of Kentucky prior to the Race, and Mary had never met an Asian or gay person before.
* GameBreakingInjury: Mary sprained her ankle while running to the second Pit Stop.
* TheGlomp: Mary did this to their cab driver in Vietnam.
* GoodOlBoy
* HenpeckedHusband: Mary constantly nagged Dave and forced him to make decisions she wanted him to.
* HonorBeforeReason: Mary was willing to give up the Race in favor of her friends.
* InSeriesNickname: Kentucky.
* TheLoad: Mary.
* ManlyTears: At the beginning of leg 3, when Dave read they were going to Vietnam, he started tearing up while talking about how his father was affected by the war there. Subverted when Mary started yelling at him for letting people pass him, and they started fighting, forgetting all about Dave's dad.
* TheMillstone: Mary was very slow, and they got passed up a lot when traveling on foot, not to mention all her nagging of Dave. Mary also forced Dave to make the decisions that gave them both of their Marked for Elimination penalties, first when she forced him to take the rice powder Detour over the crocodiles, then when she told him to drive in the wrong direction two legs later.
* NoIndoorVoice: Mary.
* OddFriendship: With Erwin & Godwin, Lyn & Karlyn, and Tom & Terry.
* PopularityPower: They were popular enough that Post-Race they received numerous gifts from ''The View'', including a ''new house'', and got invited back for All-Stars despite their generally subpar performance. They later displaced Rob & Kim, the ''2nd place team'' on the DVD cover.
* ShooOutTheClowns
* SinkOrSwimMentor: David's cousin actually threw him out into a lake when he was five, and it traumatized him.

!!Peter Harsch & Sarah Reinertsen [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PeterSarah2_7240.jpg]]

"Dating couple" (who weren't really dating). Sarah was the first amputee (left leg) to complete the Iron Man Triathlon, but any goodwill the team had due to her disability was immediately destroyed by Peter's behavior, as he turned into a complete {{Jerkass}} who constantly berated Sarah to tears. Though they were the favorites for the first half of the season, they got dreadfully lost while looking for the Detour in Kuwait, and finished 7th.

* ActionGirl
* ArtificialLimbs: Her left leg.
* BreakTheCutie: Sarah's whole storyline. Between her leg leaking fluid, and Peter being a {{Jerkass}} to her, she slowly broke down over the course of the season.
* BrokenPedestal: At the beginning of leg 5, Sarah talked about how, after seeing Peter's behavior on the Race, she no longer held him on the pedestal she had before.
* GameBreakingInjury: Not an injury in the traditional sense, but Sarah's prosthetic leg started leaking hydraulic fluid in the first leg, making it impossible for her to run properly after that.
* HandicappedBadass: She was the first amputee to complete the Iron Man Triathlon, the most grueling physical competition on Earth.
* HopeSpot: When they were lost driving around Kuwait, they randomly came across a Race arrow. When they followed it, they discovered it led to the Fast Forward, which had already been taken.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: After seeing the alliances that had formed in leg 5, Peter approached the only other team not in an alliance, Dustin & Kandice, and started sharing his information with them. He thought that meant they were now in an alliance, even though the Beauty Queens' actions constantly showed they had no intention of ever working together. It took Dustin literally covering her taxi driver's mouth before he took the hint.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged
* {{Jerkass}}: Peter. Despite their "dating" hook, he seemed utterly callous towards Sarah, most infamously in the shot of him running ahead of her to the Vietnam Pit Stop while Sarah crawled across the rice paddy behind him.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Kandice theorized in leg 5 that the reason Peter was so willingly sharing information with them was that he had a thing for Dustin.
* ManipulativeEditing: Their relationship was created by the producers when they were actually JustFriends.
* NoSenseOfDirection
* NonGameplayElimination[=/=]MercyKill: They finally showed up at the Detour after dark, and were sent immediately to the Pit Stop.
* OneHeadTaller
* PluckyGirl: Sarah. She took it ''very'' hard when Peter threatened to quit during the pearl farming Detour in Vietnam.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Very much averted in the first leg, when both Tyler & James and Lyn & Karlyn got upset at Sarah for pre-boarding with other disabled passengers (which is particularly ridiculous considering they were all getting on the same plane, so who boarded first didn't matter).
* ShockingElimination: They won two legs and only finished outside the top 3 once prior to getting lost in Kuwait.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: After missing a bus in India that would have put them alone in 1st, Peter completely dismissed Sarah's breakdown while they waited for the next bus, ignoring her pleas to be nicer to her, as he was more interested in eating his snack.
* TemptingFate: At the beginning of their last leg:
-->'''Peter''': I'm confident that we're gonna continue to do well. I think even on our worst day we're still better than some of the teams in the back.

!!Thomas "Tom" Rock & Terrance "Terry" Cosentino [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TomTerry2_2775.jpg]]

Boyfriends, they were the fourth member of the Back Pack alliance (which would become the Six Pack upon their elimination). Though they started off leg 4 rather well, and were even in 2nd heading into the Detour, but their inability to row their sampan allowed everyone to pass them, and even though Tom had a hugely heroic moment where he jumped out of the boat and pulled it back to their junk, they were eliminated in 8th.

* CampGay
* OddFriendship: With Erwin & Godwin, David & Mary, and Lyn & Karlyn.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: They received a penalty in Vietnam for traveling by motorcycle in Vac, dropping them from 2nd to 8th.
* [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends We're Not Here To Make Friends]]: Invoked in their intro, though they did end up making friends rather quickly.
* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Kandice mixed up Tom & Terry while arguing with Tom at the beginning of leg 3.

!!Duke Marcoccio & Lauren Marcoccio [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DukeLauren2_5760.jpg]]

Dad and daughter whose relationship had become strained ever since Lauren had come out as gay. Lauren was the first openly gay woman on the Race, and Duke was the first parent on the show to have yet fully come to terms with his child's sexuality. Though they started off strong, they got lost in the streets of Vac, Vietnam, stumbling upon the wrong Detour choice. Though they stuck out the birdcage Detour, it proved to be the longer of the two options, and they were eliminated in 9th.

* DaddysGirl: A subversion, in that she once was one, but their relationship was strained due to her sexuality.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Duke said he could accept homosexuals, until it came to his daughter, then it was much harder for him to accept.
* ManlyTears: Duke, during their intro, when he started talking about Lauren's sexuality.
* NoSenseOfDirection: They got lost trying to find the coal Detour in Vietnam, instead stumbling upon the birdcage Detour, which would prove to be their downfall.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Invoked by Jamie towards Duke at the Seattle airport, where her first two guesses at their relationship were brother/sister and [[ParentalIncest dating]].
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: In Vietnam, Duke tried the "get a local to guide you" strategy, much to Lauren's consternation. Not only did the woman take so long to get her bags that she put them in last, but she also got the taxi driver to go way out of their way to drop her off first, making them pay for her ride, all because Duke did not bother to lay down some ground rules before getting her "help".
* ShockingElimination: They finished 2nd and 3rd on the first two legs.

!!Kellie Patterson & Jamie Hill [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/KellieJamie2_9845.jpg]]

College cheerleaders. They got lost twice in Mongolia, on their way to both the Detour and the Roadblock, leaving them far behind the other teams. Already in last, Kellie gave up on the flaming arrow Roadblock when it got dark, and they were eliminated in 10th.

* DrivingStick: Kellie's issues with stalling out their car only compounded their navigation issues.
* InformedAbility: The cheerleaders lost the Taiji Bailong Detour, a task requiring balance, coordination, and learning choreography, to unathletic gay couple Tom & Terry.
* MsFanservice
* NoSenseOfDirection
* OutOfFocus: Like the teams eliminated in the first leg, they barely got any screen time.

!!Vipul Patel & Arti Patel [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/VipulArti2_5062.jpg]]

Married couple. Though they survived the mid-leg elimination in China, they started out at the back of the pack the next morning. This early deficit, combined with their inability to navigate the streets of Beijing, put them far enough behind that all the other teams had checked in at the Pit Stop by the time they reached the Great Wall. They were eliminated at the end of the first leg in 11th.

* CallItKarma: Erwin & Godwin called them Team Karma.
* HappilyMarried
* NoSenseOfDirection: Their inability to find North Bank Road caused them to fall behind.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: They had almost no airtime, despite the 90-minute episode.

!!Bilal Abdul-Mani & Sa'eed Rudolph [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eed2_7396.jpg]]

Best friends, they were devout Muslims to the point where they claimed they would not hesitate to stop to pray in the middle of a leg. We never got to see if they would really go through with that claim, as they were the last team to reach the mid-leg checkpoint in China when their cab driver got lost, and were the first team in Race history to be eliminated without completing a leg.

* AgainstMyReligion: Bilal refused to shake Kellie's hand at the Seattle airport because of this.
* BornUnlucky: They somehow managed to get a taxi driver in Beijing who didn't know where the Forbidden City was, which dropped them behind Erwin & Godwin despite leaving the Roadblock before the brothers had even arrived.
* ParanoiaFuel: [[{{In-Universe}} The other teams reacted]] to their elimination as if they just witnessed an execution.
* PublicExecution: Instead of taking the other teams off to where they would be spending the night once they had hit the mid-leg checkpoint, the producers kept them around to watch Bilal & Sa'eed's elimination. While teams have been witness to eliminations before, this was the only time every single team was kept around, standing right next to the mat, to witness an elimination.
* SacrificialLamb: As the team eliminated in the middle of leg 1, their entire purpose was to make the other eleven teams super paranoid moving forward.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: They didn't even last a full episode or get an EliminationStatement. It's odd that in a leg with two eliminations, neither team got much attention.
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