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Premiering just three weeks after the Season 6 finale, the seventh season of the Race marked the only time in the show's history that they aired three seasons within a single year. Building off the momentum of increased ratings, the show finally living up to the massive critical praise heaped upon it, Season 7 garnered what was, and still is, the show's highest ratings. A portion of this increased popularity was due to the StuntCasting of ''{{Series/Survivor}}'' SuperCouple Rob & Amber, who were at the height of their popularity fresh off of winning ''Characters/SurvivorAllStars''. With them, they brought a lot of ''Survivor'' fans who were exposed to the show for the first time, many of whom stuck with the Race afterwards. Along with Rob & Amber, the season featured a number of large, outgoing characters, who produced a whole slew of memorable moments, and a whopping ''three'' footraces to avoid elimination, with two of them coming in the first two legs. To top it all of, the season had an ending so unbelievable, you might just believe it was scripted that way[[note]]And many did, despite even Rob saying it was all legit.[[/note]]. All in all a great season, it would mark the last true high point of the show's early seasons.

!! Uchenna Agu & Joyce Agu
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African-American married couple whose relationship was rocky due to lost jobs and not being able to conceive children. They were relegated to the background for most of the season before finally emerging when Joyce shaved her head to win the Fast Forward in leg 8. They would win the Race after pulling a miraculous comeback in the finale, involving starting the leg with no money, begging their way onto a closed flight, and begging for money to pay their taxi at the Finish Line. Described by Phil prior to them reappearing on [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 All-Stars]] as "the most popular team to win the Race so far" (yes, even over [[Characters/TheAmazingRace9 B.J. & Tyler]]), Uchenna & Joyce made quite a splash with so little airtime.

* BaldOfAwesome: Uchenna the whole race, Joyce after leg 8.
* BaldWomen
* BigEater: Uchenna scarfed down the infamous 4 pounds of meat like it was just an everyday meal.
* CallBack: On their way to the Fast Forward, Joyce started fretting that it was a head shaving task, having seen it previously used on [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Season 5]].
* DarkestHour: In the penultimate leg, a flat tire pushed them from first to last, and they went into the final leg with no money or possessions, which caused them to fall way behind the other teams for the first half of the leg.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Their victory over Rob & Amber was played this way.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Though they never divorced, Uchenna talked about how they were seriously considering separating from each other before coming on the Race. They are the rare instance of a couple whose rocky relationship was actually improved by coming on the show, albeit only temporarily (See HappilyEverAfter).
* {{Expy}}: Of that amicable, married African-American couple who won [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Season 5, Chip & Kim]]. They both even had the same storyline.
* GentleGiant: Uchenna
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: Their victory over Rob & Amber is the most Hollywood-style ending in the show's history, almost to the point of unbelievability.
* GoodIsNotDumb: As Rob found out when his "early flight" joke backfired.
* HappilyEverAfter: Subverted. When they came back for All-Stars, we learned that not only did the in vitro fertilization they had been looking forward to fail, nor had they gone through with adopting a kid, but their relationship had become rocky again as a result. (They eventually did end up getting divorced.)
* HistoryRepeats: A black married couple beats the egotistical villain after a miraculous turn of events at the final airport. This is just one of the many comparisons between Uchenna & Joyce and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Chip & Kim]].
** In the DVD Commentaries, they say that this was their third time visiting Jamaica, and on both of their previous visits they also got a flat tire.
* HonorBeforeReason: In London, Uchenna made an effort to help Gretchen & Meredith move their boats at the Detour depite them both racing to avoid last.
* ImportantHaircut: Joyce shaving her head for the Fast Forward in leg 8, which was the point at which Uchenna & Joyce stepped out of the background and became serious contenders.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gretchen & Meredith.
* LightningBruiser: Uchenna was not only the biggest and strongest racer, but, as Phil would say multiple times on All-Stars, he was once the fifth fastest man in the world. He was the most acrobatic too, apparently, as while begging for money, he would do back flips, and in Botswana he zoomed through the head balancing Detour at a walking pace when everyone else was either inching along or stumbling at the beginning. In the DVD commentaries, Lynn & Alex discussed how they picked Uchenna to win the Race after seeing how good he was at everything, not that we got to see everything they did, as Uchenna & Joyce were kept in the background a lot early on, and subsequently played as underdogs later.
* TheLoad: Rob & Amber and Rob & Kelly accused them of being information leaches while sitting around the Dubai airport, waiting for their flight. Uchenna & Joyce were busy getting a two-hour lead on them.
* ManipulativeEditing: They actually won the finale by 45 minutes, not the few minutes it looked like in the episode.
* MiracleRally: Their comeback in the finale, which they did despite not having any money to start the leg, having to beg their way onto a closed flight, then beg for money to pay their cab at the Finish Line.
* NoSenseOfDirection: They got lost several times in South Africa.
* OutOfFocus: They didn't get any major airtime until the ninth episode, when Joyce shaved her head to win the Fast Forward.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: Uchenna did not complete the leg 7 Roadblock correctly, not taking a post he was supposed to, when Joyce read him the clue wrong while he was driving, and therefore was sent back to finish it after reaching the Pit Stop. Luckily, it didn't cost them any spots.
* TearsOfJoy: At the Finish Line. It started with them and spread to the other teams.
* UnderdogsNeverLose

!! "Boston" Rob Mariano & Amber Brkich (''Romber'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robamber72_6659.jpg]]
-->'''Rob''': I didn't think I could do it, but I found a way to plot and scheme in ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.

''{{Series/Survivor}}'' Super Couple who went through connections to get a spot on the Race. Though their presence upset some fans, there is no denying that Rob was one of the most important Racers ever. Not only did he bring fans over from ''{{Series/Survivor}}'', but he also helped compile the modern {{Metagame}} by studying the tactics of former teams and copying the ones they found most effective. They dominated the season, using techniques and tactics that upset the other teams and the fans, making some some truly entertaining television in the process, before finally falling in the finale to [[CallItKarma Karma]] and a cab driver who didn't think to speak Spanish in Little Havana. After creating such a huge splash, they would naturally be invited back for All-Stars.

* AccidentalTruth: At the beginning of leg 9, Rob was feeling so overconfident with Lynn & Alex gone that he asked Gretchen & Meredith if they had gotten on the earlier flight, just to mess with them. Gretchen & Meredith freaked out and went running to Uchenna & Joyce. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain The two couples borrowed someone's phone, and actually found a flight that would get them in two hours earlier.]] Rob, after "confirming" there were no faster flights to Istanbul, sat around mocking the "idiot" teams that were already in the air, getting a two-hour jump on him.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Rob finished second on ''Survivor All-Stars'', then second on the Race. It took him another loss at the Race and ''Survivor'' before a season of ''Survivor'' was finally engineered specifically for him to win, on his sixth try at a reality show.
* BatmanGambit: Used by Rob during the four pounds of meat Roadblock. After deciding that eating four pounds of meat was impossible, he quit the task and took the four-hour penalty. Since the penalty did not start until the next team showed up, he used that to his advantage, waiting for his own penalty to start before convincing two other teams to also quit the task, counting on their squeamishness to cause them to follow his lead. Cue EvilGloating about how he could not get eliminated that leg.
* BornLucky: What about their life doesn't scream this?
-->'''Rob''': Luck has always been on my side. It's like I was born with a horseshoe right up my ass.
* CatchPhrase: Rob's "Holy Cannoli!"
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: They studied the top teams from the first 5 seasons (Season 6 had not aired yet) and copied their tactics. This is common now, at least if you want to be successful, but back then they were the first team to prepare so thoroughly. Also, he used his ''Survivor'' experience to get other teams to quit the four pounds of meat Roadblock.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rob's interactions with his fellow teams almost entirely consisted of making snide remarks to the camera about how the other teams were beneath him. Naturally, he and Amber were widely disliked by the other teams.
* DeathByIrony: In leg 4, they managed to talk their way onto a closed flight, angering all the teams already on board, all of whom had eaten the four pounds of meat in the last leg while he quit. In the finale, as they were sitting on the first flight to Miami alone, Uchenna & Joyce managed to talk their way onto the already closed flight. Then, in Miami, neither them nor their cab driver thought to ask for "The King of the Havanas" in Spanish while in Little Havana (while Uchenna & Joyce's did), meaning they had language problems in the U.S. when they had been relying on locals to guide and translate for them all season.
* DrivingStick: Amber, which is why she made Rob do the Double Decker Bus Roadblock.
* EvilGloating: Rob, in every episode.
* EvilLaugh
* GameplayDerailment: [[{{In-Universe}} Rob did this]] by convincing Meredith and Deana to quit the four pounds of meat Roadblock. Prior to this, EatThat challenges were popular as Roadblocks ([[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Chip & Kim even won two legs solely due to them]]). After that incident, EatThat challenges have been relegated to Detours and Fast Forwards, or otherwise being small amounts of ForeignQueasine.
* HometownNickname: "Boston" Rob.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Rob got upset in leg 2 when Bianca called him a liar...
** Then, in leg 6, he got upset when Lynn & Alex did not want to share a cab to the Gaborone train station with them. This is the same man who would scheme to get whatever advantage he could get over the other teams, even if it amounted to only a few minutes.
* IconicItem: Rob's Red Sox hat. During the "fake flight" leg, Meredith is on the lookout for the cap to see if Rob & Amber had gotten the same flight.
* ImplausibleDeniability: In leg 2, Rob found out about an earlier bus, then paid the guy he talked to not to say anything to anyone else, and then lied about the bus. The other teams naturally found out when they talked to the same guy, who told them about what Rob had said to him. Cue Debbie & Bianca confronting Rob, calling him a liar, and Rob getting upset that someone called him a liar ''right after he lied to their faces''.
* InformedAbility: Rob had been in construction for ten years (a skill he put to use on ''Survivor'' building shelters), and they had built a raft on Survivor before, but they still got beaten by Uchenna & Joyce in the raft building Detour, despite a fifteen minute head start (this was mostly due to Uchenna & Joyce working together, while Amber sat around talking to the camera).
* {{Jerkass}}: Rob.
* KickTheDog: Being an egotistical {{Jerkass}} is one thing, but when Brian & Greg flipped their car in Botswana, Rob did not slow down to check if everyone was okay (something every other team did), and he immediately snarked to the camera about how ThisIsACompetition. When Phil brought it up at the Pit Stop, not only did he once again bring up ThisIsACompetition, but he started [[EvilLaugh laughing about it too]]. He could be forgiven for continuing to play the game, even when someone was hurt, but that he was proud of what he did is what pushed it over the edge.
* LargeHam: Rob might as well be a cartoonish villain with the way he acts most of the time. He does everything short of growing a mustache to twirl.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Inexplicably, what happened to them in the finale. After dominating most of the season, the two of them were sitting alone on the plane to the Final Destination City, the race pretty much in hand... until Uchenna & Joyce begged their way onto the plane, despite the gate already being closed and the pilot already having pulled away. Uchenna & Joyce ended up winning despite running out of money and having to beg to pay their cab driver at the Finish Line, as Rob & Amber got lost looking for the final clue in Little Havana. The comeback was so improbable (especially with Uchenna & Joyce getting all their money and possessions taken away for losing the previous leg) that it had some fans claiming the whole thing was staged.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: During leg 4, Rob gave his traditional blue Red Sox cap that he wore on ''Survivor'' to their boat driver. In the next leg, and from there on out, he sported a red Red Sox cap instead.
* TheLoad: Amber used the same strategy on the Race that she did on ''Survivor'', essentially riding Rob's coattails to the end. In South Africa, when they got to the Fast Forward after Ray & Deana, Rob asked her to make the decision on whether they should wait to see if Ray & Deana completed it, or if they should leave right away, and she vacillated until Ray & Deana finished. She then refused to give a definitive opinion on which Detour they should do.
* LoopholeAbuse: They were one of the worst offenders ever at the "get a local to guide you through the leg" tactic, doing it in four legs (Peru, South Africa, India, and England). Plus, they protected themselves at the four pounds of meat Roadblock by getting two other teams to quit after them.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Rob messing with Gretchen & Meredith about a fake faster flight, inspiring them to find an actual faster flight.
* OhCrap: You can see Rob's face change when he finds out that Uchenna & Joyce and Gretchen & Meredith found that faster flight, and were two hours ahead.
* PopularityPower: They got recognized a lot thanks to ''Survivor''. A woman helped Amber complete the leg 5 Roadblock, and people deliberately blocked Uchenna & Joyce from getting off the plane in Miami at their request.
* PunchClockVillain: Rob was very aware that he was competing on a game show, and the point was to create good television. A lot of his actions were just him playing up to the camera.
* SatelliteCharacter: Amber, the team might as well have been Rob running by himself with as much attention as she got.
* TheScrappy: [[{{In-Universe}} Most of the other teams]] despised Rob & Amber immediately for invading their show after already winning a million on ''Survivor''.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: Subverted with Rob. Just like in ''Series/{{Survivor}} All-Stars'' he made it no secret that he was lying to and manipulating the other teams, yet everyone knew he was lying and rarely bought into his lies. Upon being accused of a lie he did not confess to by Debbie & Bianca, he got upset and targeted them for revenge (by stealing their cab in the next leg), yet gained a huge amount of respect for them at the same time (they were the only team he complimented during Season 7).
* TheSmartGuy: When it came to the travel portions or intelligence based tasks, Rob naturally thrived, but not so much on the physically based tasks.
* SmugSmiler
* SmugSnake
* SpotlightStealingSquad: From the beginning the season was clearly about, "How do we beat Rob & Amber?"
* StrategyVersusTactics: Yielding Ron & Kelly in order to win leg 10. Sure it guaranteed them the leg win, but Ron & Kelly were comfortably in second place, there was no way the Yield was going to do anything but cause them to waste some time, which Rob should have known because they were on the first flight together, two hours ahead of the other teams. Uchenna & Joyce were on the second flight however, and there was a chance the Yield could have knocked them behind the much weaker Gretchen & Meredith.
* TemptingFate: Rob managed to do this from the very first leg, declaring them the winners before they had even left LA.
* [[ThisIsACompetition This Is A Race]]: Rob, of course, who took particular glee in the "race" aspect, as it meant he couldn't get voted out.
* TooCleverByHalf: Rob definitely had a talent for racing, but when he decided to screw with other players by making them think there was an earlier flight... Well, you already know what happened.
* TrashTalk: Rob, naturally.
* VillainBall: Rob carried this throughout the season. Was there any reason for him to pass up Brian & Greg's flipped over car without even slowing down? Or how about taunting Gretchen & Meredith with (what he thought was) a non-existent earlier flight? No, but he did it anyway, and it earned him enough hatred and distrust from the other teams that it carried over into All-Stars.
* [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends We're Not Here To Make Friends]]
* WolverinePublicity: They used their status as ''Survivor's'' SuperCouple to leverage a spot on the Race. However, their performance did warrant them a spot on All-Stars.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To Ron & Kelly, several times, but punctuated by the Yield.

!! Ronald "Ron" Young, Jr. & Kelly [=McCorkle=] [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ronkelly2_2838.jpg]]
-->'''Kelly''': Your patterns in life show that you don't make commitments.
-->'''Ron''': You're right, I was only committed to the military.
-->'''Kelly''': And you got out of that one.
-->'''Ron''': How'd I get out of that one?
-->'''Kelly''': By being a [=POW=], you left your commitment early.

Former [=POW=] and Miss South Carolina 2002 who met when he escorted her for an event. Good racers in their own right, they teamed up with Rob & Amber, and were unfortunately seen as Rob's lackeys from that point out, never able to step out of his shadow. Their relationship dissolved over the course of the season, culminating with them all but breaking up at the London Heathrow Airport in the penultimate leg. They would make it to the Final 3, where they missed the turn to the San Juan airport, putting them on a later flight to Miami than the other two teams, guaranteeing them a 3rd place finish.

* CommitmentIssues: A complaint Kelly had against Ron.
* FailedASpotCheck: Ron didn't see the signs leading them to the San Juan airport, effectively costing them the Race.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* ManipulativeEditing: Even Phil came out to say that Kelly got probably one of the most unfair portrayals ever, and that she was just a young woman upset at having her relationship fall apart on national television.
* TheMasochismTango
* MasochistsMeal: Ron said the four pounds of meat Roadblock was the worst eating experience of his life, even worse that when he was in an Iraqi prison.
* OutOfFocus: Like [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Brandon & Nicole]] before them, they were shoved into the background in favor of the Uchenna & Joyce vs. Rob & Amber storyline.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: With their alliance with Rob & Amber and way the season ended, the fact that they were pretty good racers was forgotten.
* ShirtlessScene: Ron during the corn pounding Detour.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In leg 9, Kelly essentially accused Rob of deliberately getting captured by the enemy so he wouldn't have to complete his commitment to the Army. It's safe to say she didn't actually intend that meaning.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Ron said that he could have completed the Double Decker Bus Roadblock faster than Kelly because he used to fly helicopters in the Army. When Kelly mocked him for saying he could drive anything, he said he would turn around and go back to the Detour and do the course to show her.
* WomenDrivers: Mentioned during the Double Decker Bus Roadblock (leading to the UniversalDriversLicense moment above). It was one of several sexist comments he made near the end of the season.

!! Meredith Smith & Gretchen Smith [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/meredithgretchen2_9884.jpg]]

Elderly married couple, they cruised along at the back of the pack for most of the race, proving to be surprisingly resilient despite both suffering severe injuries over the course of the season. Despite never looking like a real threat, they managed to make it to leg 11, where Meredith was beaten on the Double Decker Bus Roadblock by Joyce, causing them to finish 4th.

* AllThereInTheManual: They were mobbed by locals in Lucknow, India, got an ovation on the street, and Meredith was repeatedly asked for autographs. It was never stated in the show, but Meredith later commented that the locals mistook him for LarryDavid.
* BackseatDriver: Gretchen spent much of the Botswana leg leaning over Meredith's shoulder and telling him to slow down and drive safe.
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass]] [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandparents]]: Before them, no "old" team had lasted longer than five legs or finished higher than 8th. Sure they weren't as impressive as some later oldster teams, but at the time what they did was damn impressive.
* ChewingTheScenery: Gretchen
--> "We've got a bad elephant!"
* FailedASpotCheck: They did this repeatedly in Istanbul, even riding to the top of the Galata Kulesi twice because they missed the clue box out front.
* {{Determinator}}: During leg 5 Gretchen fell and cut her head open while spelunking, then they finished in last, but instead of getting eliminated, they were the first team to ever get their possessions taken away as a non-elimination penalty. Despite being left injured, broke, and with no possessions, they kept going for six more legs.
** After their elimination, it was revealed that Meredith had actually been competing for several legs of the race with a broken foot.
* GenderBlenderName: Early on, teams would refer to them and "Meredith and her husband."
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Uchenna & Joyce.
* TheLoad: Rob, after "tricking" them with the fast flight, accused them of being this, laughing as they went running to Uchenna & Joyce for help.
* HappilyMarried
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Gretchen's reaction to falling down a cave and her face badly bleeding was "I've been wanting a face-lift for a long time."
* NoIndoorVoice: Gretchen, the other teams would joke about hearing, "Meredith!" come floating in from the distance.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]: They actually got out of the cave in South Africa fine the first time, but then had to go back in and retrieve the clue that they didn't retrieve the first time, resulting in Gretchen falling.
* SayMyName: "Meredith!"
* SequenceBreaking: They completely missed the clue at the end of the leg 7 Roadblock and had to go back and get it after reaching the Pit Stop.
* ShooOutTheClowns
* StubbornMule: Or in Gretchen's words, "an obstinate camel."
* [[TeamMom Team]] [[TeamDad Parents]]: Especially to Uchenna & Joyce and Lynn & Alex.
* TemptingFate: Gretchen, on the way to the cave rappelling Detour, said that, "rappelling is going to be easy compared to getting there."

!! Lynn Warren & Alex Ali [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lynnalex2_520.jpg]]

Boyfriends, they were the most vocal in the anti-"Rob & Amber" sentiment that permeated the season. Though they were mostly a middle of the pack team, finishing above 4th only once, they were still going strong when their cab driver took them to the wrong temple in India, resulting in their elimination in 5th.

* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Lynn, to his cab driver in the first leg:
-->Muy, muy, muy... What am I saying, "Very, very, very"?
* CallItKarma
* CampGay: The opening title has Alex in a purple cowboy shirt.
* DrivingStick: Alex, which only mattered when he chose to do the driving Detour in Botswana.
* FalseProtagonist: They took over the role of Rob & Amber's main opposition after Debbie & Bianca's elimination.
* HonorBeforeReason: They stopped to help Brian & Greg after they flipped their car. Now, stopping when someone is lying by the side of the road, injured, is excusable, as some things are more important than a game, but they continued to stick around even when Brian & Greg were practicality pushing them back into their car to continue the race.
* {{Keet}}: Lynn.
* LoopholeAbuse: They were the first team to think of putting on as many clothes as possible in case they got non-eliminated and hit with the mugging penalty.
* OddFriendship: With Brian & Greg.
* StubbornMule: They switched out of the llama Detour after their llamas refused to move and kept spitting on them.
-->'''Lynn''': I swear to god we got the gay llama, it was very bitchy.

!! Brian Smith & Greg Smith [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/briangreg2_325.jpg]]

Brothers, and the first alpha male team since Season 4. They ran the Race well enough, even climbing to 2nd at one point, but they flipped their car in Botswana, injuring their cameraman and pushing themselves to the back of the pack. Even though they managed to survive the leg, the next leg did not have an equalizer, and their ten minute deficit behind Gretchen & Meredith was apparently enough that they never saw another team after that. They are mostly remembered for the accident and showing up at their final Pit Stop in bathing suits, knit caps, and scarves hoping that Phil would non-eliminate them so that they would have to run the rest of the race in their ridiculous getups. Brian has since appeared on ''TheBigBangTheory'', and in several dozen commercials, some of which have aired during subsequent seasons of the Race.

* BadassMustache: At the Finish Line.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The only team to win not one, but two footraces to avoid elimination (in legs 2 and 6).
* ForegoneConclusion: Their final leg.
* MiracleRally: They looked done for after their jeep overturned and left them stranded and their cameraman injured, but Ray & Deana spent so long on the Detour that they were still there when the brothers finally arrived. Brian & Greg wisely went with the Detour choice Ray & Deana ''weren't'' bogged down in, completed it quickly enough to leave right on Ray & Deana's tail, and beat them in a footrace to the mat.
* MrFanservice
* NoSenseOfDirection: They quoted the trope name in their final leg.
* OddFriendship: With Lynn & Alex.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: They wasted a lot of time looking for a clue at the wrong water tower in their final leg, as they did not read that they had to drive through Maun before finding the clue.
* PluckyComicRelief
* ShirtlessScene: They were eliminated in their swimming suits.
* ShooOutTheClowns
* SiblingTeam
* TokenRomance: With Megan & Heidi.
* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: They're not twins, but they're still one of the hardest teams ever to tell apart.

!! Ray Hosteau & Deana Shane [[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/raydeana2_3337.jpg]]

Dating couple. They came in with high expectations for themselves, but spent most their time in the back of the pack. They would finally jump to first place when they won the Fast Forward in South Africa, but would ultimately come in 7th on the following leg when they fell apart at the corn pounding Detour (mostly because they couldn't get into a good rhythm), putting them into a position to lose a footrace to the long trailing Brian & Greg.

* CallBack: Ray references Colin's famous line (in response to his inability to control an ox in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Season 5]]) by telling Deana that the horse she is struggling on is not broken.
* CompetitionFreak
* DeathByIrony: Ray spent a lot of time talking about how Gretchen & Meredith didn't belong on the Race, and how he wanted to "put them out of their misery." In their final leg, they would get passed by Gretchen & Meredith on the mostly strength based corn pounding Detour.
* DownToTheLastPlay
* DrivingStick
* GenreSavvy: When flying to South Africa, Ray took the initiative to move them up to first class so they would be the first ones off the plane. Unlike [[Characters/TheAmazingRace16 Dan & Jordan]], they did it in leg 5 instead of the final leg, meaning all they got themselves was a jump in getting to the Fast Forward.
* HairTriggerTemper
* TheMasochismTango
* MayDecemberRomance: Ray is 17 years older than Deana.
* PaperTiger: Despite all of Ray's muscles and big words, they mostly spent their time at the back of the pack.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ray came into the race expecting to win every leg, and when he was on the second flight during leg 4 (due to Deana quitting the four pounds of meat Roadblock in the previous leg), he constantly talked about how he didn't belong in the back of the pack, and Gretchen & Meredith were old and didn't belong in the same race as him.
* SoreLoser: Ray.
* TemptingFate: Ray had a lot of opinions on why Gretchen & Meredith were not in the same league as him. Guess which team made it much further.

!! Susan Vaughn & Patrick Vaughn [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/susanpatrick2_6890.jpg]]

Mother and her gay son. They teamed up with Debbie & Bianca early on, the girls' fluent Spanish allowing them to finish 2nd on the first leg. Patrick would later end up having to battle Debbie during the four pounds of meat Roadblock just to stay in the Race. Though he would win, they would only last one more leg, as their boat broke down during the leg 4 Detour, causing Patrick to give up, and they finished 8th.

* RageQuit: Patrick was almost ready to do this during the meat Roadblock until Debbie & Bianca showed up, and after their boat breakdown in the next leg, he constantly insisted they should just give up against his mother's wishes to keep going. It led to one of the more unpleasant exit interviews where he chided his crying mother for being overly optimistic while insisting he was being realistic about their eventual elimination.
* TeamMom: To Debbie & Bianca.
* UnknownRival: To Rob & Amber, as Patrick planned on getting close to them then stabbing them in the back later, only Rob & Amber did not remember who they were upon reading their nasty letter during their final Roadblock in All-Stars.

!! Debbie Cloyed & Bianca Smith [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/debbiebianca2_1630.jpg]]

Lifelong friends. They became early favorites when they used Bianca's fluent Spanish to win the first leg, becoming the first all-female team to win a leg without a Fast Forward since Mary & Peach in [[Characters/TheAmazingRace2 Season 2]]. Their Race would be cut short in the third leg when they drove two hours in the wrong direction, and were never able to quite make up the time lost. Post-race, Debbie wrote and published a novel, ''The Summer We Came To Life'', partially based on her experience on the Race.

* ActionGirl
* BigEater: Debbie scarfed down that four pounds of meat, and was the only woman to complete it.
* FalseProtagonist: For the first three legs they were the only team to stand up to Rob & Amber, and it looked like they were building a rivalry that would last the entire season.
* GenreSavvy: At LAX, Bianca first pointed out that the later flight to leave is sometimes the first to land (true in this case), then, when none of the other teams bothered to ask which landed first, borrowed a cell phone to find out. At the end of the leg, they pulled out a map which allowed them to navigate their cab around the traffic jam that hindered the two teams in front of them.
* HoYay: [[{{In-Universe}} Greg got a bit overexcited over the apparent "closeness" they exhibited at LAX during the premiere.]]
* MiracleRally: They came close, but ultimately failed, in leg 3. They got lost early in the leg, drove two hours in the wrong direction, and then had to drive two more to get back on course. Still, when they got to the four pounds of meat Roadblock there were still four teams sitting there (three having already quit the challenge, while the fourth was contemplating it). Debbie scarfed down her four pounds of meat, yet they were ultimately eliminated by a matter of minutes.
* NoSenseOfDirection
* ShockingElimination: Phil stated at their elimination that he had expected them to be racing in the top 3 the whole season.
* StubbornMule: Debbie's inability to get her [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas llama]] moving in the first leg Detour caused them to switch tasks and fall from 1st to 3rd (the other eight teams were an hour and a half behind them).
* ThatLiarLies: They openly accused Rob of lying to them at the bus station in Peru, which [[SelfProclaimedLiar Rob took offense to for some reason]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Debbie almost died in a white water rafting accident a few months before the race, so of course there was a rafting Detour.
* WorthyOpponent: The only compliment Rob gave out the entire season was to Debbie during the four pounds of meat Roadblock. He said that if anyone could pull that comeback, she could, because she was tough enough to stand up to him. In the next leg, Ray even said he was happy to see them go because they were so strong.

!! Megan Baker & Heidi Heidel [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/meganheidi2_1586.jpg]]

Friends and roommates, they fell behind in the second leg and finished 10th when they lost a footrace to the Pit Stop with Brian & Greg.

* DownToTheLastPlay
* DumbBlonde
* MsFanservice
* TokenRomance: With Brian & Greg

!! Ryan Phillips & Chuck Horton [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryanchuck3_6002.jpg]]

Good Old Boys and lifelong friends from South Carolina, they are easily one of the most popular first outs. When doing the Rope a Llama Detour in the first leg, they made the decision to only guide one llama at a time, and struggled with their second one, dropping them into a three-way tie for last place. They were the first team eliminated when they subsequently lost a footrace to Ron & Kelly.

* BigFun
* DownToTheLastPlay
* GoodOlBoy: Though with a lot of HiddenDepths.
* HiddenDepths: Chuck's Portuguese for one, but apparently they were the smartest team judging by the pre-Race tests, and the early pick to win for a lot of the production crew.
* {{Leitmotif}}: They had a banjo theme.
* ManlyTears: Ryan, upon their elimination.
* SelfDeprecation: During the zip-line task, Ryan said that they were going to be the first people to load test the rig.
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