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After the failed experiment that was the [[Characters/TheAmazingRaceFamilyEdition Family Edition]], a preview for the Race's 9th season promised a much-needed return to form. However, the season started off very slowly, partially thanks to two teams dominating the season from the very beginning (in both placements and, by extension, screen time). The overly predictable nature of the season, with those two teams winning 11 of the 13 legs, the over-reliance on [[LuckBasedMission "Needle in a Haystack" tasks]], and having two of the most popular teams going out early failed to recapture the momentum that stalled with Family Edition, and the season garnered even worse ratings. However, the season itself did earn many fans, especially since it contains one of the most popular teams to run the race, and started the trend of FinalExamFinale tasks appearing more regularly.

!! Brian Jeffrey "B.J." Averell & Tyler [=MacNiven=] (''The Hippies'')
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University friends, Tyler was a filmmaker who first came to prominence with his documentary ''Kintaro Walks Japan'', which he made to impress his Japanese girlfriend. They were very wacky and outgoing, and became one of the most popular teams to ever run the race due to their comedic antics. They dominated the season along with Eric & Jeremy, though to a lesser degree, as they went through a slump in the middle of the season in which they barely escaped elimination three times. Upon arriving in Colorado during the finale, they fell behind Eric & Jeremy during the initial string of cab rides. However, B.J. was able to pass Eric during the [[FinalExamFinale final flags Roadblock]], winning them the Race. Though they were never in consideration for [[Characters/TheAmazingRace11 All-Stars]], to the surprise of many[[note]]Bertram van Munster said he felt their story had been played out, and Phil said he felt [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Uchenna & Joyce]] were the more popular winners.[[/note]], the show spent years trying to find another team that could recreate the overwhelming audience response that B.J. & Tyler received.

* BadLiar: When confronted by Monica at the mat at the end of leg 9, saying that they had been spreading rumors about her and Eric to cause friction, Tyler stammered for a few seconds before B.J. said, "There were no mind games."
* BatmanGambit: During leg 9, they decided to needle Joseph about the flirting between Eric and Monica in order to cause friction in their alliance.
* {{Blackmail}}: According to Joseph & Monica, they threatened to Yield the couple unless they gave them money after their first non-elimination save. [=MoJo=] did not come through with the money, and so they got Yielded.
* BornLucky: When they fell behind, they were saved by another team getting even more lost than them, and went on to survive twice in the next three legs due to non-elimination points.
* CallBack:
** They paid tribute to Linda & Karen's iconic Bowling Moms T-Shirts from Season 5[[note]]In response, Linda & Karen wore shirts saying "B.J." and "Tyler" to that season's finale party[[/note]].
** B.J. quoted, "It's on like Donkey Kong," in their pre-Final 3 speech, quoting [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Frank]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Chip]].
* CallItKarma: They were both believers in this sort of Karma.
* CatchPhrase: Possibly the most catchphrase-heavy racers ever, with their power word "T-TOW!" and "Frat Boys!!!" featuring most prominently.
* FailedASpotCheck: In the finale, they took several minutes to find their snowshoes at the chalet, passing right by the snowshoes at one point.
* FanDisservice: Upon losing his shoes and pants after their second non-elimination, B.J. received a pair of skintight purple nightmare pants from Yolanda. Luckily, he only wore them for a brief time before finding replacement pants.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Eric & Jeremy, in which they even acted as if they were in a sitcom.
* GlobalIgnorance: Invoked during their "ghosts of racers gone" impersonations during leg 7. Their impersonation of Danielle & Dani involved the line, "Is Oman in China?"
* TheGlomp: B.J. grabbed and kissed Phil on the cheek when they avoided elimination in Greece.
* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guys]]
* HatDamage: B.J.'s cowboy hat becomes noticeably more ragged over the course of the race.
* InSeriesNickname: The Hippies.
* LargeHam: Mainly Tyler.
* NiceGuysFinishLast: Quoted in leg 10 when they missed the first flight... [[PseudoCrisis right before they got a better one.]]
* NiceHat: B.J.'s cowboy hat, and the frog hat he wore in Greece, and the top hat he picked up in Australia.
* NoIndoorVoice
* NoSenseOfDirection: Drove one hour in the wrong direction in Greece, but stayed in the race due to Lake & Michelle getting even more lost.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]: Along with Ray & Yolanda and Lake & Michelle, they got off their train early in Corinth, Greece instead of taking it all the way to the Isthmos station, and got a 15-minute penalty.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Yielding Monica & Joseph (for not giving them money after they had been hit with the mugging penalty the previous leg and suspicions of cancelling their cab earlier in that leg) instead of Eric & Jeremy, who had won the majority of the legs at that point.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Joseph & Monica.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Their wacky hijinks and interactions with most of the other teams were the main focus of the season. It wasn't too bad at the beginning, but after the eliminations of Wanda & Desiree and Lori & Dave, the majority of the extra airtime now available went to them.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Post-Race. Along with [[Characters/TheAmazingRace5 Chip & Kim]], they openly complained when they did not get invited back for All-Stars, released a video mocking the teams they felt were "lesser choices," called themselves the most popular team to ever run the race, and the "most winningest winners ever to win." It was that kind of behavior that put into question whether their rivalry with Joseph & Monica was as one sided as it looked.
* UnderdogsAlwaysWin: Though they were clearly better than the rest of the pack, they were treated as such compared to Eric & Jeremy, who finished 1st in six of the first nine episodes.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: The subject of their victory speech. Also, they took time to admire the Russian cathedral before getting back to the race.

!! Eric Sanchez & Jeremy Ryan (''Frat Boys'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ericjeremy2_419.jpg]]
-->'''Jeremy''': We want to win. Whatever it takes to win.
-->'''Eric''': It's like trying to get into girls' pants, y'know, lie, cheat, steal. You know, whatever you can.

Best friends, and the more obvious Alpha Male team of the season, they were obsessed with the girls of the world, including fellow team Danielle & Dani, and flirted with these women constantly. They dominated the season, setting the record for the best overall finishing average of any team[[note]]which only [[Characters/TheAmazingRace20 Dave & Rachel]] have come close to since then[[/note]] and hit six of the first nine mats in 1st place[[note]]They had five official leg wins, and were the first team to check in at the midpoint of the double leg, back when double legs were considered one long leg instead of two separate ones[[/note]]. Though they managed to get out to a lead in the finale, Eric stumbled at the Final Roadblock, unable to remember order of the countries they had visited, and they ended up 2nd.

While the two as a team were not asked back for All-Stars, Eric was asked back on the condition that he race with Danielle (from Danielle & Dani), with whom he had started dating after the season.

* BornLucky: A majority of their six 1st place finishes (including both parts of the Super Leg) were due to luck, either because other teams got delayed by airport/plane snafus[[note]]They were on the second flight in the first leg, but the first one got delayed[[/note]], or because of [[LuckBasedMission "needle in a haystack"]] tasks (the nesting doll Detour in the first part of leg 3, both the Roaming Gnome Roadblock and bottle breaking Detours in the second part of leg 3, and the plate breaking Fast Forward in leg 6). They were also able to cruise along at the front of the pack during the longest stretch of Race without an equalizer outside of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace1 Season 1]]. Prior to leg 5, B.J. & Tyler talked about how much dumb luck they had been getting, but they also said dumb luck eventually runs out...
* BackstabBackfire: In the process of cancelling B.J. & Tyler's and Ray & Yolanda's cabs in Australia, they ended up cancelling their own as well.
* CallItKarma: They said it was Karma that their cab didn't show up when they cancelled the other teams'.
* CasanovaWannabe: Oh so badly. They flirted with every woman they came across.
* CurbStompBattle: They only finished below 2nd once, and teams other than B.J. & Tyler only beat them to the mat four times over the course of the season.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: At the beginning of leg 9, they tried to cancel the other teams' cabs by masquerading as Ray and Tyler on the phone. This backfired when they realized their own cab was canceled as well. WordOfGod says their own cab getting cancelled is the only reason they avoided getting a penalty for sabotaging the other teams, as they were the ones who suffered most from it.
* DumbMuscle: They were called this by B.J. & Tyler.
* {{Frameup}}: When Ray & Yolanda and B.J. & Tyler discovered that their cabs had been cancelled, Eric & Jeremy were quick to cast the blame on Monica & Joseph, the only team whose cab did show up.
* {{Fratbro}}: What earned them the nickname "The Fratboys," despite never having gone to college.
* FriendlyRivalry: With B.J. & Tyler.
* GlobalIgnorance: While driving in Japan:
-->'''Jeremy''': That's a big mountain. Mt. Tokyo.
-->'''Eric''': Dumbass, must be Mt. Fuji.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Barely a scene went by without them mentioning the ladies. Seriously, you could probably make a drinking game out of it.
* HoYay: Intentionally invoked, as Eric admitted after All-Stars, especially with B.J. & Tyler.
* InSeriesNickname: Frat Boys (or Frat Girls for Ray & Yolanda).
* LamePunReaction : After carrying the swordfish during the Detour in leg 5.
-->'''Phil''': I have to tell you, you guys stink.
-->'''Jeremy''': It's a new cologne we're trying out, it's called "Sword".
-->''Cut to the Pit Stop Greeter shaking his head.''
* LeeroyJenkins: Their play style according to Joseph & Monica and B.J. & Tyler. They would so blindly strive for first place that they ignored any and all sense or strategy in going for it. It showed in leg 7, the one leg where they finished below 2nd, as, leaving the Roadblock, they were in a solid 3rd place, but decided to risk a possible shortcut in order to jump back up to 1st. They got lost and wound up 4th.
* LoveTriangle: When Eric supposedly flirted with Monica, causing increased tension between her and Joseph.
* MistakenIdentity: When the clue in Shibuya Crossing told them to find {{Hachiko}}, they asked some nearby women where to find it. The women naturally pointed them in the direction of the statue, where they found the man holding their next clue. For some reason, they thought the man is Hachiko, and wondered how the women knew who Hachiko was.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read The Freaking Clue]]: Eric claimed this was the secret to their success early in the race: just being idiots reading their clues.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness:
** They shared a cab with Danielle & Dani in Moscow.
** At the Finish Line, Jeremy said that, "We didn't know the last task was gonna be brains." Most of the time there's a task or clue in the final leg after arriving back in the U.S. that requires relying on brains. [[Characters/TheAmazingRace7 Rob even admonished himself for forgetting this fact during the commentaries on the Season 7 DVD, when he didn't think to ask for the "King of the Havanas" in Spanish]].
* RunningGag: Their often douchey obsession with women.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: They left the Roadblock in Oman in 3rd place, but decided to take a shortcut to possibly jump back up to 1st. They ended up getting lost and dropping to 4th, only beating the long trailing B.J. & Tyler.
* TheSlacker: They claimed to be such in their pre-race interview.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Like B.J. & Tyler, they were this by being dominant and due to their rivalry, though to a lesser degree.
* TokenRomance: With Danielle & Dani.
* UnskilledButStrong: Jeremy more so than Eric. Eric claimed the secret to their success early in the race was just being idiots reading their clues. Of course, when it came time for them to think in the finale, they lost.

!! Raymond "Ray" Whitty & Yolanda Moore [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rayyolanda2_7803.jpg]]

Long distance dating couple. They generally kept to themselves, out of the friendships and drama building between the other teams. They survived almost being eliminated several times due to other teams' mistakes, keeping a somewhat positive attitude and avoiding fighting for the good majority of the race. They finished 3rd when they had trouble finding the hidden clue at the Clear Creek Historical Park in the finale.

* ConstructionCatcalls: While doing the motorcycle Detour in the first leg, a bunch of men stood around, [[WolfWhistle Wolf Whistling]] and commenting on Yolanda's body.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* NoSenseOfDirection: This is what left them completely unable to compete with the top two teams in the final legs, as they would constantly have to stop and ask for directions.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]: Along with B.J. & Tyler and Lake & Michelle, they got off their train early in Corinth, Greece instead of taking it all the way to the Isthmos station, and got a 15-minute penalty.
* {{Pixellation}}: Ray flicked off Yolanda while crossing the Rio–Antirrio bridge.
* SassyBlackWoman: Yolanda.
* ScaryBlackMan: Yolanda would make fun of Ray for the way he presented himself to locals, saying he was coming off as this.
* ShesGotLegs: Yolanda, which frequently got brought up throughout the race. In the ice hole drilling Detour, she wished she could use her legs rather than her weaker arms.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: For Yolanda, it was water.

!! Joseph Meadows & Monica Cayce (''[=MoJo=]'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/josephmonica2_2534.jpg]]

Young dating couple, they were the only team that could regularly keep up with B.J. & Tyler and Eric & Jeremy. They tried to establish themselves as a strong adventurous couple similar to [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Kris & Jon]] early on, but thanks to a combination of uneven characterization (going from DumbBlonde and boyfriend to villains in leg 8 with no set up or reasoning), sour attitudes, bickering over the tiniest little things, and a contempt for the fan-favorite team and eventual winners, they were seen as anything but. Ultimately, Monica's meltdown during the pot-carrying Detour in Thailand cost them a spot in the Final 3, and left them in 4th.

* AlwaysSecondBest: Due to the Hippie/Frat Boy domination.
* ConflictBall: All of a sudden in leg 8 they were bitter enemies with the Hippies after having almost no interaction with them before that.
** The Mojo/Eric LoveTriangle that popped up for a single episode without ever being hinted at before, and was never mentioned again.
* DumbBlonde: Discussed, with Monica saying people saw her this way, but she was smarter than she looked.
* FailedASpotCheck: They continued to argue after their Yield timer had run out, standing there longer than they had to.
* HateSink: Having a feud with the show's most popular team at that point will make you the target of a lot of fans' hatred.
* IrrationalHatred: The poor editing makes their feud with B.J. & Tyler come off like this.
* {{Jerkass}}: Both of them.
* TheLoad: Monica, who managed to cry or break down at almost every little thing.
* ManipulativeEditing: The show made it look like they were in a race with B.J. & Tyler to see who could Yield the other first, but they actually lost their Yield sticker early in the season, and therefore the power to use it.
* MsFanservice: Monica. [[MaleGaze The camera had a certain fascination with her breasts]].
* NeverMyFault: See [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: They weren't bad racers per say, but their inability to ever beat Eric & Jeremy and B.J. & Tyler at the same time meant they are forever forgotten next to the two "dominant" teams.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: They even wore "Mo" and "Jo" shirts to emphasize this.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]: When they misread the Detour clue in leg 8, only retrieving one lobster instead of two, they blamed their mistake on always having the worst luck.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: They shared a cab with Dave & Lori in Moscow.
* SitcomArchnemesis: A very mean-spirited one with B.J. & Tyler. It started when they didn't like that B.J. & Tyler threatened to Yield them if they didn't give the Hippies money after their first non-elimination penalty.

!! Francis "Fran" Lazarus & Bernard "Barry" Lazarus [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/franbarry2_150.jpg]]

Cancer survivor and her husband. They frequently [[FailedASpotCheck missed things in plain sight]], but after a slow start, they managed to hang on for two-thirds of the season as a middle of the pack team, mostly because they were the only team on the season with any ability to navigate. They are the oldest team in the series to win a leg without a Fast Forward, and Phil was noticeably shocked when they arrived first in Oman. However, their luck ran out in the following leg when the cab they called ahead for didn't show up at the Fremantle Ferry, and they finished 5th.

* AccidentalMisnaming: For some reason, Yolanda kept calling them "Frank & Barry"
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass]] [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandparents]]: They are the oldest team to ever win a leg, and not a cupcake leg either, as the Roadblock involved searching through a bunch of holes for a bag of meat ''in the middle of the desert''. In the next episode, they complained that the race was ruining their sex life.
* BaldOfAwesome: Barry.
* FailedASpotCheck: In the first leg, they spent over half an hour looking for the cluebox, passing it up multiple times, sometimes even coming within arm's length of the box, with the cameraman pointing it out every time. When they found it, Fran thought someone had moved it. They almost did the same thing in Italy, but much less time was lost in that case. Barry also [[WatchOutForThatTree backed his car into the lone tree in a parking lot in Greece]] at one point.
* HappilyMarried
* HighSchoolSweethearts
* TheNavigator: They were the only team on the season with any ability to navigate.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Barry had an American Flag bandanna.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Bungee jumping for Fran.

!! Terry "Lake" Garner & Michelle Garner [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lakemichelle2_9935.jpg]]

Dentist and his wife/assistant from Mississippi, Lake was known for his loud, aggressive, often abusive behavior. He would eventually break down when they got lost looking for the Pit Stop in Greece, landing them 6th.

* ChewingTheScenery: Lake.
* {{Expy}}: Lake, of [[Characters/TheAmazingRace2 Wil]] and [[Characters/TheAmazingRace6 Jonathan]], though he is much less notorious than the other two.
* GlobalIgnorance: Lake thinking they spoke Spanish in Brazil.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Lake's, "Daggummit."
* IdiotBall: They made a series of mistakes at the Munich airport in the fourth leg that dropped them out of the lead pack with B.J. & Tyler and Eric & Jeremy. Though they were the first team to think of booking tickets to Palermo online, they couldn't get the website to switch to English, allowing B.J. & Tyler to scoop out the tickets from under them. They then didn't stick around at the counter like Eric & Jeremy, and therefore missed out on standby tickets. They found a later flight, but just blindly booked the tickets, while three other teams found a faster connecting flight in Rome (including Fran & Barry, who talked to the same exact woman they did), putting them on the last flight with Danielle & Dani and Ray & Yolanda.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lake.
* TheLoad: Michelle. She second-guessed every one of Lake's decisions, and refused to take a diving Roadblock in fear that she might have to do it naked.
* TheMasochismTango: Reached its climax in their last leg, with Lake's "Shut up, bitch!"
* NeverMyFault: In the first leg, after realizing that his idea to pull over and call ahead to reserve tickets on the first flight was against the rules, Lake called the idea, "partially my fault."
* NoSenseOfDirection: What got them eliminated, as they got lost looking for the Pit Stop in leg 6.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lake.
* [[ReadTheFreakingManual Read the Freaking Clue]]:
** In the first leg they pulled off the highway to call ahead and reserve tickets on the first flight when they were required to purchase them at the marked counter.
** Along with Ray & Yolanda and B.J. & Tyler, they got off their train early in Corinth, Greece instead of taking it all the way to the Isthmos station.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Lake tried calling ahead for tickets during the opening sprint to the Denver International Airport, something that had never been allowed in the first leg, as teams are required to buy their pre-booked tickets at the marked counters.
* SequenceBreaking: They mistakenly ran to the Pit Stop in leg 4 instead of the Roadblock location. They lost time, but not position, due to this error.

!! David "Dave" Spiker & Lori Willems (''The Nerds'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/davelori2_9137.jpg]]

Dating nerd couple. They had a pleasant relationship to the point that Dave immediately regretted the one fight they had. They ended in 7th place after there was no full equalizer in leg 5, and they were unable to catch up with the other teams. They were one of the 15 teams selected by Phil to come back for All-Stars, though they did not make the cut.

* {{Adorkable}}
* {{Leitmotif}}: They got their own "Nerd" theme.
* LovableNerd
* ProudToBeAGeek: They constantly referred to themselves as "Nerds in Love".
* [[ThisIsACompetition This Is A Race]]: They started quoting this during the episode after the snafu with the cab sharing in Moscow.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: They shared a cab with Joseph & Monica in Moscow.

!! Danielle Turner & Dani Torchio (''The Double-D's'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/danielledani2_8161.jpg]]

Blonde friends team. As the season's dumb blonde team, they constantly made bone-headed mistakes that almost got them eliminated. They have the distinction of being the only direct victims of the Yield in the series (since no other team was eliminated on the same leg they got Yielded) when Dani subsequently struggled with the statue Roadblock, allowing Ray to pass them, and finished 8th. Still, they flirted with Eric & Jeremy, which was enough for the producers to consider pairing Danielle with Eric in All-Stars.

* BuxomIsBetter: Hence their nickname.
* DrivingStick
* DumbBlonde: Among other things, they managed to survive leaving their fanny pack behind in Russia.
* MsFanservice
* OneSteveLimit: A particularly notable aversion, as one of them had their name shortened so that the team wouldn't be named "Danielle & Danielle".
* NoSenseOfDirection: They followed Wanda & Desiree when they were driving in circles in Germany.
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: They shared a cab with Eric & Jeremy in Moscow.
* TokenRomance: With Eric & Jeremy.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: For Danielle, the rappelling Roadblock in leg 2.

!! Wanda Lopez-Rochford & Desiree Cifre (''Team Boricua'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wandadesiree2_8410.jpg]]

Mother/daughter pair. They started off strong by finishing 3rd in the first leg, but were hit hard by Killer Fatigue during the double-leg, leading them to get terribly lost in Germany, and were then narrowly beaten out by Danielle & Dani at the needle-in-a-haystack gnome Roadblock, finishing 9th.

* HiddenDepths: Desiree is a video game scriptwriter and thus displays nerdy traits despite her celebrity-like appearance.
* TheLoad: Wanda, most notably when she freaked out in the Russian swimming pool while Desiree attempted to encourage her. Playing the de facto parent eventually took its toll on Desiree, leading to her breakdown at the gnome task.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Desiree even admits they got lost a lot upon their elimination.
* ShockingElimination: As they initially seemed like a team that could keep up with the dominating B.J. & Tyler and Eric & Jeremy.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Their reaction to seeing Sao Paulo during a helicopter ride, to the point that Desiree said they would be grateful for the experience no matter what place they ended up.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Wanda and underwater diving.

!! Lisa Hinds & Joni Glaze (''The Glamazons'') [[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lisajoni2_5234.jpg]]

Sisters team. They were loud. ''Very loud''. Their bickering caused them to get lost and fall behind, enough to end up in 10th.

* BrokenTears: Lisa, upon their elimination.
* DrivingStick
* GlobalIgnorance: Joni not realizing that they spoke Portuguese in Brazil.
-->'''Joni''': I thought Spanish was the universal language of the world.
* InSeriesNickname: Aside from Glamazons, they were also referred to as Frosties. This extended post-race, as Joni uses the nickname [=FrostieJ=] on online message boards.
* NoIndoorVoice
* NoSenseOfDirection
* SiblingTeam

!! John Lowe & Scott Braginton-Smith [[quoteright:201:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/johnscott2_3079.jpg]]

Gay friends, they suffered from two bad cab drivers and constant bickering, which led to them going out first in 11th place.

* BornUnlucky: A pair of bad cab drivers put them in last.
* JustFriends
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