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-->''Television has had to choose between making gold or crap. They can pay top dollar to make shows like ''MadMen'' and hope to cash in on DVD sales, or crank out dirt-cheap reality shows that can turn a profit even with tiny ratings.\\
Or, they can say "fuck it" and make a show about dating Flavor Flav.''
-->--{{Website/Cracked}}

Flavor of Love (2006-2008) is a {{VH-1}} "Celebreality" show. It centers around Music/PublicEnemy [[FaceOfTheBand Hype Man]] and LargeHam Flavor Flav finding true love after his breakup with Brigitte Nielsen (SylvesterStallone's ex-wife). 20 girls were to compete for his heart until only one remained. It didn't work out too well, resulting in not two, but three seasons, each with a new supply of girls. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued]].

The show is SoBadItsGood, and goes ''way'' beyond BileFascination and right back to CrazyAwesome. Largely because all of the girls -- and Flav himself -- are ''freakishly insane''.

Oh, and? The season 1 girls weren't told they'd be dating Flavor Flav, ''until they'd already been cast.''

Each contestant is given a nickname by Flav (he's admittedly not good with names) and is referred to by that nickname for as long as she remains [[strike: in the competition]] on {{VH-1}}. The contestants compete for intimate dates with Flav by partaking in various challenges, ranging from silly to ridiculous. At the end of each episode, the show features a clock ceremony where contestants receive gold clocks to wear around their necks. Flav brings the few remaining women's parents on in the third or second to last episode. Finally, the season finale takes place in a tropical destination. The finalists and Flav spend the last two days at a luxurious resort preceding his final decision.

The whole mess was a StarMakingRole for ''many'' of the girls, and resulted in a number of spinoffs / clone shows, many of which feature a whole lot of contestants from previous shows. These shows include, but are ''in no way'' limited to:
* ''[[Main/VH1CharmSchool Flavor Of Love Girls: Charm School]]''
* ''ILoveNewYork''
** ''New York Goes To Work''
** ''New York Goes To Hollywood''
** ''Real Chance Of Love''
*** ''Real And Chance: The Legend Hunters''
** ''Frank The Entertainer in... A Basement Affair''
** ''[[http://www.bostonsymposium.com/videos.html Boston Symposium]]''
* ''ILoveMoney''
* ''ForTheLoveOfRayJ''
* ''RockOfLove with [[Music/{{Poison}} Bret Michaels]]''
** ... And its many, ''many'' spinoffs.

Also, ''FlavorOfLove'' itself spun off from ''Strange Love'', a spinoff of ''TheSurrealLife'', in turn based on ''TheRealWorld'', which... [[OverlyLongGag you get the idea]].

In the end, Flav decided [[spoiler: not to go with his pick, but to marry the mother of his seventh child instead]]. Well, at least we all had a good laugh, right?

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ArchNemesis: New York and Pumkin.
** Krazy and Deelishis in the second season.
* AuthorAppeal: Flav likes reindeer. Then he nicknames one of the girls in Season 3 [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Prancer]].
* TheBaroness: Red Oyster. Ohhh boy. Red dress, whip, long black hair, serious look on her face... she was trying very hard to be the trope archetype.
* BattleButler: Big Rick, jumping in between New York and Pumkin at the season 1 reunion show.
* BecomingTheMask: All of the girls start referring to themselves by their show nicknames, and become more crazy and obsessed with Flav each episode.
** Averted in ''Flavor Of Love Girls: Charm School'', where the ''very'' first thing Mo'Nique did was to get rid of the girls' nicknames and tell them to become themselves again.
*** Played Straight in Charm School 3 as everyone, including Ricki Lake, referred to the Flavor of Love girls by their nicknames.
* BerserkButton: Flav doesn't like his name misspelled. In the 3rd season, he eliminated a girl because of it.
* BetterAsFriends: Flav and Brigitte, Flav and Goldie, Flav and Hoopz.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sweetie did not take her elimination well. At the reunion show, even ''Flav'' agrees that her elimination was a surprise. In her defense, the other choice was Hottie, who failed the challenge. (They had to cook chicken for his mother. While Sweetie [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes had to overcome fear of chicken to complete the challenge]], Hottie on the other hand [[EpicFail placed the chicken in the microwave and set it on "chicken"]].)
* CatFight: Quite a few.
* CatchPhrase: "FLAVOR FLAAAV!!!"
** EliminationCatchPhrase: "Your time's up."
* ClipShow: Usually ran before a season's finale.
* CloudCuckooLander: Wire. Also, Flav.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Pumkin to Goldie. Subverted: it later turns out Goldie ''didn't'' sleep with Flav, realizing she only saw him as a friend.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Saaphyri attacks H-Town after she hits her with a bouquet of flowers.
** JustifiedTrope: In ''Charm School'', it was revealed that Saaphyri was traumatized by having her furniture and possessions taken away after her father died.
* TheDitz: ''Many''. Red Oyster accidentally revealed herself to be one when she didn't know the word "electrifying".
* DoubleStandard: Flav wants his girl to be only his, but she's got to understand that occasionally he wants to touch other girls. On the lips.
* DreadfulMusician: Krazy.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Jerks Have Standards]]: Despite her manipulative ways, New York was genuinely appalled and worried about Krazy's life when Buckeey almost pushed her off of the balcony.
* EverythingIsRacist: Pumkin can't catch a break.
* GenreSavvy: Flav knows full well that some of the girls are only on the show for money or fame. [[MagnificentBastard So he has his intimidating viking woman ex hook them up to a lie detector]].
* GoldDigger: Hottie.
** Hotlanta was accused of this, leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she yelled: "This isn't even his ''house''!".
* GranolaGirl: Wire.
* GuiltyPleasure
* HalfTruth: In Toasteee's defense, the videos she did in college are not ''technically'' porn. They're actually videos of her wearing nothing but a thong, [[MurderousThighs strangling fully clothed men with her thighs]]. ... OrSoIHeard.
* ItsAllAboutMe: From alot of people, including Flav himself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Bootz, Buckeey, and Deelishis.
** Let's not forget the self-proclaimed H.B.I.C.(Head Bitch in Charge in case you didn't know) New York.
* KarmaHoudini: Deelishis never got her comeuppance for backstabbing and picking on Krazy, and she ended up [[spoiler: winning the show.]]
* KavorkaMan: The picture says it all.
* LargeHam: Flav of course.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: No matter how many spinoff shows they appear in, none of the girls will ever admit to having been attracted to Flav. Apart from New York.
* ManChild: Guess who.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Wire ''thinks'' she's this. Toasteee has shades of it as well, especially when she's drunk.
* ManipulativeBitch: New York, natch.
* TheMole: Red Oyster, who volunteered to spy for Flav. Also [[MeaningfulName Eye'z]], who wasn't really a competitor anyway.
* MoneyDearBoy: In a later MTV interview, Hoopz said she was simply scouted for the show in LA last minute and had a contract a few hours later. Although she genuinely liked Flav, it's obvious that at least a few girls on the show were brought in the same way without so much as a clue who Flavor Flav is.
* NonGameplayElimination
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: New York assures us she has nothing against big girls, apart from hating them. Pumkin says she isn't prejudiced, she just can't understand black words.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: New York's mom, occasionally.
--> "I don't wanna be seen in public with a man that's forty-freakin'-six years old, wearing a freakin' clock that's not even running."
** Goldie and Hoopz both stayed pretty sane as well, just having a lot of fun with Flav and not getting mixed up in house drama at all.
** Krazy fits this trope, despite being called out numerous times for being "fake."
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Buckwild.
-->--'''Flav:''' Can I ask you a question? ''Where the fuck did your accent go?''
* OverlyLongGag: By New York's mom, of all people:
--> "You didn't say marriage. I know you didn't say that. That's never gonna happen. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever, Tiffany. Ever. Ever. Ever, in a million years. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever."
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For A White Girl]]: Buckwild
** Pumkin eventually realizes she can't keep up with all of the "black words". She copes by... getting cornrows.
* ParallelPornTitles: ''Flavor of Lust''.
* TheReveal: Red Oyster is [[spoiler: married]], and [[spoiler: going through a divorce]].
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Toasteee and Nibblz were eliminated because of their pasts as a Pornstar and Stripper respectively.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: New York goes on to have two seasons of [[ILoveNewYork her own dating show]], two other reality shows based on her, and a small appearance on a film.
* RunningGag: Every time Hottie blinks, a "ching" sound follows. VH1 kept this up for ''every'' reality show she appeared in.
* SassyBlackWoman: Many of them.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Flav does this in Season Two to bring back New York on the show, even though she wasn't a contestant at the time, and ''again'' in Season Three to bring back Thing 2, after she was eliminated. Earlier in Season Three, he allows four girls selected by Saaphyri and Buckwild to enter the competition in Episode Seven.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Payshintz and Buckwild quit due to not wanting to have to deal with Bootz and New York respectively.
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: New York in Season 2.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Buckwild and Saaphyri in ''Charm School''. Buckwild loses most of the accent and starts acting like a lady, and Saaphyri learns to control her anger and to verbally express herself.
* SiblingTeam: Thing 1 and 2. In the clock cerimonies, Flav even puts a gold clock on both of their necks. Eventually he broke them up as two equal competitors.
* SirSwearsALot: Most of the girls, but ''especially'' New York.
* SmugSnake: Toasteee reveals herself to be one in ''ILoveMoney''.
* SpinOff: ''ILoveNewYork'' and ''Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School''.
* SpitefulSpit: The Infamous scene where after a heated argument, Pumkin spits on New York. Pumkin should be lucky New York only got to push her into a camera.
* StalkerWithACrush: New York.
* StayInTheKitchen: Flav to Hottie. ''Extremely'' justified use of the trope.
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Guy, Hot Contestants]]
* TerribleTrio: Buckeey, Bootz, and Deelishis.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hoopz' Tomboy to Pumkin's Girly Girl.
* TooDumbToLive: Krazy becomes this when she tries to form an alliance with ''New York'' out of all people.
* TheUnreveal: Hoopz' real name. [[spoiler: It's Nikki, by the way]].
* VictoriousLoser: Despite losing two seasons in a row, New York ends up with the last laugh when it comes to success. See TheRunnerUpTakesItAll.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Most of the girls who were eliminated in the first couple of episodes.
** This was interestingly '''subverted''' with Saaphyri, who was infamously known for being eliminated in only a couple of minutes of the show, [[CatFight after having an altercation with H-Town]]. And then she went through a genuine metamorphosis on ''CharmSchool'', showed many HiddenDepths and [[spoiler: won the freaking show]].
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Horses]]: New York. She was afraid of riding a horse in one episode of Season 2.
* XtremeKoolLetterz
* YouLookFamiliar: Pumkin, who has been noted on being on different Reality TV shows.
** Flav caught Hottie on reality TV one morning, thought it was ''hilarious'', called all the other girls up to his bedroom to come watch the show and promptly eliminated her for being a lying GoldDigger.
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