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->''"Wanna be on top?"''

''America's Next Top Model'' is a RealityShow hosted and created by Creator/TyraBanks in which 10-16 young women (and men starting in cycle 20) compete against each other in modeling-related challenges and photo shoots.

Each episode usually begins with the contestants receiving training and a challenge in an area concurrent with the week's theme, for example runway, posing, acting, or going to castings. The second half of the episode is usually dedicated to a photo shoot.

At the end of each episode, their performance is critiqued by a panel of fashion industry experts, including host Tyra Banks. One contestant is eliminated every week until the GrandFinale, when the winner is handed the title of America's Next Top Model.

The prizes vary slightly with each cycle, but generally it's a contract with a model management agency (Wilhelmina, IMG, Ford, Elite, LA/NY, NEXT), a cosmetics spread (''Revlon'', ''Sephora'', ''Covergirl'', ''Smashbox''), and a feature in a FashionMagazine (''Marie Claire'', ''Jane'', ''Elle'', ''Seventeen'', ''Vogue'', ''Nylon'').

The American version of the show debuted in 2003 and has had 20 cycles, including one ''All Stars'' cycle. Previous winners are Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Eva Pigford, Naima Mora, Nicole Linkletter, Danielle Evans, [=CariDee=] English, Jaslene Gonzalez, Saleisha Stowers, Whitney Thompson, [=McKey=] Sullivan, Teyona Anderson, Nicole Fox, Krista White, Ann Ward, Brittani Kline, Sophie Summer, Laura James and Jourdan Miller.

Cycle 17, the ''All Stars'' Cycle, was won by Cycle 5 contestant Lisa D'Amato.

The format has been replicated [[MultiNationalShows in many other countries]], including Britain, Canada and Australia.
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!!America's Next Trope Model:
* AlphaBitch: Usually a couple each cycle. (see CharacterDevelopment below)
* AlwaysSecondBest:
** Allison Harvard is the show's premier example.
** Angelea Preston also finished in the same rank (3rd place) twice, though the second time happened in a less-flattering way.
* AmericanTitle
* [[ADeathInTheLimelight An Elimination In The Limelight]]: This is a pretty good way to tell who will be eliminated. If a girl has been [[DemotedToExtra all but ignored and forgotten]] for several episodes and then suddenly an episode starts showing all of her thoughts, and many random ConfessionCam snippets explaining the task of the day come from her... there's a good chance she's a goner. It has started at least as early as Cycle 6 (if not earlier), but has been blatant in almost every episode since Cycle 10. Examples include but are not limited to...
** C5: Ebony, Diane, and Kyle.
** C6: Kathy, Wendy, Kari, Mollie Sue, Leslie, and Sara.
** C7: Megan, Megg, Brooke Michelle, and Amanda.
** C8: Samantha, Felicia, Diana and Brittany.
** C9: Mila, Victoria, Janet, Ebony, and Sarah. (Though in Ebony's case, she wound up quitting over the girl who had originally been picked for elimination.)
** C10: [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Atalya, Allison, Amis, Aimee]], Stacey Ann, and Katarzyna.
** C11: Sharaun, Brittany, Hannah and Isis.
** C12: Jessica, Nijah, Kortnie, London and Fo.
** C13: Lisa, Courtney, Bianca, Kara, Rae, and Brittany.
** C14: Ren and Simone and Tatianna.
** C15: Anamaria, Rhianna, Lexie and Esther.
** C16: Dalya and Mikaela.
** C19: Destiny, Leila, Yvonne and most obviously Allyssa.
* ArtImitatesArt: The top 5 pictorial for Cycle 5, the {{Fairytale}} pictorial of Cycle 6 and Cycle 17's motion editorial of Tyra's [[Literature/{{Modelland}} book]].
* AscendedMeme: Creepy Chan. See Below.
* AttractiveBentGender: Most of the time overlaps with the CelebrityImpersonator photoshoots. This was also used as the main theme for Cycle 8's fifth pictorial. It was also PlayedForLaughs in a Cycle 20 commercial shoot.
* AxCrazy: Janice Dickinson for the judges, too many contestants to count, probably.
* BackForTheFinale: Girls who were eliminated in their season's international destination (mostly in the top five/six) are usually [[DemotedToExtra bought back to work with the local models]] for the final runway along with the final two (or three in case of the All-Star Cycle) .
** In cycle 19 all the eliminated contestants were brought back for the final runway show, and in cycle 20 everybody except for Bianca, Chris S and Alexandra.
* BashBrothers: There are times that similar/comparable/evenly-matched girls appear in a cycle. They usually form a FriendlyRivalry or WorthyOpponent dynamic. Examples are Adrianne and Elyse in Cycle 1, Dani and Joanie in Cycle 6, Sophie and Laura in Cycle 18.
** The three former runners-up who returned in the All-Star Cycle, especially Allison and Laura. This was even referenced in the final eliminations between the two mentioned girls.
* BathtubScene
* BeachEpisode: Some cycles had pictorials in the shore or near it[[note]]Specifically, Cycles 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 19[[/note]].
* BellyDancer: The challenge for Cycle 16's final four girls.
* BerserkButton:
** Tyra apparently hates girls who aren't devastated at being cut. When Tiffany in Season 4 took her elimination in stride...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53sOpQQWOOA Tyra proceeded to go absolutely INSANE on her]].
-->'''Tiffany''': I'm just tired of getting upset over things I have no control over!
-->'''Tyra''': '''''BLARGLEBLARGLEBLARGLEBLARG!'''''
** Don't insult C14-Anslee's mothering skills.
** And don't say anything to C14-Alasia that is even mildly negative about her, or she [[PunctuatedForEmphasis will. freak. out.]] Became almost comical when she was screaming: "''You need to calm the f**k down''" to another contestant who was calm as a cucumber.
*** Well if you saw the clip episode, anything that got in Alasia's face when she was angry got her rage. Case in point: she screamed at toiletries due to lack of people left to yell at.
* BestForLast: If a girl was featured last in the OBB, chances are they'll win the competition. Incidentally, the first girl introduced usually ended in 2nd place. This was blatant in the early seasons.
** Most of the returning girls in All-Stars were featured last in their original cycles' OBB[[note]]Lisa, Allison, Angelea, Kayla and Alexandria. The first mentioned actually won this cycle[[/note]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: There's actually an episode where Tyra shouts "BE QUIET!" to a contestant who is arguing with her, following it up with a rant about how badly the girl is acting. Stress and overwork are to blame.
* BookEnds:
** Cycle 1: The first and second girl you'll see right after the OBB were Adrianne and Shannon.
** The last scene of Cycle 3's first episode was Eva being the last girl called to be part of the fourteen finalists.
** In a meta sense: [=CoverGirl=] began their partnership with the show in a cycle where there were two international destinations. Their last tenure/partnership was also in a cycle where there were two international destinations[[note]]Jamaica and Japan in Cycle 3, Canada and Macau in Cycle 18[[/note]].
* BroadStrokes: Whenever CanonDiscontinuity, see below, can't be addressed. So usually when talking about Cycle 1. Yes, that Cycle ''did'' exist... but who won again?
** The closest they ever came to acknowledging that there actually ''was'' a winner, was when Tyra applauded Shannon's performance in the All-Stars Cycle, saying that she was ''runner-up'' for a reason.
** Completely thrown out the window in Cycle 20, where a trivia challenge included a question asking the contestants to name the winner of Cycle 1. (And yes, Adrianne Curry WAS the correct answer. On the other hand, Tyra wasn't present for the challenge, so she still didn't have to directly name or acknowledge Adrianne.) Adrianne herself even took note of it on her Twitter.
* BullyingADragon: It seems inevitable that there will always be one girl who acts like she's above it all and starts arguing with the judges during their critiques. One of the most notorious was Cycle 6's Jade, who argued with them every time she received criticism and '''really''' pissed off Nigel Barker, who had trouble hiding his disdain for the girl more than once.
* TheBusCameBack:
** The previous Cycle winner usually returns for the current Cycle's finale or pay a visit early or halfway through. Basically, any alumnae that guests.[[note]]Cycles 7 and 8 featured the most guesting of alumnae.[[/note]]
** After being fired as a judge after Cycle 4, Janice Dickinson was CommutingOnABus from Cycles 5 to 7. She was PutOnABus for good starting Cycle 8.
** Former judges Beau Quillian (Cycle 1) and Nole Marin (Cycles 3 and 4) guested in Cycles 7 and 12, respectively. The former guested twice in that season.
** The eponymous contestants of the All-Stars Cycle.
** Miss J is set to return for Cycle 21 after being fired during Cycle 18.
* ButNotTooBlack, A lot of ethnic diversity, but.....
** Cycle 3 Winner Eva "the Diva" was warned by the judges not to be "Another Black Bitch". She beat out Yaya in the finale, another black contestant who was very proud of her African heritage, but considered uppity and in need of "a slice of humble pie".
** Averted by Sandra in Cycle 12, whose particularly dark skin was fawned over with the show's typical subtlety. Same for Cycle 1's Ebony and Cycle 6's Nnenna. Interestingly, all three contestants had their hair shaved off, and [[AlphaBitch another similarity]].
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] during Cycle 2 when contestant Xiomara went into a crying jag after having her skin painted much darker to impersonate Grace Jones for a photoshoot.
* CampGay: Miss J. The man generally wears fancier outfits than anyone else on the show, including the models. The only way to top him(her?) by this point, would be to have Music/LadyGaga guest star.
** Hell, Miss J is a better ''model'' than most of the models. Girl can [[TheCatchPhraseCatchesOn smize]] ''and'' catwalk.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** Expect this whenever a reference to Cycle 1 is made, as Tyra now likes to pretend that Adrianne Curry never existed and applies BroadStrokes whenever this Cycle is mentioned.
** After Angelea was disqualified in the All-Stars finale, all her work in the competition was nullified and the other two finalists were re-evaluated on their own merits.
* CatFight: A Cycle 17 photoshoot is themed around this.
* CelebrityImpersonator: Some photoshoots require the contestants to be this.
* CharacterDevelopment: The entire Cycle 17 cast appeared OlderAndWiser compared to their initial appearances. Most of the {{Alpha Bitch}}es TookALevelInKindness or at least [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]]. Except for Cycle 9's [[SmallNameBigEgo Bianca]].
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Wilhelmina (from Cycle 1) and IMG (from Cycle 2) returned as Model Management contract prizes for Cycles 13 to 16. The first two for the former, while the last two for the latter.
* CompetenceZone: Realistically, modelling agencies ''rarely'' but mostly ''never'' sign girls who are above 21-22 years old. The show, however, allowed contestants older than said age requirement to participate, and in three occasions, win. Aside from age, there are also height and weight requirements, but let's not go there.
* ConfessionCam
* ContinuityNod: Everytime a recurring photographer or designer guest stars once again or a studio featured in a previous cycle will be revisited, expect to have a CallBack.
** The seventh pictorial of Cycle 8 was an homage to the past cycles' memorable moments.
** The All-Star Cycle had plenty of {{Call Back}}s and {{Mythology Gag}}s. In fact, the girls' first pictorial was a {{Flanderization}} of [[EstablishingCharacterMoment their established characters]] from their respective cycles.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Many examples, including Natasha, the possible-MailOrderBride who took every insult as a compliment; Jael, the anarchist whom [[FiftyCent 50 Cent]] pushed into a swimming pool, and...well, too many to count, really.
** Allison aka "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/creepy-chan-allison-harvard Creepy-chan]]" from Cycles 12 and 17, one of [[Website/FourChan 4chan's]] favorite "[[CamWhore chan girls]]" (though this was never brought up in-show) and an artist with a [[NightmareFetishist fascination with blood]]. She even said that she was jealous when Tyra mentioned that she used to get nosebleeds as a child. Polls showed her to be the most popular contestant that season and the favorite to win (yes, even amongst non-channers). [[spoiler:She came in 2nd. [[AlwaysSecondBest Twice]]]].
* CrossOver:
** Cycle 17 is an All-Stars cycle featuring girls from the past sixteen[[note]]technically twelve, as Cycles 3, 6, 7 and 8 were unrepresented[[/note]] cycles.
** Cycle 18, called ''British Invasion'', featured seven returning Britain's Next Top Model contestants.
* CryCute: Too many to list.
* DemotedToExtra: Justified. The eliminated girls were used as decoys for runways and photoshoots and are kept apart from where the remaining girls were staying. Only the girls who made it to the international destination will be acknowledged on-air during the final episode.
* DependingOnTheWriter
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The top 7 finalists of the All-Stars Cycle were each given a {{Leitmotif}} in which they themselves were required to write the lyrics.
* DramaQueen: ''Oh boy'', where do we start?
* DramaticWind: The judges {{Squee}} everytime a girl gets the "wind in the face/hair".
* EliminationStatement: Cycle 6's Jade ended her tenure on the show with a spoken-word poem (complete with rhythmic finger snapping) entitled "Leftover Lady". For many fans, this was the series' MomentOfAwesome.
* EndOfAnAge: Cycle 18 featured many ''lasts'' for the series. It is the last time ''Vogue'' will feature a winner on their magazine. The last time ''Covergirl'', which was with the show since Cycle 3, will award a cosmetics spread to the winner. And last but ''definitely'' not the least, this will be the last time that [[spoiler: the two Jays and Nigel Barker, at least all together, [[PutOnABus will be part of the show]]]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles: The photoshoot for Cycle 3 (during its final four) and Cycle 17 (during its top nine).
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: The second photoshoot of Cycle 16.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange
* FakeHairDrama: A frequent occurrence on the show as there seems to be no shortage of women wanting weaves and those that do not know how to take care of them.
* FakingTheDead: A photoshoot in Cycle 8 required the girls to portray murder victims.
* {{Fanservice}}: Each cycle will generally have at least one nude or semi-nude photoshoot.
* FashionShow: While the show is (mostly) about fashion, the trope only plays straight during runway challenges or/and the season finale.
* FinalGirl: The whole show usually follows the same elimination pattern as a serial killer movie.
* FiveManBand: The panel. Except for [[BigGood Tyra's]] and [[GuestStarPartyMember guest judges]], roles varies(ed) or/and overlaps(ed) from time to time.
** The US and UK teams from Cycle 18 played this straight.
* {{Flanderization}}: Invoked in the first photoshoot of Cycle 17.
* FlyoverCountry: The filming locations are only shot at either New York[[note]]Cycles 1-3, 10, 14[[/note]] or Los Angeles[[note]]Cycles 4-9, 13, 15-19[[/note]]. Cycles 11 and 12 were filmed at both cities. The only other states visited were Texas and Hawaii[[note]]The prize for Cycle 7 episode 3's reward challenge was to take part on Dennis Quaid's FashionShow held on Austin, TX, while Hawaii was Cycle 13's "international" destination[[/note]].
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Janice Dickinson to everyone. Most contestants are also prone to this.
* FourIsDeath:
** Cycle 4 featured the first double elimination in the franchise's history. It also had perhaps THE worst photo in the entire history of the franchise and it was the first time the audience saw Tyra [[WhamEpisode on a really bad day]] (after the aforementioned double elimination). Another criticism that Cycle was the good photos weren't as relevant as the previous and preceding Cycles resulting to some {{Shocking Elimination}}s.
** Majority of the returning girls during the All-Stars cycle were former fourth placers[[note]]six, but since two of them are also third placers due to double eliminations, technically they're '''four'''[[/note]]. None of them won the game and all were eliminated [[{{Pun}} in dramatic fashion]]. The first girl eliminated was the fourth placer ''from'' the fourth cycle. Later on, a double elimination axed two former fourth placers simultaneously, one [[{{Curse}} already a victim of this in the past]]. The following episode then saw the elimination of another fourth placer. During the top five, one (who was also the fourth placer on her original season) became a victim of a controversial ShockingElimination in favor of the remaining fourth placer from Cycle ''fourteen'', who became the resident EliminationHoudini by surviving ''four'' eliminations and ultimately making it to the finals, [[DiabolusExMachina only to be disqualified]] [[ShaggyDogStory in the end]].
*** Also noteworthy is that four cycles were unrepresented (3, 6-8), though the winner from one of those unrepresented cycles (Eva from 3) made a guest appearance.
*** The fourth placer that cycle was from ''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky Cycle 13]]''.
* FreudianExcuse: Eva from Cycle 3, Renee from Cycle 8, Elina from Cycle 11, Angelea from Cycles 14 and 17.
* GenreSavvy: In Cycle 16, Alexandria's attitude is getting on the nerves of the other contestants, but they've seen enough previous cycles to know how this works:
--> '''Molly''': Alexandria needs to leave already.
--> '''Mikaela''': I don't think it's going to happen.
--> '''Molly''': It won't. One of us is going home. [[spoiler:(Mikaela is eliminated at the end of the episode.)]]
* GirlPosse: Pink Positive from Cycle 3.
* HiddenDepths: Kim Stolz from cycle 5 has a bachelor's degree in politics and is currently a vice president with Citigroup in equity-derivative sales. Which are... uh...
* HollywoodThin: Most of the contestants.
* HopelessAuditionees: Mostly averted! They never show the entire auditions process. Of the 35 or so girls who make it to the semi-finals, the audition week episode mainly shows footage of the girls who eventually make it into the house, plus two or three unsuccessful semi-finalists to convey at least a little bit of tension.
** The aversion is doubly surprising because the CW officially releases pictures of the contestants who made it into the house before the cycle even starts, so there’s little to no tension in the first episode for many viewers. Yet, this free space is rarely abused to make fun of the other contestants.
** However, ''some'' of the semi-finalists, while not being exceptionally terrible models, are clearly picked to fill this trope anyway, either in the form of a special kind of AlphaBitch, LoserArchetype, or by causing drama with Tyra Banks.
* AHouseDivided: The contestants all live together for the entire competition. Cue the instant formation of cliques.
** Cycle 18 enforced this to the British and the American girls.
* HumanAliens: The theme of Cycle 4's very first pictorial.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Until Cycle 10, episode titles began with "The Girl/s". Since Cycle 15, episode titles are named after the guest judge of the episode. [[OddNameOut The exceptions]]: {{Recap Episode}}s.
** Since Cycle 19, episode titles have returned to "The Girl(s) Who(se)" format - though with the addition of male participants in Cycle 20, episode titles now also include "The Guy(s) Who(se)" as well, i.e. "The Guy Who Cries".
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Most of the contestants.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: See Jade from Cycle 6 and her quote "This is not America's Next Top Best Friend". Too many contestants to count, really.
* ImportantHaircut: Due to the belief in LongHairIsFeminine, one contestant, after getting her hair cut, said, "I look like a boy."
* ItsAllAboutMe: Tyra Banks [[SigilSpam to the]] [[GloryDays core]]. Some contestants are also this.
* {{Jerkass}}: Again, many examples.
* JokerImmunity: One criticism on the show is that girls with bad attitude are kept around regardless of performance only to create drama for the show.
* LargeHam: All of the recurring judges.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Tyra Banks and JaniceDickinson in the early cycles. Most of the final two girls counts.
* TheMakeover:
** One episode per cycle is devoted to this concept. In each cycle there are two girls to look for -- the girl that gets a bad makeover but learns how to make it work, and the girl that gets a meh makeover and makes such a huge stink over it that she gets kicked off either by next elimination or not long after.
** One girl who has to get their hair cut short, and then cries for the rest of the day, and bitches about it until they're eliminated.
* MaleGaze
* ManipulativeEditing: Inevitable when each hour-long episode has to express an entire week's worth of events.
* MsFanservice: Granted, the show is about aspiring female models. But as Tyra puts it, some girls just "[[MaleGaze pops]]".
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Possibly the greatest moment in reality TV history, during Cycle 9.
-->'''Heather''': Hey, pretty ladies. And Tyra.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: The main plot of the All-Stars Cycle. The returning Britain's Next Top Model contestants on the following Cycle were all gunning for this (one of them won).
* NonActionDressRip: Ripping T-shirts to make them cool was an example.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Mainly in the Go-Sees episodes.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Mostly in Couture shots.
* OldHeroNewPals: In Cycle 19. Miss J will return in Cycle 21, though.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Generally enforced when Tyra tells girls they need to pick a nickname if there's more than one of them in the same cycle, as was the case in Cycles 10[[note]]Amy became "Amis" to avoid confusion with Aimee.[[/note]], 11[[note]]Three versions of "Brittany" - two became "[=McKey=]" and "[=Sharaun=]".[[/note]], 13[[note]]Ashley Weisz became "Rae".[[/note]], 18[[note]]Three Ashleys - two became "[=AzMarie=]" and "Kyle".[[/note]] and 20[[note]]Bianca Andaluz became "Kanani".[[/note]].
** Played straight with Cycle 11 winner Brittany "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname McKey]]" Sullivan and Cycle 16 winner Brittani Kline.
** Averted with Jay Manuel and J. Alexander, though as it was, they were often referred to as Mr. Jay and Miss/Ms J, respectively anyway.
** Also averted with Cycle 5 and 13's respective winners Nicole Linkletter and Nicole Fox, as well as Cycle 13 and 18's respective runners-up Laura Kirkpatrick and Laura [=LaFrate=].
** Oddly enough averted for the guys of Cycle 20, with Chris Schellenger and Chris Hernandez (shortened to Chris S and Chris H, respectively), [[DoubleStandard while one of the two Biancas had to change her name]]. Ironically enough, Chris S and the Bianca who kept her name were the first two eliminated anyway (though that didn't stop the other Bianca from going by "Kanani" for the rest of her run regardless).
* PatrioticFervor: The American vs. European feud of Cycle 11. Also invoked by the girls from Cycle 18.
* PhoneBooth: The infamous pic in Cycle 5 where the top six had to pose together inside. Naked.
* PoolScene
* ProgressivelyPrettier
* RealityShowGenreBlindness:
** Kahlen from Cycle 4 had never watched an episode, and was often praised for her success having never seen an episode before.
** All the girls go in knowing that they will eventually get [[TheMakeover makeovers]] and there is a possibility of their hair getting cut short. Cue some girls [[TraumaticHaircut being shocked]], throwing tantrums, and one even quitting. (This is possibly due to arrogance. Some girls believe they already have what it takes to be a model and that they have the right look before entering the competition. And in the past Tyra has left some girls with minimal makeovers like a trim or a slightly lighter or darker dye-job.)
* RealityTVShowMansion
* RedOniBlueOni: The two Jays, the American and British girls in Cycle 18, and majority of the final two girls qualify.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Basically, girls who refuse to pose nude, or at least sexy.
** Cycle 1 runner-up and All-Stars sixth placer Shannon Stewart is the quintessential and yet a strange example. She allowed herself to be pictured in swim suits that left little to the imagination, but never underwear (even if it covered more than the swim suit) because she felt that was only for her husband to see.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpTheSun: The returning girls during the All-Star cycle who suffered from BadassDecay were each given this.
--> '''Tyra:''' (To Shannon) "Remember where you came from because it is such a strong place. You were a runner-up. Cycle 1. And it is for a reason. Don't forget that."
* ReviewerStockPhrases: For the Judge; "Fierce", "lost your neck", "catching flies with your mouth", "giving face/neck/mouth", "the camera loves you", etc.
* RevolvingDoorCasting: The panel members.
* RichBitch: "and then we realised... that Robyn was ''actually shopping''..."
* RuleOfGlamorous
* RuleOfThree: The show is notorious for this. Every three seasons, the opening theme and video changes and, until Cycle 12, crowns a black winner. Ironically when they first introduced a final three girls, one was disqualified so judging resorted to the usual final two status quo.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: The winners of each cycle are often not the strongest contenders, but are stuck with the sponsored prizes. And one could go on ''forever'' listing contestants who model more frequently than the winners.
** Elyse Sewell from Cycle 1 is probably the most successful contestant. She came 3rd.
** Cycle 7's Melrose and Cycle 10's Anya beat out Caridee and Whitney by gaining successful fashion careers, as opposed to the winners who won Covergirl sponsorship.
** Cycle 9's Heather Kuzmich, due to having [[AspergersSyndrome Asperger's]] and both making it work, being an overall strong contestant, and barely avoiding the FreudianExcuse, has also received a great deal of notoriety.
* SevenDeadlySins: One photo shoot in Cycle 4 had each of the girls put in a coffin in a grave and portraying one of the sins. What made this even worse was that Kahlen's (one of the contestants) friend had died not long before the shoot. She was praised for channeling her pain and delivering a good photo.
* SheCleansUpNicely: While many people would disagree, a number of contestants DO clean up nicely after their makeovers and look prettier as a result.
* ShipTease: As much as you would expect with Cycle 20 introducing both girls ''and'' boys as top model contestants.
* ShockingElimination: Too many to list.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Cycles 13 (featured contestants below 5'7), 17 (featured [[MyGreatestSecondChance returning]] contestants), 18 (see CrossOver above), and recently, 20 (first cycle with male contestants).
* StatuesqueStunner: Given that this is a show about modelling, it's actually easier to count girls who are short or have average height. The trope is intentionally averted in Cycle 13, however.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Every time there's a new judge, expect some comparisons to the one they replaced.
* ThisIsACompetition: No less than four different girls will remind us of this fact '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis every. single. episode.]]'''
** After the first elimination, this trope is probably the strongest in use. And the contestants are surprised about the fact.
*** 'Okay this is really a competition after this model went home. This is actually a competition.'
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: The word tends to get used a lot.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Subverted by the two Jays.
* TimedMission: The Go-sees episodes. Cue Laconic/RaceAgainstTheClock.
* TokenMinority: Although every cycle has a pretty broad mix of contestants racially, more than half of the cycles feature exactly one plus-sized model. [[note]]Cycles 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, and 15 featured none, Cycle 8 featured two.[[/note]] Additionally, critics have accused Tyra Banks of [[StuntCasting purposely courting controversy]] with her inclusion of an autistic contestant, a possible MailOrderBride and a {{transsexual}}.
* TraumaticHaircut: ''All the time''. Each cycle features at least one girl that doesn't react positively to her ExpositoryHairstyleChange. In one case, a girl actually quit the show after receiving said haircut.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: The blind/short/overweight/whatever contestant will always make it far in the show no matter what their talent is. And interestingly rich girls who have places at great universities never seem to win...
* ViewersAreGoldfish: The show will frequently have sepia-toned flashbacks to events that happened just a few minutes earlier.
* WalkOnWater: The epic final runway of Cycle 4.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead:
** Kristi from Cycle 3 wore a USA gown in the casting episode.
** The show enforced this trope in Cycle 18. At panel, the girls had to wear shirts and lipsticks with their corresponding nation's flag printed and designed on them.
** A case of Wearing A Flag On Your Legs with Lisa during a Cycle 17 panel.
* WesternZodiac: The photoshoot in Cycle 4 where the infamous "worst picture in ANTM history" was named (The Pisces pic).
* WhamEpisode: Usually episodes ending in a ShockingElimination, but that's not always the case. [[note]]Special mention goes to Cycle 2 episode 10, Cycle 3 episode 4, Cycle 4 episodes 3 and 7, Cycle 5 episodes 6, 9 and 11, Cycle 6 episodes 4, 5 and 8, Cycle 7 episode 10, Cycle 16 episode 7, All-Stars Cycle episodes 10, 12 and 13, Cycle 18 episodes 3, 6 and 10.[[/note]]
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The theme for a photo shoot in the 19th cycle was the aftermath of a [[PartyAtMyIndex wild party]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The girls' were given [[{{Motif}} brands]] to embody during the All-Stars cycle. For instance, words such as "[[{{Badass}} Daring]]" and "Unique". However, three brands have ambiguous meanings, specifically those were "[[LipstickLesbian Free]]", "[[TeamMom Girlfriend]]" and "[[UnfortunateImplications Un]][[TokenMinority expected]]"
* WholesomeCrossdresser: J. Alexander, called ''Miss'' J. Alexander by Tyra. A Cycle 1 contestant called him that to avoid confusion with Jay Manuel.
* WorldOfHam: With so many divas under one roof (and that's just the judges), almost every single moment is one of absolute drama.
* WorldOfPun: Tyra Mails usually contain some sort of pun, {{Foreshadowing}} the next photoshoot.
* ZombieApocalypse: One photoshoot in Cycle 19.
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