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A {{GSN}} GameShow in which four contestants competed in a last-player-standing quiz contest. Each player stands on one of the six trap doors on the circular floor. A player who misses a multiple-choice question must play RussianRoulette, by pulling a lever to spin the "Drop Zones", to stay in the game.

The first question had one Drop Zone, indicated by a red border; each question after that added a Drop Zone until five were in play. Any contestant standing in a Drop Zone fell three feet (five feet in season 1) through the floor and out of the game. The last contestant in the game advanced to the BonusRound for a chance to win up to $100,000.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* BonusRound: A bit different, depending on the season. In either case, the player had :60 to complete the round, with a drop zone opening every ten seconds, and victory awarding $10,000.
** Season 1: Five "killer" questions (word jumbles, math problems and general-knowledge questions) were read, and the player had to say "My answer is..." before each answer. Each right answer was worth $500.
** Season 2. Ten multiple-choice questions (each with three choices), worth $300 apiece. The player no longer had to say "My answer is..." before each answer.
* DeadlyGame: The game was named after and the premise was built around one.
* EjectTheLoser: Hence, the drop zones.
* LetsJustSeeWhatWouldHaveHappened: If a player won the $10,000, he could play one more round of Russian Roulette with the drop zones that had opened for a chance at $90,000 more, with a drop losing the $10,000. Even if he declined, they would pull the handle anyway (with the player off the drop zone) to see what would have happened.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Burton Richardson. Yes, really.
** GameShowHost: Mark L. Walberg. Todd Newton hosted on April Fool's Day 2003, which ''also'' happened to be the last first-run episode.
** StudioAudience
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AndIMustScream: Some of the contestants on this show were downright terrified of dropping, even when they knew exactly what they were in for.
--> '''Male Contestant:''' ''(pulls handle)'' ''[[LargeHam Nooo!]]'' [[BrokenRecord No, no,]] [[MostAnnoyingSound no, no,]] [[MadnessMantra NO, no, no, no, no,]] [[OverlyLongGag no, no, no...]] ''(hits drop zone)'' [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!]] ''(drops)''
-->''*Beat*''
--> '''Mark:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Yes.]]
* BornLucky: Ned "[[TooDumbToLive Car Wax and Shark]]" Peterson.
* CatchPhrase: "Watch your step."
* TheCameo: [[PressYourLuck The Whammy]] was in the StudioAudience during the April Fool's 2003 show.
** With Todd Newton of Series/{{Whammy}}! hosting. Mark L. Walberg and Kennedy from [[Series/FriendOrFoe Friend Or Foe]] were in the audience as well.
* DeadpanSnarker. Mark. L. Walberg.
* ObviousRulePatch: The bonus round changed from answering five "killer" questions to answering ten multiple-choice questions, with the timer starting after Mark read the first question.
* OpeningNarration: "Four strangers. One goal: to win a head-to-head competition for the chance of $100,000. One wrong answer could be their last... this is Russian Roulette. From [place], [occupation] [name]; from [place], [occupation] [name]; from [place], [occupation] [name]; from [place], [occupation] [name]. Now here's our host, Mark... L. ... Walberg..."
* SelfDeprecation: One contestant from [[CanadaEh north of the border]] admitted to being very fond of maple syrup.
* UnwinnableByDesign: There have been several instances where the contestant eliminated first drops without ever getting the opportunity to play.
* VoiceOfDramatic: This is arguably Burton Richardson's most awesome (and low-key) announcing work.
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