->''"You ''are'' the weakest link... goodbye."''

British GameShow (2000-12) with multiple local versions, often with red haired female hosts who insult the contestants. At times, these have been controversial insults.

The show works as follows:
# A "team" of 6-9 (depending on the version) contestants are each asked trivia questions in turn.
# For each question answered correctly, the amount of money they stand to collect is increased exponentially.
# At any time a contestant may "bank" the money they've earned so far to add it to the team's collective chitty (the pot then returns to zero).
# If anyone gets a question wrong, all the team's unbanked money is lost.
# For the UK version, the round ends after between 90 and 180 seconds (ten seconds are taken off the round time after each of the first six rounds and half a minute after the seventh) and any unbanked money is discarded. On some versions, the round ends after 5 minutes and the pot is "banked" automatically.
# The team then votes off whomever they feel is "the weakest link" (or whoever might be cleverer than them). The next round begins with the "strongest link" from the previous round, or the second-strongest if the strongest had been voted off.
# When there are only two contestants left, they compete to win the banked money in an elimination round. They are asked questions alternately and if no winner is decided after the sets of questions, a "sudden death" round is played, and the first player to correctly answer a question when their opponent does not is declared the victor.

Made Anne Robinson very famous and gave her a [[TheMeanBrit reputation for nastiness]] as she took her tough, no-nonsense style (previously seen on consumer-affairs show ''Series/{{Watchdog}}}'') to [[DeadpanSnarker new levels]]. Her popularity made it so that she ended up hosting the American version as well (which, however, lasted only a year). George Gray later helmed a syndicated version in the U.S. with its top prize and run time cut in half and the contestant pool reduced, but it didn't last more than a season either and wound up in reruns on low-rated [[IonTelevision Pax]] afterwards.

There have been numerous celebrity versions, where contestants compete to win money for charity.

The "Hole in the Ring" sketches on ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' are a parody of ''Link'', with a Robinson expy who stumbles over her words and dishes out open and unwarranted abuse to contestants.

The show ended in 2012 as Anne Robinson decided to step down and was not replaced; the final new episodes were quietly demoted to an early afternoon slot on Creator/{{BBC}}2, with ''{{Pointless}}'' taking over the prime teatime [=BBC1=] slot.

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weakestlink/
!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* AllOrNothing
* CelebrityEdition: Several, including a ''Series/DoctorWho''-themed episode in 2007 and a puppet-edition later that year, as well as two Wrestling/{{WWE}} episodes and a hip-hop musicians episodes in the U.S. They're playing for Charity.
** One episode also parodied this with a B-list celebrity edition.
* DoubleTheDollars: The final banking round is played for triple stakes (double in the US).
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer
** GameShowHost: Anne Robinson. George Gray hosted a syndicated version in America.
** StudioAudience
* WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: NBC's second attempt to start a ''Millionaire''-type franchise, between the revived ''Series/TwentyOne'' and imported ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''.
!!This show provides examples of:
* AprilFoolsPlot: One episode had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDT6x23xeY Anne don a pink blazer and adopting a kind demeanor]], actually [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDT6x23xeY being nice to the contestants]]. Ultimately subverted in that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Cq4VPLWwU she dropped the act because the contestants were "just so stupid."]]
* CatchPhrase[=/=]TitleDrop: "You ''are'' the weakest link. Goodbye!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Anne and George alike.
* EliminationHoudini:[[invoked]] A non-subjective example. The Weakest Link may be the one constantly advancing. However, StatisticallySpeaking, they may only be the weakest link due to some other circumstances. (See StatisticallySpeaking)
* {{Flanderization}}: At the time the series made its debut in the UK, Anne Robinson had been a long-time presenter on ''Series/{{Watchdog}}'', the BBC's consumer affairs programme. After this series became established however, the BBC took her off ''Watchdog'' because they wanted her to be known solely for her ''Weakest Link'' personality (rather than the much more caring persona she displayed on ''Watchdog''). This was eventually reversed in 2009, when Robinson returned to ''Watchdog'' and displayed the same personality she had always done on that show.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Australian version used Cornelia Frances, known for her role on Home and Away. The resemblance between her and Anne is striking, to the point where Cornelia displayed a similar abrasive personality to Anne.
* TheMeanBrit: Anne.
* NonstandardGameOver: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJFJiie5kLI&t=01m23s This exchange]], after a contestant insists repeatedly that the statistical strongest link was the weakest link.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: This is to be expected with a MeanBrit on board. Unless the team got every question right, Anne would find some reason to berate the players. If they did all give right answers, she'd point out they could have taken the top prize if they'd only had the guts to let it ride.
** Subverted in the case of an episode of the US version where the team got a perfect round. Her response: "A reasonable start, team."
* PopCulturalOsmosis: People who have never watched the show are familiar with the catchphrase.
* RunningGag: [[{{Troll}} People seem to like trying to make Anne Robinson laugh by cracking jokes or doing something weird.]]
* StatisticallySpeaking: During the voting, the announcer says that StatisticallySpeaking, so and so is the weakest link and so-and-so is the strongest link and asks if the voting will reflect that. It's interesting to note that a few things alter whether or not someone is the strongest or weakest link, such as a round where everyone got their questions right, but the person who banked was the strongest link. Or where the weakest link actually got all their questions correctly but was merely only asked two questions when everyone else was asked three. (For example)
* UnwinnableByDesign: The time limit that shrinks with every round, the unpredictability of the question material, and the strategy to not appear too threatening to keep in later rounds makes it essentially impossible that any team would ever reach the maximum prize offered on the show. It's generally considered an impressive accomplishment just to reach the target ''once.'' The highest prize awarded on any version of the show was $189,500 of the possible $1,000,000, on a "Tournament of Losers" special edition of the US series.
* WritingLines: Anne Robinson orders a teacher to do this in one episode after the other contestants vote him off.
* YouSayTomato: Anne Robinson often poked fun at contestants from Northern England (unless that contestant is from her home city, Liverpool).