International Versions: The Amazing Race
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The Amazing Race Asia
For Tropes Specific to Individual Teams:
- Amazing Freaking Grace: Season 4, leg 1, had teams sing one of their clues to this tune.
- The Season 3 finale had one team put on a bad flight after a ticketing agent messed up their tickets, and another team get a horrible cab driver to begin the leg, making it obvious the third team was going to win with half the episode remaining.
- The finale of the fourth season was one. One of the teams was on a flight that arrived hours after the other two teams, and half-way through the episode the team that was in second quit the Roadblock and took a 4-hour penalty.
- Book Ends: Season 1 began and ended in Malaysia, and visited the Kuala Lumpur Tower in both legs.
- Call Back: One of the Detour option in leg 6 of Season 4 was a "Flashback" challenge to the bungee jumping task from Season 1.note
- The Cameo:
- Paula, a contestant from Season 2 was the greeter of the first leg of Amazing Race Asia 3.
- Geoff from Season 3 did have an appearance in Amazing Race Asia 2. He is known as "Sam" even though Marc called him Geoff.
- Dartboard of Hate: Season 4 did this with the bow and arrow Detour in the penultimate leg, as teams were aiming for the picture of another team, and had to hit it three times to complete the task.
- Foreshadowing: At the end of each episode of Season 4, they would innocently show the advertisements of the newly built Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. As the promo for the final episode rolled in, clips of the promo all point to the resort. Eventually, the final tasks and the finish line all ended at the Marina Bay Sands.
- Lighter and Softer: In comparison to where the original series was going at the moment. The Asian series aired during U.S. Seasons 10-17, when the game was getting far more competitive, and teams could be serious and make game moves without being seen as villains by the other teams. This level of competitiveness never made it to Asia, resulting it teams being far friendlier with each other, doing things such as giving money to teams hit with a mugging penalty or when they couldn't pay for their cabs. At the same time, while there were teams who were seen as villainous by the other teams due to playing "dirty," no one, save for Laura & Andy in Season 1 and Geoff in Season 3, were ever portrayed as being villainous on air. This level of friendliness was most likely due to most of the teams being media personalities in their own countries, with careers and images to worry about.
- Manipulative Editing: Leg 2 of Season 4 had five of the ten teams receive four-hour penalties for not finishing the Roadblock in time. However, the beginning of the next leg had two of those teams, Alan & Wendy and Claire & Michelle, only receive two hour and twenty minute penaltiesnote , while Jess & Lani and Hussein & Natasha received full four hour penalties. To further muddle things up, Claire & Michelle supposedly left the Pit Start at 7:30, yet somehow managed to be at the ticket counter at the airport at 7:25. So either two of the teams received shorter penalties for no reason and Claire & Michelle learned to time travel, or every team received only a two-hour penalty, but Alan & Wendy and Claire & Michelle's start times had to be modified to explain why they made a flight that took off an hour before they were supposed to start the leg.
- Mythology Gag: The second clue of Season 4 told teams to go to the Pit Stop from The Amazing Race Season 16, episode 8.
- Needle in a Stack of Needles: Unintentionally in leg 7 of Season 4, where upon arriving in Sydney teams had to find a man holding an umbrella in his right hand and ask him, "Any clue about the weather, mate?" As it was about to rain when teams got in, almost everyone was carrying an umbrella, resulting in a mad scramble to ask everyone they saw.
- Nightmare Retardant: The Spookers Haunted House in New Zealand in Season 2 for every team except Sophie & Aurelia, as teams were not scared, but instead spent more time laughing, and Pamela & Vanessa even got annoyed and pushed past several of the "ghosts."
- Product Placement: Is known to make a lot of product placing. Many of the miscellaneous tasks require teams to use a brand-product provided by their sponsors just to do a task or go to another destination. For example, one team member had to take a picture of another team member doing the roadblock or locals singing a traditional song while another team member is recording using a cam-coder. One particularly blatant example was in the seventh leg of the first season, where teams flew from New Zealand to Singapore simply to perform a task that showed off a new brand of car (washing mud off the car) before immediately leaving to Thailand.
- Recap Episode: There was one right before the Season 4 finale.
- Rubber-Band A.I. : The seventh leg of Season 1 had four equalizers at the beginning of the leg, before the teams even got to the Roadblock, two flights and two "hours of operation" points.
- Series Continuity Error: Season 4, episode 5 started with Allan saying, "Once again, the Richards took 1st place," even though it was their first leg win.
- Shark Tunnel: Season 1, leg 4 had racers wait in one of these while their teammate did a Roadblock in the surrounding tank.
- Swan Boats: Season 2 had the teams paddle one of these in South Korea.
The Amazing Race Latin America
- Action Mom: Renata & Ana Paula in Latin America 4, who became the second team to win the first three legs of the race (After Rob & Amber in All-Stars), and six of the first eight. And are only the second team (after Marc & Rovlison in Asia 2) to put up two streaks of 3+ straight leg wins. Besides Renata being a fire fighter, the few times they struggle with tasks they repeat the names of their children.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Some teams in the Brazilian version gave married couple Perri & Maristela the nickname "Mr. and Mrs. Bean" due to Perri's resemblance to Rowan Atkinson.
- Down to the Last Play: Though the finales in all three seasons have been pretty close, the second season has the record of being the closest of all the versions of the show. It ended with a boat race and then a sprint to the finish line with only a few yards separating the two teams.
- Hilarious Outtakes: The credits of the Brazil version had some.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: Perri & Maristela of the Brazilian version, despite being the strongest team in the season, quit the mandatory eating task in the finale resulting in them being disqualified, reasoning that the cold temperature and number of times they were vomiting wasn't worth it.
- Oddly Named Sequel: The Latin American seasons: The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 1, The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 2, The Amazing Race 3, and The Amazing Race: Edição Brasil (The show had moved to a different channel).
- One Steve Limit: Averted, Latin America Season 1 had a mother/daughter team who were both named Casilda, and Latin America Season 2 had a father/son team both named Edison.
- Theme Twin Naming: Averted with Nicolás & Cristóbal (Latin America 3).
The Amazing Race Australia
For Tropes Specific to Individual Teams:
- Asian Drivers: the Roadblock in Season 2, leg 3 had teams earning their driver's license in India, which led to many of the teams talking about how crazy the drivers were there, and about how ridiculous it was to learn the rules of the road when no one followed them.
- Bait and Switch: The third season started as normal, with grant raising his arm to start the race, only to then put his arm down as take the teams off to a tug of war challenge between the two countries.
- Celebrity Impersonator: In the AvNZ finale, teams had to travel to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and take pictures with three people impersonating Australian born celebrities.
- Knights and Knaves: Referenced in the second leg of AvNZ, when the Roadblock had two monks serving as task judges, one of whom would always tell the contestants they had failed, even if given the correct answer.
- Matryoshka Object: Leg 6 of AvNZ had teams taming up with their fellow countrymen to locate three complete sets of Russian nesting dolls from amongst several rooms filled with them.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: The raft task in leg 1 of Season 2 subverted this in general. Though the task involved rowing rafts to the Pit Stop, so it looked like the male/male teams would have an advantage, the teams had to build their own rafts, and because the male teams were heavier in general, the actual paddling part of the task became much harder as a result of quickly built rafts being bogged down and even falling apart.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: One China Detour in Season 2 (lifted from US Season 14) required teams to listen to customers ordering food in Chinese, then repeat the orders to a chef. It led to the teams saying such phrases as, "Salty fried small tea bag."
- Mythology Gag: This version of the show in general is notorious for borrowing tasks from the U.S. and Asian versions, as the first two seasons seemed to have half their tasks rehashed.
- Season 2 had a mechanical bull riding task in leg 10, and during the intro to the task they played the Leitmotif used for professional bull riders Jet & Cord in US Seasons 16 and 18.
- When the second leg of AvNZ visited Cambodia, the greeter, though a different woman, was dressed the same as the greeter from US Season 15, leg 4note .
- Australia 3, when Emily was blowing into her coconuts to more quickly complete the Detour in the third leg, a song sounding suspiciously like "Sweet Georgia Brown," the theme of the Harlem Globetrotters, played in the background. Sweet Georgia Brown would be played again twice in the 9th leg, both times for Ashleigh & Jarrod.
- Australia 3, while mostly free of task borrowing through the first four legs, only borrowing the rock climbing task at Railay Beach in Thailand from U.S. 1 and Asia 1, borrowed a clue from U.S. 17 in leg 5, when they gave the teams a little statue of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood instead of a normal clue to their next location. On top of that, the cab situation in the city caused most of the teams to run to the Pit Stop, something that was required during the task in U.S. 17.
- Precap: Season 3 had one for the entire season prior to the first episode, giving away that some teams would be lasting several legs.
- Reality Show Genre Blindness: All of Season 1's Final 3 teams were blindsided by the Final Exam Finale flag Roadblock in the finale leg, despite it being similar to a rather notable task in US Season 9's finale. The teams even admitted to not bothering to take note of the flags, and struggled enough that any team who had bothered to take notes (a common strategy in the US metagame) probably would have easily won the race.
- Saved for the Sequel: Lucy & Emilia (2) were originally chosen for Season 1, but had to drop out due to their mother falling ill.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Used on the racers themselves in Seasons 1 and 2. The teams get a clue telling them to go to mat and find Grant, only to have him tell them that they're still racing, and hand them their next clue.
The Amazing Race Israel
- The Casanova: Shay & Guy's plan for the race during their introduction was to flirt with the many female teams in competition.
- Dumb Blonde: Hadas & Inbal (Season 1) were generally a subversion, but the results of their first task almost played the trope absolutely straight. To explain, during the safari drive task of the first leg, instead of tying their log to the towing hook like everyone else did, they actually tied it to the truck, and to make sure it didn't fall off, they double and triple knotted it; cue them falling from 1st place to 4th place when they try everything they can to get it off, including trying to untie it unsuccessfully, burn the rope, cut it with their leg razors, and eventually smashing a mirror they had with them and using a shard to cut the rope. They lampshaded their stupidity only moments after leaving the task.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Brought up by Carmit during the nude posing Fast Forward in Season 2.
- Leitmotif: Hannah & Margalit of Season 1 had their own Klezmer-style theme.
- Man on Fire: In Season 2, there was a Roadblock where teams had to do a stunt which involved being set on fire.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: Hannah & Margalit were forced to quit the race after Margalit suffered a severe abdominal infection in leg 5 and was rushed to hospital. She recovered soon after they were removed from competition, and thus were able to return for the finale.
- Sequel Escalation: While the first season was fairly standard, the second season had more challenging tasks (the very first thing teams had to do at was climb rope ladders to their cars which were each suspended by cranes) but was also longer both to the racers (13 legs compared to 10) and to the viewers (28 episodes compared to 20. There was even one episode that was entirely devoted to the teams getting from the final clue to the Pit Stop.)
The Amazing Race Canada
For Tropes Specific to Individual Teams:
- Bait and Switch: The poorly kept secret that the second season would be leaving the country was never mentioned to the teams, and they spent two legs in Canada before the clue to start the third leg told them to fly to Hong Kong. Though considering teams had to bring their passports with them, and other such things people have to do before traveling abroad to certain locations, there was at least some sort of hint that it would be happening.
- Book Ends: The first season started and ended in the Toronto Region.
- Canada, Eh?: Averted, as the whole goal of the first season was to give people a greater appreciation of their own country.
- Chekhov's Gun: Season 1, each clue at the start of each leg had a flag of the destination province while the greeters at the end of each leg (including the Chocolate Task judge in the final leg) were each wearing their respective provincial flowers. Only 1 team remembered this detail and vaulted them from last to first to win the race.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: The RCMP task judge in Season 1, who chewed out Jet for his sarcastic attitude and reduced Celina to tears.
- Face Your Fears: The first task in Season 1 involved teams reaching in terrariums filled with animals for clues. The teams who grabbed clues out of the terrariums with the scarier animals (snakes, spiders, rats, and scorpions) got on the better flight.
- Fatal Family Photo: Canada utilizes on this much more than any other version, as the series frequently shows photos of the teams long past the team introductions. If a team has photos shown at the beginning of the episode, it's generally an indication that something important will happen to them that leg, in particular being eliminated.
- Foreshadowing: Season 2's leg 2 prize were two round trip tickets to Hong Kong. In the previews for Leg 3, the contestants are shown heading to Hong Kong.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Season 2, leg 6, had the teams go to Whiskey Dix bar in Winnipeg, with the Roadblock clue asking, "Who has performance issues?"
- History Repeats: Both of the first two seasons had only one of the Final 3 teams enter the finale having previously won a leg. This had only happened in one other season in the franchise to that point, Vietnam's second celebrity edition, which aired the same summer as Canada Season 2.
- Mythology Gag: When teams completed the Country Line Dancing Roadblock in Calgary in Season 1, the show played Cowboys Jet & Cord's Leitmotif from US Seasons 16 and 18.
- Product Placement: In Season 1, teams used an Interac debit card as currency(since the race took place only in Canada). Though most teams still withdrew paper money just in case.
- The entirety of Season 1 can be considered this, as a 10 episodes long commercial for Canada as a tourist attraction.
- Recap Episode: Season 2 had the "After the Race" episode, which took place after the 6th leg, and featured the five eliminated teams sitting together and talking in a very Reunion Show style manor.
- Reunion Show: Both seasons had this.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Season 1 finale, the final 3 teams received a free upgrade to business class on their flight to Toronto.
- Action Girl: Beauty Queens Valeria & Bohdana from Ukraine 1, who rattled off five straight victories to win the season, and set the record for the best finishing average of any female team in any version.
- Book Ends: The Norwegian version began and ended at Holmenkollbakken in Oslo.
- The Cameo: Rick from the first season of China Rush handed out clues in a Roadblock in China Rush 2.
- Celebrity Edition: Vietnam Seasons 2 and 3 were billed as this, as was China Season 1.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Richie & Mimi from the Vietnamese version.
- Read the Freaking Clue: The most painful example of this in the series had to have happened to Phuc Vinh & Linh Chi in Vietnam Season 2. In the final leg, they arrived at the Finish Line 1st and would have won, except they were issued a 30-minute penalty for using notes during a task and violating traffic regulations. While serving their penalty, Lam Anh & Thu Hien checked in and were declared the winners.
- Reality Show Genre Blindness: In China Rush 3, Janelle & Karin and Yu Ping & Yu Chenjing decided to take the Fast Forward in Jilin...when they knew that they were one of the last teams to arrive. Luckily for both of them, the other teams opted not to take it. But not so lucky for Yu Ping & Yu Chenjing, Janelle & Karin finished the Fast Forward first.
- Theme Twin Naming: Played straight with Khai Shing & Khai Sheng of China Rush 3; averted with Frank & Ivar (Norge).