Endurance was a teen reality competition hosted by J.D. Roth that lasted six seasons from 2002 to 2008. Sixteen to twenty teenagers aged 12 to 15 would be placed in a remote location and compete in various missions as mixed gender teams of two for a grand prize trip.

Before that, there was also Moolah Beach in 2001, which is indexed here as well.

!!You're going to need every single one of these tropes to win this game:

* AHouseDivided: The teams in ''Season 2'' had mixed reactions to [[spoiler:the inclusion of the brown team]]. This split the teams into two opposing alliances: [[spoiler:those who wanted the brown team gone because they didn't want to play against people who have already played Endurance before, and those who didn't mind playing against them]].
* AllOrNothing: While both members of the final 2 teams often get a memento from J.D before they head to the temple of fate to decided the winner, there is overall no official prizes for any team that isn't the Endurance Champions (who win an exotic vacation).
** Somewhat averted (depends on the choice of the teams) in Moolah Beach. The team with the most idols at the finale were offered bribe prizes (Playstation 2, Mcdonalds for 1 year) in order to give up idols. The team could keep the bribe prizes even if they didn't win the grand prize ($25000 in cash).
* ArcWords: Two examples from ''High Sierras'': "[[CallItKarma What goes around comes around.]]" and "It's not a matter of whether you win or lose; it's how you play the game." Both of these emphasis the role karma has in the game.
* AudienceParticipation:
** Audience members at the reunion special got to vote for which male and female contestant that they wanted to return in Endurance 2. The contestant votes counted as individual votes while audience vote only counted as 1 per gender [[spoiler: though Max and Jenna, whom received the most support from the audience, still got chosen to return]].
** The fireball mission from ''Endurance 2'' was brought back in ''Tehachapi'' after being voted as the favorite Endurance mission in a fan contest.
** Garrett and Kelsey of ''High Sierras'' along with Will and Leslie of ''Fiji'' got their initial spots on the show due to being voted in from fans from a selection of other hopefuls. The latter 2 even teamed up to form the Green Team.
* [[BackFromTheDead Back From Elimination]]: There was a twist during ''Hawaii'' in which the six competitors who lost the Right to Stay challenge were brought back. They then competed against each other in another challenge. The winner of this challenge got to pick their partner from the three losers of the opposite gender, and the two reentered the game as the brown team.
** See also MyGreatestSecondChance
* BadLuckCharm:
** The Samadhi is usually this. It is typically a clay urn (log in ''High Sierras'') and the winner of the endurance missions usually gets to pick another team to receive it. The team with the samadhi will receive a disadvantage in the following temple mission which is represented by what is inside the jar. Disadvantages can reach from time delays/head starts (whichever is inconvenient for the mission), an extra task to complete in order to win or another element that hampers a teams chance of winning (there were even a couple of cases where the disadvantage was that the team was not allowed to compete in the mission). A few teams have managed to overcome the samadhi and still win the temple mission but it was rare for that to happen. A couple of samadhis were not inherently bad such as in ''Hawaii'' where one samadhi allowed the winning team to either take all of the pyramid pieces from another team or switch partners. A samadhi in ''High Sierras'' also permitted a partner switch.
** The Gray team, while not inherently suppose to be this but the performance of these teams throughout the series gained them this reputation. Four of the five gray teams featured on the show were the first colored teams to get eliminated (the one exception though were the champions of their season). Zigzagged in season 1 where the gray team, due to the rules of the partner selection game, was the only team to start with 2 pyramid pieces instead of one and thus giving them an early lead [[spoiler: only to get sent home after losing the very first visit to the temple of faith]]. Averted in ''Fiji'' where there was no Gray team.
* BeachEpisode: ''Moolah Beach'', ''Endurance 2'' and ''Fiji'' tend to take place on or by the beach and thus making most of the episodes of those seasons this.
* BittersweetEnding: Temple Mission episodes where the 2 teams sent to temple are close to each other. The team that wins stays in the game and still has a shot at the grand prize but it comes at the cost of eliminating their friends.
* CallItKarma: Became a Piece in season 6 after the events of last season.
* ChekhovsGun: Pyramid pieces are usually this for most of the game. While each team starts with at least one and can earn more by winning endurance missions and, starting with ''Endurance 2'', be given pieces by eliminated teams (exception being the third place team's pieces in which the final 2 will compete for those remaining pieces), they lack a direct impact in gameplay until the finale where the pieces are used in a game that determines who becomes Endurance Champions. Somewhat averted for the friendship piece in ''High Sierras'' as that piece featured the "triangle of immunity" which could be used to save a team from temple before the final 3 [[spoiler: it was never used though]].
* CliffHanger: At the reunion special in between endurance 1 and 2, where the original 7 team members voted for 1 guy and 1 girl to come back for endurance 2 as the brown team, J.D decided not to reveal who won yet. It wasn't until the after the endurance 2 teams were formed that it was announced that [[spoiler: Max and Jenna, the season one gray team, were the winners]]
* ColorCodedArmies: The teams when they are created - they wear predominantly team-colored clothing.
* ConfessionCam: There is usually a small room provided where contestants can express their thoughts and comments on challenges and relationships that are occurring throughout the series.
* CurbStompBattle: Quite a few missions ended up becoming this with one or two teams completely dominating, while the others were fighting a losing battle trying to catch up. Most notably was [[spoiler: Pipeline on Endurance: Hawaii, when the Gray Team got all of their balls in when barely any of the other teams could get one.]]
** [[spoiler: Also In ''Hawaii'', during the sliver pyramid game to decide the champion. Gray team had 10 pieces before the game while Orange only accumulated 2. Gray managed to win in only 4 rounds, making it the shortest final game in the entire series.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: During the final five of ''Tehachapi'' and the final four of ''High Sierras'', whichever team came in last in the Endurance Mission would automatically be sent to Temple unless they won the next Temple Mission. Neither team overcame this obstacle.
** In ''Fiji'', the two teams who would go to Temple after the final Temple Mission were decided based on a [[LuckBasedMission drawing of nuts]]. The order which the teams finished said Temple Mission determined how many nuts each team would have in the drawing bag. Essentially, whichever team won the final Temple Mission could still go to Temple. [[spoiler:This was what got the red team eliminated even though they won the mission.]]
* DifficultButAwesome: Winning a Temple Mission with a Samadhi-induced disadvantage working against you. The only teams that were able to pull this off were Season 1's blue team, Season 3's yellow team, Season 5's purple team, and Season 6's red team.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Moolah Beach naturally had some of this. Beyond being on a different channel, Moolah had a cash prize as the main reward whereas in endurance it was an exotic trip. Rather than pyramid pieces, the game had idols (one of which awarded the cash prize to the team that held on to it at the end). There was also no right to stay challenge and everyone who competed got to be on a team. Rather than the rock-paper-scissor style elimination game in endurance, Moolah had a more lottery style game where a team's performance in a recent mission impacted their odds of getting eliminated.
** Season 1 had just ten pieces, whereas Seasons 2 and 3 had 12, Seasons 4 and 5 had 13, and Season 6 had 14. Season 1 also had multiple prize trips that the teams could win. Finally, the way the pieces (and prize trips) were given off was a lot more complicated than in every season afterwards: on E1, they would be up for grabs in the next Endurance Mission.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The Temple of Fate is this essentially - fire burns wood, water puts out fire, wood floats on water.
* GameShowHost: JD Roth handled hosting duties for Moolah Beach and all seasons of Endurance
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: In "Tehachapi", after Green Team wins the first endurance mission, Jeszie tells this to her teammate Isaac while convincing him to give the Samadhi (a handicap in the following temple mission) to the Gray Team despite his promise to them that he would not give it to them.
* InevitableMutualBetrayal: This was the case for the bigger alliances (particularly four team alliances) when one member wins the temple mission but has to send at least one other member team to temple due to the shortage of non-member teams still in the competiton (or at least, who are eligible to go to temple at that point).
** ''Hawaii'': Purple, Red, Orange and Gray had an alliance but where forced to send at least either Red or Orange to temple of faith when their superteam loss in the superteam temple mission (their main enemy, Yellow, was on the winning superteam with Purple and Gray with Brown being the only non-member team on the losing superteam). Red was chosen for temple and ended up eliminated at temple after losing to Brown.
** ''High Sierras'': Had another 4 team alliance with the same color teams. All four made it to the final 5 which meant when Green won the temple mission, they had to send a member to the temple of faith where they would risk elimination. Orange was selected and was eliminated after losing to Blue (the only non-member team left at that point). Happened again in the final 4 where Purple won the temple mission and, despite having the power to save Red, decided to make them go to temple with Blue which resulted in Red's elimination.
* {{Irony}}: On Endurance: Hawaii, Demian got the #1 ball in the partner selection, which allowed him to have total control over the power selection. He [[spoiler: chose Nicole to be on the Orange Team, and ended up not working well with her by the end of the season.]]
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: ''Fiji'' to a minor extent requiring the number of players. The first 5 seasons started with 20 new contestants. The sixth season though only had 16. Moreover, while the other seasons of endurance had 7 or 8 teams, this season only had 6 (this was the only endurance season to not have a gray team) unless you count Endurance predecessor Moolah Beach which also had only 6 teams.
* LocationThemeNaming: Started with ''Endurance: Hawaii'' and continued the trend of placing a location in the title for each season continued with the remaining seasons.
* LuckBasedMission: Quite of few of the missions were this.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: [[spoiler: Max & Jenna (Season 1's gray team) were voted by their castmates to be put into Season 2 because of their misinformation about what The Temple of Fate was, which made them the first team to be eliminated. Nevertheless, they ended up winning season 2.]]
* NoFourthWall: Past seasons of endurance do get mentioned in the show from time to time, especially regarding the Gray team curse (Gray is typically the first team eliminated) and the 3 trip temple curse (Teams that go to the temple 3 times before the finale usually get eliminated at the 3rd trip). Endurance 2 even had it as a gameplay component as 2 contestants from the first season where brought back which caused mixed opinions from the newer contestants.
* NonGameplayElimination: Vanetta had to be taken out of the game due to an leg injury that required stitches. Her partner Tom spent the rest of his time in the game as the only one person team in the entire series.
* OnceASeason: The final 2 teams will be given a gift by J.D to remind them of their time on endurance. Season 1 is a bit of an exception as the gift giving wasn't shown during the endurance finals episode though the scene is shown during the reunion special.
* OneSteveLimit: The girls in Yellow Team, albeit spelled differently. Seasons 2 and 4 had Calley and Callie and Seasons 3 and 6 had Bryanah and Briana. Seasons 1 and 5 were the only Yellow Teams with standalone names (Sabrina and Lilly).
* Tagline: ''Moolah Beach'' had "If the Sun Doesn't Burn you, Someone Else Will!"
* ThePlace: Season 3 and onwards
** ''Endurance: ''Hawaii''
** ''Endurance: ''Tehachapi''
** ''Endurance: ''High Sierras''
** ''Endurance: ''Fiji''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Became a Piece in Season 4 onward, as friendships became an important part of the show.
* RecapEpisode: There is one during the halfway mark of each season as well as a "Best of" special near the end of the season.
* ReunionShow: A reunion special was held following the first endurance where the 7 teams got to discuss their time on the show as well as present some clips that weren't shown during the season. They also got to vote for a guy and girl to come back for endurance 2.
* ShellGame: The winner of endurance is decided by playing a variation of this. A row of pyramids is shown in between the final 2 teams and usually starts with 2 or 3 pyramids (more are added as more rounds are played). In each round, there is a gold pyramid underneath one of them. The teams are given beforehand miniature pyramid pieces based on the ones they earned throughout the season. These are used to make wagers on what pyramid they think might have the gold pyramid. The team with the lowest number of pieces at the start of the round is the one that gets to make their wagers first. That team can make multiple wagers (1 piece per pyramid) per round as long as there is still at least 1 pyramid left for the other team to make a wager on. All pyramids in each row must be covered. Whoever wagered on the pyramid with the gold pyramid underneath keeps all of the pieces that were wagered that round. This goes on until one team has all of the pyramid pieces. That team is crowned the endurance champions.
* SpoilerOpening: Relatively minor, but you can tell in the openings first couple of episodes which color a contestant will be on (which also implies they did pass the right to stay challenge) since most of the challenge clips in the opening credits with have teams competing in their colored outfits.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: There were more than a few mismatched teams who didn't get along. Notable examples include the green team from Season 1, the orange team from season 2, the blue team and the orange team from ''Hawaii'', and the original blue team from ''High Sierras".
* TemptingFate: After the Blue team was given the samadhi in endurance 2, with the penalty being a 10 second delay before they start, Scooter responds by saying "Ten seconds. What is that going to do?" and continues express this view that it is a weak handicap. In the following temple mission, while Blue nearly wins the challenge despite the handicap, at one point being neck to neck with Brown, the latter still wins.
* VacationEpisode: One of the specials for ''Hawaii'' showed the winning team on their grand prize trip to the Galápagos Islands.