''The Bachelor'' is a popular RealityShow franchise on Creator/{{ABC}}.

As a season begins, we meet the bachelor, a "smart, handsome, successful man" who has it all. Now he's supposedly looking for someone to share it with. He's introduced to some two dozen beautiful women. They go on group and one-on-one dates, and based on the "connections" they form. he narrows the field and chooses one to spend the rest of his life with (though that rarely happens).

Women are eliminated in a "rose ceremony", in which the bachelor gives a rose to the women who will continue in the romantic journey[[note]]competition[[/note]]. Most episodes are said to feature "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever!" Most other developments are hyped as "shocking!" but have usually been shown in their entirety in the previous episode's OnTheNext, or even going-to-commercial previews.

As of this writing, eighteen seasons of ''The Bachelor'' and nine of its DistaffCounterpart, ''The Bachelorette'', have aired. The former show started in 2002, the latter in 2003. Out of twenty resulting couples (two seasons ended with no one chosen,) only one couple has gotten married, in a lavish televised ceremony, and they have since had two children. Of the other thirteen, twelve have broken up and one is engaged, though she's been arrested for assaulting him, but that's another story...[[note]]They don't even try to hide it anymore: The last five seasons combined have four contestants from previous shows... and a former Bachelor returned for another shot.[[/note]]

Has also inspired [[FollowTheLeader countless copycats]].
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: In reference to the "shocking secret" of one of the contestants in season 14, one trailer shows a brief shot of two girls "frolicking" in bed. Turns out she was just cheating on the Bachelor with one of the producers.
* BalancedHarem
* BeachEpisode
* TheBeautifulElite: Everyone's attractive and successful and dress up for their cocktail parties, where they drink champagne and receive roses.
* BetterAsFriends: One of the very few breakups that didn't end in animosity was [[spoiler:Matt and Shayne]] - although they called off their engagement, they are still reportedly close friends.
* CatchPhrase: When all but one rose has been handed out, the host enters the scene and [[OnceAnEpisode announces, "This is the final rose."]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Common in every season.
* CockFight
* ConfessionCam
* DevotedToYou
* {{Fanservice}}
* GenreSavvy: Nikki Ferrell, who scored the final rose on the season with Juan Pablo Galavis, clearly did her homework and thus averted a common aftereffect of the experience. Even ''he'' seemed to realize his chances of finding true love here.
* HaremSeeker: The bachelor(ette).
* HopelessSuitor: It's like none of the women realize that he can only end up with one, and he won't necessarily stay with that one, but they all always really want him.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Invariably, one contestant is hated by all the others. They proclaim that she is "not here for the right reasons." She replies, "I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to fall in love."
** And if publications are to be believed, expect that contestant to say something along the lines of, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "You're not the one holding the roses."]]
** Sometimes the result is inverted from the norm, as the Bachelor ''actually chooses'' the AlphaBitch ( [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*Courtney*cough*cough*]] ).
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Tons of them. Frankly the show is built around them...
* LongingLook
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: With so many women around, its understandable that the guy can't spend time with everyone before the first round of eliminations. Doesn't keep these women from saying they've just lost a soulmate, though.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* LoverTugOfWar: Done figuratively; it's the premise of the show in a nutshell.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: There is a wedding ring where the letter o would be in the title, with a wedding band for the guys, and a diamond for the girls.
* MonochromeCasting: The only people to even get a ''chance'' are usually white or light-skinned Hispanic. Asians are rare, and don't even ask about blacks.
** Finally ''dented'' at least, as far as Sean's season goes; African-American contestant Robyn Howard managed to get as far as episode five before going home.
* OneTrueLove: Pretty much subverted every time.
* OperationJealousy: A non-zany and very effective example. How do you make a woman fall in love with you? Date 20 other women at the same time!
* OurLoveIsDifferent: Every woman thinks this ("we have such an amazing connection"). Then they get to the Rose Ceremony, fail to score a rose, and we get the MoneyShot...
* PoolScene
* ProductPlacement: The fashions, the date settings, the accessories...
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: It has its own section.
** Also, you'd think some of these men/women would have ''actually paid attention'' to who stays and who goes. When the partner takes you on a nice safe date, he/she actually cares about you. When the partner has you (ahem) swim with sharks or go bungee jumping, the TV station wants cheap ratings, and the partner isn't saying no. The risk ''does not'' make it worth it, and they usually get dumped after this. Also, the first to arrive always thinks they're the one the bachelor/bachelorette ''really loves'', but in fact, they're the ones to get ditched (often for no good reason).
* RealityTVShowMansion
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: The season 13 Bachelor broke up with the winner to actually hook up with the runner up. They're the only successful couple from this show to date and are now HappilyMarried [[BabiesEverAfter with children]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Andi Dorfman famously left during Juan Pablo's season after a heated argument. After Juan Pablo gained a reputation as one of the least liked Bachelors, she was seen as making the right decision. And then she became the next Bachelorette, with predictably crazy results.
* SexyDiscretionShot
* SpinOff: Two (three if you count ''The Bachelorette'').
** The first, ''Bachelor Pad'', was a more traditional reality competition show where the former contestants where split by gender and competed against each other ''Series/Survivor''-style for the first few weeks, then as pairs for the last leg of the competition. It also had a twist that at the end the winning couple had to vote separately on whether to keep the $250,000 prize for themselves or share it between the two of them. If they both voted share, they would both receive $125,000. If one voted share and the other voted keep, the one who voted keep would get the whole prize. If they both voted to keep, then ''neither'' would win, and the prize would be distributed amongst the eliminated houseguests. The series lasted three seasons.
** The second spinoff was ''Bachelor in Paradise'', which was a lot closer to the traditional format, but with a mix of Bachelor Pad as well. Men and women from previous seasons spent the summer at a tropical resort, going on dates and making connections. At the end of each episode, the two people without roses had to leave the resort, but the next week would bring in two more previous contestants. There was no cash prize either - the goal was to spark new relationships, just in greater numbers than the standard show.
* TestingTheLoveInterest: The bachelor does this on a lot of dates.
* TokenMinority: The shows usually will have one or two non-white contestants per season who never win and rarely even get close to winning. And when they do, it's often a case of ButNotTooBlack, with light-skinned black people or white Hispanics.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil
* WakeupMakeup: In Ben Higgins's season, he wakes everyone up to find Amanda and take her on a date. The other girls comment on how nice and alert she looks. She appears to have makeup on and may not have fallen asleep.