- Big Brother US version:
- Anyone who volunteers to go up on the block and be evicted. Lawon and Dustin come to mind note .
- During the "counting" Veto competitions (in which the houseguests must guess how many of a certain item there is), there's always someone who guesses a ridiculously high number that has no chance of being correct, as well as someone who folds during the last round (meaning they're guaranteed not to win). Ashley from BB 14 deserves special mention for doing both of these.
- Marcellas (3) and Amy are both up for eviction. Marcellas wins the Golden Power of Veto, giving him the power to guarantee himself a spot in the Final 4.
You'd expect: Marcellas decides to save himself.
Instead: He declines to use the Golden PoV, stating he doesn't want to force Jason (the current Head of Household) to choose who to put up in his place between the two remaining girls. Marcellas ends up being evicted, by a vote of 2-1, the 1-1 tie being broken by Jason. And what reason does Jason give for evicting Marcellas? He didn't use the Veto on himself.
"What were you thinking?": As soon as Marcellas sits down for his post-eviction interview, Julie smacks him over the head with her interview cards.
- (6) In Maggie's HOH, James promises Ivette that he will target Howie & Rachel when he win HOH. After the POV competition, Ivette went to James for assurance.
You'd expect:: James keeps his promise, and throw next HOH just to cover his bases.
Instead:Without hesitation, he decided to tell Ivette his plan into targeting Maggie, thus losing Ivette's trust on him.
What's worse:He made the promise while swearing to the Bible. This, along with Ivette telling everyone, made him extremely untrustworthy with everyone.
- After Kaysar was successfully voted off in Maggie HOH, Howie won the next HOH:
You'd expect:Have a meeting with his alliance (Janelle, Rachel, James and Sarah) first before nominating and targeting a member of the Friendship, preferably Maggie, the leader of the alliance.
Instead:He makes numerous deals with everyone, including Maggie without permission from his alliance. She then manages to convince him to to put up James and Sarah, thus losing his alliance numerical advantage.
- Then the Pressure Cooker HOH comes in, and it is now down to Jennifer (Friendship) and Kaysar (SOV). Jennifer begs for Kaysar, who'd returned to the competition, to let her win the HOH, so that she can help evict James, everybody's target.
You'd Expect: Kaysar to tell her to let it play out and see how it goes and probably win, since believing someone from the other alliance is too risky.
Instead:Kaysar just gives Jennifer HOH, thus giving Kaysar the unexpected revolving door treatment.
- Then Jennifer won the Pressure Cooker HOH.
You'd Expect: Obey everybody's orders and take James off. Since the Friendship still holds the majority and she will be targeted later over higher profile targets like Maggie and Ivette in the house.
Instead: She broke the promise and nominated Kaysar after the Veto ceremony. Thus, making herself the biggest target for the SOV instantly, and will have a hard time winning votes from the SOV members if she somehow made it to the finals. She is then evicted at Janelle's HOH reign.
- Then Janelle wins her first HOH, then wins the Veto, currently the nominated candidates are Maggie (the leader of the majority alliance) and Jennifer (a high profile target after the events of the last week also from the majority alliance).
You'd Expect: Janelle to realize that April and Ivette have a hard time working with each other without Maggie. Plus, Maggie is harder to be voted off than Jennifer. She is now in a position where she can take one of two options. She can either not use the veto, which keeps the nominations the same, securing April's (Jennifer's partner) vote against Maggie, or use the veto on Jennifer and put Ivette up, securing both Beau's (Ivette's partner) and James' (Ivette's ally) votes against Maggie. She then needs two votes (one if she takes the second option) to cause a tie, which she can then break and evict Maggie, and one more to evict without a tiebreaker vote. She can get two votes to evict Maggie from her alliance members, Howie and Rachel. The third vote (if she takes the first option) comes from James, who is going after Maggie anyway. By a vote of 4-3 (if there's a tie) or at least 4-2 (without a tie), Maggie is evicted. After that, The Friendship has no leader capable of making strategic decisions & the glue that sticks The Friendship together, making it easier for a SOV member to win.
Instead: Janelle vetoes Maggie instead and Jennifer is evicted 5-1. After this move, Maggie is totally untouchable for the SO Vs until the Final 3.
- The Final 3, when Ivette (Friendship) and Janelle (SOV) are competing in the Final HOH
You'd Expect: After Janelle outright saying that she would take Ivette to the Final 2 before the competition started, Ivette to try and throws the challenge and let Janelle evict Maggie without letting Maggie know their deal. Since the jury would consist of 4 Friendship members (Jennifer, Beau, April and Maggie), 2 SOV members (Howie and Rachel) and James, Ivette would have had the winning edge against Janelle.
Instead: Ivette does her best and wins the Final HOH, and has to take Maggie to the Final 2 due to a promise the group had made (where if one member of the Friendship betrays another at the end, they vote for the other person in the final 2). Maggie then wins 4-3.
What's worse: She also gave a rather nasty message to Rachel in her goodbye message. Which prompted Rachel to convince Howie (who is Rachel's partner) to vote for Maggie instead. Since Howie was convinced by Maggie to nominate two of his alliance members, it was even easier for Rachel to convince him.
- In Big Brother 8, Dick and Jen were the last two people standing in a Veto competition where the other contestants can make an attempt to distract the competitors and have them be eliminated. Keep in mind that Dick was the Head of Household and Jen was one of his nominees that week. When it was only them around, Mike attempts to distract Dick as much as possible in hopes that he gets eliminated from the competition and once Dick realizes what he was doing, he ended up telling him that if he attempts to get Dick eliminated from the competition one more time, then he will eliminate himself from the competition and make Mike his replacement nominee.
You'd Expect: For Mike to shut up and not try to get Dick eliminated from the competition anymore.
Instead: Mike states he does not care and afterwords Dick did exactly what he stated. He then went on to get evicted from the Big Brother house that same week.
- Around the final five of Big Brother 8, Dick won Head of Household again and nominates Eric and Jameka for eviction. The Power of Veto winner was Zach around that time.
You'd Expect: For Zach to use it on one of the nominees forcing Dick to nominate his own daughter Daniele. He then should try to get Daniele evicted afterwords.
Instead: He doesn't use the Power of Veto and waits until he wins the Final Four Head of Household as an attempt to get rid of one of the Donatos despite how the Power of Veto holders are way more power then the Head of Household at the Final Four.
- Jacob (9). In the first week, the house guests were paired into "couples". The couple that won the first competition (Jen and Parker) was named the "Power Couple", and they cast the only eviction vote. Whatever couple they wanted gone, was gone.
You'd expect: Jacob to kiss up to the Power Couple and try to align with them. Or at the very least, keep his head down and try not to cause trouble. Adam and Sheila were already causing enough drama that it looked like they would be going home, anyway.
Instead: He goes around telling everybody, including Parker's partner, Jen, that "Parker is a snake" and "he seems gutless... heartless." He adds, "He's in here for the money," and just for good measure, "Wait till I get HOH, his ass is out." He never even considered that Jen would tell her partner what he'd been saying! Naturally, he and Sharon were sent packing, entirely because of his idiocy. His partner, Sharon, did get to return to the game a few days later because of a twist, but it's still unforgivable.
- In Big Brother 11, Jeff played in a Veto competition to find Scrabble-like pieces and use them to spell out a word.
You'd expect: For Jeff to attempt to correctly spell-out an actual word.
Instead: He ended incorrectly spelling out "Technotronics" (which is not an actual word) as Techtronics.
What's worse: Had he removed a the R in the misspelled word, he would of spell out "tectonics" which is an actual word and has more letters then Russell's seven-lettered word "shotgun" thus would of ended up winning the Power of Veto.
- Brendon and Rachel (13) returned with 2 other veteran (and more well-known) couples that could potentially shield them. Given their (really negative) reputation in their original season:
You'd expect: They would realize that they shouldn't be putting a huge target on their back and actually try not to get people to hate their guts and want them out not just because they're annoying but because they're threats.
Instead: Although they did learn to be more sociable to everyone in high pressure, Rachel still had the same mindset that makes her eliminated before, throwing the word "Floater" around without knowing what it really means, accusing everyone of having "Bad gameplay", and only has allies out of a couple sycophants (Porsche and Shelly) and two people who happened by fate to be put in a similar group to them (Jeff and Jordan). Brendon proceeds to immediately start playing hard from week one and paints a huge target on their back. Then, after Daniele flips for greener pastures, he tries to get her back on their side to save himself and Rachel... and tells Daniele that if he or Rachel made it to the finals that one of them would win. He apparently never took into consideration that Daniele is another returning player, finished in second place in season eight, and that he essentially told Daniele to align herself with him and Rachel because they could win in the finals. Essentially, he was telling Daniele why she should evict them, as that is the exact opposite type of thinking you want to encourage.
- Daniele (13) flipping to the newbies, it changed the entire game and made it more interesting. But she flipped too quickly and openly (in a time where the vets still have not fully unified), causing her allies (the vets) at that time disliked her and probably will not vote for her at the finals. And if you considered that the vets were as able to win competitions in an even pace and the newbies can pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on her at any time after all the vets have been eliminated..
- The newbies had a golden opportunity to vote out another veteran. instead, Kalia decided to TRUST Rachel & Jeff, even though Rachel said 'to her FACE' that she'd target Danielle, followed by Lawon asking to be evicted, thinking he could beat whoever came back. "Win-nothing" Lawon, against either Cassi, Dominic or Brendon, allowing the veterans a chance to retake a majority. To be fair, Lawon asked to be voted out and there was no way for them to have known it'd be a challenge.
- In the final five, Adam (13) won the veto and could use it on either Kalia or Porchse (who are both nominated) forcing Rachel who won HOH to nominate Jordan which gives the newbies a shot at evicting another veteran.
You'd Expect: Adam to use the veto and Rachel would be forced to nominate Jordan.
Instead: Adam fanboys over the vets and does not use the veto out of respect for them.
- Dan (14) needs to win the Coach's competition, which allows you to save one player, or trade them for another.
You'd Expect: That he would realize the stake he's at (being down to one player, and if Danielle goes, then he's eliminated from the "Coach's game.") and would try to win the coach's competition, giving him the power to either save Danielle from nomination or trade her for another player, thus throwing a wrench into the plans on who to get rid of
Instead: He throws it, allowing their Plan B to remain unfazed, then when Danielle isn't even picked to win the Veto, just manipulates her emotions.
- In the same competition, Boggie. He finished the competition but either out of ignorance or pride, hit the ground before he touched the button.
- Just why the whole cast decides not to evict Danielle (who is the only member of Dan's team at that time) when given the chance (which when she is evicted, Dan (now with no team members) will be gone as well)?
- Boogie was in a competition where the players have to fill up jars of honey. Having known that he's a target for eviction and the jar contains choices that will grant him safety, a HOH and a $10,000 prize
You'd Expect: Boogie would go for safety or the HOH.
Instead: Accepting his fate that he will be evicted, Boogie decides to just fill up a jar to get $10,000.
- Cody (16), he won the Final HOH, which meant that he was able to choose who he wanted to take to the Final 2. His options were either the biggest threat and most dangerous player in the game yet his closest ally (Derrick) or someone is considered to be a coattail rider and got dragged to the end but whom Cody doesn't like (Victoria).
You'd Expect: Cody would choose Victoria.
Instead: He chose Derrick out of loyalty, and wasted no time evicting Victoria. When it came time for the jury to ask the two of them questions, Cody was both shocked and surprised to hear how the jury really viewed him, Derrick's loyal lapdog or puppet. Cody ended up losing to Derrick in a 7-2 jury vote.
To Be Fair: He is still friends with Derrick, and still won $50,000.
- Shelly (17) has been behind almost every eviction in the house, knows that the house is catching on to her and her showmance Clay, and knows where the line is drawn between houseguests that trust her and those that don't. After helping to evict Jason, who was friends with most of the people on the other side of the house, she competes in an endurance comp for HOH.
You'd Expect: She'd stay on the wall and wait it out until she'd won, since she's done well at endurance comps before, and because she's the last person in her alliance to be up there.
Instead: She makes a deal with James to protect her and Clay, despite the fact that James was obviously going to go after the two of them regardless, and then throws the comp. To make matters worse she brushes off Vanessa's attempts to console her, turning Vanessa against her and making the latter support James when he decides to put Shelly and Clay beside each other on the block, having really no reason to keep his promise for idiocy. Clay and Shelly are subsequently evicted, one after the other (Clay is the last houseguest to go straight home, and he has no further involvement with the game, while Shelli became the first juror, but missed out on an opportunity to reenter the house), breaking their Sixth Sense alliance and resulting in them needing to regroup.
- Later that season, Austin and Liz wind up on the block courtesy of Steve, and the Austwins plot out the Veto to have Julia win it, since she could then remove her sister from the block, and as the Veto Holder, she cannot be backdoored, forcing Steve get the blood of one of his alliance members (most likely Vanessa) on his hands. The Veto comp is another pick-your-opponent challenge, and Julia has won a duel, gaining the next choice, while Vanessa attempts to convince her to not go after one of her intended targets.
You'd Expect Julia to blow Vanessa off, knowing what the Austwin plan is and the fact that they need to look out for themselves.
Instead She listens, and challenges Austin, blowing their plan and forcing him to win the Veto instead. They realize the trick Vanessa played on them, but Austin ends up removing himself from the block and Steve puts BOTH TWINS on, with Julia paying for this bad move with her game; she campaigns to keep Liz safe, and gets evicted 3-0.
- Big Brother 18: Paul won HOH and has a huge opportunity to get out Bridgette who he's been targeting for a while. However, Paulie (who was aligned with Paul at the time) wants Da'Vonne to go home after he found she was targeting him.
You'd Expect: Paul to ignore Paulie so he can target Bridgette and she would be sent home.
Instead: Paul listened to Paulie and gets out Da'Vonne instead of Bridgette.
What's worse: This move hurt him in the Final 2 where Da'Vonne was unimpressed with this move and caused her to vote for Nicole over Paul in a close 5-4 vote. Da'Vonne also stated that she never went after Paul and she also added that she was upset at his poor judgement. Many jurors that voted for Nicole cited this move as the reason for voting for Nicole over Paul.
- Paulie won the POV and has the golden opportunity to veto his showmance partner Zakiyah off the block and convince the house to go after another houseguest that is not in his alliance.
You'd Expect: Zakiyah is vetoed and another houseguest goes home.
Instead: Paulie doesn't use the veto and Zakiyah went home that week.
What's worse: Bridgette blew up Paulie's game and got him sent out of the house the following week. When Zakiyah got to the jury house Da'Vonne told her Paulie was against her by not using the veto on him causing them to have a huge argument (they did make up later).
- It is the final 7, and Nicole has won HOH. She has nominated Michelle and Paul. Michelle, believing that Paul is the target, feels comfortable (even more so when James encourages her not to campaign as he believed Nicole had his back), unknowing to the fact that Nicole made an alliance with Paul.
You'd Expect: Michelle to at least talk to Nicole and try to campaign to stay.
Instead: At the eviction, the vote is tied 2-2. Nicole breaks the tie, sending out Michelle, who was absolutely shocked.
- From the same season, it is the final five. Paul and Victor have a final four deal with Nicole and Corey.
You'd Expect: They would be wary about this naturally.
Instead: Nicole and Corey target them and Victor goes out. They are shocked.
** Paul wins final head of household - he can evict Nicole, or James. He can evict someone who has hidden behind people most of the game, or someone who has made moves and avoided nomination for over 90 days.
You'd Expect: He would take James.
Instead: He takes Nicole - and finishes in second.
** From Over the Top, a twist brings about two power of vetoes awarded to the top two finishers in the veto competition. With three left and Justin up, Justin essentially chooses who wins the first Veto by merely saying who he would like to compete against in a speed-Pentomino-puzzle competition
You'd Expect: That he would ensure that Danielle (who was already nominated, and by the viewer vote, meaning that if she were taken off then the head of household could not name anyone as a replacement) would get the veto by choosing to compete against Alex, who is not on his side of the house.
Instead: He picks Danielle, essentially giving Alex a veto that she was not gong to use, and removing a vote from his side of the house on eviction night. He then proceeds to win the veto, not throwing it to Danielle at all.
To Be Fair: Justin probably figured that since Alex proved to be very good at the pentomino puzzles, there was no way he could beat her. He probably also figured that Danielle taking herself off would just shift the focus onto Kryssie (As Shane, Scott's target, could not be backdoored), and that if he didn't have a veto come ceremony day that he had a fair chance of going up.
- Big Brother Canada:
- The entire Big Brother Canada house during a task Peter is given. The task basically consisted of Peter planting some of Tom's items and changing his black and white picture, with a coloured one. Everyone goes into panic and Emmett and Jillian assume they have to find all the items as part of a game. Naturally, this is Played for Laughs.
- Alec and Peter. Alec for one throws a veto to keep Peter in the game. Arisa immediately tells him "Why did you do that?". Then during the second double eviction... Peter wins veto. He has such an opportunity to throw a wrench into Jillian and Emmett's plans and use it, forcing Emmett to put up Andrew. However, he doesn't and evicts Topaz. He paints a huge target on his back and proceeds to remove any possible ally.
- In the final four, Emmett has the final power of Veto. He and his ally Jillian are pretty much bound for the Final Two at this point.
You'd Expect: That he would take the sure bet and evict Gary, who had shown himself to be capable of winning competitions and who had time to schmooze to the Jury.
Instead: He tells Talla that he's evicting her, and does it. Subsequently, he put himself in the final three with Gary, who was capable of winning competitions. Gary proceeded to win the final Head of Household and evicted Emmett. And had it not been for Topaz's misunderstanding the rules of voting at the end, would have won.
- In Season 3, everyone is Head of Household, and make nominations on the first day based off of first impressions. Whoever wins Power of Veto gets to name the replacement nominee. Sindy (With an S) does this.
You'd Expect: Since she's there to win the game, she'd put up a physical threat or maybe another mental threat like Naeha.
Instead: She nominates Pilar.
- From the same season, Jordan nominates himself to go on the block as a pawn to disguise his and Zach's alliance. This is commonly seen as a bad move from the start (pawns go home), but it goes further.
You'd Expect: He'd compete hard for the Veto to take himself off, since that's what anybody nominated would do.
Instead: He throws the Veto, trusting that somebody else will take him off. Unsurprusingly, Zach decides he'd rather keep the nominations the same, and Jordan is evicted soon after. To his credit, it wasn't a unanimous vote (Godfrey was the target all along) but putting yourself in danger of eviction is still one of the dumbest things ever.
- Season 3 has been a veritable conga line of these: Bobby doesn't realize he's the target, but in order to keep himself safe, he invents a fake veto.
You'd Expect: That he would keep his mouth shut about it.
Instead: He tells everybody about having it, and then volunteers to get nominated. To be fair, he at the very least tried to compete in the veto.
- During the triple eviction, Brittnee wins head of household, nominates Pilar, Kevin, and Zach. Bruno wins veto, and takes off Zach. The votes go to save whoever is left.
You'd Expect: That if any girl had to go, she would nominate Ashleigh, since that would remove a potential ally for the Diaper alliance, and securing an ally, and that Sarah would vote to save Willow, since Willow had grown to be her closest ally.
Instead: She nominates Willow, and Sarah votes to save Pilar, resulting in one of her closest allies besides Brittnee leaving and keeping someone who would follow Zach to the end.
- Godfrey wins the final Head of Household, the only one he's ever won. He has a choice between taking Ashleigh or Sarah.
You'd Expect: That Godfrey would take Ashleigh, who had a strong finish (Three consecutive veto wins) but ultimately was never gunned for and seen as following Zack's lead the entire game
Instead: He takes Sarah, getting a crushing 7-2 loss in the jury vote.