Late into the third US season, Marcellas 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.
Big Brother US 6,
After Kaysar was successfully voted off the first time, 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 actually have a talk with (out of everyone in the house) Maggie instead! She then manages 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 to let her win the HOH, so that she can help evict James, everybody's target. You'd Expect: Kaysar tells her that 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 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.
The Janelle win her first HOH, then wins the Veto, currently the nominated candidates are Maggie and Jennifer You'd Expect:Janelle 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. So, she makes the nominations same (after winning the veto) and try to convince April (Jennifer's partner)to evict Maggie. After Maggie is evicted, the Friendship will have no capable leader to make strategic decisions. Thus making the SOV game a little bit easier Instead:Janelle veto Maggie instead and evicts Jennifer, a high profile target that can be evicted soon. After this move, Maggie is totally untouchable 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 telling that she would take Ivette to the Final 2 before the competition started, Ivette tries to throws the challenge and let Janelle evicts Maggie without letting Maggie knowing their deal. Since the jury consists of 4 Friendship members, 2 SOV members and James, Ivette will have the winning edge against Janelle. Instead:Ivette does her best and wins the Final HOH, and had take Maggie to the Final 2 as a promise. What's worse: She also gives a rather nasty message to Rachel (No, not Rachel the Reilly) in her goodbye message. Which prompts Rachel convince Howie (who is Rachel's partner) to vote for Maggie instead. Since Howie can be convinced by Maggie to nominate two of his alliance members, it will be even easier for Rachel to convince him.
Though no other US BB contestants have risen to the awe-inspiring level of stupid that Marcellas did, a few have come close. An example: Jacob, in the ninth season. 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.
Brendon and Rachel. The two are hated by much of the fanbase and have a social game that would make Jacob and Russell Hantz blush and say "At least we're not that bad." You'd expect: That 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: Rachel proceeds to act the exact same she did before, throwing the word "Floater" around without knowing what it really means, accusing everyone of having "Bad gameplay" when she's the one making an ass of herself, and only has allies out of a couple sycophants (Porsche and Shelly, not that you'd know that.) 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 her back. Then, after Daniele flips for greener pastures, he tries to get her back on her 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.
Dan 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.
Just why the whole cast of BB 14 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 digs his own grave and gets him a Karmic Eviction in a competition where the players have to fill up jars of water. You'd Expect: Boogie would go for safety, like Britney was. Instead: Boogie decides to just fill up a jar to get $10,000.
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.\\