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YMMV: America's Next Top Model

  • Anvilicious:
    • The "inspiring" work the girls are doing by modeling cannot be understated according to the show. Tragic backstories are played up at every opportunity, too.
    • In accordance with its theme, Cycle 13 was renamed America's Next Top Petite Model because all the models were under 5'7". While it's true girls that short are not common in the modeling world, the girls' height was beaten over the audience's head all the time.
  • Badass Decay: Some of the returning girls during the All-Star cycle suffered from this.
    Nigel: (To the panel) "Cycle 1, I looked at all pictures of her (Shannon) and there's this fire. Now, she just gone bland."
    Tyra: (To Shannon) "You were a great model. But when you came to All-Stars, you just became a good model. Go back to the great you once were."
    Tyra: (To Kayla) "I think miss Kayla is melting away."
    Tyra: (To Bre and Alexandria) "Both of you are losing the strength you had from your original cycles."
    Mr. Jay: (To Camille) "Right now you're just giving 60% of what you can give me. I want Camille back!"
  • Blatant Lies: There has yet to be a winner on the original (or any) version who can claim to be the next Cindy Crawford or Kate Upton. Apparently the fashion industry really doesn't like being told who the "next big thing" is, and the show is a kiss of death for a lot of the contestants.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Some of the runway challenges.
    • Cycles 7 and 17's respective winners CariDee English and Lisa D'Amato are this trope personified.
  • Creator's Pet: There are contestants every cycle that Tyra and the judges loves gushing at. It can be argued that the alleged predetermined winners are this by default.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The show's theme song.
    • Cycle 17's songs.
    • The British girls' song in Cycle 18. Sophie's winning price song count as well.
  • Elimination Houdini: Almost each cycle had at least one.
    • The UR Example is Robin Manning from the inaugural cycle. Not only is her pictures and performances mediocre, but she also had an attitude and constantly whined on set. She managed to finished 4th.
    • The Trope Maker is Ann Markley from Cycle 3, who despite her strong runway walk and very beautiful looks, was always on the bottom 2 in almost every episode. And when she wasn't, the panel will usually complain something about her performance. She actually finished fourth. Jay Manuel called her out on it. Post-show, fortunately, she got better.
    • Cycle 5 had Bre Scullark and Jayla Rubinelli. The former finished 3rd despite landing on the bottom 2 four times, while the latter survived twice in a row despite having bland photos, first because it's a non-elimination weekend and the second because the other person in the bottom 2 was perceived as arrogant. She finished 4th.
    • Jade Cole from Cycle 6 finished 3rd despite being in the bottom 2 four times.
    • Jaeda Young from Cycle 7 managed to survive elimination three times despite having lackluster photos. She ultimately finished 6th.
    • Ambreal Willams from Cycle 9 was actually eliminated, but ended up staying on two more weeks due to the other person in the Bottom 2 quitting.
    • Whitney Thompson from Cycle 10, who ended up winning due to the judges' thinking that "it's about time a plus-sized model wins the competition" despite being in the bottom 2 four times.
    • Erin Wagner from Cycle 13. She was in the bottom two three consecutive times before she got the boot in 3rd/4th place (along with Jennifer An).
    • Esther Petrack from Cycle 15 managed to finished 7th despite the judges constantly complaining about her dull photos.
    • Angelea Preston from Cycle 17 became a textbook example when she made it to the top 4 over Dominique, and then the top 3 over Laura. Overall, she survived elimination four times despite her inconsistent performance in photoshoots and challenges and having a severe case of Inferiority Superiority Complex. In fact, she allegedly won but was disqualified for unspecific reasons. Makes you feel bad about Dominique and Laura though..
    • In a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, Alisha White from Cycle 18 defied this. She was runner-up on Britain's Next Top Model Cycle 6 where she had a No Damage Run. On ANTM, she won best photo twice but landed on the bottom 2 twice as well. After she was spared for the third time, she decided to quit because she didn't want to be an Elimination Houdini and because the remaining contestants were front-runners with, at the time, No Damage Runs.
    • Cycle 20's Phil Sullivan escaped elimination quite a few times despite a subpar performance.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Every cycle has at least one. For the show as a whole, there's Miss J.
    • Elyse Sewell in Cycle 1.
    • Mercedes Scelba-Shorte in Cycle 2.
    • Amanda Swafford, Norelle Van-Herk and Toccara Jones in Cycle 3.
    • Kahlen Rondot, Brittany Brower and Michelle Deighton in Cycle 4.
    • Nik Pace and Kim Stolz in Cycle 5.
    • Nearly the entire cast of Cycle 6.
    • The Babin twins and AJ Stewart in Cycle 7.
    • Natasha Galkina and Samantha Francis in Cycle 8.
    • Heather Kuzmich in Cycle 9.
    • Anya Rozova, Fatima Siad and Katarzyna Dolinska in Cycle 10.
    • Analeigh Tipton and Lauren Brie Harding in Cycle 11.
    • Allison Harvard in Cycle 12.
    • Nicole Fox and Laura Kirkpatrick in Cycle 13.
    • Raina Hein, Alexandra Underwood and Jessica Serfaty in Cycle 14.
    • Kayla Ferrel and Jane Randall in Cycle 15.
    • Molly O'Connell and Hannah Jones in Cycle 16.
    • Dominique Reighard in Cycle 17 (All-Stars). Allison, Laura, Kayla and Brittany are here too, but Dominique surprisingly becomes a fan-favorite this cycle.
    • Sophie Sumner, Catherine Thomas, AzMarie Livingston and Ashley Brown in Cycle 18.
    • Leila Goldkuhl, Nastasia Scott and Brittany Brown in Cycle 19.
    • Cory Hindorff in Cycle 20.
  • Freud Was Right: The All-Star has plenty. The hotdog shoot is just the kicker.
    • Bianca using pickles during her Snooki photoshoot was actually lampshaded by Jay Manuel.
    • When Lisa and Laura were discussing Orgasm with Shannon in the Recap Episode, the latter is drinking milk.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • During Cycle 1, Elyse won a challenge earning a visit from a loved one. Her boyfriend was allowed to stay for a short period of time at the contestants' hotel room, where they shared some cute scenes. Around 2008, said boyfriend allegedly assaulted her in a hotel.
    • Janice kissing Tyra in Cycle 4. As of now, they hate each other.
    • Cycle 4 runner-up Kahlen was told by Jay Manuel that she looks like supermodel Carmen Kass. After the show, Kahlen had a hard time booking jobs because of her Celebrity Resemblance which lead her to eventually leaving the industry.
    • During the All-Stars Cycle, Dominique laughed at the idea that her curse is being photographed by resident judge Nigel Barker (She was referring to her boot in Cycle 10 where he was the photographer. Nigel photographed the girls earlier). At the end of the episode, she wasn't laughing at all.
  • Ham and Cheese: Jay Manuel was this in Cycle 14 (episode "America's Next Top Vampire").
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Adrianne's victory. Especially showing how proud Tyra was on it.
    Tyra: "Adrianne is the present. Adrianne is the future."
    Adrianne: "I'm gonna have a good life now. My family's gonna have a good life now. A lot is going to change, and it kicks so much ass."
    • The lyrics of "I'm Here", Angelea's Leitmotif during the All-Stars Cycle, was about her being a Plucky Girl most of her life. At the cycle's finale, she was disqualified and wasn't even present during final judging. What's even worse for her is that she's also the alleged winner. These are words from the song..
    • Ditto Alexandria's. Hers was titled "Go, Go, Go!", which was a Punny Name on about how she plans to go further in the competition. Alex was eliminated at the end of the episode (over Angelea).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During Cycle 4, Michelle and two other girls note  lost a challenge and had to sleep outdoors as consequence (the challenge winner will choose two contestants to take with her to spend the night at a luxury cottage). Michelle had no qualms about it, saying she watches Survivor. About three years later, Michelle will marry Survivor's infamous villain Johnny Fairplay.
    • Elyse Sewell's Elimination Statement in Cycle 1.
    Elyse: "I'm going back to med-school. Modeling is not for me."
    • During the pilot episode of Britain's Next Top Model Cycle 5, Sophie Sumner was wearing the US flag as a cape during a runway challenge.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: One has to be at least size 12 to be considered plus-size, usually size 16-24. The "plus-sized" contestants might not be as Hollywood Thin as the other girls, but aren't big beautiful women yet either.
    • Case in point: Cycle 10 winner Whitney, who mentioned more than once that she's a size 10. Alexandra from Cycle 14, Kasia from Cyce 16 and Louise from Cycle 18.
    • Arguably, host Tyra Banks herself.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Anamaria's pretty unpleasant to be around, but she has an obvious eating disorder.
    • It's hard not to feel for Alexandria in her appearance on the first live judging in Cycle All-Stars, where she is cussed by someone. She gets better from there.
    • Chris H. manages to rub every other contestant the wrong way at some point during C20. But you can't help but feel sorry for him when you learn of his past, which involves an abusive mother and undoubtably not enough love.
  • Les Yay: With girls living on the same house for over a month, it's quite inevitable to be "close".
  • Mary Sue: The show portrays some girls as this.
  • Moe: Kari Schmidt. Brooke Miller. Allison Harvard. Laura Kirkpatrick. Jessica Serfaty. Kayla Ferrell. Among others.
  • Mis-blamed: Lisa got a chunk of hate for Allison's second defeat. If it's not her, it's Tyra.
  • Narm Charm: The show delights in this. There's a lot of crying going on, and so over the top that it's downright charming.
  • Overshadowed By Controversy: Saleisha "Scandaleisha" Stowers must have had a hard time enjoying her win of Cycle 9. Despite being pretty, bubbly, delivering mostly good and decent pictures and being far from that cycle's Alpha Bitch (a title which belongs to Bianca), most people only remember her history with Tyra.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Rob Evans, Johnny Wujek and Bryanboy for Nigel Barker and the two Jays for a number of fans.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Scapegoat Creator: Tyra Banks.
  • The Scrappy: There are many...
    • Natalie from Cycle 12 is this all over. She explained to Teyona and Aminat that she grew up in "a diffrent place than they did," and wasn't used to chores (both are black, by the way). Later, on the episode where she was eliminated, she complained about how "ugly" Brazil was, and while others were happy about doing a photoshoot in a Brazilian ghetto, Natalie complained about the poor people.
    • The Elimination Houdini always get this treatment, especially those with lackluster performances who advanced over consistent and fan-favorite contestants. Ann over Toccarra and Norelle in Cycle 3, Whitney over Katarzyna in Cycle 10 and Angelea over Dominique and Laura in All-Stars are examples.
    • The Alpha Bitches. Except, maybe, Jade.
    • Clark from Cycle 11. Constantly being a bigot against Isis for being transgender and even a few down-right racists undertones against the black contestants got her hated. While there were other contestants who made fun of Isis (Sharaun, Hannah) or were simply more annoying (Nikeysha), Clark overstayed her welcome.
    • Judge Kelly Cutrone isn't well liked by many fans not only because of the Louise incident, but because she underrates and unappreciative of some contestants talents (Annaliese and Catherine. AzMarie at the time of her boot). Turning her back on Laura, her favorite contestant, in the Cycle 18 finale didn't help either.
  • Seasonal Rot: Cycles 9, 10, 12, 14 and 17 are the generally unliked seasons. Cycles 2-7, 11, 13, 16 and 18 are the popular seasons, with Cycles 2, 3 and 6 being considered by many as the series' best.
  • Shocking Elimination: In most cases, they had better careers over the contestants who made it further than them, including the winners.
    • Elyse Sewell from Cycle 1.
    • Toccara Jones and Norelle Van Herk from Cycle 3.
    • Lisa D'Amato and Kim Stolz from Cycle 5 (the former will come back with a vengeance by winning the All-Stars Cycle)
    • Mollie Sue Steenis-Gondi and Nnenna Agba from Cycle 6.
    • AJ Stewart and Michelle Babin from Cycle 7.
    • Jennah Doucette from Cycle 9.
    • Katarzyna Dolinska and Fatima Siad from Cycle 10.
    • Lauren Brie Harding and Analeigh Tipton from Cycle 11.
    • Brittany Markert from Cycle 13.
    • Bre Scullark, Dominique Reighard and Laura Kirkpatrick from Cycle 17 (All-Stars).
    • AzMarie Livingston and Catherine Thomas from Cycle 18.
    • Nastasia Scott from Cycle 19.
    • Nina Burns from Cycle 20.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Best enjoyed MSTed
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: It is universally agreed that Cycle 2 was superior to Cycle 1. Then comes Cycle 3, which is arguably an Even Better Sequel to the former. In fact, majority of the succeeding cycles are considered superior to Cycle 1, though it has become a Cult Classic to the show's fans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Cycle 17 front-runners Dominique and Laura were eliminated in favor of the resident Elimination Houdini who was ultimately disqualified.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In relation to the above, Cycle 17's final five consisted of the four front-runners and the resident Elimination Houdini. Guess who made it to the top three and got disqualified.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Cycle 15's Anamaria was basically used as A Very Special Episode about anorexia.
    • Sheena's "unexpected" brand in Cycle 17.
    • Brittany and Sheena getting the first two boots in that cycle. They are Identical Strangers to former judges Janice Dickinson and Kimora Lee Simmons respectively. Tyra is on bad terms with said former judges, especially the former. Tyra and the latter are Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Cycle 3 fourth placer Ann Markley is the series' first notable Elimination Houdini. After the show, she improved on her being photogenic and had a great modelling career.
    • Most people felt that Cycle 10's winner Whitney Thompson was unqualified for the win at that time. Post show, she is one of the contestants who at least have moderate success in the fashion industry. Although it's more as an entrepreneur than a model.
  • What an Idiot: When given the opportunity to meet a major fashion designer, Nicole Panattoni declined, because she did not feel like it.
  • The Woobie:
    • Cassie Grisham was suffering from bulimia. And her dad was a Jerk Ass too.
    • Kahlen's friend died and she had to pose inside a coffin immediately. Sure she won best photo, but it's hard not to feel like hugging her during that episode.
    • Tyra (and the panel) liked to pick on Katarzyna. Just watch Cycle 10.
    • Ann Ward.
      • Kayla. She had to pose, in her underwear, with the word "queer" written all over her, then later admitted that she was sexually molested as a child. Ouch.
    • Ondrei Edwards'brother died just a few months before she got in ANTM.
    • Allison Harvard due to being Always Second Best.
      • Also for what happened to her in the All Stars Cycle. The contestants were challenged to write lyrics for their own song and perform it in a video. Allison wrote a song about her feelings about her father's death... only to find out later that footage of Tyra dancing around with a feather boa would be spliced into the video and she had to add the words "pot ledom is top model spelled backwards" into the song. Ouch.

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