YMMV: Big Brother

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Pretty much all of the house guests.
    • Likewise, alternate gameplay interpretations, too in the American version.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The most common fan theory about Victoria's hair loss years ago is that she has alopecia. This is mostly diagnosed from her personality and the concerns she's voiced over them, mirroring common feelings other women with alopecia commonly have.
  • Base Breaker:
    • During Season 8 of the U.S version, both Jen and Evel Dick were simultaneously loved and hated by the fanbase.
    • Brendon and Rachel are either loved, or seen as Creator's Pets.
    • Nikki from the UK series is either really really annoying, or actually pretty funny.
    • And from Season 13, the double eviction in which two powerful players (Daniele and Jeff) were evicted, Jeff by players he had targeted and accused of being "Floaters" who did nothing to stay in the game claiming that this is the worst season ever. Others were praising the three on their insight to take out the number one target over a jury goat (Rachel)and that Jeff was gone.
      • Season 13 in general was either one of the best seasons ever for being consistently dramatic and entertaining. Or you were disappointed and angered at how the veterans seemed to get every single twist directly or indirectly benefiting from it and shaking your head at the Flanderization of the game into a game about competitions.
    • Season 14. Dan was either one of the smartest players to ever play the game and was robbed by a bitter jury. Or, Dan played too aggressively and burned too many bridges on his way to the end, while simultaneously never succeeding at getting a large threat out of the house (Ian).
      • Season 14 itself, amazing due to how exciting Dan and Ian played the game, or boring due to how the Quack Pack streamrolled the competition, the newbie cast being strategically worse than Season 13, and the riggage towards Frank & Boggie.
    • How about Amanda from Season 15? Just mentioning her name anywhere is bound to start up discussion on whether or not her racist comments were justified.
      • Similarly, Elissa. General consensus is that she's genuinely likable and wasn't surprised when she won America's Favorite Player, but some dislike her for the fact she's an obvious stunt cast, and some feel that casting her because she's Rachel's sister was an insult. Others hate her more for the fact that she was pretty much guaranteed MVP every week until America took over due to Rachel's fans.
      • Similarly, McCrae. He starts off as a nice guy who everyone likes and then he teams up with Amanda... Let's just say despite not having said any of the racist, homophobic, or misogynistic comments, he's considered by many as guilty by association for hanging around with Aaryn and especially Amanda. Other fans still love him and think he's the most likable of the late-game players.
    • Season 15 in general. With the racism, homophobia, misogyny and bullying, in combination with the passive gameplay, it's was really disliked by the public. Or it is one of the stronger season in Big Brother, with it's memorable moments, tolerable riggage, chilling downfalls, and a complex (albeit unlikable) cast that changes roles events by events (if you want a staggering example, watch the roles of Elissa or Judd changes from the start the the finish), it was also the season in 2010s Reality Show history that gave us the value of "reality" in a long time.
    • Season 16. Most people agree that the cast is a breath of fresh air after last season, in addition to better design in challenges and a great opening twist. But it's boring, mainly for unshocking eliminations, a dominant alliance that steamrolled the majority of the season and the Battle of the Block twist, which turned out to severely limit the eliminations of strong threats by giving them the chance to get off the block.
      • Among the contestants, Derrick. Although wildly considered to have the best game in the house, opinions are divided because of it. Is he a genius masterminding things while no one is the wiser? Or has he (and possibly Frankie) ruined the entire season by making the game exceptionally boring and predictable?
    • The winner of Big Brother Canada 1. Topaz meant to vote for Gary, but because she wasn't paying attention she thought they were voting to evict the final member, not for the person to win. Topaz votes for Jillian, Jillian wins, and everybody - fans and contestants alike- begin debating afterwards who the "real" winner is and what should happen (suggestions ranging from a revote, to simply Jillian handing the money or a portion of it to Gary). Gary, though, is fine with it, citing the previous sentences during the season where rule technicalities played a big part in the game and that the end result was still fair.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: During a discussion about his plan with Matt in the HOH room, Lane spontaneously declares that he needs some pop rocks. Cue him sitting in a chair in silence, the sound of the rocks being caught by his microphone, and Matt staring incredulously. And then:
    Lane: Green apple's not the best flavor.
  • Broken Base: The various fanbases of the show do not agree on anything.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Daniel/a fake coconut tree in BB S11.
    • Will/the backyard camera in the US All-Stars edition.
    • Frank/Ted (a large stuffed teddy bear) in U.S. S14.
    • Gary and Marsha the Moose in BBCan 1.
    • Zach/his pink hat in U.S. S16.
      • Also, Zach/his Gator shirt.
  • Creator's Pet: The editors pick their favourites from the players and decide to show them off to the audience. The problem is; they assume we'll like them too, or at least we'll Love to Hate them. Given that producers in every version have the power to slant the show and make Manipulative Editing work in their favor, their favorites become even more obvious, and sometimes even though we loved them, we begin to hate them due to overexposure.
    • Jessie (US 10 and 11) seems to be hated all over the Internet, yet, he has now made an appearance during five consecutive seasons. He's been used as a punishment from Pandora's Box during the last three. And two of those weren't Actually Pretty Funny like the first.
    • Brendon and Rachel because they take up 50% of the screentime and were already highly unlikable from Season 12, then returned for Season 13 having learned almost nothing. Jeff and Jordan are also this due to similar overexposure. Not to mention, the producers even fixed the entire season for them.
      • From live feeds or websites, part of it comes from the fact that the vets paid $25,000 each to participate in the show, while the newbies are paid a stipend of $750 for every week they've been on the house.
    • Amanda of Season 15. She's disliked due to her controlling attitude, racist/homophobic comments, bullying behavior, and her general bitchiness to all Houseguests. Yet, the absolute worst of her comments are kept exclusive to the live feeds as to portray her in a positive light, and rumor has it, the season has been rigged for her from the start. All of these turned out to be quashed as production actually did not step in to bail out Amanda or Elissa however.
    • Frankie of 16. They even delayed a challenge for a couple of hours to save him from elimination.
      • Derrick. As Frankie falls from grace, Derrick gets all the spotlight. Later challenges are even tailored to play to his strengths and the others' (especially Victoria, who has a bad memory) weaknesses.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • Season 6, it is one of the most beloved season by fans. Ratings? A massive downhill after Season 5 (from 8.3 to 7.24 in average viewership in millions).
    • Season 13. According to CBS, season 13 was one of their most rated seasons for Big Brother. If you ask some fans, especially the ones who've been watching the show since 2000, it made Season 9 look like pure gold.
    • Season 15. Ratings only went up after CBS decided to show some of the comments made by Aaryn and Gina Marie.
    • Season 16, loathed by fans, beloved by casual viewers and CBS (since there is an increase in average viewership).
  • Defensive Fans: Try saying that you don't think Season 13 was that good.
    • Or saying that Janelle and Kaysar (BB6) are weak players.
    • Or saying that Dan Gheeshling is a poor social player in Season 14
  • Draco in Leather Pants/Ron the Death Eater: Some fans tend to ignore or downplay their favorite player's more nasty behaviors or flaws note , often insulting that person's rival to make them look better. note  Often, the the producers do this themselves through Manipulative Editing, or putting their favorites in a good light.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: When Tom opened the shower door while Alec was in it, exposing his privates to everyone. Alec actually broke down crying in the Diary Room later.
    • A similar event happens on the live feeds of Big Brother 2 Canada where Sarah burns Jon with scalding hot spoons and causes him to break down crying.
    • And then we have the montage of contestants crying in Season 15, which came across this when the scene where Candice was crying. Few people may have notice that her clothes that she was wearing was same like she wore on the BedGate...
    • Caleb's (U.S. Season 16) unhealthy obsession over Amber has gone far beyond Gina Marie's obsessions.
      • Frankie from the same season. He jokes that Jocasta should kill herself to get off the block. Let's not forget when he said that he wanted to "euthanize" Zach and "stab the baby in the heart". Or how about he suggests that the guys should gang rape a drunken Victoria and "take all of her virginities in one night?' Frankie even openly admitted that he gets a thrill out of watching violent scenes and rape scenes.
  • Ear Worm: Oats ay la Layla.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Automated Big Brother in 2006. Pete had way too much fun playing with it (and it once "Evicted" him!), and it even broke!
    • Jeff upon receiving the Coup d'état Power: "Coo...Coop deh taht?"
    • "Flood Night" in the recent season.
    • Also from Season 12, Enzo's "space adventure".
    • Big Brother 9 (UK) also had a task involving one of those steady hand games where you have to avoid touching the wire. In this case, all the housemates had to wear body suits that were fitted to give them all a shock each time the wire was touched. Cue lots of failed attempts and screaming housemates every time they slip up.
    • Travis from Big Brother Australia 2007 had a chance to win a trip to Bolivia after winning a Friday Night Live touranment. Instead of reading "Bolivia", he read "Bolvia".
    • Jen's breakdown in Season 8 (US): "I shall now perform....eating."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lisa in the ninth UK series entered with her boyfriend Mario, and was initially in his shadow and a background character, but after he was evicted she grew in popularity, because of her humour and the way she managed to be a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander while being very down-to-earth at the same time, and was one of the few housemates to actually stand up to house villain Rex. When she was evicted it was a very close vote between her and Sara, who had been bullied badly by some of the other housemates. Lisa left with the crowd giving her the biggest cheers of the series even more so than any of the finalists that year.
    • Marcus in the tenth UK series said he was going to rebel and intentionally tried to invoke this trope, calling himself "The Irrepressible Dark Horse". Although he didn't win, to an extent it worked, as he had one of the biggest fanbases of any housemate that series. This is added to the fact that currently he has the record for the most nominations for eviction of any housemate ever in the UK series.
    • Season 9 of the Australian Big Brother has Surly, who isn't a housemate but the pet fish of the house who can talk and can give challenges to whoever he wants. His first reveal had everyone love him because of how unexpected it was and all his actions after that have made everyone love him more..
    • Ian from S14. Ian was the fan favourite of the season and would have won America's Favourite if he were not in the Final 2. Many viewers were rooting for him because he was considered the underdog of the season along with Frank.
    • Judd from US Big Brother 15 was well liked by fans but was voted off as the second person on the jury. He got closer when he came back, but was voted out in 5th. He did took a level in jerkass when he returned though.
    • Peter and Gary from the Canadian Big Brother 1 were both well liked by fans. Gary for being extremely Camp Gay and sassy at times, and Peter for being a Deadpan Snarker and one of the more amusing houseguests.
    • For Season 16:
      • Donny, the classic kind hearted Southern Gentleman who is generally nice and polite to everyone. He is also the underdog of the season as he was constantly targeted for eviction and ostracized by the rest of the houseguests fo being an outsider. He won fan favorite of the season.
      • Zach, he is known to be the Plucky Comic Relief of the season, a loveable dork who is also very feisty, opinionated and spirited in nature. Many fans also were fascinated by Zach's interactions and relationships with a variety of different houseguests, found his speeches & poems amusing.
      • Nicole, sweet, adorable & loveable in addition to be the strongest female competitor in the house and she also had a very heartwarming relationship with Donny. Nicole was also in a positively rated showmance with Hayden.
      • Pao-Pao's snarky nature got her more fans than she had going in the house. Christine's husband, despite not even being in the house, also saw a rise in popularity.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Janelle and Will in BB U.S All Stars, despite both of them having partners at that time.
    • Judd and Jessie in BB U.S 15
    • The show plugged Zankie (Frankie and Zach) very hard as the "showmance" of the season Zachtoria (Zach and Victoria) is also popular.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The HOH competitions in the US Big Brother. Strategically, you don't want to win HOH because it puts a target on your back as you reveal your targets and sometimes your alliance to the house; and you're often seen as "getting them out" even when all you did as HOH was nominate them for eviction, very easily someone can flip the votes around with you having nothing to do with it. HOH only votes in the event of a tie. So naturally, people try to avoid this until much later in the game, but the competitions are designed so that somebody has to win, and it's not uncommon to have someone win by default. A common strategy is to throw it to your own alliance members.
    • The final veto challenge in 12. It was actually set up like most multiple choice tests where you can eventually narrow it down to two possible choices. This was what allowed Hayden to win it, since he still had that skill of removing the blatantly-incorrect choices due to being a college student, whereas the other people in the challenge were a hotel sales manager, oil company worker, and insurance agent who had long finished school, or hadn't even gone to college.
  • Fridge Horror: A few houseguests spoke in their sleep (notably Michele in US season 11). Sometimes, these sleep-talks unnerved everyone, because one can only imagine what on earth was going on in their dreams. The answer? Probably something you do NOT want to know...
  • Friendly Fandoms: While many of the fandoms of this show tend to have a little bit of infighting over which versions are better (Note that the American, Canadian, and Brazilian versions are quite different than the others!) they actually do have people who enjoy watching other versions. One of the single most notable examples of this is Big Brother Canada - which was largely watched on YouTube by American viewers who couldn't get access to the SLICE TV channel that ran it. One poster even put it that Big Brother Canada was essentially "Big Brother Spring".
    • For a little while, the short-lived "The Glass House" shared a few fans, but ultimately lost most of its viewers once Big Brother came on.
    • One reason Big Brother Canada caught on was that it staggered its runs with the American version, and unlike the previous spring season, had a much more colorful and memorable cast like the summer seasons.
    • Also with Survivor and The Amazing Race- in fact, These fans have been known to turn on Big Brother and watch it because when Big Brother is airing, normally most seasons of Survivor or Amazing Race are being filmed. Airing during the dead time also helps. Former Big Brother players were introduced in The Amazing Race or Survivor also add the charm, with varying degrees.
  • Game Breaker: The Coup d'état allowed the holder to take off the nominees and put up their own. The first time this was put into the game, the specter of it made people afraid to nominate their own way. The second time, it completely turned the game around.
    • The MVP from Season 15 US before changing the mechanics due to Elissa getting it again and again, plus it's ability to act as a sub-HOH even when you're nominated. Do the math.
    • During the fourth week of Big Brother Canada 2, the producers let Canada act as the HOH for that week (similar to international versions like U.K.'s version, minus the audience voting to evict) causing a complete reversal of power in the house.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • As noted, the show is popular in many countries around the world, especially Britain (which is still ongoing with 15 regular series and 11 celebrity series). But in the Netherlands, the country whence it came? Cancelled in 2006 after six series.
    • The Brazilian version manages to be one of the most popular reality shows of its country. It's probably the only reality show that actually works in the country. No Limite (a Survivor knock-off) hardly managed to get three seasons in 10 years, Though a Seasonal Rot started to kick in with season 12, and the show is starting to overstay its welcome.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Houseguest Amanda referred to Candice (who is adopted) as the "Black Annie"/"Blannie", intending it as an insult. Fast forward to 2014 where Annie was remade...
    • Gary and Peter mentioned that in Big Brother 2 Canada, the First Five were pretty much unstoppable throughout the entire game at that point, and they would have just knocked everyone out all the way to the final five if something wasn't done. Fast Forward to the 16th season of the American edition, where another alliance did just that.
  • Heartwarming Moments: From 5 in the US, the realization by Cowboy and Nakomis that they were siblings.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Ragan (gay) and Matt (straight) in US S12. They're almost always together to the point where people think they're in an alliance, and Matt even referred to Ragan as "a good showmance partner". When Matt was put on the block, Ragan began to weep uncontrollably. A few contestants even thought that the "secret relationship" Annie implied existed was between Ragan and Matt and that they had been dating before entering the BB House.
    • A minor but hilarious example with AJ and Andrew from the Canadian version. As the two oldest guys in the house, they pretty much only talked to each other. Later on, during the veto competition (which AJ was playing in), contestants had to choose someone else by random draw to be their partner. Jillian pointed out in the Diary Room that almost everyone drew their showmance. Cut to AJ drawing Andrew to be his partner.
    • In Season 15, after Judd is evicted, McCrae has a Heroic BSOD on the live feeds wanting to be alone and wishing Judd would come back. The two were extremely close during the game and even though they are both straight, this still counts because McCrae wants Judd back more than anything even if it means getting rid of Amanda.
    • Peter and Gary from BBCanada get some of this during their time hosting the side show in season 2. One particular moment is when Peter is criticizing Scott on his game (or lack thereof) and Scott interjects.
    Scott: Can I just say that I love what you're wearing tonight?
    Peter: I didn't wear it for you, I wore it for Gary.
    • Frankie and Zach. Just... Frankie and Zach. One houseguest thought they'd even start making out, despite Zach's claims that he's heterosexual.
    • Johnny and Kevin from Big Brother Canada 3 got a lot of hype as a potential showmance (especially with Kevin saying he might swing both ways) but was later subverted when Kevin betrayed Johnny and took him out of the veto.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: If someone lies, backstabs, flips, and whatever, they get derided by the fanbase, especially if they backstab a fan favorite. If someone gets far by making people think they're worthless and can beat them easily, they're called a "floater" and are told they're terrible at the game. Dr. Will, not winning a single competition in both seasons he's been on, is considered one of the best person to have played the game. .
    • One can also see Double Standard in this as people are much more likely to forgive players like Dr. Will, Jordan and Jeff because they are pretty and hot - but will hiss "Floater" at people who aren't Mr. Fanservice or Mrs Fanservice even if they make great moves.
    • In BB 6, many fans were angered that Kaysar got the revolving door treatment by Jennifer, and proceed to say that he should have immunity when he came back. Never mind that three seasons earlier that Amy returned to the house without an immunity of her own, or that she (along with Brendon in 13, who got the same treatment as Kaysar) had to compete prior to returning, while Kaysar only needed the majority of the votes just to return.
    • In BB 13, people were slightly OK with Rachel's win because she won four HOHs and Porsche, due to a twist, got two free weeks to sit around the house. Porsche manages to make it to the end without being a goat, and she's called a "floater" and "undeserving" by both the jury and the fanbase. Fast forward one year - the fact that Dan literally got a free ride to week four and that Ian won over twice the competitions he did is completely glossed over and the Jury was clearly "bitter". Forget what happened last year...or even the fact that Dan messed up his social game.
    • Fans complained with the Veterans claim that winning competitions get you further, because being a floater or a non-threat generally is the better way. Then why nobody complained that part of how Daniele and Kalia got themselves further by mostly winning competitions?
    • In the 2010s, fans felt that producers should only casts superfans because they knew how to play the game. While ignoring an important aspect: Will Kirby (2,7) and Maggie Ausburn (6) were never fans of the show, because respectively, don't have a lot to research and not even watched a single episode before applying. And they were both winners.
    • Every time a houseguest makes some comment about another houseguest, they will get hated on by the fans... who then proceed to... guess what? say rude things about them on the internet, call their workplace and ask that they be fired, send rude messages to their friends and family without regards to how they sank down to their level. Which is lampshaded by former BBUS player Ragan Fox. He also points out much of the double standards.
    • Some fans took to Twitter to bash Amber when she rejected Caleb, while supporting Caleb's unhealthy obsession over Amber. This is a complete reversal over Season 15 when people took Gina Marie's obsession over Nick as humorous.
    • In U.S. Season 16, fans strongly disliked Christine for her constant flirting with Cody despite being married. As a result, she received heavier boos than Amanda and Aaryn from season 15. Yet, Cody received little to no flack for flirting with many of the other girls for a good chunk of the season
  • Internet Backdraft: US season 13 in general, especially towards the Final 6 Pandora Box.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Inverted in the US seasons that contains more than 14 contestants, where viewers were not fond of, one of the bigger reasons include a lengthy period of contestants rather float in order to avoid being targeted.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ika Wong in Big Brother Canada 2 was given a Sadistic Choice between making a last ditch effort to save herself and give letters from home, or take $5000 CAD and shred the letters while the houseguests watched her. Ika knew she had no chance to stay so she instead took the money. Most of the houseguests (especially Kenny and Andrew) tore into her when she got in, only for Ika to tell them how much she didn't care. Sarah pointed out to the houseguests that even if she gave them the letters, they were going to evict her anyway and would have said What an Idiot if she didn't take the money.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Zach from S16 (U.S.). Many fans are either shipping him with Victoria, Frankie or Frankie's sister, Ariana Grande. In fact, the shipping for Zach is so intense that the fandom has even resorted to getting into Ship-to-Ship Combat with each other. Unfortunately, for all of these shippers, Zach is most likely to be with none of them, since Zach isn't overly fond of Victoria, said that he is heterosexual, and Ariana already has a boyfriend.
    • Victoria, too. There's the mentioned Zachtoria, Beast Mode Princess note , Derrick/Victoria, Victoria and Hayden, Nictoria (Nicole and Victoria), and people who approve of the show's brief tab at a Victoria/Hayden/Nictoria love triangle ship all three, together/
  • Les Yay: Sarah and Willow from BBCan3. Sarah is queer, Willow appears to be straight, and both of them have made out a few times and spend a lot of their time cuddling.
  • Love to Hate: Rachel Reilly! The Friendship from Season 6 also counts, if only they haven't won.
  • Magnificent Bastard
    • Dr. Will Kirby from U.S. S2 and S7 (Though mostly from S7) is known to be the King of this trope. Will would manipulate other houseguests in order to get them to do what he wants in both of the seasons he played in. During his run in Big Brother All Stars, Will manipulated James Rhine over to his side from James' Big Brother 6 alliance, convinced Janelle to nominate and evict her best friend, Kaysar; formed a sub alliance with both Janelle and Howie in attempts to garner himself and Boogie safety in the house, and finally, he had a hand in blindsiding one of the bigger alliances in Marcellas, James, Danielle and Howie. In fact, Will manipulated and played Janelle so good during All Stars that it wasn't until the very end of the game at Final 4 both Janelle and Erika realized that they had been played by him
    • Dan Gheesling from U.S. S10 and S14. The only player in Big Brother US to have made Final 2 twice, and currently the only player in Big Brother US to win unanimously. Dan makes himself seem like a weak player and relying instead on social game and strategic game to go far in the game. He's also known for making openly big moves in the game, such as his Nomination Roulette during S10, when he had made a bet with Ollie to keep Michelle off the block, then broke the deal by back dooring Michelle. During S14, Dan hosted (which he refered to as) "Big Brother Funeral". After Dan was nominated along side his ally Danielle, lost the POV along with spending 24 hrs in solitary confinement, he made a speech in front of everyone and praising everyone in the house, until he tell everyone that Danielle (she was also there) was dead to him. However, this was his strategy to get Frank, the HOH, to target Britney, to get Jenn to use the POV on him, and to gain sympathy for Danielle so that she won't have any votes cast against her when she sat on the block next to Britney, which worked. When Dan was at the Final 4 when Danielle won both the HOH & POV and nominated Dan and Ian with Shane being left off the block. Dan manipulated and convinced Danielle to use the POV on him, promising to Danielle that Shane was safe even if he went on the block. When it came time for the Final 4 eviction, Dan the house when he chose to evict Shane over Ian.
    • Andy Herren from U.S. S15. Andy he managed to have friendships and deals with everyone on the house, was able to backstab every single houseguest and not getting targeted for eviction. He would gain info from every single person in the house and relay it to any person that would strengthen his position. And stepped up his game when he realized he might be seen as a lapdog. During the Double Eviction, Andy voted out Amanda and framed Elissa, so that Elissa becomes the next target, which worked with McCrae successfully targeted and evicted Elissa. Andy also had excellent jury management and won his season in a landslide against GM.
    • Derrick Lavasseur from U.S. S16. Managed to be the puppet master for all three major (Bomb Squad, Detonators and Team America) alliances. Since Week 2, Derrick has had total control over the game. Even when Derrick was not HOH, he makes each HOH nominate who Derrick wanted, controlled the vote & who went home weekly. Still, the jury respected and liked him, as Derrick would say positive things about them to others & to them directly and then backstab them. He won the season with 7-2, while never being a target for eviction.
    • A huge mention goes to Jon and Neda, the power couple of Big Brother Canada Season 2, who both played a flawless social game and got rid of potential threats (Arlie, Allison, and Heather) while getting past each week without being a target. But then Jon realized Neda wasn't going to take him to the end, so he ultimately decided to evict Neda in the final three, taking the more disliked Sabrina over her.
    • Another honorable mention to Hayden Moss from US Season 12, who had a near flawless social game as with maintaining the Brigade. And Maggie Ausburn from US Season 6, who controlled the Friendship with an ironfist and made The Friendship game more easier by manipulating Howie's first HOH into nominating James & Sarah.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Chenbot, as well as making montages of her saying "But First".
    • "Nobody comes between me and my man" a quote that once made popular by Rachel Reilly.
    • Jocasta (16)'s expression become very popular reaction images.
    • Frankie's crestfallen expression after learning he was not in the top 3 for America's Favorite Player.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Amber's (from S8) constant crying.
    • Most of Rachel's temper tantrums, saying "Nobody gets between me and my man" in goodbye videos (which subsided in Season 13) , or her constant bragging about how awesome she is.
    • Any time a houseguest eats something crunchy during the feeds.
  • Narm: Aisleyne (BB 7 UK)'s rather OTT crying fits. Many people thought they were fake at first before realising she was just a Large Ham in real life. Particularly when Imogen was eliminated, Aisleyne's crying and Big "NO!" were a bit much. Imogen even lampshaded it on Big Mouth saying "It's okay, Aisleyne. I'm not dead". Aisleyne herself even burst out laughing at the clip when it was shown during her Best Bits.
  • Nausea Fuel: There was an obscene amount of people in the second season of Canada's Big Brother who belched, farted, picked their nose, went naked, and did other unmentionable things. Also they chewed with their mouth open so you could see the food being crunched into a mushy pulp in their mouth. Peter and Gary have noted that not all Canadians are like this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Allison in US Season 9 ran into the diary room and started to tell people that she needed an epi-pen and to be sent to the hospital because she was having an allergic reaction to something. (Likely a Bee sting.) In the same day, Amanda fainted due to low blood sugar from eating slop.
    • The antics of Justin from Big Brother 2 can make a person's skin crawl.
    • Caleb's unhealthy obsession towards Amber was very unnerving for many fans.
  • Never Live It Down: Jeff will be known for two things: Spelling "Technotronics" note  as Techtronics and accidentally throwing out the clown shoe he needed to win the veto and get himself off the block two years later. (To be fair, the latter was an accident.)note 
    • Marcellas will always be known as that person who won the golden veto when he was on the block, and didn't use it, resulting in his eviction.
    • Chima's meltdown where she Rage Quit and was subsequently ejected by Big Brother is arguably the most famous moment of season 11. note 
    • Season 9 US will forever be known as a drug-running season. Never mind that only two out of sixteen people cast for the show actually did that.
    • Averted - Jade Goody would have never lived down the bullying of Shilpa Shetty in Celebrity Big Brother or her stints on the previous Big Brothers if she were still alive.
    • Nikki will forever be known as a Wangster.
      • Bunky will forever be known as the person who cried in the house. Interesting to note that his crying wasn't so much Wangsting as it was happy crying.
    • Season 15 will now be known as the most mean-spirited season for the US, with the comments made by certain houseguests.
    • The Australian series will always be linked to two unforgettable words: Turkey slap.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Big Brother 15 in the American version was very controversial (similar to the Shilpa incident.) Most people asks for the houseguests directly guilty of it to be evicted... and yet it received the most votes or fan favourite, and its ratings spiked when they decided to air some of those comments made by Aaryn, GM, and Amanda.
  • Older Than They Think: The event where Topaz accidentally voted for Jillian in Season 1 Canada actually might have repeated in Season 6 US, where Janelle accuses someone note  accidentally voted for Maggie.
  • Pandering to the Base: Season 13 of the American version, which featured the return of six fan favorites with obvious slantings and bailouts when things weren't going their way. The live feeds would be almost perpetually turned towards them, and the edited shows would be about 90% veterans, denying any of the new houseguests any chance at screentime. It worked ratings wise, but the fans however...
    • Season 14 of the American version also counts with the coaches essentially getting free rides until Week 4. Subverted that 3 of the 4 coaches got evicted in weeks following.
  • Periphery Demographic: People often watch many versions for Sociological purposes. ie, studying what the houseguests do. The people who watch the US and Brazilian versions for sociological purposes (ie, alliances and pairings) also overlap with the people who do so with Survivor.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • In Season 2, Will was rather hated by the fanbase, then All-Stars came and people started to like Will with his skills in manipulation.
    • Some people liked Rachel's (12,13) return, being able to see how she plays without Brendan.
    • Aaryn in Season 15 has been this in some faces. During the first few weeks, she's a complete bully in the house... but until her eviction, manages to win 4 HOHs and toned down her tendencies.
      • Gina Marie. Apart from the first impressions, she and Jeremy pretty much threw "Most hated HG" title back and forth due to their bullying of other houseguests and comments. As of week ten, she's one of the more liked houseguests because she nominated McCranda, stood up to Amanda's bullying, was nice to the Creator's Pet Elissa, and successfully eliminated Amanda.
    • Victoria from 16 had a "meh" reception at first, due to always being ignored by the camera, being a floater, and her looking like a ditz. But with the other popular players being eliminated, her still standing despite constant opposition, and now finally getting some focus, she's earned quite the fandom.
    • Aisleyne from the UK series. Widely disliked when she initially appeared, for her bad attitude and perceived fake behaviour. As the season progressed though, her sensitive and caring side was revealed. Although a Base Breaker, she ended up getting third place and was the highest scoring female housemate. What's more is that she expected to exit the house to unanimous boos - but was shocked that she got cheered instead.
    • Inverted with Nikki Grahame in the same season. Her eviction was a Shocking Elimination and when the option to vote an ex-housemate back in surfaced - Nikki won the majority of the public vote. However numerous people felt that this was just a stunt to get Nikki back onto the show - and she ended up in fifth place. She was also greeted with a lot of boos on the night of the final. Then again, Nikki did sort of end up playing the trope straight - as she was a contestant on Ultimate Big Brother and finished as the runner up.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A bizarre example. Season 10 contestant Steven Daigle has recently gone on to a career acting in gay pornographic films.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Natalie from Big Brother 11 (US), who coincidentally was nicknamed "Scrappy". While she actually did try to shake things up a bit, she pretty much attached to Jessie and spent most of the game not doing anything, flat out not even TRYING to win challenges when her alliance really needed it, bragging how awesome of a competitor she was when she did win something. Also, the first Pandora's Box had Kevin's hand get trapped while dollar bills fell down in the backyard, and Natalie went up to get him, saw he was stuck, and went to get more money rather than stop to free him. And when she was HOH, and she needed to participate in the most important veto competition... she gave up, forcing an extra weight to fall on Kevin to evict Michelle.
    • Aaryn in US Season 15, in between her racist bullying of houseguests Candice and Howard to her outright denial of it.
      • Amanda Zuckerman. There is a problem when America decides to put her on a block, over someone who became The Scrappy due to racist comments, and that's before she took a bigger level in jerkass!
    • Character polls show much of the Detonators of Season 16 are this: Christine is ranked the lowest, due to her cattiness, backstabbing and flirtatious relationship with Cody despite being married; Cody is close behind them, due to his inability to think for himself and his relationship with a married woman.
      • Frankie needed a special mention. Mostly for being a Creator's Pet, being highly repulsive & offensive, a gigantic attention whore and comes off fake and disingenuous. It became even more intense when Frankie decided to backstab ally and fan favorite Zach, said he wanted to "euthanize" Zach, stab his heart and "bathe in Zach's blood". He also showed zero remorse of making fun of Zach (including making rude and negative comments about Zach's personality, his weight, etc) to everyone in the house. It also didn't help when he insulted every single female houseguests except for Joey and Paola. To top it all off, Frankie made a highly offensive rape joke about Victoria.
    • Grace Adams-Short from the UK series 7. In the fourth week when Davina addressed the housemates, the live crowd could be heard chanting "Get Grace Out!" - shocking the housemates that the public could dislike one of them so much. Although Grace was one of four ex-housemates to get an opportunity to re-enter the house - the live crowd still chanted "Get Grace Out!" whenever they could.
      • Sezer from the same season was one too, though he was the second housemate eliminated - so no one really remembers him. At the time he set a record for most votes to evict a housemate - at over 91%.
  • Scrappy Level: A couple challenges had a Special Effect Failure or two. From the American and Brazilian version, the hot dog/soda challenge. What they had to do was split the houseguests into two teams and had to climb onto the punching bag shaped like a hot dog or bottle of soda and then ride it to the other side while the teams had to operate a pulley to get it from one side to the next.note  The challenge encouraged teamwork, but at the same time was slanted towards taller people because you would slip and fall right on off of the punching bag.
  • Seasonal Rot: Accusations of this have been made by the US fans after Season 11, which was filled with floaters and long, boring moments.
    • In the US, prior to season 12, the worst seasons were generally agreed to be 4 and 9. 4 for its bad in practice twist and unlikeable cast, 9 for it's below 30 cast of eye candy (only 1 player was over 30, and even then she was a former Playboy model), a bunch of hastily cast players who were drama spiked but unlikable with the exception of Natalie, a beginning twist that sort of screwed Parker & Alex (and originally Sharon) because people were evicted in pairs, its winner who became a drug dealer, and Joshuah... just Joshuah.
    • Season 12; the producers didn't really try to slant the season that much and they didn't show off that many twists that affected the game (sans the Diamond Power of Veto, which was a small-scale coup'de'tat). Because the Saboteur twist ended early and when it was tried again it just annoys the houseguests. (Although it did screw over Kathy) Additionally, most people were rather... dull game players because they were more booksmart than streetsmart, but were streamrolled by The Brigade (who showed a Boring but Practical strategy) until the end. And for better or worse, Rachel Reilly (one of the most well known houseguest, controversially) started her reality debut here.
    • Season 13. With the veteran-centric editing that were made the newbies Out of Focus during the entire season, and the obvious riggings. The second Rachel and Jordan (the last two veterans in the game) are in trouble, the HOH is forced to open Pandora's Box, introduces a twist that benefits them, the veto challenge is a carbon copy of the first HOH competition, and the next HOH competition is a rehash from the previous season that Rachel described as having done well at a couple days before the feeds. A lot of people actually Rage Quit the season because it was pretty much spelled out that the producers wanted one of the "Veterans" to win. The fact that Rachel even said that they were promised jury says a lot.
      • Unfortunately for the detractors, both Season 12 & 13 actually had an increase in average viewership for millions. Season 12 had a huge boost after Season 11 (from 7.19 to 7.76) while Season 13 is currently 5th for the show in average viewership (with 7.95, after Season 5 with 8.30).
    • And then we come to Season 15 which is either regarded as one of the better seasons or an example of this. It says a lot with a cast in the jury was either racist, unlikable or at best, polarizing, the initial Creator's Pet (Elissa) won fan favorite without any surprises. The editing favored Mc Cranda and Aaryn. though once the editors realized how popular Judd was, he became a bit of a Creator's Pet too. The other things said about this season probably shouldn't be said here.
    • Season 16 had the formation of a large alliance in the early weeks, the Bomb Squad, later reformed as the Detonators. From pretty much Week 1, they ruled the house with an iron fist; they won HoH almost every week, the people they wanted to target were sent packing, and they stuck together until there was no one left not in their ranks to target anymore. The season quickly became a bore to watch strategically, especially once the fan favorite houseguests were sent packing leaving behind Scrappies to watch in their place.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Being a competitive game, this is bound to happen. Some people are very competitive and attack people for playing the game differently than them, when people with different strategies have proven to work.
    • Brenchel and Jeff & Jordan (But Jeff moreso) have shown to be incredibly intolerant towards floaters, in trying not to make yourself be perceived as a threat to others. Typically; what gets you further in the house is making the other houseguests think they can beat you - And winning competitions is typically a good way to make houseguests think they can't beat you. One almost wonders if they'd accuse Will and Mike "Boogie" Malin of having poor gameplay and say they are terrible players, since Will's entire strategy was making people underestimate him and target somebody else. (Boogie even lampshaded this in All Stars when he immediately dropped out of an endurance competition saying they (Janelle and Erika) had to take him, even comparing himself to Richard Hatch in the process.)
    • Fans from the BB US franchise can be extremely judgmental and extremely demanding on more gameplay than entertainment.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Frankie Grande to Ariana.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Paul Clarke in the 2001 UK series was nominated for eviction four times in a row by his housemates only to have the public vote to get rid of his fellow nominee every time.
    • It happens all the time in the Argentinian version known as "Gran Hermano", specially after the fourth one. A special mention goes to the winner of said edition, Marianella Mirra, who was shunned by most of her old house mates but received the biggest amount of votes in "Gran Hermano" history.
    • Played with (inverted?) in the current Brazillian version. The aforementioned Ariadna was the fan favorite just for being transsexual, yet was the first contestant to be evicted.
    • Evel Dick from US Season 8. So much the America's Player twist bailed him out.
    • Elissa from US Season 15. Her win in the fan favorite came from her own likability (or being the least offensive in the later phase), her sister's fanbase, and people who voted for her because just to rub it off to other contestants in the later phase (who viciously talk bad about her).
    • Many occurrences in the UK series. Alex Sibley, Jon Tickle, Victor, Science, Aisleyne, Rex, Freddie/Halfwit and Aaron.
  • Values Dissonance: Basically, viewers familiar with the US and Canada format would tends to emphasize gameplay over entertainment. While viewers familiar with the UK format will try to make everything more and more entertaining for them.
  • Wangst: Nikki Grahme in 2006 would throw tantrums over some of the pettiest of things.
    • From the American series, Amber (8) would cry over just about anything. Rachel (12 and 13) comes pretty close to her in terms of constantly throwing pity parties and crying, while Brendon would just try to calm her down. Other criers from the same series include Daniele (8), Shelia (9), April (6), Chima & Lydia (11) and Ragan (12). (Zig-zagged with Bunky, who had a reputation for crying a lot but his was more happy crying.)
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Anyone deemed "undeserving" or simply didn't play the kind of game that people didn't like them. Typically, if you wind up taken over someone or actually have someone backstab their alliance in order to take you further, then you've certainly done something right.
    • Nicole expected this to be pulled on Dr. Will in Season 2. Which ironically, she becomes one herself, due to fans forgetting that she was the power player in Season 2.
    • Kalia, Shelly, and Porsche have had this. A lot of people dislike their gameplay, despite being as skilled in the game.
    • Surprisingly averted with Jordan in Season 13 - despite literally being carried in both seasons she's on, everyone claims that she is a better competitor for having won a luxury competition and only one HOH. Then again, everyone will agree that it's her game to lose if Porsche didn't cut her off at final 4.
    • In-universe: Everyone (especially Zach) thinks that Victoria is too passive and acts like she's in summer camp (as opposed to playing in Big Brother.) Dr. Will points out that she made it to the finals with her social game, and that she was playing the game while Zach was the one in summer camp.
  • The Woobie: Some houseguests can be this due to mean spirited houseguests like Jon from BBC2 who is left out of alliances and hurt both physically and mentally by other houseguests. (Sarah scalding him with boiling hot spoons, anyone?) Also Alec from BBC1 after the aftermath of the shower incident. Another example is Candice from the BB 15 who was relentlessly bullied by Aaryn and Amanda especially after her bed was flipped by Aaryn's fit of rage.
    • Also from BBC2, Heather received a huge brunt of the bullying from most of the the girls in the house inexplicably.
    • Donny. Every single person he got close to has been voted out, he's left out of alliances, and was constantly targeted.
      • Zach Rance. Mocked by his alliance, Kathy Griffin, and even voted out by his closest friend and ally Frankie. If that wasn't enough, every person he tries to make friends with has betrayed him and was accused by everyone of being the saboteur. On top of it, Victoria ended up destroying Zach's favorite pink hat in which Victoria told Zach he could borrow or have all to get back at him.
      • Hayden Voss, betrayed by people he thought were his friends. He and Nicole are eventually put up against each other in nominations. He eventually does win Nicole's affections, but Nicole wonders if they can be together due to them living so far apart. Things do work out for him, though - he wins a luxury competition and gains $5000.
      • Victoria Rafaeli. Targeted and seen as week from day one, almost everyone she allied with belittled her and insulted her game. Any accomplishments she achieves are swept under the rug or recognized as other people doing the work for her. To top it all off, the editors go out of their way to make her seem as dumb as possible and show off her failures. And despite all this, she at least tries to keep positive about it all. Plus, with her secret shame of her hair loss coming to light, we learn that she has deep insecurities about her looks.