YMMV / Endurance

  • Awesome Moments
    • The first season's Blue Team was this all the way through. They won six missions, took their alliance to the final three, and won their entire season without going to Temple before the finale. Basically, they dominated in ways no other team came close to in subsequent seasons.
    • The Green Team on E1 winning "House of Cards", beating out their rivals on the Blue and Yellow Teams.
      • Even smaller, was how Yellow managed to come back after having their entire tower fall.
    • When Purple Team won Fireball on E2.
      • Purple Team on E2: in the final five, Purple knew they had to win the Endurance Mission "Face to Face", otherwise they would receive the Samadhi; in the Temple Mission, "Cherry Picker", Purple knew they had to win that as well, otherwise they were sent to Temple. They managed to win both, despite challenges from the Brown and Yellow Teams, respectively.
    • Max and Jenna returning to Endurance 2 after being eliminated from Endurance via a vote. They managed to not only make the moves they could've had last season, but also won the whole thing.
    • Yellow winning "Bagging on You" and "Out on a Limb" on Endurance: Hawaii. They were initially considered "the weakest team" of their season, but these two wins proved everyone wrong.
    • Erika beating out all the guys in "Drop Out".
    • Purple winning Cubed in under a minute on "Endurance: Tehachapi"; since the Red Team received the Samadhi the previous day, they never got the chance to compete in the game.
    • Taylor, after having her partner switched, won Move it Along with Connor. This was also the second mission she's won, making her the only contestant to win two different missions with two different partners.
    • The Blue Team breaking the Three Temple Curse. Enough said.
    • The Red Team and the Blue Team winning the half mission, and breaking apart the Orange Green alliance.
  • Base Breaker
    • Sabrina: some fans thought she was one of the most influential contestants in the game because of her strategizing, while others thought she was just plain mean.
    • Scooter, to some extent, on Endurance 2.
    • Annie: Some fans saw her as one of the toughest girls that season, while others saw her as smug and mean because of her treatment towards Calley.
    • Max from E1/E2: Was he too strategic for his own good?
    • E3's Gray Team: When the season first premiered, a lot of fans liked them because of their teamwork and their nice personalities. As time went on, some watchers saw them as manipulative, and put them as bad as Orange, if not worse.
    • Chris (Endurance Tehachapi): Was he just playing the game, or was he too arrogant and loud for his own good? His age (twelve at the time of filming) may be taken into account as well.
    • And on the same season, Jeszie. People are divided by how loud she was during the competition.
    • While Endurance: High Sierras' Blue Team (Connor and Taylor) is one of the most popular teams that season, Taylor and her crying split the fanbase a bit: some say it is excessive, while others symphasized with her and turned the blame on the game itself.
  • Broken Base
    • The reception for "Endurance: Tehachapi". Coming off a dramatic and notable "Endurance: Hawaii", some people complained it lacked the drama of the latter. Notably, on the J.D's Greatest Twists special that aired after Fiji, it was the only season to not have anything listed. Others cheered on the casting and how close they are to each other.
    • Green Team winning Endurance: High Sierras provided controversy for the fans. Most stated they were undeserved, as they only won one mission and were carried by the Purple Team the entire way. Others suggested that it was better this way.
  • Elimination Houdini
    • Bryannah & Monroe for Hawaii.
    • Also Demian & Nicole. Despite their inability to work together in missions and Nicole's attitude, they made it to the finals while going to Temple only once.
    • Taylor & Connor are the most extreme example, facing surviving elimination 3 consecutive times and making the final 3.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Layla from Endurance 1, along with Brandon.
    • Chelsea from Endurance 1. Her quiet nature, despite not influencing the game, made her a lot of fans.
    • Lana and Trevor from the same season. They may have not gotten along, and their individual personalities may qualify for Base Breaker Base Breakers, but were the first underdogs on Endurance and broke the Red-Yellow-Blue hold in "House of Cards".
    • Christa on Endurance 2, despite having a smaller role compared to her partner.
    • Alex on Endurance 3, because she had a free-spirited personality and manged to stand up for Bryanah.
    • Monroe & Bryannah in season three.
    • Kylie from "Endurance Tehachapi", in similar ways to Chelsea.
    • Franke. Despite being the weaker half of his team and having little influence, he gained popularity due to his sense of humor.
    • Darci from "Endurance: High Sierras", due to her own quiet nature and her hidden strategizing.
    • Lilly, due to being a strong girl on her own right.
    • Connor & Taylor in season five. They broke the 3 temple curse and overall did well despite being a target of the Purple-Green-Red-Orange alliance.
    • Cinnamon from Fiji.
  • Franchise Killer: Fiji.
  • Funny Aneurysm: When the Gray Team left on "Endurance: High Sierras", they left a note to the remaining six teams. While Darci had some nice things to say about Connor, Ike wished Taylor would "switch a trip to Hawaii for a trip to the Temple of Fate". In the final three, the Blue Team got the advantage for the final Temple Mission, but lost and went up to Temple for a fourth time, where they were eliminated by Green.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Christian saying that he would keep his hairstyle if Red wins on "Squeeze Play".
    • In Waterlogged, when targeting Blue, Lana kept giving looks to Aaron. She said she was satisfied because it was vengeance for everything the Blue Team has done for them.
    • Christian flipping over like a fish when the boys were taking their "showers" in the ocean, going "I'm a fish, I'm a fish!"
    • "And I hope Keetin gets bit by a chicken!"
    • At the cove after "Face to Face", Mike and Keetin had an awkward conversation with J.D. about their failure in the Endurance Mission that day:
      • J.D: "Green's won the first two Temple Missions, they haven't won anything since. And in this game, they were out of it before it even started!"
      • Mike: "I don't know what you're talking about."
      • Keetin: "Yeah, what are you talking about, J.D.?"
    • Monroe and his quotes on "Endurance: Hawaii". Whenever he wasn't dominating the game, he always had a snarky comment to give during interviews or in confessionals.
      • "They've known each other for only a day, but they're going to get married."
    • The contestants fighting in the mud on E3 after the partner selection.
    • A conversation between Nicole, Demian, and J.D. in "Pipeline":
      • JD: "Nicole, do you have an alliance?"
      • Nicole: "No..."
      • JD: "Does your face always turn red when you're not telling the truth?"
      • JD: "Anyone out there that wishes they could change partners?"
      • (camera focuses on Nicole and Demian with sinister music)
      • JD: Demian and Nicole are both smirking...And there goes Nicole's red face again!"
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Skyler on E1: he would later appear on Intervention due to his addiction to bath salts.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Seeing all the connections the contestants make when they first get into the cabins.
    • Always,when the final two teams reminiscence on the good times they had together.
    • In "Dial In", Jon wrote a letter to Ashley should he be eliminated at the Temple of Fate that night. While he wasn't, Ashley still read the letter out in the confessional.
    • Like her or not, Sabrina saying Ashley was the best part of Endurance for her.
      • Jon: "Whom do you miss the most?"
      • Sabrina: "Ashley, Ashley, and Ashley."
    • Michelle saying she wants win Endurance 2 because she wanted to give a vacation to her mother, who works all the time.
    • Seeing the cast members react with joy when they were told they would be part of Endurance: Hawaii. For some of them, JD even came in person to tell them the news.
    • Amelia and Erika offering to take the Samadhi from Green in order to stop them arguing on Hang 5. If this isn't heartwarming, then what is?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Max and Jenna returned to Endurance 2, Scooter believed they should leave, because "this is Endurance 2, not Endurance 1 reincarnated". True, because the Brown Team ended up winning it all.
  • The Scrappy
    • Nicole from season three. Many felt her actions were way too mean, particularly with her treatment of Bryanna from yellow. She would go from swearing she would eliminate them to begging (sometimes crying) to either join an alliance or spare them from the temple despite the fact Nicole and her partner, Damian, had sent yellow to temple with their best friends on Green. By the halfway point, even Damian was having issues with her when she tried to prevent him from talking to the yellow team members and even exposed a proposed alliance they had with Yellow and Brown to the Gray Team. These actions made her one of the least popular contestants on the show.
    • Garret from Endurance: High Sierras. This even extended to the other contestants. He was shown to be rude to many of the other contestants (Taylor claimed he called her names) and demanded that Cealey be his partner despite the fact that she did not want him (she even scream this to him to try to get this point across). When he was paired with Anna instead, he did not even talk despite her attempts to at least get some cooperation. These made him widely hated by the contestants and fans of the show. Ironically, that season had poll where fans could vote from a selection of hopefuls where the top male and female hopeful would get a spot as a contestant in which Garrett won the male poll (Kelsey won the female poll).
    • From the same season, Alex and Cealey, to some extent. When the eliminated teams voted on whom should get an advantage in the last Temple Mission, they got zero points each. The fact they won the game despite their lack of mission wins and being good friends with purple who won most of the temple missions doesn't really help their case.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The temple of faith game has proven unpopular with some fans over time. The Rock-Paper-Scissors type game has not really changed since the series began (the only possible exception is the Mana nei lavo reward in Fiji which guarantees a free round whenever that team is sent to temple) and that strong teams can lose (and thus be eliminated) to weak teams based on heavily on luck.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 6, Fiji, and to a certain extent "Endurance: Tehachapi" from "Endurance: Hawaii", due to the relative lack of drama and challenges that season.
  • Shocking Elimination
    • Arguably, Green Team from "Endurance: Tehachapi". They won a number of missions and had the most pyramid pieces at that point. They had also avoided the temple up until they lost the final 3 temple mission (though they were handicapped by their friends on the Purple Team during the final mission).
    • Red Team from Fiji. Jonathan manage to pull out the only red colored rock and had to go to Temple and lost to Blue.
  • Tear Jerker
    • When contestants are eliminated in the Right to Stay: they were chosen amongst thousands of teenagers for such an opportunity and ended up going home on the first day. Some seasons though like "Tehachapi" and "High Sierras" did allow all contestants to stay for the first day with the right to stay challenge being held on day 2 instead.
    • E1: When Orange and Purple went up to Temple, Chelsea and Layla were particularly sad because they would split up as friends.
    • Also when Red and Yellow went up to Temple, which also ruined Sabrina's plans of a Red-Yellow final two. Even in the finale, she said her friendship with Ashley was the best thing on that season.
    • Calley losing "Cherry Picker" to the Purple Team, then crying after losing Temple that same night.
    • Michelle losing at Temple, especially after we find out why she wanted to win the grand prize.
    • Green and Yellow going up to Temple on Endurance: Hawaii. Yellow's two subsequent trips, and their elimination in the final three also qualify as this.
    • Vanetta getting injured and having to leave the game.
    • In Hang 5, seeing Jeszie cry when everybody was upset due to the Green Team fighting over whom should receive the Samadhi. Considering that she was intense in her fight with Isaac, it was especially painful.
    • Blue E5's elimination was especially heartbreaking. They had broken the third temple trip curse, had the lead in terms of pyramid pieces and received enough support from eliminated contestants to get an advantage in the final temple mission. However, they still lost the mission and ended up losing to Green on their 4th trip to temple.
  • What an Idiot!: During the Squaring off temple mission in Hawaii, after the Purple-Red-Orange-Gray alliance make progress by taking turns in placing triangles Yellow, Green and Brown spaces (once a space is full, the team is eliminated), Purple decides to give a turn to Yellow which allows the Yellow-Green-Brown alliance to take revenger. This is to an extent averted on Purple's part as it failed to eliminate them thanks to the brown team. During one of Brown's turns, they decide to give orange a turn (Vanetta was friends with Nicole) which results in the Prog alliance eliminating yellow, green and brown. Brown was not selected for temple that day but it did cost them an ally (yellow and green were sent to temple) when they had a chance to break up the other alliance. Tom himself admits in a confessional that this was a terrible mistake on his team's part.
  • The Woobie
    • Christa from E2, partially because of her partner, Scooter.
    • Michelle from season 2. Apparently her mom don't have enough time spent with her, fueling Michelle's determination to win. The Green and Brown teams even considered as such on the final day.
    • The Yellow Team from Hawaii are Iron Woobies because of all of the crap they went through.
    • Darci from High Sierras. Girl gotten stuck with the Cursed Gray color and was gunned for elimination.


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