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YMMV: The Biggest Loser
Some of the more debatable material from The Biggest Loser:

  • Acceptable Targets: Guess who! Then again, that's why they came.
  • The Catch Phrase Catches On: Dropping your weight below 200 pounds has become known as entering "Onederland".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Harassing fat people generally isn't cool. When it comes to Jillian, however, who often spouts things along the lines of "IF YOU'RE NOT PUKING OR DYING, KEEP WORKING YOUR F***ING ASS OFF", it can often flop over.
  • Elimination Houdini:
    • Arguably, all the girls on the Black Team in season 4 were this (and only got through the eliminations thanks to the Power of Friendship)
    • Kelly from season 5
    • Ron from Season 7
    • Elizabeth from Season 10
    • Kaylay from Season 11.
    • Bonnie from Season 12.
    • Conda from Season 13.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Filipe (season 7) accused Jillian for providing drugs to the contestants. In season 15, Jillian's team was penalized for a week because Jillian provided caffeine supplements to her team.
    • Although some of the viewers thought that it was a elaborate set up for bringing back Ruben Studdard from American Idol.
  • It's All About Me: People who didn't like Kim Lyons (Red Team trainer in Seasons 3 and 4) usually cited this as the reason.
  • Narm:
    • Aplenty. The theme song alone is a ten on the narm-o-meter.
    • And the bombastic music for the weigh ins, that can even turn into a freakin' choir.
      • Reactions and expressions prior to each Ad Break Double Take during weigh-ins almost always fall into this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: If this interview with Kai Hibbard is anything to go by, the entire competition qualifies as this.
    • Season 3 in the Australian series had an episode where one of the contestants suffered a heart attack during training. ON CAMERA.
  • The Scrappy: Every season arguably produces at least one. Has led to what was perceived by the majority of viewers as The Bad Guy Wins several times, too.
    • All of Season 13 is proving to be a scrappy season. Every comment thread is calling it out as the worst ever.
      • This hit the fan when in one of the final episodes, when the final five were shocked that another, previously eliminated contestant would be returning. So shocked, all of them threantened to quit. This is despite the fact that this has been a staple since Season 5, and that their contracts say that this twist would happen.
      • Also counting that the season was dubbed "No Excuses", and they had what was, without a doubt, the biggest group of whiny competitors, full of excuses. Very few contestants were liked, and the ones who received the most Scrappy status amongst fans were those in Conda's alliance, such as her brother Jeremy and friend Kim, who were both rude and abrasive, and a church preacher who condemned lying and manipulation from others while indulging on it himself. And the final three? Conda, her brother Jeremy, and Kim. That's right, the three potential winners were three of the most hated contestants of an already hated season.
    • At one point in Biggest Loser Asia 2, Raj was extremely disliked due to his manipulative behaviour, with the biggest being orchestrated Scott's (who was one of the strongest contestant) elimination. Values Dissonance plays here.
  • Squick:
    • The contestants, depending on how grossly obese they are and how it's distorted their bodies.
    • Shots of the contestants throwing up during workouts.
  • Tear Jerker: Several moments in every season, for the contestants and trainers as well as the viewers.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The 15th season, Second Chances 2. For one, the show is finally back to being simply an hour long, as oppose to the tiring two hour length. The season also adds a new rule, in that the contestant with the lowest percentage on the losing team always goes home (save for Trainer Saves). This aspect means that there's no voting, and a LOT less drama in the show.
  • The Woobie: Trainer Shannon in the Australian version had a nightmare season 7 (Singles). Starting out with the male under-25's team, including Ryan, the heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history, he knew from the get-go he'd have his work cut out for him. What he didn't count on was having one contestant leave the competition early in favor of taking a $20,000 temptation, having Ryan be eliminated the very next week, being forced to expel the only decently-functional man on his team not long after for a severe breach of the rules, and then having the other teams gang up on his last standing member just as he was starting to get the act together, resulting in his entire team being eliminated while the others all had three members apiece left in the game. The culminated in a distraught Shannon storming out of the Biggest Loser compound, remarking he felt like a failure as a trainer.
    • Jillian had the same issue at the beginning of season 14. The very first last chance work out, one of her team members quits. The first weigh in, her team loses, and since there is a red line that weak, one of the contestants she felt the best about, TC, was sent home. Second week, the same thing happened, but with Nathan instead of TC. Her team (now down to two, compared to the 5 of both of the other teams), got a reprieve in week 3 due to a surprise weight loss by Pam, but lost the weigh-in of week 4, sending Pam home, leaving her with one member (Danni), while Bob had 5 and Dolvett had 4. Luckily, things soon turned around, and that one team member made it to singles. Guess what? Danni won.

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