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.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Nicole's reappearance in Season 7. After being removed from the competition in episode 1, she returned after losing 87 pounds at home. Everyone was freaking out because she had the second highest percentage of weight loss in the entire house and her appearance caused widespread fear and chaos, as well as all sorts of talk of gameplay. However, she lost her immunity at the weigh-in by gaining 5 pounds, and she was swiftly sent home. This is never mentioned in the next episode (except for a team who and the game continues on as it was.
  • 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.
  • Dork Age: Not much as an "age" or "era" as it is a specific season, but Season 13 is infamous for having some of the worst characters, personality and performance wise, in Biggest Loser history. The more tolerable characters were booted in quick succession and it got to the point where literally four out of the final five were the most hated people in the franchise. Even Bob Harper said there were about 3 candidates that were "fantastic" (none of which made it to the final 5), while the others were downright terrible and nasty.
  • 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.
      • Mark and Megan from the same season had a history of putting up mediocre numbers and both made it to the merge. A double whammy here is that one of these candidates ended up leaving the ranch out of their own volition.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Daphne's plan to sabotage the teams in season 13 to seek revenge for what happened to her brother should qualify. To do this, she ate almost two thousand calories and all she did was exchange two members between the teams. She lies about doing this initially, but eventually commits social suicide by admitting she was the culprit well into the week. The fact that she was a "new" contestant who didn't have the same bonds that other members of her team had was enough of a roadblock, but this was the nail in her coffin. Predictably, her entire team throws the weigh-in, almost all pulling awful numbers (the net weight loss for this team of five this weigh-in was a whopping twelve pounds). Because her team lost, Daphne's only chance of survival was to become the biggest loser for the night. This doesn't happen; in fact, she ends up gaining two pounds. Everyone on the show was totally puzzled by the lack of common sense behind this decision, including the trainers, and in probably the least shocking elimination that entire season, Daphne was eliminated. And to make matters even worse for her, both of the people she switched ended up making it into the final 3, and one of them even won the entire game!
  • 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 very hard to watch a past season where a contestant seems so elated to be finally making progress with their weight when you are aware of the fact that the contestant has gained a lot of the weight back since then.

  • Humiliation Conga: Some contestants can't get a break. The Aqua Team in Season 13 died a very loud, painful, undignified death after 3 long weeks of being rejected by their teammates and multiple unsuccessful attempts to play the game, with both members being eliminated the first time that they were not immune.
  • 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.
  • 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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