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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Pretty much all of the house guests.
    • Likewise, alternate gameplay interpretations in the American version.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Big Brother 20 (US) had an all new cast announced. They rejoiced even more when it was announced that there was no day one Eviction.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
  • Awesome Music: Say what you will about the bland Season 1 in the US, it had a jammin' theme song.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • BB 12 (US): 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.
    • The house having a big dance number to Kaycee's Health Nut jingle at the end of Week 6 in BB 20 (US).
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  • Big Omg: A few days before Double Eviction night, CBS Chairman Les Moonves - Julie Chen's husband - was fired in the wake of several accusations of sexual harassment against him. At the conclusion of DE night, Julie signed off using her married surname for the first time in the show's history. Within the hour, Twitter exploded.
  • Bile Fascination: No matter what season you watch, no matter what region, the show is full of sickening houseguests who would put a grin on the Devil's face, but that's what draws some of the viewers in. Yes, there are good-natured contestants, too, but so many more are borderline sociopaths.
  • Broken Base: The various fanbases of the show do not agree on anything.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: CBS is more than happy to tell people how much it doesn't care for Trump. Omarossa's history on Celebrity Apprentice, firing by Trump and subsequent fallout with him at the close of 2017, followed by her inclusion in this season? No surprise there at ALL. If that wasn't a calculated jab, then nothing is.
  • Cargo Ship:
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    • 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.
    • Steven and the cameras in BB 17.
    • Paul and Pablo, his trusty inflatable duck tube. The only person he loved more in the game than Pablo was Victor. And in BB 19, he's traded up Pablo for Trejo the toucan, that season's bird floatie.
    • Christmas and Pepe, her medical scooter. Production even adds a lot of dorky sound effects for Pepe.
    • Josh and his trusty pots and pans. Or Delilah the duck tube, who is already in a relationship with Hubert. And we can't forget Orwell the talking owl, either ("Help me!"). Nor can we forget the late addition of Theodore (Orwell's brother, who has on Josh's bandana, is with him and Orwell post-earthquake after tremors struck the house, and is seen sitting on the couch throughout the events of the finale and the defining moment when Josh exits the house as the winner of the season).
    • Orwell and Metta in CBB 1.
  • 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.
    • Brittany (US 1) was a unique example, due to being a very distinct character with signature Girlish Pigtails and dyed fiery red hair and The Fundamentalist, who was often said to be the season's most favored contestant. She was banished fourth nevertheless.
    • Jessie (US 10 and 11) seems to be hated all over the Internet, yet, he has now made an appearance during five consecutive seasons, Season 19, and Celebrity Big Brother. 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' weaknesses.
    • Paul from Season 19. Back by popular demand (due to major backlash over Nicole beating him), he quickly takes control and steals the spotlight from at least 90% meaning if your name isn't Cody, Jessica, or Paul, you're Out of Focus (with extremely poor gameplay by most the rest of the cast helping solidify his hold). He even was the first to get a temptation from the Den of Temptation, and then his right hand girl was the second to get one. Ironically, the very fact that Paul lost this season has more people abuzz about him than Josh, the actual winner (whether it be bitter viewers rejoicing or Paul's fanbase frustrated about such a bitter jury)! It's enough that the season is basically now known as "THE SUMMER OF PAUL", "BIG BROTHER PAUL", or just plain "BIG PAUL".
    • Tyler counts big time from Season 20. So beloved that he even appeared on another CBS game show prior to the season, Total Knockout. He also wins competitions with ease and gained a Power App advantage and control over both sides of the house, but unlike last season, there are people in the house who are aware he's a huge threat and have the guts to go after him.
    • From Big Brother Canada 3, Sarah and Brittnee were this. A competition was said to be rigged for one of them to win (it was about an ally of theirs who was just evicted) and the coup d'etat-like-twist came at a time when they were in immediate danger and only one of those two could win it. Not to mention one of them (Sarah) actually won the game by quickly getting rid of all the other potential candidates.
    • Charley Uchea from UK Series 8 (2007), who the producers tried everything in their power to keep in as long as they could:
      • The first week she got nominated, they used the fact that she had an argument with Billi to delete both of their nominations out of the pool, which took Charley and her Beta Bitch Nikki off the public vote, but not Billi. To repeat, Charley was rewarded for breaking the rule about nominations. Billi ended up being evicted that week, presumably because people were annoyed that his rule break meant they couldn't get Charley out.
      • The next time she was on the block, Big Brother decided it would be a "fake eviction" where she was sent outside to a fake audience, and shown her highlights, but then sent back into the house. They announced this play on the same day she got nominated, so it can't have been coincidence. This let her stay in another 2 weeks.
      • It came out after the show that she had been warned repeatedly off screen for N-Word Privileges, including directing it at fellow black housemate Brian, though when Emily got thrown out for the same thing on Day 7 there were nearly a thousand complaints about the Double Standard that time alone.
  • 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).
    • Season 19, for being weighted down with a sackload of idiots following Paul like lemmings (while the primary opposition consisted of two Jerk Ass contestants who repeatedly botched their attempts to turn the tables), only for the finale to play host to one of the biggest upsets the show has ever seen when Paul gets loses to Josh (either because Josh outplayed him or because the jury was unjustifiably bitter), and leaves the viewers in uproar, either in delight or misery, depending on who you wanted to win.
    • Season 20. Fans love it because it's gotten back to unpredictable gameplay, but there's a lot of ego in the house this season and controversial behavior both on the televised episodes and especially on the live feeds.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The "David's dead" incident: David Bowie died shortly after the January 2016 Celebrity Big Brother started. His ex wife, Angie, was in the house at the time. Big Brother chose to inform her personally, with 2 housemates to keep her company. Around the same time, another David named David Gest was also in the house, sick and sleeping in the bedroom alone. One of the other housemates, Tiffany "New York" Pollard notices Angie crying, and she explains to her that "David's dead", without mentioning that she means her husband. Cue Tiffany freaking out and thinking Angie meant David Gest, and quickly scaring the entire house.
    • Jason's joke about tying Kevin's wife to a pole and raping her while all their daughters watch. The Whistle-Nut and Ole team had to issue forth an apology and Jason got a nasty tongue-lashing when he learned about that.
    • Sam screaming that she takes cold showers because she's a f—king animal, followed by Brett responding that he's never been more scared and turned on at the same time.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Too many to count. A huge number of players who come on the show engage in bastardly behavior and earn themselves not only hate inside the house, but in real life. The most notable ones are Justin from BB 2 and Scott from BB 4, who engaged in downright demented displays of behavior on the show that warranted their expulsions. Chima from BB 11 was so much of a diva and routine rule-breaker that she was forced off the show and her Jury vote was handed over to America. And then there's Willie Hantz from BB 14, who needs no explanation, because his brother is the nefarious Russell Hantz of Survivor infamy, only he has a severe temper and the hottest of heads. Naturally, he caused trouble and was kicked out. And BB 15 is basically douche city.
    • Spencer (15) stealing [McCrae's] body mic and thinking things he says in it will be attributed to him instead... which is then followed by a gleeful joke about how he loves to beat off to child porn, preferably 3 to 4 year olds. That one got Spencer fired from his job.
    • Andy (15) joking at the Final Three that he caught Elissa engaging in a double-hander with no sheets or anything and that she said she didn't give a f-ck about her fans or that they were being filmed nationally and her "Elissersice" workout is actually a hypnotism project that turns you into a Nazi and makes you fatter. What a rat bastard!
    • Big Brother 19 (US) for its dislikable cast as well as the fact that all the likable players (Jillian, Ramses, Cameron, Dominique) were voted out prior to jury, Jessica and Cody were still controversial, as well as Kevin, Mark, and Elena being powerless to disrupt the status quo in anyway. It's considered to be by and large the worst cast ever.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: 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.
  • Ear Worm: Oats ay la Layla.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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..
    • 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 take a level in jerkass when he returned though. But wouldn't you if your closest ally betrayed you and the house came down to the very worst of the bunch left in power?
    • Also from BB 15, Nick. He was a favorite to win from pre-season interviews, but his Spear Counterpart Helen outsmarted him and Nick was out second. Yet he has his own YouTube channel and used it to set up a tour of the afterparty for that season and go on a sort of date with GinaMarie.
    • Kevin, Naeha and Johnny from Canada Season 3. All of them were very well-liked by fans for different reasons. Johnny for being entertaining, Slaeha being the strongest female strategist at that time, and Kevin was entertaining due to his personality and strategies.
    • For Season 16, Pao-Pao's snarky nature got her more fans than she short stay in the house. Christine's husband, despite not even being in the house, also saw a rise in popularity.
    • Season 17, we have Jason, despite being that close of reaching jury, he was considered humorous and is a superfan. His return to Over the Top saw him jump to second place, though his behavior was a lot more unchained and brutally honest.
      • After Jason left, the popularity polls have spoken and Johnny Mac is the new most popular player by quite a large margin for his quirky offbeat behaviour, his hilariously loud voice, and his underdog story. He definitely counts as this trope as he only placed fourth and was the second to last jury member.
      • We also have James (who ended up winning America's Favorite). He's also this to an extent in BB18 but lesser since some argue he's not playing the game as hard and/or has trash talked Victor and Paul.
    • After returning from the Battle Back, Victor from US Big Brother 18 has become very popular for his underdog story, his friendship with Paul who has also become popular, and for being one of the nicer houseguests of the season.
    • US BB 19 gave us Cameron, who was one of the unluckiest houseguests ever who went out in under 24 hours without even making it to day one and didn't get through the Battle Back Showdown, but found himself getting attention from both women and men afterwards. He got even more popular when he spoke his mind at the finale and grilled an entire Genre Blind house, revealing that had he gone the distance, Cameron would have probably kept the show in balance and interesting instead of Paul just creaming everybody and running the whole shebang.
    • Steve Arienta from BB 20 became an early favorite because he strongly resembled Derrick, only with a really lively personality and naturally cool charm, not wanting to take crap from anybody. Fans felt disappointed to see him become the first eviction and blindside of the season when he was clearly on the path to running the game if given time, but are happy that he received a lot of screentime to make up for his early departure.
    • From Canada Season 4 we have Joel who was very close to being in the finale, but was (aside from Tim) the most liked houseguest of the final 6. (Or the least divisive one) Even the jury was shocked to see Joel go.
  • Even Better Sequel:
    • Celebrity Big Brother US was seen as this to 19, due to featuring a cast that (for the most part) was there to play and were making moves. The gripes abut the season comes from celebrities wanting to leave from the show due to personal reasons and a winner who herself admitted that she's mostly riding on the runner-up's coattails.
    • Big Brother 20 is widely considered the best BBUS season in years.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The promise of a lot of wealth motivates people to step over others and inflict cruelty. So in the end, do they really deserve their prize? Or do they deserve to burn in Hell? Okay, maybe that's too harsh, but still, sometimes you have to wonder if some of these contestants have black hearts.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Janelle and Will in BB U.S All Stars, despite both of them having partners at that time.
    • Britney and Lane in Big Brother 12 was extremely popular with the show considering them to the third showmance that season despite Britney being engaged during that time and she stated that she does not have an interest in dating Lane.
    • Many people ship Daniele and Dominic in Big Brother 13 despite not being an actual showmance that season though those two actually went on to get married in 2013.
    • 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some certain fans of the American version of Big Brother tend to ignore the first season due it being a completely different game than the games in the other seasons and the developers of that series treating it like Old Shame themselves, with new producers later coming on to revamp the show into its current format. Because of that, you usually don't find that season in some season/houseguest/winner rankings. There's also people who basically treat Season 15 like a Red-Headed Stepchild because it started out okay but quickly descended into the rectal cavity and into the bowels of infamy from which it will never return.
  • Foe Yay: During Russell and Chima's infamous live feed fight, Russell repeatedly accuses Chima of making sexual overtures toward him, including cuddling, kissing and once "grabbing [his] dick" when they were in bed together. Dedicated viewers note that the two were actually somewhat flirty with each other, or at the very least least overtly friendly, before things went south.
    • In US Big Brother 18 we have Michelle and Paulie. It is mostly one sided on Paulie's end, with him making somewhat flirtatious overtures toward Michlle. All of which culminating in him kissing her at his eviction.
  • 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.
    • Josh's master plan in 19, which seems cowardly at first glance, but is actually an innovative and incredible idea. He used the goodbye videos to tell evicted houseguests the truth about himself being in an alliance with Paul, and to rat out Paul as the mastermind behind their eviction. The thing is, these videos are completely confidential, recorded in the Diary Room and only played outside of the house after someone gets evicted. Which meant as long as Josh kept his mouth shut, there was no possible way Paul could ever know Josh's strategy, and Josh was able to completely destroy Paul's game without him ever knowing about it. And anyone bound for Jury who sees them will go off to Jury with the knowledge Paul is a backstabber. Rinse and repeat several times, and you have multiple people in Jury who respect you for being honest and like the fact you are not totally on board with the guy who backstabbed them. Josh laid the foundation for his victory well in advance of Paul, and Paul was unable to secure the jury votes he needed to win.
  • 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...
    • At least once a season, a houseguest with children has a nightmare about their children being hurt while they were on the show.
    • In BB 20, Brett takes a moment during the third live eviction night to turn Rockstar into his scapegoat. That is sure to make anyone mad, but for Rockstar, this is especially below the belt and enough to make it personal and send her into hysterics as the following week progresses and she drops out of an HOH competition first, breaking down in tears. Rockstar getting extremely angry at Brett and her subsequent meltdown seems a little unjustified at first. However, one fact changes this- when Rockstar reveals that Brett did this on her daughter's birthday. This means her daughter likely just watched her mom get insulted and trashed on LIVE TV that night and spoiled her special night. Rockstar has every right to want to get back at Brett, and she does.
  • 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".
    • One of the major factors that prompted the creation of Big Brother Canada was the popularity of Big Brother US in Canada. This is most well evidenced by the fact that BB Canada uses a near-identical format to the US version of the show rather than that used by most other countries, and Arissa even introduced the Season 1 premiere by saying "For 14 seasons we've let our neighbors to the South have all the fun". Even thought Big Brother Canada now has its own established fanbase, most Canadian viewers still watch the US version of the show, and most former US and Canadian houseguests interact with each other on Twitter & the like. It's pretty much taken for granted by the Canadian show that even if it's viewers don't watch Big Brother US, they at least know about some of the more famous houseguests like Dan and Rachel.
      • Season 4 of Big Brother Canada even had a twist which saw two houseguests from international versions of the show coming in & competing on the Canadian version.
      • Interestingly, though, this fanon-sharing is not mutual, as the US version of the show has yet to even acknowledge the existence of the Canadian version.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In Big Brother 1 in the US, Brittany has a job as a pharmaceutical representative who tests different drugs in the lab. William cracks a funny joke that this is a cover for being a drug pusher. Fast forward to Season 9 and that actually happened with Adam Jasinki using his winnings to finance a drug ring that was later busted by cops and having to go into rehab. Worse, houseguest David Gest of Celebrity Big Brother got very sick and later died due to misuse of drugs.
    • The competition in BB 2 where it was said to be constitutional to fire people based on their sexuality from workplaces and fellow closeted homosexual now out in the open Bunky joked, "YEAH! Fire all the gays!" This is before the gay rights movements erupted in the next decade and an intensely controversial and highly publicized legal case over a gay wedding cake galvanized the public.
    • During Will Kirby's interviews of the houseguests at the afterparty of Big Brother 19 on September 20, 2017, the night of the finale, Will nicknamed Alex "Tom Petty", because she wore a "PETTY" hat throughout the season. Just twelve days later, on October 2, 2017, Tom Petty died of a heart attack.
    • The David Gest incident on Celebrity Big Brother becomes this after it became clear Gest really was sick to the point he had to walk off the game and later did die from poor health brought on by drug abuse and some of his houseguest friends came to attend his funeral.
  • 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, due to it's ability to act as a sub-HOH even when you're nominated and said Elissa being a relative of a well known houseguest. 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.
    • Big Brother Canada 3 had a twist that was, basically, the coup d'etat. The houseguest, who had to win the power, had the option of using it on one or both nominees while also naming the replacement nominee(s) They were forced to take off one nominee as minimum.
    • The instant triple eviction in Canada 3, also got many of the potential threats in the house out, leaving Sarah and Britnee to dominate the game.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • As noted, the show is popular in many countries around the world, especially Britain. 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.
    • Guess who was the biggest celeb on Germany's first celebrity edition in 2013? Played painfully straight. He left after just a few days because "his father was sick", to be replaced by Pamela Anderson.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • After the viewer voting concept implemented in Big Brother US 1 proved to be a disastrous bore, the producers ended up making Season 2 (and the rest of the series) something akin to "Survivor in a luxurious prison". Then, several more seasons later, the show dispensed with tobacco and alcohol products sometime later and began adding many of its trademarks.
    • Season 12 is this for one simple fact- it introduced Zingbot.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The infamous David's Dead incident in Celebrity UK 2016, where just 3 months later, the David (Gest) that Tiffany thought had died sleeping in his bed at that time ended up being actually dead.
    • Jane Goody insulting an Indian celebrity on Celebrity UK 2007, then coming onto the Indian version of Big Brother (hosted by Shilpa herself, after the two had made up) and receiving a deadly cancer diagnosis two days in and being forced to pull out and later dying from it... damned cruel.
    • Frankie mourning the loss of his grandfather in BB 16... only for Derrick to also lose his grandfather that same week.
    • All those jokes that Frankie envies his sister's popularity are harder to swallow after one of Ariana's concerts was targeted by terrorists because it drew so many young fans and the bombers wanted to slay children.
    • 9/11 taking place during Big Brother 2 and one of the contestants learning her cousin was missing... because she would later come to learn that cousin had been killed.
    • In the final moments of the live feed for Big Brother 19 before they shut it down for the finale later in the evening, Paul is seen changing the battery on his body mic for the ninth and final time, remarking that this will be his last battery change, and hopefully it won't precede the last time he was in the house, "when I played myself." Unfortunately for Paul, that's EXACTLY what happened: he lost in a carbon copy of his defeat in Big Brother 18, 5-4, beaten out by the one person whose game was seen as less unlikable than his. This season, he bragged about never going up on the block once and made it to the final two... and because of that, he lost in the most painful way possible AGAIN.
    • On Tuesday, September 20, 2017, a small earthquake hit the Big Brother house and the final three houseguests fled outside for their own safety (though a ton of people viewing the feeds claimed this was overly dramatic for California standards as an earthquake of that magnitude was not much concern for them). This turned out to be an aftershock caused by a much bigger 7.1 earthquake that struck Puebla, Mexico, and killed hundreds of people; it was the strongest one Mexico experienced in over a century, and one of the deadliest on record for their country. And the houseguests had no way of knowing that until they departed the house the following Wednesday, which means they were subjected to this trope, as were the viewers. Paul, Christmas, and Josh kept wondering when the aftershock would hit, but it never did. Because that WAS an aftershock rippling out from a disaster that just hit another country.
    • Kent Blackwelder's chain smoking habits in Big Brother 2 were so bad, he blew through all his cigarettes and production cut him off of cigarettes when he requested more. This forced him to try to quit smoking in the house. Later, he died at the age of 62 near the end of 2017 because a long lifetime of smoking had brought on complications to his health.
    • UK Series 11 is known for launching the media career of winner Josie Gibson, but also the YouTube career of professional troll Sam Pepper. At one point Sam was admonished for going way too far while "jokingly" sexually harassing Josie by thrusting his crotch in her face while he had to wear a revealing outfit for a task. A few years later his YouTube career was destroyed by another prank seen as a sex offense, along with allegations of actual sexual assault.
  • 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 BB US 16, where another alliance did just that.
    • In Big Brother 13, Dominic ended up having zero idea who Dick and Daniele were when they first entered the house in which he thought Daniele was Dick's girlfriend. In 2013, Daniele actually went on to marry Dominic.
    • Big Brother 18's opening titles feature Nicole and Victor shown at the same time. One year later and those two are dating! Doubles as Heartwarming in Hindsight and coincidental Foreshadowing.
    • At the afterparty of Big Brother 19, Will is casually throwing around the idea of houseguests appearing on The Young and the Restless and The Amazing Race. Josh and Jessica got to appear on the soap opera that comes on right after Y & R, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Jessica has also been commissioned along with her boyfriend in the house Cody to compete on The Amazing Race 30 of the US edition.
    • After nearly everyone called the cast of Big Brother 19 the dumbest ever, during the preseason interviews of the cast for Big Brother 20 on Entertainment Tonight right before the night of the premiere, nearly everyone going into the house says their strategy is to play dumb.
  • 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. It was actually Rachel and Brendon.
    • 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.
    • 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. Subverted later on by Frankie's cruel comments towards Zach on the live feeds about wanting to "kill the baby" and "bathe in his blood". Which is kinda ironic, considering how Zach made a similar comment about yearning to get blood on his hands while Frankie said he didn't want to at all when he and Frankie were dueling for control of the eviction block one week. For more information on Frankie, see the Scrappy section.
    • Johnny Mac and Steve. Even though they are both straight, they've both made double entendres about each other, both have an incredibly close friendship, laughed together, cuddled, would probably vote for each other in the final two, and both are Birds of a Feather in that they are both very Adorkable nerds. They even admitted to having a nerdmance, and have some cute moments together. As much as they've tried to hide it, by pretending to align with others, they obviously really care about each other. Not to mention Steve, despite holding it in, was visibly shaken by John's eviction. They even joked about kissing.
    • Victor and Paul from BB18. Paul was noticeably crushed when Victor was evicted the first time, and then the second time, he practically broke down. But when Victor won the right to come back, Paul formed an even bigger friendship with him. The two even bicker at times Like an Old Married Couple. And then there's Corey with almost every guy in the house, but especially Victor and Paulie. The two were even sleeping in the same bed at one point during Day 74 causing more people to question Corey's sexual preference.
  • HSQ: Arguably hit with the reveal that the infamous Omarossa of Celebrity Apprentice has been brought in to play Celebrity Big Brother in the US.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • For 1, fans wanted to houseguest to take out antoginistic characters (notable examples like BB 16 Devin) for more likable houseguest, then proceed to complain about how boring the show is when the houseguests are too nice with each other.
    • 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.
      • Big Brother Canada 6 shows a very good example - Paras , the winner of this season. Paras is considered to be a horrible player for not winning any competitions until the end (2 HO Hs). This despite that she went over fifty days without facing the block (something not even Dr. Will can claim), and controlled a three person voting bloc that eventually became more and more powerful as the game went on. If she were named Dr. Will, she'd be considered to be one of the best fans.
    • 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 the Veterans (sans Daniele) some of the fanbase and Shelly Moore. 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 in Season 13 about the Veterans claim that winning competitions get you further. Despite the fact that Daniele's alliance managed to get further by mostly winning HOHs.
    • 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.
    • Steve was considered someone who "Floated" his way to the end... by merely making people think he wasn't worth gunning for at the moment and winning when he needed it most. Jordan essentially did the same thing (unintentionally, even) and is considered a "Comp beast" and a deserving winner. Most people are just annoyed that gawky Steve seems like such a pushover compared to villainous Vanessa, who was a fierce threat and predicted to win- and being the one to dethrone her didn't help matters.
      • An unusual case came into play - in Big Brother 12, Lane and Hayden tried to use the amount of competition wins to their advantage. None of them used the Have-Not competitions (of which Lane won every one). The following season, said Have-Not competitions were brought up as proof Jordan was indeed playing the game.
      • Fans also accuse Steve of not deserving the win because he didn't bring Vanessa to the Final 2 with him. The same fans who frequently criticized Cody for how "dumb he was" for bringing the better player, Derrick, to the Final 2. Honestly, fans are simply not taken in by Steve's personality and find him so weird that to them, it doesn't make sense that he of all people won.
    • Male contestants, as a whole, tend to be far more praised for ruthless gameplay than female ones. Derrick, Will Kirby, and Dan Gheesling are widely liked and exceedingly popular players due to how ruthless they are. On the flip side, ruthless females such as Vanessa, Nicole, or Shelli are widely maligned and called bitches and jerkasses for their gameplay. It's particularly notable with Nicole, given that she was a fanfavorite in BB 16 for playing a fairly honest game, but quickly became divisive and was often called a bitch come BB 18 when she began to manipulate and backstab alliances to secure (despite being just as nice in day-to-day activities as she was in BB 16)
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • US season 13 in general, especially towards the Final 6 Pandora Box.
    • As poorly-received as BB 19 was, it was nothing compared to the enormous hatred that erupted when the official Big Brother channel, out of nowhere, decided to pull just about all of Season 19 down, including live feed footage. On top of this, House Kitty 2, who was posting live feeds from BB 19 and BB 20, got slammed with a copyright takedown at around the same time (though they restarted the channel and kept posting clips, not including any before the channel termination), which set off a gigantic, raving mess in the BB Subreddit.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Aaryn on Season 15. Aaryn's first true love was Cuban American but it didn't work out and in her college years she longed for love and she became lonely and spiteful. That's the Aaryn we got coming into the game. Aaryn later remarked in the game that she wasn't aiming for friendship, and had a "smart-ass" personality, but her Eagleland-bred Texan humor and lack of clarification that she didn't mean any of her jokes in an offensive manner created the impression of a racist. However, people decided to twist it WAYYYY out of proportion and paint her as "Aaryn the Aryan" as if everyone felt compelled to jump on the bandwagon because they could. She Took a Level in Kindness in a real life when a guy named Nick Gries showed her guys do care and awakened the best in her and the two wed, erasing away the bad namesake we once knew.
    • Christine from US Season 16. She confided in a lengthy podcast that she once suffered from a suicidal level of depression due to people talking negatively about her behind her back. In the house, when that happened, she flipped out. Now all of those bad things she was up to have a painful connotation underneath them.
    • Austin from U.S. Season 17. Being universally despised by everyone despite not being that bad of a guy and genuinely hating liars and traitors, the guy's a Noble Demon at worst and it's shown even the twins don't care for him if the conversation they had on the hammock was any indication. Could be a regular or Iron Woobie since he's nicer than the twins. He genuinely felt betrayed when Julia picked him and when Steve and Vanessa turned on him.
    • Cody could be one, depending on viewer interpretation. He without a doubt could be a serious asshole, making some hateful transphobic remarks and treating a lot of the houseguests very poorly. After they decided they had enough of it, the other houseguests chose to turn the tables and subject Cody to a massive hazing by the entire house. Additionally, his girlfriend is evicted right before jury, and lo and behold: Jerkass Has a Point in Paul being the mastermind and almost everyone left in the house being crazy and/or mentally unstable. It was definitely not an easy week for him, and its up to the viewers to decide if this is a case of Kick the Dog or Kick the Son of a Bitch.
    • Poor Josh. The guy's hometown got hit by a category 4 hurricane, he cries and genuinely feels bad whenever he hurts people, and every time he tries to speak his mind, Christmas and Paul keep bullying him. Fortunately, with him playing with his heart and actually getting people to like him ended up winning him BB 19 over Paul in a shocking replay of Survivor Heroes vs Villains and Samoa with Russell Hantz. The guy even managed to get Cody's vote. The same guy who basically called him a brainless bratty kid along with Jessica.
    • The woeful fate of the late Jane Goody. She behaved excessively bad on the show, but one look at her biography proves she had a very troubled background. And as a result of all the wickedness in her life, it seems she was afflicted with cancer and it was cut short. God rest her poor, tortured soul.
  • 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, um....
    • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Chenbot, as well as making montages of her saying "But First".
    • Janelle (6): "Bye bye, bitches."
    • Mike Boogie (7): "Get to stepping."
    • "Nobody comes between me and my man" a quote that once made popular by Rachel Reilly.
      • Or "Floaters grab a life vest."
    • Jocasta's (16) expressions have become very popular reaction images, notably this Death Glare and "I'm so used to giving and now I get to recieve!".
    • Frankie's crestfallen expression after learning he was not in the top 3 for America's Favorite Player.
    • Becky's (17) train joke.
    • Meg's brutal header on the ramp during the OTEV competition in 17, which gets replayed a lot.
    • UK Season 7, Nikki: "Who is she?!"
    • Corey's (18) love for Christmas. note 
    • Also from 18, Da'vonne exiting the house excitedly is quite a popular reaction gif.
    • Josh's absurd fondness for the word "meatball" from 19. And his tutu taunt dance, which looks like something out of a Team Fortress 2 mod.
    • 19 also gives us "#RavenExposedParty", which is basically the fans telling the TV viewers reasons why Raven is anything but a sweetheart. Soon followed by "#ElenaExposedParty" postseason upon learning that she is incredibly petulant and possibly even worse than Raven, after spending all their time zeroing in on her all season.
    • 20 gives us quite a few:
      • Rockstar screaming at Brett ON HER DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY!
      • Brett spelling "anallice" during the hacker comp.
      • "Who flipped?"
      • What's wrong with Angela?
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The Signature Scene of Big Brother 19 is pretty much everyone (Sans Mark, Kevin, Elena, and Ramses early on) in the backyard yelling at Jessica and Cody at Paul's bequest. Moments like these pretty much solidified the house as the most hated house this side of Big Brother 9 and 15, with Cameron (Evicted Day one) being more liked than half the house. Even poor Megan (who was hated inside the house but not outside), who walked from the agony she faced inside the house, and sweet-natured Jillian, (who was severely unlucky throughout her short run), were more beloved than these contestants. The fact that the final five have only one contestant at near the top of the popularity ratings (Kevin, the one on the outs with the rest) while the other four aside from neutral-rated base-breaker Josh are circling the drain at the bottom, shows how shitty things got in the end.
      • Cody and Jessica themselves crossed it repeatedly beforehand for some viewers, making extremely hateful, transphobic comments (Cody), treating other houseguests poorly in-general (including the aforementioned Megan-hate which they helped spearhead), making racist comments (Jessica), bodyshaming people (Jessica), and betraying their alliance.
    • Brett crosses it in Big Brother 20 when he verbally trashes Rockstar live on the same night that her daughter is celebrating her tenth birthday and almost certainly watching at home. Rockstar herself calls it "disgusting" several times.
    • Ika crossed it in the infamous scene where she callously shredded the housemates' letters from home in BB Canada 2, though it wasn't the shredding of the letters that did it it— it was how she came to the conclusion of wanting to do it. She spoke candidly thinking she wasn't going to be monitored by the other people in the house, saying some incredibly cold-blooded and vengeful things, and gleefully shredded several (and regretting a select few she had to destroy)... only to see them after destroying the letters and get rightfully cussed out and flipped off. She had a right to take the $5,000 check because Ika knew nobody in the house was going to keep her safe from eviction, but showed too much delight in screwing over the house in a very sadistic manner.
  • 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.
    • "OH, SHUT UP." Repeat this 21 times. This was Dawn's bratty filibuster when she was expelled for cheating in BB UK.
    • Bayleigh's hysterical shrieking by the end of her meltdown in US BB 20.
    • Perhaps more so than anyone that could ever go on this list, Nikki Graeme. She is tantrum incarnate. Aircon too cold? TANTRUM. Can't get her beauty sleep? TANTRUM. Didn't get to show off her acting skills? YOU BET YOUR BUNS TANTRUM. Petty, ear-piercing, and borderline psychotic tantrums to boot. No, seriously, literally everything makes her freak out. So much so that she got a reality show following her, Princess Nikki.
  • 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.
    • Invoked in Season 18 - wherein Jozea tries to have a serious house meeting... while wearing a dog suit. Da'vonne lampshades this by talking about how nobody can take him seriously due to that.
  • Nausea Fuel: There was an obscene amount of people in Canada's Big Brother 2 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. And that's before seeing what got him expelled: putting a knife up to someone's throat. There's a reason he tops the list of worst houseguests- he came the closest to murdering one, even if he didn't intend to.
    • Scott Weintraub's frightening mental breakdown in the fourth episode of Big Brother 4, set to incidental music which is eerily reminiscent of the infamous "Leonard" soundtrack of Full Metal Jacket.
    • Caleb's unhealthy obsession towards Amber was very unnerving for many fans.
    • Megan Lowder becoming so traumatized by the Big Brother atmosphere that she started having fits of vomiting and diarrhea, and cutting herself loose from the show so completely to ensure full healing that she is just gone.
    • 19 seems to be the year of the foot curse, where two women end up with heinous injuries to their left feet, Christmas and Raven. In only Week 2, Christmas has her foot severely broken when Jason drops her while roughhousing (for which he is infinitely sorry and ashamed of), and the injuries were bad enough to cause permanent damage. Christmas actually had to leave the house for a while to undergo surgery, where she had fractures in ten bones, one so bad she needed replacements from a donor. She has also been unable to compete in some competitions in the game and is looking at the end of her athletic career. Then, there's Raven, who got her foot injured the very next week, when she made the foolish choice of puttering around the house in just socks, slipped on the spiral staircase, and sliced open her left foot, requiring five stitches and causing enough bloodshed that she had to throw away her socks. Alex later comments during Week 7 that the spiral staircase is "death" after being forced to lug heavy camping equipment around in the middle of a punishment.
      • Christmas's injury was so bad, she had ten broken bones, some of them distended out from the bottom of her foot; she even required an entirely new bone from a donor to replace a bone damaged beyond saving.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Justin from Season 2 of the US run will always be that psycho kid from Jersey who took a knife to a contestant's throat and got the free access to alcohol essentially banned from the show, and the very first case of a contestant expulsion in the series.
    • Season 4 in the US run is the one where they nefariously paired up broken engagements, and as a result, one of the contestants (Scott) actually went crazy.
    • 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.
    • Season 13 US will be known as the "rigged" season.
    • 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. Which is, in hindsight... very saddening. Goody's vile behavior was punished on the most extreme level- her body withered and developed terminal cervical cancer. She spent one month married to fellow houseguest Jack Tweed. And what makes this so eerie is that Goody developed this cancer when she appeared on the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss... after she previously harassed an Indian actress... two days into the playing.....almost as though she fell victim to a spiteful Indian curse coming onto that show.
    • 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.
    • Willie Hantz, brother of infamous Russell Hantz, will be remembered for carrying on the family legacy of snakes- and head-butting somebody and getting himself booted off the show by force.
    • 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.
    • Canada's first season has Topaz's infamous slip-up. Because she wasn't paying attention, she voted against her closest friend her the house (thinking that they were voting to evict a final person rather than voting for the winner). This caused Jillian to win over Gary by a single vote. Ever since, Arissa has been very clear that the jury is to vote for the person they want to win.
    • Time will tell, since Season 19 of the US edition is currently in play, but Jason might well fall into this; while horsing around with Christmas in the backyard around week two, he drops her on her foot accidentally, resulting in her needing surgery. The injury turns out to be so severe that it ends her career as a crossfit athlete, and she will never have full mobility of her foot again. Accidentally or not, Jason is devastated at the news.
    • Judging from fan reaction, Week 5 of Season 19 has already reached this status; Cody and Jess are the targets of what can only be described as a mass hazing delivered by almost every remaining houseguest, at Paul's behest, as the couple had managed to single-handedly make the entire house hate their guts. The bullying reached the point where the Powers That Be had to call several of the houseguests into the Diary room to intervene. There's also the Genre Blind nature of the vast majority of the house that is so bad it requires a celebrity (Bobby Moynihan) to come onto the show to point out how the cast are all idiots.
    • Kaitlyn of Season 20 became the butt of many jokes post-eviction for flirting with several guys in a very dirty manner- especially Faysal- despite having a boyfriend named Joe (or maybe not anymore, the houseguests joke).
    • Bea from UK series 10 actually went onto Wikipedia at one point to demand they delete the housemate pages.note  Apparently she thinks being a total bitch on national television for 6 weeks isn't something that should come up on the first page of Googling your name.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Big Brother 15 in the American version was very controversial (similar to the Shilpa incident) because the house was rife with dehumanizing levels of prejudice. Most people asks for the houseguests directly guilty of it to be evicted... and yet it received the most votes or fan favourite at the time, and its ratings spiked when they decided to air some of those comments made by Aaryn, GM, and Amanda. However, for the contestants, it was Hell on Earth, because this managed to wreck some of their careers when their bosses fired them for being... well, total dickholes, and the one guy who won was arguably the pinnacle of rats.
  • 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.
    • People seem to be making a big deal that Christmas spent the better half of her season on crutches and suffered a broken left foot, without realizing the first season of the US run had Eddie McGee, who had lost his entire left leg to cancer and had to stay on crutches all the time. However, the show was under different management back then and didn't have the zaniness and competition-heavy attributes we know now. Because of these changes, the producers mandated excellent physical health as a requirement for entry onto the show, which is why Eddie ended up on the first season only (in which he won).
    • Some people on Big Brother have gone on to enjoy guest spots on soaps operas like The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful in recent years, like Jason Roy, Meg Maley, James Huling, Jessica Graf , and Josh Martinez. However, long before any of these modern contestants got guest appearances, Brittany Petros, a contestant all the way back in Big Brother 1 in 2000, landed a recurring guest role on Days of Our Lives and went into acting.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • US Season 13, 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...
    • US Season 14 also counts with the coaches essentially getting free rides until Week 4. Subverted that 3 of the 4 coaches got evicted in weeks following.
    • After the rigging accusations, the show decided to become rather hands-off in their executive manipulation, and in US Season 15, they even took away Ellisa's MVP powers due to being too overpowered. This reaches it's peak in US Season 16, where their hands-off approach ended up with a boring season in gameplay.
    • Even though the producers didn't rig the whole season, they obviously set up a lot of free passes for Paul in US Season 19, and made it nearly impossible for him to not be brought into the game or voted out too early because fans would obviously vote for the popular vet to have an automatic 3-week immunity guarantee. Also, the temptation twists were set up to be self-perpetuating, so that when they got taken, it would open the door for more (the last temptation offered after 3 weeks releases three more weeks of temptation-themed challenges). When the temptations ran out of juice, the season vainly introduced the Tree of Temptation, but by then the remaining houseguests had wisened up to the tricks and refused to use it after the one thing that could backfire against the rest of the house the least was taken.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • All the way back from Big Brother 1 in the US run, which has become The Artifact among the fandom: Brittany Petros, who has become more known for her life as an actress who is most known for playing Denise on Days of Our Lives and has done casting work in other shows.
    • A bizarre example. Season 10 contestant Steven Daigle has recently gone on to a career acting in gay pornographic films.
  • 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.
    • The Final Part of the Final HOH where contestants are required to answers statements about the houseguest, which sometimes proves to be luck-based quite to the statements are made after the jury has cooled down from the game.
  • Seasonal Rot: Accusations of this have been made by the US fans after Season 11, which was filled with floaters and long, boring moments. Rule of thumb though, expect fans to start crawling out of the woodwork a year or so later.
    • 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 (pitting ex-fiancés together- a recipe for disaster- which obviously sparked a negative response from many of the broken couples, and actually caused someone, Scott, to completely lose his shit and self-evict) and unlikable 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, 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 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), the main twist (Saboteur) ended early and when it was tried again it only annoys the houseguests. (Although it did screw over Kathy) Additionally, most people were rather... dull game players (except for Rachel Reilly) that were more booksmart & drama avoiders, and were streamrolled by The Brigade (who showed a Boring, but Practical strategy) until the end. It says a lot when the fans considered the edited show are better than the live feeds.
    • Season 13. With the veteran-centric editing that made the newbies Out of Focus during the entire season, and the obvious slantings. The second Rachel and Jordan (the last two veterans in the game) are in trouble, the HOH is pressured (and ultimately chooses) 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. 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 McCranda 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. That said, a good number of people genuinely respected some of the amazing plays that happened this season.
    • 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.
    • U.S. Season 17. With a poor boot order thanks to an alliance being formed early on, which steamrolled the competition, leaving many of the more engaging contestants out and leaving Base Breakers and Scrappies in their place, a final five where only two of the houseguests are remotely popular, the others are polarizing at best, a houseguest who controlled almost every vote as one of the leaders of the aforementioned alliance and yet came up short losing the final challenge, and a winner who many question "Do they really deserve it?" as they've been accused of by both the jury and fans of "floating" their way to the end and only making a big move by evicting the dominate houseguest. It's worth noting that it's probably the best season strategy-wise in a very long time, even if most of the strategy is done by said dominate houseguest and the winner, who worked with said dominate houseguest. It's miles better than 16 was though in terms of gameplay & entertainment.
    • BBCanada 3, with the combination of Tough Act to Follow, and the overload of sometimes, unfair twists for the more unpopular houseguests (like the Week 1 public vote and Instant Triple Elimination). Also, adding on to that, was gameplay that was panned by viewers and fans as "too safe" and "stupid", favourites leaving early and, at times, clear executive meddling towards certain popular houseguests that resulted in backlash.
    • U.S. Season 19, though the reason why tends to be divided into two very, very different camps.
      • For one camp, the divisive return of popular player Paul to have a second chance after fans complained about him losing to Nicole, as well as the fact that the entire house is following his word for everything. The only ones who're willing to actively go against Paul (Cody, Dominique, Jessica) were evicted about by halfway through the season at latest. And the sole person who wants to take him out, Josh, has been stymied by Paul and Christmas to the point where it might be too little, too late. For these players, this was fantastically averted when Josh turns out to have made the most devastating move of all and completely obliterated Paul's game without leaving any tracks for Paul to find.
      • For the second camp, the season started out incredible, only to completely lose steam when Cody won the battleback; people were actually pining for Cameron to go back in (the lovable nerdy guy) because he went out so fast and would have injected kindness back into the game, and it looked like he would... then Mr. "Victim Noises" outpaced him. While his extremely poor gameplay made for an explosive and memorable first week, his return almost completely sucked the life out of the game. Jessica, who had been slowly improving her standing in the house and was on her way to becoming an Ensemble Dark Horse, completely backslid, made nonstop dumb moves, and gave up her game for Cody, leaving her as a Base Breaker at best or The Scrappy at worst. Due to his non-existent social game and all around poor gameplay (as well as Jessica imploding and giving up), Cody had no hope of ever flipping the house or shaking things up. What viewers were left with were three weeks of the house trying and failing to get Cody out (being protected by various twists), with almost no other game occurring. The first week, Cody was saved by a twist. The second week, he was saved by a twist again, so Jessica got the boot. The third week, he finally left, but at this point it'd been a month-long flatline. Then from there it was a very predictable series of eliminations until the next Double Eviction Week, where things suddenly got heavy when Jason went out, followed by the season turning DARK as every eviction to follow got increasingly heartwrenching, and when the finale hit, things went completely insane.
  • Shocking Elimination: Even with it being well known that nobody is safe from eviction by that point in the series, the fact that US Season 14 saw Big Brother legends Boogie and Janelle being evicted before jury was surprising to some, to say the least.
    • By the time US Season 17 had reached its halfway point, much of the debate online was about when (not if, when) Vanessa reached Final 2, whether the jury would recognize her brilliant strategizing and vote for her to win or be bitter about their eliminations and vote for the person she was sitting against to win. As Vanessa was in the Final 3 for that season, this discussion was continuing up until Finale night, when much to the shock of everyone Vanessa lost the final HoH and ended up placing third.
    • Neda twice in Canada. First in season two when Jon evicts her in third place, and then in Season 5 when Ika manages to turn the house against her at the very last minute.
    • The first eviction of Big Brother 20 in the US got this response when Steve suddenly went from carrying the house majority to a player flipping her vote at the last minute and causing his eviction. Steve was a very strong social player with the potential to become the next Derrick Levasseur in the house if he played his cards right, but bad luck had enough of a run with Sam that it jumped over to the other player on the block that week.
  • Signature Scene:
    • US 1: The convoy of the very first houseguests of the show arriving at the Big Brother House compound.
    • US 2: Justin's expulsion.
    • US 3: Marcellus making the original stupid move by not using the first Golden Power of Veto on himself and getting evicted almost immediately afterward.
    • US 4: The reveal of the Ex-Factor twist. Scott freaking out later and getting self-evicted is another moment.
    • US 5: Nakomis securing the first backdoor eviction in the show's history. The reveal of the Twin Twist counts as well.
    • US 6: Janelle taunting the Friendship, "Bye-bye, bitches!" The giant backyard argument between Eric, Michael, Ivette, and Kaysar is a close second.
    • US 7 (All-Stars): Will's Veto Ceremony speech where he says he hates everyone.
    • US 8: Evel Dick on a multi-hour rant to torment the house.
    • US 9: The double medical emergency. Season winner Adam's arrest for running a drug ring counts as a post-season moment.
    • US 10: The whole house going into a crossfire argument after Michelle wins HOH.
    • US 11: Chima revolting against production and tossing her mic into the pool, soon getting expelled afterward.
    • US 12: Rachel's famous "Floaters, you'd better grab a life vest... Kirsten!" comment that soon sparked an argument with Kirsten. Ragan tearing Rachel down can go up here, too.
    • US 13: The infamous Pandora's Box that saved Rachel at the Final 6 and convinced many viewers this season was entirely rigged for her to win all along. The double elimination of Daniele and Jeff.
    • US 14: Dan's Big Brother funeral, which turns into his ace-in-the-hole. Second is Willie Hantz's expulsion. Third is Dan's blindside of Shane.
    • US 15: Aside from the infamy the whole season is known for, the biggest incident was the final meltdown Amanda had at Elissa. Aaryn's eviction was the second, where the studio audience actually booed someone for the first time (Amanda was also booed). Another major one is Nick's blindside and the following events such as Aaryn taunting Candice & Gina Marie's bizarre meltdown.
    • US 16: Devin and Frankie are very notable for their own moments, but the thing everyone knows best is Cody failing to evict Derrick over Victoria, causing Derrick to win.
    • US 17: Vanessa blindsiding Austin at the Final 5, followed by Steve blindsiding Vanessa at the Final 3.
    • US 18: Da'Vonne blowing up at Paulie in the Jury House. Also, Paul evicting James instead of Nicole.
    • US Over the Top: The narrow final audience vote that caused Morgan to win over Jason.
    • US 19: Paul rallying almost the entire house to bash Cody and Jessica out in the backyard during Week 5, as well as Mark snapping at Josh moments earlier. Also, Paul placing second again, this time to Josh.
    • US CBB 1: Omarossa claiming there's a huge conspiracy in the Trump administration.
    • US 20: Bayleigh going absolutely berserk at Tyler and screaming so violently she bits her lip and it bleeds.
    • Canada 1: Topaz casting the wrong vote as a juror by accident, protesting it in vain, and causing Jillian to win instead of Gary.
    • Canada 2: Ika shredding the letters from home.
    • Canada 3: Godfrey's "sleeping giant" speech and his decision to keep Sarah at the Final Two also count.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Season 1 of the US run is interesting at times and has a dynamic bunch of houseguests, but it is guilty of a lot of Padding (Ran 70 episodes opposed to seasons in more recent years that run about half that long) and a generally "meh" and blah run with an unambitious production in regards to gameplay. Season 2 changed all that and kept a lot of the boring stuff contained to the live feeds.
  • "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.
    • Cody Nickson from BB 19 set himself up as this when he decided to make a maverick move against much-beloved Paul at the very start of the game when he won HOH. His approach killed any shots of this working though, as he'd brought Paul into his alliance before blindsiding the entire alliance by targeting Paul and, when this failed, an another alliance member in Christmas.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Frankie Grande to Ariana. The Zingbot even made fun of this.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Big Brother 20 US is shaping up to be this. Hopes were already low after the disaster that was Big Brother 19, but the house showed a very clear divide with houseguests constantly wondering who voted for who, and with three weeks of non-unanimous votes with no "It's what the house wanted."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It seems the show grandfathered out the first seven seasons' worth of contestants from returning. Season 7 seems to be the excuse why, because that season was the All-Stars lineup comprised of all the previous seasons until then and already gave everybody their time in the sun- which unfortunately ignores everyone else who fell short of the mark/is seen as too unlikable or crazy to invite back. Due to BB13 & BB14 mixing up newbies with some of the most well-known contestants starting from BB8, the US season still hasn't featured returning players from BB7 on back, save for Boogie, the winner of All-Stars, and Will, who is considered the legend on the show and has proctored the Jury since Season 15. Additionally, even until Season 20 there are still no All-Star seasons after Season 7.
    • Seasons 19 and 20 introduced twists that were totally screwed over by houseguests either unwilling to use them, letting them expire, or just being too stupid to use them in time. The Tree of Temptation was used only once in 19, and had more punishments than benefits, and Mark got the only advantage worth a crap, which he gave to puppetmaster Paul. The next two weeks saw houseguests say no to the tree and avoid taking anything else because Paul had ironclad rule over the game and nobody wanted to disrupt the weeks. 20 had Bayleigh, who received a Power App out of pity for her showmance going home, but Bayleigh's utter inability to avoid the spotlight got her backdoored before she had a chance to hijack nominations. Tyler, the Paul-in-Chief of this season, didn't even need his Power App to get him off the block because the rival alliance in the house retarded its own efforts to get him out... by being complete idiots.
  • Unexpected Character: Paul from Season 18 returning at the onset of Season 19 out of the blue as a bonus houseguest due to his popularity. He entered the game as a wildcard who would replace the first person eliminated on the first day.
  • 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 transgender, 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).
    • Britnee Blair was this for much of Big Brother 3 Canada. As early as week one, she was one of the most liked players by the fans, but a lot of other players saw her as a go-to pawn and even Sarah at first aligned with her as a vote. This changed later on, when everyone else begun to genuinely respect her and when Sarah even became legit friends with Britnee.
    • Many occurrences in the UK series. Alex Sibley, Jon Tickle, Victor, Science, Aisleyne, Rex, Freddie/Halfwit and Aaron.
    • Karen in Canada Season 5. Apparently people do not think much about her in the house - yet she is pretty well liked by the fanbase.
    • Cody and Jessica to varying degrees. The houseguests hated them and, by halfway through, where taking as many shots as they could (including the infamous hazing incident). While Cody and Jessica are major base breakers, they have a very dedicated and passionate fanbase that resulted in Cody winning America's Favourite Player. Their come-from-behind run on The Amazing Race helped improve their reputation just a smidge.
  • 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 entertaining for them.
    • The seasons from the early 2000s contain a lot more casual homophobia from other house guests. Mikey Dalton for example in the UK's 7th Season casually said in his introduction that he hated gays. This would not fly now.
    • Earlier seasons of the US Big Brother aired conversations where houseguests used the word "retarded" in a derogatory manner on television. With the politically correct revolution in America, standards clamped down heavily. Today's episodes censor the word.
  • Vindicated by History: A few, but some are a little too personal:
    • Season 15 was seen as a "Terrible" season. While the cast full of mostly unlikable people has not been vindicated, the anticlimactic season 16 and two other seasons full of predictable evictions resulted in a lot more people appreciating some of the amazing plays during the season, such as Elissa and Andy flipping the vote against Nick during week two or Andy successfully causing a tied vote and framing Elissa for it during a double eviction. And compared to Season 19, which is loaded with a house full of nasty people, it looks tame in hindsight.
    • Season 17. As mentioned under Seasonal Rot, some hated the season and thought the contestants were too much of a shoe-horn or controversial, and only a Shocking Elimination at the final three made it anything less than a blow-out. Yet after Season 19 proceeded to have a group of people more dislikable than 15 and somehow even dumber than 16, it's not unheard of for some people wishing for Season 17 to return due to more than two or three people in that season actually playing the game.
  • Wangst: Nikki Grahme in 2006 would throw tantrums over some of the pettiest of things.
    • It even carried over to the Big Brother Canada 4.
    • 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), Ragan (12), Michelle (18; she's even self-aware of it), and Josh (19). (Zig-zagged with Bunky, who had a reputation for crying a lot but his was more happy crying.)
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Big Brother 20's house, despite being rather colourful and active in terms of its design, kind of falls into this with its "Tech" theme and the entire wall of Fidget Spinners. Though, considering that Pop TV gave out Fidget Spinners as gifts to the final three houseguests last season and one wouldn't know this outside of watching After Dark or the live feeds of BB 19, the wall is just continuing the fun in an exaggerated matter that everyone will now see.
  • 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.
      • Porsche got this hard against the Vets.
    • 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.
    • Speaking of people accused of floating, there's BB17's "winner" Steve Moses. He's accused of floating his way to the end and only winning because he wasn't against Vanessa, which some claim he just got lucky the last question in the Final HOH was a random tidbit from John. Like Fabio of Survivor, quite a few have claimed he's undeserving of the million and that Vanessa should have won. This is ignoring the fact that Vanessa wouldn't have taken him because she wanted a girl to win and still didn't vote for him in the end, despite the fact his game was miles better than Liz's who was practically non existent.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Celebrity Big Brother US shaped up to be this.. After Big Brother 19, which is widely considered the worst season yet, and the announcement of mostly California-based B/C-list celebrities (among them Omarosa Manigault, who is controversial) for the casting, many fans were skeptical. The skepticism increased when game-changing "twists" were introduced, and it looked like Omarosa would be another Paul who the house kowtowed to the entire "Season". However, a combination of the houseguests getting treated like regular Big Brother contestants (getting Covered in Gunge and submitted to just as much costume punishments as a normal cast) and proceeding to outright defy the "will of the house" left the fandom cheering and optimistic.
    • Big Brother 20 US is shaping up to be this even more, with its cast of all newbies, no day one eviction, plenty of screentime given to the first two boots, houseguests who are not following the will of the house with every vote being a split, and a pretty interestingly designed house aesthetic. The twists are also not designed to unfairly tilt the game towards certain players beyond some punishments and have added rules that stop them from being abused or being sat on for too long.
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