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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Any attempts to dissuade Ellen from dropping contestants who lose at Know or Go never work for long, as she'll inevitably push the button.


* BaitAndSwitch: Much like the trivia games on her show, Ellen's questions are often worded so that their opening statement end up only being vaguely related to the actual question (such as, for instance, "My dogs are named Kid, Wolf and Auggie; what is the name of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]'s dog?")


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* RedHerring: Much like the trivia games on her show, Ellen's questions are often worded so that their opening statement end up only being vaguely related to the actual question (such as, for instance, "My dogs are named Kid, Wolf and Auggie; what is the name of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]'s dog?")


* '''Burst of Knowledge''': Three players answer questions while standing around a table with a slowly inflating balloon full of shaving cream. Give a correct answer and you can pass the balloon to the next person; if it pops on your turn, you're out. Last player standing wins.



* '''Make It Rain''': Two contestants alternate answering questions. Answer correctly and you get to open an umbrella; find the one that contains $10,000 to win the game. The rest just dump water on you.

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* '''Make It Rain''': Two contestants alternate answering questions. Answer correctly and you get to open an umbrella; find the one that contains $10,000 a cash bonus (originally $10,000, later $5,000) to win the game. The rest just dump water on you.



* '''One-Eyed Monster''': Answer a question with an answer between 0 and 5. For each number off from the correct answer, you must pull teeth from the monster's mouth, hoping not to pick the one that will cause the monster to eat you instead. In the second season, a ''Series/CardSharks''-style High-Low audience poll is used instead, with the loser having to pull between 1 and 4 teeth.

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* '''One-Eyed Monster''': Answer a question with an answer a number between 0 and 5. For each number off from the correct answer, you must pull teeth a tooth from the monster's mouth, hoping not to pick the one that will cause the monster to eat you instead.instead and put you out of the game. In the second season, a ''Series/CardSharks''-style High-Low audience poll is used instead, with the loser having to pull between 1 and 4 teeth.


It premiered as a preview in December 2017, and premiered in its normal timeslot in January 2018. It returned for a new season in 2019 (once again after a ChristmasEpisode preview in mid-December), and it has since been renewed for a third.

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It premiered as a preview in December 2017, and premiered in its normal timeslot in January 2018. It returned for a new season in 2019 (once again after a ChristmasEpisode preview in mid-December), and it has since been renewed for a third.
mid-December). The show is currently in its fourth season, which premiered in October 2020.


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** Replaced by "Hotter Hands" in Season 4. Answer a series of questions in 60 seconds, each with two answer choices. The prize money builds with each correct answer, but a miss means you have to start over from zero. When time runs out, you win the value of the longest chain you made, or the grand prize of $100,000 for getting seven in a row.


* '''Heads Up!''': Get your partner to guess as many words as possible, using verbal clues for the first 30 seconds and only gestures for the next 60.



* '''One-Eyed Monster''': Answer a question with an answer between 0 and 5. For each number off from the correct answer, you must pull teeth from the monster's mouth, avoiding the ones that will cause the monster to eat you instead. In the second season, a ''Series/CardSharks''-style High-Low audience poll is used instead, with the loser having to pull between 1 and 4 teeth.

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* '''One-Eyed Monster''': Answer a question with an answer between 0 and 5. For each number off from the correct answer, you must pull teeth from the monster's mouth, avoiding hoping not to pick the ones one that will cause the monster to eat you instead. In the second season, a ''Series/CardSharks''-style High-Low audience poll is used instead, with the loser having to pull between 1 and 4 teeth.

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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: This tends to happen to the losers in ''many'' ways.


** '''Great Taj Mah Wall''': Similar, except five contestants are strapped behind 5 walls, with Ellen reveal a picture with many images for about 10 seconds. Answer incorrectly, repeating answer or can't think of something, you'll be yanked to the wall from behind.



* '''Great Taj Mah Wall''':

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* '''Great Taj Mah Wall''':'''Five Second Rule''': Two members have to think on their feet and list four answers that fall into a given category in only five seconds.


* '''Dirty Laundry''':

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* '''Dirty Laundry''':Laundry''': Two teams of two are conjoined inside of a huge shirt and are given three clues to what the host is describing. The teams then must grab their color corresponding ball and throw it into the giant washing machine. The first team to do so gets the choice of either answering the question or passing it to the other team. The first team that gets three points wins the game and must choose one player to advance to play Know or Go.



* '''Runaway Bride''':

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* '''Runaway Bride''':Bride''': Similar to Mount St. Ellen, but the players are in dresses and are on a treadmill trying to stay on the treadmill while getting 3 slices of cake onto their plate. Obstacles like a bell and two spinners will get in their way, and there’ll be slices of sandwiches and cheese flying at them as well, and whoever gets 3 cakes first advances.


* '''Buckin' Blasters''':

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* '''Buckin' Blasters''':Blasters''': Two players will be controlling a cannon, and much like a rodeo, it make them difficult to shoot the other players portrait (it'll get crazier when it hits). The winner is whoever shoots all three of their opponents portraits.

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* '''Great Taj Mah Wall''':

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* '''Buckin' Blasters''':


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* '''Dirty Laundry''':


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* '''Mazed and Confused''': Players have 60 seconds to find the maze exit. Of course, Ellen will blast a fog machine and confetti to make it difficult.


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* '''Runaway Bride''':


* PointAndLaughShow: It seems to be going for this vibe, ''especially'' with Ellen's DeadpanSnarker attitude, and her own amusement at the contestants' expense.

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* PointAndLaughShow: It seems to be going for this vibe, ''especially'' with as exemplified by Ellen's DeadpanSnarker attitude, and her own amusement at the contestants' expense.


It premiered as a preview in December 2017, premiered in its normal timeslot in January 2018, and has been renewed for a second season. Most recently, it has been renewed for the third season

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It premiered as a preview in December 2017, and premiered in its normal timeslot in January 2018, 2018. It returned for a new season in 2019 (once again after a ChristmasEpisode preview in mid-December), and it has since been renewed for a second season. Most recently, it has been renewed for the third season
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* ChristmasEpisode: The aforementioned "Holiday Spectacular" that served as the season 2 premiere.


* '''Scary Go Round''': Transport 3 large balls across a set of spinners. Your opponent can also shoot balls at you. Fastest time wins.

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* '''Scary Go Round''': Transport 3 large balls across a set of spinners. Your opponent can also shoot balls at you. Fastest time wins. In the second season, there are two teams of two that relay the balls. They also get to decide who gets the ball and who drops it in.


* '''Aw Snap''': Transport apples to the designated location with your mouth. Oh, and the two players are also attached to eachother via bungee cords.

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* '''Aw Snap''': Transport apples to the designated location with your mouth. Oh, and the two players are also attached to eachother each other via bungee cords.

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