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* NotSoAboveItAll: While Bob can be strict, if the target of the contestants in ''Train The Trainer'' (or just general revenge, like dropping him and her in mud) is ''Jillian'', he will willingly provide nasty ideas to make her suffer just because he ''can.''


The show is currently hosted by Alison Sweeney from ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (formerly, Caroline Rhea of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''). Bob Harper has been a trainer since the first season. Jillian Michaels was a trainer for 7 seasons, but left the show after season 11 finished. Two new trainers, Cara Castronova and Brett Hoebel, were introduced in season 11, but were not brought back for season 12. Pro tennis player Anna Kournikova and personal trainer Dolvett Quince were the new trainers for season 12, with Anna leaving at the end of the season, leaving Bob and Dolvett as the trainers for season 13. Jillian returned for season 14, with herself, Bob, and Dolvett as the trainers on 3 teams.

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The show is currently hosted by Alison Sweeney from ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (formerly, Caroline Rhea Creator/CarolineRhea of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''). Bob Harper has been a trainer since the first season. Jillian Michaels was a trainer for 7 seasons, but left the show after season 11 finished. Two new trainers, Cara Castronova and Brett Hoebel, were introduced in season 11, but were not brought back for season 12. Pro tennis player Anna Kournikova and personal trainer Dolvett Quince were the new trainers for season 12, with Anna leaving at the end of the season, leaving Bob and Dolvett as the trainers for season 13. Jillian returned for season 14, with herself, Bob, and Dolvett as the trainers on 3 teams.


* EpicFail: [[spoiler: Daphne's]] plan to sabotage the teams in season 13 [[spoiler: to seek revenge for what happened to her brother]] should qualify. To do this, she ate almost '''two thousand calories''' and all she did was exchange two members between the teams. She lies about doing this initially, but eventually commits social suicide by admitting she was the culprit well into the week. The fact that she was a "new" contestant who didn't have the same bonds that other members of her team had was enough of a roadblock, but this was the nail in her coffin. Predictably, her entire team throws the weigh-in, almost all pulling awful numbers (the net weight loss for this team of ''five'' this weigh-in was a whopping ''twelve'' pounds). Because her team lost, [[spoiler: Daphne's]] only chance of survival was to become the biggest loser for the night. This doesn't happen; in fact, she ends up [[spoiler: ''gaining'' two pounds]]. Everyone on the show was totally puzzled by the lack of common sense behind this decision, including the trainers, and in probably the least shocking elimination that entire season, [[spoiler: Daphne]] was eliminated. And to make matters even worse for her, both of the people she switched [[spoiler: ended up making it into the final 3, and one of them even won the entire game]]!



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



* KickTheDog: Bob and Jillian will occasionally use variants of this on contestants who spectacularly fail to meet expectations.
** KickTheSonOfABitch: How the trainers see it, as they're trying to break down and excise the habits that lead to such spectacular failures.
*** Jillian pushes one contestant so far that, when pulling her across the room like she asked, he doesn't stop and actually drags her down the stairs, almost attempting to finish her off. Jillian later expressly states that she think he was "trying to kill [Jillian]".

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* KickTheDog: Bob and Jillian will occasionally use variants of this on contestants who spectacularly fail to meet expectations.
** KickTheSonOfABitch: How the trainers see it, as they're trying to break down and excise the habits that lead to such spectacular failures.
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expectations. Jillian pushes one contestant so far that, when pulling her across the room like she asked, he doesn't stop and actually drags her down the stairs, almost attempting to finish her off. Jillian later expressly states that she think he was "trying to kill [Jillian]".[Jillian]".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: How the trainers see it, as they're trying to break down and excise the habits that lead to such spectacular failures.



* ObviousRulePatch: In Season 4, Neil threw a weigh-in by water-loading, gaining 17 pounds in one week, and then losing 33 the next week, 17 of which was the water. Come Season 5, weight gained in previous weigh-ins no longer counted.

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In Season 4, Neil threw a weigh-in by water-loading, gaining 17 pounds in one week, and then losing 33 the next week, 17 of which was the water. Come Season 5, weight gained in previous weigh-ins no longer counted.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney / ExecutiveMeddling: As of late the show has been the recipient of some severe backlash thanks to the network's obsession with breaking records (fattest contestant, most weight loss, etc.) without much concern for the health of their contestants. Critics have argued that proper weight loss takes time rather than be a race to the finish line.
* SenselessSacrifice: An infamous example occurred in the Season 13 Final Five. [[spoiler:Twice]]. The remaining 5 contestants caught wind of the news that [[spoiler:an eliminated candidate would be returning for the finale after winning a final challenge]], and given their experiences with [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus the]] [[TheScrappy Aqua]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Team]]]] they were furious and collectively [[spoiler:quit in protest of the decision]]. 3 of the contestants wound up coming to their senses but [[spoiler:Buddy and Mark quit for good and left the ranch, disqualifying themselves for the at-home prize]]. This, in itself, is a questionable move, but any basis for the action is '''totally''' negated when [[spoiler:Jeremy, one of the 3 remaining contestants, was eliminated via the red line at that week's weigh-in and ''then'' brought himself back into the game via the aforementioned controversial challenge]]. Given the primary motivation was "someone who hasn't been here doesn't deserve it as much as we do", this was absolutely painful to watch in hindsight.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely They Clean Up Nicely]]: The producers are pretty good at choosing contestants who are "cute for a fat guy/girl" at the start, and then very attractive or just plain smokin' hot once they achieve a healthy weight.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney / ExecutiveMeddling: As of late the show has been the recipient of some severe backlash thanks to the network's obsession with breaking records (fattest contestant, most weight loss, etc.) without much concern for the health of their contestants. Critics have argued that proper weight loss takes time rather than be a race to the finish line.
* SenselessSacrifice: An infamous example occurred in the Season 13 Final Five. [[spoiler:Twice]]. The remaining 5 contestants caught wind of the news that [[spoiler:an eliminated candidate would be returning for the finale after winning a final challenge]], and given their experiences with [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus the]] [[TheScrappy the Aqua]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Team]]]] they were furious and collectively [[spoiler:quit in protest of the decision]]. 3 of the contestants wound up coming to their senses but [[spoiler:Buddy and Mark quit for good and left the ranch, disqualifying themselves for the at-home prize]]. This, in itself, is a questionable move, but any basis for the action is '''totally''' negated when [[spoiler:Jeremy, one of the 3 remaining contestants, was eliminated via the red line at that week's weigh-in and ''then'' brought himself back into the game via the aforementioned controversial challenge]]. Given the primary motivation was "someone who hasn't been here doesn't deserve it as much as we do", this was absolutely painful to watch in hindsight.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely They Clean Up Nicely]]: SheCleansUpNicely: The producers are pretty good at choosing contestants who are "cute for a fat guy/girl" at the start, and then very attractive or just plain smokin' hot once they achieve a healthy weight.



* TheBadGuyWins: Season 13, where [[spoiler:[[TheScrappy Conda]]]] makes it into the final three and ends up losing, but [[spoiler:her brother ends up winning anyway]], probably also significantly benefiting her in the long run. It doesn't help that the other candidate in the final 3 (besides the two siblings) also had a rather spotty track record with fans.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Season 13, where [[spoiler:[[TheScrappy Conda]]]] [[spoiler:Conda]] makes it into the final three and ends up losing, but [[spoiler:her brother ends up winning anyway]], probably also significantly benefiting her in the long run. It doesn't help that the other candidate in the final 3 (besides the two siblings) also had a rather spotty track record with fans.


* BadassGay: Bob and Jillian, the original trainers of the [=US=] series.


In July 2017, the show's doctor, Dr. Huizenga, claimed that the show had been cancelled due to allegations from a former contestant that illegal diet pills were being distributed with his permission; he has filed a lawsuit against the contestant making the claims and repeatedly denied that the allegations are true. NBC has yet to make any public announcement over whether or not another season will be produced, leaving the show's future uncertain.

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In July 2017, the show's doctor, Dr. Huizenga, claimed that the show had been cancelled due to allegations from a former contestant that illegal diet pills were being distributed with his permission; he has filed a lawsuit against the contestant making the claims and repeatedly denied that the allegations are true. NBC has yet to make any public announcement over whether or not another season will be produced, leaving true.

In May 2019, a reboot of
the show's future uncertain.
show was announced by USA Network, to premiere in 2020.


* SpotlightStealingSquad: Arthur in Season 11. TropesAreNotBad in this case, though.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Arthur in Season 11. TropesAreNotBad Administrivia/TropesAreNotBad in this case, though.


* ClusterFBomb: The reaction during week 14's weigh in from all four trainers and several contestants in season 11, [[spoiler:when Courtney lost 1 pound, 2 pounds short of what was needed to keep herself on the ranch, therefore automatically eliminating not only her, but her trainer Brett, from the competition]]. The censorship bleeps were heard for about 30 seconds after the final number popped up on the scale.

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* ClusterFBomb: The reaction during week 14's weigh in from all four trainers and several contestants in season 11, [[spoiler:when Courtney lost 1 pound, 2 pounds short of what was needed to keep herself on the ranch, therefore automatically eliminating not only her, but her trainer Brett, from the competition]]. The censorship censor bleeps were heard for about 30 seconds after the final number popped up on the scale.



* CurbStompBattle: During the Blue Vs Black Arc in Season 7, the Black Team managed to win all the challenges and weigh in. Despite Week Ten, which is possibly the Team worst week.

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* ConfettiDrop: When the winner of every season is confirmed, a snowstorm of Confetti is released all over the stage of the final. The same applies to the UK and Australian versions.
* CurbStompBattle: During the Blue Vs Black Arc in Season 7, the Black Team managed to win all the challenges and weigh in. Despite Week Ten, which is possibly the Team Team's worst week.


* GenreSavvy: Subverted season after season when the contestants who claim to have watched several seasons before coming on the show completely freak out during the initial workouts.


** A {{Exergaming}} game for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, in the mold of ''WiiFit''

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** A {{Exergaming}} game for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, in the mold of ''WiiFit''''VideoGame/WiiFit''


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%%* EliminatedFromTheRace* EliminatedFromTheRace: A competitor is usually eliminated if they lost the lowest percentage of weight.


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* FormerlyFat: The show attempts to invoke this trope on its competitors.


''The Biggest Loser'' (2004-) is a RealityTV show on Creator/{{NBC}} where a number of overweight individuals compete to lose the greatest amount of weight while living at a special ranch. The contestants are divided into two (or more) teams, each of which works out with a specific trainer, while facing temptations and reward challenges. At the end of each week, each contestant is weighed, and the participants vote out one of the two contestants who lost the least percentage of their body weight during the week. The final remaining contestant wins $250,000. A second prize of $100,000 is awarded to the contestant who loses the most weight after being eliminated as a motivation to continue to lose weight after elimination.

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''The Biggest Loser'' (2004-) (2004-2016) is a RealityTV show on Creator/{{NBC}} where a number of overweight individuals compete to lose the greatest amount of weight while living at a special ranch. The contestants are divided into two (or more) teams, each of which works out with a specific trainer, while facing temptations and reward challenges. At the end of each week, each contestant is weighed, and the participants vote out one of the two contestants who lost the least percentage of their body weight during the week. The final remaining contestant wins $250,000. A second prize of $100,000 is awarded to the contestant who loses the most weight after being eliminated as a motivation to continue to lose weight after elimination.



As of January 2014, fourteen full seasons and two specials have aired in the United States, with the 15th season underway, as well as 22 seasons in 11 other countries.

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As of January 2014, fourteen February 2016, sixteen full seasons and two specials have aired in the United States, with the 15th season underway, as well as 22 seasons in 11 other countries.
countries.

In July 2017, the show's doctor, Dr. Huizenga, claimed that the show had been cancelled due to allegations from a former contestant that illegal diet pills were being distributed with his permission; he has filed a lawsuit against the contestant making the claims and repeatedly denied that the allegations are true. NBC has yet to make any public announcement over whether or not another season will be produced, leaving the show's future uncertain.


* ClusterFBomb: The reaction during week 14's weigh in from all four trainers and several contestants in season 11, [[spoiler: when Courtney lost 1 pound, 2 pounds short of what was needed to keep herself on the ranch, therefore automatically eliminating not only her, but her trainer Brett, from the competition]]. The censorship bleeps were heard for about 30 seconds after the final number popped up on the scale.

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* ClusterFBomb: The reaction during week 14's weigh in from all four trainers and several contestants in season 11, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Courtney lost 1 pound, 2 pounds short of what was needed to keep herself on the ranch, therefore automatically eliminating not only her, but her trainer Brett, from the competition]]. The censorship bleeps were heard for about 30 seconds after the final number popped up on the scale.



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* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Rachel]] winning Season 15. This was the first and only example to date of a contestant beginning the show morbidly obese and actually ending the show ''underweight''. This victory received a lot of backlash, even from the trainers themselves, such as Jillian who appeared flabbergasted at the finale. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Rachel]] gained back 20 pounds after the finale and says that the weight loss, was, indeed, healthy.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Rachel]] [[spoiler:Rachel]] winning Season 15. This was the first and only example to date of a contestant beginning the show morbidly obese and actually ending the show ''underweight''. This victory received a lot of backlash, even from the trainers themselves, such as Jillian who appeared flabbergasted at the finale. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Rachel]] [[spoiler:Rachel]] gained back 20 pounds after the finale and says that the weight loss, was, indeed, healthy.



** [[spoiler: Sean and Antoine]] from season 8 also sacrificed themselves when [[spoiler: Daniel and Shay]], arguably the most desperate team in the game at the time, were up for elimination with them.

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** [[spoiler: Sean [[spoiler:Sean and Antoine]] from season 8 also sacrificed themselves when [[spoiler: Daniel [[spoiler:Daniel and Shay]], arguably the most desperate team in the game at the time, were up for elimination with them.



* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Danni]] in Season 14 was the last/only member of the Jillian's team after all 4 of her teammates were eliminated within the first 4 episodes.

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* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Danni]] [[spoiler:Danni]] in Season 14 was the last/only member of the Jillian's team after all 4 of her teammates were eliminated within the first 4 episodes.



* SenselessSacrifice: An infamous example occurred in the Season 13 Final Five. [[spoiler: Twice]]. The remaining 5 contestants caught wind of the news that [[spoiler: an eliminated candidate would be returning for the finale after winning a final challenge]], and given their experiences with [[spoiler: [[KnightOfCerebus the]] [[TheScrappy Aqua]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Team]]]] they were furious and collectively [[spoiler: quit in protest of the decision]]. 3 of the contestants wound up coming to their senses but [[spoiler: Buddy and Mark quit for good and left the ranch, disqualifying themselves for the at-home prize]]. This, in itself, is a questionable move, but any basis for the action is '''totally''' negated when [[spoiler: Jeremy, one of the 3 remaining contestants, was eliminated via the red line at that week's weigh-in and ''then'' brought himself back into the game via the aforementioned controversial challenge]]. Given the primary motivation was "someone who hasn't been here doesn't deserve it as much as we do", this was absolutely painful to watch in hindsight.

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* SenselessSacrifice: An infamous example occurred in the Season 13 Final Five. [[spoiler: Twice]]. [[spoiler:Twice]]. The remaining 5 contestants caught wind of the news that [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an eliminated candidate would be returning for the finale after winning a final challenge]], and given their experiences with [[spoiler: [[KnightOfCerebus [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus the]] [[TheScrappy Aqua]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Team]]]] they were furious and collectively [[spoiler: quit [[spoiler:quit in protest of the decision]]. 3 of the contestants wound up coming to their senses but [[spoiler: Buddy [[spoiler:Buddy and Mark quit for good and left the ranch, disqualifying themselves for the at-home prize]]. This, in itself, is a questionable move, but any basis for the action is '''totally''' negated when [[spoiler: Jeremy, [[spoiler:Jeremy, one of the 3 remaining contestants, was eliminated via the red line at that week's weigh-in and ''then'' brought himself back into the game via the aforementioned controversial challenge]]. Given the primary motivation was "someone who hasn't been here doesn't deserve it as much as we do", this was absolutely painful to watch in hindsight.



* TheBadGuyWins: Season 13, where [[spoiler: [[TheScrappy Conda]]]] makes it into the final three and ends up losing, but [[spoiler: her brother ends up winning anyway]], probably also significantly benefiting her in the long run. It doesn't help that the other candidate in the final 3 (besides the two siblings) also had a rather spotty track record with fans.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: (Obviously) Non-death examples: [[spoiler: Jim (Season 4), Jerry (Season 4), Mike (Season 12), and Aaron (Season 1)]] were all exemplary, consistent contestants that were completely thrown under the bus by their (usually less capable) team members and eliminated early on, all for gameplay related reasons.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Season 13, where [[spoiler: [[TheScrappy [[spoiler:[[TheScrappy Conda]]]] makes it into the final three and ends up losing, but [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her brother ends up winning anyway]], probably also significantly benefiting her in the long run. It doesn't help that the other candidate in the final 3 (besides the two siblings) also had a rather spotty track record with fans.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: (Obviously) Non-death examples: [[spoiler: Jim [[spoiler:Jim (Season 4), Jerry (Season 4), Mike (Season 12), and Aaron (Season 1)]] were all exemplary, consistent contestants that were completely thrown under the bus by their (usually less capable) team members and eliminated early on, all for gameplay related reasons.


** There is one being advertised as of 2011 for the XBox360-Kinect combo.

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** There is one being advertised as of 2011 for the XBox360-Kinect UsefulNotes/XBox360-Kinect combo.

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