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* DesignatedVillain: Marcel is usually framed in a very villainous light considering the subject matter, but while he is a {{Jerkass}}, that doesn't justify just how horribly everyone else he encounters treats him, down to straight up assaulting him, holding him down, and shaving his head. Even Tom mentioned that the incident made him angry and he was tempted to downright declare him the winner in retaliation against everyone involved.


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** Bryan Voltaggio is one of the most popular people to ever compete on the show due to a combination of his relationship with his brother, his charming and humble personality, and the fact that as of Season 17 he has now [[spoiler:made it to the finale three separate times and yet never won]].

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** Jamie will be forever known for getting a tiny cut during Season 8 and going to the hospital to avoid cooking, especially after Carla later almost cut off an entire part of her finger and not only kept competing but ended up winning the challenge.


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** Season 17 then had Angelo again go home much earlier than anyone expected, this time going home ''second overall''.


** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach Wiki/TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]

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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] much that even reach Wiki/TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]



* HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the head judge/co-producer being this, due to the show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won).
** This became a very [[InternetBackdraft heated]] debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[spoiler:[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached Wiki/TheOtherWiki page of the season.


* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Richard giving his prize to Stephanie when he won for Wedding Wars in Season 4, even before he knew what it was, and admitting the work she put into the wedding cake was something he didn't want nor could have done. This is then reciprocated by Stephanie when she offers to share the prize.


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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Richard giving his prize to Stephanie when he won for Wedding Wars in Season 4, even before he knew what it was, and admitting the work she put into the wedding cake was something he didn't want nor could have done. This is then reciprocated by Stephanie when she offers to share the prize.


* HarsherInHindsight: During the fairly disastrous Season One of "Just Desserts", a lot of jokes were made on blogs about how Morgan, who nearly won, was creepy and some fans said he came off like a child molester. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/morgan-wilson-top-chef-desserts-finalist-indicted-child-porn-charges-article-1.964053 Turns out that may actually be the case.]]

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During the fairly disastrous Season One of "Just Desserts", a lot of jokes were made on blogs about how Morgan, who nearly won, was creepy and some fans said he came off like a child molester. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/morgan-wilson-top-chef-desserts-finalist-indicted-child-porn-charges-article-1.964053 Turns out that may actually be the case.]]]]
** Mike Isabella's casual misogyny is really hard to rewatch when he was accused of sexual harassment in 2018.

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** In “Just Desserts”, Season One, there’s Danielle who was frequently on the bottom and disliked cooking things that didn’t appeal to her own palate.


** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]

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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]



** This became a very [[InternetBackdraft heated]] debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[spoiler:[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.

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** This became a very [[InternetBackdraft heated]] debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[spoiler:[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki page of the season.


* CreatorsPet: MIKE ISABELLA from Season 8 was focused on throughout the whole season for being ungracious, a general jerk to all the other contestants, and being overconfident in nearly... no, every challenge.

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* CreatorsPet: MIKE ISABELLA Mike Isabella from Season 8 was focused on throughout the whole season for being ungracious, a general jerk to all the other contestants, and being overconfident in nearly... no, every challenge.



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* {{The Woobie}}WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to make beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.
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** "Malibu" Chris in season Nine, who won the title Fan Favorite despite finishing ''9th''.


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** Judging from the reaction to the finale and the title Fan Favorite that she won, Runner-up Nina Compton from season Eleven also counts.


** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]

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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge.''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]


** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a weird case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team. He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]

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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a weird special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team.team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]


** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].

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** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is are hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].



** Season 11 had [[spoiler: Stephanie (who, coincidentally is Kristen from Season 10's best friend) being eliminated in the most unfair way possible. With six cheftestants left, not only did Top Chef still have immunity on the table, but also issued a 3-on-3 team challenge. In her team, Stephanie and Shirley cooked fantastic food and could've easily have been in the top. Unfortunately, their teammate Nick had let them down with two very poorly done dishes. The only thing was that Nick couldn't be eliminated because he had won the Quickfire Challenge. Nick did have a shot to fall on his sword but refused to do so. Thus, the judges decided that Stephanie was just a smidgen weaker than Shirley and got eliminated.]]

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** Season 11 had [[spoiler: Stephanie (who, coincidentally is Kristen from Season 10's best friend) being eliminated in the most unfair way possible. With six cheftestants left, not only did Top Chef still have immunity on the table, but also issued a 3-on-3 team challenge. In her team, Stephanie and Shirley cooked fantastic food and could've easily have been in the top. Unfortunately, their teammate Nick had let them down with two very poorly done dishes. The only thing was that Nick couldn't be eliminated because he had won the Quickfire Challenge. Nick did have a shot to fall on his sword but refused to do so. Thus, the judges decided that Stephanie was just a smidgen weaker than Shirley and got eliminated.]]

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** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].


** This became a heated debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.

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** This became a heated very [[InternetBackdraft heated]] debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini [[spoiler:[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.


* HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the head judge/co-producer being this, due to the show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won).

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* HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the head judge/co-producer being this, due to the show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won). won).
** This became a heated debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.

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