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There has to be something in The Bible about this.

Television has had to choose between making gold or crap. They can pay top dollar to make shows like Mad Men and hope to cash in on DVD sales, or crank out dirt-cheap reality shows that can turn a profit even with tiny ratings.
Or, they can say "fuck it" and make a show about dating Flavor Flav.

Flavor of Love (2006-2008) is a VH1 "Celebreality" show. It centers around Public Enemy Hype Man and Large Ham Flavor Flav finding true love, after his breakup with Brigitte Nielsen. 20 girls were to compete for his heart until only one remained. It resulted in not one, but three seasons, each with a new supply of girls. Hilarity ensued.

The show is So Bad, It's Good, and goes way beyond Bile Fascination and right back to Crazy Awesome. Oh, and? The season 1 girls weren't told they'd be dating Flavor Flav, until they'd already been cast.

Each contestant is given a nickname by Flav (he's admittedly not good with names) and is referred to by that nickname for as long as she remains on VH-1. The contestants compete for intimate dates with Flav by partaking in various challenges, ranging from silly to ridiculous. At the end of each episode, the show features a clock ceremony where contestants receive gold clocks to wear around their necks. Flav brings the few remaining women's parents on in the third or second to last episode. Finally, the season finale takes place in a tropical destination: the finalists and Flav spend the last two days at a luxurious resort preceding his final decision.


The whole mess was a Star-Making Role for many of the girls, and resulted in a number of spinoffs / clone shows, many of which feature a whole lot of contestants from previous shows. These shows include, but are in no way limited to:

Also, Flavor of Love itself spun off from Strange Love, a spinoff of The Surreal Life, in turn based on The Real World, which... you get the idea.


This series provides examples of:

  • Arch-Nemesis:
    • New York and Pumkin in the first season.
    • Krazy and Deelishis in the second season.
    • Somethin and Spunkeey also in the second season. However, this was short-lived as both women were eliminated early.
  • Attention Whore: A lot of the girls on the show come off as this, making it really obvious that they are on the show for camera time. Pumkin, Hottie, New York, Spunkeey, Bootz, Buckeey, and Deelishis are examples that stand out. Even after the show, some of them do ridiculous things to stretch their 15 minutes of fame.
  • Author Appeal: Flav likes reindeer. Then he nicknames one of the girls in Season 3 Prancer.
  • The Baroness: Red Oyster. Ohhh boy. Red dress, whip, long black hair, serious look on her face... she was trying very hard to be the trope archetype.
  • Battle Butler: Big Rick, jumping in between New York and Pumkin at the season 1 reunion show.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • All of the girls start referring to themselves by their show nicknames, and become more crazy and obsessed with Flav each episode.
    • Averted in Flavor Of Love Girls: Charm School, where the very first thing Mo'Nique did was to get rid of the girls' nicknames and tell them to become themselves again.
      • Played Straight in Charm School 3 as everyone, including Ricki Lake, referred to the Flavor of Love girls by their nicknames.
  • Berserk Button: Flav doesn't like his name misspelled. In the 3rd season, he eliminated a girl because of it.
  • Better as Friends: Flav and Brigitte, Flav and Goldie, Flav and Hoopz.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Sweetie did not take her elimination well. At the reunion show, even Flav agrees that her elimination was a surprise. In her defense, the other choice was Hottie, who failed the challenge. (They had to cook chicken for his mother. While Sweetie had to overcome fear of chicken to complete the challenge, Hottie on the other hand placed the chicken in the microwave and set it on "chicken".)
    • In a deleted scene of the reunion, Nibblz is shown to be like this. In the show Nibblz was a friendly girl towards the other contestants (even though she's open about enjoying sexual things). She never picked fights with others nor reveled in drama. She confronts New York about the comments the latter made about Nibblz (they were about Nibblz being dirty, filthy, and needing manicures, makeup, and bras) and she viciously insults New York as revenge, telling her that she looks like a man.
  • Cat Fight: Quite a few.
  • Catchphrase: "FLAVOR FLAAAV!!!"
  • The Chessmaster: New York played this role well in the 7th episode of season 2 when Krazy was used as an Unwitting Pawn by New York to start a fight so someone can get kicked out.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This is constantly lampshaded in the concessionals. Even Buckeey mentions that she refuses to trust the girls in the house in competition settings due to how they will easily back-stab you.
  • Clip Show: Usually ran before a season's finale.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Wire. Also, Flav.
  • Control Freak: This is what led to New York's second elimination. When Flav and New York were spending time together on the boat in the season 2 finale, New York told Flav that she wanted to control his life. This scared Flav, and he told New York that she was acting like her mother. To avoid dealing with New York, he chose Deelishis at the end.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Pumkin to Goldie. Subverted: it later turns out Goldie didn't sleep with Flav, realizing she only saw him as a friend.
  • Dirty Coward: Pumkin, for spitting on New York and running away after. It just proves that Pumkin was too afraid to fight NY with her fists.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Saaphyri attacks H-Town after she hits her with a bouquet of flowers. Later justified: In Charm School, it was revealed that Saaphyri was traumatized by having her furniture and possessions taken away after her father died, becoming very possessive of the things she owns.
  • The Ditz: Many. Red Oyster accidentally revealed herself to be one when she didn't know the word "electrifying". Hottie can also count, due to attempting to microwave a chicken.
  • Double Standard: Flav wants his girl to be only his, but she's got to understand that occasionally he wants to touch other girls. On the lips.
  • Drama Queen: Many contestants comment on how dramatic New York can be.
  • Dreadful Musician: Krazy. The show lampshades this by having a glass-breaking effect when she sings. She not exactly a bad singer, but she's shrill and overly dramatic.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Many of the girls have this. To elaborate:
    • In the first season, New York already shows her disdain for the girls and her being the antagonist with this quote:
    New York: They're a loud pack of idiot bitches, and I hate 'em already.
    • Buckwild introduces herself to Flav by already nicknaming herself and saying "It's time to get Buckwild!"
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Krazy gets this reaction when Deelishis turns on her later in the show.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Despite her manipulative ways, New York was genuinely appalled and worried about Krazy's life when Buckeey almost pushed her off of the balcony.
    • Even though New York dislikes Hoopz, even she was also shocked at Bridget Nelson's attitude towards Hoopz in season 1.
  • Everything Is Racist: Pumkin can't catch a break. It really is her own fault though; just about everything she says comes off the wrong way.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • New York's mother speaks to her daughter about the possibility of Flav dumping New York again. Her prediction comes true in the finale when NY gets dumped again.
    • There were many hints that Flav was never interested in choosing New York as the winner in the second season.
      • In the 7th episode, he chooses three girls over her and Krazy to date.
      • In the 8th episode, he chooses her and Bootz last to go on the triple date. During the date, he gives Bootz a lot more attention than her. It took NY to force Flav to give her attention to get the one-on-one time.
      • In the finale, he chooses Deelishis to go on the solo date first. New York was pissed, naturally.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Hoopz says that she hopes New York is crying in the limo, the scene cuts to New York crying in the limousine with a broken heart.
  • Gold Digger: Hottie. She's pretty blatant about it in confessionals.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Many contestants always questioned Krazy as to why she would think New York was her friend. Goldie called her out on this at the reunion, as well. It also combines with Good Is Dumb as well.
  • Granola Girl: Peaches in the first season; Wire in the second.
  • Guilty Pleasure: The show itself. It's entertaining as hell, but you'll be hard pressed to find someone to admit that.
  • Gullible Lemmings: Keazy in season 2 for not only thinking New York was her friend, but for allowing herself to be manipulated by New York.
  • Half-Truth: In Toasteee's defense, the videos she did in college are not technically porn. They're actually videos of her wearing nothing but a thong, strangling fully clothed men with her thighs. ... ...Or So I Heard.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: New York.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Krazy attempts to befriend New York, knowing how manipulative and bitchy the latter was. It's either Krazy was too desperate for friends or she was just that clueless.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Arguably other the females towards Krazy. While it's a competition, they criticized Krazy for being an opportunist and wanting a singing career. Cue being after the show they start acting/modeling/appearing on other shows, etc.
    • At the end, it turns out that Flavor Flav comes off as this due to only agreeing to do the show for publicity, while criticizing some contestants for only coming on the show for fame.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Krazy has shades of this, especially with her complaining about Deelishis being a backstabber and Krazy trying to be friends with New York, despite the fact that New York doesn't like her.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: On the contrary, plenty of other contestants (New York in particular) was not here to make friends, she was there for Flav.
  • It's All About Me: From alot of people, including Flav himself.
  • Jerkass: Bootz and Buckeey from the second season, and of course, the self-proclaimed H.B.I.C.(Head Bitch in Charge in case you didn't know) New York.
  • Jerkass to One: Deelishis didn't seem to have a problem with anyone except for Krazy, the only one she was antagonistic towards.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • While Bootz was a complete bitch about it in her argument with Krazy, she was correct when she pointed out on how clueless Krazy was when Krazy was trying to make friends with everyone instead of getting to know Flav. This show is a competition and making friends is the last thing you should do.
    • While New York's mother is an annoying controlling bitch towards her adult daughter, she has good reasons for not wanting New York to be with Flav. For starters, Flav has no respect for women. He's middle aged with a lot of children, and is old enough to be her father. He's had issues paying child support in the past too and he also acts like a Manchild. Also, NY's mother mentions the possibility of Flav dumping New York again ("What if he doesn't pick you? That would be an egg on your face again"), and she's proven right when Flav dumps New York. twice.
  • Kavorka Man: The picture says it all.
  • Large Ham: Flav of course.
  • Leitmotif: A few girls in the show have their own theme music:
    • Goldie has country music that plays occasionally whenever she receives her clock.
    • Bootz has some hip-hop music playing sometimes whenever she's shown on screen and when she gets her clock.
    • Krazy has a Latin-like jingle playing whenever she gets her clock.
    • Both Hoopz and Deelishis had smooth, chilling music whenever they got their clocks.
    • Lastly, New York has her own theme jingle whenever she receives her clock and whenever she appears for the first time in an episode.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Spunkeey comes on the show and tries too hard to be a replica of New York by slamming the other girls on their supposed faults. Everybody sees through her fake ways, including Flav, which led to her elimination in the second episode.
  • Lethal Chef: Played for Laughs with Hottie in season 1. She attempted to "bake" a chicken in the oven & sere it to Flavor Flav's mother. Hilarity Ensues. Downplayed with Pumkin when she under-cooked her chicken, but even hers wasn't as bad as Hottie's.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: No matter how many spinoff shows they appear in, none of the girls will ever admit to having been attracted to Flav. Apart from New York. To their credit, most of them probably weren't.
  • Manchild: Guess who.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Wire thinks she's this. Toasteee has shades of it as well, especially when she's drunk.
  • Manipulative Bitch: New York, natch.
  • The Mole: Red Oyster, who volunteered to spy for Flav. Also Eye'z, who wasn't really a competitor anyway.
  • Narcissist: New York and Bootz have shades of this. Both New York and Bootz have no scruples with manipulating others, and they both play the victim and never want to admit their faults. There's even this article that speaks about how narcissistic New York is.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Miss Latin gets in on this in the reunion. She constantly insults Red Oyster for snitching on her (even calling her ugly), while ignoring the fact that had she not called her ex-boyfriend in a competition setting, she wouldn't have gotten eliminated in the first place.
    • There's an un-aired clip of New York speaking about her second eliminiation, questioning as to why Flav dumped her for the second time. She ignores the fact that Flav outright told her that he eliminated her because she wanted to control his life. She also refused to take responsibility for this. This even bites her in the butt when Tango dumps her on her own show.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Red Oyster excuses herself when she finds out her father's been injured. In the second season, Buckwild and Payshintz quit because they couldn't handle the drama with Bootz and New York respectively.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: New York assures us she has nothing against big girls, apart from hating them. Pumkin says she isn't prejudiced, she just can't understand black words.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Flav gives all of the girls nicknames because it's too much trouble to remember their real names. Their real names are usually revealed when the girls are eliminated.
  • Only Sane Woman: New York's mom, occasionally.
    "I don't wanna be seen in public with a man that's forty-freakin'-six years old, wearing a freakin' clock that's not even running."
    • Goldie and Hoopz both stayed pretty sane as well, just having a lot of fun with Flav and not getting mixed up in house drama at all.
    • If you get past her naivety, Krazy fits this trope (although she subverts this). She didn't seem interested in causing any type of drama with anyone.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Buckwild. She normally talks in ebonics, but New York scares the black right out of her.
    Flav: Can I ask you a question? Where the fuck did your accent go?
  • Overly Long Gag: By New York's mom, of all people:
    "You didn't say marriage. I know you didn't say that. That's never gonna happen. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever, Tiffany. Ever. Ever. Ever, in a million years. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever."
  • Parallel Porn Titles: Flavor of Lust.
  • Potty Failure: SOMETHIN IN SEASON TWO. It ends up being the reason she gets eliminated. This is, however, combined with Potty Emergency, as Somethin admitted that she wanted to use the restroom during eliminations, but the producers of the show refused to allow her to. So this incident isn't completely her fault.
  • Pretty Fly For A White Girl: Buckwild, or at least she tries to be. Pumkin eventually realizes she can't keep up with all of the "black words". She copes by... getting cornrows.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion: Lampshaded by Hotlanta when she's eliminated.
  • The Reveal: Red Oyster is married, and going through a divorce.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: New York goes on to have two seasons of her own dating show, two other reality shows based on her, and a small appearance on a film.
  • Running Gag: Every time Hottie blinks, a "ching" sound follows. VH-1 kept this up for every reality show she appeared in.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Many of them.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Flav does this in Season Two to bring back New York on the show, even though she wasn't a contestant at the time, and again in Season Three to bring back Thing 2, after she was eliminated. Earlier in Season Three, he allows four girls selected by Saaphyri and Buckwild to enter the competition in Episode Seven.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Payshintz and Buckwild quit due to not wanting to have to deal with Bootz and New York respectively.
  • Sexy Silhouette: In the fifth episode of season 1, Flav has a challenge revolving around which girl can arouse his senses based on this trope.
  • She's Back: New York in Season 2.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Buckwild and Saaphyri in Charm School. Buckwild loses most of the accent and starts acting like a lady, and Saaphyri learns to control her anger and to verbally express herself.
  • Shoe Slap: Subverted. Buckwild attempts to throw a shoe at New York, but the shoe missed her by an inch.
  • Sibling Team: Thing 1 and 2. In the clock ceremonies, Flav even puts a gold clock on both of their necks. Eventually he broke them up as two equal competitors.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Most of the girls, but especially New York.
  • Smug Snake: Toasteee reveals herself to be one in I Love Money.
  • Spin-Off: I Love New York and Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School.
  • Spiteful Spit: The Infamous scene where after a heated argument, Pumkin spits on New York. Pumkin should be lucky New York only got to push her into a camera.
  • Stalker with a Crush: New York.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Flav to Hottie. Extremely justified use of the trope.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Red Oyster loved to snitch to Flav about the other girls. She even gets called out on in at the reunion.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Contestants: The producers were apparently wise to this, which is why they revealed the prize only after the girls had been cast.
  • Terrible Trio: Buckeey, Bootz, and Deelishis.
  • Third-Person Person: Payshintz speaks this way occasionally in the second season by saying things like "Drama no good for Payshintz." Even New York and Flav speak this way occasionally.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: New York's (insulting) comment towards Pumkin and Hoopz explains this trope:
    New York: "They're both lesbians. I would say that Pumkin would be the lipstick lesbian and Hoopz would be, you know, the man.
  • The Un-Reveal: Hoopz' real name. It's Nikki, by the way. Deelishis as well. Hers is Chandra.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Krazy was this towards New York in season 2 twice.
  • Victorious Loser: Despite losing two seasons in a row, New York ends up with the last laugh when it comes to success. See The Runner-Up Takes It All.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Most of the girls who were eliminated in the first couple of episodes. This was interestingly subverted with Saaphyri, who was infamously known for being eliminated in only a couple of minutes of the show, after having an altercation with H-Town. And then she went through a genuine metamorphosis on Charm School, showed many Hidden Depths and won the freaking show.
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • New York's mother has this reaction to her daughter's attraction to Flav.
    • A gender-inverted one happens when Krazy comments a few times on what Flav sees in Deelishis.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Buckwild": Lampshaded in the 3rd episode of the second season when a woman says "Your mom didn't name you that, didn't she?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Sweetie has a phobia of chicken.
    • New York. She was afraid of riding a horse in one episode of Season 2.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The girls' names often play this one straight. They're named by Flav himself, so it's not surprising.
  • You Are Fat: New York's mother rudely insults New York's weight in front of Flav.


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