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Game Show which originated in the Netherlands and has been exported to over 30 countries, with the American version originally airing on NBC. In this game, one player (the One) plays against 100 other people (the Mob). The players are asked a series of questions; if the One correctly guesses, he moves on to the next question, while all Mob members who answered incorrectly are knocked out. The goal of the One is to answer as many questions as it takes to knock out all of the Mob. If the One answers a question incorrectly, the game ends, and the prize money is either distributed evenly amongst any remaining Mob members, or someone from the survivors of the mob from that question the One got wrong takes their place, depending on the country's version.

The American version ran for two seasons, ending in 2008. In 2009, Microsoft revived the show in a unique way; as an Xbox Live game through a twice-weekly primetime event for all Gold members. The One and Mob remained unchanged, while the game allowed the crowd (anyone playing the game who was neither the One nor a member of the Mob) to also answer questions; the top three scorers of the round got a free Xbox Live Arcade game (no small feat, as there could be up to several thousand people in the crowd at any time). Selection for being the One or a Mob member depended on a score, and the game was played for Microsoft Points using the last NBC format.

Microsoft also hosted daily Extended Play games with no prizes, though scores achieved here counted toward a person's chances of being selected during Live and it was much easier to unlock Achievements. Season 2 of the Xbox run ended on February 12, 2010, but in July it was reported that the show had been canned again.

Reruns of the NBC version began airing on GSN, which became very popular, especially when combined with the then-ongoing Xbox Live version. The show was Uncanceled again on November 15, 2010, with Carrie Ann Inaba as emcee, albeit as a cheaper production with no physical setup for the Mob and a much smaller top prize of $50,000 (sometimes $100,000); the show ended again after just eight weeks.

This show provides examples of:

  • Advertising by Association: In the NBC premiere episode, the show was introduced as "from the producers of Deal or No Deal".
  • Bait-and-Switch: Whereas Millionaire has mostly straightforward questions and answers, 1 vs. 100 had questions that asked one thing but the answers were asking for something else.
    • An example from one of the video games: "Who starred in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz?" A) Liza Minelli's mom. B) Ashley Judd's mom. C) Jo Anne Worley's mom.answer 
    • One of the more heartbreaking examples started off innocuously enough with "What is the Capital of the United States?"... before the answers bumped the question to Nintendo Hard and cost the player over $250,000 when he Trusted the Mob and only 5 out of the 15 of them got it right.
      • The choices were A) "The city whose mayor is Richard Daley." (Chicago, the wrong answer the Mob picked). B) "The city whose mayor is Adrian Fenty." (Washington D.C., the correct answer). C) "The city whose mayor is Gavin Newsome." (San Francisco).
    • Another one from the NBC run: Who was the first President of the United States? A) The one born in Maryland, B) The one born in Pennsylvania, or C) The one born in Virginia?answer 
  • Balance Buff: The second Xbox Live season made tweaks to the Trust the Brain Help, and the Skips available in Extended Play.
    • In the first Xbox Live season, Trust the Brain allowed The One to lock in the answer given by the player with the highest score during the round at that time. Given that this Help used only one person for its effect, its use was very unreliable and could go horribly wrong if used on a question that the leader simply didn't know. Come the next season, the Help was changed to Trust the Top 10, which significantly improved its usefulness.
    • The Skips available in Extended Play, earned by getting three correct answers in a row, allowed you to pass on answering the current question to preserve your current streak... and that's all it did. No points would be given for the current question, which would put a massive dent into a player's potential score, especially if they had a high streak, so Skips would often end up being unused. The next season changed them to Safeties, which instead automatically gave you the correct answer and the points for it, albeit without any speed bonuses.
  • Bonus Round: The 3× Bonus Question in Extended Play, which wrapped up each session.
  • Bonus Space: The 2× Bonus Questions in Extended Play, and Powerchips in the iOS version.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Do you want the money, or do you want the Mob?"
    • "It's 1 vs. X!" (with X being the remaining number of players in the Mob)
  • Christmas Episode: One episode featured a Mob representing the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas", Santa Claus, and a small group of elves.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Occasionally done.
  • Double the Dollars: Many pre-NBC versions allow the player to double the value of any one question after the first.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Since the Xbox era came between the NBC and GSN runs, Live could reasonably be considered Seasons 3-4 with the GSN version hence being Season 5 (and is, for the purposes of this site).
  • Fake Difficulty: Some of the higher-tier questions can fall under this. See Bait-and-Switch above.
  • Game Show Host: Bob Saget on NBC. The Xbox version had Chris Cashman live but Jen Taylor (pre-recorded) was actually on-set; Jen, again in pre-recorded form, also hosted Extended Play. Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the GSN run but announced via Twitter that she wouldn't be returning if the show was renewed.
  • Guest Host: Occasionally, Live brought in celebrities that the Xbox audience was likely to know (such as Cliffy B, Gabe, and Tycho) to serve as an additional source of commentary.
  • Lifelines:
    • "Trust the Mob", present in all American versions, where the most popular answer among the Mob is automatically locked in.
    • The NBC run had two other helps: "Poll the Mob"note  and "Ask the Mob"note .
    • The Xbox run used "Trust the Crowd"note  and "Trust the Top 10"note . The latter was preceded by "Trust the Brain"note  in Season 1.
    • The GSN version removed "Ask the Mob".
    • Most versions before the NBC one gave the contestant a number of "Dodges"note  and a "Double"note .
      • The British version had a Double and three Dodges, granted after the first question. The former doubled the prize money for that question, whereas the latter skipped the question at the cost of half the accumulated money, and no reward for that question. A fourth Dodge could be optionally acquired after 75 of the 100 were eliminated, but the question for it couldn't itself be dodged.
    • The Korean version calls these "chances": "One person's answer"note , "Two persons' answers"note , and "100 people's answer"note . These helps are also used in the German and Austrian versions.
    • In Season 1 of the NBC run, after The One was down to 10 or fewer Mob members, a sneak peek at the next question would be given before The One decided whether to take the money or the Mob. Also used in Season 2 after The One used all of their help or knocked out at least 50 Mob members, whichever came first.
  • Player Elimination: The premise of the show is for the solo player to outlast a mob of 100 players. Any player, solo or mob, who gets a question wrong is out, but as long as the solo player and at least one mobster continue their streak, the game goes on. Mob members would stay on the show as long as they keep answering questions correctly, so they can stay on for multiple games.
  • Product Placement: Aside from the advertisements during the Xbox Live seasons, the sets for each season were decorated with major sponsors for each region for that season. Sprint, in particular, had its branding all over the place in the second Xbox Live season in the United States.
  • Repeating Ad: Extended Play featured ad breaks every few questions; the commercials were repeated extremely frequently, especially early on.
  • Scoring Points: Used in the Xbox Live seasons, and is the name of the game for players in The Crowd- the top three Crowd players of each round won a free Xbox Live Arcade game, and consistently getting high scores is how you make your way to joining The Mob or becoming The One. Scoring is based on getting streaks of correct answers, answering quickly, and answering a question that Mob members incorrectly answered
  • Temporary Online Content: When the Xbox Live version was canned, all of its content was removed rather than just the live shows (presumably not to conflict with the upcoming GSN iteration). Didn't get all the Achievements? Too bad!
  • The Points Mean Nothing: Applies to The One in the Xbox Live seasons. Your score is still tracked and displayed, but getting a high score by answering quickly obviously comes second to winning prizes by eliminating the Mob and cashing out.
  • Title Drop: Before the first question, the host shouted: "It's 1 vs. 100!" Each successive question decreased it to "1 vs. x".
  • Trailers Always Spoil: NBC promoted the hell out of the only $1,000,000 win, including in the episode itself. Averted on the episode's Canadian broadcast, where the big event wasn't spoiled beforehand because E! knew better.
  • Versus Title

Alternative Title(s): One Versus One Hundred