- Acting for Two: The alter ego pictorial of Cycle 3, as well as the celebrity Super Couple photoshoot of Cycle 7.
- All-Star Cast: Cycle 17.
- Creator Backlash:
- Many of the show's former contestants have blasted the program for its humiliating challenges, the insensitive commentary from Tyra and the judges and for failing to help support the winners' modeling careers after their Cycle had concluded.
- Jay Manuel has gone on record to say that he spoke out against the show's less savory moments, such as the infamous blackface photoshoot, only to be repeatedly shot down. He even wrote a satirical book about his time on the show and his problems with it.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- Tiffany Richardson, Jaslene Gonzales, Marvita Washington, Kacey Leggett and Angelea Preston were, respectively, casting week rejects of Cycles 3, 7, 9, 11 and 12 before making it as finalists for Cycles 4, 8, 10, 15 and 14 (and 17 for Angelea).
- Cycle 9 winner Saleisha was featured in Cycle 6 as a working model. This, coupled with her participation in Tyra's modeling camp, caused controversy to her win.
- Isis King was an extra in Cycle 10's first photoshoot before making it as an official contestant in the next (and 17th) cycle.
- Nole Marin guested a few times in Cycle 2 before joining the panel in Cycles 3 and 4.
- Hey, It's That Place!: Some of the houses/apartments that the contestants have lived in during the course of the show have been used in other reality shows, notably the Cycle 5 house was also featured in Rock of Love.
- Hostility on the Set:
- Within a few years after the series' premiere, it came out that host Tyra Banks and fellow judge Janice Dickinson did not get along. Among the reasons for the discord include her opinions regularly being dismissed, particularly about who should be voted the winner of the cycle, and playing up her role as the mean judge. This culminated in her leaving the show after cycle four and no longer making guest appearances altogether after cycle six. Similar problems arose between Banks and judge Paulina Porizkova, who was on panel from cycles 10 to 12, with Porizkova even openly criticizing the decision of casting shorter models for cycle 13.
- Banks also had issues with some of the potential models as well. Cycle 24 contestant Jeana Turner claims that she was bullied by producers due to a rumor started by another contestant that she had a cell phone in the house (which is banned), even though it was never proven. Turner would later send Banks a letter detailing the amount of harassment and bullying she and others had suffered throughout the process, only to be ignored. note
- Old Shame:
- The show for many former contestants; it's common for those that become working models to change their name.
- Tyra's music video that was made in a challenge from Cycle 2.
- Cycle 1's winner Adrianne Curry is one for the show.
- Screwed by the Network: The prize for Cycle 1 was modeling contracts with both Revlon and Wilhelmina. Adrianne Curry, the winner of Cycle 1, was told by Revlon that the contract they promised to give the show's winner was basically a publicity stunt and that they never planned on using the her in any ads. She also alleges that Wilhelmina, after being replaced with IMG Models in Cycle 2, openly sabotaged her career and pushed the third place winner Elyse Sewell just to spite the show. When Adrianne attempted to contact Tyra and the Top Model producers for help, they ignored her calls.
- Stunt Casting: The most common archetypes who make it to the show are The Ditz, the Cloudcuckoolander, the Dumb Blonde, the Fiery Redhead, the Ice Queen (Alpha Bitch, Jerkass), the Anti-Hero (Lovable Alpha Bitch, Jerk with a Heart of Gold), the plus-sized girl, the Broken Bird and the Deadpan Snarker. Inspirationally Disadvantaged girls are frequently cast as well. Also, see Token Minority below.
- What Could Have Been: The (potential) contestants of the All-Stars Cycle represent this trope in spades.
- Apparently, Cycle 3's Toccarra Jones, Cycle 6's Jade Cole and Cycle 10's Lauren Utter were asked to return in Cycle 17. Neither did, thus explaining why Cycles 5 and 11 had two representatives.
- Cycle 7 runner-up Melrose Bickerstaff wanted to take part of All-Stars but her agency didn't allow her to.
- The All-Stars Cycle had a non-elimination week in episode 5 with Lisa and Angelea in the bottom two. The two became finalists with the former ultimately winning.
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