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  • Elimination Houdini: The winners of seasons two and five, Dorothy and Mark, definitely had luck on their sides. In The Next Betrayal, Elavia accepted a $50,000 bribe to leave the game in place of an elimination. This spared Dorothy, who scored the lowest on the quiz that night and would have been executed. Mark failed the quiz three times and only escaped execution by finishing faster than the eliminated players.
    • Kathy Griffin also had luck on her side during the first Celebrity Edition. During the final episode, it was revealed that more than once, she had tied for the lowest score of all the contestants (including a couple of times when she didn't get a single question right.) What saved her was her strategy of completing the test as fast as possible, since the show's tie-breaker was who finished the test fastest.
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    • In season 13 of the Dutch series, the Mole revealed at one point that if almost everyone hadn't been spared from execution in episode 4, Tania would have been executed as she had suspected the wrong contestant from day one. She most likely survived for two more episodes because almost all the other contestants were suspecting the wrong people too.
    • In season 14 of the Dutch series, Jan-Willem seemed to have an uncanny knack for avoiding execution in spite of repeatedly targeting people who ended up getting eliminated in the very same episode he voted for them on the test. It got to the point where it became unclear if he was just that lucky or if all of his alleged Moles getting executed were a clue to him being the actual Mole. Turns out that he really was just that lucky, as his luck finally ran out in the 8th episode.
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    • In season 17 of the Dutch series, Jochem would have been executed in the 2nd episode had Yvonne not completed the test slower than him and in the 7th episode had he not used his joker then to negate one of his wrong test answers. Not only that, but he was completely convinced that the wrong contestant was the Mole from the very beginning and still made it all the way to the finals because of an exemption won at a crucial time and only one contestant ever figuring out who the actual Mole was during that season.
    • Invoked by the show itself in one episode of the Belgian series's 5th season where each contestant only knew the color of their own screen and the one who saw a red screen was given a chance to avoid elimination if the others wrongly guessed who they were. In this case, the contestant who should have gone home did succeed in staying (at the expense of the contestant who did the second-worst on the test), but was eliminated in the very next episode.
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    • In season 6 of the Belgian series, Joke (yes, that really is her name) would have been eliminated in the first episode had she not completed her test faster than Kelly. When she was finally executed at the final five, she was the only remaining contestant who hadn't figured out who the Mole was.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Chris Zegers, a contestant from Season 15 of the Dutch series, proved to be so popular with his endless enthusiasm and love for the show that he became one of the main hosts of Moltalk (a talk show that discusses each Wie is de Mol? episode with former contestants) and also the audience interviewer at later live season finales.
    • Ellie Lust from Season 16 of the Dutch series, in spite of lasting only four episodes, made such a memorable impression as a no-nonsense cop who vowed to solve the constant communication problems of Mole teams through "ether discipline" that her calls for "ether discipline" became a Memetic Mutation and was referenced more than once by contestants in later seasons.
  • Even Better Sequel:
    • Fans generally prefer the second Anderson Cooper season over the first season, though both are well liked. Part of this has to do with Anderson Cooper becoming more lighthearted and jokey with the players than how he was shown on the first season.
    • The Dutch series is generally regarded as not hitting its stride until Season 3, which had what many fans still consider to be one of the series' best Moles, or Season 5, which was the first celebrities-only season.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Still one of the most popular shows in the Netherlands after 18 seasons.
    • Thanks to English Fan Subs, the Dutch and Belgian series have attracted a devoted North American/British fanbase with the UK game show blog Bother's Bar running a "Suspect List" game every year for the Dutch series. An English reality TV podcast even managed to get Gilles de Coster, the host of the Belgian series, as a guest on one of their De Mol podcasts in which Gilles expressed amazement at his discovery that the Belgian series had passionate fans in North America and UK too.
  • Informed Ability: Art claimed that the Dutch series' season 16 Mole would be "the best prepared Mole ever" but other than using a hidden key to steal money during one challenge, none of the Mole's sabotages displayed any greater knowledge of the game than most other Moles'.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Anderson Cooper filled this role a couple times, notably when he faked out all the contestants into thinking they were still going to have an elimination after Elavia's bribe. When he revealed he was just kidding, he started to dance around and sing, "I love this game!"
    • The best Moles will be this, as being a good Mole requires being a Consummate Liar and knowing how to set up their sabotages to be effective and yet subtle enough to escape notice or be written off as innocent mistakes by the contestants. The Moles Dennis Weening and Thomas Cammaert from the Dutch series are two of the best examples of this; they were able to so thoroughly convince everyone that they were Beneath Suspicion while subtly sabotaging behind their backs that only one contestant ever selected them as the Mole on the test during their entire seasons — and it occurred only once for the former and twice for the latter.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rewatching a season with knowledge of the Mole's identity can be quite fun in seeing all the Mole's subtle sabotages and manipulation of the other players.
  • Shocking Elimination:
    • Patrick in season 8 of the Dutch version. All remaining contestants (and quite a few fans) had become fully convinced that they were the Mole, which led to many dropped jaws.
    • Arjen in season 10 of the Dutch version. Not only were they the heavy fan favorite to either win or be revealed as the Mole, but the first five minutes of the episode after their execution were dedicated to the remaining contestants talking about how stunned they were by it.
    • Simone in season 18 of the Dutch version. In this instance, it was the fans and not the contestants who found it shocking because most of them had become completely convinced that Simone was the Mole. It was pretty common to see Dutch fans lamenting that they lost all their points in the Mole app after Simone's execution.
    • Rick Paul and Jamie were eliminated during a dual execution in season 19 of the Dutch version. Those two solely held just about 3/4th of all the points in the app.
  • Too Good to Last: The UK version lasted 2 critically acclaimed seasons, but never got good enough ratings to justify the budget.
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