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Dunbar Merrill
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Challenger Profile
Original Series The Real World: Sydney
Born June 20, 1984 (1984-06-20) (age 37)
Hometown Natchez, Mississippi
Challenge Career
Seasons The Island
The Duel II
The Ruins
Cutthroat (won)
Battle of the Exes
Rivals II
Daily Wins 4
Eliminations 6 (2 wins, 4 losses)
Money Won $40,000
Social Media
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Dunbar Merrill is a contestant from The Real World: Sydney. He was a winner of Cutthroat. He also competed on The Island, The Duel II, The Ruins, Battle of the Exes, and Rivals II.

Biography

The Island

The last time we saw Dunbar, he was struggling to figure out his flirtatious relationship with roommate Ashli while trying to stay faithful to his girlfriend back home. Since leaving Sydney, Dunbar has graduated from college, become a real estate broker and gotten more serious with his girlfriend. But with his unresolved tension with Ashli and all the other female temptations, Dunbar has his work cut out for him on The Island. Still, will he prove to be a worthy competitor?

The Duel II

When we met Dunbar in Sydney, we found out fast that he was more than a little opinionated and more than a little hot-headed. He also struggled to with his feelings for his roommate Ashli while trying to stay faithful to his girlfriend back home. But once back home, he and his girlfriend have made a real go at it and are still living together back in his hometown. He general manager of bar and restaurant operations at a casino and is developing a paddle sports-related non-profit organization to help revitalize the New Orleans region. He's also a fierce competitor who wants a shot at winning this time, after losing his chance when Evelyn took his key and locked him out of the final challenge on The Island. Will he manage to survive in New Zealand?

The Ruins

We last saw Dunbar engaging a bizarre love triangle with Paula and Kimberly on The Duel II, while continuing to struggle with his feelings for his girlfriend at home. In Thailand, Dunbar returns to the Challenge a single man. This lovable lug insists that his time on The Duel II has taught him about the politics of the game. Recently unemployed, he is ready to finally take home some serious cash. However, Dunbar is emotional and has a notoriously short-fuse that others love to spark. Will he be able to find his inner-Zen in The Ruins?

Cutthroat

Dunbar, an alum from Real World: Sydney has quickly become a familiar face on The Challenge. Unfortunately, he has failed to win during any of his three appearances. This Southern hunk plans on breaking that losing streak at long last, stating, "It's time for me to win. I'm tired of making it to the end and not winning." Is this finally Dunbar's time to shine? This cast has some of his strongest allies from past seasons, but Dunbar's been burnt before, and he knows just how quickly a close friend can become a hated adversary.

Battle of the Exes

Paula was attracted to Dunbar on their first show together, The Island, and the twosome had a fleeting hookup. Later on The Duel II, after a jealous Paula caught Dunbar kissing opposing team member Kimberly, she successfully orchestrated Kimberly's elimination, causing Dunbar to dub Paula, "the worst friend he's ever had." Ever since then, their relationship has been rocky at best, as Paula clearly states, "What did I do in life to end up being attached to this man? I cannot be with him! He's annoying and obnoxious." Dunbar, as well, seems to be worried about his newest partner, professing, "Paula needs to learn to trust and listen to me. And that's probably not going to happen because -- oh yeah -- she hates me!" It seems as though the only thing this pair of exes can agree upon is their mutual hatred.

Rivals II

Imagine not even knowing why your rival had it in for you. That's the situation Dunbar walked into when he arrived in Thailand. However, his partner Tyrie has a longer memory when it comes to The Challenge, explaining, "Our relationship goes back to The Island where Dunbar basically got cakewalked to a power position. Seeing him be successful right off the bat without necessarily having to earn anything, it rubbed me the wrong way." Now reunited on Rivals II, Dunbar worries Tyrie might not have what it takes to go the distance. "I hate that Tyrie is my partner. He just doesn't seem to have the skill sets that win Challenges. It's not all about running people over. You gotta climb, you gotta swim, you gotta swing on stuff," he laments. A former Challenge champ, Dunbar has already proven he can win, but will need to keep his temper in check in order to survive socially. Tyrie notes, "We're both very hotheaded. Two hotheaded people usually end in an explosion." Can these two channel their competitive fire? Or is this time bomb doomed to detonate?

The Island

Challenge History

Episode Face-off Vote Result
1 Leaning Tower Tonya SAFE
2 Ring Wrestle Abram SAFE
3 The Rack Rachel SAFE
4 Ball Buster SAFE
5 Bridge It Tyrie SAFE
6 Rat in a Cage Cohutta SAFE
7 Timber Colie SAFE
8 Water Bound OUT

The Duel II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1/2 Last Man Standing Team Black SAFE
2 Freezing as Puck Diem SAFE
3 All Shook Up SAFE
4 Luging My Mind Paula SAFE
5 Don't Let Go SAFE
6 Dangle Duo SAFE
7 Burnt OUT

Elimination History

Episode Duel Opponent Result
7 The Elevator OUT

The Ruins

Challenger History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Chain Gang Challengers SAFE
2 Swing On By SAFE
3 Repo Race SAFE
4 Burning Bridge SAFE
5 Block Party SAFE
6 Fruits of Your Labor SAFE
7 Rotary Club SAFE
8/9 On the Fence OUT

Elimination History

Episode Ruins Opponent Result
8/9 Rag Doll OUT

Cutthroat

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Gas Problems Red Team SAFE
2 Brain Buster SAFE
3 Bed Head WIN
4 Bottleneck Stampede WIN
5 Surf's Up SAFE
6 Sky Hook SAFE
7 Gimme a Hand GULAG
8/9 High Ball SAFE
9/10 Riot Act SAFE
10 Czech Point WINNER

Elimination History

Episode Gulag Opponent Result
7 Die Hard WIN

Notes

  • Dunbar received $40,000 from the Red Team bank account.

Battle of the Exes

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Give Me Some Honey SAFE
2 Hook Up SAFE
3 Mental Connection WIN
4 Rolling in the Deep SAFE
5 Don't Rock the Boat SAFE
6 Lube Me Up DOME
7/8 Race to the Altar OUT

Elimination History

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
6 Banded Together WIN
7/8 Hall Pass OUT

Rivals II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Game of Inches OUT

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
1 Last Chance OUT

Trivia

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