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Mercenary
Mercenaries
Challenge Twists
Seasons Cutthroat
Battle of the Bloodlines
Vendettas
Final Reckoning
The Mercenary, also known as the Heavy Hitter, is a season twist introduced during Cutthroat. The twist often features players not featured on a season entering the competition to participate in an elimination against the players in the game. Since the twist was first debuted it has been used multiple times during elimination rounds, with each time being featured differently.

Twist history

Cutthroat

The twist was first introduced during Cutthroat as the Heavy Hitter twist. During the eighth Gulag of the season TJ revealed that rather than face each other, the elimination nominees would all face a Heavy Hitter of their gender in the elimination. The player of each gender to last the longest against the Heavy Hitter in the Gulag would be announced the winners of the elimination.

Episode Gulag Heavy Hitter Opponents Winner
8/9 Back Up Off Me
TinaDuelIcon
Tina
TheresaCutthroatIcon
Theresa
ToriCutthroatIcon
Tori
ToriCutthroatIcon
Tori
CTDuel2Icon
CT
JohnnyCutthroatIcon
Johnny
TylerCutthroatIcon
Tyler
TylerCutthroatIcon
Tyler

Battle of the Bloodlines

The Heavy Hitter twist was brought back on Battle of the Bloodlines during the eighth Pit elimination of the season. At the start of the elimination TJ revealed that rather than face each other, the elimination nominees would each face a separate Heavy Hitter in the elimination determined by flip of a coin. The player to last the longest against their Heavy Hitter in the Pit would be announced the winners of the elimination.

Episode Pit Heavy Hitter Opponent Winner
9 Hand It Over
CTExes2Icon
CT
JamieBloodlinesIcon
Jamie
JamieBloodlinesIcon
Jamie
ZachExes2Icon
Zach
MikeBloodlinesIcon
Mike

Vendettas

The Heavy Hitter twist was brought back once again on Vendettas, now referred to as the Mercenary twist. On the designated double eliminations during the fifth and eighth Ring eliminations TJ announced that the elimination nominees would each face a separate Mercenary in the elimination determined by random flip of a coin. If a player is to lose against their Mercenary they will be eliminated from the game while any player to defeat their Mercenary will rejoin the competition and earn a Grenade.

Episode Ring Mercenary Opponent Winner
7/8 Crazy 8
JordanXXXIcon
Jordan
ShaneVendettasIcon
Shane
JordanXXXIcon
Jordan
AneesaXXXIcon
Aneesa
VeronicaVendettasIcon
Veronica
AneesaXXXIcon
Aneesa
ToriXXXIcon
Tori
KamVendettasIcon
Kam
KamVendettasIcon
Kam
DerrickKXXXIcon
Derrick
JossVendettasIcon
Joss
DerrickKXXXIcon
Derrick
11 Yankin' My Chain
FrankFAIcon
Frank
BradVendettasIcon
Brad
BradVendettasIcon
Brad
AshleyMInvasionIcon
Ashley
KamVendettasIcon
Kam
KamVendettasIcon
Kam
DarrellXXXIcon
Darrell
NelsonVendettasIcon
Nelson
N/A
LaurelInvasionIcon
Laurel
BritniVendettasIcon
Britni
LaurelInvasionIcon
Laurel

Additionally at the start of the final challenge TJ announced that each of the finalists would have to face against a Mercenary of their gender during one of the checkpoints. If a player loses against their Mercenary, the Mercenary is allowed to assign that player a Grenade before advancing.

Episode Checkpoint Mercenary Opponents Loser
14 Decked Out
BananasVendettasIcon
Bananas
KyleVendettasIcon
Kyle
LeroyVendettasIcon
Leroy
TonyVendettasIcon
Tony
ZachVendettasIcon
Zach
N/A
MelissaVendettasIcon
Melissa
CaraMariaVendettasIcon
Cara Maria
KailahVendettasIcon
Kailah
KamVendettasIcon
Kam
KamVendettasIcon
Kam

Notes:

  • Aneesa won the "Crazy 8" Ring by default after Veronica injured her finger on the "8" and was declared unable to continue.
  • Following multiple rounds, the "Yankin' My Chain" Ring between Darrell and Nelson was declared a draw. Nelson was not awarded a Grenade as a result.
  • Melissa was only required to face three players during the "Decked Out" checkpoint after Nicole Z. injured her ankle early in the race.

Final Reckoning

In Final Reckoning, the Mercenaries will face the elimination teams for their chance to enter the game. If the Mercenaries win, they will take their opponents spot in the game. Ashley and Hunter were required to eliminate one team to enter the game while Cory and Devin were required to eliminate two teams.

Episode Armageddon Mercenaries Opponents Winners
8 No Slack
AshleyMInvasionIcon HunterXXXIcon
Ashley & Hunter
AngelaFRIcon FaithFRIcon
Angela & Faith
AshleyMInvasionIcon HunterXXXIcon
Ashley & Hunter
13 Shake It Off
CoryVendettasIcon DevinVendettasIcon
Cory & Devin
AmandaFRIcon ZachFRIcon
Amanda & Zach
CoryVendettasIcon DevinVendettasIcon
Cory & Devin
DaVonneFRIcon JozeaFRIcon
Da'Vonne & Jozea
CoryVendettasIcon DevinVendettasIcon
Cory & Devin

Trivia

  • CT and Ashley are the only contestants to be a Heavy Hitter/Mercenary twice
  • CT on both Cutthroat and Battle of the Bloodlines.
  • Ashley on both Vendettas and Final Reckoning
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