|Game show run||December 28, 2013 -|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||74|
|Production locations||Various locations|
|Main logo creator||Baseball02|
|Season logo creators||
Baseball02 (seasons 1-4, 6)|
CortesiRaccoon (season 5)
MinecraftYoshi26 (season 7)
_Kastle (season 9)
MinecraftYoshi26 (seasons 1, 4, 6)|
_MajorMagpie_ (season 2)
lalaboy (seasons 4, 7-9)
suppoe (season 5)
The Hill Software (formerly known as)|
The Mole (U.S. TV Series)
The Mole is a game show in which contestants must work together to complete various physical and mental challenges to build up a significant cash prize for the winner, originally from Belgium. One of the contestants, however, is "the Mole", a double agent hired by the producers to sabotage the efforts of the group. The Mole must be careful to avoid drawing too much suspicion to himself or herself. Contestants must track vast amounts of data about the person(s) they suspect of being the Mole, such as seating positions, clothing colors, minor discussion topics, and so on. The quiz at the end of each episode tests contestants' knowledge of the Mole, and determines by lowest score (or slowest time, in the event of a tie) who is eliminated from the game.
Contestants are eliminated, known as an executed, at a location where all the contestants are staying, usually a manor. Contestants, depending on the season, may decorate their room or personal area. These areas were later designated with red to signify if the contestant had been eliminated.
- 1 Format
- 2 Seasons
- 2.1 The Mole 1: The First Betrayal
- 2.2 The Mole 2: The Double Agent Strikes Once Again
- 2.3 The Mole 3: The Third Treachery
- 2.4 The Mole 4: Subterfuge
- 2.5 The Mole 5: Out Of The Woods
- 2.6 The Mole 6: Blast From The Past
- 2.7 The Mole 7: The Final Showdown
- 2.8 The Mole 8: Return Of The Saboteur
- 2.9 The Mole 9: Trust Is A Mistake
- 3 Notes
Each installment of The Mole involves a number of contestants, ranging between eight to 18. During each episode, the contestants participate in a number of challenges, each assigned a monetary value. If the contestants, as a team, complete the challenge, that money is added to the final prize for the game. However, one of these contestants has been selected by production to be the Mole; it is their job is to try to prevent the other contestants from winning challenges without revealing themselves to others. The Mole may be told ahead of time of how to do this or what challenges to expect, while at other times the Mole must decide whether to intervene or not.
At the end of each episode, the contestants take a quiz regarding the identity of the Mole and his or her involvement in the previous activities. The contestant who scores the lowest on this quiz, or was slowest to answer in case of a tie, is eliminated from the game. The winner of the game is the one that answers the most questions correctly on the final quiz given when there are only three contestants remaining (including the Mole), and is awarded the total amount of money won over the course of the game.
While success in the challenges is important in order to build up potential winnings, it is also critical to stay in the game by scoring better than opponents on the quiz, usually by attempting to draw their suspicions of the Mole's identity toward oneself. Since the Mole must use subterfuge to misdirect attention from their attempts to derail the team, disingenuous attempts to emulate the Mole must be subtle, while still noticeable and suspicious.
The contestants typically know who the cast list are before the game starts. Each is also allowed to take notes, which is the only place they are permitted to record information and thoughts about the other contestants.
Some contestants form "coalitions" with other contestants, ostensibly to share theories and observations about the other contestants. Some contestants attempt to cause others to believe that they are the Mole, on the premise that believing the wrong person is the Mole will result in them having poor quiz results.
Each challenge generally has a reward towards the group pot for various levels of success, diamonds from seasons one to four and server money from season five onward, due to the addition of the economy plugin on the server. On occasion, a challenge will have a penalty for failure. The challenges comprise a wide variety of physical and/or mental challenges posed to the contestants. Most are straightforward, and the rules are fully explained to all contestants. In some cases, however, a challenge is not fully explained to all contestants, increasing its difficulty. In those cases, perhaps only selected contestants are informed of the full nature of the challenge, and must work towards a different goal than the rest. In rare instances, there are secret challenges which only one, or none of the contestants are aware of.
Challenges are sometimes entirely physical, or entirely mental, but usually have elements of both.
Some challenges require every member of the team to complete their task for the team, while other challenges award each contestant that finished, regardless of the others. A common requirement is for the team to divide themselves into groups based on given attributes (e.g., "leaders" and "followers") before they learn what the task is.
Secret challenges may include "morality tests," where the contestants might be unexpectedly approached by a local (secretly arranged by the producers), for help (i.e., change a tire, etc.) The contestants would later be informed that they won or lost the challenge depending upon if they helped the person in need.
Unlike challenges in other game shows, the ones seen on The Mole offers contestants ways to disrupt the game, as well as ways of disguising their betrayal.
In addition to challenges, violations of the game's rules by a contestant, such as going out after curfew or talking about a forbidden topic, can result in a deduction from the group pot as a penalty.
Failing a secret "morality test" may also warrant a penalty.
Quizzes & Eliminations
- More Information: Quiz Scores Document
The quiz is the primary device of eliminating contestants. After all the challenges, all contestants (including those exempted from execution, starting in season three) complete the quiz in private. The Mole also completes the quiz so as to avoid suspicion. Traditionally between ten and twenty questions, with the exception of final quizzes, the quiz asks the contestants to identify the Mole and several pieces of information regarding the Mole, including the Mole's activity in challenges, biographical profile, their actions during the show, etc. The contestant who has the lowest score on the quiz (and taking the longest time to do so, in the event of tied scores) is eliminated from the game in an "execution" ceremony and are said to be "executed by the Mole."
The Mole is always safe from execution and is guaranteed to be involved in the game until the very end, though they cannot win.
A standard elimination checks each contestant's status on whether they will continue to the following episode. The host says each contestant's name, in no apparent order, one at a time. In most seasons, an obsidian screen shows a green screen to signify that they are continuing or a red screen to show that they have earned the lowest score. This has varied in the later season, including in season six where there was no screen to indicate elimination and seven where contestant's faces were blown up if they earned the lowest score. Typically, contestants who were eliminated were dropped into a lava pit, with the major exceptions of seasons five (sailed off on a wooden boat) and seven. A small change was made in season eight where the contestant was sitting in a minecart and dropped into a small pit warping them to spawn if they earned the lowest score.
From seasons one to four, the execution ceremony consisted of the contestants on top of spots surrounded by redstone dust. Since then, contestants are instructed to sit in chairs to wait to be called up to stand on some sort of platform, with the exception of season seven, where contestants could fly or stand in a designated portion of the elimination room.
Throughout the season, contestants may earn advantages that may give them a higher change of avoiding elimination.
Contestants are sometimes awarded an Exemption from execution. An exempt contestant receives a free pass to the next round during that episode's execution ceremony, and can not be eliminated, regardless of their quiz score. Depending on the season, exemptions may be scarce or abundant. Once awarded during gameplay, exemptions are announced publicly to the group, and are otherwise not considered secret during the execution ceremony.
Exemptions are usually twists in the game. In some cases, exemptions are awarded to a single contestant for an exceptional effort or performance during that episode's task. Sometimes the exempted contestant is chosen by the group, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Other times, the exemption comes in the form of a temptation to not complete a task and forfeit diamonds or money for the pot; or as an unexpected consolation prize for failure during a task.
In frequent cases, the exemption is a secret element to an episode's game, revealed only to the contestant(s) eligible. One or multiple contestants may find themselves surprisingly eligible to receive an exemption by carrying out simple, honest, coincidental acts such as offering to share a room with a contestant. Likewise, that contestant's ploy to achieving the exemption is often unbeknownst to the other contestants.
After an incident in season seven, a player cannot earn two exemptions during an episode.
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Contestants may receive hindrances that may make it more difficult for a contestant to advance.
- Neutralizer: A neutralizer prevents a contestant from being eligible for an exemption that episode. This was added in season four and has only occurred in that season and the ninth season.
- Black Exemption: A variant of a neutralizer called the "Black Exemption" was added in fourth season and was only used then. It prevents a contestant from receiving an exemption for the rest of the season.
- Photos: The Mole Photo Gallery
|Season||Premiere date||Finale date||Winner||The Mole||Runner-up||Contestants||Episodes||Final Pot||Potential Pot||Manor location|
|The Mole 1: The First Betrayal||December 28, 2013||December 29, 2013||wilywonker||Music3_0||Skelezomperman||Southern Old World (closest city: Cheyenne)|
|The Mole 2: The Double Agent Strikes Once Again||March 30, 2014||April 5, 2014||colaja953||KittyCat11231||6687kittycat||Southern Old World (closest city: Kitania)|
|The Mole 3: The Third Treachery||June 21, 2014||June 28, 2014||Cortesi||Soleurs||Max4344||Eastern border Old World (closest city: Jungle City)|
|The Mole 4: Subterfuge||August 9, 2014||August 13, 2014||Music3_0||jphgolf4321||Skelezomperman||Southwestern corner Old World (closest city: Eisitasi)|
|The Mole 5: Out Of The Woods||March 21, 2015||May 21, 2015||Technological99||cal76||unjinz||Northeastern New World (closest city: Railroad Isle)|
|The Mole 6: Blast From The Past||July 13, 2015||July 13, 2015||godzilltrain||Soleurs||Baseball02a||Central City, New World|
|The Mole 7: The Final Showdown||July 9, 2016||July 10, 2016||autobus22||_Kastle||Baseball02||Northern New World (closest city: Quiris)|
|The Mole 8: Return Of The Saboteur||April 15, 2017||May 6, 2017||_Kastle||mine_man_||CyAmethyst||Leydir, New World|
|The Mole 9: Trust Is A Mistake||April 21, 2018||May 5, 2018||AyyLion||sesese9||gogojakeo||Mole Gulch, New World|
The Mole 1: The First Betrayal
- Main article: The Mole 1: The First Betrayal
The first season of The Mole consisted of six episodes, done on the weekend of December 28, 2013 and December 29, 2013. It featured eight non-staff contestants, one of whom was the Mole. The maximum possible value of the pot was 21,100 diamonds, and each quiz consisted of nine questions. The title was given after the season ended.
The Mole 2: The Double Agent Strikes Once Again
- Main article: The Mole 2: The Double Agent Strikes Once Again
The second season of The Mole was titled The Double Agent Strikes Once Again. 12 contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over nine episodes. The season's episodes were held on March 30, 2014 and April 5, 2014. The maximum possible pot was 70,000 diamonds, and the quizzes were nine questions. Various other minor format elements were changed for the second season, such as double eliminations. Episodes were now named after quotes from contestants during that episode.
The Mole 3: The Third Treachery
- Main article: The Mole 3: The Third Treachery
The third season of The Mole was titled The Third Treachery, where 12 contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over ten episodes. The season was held during June 21, 2014 & June 28, 2014. The maximum possible pot was 200,000 diamonds and the quizzes were nine questions, and the final quiz was twenty questions.
The Mole 4: Subterfuge
- Main article: The Mole 4: Subterfuge
The fourth season of The Mole was a titled Subterfuge, where 12 contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over nine episodes. The season was held during August 9, 2014 & August 16, 2014. The maximum possible pot was 42,200 diamonds and the quizzes were nine questions, and the final quiz was 34 questions. The Mole's twitter was created this season to have hints, but was closed before the fifth season occurred.
The Mole 5: Out Of The Woods
- Main article: The Mole 5: Out Of The Woods
The fifth season of The Mole was titled Out Of The Woods, where 18 contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over ten episodes for a possible pot of $10,000. The season was held during March 21, 2015, April 19, 2015, May 10, 2015, & May 31, 2015. The quizzes were all 10 questions. Server money was used instead of diamonds due to the addition of the economy plugin on the server. Challenges took place over multiple worlds and on other servers. YouTube videos were posted on Yoshi's YouTube channel about the Mole. This season of the Mole was dedicated to Music3_0, who got banned between the sessions of the mole.
The Mole 6: Blast From The Past
- Main article: The Mole 6: Blast From The Past
The sixth season of The Mole was titled Blast From The Past, where eight contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over five episodes for a possible pot of $5,000. The season was held on July 13, 2015, the third anniversary of the server. The quizzes were all six questions. This was the first "mini-season" where the whole game show was done in one day. Additionally, it was first season where there has been a repeat mole and was held on the spot.
The Mole 7: The Final Showdown
- Main article: The Mole 7: The Final Showdown
The seventh of The Mole was a titled The Final Showdown, where 11 contestants, one of whom was the Mole, competed over eight episodes for a possible pot of $11,000. The season occurred on July 9, 2016 and July 10, 2016. The maximum possible pot was $11,000 and the quizzes were eight questions, with the exception of the final quiz having ten questions. This season of the Mole was the last season of The Mole before an official nine to ten month hiatus.
The Mole 8: Return Of The Saboteur
- Main article: The Mole 8: Return Of The Saboteur
The eighth season of The Mole was titled Return Of The Saboteur. Contestants, one of whom was selected as the Mole, competed over a ten episodes for a possible pot of $12,500. The season occurred on April 15, 2017, April 29, 2017, & May 6, 2017. The quizzes had a varied number of questions this season.
The Mole 9: Trust Is A Mistake
- Main article: The Mole 9: Trust Is A Mistake
The ninth season of The Mole is nicknamed Trust Is A Mistake. Contestants, one of whom is selected as the Mole, compete over ten episodes for a possible pot of $18,000. The season occurred on April 21, 2018, April 28, 2018, and May 5, 2018. The number of questions per quiz was ten, with the exception of the final quiz, which was 20 questions.