|Presented by||Dave Mirra|
|No. of contestants||20|
|Opening theme||"Miles Apart" by Yellowcard|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||19|
|Original release||February 2 –|
May 31, 2004
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno is the 8th season of the MTV reality game show, The Challenge (at the time known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge). The season is directly subsequent to The Gauntlet.
The Inferno aired in 2004. The season was composed of twenty cast members, and took place in Acapulco, Mexico. In this challenge, the winning teams would receive a prize at the end of each mission. They would then nominate two players from their team to the Inferno elimination challenge. Unlike The Gauntlet, there would be another challenge with an immunity life-saver up for grabs before the Inferno. Each team then selected one of the two nominees from the opposing team to go into the Inferno.
Host: Dave Mirra
- Bug Helmet:The contestants put their heads into glass boxes filled with hundreds of cockroaches with syrup covering their face. The player who stays in their box the longest wins.
- Played By: Ace vs. Jeremy
- Chili Counter:The player who eats the most chilis in a one-hour sitting wins.
- Played By: Holly vs. Trishelle
- Human Candelabra:The two players have a candle in each hand while holding their arm's out straight, the player who holds that position the longest wins.
- Played By: Jeremy vs. Mike
- Noise Pollution: Each player must wear a set of headphones while standing on a two-foot high platform for two hours. If there is a tie, then the players must stand on a four-inch block with one leg, the last person standing wins.
- Played By: Christena vs. Mallory
- Don't Toss Your Cookies: The players must eat cookies and drink milk, then get onto a spinning platform for 10 minutes, they continue this until one of the players vomits. The player who does not vomit wins the Inferno.
- Played By: CT vs. Shane
- Scratchathon: Each player is covered in itching powder and must walk on a treadmill for three hours, whoever outlasts there opponent wins. In the event of a tie, each contestant must jump rope, whoever jump ropes the longest wins the Inferno.
- Played By: Julie vs. Katie
- Brick by Brick: The players must transfer their bricks one at a time from one pile to the next, while walking across a plank. Players are disqualified if they drop a brick, break one, or fall off the plank. Whoever has transferred the most bricks at the end of three and a half hours wins.
- Played By: Kendal vs Leah
- Smell You Later: The contestants are each placed into their own plexiglass coffins, after every half hour for the first hour and a half, another layer of bad smelling substances are added to the coffins. At the end of four hours, if both players are still in their coffins, each player must hold their breath in the water, whoever holds it the longest wins the Inferno.
- Played By: David vs. Katie
|Episode||Winners||Aztec LifeSaver||Inferno Selections||Inferno game||Inferno outcome|
|#||Challenge||Real World||Road Rules||Real World||Road Rules||Winner||Loser|
|1||Grope the Rope||Road Rules||Ace||Syrus||Jeremy||Timmy|
|2||Bird Feeder||Real World||Syrus||Darrell||Ace||Bug Helmet||Jeremy||Ace|
|3||Wreck N' Roll||Road Rules||Leah||Trishelle||Holly||Katie|
|4||Climbing Wall||Road Rules||CT||Timmy||Chili Counter||Holly||Trishelle|
|5||Disco Domino Derby||Real World||David||Mike||Abram||Jeremy|
|6||Balls Out||Real World||CT||Veronica||Human Candelabra||Mike||Jeremy|
|7||Ultimate Saturn Road Trip||Road Rules||Coral||Mallory||Christena||Katie|
|8||Don't Yank My Chain||Road Rules||Mike||Veronica||Noise Pollution||Christena||Mallory|
|9||Come Sail Away||Road Rules||CT||David||Abram||Shane|
|10||Bungee Bound||Road Rules||CT||Holly||CT||Don't Toss Your Cookies||CT||Shane|
|11||Twist And Shoot||Road Rules||Julie||Leah||Katie||Veronica|
|12||Balcony Swing||Real World||CT||Veronica||Katie||Scratchathon||Katie||Julie|
|13||Fallen Angels||Road Rules||David||Syrus||Darrell||Timmy|
|14||Saturn Valet Ballet||Road Rules||David||Kendal||Leah||Kendal||Brick by Brick||Kendal||Leah|
|15||Window Washing||Road Rules||Coral||N/A||Katie||Veronica|
|Coral||Veronica||David||Katie||Smell You Later||Katie||David|
|16||Seven Deadly Sins||Road Rules|
- Real World won the challenge.
- Road Rules won the challenge.
- The contestant won the Life Saver and saved themselves.
- The contestant was placed in the Inferno by the Life Saver winner.
- The contestant was saved by another contestant with a Life Saver.
- The contestant won the Life Saver and put themselves in the Inferno.
- The contestant is on the Real World team.
- The contestant is on the Road Rules team.
- The contestant won the final challenge.
- The contestant lost the final challenge
- The contestant won the Aztec Life Saver and saved themselves.
- The contestant won the Aztec Life Saver but chose not to use it.
- The contestant was safe from the Inferno.
- The contestant was selected to go into the Inferno.
- The contestant was nominated but not selected to go into the Inferno.
- The contestant was saved by the Aztec Life Saver winner.
- The contestant was selected to go into the Inferno and won.
- The contestant was put into the Inferno by the Aztec Life Saver winner and won.
- The contestant won the Aztec Life Saver, went into the Inferno and won.
- The contestant was put into the Inferno and lost.
- The final Real World team consisted of Coral, CT, Mike, and Syrus.
- The final Road Rules team consisted of Abram, Christena, Darrell, Holly, Katie, Kendal, Timmy and Veronica.
- The Road Rules team won the final challenge.
|Real World||Road Rules|
|Each member receives:|
|Title||Original air date|
|1||90||"Grope the Rope"||February 2, 2004|
|2||91||"Birdfeeder"||February 2, 2004|
|3||92||"Wreck n' Roll"||February 9, 2004|
|4||93||"Climbing Wall"||February 16, 2004|
|5||94||"Disco Domino Derby"||February 23, 2004|
|6||95||"Balls Out"||March 1, 2004|
|7||96||"Ultimate Saturn Road Trip"||March 8, 2004|
|8||97||"Don't Yank My Chain"||March 15, 2004|
|9||98||"Come Sail Away"||March 22, 2004|
|10||99||"Bungee Bound"||March 29, 2004|
|11||100||"Twist and Shoot"||April 5, 2004|
|12||101||"Balcony Swing"||April 12, 2004|
|13||102||"Fallen Angels"||April 19, 2004|
|14||103||"Saturn Valet Ballet"||May 3, 2004|
|15||104||"Window Washing"||May 10, 2004|
|16||105||"The Final Burn"||May 17, 2004|
|17||106||"Handsome Reward"||May 24, 2004|
The reunion special, Montezuma's Revenge: Inside the Inferno, was aired on May 31, 2004, featuring the finalists and was hosted by VJ La La Vazquez.
- Piggy from Road Rules: Down Under arrived to compete in The Inferno and can be seen in both footage and photos from the cast's arrival. Soon after arriving, she left to go home and was consequently never mentioned. Christena was flown in to replace her. The title credits reflect this, as they were filmed when Piggy was there and Christena's scenes were shot later. The official reason for her departure has been cited as "family reasons", but according to Norman Korpi's website she had an OD.
- Katie went into two Infernos and won both, eliminating a male player (David) in the process. She crowned herself "Inferno Queen".
- CT used his life-saver to save his friend David, then sent Shane home in the Inferno.
- Leah had to be taken to a hospital because she hyperventilated during a challenge.
- The Road Rules team won every female Inferno and all five females made it to the final.
- A feud broke out between Katie and Veronica, and there was tension between the two throughout the entire show. The rivalry culminated in a very heated shouting match the night before the final mission, and the two almost came to blows.
- Being fed up with what she perceived as bullying, Julie lashed out at Coral and challenged her to a wrestling match, to which Coral remarked, "I don't wrestle, I f*cking beat bitches up!"
- During the Kendal and Leah Inferno, Mike openly berated Kendal, sparking an argument between Katie and Veronica. CT then denounced Leah as weak, and David jumped in the Inferno nude.
- The first mission had the challengers on a zipline. In an attempt to secure a Real World win, Julie began to yank on Veronica's safety harness, sending Veronica and the rest of the challengers into a panic.
- After Trishelle claimed she would physically assault them in a jealous tirade, Coral and Mike voted her into the Inferno, which would result in an argument between Coral and Trishelle later that night.
- Coral became infuriated with her team when they forced her to pick Veronica for the final Inferno. She won the Life Saver at the next challenge, sparing herself from the inferno.
- The "Bird Feeder" mission saw challengers dress up in chicken suits.
- Julie accused Coral of throwing Mallory under the bus following an Inferno deliberation.
- The Real World called Katie their mascot after she performed poorly in the "Balls Out" mission.
- Christena informed Katie of the Road Rules team's plan to guarantee her the Life Saver and have Katie thrown into the inferno. To ensure her safety, Katie, to the shock of her teammates, held her arms up for longer than Christena, sparing herself from the inferno. When Katie subsequently quit, she dumped her bucket on arch-rival Veronica.
- Julie was insistent that Coral was a weak player, in spite of the fact that Coral outperformed her in the majority of the missions, as CT asserted. When it came to the end of the game, when Julie said it would be time for strong players like herself to go in, Julie attempted to have Coral nominated a second time instead of herself. The team went against her and then forced her to pick Veronica over Katie, which led to Julie's infamous fight with Coral.
- CT bluntly told Leah she was a weak player and that they would do whatever necessary to send her home before the final, which hurt Leah's feelings. CT eventually assisted in the scheme to get David the Life Saver, and Leah was successfully ousted from the game.
- David routinely performed lazily and badly, even spending the Come Sail Away challenge relaxing in a chair.
- Official website at the Wayback Machine (archived November 30, 2006)
- MTV's official Real World website
- MTV's official Road Rules website