|Presented by||T. J. Lavin|
|No. of contestants||30|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Original release||December 9, 2020|
The Challenge: Double Agents is the thirty-sixth season of the MTV reality competition series The Challenge. This season features alumni from The Real World, Road Rules, The Challenge, Are You the One?, Big Brother, the Olympics, Love Island UK, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach, Shipwrecked, America's Got Talent, WWE NXT, and Ultimate Beastmaster competing for a share at a $1 million prize. The season premiered on December 9, 2020. A launch special, titled "The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified" aired on December 7.
Host: T. J. Lavin
Double Agents features a main challenge, a nomination process, and an elimination round.
- Daily Challenge: Players compete in the main challenge in pairs, where the winning team forms the Double Agents.
- Nominations: Following the Daily Challenge, players, besides the Double Agents, participate in deliberations and must vote for one pair to participate in the elimination round. They are given a chance to discuss the nominations, however, voting by secret ballot and as individuals. The team who receives the most votes will have the player of the designated gender compete in the elimination round.
- Double Agents: Following nominations, the Double Agents are shown the nominated team, as well as which individuals voted for them. At the Crater, the Double Agents individually vote to select a second team to compete against the nominated team for the elimination round, where the player of the designated gender will participate. The Double Agents may also volunteer for elimination, instead of voting for a team. The selected team will have the member of the designated gender compete in the elimination round individually.
- Eliminations (The Crater): The player of the designated gender of the nominated team participates in an elimination round against the same-gender player of the team selected by the Double Agents, or the volunteer from the Double Agents. The loser is eliminated while the winner receives a Gold Skull and remains in the game. Additionally, the winner is also given the choice between remaining with their current partner, or selecting any player of the opposite gender to become their new partner, excluding the Double Agents.
- Gold Skull: Similar to the "Red Skull" from Total Madness, winning an elimination round earns a player a Gold Skull, a requirement to compete in the Final Challenge. Unique to this season, there will only be 10 skulls available (similar to the Keys from The Island season of the show).
- Rogue Agents: A player without a partner at any point in the game is classified as a Rogue Agent. Rogue Agents do not compete in the next daily challenge and are ineligible to be selected for elimination. Once a player of the opposite gender also becomes a Rogue Agent, the two contestants form a new team and compete as usual.
- Infiltration: The winner of an elimination round may select any player of the opposite gender to become their partner. In the event that a player in an existing pair is chosen, their former partner either chooses a new partner between the remaining agents without a partner, pairs up with the agent without a partner, or becomes a Rogue Agent, depending on numbers.
- Mission Decryption: Played in male and female heats, contestants must race up a volcanic mound to reach a capsule which has a color code encrypted on it. They must memorise the code before returning to their station and duplicating the sequence, by connecting colored wires. The first player in each heat to correctly duplicate the sequence and detonate their station wins, however, the individual with the fastest overall time earns the ability to select their partner and become the Double Agents.
- Winners: Aneesa & Fessy[h]
- Ice Spy: Teams swim through glacial water towards a boat to retrieve a block of ice with a kill frozen inside, before returning to shore. They must remove the kill from the ice, using an ice pick, and can place the kill in another team's station. Once a team receives three kills, they are eliminated from the challenge, however, they can still place the kill they currently possess. The last team standing wins.
- Winners: Aneesa & Fessy
- Road Kill: Played two teams at a time, teams begin on the back of a moving truck. They must attempt to push their opponent of the same gender off the truck and onto the surrounding safety nets, without timing out. The last player with any body part still on the platform wins the matchup for their team. The team that pushes both opponents off the truck the fastest wins the mission.
- Winners: Kaycee & Leroy
- Drone Control: Played two teams at a time, one teammate wears a VR headset connected to the camera of a drone. They must direct their partner, who flies the drone using a controller, towards a number code at the opposite end of the tunnel. Once they obtain the sequence, the player wearing the headset must solve a binary puzzle, before entering the code into a tablet. There is a ten-minute time limit before teams time out. The team with the fastest time wins.
- Winners: Devin & Tori
- Agent Down: Played in two heats of six teams, the female partners begin standing on a ledge on the side of a platform while their male partner begins on top of the platform. The male players must pull 200 metres of rope out of the platform before they can hold onto their partner. After an undisclosed period, the ledge drops, however, the females can still hold the platform to avoid falling if their partner has not finished pulling the rope. The team that holds on the longest wins.
- Winners: Big T & CT
- Smuggle Run: Teams carry a heavy cylindrical capsule on their shoulders and complete a five-mile race. Along the way, they must use their capsule to climb over a wall and solve a number puzzle, before reaching the finish line. The first team to cross the finish line wins. In addition to becoming the Double Agents, the winners receive a cash prize of $6,000 each.
- Winners: Jay & Theresa
- Operation Fire Escape: Similar to "Hog Tie" from The Ruins. Players are suspended by their wrists and ankles under a metal beam, and have to maneuver their way from one side of the beam to the other before returning to the start. The first player to return to the start wins.
- Played by: Ashley vs. Natalie
- Ring of Spies: Players begin at the center of the Crater with both hands on a metal ring. They must wrestle the ring away from their opponent and place it on their post. The first player to place the ring on their post twice wins.
- Played by: Joseph vs. Kyle
- Snapping Point: Similar to "Looper" from Free Agents. Players begin with a rope hooked to their backs which attaches them to their opponent. They must run around three posts in order to reach a button. The first player to press the button wins.
- Played by: Devin vs. Wes
- Hall Brawl: Originally from Battle of the Seasons (2012). Players must run through a narrow hallway, past their opponent and press a button at the opposite end. The player who pushes the button first twice, wins.
- Played by: Fessy vs. Nelson
- Asset Destruction: Players pull a crate full of bombs across the Crater before tipping the crate over at the end to release the bombs. Once the bombs are released, they must throw the bombs at a wall of targets. Only 13 of the 25 targets are breakable while the remaining 12 are solid. The first player to hit all 13 targets wins.
- Played by: Aneesa vs. Tori
- Dead Ringer: Players begin harnessed on top of a platform with six metal rings. They must build up momentum to swing and place the rings on hooks attached to the surrounding poles. If they drop any rings, they must use all their remaining rings before being allowed to collect them. The first player to hook all six rings wins.
- Played by: Ashley vs. Kam
|Episode||Gender||Winners||Crater contestants||Crater game||Crater outcome|
|#||Challenge||Voted In||Winners' Pick||Winner||Eliminated||Infiltrate|
|1||Mission Decryption||Female||Aneesa & Fessy[h]||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Operation Fire Escape||Natalie||Ashley|
|2||Ice Spy||Male||Aneesa & Fessy||Big T & Joseph||Kyle & Nany||Ring of Spies||Kyle||Joseph|
|3||Road Kill[g]||Male||Kaycee & Leroy||Devin & Nicole||Natalie & Wes||Snapping Point||Devin||Wes||[i]|
|4||Drone Control[f]||Male||Devin & Tori||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Fessy||Hall Brawl||Fessy||Nelson|
|5||Agent Down[c]||Female||Big T & CT||Aneesa & Leroy||Devin & Tori||Asset Destruction||Aneesa||Tori|
|6||Smuggle Run[a]||Female||Jay & Theresa||Ashley & Cory||Kam & Kyle||Dead Ringer||Kam||Ashley|
- The contestant finished the final challenge and won.
- The contestant finished the final challenge and lost.
- The contestant's team won the daily challenge.
- The contestant was not selected for the Crater.
- The contestant's teammate was nominated for the Crater.
- The contestant was a Rogue Agent, did not have a partner or compete in the daily challenge, and was exempt from being voted into the Crater.
- The contestant won in the Crater and earned a Gold Skull.
- The contestant was part of the Double Agents, volunteered for the Crater, won and earned a Gold Skull.
- The contestant lost in the Crater and was eliminated.
- The contestant was part of the Double Agents, volunteered for the Crater, lost and was eliminated.
- The contestant was removed from the competition due to physical violence.
- The contestant was removed from the competition due to medical reasons.
- The contestant withdrew from the competition.
Gold Skull progress
- The contestant was removed from the competition due to medical reasons and their Gold Skull was recycled.
|House Vote||Ashley & CT
22 of 28 votes
|Big T & Joseph
17 of 27 votes
|Devin & Nicole
19 of 25 votes
|Amber M. & Nelson
12 of 23 votes
|Aneesa & Leroy
15 of 22 votes
|Ashley & Cory |
9 of 20 votes
|Winner's Vote||Natalie & Wes
2 of 2 votes
|Kyle & Nany
2 of 2 votes
|Natalie & Wes
2 of 2 votes
|Aneesa & Fessy
2 of 2 votes
|Devin & Tori
2 of 2 votes
|Kam & Kyle|
2 of 2 votes
|Amber B.||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Amber M.||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Jay & Theresa||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Aneesa||Natalie & Wes||Kyle & Nany||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Amber M. & Mechie||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Big T||Lolo & Nam||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Devin & Tori||Ashley & Cory|
|Cory||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Jay & Theresa||Fessy & Kaycee||Amber M. & Mechie|
|CT||Gabby & Lio||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Devin & Tori||Ashley & Cory|
|Darrell||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Aneesa & Fessy||Aneesa & Leroy||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Devin||Gabby & Lio||Big T & Joseph||Cory & Tori||Aneesa & Fessy||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Fessy||Natalie & Wes||Kyle & Nany||Devin & Nicole||Kam & Kyle||Amber M. & Mechie||Kam & Kyle|
|Gabby||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Jay||Ashley & CT||Gabby & Lio||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Devin & Tori||Kam & Kyle|
|Josh||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Jay & Theresa||Amber M. & Mechie||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Kam||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Big T & CT||Aneesa & Leroy||Devin & Gabby|
|Kaycee||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Natalie & Wes||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Kyle||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Aneesa & Fessy||Aneesa & Fessy||Aneesa & Leroy||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Leroy||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Natalie & Wes||Anessa & Fessy||Aneesa & Leroy||Devin & Gabby|
|Lolo||Ashley & CT||Kyle & Nany||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Mechie||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Jay & Theresa||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Nam||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Cory & Tori||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Ashley & Cory|
|Nany||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Aneesa & Leroy||Devin & Gabby|
|Theresa||Ashley & CT||Gabby & Lio||Devin & Nicole||Amber M. & Nelson||Devin & Tori||Kam & Kyle|
|Ashley||Gabby & Lio||Aneesa & Leroy||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Lio||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Devin & Nicole||Nany & Josh||Aneesa & Leroy|
|Tori||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Aneesa & Fessy||Amber M. & Mechie|
|Natalie||Gabby & Lio||Big T & Joseph||Cory & Tori||Amber M. & Nelson|
|Nelson||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes||Devin & Nicole||Jay & Theresa|
|Liv||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph||Cory & Tori|
|Wes||Gabby & Lio||Big T & Joseph||Cory & Tori|
|Nicole||Ashley & CT||Big T & Joseph|
|Joseph||Ashley & CT||Natalie & Wes|
- Bold indicates the team was voted in by the Double Agents
|Title||Original air date||U.S. TV first-run viewers|
|471||1||"License to Killer Kam"||December 9, 2020||0.90|
|472||2||"Dive Another Day"||December 16, 2020||0.84|
|473||3||"Enemy of the State"||December 23, 2020||0.79|
|474||4||"Duplicity"||January 6, 2021||0.82|
|475||5||"Skyfall"||January 13, 2021||0.77|
|476||6||"From Theresa With Love"||January 20, 2021||TBD|
|477||7||"Die Another Jay"||January 27, 2021||TBD|
- Prior to the "Smuggle Run" challenge, Lio withdrew from the game due to personal matters. Devin and Gabby formed a new pair since they were both left without a partner.
- Lolo is billed as being an Olympian, but she had also competed on Dancing with the Stars 19, The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, and Celebrity Big Brother 2.
- After losing the "Operation Fire Escape" elimination in episode one, Ashley was brought back into the game prior to the "Agent Down" challenge as a replacement for Natalie. She was partnered with Cory upon her return.
- Natalie is billed as appearing on Survivor. She first appeared on The Amazing Race 21 and later appeared on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, Survivor: San Juan del Sur, and Survivor: Winners at War.
- Prior to the "Agent Down" challenge, Natalie was deemed medically unable to continue in the game due to personal matters. In an interview, it was later revealed that her departure was because of her pregnancy.
- Prior to the "Drone Control" challenge, Liv was medically removed from the competition after injuring her arm in the "Road Kill" challenge during the previous episode.
- Nicole was medically removed from the competition after dislocating her shoulder during the "Road Kill" challenge. Though Nicole had left the house following the challenge and did not vote at nominations, her departure was not formally announced until the "Snapping Point" elimination. This meant that she and her partner, Devin, were still eligible to be voted into elimination as a team.
- Aneesa was the overall winner in the "Mission Decryption" challenge, and could choose any male player to be her partner. She picked Fessy (the winner of the male heat), and they formed the Double Agent Pair.
- Devin was forced to infiltrate a partnership, after his original partner Nicole was medically disqualified from the competition.
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