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Johnny Devenanzio
Bananas
Biographical
Original Season RW: Key West
Born June 22, 1982
Hometown Fullerton, California
Game Summary
Challenges The Duel
The Inferno 3 (final)
The Gauntlet III
The Island (won)
The Ruins (won)
Cutthroat
Rivals (won)
Battle of the Exes (won)
Rivals II (final)
Free Agents (won)
Battle of the Exes II
Battle of the Bloodlines
Rivals III (won)
Invasion of the Champions
XXX: Dirty 30
Vendettas
Eliminations 15 (7 wins, 8 losses)
Money Won $685,543
Spin-offs Champs vs. Pros
Champs vs. Stars
Arenas 1 (1 loss)
Money Raised $1,000
Social Media
Twitter MTVBananas
Instagram realjohnnybananas

Gameplay

The Duel

Bio: With his chameleon-like ability to adapt to his surroundings, recent Penn State graduate John is The Real World's answer to Ferris Bueller. An unpredictable mixture of craftiness, charisma, intelligence and kindness, he more than lives up to his old nickname, "Johnny Bananas." He was the loveable life of the party in Key West, despite some intoxicated fights with Paula Walnuts. Will this Challenge newbie survive the cutthroat competition or The Duel?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Reaching Out N/A OUT

The Inferno 3

Bio: With his chameleon-like ability to adapt to his surroundings, recent Penn State graduate John is The Real World's answer to Ferris Bueller. An unpredictable mixture of craftiness, charisma, intelligence and kindness, he more than lives up to his old nickname, "Johnny Bananas." He was the loveable life of the party in Key West, despite some intoxicated fights with Paula Walnuts. Despite getting along famously with everyone (especially Casey, wink wink) on The Duel this Challenge rookie was the first to be sent home. This time around, now with a Challenge under his belt, will Johnny be able to stick it out until the end?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Unbraided Good Guys SAFE
2/3 Ladder Race SAFE
3 Battering Ram SAFE
4 Wrap and Roll SAFE
5 Rope Burn SAFE
6 Reversible Climbing Wall WIN
7 Grape Smash SAFE
8 Steady As You Go SAFE
9 Leaps and Bounds SAFE
10 Dog Day Afternoon SAFE
11 Hand Car SAFE
12 Giraffic Park SAFE
13 Captain's Chair SAFE
14 Hook Me WIN
15 Nothin' But Net SAFE
16 The Big Five LOSER

Money Won: $10,000

The Gauntlet III

Bio: The man affectionately known as "Johnny Bananas," Johnny already holds a seriously checkered Challenge past. On The Duel, he was selected by his old roommate Tyler to go into the Duel and was the first player shipped back to the States which leaves a big grudge where Johnny is concerned. Johnny often tries to take the lead during Challenges, but his lack of strength and size compared to many of the other men make him a popular topic of elimination discussion.

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Piñata Pit Veterans WIN
2 Screw You WIN
Roped In WIN
3 Wring Out WIN
Blind Man's Maze OUT

The Island

Bio: Johnny feels that he was prematurely eliminated from The Gauntlet III, so he's back to prove that he can earn a challenge championship. With his good friends Paula and Kenny by his side, Johnny feels that he will be running the show this time around. But Johnny's loud and abrasive personality might rub others the wrong way and be his early ticket home. Will The Island eat him alive?

Episode Face-Off Vote Result
1 Leaning Tower Tonya SAFE
2 Ring Wrestle N/A SAFE
3 The Rack Rachel SAFE
4 Ball Buster Ashli SAFE
5 Bridge It Tyrie SAFE
6 Rat in a Cage N/A WIN
7 Timber Colie SAFE
8 Water Bound N/A SAFE
Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $75,000

The Ruins

Bio: Once the sweetheart from The Real World: Key West, Johnny has transformed himself into the outspoken, controversial, "Johnny Bananas." This self-proclaimed "godfather" of The Island has the chops to compete and the mind to manipulate, but he has one big problem that could ruin his game -- himself. Johnny's often candid remarks constantly landed him in hot water, especially with fellow competitors Evelyn and KellyAnne. But since leaving The Island, Johnny insists that he has done some self-reflection and learned from his mistakes. Will Johnny be able to turn over a new leaf in The Ruins? Or will his old habits die hard in his quest to take home the prize?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Chain Gang Champions 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 RUINS
9 Wall Walker SAFE
10 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $53,293

Cutthroat

Bio: Love him or hate him, Challenge smartass Johnny returns to the game, ready to talk some trash and make some cash. Having won both The Island and The Ruins, Johnny is confident that Cutthroat will boost his bank account even further. However, without the aid of his usual cohorts, Kenny and Evan, Johnny will have to put some muscle behind his loud mouth, proclaiming, "I always had a safety net. This is my time to show that Johnny Bananas is one to be trifled with." With this ruthless competitor originally from Real World: Key West in the house, expect to see Johnny take part in his favorite pastimes: lying, scheming, and conniving.

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Gas Problems Blue Team SAFE
2 Brain Buster WIN
3 Bed Head SAFE
4 Bottleneck Stampede SAFE
5 Surf's Up SAFE
6 Sky Hook SAFE
7 Gimme a Hand WIN
8/9 High Ball OUT

Rivals

Bio: Johnny was last seen suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of CT on Cutthroat. Reflecting on the astonishing elimination, Johnny notes, "I had the carpet pulled out from under me. But if you feed a banana to a gorilla, you shouldn't be that surprised by the results." Back to take another stab at the win, Johnny hopes to make the best of his rival partner. We'll see if this loud mouth, two-time Challenge winner can capture a third victory.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive Tyler SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim SAFE
4 Hammock Crawl WIN
5 Against the Current WIN
6 Catch and Release SAFE
7 Sawed Off WIN
8/9 Bombs Away JUNGLE
9/10 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $52,000

Battle of the Exes

Bio: Camila became attracted to Johnny on Cutthroat, but Johnny kept things friendly as he had a girlfriend at home. However, the rumor mill was abuzz that the twosome may have been more than friends. Camila describes their complicated relationship, "People like to talk about what they don't know, but me and Johnny, we're close. So I don't blame them!" Now a newly single man, Johnny definitely doesn't rule out exploring things more with Camila stating, "Circumstances have changed in my life and I basically have free rein to do things I wasn't able to do before!" Watch these two to see if their warming relationship will heat up, and how it may affect their game.

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Give Me Some Honey Camila WIN
2 Hook Up SAFE
3 Mental Connection SAFE
4 Rolling in the Deep WIN
5 Don't Rock the Boat SAFE
6 Lube Me Up WIN
7/8 Race to the Altar SAFE
8/9 Feel the Burn DOME
9/10 Viking Quest WINNER

Money Won: $76,250

Rivals II

Bio: The stage is set for a clash of the egos as two of the most notorious personalities in Challenge history are thrust together. Although they had never met in person prior to their arrival in Thailand, Johnny and Frank's rivalry grew out of a heated exchange on Twitter. Irked by the "Rookie Revolution" that propelled Frank's team to victory on Battle of the Seasons, veteran Johnny downplayed Frank's win, claiming he "didn't scout Junior Varsity" when a fan asked his opinion of the game's new generation. Never one to let an insult slide by, Frank fired back at 30 year-old Bananas, snarking, "Maybe you should focus on a real job, old man!" While these two may need to earn each other's respect, four-time champion Johnny already recognizes their innate similarities, admitting, "One of the things that scares me the most about Frank is he reminds me a lot of myself." Johnny and Frank have the chops to emerge as a powerhouse pair, but will their massive egos prove to be their downfall?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Game of Inches Frank SAFE
2 XXX Games SAFE
3 Mind Over Splatter WIN
4 Stumped SAFE
5 Frog Smash SAFE
6 Frenemies SAFE
7 Blind Leading the Blind WIN
8 Swingers SAFE
9 Rampage SAFE
10/11 Color Correction N/A
11/12 Dream Island SECOND
Nightmare Island

Money Won: $17,500

Free Agents

Bio: Johnny Bananas may be one of the most legendary players in Challenge history, but this vet isn’t sure he has enough gas left in his tank. After coming in second to his nemesis CT on Rivals II, four-time champion Bananas found it to be a humbling experience. He concedes, “You learn more in defeat than you do in victory. And, I learned a lot about myself.” Arriving in Uruguay as a Free Agent with no alliance, Bananas knows he has an uphill battle ahead of him. Bananas confesses, “I'm just hoping that luck's on my side.” His fellow Challengers may call him “Grandfather Bananas,” but this wily veteran could still have a few tricks up his sleeve.

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Black WIN
2 Auto Body Rally Jonna SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Brandon WIN
4 Bounce Out Team Red WIN
5 Piggy Back Team Yellow ELIM
6 Smarty Pants N/A SAFE
7 Sausage Party ELIM
8 Hold That Pose Team Johnny SAFE
9 Dug Out Cohutta SAFE
10/11 Crossover Nany WIN
11 N/A ELIM
11/12 Final Challenge Laurel WINNER
Devyn
Nany

Money Won: $125,000

Battle of the Exes II

Bio: Rumored to have hooked up outside of The Challenge, these undercover lovers managed to keep their rendezvous a secret - or so they thought. After a quick fling, the romance fizzled and this turbulent duo went their separate ways. Fresh off his win on Free Agents, Bananas vows to keep focus on the game, “We’re just better as friends. I’ve dabbled in this spicy Latina dish once or twice and I realized it’s too hot for me.” Until now, these two have done a good job dancing around the past and keeping their distance. Nany reveals, “Bananas and I usually tried to stay as far away from each other as possible on past Challenges, so the fact that now we are glued together, I don’t know how this is going to work out.” However, when one of these vets has a change of heart and old feelings surface, the strength of their team will be put to the test. Will this power pair put their appetite to win above the desire of a lonely heart? Or will unrequited love derail their game?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 I Got You Babe Nany SAFE
2 Rounding the Bases WIN
3 On Again, Off Again SAFE
4 The Brush Off SAFE
5 Open Arms OUT
9/10 Wrecking Ball SAFE
10/11 Don't Let Me Down OUT

Note: Despite being eliminated in Episode 5, Bananas and Nany returned to the competition in Episode 9 after defeating multiple teams in the "Battle of the Ex-iled".

Battle of the Bloodlines

Bio: Challenge champ, Johnny Bananas, returns to reclaim a victory and prove he still has what it takes to win. With the bitter taste of defeat still in his mouth from his devastating downfall in Battle of the Exes II, Bananas brings his rough and tough cousin, Vince, along to prove that greatness runs in the family. However, Vince’s cocky attitude threatens to ignite political fires, and Bananas struggles to keep up his reputable veteran status as they make enemies quickly. Mindful of their weaknesses, Bananas stresses, “We both have egos that have trouble fitting inside the same room. But as long as we can keep our heads in the game and keep from killing each other, we're gonna work awesome as a team.” Bananas quickly learns he must dig deep into his bag of tricks to keep him and Vince under the radar.

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Water Battle Vince SAFE
2 Family Dinner SAFE
3/4 Meet Me Halfway Red Team WIN
4/5 Air to the Throne WIN
6 Family Connection WIN
7 Hand Me Down WIN
8 Too Clingy WIN
9 Air Pockets WIN
10 Weight For Me Vince OUT

Rivals III

Bio: Bananas wounds are still fresh from the vicious backstabbing he received at the hands of America’s favorite optimist, Sarah, on Battle of the Exes II. The Queen of Enthusiasm is back and looking to re-claim her Challenge crown, but knows it won’t be easy with a salty and scorned partner. She reflects, “I’m not working with a man. I’m working with a little boy and the little boy is having a temper tantrum! In order for Bananas to win, he’s gotta let everything go.” Once you’ve peeled a banana, though, you can’t just put it back together! Bananas laments, “There’s no way that I’m gonna be able to forgive her.” Will Sarah be content letting Bananas make team decisions when she just proved how devastatingly successful her methods can be? And can Bananas patch up his tattered ego in time to get his head in the game?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1/2 Give Me Some Slack Sarah SAFE
3 Dirty Laundry SAFE
4/5 Out on a Limb SAFE
6 Laps of Judgement WIN
7 Road to Nowhere SAFE
8/9 Up All Night WIN
10/11 Take It to the Grave SAFE
11 Catch and Release WIN
12 Bridging the Gap WIN
13 N/A JUNGLE
13/14 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $276,000

Invasion of the Champions

Bio: Now returning as the most decorated champ in Challenge history, with $685,000 earned over 14 seasons, Bananas promises not to stop, “I want to spill some blood and some mud. I'm here to ride this thing until the wheels fall off.” Many have wondered whether the notorious Johnny Bananas would return after pulling the most cunning and controversial move in Challenge history. However, this self-proclaimed “rotten banana” doesn’t spoil so easily. After he and Sarah pummeled the competition last season on Rivals III and seemingly mended their broken friendship, Bananas shocked everyone by claiming the ENTIRE $275,000 prize for himself, leaving Sarah with nothing but tears and an empty wallet. Will Bananas suffer any karmic blowback from his dastardly deed last season? Or will he shock everyone and make an even MORE scandalous move than his last?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
5/6 Knockout Champions SAFE
7 Roll with the Punches WIN
8 Curry Up SAFE
9/10 Fallout OUT

Note: Bananas invaded the competition prior to the "Knockout" challenge as part of a season twist.

XXX: Dirty 30

Bio: The most decorated Challenge champion always finds a way to use his mastery in "shady" to get the ultimate payback. The most well-known anecdote from the six-time victor's run: After getting burned by Sarah on Battle of the Exes II and being subsequent partners on Rivals III, Bananas made the most devious and dirty move in Challenge history when he took all of the winnings from their No. 1 finish -- and left his partner with $0. Will Bananas be able to top this unprecedented dirty move during this historic season?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 The Purge N/A WIN
SAFE
SAFE
2/3 Cool Under Fire WIN
3/4 Battle Royale Blue Team SAFE
6/7 Pirates' Treasure Jenna SAFE
7/8 Ups and Downs Light Blue Team SAFE
8/9 Talk Thirty to Me N/A SAFE
11/12 Saved by the Bell Team Aneesa SAFE
12/13 Blackout Blue Team SAFE
14 Backstabber N/A OUT

Vendettas

Bio: The historic player continues to hold the record for most Challenge wins ever. But after a dirty move that involved taking his partner Sarah's money during the finale of Rivals III, this MTV vet has consistently added to his list of vendettas -- which includes Cory, Devin and Nelson. Will he be able to reconcile his differences in order to pave a smooth road to another Challenge final? Or will his past (and Jemmye's karma curse declaration) come back to haunt him?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 TBA TBA TBA

Eliminations

The Duel

Episode Duel Opponent Result
1 I Can Tyler OUT

The Gauntlet III

Episode Gauntlet Opponent Result
3 Sliders Evan OUT

The Ruins

Episode Ruins Opponent Result
8/9 Rag Doll Dunbar WIN

Cutthroat

Episode Gulag Opponent Result
8/9 Back Up Off Me Tyler OUT

Rivals

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
8/9 T-Bone Tyler Adam K. WIN
CT

Battle of the Exes

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
8/9 X Battle Camila Mark WIN
Robin

Free Agents

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
5 Balls In Isaac WIN
7 Wrecking Wall Jordan WIN
11 Puzzle Pyramid CT WIN

Battle of the Exes II

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
5 Strung Out Nany Leroy OUT
Nia
10/11 X-Battle Leroy OUT
Theresa

Battle of the Bloodlines

Episode Pit Partner Opponents Result
10 Through Thick and Thin Vince Cara Maria OUT
Jamie

Rivals III

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
13 Don't Wine for Me Argentina Sarah Dario WIN
Nicole

Invasion of the Champions

Episode Fortress Opponent Result
9/10 Balls In Darrell OUT

XXX: Dirty 30

Episode Presidio Opponent Result
14 The Reel World Derrick K. OUT

Spin-off Gameplay

Champs vs. Pros

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Against the Ropes Champs SAFE
2 Tailgate BBQ OUT

Money Raised: $1,000

Champs vs. Stars

Bio: Many competitors have tried to walk away from the franchise as the leader of the pack, but no one has more victories to their name than Johnny ‘Bananas.’ Love him or hate him, this six-time champion brings his strong, athletic abilities and dynamic sense of humor to every season he appears in. ‘Bananas’ hasn’t run in a final since he famously “stole” the prize purse from Sarah on Rivals III, leaving many to wonder if he cursed himself, ending his days as king of The Challenge forever. ‘Bananas’ is ready to take home a win on Champs vs. Stars to ensure the crown stays where he believes it rightfully belongs.

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Tow Truck Champs SAFE
2/3 Parkour the Course SAFE
3/4 Slam Ball SAFE
4 Push Ball SAFE

Spin-off Eliminations

Champs vs. Pros

Episode Arena Opponent Result
2 Blindsided Wes OUT

Gallery

Trivia

  • Bananas currently holds the record for most challenge wins.
    • Bananas also holds the record for most appearances in a final challenge.
    • Bananas has also made the most money from The Challenge out of every single cast member.
  • Bananas currently is the only male cast member who hold the record of most eliminations losses with eight.

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