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The aggressive competitive strategy sees the houseguest attempting to win most or even all competitions. These players believe the guarantee of security that comes with these powers are more important than consequently appearing threatening to other houseguests. Aggressive strategists usually employ a leader, gamer, or collaborator social strategy.
- Houseguests who have employed this strategy include Jase Wirey (Big Brother 5 & All-Stars), James Rhine (Big Brother 6 & Big Brother All-Stars), Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother 6, All-Stars, & 14), Daniele Donato (Big Brother 8 & 13), Rachel Reilly (Big Brother 12 & 13), Frank Eudy (Big Brother 14 & 18), Frankie Grande, Donny Thompson and Caleb Reynolds (Big Brother 16), Nicole Franzel (Big Brother 16 & 18), Jason Roy, James Huling and Liz Nolan (Big Brother 17), Paulie Calafiore and Victor Arroyo (Big Brother 18), Cody Nickson and Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 19), Danielle Lickey and Jason Roy (Big Brother: Over The Top); Demetres Giannitsos and Kevin Martin (Big Brother Canada 5), Kaela Grant and Erica Hill (Big Brother Canada 6)
The passive competitive strategy involves intentionally losing most or all competitions in an attempt to appear as though he or she is not a threat. Sometimes, a houseguest employing the passive strategy may even throw the competitions that have no effect on the outcome of the game (e.g. food and luxury competitions) to further his or her weak persona. A passive player will typically choose a snake, floater, or collaborator social strategy.
- Houseguests who have employed this strategy include Will Kirby (Big Brother 2 & All-Stars), Dan Gheesling (Big Brother 10 & 14), Austin Matelson (Big Brother 17), James Huling (Big Brother 18), Elena Davies (Big Brother 19), Justin Duncan and Kryssie Ridolfi (Big Brother: Over The Top); Godfrey Mangwiza (Big Brother Canada 3), Mitchell Moffit (Big Brother Canada 4), Ika Wong (Big Brother Canada 5), and Paras Atashnak and William Kenny (Big Brother Canada 6).
When utilizing the selective competitive strategy, a houseguest will win only the competitions he or she deems necessary for staying in the House, many times pivotal competitions such as the Final Head of Household competition. The selective strategist worries about being evicted over appearing threatening, but believes that certain Head of Household or Power of Veto competitions are worth that risk.
- Houseguests who have employed this strategy include Dick Donato (Big Brother 8 & 13), Dan Gheesling (Big Brother 10 & 14), Elissa Slater (Big Brother 15), Derrick Levasseur (Big Brother 16), Vanessa Rousso and Steve Moses (Big Brother 17), Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 19); Jason Roy and Shelby Stockton (Big Brother: Over The Top); Peter Brown and Alec Beall (Big Brother Canada 1), and Arlie Shaban (Big Brother Canada 2).