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->''"Outwit. Outplay. Outlast."''\\
--'''US Series {{tagline}}'''

''Survivor'' is... it's...

Well, if ''Series/TheRealWorld'' is the [[TropeMaker grand-daddy]] of the reality show, ''Survivor'' is [[TropeCodifier the]] [[FollowTheLeader daddy]]. It debuted in 2000. Sure, it proved to be a huge hit, and [[CashCowFranchise a big moneymaker]] for Creator/{{CBS}}, and it launched a wave of reality shows that, in 2014, we're ''still'' recovering from.

The story is as follows: a fixed number of men and women are stuck in a wilderness setting (typically, but not always, a [[DesertedIsland deserted tropical island]]; all the better to [[{{Fanservice}} get the contestants out of their clothes]]), where they're divided into at least two tribes (mostly random, but sometimes by [[RatingsStunt gender, age or race]]). They then must build a shelter and make fire so they can safely eat food and drink water. Oftentimes they get to take in a luxury item from home, or they'll have to win it. Each week, the tribes compete in a series of challenges, where they win rewards and Immunity, which allows them to avoid Tribal Council. The losers (who attend Tribal Council) then have to decide which of them will be VotedOffTheIsland. When a sufficient amount of time has passed, the tribes are merged into one and nearly all the challenges, rewards, and immunities become individual, rather than tribe-based. After 39 days, 2-3 people are left for the Final Tribal Council, where the recently eliminated contestants from the merged tribe form the Jury and vote to decide who wins the $1,000,000 prize.

A [[GuiltyPleasures guilty pleasure]] if ever there was one, although some [[PeripheryDemographic actually do watch the show for sociological purposes]], like with ''Series/BigBrother''.

A number of podcast's dedicated to contestant interviews, remembering past seasons nostalgically, and discussing strategy exist online, including Podcast/RobHasAPodcast, Podcast/ArmchairSurvivor, Podcast/SurvivorOz, [[http://domandcolin.blogspot.com/ Dom And Colin]], and [[http://funny115.com/podcast/ Survivor Historians]].

[[folder:Seasons]]
!!Ongoing
!!!United States
->'''01: ''Borneo''''' -- Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Malaysia (Summer 2000). [[{{Retronym}} Originally simply called "Survivor"]]. First season of the US series. 16 castaways are split between '''Pagong''' and '''Tagi''' before merging into '''Rattana''' (the initial tribes are named after local beaches, and the latter after rattan, a species of palm abundant in Borneo). It is also the only season where the winner was announced on-site. Among the season's memorable personalities, Richard Hatch had the most lasting impact, setting the tone of the game forever by getting the Tagi tribe to organize their votes against the Pagongs. Won by [[ManipulativeBastard Richard Hatch]] of Middletown, Rhode Island.
->'''02: ''The Australian Outback''''' -- Goshen Station, Queensland, Australia (Winter 2001). 16 castaways are split between '''Kucha''' and '''Ogakor''' before merging into '''Barramundi''' (all named after Aboriginal words for "kangaroo", "alligator" and an endemic species of fish, respectively). Lasting 42 days (the only season to do so), this season is infamous for the first forced evacuee: Michael Skupin, who burnt his hands on a bonfire. It's also well-known for [[{{Badass}} Colby Donaldson]]'s individual immunity challenge streak and the FoeYay between him and [[TokenEvilTeammate Jerri Manthey]]. First season to use previous votes as the method of breaking ties. Won by [[ProperLady Tina Wesson]] of Knoxville, Tennessee.
->'''03: ''Africa''''' -- Shaba National Reserve, Eastern Province, Kenya (Fall 2001). 16 castaways are split between '''Boran''' and '''Samburu''' before merging into '''Moto Maji''' (the first two are named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borana_Oromo_people actual]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samburu_people tribes]] living in the area, the third after a Swahili word for "fire and water"; tribe colors are interestingly patterned after the Ethiopian variant of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-African_colours Pan-African colors]]). First season to feature a tribe swap. Won by [[NiceGuy Ethan Zohn]] of Lexington, Massachusetts.
->'''04: ''Marquesas''''' -- Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia (Spring 2002). 16 castaways are split between '''Rotu''' and '''Maraamu''' before merging into '''Soliantu''' (the first two are named after Marquesan words for "wind" and "rain", respectively, and the latter a word made up by two castaways to mean "[[AwesomeMcCoolname sacred allegiance to the sun]]"). This season first saw a transferable Immunity Necklace, but also an infamous tiebreaker that evicted ''anyone'' who picked a purple rock -- in this case, Paschal English. The original season of [[BreakoutCharacter Rob Mariano, aka "Boston Rob"]]. Won by [[TheFundamentalist Vecepia Towery]] of Portland, Oregon.
->'''05: ''Thailand''''' -- Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand (Fall 2002). 16 castaways are split between '''Chuay Gahn''' and '''Sook Jai''', handpicked by the eldest male and female castaways, before merging into '''Chuay Jai''' (the first two are named after Thai words for "helping one another" and "happy heart", respectively, and the third is a portmanteau of both names). The season was the first to offer castaways a chance to switch tribes at will, and featured an auction and a merger fake-out through cohabitation. However, the host, Jeff Probst, also called it his least-liked season, having to deal with lots of {{jerkass}}es throughout its run. Won by [[TheSociopath Brian Heidik]] of Quartz Hill, California.
->'''06: ''The Amazon''''' -- Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil (Winter 2003). 16 castaways are split by gender, for the first time in the series, between all-female '''Jaburu''' and all-male '''Tambaqui''' before merging into '''Jacaré''' (the first two are named after a local stork and fish, respectively, and the third after a Portuguese word for "alligator"). On day 13, both tribes switch some members. Won by [[AlphaBitch Jenna Morasca]] of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.
->'''07: ''Pearl Islands''''' -- Pearl Islands, Panamá Province, Panama (Summer 2003). 16 castaways are split between '''Drake''' and '''Morgan''' before merging into '''Balboa''' (the first two are named after British privateers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake Sir Francis Drake]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Morgan Henry Morgan]], respectively, and the third after a snake one castaway found). In tune to this season's theme of piracy (being set on a historic pirate den, and whose tribes' namesakes were branded by the Spanish as pirates), challenge winners can pillage the losing team's camp and, on one challenge, "kidnap" someone until the next challenge. The first six expelled players formed a third pre-merger tribe - the '''Outcasts''' - which defeated Drake and Morgan, forcing them both to expel one of their own while the Outcasts voted two [[BackFromTheDead back into the game]]. The jury also played in one challenge and won, depriving Balboa individual immunity. This was also the original season of two of [[BreakoutCharacter the show's most memorable players]]: Rupert Boneham and Jon Dalton aka "Jonny Fairplay". Won by [[SpicyLatina Sandra Diaz-Twine]] of Fort Lewis, Washington.
->'''08: ''All-Stars''''' -- Pearl Islands (Winter 2004). The first ReunionShow. 18 castaways from earlier seasons are split between '''Chapera''', '''Mogo Mogo''' and '''Saboga''' before merging into '''Chaboga Mogo''' (the first three are named after isles in the area, and the fourth a portmanteau of the names). Being the first three-tribe season, the Immunity Idol was split into two. The season also reused last season's "kidnapping" system, and saw Saboga dissolve after losing one challenge, as well as another fake merge through tribe mix-up. The main storyline this season was the [[RomanceOnTheSet budding romance]] between [[RomanceOnTheSet Amber Brkich (from ''Australia'') and "Boston" Rob Mariano (from ''Marquesas'')]], culminating in them becoming the game's winner and runner-up, respectively, and becoming engaged in the finale.
->'''09: ''Vanuatu - Islands of Fire''''' -- Efate, Sheva Province, Vanuatu (Fall 2004). 18 castaways are gender-split between all-male '''Lopevi''' and all-female '''Yasur''' before merging into '''Alinta''' (the first two are named after volcanoes, and the third a made-up word for "people of fire"). For the first time, an individual immunity challenge was held before the merge, resulting in both tribes voting one member out in that episode. Like ''The Amazon'', this season also employed tribe swaps. Won by [[TheOneGuy Chris Daugherty]] of South Vienna, Ohio.
->'''10: ''Palau''''' -- Koror, Palau (Winter 2005). 20 castaways are split between '''Ulong''' and '''Koror''' (named after a dive site and the the national capital, respectively). On day 2 alone, two were removed after they were not picked by the tribes. Last season's double tribal council system was also imposed. One challenge penalized the first to quit with being marooned on a lonely beach. It is also the only season so far where there was no tribe merger; thanks to the EpicFail of Ulong, by the time a merge would have happened there was [[LastOfHisKind only one Ulong left]] so she was just moved into Koror, starting the series' individual elimination stage. Won by [[RetiredBadass Tom Westman]] of Sayville, New York.
->'''11: ''Guatemala - The Maya Empire''''' -- Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park, Petén, Guatemala (Fall 2005). 18 castaways are split between '''Yaxhá''' and '''Nakúm''' before merging into '''Xhakúm''' (the first two are named after archaeological sites on the area and Mesoamerican words for "blue-green water" and "house of the pot", respectively, and the latter a portmanteau of both names). Two former contestants (both from the previous season) return for this season, and features a tribe swap and a double tribal council. This season also first saw the Hidden Immunity Idol, first played post-merger, which gives the person who finds it individual immunity. Won by [[HotScoop Danni Boatwright]] of Tonganoxie, Kansas.
->'''12: ''Panama''''' -- Pearl Islands (Winter 2006). Also known unofficially as '''''Exile Island'''''. 16 castaways are split between four tribes, for the first time in the series, by age and gender: '''Casaya''' (older women), '''La Mina''' (older men), '''Bayoneta''' (younger women) and '''Viveros''' (younger men) before merging into '''Gitanos''' (the first four are named after isles in the area, and the fifth a Spanish word for "gypsies"). The younger tribes would soon be disbanded and distributed among the older tribes. Using Season 10's "Exile Island" system, winners of reward challenges may choose to expel one from the losing tribe to a lonely island, where he/she is clued in to a hidden Immunity Idol. Won by [[CloudCuckoolander Aras Baskauskas]] of Santa Monica, California.
->'''13: ''Cook Islands''''' -- Aitutaki, Cook Islands (Fall 2006). 20 castaways are split by ethnicity -- a RatingsStunt that naturally caused some controversy -- between '''Aitutaki''' (Latinos), '''Manihiki''' (Africans), '''Puka Puka''' (Asians) and '''Rarotonga''' (Caucasians) before merging into '''Aitutonga''' (the first four are named after isles in the area, and the fifth a portmanteau of the two surviving tribes). The season reuses the Exile Island system, and features a tribe shuffle which dissolved Manihiki and Puka Puka, after which castaways were occasionally offered a chance to switch tribes (accepted by two castaways for the first time in the series), as well as one double tribal council. First season with three castaways to face the final jury. Won by [[BadassBookworm Yul Kwon]] of San Mateo, California.
->'''14: ''Fiji''''' -- Macuata Province, Fiji (Winter 2007). 19 castaways (the only odd-number starting lineup in the series, due to one player dropping out at the last minute) are split between '''Moto''' and '''Ravu''' before merging into '''Bula Bula''' (all three are named after Fijian words for "spear", "kill" [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and "hello hello"]], respectively). The first challenge alone rewarded Moto with a camp filled with many luxury items, while all Ravu had was a pot and a machete -- a disparity Probst himself would later admit to have been detrimental to Ravu's later outings. The season also reuses the tribe swap. Won by [[DaChief Earl Cole]] of Santa Monica, California, in what was considered a CurbStompBattle, 9-0.
->'''15: ''China''''' -- Zhelin Reservoir, Jiangxi, China (Fall 2007). 16 castaways are split between '''Fei Long''' and '''Zhan Hu''' before merging into '''Hae Da Fung''' (all three are named after Mandarin words for "Flying Dragon", "Fighting Tiger" and "Black Fighting Wind", respectively, the first two playing on the TigerVersusDragon trope and whose colors are more than likely patterned after those of the Chinese flag). The series was the first US show ever to be filmed within China. Like ''Pearl Islands'', the season had a specific theme, this time being the famous Chinese text ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''. Besides reusing the "kidnapping" system, the "kidnapped" member of a losing tribe would also be forced to give a message in a bottle to someone from the winning tribe cluing him/her in to the Hidden Immunity Idol. Won by [[AscendedFanboy Todd Herzog]] of Salt Lake City, Utah.
->'''16: ''Micronesia - Fans vs Favorites''''' -- Koror (Winter 2008). 20 castaways are split between '''Airai''' (composed of ten {{Ascended Fan|boy}}s) and '''Malakal''' (composed of ten [[MyGreatestSecondChance returning castaways]]) before merging into '''Dabu''' (the first two are named after locations in the area, and the third a made-up name by a castaway). The series featured individual Immunity Idols for each tribe which ensured one's immunity during his/her tribe's first tribal council. The Exile Island system is played again, except this time one from each tribe wold compete for a Hidden Immunity Idol. The season is also notable for an even-numbered jury (eight) and the return of the two-person finalists. Jonathan Penner (returning from ''Cook Islands'') had to be evacuated due to a knee injury that turned into an infection. Probst would call it his second-favorite season, after ''[[FirstInstallmentWins Borneo]]''. Won by [[TheVamp Parvati Shallow]] (from ''Cook Islands'') of Vero Beach, Florida.
->'''17: ''Gabon - Earth's Last Eden''''' -- Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve, Estuaire Province, Gabon (Fall 2008). The first season to air on HD. 18 castaways are split between '''Fang''' and '''Kota''', drafted by the oldest male and female castaways, before merging into '''Nobag''' (the first two are named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beti-Pahuin_peoples actual]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kota_people tribes]] living in the area, and the third is [[SdrawkcabName "Gabon" reversed]]). The season retains last season's one-shot Immunity Idols, Exile Island (with the exile having to choose between luxury throughout his/her stay and immunity upon return), two tribe swaps, Hidden Immunity Idols for each tribe, and a double tribal council. Won by [[BadassGrandpa Robert "Bob" Crowley]] of Augusta, Maine.
->'''18: ''Tocantins - The Brazilian Highlands''''' -- Jalapão, Tocantins, Brazil (Winter 2009). 16 castaways are split between '''Jalapao''' and '''Timbira''' before merging into '''Forza''' (the first two are named after locations in the area, the third a corruption of "força", Portuguese word for "strength"). A first-impression vote by castaways "eliminated" two who would be a liability and thus "cannot make it into the journey", [[ExactWords only to realize that by "journey" Probst meant a four-hour trek, and those two "liabilities" were airlifted directly to their camps]]. The one-time Immunity Idols also make a return, as well as Exile Island, except this time the member of a losing tribe chosen by the winners [[TakingYouWithMe can also bring one of their own]]. This is generally the season where the show started embracing the CreatorsPet, this time being [[CloudCuckoolander Ben "Coach" Wade]]. Won by [[FarmBoy James "J.T." Thomas, Jr.]] of Samson, Alabama, in another CurbStompBattle, 7-0, [[FlawlessVictory and without any vote cast against him throughout his stay]].
->'''19: ''Samoa''''' -- Upolu, Samoa (Fall 2009). 20 castaways are split between '''Foa Foa''' and '''Galu''' before merging into '''Aiga''' (all three are named after Samoan words for "trumpet shell", "ocean wave" and "[[TrueCompanions extended family]]", respectively). After some reward challenges, a member of the winning tribe will go to the losing tribe's camp, where he/she will tip one of them to a Hidden Immunity Idol. Double tribal councils were also held. In one of the most harrowing scenes in the series, Russell Swan nearly died in the middle of a challenge from dehydration and had to be evacuated. The game was dominated, gameplay-wise and screentime-wise, by [[EntitledBastard Russell Hantz]]; but was ultimately won by [[SouthernBelle Natalie White]] of Van Buren, Arkansas.
->'''20: ''Heroes vs Villains''''' -- Upolu (Winter 2010). [[MilestoneCelebration Celebrating the series' 10th anniversary]], 20 returning castaways are split, based on their previous strategies, between '''Heroes''' ([[{{Face}} players known for their integrity, courage and honor]]) and '''Villains''' ([[{{heel}} players known for their manipulation, deceptions and duplicity]]) before merging into '''Yin Yang'''. Hidden Immunity Idols were also secreted onto each tribe's camps, and one challenge has both tribes vying for individual immunity, as both went to tribal council at the same time. Continuing from ''Samoa'', most of the camera time continued to be focused on Russell Hantz. Won by [[BornWinner Sandra Diaz-Twine]] (Villain from ''Pearl Islands''), becoming the first two-time winner of the series.
->'''21: ''Nicaragua''''' -- San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua (Fall 2010). 20 castaways are split by age between '''Espada''' (40 and older) and '''La Flor''' (30 and younger) before merging into '''Libertad''' (Spanish words for "sword", "flower" and "freedom", respectively). Besides Hidden Immunity Idols, teamwork-based challenges due to the age disparity, tribe swaps and double tribal councils, this season introduces the Medallion of Power, a one-shot item which gives winners advantages in challenges, then passed on to the opposing tribe. Won by [[GeniusDitz Jud "Fabio" Birza]] of Saint Louis, Missouri.
->'''22: ''Redemption Island''''' -- San Juan del Sur (Winter 2011). 18 castaways are split between '''Ometepe''' and '''Zapatera''' before merging into '''Murlonio''' (the first two are named after islands in Lake Nicaragua, the third after a stuffed toy of one of the castaways). The series introduces the eponymous "Redemption Island", where a recently-evicted castaway is left to fend for himself/herself in a lonely island. When another castaway is voted out, both would compete in a "duel" where the loser leaves the game for good, while the winner would stay on until some point when he/she is called back. The season was played up as a rivalry between returning castaways "Boston" Rob Mariano (''Marquesas'', ''All-Stars'', and ''Heroes vs. Villains'') and Russell Hantz (''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains''), but Russell's tribe ditched him at the earliest opportunity and Rob basically went unopposed for the rest of the season, [[BoringInvincibleHero taking the win without much of a fight]].
->'''23: ''South Pacific''''' -- Upolu (Fall 2011). 18 castaways are split between '''Upolu''' and '''Savaii''', each led by a returning castaway, before merging into '''Te Tuna''' (the first two are named after islands, the third after a Samoan legend about the birth of the coconut tree). Like the previous season, Redemption Island was also in play, as well as two Hidden Immunity Idols. Won by [[IceQueen Sophie Clarke]] of Willsboro, New York.
->'''24: ''One World''''' -- Upolu (Winter 2012). 18 castaways are split by gender between all-female '''Salani''' and all-male '''Manono''' before merging into '''Tikiano''' (the first two are named after islands in the area, and the third after a Samoan word for "year of the god"). In an unusual twist, both tribes shared a single camp for the majority of the season. The season also saw a "do-it-yourself" competition between tribes, as well as Hidden Immunity Idols and tribe swaps. Won by [[IronLady Kim Spradlin]] of San Antonio, Texas.
->'''25: ''Philippines''''' -- Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines (Fall 2012). 18 players are split between '''Kalabaw''', '''Tandang''' and '''Matsing''' before merging into '''Dangrayne''' (the first three are named after Tagalog words for "water buffalo", "rooster" and "monkey", respectively, using the colors of the Philippine flag, and the fourth because [[PunnyName there was a lot of rain in the Philippines]]). The three tribes were "led" by [[MyGreatestSecondChance three returning castaways]] [[NonGameplayElimination evacuated from their last outings due to injury or stress]]: Jonathan Penner (''Cook Islands'' and ''Micronesia''), Michael Skupin (''Australia''), and Russell Swan (''Samoa''), respectively. Won by [[ActionMom Denise Stapley]] of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after surviving through every single tribal council in the season.
->'''26: ''Caramoan - Fans vs Favorites''''' -- Caramoan (Winter 2013). Repeating the setup of ''Micronesia'', 20 players are divided between '''Bikal''' (Fans) and '''Gota''' (Favorites) before merging into '''Enil Edam''' (the first two named after a ''barangay'' (village) and a resort in the municipality itself, respectively, and the third suggested by Malcom Freberg in honor of his mother, [[SdrawkcabName Madeline]]). It unfortunately hosted one of the series' more infamous moments, where Brandon Hantz (from ''South Pacific'' and nephew of Russell) had a tense emotional breakdown that just barely avoided turning violent. Won by [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses John Cochran]] (from ''South Pacific'') of Washington D.C. in a CurbStompBattle of 8-0-0. [[FlawlessVictory He also received no votes cast against him his entire run]].
->'''27: ''Blood vs. Water''''' -- Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines (Fall 2013). The 20 castaways this season are arranged in pairs, one returning castaway and one of their family members, with the returnees being the '''Galang''' tribe and the family being '''Tadhana''' (Filipino for "respect" and "destiny" respectively) before merging into '''Kasama''' (Filipino for [[MeaningfulName "together" or "as one"]]). Redemption Island also returns, with the new twist that a loved one can choose to take their partner's place on Redemption Island. Won by [[DeadpanSnarker Tyson Apostol]] (from ''Tocantins'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains'') of Provo, Utah.
->'''28: ''Cagayan''''' -- Palaui Island (Spring 2014). Features 18 players (all newcomers) evenly divided based on their principal attributes -- '''Aparri''' (Brawn), '''Luzon''' (Brains) and '''Solana''' (Beauty), named after a town at the mouth of the mighty Cagayan River, the largest island in the Philippines (on which both Manila, the capital, and Cagayan province are located), and a town at the southern end of Cagayan province, respectively. The tribes then merged into '''Solarrion''', a portmanteau of the former tribes. This season saw the introduction of a super-secret idol that could be played ''after'' votes were read. Won by [[CardCarryingVillain Tony Vlachos]] of Jersey City, New Jersey.
->'''29: ''San Juan del Sur - Blood vs. Water''''' -- San Juan del Sur (Fall 2014). Upcoming; to repeat the pairs format from S27, but with no returning players this time. The tribes this time around are '''Coyopa''' and '''Hunahpu''' (named after the Mayan god of thunder and one of the Hero Twins of Mayan mythology, respectively).
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Based on a format created by Charlie Parson. The first produced show based on the format was the Swedish reality game show ''Expedition: Robinson''. The original concept was said during ''All-Stars'' to have been inspired by William Golding's 1954 novel ''LordOfTheFlies''.

[[{{Survivorman}} Not to be confused with that one show that's actually about surviving.]] Or the [[Literature/{{Survivors}} third series from]] ErinHunter. Or the [[Music/{{Survivor}} band]] best known for "Eye of the Tiger".

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!!This show provides examples of the following:

[[folder:General Tropes]]

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: As seen on the seasonal logos, the show's usual tagline is "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast". The exception is ''China'' (where it's [[BilingualBonus loosely translated]] [[http://stevewebel.com/2007/survivor-china-logo/ into Chinese]]). ''Heroes Vs Villains'' and ''Cagayan'' also have different taglines, but they're also alliterative: "Return, Revenge, Redemption" in ''[=HvV=]'' and "Brawn, Brains, Beauty" (for the tribe divisions) in ''Cagayan''. Plus the subtitle ''Fans vs. Favorites''.
* AllOrNothing: While all the jury members get something for their time, and one can still win the Fan Favorite prize, but the prize structure is still essentially winner-take-all.
** SecondPlaceIsForLosers: See ''Samoa'', where Russell was in tears when he didn't get first. And then he offered to buy the title from the winner. And when he lost first place ''again'' in ''Heroes Vs Villains'', he claimed the rules were flawed ''because'' he wasn't winning.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Just before dismissing them from Tribal Council, Jeff Probst will add a [[OneLiner brief remark]] about that vote or the tribe's prospects in general. Most are rather [[CaptainObvious obvious]], but the best may be the line from ep. 12 of ''Micronesia'': "You guys are [[DoWrongRight perfecting the art]] of [[DidntSeeThatComing the blindside]]. That is the good news, and ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard that is]] [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the bad news]]''."
* AppleOfDiscord: The individual rewards, where the winner usually has to choose a couple tribemates to join him/her (or put another way, has to choose a bunch of people to get nothing). "Three strikes" challenges are also good for this, as they put the social pecking order on display and there's a good chance for someone to get offended.
* AttentionWhore: Hard to tell who's an actual one and who is just caught on the wrong end of ExecutiveMeddling and ManipulativeEditing.
* {{Auction}}: [[OnceASeason One "challenge" a season]] is this.
** MysteryBox: Jeff typically pulls out several during auctions. It's usually either something absolutely disgusting (pond water, plant roots) or the best thing at the auction (steak and fully loaded baked potato, a full breakfast plate).
** ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Recent seasons' auctions have sold advantages in Immunity Challenges. These bonuses may take the form of a guaranteed spot in the challenge's last stage, a second chance at its overall goal, or partial credit towards the user's progress in the challenge.
* BeachEpisode: Part of why there will never be ''Survivor: The Arctic''. Even the ones not actually on beaches tend to be in tropical climates, encouraging players to show some skin.
* BilingualBonus: Some of tribe names provide this, including, all the Philippines' tribe names[[note]]Matsing meaning monkey, Tandang meaning rooster, and Kalabaw meaning water buffalo, all in Filipino[[/note]] as well as the merged tribe in Panama[[note]]Gitanos means gypsies in Spanish[[/note]], all three tribes in Fiji, and the Blood vs. Water tribes, named Galang, in yellow, and Tadhana in red, meaning respect and destiny respectfully.
* BitchAlert: If (if?) there's someone that's going to spend the month in the wilderness acting nasty, the editors will let you know quickly.
* BittersweetEnding: For everybody who lost the Final Tribal Council. It would be sad when you realize that you lost the title of the Sole Survivor, but at least it is rewarding that you have survived till the final day in an unfamiliar location, and still won some cash.
* BreakthroughHit: For the Executive Producer Creator/MarkBurnett, for Creator/{{CBS}}, who had been struggling to shake off the reputation as the "old person's network" immediately prior to the TurnOfTheMillennium, and for Jeff Probst, who was previously an obscure game show host on Creator/VH1.
* ButtMonkey: Every season has at least one.
** Poor Boo of ''Fiji'' was one. He not only hurt himself numerous times on the same day (which was actually pretty funny) but later tore his ACL - [[MoodWhiplash then it went into unfunny territory.]]
** The Ulong tribe in ''Palau''.
** The [[MeaningfulName appropriately named]] Matsing tribe in ''Philippines''.
* CantCatchUp: If one tribe does poorly enough in the pre-merge game, then they wind up entering with a severe minority and are easy pickings for the majority.
** Ulong and Ravu are the most famous and prominent examples. Ulong in ''Palau'' lost every single immunity challenge and were reduced to just one member. Ravu in ''Fiji'' became the "Have not" tribe and never was able to catch up to the Moto tribe, which was much better fed and rested than Ravu. [[MyGreatestFailure The producers admit that Fiji was a failed experiment]].
** More generically, when one is down a member, the other tribes are forced to sit someone out. Competing in Back-to-back challenges without any rewards can easily cause tribemates to get tired out and be unable to perform in the immunity challenge. Instinctively, the players who're ahead sit out their weaker players for the immunity challenge because that's the more important one.
** Some seasons subvert this when a winner comes from a tribe that was in a minority during the merge.
*** And there is the awesomeness of the post-mutiny Aitu Four that soundly whooped the eight-strong Raro tribe after realizing their weakness in numbers in ''Cook Islands''
* CaptainObvious: Jeff whenever he announces for a challenge; usually in the form of "Player X, doing Y." After Jonathan Penner got irritated at his announcements during a ''Cook Islands'' challenge and told him to shut up, Jeff [[BreakingTheFourthWall broke the fourth wall]] for the first time with this immortal line:
-->"Jonathan, getting frustrated by ''me!''"
* CatchPhrase: Jeff Probst has several, to the point where he's ritualized half his dialogue. Some of the Tribal Council lines fall under RulesSpiel.
** "Everybody, drop your buffs" is one, said by Jeff every time there's a tribal switch or merge. This one was played with a bit in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' as Jeff said "drop your expectations" due to the Villains tribe incorrectly guessing that there would be a merge with 12 castaways left; the merge was later done at 10 castaways instead.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The tribal buffs. Starting with ''Tocantins'', a tribe's entire ''wardrobes'' are more-or-less color-coded. Sometimes this happens accidentally.
* CommercialBreakCliffhanger: Viewers can always expect several directly before and during Tribal Council.
* CommercialPopUp: CBS, like most major networks, has been absolutely in love with these over the past several seasons.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: As good as reason as any to kick someone out early, or keep them around as a goat sure to lose in the finals. For example, why [[GlorySeeker Jimmy]] [[ItsAllAboutMe T.]] was booted in ''Nicaragua''.
* ConfessionCam: Thanks to ManipulativeEditing, it's hard to tell when they are actually filmed.
* CoolOldGuy / CoolOldLady: Anyone who played a good game at the age of 40 and beyond. Special mention to Tina Wesson, Tom Westman, Bob Crowley and Denise Stapley for winning their respective seasons, Terry Deitz for having an awesome immunity streak and Rudy Boesch for playing ''twice'' in his seventies.
* CrowningMomentofAwesome: Generally each season has at least one of these, whether its a fan favorite knocking out the villain of the season, or a immunity streak.
* CurbStompBattle: Often happens (or is at least attempted) post-merge, when the larger former tribe gangs up on the smaller one. [[FanNickname Known as "Pagonging"]] after it happened to the Pagong tribe all the way back in ''Borneo.''
** The most infamous CurbStompBattle is most likely Koror vs. Ulong in ''Palau.'' Ulong was for a long time the only tribe in ''Survivor'' history to never win a ''single'' Immunity Challenge (and they lost all but three of the Reward Challenges as well). When the tribes merged, it consisted of eight Koror members and Stephenie [=LaGrossa=], the ''only Ulong left.'' Like with "Pagonging", [[FanNickname "Ulonging" has become a byword]] for repeated Immunity Challenge failure.
** ''Fiji'' had Ravu, which was ''0-8'' in immunity challenges (beating Ulong's streak by one loss) and 1-4 in rewards, for a total of one win and twelve losses. Having the worst campsite in the show's history didn't help much.
** ''Redemption Island'' was played up as a grudge match between Boston Rob and Russell, but turned into one of these when Russell's tribe unceremoniously threw a challenge to get rid of him after only a week. They then proceeded to be the first tribe to be outright Pagonged in almost four years and nine seasons.
** ''Philippines'' features Matsing, which became the third tribe to never win a single Immunity Challenge and the first with no challenge victories at all to their name, losing four times in a row until only two members remained. Tandang went on to be the first tribe in Survivor history to never lose a single member prior to the merge, winning every one-on-one Immunity Challenge against Kalabaw.
** Sometimes, Final Tribal Council can be this. One notable example is J.T. vs. Stephen in ''Tocantins'', where J.T. won '''7-0'''.
* DeadpanSnarker: There's at least one in every season. Rob Cesternino from Amazon, Rob Mariano from Marquesas, Courtney Yates from China, and Randy Bailey from Gabon are good examples.
* DeadlyGame: While not outright life-threatening, the physical exertion required in challenges combined with the near-starvation conditions and oppressive heat present in many seasons have definitely taken their toll on the contestants.
** Not to mention the possibility of contracting foreign diseases. Lex from ''Africa'' was apparently sick for months after the game with a variety of illnesses and Daniel Lue, an [[WeHardlyKnewYe early castoff]] from ''Amazon'' contracted malaria. Sandra was asked to return to ''All Stars'' from ''Pearl Islands'' but said she was still recovering from parasites she had contracted in ''Pearl Islands''. Marquesas, while not deadly, still had discomfort caused by bugs so the location will never be used again.
** However, some contestants have had brushes his death mid-season, including Mike Skupin in ''Australia'' who got dreary from smoke inhalation while working on a fire and partially FELL INTO IT. Fortunately for Skupin, his glasses and hat hit the fire before his face, but he still took third degree burns to his arms and spent three weeks in a burn unit.
** All of the [[NonGameplayElimination medical evacuations]] fall into this - Jonathan's Knee and Joe's leg probably count as well; seeing as these were considered life-threatening.
** It's actually mentioned there's quite a bit of DangerousTerrain; which is a bit of a risk and often an obstacle to finding good places to film the show. Samoa, for example, is a good place for a show, but the contestants have been apparently ordered to stay within 20-30 feet of the shore (in the ocean) because the waters are actually quite turbulent, and there's the risk of riptides and undertow. It didn't show up much in ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains'', but one of the show's best swimmers (Ozzy) in the ''South Pacific'' season shows exactly how big the waves are...and [[SceneryPorn how beautiful]] the ocean around the islands are.
** Some contestants actually have sustained injuries that followed them outside the game. The first person eliminated from guatemala had torn his bicep in a challenge (after the hike). Months later, he was interviewed, and his arm was ''still'' in a splint. (It should be noted that he was actually one of the oldest contestants that season, which slowed down the healing process) Ian from ''Palau'' stated that he has nerve damage in parts of his feet from the nearly-12-hour-long-endurance challenge.
** Heck! In the Bulgarian version of ''Survivor'', one of the contestants died mid season and the show still rolled along.
** One contestant in the French version of Survivor died midseason, causing the cancellation of the season.
* DefiedTrope: The most GenreSavvy contestants can predict common season occurrences, such as [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness physical threats being sent off directly after the merge]], and use/reverse them to their benefit.
* DeliciousDistraction: Jeff pulls out a couple variations once or twice a season during immunity challenges. In one version, he tries to get players to abandon long, uncomfortable endurance challenges by bribing them with snacks. Other times for quickly-completed challenges, he offers the choice up front: play for immunity ''or'' get to eat as long as the challenge lasts.
* DesertedIsland: The stereotypical setting, though a number of seasons are instead in other sections of wilderness, such as ''The Australian Outback'' and ''Gabon''.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Some challenges require certain numbers of male and female players, especially those played in rounds of only 1 or 2 players per tribe.
* DidntSeeThatComing: The blindsides.
* DisasterDemocracy: The game is all about politics, including - even especially - the politics of leadership.
* DivideAndConquer: Allowing an Individual Reward winner to bring at least one other player along for the ride isn't about generosity. It "spreads out" the resulting envy from the remaining losers (and defensive efforts of the winners) onto multiple targets, which usually makes upcoming Tribal Councils less predictable.
* TheDogBitesBack: Players that are on the outs of the dominant alliances or are picked upon by the resident SmugSnake sometimes find themselves in the position of turning the table on their abusers. See ''South Pacific'', where tribal alliances were even and both were so solid that everyone on both tribes resigned themselves to random-chance elimination by purple rock. During the revote, team ButtMonkey Cochran turned on his own tribe to avoid that situation. Jim immediately called him a coward, but Brandon said that he might not have flipped if they had treated him better than that.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs: Standard operating procedure every season. Most recently noted in episode 7 of ''Blood vs. Water'': [[spoiler: Tina reveals to Monica that Kat wants Monica to be voted out, which would clearly break the Galang women's alliance. Monica has a grim realization:]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Monica''': I teach my kids "[[TheGoldenRule do unto others as you would want them to do unto you]]"... but you know what? In ''{{Series/Survivor}}'', I figured it out: it's "do unto others ''before'' they do unto you".]]
* DrunkWithPower: For future contestants, beware of becoming this.
* DueToTheDead: The finale usually includes a part for the finalists to reflect on all the people voted out (and for said people voted out to reflect on their time in the game), which is often presented as this.
** After one episode of ''Gabon'', there was a brief message stating Rudy's wife, Marge Boesch, passed away.
** The ''Heroes Vs Villains'' reunion included a [[GoodTimesMontage brief]] [[ObituaryMontage memorial]] to the late Jenn Lyon, with warm and respectful words from Jeff Probst ([[RomanceOnTheSet who met up with her after she left her season]]).
* TheDulcineaEffect: There's occasionally a guy whose thought process amounts to "whatever the pretty girl wants to do". Chase and Sash's loyalty to Brenda in ''Nicaragua'', for example, as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Brenda herself:
--> '''Brenda:''' "You wanna know what’s funny? I have people on my side without doing ''anything''."
** When the Villains lose ''Heroes Vs Villains'' ep. 3's combo challenge, Randy says this is one of the reasons he [[ConfessionCam predicts he'll be the next to leave]]; [[MusclesAreMeaningful the other]] is even more common. (He is indeed evicted that night.)
** Parvati made this her strategy, to great effect. She's very smart, very ruthless... and very, very pretty. Men have a habit of falling in line around her (unless they're named Yul Kwon or part of the Heroes tribe).
** This was a heavily referenced trope in the ''Amazon'' season, where the men and the women were separated into different tribes which increased the sexual tension between both.
** Ozzy in ''South Pacific'', at least in the first episode with Semhar.
* DumbBlonde: There's usually several. Heidi Strobel from ''The Amazon'' and Kat Edorsson from ''One World'' are probably some of the best examples (although it is found out in the ''Amazon'' reunion that she actually has an IQ of 165, she just had a habit of [[DiggingYourselfDeeper putting her foot in her mouth]]). Subverted by Natalie White from ''Samoa'', who acted like a DumbBlonde but [[ObfuscatingStupidity did so deliberately because the smart ones were being targeted]]; she then used her position to manipulate Russell and she eventually won. Zig-Zagged by Jud "Fabio" Birza from ''Nicaragua'', who was already kind of a ditz in real life, and intentionally [[ObfuscatingStupidity flanderized himself so the other team would know him as a dumb blonde]], and like Natalie, he eventually won.
* EatThat: There's usually one of those challenges every season. Memorable individual examples include Boston Rob throwing up the Farafu from a challenge in ''Marquesas'' and Denise ''screaming'' at the Balut in another challenge in ''China''.
** Don't forget Tina throwing up the cow intestine in Australia.
* EliminationCatchphrase: "The tribe has spoken; it's time for you to go."
* EliminationStatement: Vary from being encouraging words to the remaining tribe, reminiscing over things they regret, or bitter words towards the people who voted them out.
* EnemyMine: Sometimes people who don't get along realize they can take out a common enemy by working together. [=NaOnka=] and Fabio in Nicaragua, for instance, spent weeks despising each other, but when it became clear that Brenda had achieved a dangerous level of power, they were able to work together to eliminate her.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Episodes almost always end up one, or more, contestants sent home and lamenting their fate on a final ConfessionCam.
* EvilGloating: The game is built on backstabbing equipped with a ConfessionCam, this is expected to happen. Russell Hantz took this UpToEleven.
* EvolvingMusic: One of the better examples on TV [[LongRunners today]], thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipaNdOKYFcQ all the]] [[OnceASeason seasonal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pLp-fAxcvc remixes]] of "[[ThemeTune Ancient Voices]]". Various regional instruments, spirited grunts, chants, shouts, and ''drums, drums, drums'' are woven into the main track each season, and the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome results are indeed awesome]].
** Averted with ''Nicaragua'', which defaulted to the first season's theme. Russ Landau did create a version for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRG26kj7VOQ Nicaragua]]'', but it was tossed out.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Since the producers refer to the show as an "unscripted drama" rather than a "reality tv-show", it's perfectly within in their contract to slant the show to their favour. While it's somewhat less blatant and game-changing as is the case in fellow CBS show ''BigBrother'', it is there. The earliest instances of this include the producers in ''Borneo'' allegedly influencing Sean and Dirk to change their votes from from Rudy ([[BreakoutCharacter to this day one of the most popular and well-known characters from the show]]) to Stacey (who wanted Rudy out); implementing the Tribal Swap twist just as Silas took control of the Boran tribe in ''Africa'', and the "Coconut Chop" challenge in ''Marquesas'', which unintentionally showed the Rotu 4's pecking order to the other five tribemates.
** Fans have pointed out that producers have the power to slant the season by putting the right competitions in. Such as making most the immunity challenges in ''Redemption Island'' be puzzles (Rob's strength) and putting challenges that favour a particular body type (the final immunity challenge of Exile Island, which slanted heavily in favor of the lone female).
** Jeff Probst often seems to ask leading questions at Tribal Council. However, as the editors have to fit hours of Tribal into ten or fifteen minutes; for all we know Jeff could be asking questions that lead in the opposite direction and the editors are just leaving out the ones that don't contribute to the episode's "storyline".
** Several arrant examples in recent seasons. In ''Samoa'', he ''never'' seemed to ask questions about Russell, and spent several tribal councils saying "Vote out Brett". And in ''Nicaragua'', the penultimate episode, he more or less asked everyone to ''say who they were voting out''.
** One case where executive actions were [[TropesAreNotBad for the better]] was when Rupert Boneham won a million dollars for being the favourite player. The producers decided to scrap it to prevent a loss of ''perspective'' for the contestants, who they feared would focus entirely on winning fan favorite. (These days, the favorite player is awarded from a third-party company, Sprint, and is only $100,000.) Other examples of ''positive'' executive meddling can be found under ObviousRulePatch below.
** In ''Australian Outback'', the contestants were offered food after losing most of it. The same thing happened in ''Nicaragua'' after the shelter burned down and took out most of the food. However; whenever the producers stepped in and offered food to be given outside of a challenge, it came at a price. (ie they had to give up shelter in ''Australian Outback'' and Holly had to step out of a reward in ''Nicaragua''.) It's likely that ''Nicaragua'' had a lot more food reward challenges because of that.
** Never more apparent than in ''Gabon'' where the tribes were mixed and matched twice in order to prevent [[TheChewToy Fang]] from becoming another Ulong. The second tribe switch was so obviously a last ditch move by the producers that they ran a challenge that has been repeatedly used for individual immunity as team immunity.
** Shane Powers was intended to return twice but was replaced. See WhatCouldHaveBeen.
** Frosti was also cast for ''China'' despite that he actually didn't fit the age requirement which, at the time, was 21 or older. (Alcohol has been served on the show, plus 21 years old is full legal status as an adult in the U.S. anyways) As of ''Tocantins'', though, contestants as young as eighteen are allowed to apply but some states don't allow this.
* FalseFriend: The more ruthless players do this.
* FiveManBand / FiveBadBand: Large alliances fall into one or the other, depending on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how you see them.]] One of the best and traditional examples would be from ''Heroes vs. Villains'', with the eponymous tribes.
** Heroes (Merge):
*** BigGood and TheBigGuy: Rupert, essentially the leader of the tribe as well as their largest and strongest member.
*** TheHero: J.T, as a former winner and most well rounded member of the tribe.
*** TheLancer: Colby, the KnightInSourArmor veteran and former finalist.
*** TheSmartGuy: Amanda, the GenreSavvy two-time finalist.
*** TheChick: Candace, though she became TheQuisling after J.T's boot.
*** TheSixthRanger / SixthRangerTraitor: Sandra, who tried many times to flip to the Heroes [[SubvertedTrope but they didn't listen to her]], thus [[SourSupporter going along]] with the villains tribe to ultimately use the BigBadDuumvirate as her goat.
** Heroes (Eliminated Pre-Merge):
*** TheHero: Tom, as a former winner, most well rounded member and the natural leader of the tribe.
*** TheLancer: Stephenie, originally from the same season as Tom's and a former runner-up in her own right (Of the following season she was in).
*** TheSmartGuy: Cirie, TheChessmaster extraordinaire.
*** TheBigGuy: James, one of the largest and strongest member of the tribe.
*** TheChick: Sugar, the very first person eliminated.
** Villains (Merge):
*** BigBadDuumvirate: Both Parvati and Russell, as they were pretty much the [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] leaders and masterminds of their alliance.
*** TheDragon and DarkChick: Danielle, very loyal to Parvati and mediates the conflicts within her alliance.
*** TheBrute: Jerri, the only member of the tribe that can make the BigBadDuumvirate run for their money during individual challenges.
*** TheEvilGenius: Sandra, the member who thinks carefully about her actions and uses IndyPloy for her strategy. Also the SixthRangerTraitor since she's TheRemnant of Boston Rob's alliance.
*** TheSixthRanger: Candice, who flipped from the Heroes tribe to join the majority. Eventually RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.
** Villains (Eliminated Pre-Merge):
*** BigBad and EvilGenius: Boston Rob. the season's DiscOneFinalBoss.
*** TheDragon: Tyson, essentially Boston Rob's right-hand man.
*** TheBrute: Coach, loves the challenges.
*** TagAlongKid: Courtney.
*** DarkChick: Randy.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: The source of the most contentious drama on the show, where contestants typically choose to cut loose from their alliance for, what they believe to be, a better shot at winning.
* GambitPileup: The number of plots, schemes and other forms of backstabbery can become absurd, especially as the number of contestants dwindle.
* GameShowHost: Jeff Probst is second only to Bob Barker and Alex Trebek in fame for this one.
* GenreLaunch: For RealityTV.
* GuileHero: The "under the radar" winner archetype is the passive example, with Natalie White from ''Samoa'' being a subversion. Played straight by Tina Wesson from ''Australian Outback'' and Yul Kwon from ''Cook Islands''.
** Sandra from ''Pearl Islands'' and ''Heroes Vs Villains'' is one of the prime examples too. She didn't stand out in any way, neither in challenges nor in strategy. She just flew under the radar, voted whichever way the wind blew... and won the million dollars after her rival(s) were skewered by the final juries.
** Frequently are called "Bad" or "Undeserving winners" by the fans, ignoring that it seems they've been doing ''something'' right if they were in the finals and outlasting their rivals.
* HamToHamCombat: Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor and the one who brought the show to the United States, has said more than once that when casting the show the producers always try to pick "sixteen A-Type personalities", or in other words, sixteen Indian chiefs and no Indian followers. And of course the entire point of All Star seasons is to pick the biggest LargeHam characters from previous seasons and try to see who can out-ham the others the best.
* HazyFeelTurn: When a "hero"/"villain" switches on their supposed "perspective". However, these are typically not true "turns" but strategies to gain advantage.
* HiddenInPlainSight: The hidden immunity idol is sometimes this, notably in the China and Philippines seasons.
* HopeSpot: Many appear in each season.
** Sierra voted against Coach in ''Tocantins'' ep. 9. He calmly tells her that she should expect to be booted real soon, as punishment for that vote and for siding with the evicted Brendan earlier. She does quite well in the next Immunity challenge, and is about to be crowned the winner... when Debbie steals victory at the last possible moment. Debbie has [[KissOfDeath one small courtesy]] to give first...
* HotBlooded: The contestants can be this at times.
* IconicItem: The buffs, which contestants are basically required to wear in some way or another.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Quoted word for word on more than one occasion. Ironically, the social aspects - especially alliances - mean players actually have to make friends (or at least not make enemies) in order to win, and those who do make lots of friends are considered huge threats.
* InterfaceSpoiler: Meta-example; if a former contestant that frequently uses some form of social networking suddenly stops using it for over a month, chances are they're going to be a returning player for an upcoming season.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Many contestants adopt this attitude. It's clearest when jury members give their speeches at the final Tribal Council, as several either bitterly tear into the finalists for betraying them or basically ask the finalists to suck up to them.
** As a former [[Website/TelevisionWithoutPity TWoP]] recapper put it, most final tribal council questions come down to, "My question is I want an apology," or, "My question is You Suck!"
* JerkAss: Almost every contestant, especially when you consider alternate perspectives. However, ManipulativeEditing leaves the truth of any of these questionable.
** ''Fiji'' had a lot of these people. Sylvia wasn't very nice when the game started, Rocky and Lisi had a pretty bad temper as well. And at the Jury, pretty much everybody ''except'' Yau-Man and Michelle was a complete JerkAss to Dreamz and Cassandra.
** There are several on each and every season, and it seems that in every following season, the requirement is to cast people who are even more horrible than the jerkasses of earlier seasons. One of the clearest examples was Corrine from ''Gabon'', whom many people compared to Jerri early in the season. By the time the season wrapped up, Corrine had displayed herself as one of the nastiest, most vile and despicable people in the history of the show, displaying zero redeeming qualities and even mocking Sugar's dead father. Those who compared her to Jerri ended up saying Corrine made Jerri look like a saint. She even complained at the reunion that they didn't portray her negatively enough!
* JerkJustifications: With the best one being that it is only a '''game''', which many contestants fail to truly digest. Depending on your perspective, every JerkAss in the show is justified.
** Lex Van Den Berghe is infamous for making paranoid or hypocritical (or both) rationalizations for why he votes the way he does.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Given the bipolar nature of many contestants, this trope can be applied broadly.
* [[KarmicDeath Karmic Elimination]]: Has happened numerous times.
* KingmakerScenario: Those voted out post-merge become a jury of kingmakers for the final vote.
* LargeHam: These are usually the more popular characters. Rupert Boneham is particularly notable, as he is considered one of the most popular players ever.
* LesserOfTwoEvils: This quote by Dr Sean pretty much sums up every single Final Tribal Council:
-->'''Sean''': It's been a long contest. The general sentiment of the jury is that this contest has degenerated from a contest of who's more deserving to the least objectionable. I don't think either of you are truly deserving, but I'm voting for...(in this case, Rich).
* LimitedWardrobe: Justified, since the contestants only get to bring the clothes on their back. However in some seasons contestants, typically female, use buffs in new and interesting ways to create the appearance of different clothing.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are already more than 300 people to have played the game.
* LocationThemeNaming: Many seasons are named from the country or location where it's being held, though (presumably due to running out of new locations) they seem to be being phased out. The current exceptions are ''All-Stars'', ''Heroes vs Villains'', ''Redemption Island'', and ''One World''. In most cases the tribes were also named from places, islands or cities in that place/country. There's also one case where they got around the OneSteveLimit by calling the Rob with the Red Sox cap "Boston".
* LonersAreFreaks: Not staying with the group makes people paranoid - or at least, not inclined to save you over their friends - so isolate yourself at your peril.
* LongRunners: Over twenty-five seasons and counting...
* ManipulativeBastard: Most contestants try to be one. The successful ones get pretty far.
* ManipulativeEditing: Source of contention for fans every season, who claim everything from alternative character interpretations to scenes being chronologically ''adjusted''. Admittedly some amount of this is a necessity, as they have to fit three days worth of stuff into a single hour (Tribal Council alone takes hours in itself) and present a coherent "storyline" for the episode. It'd take a lot to list the examples that aren't just the most egregious ones.
** The show showed Courney yelling "Break her arm" as {{Foreshadowing}} for when Stephenie dislocated her shoulder in that challenge. She had actually said it after the injury in jest of what just happened.
** The "Mary Who?" from ''Micronesia'' was actually a bit of ManipulativeEditing but it was PlayedForLaughs. It looked like the cast had absolutely no idea who Mary was; when they were actually asking for clarification (Kathy's case; since she was away on Exile Island most of the time so far) or in Eliza's case, expressing shock at how ''she'' was specifically voted out over Chet, who had underperformed.
** And according to Lex, the shot of his [[OhCrap face]] on All Stars after Kathy refuses to give him her immunity necklace actually had nothing to do with Kathy. It was more him expressing his disgust with Boston Rob then with him thinking that Kathy owed him or something.
** Christine appeared to be FlippingTheBird at Rick during a duel in ''South Pacific'', but apparently she was actually doing it to ''Jeff''.
* {{Metagame}}: What was once a simple game of numbers and alliances has evolved into a highly sophisticated competition that tests a variety of physical, mental, and social skills. Players now have to juggle several factors at once when they play: where a player ranks in their alliance, who's working at camp, who's an asset in tribe challenges (or a threat in individual ones), who's digging around for an idol, who is a potential goat to bring with you to the jury, who's a goat that ''someone else'' is trying to bring to the jury, who looks eager to flip on the alliance, and who can you vote off without costing you their jury vote. Oh, and by the way, you have to do this all with almost no food, water, sleep, shelter, and with TV cameras pointed at you every waking moment and all your tribemates scrutinizing every word you say. Good luck.
* MoralDissonance: This pops up a lot with bitter jury members (and there have been a LOT of them over the years), with Lex perhaps being the biggest offender.
* [[MrFanservice Mr]] and MsFanservice: Thess roles are usually taken [[AttentionWhore intentionally]], but [[InnocentFanserviceGirl there are exceptions]].
* MundaneLuxury: Almost all rewards, especially after the first few episodes when the contestants have become good and hungry.
** In the first season, the contestants almost rebelled when they heard that the final reward would simply be a bottle of beer, after Sean had gotten to go on an trip aboard a yacht during the last reward and the fact that the rewards were escalating in quality the more people left the game.
* MusclesAreMeaningful: In the early stages of every single season, there's a mentality that strong young guys should be kept over old guys or women in order to help win immunity. In reality, physical force is rarely a deciding factor in challenges. There's also the flip side in that when the game moves into the individual stage, those seen as immunity allies become seen as immunity ''threats''. But all this said, the physical game always ends up trumped by the social one; being annoying or arrogant can undermine a physical advantage and being a reliable vote can overcome a disadvantage.
** Part of the reason is that if a guy has a bunch of muscle and no fat, then his body will start eating the muscle for energy. This was especially present with Jaison in ''Samoa'' who started off very well but got weaker later on because he didn't have much fat.
** ''One World'' has a good example of the perception vs. the reality of this. Matt, an alpha male, picked out some other alpha males to work with and believed they ran the tribe; at one point describing them as "roosters" leading the "chickens" around. Then the tribe acutally had to go to Tribal Council; and it was pointed out to him that there were five "chickens" and only four "roosters". Goodbye, Matt.
* MyGreatestFailure: Several players failed at the game and admit they failed. The producers likewise failed with a couple twists, such as the "Have and have not" tribes in ''Fiji''.
* NeutralityBacklash: Occasionally, a player will find themselves between two equal alliances. GenreBlind ones will consider themselves a swing vote with the luxury of choosing who to align with, but in reality ''neither'' side will trust them.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Discount most of what a preview or commercial tells you will happen next episode except for an injury or medical emergency.
** This was particularly obvious during Russell Hantz's seasons, where every preview made it appear that he was in mortal danger of being voted out next week and he rarely was.
** Sometimes the previews give things away they don't mean to. If you're about to watch an immunity challenge, and the preview the week before showed a big argument that you haven't yet seen this episode? The tribe that had the argument is almost certainly about to lose.
* NiceGuy: Depending on the season, these guys are usually eliminated for being jury threats (as everyone likes them and would preference them) or manage to make their way far into the game.
* NonGameplayElimination: Several examples, see the article.
* TheNotableNumeral: The number of players left are usually called the "Final [X]", especially as the game draws closer to its end. Various alliances also have names like this.
* NothingPersonal: Most of the eliminations that take place are strictly due to gameplay or strategic purposes. As shown on social networking sites, many players who go after each other in game are (usually) on good terms with each other outside of it.
* ObstacleExposition: At challenges.
* ObviousRulePatch: Several, showing that ExecutiveMeddling is [[TropesAreNotBad not always a bad thing]].
** Tribal switches became a common "twist" because the strategy in the second season was limited to knowing who had votes cast against them before the merge.
** Removal and toning down the "America's favorite" player prize so the fan favorite doesn't gain as much as the winner.
** The Hidden Immunity Idol has been subject to a few patches since its introduction:
*** In ''Panama'' and ''Cook Islands'', the idol could be played up until final four, and was played '''after''' the votes were read. This was changed for ''Fiji'' and all later seasons because the idol effectively made Yul untouchable in the latter season.
*** In ''Nicaragua'', the clues were visual cues because Russell was DangerouslyGenreSavvy and was finding them before clues were given. It was called "The Russell Factor" by producers. Unfortunately, this seems to have fallen by the wayside since then; as in every season since the idols have been found almost immediately.
*** In the early days of the "modern" idol format, idols expired after final six, making it possible for a contestant to theoretically be eliminated by default via the rock-drawing tiebreaker. After this nearly occurred in ''Nicaragua'', the deadline was changed to final five in all subsequent seasons to lessen the chance of this occurring.
** Eliminating the use of the Purple Rock tiebreaker in the Final Four. This was replaced with a Fire building (and later Fire Making) challenge, and was used in ''Palau'', ''Panama'', ''Cook Islands'', and ''Gabon''.
** One of these was announced during the ''Nicaragua'' finale in response to Naonka and "Purple" Kelly quitting and landing on the jury; in future seasons if a player quits the game on their own, they can be taken off the jury at the producers' discretion.
** Final Three. Probst states that this was so someone wouldn't intentionally take TheLoad with them to the finals (or at least they'd still have to face a viable competitor there). More often than not, it doesn't work out, but this is especially obvious in ''Fiji'' and ''Redemption Island'', where two players (Earl and Rob) managed to drag two universally disliked players to the final three, managing to win 9-0-0 and 8-1-0, respectively.
** Early in the series; the contestants got a "luxury item" that was basically a personal comfort item. It's unknown where (or if this was in a different version) but someone had used their luxury item to smuggle food or an easy way to make fire into the game, or used a pair of binoculars to cheaply make fire.
* OddlyNamedSequel: Most seasons are named after their location, but then we have the returning-contestant seasons of ''All-Stars'' and ''Heroes Vs Villains''. ''Panama'' is also known by the subtitle ''Exile Island'', its gimmick. (''Micronesia'' similarly used to be known as ''Fans vs. Favorites'', but with ''Caramoan'' using the same gimmick and subtitle the location is now necessary to differentiate.) Also with a gimmick title (but without an accompanying location title) are ''Redemption Island'' and ''One World''.
* OhCrap: You can spot a couple "Oh Crap" faces, as well as people saying "Oh Crap" when they realize they underestimated everyone, like Russell to Brett, Rob to Ashley, and Chase, Sash, and Holly to Fabio.
** Lex's expression just before getting voted out during ''All Stars'' probably takes the cake as the biggest "Oh Crap" face on ''Survivor''.
** [[http://i913.photobucket.com/albums/ac334/Exo-Raikou/4_1.gif Edgardo and Alex]] have one in ''Fiji'' that must be seen to be believed.
** [[http://becauseicandrawbutts.tumblr.com/post/48295350150/meanwhile-brenda-without-blinking-lolz Everyone except the Three Amigos]] when Malcolm plays two idols for himself and Eddie, preventing any of them from being voted off in that tribal since Reynold had immunity.
** The entire ''Cagayan'' can be described as this in a nutshell.
* OnceASeason: Some of CBS' favorites include:
** Family members showing up
** A [[EatThat gross food challenge]], although they appear to have stopped after ''China''.
** The "three strikes" challenge, where correct answers to questions (either trivia or about each other) allow the players to "hit" each other, with three "hits" leading to a loss for that player; the "last one standing" wins, as usual.
** The Survivor Auction, where contestants bid for various foods.
** Feast for everyone on merge day in place of a reward challenge.
** Breakfast (''e.g.'', eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, wine, etc.) provided for cooking on the last morning for the final contestants.
* OncePerEpisode: Every season has been so standardized that you can almost always expect the same things happening in every episode.
* OneSteveLimit: Usually averted: ''Africa'' (which had two Kims), ''Marquesas'' (two Robs), ''Pearl Islands'' (two Ryans), ''All-Stars'' (two Jennas and two Robs), ''Vanuatu'' (two Johns), ''Samoa'' (two Russells), ''Heroes vs Villains'' (two Jameses), ''Nicaragua'' (two Jimmys and two Kellys), and ''Blood vs. Water'' (two Lauras).
** ''One World'' has an odd example, with Greg using the nickname "Tarzan" - which peeved Troy, who wanted to be called "''Troy''zan". Both nicknames wound up being used.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The fact that a grown person introduces themselves to strangers with a silly nickname is usually - but not always - a sign of having a bit too much ego. (ee: "Jonny Fairplay", "Coach", "Dreamz", "Shambo". Also Cochran of ''South Pacific'' - it's his last name, but he specifically requested it on grounds that Probst calls his favored contestants by ''their'' last names. "Sugar" is one of the exceptions, being one of the game's nicer contestants.
** Note that while "Boston Rob" has ego to spare, he's also justified in having a nickname as his season (''Marquesas'') ran up against the OneSteveLimit, as is "Purple" Kelly from ''Nicaragua''.
* OutOfFocus: What makes a good Survivor game does not necessarily make a good television show - in most seasons, some people get left out of the camera's focus due a) keeping quiet and not causing trouble at camp, or b) being [[GoodIsBoring boring]] and unable to attract attention that would warrant screen time on the show. This is much a much more prominent trope in recent seasons, since more attention is payed to strategy and twists than character development.
** Thanks to under-the-radar players who keep quiet and don't stir up trouble, this can be unintentionally invoked when a relevant contestant doesn't give the camera much to work with. One can watch the ''entire'' season of ''Marquesas'' up until the final episode and notice that Vecepia did not share as much of the camera as fellow finalists Kathy and Neleh, then watch ''Samoa'' and wonder why Brett was practically invisible before he started his small immunity streak. Both of them actually kept their mouths shut, and it not only won Vecepia the game (because everyone was mad at Neleh) but got Brett pretty far.
** Andrea, Grant, Natalie, and Ashley were given this treatment in ''Redemption Island'', since more attention was given to the pagonged Zapatera tribe, Matt, Phillip and Boston Rob.
** There's a rumor that "Purple" Kelly got the LivingProp edit in ''Nicaragua'' as punishment for quitting. (Fellow quitter Naonka didn't because she had a lot of attention-grabbing antics.)
* TheParody: ''TotalDramaIsland''.
* {{Pixellation}}: For when clothes are too small or tight or slip off or whatever and stuff gets exposed, when contestants make rude gestures, and occasionally when a dirty word is said. But mostly for exposure.
** The most notable instance was in the ''Heroes Vs Villains'' premiere, when Sugar gave Sandra a double finger while topless, leading to ''three'' large blurred patches on the screen.
* PlayingBothSides: An effective, but tricky, strategy. Notable players to have pulled it off include Rob Cesternino of ''The Amazon'' and Jonny Fairplay of ''Pearl Islands.''
* PlotTumor: The Hidden Immunity Idol. In some seasons, the influence of the idol becomes so important that it's hard to imagine the boot order occurring even remotely like it actually did if the idol wasn't in place. It must be slightly jarring for modern viewers to imagine that once upon a time, there ''were'' no idols.
* PreviouslyOn: Nearly every episode, but it has been accused of being manipulative and not very truthful in recent seasons.
* ProductPlacement: The occasional reward will be provided by a sponsor, in which case the name brand will be mentioned prominently. ''Nicaragua'' had an episode where the challenge itself was themed after the upcoming ''Film/{{Gullivers Travels|2010}}'' movie, with the players having to drag a giant "Gulliver" dummy through an obstacle course - and of course, a movie night was the reward.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Almost everybody, almost all the time. If you screw someone over, it's good gameplay. If someone screws ''you'' over, it's an unconscionable betrayal.
* TheQuisling: The typical role of whatever contestant has been convinced to switch alliances.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: ''Many'' tribes on Survivor comes across this way, and even more tribes are verified as such by contestants post-show. It only makes sense, being that Survivor is an individual game at the end of the day.
** The Tagi tribe from the very first season and the Casaya tribe from ''Panama'' are great examples.
** In ''One World'', all the males on Manono who aren't "Roosters" align with each other, and [[ManipulativeBastard Colton]], the leader, refers to them as misfits, which they most definitely are. They proceed to vote out the head of the "Rooster" alliance.
* RashEquilibrium
* RatingsStunt: Many throughout, in order to avoid [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks the usual complaint]] against such a LongRunner; the Hidden Immunity Idols and the initial tribe divisions (by gender, race, or age) are probably the [[BrokenBase most notorious]].
** And in ''Redemption Island'', bringing back Rob and Russell Hantz and setting up an entire season for one of them to win. (''South Pacific'' also brought back two players, Ozzy and Coach, but didn't play up any rivalry between the two.)
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Very few people coming on the show seem to have an idea how these things tend to work. For example:
** Being able to start a fire.
** Being able to swim.
** Wearing clothes suitable for the game environment. Although, this is somewhat justified - in seasons like ''Pearl Islands'', ''Palau'', and perhaps ''China'', they weren't actually ''told'' they were going right to the game, they were told they were going to a promo event. Do you think Andrew Savage or David would have worn business suits if they knew they were going straight to the game in ''Pearl Islands'' and ''Redemption Island'' respectively, or that Ashley would have worn high-heel boots if she knew she was going directly to the game from the plane?
** Another justification for the above list is that some contestants are "recruited" to be on the show, some of which have never watched it before, such as most of ''Fiji'''s cast. This is lampshaded by Taj from ''Tocantins'':
-->"They were casting for an NFL wife and I responded to the call".
** They also manage to not realize that there is a social aspect to the game too. The Jury players have to ''like'' you or at least ''respect'' you if you want to have any chance of winning. They also have not figured out that the producers may be unable to fix the game, but they can ''slant'' it, so therefore returning players become a liability.
** Honestly, returning players. One would honestly assume after ''Micronesia'' that they'd toss the returnees ASAP, yet both times they've done it in ''Redemption Island'' and ''South Pacific'', they haven't (hell, in ''Redemption Island'', it's almost as if all the other castoffs ''wanted'' Boston Rob to win). In, ''Philippines'', the situation was more complicated as many players were in fact targeting the returning players, but they weren't nearly as dominating.
* {{Realpolitik}}: At the end of the day, everyone's in it for themselves. Good players recognize this, but too many players don't and they get offended when things happen at their expense.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Any Jury who does a TakeThat speech/statement to the finalists count. One contestant basically told another: "If I am walking across a desert and find you dying of dehydration, I will not give you water... I will just let you die."
** In ''One World'', Colton and Alicia each gave one to Christina, harping on how hopeless her situation was and that she was going to be eliminated next, but they suffered a vicious Karmic backlash : Colton instead was eliminated in a medevac, Alicia didn't get his immunity idol, and Christina ended up making it to the Final Four and outlasting Alicia by one round.
** in "Blood vs Water" Jeff gives one of these to [[spoiler:Colton after he decides to leave the game for pretty much no reason while insinuating that he faked his one world injury]].
* RecapEpisode: Once a season. Usually the fall seasons' recaps are on Thanksgiving and the spring seasons' are sometime during March Madness.
* ReliableTraitor: Players who are really good at the game recognize the value of reliable traitors. If you have some idea of what another person wants within the game, and it's not something that kills your plans, then you can still work with them - it really doesn't matter if they lie and betray people. Well, ''other'' people. That's the tricky part.
** Sandra pretty much perfected this. She made it clear her strategy was to vote off anybody as long as it wasn't her. She befriended people, allied herself with them, but never hesitated in betraying them if it was convenient for her. Her being physically non-threatening and being pretty much a vote for sale allowed her to advance far into the game both times she played.
** Jonathan Penner on ''Cook Islands'' is a pretty straightforward example. Despite having turned on Yul and the Aitu 4, Yul was still able to secure Jonathan's vote by threatening him with the hidden immunity idol, knowing fully well that Jonathan was the only member of the Raro alliance who would reliably put his self-preservation ahead of loyalty to his allies. As expected, Jonathan turned on the Raros, giving the Aitu 4 the vote they needed to blindside Nate.
* ReunionShow: Part of every season's finale. ''All-Stars'', both ''Fans Vs Favorites'', and ''Heroes Vs Villains'' qualify as Reunion Seasons. ''Guatemala'' also featured two former tribe mates placed on different teams.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: When someone [[SixthRangerTraitor sells out their alliance]] and joins another one. The result? Your only shot to the finals is going to be individual immunity since you'll be the third wheel/outsider to the new alliance. If you ''do'' make it to the finals, expect to be called out on it.
* {{Robinsonade}}
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: A few cases; see article.
* SassyBlackWoman: A very prevelant trope in the show - Alicia from ''Australian Outback'' seems to have started this trope for the show. Examples following her are Ghandia from ''Thailand'', JoAnna from ''Amazon'', Crystal from ''Gabon'', Candace and Taj from ''Tocantins'', Yasmin from ''Samoa'', [=NaOnka=] from ''Nicaragua'' and Stacey from ''South Pacific''.
* SceneryPorn: Plenty seasons were beautiful enough even in Standard Definition (''Palau'', ''Guatemala'', ''Amazon'', ''Marquesas''), but after ''Gabon'', all the seasons have been filmed in HD - and the scenery porn was cranked UpToEleven. They couldn't have picked a better season to upgrade to HD.
* SchizophrenicDifficulty: Due to the varying nature of the game locations (namely the weather) and whether or not it rains, it may go from one of the ''harder'' seasons to one of the ''easiest'' seasons within the same year. Note SequelDifficultyDrop and SequelDifficultySpike below.
* SecurityBlanket: Luxury items
* [[SequelDifficultyDrop Seasonal Difficulty Drop]] / [[SequelDifficultySpike Seasonal Difficulty Spike]]: Because the environment of the game is different, some seasons are considered to be quite easy compared to others, or harder.
** "Blood vs. Water" is considered to be the easiest Survivor game due to the fact that it had barely rained at all. Compare ''Philippines'', which began filming during an actual monsoon. ''Gabon'' is often considered to be one of the easier seasons due to the weather being consistently warm and the contestants having their own shelters built for them. ''One World'' as well, due to how it rarely rained at all.
** ''Africa'', ''Marquesas'', ''Guatemala'', ''Fiji'', ''Nicaragua'', and ''Samoa'' are often considered one of the hardest seasons. Most of the contestants in Africa had to be on the watch out for lions and other predators, became ''very'' sick due to the parasites and the heat, and faced brutal desert-like conditions. Probst said Marquesas will never be a location due to the insects that constantly pestered the contestants and the film crew. Guatemala began with a massive hike in triple-digit weather (plus humidity) and continued to be blazing hot. Half the contestants in Fiji (The Ravus) were constantly unable to sleep due to the "Haves and have not" twist. Nicaragua was constantly raining and when it wasn't, it was blazing hot (like Guatemala). Samoa had a constant rainstorm for the first half of the season.
* SheCleansUpNicely: The Jury members usually gets this reaction from the still active players.
* ShockingElimination: Contestant and jury reaction to most of the "blindsides".
** Gretchen in ''Borneo'', marking the first time someone was eliminated for their strengths.
** Hunter in ''Marquesas'', one of the first usurps of the tribe leader role thanks to Boston Rob wanting to control the tribe.
** Paschal in the same season, namely because he was screwed by a tiebreaker when he refused to change his vote. ([[NoDamageRun Not a vote was cast for him in the entire game]] or even ''at'' the tribal council!)
** Leann in ''Vanuatu'', thanks in part to a power shift from Ami/Leann to Twila/Scout.
** Edgardo in ''Fiji'' - while it wasn't as much of a shock to the audience, the expressions on nearly everyone's faces (''especially'' Edgardo and Alex's) show how shocking it really was.
** Ozzy in ''Micronesia''. Even his alliance and the first juror Eliza were shocked. (You'd think Eliza was having a heart attack!)
** Stephenie in ''Heroes vs Villains'' - convinced that thanks to her Ulonging in ''Palau'' that she was kryptonite to the tribe, she was voted out over the much more conniving and scheming Amanda due to almost that fact alone (although there are unconfirmed rumors that she asked to be voted out due to her shoulder injury hampering her). The Villains tribe was clearly shocked that a strong competitor such as Stephenie was voted out so early.
** Far too many examples to count in ''Cagayan.'' But hell with it, let's count anyway:
*** Hyper-controlling yet physically fit Garrett being voted out by Kass and Tasha over J'Tia, who had just finished utterly biffing a puzzle despite being on the Brains Tribe and ''dumped the rice'' after she was told by Garrett she was going home. YMMV whether it was a dumb move by Kass and Tasha or if Garrett was just that horrific a player.
*** Trish swings to LJ/Jefra and convinces Tony as well to oust former Brawn tribesmate, affable NBA giant Cliff Robinson.
*** Come merge, usually-sane Sarah Lacina slowly loses her mind and openly declares being a swing vote, causing a disenfranchised Kass to potentially throw away a power position in order to vote Sarah out with the other tribe.
*** Then Tony decides he wants LJ out, moving Heaven and Earth to get it to happen, which it eventually does.
* ShowTheFolksAtHome: During the Tribal vote, each castaway stands at a ConfessionCam to explain the reasoning behind his or her vote and show his or her ballot. Though time prohibits airing everybody's speech, and showing all the votes would kill the tension for the ceremony itself, the remaining votes are quickly shown as a montage at the end of the show. This sometimes fuels additional drama by revealing a traitor, but it also proves that the producers didn't change the outcome.
* SigilSpam: The current season's logo appears on quite a lot: the tribe flags, challenge props[[note]]pennants, puzzle pieces, etc.[[/note]], the Buffs, Jeff Probst's CoolHat, and much more. Then there's the Reward Challenge maze in ''Tocantins'' ep. 12: the word "SURVIVOR" was at least ''60 yards'' long.
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: Australia's CelebrityEdition was called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhLN7BxkEcQ Celebrity Survivor Vanuatu]]'' and was, in fact, similar in format to the American ''Survivor: Vanuatu''.
** There is a book called ''[[http://www.southpacificsurvivor.com/South_Pacific_Surivor_Samoa.html South Pacific Survivor: In Samoa]]''. Guess where ''Survivor: South Pacific'' was filmed...
** ''Survivor: Philippines'' can refer to that region's adaptation of the show, or to the 25th American season.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Some contestants join an alliance in order to either expose or break it, with varying success.
* SlidingScaleOfPlotVersusCharacters: For the first eight or so seasons, ''Survivor'' focused more on the players day to day lives at camp, but in later seasons, it increasingly focuses on game strategy and twists to the point where most of the characters are flat out [[LivingProp ignored]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: At least one in every season. "Coach" had crazy stories in ''Tocantins'' about how he escaped angry natives in the Amazon and the like (though he toned this stuff down in later seasons). Russell Hantz claimed that he was the best player to ever play (only [[EpicFail to lose both of his jury votes in a landslide]], which is something which will never happen to a good player). Rich Hatch was also a notorious braggart, though he backed up his claims of running the game by actually winning it.
* SoleSurvivor: Official title of the winner of the game.
* SoreLoser: Several players voted out are this, shown in post-Tribal Council confessionals, finale retrospective confessionals, or bitter jury speeches during the final Tribal Council. Russell has to take the cake here, as his reactions to his three losses have been 1) try to buy the title from the winner, 2) complain that the rules need to be changed, and 3) threaten to sue his tribemates for throwing a challenge to get him out.
** Also worth noting is Judd from Guatemala. After being blindsided (hilariously enough after claiming it was just a game and no one should take it personally), he told the people who had just voted him out "Thanks guys! I hope you guys get bit by a freaking crocidile. Scumbags."
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: It seems "villainous" players just keep getting worse. Just watch how the villainy level has progressed over the years:
** Season 1: Richard Hatch, who had an ego but didn't antagonize his competitors much; he just prioritized strategy over friendship. The same goes for Boston Rob in Season 4.
** Season 7: Jonny "Fairplay", the first to embrace the "villain" role and be nasty on purpose. Playing on peoples' sympathy with his "dead grandma" lie was and still is considered hitting below the belt.
** Season 9: Ami Cusack, who at one point denied all the male players in the team food so that all of them would be weaker and more easily targeted.
** Season 19: Russell Hantz, who was an unrepentant egotistical jackass. Believed (and still believes) he's the best ''Survivor'' player ever, and liked to screw with other players for laughs.
** Season 24: Colton Cumbie, who was a ''[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, elitist]]'' egotistical jackass. He went out of his way to be an AlphaBitch to people he didn't like, usually involving racial slurs. And unlike Fairplay or Russell, he wasn't even trying to play up a villainous person.
* SpannerInTheWorks: When a contestant becomes contrary to the majority alliances' plan, they risk upheaving it and throwing the game out of whack. The earliest example is Kelly Wigglesworth of ''Borneo'', who defected from the majority alliance and had to go on an immunity run to stay safe.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Variety of people means a variety of cultural backgrounds and names that someone will misspell. With first names, it happens a lot at Tribal Council.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: One or two characters get the bulk of the screentime each season for various reasons, such as having unique mannerisms or bringing something new to the show. For instance, [[{{In-Universe}} some of Rob and Amber's fellow Survivors actually called ''All-Stars'' "The Rob & Amber Show."]] Other examples include:
** Rudy from the very first season, due to being endlessly quotable and the quintessential BadassGrandpa.
** Rupert in ''Pearl Islands'', mainly because he was a unique fan-favourite.
** Stephenie of ''Palau'' and ''Guatemala'', because of the unique situation she found herself in in both seasons.
** Coach of ''Tocantins'', for being...well, [[CloudCuckoolander The Dragon Slayer.]]
** Russell of ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains'', being a huge manipulator, backstabber, and [[TedBaxter having an ego the size of the island he's living on]].
** Phillip and Brandon in Caramoan. Re watch the episodes, and compare how much screen time certain players get before the two are booted.
*** For example, [[LivingProp Brenda and Erik]] [[OutOfFocus had next to no screentime]] at first, but the episode after Phillip was booted their amount of screen time skyrocketed.
* StrategyVersusTactics: Some players focus on their overall strategy and how they'll win in the finals, others focus more on the tactics of surviving round to round. Obviously, it's best to balance both - Russell Hantz is a prime example of what happens when you follow one at the expense of the other (in his case, he poured all his energy into tactics with no thought to his endgame strategy, suffering total defeat in the finals ''twice'').
* StudioAudience: Only for the post-finale reunion shows.
* StuntCasting: Often in the form of "recruits", people recruited because of their fame or occupation to boost ratings or provide interesting characters. This is a far more common trope in recent seasons:
** Rudy Boesch from ''Borneo'' was the first notable recruit, an ex Navy SEAL who proved to be one of the show's main drawing points, at least in the first season.
** Christy Smith from ''The Amazon'', the first disabled contestant in a reality show.
** Jon Dalton, an up-and-coming professional wrestler who went on to become the first true villain of Survivor in the form of Jonny Fairplay from ''Pearl Islands''.
** Both Bobby Jon and Stephanie from ''Palau'' were recast onto ''Guatemala'' due to their fame from their previous season. Gary Hogeboom from the same season, an ex-NFL player linebacker, also qualifies.
** Most of the cast of ''Cook Islands'' and ''Fiji'' were recruits instead of actual applicants, due to the desire to see a more racially diverse cast on the show. A notable recruit was Yau-Man Chan from ''Fiji'', who went on to become a fan favourite.
** Crystal Cox, a 2004 Olympic medalist, from ''Gabon'', although the history and her gold medal were quickly overshadowed by [[EpicFail her complete inability to perform well in any of the challenges, even rock-paper-scissors]].
** It has become common for the show to cast pageant contestants or winners in an attempt to [[MsFanservice appeal to the younger male demographic]], since they tend to look better in less clothing. Examples include [[TheLoad Kim Mullen]] and [[TheUnfavourite Janu Tornell]] (''Palau''), [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass Danni Boatwright]] (''Guatemala''), [[SouthernFriedGenius Misty Giles]] (''Panama''), [[SpicyLatina Rita Vereos]] (''Fiji''), [[GoodIsBoring Amanda Kimmel]] (''China, Micronesia, Heroes vs. Villains''), [[ActionGirl Ashley Underwood]] (''Redemption Island'') and [[CuteButCacophonic Elyse Umemoto]] (''South Pacific'').
* SublimeRhyme: Most of the tree-mail and Immunity Idol messages are in verse. The messages [[SubvertedTrope that aren't]] usually describe something complicated which must be handled in advance.
* TakeThat: The jury, ''especially'' the bitter ones, are prone to do this to the finalists. The URExample is Sue Hawk's "Rats and Snakes" [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]], and just about everyone ''except'' Michelle and maybe Yau-Man pretty much said TakeThat to Dreamz in ''Fiji''. Edgardo and Lisi were ''particularly'' vicious.
** Edna from ''South Pacific'' performs one to both Mikayla and more subtly to the recurring nature of "[[FanNickname Mactors]]", actors or models who seemingly don't care about Survivor and are only on the show for exposure, in her voting confessional towards her:
--> '''Edna:''' ''(whispered)'' "I hope your time here has helped your future modeling career."
** When Lindsey quit ''Cagayan'', someone stomped "Shame on you Lindsie" in the sand.
* TallPoppySyndrome: This guy's stronger than everyone else? He's a threat. Get rid of him.
** All the winners that returned in ''All-Stars'' got hit by this, and again in ''Heroes vs. Villains''; Tom Westman in particular was targeted by the Heroes due to his impressive win in ''Palau'', while according to post-game interviews, Randy attempted to target the winners on the Villains tribe in the days before he was voted out.
* TeamDad / TeamMom: There's usually (but not always) a contestant of each gender who takes on the role despite the nature of the game.
** One memorable moment is Tina Wesson of ''Australian Outback''. She actually threatened to put Jerri and Keith in "time out" if they didn't stop bickering. In fact, being the TeamMom became a huge factor in her victory.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: If not, it wouldn't be much of a GameShow.
* TitleDrop: The show's ([[WordSaladTitle occasionally bizarre]]) [[WordOfGod official titles]] for episodes are [[InvertedTrope derived from players' quotes]] in the respective episodes. Of course, many of the [[MeaningfulName chosen quotes]] mark critical moments in the game.
* TooCoolToLive: The strong, cool and outstanding players are [[{{In-Universe}} usually the first ones to be targeted for elimination]] (post-merge) by their fellow castaways because they see him/her as a great threat in the game. Usually leads to a ShockingElimination.
* TropeCodifier: For competitive reality shows.
* TruthInTelevision: It's a RealityShow, so it is basically ''true'', but many contestants also claim that the game reveals everybody's ''true'' personality, which is many times far different than the one they adopt back home.
** People are also actually put at risk in the show. Sandra declined coming back for ''All Stars'' because she was still recovering from parasites she got in ''Pearl Islands'', and Ian from ''Palau'' admitted he still didn't have feeling in parts of his feet after spending so long on a buoy.
** The infamous "Peeing scene" in ''Marquesas'' actually ''is'' a common remedy. Urine doesn't actually heal the sea urchin wound, it ''cleans'' it so it allows it to heal.
* TurnCoat: Every single episode of every single season has at least one example.
* UnreliableNarrator: Jeff Probst, occasionally. Most blatantly in the [[PreviouslyOn previouslies]]. His intense dislike for ''Gabon'''s ''Fang'' tribe during recaps became increasingly obvious during the season, mainly because of their Ulong-reminiscent losing streak.
** Occasionally, the editors have a bit of fun with this. In ''One world'', contestants said that Christina was lazy. Yet they overlapped this with footage of her working.
* ViewersAreMorons: JeffProbst during challenges and in the ''PreviouslyOn'' and ''NextTimeOn'' bumpers. And in the odd-numbered seasons’ ''Look Back'' episodes.
* VillainyFreeVillain: "Villains" on this show rarely do anything outright evil, they're just jerks ([[DesignatedVillain and some "villains" aren't even THAT bad]]).
* VotedOffTheIsland: The TropeNamer.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: Any and all alliances and pre-merge tribes.
** EvilVersusEvil: The "Villains" tribe in ''Heroes Vs. Villains''.
** LetsYouAndHimFight: The "Heroes" tribe in ''Heroes Vs. Villains''.
** Intended to be invoked in ''One World'', where the two tribes are sharing a living space, but subverted as the tribes set up separate camps next to each other instead of living as one group.
** Subverted with the Casaya tribe in ''Panama''. Despite them being an ''extremely'' dysfunctional and combative tribe, they all managed to work together well enough in challenges to [[FanNickname pagong]] the more peaceful and homogeneous La Mina tribe.
** This was the FatalFlaw of the Timbiras in ''Tocantins''. Between Coach and Brendan jockeying for the alpha male position, and Erinn getting the AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment, the tribe was in a big enough division come the merge that the incoming Jalapaos (who were in the minority) exploited the tribe "factions" and easily to picked off the Timbiras one by one.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Except for [[ReunionShow Reunion Seasons]], those who are the first eliminated.
** Most people who're victims of very bad examples of SpotlightStealingSquad. The first explicit example of this was the majority of the cast in ''Tocantins'', such as Debbie, Joe and Sydney, who were ignored for the sake of Coach. Most of the Galu tribe that weren't Shambo or Russell Swan got the same treatment, while early episodes of ''Philippines'' seem to forget that there's even anyone on Kalabaw that isn't Jeff Kent or Jonathan Penner.
*** However, the latter two examples can be justified in that said tribes rarely, if ever, went to Tribal Council to vote somebody out, so the need to show everyone on the tribe equally somewhat diminished.
** Even on the ReunionShow; anyone voted out in between the range of third to merge is generally passed over. In the ''Nicaragua'' review; you'd be surprised to find out that Yve and Jill were there.
*** They didn't even bother bringing any pre-jury players on stage for the Caramoan reunion, although that may have been done as a HandWave to hide the fact that Brandon Hantz had been banned from the lot after his tantrum in the game.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: A few contestants have claimed over the years that the game reveals everybody's ''true'' personality, which is many times far different than the one they adopt back home.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: Comes up in several seasons, and is a major reason for the trend of conservative play in recent ones: even if everyone wants a guy in a position of power voted out, nobody wants to be targeted for trying. Especially if said person has an immunity idol that can lead to a vote going against the people attempting the coup.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Once an alliance has eliminated their competition, the perceived strongest member/s is/are the one/s who get voted by their tribe mates because they see him/her as a threat. ''[[UngratefulBastard Ouch]]''.
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* AbridgedSeries: Survivor Cagayan is this first of its seires to get an abridged series. Each episode is 2 minutes long and is made by only 2 guys. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE2ekonOWxvTGlC9pIWmUY3Va24Ysius- here]]
* AccentuateTheNegative: Quite common among the contestants. Stephanie Lagrossa, for example. Did you know that she actually made the ''final two'' when she played the game a second time in ''Guatemala''? And that she was actually in a ''majority'' alliance? The way everyone mentioned/carried on about how she was on Ulong in ''Palau'' during ''Heroes vs. Villains'', you'd be surprised to find out ''that'' detail.
** Poor Dreamz - even if he ''clearly'' was sorry for having done it and regretted it (Even months later at the reunion), everyone '' VICIOUSLY'' chewed him out for it
* AccidentalMisnaming: In the first Tribal Council of ''Redemption Island'', Phillip consistently calls Francesca "Fransesqua", resulting in her indignantly correcting him. The third time, he said "My mouth is dry, I've been getting treatment for it." During the vote, he writes her name down as "Francesqua", showing that he didn't really know Francesca's name.
** In ''Borneo'', B.B mistakenly refers to Greg as "Craig", and doesn't even know Jenna's name, referring to her as the "lady in the pink swimsuit."
** In ''Micronesia'', Ozzy mistakenly refers to Joel as "Troy" during the tribe swap.
** In ''One World'', Tarzan referred to Jonas as "Jason" and Christina as "Katrina". He explained he has nominal aphasia, meaning he needs to work at getting names right.
* TheAce: Colby Donaldson during ''Australian Outback'', "Boston" Rob Mariano from ''All-Stars'', ''Heroes vs. Villains'' and ''Redemption Island'', Tom Westman during ''Palau'', Yul Kwon during ''Cook Islands'', Bob Crowley during ''Gabon'', J.T. Thomas during ''Tocantins'' Kim Spardlin from ''One World'' and Malcolm Freberg from ''Philliphines'' and ''Caramoan'' all fit this trope to a T.
** Also Terry Deitz from ''Panama''. He gets double points for being an AcePilot.
* ActionGirl: Several, but the earliest and most accomplished AG is Kelly Wigglesworth from ''Borneo''.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Shii-Ann Huang and Eliza Orlins are notable examples because they managed to be this in multiple seasons (''Thailand'' and ''All-Stars'' for the former, ''Vanuatu'' and ''Micronesia'' for the latter). Both respond each time by finding a way to spite the rest of their tribe, to varying degrees of success (see DiabolusExMachina for a Shii-Ann attempt that didn't go so well, and TakingYouWithMe for a more successful incarnation from Eliza).
* AllThereInTheManual: Looking at shooting schedules, ''Heroes Vs Villains'' filmed just before ''Samoa'' aired. This means that none of the other ''H vs V'' players had the chance to see Russell in action prior to the season, which became important.
** The tie-breakers for the first 5-6 seasons definitely fall under here as well, since most of the contestants seemed so unsure of how they would proceed that they avoided forcing one like the plague. Also counts for the one season where contestants believed the tie-breaker would be pulling stones, and was instead the fire-building challenge.
** Actually, much of the strategy in ''Australian Outback'' and ''Africa'' was based on the survivors knowing that a tie breaker involved who had the most previous votes. Tina from the ''Australian Outback'' managed to give her tribe, Ogakor, a majority during the merge when she tricked Kimmi from Kucha into revealing who had the most votes from Kucha.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Despite being able to reach the finals in back-to-back seasons, both Amanda Kimmell and Russell Hantz failed to win both times due to (respectively) [[PoorCommunicationKills a poor final tribal council performance]] and [[EntitledBastard wrong ways of rubbing people]].
* AnalogyBackfire: Matt in ''One World'' described the alpha males as a group of "roosters" collectively leading the "chickens" on the tribe around. After he got voted out in the same episode, viewers noted that actual roosters don't work together, they engage in literal cockfights with each other.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Can easily happen given how someone is ejected every episode. Not only for the audience, but sometimes the contestants act this way, too. Jerri leaving ''Australia'' was a relief to the other players (one even whistled "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead"), and just about ''everybody'' (including many viewers) was glad to see Russell finally get voted out in ''Redemption Island''.
* AnimalBattleAura: "Coach" Wades' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIzXotG6Tmshis Zen trip to Exile Island]], either sincere for WarriorPoet or deadpan snark for MilesGloriosus.
* AntiClimax: There have been a couple seasons that were considered "Blowouts" at the end because of the final two or three and the winner being pretty obvious. Probst has pointed out that there were fan complaints of "Blowout" seasons ''before'' they started doing a final three.
** ''Panama/Exile Island'' wherein the ones who were most likely to win were the last two evicted and left with Daniele and Aras.
** ''Fiji'', wherein the fan favourite was the last person evicted and the final three faced a ''very'' bitter jury. The winner was liked, at least.
** ''Redemption Island'', wherin the only characters that were considered interesting were on the losing side of a Pagonging and voted out early, and Rob had such a grip on his tribe to the point where everyone trusted him and believed whatever he said so that his win was almost written in the stars.
* ArrowsOnFire: One ''Africa'' challenge involved shooting these at a bulls-eye. HilarityEnsues when Brandon tried to shoot and [[http://funny115.com/v1/25.htm botched it completely]].
* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Invoked - Probst regularly says that, when the numbers of players dwindle, the players have a one-in-''x'' shot at winning a million. Except that it's actually not determined by luck of the draw - [[JustifiedTrope He actually says this to help motivate players to make it further]].
* TheAtoner: After starting ''Guatemala'' on a sour note, (see SmugSnake, below), Jamie [[HeelFaceTurn suddenly got better]]. He traded the nice food Reward he earned in episode 9 for the lowest-quality food item available; he explained that he realized how much of an asshole he'd been. As the contestants sit to eat, Jeff reminds everyone of the sacrifice:
--> '''Jeff''': Bring out the next meal: burger and a beer. [...] This is where you would have been in the line, Jamie.
--> '''Jamie''': Nothing tastes better than my self-respect.
--> '''Jeff''': Well put.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Trying to play a ''VERY'' strong physical game in the early parts of the game. Unfortunately this winds up depleting your body (and possibly causes your body to consume muscle if you're male and don't have as much fat) and either causes you to slow down, get sick and either lead to you being VotedOffTheIsland or even worse, a NonGameplayElimination. And unless you can carry yourself with immunity wins; you'll be seen as a threat around the merge.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Yau-Man from ''Fiji'' and Bob Crowley from ''Gabon'', who effectively used maths and physics in challenges. Stephen from ''Tocantins'' also used math in at least one challenge to win
** Praise should be given to all of the Survivor contestants who actually knew how to survive out there, despite little-to-no prior experience or survival skills. To name the more obvious examples: Richard, Rudy, Greg and Gretchen from ''Borneo'', Michael from ''Australian Outback'', Hunter from ''Marquesas'', Rupert from ''Pearl Islands'', Ozzy from ''Cook Islands''...and the list goes on.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Andrew Savage and Richard Hatch (as in hatching an evil plot) come to mind.
* BackFromTheDead: ''Pearl Islands'' allowed eliminated players to return to the game as "The Outcasts". This twist was borrowed by two international editions (the Israeli version's "Dead Man Island" and the second season of the Philippine edition's "Isla Purgatoryo"). Three of the four (''Pear Islands'' had two Outcasts) aforementioned returning players '''nearly won''' their respective seasons.
** Redemption Island (first used in the season of the same name) is a NotQuiteDead variant: when someone's voted out, they're sent to Redemption Island where they challenge the person already there; loser is out for good. At the merge and just before the finals, [[MyGreatestSecondChance the reigning champion will be able to return to the game]].
* {{Badass}}: In real life, Rudy Boesch is a retired Navy SEAL. Hunter Ellis from ''Marquesas'' saved a man's life while in the service and was the resident survival expert on his tribe. Gretchen Cordy was also a desert and jungle survival expert for the US Army. Tom Westman was a fireman for years before ''Palau''.
* BadassDecay: [[{{In-Universe}} James laments]] [[TheAce Colby's]] disappointing struggling early in ''Heroes Vs Villains''.
-->"[[ConfessionCam My Superman sucks!]]"
* BadassGrandpa: While possibly not technically a Grandfather, Bob Crowley entered this trope when he not only became the oldest winner of ''Survivor'' by a good fifteen years, he did it by going on an immunity challenge streak. Despite not winning, former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch from ''Borneo'' fits this trope to a T.
* BaldOfAwesome: Gervase Peterson, "Big Ted" Rogers Jr., James Clement and Jaison Robinson.
* BaldOfEvil: Russell Hantz, though he desperately tries to hide it (the baldness, not the Evil).
* BatmanGambit: Many, but the URExample is almost certainly when Richard threw the last competition. He waited deliberately until Jeff came in with a temptation(in this cases they were oranges), and stepped right off the platform, waiting for either Rudy or Kelly to win. If Kelly won(which Richard was banking on given that she's younger than Rudy), she takes Richard to the finals on the assumption that the jury would hate Richard for [[FanNickname pagonging]] them all. If Rudy won, he takes Richard to the final two out of loyalty, in which case Richard believed he would lose. In either case, Richard doesn't have to get his hands dirty and potentially lose a jury vote in either case(whether it was Rudy or Kelly who eventually left), and since he is a better public speaker than either, he could possibly very well win against Rudy as well.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: While our trope is usually used for a three-girl PowerTrio, ''Cagayan'' deserves mention for being themed after the dynamic and referencing it by name repeatedly.
* BeingEvilSucks: Russell Hantz relishes being the bad guy (see "Griefer" below), but his "evil deeds" cost him the jury's votes twice and got his third tribe to throw a challenge to get rid of him. Also the reason Dreamz lost in ''Fiji''.
* BeingGoodSucks: [[HonorBeforeReason Colby]] in ''Australia'', [[StupidGood JT]] in ''Heroes vs Villains'', Matt in ''Redemption Island''.
* BerserkButton: Jeff Probst visibly turns nasty when someone quits without a good reason. He was sympathetic towards people like Jenna (who was having bad vibes about her mother with cancer[[note]]The producers told her her mother's cancer took a turn for the worse[[/note]]) and Kathleen (who was having a mental breakdown); and with Janu, he seemed more ''surprised''. But as for people like Osten, "Purple" Kelly, and [=NaOnka=]? Not pleased.
** Don't ever claim you threw a challenge in front of Jeff.
** Jeff also ''especially'' did not like Jonathan Penner or Jonny Fairplay for unspecified reasons; he never called Penner by name and only seemed sympathetic towards him when he was evacuated in ''Micronesia'', and Fairplay [[NoodleIncident supposedly got in a fight with one of Probst's family members]] at the ''Vanuatu'' reunion that put him on Probst's shitlist.
** The last episode of ''One World'' showed that Jeff is ''also'' visibly disgusted when a contestant [[ExtremeDoormat doesn't even bother scrambling when they know they're going next]]; his reaction to Christina saying as much is evidence for this.
** Benjamin "Coach" Wade's Berserk Button is apparently being referred to by his real name. "If anyone calls me Benjamin to my face, I'm gonna go nuts."
** Lex [[MoralMyopia getting a vote cast against him. Ever.]]
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Jenna and Heidi stripping for peanut butter and chocolate during ''Amazon''. So much that they even posed for {{Playboy}}. [[{{In-Universe}} Jenna lampshaded this]] during ''America's Tribal Council'' saying people will remember her stripping instead of actually winning that season.
* BewareTheHonestOnes: See the ''Redemption Island'' premiere, where Phillip's honesty led him to blab his alliance's plan at Tribal Council.
** In ''South Pacific'', Brandon Hantz went through a cycle of feeling "Catholic guilt" over some falsehood, coming clean about it, lather, rinse, repeat; throwing tribal dynamics into chaos every single time.
* BigBad: Most seasons have at least one contestant that plays this role, either of the [[DesignatedVillain designated]] or [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying]] variety.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Despite Parvati referring Russell as her [[TheDragon pet dragon]] in ''Heroes vs. Villains'', this is what they likely were.
** Burton and Jonny Fairplay were this thirteen seasons earlier, although it [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation could be argued]] that Burton was just TheDragon.
* BigBrotherMentor: In Episode 6 of ''Thailand'', after a quarrel over a misunderstanding Robb had, Ken takes Robb under his wing and becomes a sort of Big Brother Mentor to him, teaching how to better relate to his tribe. This calmed down the normally very unpredictable Robb into having an epiphany about himself and suddenly becoming much nicer to his tribe mates.
** Coach basically acted as one to Brandon in ''South Pacific'', helping him keep himself together.
* TheBigGuy: Many, including Clarence Black, "Big Tom" Buchanan, "Big Ted" Rogers Jr, Rupert Boneham, James Clement, Jaison Robinson.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Hantzes, from what we see of them. Russell is an EntitledBastard and revels in being a JerkAss. His nephew Brandon tried to be better than that in ''South Pacific'', but [[HeroWithAnFInGood frankly sucked at it]] and melted down at every screwup. In ''Caramoan'' he gave up trying and displayed an extreme HairTriggerTemper. And in the ''South Pacific'' family visit, we met Brandon's dad/Russell's brother, who told Brandon to suck it up and get the money (not ''bad'' advice given Brandon's issues, but comes off as "abandon your principles") and tried to bully Coach into helping Brandon. (Plus, another of Russell's brothers, Willie, was on ''Series/BigBrother'' and his behavior actually got him ''disqualified''.)
* BitingTheHandHumor: Pagong from the first season, ''Borneo'', all voted for host Jeff Probst during their first trip to Tribal Council out of sheer mockery of his seriousness. The mock vote for Jeff wasn't shown, but everyone including executive producer Mark Burnett claimed that it happened, and that it infuriated Probst. Greg Buis in particular took this trope UpToEleven.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Brandon Hantz suffered from this big-time in ''South Pacific''.
* BlatantLies: ''Gabon'' featured "video messages from home" as a teaser for the 11th Reward Challenge; Jeff claimed that the true Reward would simply be pizza and a longer message, and later told the losers that he had nothing for them. While eating (alone), Bob was pleasantly surprised to see his wife step from behind a nearby tree, and led her back to meet the tribe. Then, he turned around, [[EpicHail whistled sharply]], and the other players' loved ones crested the hill down to the camp.
* BoringButPractical: Pagonging. Essentially, if you control a majority and remove all the other alliances and the floaters, you can waltz to a game milestone almost completely unopposed. Editors wouldn't like this strategy as [[BoringInvincibleHero it can make a season quite boring]]. Thankfully, it's only happened in its entirety in ''Borneo'', ''Thailand'', ''Cook Islands'', ''Redemption Island'', and ''South Pacific''. And YMMV on ''Cook Islands'' since the tribe doing the pagonging was actually an underdog.
** ObfuscatingStupidity / TheQuietOne as a strategy. The editors don't like it unless you're doing something amusing like Fabio (Look how little screentime Vecepia, Brett, and Natalie got!) but when the other players think you're stupid/easy to beat, then if you play your cards right you'll be dragged along and possibly the last man out of your alliance.
* BornUnlucky: Part of the reason the Ulong tribe in ''Palau'' did so poorly was because of factors outside their control. Ashlee and Jeff were voted out because of illness and a twisted ankle respectively.
* BornWinner: Sandra definitely qualifies, as she has won both seasons she has competed in, with only one vote cast against her in both of them.
** J.T. made it to the end with [[NoDamageRun no votes casted against him]], and [[FlawlessVictory won all jury votes]].
** Earl became the first person to have won all jury votes, and only has a single vote cast against him during his season.
** Cochran, like J.T., had a NoDamageRun and a FlawlessVictory; however, he didn't do this until the second time he played.
* BrutalHonesty: During the Final Tribal Council of ''Africa'', juror Brandon asked Ethan which jury member would be least deserving of being in the Final 2. Ethan bluntly answered "You".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Some contestants are good but at the same time...weird.
* TheBusCameBack: Some seasons feature [[MyGreatestSecondChance returning players]].
* CallBack / NostalgiaLevel: All-Star seasons tend to bring back challenges from the castaways' original seasons. Whenever such a challenge is played, Probst notes the original season it came from.
** In addition, the first duel in ''Redemption Island'' was appropriately a repeat of the challenge that took place during ''Pearl Islands''' Outcast twist.
* CardCarryingVillain: A few players over the years have been GenreSavvy enough to know that they were going to be edited as the villain and played it up accordingly. Examples include Jonny Fairplay, Russell Hantz, and Corinne Kaplan. An inversion of this is Jerri Manthey, at least in Australia. According to her, she did ''not'' expect to be edited as a villain, since she never did anything particularly villainous (at least to ''Survivor'' standards at the time), especially since she as a person received an extremely negative reception after the whole [[NoodleIncident "Beef Jerky"]] incident.
** Villany Marches On, though. People originally booed Jerri off the stage. After the likes of Ami, Russell Hantz, Rob, Corinne, Randy, Parvati, and Fairplay...putting ''her'' in the villains tribe may have been incredibly unfitting.
* TheCassandra: The [[MeaningfulName appropriately-named]] Sandra plays this role in the early stages of the ''Heroes vs. Villains'' merge - first, in her attempts to rat out Russell and Parvati's scam to the Heroes, then in her attempts to persuade Candice to stay with the Heroes. An encore from her days in the ''Pearl Islands'' warning people not to trust Jonny Fairplay.
** An early example: Joel Klug from the first season was voted out on Day 18 for a number of reasons such as supposed chauvinism, being the richest tribe member other than B.B (and thus not really needing the prize money), being a physical threat during the merge, etc. But one other excuse for eliminating him according to his tribe was that he was "telling people what to do" or something similar for bringing up the idea of alliances. He says on camera to his tribe that it's in Pagong's best interest to vote as a unified whole just in case Tagi was planning to do the same (and they were), and most of his tribe punished him for not being naive and assuming everyone would vote emotionally.
* CatFight: Danielle and Amanda had one in ''Heroes Vs Villains'' over a hidden immunity idol clue. Coincidentally, lone male Colby already had [[PassThePopcorn a bowl of popcorn]] with him at the time as it was a movie night reward.
** [=NaOnka=] and Kelly B had one in ''Nicaragua'' yet again over a hidden immunity idol clue, though that was slightly less entertaining because Kelly had an amputated leg. Both women later tried to write it off as not treating Kelly differently for being handicapped, but it rings hollow considering [=NaOnka's=] rants about wanting to tear the prosthetic leg off and throw it in the fire.
* TheChessmaster: After first season winner Richard Hatch showed that the game is really about politics, not actual wilderness survival, every contestant has subsequently tried to be this. Most wind up being {{Unwitting Pawn}}s.
** Cirie was one of the best, being the first player to successfully engineer a three-way split in the votes.
* ChickMagnet: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgppVGQPVPs&feature=channel Colby.]] Lampshaded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ-R7oLfxgg Sandra]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez0ZWm3JPBU Parvati]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Some players can't help but vote off their own alliance members - even through this, people keep on trusting these players. An example of this is Candice Woodcock-Cody, in both ''Cook Islands'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains.''
** Another prime example is Dreamz in ''Fiji.'' En route to the final three he screws over Michelle, Edgardo, Mookie, Alex, and most notably Yau-Man, all of whom are in the jury. Needless to say, this comes back to haunt him.
** Vecepia was the first notable backstabber who managed to win the game - she takes part in voting out her tribe's original leader Hunter, one of her only remaining tribemates Boston Rob, and Kathy with whom she had an iron-clad deal going into the finals with.
* CloudCuckooLander: Coach in ''Tocantins''. The 'Dragon Slayer' is just the tip of the crazy iceberg. To his credit, he seems to have recognized how he came off and scaled things way back in following seasons.
** Additionally, Cao Boi from ''Cook Islands'' and Matthew from ''Amazon''; the entire cast thought Matthew was insane (Or "cweepy" as Christy Smith would have it.)
** Greg Buis was the first CloudCuckooLander of ''Survivor'', beginning with his coconut phone, and ending with his unexpected descent into tears.
** Shane, who decided to quit smoking only the day before ''Panama'' began. Later seen with his Blackberry rock.
** Philip (from ''Redemption Island'') challenges Coach's ''Tocantins'' performance for craziest Survivor ever.
** Greg Smith, or "Tarzan" from ''One World'' is shown to definitely live on his own world. A few examples of this are when he tells Jeff Probst that ''he'' (meaning Jeff) is the one getting played at Tribal Council; and when he is convinced that another contestant is mad at him because he's a plastic surgeon, and she was ''unhappy with her plastic surgeon.''
* ClusterFBomb: Being a RealityTV show, it can't be helped, but they're usually censored.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes / InformedAbility: There's usually at least one contestant whose job back home doesn't seem to translate to ''Survivor'' skills as well as it should. (Especially given the limited nutrition they receive while in the game.) Some examples include:
** Kelly from ''Borneo'', a professional river guide who lost a boating race to a man who couldn't swim.
** Keith from ''The Australian Outback'', a chef who could not even cook rice. His rice was so disgusting that it was inedible, and his inability to cook was made all the more blatant when Jerri made tortillas from scratch that the whole tribe ended up loving.
** Lillian from ''Pearl Islands'' couldn't tie the fisherman's knot, and lost a fishing hook, in spite of being a Boy Scout leader.
** James from ''Palau'', an Alabama steelworker who got beaten in a fight by a gay hairdresser.
** Crystal from ''Gabon'', an Olympic gold medalist who [[http://funny115.com/v2/28.htm couldn't run, climb, throw, or dunk a basketball...on a five foot hoop]]. She had admitted to steroid use in the past, which ''could'' have affected her performance, but some would argue that she should have performed better regardless.
** [=NaOnka=] from ''Nicaragua'' and Alicia from ''One World'' are teachers (PE and special ed, respectively), but demonstrated things kids probably shouldn't be learning. Namely, [=NaOnka=] had a bad attitude towards a disabled tribemate (and everyone else, but the disability stands out) and quit at the expense of her team, while Alicia was a selfish AlphaBitch.
** Phillip from ''Redemption Island'' , a "Former Federal Agent?" who couldn't pierce Tribal Council DoubleSpeak, got upset, and proceeded to reveal all of his alliance's secrets. [[FunWithSubtitles Even the captions]] appeared to question his profession. Fan theory is that his actual government job was much less impressive than he tries to make it sound.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The ''Nicaragua'' Tribal Council had ones that glowed in the dark.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Brett from ''Samoa'' simply hid behind the numbers and kept his mouth shut ([[OutOfFocus losing a lot of screen time in the process]]), making the Foa-Foa's think he was nothing more than an easy-boot at the final six. But then all of a sudden, this quiet person who looks 16 starts to chain-win immunities. Then comes the scary part for the Foa-Foa's, since Brett is the last remaining Galu left, on a jury filled with Galus... not to mention he's the only one besides Natalie out of those six who ''had not'' angered anyone like Russell and Mick...
** Jud from ''Nicaragua'' got pegged as a [[DumbBlonde himbo]] (not completely unfairly) and was given the nickname "Fabio", but he used it to his advantage to sneak past people perceived as bigger threats and won, even managing to trick Chase and Sash into telling Jane they were voting her out ''to her face''.
** Ashley appeared to have been one of the {{Living Prop}}s on Rob's team who was incapable of doing a thing by herself...until she started winning challenges and worried Rob a lot because she didn't anger anybody on the jury and was actually ''not'' incompetent. You can spot Rob's OhCrap face.
** Before these three, Lillian in ''Pearl Islands''. The entire season she's (again, not unfairly) built up as a woman in over her head. In a rather brilliant move, Fairplay comes into the final three with her and Sandra, neither of which had won any challenges. Sandra goes out easily as predicted...but Fairplay starts to get in trouble. He tries to get Lil to drop...but every single deal is shot down with a big "No", and she continues to wear him down.
** Sophie is sort of seen as this emotional girl who's being dragged by Coach... and then manages to beat ''Ozzy'' in the most crucial immunity challenge.
** Christina gets a moment in ''One World'' - she's pretty much abused all game but eventually the abuse stops a bit as they decide to go after Kat instead. Throughout the game she doesn't perform well in challenges, yet in the final immunity challenge, she comes in second... a very ''close'' second at that, as both her and Kim were ''leagues'' ahead of Chelsea and Sabrina!
* CryingWolf: After his famous "dead grandma" ploy in ''Pearl Islands'', [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Jonny Fairplay]] had basically established himself as the player who would say anything to get farther in the game. So in ''Micronesia'', when he told a sweet story about feeling emotionally-detached from the game because he was thinking about his soon-to-be-born daughter, the other players thought he was up to his old tricks and voted him out first. He was telling the truth that time - at least about the baby. He may have been playing up the rest, of course.
* DefeatByModesty: Kathy lost ''Marquesas''' final challenge because she was trying to cover up.
** But averted in the ''Heroes Vs Villains'' premiere; Sandra tried to sabotage Sugar by undoing her top, but it barely slowed Sugar down.
** Courtney in ''China'' lost because her bra kept slipping and she kept turning around to cover it up.
* DefectorFromDecadence: In the middle of one ''Palau'' challenge, Gregg once promised Katie that he wouldn't hasten her loss; since protecting [[SickeninglySweethearts Jenn]] was always his top priority, he was later forced to go back on his word. Katie happily forgave him when Gregg invited her and Jenn to join him for the overnight cruise. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness This didn't stop her from agreeing to]] [[UngratefulBastard blindside Gregg at the next vote]], however.
* {{Determinator}}: Russell Swan worked through a 5-day storm in ''Samoa'' before [[YouCanBarelyStand collapsing]] ''twice'' during a challenge, and was sent home because his heart rate dropped far too low. It was basically because of his failing that the Galu tribe basically fell apart after the merge.
* DiabolusExMachina: The pearls in the Philippines edition (not to be confused with the US season set in the Philippines), which those voted out after the merge can give to remaining players. The cursed (black) pearl counts as an extra vote against the holder at the next Tribal Council and the blood pearl counts as two (There's also a white pearl that subtracts a vote and counts as a DeusExMachina). Some of the game twists have also royally screwed players over:
** Lex from ''Africa'' got sick in day 38, hours before the ''final'' immunity challenge.
** '''PASCHAL'''. Because of a tie in the final four between Kathy and Neleh, Jeff Probst took out a bag full of rocks, and whoever drew the purple rock would be eliminated from the game. Paschal drew the purple rock, and was eliminated from the game; with no votes cast for him throughout the entire game, let alone that Tribal Council. This caused a lot of controversy outside the game because of how many people felt Paschal was unfairly screwed over. Although this did work out for him, his leg gave out the very next day so he couldn't participate in the next tribal council.
** Shii-Ann in ''Thailand'' was on the outs with her tribe, and when the two came together she immediately tried to integrate with the opposition - only for Jeff to spring the twist that they ''hadn't'' merged yet, they were only sharing a camp. Bye bye, Shii-Ann.
** Savage from ''Pearl Islands'', who got voted out mostly because Lilian was still mad at him for getting ''her'' out.
** Michelle Yi from ''Fiji'' gets voted out after a twist where the reward and the immunity challenges are combined into a single event, and the losing team has to go immediately to Tribal Council with no opportunity for discussion or strategizing. Michelle ends up on a team consisting of hostile and indifferent players, loses, and is subsequently voted out.
** Another one from the Philippines edition is during its second season. The third tribal council was held immediately after the second. The eliminated castaway was very tearful because of this.
*** This is basically what happened to Jenny Guzon-Bae in ''Cook Islands'' -- her tribe ended up losing the challenge, and after voting out Rebecca, they were told that they immediately had to vote off another tribemate. Jenny ended up getting the surprise boot. Naturally, as she walked away from the Tribal Council set, she raised a big middle finger... whether to her tribe or to the host is uncertain.
** While this wasn't a new twist, Jacqui from ''Gabon'' was screwed out because she got switched to another tribe and was pretty much the low man on the totem pole. Marcus was also screwed, but it was part DiabolusExMachina and part mistake. (Marcus realized he and Crystal had a connection outside of the game, so they tried to make a small alliance...but then he suggested voting out Ken, Crystal's # 1 ally in the game, so Crystal immediately dropped the plans and got him voted out when Ken flipped Susie).
*** Also has happened to Marty/Jill in ''Nicaragua'', Silas/Lindsey in ''Africa''... the list of contestants who got shafted by a tribal swap goes on and on.
** Aaron from ''China'' has to be one of the best examples of this -- at the final twelve, both tribes were told that they were allowed to kidnap whichever two members of the opposing tribe they perceived as the strongest, automatically putting those players into a minority. Aaron, the leader of the Fei Long tribe who was in a solid alliance, got sent over to Zhan Hu and was voted off the same episode for no other reason than the fact that he was a strong guy.
** Amber from ''All-Stars'' by all rights should have been the ultimate example of this trope, when during a randomized tribal switch she was most improbably the ''only'' person not to switch tribes. And yet, Boston Rob managed to turn her case into a subversion by duping Lex into saving her with a single sentence. Small wonder she immediately accepted when Rob later proposed marriage.
*** Amber had already done the legwork by offering Lex and Kathy a final-5 alliance with her, Rob, and Big Tom, in which Lex expected to have the upper hand because he had a secret pre-show alliance in place with Big Tom. Rob's muttered line at the challenge just convinced Lex to go ahead with the deal. It would have been a pretty smart move for Lex, except the part where he forgot Rob was there to win, not to help his friends win.
** Brenda won the family visit challenge in ''Caramoan'', which is already fairly unenviable due to having to pick a tribemate or two to go along with and risk alienating everyone else. After she chose Dawn to share the prize, Probst hit her with the SadisticChoice of keep the reward for her and Dawn or have both of them give it up to let everyone ''else'' see their loved ones, thereby forcing her to either ''actively'' deny the others their families or turn her kind gesture to Dawn into a case of YankTheDogsChain. And to add insult to injury, the reward took place just offshore from the camp, within view of anyone not participating thereby stoking their jealously. For a "reward", there was really no way for Brenda to come out unscathed.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Dreamz from ''Fiji'' and Neleh from ''Marquesas'' are notable examples. And Lex, every time he tried to justify why [[MoralMyopia he can get away with playing ruthlessly but others need to be punished for it]].
** Happened ''twice'' in a row at the beginning of ''Nicaragua''. As a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy result of panicking over her vulnerability]] before and during Tribal Council, [[TalkativeLoon Wendy]] fell victim to this in episode 1, and was first to be evicted. Ironically, [[ConfessionCam she had admitted]] (prior to the vote) that [[GenreSavvy her chattiness was often irritating]]; she didn't say much early on, but it was enough to give an impression of being odd. In episode 2, alpha male [[GenderBlenderName Shannon]] [[JerkJock went on a rant that included homophobic comments]], likely turning what would have been a tie into his own ouster.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Naonka in ''Nicaragua'' made a batch of tortillas but got stuck with the smallest one, so she swiped and hid all the tortilla-making supplies and some fruit. The only reason she brought any of it back was because she was caught.
** Boston Rob chose to vote out Matt early in ''Redmption Island'' because he ''shook hands with the other tribe'' after they won a challenge.
* TheDitz: Jud "Fabio" Birza from Nicaragua is a rare male example, who didn't know that crabs pinched. [[DitzyGenius Although his strategy confessionals aren't quite so ditzy...]]
* DitzyGenius: Dr. Sean Kenniff. Fans regularly make fun of his "Alphabet Strategy", but it actually made sense: most of the names that started toward the beginning of the alphabet were from the Pagong tribe. Why he failed was because of his neurotic demeanor, and that he always put his foot in his mouth when he started to talk. It didn't help matters that he thought of himself as a kind of Jerry Seinfeld, noting in his audition tape that Seinfeld, Joey Buttafuoco and all of the Baldwin brothers are from his hometown. And his Superpole 2000 was hilariously ineffective. Gervase called him the "dumbest smart guy" that he's ever met. And ironically, Sean's dad ended up being largely the same when he showed up for the first ever "loved one" visit, with Sue calling the elder Kenniff a goof.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Many of the episode titles in the earlier seasons are [[ShoutOut Shoutouts]] to various pieces of literature, film, music, or events that happened earlier in the season. They are also allusions to what is going to happen in ''that'' nights episode. For example, Thailand's premiere episode is called "The Importance Of Being Eldest", a reference to OscarWilde as well as to the opening twist (and is also a clue to how the season itself plays out).
** "Redemption Island", while being on obvious reference to the twist introduced in that season, is also a subtle reference to the fact that two of the most notorious Survivors who had never won a season, Boston Rob and Russell, were trying to redeem themselves by finally winning it all.
* DysfunctionJunction: Episode 2 of ''Nicaragua'' is an hour full of crazy; with Holly's weird revenge scheme, Naonka's unprovoked bile and Shannon's out-of-nowhere ranting.
** The Casaya Tribe from ''Panama'', in between Shane randomly going off at people, Courtney randomly going off at people, and Shane and Courtney going off at each other, the tribe really was one of the most dysfunctional tribes to ever be slumped together.
** Between Alicia and Christina's shouting matches, Tarzan's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} antics, and pretty much ''anything'' Colton said or did, the first half of ''One World'' made for one of the most dysfunctional seasons in the show's run.
** ''Caramoan'' put Brandon and Phillip on the same tribe, which proved to be, shall we say, volatile.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Some people consider ''Borneo'' to be so different in tone and mood compared to the rest of the rest of the series that it's this. However, there's nothing really tangibly different about it compared to later seasons other than a lack of "shocking twists" (unless you consider things like merging, the jury, and the Final 2 to be "twists").
* EntitledBastard: ''Russell Hantz''. In ''Samoa'', he tried to buy the title off the winner. In ''Heroes vs Villains'', he claimed that the rules were flawed. In ''Redemption Island'', he even said that he should have sued every player on his team for losing just to get rid of him. Even after his nephew Brandon played in ''South Pacific'', he referred to his own game as "greatness" and said Brandon was screwing it up.
* EpicFail: ''Palau'''s Ulong tribe. Infamous in that they lost ''every single immunity challenge'', and all but three reward challenges. The only reason anyone from the other tribe was voted out was that one episode featured a contestant getting voted out from both tribes as part of a twist. At one point, there is only one member of the Ulong tribe. As a result, no official merge happened, Ulong was considered "conquered", and Stephanie was assimilated into the other tribe. She didn't last too long after that, and the Ulong tribe officially became the shortest-lived tribe in Survivor history. "Ulonging" has since become a FanNickname for losing repeatedly.
** Seasons later, the Matsing tribe from ''Philippines'' became Ulong's successor, never winning a single challenge in the four episodes it lasted. Malcolm and Denise were consequently absorbed into opposing tribes, ironically going far to become major threats in their own rights.
** And Cagayan's Luzon(Brains) tribe almost becomes the next Matsing/Ulong. One of their tribe members threw rice into the fire, costing 95% of their food and voted off someone else(after holding an open discussion on who is the weakest and should be voted off), had to rely on one person to carry the entire team, and lost almost every challenge, winning 1 immunity/reward challenge. In the 3rd episode of Cagayan, Luzon lost against the Aparri/Brawn tribe who was TRYING TO LOSE ON PURPOSE. It says much when a tribe tries to throw the challenge, and the other tribe still loses.
* EroticEating: Jerri toyed the idea with a chocolate to Amber during ''Australian Outback''. HilarityEnsues when Colby, aware of the DoubleEntendre, [[ConfessionCam reacted]] uncomfortably.
-->'''[[MemeticMolester Jerri]]''': I just wanna pour hot chocolate on some hot dude's bod.
-->'''[[MrFanservice Colby]]''': [[TheAce I may be a lot of things,]] but I ain't no Hershey bar! (chuckles)
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Natalie sums up the [[AmazonBrigade Micronesia women's]] intentions in ep. 11:
--> "...as evil as women can be, and diabolical and cutthroat and go-for-the-jugular as women are, and just suck blood, we do want Erik to have a good birthday on day 30. Today's his birthday; he's 22... so he's not going home today."
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: All of the locations are designed to wear the hell out of the contestants, but Australia and ''especially'' Africa qualify for this trope. The two tribes had to be barricaded inside a little rickety boma to keep from various predators who might eat or gore them and other animals who may stampede over them by accident.
* EvilIsCool: [[{{In-Universe}} Some contestants believe this]] (as it ''is'' a game of deception), and swear to lie, cheat, and steal their way to the million. Most of them realise that they ''are'' on a television show, and deliberately do this to play up to the cameras.
** The Villain tribe from ''Heroes vs Villains''. Their dramatic entrance alone was all kinds of cool, the descent of their chopper literally [[AHandfulForAnEye blowing sand right at the Hero tribe's faces]].
* ExactWords: In the ''Tocantins'' premiere, the players are about to begin an hours-long hike to the campsites, when the host suckers them good:
--> '''Jeff''': "We're going to have our first vote, and one person from each tribe is not gonna make this journey..."
--> [''vote is held, unhappy words of farewell to the selected players, angry laments from them'']
--> '''Jeff''': "Let's be clear: I said you will not take part in this adventure. 'This adventure' is a four-hour trek to camp. ''(Sandy screams happily and others laugh upon realizing what Jeff meant.)'' [...] while these guys are [[BlessedWithSuck trekking for four hours, carrying all of the camp supplies]], you're gonna fly to camp in a helicopter." Hilarious.
** Before that, there was the time in ''Thailand'' where Jeff told the tribes they were together now, but later took great joy in informing them "'Merge'? I never said you ''merged''."
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Mick uses this general idea in ''Samoa'' ep. 13 to explain his [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness concern that Russell will soon turn on him]], [[ILied despite an earlier alliance]].
* FemmeFatale: Parvati Shallow, Jenna Morasca, [=Danielle DiLorenzo=] and Jerri Manthey, among others.
* FieryRedHead: Jerri Manthey from ''Australian Outback'' as well as her {{Expy}} of sorts Corrine Kaplan from ''Gabon''..
* FlawlessVictory: Earl Cole from ''Fiji'', J.T. Thomas from ''Tocantins'', and John Cochran from ''Caramoan''. Each got 100% of the votes-to-win in their Final Tribal Council.
* FoilerFootage: The first season shot multiple combinations of contestants at Tribal Council, creating a phony boot order.
* FollowTheLeader: Started an entire wave of reality shows.
** Jeff Probst's first speech to the players in ''Heroes Vs Villains'' called his beloved show "the '''greatest''' adventure game in the history of television".
* FormerTeenRebel: He's barely even out of his teens, but Brandon Hantz describes himself as one in ''South Pacific''. He, shall we say, [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity hasn't quite gotten]] [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny the hang]] [[BewareTheHonestOnes of it yet]], though.
* FourIsDeath: ''Palau'' fourth-placer Jennifer Lyon was diagnosed with breast cancer about ''four'' months after she joined the game. [[DownerEnding We know what happened four years later...]]
** ''Marquesas'' (season 4) fourth placer Paschal English was eliminated in a ''very controversial'' manner due to the purple rock.
** Amanda Kimmell became the fourth member of the jury in ''Heroes vs Villains''. The catch? This was the first time she was VotedOffTheIsland in her ''Survivor'' career, having been in the Final Tribal Councils of her 2 previous seasons. Even worse: if you total the jury votes she got in her first two tries, the pattern is obvious. (She only got a single vote from ''China'' and three from ''Micronesia''). After her boot, she had spent a total of OneHundredAndEight days in her three tries. The numbers are ''definitely'' against her that season.
** Cirie Fields was always connected with this number. She placed fourth in ''Panama'' (her original season), was part of a dominant FourGirlEnsemble in ''Micronesia'' and was the fourth person eliminated in ''Heroes vs Villains''. Also look at the numbers in between her three seasons (12, 16, 20).
** Defied by Boston Rob Mariano. He was originally from the fourth season (''Marquesas''), but he finally won the game in his fourth attempt.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Obvious in many final-four or four-person alliance such as:
** The final four Tagi alliance in ''Borneo''; [[TheStrategist Richard]] is choleric, [[TheQuisling Kelly]] is sanguine, [[BadassGrandpa Rudy]] is melancholic and [[IceQueen Sue]] is phlegm.
** The final four in ''Thailand''; [[EtTuBrute Helen]] is choleric, [[ManChild Jan]] is supine, [[GrumpyOldMan Clay]] is phlegmatic, and [[TheSociopath Brian]] is sanguine.
** The final four in ''Pearl Islands''; [[TheCassandra Sandra]] is phlegm, [[TheEeyore Lil]] is melancholic, [[CardCarryingVillain Jon]] is choleric and [[TheUnintelligible Darrah]] is sanguine.
** The final four Chapera alliance in ''All-Stars''; [[{{Shorttank}} Amber]] is supine, [[TallDarkAndSnarky Boston Rob]] is choleric, [[MsFanservice Jenna]] is melancholic and [[BoisterousBruiser Rupert]] is sanguine.
** Koror final four in ''Palau''; [[TheAce Tom]] is choleric, [[ScrewySquirrel Katie]] is phlegm, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman Ian]] is sanguine, and [[IllGirl Jenn]] was melancholic.
** The Aitu 4 from ''Cook Islands''; Yul is choleric, Ozzy is phlegm, Becky is supine, and Sundra is sanguine.
** The Black Widow brigade in ''Micronesia'': [[FemmeFatale Parvati]] is sanguine, Amanda is phlegmatic I, [[TeamMom Cirie]] is choleric and [[PromotedFangirl Natalie]] is melancholic.
** ''Gabon'' final four; [[CoolOldGuy Bob]] is melancholic, [[CoolOldLady Susie]] is choleric, [[GenkiGirl Sugar]] is sanguine and [[HotBlooded Matty]] is phlegm.
** ''Samoa's'' final four has [[ThePollyanna Natalie]] being supine, [[SmugSnake Russell]] being choleric, [[StandardizedLeader Mick]] being phlegmatic and [[TheQuietOne Brett]] being melancholic. [[BlackBestFriend Jaison]] is phlegm when he was part of the Foa Foa alliance with the first three mentioned.
** ''Heroes vs Villains'' final four; [[TheCassandra Sandra]] is phlegm, [[FemmeFatale Parvati]] is sanguine, [[EntitledBastard Russell]] is choleric and [[FieryRedHead Jerri]] is melancholic.
** The four winners who returned in ''All-Stars'' ([[NiceGuy Ethan]] is sanguine, [[TheStrategist Richard]] is choleric, Jenna is melancholic and [[TeamMom Tina]] is supine) and ''Heroes vs Villains'' ([[TheCassandra Sandra]] is phlegm, [[FemmeFatale Parvati]] is sanguine, [[TookALevelInDumbass J.T]] is supine and [[KnightInSourArmor Tom]] is choleric).
** ''Redemption Island'' final four; [[NiceGirl Natalie]] is supine, [[AlphaBitch Ashley]] is melancholic, [[TheChessmaster Rob]] is sanguine, and [[CloudCuckooLander Phillip]] is choleric.
** ''South Pacific'' final four; [[ActionHero Ozzy]] is phlegmatic, [[TheStarscream Albert]] is choleric, [[AFatherToHisMen Coach]] is sanguine, and [[BadassBookworm Sophie]] is melancholic.
** The four ''Fans'' that reached the merge in ''Caramoan''; [[SmugSnake Sherri]] is melancholic, [[EliminationHoudini Eddie]] is phlegmatic, [[JerkJock Reynold]] is sanguine, and [[StraightGay Michael]] is choleric.
* FreudianSlip:
** Sash in ''Nicaragua'' said "if there's a time when I lose trust in [my tribe] -- or, I'm sorry, if there's a time when they lose trust in me". And he said this during Tribal Council, too, so Probst made sure it didn't escape anyone's notice.
** During the reunion show of ''Redemption Island'', Jeff asked Russell a question, accidentally calling him Phillip. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it by calling it this.
** Brian in ''Thailand'' was gloating in the penultimate episode about why he wouldn't lose, and starts to count down on his fingers the ways he's manipulated everyone in Chuay Ghan into doing his bidding. By the time he's gotten to Clay, Brian inadvertently was FlippingTheBird to the camera, but it seemed like he meant he was doing it to Clay.
** Chris in ''Vanuatu'' was assuring Eliza that he would stay solid in his deal with her, but accidentally said that they were fine up until the Final Three (which was the absolute farthest he planned on taking her) as opposed to Final Two (which she believed was the deal). Eliza's reaction was a rare example of not realizing the slip-up and just correcting him.
** The botched challenge taunt from Angie in ''Palau'', while in the middle of ''the'' Ulonging: "We're not going back to immuni- to Tribal Council!"
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Sometimes during seasons featuring returning players, a returning player who did relatively poorly the first time around ends up taking such a [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]] that their reputation skyrocket's overnight. Boston Rob and Parvati Shallow are two great examples.
** Boston Rob during ''Marquesas'' was at best a SmugSnake EnsembleDarkHorse with a smart alec mouth, but during ''All Stars'', he ends up leading Chapera to becoming the overwhelmingly more dominant tribe compared to Mogo Mogo and Saboga, to the point where Mogo Mogo becomes pagonged, and the Saboga members who were absorbed into Chapera became his loyal followers. He made it to the Final 2, and was one vote away from winning in spite of how many bridges he had burned. By the time ''Heroes vs Villains'' rolled around, Rob was considered a ''Survivor'' legend, which he also used to exploit his tribe members during ''Redemption Island''(the season in which he finally won).
** Parvati during ''Cook Islands'' was seen as merely a flirtly girl who was on a losing tribe which itself was overshadowed by [[TheSmartGuy Yul]] and [[TheAce Ozzy]] on Aitu, but during ''Micronesia'', she managed to use her unassuming reputation to great effect, and built an [[AmazonBrigade all female alliance]] which took her to the Final 2 and eventually a victory. Her reputation grew even more during ''Heroes vs Villains'' when she herself managed to overshadow the self-described "best player ever" [[EntitledBastard Russell Hantz]] in strategy, making several ingenious moves and also overcoming the bias other players had against her. She didn't win this season, but she did come in second, and many believe that she was more deserving overall than either Sandra or Russell.
** Cochran went from being the little Survivor nerd that everyone picked on in ''South Pacific'' to the man running the show in ''Caramoan''.
* FunWithSubtitles: On rare occasions, onscreen labels are used for subtle snarking. For instance, in ''Redemption Island'', the occupation of Phillip was presented as "Former Federal Agent?" (Though that may be justified if production couldn't get confirmation of classified info on him.) Also in that season, the "participate or eat" challenge not only has the usual "Elapsed Time" caption for endurance challenges, but also "Elapsed Burgers" for those sitting out.
** In ''Pearl Islands'' the Morgan tribe was trailing in a challenge and they somehow figured that stripping down would help them. So now everyone's bare rears are exposed (and blurred out) - and what had been a "Morgan trailing" caption became "Morgan [[JustForPun behind]]".
* TheFundamentalist: Elisabeth on ''Outback'', who would go on to become a conservative commentator on ''The View''. Examples abound in other seasons as well.
* GambitRoulette: Parlor game of choice of Cirie, whose pet hobbies include organizing 3-2-1 vote splits and orchestrating scenarios to convince people to give away immunity at Tribal Council and then immediately voting them out -- as well as other plans that would fail by just one person moving out of line, which they never do because Cirie has everyone convinced she's loyal primarily to them. This finally backfires on her in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' when J.T. displays what happens when someone ''does'' stray away from her master plan (Tom whipped out the idol).
* GameBreaker: The Hidden Immunity Idol in ''Exile Island'' and ''Cook Islands''. Although Yul used it strategically to sway Jonathan, it otherwise pretty much made him invincible the entire game. [[{{In-Universe}} You can see why]] [[ObviousRulePatch they added a rule stating you can only use it until the final six, and why it had to be used BEFORE votes are counted.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: James Clement became a victim of this twice now. The first led to his NonGamePlayElimination in ''Micronesia'', the second had him {{Mercy Kill}}ed by his tribe mates in ''Heroes vs Villains''. For the others, see NonGamePlayElimination. They don't always lead to a NonGameplayElimination; and moreso a SuicideByCop.
** ''Palau'' wherein Jeff twisted (And possibly broke) his ankle because he stepped on a coconut in the middle of the night and was unable to perform well in challenges, so he asked to be voted out.
** ''Guatemala''. Jim Lynch tore his bicep and asked to be voted out. Months later he was still in a cast.
** Among the other things, Chet had a piece of coral stuck in his foot.
** Dehydration in ''Africa'' lead to Diane and Jessie being the first two voted out; despite being well-liked.
** Ben said that after ''Samoa'' he was likely to have been voted out sooner or later anyway because he had torn a ligament in his leg.
* GarageBand: After playing ''RockBand'' together on Ponderosa, ''Heroes vs. Villains'' jury members Coach, Courtney, and JT started a band called [[XtremeKoolLetterz The Dragonz]] (named for Coach's nickname). They wrote a few songs, wore custom T-shirts to Tribal Council, and even made a [[http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/video/?pid=21Iu17vMS4nLeU57OKlbjveqJtvFKPiK&vs=Ponderosa&play=true music video]].
** Lex from ''Africa'' and ''All-Stars'' was part of a band called "Lucky Dog" at one point, which he mentioned during Africa's reunion show. Currently, he's in another one called "The Maids of Honor."
* {{Gayngster}}: Richard Hatch thanks to his {{Magnificent Bastard}}ness.
* GeniusDitz: Fabio played this card in ''Nicaragua''.
* GenkiGirl: There's usually one.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Probably why Jessica Kiper is called]] [[MeaningfulName Sugar]]?
** Michelle Yi from ''Fiji'' also counts.
** What no Courtney Yates?
* GenreBlind: Various contestants have shown this to different degrees
** Russell seems oblivious to the fact that you really should avoid pissing off jury members if you should expect to actually ''win''.
** Erik from ''Fans vs. Favorites'' who never considered that the all-female alliance might be lying...
* GenreSavvy: When Amanda won a mid-season reward challenge during ''Heroes vs. Villains'', she correctly predicted that the reward location would include a clue to another hidden immunity idol.
** Russell, who figured there were hidden idols in ''Samoa'' and realized they would be around noticeable landmarks, found Idols before production could give away any clues to their location. He might have been DangerouslyGenreSavvy if he wasn't also GenreBlind to angering the jury.
** Todd, the winner of ''China'' actually admitted that he had seen the show since it premiered long enough to be GenreSavvy.
** Rob Cesterino was eliminated by his Chapera tribe during ''All-Stars'' [[DeathByGenreSavviness for being too Genre Savvy]].
** This was ostensibly the entire point of ''Fans vs. Favorites''; The "Favorites" were experienced players, but the "Fans" were those who had seen all the tricks and presumably knew how to use them. Unfortunately, most of the Fans ended up being a bit star-struck and let themselves be led around by the nose by the Favorites.
** Johnny Fairplay said that his inspiration for the dead grandma lie came from the episode of ''Amazon'' when Jenna Morasca wanted a letter from her cancer stricken mother, even though Christy Smith had already paid for her letter and that only one person was supposed to recieve a letter from home (this took place during the "Food Auction" of that season). Fairplay figured that he would recieve the same kind of leniency for someone who actually did die.
** Jane, from ''Nicaragua'', on the very first day, used a pair of glasses from another contestant to start a fire in no time, without the need for a flint. Later at tribal council, she stated that she had practiced starting fires back home, even pointing out how Jeff Probst has stated in the past that he's surprised people go into ''Survivor'' without practicing how to start fires.
** In ''Redemption Island'', Kristina as well as just about all the old people. You're put with two of the most (in)famous survivors and they're vulnerable. Russell Hantz was stealing rice with his harem and saying he was going to play a different game...while doing the exact same thing he was known for in the previous games. All the people in Zapatera who were older than 30 (Sans Russell Hantz himself) decide that he ''has'' to go, and that he cannot have the idol under any circumstances. Meanwhile over in Ometepe, Kristina immediately begins idol hunting and pulls it out of the sand ''within the first three days'' and immediately points out that Rob ''has'' to go. Unfortunately, she winds up using the idol, is voted out and eliminated, and the Zapateras are pagonged, while the jury ends up writing Rob a check for a million dollars. Phillip displayed this himself in the same season, spotting the obvious numbers flaw in Kristina's plan. His BewareTheHonestOnes moment distanced himself from the doomed alliance immediately, intentionally getting hooked onto Rob's side all the way to the end instead of being wiped out like everyone else. The only thing that held him back from becoming DangerouslyGenreSavvy was fumbling his Jury discussion, letting Rob take the win. He ''did'' steal one of Rob's votes in the finale, though, preventing it from being a unanimous victory for Rob.
** In ''Guatemala's'' 4th episode, the tribes were polled to find out which Survivors most deserved various rewards. Amy and 3 others were granted a "picnic lunch" and are about to see what's in their reward basket:
--> '''Jeff''': Amy, you look like you're gonna cry.
--> '''Amy''': What is it -- [[HopeSpot a tarantula]]?
--> '''Jeff''': [[BlatantLies I wouldn't do that to you.]]
--> [The basket is indeed laden with baked chicken, potato salad, huge cookies, and iced tea.]
* GetOut: Jeff Probst in ''Nicaragua'', when Naonka and Purple Kelly quit. "You wanna go? Go."
** He was equally unsympathetic to the show's first quitter, Osten Taylor, fourteen seasons earlier in ''Pearl Islands.'' Instead of being told "the tribe has spoken," Probst just says "go home."
** He elevated it to a full scale {{humiliation conga}} when Colton quit in Blood VS Water.
* GirlPosse: Several, the first being Jenna, Heidi and Shawna from ''Amazon''.
** The Yasur tribe from ''Vanuatu''.
** The Black Widow Brigade from the latter half of''Micronesia''.
** Andrea, Natalie and Ashley from ''Redemption Island''.
** The Salani Five from ''One World'', arguably the most successful female alliance in Survivor history.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: [[SassyBlackWoman Alicia's]] claim to fame in ''Australia'':
--> '''Kimmi:''' Don't wave your finger in my face!
--> '''Alicia:''' I will ''always'' wave my finger in your face!
* TheGlomp: Dawson gives an epic one to Jeff Probst at the ''Philippines'' reunion show.
* GoodIsDumb: Most of the cast of ''Samoa'', with the major exceptions of Natalie, Brett, and Russell (all of which are not Dumb, and Russell is also not Good). Also the Heroes tribe in ''Heroes Vs Villains'', considering they went along with JT's plan to give Russell an idol.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Natalie and Brett in ''Samoa''; the former used Russell's scheming against him for her own benefit, and the latter managed to outstay the Pagonging of his tribe. Also "Fabio" in ''Nicaragua'', who had a "lovable goof" personality but was reasonably game-savvy and combined the two to get the win.
* GracefulLoser: There are such contestants; even Colby didn't seem to mind about Tina winning. Some people have actually been alright with being voted out by someone they consider a WorthyOpponent.
** Lil from ''Pearl Island'' pretty much picked Sandra to go to the final jury over Johnny Fairplay, knowing she would have likely lost to either and instead wanted to make sure Fairplay ''didn't'' win.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Often, the jury's picking the lesser evil of the final two (or three). Especially obvious in:
** ''Borneo'', with Sue Hawk's famous jury speech calling Richard and Kelly a snake and a rat, respectively.
** ''Marquesas'', where [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Vecepia]] won mostly because no one really wanted to admit they were beaten by [[TastesLikeDiabetes Neleh]].
** ''Thailand'', where both Brian and Clay weren't very well liked and were called out for betraying their former alliance members amongst accusations of racism and sexism.
** ''All-Stars'', where it was Rob and Amber. Rob had backstabbed everyone on the jury up to that point, while Amber had the luck of being in an unbreakable alliance with him and he took her with him. Lex, Alicia and Tom's votes for Amber were not as much votes for her as they were votes against Rob (Shii-Ann meanwhile was the sole exception from that group).
** ''Samoa'', where the jury were mad at Russell for being a manipulative sociopath who bullied them and treated them like dirt (in a way which put Boston Rob's All-Stars game to shame), and Mick for being, as Shambo put it, "feckless". They voted Natalie, the woman with one of the best social games at that point in the series, even though they considered her a coattail rider.
* GreaterNeedThanMine: Parvati cleverly giving up her Idols in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' to not just one but ''two'' other contestants, Sandra and Jerri, simultaneously, which ensured [[LaserGuidedKarma JT was immediately sent home]], and that the Villains would take control. As Parvati had reason to worry that night, it was a bold move.
* {{Griefer}}: It's not too common a strategy, given that the point of the game is to get jury votes, but sometimes people do try it:
** Randy from ''Gabon'' was the first notable user of this strategy, both pre-merge and post-merge: first name was "Operation Let Everyone Else Crash And Burn", where he'd make his tribe as miserable as possible to capitalise on any mistakes they made, and the second name was "Operation Strongarm" - he'd make everyone loathe him, pile their votes onto him, then idol whoever him and his alliance wanted, which would have actually worked had Bob not made him a fake immunity idol.
** Russell in ''Samoa'', who in the premiere secretly emptied everyone's canteens and burned a guy's socks, claiming that it was manipulating his teammates to his advantage. He also tried to stir things up later by making it possible for the tribe's chickens to escape their coop, but they did not flee on that occasion.
--> "I plan on weeding out the weak right off the bat; I plan on making it as miserable as possible for everybody. [...] I think if I can control how they feel, I can control how they think."
** [[IronicEcho Sandra also burned Russell's hat]] at the end of ''Heroes Vs Villains'', something he admitted that he was fazed by, but by then Russell's own behavior had made it a KickTheSonOfABitch.
** Sandra also tried to sabotage her tribe towards the end of ''Pearl Islands'' when she thought she was going to be voted out. She changed her mind when a plan to save her came into play.
* GroupHug: After Stacey was voted off in ''South Pacific'', Coach suggested the tribe give her one of these. They agreed, but it was swiftly rejected by Stacey, who understandably wasn't in the mood for a group hug from the people who just voted her out of a game to win one million dollars.
* HappilyMarried: Rob and Amber (who was [[BabiesEverAfter in the audience with their cute baby]] in the ''Heroes Vs Villains'' ReunionShow); many other Survivors are happily wedded to non-contestants, of course. Some of these spouses show up for the "visit from home" reward challenges.
** Rob and Amber aren't the only former contestants who are married. Erik and Jaime from China, and Alex Bell from The Amazon and Kim Powers from Africa are married to each other as well, and as of Blood vs. Water you can add Rupert and Laura Boneham, Brad and Monica Culpepper, and John and Candice Cody to the list too.
* HappyDance: Richard does one when he wins individual immunity in ''Borneo''.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Colby from ''Australia'', Ozzy from ''Cook Islands'' and Parvati from ''Heroes vs Villains'' dominated the challenges in their respective seasons (especially the first two), but it still not enough for them to win jury votes.
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: Sandra from ''Pearl Islands'' and Randy from ''Gabon'' used this strategy to advantage - when you're mean, but completely honest with your tribemates, they all know exactly where you stand and know you'll never lie to them. Unfortunately, this didn't work out so well for Phillip in ''Redemption Island'', who actually unveiled his alliance at the first Tribal Council and forced him to jump alliances.
* HonorBeforeReason: Subverted. A lot of contestants ''talk'' a big game about how they want to play with honor, but then they vote either according to reason or against whoever annoys them. Coach is one of the biggest examples of this, talking about integrity and warrior's honor incessantly but then not putting it too far ahead of reason.
** However, a more conventional example of this trope is the finales for ''The Australian Outback'' and ''Pearl Islands'', where Colby and Lillian took someone to the finals that they knew had a large chance of winning the jury rather than the person they chose to eliminate. Subsequently, Tina and Sandra won their seasons.
** Many of the players in the earliest seasons simply refused to make alliances because they either thought (a) The game element is boring to them (Greg from ''Borneo''), (b) Alliances go against their morals (Most of the Pagong tribe from ''Borneo'', several contestants from ''Australian Outback'', etc), or (c) They are trying to play the game in a way that avoids alliance making (Dr Sean and Gervase from ''Borneo'', Gabriel from ''Marquesas'', etc). Most of these attitudes have died out by today, but they still exist in certain seasons.
** Brandon Hantz was one of the biggest followers of this in ''South Pacific'', often seeming to abandon reason entirely in his attempts to live righteously. It probably wasn't any help to him that sharing a tribe with Coach encouraged this mindset. He arguably kept the mindset in ''Caramoan'', he just had a radically different definition of "honor" then.
* {{Hypocrite}}: in-game, people often criticize others for lying, making deals, or backstabbing them...when they themselves would do the same to get in their shoes.
* IconicOutfit: Notable examples are Rupert's tie-dye shirts, Boston Rob's Red Sox cap, Russell's NiceHat, among others.
** It could be said that Richard's memetic outfit is his [[NakedPeopleAreFunny birthday suit]].
* IBrokeANail: Parvati split a nail with a machete in ''Cook Islands''.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Any contestant that was removed for injuries, especially ones that pretty much had everything in place to make it to the end: Jonathan Penner in ''Fans vs. Favourites'', Michael Skupin in ''Australian Outback'', and Russell Swan in ''Samoa''. These three were later brought back in ''Philippines'' for exactly this reason.
** Even some people who were voted out early: Dolly from ''Vanuatu'', Yau-Man and Tracy from ''Fans vs. Favourites'', Marisa and Betsy from ''Samoa''. Jolanda from ''Palau'' won the first individual immunity challenge in which she got to pick her tribe, voted out first for being bossy; Other members of Ulong said she really could have helped them because, "She was in the Olympics, man!" Also Wanda and Jonathan from that season, who were voted out before even being put on a tribe.
* IdiotBall: Sometimes, players will make boneheaded moves or plans with little or no reasoning behind them for extended periods of time:
** Sash grabbed it twice in ''Nicaragua'': first when he chose to vote out [[HandicappedBadass Kelly B]] even though Marty was clearly the bigger threat, and then again at the end, when he was duped by Fabio into blindsiding Jane, and then proceeded to tell her ''right to her face'' that she was the next to go. (of course Chase had it too in that case.)
** Lex giving up a 6-4 lead for his tribe and almost getting voted out during the merge in a close vote due to his rampant paranoia. And the only reason he was saved was because Brandon was carrying an even bigger idiot ball than him.
** Tom in ''All-Stars'' just barely touched the idiot ball when he called himself the swing vote between the Rob-Amber alliance and the Rupert-Jenna alliance. Normally not a bad thing to say to the ConfessionCam, but instead, he [[TooDumbToLive did it right to Rob's face. At the final five.]] That was all an already wary Rob needed to turn the vote against Tom and send him packing.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: At one point in ''Panama,'' Shane tells Courtney that if she backstabs him he will drive to her "shitty apartment" in LA and kill her, coming off deadly serious the entire time. What does Courtney object to first and foremost in that scenario? The assertion that her apartment is shitty.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: In the first episode of ''South Pacific'', Cochran mentions that he's afraid that he might be voted out before the girls. With him being a fan who's studied the game, this may not have been intended to be sexist; he may just be referring to the fact that women tend to get targetted first.
* IndyPloy: The gameplay style of Vecepia and Sandra, winners of both their respective seasons, who simply plays the game "one day at a time," making it easier for them to adapt to the other strategies of players around them.
* InformedAbility: Stephenie Lagrossa is regularly touted as one of the physically strongest and most useful women ever to play ''Survivor'', but she has only ever won one challenge on her own. On all three of her ''Survivor'' stints, she was part of the (initally) lesser tribe, first with Ulong (see FanNickname above) on ''Palau'', following through one season later with Yaxha on ''Guatemala'' before the tribal mix up (which some people argue was used to save Stephenie), and finally with the ''Heroes'' tribe in ''Heroes vs. Villains''.
** Thanks to being OutOfFocus in ''Samoa'', Kelly. Apparently Kelly was such a huge threat to Foa Foa that they needed to take her out first after Erik, but thanks to a blatantly severe lack of screentime, it's impossible to tell why.
*** Although the reason why she was edited poorly was ''because'' of the way she was taken out of the game; they didn't want the audience to be too disappointed with her elimination so they made her as much of a non-entity as they could.
** Russell Hantz. The producers and Jeff Probst tout him as an dangerous player. Meanwhile, he makes flashy moves which alienate his opponents, bosses people around and generally rubs them the wrong way, while all the while ignoring his alliance members who do a ten-times better job at making relationships with people. The only reason he gets as far as he does is because a savvier player brings him along as a goat.
* InformedFlaw: ManipulativeEditing can often make this happen, or just the tribes being an UnreliableNarrator.
** In ''South Pacific'', the Upolus regularly consider Edna for elimination because she's "sneaky", "devious", and a physical liability, yet the audience is shown nothing of her deviousness and sneakiness, and every challenge the Upolus won she took part in.
** Christina in ''One World'' is supposedly lazy, yet she's regularly shown working around the camp. She's also apparently annoying, but is ''nothing'' compared to Tarzan, Alicia, or Colton.
** Nick Brown was portrayed as a "LazyBum" in ''Australia'', however if you ask the rest of the people he played with, they will tell you that he was ''not'' in fact a lazy bum.
** Anthony in ''Fiji'' was apparently dislikable and shifty, yet almost all the time during the fights between him and Rocky, it's not that hard to see ''Rocky'' as the aggressor.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Most of the {{Cool Old Guy}}s / [[CoolOldLady Ladies]] and {{Youngsters}} can chill out and have fun with one another.
** Rudy Boesch to anyone he plays the game with.
** Tom Westman is known for his friendship with a lot of younger players in ''Palau''.
** ''Gabon'' has Bob Crowley and Sugar, as well as Susie Smith and Matty Whitmore.
** Butch and Matthew were both social outcasts with their tribe during the merge in ''Amazon'', and bonded because of this (as well as both being avid fishermen as well as being charter members of the all male Tambaqui tribe).
** Elisabeth (before she became Hasselbeck) Filarski and Rodger Bingham in ''Australian Outback'', with a very touching but purely platonic relationship that lasted their entire game.
** Neleh Dennis and Paschal English from ''Marquesas'' is another prominent example, and maybe one of the most unbreakable alliances in ''Survivor'' history.
** Chase and Jane, as well as Marty and Fabio from ''Nicaragua''.
* InvincibleHero[=/=]InvincibleVillain: When one alliance [[CurbStompBattle Pagongs]] another, all the suspense drains out of Tribal Council unless the larger alliance falls to infighting. If someone controls the game - such as Rob in ''Redemption Island'' or Kim in ''One World'' - then they become boring to watch, and if someone keeps losing control of the game, then it becomes more interesting...even though they're probably grinding their teeth.
* IronicEchoCut: ''South Pacific'' gives us this exchange:
-->'''Cochran:''' ''(Referring to the upcoming duel)'' I have a chance, right?
-->'''Ozzy''': Of course you have a chance. Everyone has a chance. ''(Cut to the ConfessionCam)'' He doesn't have a chance...
** Russell Swan in ''Phillipines'' is shown interviewing to the camera about trying to find the Hidden Immunity Idol to save himself, even going as far to say that more than likely the camera will show him searching right around where the Idol was hidden and missing it. We cut back to island time, as Malcolm searches right around where the idol is hidden, and even a glint is added to rub in the irony.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Some of those who find Hidden Immunity Idols ''want'' to encourage the others to try to vote against them. (They may talk of being ready to leave, irritate tribemates, or otherwise draw drama and disfavor. Having allies reinforce these perceptions can help.) [[BatmanGambit If the finders can attract enough soon-to-be-worthless votes in this way, the Idol holder's partner(s) can complete the minority that ends up controlling the vote.]] Amanda did this brilliantly in ''Micronesia'', and didn't even have to lie to keep her plan with Parvati a secret (Amanda didn't find the idol in exile - because it was hidden at camp).
* IslandHelpMessage: Some of the challenges have involved building these.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: ''Heroes Vs. Villains:'' Parvati and Danielle decided it would be just peachy to keep an immunity idol hidden from Russell. You really ''don't'' want to infuriate your alliance partner, particularly if your alliance is firmly in the driver's seat.
** Lex in ''All-Stars'' decided that it would be a great idea to vote off loyal tribemate Jerri and keep Amber around to fulfill a deal Boston Rob offered him. Then the merge hits, and Lex realizes that Rob has a rather nasty case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* JadedWashout: Randy Bailey from ''Gabon'' and arguably Frank Garrison from ''Africa''.
* JustEatGilligan: There are ''numerous'' seasons where the audience is saying "Come on! VOTE OUT THIS GUY!" at the TV.
** ''Vanuatu'': Vote out Chris, worry about your alliance later!
** ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes Vs Villains'': You ''know'' Russell is trouble! Dump him! (Thankfully, the ''Redemption Island'' cast took notes and ''did'' "eat" him, but...)
** ''Redemption Island'': Vote out ''Rob'', he's playing all of you!
** ''South Pacific'': Vote out Coach, he's doing the exact same thing Rob did!
** ''One World'': Vote out Kim, she's the most dominant player in the season!
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Arguably, Courtney Yates from ''China'' and Jessica "Sugar" Kiper from ''Gabon''. Good thing, we got to see them against each other in ''Heroes vs. Villains''.
* {{Keet}}: There's usually one.
* KickTheDog: There are a ''lot'' of {{Jerk Ass}}es on this show, but if you really want viewers to hate you, either tell fake sob stories for sympathy and brag about it in confessional (like Johnny Fairplay and Russell) or make comments that are racist, sexist ([[HeManWomanHater misogynist]] ''or'' [[StrawFeminist misandrist]]), or otherwise politically incorrect (such as Naonka's rants against Kelly B for being an amputee).
** Other pretty much unforgivable sins include betraying someone directly after they went out of their way to save you or your ally (Boston Rob to Lex), hiding food from people not in your alliance (Ami to all the men in ''Vanuatu''), and not giving up your reward for supplies even after you announced your intention to quit ([=NaOnka=]).
** "Dreamz" forever doomed himself into being The Worst Guy Ever in his season. Yau-Man, an adorable BadassGrandpa and fan favorite, had won a SUV in a reward challenge. Seeing no possible use for it (Yau-Man had a car and didn't want an SUV), he gave it to Dreamz in exchange for a promise that, if Dreamz won that night's immunity challenge, Dreamz would give the immunity to Yau-Man. Dreamz won immunity... and kept it. Yau was voted out.
** In the penultimate episode of ''Caramoan'', Brenda was put into an impossible situation (see DiabolusExMachina above) and tried her hardest to make things up to Dawn, even easing up during the challenge so Dawn could take immunity. And Dawn ''still'' helped vote her out that night.
* KidHero: Spencer Duhm from ''Tocantins'', Natalie Tenerelli from ''Redemption Island'' and Brandon Hantz from ''South Pacific'' were all 19 years old at the time of filming.
* TheKlutz: Boo in ''Fiji''. See Funny.{{Survivor}}
* KnightInSourArmor: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93KNzeLx9Yw&feature=channel Colby]] during ''Heroes vs Villains''.
** Frank Garrison during ''Africa'' could be seen as this.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The bane of every outright deceitful and manipulative player once they reach the Final Tribal and the people they forced out have the power.
** In ''Pearl Islands'', Jonny Fairplay is beaten in the final immunity challenge by the one contestant he'd been using as a verbal punching bag all season, Lillian, and promptly voted out.
** In ''Heroes Vs Villains'', JT's boneheaded plan to give Russell an immunity idol backfired and got him voted out only one episode later. And earlier, Tyson screwing up his alliance's plan got him voted out ''immediately''.
** Alliances have also suffered this - noteably:
*** The Rotu 4 in ''Marquesas'' made their alliance and intended boot order so blatantly obvious during a challenge that the other players rallied and voted them all out, one after the other.
*** The Horsemen in ''Fiji'' thought they had the game in the bag and wanted to punish Cassandra for sending Mookie to exile island, but the flighty Dreamz and a blindside by the other players caused the downfall of that alliance and Edgardo, Mookie and Alex got voted out one after the other.
*** Ami's posse in ''Vanuatu'' decided to vote Eliza out instead of obvious target Chris which caused Eliza to ally with Chris and the two other women Ami treated the most contempuously to vote them out one by one.
* LazyBum: There's always one or two people a season who refuse to help out around camp:
** Aras almost lost ''Panama'' because some of the jury thought he was one.
** Gervase from ''Borneo'' is the URExample.
** Subverted when after Nick Brown was edited as being lazy during one episode of ''Australian Outback'', almost the whole cast came to his defense that he was not, in fact, lazy.
* LivingLieDetector: The claim to fame of Sandra, who's scoffed through lies by designated villains Jon, Burton, and Russell that weren't sussed out by the other contestants until after the show over. Her capacity to play along with these lies before using them against her opponents often leads to a game of XanatosSpeedChess.
* TheLoad: Chet in ''Micronesia''. During an obstacle course challenge where he was tied to Joel, Joel got so frustrated he just dragged Chet around, not caring that he was seriously injuring him. And if Chet had been a bit less Load-ish later on and not ''asked to be voted off'', Tracy might have been able to alter the whole course of the game.
** Dan in ''Nicaragua'', Natalie, Ashley, and Andrea in ''Redemption Island''. Ashley is a bit of a subversion, though, as she proceeds to get dangerous in challenges late in the season.
* LongSpeechTeaTime: A couple people's rambling has been met with eyerolling. First Philip in ''Redemption Island'' (the editors even made a fake TimePassesMontage during one of his speeches) and then Semhar with her poetry in ''South Pacific''.
* LoopholeAbuse: There are a number of things that players have gotten away with:
** Looking at other peoples' boards during certain puzzle challenges.
** Bribing other contestants.
** During ''Cook Islands'', a couple people accidentally ''wandered into the other tribe's camp''.
** Luxury items. Colby used his Texas flag as a tarp in ''Australia''. Evidently, someone had once smuggled in a granola bar to the game, and another time, someone broke binoculars and used them to start fire. There have been {{Obvious Rule Patch}}es put in afterward.
** Using a pair of eyeglasses to start fire.
** Giving ''the other tribe'' your immunity idol so you can vote one of your own out! (In ''One World'')
** Stealing the other tribe's supplies during a "Get the supplies as fast as you can"-part. (Also ''One World'')
** Taking the other tribe's fire using a stick. (''One World'' again)
** You can't agree to split the million dollar prize, but you ''can'' marry the winner. (''All-Stars'') [[RuleOfRomantic Not that CBS minded.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Apparently Candice reassuring Billy who was going to be voted out with "we love you" triggered this.
** Boston Rob to Amber. As the guy said: "[[EstablishingCharacterMoment Because she's beautiful, and any idiot can see that!]]"
* LoveTriangle: [[ChickMagnet Colby]], [[FoeYay Jerri]] and [[TheDulcineaEffect Danielle]] according to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yLYpeN3ZT4&feature=annel Russell]].
** ''Cook Islands'' have a type 4 TriangRelations with Billy, Candice and Adam.
* LuckySeven: After winning the seventh season (''Pearl Islands''), Sandra became the first two-time winner by winning ''Heroes vs Villains'' seven years later.
** J.T. won ''Tocantins'' with a 7-0 jury vote.
* ManlyTears: Even the manliest Survivors can break down during the "Letters/Visits from Home" challenges. Notably, there's Shane in ''Panama'': Terry won that season's "visit from home" reward challenge, and was [[SadisticChoice forced to decide]] which relatives would get some quality time with their respective Survivors. He immediately chose himself and his wife Trish for the overnight resort stay, of course, and Cirie's husband "HB" would go back to camp with her. Shane was already misting up when his son Boston walked in for the cameras, but upon Terry inviting them to come along, Shane promptly broke down, tears-and-parental-hugs style. He may have been a bit abrasive and uncaring to the other players, but [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure his fathering]] is what gets him to care.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Invoked in seasons where tribes are gender-segregated: ''Amazon'', ''Vanuatu'', and ''One World''.
* MeaningfulName:
** The Manono tribe in ''One World''. Considering how dysfunctional it became and that it started out as the mens' tribe, "Man, o no" seems appropriate.
** The [[ButtMonkey Matsing]] ("monkey") tribe in ''Philippines''. Also, [[PunnyName Dangrayne]]. Penner joked on Twitter that he tried to get the tribe named "Fucking rain" but [[GoshDangItToHeck the producers wouldn't allow it]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Recurring contestant Amanda Kimmel, sometimes. Susie Smith also wore her glasses in the ''Gabon'' finale. South Pacific winner Sophie Clarke, Michelle Tesauro from ''Pearl Islands'', Angie Jakusz from ''Palau'', and Elisabeth from ''Australian Outback''(sometimes) all count too.
* MoneyDearBoy: Jimmy Johnson calmly said (twice) that he expected his NFL fame and riches would keep him from winning ''Nicaragua''; he intended to help another Espada member win the game. However, Jimmy T. didn't believe that the legendary coach would remain that humble and selfless.
* MontyHallProblem: Referenced during the ''Caramoan'' auction, when Jeff offered Reynold the chance to swap his mystery item for one of two other mystery items. Cochran called the situation by this name and advised him to switch, though technically it wasn't since there was no guarantee there was only one "good" item, and Jeff hadn't eliminated a bad one. (For the record, Reynold stuck with his original item, dodging a rotten coconut but getting only a slice of pizza instead of a whole one.)
* MoonLogicPuzzle: The first clue to any hidden immunity idol is typically very cryptic and generic.
** The ''Redemption Island'' clues have been commented on as particularly useless, amounting to "it's around your camp somewhere."
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The earlier seasons especially with the "This Is The Adventure Of A Lifetime" and "Tribal Council Is Scary/ Tribal Council Is Sacred" mantras repeatedly being emphasized every other episode.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Any time a player returns for a second season, unless they won the first time. Especially emphasized in ''Philippines'', as the returnees didn't get to play out their previous seasons due to [[NonGameplayElimination medical evacuations]].
** Played straight with ''Australian Outback'' and ''Cook Islands'' sixth placers Amber Brkich and Parvati Shallow, three-time loser Rob Mariano, ''South Pacific'' eighth placer John Cochran, and two-time loser Tyson Apostol by respectively winning ''All-Stars'', ''Micronesia'', ''Redemption Island'', ''Caramoan'', and ''Blood vs. Water''.
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Rich Hatch's other major shtick, besides being the show's first ManipulativeBastard.
* NamesTheSame: Richard Hatch from ''Borneo'' shares his name with Richard Hatch from the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. Benjamin Wade (aka "Coach") from ''Tocantins'' on the other hand shares his name with both a major league player and a former US senator. Law student John Cochran of ''South Pacific'' and ''Caramoan'' has a similar name as another famous lawyer.
* TheNapoleon: Sandra, Jonny Fairplay and Russell may be small in stature, but they're people you don't wanna mess with.
** Clay from ''Thailand'' was a 5'5 ManipulativeBastard who almost beat the [[ShowyInvincibleHero Showy Invincible Player]] of that season.
* NewMeat: The two ''Fans vs. Favorites'' seasons as well as ''Blood vs. Water'' featured a tribe of new contestants competing against a tribe of returning/seasoned ones.
* NiceHat: "Boston" Rob Mariano (in his case, ''Nice Cap''), Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey (Colby noted [[BlackAndWhiteMorality his choice of white and Jerri's choice of black]] in the Season 20 premiere.) and Russell Hantz are fond of wearing these. Except at Tribal Council, Jeff Probst is usually wearing a ''Survivor'' logo cap.
** Russell is so incomplete without his trademark hat, after Sandra burned his old one, he bought a new one before the live show.
** Big Tom Buchanan or Rodger Bingham and his green cap!
* TheNicknamer: Coach. He calls J.T "The Warrior" (even writing it before his name when he voted for him to win during the ''Tocantins'' finale) and Stephen "The Wizard". He even calls ''himself'' "The Dragon Slayer"!
** Also, Phillip. After forming the alliance Stealth 'R' Us, he gives each member a codename, ranging from cool to just plain ridiculous.
* NippleAndDimed: Some fairly strenuous physical competition takes place among women dressed in bikini tops or skimpy shirts. On occasion breasts and nipples have been exposed. As this is American TV, such wardrobe malfunctions are visually bleeped out by blurring or pixillating the screen. This is even done on versions sold to Europe, much to the perplexity of local viewers used to different standards. Especially when the womens' ''arses'' are also visually bleeped out, despite the fact they are clearly wearing bikini bottoms. This appears to be prudery taken to a ridiculous extreme.
** It is also noticeable that during a game involving women contestants bobbing for items in a tub full of gloopy brown mud, several bikini tops were dislodged exposing breasts and nipples. But since the women involved were by then slathered from head to waist in a coating of mud, the bared breasts were not visually bleeped out and left in full uncensored camera view.
* NoDamageRun: So far, thirteen people have done this. Nine of them have made it in the end, and seven of them have won the game.
* NoFourthWall: Despite ''Survivor'' being a program with real life contestants stranded in harsh real life conditions, many of the earlier seasons (and some of the more recent ones) try to make it a point of editing out any references to past seasons of Survivor, or even the fact that they are being filmed for TV. The most obvious exception to this rule happens to be from the very first season, ''Borneo''. Not only are there frequent references to the fact that the show they are participating in will soon be seen by millions of TV audience members, the survivors don't even know most of the terminology for the show's set pieces. The Tribal Council is sometimes interchangeably called both the "Island Council" and the "Immunity Council", and BB calls the immunity challenge that his tribe is about to attend the "Indemnity" challenge, although in context calling the challenge an "indeminity challenge" would actually would make just as much sense. In a later episode, Kelly says that "We're not evil, we just play bad people on TV!", and in the episode before that, Colleen makes fun of the upcoming trivia based reward challenge by saying that they already are on a game show.
* NonStandardGameOver: Brandon earns himself one in ''Caramoan'' with a sudden outburst during which he pours out his tribe's rice and beans. Later, during the immunity challenge, his tribe announces that they wish to forfeit the challenge to vote him out. After a heated discussion, Jeff becomes worried about allowing Brandon to return to camp, so he holds the tribal council right there at the challenge site, having the tribe give their votes out loud with the opposing tribe watching. He later states that he is proud of the way he left the game, as the "author of his own fate."
* NoodleIncident: Supposedly, Jonny Fairplay did something during the ''Vanuatu'' reunion that lowered Jeff Probst's opinion of him even ''further''. This isn't continuously referenced on the show; but Jeff has mentioned that he was disgusted by Fairplay inside and outside the game and cited that as a reason.
** Jake's adventure stories (which he claimed were true, much like Coach many seasons later) during Episode 9 of ''Thailand'' apparently involve him fighting off men with alligators and doing something nefarious in the middle of an airport(according to Clay and Ted), but we never got to hear exactly what he said.
* NostalgiaFilter: Some viewers ''really'' prefer the older seasons to the more recent ones.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Russell in every season he's been in has gloated to the point of absurdity before ultimately losing.
* NotSoDifferent: Quite a bit.
** Some of the arguments against the Final Three have actually been NotSoDifferent about complaints that happened when the show did a Final two format. Probst has pointed out that, yes, he ''has'' received complaints about "Blowout" Final twos where "Oh, nobody was going to vote for ''*Insert second place winner here*''," just like how he has received complaints of "Oh, nobody was going to vote for ''*insert third place winner here*''."
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Natalie in ''Samoa'' noticed that strong, aggressive women got booted, so she made herself a hanger-on to Russell (and if you're not convinced about the "Obfuscating" part, watch her confessional in episode 4 after the arrangement was made). She won.
** Vecepia Towery did the same thing seven years earlier, and also won.
** Fabio from ''Nicaragua'' also did this, to the point where the audience figured out what he was doing long before the other contestants. It's almost like [[GenreSavvy he realized that it normally works on this show]]. Then again, that seems to be his real personality for the most part anyway.
** Phillip Sheppard claimed near the end of ''Redemption Island'' that he purposely became the villain, knowing that it would both take the heat off Boston Rob and convince the man that he was someone to be going up at the end. Not everyone is convinced that his weirdness was all an act, however.
* OdangoHair: Sugar's hairstyle in ''Gabon'', and Kim Powers' hairstyle in ''Africa''.
* OddFriendship: A staple when a RagtagBunchOfMisfits share a tribe for an extended amount of time. The earliest example was in ''Borneo'': Machivellian gay nudist Rich Hatch and gruff homophobic Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Tom's famous shark-hunt in ''Palau''.
** Pagong all voting for Jeff Probst at their first Tribal Council, and Greg's rebelliousness against the producers in general.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Becky during the ''Cook Islands'' finale. She was overlooked because the jury only considered the [[GuileHero strategic and social mastery]] of Yul and the [[ActionHero physical prowess]] of Ozzy.
** It also didn't help that Becky and Sundra's tie-breaking challenge during tribal council (basically building fire that's huge enough to snap a piece of string) took [[EpicFail an embarrassingly long time to finish]], making her look even more expendable. Because the tie-breaker took too long to complete properly (over an hour), the game's producers gave the ladies ''matches'' instead of the usual flint and knife, so they could hurry up and finish, ''and even then'', they took quite a while to end the match (with Sundra actually running out of matches).
* {{Pirate}}: The theme of ''Pearl Islands''
** GhostPirate: The idea behind that season's Outcast tribe, being the departed coming back to haunt those who remain.
* [[PlanetOfSteves Planet of Russells]]: During ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains''. ''Samoa'' had Russell Swan, who was medevacked from the game, and the infamous Russell Hantz, who returned in ''H vs. V''. Ponderosa's chef in ''H vs. V'' was also named Russell (the jury dubbed him "Good Russell"). Finally, the series' composer, who performs at reunion shows, is Russell "Russ" Landau.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Happens a lot. Especially with Amanda and Russell.
* PoorPredictableRock: Three out of three times now, Russell's strategy was always "Ally with some pretty little bimbo that I can manipulate." Even though it didn't work the first two times - both of those girls were at least as savvy as he was, and it actively backfired when ''they'' manipulated ''him'' and one of them even won! The third time around, he managed to pick a properly empty-headed pretty girl and a WrongGenreSavvy girl who was almost as bad at the social game as he was. Unfortunately for him, the other members of his tribe knew what he was up to from the start and kicked him out early - the tribe even lampshaded in the first or second episode that he was probably collecting a harem as they spoke. And since the girls actually ''were'' just lackeys this time, they were no help in convincing the others to keep him around.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fanboy/Fangirl]]: Some Survivors were obviously fans of the show first. ''Micronesia'' and ''Caramoan'' used this as a gimmick, pitting super-fans against past Survivors.
* ProphecyTwist: A self-made one at that! At the beginning of ''Samoa'', Russell tells the audience: "I'm going to show America how easy it is to win Survivor." And indeed he did. By treating the rest of his tribe like crap, destroying their belongings, bullying and threatening everyone, and blithely ignoring the social skills of his would-be goat, Russell did indeed demonstrate how easy it was for '''Natalie''' to win Survivor. He had to beat sixteen people - she only had to beat one.
* PyroManiac: Butch Lockley on the ''Amazon'' inadvertently became one during the latter days of his season, with hilarious if tragic results.
** Happens again in ''Nicaragua'', when the tribe tries to shelter their fire from the elements... with materials that happen to be flammable.
* RatingsStunt: ''Redemption Island'', setting up a season to give Rob or Russell the wins that many claimed they deserved, casting a vast vast majority of people who had never seen the show before or had only seen Boston Rob and Russell's seasons, cutting half of these people from the show, and tailoring the challenges to Boston Rob's strengths. ''South Pacific'' was also the same with Coach and Ozzy but has been received better, mostly because they didn't [[SpotlightStealingSquad forget they actually cast eighteen people and not just four]] this time.
* RedBaron: Some contestants are given these, namely, Richard Hatch (The King, The Emperor), Jerri Manthey (The Black Widow, The Wicked Witch), Sandra Diaz-Twine (The Queen, The Empress), Rupert Boneham (The Pirate), Cirie Fields (The Puppet Master), Benjamin "Coach" Wade (The Dragon Slayer), Earl Cole (The Godfather).
** And now Coach had passed the Dragon Slayer title onto Sophie after she beat [[BoringInvincibleHero Ozzy]] at the final immunity challenge. She went on to then win the million.
* RedemptionInTheRain: In the ''Vanuatu'' premiere.
* ReligiousBruiser: Tyson Apostol from ''Tocantins'' is a Mormon. Brett Clousser from ''Samoa'' is a prayer warrior. Matt spent almost all of ''Redemption Island'' ''on'' Redemption Island, staying there by going on a challenge streak and talking about God in most of his confessionals.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Arguably in ''Africa'' after the tribal swap when Frank and Teresa voted out Silas.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: in ''Nicaragua'', Fabio is upset with Sash after he goes back on his word to take him along on the family reward challenge. When Sash returns, Fabio asks him how it was. When Sash tells him it was great, Fabio responds by telling him that he knew it was great; he was just calling him out with a rhetorical question.
* RomanceOnTheSet: "Boston" Rob and Amber during ''All-Stars'' is the most obvious. There's also Amanda and Ozzy in ''Micronesia'', Keith and Whitney in ''South Pacific'' (to the point that she left her husband for him), and Colleen and Greg all the way back in ''Borneo'' (although they insisted it was [[JustFriends only friendship]]). Julie Berry from ''Vanuatu'' once dated Jeff Probst himself. However, most players wisely avoid this, at least overtly - nothing says "unbreakable alliance" like two players making out.
* RuleOfFunny: There was absolutely no strategy behind Sugar convincing Bob to give Randy a fake immunity idol. Either way he was going home, but she knew it would be hilarious to have him humiliate himself on the way out. And it was.
* SceneryPorn: Especially in the seasons from ''Gabon'' onward, which were shot in HD.
* ScheherezadeGambit: Someone pulls this off from time-to-time.
* SdrawkcabName: The merged tribe of ''Gabon'' was named "Nobag," and its counterpart in ''Caramoan'' was "Enil Edam" after Malcolm's mother.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Most of the castaway's day to day conversations are left on the cutting room floor due to time constraints, but a few of these make it through.
** ''Panama'' had a lot of these. Early on Shane randomly yelled at his tribe to not take a specific rock to sit down on as it was his "thinking seat". In another episode, Bobby and the rest of his Casaya tribe banter on whether the outhouse that they just won should be used as actual outhouse, or a place to store wood. In a later episode, Shane and Courtney have another one of their big fights, this time over whether or not Courtney lives in a "shitty" apartment. One episode later, Terry and Aras have an argument over whether or not one's wife is more important of a loved one than one's mother or father.
** ''Africa'' had a moment where Frank's tribemates tried to explain to him what a "brunch" is.
* SelfDeprecation: In ''Fiji'', they used the "What do you think of your fellow castaways?" challenge again. When Jeff asked who the smelliest person in the tribe was, most people wrote "Dreamz", and Dreamz even wrote ''his own name'' down.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: Boston Rob was a ''master'' at this.
* SequelEscalation: The locations for the first three seasons became progressively harder for the contestants to live in. During ''Borneo'', the contestants were merely very uncomfortable. During ''Australian Outback'', Elisabeth almost died of starvation, Barramundi's camp was completely flooded out, and early on there were wild fires near Ogakor's campsite. During ''Africa'', which had the most oppressive heat of any season by far, several contestants contracted various illnesses which took them months or even years to recover from, not to mention the extreme scarcity of water and the very likely chance that one of the players could have been ''eaten'' by one of the wild animals roaming around. Season 4, which was supposed to take place in Jordan(apparently it was supposed to be called ''Survivor: Arabia") would have continued this escalation, but the events of September 11th stopped this dead in it's tracks.
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Brandon in the first few episodes of ''South Pacific'', regarding his tribemate Mikayla. And since he said ''she's'' at fault for tempting him, he didn't exactly redeem the Hantz family name.
* ShipperOnDeck: Some players love pairing fellow contestants for some reason, such as Cirie for Amanda and Ozzy (and jokingly Erik and Ozzy).
* ShipTease: Some contestants do this.
* ShoutOut: Borneo has a lot of these:
** Episode 10 has a reward scene with a helicopter coming in that is an homage to ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and its "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" scene.
** Richard Hatch gets compared to [[StarWars Darth Vader]] twice, once during the show, and once during the Reunion. During the show, they even dub the infamous breathing sounds over a shot of him with a black fishing mask on.
** The Immunity Challenge in Episode 12 (the one where Rudy repeatedly exclaims "I Dunno") was obviously an {{Homage}} to ''TheBlairWitchProject''
** The monkey that lives nearby the Chuay Gahn camp camp during ''Thailand'' is referred to as ''[[MagillaGorilla Magilla]]'' by everyone.
** Ryan Aiken, the first contestant booted off of the ''Amazon'' season, makes a shout out to the JohnWoo film ''Film/HardTarget'' when voting for Roger.
** Jonny Fairplay performed {{Shout Out}}s to various WWE wrestlers during his Tribal Council votes.
** All Stars had one episode where Amber mimicks a famous scene from BasicInstinct.
** Surprisingly, to ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. If it was intentional or not, the newtype flash sound effect plays during one of the times when Russell's bragging about one of his Badass {{Batman Gambit}}s working.
* SmugSnake: "Boston" Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz (in multiple seasons each) are the quintessential examples.
** Ami Cusack from ''Vanuatu'' became a perfect storm of SmugSnake when Eliza's name was read at tribal council and Ami nodded, faux-sadly, at her. Which made it all the more ridiculously awesome when it turned out Eliza and the rest actually voted out Leann, Ami's closest ally.
** Kenny probably would've had a very good chance of winning ''Gabon'' had he not turned into this late in the season.
** Jamie in ''Guatemala'' rapidly earned this label. He [[TheLoad did a lot to help his tribe lose]] two consecutive challenges, but [[TrashTalk he celebrated a little too much]] when they won the next one. When the contestants were [[SadisticChoice forced to choose either enjoying the merge feast or playing for Immunity]], Jamie sat and ate, while calmly mocking a very hungry Bobby Jon, competing just a few yards away. He didn't stay like that forever, though; see TheAtoner, above.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Jenna Morasca tried to argue in ''Amazon'' that her looks were a disability in life because everyone assumes she's dumb. This didn't work because she said it while sitting next to a ''deaf'' person.
* SpicyLatina: Sandra may not have the sex appeal associated with this trope, but she certainly has the lippy attitude.
** Brenda of ''Nicaragua'' seems to apply to this trope.
* SpinOffspring:
** Brandon Hantz from ''South Pacific'' and ''Caramoan'' is the nephew of ''Samoa'', ''Heroes vs. Villains'' and ''Redemption Island'' castaway Russell Hantz.
** ''Blood vs. Water'' gives us three; Ciera Eastin (daughter of ''Samoa'' castaway Laura Morett), Katie Collins (daughter of ''Australia'' winner and ''''All-Stars'' castaway Tina Wesson) and Marissa Peterson (niece of ''Borneo'' castaway Gervase Peterson). Bonus points for actually competing in the game against their respective loved ones.
* StealthParody: Easily one of the cleverest of these (if not the only one) was when Greg Buis asked both of the finalists on the first season to pick a number between one and ten during the standard Q&A jury session featured on each finale. Presumably whoever answered closest to the correct anwser would get Greg's vote, and they did (Richard picked 7 and Kelly chose 3 when the secret number was 9). As some time went by and people began to call Richard an overrated winner since he basically won through luck and all the machinations and intrigue of his season were thus pointless, an old interview with Greg then surfaced claiming that he had planned to vote for Richard the entire time and only did the "pick a number" gimmick to mock the overly serious nature of Tribal Council.
* StealthPun: Ace was evicted from ''Gabon'' because Sugar betrayed him at Tribal Council. Pixellation makes the vote card appear a bit blurry; the parchment in question reads "Ace-Hole".
** A ''Nicaragua'' challenge had the players make their way through barriers: [[Literature/ThreeLittlePigs first a haystack, then wooden rods and then a brick wall.]]
* TheStrategist: Richard Hatch from ''Borneo'', Tina Wesson from ''Australian Outback'', Brian Heidik from ''Thailand'', Yul Kwon from ''Cook Islands'' and Todd Herzog from ''China'' won the game for being this.
* StrawFeminist: While some seasons encourage mild sexism by dividing tribes by gender, ''Vanuatu'''s Ami Cusack took the idea and ran with it. Obsessed with creating an all-female alliance, she went so far as to hoard a food reward from the remaining men, and then mock them with the bones...after they had just returned from working! Appropriately, she got the ''Survivor'' equivalent of a KarmicDeath when she was voted out by the four people she despised most [[DarkHorseVictory and the lone remaining guy survived the sisterhood and won]].
* SuicideByCop: Some people actually asked to be voted out, be it they're sick, injured, or just can't take it anymore. It's normally a bit better rather than risk a NonGameplayElimination; since a NonGameplayElimination means your tribe can wind up losing ''two'' people if the tribal council isn't canceled.
** B.B. and Dirk in ''Borneo'' asked to be voted out
** Lisi in ''Fiji'' said she was done with the game and asked to be voted out
** Tina in ''Exile Island'' asked to be voted out since she was still mourning her son who died in a car crash. Jim asked to be voted out because he tore his bicep (and was shown as ''still'' having it in a splint months later!).
** Jonny Fairplay also asked everyone to vote him out first in ''Micronesia'', saying he wanted to be with his pregnant wife and daughter, which everyone thought was a ploy.
** There are also unconfirmed rumours of people asking to be voted out. Supposedly, Chet Welch asked to be voted out because he probably would have been evacuated had they not, (he had stepped on a piece of coral). Stephenie Lagrossa ''supposedly'' was still hurting from when she dislocated her shoulder and asked to be voted out if anything.
** GC in ''Gabon''.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Sandra, in ''Heroes vs. Villains'', after the merge. Before the merge, Tyson's boneheaded move destroyed her original alliance, and post-merge the Heroes completely botched every attempt to carry out her plans. In spite of it all, she [[GuileHero managed to]] ''[[GuileHero win]]''.
** James almost invoked this trope word for word on ''Fans vs. Favorites'', saying something to the effect of "I feel like I am back in China with a bunch of idiots!". [[TooDumbToLive Of course, his own actions weren't exactly brilliant.]]
** Boston Rob remarked that he appeared to have once again been placed on the 'buffoon' tribe as soon as Chapera hit the beaches and began building a shelter.
** Russell in ''Samoa'' and Rob in ''Redemption Island'' probably have been lucky enough to play with the most hollow-headed players ever cast in the game.
** Joel in ''Borneo'' was the only player on "Pagong" that realized that forming an alliance would be an excellent strategy, as there were rumors of an alliance on the other tribe and they would surely be picked off one-by-one after the impending merge. His idea was shot down in the name of sportsmanship and he was subsequently voted off over a completely trivial non-issue. His tribe went on to fall apart exactly as he predicted (with the MPV of his tribe being voted off immediately) and "Pagong" has entered the ''Survivor'' lexicon as the name for systematic post-merge annihilation.
* TakingYouWithMe: In ''Micronesia'', Eliza correctly and immediately realizes that [[TooDumbToLive Jason's]] "hidden Immunity Idol" [[FailedASpotCheck is just a poorly carved stick]]. (It had been planted on Exile Island by Ozzy.) She plays it at Tribal Council anyway, hoping that something "miraculous" would happen. Once Jeff confirms that Jason's been suckered, Eliza promptly blabs that Ozzy must have the real Idol.
** In an online interview, Ted Rogers Jr from ''Thailand'' said that Helen approached him in Ponderosa, telling him that finalist Clay Jordan was a racist. This caused Ted to negate any intentions whatsoever of voting for Clay. However, no one else could verify that Clay ever did anything racist or made any racial slurs during the show. Since Helen was vocal about her dislike of Clay during and after the show, earlier on even accusing him of being sexist (again, with no evidence), this might have been her way of taking Clay down with her.
* TalkingYourWayOut: Sometimes works, sometimes not.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Most of the MrFanservice listed above.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Lex van den Berghe, Shane Powers, James Clement, Coach and Boston Rob.
* ThanatosGambit: Janu's reason of quitting during ''Palau'', to screw up the original Koror's plans and allow Stephanie another chance to survive.
** Shii-Ann's elimination in ''All-Stars'', highlighting who she thought was the biggest threat on her way out.
** Randy in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' used his vote to say "Get rid of this guy".
** Ozzy voluntarily got voted out in ''South Pacific'' so he could go to Redemption Island, beat Christine and eliminate her for good, and come back.
* TheTease: Parvati ''[[GenreSavvy deliberately]]'' plays the role.
** Kimmi on ''Australian Outback'' told her teammates that if she was still on the show by her birthday, she would spend the day naked (her birthday suit) to celebrate. She ended up being voted out before her birthday.
* [[ThisIsACompetition This Is A Game]]: This phrase got used so many times during ''All-Stars'' it practically became the season's ArcWords.
* TooDumbToLive: Various contestants have pulled ''unbelievably'' boneheaded strategies.
** It's suspected that the [[OutOfFocus supporting cast]] of ''Samoa'' and ''Redemption Island'' were chosen specifically because they weren't the smartest players, and would allow Russell/Boston Rob to manipulate them easily to a victory. It failed in Russell's case, but allowed Boston Rob to get on everyone's good sides and win against two vastly inept players.
** Russell falls victim to this after he loses the advantage he acquired in ''Samoa'' and ''Heroes vs. Villains''. While he promises to change his strategy, he in fact uses the same tactics he did in these previous seasons, but this time his tribe knows what he's up to and eliminates him quickly.
* TookALevelInBadass: Some players who started weak becomes stronger as the game progress, such as Fabio in ''Nicaragua'', who started out as a [[DumbBlonde himbo]] and went on an immunity run to win it all. In case of [[ReunionShow Reunion Seasons]], a weak or terrible player from his/her original or previous season becomes much more impressive, such as Parvati.
** Lil from ''Pearl Islands'' is considered one of the most memorable examples of this trope. Overall quite mopey and sensitive, she had been Jonny Fairplay's punching bag for most of the season, and then proceeds to dominate the final immunity challenge, taunting Fairplay as she pretty much handed him his ass on a silver platter while refusing his repeated and desperate attempts at trying to convince her to cut a deal, and then proceeded to vote him out right before the final tribal council.
** Cochran. In ''South Pacific'' he was basically a nerdy whipping boy for both tribes. In ''Caramoan'' he won four individual challenges, including the final immunity challenge, and basically ran the game for the last few episodes.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Many survivors who return to the competition do so on a sour note for various reasons, such as Jenna Lewis, Boston Rob and Lex Van Den Berghe in ''All Stars'', Stephenie [=LaGrossa=] in ''Guatemala'', and James Clement in ''Heroes vs Villains''. Hell, even Jeff Probst has become more aggressive in his questioning and role in the show in later seasons..
* UngratefulBastard: Many players fit this perfectly. See YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness above.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: The main story of ''Gabon'' is how four of the most unlikeliest people could make the final four despite being in the minority and opposing possibly the tightest core alliance in the season: Bob, an elderly physics teacher who survived Kota's Pagonging by continually winning immunities; Susie, a middle-aged mother and hairstylist who was always the lowest woman on the totem pole and eventually survived long enough to put her alliance, joined out of desperation, on the chopping block; Sugar, a waitress/pin-up model who many tried to break the spirit of by sending her to Exile Island a record number of times, and eventually ended up controlling the game, and Matty, the personal trainer and supposed physical threat who stayed on one of the worst tribes in the show's history despite the various number of tribal swaps, and came out of the whole mess anyway.
* TheUnintelligible: Big Tom of ''Africa'' and ''All-Stars''. To quote Jeff Probst:
--> "When you try real hard, you can almost understand what he's saying."
** Rupert Boneham could go this way too, as well as Chicken in ''China'', although Chicken only lasted one episode and Rupert was only that way sometimes.
* UnknownRival: Russell to Boston Rob, at least in the early stages of ''Heroes Vs Villains'' (but certainly no longer unknown as of ''Redemption Island''). Early in ''Nicaragua'' ep. 1, two of the La Flor "alpha males" [[DefiedTrope agree to avoid this]], after noting that Russell and Boston Rob could have done even better if they had been partners in ''Heroes vs. Villains''.
* UnusualEuphemism: Frank of ''Africa'' claimed that Linda was "So solid, she's buried at the bottom the Hoover dam." Huh?
* VersusTitle: ''Fans vs. Favorites'' (twice), ''Heroes vs. Villains'', and ''Blood vs. Water''. ''Cagayan'' was also presented with the concept "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty", though the phrase didn't make it into the title.
* VillainProtagonist:
** ''Thailand'' winner Brian Heidik is perhaps the TropeCodifier of the show.
** Russell was arguably positioned as one of these in ''Samoa'', although he came off as more as an AntiHero. He was firmly in this position in ''Heroes vs. Villains'', however.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ethan and Big Tom on ''Africa''.
-->'''Ethan''': "Me and Tom, we have kind of like a brotherly relationship right now. He makes fun of me because I'm Jewish, and I make fun of him because he's fat and he's got a boil on his neck..."
** Rob Cesternino and Matthew Von Ertfelda in ''Amazon'' sort of had this. Rob and the most of the others made fun of Matthew for sharpening the machete all the time and for being socially awkward. Even though most the cast would have decided to boot Matthew for being an outcast, Rob decides to make fun of Matt even more by turning him and Butch into unwitting pawns of his during the merge (see Funny.{{Survivor}}). However, Rob and Matthew later develop a working relationship with one another when Rob decides to blindside Deena and Alex, two fair weather allies of his , and over time as they bond, both of them begin to realize that Rob accidentally gave Matthew too much voting power by the time there were six people left.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Six seasons before Rob famously proposed to Amber at the live ''All-Stars'' reunion, ''Australian Outback'''s Keith proposed to his girlfriend via instant message during a internet reward challenge. She said yes. Matty also proposed to his girlfriend during the loved ones visit in ''Gabon''.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The Samburu tribe from ''Africa'', being split right down the middle, spent more time in-fighting than working against Boran. In fact, in several instances where the Samburu's could have tried to vote out a Boran member, they just [[RevengeBeforeReason vote each other out instead]].
* WhamEpisode: A sort of consensus among the older fans of the show is that episode 7 of ''Borneo'' is the single most important episode of the show's history. In a game that had up until then been an outdoor adventure and voting had been based on merit, the Tagis banded together and [[ShockingElimination forced out Gretchen]], the ''most'' qualified survivalist. This act of putting politics before ability almost completely changed the course of how the game (not to mention all the future seasons) would play out.
* WhamLine:
** SurvivorOz made a [[http://survivoroz.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/survivor-oz-top-10-top-10-scene-changing-lines/list of the Top 10 Scene-Changing Lines ]]
** From ''Africa'': "Silas, Teresa, Frank, you guys are now members of Boran. Kelly, Lex, Tom, you guys are now members of Samburu."
** Coach to Cochran on ''South Pacific'': “I’m gonna tell you right now, our tribe isn’t budging ... and I feel like you guys are trying to play us.”
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: [[CaptainPlanet Ma-Ti and his Power of Heart]] is referenced repeatedly by Jaison in ''Samoa''. He ultimately concludes that HeartIsAnAwesomePower, and wished he had it to help cope in the wilderness.
* WholePlotReference: Given that ''Survivor'' is a [[LighterAndSofter minimally violent]] version of war, frequently [[ShoutOut highlighting]] ''TheArtOfWar'' in the ''China'' season was a stroke of genius. Each tribe receives [[BigBookOfWar a list of its main points]] and is [[AllThereInTheManual encouraged by Jeff to review all that wisdom]]. Hidden Immunity Idol notes and some of the tree-mail occasionally cite the book. Certain major events are apparently inspired by passages from the text, such as the tribal swap in episode 5:
-->"The enemies who have come to spy on us must be sought out, tempted with bribes, led away and comfortably housed. They will become converted and available for our service."
* WolverinePublicity:
** Until Russell came along, Rupert was easily the Survivor poster boy for this trope. He was so overexposed during his original two seasons, in fact, that at one point ''he was handing out the checks to the winners''.
** Russell vs Rob in ''Redemption Island''. Subverted in Russell's case when most of his tribe decided to go OffTheRails and eject him ASAP.
** Within the larger "CBS Reality Show" family, Rob and Amber got to go on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' while they were at the height of their popularity.
** ''South Pacific'' continued to sponge off of Russell's infamy. He didn't come back ''again'', but the cast included his nephew, Brandon Hantz. And Russell got namedropped some more when Brandon came back again in ''Caramoan''. ''Series/BigBrother'' also had Russell's brother, Willie Hantz.
* WomanScorned: As [[AmazonBrigade the women]] of ''Micronesia'' are plotting to blindside Jason (who they concede might [[CursedWithAwesome find a real Immunity Idol in exile]], for once), Alexis can be heard saying "Hell hath no fury".
* WorthyOpponent: Every now and again, one of the Jury members will say that one or more of the finalists is this. An example would be David from ''Redemption Island'', who was impressed by Rob's game and regretted being placed on the opposite tribe as him.
* WouldHitAGirl: Well, they wouldn't ''hit'' one, but many male contestants have no problem with tackling them to the ground or forcefully hauling them fifty feet to the goal line. Some would argue that the only reason they wouldn't hit her is because it would get them kicked out. Colby tossed Jerri into the water in one of the early challenges in ''Heroes Vs Villains''. Then again, ''[[SitcomArchNemesis Colby and Jerri]]''.
* YourCheatingHeart: During ''South Pacific'', Whitney hooked up with Keith and later left her husband for him. During the reunion, the show actually ''celebrated'' the couple, noting that she had ended a prior relationship but not that the breakup was actually a divorce.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Courtney Yates during ''Heroes vs Villains''. Several of the younger girls in ''Nicaragua''.
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-->''"The tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go."''

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