* AuthorExistenceFailure: A number of former players have passed away, thus making them unable to return for returning player seasons.
** Jennifer Lyon (Palau) died of cancer in 2010. She was given an "Inmemoriam-" dedication after Heroes vs. Villains.
** BB Andersen (Borneo) died of a brain tumor in 2013.
** Caleb (Blood vs. Water) died of a rail accident in 2014.
** Dan Kay passed away for unknown reasons in 2016.
* BigNameFan:
** Mario Lanza, creator and owner of the extremely popular fan site [[http://www.funny115.com The Funny 115]], and writer of (among many others), the popular fanfics ''All-Star Survivor: Hawaii'', ''All-Star Survivor: Greece'' and ''All-Star Survivor: Alaska''. He's also considered to be one of the most prominent and knowledgeable experts on the show.
** {{Music/Sia}} is a huge fan of Survivor, and her favorite players are [[Characters/SurvivorSanJuanDelSur Keith]] [[Characters/SurvivorCambodia Nale]] and [[Characters/SurvivorKaohRong Tai]] [[Characters/SurvivorGameChangers Trang]]. She even appeared on Kaoh Rong's finale to give Tai one-hundred thousand dollars, half for him and half for an animal charity.
** Other well known celebrity fans are Yvette Nicole Brown, [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Adam Scott]], Debra Messing, Creator/MayimBialik, Creator/DominicMonaghan, Music/DaveGrohl, Music/{{Rihanna}}, Creator/JimmyFallon, Creator/TylerPerry, and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.
* FanNickname:
** "Pagonging" is when, after tribes merge, the one with the majority systematically eliminates the other (named for the Pagong tribe of ''Borneo'', the first victim of this). As many of the players don't feel a need to ''immediately'' break the original tribal alliances upon merging, pagonging is attempted rather often. (It often leads to a BoringButPractical strategy if one thinks about it; because removing the opposing alliances at merge means you can waltz undefeated to the finals.)
** "Ulonging" is similar; only the tribe gets utterly destroyed ''before'' the merge by losing challenges. Named for the Ulong tribe in ''Palau'', who lost ''every single Immunity challenge''. They went down in history as the only tribe to be completely eliminated before the merge (except for Stephenie). In fact, there was no official merge in that season because of this.
*** "Matsinging," named for the tribe in ''Philippines'', is similar but refers specifically to a losing tribe in 3-tribe seasons since those seasons have different dynamics. Interestingly, those dynamics tend to put the survivors of these in favorable positions.
** "Idoled" is when a contestant is eliminated only because another player who has the same or higher total of votes against them uses the Hidden Immunity Idol to save themselves from elimination. So far, this has happened in ''Fiji, Micronesia, Samoa'', ''Heroes vs. Villains'', ''Philippines''. ''Worlds Apart'', ''Cambodia'', ''Millennials vs Gen X'', and ''Game Changers''.
** "Loser Lodge" is a popular term for the Ponderosa, the nearby complex at which Jury members are sequestered before the final Tribal Council.
** "Mactor" is a {{Portmanteau}} of "model" and "actor", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin referring to the large number of models and wannabe actors who've been cast over the years]]. It's implied to mean in a cynical way that said mactor doesn't care about being on ''Survivor'' and is only on the show for the exposure (as opposed to an "applicant" who is more likely to have watched previous seasons).
** "Gamebot" is a player whose entire focus is on winning the game and maximizing their success at winning the game at the expense of everything else (such as, you know, maybe enjoying the experience, or [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends remembering that this is a social game too]]). They are differentiated from most players (who also want to win) by their total disinterest in anything that doesn't advance them further in the game. A good example of this is Amanda and Danielle during ''Heroes vs Villains'' when they went along with Colby to the home of Creator/RobertLouisStevenson on reward. Amanda even ''said'' out loud that she didn't care about the reward itself, and just wanted a clue to the next hidden immunity idol.
** Here's a few other popular (or once popular) fan nicknames for alliances featured on the show:
*** "Boran Boys Club" (Lex, Big Tom, and Ethan during ''Africa'')
*** "The Rotu 4" (John, Tammy, Robert Decanio, and Zoe during ''Marquesas'')
*** "Twigs and Sticks" (Jenna and Heidi during ''The Amazon'')
*** "The Fat Five" (Lea, Bubba, Chris, Chad, and Rory during ''Vanuatu'')
*** "Crazy Casaya" (Shane, Courtney, Danielle, Aras, Cirie, Bruce, and Bobby during ''Panama''. This is an exception in that it describes the entire tribe instead of a specific alliance.)
*** "Aitu 4" (Yul, Sundra, Ozzy, and Becky during ''Cook Islands'')
*** "Black Widow Brigade" (Parvati, Amanda, Cirie, Natalie, and Alexis during ''Micronesia'')
*** "The Onions" (Marcus, Charlie, Corinne, [[ICouldaBeenAContender Jacquie]], later [[{{Turncoat}} Randy]] and Bob during ''Gabon'')
*** "The Ometepe five/six" (Andrea, Natalie, Grant, Phillip, Ashley, Rob when it's six, during ''Redemption Island'')
*** [[FunWithAcronyms CRABS]] ('''C'''oach, '''R'''ick, '''A'''lbert, '''B'''randon, and '''S'''ophie during ''South Pacific''.) After '''E'''dna [[SixthRanger joined]], the acronym got changed to BRACES.
*** "Stealth R Us 2.0" in ''Caramoan'' (Phillip, Andrea, Cochran, Dawn, Malcolm, and Corinne initially, later [[SixthRanger Sherri, Erik, and Brenda]] join after the latter two defect.)
*** "Cool Kids Club" in Caramoan (Reynold, Eddie, Allie, and Hope. Later it becomes Malcolm, Reynold, Eddie, Corinne, and Michael.)
*** The "Three Amigos" alliance in ''Caramoan'' (Malcolm, Reynold, and Eddie.)
*** "The Witches Coven" (Kelly Wentworth, Ciera, and Abi-Maria in ''Cambodia'')
*** "Cool Kids 2.0" (Taylor, Jay, Michelle, Will, Figgy, later joined by Michaela and Hannah (who defected)) and "Nerd Voting Bloc" (Adam, Zeke and Hannah) on the Millennials side of ''Millennials Vs. Gen-X''.
*** On Gen-X, there was "Paul's Posse" (Paul, Chris, Bret, Sunday, Jessica and Lucy) but after a swap, losing its members, and making the merge with the outcasts, they formed together and became "The Gen-X Alliance" (Chris, Bret, Sunday, David, Jessica and Ken).
** "CG-I", to refer to a player with an OutOfFocus edit to the point that they seem almost digitally inserted into the show halfway through the season.
** Shortly after she was voted out first ''again'', Francesca gained nicknames such as "Anti-Sandra," or "Reverse-Sandra," etc.
** The "idol with special powers" in Cagayan is referred to as the "Tyler Perry idol", since the idea came from a text message from Tyler Perry to Jeff Probst.
** "WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs tribe", the post-shuffle Escameca in ''Worlds Apart'' due to the tribe having blue ColorMotif and TheSmurfettePrinciple being blonde and an original member of said blue tribe.
** The term "Big Move-itis" often referred to as when somebody makes a big move just for the sake of making a big move despite it being more or less a bad move to make at that point in the game.
** After [[Characters/SurvivorTocantins Stephen]] [[Characters/SurvivorCambodia Fishbash]] incorrectly refer to [[SurvivorSanJuanDelSur Missy]] as Muffin on Podcast/RobHasAPodcast, several fans start calling Missy by Muffin.
** The eleven people who were not voted to play on ''Cambodia'' is often referred by fans as the Bitter Eleven.
** "Casuals" and "Superfans" are often referred by the fandom for when the former often takes the show as a hour of television while the latter often dives in the full story and are way more active in the Survivor fandom.
* OutOfOrder: The 32nd season of Survivor was apparently filmed ''before'' Season 31.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Rafe Judkins (Guatemala) went on to establish himself as a television writer for ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' and ''Series/AgentsOfShield''. Ditto John Cochran (South Pacific, Caramoan) for ''Series/TheMillers''. Chase Rice (Nicaragua) was already a NASCAR crew member but went on to have a career as a country singer post-Survivor. Jonathan Penner (Cook Islands, Micronesia, Philippines) appeared in bit parts in an episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and an episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' '''before''' his stint on Survivor, and later went on to write and act for the 2017 Horror film ''Film/TheByeByeMan''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The hosting job for Survivor came down to Jeff Probst and [[Series/TheAmazingRace Phil Keoghan]]. Probst got it due to his live TV work and due to an interview on Access Hollywood where he flirted with Sandra Bullock. However, if Probst hadn't been chosen, imagine what both Survivor and The Amazing Race would be like with Phil as the Survivor host.
** Shane Powers was actually intended to return ''twice'', but both times, got replaced. He was intended to return in ''Micronesia'', but was replaced by Jonny Fairplay. Shane was ''also'' intended to return in ''Heroes vs. Villains'', but was replaced by Russell.
*** He also could have been voted into ''Cambodia'', but didn't get enough votes.
** Other people were considered to return for the show. Sandra was actually one of the people dropped at the last moment in ''Micronesia''. Tom Westman was asked to come back to ''Micronesia'', but he declined the offer.
** The original filming location intended for Season 4 was the country of Jordan, but due to [[TheWarOnTerror a certain event in America in 2001]], it was changed to Marquesas.
** Vecepia was asked to come back to ''All-Stars'', but she couldn't as she was pregnant at the time.
** Richard Hatch was supposed to be on ''Heroes vs. Villains'' as well, but he was under house arrest at the time and wasn't able to get permission from the courts to to leave the country to film it. Additionally, both Yau-Man Chan and Corinne Kaplan had to turn down coming back due to work obligations.
** [[Characters/SurvivorPanama Tina Scheer]] was going to be in ''Guatemala'' but her son died through a car accident and [[SurvivorGuatemala Amy O'Hara]] went on to replace her.
** ''Redemption Island'' was originally planned as Russell vs. Richard, with the tribes comprised of returning players chosen in a draft. After Richard was denied permission to leave the country again, the draft idea was scrapped and Boston Rob, Russell's rival from ''Heroes vs. Villains'', was chosen as Richard's replacement.
** ''Fiji'' is so far the only season with an odd number of players as well as the first with a gender imbalance, due to one of the players quitting and not being replaced.
** [[Characters/SurvivorAfrica Kelly Goldsmith]] was an alternate for the ''All-Stars'' season was replaced with Shii-Ann at the last minute. She was also approached for ''Heroes vs. Villains'', but declined when casting wouldn't tell her the concept behind the season. She was approached a third time, for ''Blood vs. Water'', and had planned on playing, but had to decline when none of the loved ones she had chosen were able to play.
** [[Characters/SurvivorBloodvsWater Hayden]] [[Characters/BigBrother12 Moss]] was going to be on ''Nicaragua'' but they put Fabio on that season instead and they went on to put Hayden on ''Series/BigBrother''.
** [[Characters/SurvivorPhilippines Abi-Maria]] [[Characters/SurvivorCambodia Gomes]] was originally going to be on ''Tocantins'' but because of production feeling that she had a good layout of the land, they didn't put her on the season.
** [[Characters/SurvivorPhilippines R.C. Saint-Amour]] was originally going to compete in ''Blood vs. Water'' with her father, Craig. However, just before the game started, Craig's blood pressure shot up too high, and they were unable to compete. Instead, Candice and her husband John were brought in as a last minute replacement. In fact, the season's original theme was going to be "blood tribes" vs. "water tribes" before they were pulled out and the theme was switched to "returning players vs. their families". This makes ''Blood vs. Water'' something of an ArtifactTitle. She was also asked for ''Cambodia'', but declined.
** Two players have left ''San Juan del Sur'' just before filming, resulting in the "redemption island" twist being played axed altogether, and forcing the players to have a gender imbalance for the first time since Fiji. Probst confirmed this in an interview, and did not state why they had to leave. (Fans assume something similar to what happened to Craig Saint-Amour or [[Series/TheAmazingRace The Amazing Race 24]].) One of the supposed players then eventually competed in the following season.
** According to Jeff Probst, some players declined to return for ''Second Chances'', including Greg Buis from ''Borneo'', Elisabeth Hasselbeck from ''The Australian Outback'', Ian Rosenberger from ''Palau'', Brett Clouser and Shambo Waters from ''Samoa'', Jeff Kent and RC Saint-Amour from ''Phillipines'', and Josh Canfield from ''San Juan Del Sur''. CBS contacted Jon Misch, also from ''San Juan Del Sur'', about participating, but he missed the call and didn't check his voicemail in time.
** [[Characters/SurvivorMillennialsVsGenX Adam Klein]] and his mother applied to be on ''San Juan Del Sur'' but had to withdraw due to her cancer diagnosis. He was given a standing invitation to appear on a later season.