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Characters: Survivor Blood Vs Water

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The Tribes

    Galang 

    Tadhana 
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Most of them.
    • Ascended Extra Laura B. and Katie has previously appeared and participated in the love ones visit challenges for their loved ones' respective note  seasons. The former did it twice.
    • Early-Bird Cameo: Vytas was briefly shown in the Grand Finale of Panama after Aras was proclaimed as that season's winner.
    • The Ghost: Ciera, Brad and John were occasionally mentioned or referred to by their loved ones during their original (second for John's) seasons, but never actually appeared.
  • The Chew Toy: As of Episode 4, they have not won a single Immunity Challenge, even with the physical advantages.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Four Girl Ensemble: The women since Laura B. was quickly eliminated but was transferred to the other tribe.
  • Freudian Trio: The last three members.
    • Ciera = Superego
    • Katie = Ego
    • Hayden = Id
  • Generation Xerox: Katie and Ciera tried to Enforce and Invoke this in the early parts of the game, while Vytas avert, this. Marissa, on the other hand, downplayed this.
  • Lovely Angels: Ciera and Katie until the tribe shuffle.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tadhana" is Filipino for "destiny", as in "destined to be forever a part of his/her Galang counterpart's life".
  • New Meat: The original lineup.
  • One Steve Limit: The tribe includes John Cody and John Broward "Brad" Culpepper.
  • Rated M for Manly: The tribe was first dominated by a male alliance. Then the tribe shuffle made it an all-men team sans Ciera.
  • Salt and Pepper: Tyson and Gervase once they got into the tribe.
  • Spin-Offspring: Ciera and Katie. Marissa is a variation as she's a niece of a previous castaway.
  • Pyrrhic Victory/Shoot the Dog: As noted several times, if you win, you will have to send a loved one home.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Hayden, Caleb, Brad and Rachel had significant others in the other tribe, while John's was in Redemption Island.
  • Those Two Guys: Hayden and Caleb all throughout the game.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: The last three remaining members; Ciera, Katie and Hayden.

The Sole Survivor

    Tyson Apostol - Tocantins 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: June 17, 1979 (age 34)
From: Provo, Utah
Loved One: Rachel Foulger (Girlfriend)
Professional cyclist, alumnus of Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains (placing 8th and 15th, respectively), and a player for Galang, opposite his girlfriend Rachel.
  • The Ace: He makes fire within 15 minutes of arriving at camp. It also helps that he is insane at challenges and has only gone to tribal council once during the pre-merge stage of the game. He's also been in complete control since the merge without winning immunity until late in the game. And he has managed to find two immunity idols without anyone else having the slightest idea.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Everything he has done in this game, good and bad, has been for Rachel. He also willingly takes the role of the bad guy this season.
  • Badass: Being both a strategic player and a challenge dominator, he certainly counts as this.
  • Best For Last: He's skiled, but he chooses not to push himself to win immunity until the last few episodes.
  • Big Eater: Especially if it's coconuts.
  • The Big Guy: To Galang pre-shuffle.
  • Born Lucky: Right after using his hidden immunity idol to save his alliance mate Gervase, he finds the second hidden idol.
  • The Chessmaster: Tyson of all people is proving to be running the show as he orchestrated Aras' demise and is the only one to have hidden immunity idols and doesn't plan on telling anyone about them. In fact, he was in complete control since the merge.
  • Camp Straight: Can be seen in one scene with his arms around Aras at the campfire, cuddling with him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tyson beat Monica and Gervase in a 7-1-0 vote. Also true for the game in general, post merge. Anyone who tried to stop him was voted out as he dominated the strategy portion of this season.
  • Darkhorse Victory: Who thought this guy was going to make it past the merge, let alone win? When he injured his arm, people thought he'd get medically evacuated.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He exemplifies this trope during his confessionals.
    • When talking about Aras' yoga he says that he's not really on board with Aras' beliefs in Zen.
    "I don't believe in anything *beat* except magic. Magic rocks.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After two failed attempts at the game and losing his girlfriend earlier in this season, he finally won.
  • Expy: His gameplay this season is quite similar to Kim Spradlin and Boston Rob's gameplay in the seasons they won. Bonus points for the latter taking him under his wing during their stint in Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Flawless Victory: While not a No Damage Run, he still played a very swift game.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In his previous two seasons he ended up getting blindsided. In this season? After the merge, he controls the entire game the same way Rob and Kim did.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Downplayed. While he definitely did Took a Level in Kindness, he still doesn't have qualms in hiding his snarkiness.
  • Handicapped Badass: Well, he did compete with a dislocated shoulder.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tyson has played a very clever game this season similar to Boston Rob and Kim Spradlin.
  • Griefer: He's taken the role of stealing food and supplies from his tribe with Gervase's help.
  • I Let Rachel Get Evicted: What got Tyson to breakdown and gave him the determination to take control of the game.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: After he dislocates his shoulder in the Episode 3 Immunity Challenge, he still insists in competing in the next Immunity Challenge, then goes on to help his tribe win once more.
  • Keet: Has shades of this later on in the season. It's that smile of his.
  • The Lancer: To Tadhana post-shuffle, though he's actually The Starscream.
  • Lean and Mean: When he has to be, he can have quite a mean streak. This is especially shown after the final 6 rock drawing.
  • Loveable Rogue: As the lead coconut bandit and the big bad wolf.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tyson gets the Tadhana members on his new tribe to tell him the clues to the first hidden immunity idol, which he eventually found. Also, he forms a new alliance with said members and also convinced Monica to go against her alliance and vote out Aras. Later on, when the minority tried to sway Monica into voting with them, he always got her to do whatever he wanted in the end.
  • Manly Tears: After Rachel's elimination. He also breaks down in tears after he's announced as the winner.
  • My Greatest Third Chance: Played entirely straight. He even had two former winners voting for him!
  • Older and Wiser: He certainly learned a lot in his past two attempts.
  • Older Than He Looks: He certainly doesn't look like he's in his thirties.

The Runners-Up

    Monica Culpepper - One World 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: June 15, 1970 (age 43)
From: Tampa, Florida
Loved One: Brad Culpepper (Husband)
Homemaker, alumna of One World (eliminated at 14th place), and a player for Galang, opposite her husband Brad.
  • Action Mom: Won three consecutive challenges in the merge.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In stark contrast to the more chatty Brad.
  • Badass: Has won three immunities so far.
  • Broken Tears: Especially seen during the Final Tribal Council...although, she did receive a brunt of the grilling from the Jury.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Attempted by the Codys. As revenge for John's elimination, they give her the clue to the Immunity Idol after John wins at Redemption Island, hoping that it will make her a target in Galang just as it made John one in Tadhana. She burns it in the fire urn on Redemption Island.
  • Genre Savvy: Along with her husband, knew that the clue to the hidden immunity idol would put the biggest target on her back. Having received the clue, she promptly burns it in the fire after the Redemption Island Duel.
    • She also attempted to become the swing vote when Ciera & Hayden were trying to convince her to flip on her alliance. However, her attempts (arguably) backfired when her wishy-washy actions during the remaining Tribal Councils did not impress the jury.
  • Happily Married: To Brad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: You won't find many 42 year olds who look as good as she does.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight. Among the One World returnees, she had the worst finish. Here, not only was she the only one of the three to make the merge, but she managed to win three individual challenges, make it to the finals and came close (sort-of) to winning.
  • Older Than She Looks: During filming, she was 42.
  • Palette Swap: While it isn't noted, she and Laura M. basically have the same appearance and wears almost the exact same clothes but with different designs and colors.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Brad's red.
  • The Rival: She and her husband to the Codys, though their rivalry with John is more civil than with Candice.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Tyson, who she's voted with during every single Tribal Council thus far. When Hayden brings it up, he's promptly voted out.

    Gervase Peterson - Borneo 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: November 2, 1969 (age 43)
From: Philedalphia, Pennsylvania
Loved One: Marissa Peterson (Niece)
Cigar shop owner, alumnus of Borneo, the very first season (eliminated at 7th place), and a player for Galang, opposite his niece Marissa.
  • Black Best Friend: To Tyson, which was definitely shown during 'Operation Coconut'. note 
  • Call Back: Gervase has a "Pagong" tattoo.
  • Cool Uncle: Downplayed.
  • The Bus Came Back: It most certainly did for Gervase, seeing as he hasn't played in 13 years. It's the longest gap between seasons for any contestant.
  • Large Ham: His post-challenge victory celebrations, reactions at the food challenge, and voting confessional for Hayden say it all.
    • This came back to bite him twice. The first time, his over-the-top reactions resulted in his niece being voted off first. The second time, his antics (post-merge) rubbed the jury the wrong way, resulting with him receiving zero votes in the finale.
  • The Load: He struggles with swimming in the first challenge (sound familiar?).
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight. Though he didn't received any votes in the end and finished 3rd, he is the first Borneo alumni to make it to the final tribal council in their second attempt at the game. note 
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Gloating after winning gets his niece voted offnote .
  • Number Two: To Tyson.

The Jury

    Tina Wesson - Australia 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: December 26, 1960 (age 52)
From: Robbinsville, North Carolina
Loved One: Katie Collins (Daughter)
Motivational speaker, winner of of The Australian Outback and first boot of All-Stars, and a player for Galang, opposite her daughter Katie.

    Ciera Eastin 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: July 29, 1989 (age 24)
From: Salem, Oregon
Loved One: Laura Morett (Mother)
Cosmetology student and a player for Tadhana, opposite her mother Laura.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She got pregnant at the age of 17.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Downplayed. While she can be composed, she's still sociable.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a super nice person in the game, but once she cuts her own mother's throat? Game on.
  • Chekhov's Gunman/The Ghost: Laura M. occasionally mentioned her during Samoa.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First she votes out her mom, then she betrays the loved ones alliance only to return to them at the next vote. All in the span of three consecutive Tribal Councils.
  • The Chick: To Tadhana. Moreso after the tribe shuffle.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Episode 10 is pretty much Ciera having to accept the fact that she has to vote out her mom if she wants to stay in the game, which is something she never would've considered up until then.
  • The Cutie: Her tribe seems to see her as this.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Who would've thought of all people CIERA would be the one who had the best shot at winning up until Tina's return?
  • Eliminate the Ones You Love/I Did What I Had to Do: The entire point of her character arc in episode 10.
  • Happily Married: And with two children too.
  • Last of her Kind: The last Tadhana/non-returning player standing in the game.
  • Leitmotif: Ciera is the only contestant this season to specifically get her own theme upon being voted out. It can be found here, and it is awesome
  • Lovely Angels: With Katie until the tribe shuffle.
  • The Millstone: Has caused her tribe to lose two Immunity Challenges at the puzzle stages, however, she later wins an individual immutnity wihch ultimately proves she isn't the weakest player in the season.
  • Not Afraid to Die: By drawing rocks in Episode 12.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to her mom's red. She stated that it's actually the other way around in their normal life.
  • The Smurfette Principle: After the tribe shuffle, she ends up the only girl on a tribe with 5 guys (the Distaff Counterpart to Vytas).
  • Smug Smiler: After everyone was rooting for Kat, her mom beats Kat in a duel at Redemption, and Ciera smiles one of the smuggest smiles all season.
  • Spin-Offspring: Her mother is a previous contestant.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She got pregnant at 17 and kept the baby.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Katie's tomboy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Caleb made a huge move to save her in Episode 4. She becomes the swing vote at the Final 7, and guess who she ends up taking out?

    Laura Morett - Samoa 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: July 30, 1969 (age 44)
From: Salem, Oregon
Loved One: Ciera Eastin (Daughter)
Office manager, fitness instructor, alumna of Samoa (eliminated at 10th place), and a player for Galang, opposite her daughter Ciera.

    Hayden Moss 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: May 27, 1986 (age 27)
From: Springtown, Texas
Loved One: Kat Edorsson (Girlfriend)
Real estate agent, winner of Season 12 of Big Brother, and a player for Tadhana, opposite his girlfriend Kat.
  • The All-American Boy: Classy, friendly, and an all around nice guy.
  • Badass: He won Big Brother. Enough said.
  • Batman Gambit: While ultimately unsuccessful, Hayden pulls off one of the tightest gambits in series history by using the white/purple rock to his advantage.
    • First, by making himself a target so he would get the three votes, therefore being safe in the purple rock tiebreaker.
    • Second, by changing the vote to Monica instead of Tyson so she would get the other three votes and also be safe. This would leave Tyson vulnerable instead so long as he didn't play his idol.
    • Third, by swinging Ciera in Tribal Council under the noses of Gervase, Tyson, and Monica, who were so confident that Tyson didn't play his idol and would be vulnerable to the rock.
    • Four, permanently removing the fourth from a four person alliance to fight with him in the future of the game.
    • Fifth, just the sheer fact that he was able to convince this group of three (the dominant force of the season, someone with many friends on the jury, and one of the more unstable players in a long time) to draw rocks while he sat in the background and watched.
      • Ultimately it didn't work because Katie would draw the rock, but had Tyson picked the rock and been taken out of the game, it would have been one of the best moves of all time. As it stands, it's still one of the most valiant attempts.
  • The Big Guy: The strongest of the guys, physically.
  • Canon Immigrant: Was on Big Brother, and now is on Survivor.
  • The Cassandra: Tried to get Monica to flip by claiming she was a pawn of Tyson. It backfired and he was sent to Redemption Island.
  • Crossover: The first Big Brother contestant to compete on Survivor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarked at a lot of things Brad did, and still retains that snarkiness today.
  • Failure Hero: Despite his strong efforts, all of Hayden's attempts at taking over the game have failed.
  • Good Ol' Boy: He's from Texas.
  • Guile Hero: He's becoming this as of recently. He thought up a plan to blindside Tyson, who was more or less controlling the game, and managed to get Ciera on board with his alliance.
  • Heroic Build: He's well-built and a heroic contestant, with a touch of snark.
  • Identical Stranger: He bears a resemblance to J.T. as well as Malcolm. He also has a resemblance to Fabio in that his gameplay is very similar to Fabio's (befriend everybody and blindside potential threats after the merge) and that he's very good at physical challenges especially post merge.
  • I Let Kat Get Evicted: Felt guilty that he didn't trade places with Kat after she was eliminated.
  • It's Up to You: Implied by Katie's expression to him after she got rocked.
  • Keet: Energetic and fun to be around. He knows when it's time to be serious though.
  • Malaproper: Episode 12's title, "Rustle Feathers" as opposed to "Ruffle Feathers" was a line delivered by him at the episode's tribal council.
  • Manly Tears: Breaks down after finding out his girlfriend, Kat, wants to try the challenge and then again when she's evicted.
  • Mr. Fanservice: One of the handsomest guys this season along with John Cody.
  • Nice Guy: Seems to be one of the more friendly and easy going members of Tadhana. He's also a loving boyfriend to his girlfriend, Kat and cries Manly Tears when she's evicted. He's also pretty honest, almost to a fault.
  • Only Sane Man: The most level headed contestant so far.
  • Perma Stubble: Being on Survivor for several weeks, he's starting to grow this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kat's red.
  • Religious Bruiser: He wears a cross around his neck and is good at challenges.
  • Stunt Casting: Being the first Big Brother contestant on Survivor, he's pretty much this.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: One of the tallest guys. Not to mention one of the most handsome.
  • Those Two Guys: With Caleb, as they were in an alliance with from the start.

    Katie Collins 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: June 27, 1988 (age 25)
From: New York City, New York
Loved One: Tina Wesson (Mother)
Hedge fund manager and a player for Tadhana, opposite her mother Tina.
  • Ascended Extra: She made her first appearance on The Australian Outback at a loved ones visit via webcam when she was barely a teenager.
  • Alliterative Name: Albeit, only in pronunciation.
  • Born Unlucky: Katie was stuck on the losing side of challenges pre-merge, was in the minority alliance thoughout the merge and was the one to pull out the rock that eliminated her.
  • Competition Freak: Both herself and her mother admit to being this.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Like Paschal before her, for only the second time in Survivor history, Katie drew the White Rock and was send to Redemption Island, due to the deadlock of votes.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her tanktop and swimwear.
  • The Load: She's pretty awful in challenges until the merge.
  • Lovely Angels: With Ciera until the tribe shuffle.
  • Male Gaze: She is very well-endowed, and as a meta-example, many viewers have a hard time averting their eyes.
  • Meganekko: In one of the Tribal Councils.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's easy on the eyes and doesn't look bad in the bathing suit, either.
  • The Quiet One: She's not shown speaking very often.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to her mom's red.
  • She's All Grown Up: Compared to her appearance in Australia where she was barely a preteen.
  • Southern Belle: Though she now lives in the Big Applesauce.
  • Spin-Offspring: Her mother is a previous winner and two-time contestant.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Ciera's girly girl.

    Caleb Bankston 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: September 27, 1987 (age 25)
From: Collinsville, Alabama
Loved One: Colton Cumbie (Boyfriend)
Post office manager, farmer, and a player for Tadhana, opposite his boyfriend Colton.

    Vytas Baskauskas 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: March 22, 1980 (age 33)
From: Santa Monica, California
Loved One: Aras Baskauskas (Younger Brother)
Yoga instructor, math professor, and a player for Tadhana, opposite his younger brother Aras.

    Aras Baskauskas - Exile Island 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: September 26, 1981 (age 31)
From: Santa Monica, California
Loved One: Vytas Baskauskas (Older Brother)
Yoga instructor, musician, winner of Panama, playing for Galang, opposite his older brother Vytas.
  • Always Someone Better: As noted by Vytas.
  • Badass: Much like his brother.
  • Bash Brothers: With Vytas.
  • Camp Straight: He can be seen resting and cuddling with Tyson in one scene.
  • The Hero: Of the Galang Alliance. He is the leader who most of the Galang members follow.
  • The Leader: Of Galang, and the majority alliance. Later to Tadhana after the tribe shuffle.
  • Manly Tears: As seen after he beat his brother Vytas and stating how much he loved him in the 3rd Immunity Challenge.
  • Moveset Clone: He and his brother basically has the same game-play and skills.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It comes with being in shape from doing Yoga.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast to his cockier brother.
  • Older and Wiser: Compare his playing style to when he was 24, which was 7 years ago.
  • Palette Swap: He and his brother basically has the same appearance and wears almost the exact same clothes but with different colors.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Vytas' red.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Vytas in the past, and he still has a mild one today.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Vytas.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: One of the tallest guys.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite being vocal about wanting to take him out, Tyson usually say good things about him when he's not in his Deadpan Snarker self. He seems to return the favor as he voted for the latter to win.

Evicted

    Laura Boneham 
Allegiance: Tadhana, Galang
Born: August 29, 1968 (age 44)
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Loved One: Rupert Boneham (Husband)
Merchandiser and a player for Tadhana, opposite her husband Rupert.
  • Ascended Extra: The only loved one this season who's appeared in loved one visits from previous seasons.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: She can be seen as this since she's already competed in two challenges prior to the actual season.
  • Book Ends: She and John were eliminated in the last Redemption Island duel before the merge while their respective spouses were the first two inhabitants of the island.
  • Fish out of Water: On Galang, for obvious reasons.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Almost everyone on Galang wished Rupert were there instead of her.
  • Happily Married: To Rupert.
  • Hidden Depths: Believe it or not, she is a tremendous challenge beast. She's excelled in every Immunity Challenge thus far, rivaling even Aras and Tyson at points and helping Galang deftly beat the well-built members of Tadhana.
    • Notably, Galang lost the Immunity Challenge the first time Laura B. sat out.
  • No Social Skills: Seems to be very socially awkward, and annoys everyone on her tribe.
    • She mentions that she had a very quiet childhood, raised on a farm without much outside interaction, justifying this.
  • Not So Different: Slightly to Galang. See Ascended Extra above.
  • One Laura Limit: Averted with Laura Morett, though it was invoked and discussed several times.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Rupert's red.

    John Cody 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: May 12, 1983 (age 30)
From: Washington D.C.
Loved One: Candice Cody (Wife)
Physician, army orthopedic surgeon, and a player for Tadhana, opposite his wife Candice.
  • Battle Couple: With his wife while they are on Redemption Island together.
  • Book Ends: He and Laura B. were eliminated in the last Redemption Island duel before the merge while their spouses were the first two inhabitants of the island.
  • Chekhov's Gunman/The Ghost: He and Candice were married by the time of the Heroes vs. Villains reunion show. Candice even showed their wedding ring and made a small reference to him.
  • Fan Nickname: He's referred to as "Dr. John" or "Dr. Cody".
  • Hospital Hottie: He's a physician.
  • The Lancer: Of the male alliance in Tadhana.
  • Nice Guy: Comes off as this, seems to genuinely care for Candice and is a loving husband.
  • One John Limit: Averted with John Broward "Brad" Culpepper.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Candice's red.
  • The Rival: Downplayed with the Culpeppers. While their rivalry with his wife is more straightforward, their rivalry with him is on a more respectable ground.
  • Shirtless Scene: He and Brad have one in the premier upon discovering the waterfall.
  • Shocking Elimination: Due to being seen as a threat from the two immunity idol clues given to him by Candice, he was blindsided out during the third Tribal Council.
  • The Smart Guy: As a doctor, he should be this.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Many of the viewers will definitely agree with this.
  • Two First Names: John Cody.
  • Worthy Opponent: Everyone gave him an ovation after he was evicted.

    Kat Edorsson - One World 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: June 22, 1989 (age 24)
From: Orlando, Florida
Loved One: Hayden Moss (Boyfriend)
Timeshare representative, alumna of One World (eliminated at 7th place) and a player for Galang, opposite her boyfriend Hayden.

    Brad Culpepper 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: May 8, 1969 (age 44)
From: Tampa, Florida
Loved One: Monica Culpepper (Wife)
Lawyer, retired NFL star, and a player for Tadhana, opposite his wife Monica.
  • Chekhov's Gunman/The Ghost: Monica occasionally mentioned or referred to him during One World.
  • The Chessmaster: Brad is trying to be this, trying to take full control of his tribe.
  • Disc One Final Boss: The first few episodes were *heavily* about him, with him getting a "controlling villain" edit.
  • Dumb Jock: He has trouble explaining that 5 has majority on a tribe of 9. In the words of certain fans, "Math is hard". This of course leads us to...
  • Dumb Muscle: If you couldn't tell, he's not very good with numbers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He plays with his heart, as noted when he talks about how he would throw challenge for Monica.
  • Graceful Loser: Surprisingly, he showed a lot of class when voted out, and then later when he is eliminated at Redmeption Island, he goes out with a kind speech.
  • Happily Married: To Monica.
  • Heroic Build: He is very muscular and athletic. Something you'd expect for a classic hero build.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Fans of the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Chicago Bears should easily recognize him.
  • Last Name Basis: Jeff tends to refer to him exclusively as "Culpepper".
  • The Leader: Of Tadhana, or at least he tries to be.
  • Motor Mouth: He's a very talkative guy.
  • Puppet King: Brad thinks he's in full control of Tadhana despite Vytas making more of the vital decisions for his alliance. Brad can also be this to his other alliance members who are already tired of his attitude.
  • Rated M for Manly: Aside from being a former athlete, he also formed the men's alliance (though he blindsided The Lancer, but still...).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Monica's blue.
  • Retired Badass: Besides playing for the aforementioned teams for eight years (1992-2000), he also had a distinguished career with the Florida Gators (and is also a Hall of Famer).
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He blindsided John, and as a result his alliance loses trust in him and turns on him at the next tribal council.
  • The Rival: He and his wife to Candice. Their rivalry with John is on a more respectable ground.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: His plans for his all male alliance didn't end up working out very well.

    Candice Cody - Cook Islands 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: November 12, 1982 (age 30)
From: Washington D.C.
Loved One: John Cody (Husband)
Physician, anesthesiologist, alumna of Cook Islands and Heroes vs. Villains (placing 8th both times), and a player for Galang, opposite her husband John.
  • Action Girl: She won multiple challenges on RI.
  • Alliterative Name: Also has a case of Two First Names.
  • Battle Couple: With her husband now that they are on the same island.
  • Book Ends: In day 1, she and Rupert became the first two inhabitants of Redemption Island. In the last RI duel before the merge, Laura B. and John were defeated (by Laura M.) and sent home.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Meta-example. Originally R.C. Saint-Amour was going to compete in this season with her father, but they couldn't when he got sick. Thus, Candice and her husband were brought in at the last minute.
  • Flipping the Bird: Towards Brad at redemption island, after she finds out that he blindsided her husband.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Double points for being a Hospital Hottie.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's an anesthesiologist.
  • Hypocrite: Her actions towards Culpepper when her husband was sent to Redemption Island and her conversation with Monica in her own boot episode is something you wouldn't expect from someone who has made a reputation of betraying her tribe. Twice.
    • Also she memorably snarks at Monica for obeying Brad when he tells her to burn the clue to the Immunity Idol, moments after ordering her own husband to give Monica the clue.
  • Male Gaze: Candice got a boob job between Heroes vs. Villains and this season.
  • Sudden Name Change: Before this season, but after Heroes Vs. Villains, she was known as Candice Woodcock.
  • True Blue Femininity: Once again, her outfits are mostly blue. Since this is a season with no blue-colored tribe (at least pre-merge), it's safe to say that this is her favorite color.

    Marissa Peterson 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: March 26, 1992 (age 21)
From: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Loved One: Gervase Peterson (Uncle)
Student and a player for Tadhana, opposite her uncle Gervase.

    Rachel Foulger 
Allegiance: Tadhana
Born: July 28, 1980 (age 33)
From: Provo, Utah
Loved One: Tyson Apostol (Boyfriend)
Cocktail waitress, graphic designer, and a player for Tadhana, opposite her boyfriend Tyson.

    Colton Cumbie - One World 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: November 22, 1990 (age 22)
From: Collinsville, Alabama
Loved One: Caleb Bankston (Boyfriend)
Student teacher, alumnus of One World (medically evacuated at 13th place), and a player for Galang, opposite his boyfriend Caleb.
  • Alliterative Name: First and last name starts with a C.
  • The Atoner: Stated in his pre-game interview that he wants to redeem himself after his stint in One World. It didn't last.
  • Camp Gay: His voice is very campy and high-pitched, unlike Caleb's considerably deeper voice.

    Rupert Boneham - Pearl Islands 
Allegiance: Galang
Born: January 27, 1964 (age 49)
From: Indianapolis, Indiana
Loved One: Laura Boneham (Wife)
Juvenile delinquent mentor, three-time alumnus from Pearl Islands, All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains (placing 8th, 4th, and 6th, respectively), and a player for Galang, opposite his wife Laura.
  • Badass Beard: Most likely the franchise's most well-known example.
  • The Big Guy: One of the series' most well-known examples.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Again, one of the series' most well-known examples.
  • Book Ends: In day 1, him and Candice became the first two inhabitants of Redemption Island. In the last RI duel before the merge, Laura B. and John were defeated (by Laura M.) and sent home.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is already in his late forties.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Coming into the season, many expected him to play a similar game as Rob. That did not happen at all.
  • Four Is Death: First one to be eliminated in his fourth time playing the game.
  • Happily Married: To Laura.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He literally gives up his chance to play the game again so that his wife can play in his place.
  • Iconic Outfit: The legendary tie-dye shirt.
  • Large Ham: His battle at Redemption Island can definitely prove this.
  • Lazy Bum: Candice accuses him of being this while they're both at Redemption Island. However, he claims this to be part of his strategy to not waste any energy before the duel.
  • My Greatest Fourth Chance: Subverted, this is the first time he's failed to make the jury.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to his wife's blue.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ultimately, his wife was eliminated short before the merge.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: See Iconic Outfit.

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