Characters: Survivor Borneo

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The Tribes



The Sole Survivor

    Richard Hatch 

  • Affably Evil: Is a pretty nice guy and is very relatable.
  • Badass
    • Badass Beard
    • Badass Boast: Before he was even officially cast, here's what he had to say to Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst, and Les Moonves:
      You know you're going to pick me, but what you don't know is that I'm going to win. And after I win, I'm going to host next year's show.
      • Of course, on the very first day of Borneo, he said this:
      I'm good to go survival-wise. People-wise, it'll be a little more challengin', but I've got the million-dollar check written already. I mean, I'm the winner. It's that kind of cocky attitude that makes people really hate your guts. So, that's the kind of thing I have to keep under wraps.
      • Again, in Episode 9, referring to the last Tribal Council where Sean referred to Richard's fishing as the reason he hasn't been voted out yet:
      ...Catching fish makes people happy, but that's not the reason they're voting me here. They're not voting me off because I'm not letting them.
    • Badass Gay
  • Batman Gambit: Throwing the final challenge. He correctly assumed that Kelly would win and vote out Rudy, ensuring that he didn't have to vote out Rudy. Although they were extremely loyal allies throughout the whole game, Richard believed that he couldn't win against Rudy, so if he had won, he would have voted him out over Kelly. This raises the possibility of Rudy feeling betrayed by Rich and voting for Kelly, so by throwing the challenge, Richard gets to throw the dirt onto Kelly. He also knew that Kelly felt the same way about Rudy (that she couldn't win against him, but could possibly win against Richard). He also waited long enough to get the temptation (food, in this case oranges) from the host.
  • Big Bad/Anti-Hero: To the Tagi alliance.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, the rest of Tagi is scrambling around trying to figure out how to set up shelter and figure things out survival-wise. Richard, the first strategist of the series, simply sits back in a tree and watches them all go, sizing his competition up.
  • Evil Genius/The Smart Guy
  • Follow the Leader
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: He had a tough childhood and was discriminated against in his lifetime for being gay.
    • And it's pretty hard not to feel bad for the guy with all the shit he's gone through legally post-show.
  • Large and In Charge: He's 6'4, and over 200 lbs. Before the show, he was even bigger (at one point he mentions how he dropped one hundred pounds just to get in shape enough to pass the physical).
  • Large Ham: His obnoxious, over the top rendition of 99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall during the final six Immunity Challenge would qualify him for this. Not to mention his weird little Happy Dance that he does when he wins immunity during the Episode 10 challenge.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Naked People Are Funny
  • Intergenerational Odd Friendship: With Rudy.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    (Referring to Rudy) They think he's arrogant? I'm out of here!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. While Richard is the first person to admit that he's an arrogant bastard, in this case he really is the smartest guy in the room.
  • Smug Snake: Early on. But by episode four, he shows that he knows what he's talking about when he forms Survivors first successful alliance.
  • Sole Survivor: The UR Example.
  • Straight Gay
  • The Strategist: The prototypical version of this trope in the context of Survivor. More than a few players tried to pattern themselves after him in subsequent seasons.
  • Trope Maker
  • UR Example


    Kelly Wigglesworth 

  • Action Girl: Her impressive streak of immunity challenge wins is the reason she made it to the final, as the Tagi alliance was gunning for her from the moment she defected.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • The Big Girl: To Tagi.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: She was a whitewater rafting guide so you'd think she'd have an easy time beating Gervase, who had no experience with boats whatsoever, in a challenge that involved operating a canoe. Instead, he beats her easily. Sue makes sure to turn this into a Take That at Final Jury.
  • Deal with the Devil: Kelly explicitly refers to making an alliance with Richard as "like making a deal with the devil".
  • Hard Work Hardly Works
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Kelly eventually finds Richard's alliance to be taking the competitiveness and fun out of the game, and decides after Gervase's boot to start going solo. She also yearns to hang out and be with the members of Pagong, people her own age, rather than be on Tagi where everybody is older than her.
  • Lady of War
  • Lady Swears A Lot: From time to time.
  • No Damage Run: Though she lost in the end.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: Recognized as the very first female contestant to dominate the challenges. Yet, she still Needs More Love.
  • Shout-Out: After leaving Richard's alliance out of guilt, she said she felt that not voting her conscience made her feel like Luke Skywalker being tempted by Darth Vader (Richard).
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: To the Tagi alliance.
  • Spanner in the Works: How she outlasted Colleen, Sean, Sue, and Rudy. They liked Colleen more than Kelly, especially after Kelly defected, but when she won immunity, they had no choice but to vote her out. Kelly then keep on winning immunity after immunity.

The Jury

    Rudy Boesch 

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Would frequently make remarks about what he and his "buddies" would do to anyone that broke ranks from the Tagis. Exactly how many of them were supposed to be taken seriously is a Riddle for the Ages.
  • Badass
  • The Big Guy
  • Breakout Character: While he's still a fan favorite, at the time of the show he was by far the most popular contestant due to his humorous personality.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: He even applied for the next season following this one, saying that he's willing to play until he finally wins. Hell, he was even willing to compete on Heroes vs Villains ten years later, while he was in his early eighties. This guy's a beast.
  • Fish out of Water/ Only Sane Man: Rudy's age and extensive military background make him very uncomfortable around his much younger civilian tribe-mates, but unlike B.B on Pagong, he understands that he's outnumbered and has to work with them rather than trying to impose his way of living.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • I Gave My Word: If he makes an agreement he will keep it. Early in the game he and Richard made an agreement to make it to the end and Rudy never wavered from it. In the final tribal council he asks no questions and in the confessional he says that he had made an agreement and is fulfilling his obligation by voting for Richard. He holds everyone else to this same standard of honor and warns several people that there will be violent consequences if they betray him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In a bonus scene from the "Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments" DVD, he mentions that he won't eat a rat until he's truly starving, "And then I might eat my buddy", with Richard standing right next to him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Made blunt remarks about sexuality, incest, and when he thought people were idiots amongst other things and that was part of his charm.
  • Intergenerational Odd Friendship: With Richard
  • Noble Bigot: Unapologetically homophobic but a good (though not very nice) man with a strong sense of personal honor.
  • Old Soldier
  • Team Chef: The cooking area even had a homemade plaque reading "Rowdy Rudy's Diner".
  • Team Dad: To Tagi

    Susan Hawk 

    Sean Kenniff 

  • Awesome McCoolname / Trope2000: His (useless) handcrafted fishing pole, which he dubs "The Superpole 2000."
  • Being Good Sucks: He made the choice to vote alphabetically only because he was trying to find a way to vote that wasn't based on emotional decisions, and thus not upset the person he was voting for.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Bunny Ears Doctor: While it's viewed as ridiculous and stupid now, his Alphabet Strategy actually had some merit to it - everyone from the other tribe had names that started with letters at the start of the alphabet (Colleen, Gervase, Greg, Gretchen, Jenna) as opposed to his own tribe (Kelly, Richard, Rudy, Sue), so it was a way to get rid of the other tribe members without forming an alliance, which was seen at the time as underhanded.
  • The Ditherer: The Alphabet Strategy was a way for Sean to never have to choose a side, but there are other examples too. For instance, after he had won the Reward Challenge where he got to spend overnight on a Yacht, he had promised to take Kelly on board the next morning for breakfast. When confronted by Jeff Probst with the decision on whom to take though, Sean chickened out at the last minute and took Rich instead. Sue in particular was always talking about how Sean lacked the balls to make any kind of decision in the game.
  • Ditzy Genius: Not just with the Alphabet Strategy, but in general. He's supposed to be really smart (given that he's a neurosurgeon, this should come with the territory) but really flaky and weird sometimes, with Gervase calling him "the dumbest smart guy that I ever met'' during the DVD commentary.
  • Honor Before Reason: The alphabet strategy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He chose the alphabet strategy to avoid hurting people's feelings, seeing himself as a throwaway vote and not wanting to be a swing vote. He never considered that by being so open and predictable with his strategy he was designating a target at every tribal council. When Jenna got voted out he finally realized that his one innocent vote (cast because he believed Jenna was not at risk or else he would have deviated from his pattern) was responsible and was visibly horrified.
  • Nice Hat
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His early post-merge decision to openly vote for people based on alphabetical order is what ultimately costs Pagong their last chance to topple the Richard/Sue/Rudy/Kelly alliance.
  • Odd Friendship: With Richard.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • The Slacker: Briefly with Dirk. He gets better, shortly before Dirk is voted off.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Tagi Alliance.
  • Those Two Guys: With Dirk in the first few episodes.

    Colleen Haskell 

  • 100% Adoration Rating: You'd be hard pressed to find a Survivor fan who doesn't like her
  • Broken Bird: Actually manages to turn into this the further along the season goes post-merge. As it becomes more and more hopeless for Pagong to win it's pretty clear she just wants the whole thing to be over with.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: While she does it much less then Greg, she does her fair share of mocking the concept of the show
    • In particular, her legs were in a nauseating condition by the time she was voted out, to the point that bugs were starting to nest in her wounds.
  • The Chick: Along with Jenna to Pagong.
  • The Cutie
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Just Friends: Her response to her and Greg's relationship.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When the tree mail indicates that the upcoming Reward Challenge involves a trivia contest, Colleen shouts out "Wait a minute...we're (already) on a Game Show."
  • Last of His Kind: Was the last member of Pagong still in the game
  • Nice Girl
  • Power Hair
  • Plucky Girl
  • Ship Tease: With Greg (though they claimed it was only friendship).
  • Shorttank

    Gervase Peterson 

  • The Ace
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Charmer: This was his strategy to winning the game. He made no effort to disguise the fact that he didn't particularly pitch in and help around the camp and instead banked on people finding him entertaining enough to keep around.
  • Chick Magnet
  • Karma Houdini: While it was Gervase that made the infamous "cow joke," Joel ended up taking the fall for it and Gervase got off scot-free.
  • The Lancer: To Pagong.
  • Lazy Bum
  • The Slacker
  • Straw Misogynist: Depending on whether or not you believe that his "Women are the stupidest things on the planet next to cows" comment was meant as a joke or not.

    Jenna Lewis 

    Greg Buis 

  • All There in the Manual: In the companion book to the show, Mark Burnett espouses in detail about how Greg basically drove the crew nuts.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "If people are fear and self-preservation motivated they'll band together, they'll form alliances, they'll start beating people out to get rid of the strong ones and get rid of this and get rid of that and, you know, if that happens I hope they vote me off soon because that to me is — whoa, cool flying fish."
  • Badass: The first ever person to win an individual immunity challenge.
    • Badass Bookworm: Attended an Ivy League University, and was one of the best pure survivalists in this or any other season.
  • Bishounen
  • The Big Guy: To Pagong.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: His general mockery of the show, especially the supposed seriousness of Tribal Council, counts as this.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Rudy jokes about Greg being attracted to his sister based on the odd way the two communicate via the video messages they send one another (Dr. Sean takes a more lighthearted approach to the videos and says something to the effect of that being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander must run in Greg's family).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Chewing the Scenery
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he hosted an impromptu island version of The Dating Game with the rest of his Pagong tribe, but the introduction of Greg's coconut phone in Episode 4 is when we really got to see an extensive look into his personality (or as much as the producers would allow us to see).
  • Everyone Loves Blondes
  • For the Lulz
  • For Want of a Nail: Had he not won immunity at the merge, the Tagis were going to vote him off. Mario Lanza has speculated just how much would be different about Survivor if Greg had missed the jury instead of Gretchen.
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Keet
  • Large Ham
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Perhaps not mean as much as supposedly incredibly difficult to deal with and edit around. Apparently he drove Jeff Probst and the production crew nuts.
  • Ship Tease: With Colleen (Though they claimed it was only friendship). He may have been deliberately invoking this trope as another parody moment.
  • Stealth Parody: Several, but his "pick a number" request is perhaps the most well known.
  • Troll: If Mark Burnett's descriptions of his antics are anything to go by, he certainly qualifies as this.

Voted Out

    Gretchen Cordy 

  • Action Mom
  • Badass
  • Being Good Sucks
  • The Heroine: To Pagong.
  • Honor Before Reason: Refused to consider an alliance between the members of her tribe against Tagi once they got past the merge. This cost her (and everyone else in her tribe subsequently).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With B.B
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Even though Gretchen was a great inspirational leader for Pagong and the one who knew the most about wilderness survival, she was also the one most responsible for Pagong coming into the merge naive and unprepared for the threat that was the Tagi Alliance. Some contestants (such as Joel, and later on, Colleen, Jenna, and Gervase) were perfectly willing to make alliances, and there's a possibility that they would have formed one earlier had Gretchen not convinced them that alliance making was wrong.
  • Oh, Crap: When she realizes that she's about to be eliminated.
  • Redheaded Hero
  • Team Mom: For Pagong.

    Joel Klug 

  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • The Cassandra: He was the only person on Pagong who even considered that forming alliances might be a good idea, and was booted because he was considered "arrogant" for even bringing up the idea.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Misblamed: During Episode 6. According to the women of Pagong, Joel is a chauvinist for laughing at a mildly sexist comment that Gervase made. He is voted out in the very same episode.
  • The Stinger: During the montage where the women of Pagong proclaim that Joel is a chauvinist, Joel adamantly denies that he is one and says that he thinks that women are equal to men. But at the very end, Joel makes a weird little fluttering movement with his eyes that suggests that maybe he really is one.
  • Straw Misogynist: Maybe. See The Stinger above.

    Dirk Been 

  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted, at least in the modern way we think of the word "virgin". A big to-do is made by his tribe of the fact that he's twenty-three and has never had sex.
  • Lazy Bum: In the last episode or two that he was in.
  • Precocious Crush: With Kelly. It's actually a little cute once you realize that it geniunely is just precocious and not sexual in nature.
  • Religious Bruiser
  • Those Two Guys: With Sean.

    Ramona Grey 

  • Black Best Friend: To Jenna. Ramona's boot episode was centered heavily on the dilemma Jenna has on voting her out in spite of being her best friend on Pagong.
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Heel Face Door Slam: She was sick for most of the game, but she got better just in time for this to happen. In fact, the episode she was voted off in is entitled "Too Little, Too Late".
  • Hot Scientist
  • Ill Girl: On the paddle ride to camp, she accidentally swallowed a lot of sea water, causing her to be ill. She only got better a few days before getting voted off.
  • Two First Names

    Stacey Stillman 

    B.B Andersen 

  • Benevolent Boss : At least he TRIED to be this.
  • Bus Crash: He died in October 2013.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Unlike Rudy, B.B refused to alter his aggressive Type A personality in order to work with his tribe. Gervase even references this very trope just before Pagong heads to Tribal Council by saying that B.B dug his own grave.
  • Fish out of Water: B.B was the oldest member of the youth dominated Pagong tribe, and his age combined with his abrasive personality didn't let him fit in. Or as best summed up by Greg:
    Greg: "B.B's a good guy. He's pretty strong willed and he's got his plan as well. He's caring. He commands respect. Definitely feels the difference between his age and other people, and doesn't want to seem to bridge that gap as much as just be who he is."
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Gretchen. Had good things to say about Jenna and Greg, though he didn't take the time to know Jenna's name and mistakenly thought Greg was named "Craig".
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: What most of his tribe thought of him.
  • Stupid Boss: Gretchen repeatedely told him that the Pagong shelter should be moved back farther from the ocean, but he didn't listen until the said shelter was almost flooded.
  • Suicide by Cop: He asked to be voted off, and even admits it several times during his boot episode. Interestingly, Mark Burnett makes an (possibly apocryphal) anecdote in the Borneo companion book about the psychologist who used to work for the show, Gene Ondrusek, and how he actually convinced B.B to quit the show when going through the pre-show tests.
  • Workaholic: This trope certainly applies to B.B in one respect, as he was a workaholic, but he doesn't totally fit into the trope on account of him being a millionaire in real life.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Parodied in the Mad Magazine article about the show, BB was thought of as too bossy to be kept around after he was done building the shelter.

    Sonja Christopher