Characters: Survivor Marquesas
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The Sole Survivor
Vecepia "V" Towery
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed Kathy at the final three immunity challenge by making a deal with Neleh (right in front of Kathy even!) and letting her take it, which at the time was one of the most underhanded and despised moves the game had ever seen.
- Dark Horse Victory: The first person to win the game when their tribe entered the merge in the minority.
- Elimination Houdini: A small example:
- 6 (of 8) of her tribemates voted off before the jury phase, and then she join into a counter-alliance and get rid off a majority alliance who just shot themselves in the foot.
- It's the Final 4, and her only True Companions is voted off just now, and since the other 3 are really tight, the final Mamaaru member is set to...... win a Crucial Immunity Win to save herself.
- Guile Heroine
- Hypocrite/Holier Than Thou: Certainly in the eyes of Tammy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Besides backstabbing alliance members effectively, she also mentioned starting fights between tribe members that she would stay out of in order to keep pressure on the other players in the game.
- Older Than They Look: From a line Mario Lanza's writing archives about Survivor's Marquesas,
- I think people really forgot Vecepia's age during the season. She was 37. Neleh was 21. A lot of people kind of thought of them as sisters, but are you aware that Vee could realistically be the same age as Neleh's mom? Vee looks amazing for her age.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "V"
- Out of Focus: Played under the radar, especially when in contrast to early alliance mates Rob and Sean. It caused a lot of uproar at the time when a "nobody" or "unknown" won the game over a Final Four including people with much more screen time.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Sean's Red.
- Sole Survivor
- True Companions: With Sean. They were both devoutly religious, both African-American, and both had similar upbringings. His vote to her was basically guaranteed.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Is frequently overlooked as a competent Survivor winner, despite the fact that she was the first person to win in a game where her tribe entered the merge in the minority (Outnumbered by 3-7), not to mention she kickstarted the downfall of Hunter, seamlessly backstabbed Rob, played a big part in the downfall of the Rotu 4, and was able to switch sides and backstab allies in such an efficient way that the jury (which consists of 6 Rotus and only one Mamaru) still voted for her in the end.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Basically what Sean accused her of being.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Was completely incapable of answering jury questions at the final Tribal Council in a way that didn't sound like pandering to the jury, which led to 3/4ths of the Rotu alliance voting for Vecepia (who was fully willing to admit that she played the game and had a strategy from day one).
- The chewed mint scene, she offers a chewed mint to the other tribemates after a reward trip with Paschal. While her intentions are pure and sweet, it felt insulting and condescending to the other tribemates.
- Hypocrite: At least according to the jury.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Paschal in arguably the tightest alliance in Survivor's history.
- The Only One I Trust: With Paschal.
- Character Development: Kathy starts out this season as being seen by her tribe as "that blonde, bitchy person"(her own words) and ends it by being seen by the jury as the overall best player who just missed the cut(at winning) after being betrayed by Neleh and Vee. In some respects, her story arc is very similar to Yau-Man from Survivor: Fiji.
- Cool Old Lady
- Defeat by Modesty
- Genki Girl: She seemed to be the most excited at being there.
- Graceful Loser: Although she was rather shellshocked afterwards.
- Its Pronounced Tro PAY: Kathy always pronounces "Marquesas" as "Marque-SAH". It gets slightly irritating after a while.
- Never Mess with Granny: Ended up being the most pivotal player when it came down to just the alliance that formed to get rid of the Rotu alliance. Sean putting words in her mouth at Tribal Council when she was the swing vote sealed his fate, and the knowledge that she wasn't going to be able to break up Paschal and Neleh's alliance led to Pappy's Shocking Elimination. She's also tied with Vecepia and Tammy for winning the most immunity challenges this season(two apiece).
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna
- Too Cool to Live
- The Woobie: Especially in the wake of meeting Boston Rob for the first time.
- Angry Black Man: In the earlier episodes he was this, but he mellowed out later on.
- Badass Boast: As he made his vote against John and kicked off the downfall of the Rotu alliance:
"Checkmate, bro. Thought you had me. Tell you any time you go to Vegas, bet on black."
- Black Best Friend: To Boston Rob.
- Dragon Ascendant: Closely aligned with Boston Rob right up until his elimination, after which he had a big hand in forming the five-person alliance with V, Kathy, Paschal, and Neleh.
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Subverted, there was a false rumor that he and Gabriel met knew each other before the show started.
- The rumor was fueled when Gabriel was confirmed to have worked as a bartender at a tapas bar in West Hollywood (which, coincidentally, was owned by Mike "Boogie" from Season 2 of Big Brother), and Sean just happened to be photographed with some friends at that very tapas bar.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His Achilles heel, and one of the main reasons he only finishes fifth.
- Large Ham
- Lazy Bum: In the first few episodes.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Filled this role from time to time, particularly with The Morning Show in the first few episodes. He even did a Dr. Evil impression during his final Tribal Council vote.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Vecepia's Blue.
- Religious Bruiser
- True Companions: With Vecepia. He even became a godfather to Vecepia's son after the show.
Robert "General" DeCanio
- Alliterative Name
- Backstab Backfire: Attempted to ditch the Rotu alliance once John was voted out, and claimed she was never loyal to them. She still got voted out next.
- Bad Liar: When Kathy asks her if she's going to vote Kathy out, Zoe pauses for over ten seconds. Then she says no. Oops.
- The Chick: Of the Rotu alliance.
- Graceful Loser: The only member of the Rotu alliance willing to admit that Neleh could beat her. As a result, she's also the only member to vote for Neleh to win.
- Out of Focus
- The Quisling: In Episode 8 she betrays the Rotu 4 by voting for John, seemingly for no good reason.
- Shout-Out: She references Kon-Tiki(the famous raft used to demonstrate that indigenous people from South America may have settled in Polynesia at one point) in one episode.
- Ascended Fanboy: He applied three times to get casted(ever since Season One), and this is the lucky time he made it on.
- Big Bad Wannabe
- Drunk with Power
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Attempted to be the mastermind behind an alliance that would take him to the end, and had some early success (most notably getting rid of Boston Rob immediately after the merge). He then got cocky about it and paid the price immediately, as everyone not in his alliance formed a counter-alliance against him.
- Kick the Dog: Voting out Gabriel under a baseless assumption that he would align with the new Rotu members after the swap.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Fans that have met him say that he's one of the more "approachable" contestants out there.
- Out of Focus: Until the fourth episode, odds are you only knew him as the male nurse on Rotu that once got peed on by Kathy.
- Smug Snake: Slightly. He was mostly a pragmatic villain, but he did make an incredibly arrogant comment about how Paschal and Neleh were rooting for his success(that they were willing to lay down their own chances at winning for him).
- Straight Gay / Camp Gay: At least by 2002 standards he was, but Society Marches On.
"Boston" Rob Mariano
- Afro Asskicker
- The Heart: Of the Rotu alliance. After he's gone, they begin to implode.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Paschal.
- Mr. Fanservice
- The Nicknamer: He dubbed Pashcal "Pappy" and Neleh "Sweet Pea". John was called "Johnny Pots And Pans", but that may have been invented by someone else.
- The Pollyanna
- Something Completely Different: Most players on Survivor are in it to win it. They may appreciate the experience, but by and large people want the money first and foremost (Either this or they are looking for their 15 Minutes of Fame). Gabriel was one of the few people, except for maybe Greg from the first season, "Flica" from the thirteenth season, and Jimmy Johnson from the twenty-first season, who seemed to have little to no interest in actually winning and was genuinely there for the experience.
- Spanner in the Works: After Gabriel revealed that he had no interest in playing the game to get ahead, John became paranoid and thought that Gabe would become this to his alliance, so he orchestrated a blindside. That's why he was unanimously booted a day or two later.
- The Ace: The physically strongest and most capable member of his tribe.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Sacrificial Lion: Unfortunately for Hunter, he was at odds with Rob, who had absolutely no regard for his leadership, and once he got enough votes behind him...
- Ship Tease: With Gina.
- Shocking Elimination
- Support Party Member: After the show, he once became part of the Survivor Dream Team, who test runs challenges before the contestants perform them.
- My Beloved Smother: After she survives the first vote, she becomes this to her entire tribe!