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- The Ace
- A House Divided
- Badass Crew
- Born Winners
- The Dreaded
- Five-Man Band:
- Flawless Victory: Won all the pre-merge immunity challenges.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The tribe was well rounded with strategists, physical players and social players.
- Showy Invincible Tribe
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork
- Worthy Opponent
- Adam and Eve Plot: Only Stephenie and Bobby Jon remained.
- A House Divided
- Butt-Monkey: One of the biggest in the series, bar none.
- Can't Catch Up: After making a few very poor choices in what tribemates they wanted in their tribe, they lost Jeff when he went walking and stepped on something that led to him taking a Suicide by Cop elimination, and this was the straw that broke their back.
- The Chew Toy
- Curb-Stomp Battle: At the receiving end.
- Dwindling Party: Survivor's Trope Codifier.
- Epic Fail: They didn't win a single immunity challenge, and were completely annihilated, a first for Survivor; their sole survivor simply joined Koror, which went all the way to the Final Tribal Council instead.
- Failure Tribe: They went nowhere in the immunity challenges, and after losing Jeff, they never recovered, becoming the first Survivor tribe to get completely routed to what was supposed to be the merge.
- Five-Man Band:
- Humiliation Conga: This is one of the most embarrassing tribe runs in Survivor's history for a reason; they won zero immunities and the last two players left in the tribe had to have a fire-making challenge at Tribal to stay in the game and go to Koror, a first for the show up to that point.
- Unknown Rival
- Worthy Opponent
The Sole Survivor
- The Ace: Tom won five immunity challenges, the most of any winner.note He also carried(along with Ian and Gregg) Koror to a unanimous win over Ulong throughout the pre-merge.
- Retired Badass: Former Firefighter.
- Born Winner
- Cool Old Guy
- Flawless Victory: He had a No Damage Run and won in a landslide vote of 6-1. Not to mention leading the most dominant tribe in Survivor history.
- Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: He is only forty, but the white hair make him look older than he is.
- Happily Married
- Heroic Build
- Invincible Hero: Due to Koror's seven immunity wins and his own five individual immunity wins (a record setting twelve immunity wins) he's only vulnerable at three tribal councils, one of which had no preceding immunity challenge.
- The Leader: Of Koror.
- Magnetic Hero: Even the people he betrayed voted for him at the end; granted, the alternative was Katie...
- Manipulative Bastard: If only in a single instance. Towards the very end during the final immunity challenge, Tom basically guilts Ian into quitting by using their friendship as leverage. He also successfully backstabbed another sub-alliance within his team one vote before they were planning to backstab him.
- No-Damage Run
- Rated M for Manly: He killed a shark with a machete.
- Sole Survivor
- Team Dad: Initially, his strategy was to be seen as the Team Dad of the tribe, and let the younger alpha males be seen as the leaders of the tribe and thus the bigger targets. Lo and behold, Tom's natural leadership ability and challenge dominance couldn't be hid for long.
- Younger Than They Look: He's only 40 but his completely gray hair makes him look much older.
- Alpha Bitch
- Gossipy Hen
- Humiliation Conga: Final Jury wasn't exactly a pleasant experience for her. But she did take it in stride at the reunion.
- Jerk Ass
- Lazy Bum
- Poor Communication Kills: Katie did not handle Gregg, Janu and Caryn well during Jury questioning. Although Janu said that she wasn't going to vote for Katie anyways (Katie was a preferred goat), her arguing and refusal to answer questions did not go over well with the Jury.(to Janu): "Actually, I donít expect your vote Janu. So, I donít know that I need to do that to give you, positive and negatives. I mean I can do that if you need me to, but I donít expect your vote."
- The Load: Reportedly the only person to ever gain weight while on the show.
- The Only One I Trust: With Ian.
- Screwy Squirrel
- Smug Snake
- Ungrateful Bitch: To Gregg.
Ian Rosenberger note
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Also his Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming, though it's debated.
- Friend to All Living Things: He works as a dolphin trainer, and apologizes sincerely to a large snake before he kills it for it's meat.
- Gentle Giant
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Honor Before Reason: Very much willing to play dirty, but his conscience was so strong he gave up his game for the really quite minimal betrayals and lies he told.
- Idiot Ball: Grabs it a couple times in the end game, most notably in telling Tom that had he won immunity at the final four he would have voted him out. It turns the planned 3-1 vote for Jenn into a 2-2 tie between Jenn and Tom - with Tom voting for Ian.
- Freudian Slip: Has a habit of dropping them and Tom sometimes has to cover them up.
- The Lancer: To Tom.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He doesn't need a Heroic Build to be badass in challenges.
- Noodle People: Ian is very skinny.
- One Head Taller: He's 6'8, the tallest person in the entire cast.
- Redemption Equals Death: At least in Ian's eyes anyway, he was redeemed when he gave up immunity.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: At times.
- The Starscream: A failed example. Towards the very end he tries to betray Tom because he thinks he can more easily beat Jenn and Katie in the final challenge, but is caught in his lies.
- Suicide by Cop
- Worthy Opponent: To Tom, especially during the last two challenges. The final endurance challenge was the longest challenge in Survivor history by hours, at the time.
Jennifer "Jenn" Lyon
- Bus Crash: Died of breast cancer in 2010, becoming the first U.S. Survivor alumnus to pass away. The special Surviving Survivor was dedicated to her.
- The Chick
- Green Eyes
- Guile Heroine: The deleted scenes show Jenn being a lot more cunning than she was portrayed during the show.
- Hello, Nurse!
- Ms. Fanservice
- Out of Focus: She was nicknamed Anonymous Jenn on Television Without Pity.
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna
- Ship Tease: With Gregg
- Cool Old Lady
- Idiot Ball: Telling Tom of the plot to vote him out.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Caryn told Tom about the Women's alliance. This would not protect her from being voted out at the final 5.
- Manipulative Bastard: At the schoolyard pick on day two. She chose Willard, an older guy who shows signs of being grumpy, over Johnathan, who is young and athletic, because she knew thw tribe would vote Willard out before her. This decision would become true and it (along with Koror being so dominant) got her to the "merge"
- Power Hair
- Spanner in the Works: To the Girls alliance.
- Breakout Character: And came back just one season later because of it.
- Chekhov's Skill: Fire making.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bobby Jon.
- Foregone Conclusion: After Bobby Jon's elimination, it was unlikely that she was going to win.
- Hello, Nurse!
- Informed Ability: Her Athleticism
- Last Of Her Kind: Reduced to a tribe of one, she was simply absorbed into the Koror.
- Plucky Girl: AND HOLY SHIT HOW!
- Tag Along Kid: To Koror.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Heroic Sacrifice: Quitting to save Stephenie.
- Non Game Play Elimination: She's the fourth person to quit Survivor.
- Plucky Girl
- Thanatos Gambit
- The Unfavorite: Think about it - her time on Exile Island revealed the happiest time of her Survivor experience is when she's alone and away from her tribe; just how bad did she have it there the cameras didn't pick up on or show?
- Badass Gay: Coby was arguably in Korror's top 3 on a consistent basis.
- Camp Gay
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Deadpan Snarker
- Green-Eyed Monster
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Not unlike Roger from Amazon, he dropped out of his last immunity challenge believing he was perfectly safe.
- Jerk Justifications
- Multicolored Hair: Black and Blonde.
- Noodle Incident: For whatever reason not seen on screen (it's hinted at but not really elaborated to the extent Coby stretched it to) he really had it out for Tom, and his jury vote would have gone to whoever was not Tom.
- The Resenter: To Tom. In fact he's the only one who didn't vote for Tom in the finale. And he made it clear that it's not a vote for Katie, but against Tom.
- Smug Snake
- Sour Supporter
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Busts it out at Final Jury.
Bobby Jon Drinkard
- Breakout Character: To the point that he was immediately brought back for the following season.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Elimation by Irony: Taught Stephenie how to make fire.
- Mr. Fanservice: Bobby Jon is a male model.
- Sanity Slippage: There's one time that Steph actually think he's turning into a caveman.
- Spear Counterpart: To Stephenie.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Worthy Opponent: To Tom.
- Becoming the Mask: It's hard to tell whether or not his stereotypical "redneck" behavior is an act or not. One minute he's speaking pretty normally to the Confession Cam, and the next he's giving some bizarre homespun speech to the tribe that only he can understand.
- Catch Phrase: "Come on!"
- Chew Toy: A recurring theme in the first half of the season is James bringing something up as a skill he's acquired and then getting beat at it every time.
- Southern-Fried Genius: He tried to be this but most certainly wasn't.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Was nearly voted out in the first Tribal Council for being perceived as a weak player. She wasn't, and actually turned out to be one of Ulong's strongest players in challenges.
- Diabolus ex Machina: While not a new twist by any means, had Koror not been given the opportunity to hand immunity to Ibrehem specifically because he was terrible, Angie could have lasted a little while longer. Instead, she's targeted only because she was on the outside of an alliance, and sent packing.
- Fag Hag: During the first day, her and Coby seemed to be friends. Seemed to be, until Coby passed her over during the tribal selection process. Angie was slightly devastated by it.
- Perky Goth: Most of the time, anyway.
- Ill Boy: According to his bio, Willard was in an out of hospitals when he was a kid.
- Out of Focus: He didn't get a lot of screen time, but post show interviews and certain deleted scenes have hinted that the guy was a Deadpan Snarker and Cool Old Guy.
- Running Joke: Some of the viewers thought that Willard looked like Palau's version of the Immunity Idol.
- Sacrificial Lamb
- Self-Deprecation: He refers to himself as an old curmudgeon.
- Semper Fi: Former Marine.
- Thanatos Gambit: Subverted. After he got voted off, Willard told his tribe Koror to "Stick to the plan, finish them off", which referred to Ulong. But what he said he was really trying to do was to encourage his tribe to become overconfident in challenges, lose, and then self implode. Guess what happened?
- Broken Bird: She recognizes fairly quickly that Ulong is a doomed tribe, but accepts her fate and doesn't do too much to save herself.
- The Cassandra
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: She complained about Ulong's dysfunctions and lack of cohesiveness. Not that she ever did anything about it though.
- The Load
- Ship Tease: With Jeff W.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Rolling his foot on a coconut. This not only cost him his game, it cost Ulong their game when they proved that as far as competing with Koror went, We Cannot Go on Without You.
- Mr. Fanservice
- The Rival: He was the only person on Ulong who could keep up against Tom from Koror in the challenges.
- Ship Tease: With Kim.
- Suicide by Cop / Thanatos Gambit: He asked for Ulong to vote him off after rolling his ankle on a coconut in the middle of the night. It's debatable whether he actually quit or not, because he genuinely believed that his injury made him of no further use to his tribe. This game-ending injury ultimately sealed Ulong's fate after the tribe made the ill-fated decision to vote out their only other strong player Jolanda at the first Tribal Council.
- The Ace: She's an accomplished athlete in Real Life, and showed off her track skills by winning one of the two individual immunity necklaces during the first day (the other being Ian).
- Alliterative Name
- Black Boss Lady: For Ulong and why she was voted out. Voting out someone they thought could win at such an early stage of the game turned out to be a critical error.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Mentioned in her CBS profile Jolanda had a hard childhood.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father Committed Suicide when Jolanda was a only a year old.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: It's hard to say whether Ulong would have done better if they hadn't voted out Jolanda, but she certainly was useful in challenges, and getting rid of her was probably a big mistake for that early stage of the game.
- Team Mom
Eliminated on Day 2