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Characters: Survivor Samoa
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The Sole Survivor
- Anti-Hero: Type IV/V
- Asshole Victim
- Badass: Considered one of the best players at manipulating the vote.
- Bald of Awesome / Bald of Evil
- Being Evil Sucks: What cost him the game was his Genre Blindness on what the jury would look for in a winner.
- The Big Guy: Visually subverted, as he was five six.
- Breakout Character / Breakout Villain: He wasn't truly a breakout character since most naturally become popular through good word of mouth, while Russell was favored by the editing itself.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- The Chessmaster
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Beat Brett at the final immunity challenge, ending Brett's streak of three consecutive immunities.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Mick may have been the leader of Foa Foa, but Russell did most of the decision-making.
- Entitled Bastard: Potential Trope Namer for Survivor.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: See Genre Blind below.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Gloating: Cut this out, and he'd have about as much screen time as Jaison or Shambo.
- Fat Bastard
- Faux Affably Evil: Comes off as a decent person, but lied about being a Hurricane Katrina victim. In the first episode.
- Genius Bruiser
- Genre Blind: Chose to keep Natalie over Liz because Natalie was getting in good with the Galu tribe. He figured this would help Foa Foa tilt the numbers in its favor, and he was right, but he completely neglected how dangerous it made Natalie in the endgame.
- Genre Savvy: In finding idols.
- Hero Killer
- Iconic Outfit: His Nice Hat.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass: One of the biggest in the entire series.
- Large Ham
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Napoleon
- Never My Fault: Refuses to accept responsibility for the way the jury voted.
- Not Good with People
- Nothing Can Stop Me Now: At the finale. Then he lost, and had no clue why.
- One Steve Limit: With Russell Swan.
- Poor Communication Kills: Did not know how to work the jury.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Next to him, almost everyone was blue.
- The Runner Up Takes It All: Came back for Heroes vs. Villains and Redemption Island, while Natalie has never been back for another season.
- Second Place Is for Losers
- Showy Invincible Player: Subverted. The editing built him up to be this, but he lost in a landslide due to poor jury management.
- Smug Snake
- Sore Loser: He tried buying the title of Sole Survivor off of Natalie. She refused.
- Token Evil Teammate: To Foa Foa. And any other tribe he was ever on.
- The Sociopath
- Southern-Fried Genius
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Managed to hold the spotlight for the entire season, receiving more screen time than the eventual winner.
- Villain Protagonist
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To everyone he blindsided, especially John, Shambo, and Jaison.
- Brainy Brunette
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Inverted; Shambo accused his gameplay of being "feckless," which Mick was not offended by, since he had not known the meaning.
- Foil: Ended up being one to Russell Swan — the older, harder-working, capable leader taken out by his own work ethic, while Mick was the younger, lazier, incompetent leader who made it to the end of the game.
- The Generic Guy
- Good Is Boring
- Heroic Build
- Mr. Fanservice
- Perma Stubble
- Out of Focus: Part of it is because the producers seemed to forget he was there (same with most of the Galu tribe), but he also blends into a crowd easily, so it can be easy to miss him until the end when the numbers start to dwindle. Shambo and Russell at least had distinctive appearances, and Jaison was large.
- Standardized Leader: Subverted. He didn't do anything. This was savagely used against him in the Final Tribal Council. Considering that eight of the nine jurors were Galu, and their leader had been one of the most determined tribe leaders since Andrew Savage, they seemed to see Mick as a failure.
- Supporting Leader: Being more of the "supporting" than the "leader" bit him hard in the end.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Spent the game as kind of a background tribe member, and when he wound up as the only original Galu member left, everyone else obviously plan to eliminate him. Then he wins three immunity challenges in a row.
- Boring but Practical: His strategy; the only reason we even noticed him was his immunity run.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: There's a reason he was called a Worthy Opponent by Russell.
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Graceful Loser: See Thanatos Gambit below.
- Informed Ability: Zig-zagged. We're told by Probst he's not revealed a lot in the cast.
- Irony: The first confessional of each Survivor season is often considered a sign that a contestant will be particularly memorable or likable. Brett, who was invisible until he came out of nowhere to go on an immunity streak, received such honor.
- Kid Hero: Brett was 23 at the time and was the second youngest contestant overall.
- Last of His Kind: The last Galu member.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy
- Older Than They Look: He looks like he could be in his mid-late teens.
- Out of Focus: Several people had joked on boards about saying "Who's this 'Brett' guy they're talking about?" He did get some screentime at the end, though. In fact, Funny 115 made a page dedicated to how the editors suddenly realized that there was someone called "Brett" in the game.
- Photoshopping him into screencaps of other seasons also became a Running Gag on the Funny 115.
- The Quiet One: Normally you don't see these people cast on these sorts of shows because there's making an interesting show and an interesting game. What makes a good show doesn't always make a good game, and vice versa. And to be honest; look how far it got him. He was literally the last Galu member to be eliminated... and the last to even be targeted, for that matter. Having immunity runs certainly didn't help, either.
- The Southpaw: He's left-handed.
- Spear Counterpart: To Ashley Underwood a few seasons later. Both were victims of a Creator's Pet ravaging the screentime, both remained silent and made the person(s) in charge of the game think they were worthless and saved them for last. Both then start going on challenge runs.
- Thanatos Gambit: According to interviews, he actually sat down with Natalie before they went to Tribal Council when he was eliminated and worked on her strategy in front of the jury with her.
- Religious Bruiser
- Shocking Elimination
- Worthy Opponent: To Russell. Russell has apparently told people in real life he honestly thought Brett was one of the few people in the game who would have beaten him.
Shannon "Shambo" Waters
"Danger" Dave Ball
- Large Ham: His jury speech.
- Number Two: To Russell S.
- Out of Focus: Until the evacuation of Russell S.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: One of the more memorable ones of the series - he calls out Mick on his lack of leadership, Russell on his gameplay, and tells Natalie that despite others assertions, she's just as dangerous as either of the aforementioned and deserves recognition.
- Running Gag: A recurring visual of the season is that most of Erik's confessionals were either delivered in a tree or very close to one or more trees.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
Elizabeth "Liz" Kim
- Alliterative Name
- Cool Old Lady: The Oldest woman of the cast. In Real Life, She is a cop.
- Informed Ability: Like with Marisa, Russell thought she could have beaten him.
- Sacrificial Lion: Was heavily edited as an assertive strong woman, to be a winning choice...only for Russell to take her out in the second episode.
- Worthy Opponent: According to Russell, he had her evicted from the game because she, like Marisa, could have beaten him.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: According to Russell Hantz.
- Informed Ability: Because of how poorly the season was edited as well as how she was eliminated first, Russell Hantz said that she and Betsy could have beaten him.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Worthy Opponent: Russell Hantz said that he had her eliminated first because she could have beaten him. (Though the fact that she almost immediately expressed mistrust of him might have also had something to do with it...)