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Characters: Survivor Samoa
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The Sole Survivor
- Beehive Hairdo: At the reunion.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She managed to plant the seeds at the merge which turned all of Galu against Erik, which gave Foa Foa their chance to make it further in the game.
- Catch Phrase: If you did a drinking game based on how many times she says "oh mah werd" in a single episode you'd pass out in 15 minutes or less.
- The Charmer: And holy shit how! Just What Measure Is a Non-Badass?
- The Chick
- Darkhorse Victory
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeating the season's resident Magnificent Bastard in a landslide 7-2 vote.
- Ditzy Genius
- Dumb Blond: Subverted? Try flat-out obfuscated!
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Flawless Victory: Almost. While she was on a losing tribe for the first half of the season, and was almost voted out at the final ten, she's received the most votes a female has ever received to win the game, at seven (followed by Kim Spradlin), over a "strategist" and her tribe's Standardized Leader.
- Girl Friday: How she operated around Russell.
- The Heart
- Humble Hero
- Idiot Houdini According to Russell.
- Last of Her Kind/The Smurfette Principle: The only woman in the Top 5.
- Lucky Seven: The only votes she didn't get were from John and Shambo.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl
- Obfuscating Stupidity / Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: The one player Russell never feared. Exactly as she planned.
- The Pollyanna
- Plucky Girl
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Next to her, everyone else was the red.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Those who wanted Russell gone...
- The Smart Girl
- Sole Survivor
- Southern-Fried Genius
- Statuesque Stunner
- True Blue Femininity: In the finale.
- The Woman Behind the Man: To Russell, they were a power of one and the only two players whose every vote was for the eliminated contestant.
- Worthy Opponent: Subverted, see Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV/V
- Asshole Victim
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Being Evil Sucks
- The Big Guy: Visually subverted, as he was five six.
- Breakout Character / Breakout Villain: He wasn't truly a breakout character since they naturally become popular through good word of mouth, while Russell was shoved down our throats by the editing the entire time.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- The Chessmaster
- Dragon-in-Chief: Mick may be the leader of Foa Foa, but...
- Entitled Bastard: Potential Trope Namer.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: See Genre Blind below.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Gloating: He'd have about as much screen time as Jaison or Shambo if you cut this out.
- Fat Bastard
- Faux Affably Evil
- Genius Bruiser
- Genre Blind: Early in the season, he chose to keep Natalie as an ally instead of Liz because "If we merge, we need somebody on the inside, and Natalie's doin' a good job talkin' to Laura around the camp." In other words, he took her to the end knowing that she'd get in good with the jurors, overlooking the very reason why Natalie eventually won in a landslide.
- Prior to joining the show, he only watched Survivor Micronesia (and later Palau between the time he rested between Samoa and HVV), at the last moment by the producers. Is his work that busy?
- Hero Killer
- Iconic Outfit: His Nice Hat.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass
- Large Ham
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Napoleon
- Never My Fault: He refuses to accept responsibility for the way the jury voted, though it was for a very valid reason.
- Not Good with People
- Nothing Can Stop Me Now: At the finale. He honestly couldn't understand why he lost.
- One Steve Limit: With Russell Swan.
- Poor Communication Kills: He doesn't know how to work the jury.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Next to him, almost everyone was the blue.
- The Runner Up Takes It All
- Second Place Is for Losers
- Showy Invincible Player: Subverted. The editing tried to make him out to be this, but in the end he lost in a 7-2 vote because of poor communication skills.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Smug Snake
- Sore Loser
- Token Evil Teammate
- The Sociopath
- Southern-Fried Genius
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Managed to hold the spotlight for the entire season and got more screen time than the winner. It's obvious that his appearance here was merely a commercial for his soon-to-be appearance on Heroes vs. Villains. The big boys.
- Team Killer
- Too Clever by Half
- Villain Protagonist
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To everyone he blindsided and voted out, especially John, Shambo, and Jaison.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Subverted; Shambo acussed 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
- 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
- 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: He's in his 20s. He looks like he could be in his mid-late teens.
- Last of His Kind: The last Galu member.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy
- Older than They Look
- 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.
- 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 elminated... 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
- 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.
- 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...)