Characters / Survivor: Samoa

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The Tribes

    Foa Foa 


The Sole Survivor

    Natalie White


    Russell Hantz

    Mick Trimming

  • Brainy Brunette: In Real Life.
  • 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.
  • Deal with the Devil: How Mick described his alliance with Russell Hantz.
  • The Generic Guy
  • Heroic Build
  • The 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • 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.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Pixellation: During the day 33 immunity challenges.
  • Poor Communication Kills: At Final Tribal council, Mick gave poor answers to the jury.
  • Standardized Leader: Foa Foa picked him to be their leader.
  • Supporting Leader: Being more of the "supporting" than the "leader" bit him hard in the end.

Jury Members

    Brett Clouser

  • 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.
  • Bishōnen
  • Boring, but Practical: His strategy was basically to just play the social game; the only reason we even noticed him was his immunity run.
  • Determinator: Brett went on winning streak when he was targeted by Russell.
  • 11th 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. Brett became The Hero when Foa Foa started systematically eliminating the Galus from the game and was presented as Russell's greatest threat.
  • Last of His Kind: The last Galu member.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Guy
  • Older Than They Look: Brett is 23, but 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 deep in the game certainly didn't help, either.
  • The Social Expert: Brett's game was to create friendships.
  • 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
  • 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.

    Jaison Robinson

    Shannon "Shambo" Waters

    Monica Padilla

Monica was chosen by public vote to return for the Second Chance season, Survivor: Cambodia.

    "Danger" Dave Ball

    John Fincher

    Laura Morett

    Kelly Sharbaugh

  • Foreshadowing: Kelly's first confessional before the episode 4 immunity challenge that Yasmin was going should Galu lose the next immunity challenge. Kelly's second confessional also added to Russell Swan's evacuation.
  • Informed Ability: Russell (or any of the Foa Foa) really really REALLY wants her out. For what purpose? She didn't appear to pose any threat. We saw maybe... three minutes of her.
  • Living Prop: Kelly was turned into one by the editing.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Out of Focus: Kelly gotten the one of the worse cases in the history of the show.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her Official photo.

    Erik Cardona

  • Call-Back: In the Ponderosa Videos To James Clement about his tribemates unable to resist the temptation to bite the forbidden fruit .
  • The Casanova: Erik claims to be a Proud Womanizer in his CBS Profile
  • Jerkass Fašade: Erik claimed this in post game interviews.
    Erik: Natalie. People will call you weak. People will say that you are undeserving. But you know what? Why are those characteristic any less admirable as lying, cheating, and stealing? Why does he get a free pass, but your "wrong way of playing" gets admonished? If there is one thing that I've learned in this game, it's that perception is not reality. Reality is reality. And that you are sitting there and that makes you just as dangerous as any of those guys there. You would probably say you are the least deserving of the title of Sole Survivor. But maybe, just maybe, in an environment filled with arrogance... delusional entitlement... maybe the person who thinks she's the least deserving, is probably the most. You got my vote. I hope you get four more. Congratulations.
  • Large Ham: His jury speech.
  • Misblamed: For planning to blindside Monica when it was John's idea. Erik gotten the blame as he was the spokesperson for the plot.
  • Number Two: To Russell S.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Poor Communication Kills: At Ponderosa, it was discussed about what caused his elimination. They attributed Erik expecting action to speak louder than words to in part cause his elimination.
  • "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

Voted Out

    Elizabeth "Liz" Kim

    Russell Swan

    Ashley Trainer

    Yasmin Giles

    Ben Browning

    Betsy Bolan

  • Alliterative Name
  • Ascended Fangirl: Betsy been applying for six years.
  • 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.
  • The Load: Gotten this accusation like most older women.
  • 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.
  • Team Mom: Betsy used this an arguement to keep her over Ben.
  • Worthy Opponent: According to Russell, he had her evicted from the game because she, like Marisa, could have beaten him.

    Mike Borassi

    Marisa Calihan

  • Flower in Her Hair: an artificial one but still.
  • 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
  • Pixellation: Marisa briefly had her chest blurred out during the first challenge.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Called this in the recap in the second episode.
  • 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...)