Characters: Survivor South Pacific
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The Sole Survivor
Benjamin "Coach" Wade - Tocantins
- A Father To His Tribe
- The Bus Came Back
- Character Development: Compare him now to him in Tocantins.
- The Chessmaster: Who would've thought Coach of all people would be this? Even if someone else wound up doing it a bit better...
- Digging Yourself Deeper: After Ozzy proceeded to give a very small "The Reason You Suck" Speech...
- Do Not Call Me Benjamin
- Hidden Depths: Converses briefly with Sophie in the premiere in Russian.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: See Honor Before Reason
- Honor Before Reason: Voted out two ideal goats in Cochran and Edna, solely because they weren't part of his original alliance. He proceeded to vote out Brandon - another great goat - simply because he saw his core Final Three as himself, Albert, and Sophie. This ended up backfiring on him hard when Sophie beat him, and the jurors confirmed at the Reunion that if he'd brought Rick, Edna, or Cochran instead of Sophie, he'd have won. On the other hand, if Sophie hadn't been there to defeat Ozzy in the final immunity challenge, Ozzy would unquestionably have won the game.
- Hypocrite: Even in this much tamer incarnation, it wouldn't be Coach if he didn't show these tendencies on a couple occasions. Most notably, after going completely over-the-top with the prayer/religious angle, he complained in the season finale about people who are "Holier Than Thou."
- The Leader
- Manipulative Bastard: Coach can be considered this, due to how he managed to convince Cochran to flip. Then again though, given how they treated him... picked a very good target.
- My Greatest Third Chance: Subverted, although this is certainly where his game is the strongest.
- Name's the Same: With the Senator from Ohio and a major league baseball player.
- No Damage Run
- Oh Crap: You could almost pinpoint the moment Coach realized he probably is going to finish second when Ozzy says that nobody wants to vote for any of them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Coach. He outright gets mad when Stacey and Christine start calling him "Benjamin" just to spite him.
- Red Baron: The Dragon Slayer, though he passes that off to Sophie after she beat Ozzy. In the Recap Episode, he considered changing his moniker to "Zeus."
- Religious Bruiser
- The Strategist
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Took a Level in Badass
- Ungrateful Bastard: To Cochran and Edna. Edna stands out, however, for being the only one that would talk to him on the first day.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Black Best Friend: Subverted the longer the season went on and his relationships with everyone else (but especially Sophie) got more strained.
- Cassandra Truth: He tried to get Sophie out at least once, fearing that she would have a good jury performance. As it turned out, he had reason to be afraid.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Had already shot himself in the foot several times before the Final Tribal Council.
- Genre Savvy: During Coach's crusade against Mikayla, he was smart enough to point out that it's important to get to the merge in a majority before worrying about loyalty. However, this falls on deaf ears with Coach.
- Genius Bruiser
- Heroic Build
- Jerk Jock: Subverted.
- The Lancer
- Lazy Bum: Was nicknamed "Prince Albert".
- Loophole Abuse: Ain't No Rule stating you can't shout puzzle help out to someone during a challenge.
- Number Two: To Coach, though he sees himself as Coach's Beleaguered Assistant.
- Out of Focus: Until Episode 5, where he finds the hidden immunity idol with Coach and Sophie.
- Poor Communication Kills: Receives no votes after he tries pandering to the jury, even after Jim calls him out on it. Utterly mangling a couple of his answers to the jurors' questions (especially Brandon's) certainly doesn't help him either.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Came across as one, especially at final tribal council.
- Running Gag: A running theme was him creating some kind of plan to take control of the game, only for it to fail every time (usually because Sophie thought the idea was stupid and refused to go along with it). Hilariously, the one time one of his plans did pay off it was almost by accident. He was aiming to convince Brandon to vote with him at Tribal Council, and not only did Brandon do that but he also gave Albert his necklace of his own volition.
- The Starscream: Tried to be this all season long, but ultimately failed.
- Small Name, Big Ego: It became increasingly more noticeable as the season went on.
Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth - Cook Islands
- Back from the Dead: And unlike Matt and Andrea, he actually managed to last past his first Tribal Council. He would later return in the finale, only to be voted out at the final four.
- Batman Gambit: As described below under My Death Is Just the Beginning: pulled off a very risky plan to get himself voted off, eliminate Christine at Redemption Island, and rejoin the game at the merge. In doing so, he successfully calculated that (a) he could beat Christine at whatever duel was presented, and (b) the merge was going to be immediately after the next duel (as his tribe would have been thoroughly screwed if he'd ended up stuck at Redemption Island).
- The Big Guy: To Savaii (albeit in terms of his physical prowess, rather than literally).
- The Bus Came Back
- Crazy Survivalist
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Broke Christine's winning streak on Redemption Island.
- Genius Bruiser: See My Death Is Just the Beginning.
- Go Out with a Smile
- The Hero: To Savaii, before Elyse's blindside.
- Ineffectual Loner: Following Elyse's blindside.
- Jerk Jock: Towards Cochran, at least for the first few episodes. This was largely based on strategy, however; once he no longer saw Cochran as a target for elimination, Ozzy seems to have been quite pleasant to him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ultimately turned out to be this. He was an absolute Jerkass to Cochran, but eventually reconciled with him before his eviction.
- Large Ham: Similar to Richard in All-Stars, his Elimination Statement included cheerfully thanking everyone for giving him a chance to play again, and then yelling "yeehaw" at the top of his lungs while going down the Walk of Shame.
- Loophole Abuse: Ain't No Rule saying you couldn't look over at another players' puzzle during a puzzle challenge.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Fearing that Christine would return to Upolu at the merge (leading to a Pagonging of Savaii), he decided to pull a Suicide by Cop, send himself to Redemption Island, win the duel and return to the game at the merge. It worked, making him the first and only player to use the Redemption Island twist strategically... but was ultimately subverted as the whole scheme proved futile: Cochran, who was directly saved from elimination by Ozzy's plan, ended up flipping and dooming the entire tribe anyway. He then returns from Redemption yet again... only to lose the final immunity challenge with a million dollars on the line.
- My Greatest Third Chance: Subverted compared to Cook Islands, played straight compared to Micronesia.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Ozzy
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sets the tone for what the Jury was going to say to them, telling all three finalists that "Nobody here wants to vote for you".
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- The Apprentice: To Coach.
- Beware the Honest Ones: Constantly blurts out his or his alliances' plans to the intended victims (or, more commonly, in front of everyone), to the point where the others take to keeping him in the dark as much as possible because they can't trust him to stay quiet. The one time he actually tries to lie strategically himself, he ends up publicly breaking down and confessing at tribal council.
- Black and White Insanity: Flat out states that he sees the world as divided into good and evil, with no middle ground.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: his extreme religiousness caused him to come across as this.
- Creepy Child
- Enfant Terrible: The third 19-year-old to play.
- Everyone Has Standards: Stands up for Cochran after he flips and Jim calls him a coward.
- Former Teen Rebel
- Genre Blind: Is unpredictable in the Upolu dynamics, very bad at reading people, and makes moves and statements and has an attitude and stability that in any other season of Survivor would have had him gone within the first few episodes... even giving up immunity.
- Hero with an F in Good
- Honor Before Reason: To the point where he makes Colby and Ian look sensible by comparison. It probably didn't help that he was living with someone like Coach all season long.
- Informed Attribute: Sophie claims that Brandon could've won if he'd been in the final three because he was a hard worker and everybody liked him. Try and figure that out. Apparently, he was one of the nicest people there, at least according to everyone who was with him for that time, but the cameras only showed the side that appeared on television.
- Oh Crap: You can probably pinpoint the exact moment that he realizes just how bad of an idea it was to give his immunity necklace to Albert.
- Religious Bruiser: Is deeply Religious and is a born-again Christian. As a result, he goes after Mikayla because he sees her as being an Expy of Parvati.
- Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny
- Shocking Elimination: Gives up immunity and is voted out (similar to Erik's elimination in Micronesia), then loses to Ozzy on Redemption Island.
- The Sixth Ranger: In the main alliance on Upolu, but nobody trusts him, due to his tendency toward self-destructive outbursts.
- Spin-Offspring: He is the nephew of... well Russell Hantz.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Similar to Taj, he easily received the most screen time prior to the merge, by virtue of being Russell Hantz's nephew. He even managed to turn his uncle into The Ghost. Post-merge, it was passed over to Cochran.
- Tattooed Crook
- Asian and Nerdy: Anesthesiologist, and also a friend of Mick from Samoa.
- Butt Monkey
- Distaff Counterpart: To Cochran.
- Genre Savvy: When Brandon tells her that she's the sixth person in a five-person alliance, she tries to get in good graces with the majority rather than get mad and further alienate herself. It worked, and she managed to survive over the stronger, but less trustworthy Mikayla.
- Informed Ability: When it's either her or Mikayla to be booted, Sophie and Albert mention her sneakiness and distrust of the tribe as reason to get rid of her, but none of that was ever shown.
- Informed Flaw: Also of note, while Albert and Sophie also wanted to get rid of her for being weak, Upolu only lost challenges that she didn't participate in (the only contestant to sit out challenges that season).
- Odd Couple: With Coach.
- Ship Tease: With Coach.
- Sixth Ranger/The Chick: To Upolu.
- Team Mom
- The Unfavorite: Was put up as an option for elimination every time her tribe was up for a vote, outright told she wasn't part of the Upolu 6, and even had Brandon attempting to make her lose when she needed immunity the most.
- Ascended Fanboy: And how!
- Proof at the end of the page here; he's shown posing with Mario Lanza, writer of the Funny 115 and THE Survivor fan, a year before he was even on Survivor.
- Butt Monkey: Which eventually leads to him biting back.
- The Dog Bites Back: He flips on Savaii at the merge because he felt he was treated poorly and helps Upolu get rid of Keith.
- Fish out of Water: His impressive theoretical knowledge of the game didn't help him much once he was actually out there. He was largely useless in challenges, precious little help around camp, and had very limited social skills beyond a certain self-effacing charm.
- Foreshadowing: There was quite a bit of buildup in the edit to him flipping at the merge.
- Genre Savvy: He claimed to be, in one of his first confessionals, one of the most game-savvy contestants to ever play. Sure, he was savvy, but it didn't help when he wasn't very good with people.
- In-Series Nickname: Invoked; he asks Jeff to refer to him by his last name in a similar manner as Colby Donaldson or Jonathan Penner. Admittedly; with how many people named "John" there've been in the show; it's probably not a bad thing.
- The Load: in challenges, he was known for being a liability.
- Name's the Same: With another famous lawyer.
- Nerd Glasses
- No Social Skills
- One of Us: He even posted on Something Awful at one point.
- The Unfavorite: Of Savaii
- The Quisling
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Flips to Upolu at Merge. When it's reduced to him and the six Upolu's... three guesses who gets sent out. First two don't count.
- Sadly Mythtaken: When Coach calls himself Zeus, Cochran says, "Didn't Zeus eat his children?" It was actually Kronos he did that. He lampshaded this after the show; when he tweeted that he got them confused when they aired that episode.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek
- Sixth Ranger: To Upolu after he flips at the merge. Yes, that's three people listed as Sixth Rangers to Upolu.
- Spear Counterpart: To Edna.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad
- Straw Fan: Some see him as the producers taking a jab at the fandom, as he's a nerdy load who thinks he's better than what he is (or at least was).
- Unwitting Pawn
- Who's Laughing Now?: A nerdy kid, made fun of by his tribe, flips on them, and watches them suffer.
- With Friends Like These...: Was allied with Jim during his coup against Ozzy, but Jim made it clear (to us, at least), that he was only using Cochran as an extra vote.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Was always an option at elimination and treated poorly or excluded at the Savaii camp. The Destroyer part comes when he single handedly doomed his tribe (and himself) to the jury.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivers a pretty epic one after losing the duel to Ozzy.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
- The Chick: To Savaii.
- Hey It's That Girl: Well-known country singer from Nashville.
- Living Prop: Until Keith was sent packing, she had no screen time that didn't include him.
- Out of Focus: Surprisingly so, for a well known celebrity. It's been speculated that this might be punishment by the editors for letting slip some spoilers to one of her concert audiences.
- Romance on the Set: With Keith.
- Selective Obliviousness: Saw herself as a victim of ostracism at the hands of the Upolu, particularly in an immunity challenge where only the Savaii members (excluding Cochran) compete.
- Action Mom: Easily the strongest woman on Savaii.
- Cool Old Lady: She almost single-handedly won the fourth immunity challenge for Savaii, did better than Ozzy on the third, and won the first individual immunity challenge.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: once she was able to revover from her emotional breakdown near the beginning of the season, she proved herself to be one of, if not the strongest woman, in challenges.
- Character Development: Similar to Cochran, she proves herself to the tribe and was one of their best competitors in the challenges. This and being a threat for individual immunity is why Upolu voted her out.
- Determinator: She even trained for ten months to be ready for the show.
- Expy: She seems suspiciously like Holly from Nicaragua. Old(er) female castaway who wants to quit early on... but gets over it, as well as being one of the stronger members of her tribe. Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize that she was originally cast for Nicaragua, but was replaced by Holly at the last minute.
- Sixth Ranger: To Savaii up until Elyse's blindside.
- Team Mom
Christine Shields Markoski
Mark "Papa Bear" Caruso