Characters / Survivor: The Australian Outback

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The Tribes



The Sole Survivor

    Tina Wesson 

Tina was chosen to compete on All-Stars and later Blood Ws. Water with her Daughter, Katie Collins


    Colby Donaldson 

Colby would return for All-Stars and later Heroes vs. Villains.

The Jury

    Keith Famie 

  • Chef of Iron: Keith was an actual chef and was one of the few people to give Colby a run for his money in the challenges.
  • The Comically Serious
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Determinator
  • The Lancer: To Ogakor.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Keith was originally supposed to appear on the first season but was held over for the second season.
  • Supreme Chef: Subverted early on, when he couldn't properly cook rice and the tribe found it disgusting. He was not pleased when Jerri made tortillas from scratch and the tribe loved them.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Team Chef: He was an actual chef in real life, but he wasn't actually the team chef early on in the game.
  • The Rival: Besides Nick, he's the only real competition for Colby in the challenges, and he manages to win a few of his own.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: To his girlfriend Peas. He proposed her after losing the loved ones challenge and she said yes.

    Elisabeth Filarski 

    Rodger Bingham 

    Amber Brkich 

Amber returned as one of the more questionable choices for All-Stars as a replacement for Elisabeth.

    Nick Brown 

  • The Lancer: To Kucha.
  • Lazy Bum: Subverted. He was edited this way, but by all accounts from fellow cast members, this was Manipulative Editing.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • The Southpaw
  • The Stoic: By far the least emotional player on this season. Even when one of his Kucha tribemates ends up badly burned, his reaction is far more understated than anyone else's.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Colby. Aside from Keith, we was the only real competition to him in the individual challenges.

    Jerri Manthey 

Jerri was chosen to compete on All-Stars and later Heroes Vs. Villains

    Alicia Calaway 

Alicia would return for All-Stars

Voted Out

    Jeff Varner 

Varner was chosen via public vote to return for Cambodia

    Michael Skupin 

  • Crazy Survivalist: He seriously manages to catch and kill a pig. The editors also had fun portraying him as this every now and then with some judicious use of close-up shots and eerie music.
  • Dead Star Walking: The early episodes build Michael up as the undisputed (well, other than Alicia) Large Ham leader of Kucha, with some viewers even seeing him as the second coming of Richard Hatch. He's arguably the biggest character from this season other than Jerri. And he ends up falling into the fire a day or two before the merge.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Falling into the fire after passing out. This is the most notable example of a medical evacuation in the show's history. Thankfully, Skupin was allowed to return for Survivor: Philippines.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. They show the burns on his hands after he falls into the fire, and they are very, very cringe-inducing.
  • The Hero: Of Kucha.
  • Keet: Michael is a GROWN version of this.
  • Large Ham
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: The UR Example and Trope Maker.
  • Shocking Elimination: The first castaway to be eliminated by the actual day-to-day life in camp as he accidentally inhaled smoke and passed out, falling into the fire. Not only was this hugely pivotal in how the game played out as Kucha was forced to go into the merge even instead of having a chance to go in with the numbers advantage, but on top of that, it happened to the person with very arguably the strongest survival skills on the show. Was shocking even In-Universe.
  • Worthy Opponent

    Kimmi Kappenberg 

Kimmi was chosen via public vote to return for Cambodia

  • Alliterative Name
  • Break the Cutie: After Mike caught and killed the pig, Jeff started to mock Kimmi for her vegetarianism. Later, Jeff instigated an argument between her and Alicia over when to cook the chickens. The latter argument is what contributed towards Kimmi getting getting voted off.
  • Fatal Flaw: Kimmi is a vegetarian who is on a game show where she might have to eat food made from animals.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: According to her audition tape, she enjoys being in the nude, but only because she enjoys to and she doesn't consider anything sexual about it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She accidentally revealed to Tina during a reward challenge that Jeff had a previous vote against him. This knowledge caused Ogakor to have an advantage during the merge when they manipulated the votes so that Jeff would leave after a 5-5 deadlock tiebreaker.
  • Motor Mouth
  • No Indoor Voice: At the first night of camp.
  • Noodle Incident: There was a montage of Kimmi chatting it up with her tribe during the first night, and the excerpts of what we heard sounded pretty kinky.
  • Wall of Blather

    Mitchell Olson 

  • Hide Your Gays: His Sexuality was not discussed on the show and he was the fourth out .
  • The Load: Considering he's taller than most of the cast, he needed way more food and nutrients than the rest of his tribe. As said by Tina when she votes him out:
    Tina: "This game isn't easy. I didn't come out here to starve myself and face the elements to keep the weakest person."
  • One Head Taller: Than the entire cast - he's seven foot.
  • Straight Gay: Although his sexuality hasn't be talked about on screen.

    Maralyn "Mad Dog" Hershey 

    Kel Gleason 

  • Arch-Enemy: Jerri was this to him. On the post show "Back From The Outback" special, he even had a Dartboard of Hate with her face on it.
  • Fish out of Water: Like Debb below, he had trouble relating to people who weren't from the military.
  • Noodle Incident: The infamous "Beef Jerky Incident" (the question of whether or not he smuggled food into the game) has never been answered, and we never actually saw the footage of Kel chewing on whatever it was that he was chewing on (he claims it was a shard of grass).
    • According to Jeff Varner's AMA from Reddit, he did. Jeff reveals that Kel was caught in front of all the contestants by airport customs for trying to smuggle beef jerky. And later he was caught again for smuggling shoes in game day.
  • Token Minority: He is a Peruvian Quecha.
  • The Unreveal: As mentioned right above, we'll probably never find out whether Kel was really chewing beef jerky or if Jerri was just making it up to make him seem more unlikable to the other tribemates, or even if Jerri genuinely thought that he was eating that, but he really wasn't, and it was all just a misunderstanding.

    Debb Eaton 

  • Fish out of Water: Had trouble relating to her tribe, leading to her tribe ousting her first.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not on the show itself, but as revealed on the post show "Back From The Outback", the prisoners in the prison that she works at have been subjecting her to this by continuously mocking her for being the first person voted off of Survivor. It's pretty hard not to feel sorry for her after hearing about this.
  • Nice Hat
  • Tomboy: A prison guard, and a particularly intimidating one at that.