Characters / Survivor: The Australian Outback

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The Tribes

    Ogakor 

    Kucha 

The Sole Survivor

    Tina Wesson 

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

  • The Chessmaster: Tina used her knowledge of Debb's vote against Jeff to have the advantage at the merge.
  • Dark Horse Victory
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeated Colby, the favorite to win, in a close vote.
  • Epic Fail: In her audition video.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Very well-liked and respected by her tribe mates. Oh, and she was blonde.
  • Guile Heroine
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a nurse in real life.
  • No Damage Run: Tina was the first winner to not have any votes cast against her.
  • Noodle Incident: Tina somehow got Kimmi (who was from the other tribe) to admit which players had past votes against them during a reward challenge, ensuring that Ogakor had an information advantage that could break ties in their favor over Kucha during the merge. Alas, we never see this exchange on-screen.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Plucky Girl
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: She had notable ones for Mitchell and Nick’s ousters.
    for Mitchell’s vote: I didn't come out here to starve myself and face the elements to keep the weakest person.
    for Nick’s vote: You said you were tired of playing the game, and that you weren’t having any fun anymore. So here’s your ticket, buddy!
  • Proper Lady: Tina is almost unfailingly polite to everyone around her.
  • The Smart Girl: To Ogakor.
  • Sole Survivor
  • The Strategist: Definitely overlooked as one due to the edit. Practically everyone from her season described her as the one who made all of the decisions on who to vote out.
  • Supporting Leader: Via being The Woman behind the Man.
  • Team Mom: Again, to Ogakor.
  • Touch of Death: Whoever Tina voted for at every single Tribal Council in which she participated was the person voted out.
  • The Woman Behind The Man: Colby may have won most of the Immunity challenges, but it was Tina who decided the boot order.

Runner-Up

    Colby Donaldson 

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

The Jury

    Keith Famie 

  • Butt Monkey: Keith was the main target of Jerri’s torment, but once Jerri is gone he becomes Colby’s target. Even Tina admits they kept Keith around because they needed the extra vote.
  • 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 

  • Cool Old Guy
  • Face Your Fears: Rodger is afraid of heights AND just learned how to swim right before he came to the Outback. But he still jumps off a large waterfall for one of the earlier challenges.
  • Farm Boy
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Actually requests to go out fifth so Elisabeth can make the final four.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Elisabeth. When he gave her a rock shaped as a heart to give to her boyfriend, there was, for once on Survivor, a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming that wasn't over-dramatized.
  • The Leader: Of Kucha.
  • Nice Guy: As mentioned with regards to Elizabeth, this is the main reason he and her lasted longer than some of Ogakor's original tribemates despite being outnumbered by them: the main allaince of Tina, Colby and Keith respected them more than they respected Jerri (and to a lesser extent, Amber) because of their likable personalities.
  • Nice Hat
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Kentucky Joe".
  • Simple Country Lawyer: He played up his “Kentucky Joe” folksiness, but it was later revealed he was the president of a local bank.
  • Team Dad: To Kucha.
  • Worthy Opponent

    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, and would later return for Game Changers.

    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 the first half of 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kimmi reveals to Tina that Debb’s vote was for Jeff, which ultimately leads to the downfall of the Kucha tribe.
  • 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kimmi reveals to Tina that Debb’s vote was for Jeff, which ultimately leads to the downfall of the Kucha tribe.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Kimmi’s strong vegetarian convictions almost causes her tribe to lose a challenge and is what leads to her big fight with Alicia.
  • Wall of Blather

    Mitchell Olson 

  • Didn't See That Coming: The first true blindside of the season. He and Jerri thought their five-person alliance was solid and were shocked at Tina and Colby’s betrayal.
  • The Dragon: to Jerri.
  • Fire of Comfort: Mitchell personally wrote several songs that Ogakor members sang together around the fire every night. The Ogakor members were disappointed that none were shown on air (though at least one scene appears on the DVD).
  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: Kel was physically bigger than even Colby and was a former Army ranger. Yet, he was still the first person from his tribe voted out.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie

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