Webcomic / Survivor: Fan Characters
Survivor: Fan Characters
is a Sprite Comic
created by SWSU-Master, which, obviously, is inspired by the hit reality TV show Survivor
. It is notable for using its own sprite template created by SWSU-Master himself, as well as going on for fourteen seasons, including two All-Star seasons.
It can be found on Smack Jeeves here
, or you can also find it here
if you prefer DeviantArt
It follows the same formula as the TV show. An even number of contestants (with one exception) are put onto two tribes (usually), who then have to compete in challenges against one another for rewards and immunities. The tribes have to go to Tribal Council where they have to vote someone out from their group every so often. It is a working formula on the TV show, and even more so in this web comic where the characters and events can be shaped by SWSU for maximum entertainment.
So far, there are sixteen completed seasons, with a seventeenth season in the works.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Accidental Truth: In Season 5, Maria/Mo forces Gatemaster to take part in her elaborate scheme to put Marius through a Humiliation Conga with him giving Marius a necklace he randomly found in a river and lying about it being the Hidden Immunity Idol to make Marius feel betrayed when he gets voted out. Turns out that said necklace is in fact the Hidden Immunity Idol and ends up protecting Marius from the vote while sending the person with the second-highest number of votes home...which is Maria/Mo. Whoops.
- The Ace: Several, but Hogan and Ventious are the prime examples.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: The jury openly celebrated the downfalls of Manipulative Bastards Vinnie ("Will the jury please stop high-fiving each other?") and Minerva ("Jury, doing "The Wave" is out of hand."). Even P. Bear, the latter's only ally left at that point, was visibly smiling at them finally getting their comeuppance.
- Art Evolution: The character sprites and backgrounds have grown more complex and detailed over time; just compare the relatively simplistic sprite designs in Season 1 to the elaborate hairstyles and outfits of Ker and Krauss in Season 7.
- Bastard Understudy: Hope to Baxter in Season 3, Marius to Jessica in Season 5, and Sin to Vinnie in Season 6.
- Batman Gambit: Vinnie, in both of his seasons. He has escaped many attempts to have him voted out, through his manipulation skills. In All-Stars, he even comments to Bitsy about how, in spite of being known by everyone to be a snake, he can still get them to trust him more than each other.
- Gatemaster also does this (although with a lot more luck) in Season 5 to get the final four he wants.
- Skylar falls into this category too with his idol scam, although that was partly enabled by a "Sure, why not?" moment.
- Charlie from Season 1 and Phil from Season 7 tried one a la Richard Hatch. It worked in the former's case (although she didn't win in the end) but backfired spectacularly for the latter.
- Eli in Season 11 pulls a ridiculously convoluted one just for the sake of it to eliminate Juiced Up, when he could have just been idoled normally. It works without a hitch.
- Ellise's legendary idol play.
- Battle of Wits: Duh.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bitsy was a sweetheart in Season 2, but come All-Stars she managed to betray even more people than Baxter and Vinnie.
- This was Bonnie's entire strategy with her Prescilla facade.
- Taro of Season 15 is a lovable guy who provides the other contestants with food but when his best friend Ky is voted out, he serves them spoiled food that gives them mild poisoning as revenge.
- Big Bad: Some seasons have one of these.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Season 13 had a string of characters that functioned as the baddie during different parts of the season.
- Black and White Morality: Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, and Season 7.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The final three women (and contestants) on Yrsa'ka before the merge; Melanie is blonde, Oehda is brunette, and Kiara is a redhead.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gatemaster. The guy controls his entire season, despite being... you know, a stupid goof.
- Butt-Monkey: Too many to list, notable ones are Cherman, Robert, Trent, Russell and Skippy the cameraman.
- Canon Immigrant: Seasons 4 and 12 each had ten of these. Also, the host is still Jeff Probst. Russell Hantz from Survivor: Samoa also appeared in Season 7.
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: The first six seasons got increasingly Darker and Edgier (especially 5 and 6), with 7 being Lighter and Softer, then 8 was a mix of seriousness and comedy, leaning towards the former in the last couple episodes. 9 and 10 managed to make the aforementioned 5 and 6 look like Disney films. 11 and 12 scaled back on the drama, though did get more serious in the final episodes.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: People who have basically broken how vote-offs work never win. Minerva and Eli come to mind.
- Chekhov's Gag: In Season 11, Eli briefly worries that he might lose a Survivor trivia tiebreaker despite knowing the series so well. Two seasons later, this is exactly how the Critic gets eliminated.
- In season 14, Mac eats a live bug he finds in his food while sitting with Jojo, who says "I'm not Jeff, this isn't for a challenge!" Two episodes later, he beats Jojo to win immunity for his tribe... by eating a live tarantula.
- The Chessmaster: There's usually one or more in each season.
- Season 1 - Sky
- Brains Vs. Brawn - Vinnie, Ellise
- Season 3 - Baxter
- Fans Vs. Canons - Minerva, Lilly
- Cursed Islands - Gatemaster (not that he is even aware of it though), Marius, Miranda, Jessica.
- All-Stars - Bitsy, Vinnie, Sin... there's quite a few this season.
- Season 7 - Phil
- Season 8 - Matt (a la Russell), Oehda, Melanie.
- Season 9 - Prescilla
- Battle of the Tribes - Bonnie, Minerva, Baxter... like the first All-Stars season, there's quite a few here.
- Season 11 - Crisco, Flaithri, Eli.
- Fans Vs. Canons 2 - Enter, Kim
- Season 13 - Iyzebel, Tapioca (if you believe her Obfuscating Insanity claim)
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: A number of people, but most noticeably Vinnie, Baxter and Bitsy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Many examples, but Craig, Kala, and Gatemaster are the most prominent.
- Colour Coded Armies: The tribes in Season 10. The contestants all wear clothing matching their tribe color. The Retro tribe wears green, the Corsona tribe wears purple, the Yrsa'Ka tribe wears orange, and the Carbo tribe wears white.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Final immunity in season 10. After it turns out Jackie's injury was fake.
- Darker and Edgier: Season 9 pretty much revolves around the villain getting everything that they want through frankly vile means. Not to mention that said villain throws out serious curse words left and right makes it almost NSFW.
- Dark Horse Victory: Marius in Season 5, Cherman in Season 9, Angel in Season 11, and Lola in Season 12.
- Decided by One Vote: All of the completed seasons so far, with the exceptions of Seasons 4, 8, 9, 13, and 15.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The curses in Season 5 were typically these. Marius won using one, though.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Minerva Mink pulls this off on P. Bear. Renny, however, doesn't pull it off on Gatemaster or Victor.
- Montana also pulls this off on almost everyone on her tribe after her nemesis got voted out.
- Geena and Penny use this to win a challenge against their male competitors. Melanie also pulls this on Xero to distract him from mutinying back to his original tribe in the same season.
- Eat That: Has been used as challenges several times.
- Edible Theme Naming: The two tribes in Season 9 are named "Carbo" (short for Carbonara, a pasta dish), and "Amatri" (short for Amatriciana, another pasta dish).
- Engineered Public Confession: In All-Stars, Norman maneuvers Sin into admitting that he set up Norman to look untrustworthy to his alliance members. While not knowing that Violet was hiding in a tree above them. Or that Al was hiding in the bushes close to them, and is not happy about being duped by Sin.
- In Season 9, Cherman does this with Prescilla/Bonnie at the final Tribal Council with his recorder that he gave to Barbie.
- In Season 14, Desmond assures Jojo that he and Liz were not particularly close, and in fact, he considered her a liability to her own allies. Except, he's actually talking to Liz, who pulled a Twin Switch with Jojo.
- Epic Fail: Season 7's Ho'Aku tribe appeared to follow Ulong's steps in the beginning, with only two people left in the tribe after eight episodes, but as a Ho'Aku member eventually won the game, they're more similar to Maraamu or Foa Foa. Then again, the Foa Foa comparisons were obvious from the start.
- Cherman in Season 9 managed to spectacularly lose every single challenge he competed in. Often within five seconds after the start of the challenge. Then it's magnificently subverted at the end when he wins the season.
- The Hantz tribe from Season 11 only won one immunity challenge and two reward challenges, possibly being the weakest tribe in the entire series. Unlike the two examples above, no one from the Hantz tribe ends up winning, meaning that they don't even get that distinction.
- Though it's not because of being a weak
team overall like Ho'Aku, it's more because Crisco kept screwing them over from within
- Follow the Leader: Inspired many other Survivor-based fics with fan characters on DeviantArt.
- Foreshadowing: There are several lines and scenes per season that hint at the eventual winner or future events:
- Season 1: Skylar's first confessional about him sliding on to the finals as a seeming non-threat.
- Season 4: Rebecca tells Trent that if she's voted off, "you'll be medivacced within a day."
- Cursed Islands: Gatemaster randomly finding a "gem necklace" in the river.
- All-Stars: Sin asking Vinnie why he's been gripping the side of his body lately.
- Season 7: Who makes multiple references to winning early on that isn't Russell? That's right: Ker.
- Season 8: Melanie declaring in a confessional that she will win if she's in the finals with guys only, and Kiara's off-hand remark that she's screwed if they go to a rock-picking tiebreaker. Also, Heinz's torch not extinguishing properly, in a scene borrowed from the Pearl Islands season.
- Season 9 is especially noteworthy for several extremely-obvious-in-hindsight clues about the winner that were overlooked by almost all fans: Cherman's line in episode 4 about how he deserves to win the million if he can find a use for his recorder (many fans caught on that his recorder would become instrumental in unmasking Bonnie, but not that he would actually win until the very last episode) and Barbie actually being shown holding Cherman's recorder in the family visit scene, something that literally no one caught beforehand.
- Battle of the Tribes: Jackie's hidden mohawk. Also, his confessional caption in the first post-merge episode.
- Season 12: In an apparent total throwaway joke moment, Lola wins a staring contest against Spongebob on Day 2.
- Season 13: Hash getting visibly nervous when Arnold suggests they do a pat-down of his body for any hidden idols.
- Season 14: Adeline saying in a confessional that she doesn't want to be in the game if Hunter is eliminated. Also, Desmond saying that the day Liz fools him will be the day he gives her the million.
- Graceful Loser: Surprisingly, almost all runner-ups have been this with even villains like Baxter and Wrecker congratulating their opponent on their win and gameplay. The only real exceptions so far have been the third-place finishers from Seasons 8 and 9.
- Guile Hero: Considering the nature of the game, any hero who plays a good strategic game becomes this. Hogan, Ellise, Norman, Barney, etc.
- Heel–Face Turn: Krauss in season 7 started off as a giant asshole, but with help from Ker, he changed his ways.
- How Much Did You Hear?: Polly votes out Max over Bitsy after hearing him making side deals, then pays for it by getting voted out by Bitsy.
- I Call It "Vera": All of Kala's friends probably count, but Mr. Happystick is the best example.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Montana takes off her top to talk strategy more effectively with Baxter. Amazingly, this also appears to temporarily cure Alex's stuttering problem.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Bossy 25-year-old doctor Ellise and the devious 45-year-old mobster Vinnie.
- Joseph and Amy, who formed a father-daughter relationship with each other.
- Dominant alpha-male Krauss and the elderly female clown Ker.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Battle of the Tribes / second All-Stars season inevitably spoiled the true identity and name of the villain from the previous season whose true nature was kept hidden for several episodes.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The ratio of human characters to anthros, robots, aliens, and other strange creatures is about 5:2.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Seeing as it's a Survivor parody, this is to be expected.
- Loophole Abuse: Season 12 left the rules curled up in a corner and whimpering quietly to themselves. Particularly at the hands of Enter and Lola.
- Mind Screw: Adeline's quit episode in Season 14.
- Mega Crossover: There are fan characters from over a hundred different franchises, ranging from the well-known to the relatively obscure.
- Meta Twist: After two straight seasons (7 and 8) in which SWSU's readers figured out his planned winners much earlier than he had expected, he began actively working to catch his readers off-guard by going for extremely unconventional winners who would've been deemed too under the radar, over the top, or irrelevant to the plot to win by Survivor Edgic logic. Then in Season 13, he whittled the cast down to a final two of a strategic and likable contestant and a contestant who spent most of the season annoying others with her Cloud Cuckoolander and Talkative Loon behavior, which caused a number of readers to believe/fear that SWSU was planning for the latter to win in a Shocking Swerve to continue the "unlikeliest winners possible" trend — but instead, the finalist who had actually strategized a lot and made many friends on the jury won in a landslide and SWSU admitted in his season notes that he had deliberately played with his readers' paranoia about another Shocking Swerve outcome to generate suspense about the result.
- Morality Pet: Two of the "negative" winners were given a genuine friendship with a much more positive character to make them more likable: Skylar with Taylor, and Marius with Gatemaster.
- My Greatest Second Chance: Invoked with the All-Star seasons.
- Nice Hat: Sin has a very nice smiley-face hat on Season 5. He replaces it with a very nice smiley-face bandana for All-Stars.
- He gets the hat back at Ponderosa.
- Season 7 gives us Skazzatrazz's stylish fedora and Quadratic's huge Irish hat.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: Sue quit in Season 2, Donovan in season 9, and Adeline in season 14. Trent got medevaced in Season 4. Maria/Mo, Maggie and Iyzebel were ejected for physical violence in All-Stars, Season 12 and Season 16 respectively.
- Odd Couple: Vinnie and Ellise, Baxter and Alex, Iris and Hope, Marius and Gatemaster, Craig and Popper, Ker and Krauss...
- Out of Focus: It's natural that some characters won't be able to get as much screen time as others, but this was especially noticeable in Season 9 as the creator deliberately kept the screen time of the final three limited up until a certain point for plot-relevant reasons: Prescilla/Bonnie until the fifth episode, to make the reveal of her villainous nature even more shocking; Cherman until the final episode, to set him up as a surprise winner; and Tofuchao, to give Cherman another Final 3 partner he could win against.
- Denise from Season 2 is the epitome of this trope: she doesn't get a single speaking line until Episode 7 and to add insult to injury is even booted in the most anti-climactic way possible.
- Painting the Medium: The characters' speech bubbles always match their tribe colors. Furthermore, characters going through Sanity Slippage have their speech bubbles distorted in various ways.
- Power Trio:
- The minority alliance in Season 3 fit in a variety of ways, such as the Freudian Trio and the Beauty, Brains and Brawn:
- Montana (Id) (Beauty)
- Violet (Ego) (Brawn)
- Norman (Superego) (Brains)
- The minority alliance in Season 7 also fit the Freudian Trio:
- Krauss (Id)
- Chrii (Ego)
- Ker (Superego)
- The main villain alliance of Season 8 form a Terrible Trio:
- The Stooge Alliance (Juiced Up, Claus, Casey) of Season 11 was a parody of this trope.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Hope from Season 3 starts out as a sweet girl on the Pambar tribe who quickly makes friends with Iris. After the tribe is assimilated, the two are separated, Hope joins the all-male Roku tribe, and Baxter shows her the ropes... and it all goes downhill from there for Hope.
- Bitsy somewhat in All-Stars, who could be somewhat justified by I Did What I Had to Do.
- Luna in Season 13, to a degree. Starts off as one of the nicest contestants in the cast and gradually becomes more and more conniving after the merge.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Final Tribal Council in Season 9 was basically a giant one delivered to Prescilla/Bonnie by Cherman and the jurors.
- Redemption Quest: After the first episode, Ellise spends a few episodes trying to improve her poor first impressions. It works, as she ends up winning in the end (it's even brought up at Tribal Council as a positive).
- Krauss also tries to improve his first impressions after the third episode, when he realizes what a Jerk Ass he originally was. He manages to perform a Heel–Face Turn, forms one of the most unbreakable alliances in SFC history with Ker, and even though he doesn't win, the change of character he's undergone is tremendous.
- Refuge in Audacity: Jeff's ridiculous exit methods, starting from the third season. They include: a helicopter (Seasons 3 and 7), a jet ski (Season 4), a jetpack (Season 5), a Star Trek-style teleporter (Season 6), a smoke bomb (Season 8), a portal created by Cherman's stolen gun (Season 9), turning into a Boston Rob-themed superhero and flying out (Season 12), using his Rock and Roll Jeopardy! powers to teleport out (Season 14), and phasing out (Season 15). He averts this in Season 10, though, where he simply forgets to take the voting urn, in Season 11, where he forgets even to return after tallying the votes, and in Season 13, where he swims across the ocean offscreen.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Happens sometimes in the comic. A recurring typo was "definitely" as "definantly/defiantly".
- Sacrificial Lamb: Cassie asks to be voted out at the start of Season 3 after becoming sick, which ultimately changes Montana's mind about quitting herself.
- Secret Test of Character: Done by jurors at the final Tribal Councils in Seasons 2 and 8. More specifically, Bitsy tells Ellise that she won't be voting for her and then asks her if they can still be friends after the game even if her vote costs her the million, and Johnny does something similar with Matt in Season 8. Of course, it turns out that both jurors had always been planning to vote for their respective friends and just wanted to make sure that their friends didn't view them as just a jury vote. Ellise passes Bitsy's test with flying colors, but Matt bombs Johnny's test in spectacular fashion, effectively screwing himself out of the only vote he could ever have gotten.
- Sole Survivor: So far, there's been sixteen of them.
- Season 1: Skylar defeated Charlie.
- Brains vs. Brawns: Ellise defeated Jasmine and Kris.
- Season 3: Montana defeated Baxter and Alex.
- Fans vs. Canons: Barney defeated Luke.
- Cursed Islands: Marius defeated Miranda and Gatemaster.
- All-Stars: Bitsy defeated Kala.
- Season 7: Ker defeated Wrecker.
- Midway Island: Melanie defeated Heinz and Matt.
- Season 9: Cherman defeated Tofuchao and Bonnie.
- Battle of the Tribes: Jackie defeated Minerva.
- Season 11: Angel defeated Eli and Sunflower.
- Season 12: Lola defeated Spongebob and Shelby.
- Season 13: Jim defeated Tapioca.
- Season 14: Liz defeated her twin Jojo.
- Season 15: Taro defeated Dustin.
- Season 16: Doris defeated Sierra and Vinnie.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: It seems the rule is that the Big Bad of each season must be a bigger low-life than the previous. Thankfully this trend seems to have stopped after Season 12.
- Take That!: Rene comes across some old Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges dumped in a lake.
- In Season 7, a lot of the contestants ignore Jeff's introductions while competing in challenges. This was taken Up to Eleven in Season 8, with everyone throwing the first individual immunity challenge and the first three jurors dressing up in the same clothes as Jeff Probst for Tribal Council.
- Russell Hantz's entire purpose for being included as a contestant in Season 7 was to be ridiculed and mocked at every turn.
- One against Redemption Island in Season 8. Delivered by one of the most deluded people in the cast. Another potshot against it comes in the finale of the same season, with Jeff Probst's suggestion that the next season would include it being drowned out in a flood of boos from the entire audience.
- SWSU usually does not get angry about flaming, but after getting some unreasonably excessive loathing from the owner of a certain character for a span of several months, he had finally had enough.
- Theme Naming: The Prince of All Cosmos and Popper. Hur hur hur.
- ˇThree Amigos!: Taylor, Sky and Hogan from Season 1.
- Montana, N and Violet from Season 3.
- Miranda, Greg and Gatemaster from Season 5.
- Melanie, Oehda and Emilee from Season 8.
- Paine, Eli and Sunflower from Season 11.
- Leah, Juli and Lea from Season 14 were explicitly referred to as "The Three Amigas" in one strip (which was about how long their alliance lasted).
- Those Two Bad Guys: Juiced Up and Claus from Season 11 were rarely ever seen apart, and rarely talked about anything but their desire to crush everyone else in the game.
- Those Two Guys: Lola and Spongebob from Fans Vs. Canons 2 pretty much stuck together the whole season, were practically best friends, and even made the final 3 together, with Lola even winning.
- Despite being another boy-girl pair, Ker and Krauss could also count. The two were stuck together on a horrible tribe, and despite an Ulonging, they made it to the Final 6 together (with Ker even winning the season while Krauss made the Jury), as close as any two players could possibly be.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Flip-flopped. Ellise managed to survive the annihilation of her alliance in Season 2 and win, Violet and Montana both made the final four in Season 3 while the Five-Bad Band of six had the power (and Montana also wins), Ker from Season 7 managed to go on an immunity run at the Final 5 and win as well, Cherman from Season 9 made it all the way to the finals and a landslide win in spite of being a constant target at every Tribal Council and having all his allies voted out, Angel managed to pretend to be a non-factor in order to stay clear of Eli's radar, and beat him and his ally Sunflower in the finals; however, it's subverted in Season 1 when Charlie survived the Pagonging of Drazen, only to lose to Sky in the end, and in All-Stars when Norman was the only guy left after the women took control, and was voted out the one episode he needed to survive the women's alliance.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In Fans vs Canons 2, every plan to defeat Enter that is discussed onscreen fails. Justified in-universe, as Enter is actually spying on the other players through the cameras. Once they figure it out, they start planning off-camera, and manage to catch him off guard.
- Ventriloquism: Kala likes to make her coconut friend, Omay, talk.
- And Mr. Happystick, and Omay 2.0, and Kevin.
- Also Hogan with his Rainbow Afro Hand in All-Stars.
- The Villain Makes the Plot: They're the ones that usually start the conflict and drama.
- Villainous Breakdown: Prescilla/Bonnie has an EPIC one in Season 9.
- In Season 12, Enter has such a severe one after the idol he used on Bowser is invalidated that he blue-screens.
- Villain Protagonist: Sky, Marius, and Melanie. What set them apart from the other villains was that they had stories setting them up for the eventual win of their seasons, plus they each had good qualities.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Montana and N tried to convince Violet to team up with them via this logic.
- Wham Episode: Season 16's VERY FIRST Tribal Council. It turns out that "Bonnie" is just an actress hired by the real Bonnie, who is in the game playing as "Sarah". She's back to her old tricks and learned from her mistakes.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: In-Universe example in Season 9: Prescilla/Bonnie claimed that this was the reason why the jurors should vote for her over Tofuchao and Cherman, as she had been the one orchestrating most of the votes while Tofuchao rode coattails and Cherman sucked at all challenges and was kept on just because he was weak. However, everyone made it clear to her that while they could almost respect some of her big moves, she was ultimately too horrible a person for them to ever want to "reward" her for her immoral gameplay.
Would you want Aleksan
in the merge instead of this worthless piece of shit? Madison:
Maybe you should have let that happen, considering the "worthless" one just destroyed you
- Who's on First?: The "Nobody" alliance in All-Stars.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Victor wants Greg voted out right after he helps build his tribe's shelter in Cursed Islands. It doesn't work.
- In Season 9, Prescilla gets her boyfriend Adrian voted out after he makes it clear that Starr, her designated ally, will be the next one to be voted out and then naively gives her an immunity idol.