YMMV / Survivor: Fan Characters

  • Archive Binge: Sixteen completed seasons and over 2000 comics in total.
  • Broken Base: The rift was first created in Fans vs Canons and was widened further during Cursed Islands and All-Stars. Mainly divided along the lines of supporting either positive or negative characters. Mainly condoned on the author's part as he appreciates differing opinions.
    • Ker fans versus Wrecker fans. There have been debates, debates, and more debates about the two. The fact that they were the two finalists the public was voting for to win Season 7 didn't help matters.
    • There's also the argument over who should have won Season 12 between Lola, Shelby and Spongebob. Lola is praised for having a strong social game, but didn't have many strategic moves under her belt. Spongebob is under the same boat as Lola, but was praised for managing to survive to Day 39 despite being a non-factor. And Shelby was a smug slacker, but was surprisingly articulate in her FTC arguments, and was unfortunate to be in the finals against two more popular opponents.
    • The endgame of Season 15 has caused a sharp divide amongst fans, particularly over whether they support Taro and Ky or not, with comment section after comment section turning into a warzone. This became especially bad when Ky got voted out.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Mary, Minerva, Marius, Gatemaster, Ventious and Bonnie are some of the most divisive characters.
    • As for the seasons themselves, Cursed Islands, All-Stars, and Battle of the Tribes fit the bill quite a lot.
    • Villainous winners such as Melanie and Marius; supporters say that they were great players who just happened to have a darker shade of morality and deserve recognition for their games despite their less than desirable ethics, while naysayers have thrown Villain Sue accusations towards the former and criticized the morals of the latter.
    • Juiced Up and Claus are easily the most divisive characters of Season 11. Either you think they are very funny fail villains, or you think that they are total annoyances who made it way further in the game than they deserved to. There is no middle ground.
    • Many characters in Season 13 are this.
      • Alleio and Topioca are the biggest one and by some distance.
      • Survivor Critic: Either you think he's a funny villain and a good idea of a character or you think he's the exact opposite and repetitive and almost never somewhere in between.
      • Luna and Iyzebel are also very divisive among the fandom.
    • Many characters in Season 15 are also this.
      • Cordelia and Brandi became this almost immediately. Half the readers like them for bringing a lot of conflict to the season, while the other half (mostly Marie fans) view them as insufferable Jerkasses who can't leave soon enough.
      • Ky and Shaega, two of the biggest characters in the season, are usually on either the top or the bottom of most people's rankings, with almost no in-between.
    • In Season 16, Bowser Jr. is either a unique personality who played a surprisingly good game that got downplayed by his edit, or an immature kid who was rather irrelevant outside of avenging his dad in two separate votes.
    • Sierra from the same season became this rather quickly within the last couple of episodes.
  • Cargo Ship: Violet x Tree and Popper x Ootsies (Tootsie Rolls).
  • Creator's Pet: Minerva, Beth, or Gatemaster might fit. Either way, they're all voted out early on All-Stars.
    • Bonnie. While she was very popular in Season 9, thanks to the fact that she was perhaps the most vile and horrifying villain in the series and got one hell of a downfall to go with it, she is relatively less popular in Season 10 thanks to somehow managing to pull off moves that she shouldn't be able to, taking every opportunity to brag about how awesome she is, and having no discernible motivation besides just being a disgusting human being who outlasted several more popular characters. Ironically, not unlike Russell Hantz. Although she has been humiliated a number of times, she had another downfall, and her Creator's Pet status was later acknowledged by Eli.
      • She is also an in-universe one. The producers in the series allowed her to get away with way too much during both of her seasons.
      • She was even brought back for a third time in Season 16, although she was voted out much earlier and most fans agree that she was voted off at the right time in this season instead of lasting for way too long.
    • Sky hits this trope running and never looked back. The author acknowledged in his first seasonal note the first season was built around him winning. He pulled all kind of ridiculous gambit and yet no one bothered doing much to stop him (even if they should've known better). He behaved like a jerk most of the time yet nobody except Hugo, a Hate Sink, had anything to say truly negative to say about his behavior when he faced the jury. If anything, they had nothing but gushing praise for him for his gameplay. Even to this day, the author seems to enjoy drawing him much more than any other characters, if his gallery is any indication. However, this is somewhat mitigated because the author thinks Sky's portrayal in SFC1 is one of his top 10 worst ideas.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The later seasons can reach this at times.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Greg often was the instigator in his fights with Marius.
    • Jackie was accused of being the former in Battle of the Tribes.
    • Maggie. She's a petty, whiny jerk, but gets the "Second Coming of Jesus" edit.
    • Lola was treated like a hero, despite doing almost nothing strategically and bragging about stealing from Shelby out-of-game.
  • Designated Villain: In-universe, Arnold from Season 13 is a saint compared to the "Arnold" the other characters talk about when the former isn't listening.
  • Dork Age: Started either in Cursed Islands or All-Stars depending on who you ask, and lasted until Midway Island.
  • Elimination Houdini: Minerva in Season 4, Cherman in Season 9, Bonnie in Season 10 and Eli in Season 11. All of them have been on the chopping block numerous times and yet managed to survive by either Manipulative Bastardry or having someone more threatening voted out over them.
    • Angel from Season 11 was an unusual example. She was in the minority for the entire second half of the game and received votes against her multiple times. However, she kept surviving due to Eli's method of eliminating people based on post-show edits.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Popper, a Katamari Damacy fan character who can only communicate with signs and short words, was the original notable Ensemble Darkhorse for this series. He made it onto the All-Star season despite being the fifth voted out on his original season.
    • Other Ensemble Darkhorses include Al and Bitsy from Season 2, Ella and P. Bear from Season 4, Driz and Betty from Season 7, and Cherman and Robert from Season 9.
    • In a popularity poll that had every contestant from the first 11 seasons, Montana was the winner. Then again, she always was popular among the readers. And in another popularity poll held a couple of years later, she won again, showing that her popularity is enduring.
    • Season 13 gave us Damon, whose hamminess and big heart won over the readers. The announcement of his return in Season 16 was very warmly received.
    • Most of the later winners are divisive in one way or another, but Jim has been almost unanimously praised for being a likable presence who does a good job of bouncing off of all the insanity going on around him.
  • Flame War: Hoo boy. In recent seasons, this has been a major problem within the fandom, with at least one major war taking place per season.
    • The flame wars in Season 11 broke the comments record several times over before the major individual responsible for them got suspended on DeviantArt.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Ever since the unexpected success of Season 9's storyline, every season after that had a major villain, who can't seem to be eliminated despite massive unpopularity from the other contestants; which forces the majority of the players, both good and bad, to band together to eliminate said player. Said alliance would take a few episodes, some fractious dealings with the villain's side, and the elimination of some of the big players, before the Big Bad was voted off. Of course, this has the unfortunate effect of the show focusing too much on the villain rather than everyone, making the story tedious viewing for some viewers and accusations of Seasonal Rot from some viewers. To note the examples, Season 9 and 10 could have been named "The Bonnie Show" due to her being the main antagonist of both seasons and the central focus of both, for better or worse. Season 12 then ramps up this trend by having Enter copypasta idols, which sparked arguments from some fans whether Enter's activities were considered legit or blatant cheating. Season 11 have Crisco throwing challenges so he could get rid of his whole tribe and could have gone further into the game, but, being in a very unconventional season, he was screwed over by a Mutiny and by Eli's machinations.
    • The author has realized this and taken steps to avoid it in later seasons with several Arc Villains with different goals instead of one Big Bad in Season 13 and more realistic antagonists who had some redeemable qualities and didn't hog the spotlight away from the eventual final duo in Season 14.
  • Fridge Brilliance: At first you'd think that Marius giving up the ability to win individual immunity in Season 5 would be stupid. As it turns out, this twist saved him when people assumed they could take him out at any time and kept him in until the finals, where he won.
  • Fridge Logic: After her elimination, Denise claims to have played the perfect under-the-radar game. Yet by all accounts (except by the camera), she was a motor mouth who didn't know when to shut up. How exactly is that playing under-the-radar?
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 was considered So Okay, It's Average. The characters were likable, but pretty one-note; the sprites were passable; and the plot was so-so. Season 2 saw a slight update in terms of sprites, much more dynamic characters and a more solid story.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Cha'Telle being labeled untrustworthy and getting voted out for hiding his true gender became a lot more uncomfortable after a very similar thing happened for real on Survivor: Game Changers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sometimes, characters or fans say things that turn out to be quite ironic later on. An excellent example of this is the comments on this comic with a later commentator even saying, "A lot of people are eating their words right now."
  • Ho Yay: Baxter/Alex, Joe/Marc, Joe/Hogan, Gatemaster/Marius, Johnny/Matt, Heinz/Jackie, Juiced Up/Claus, Eli/Paine...
    • Female examples: Meredith/Rene, Ellise/Kris, Hope/Iris, Amy/Miranda, Melanie/Oehda, Prescilla/Starr...
    • From Season 13: Alleio/Jim, to the point Alleio points out they're close they have even synchronized drowning and Tapioca thought they were dating.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Russell Hantz was masquerading as a fan character for the first few episodes in season 7.
    • Prescilla is really a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing named Bonnie.
    • Sarah from Season 16 is Bonnie in disguise, and the "Bonnie" that got voted off first was actually an actress that was hired by the real Bonnie.
  • Informed Loner / Informed Flaw: It's stated numerous time by several characters that Hash has a bad social game. However, he isn't really shown to have any problems interacting with anyone (even those whom he didn't like such as Arnold) and he isn't playing a relatively dirty game. The last part DOES come into question when "he" turns out to have been hiding her true gender since the start of the game, however.
  • Iron Woobie: Tialayla from Season 11 had some of the worst luck imaginable and was down in numbers the entire game, but still kept fighting on.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Maria/Mo (Season 5, not so much in All-Stars), Bitsy and Vinnie (at least in All-Stars), Ryuia (Season 7), Malik (Season 8), and Jewel, Adrian and Starr (Season 9).
  • Love to Hate: Vinnie, Baxter, Marius, Kala, Bonnie, White Phil, Wrecker, Desmond, Iyzebel, Shaega, and especially Minerva.
  • Magnificent Bastard: This series is absolutely teeming with them, but the best examples are the bastards who won their seasons: Skylar, Marius, Bitsy, and Melanie.
    • Honorable mentions go to Rene, Vinnie, Baxter, Minerva, Lilly, Gatemaster (unintentionally), and Prescilla/Bonnie.
    • Is it wrong to call SWSU-Master, the creator, this? He's managed to pull off some brilliant and shocking ideas for years (The Fans vs Canons and Midway Island twists, Bonnie and everything about her, etc.), and doesn't seem like he'll stop anytime soon.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I support Violet x Tree", and "I support Violet x Bitsy x Tree".
    • Season 7 has a ton of them: Skazzatrazz x Russell Ho Yay, Driz being a mastermind and an angel, "Dinahsty"'s journal, voting for Betty to win the season...
    • Matt from Season 8 being a rapist.
  • Moe: Several examples exist; prominent ones include Taylor, Bitsy (at least in her original season), Betty, Sunflower and Zoella.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mo attempting to murder Vinnie in All-Stars.
    • Take your pick with Bonnie, she's got quite a few:
      • Destroying everyone's luxury items and subtly pinning it on Jewel;
      • Framing Adrian for sexual assault (this is considered the big one by many);
      • Breaking Aleksan's leg in a challenge;
      • Along with Baxter, stealing Phil's food to further drive him into madness. Unlike the above ones, this had no ulterior strategic motive. It was done purely For the Evulz.
    • Bradlyn killing his own son, who is implied to have been a small child, to escape Death's list. This apparently happened before the show, though.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Phil (from season 1) shirtless. Wendy says it best:
    "Oh my god, my good eye is bleeding."
    • This scene is averted in Season 10, where Phil comes back after losing 200 lbs.
    • The producers have no qualms about allowing people like Bonnie, Wrecker, Maria/Mo, and Enter, yes that Enter to compete.
    • Alleio being very creepy when his true colors were revealed. Even his speech bubbles started to tilt.
    • Jake hijacking his own ouster.
  • One-Scene Wonder: "Oooooohhhh, I'm an evil talking buuuuush..." is pretty much the only reason Ella has a fanbase.
  • Parody Sue: Ventious, who has almost absolutely no flaws, and his entire tribe relies on him to win challenges for them because he's apparently so good at everything. Naturally, Chrii takes advantage of the fact that the whole tribe relies on Ventious and gets rid of him using a hidden immunity idol, which basically causes the entire tribe to crumble apart once he's gone. He did return for Battle of the Tribes but the author made a conscious effort to avoid this trope for him this time around, with him being unable to avoid his tribe being reduced to just two members, having the mother of all Clingy Jealous Girls in Ryuia, and admitting that he actually likes it better when he's not the Jesus of his tribe.
    • Zachary. He's a young master strategist that everyone around him loves and admires. He leaves first.
    • Frost, who has a completely game-breaking set of superpowers that includes telepathy. It doesn't stop her from losing immunity by sneezing and being voted out right after.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Vitsy" for Violet and Bitsy, and "Kerauss" for Ker and Krauss.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Many examples, but few top Minerva. Initially the Hate Sink from Season 4, her short time on All-Stars gained her a few fans, (the fact that there were much worse villains since her helped). Battle of the Tribes saw people actively rooting for her to win, and were upset when she didn't.
    • Jackie is an inversion. He was the most popular member of Season 8's cast despite being eliminated right before the merge, and his return in Season 10 was greatly anticipated. However, he Took a Level in Jerkass and was pushed too hard as a hero, which led to him being disliked instead.
    • Brandi was a borderline scrappy in Season 15, but her return in the following season, which showed her as The Atoner with a solid Freudian Excuse, was far more well recieved, easily becoming one of the season's more popular players.
  • The Scrappy: With a series that has this many characters, there's bound to be a few.
    • Oran was the series' original scrappy. He was a little kid who whined and complained whenever he didn't like something (which was often), and he was beyond useless in challenges. Few were disappointed to see him leave early.
    • PJ from Season 2 started off as a fairly bland character. However, after his alliance gained a bit of power, he started acting like a Jerkass for no reason. Like Oran, nobody complained when he didn't last long.
    • Iraenus from Season 8 was unpopular due to being an annoying pervert who sexually harassed Malik, and later made fun of Malik's morbidly obese son during a family visit. The revelation that the person who submitted Iraenus to the comic deliberately intended for him to be a negative stereotype of bisexuals only further assured this status.
    • Chloe was hated in Season 7 due to her personality, unappealing storyline, and the fact that she was a member of an unpopular majority alliance. When she came back for Battle of the Tribes, the hatred grew much stronger because she became even MORE unpleasant and never talked about anything aside from hating Chrii and wanting her gone. Fans were very relieved by her early elimination in the latter season.
    • Frank from Season 9 was widely disliked for his sexist personality. His return the next season was met with much confusion since he was not a particularly memorable player in his initial run, and his total lack of Character Development between the two seasons only further cemented the hate.
    • Bonnie became one in Season 10 thanks to Villain Decay and overexposure. The most positive thing that most could say about her third run in Season 16 (where she tried the same Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tactic from her initial appearance again) is that she was out of the game much earlier than in her previous appearances.
    • Jackie in Season 8 was the most popular character, however in Battle of the Tribes, he took a turn for the worse. His Flanderization into a bully with No Indoor Voice, while still being depicted as one of the good guys was poorly received, and the fact that he won over Minerva, who had been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap this season really rubbed people the wrong way.
    • Artemis from Season 11, at least on DeviantArt. While some people have argued that she would have been a subpar character either way, it is also true a lot of the hatred comes from her creator getting furious about her not succeeding and being loved as much as he intended. This has led quite a lot of people to consider her a Mary Sue based on her creator's intentions.
    • Enter, the Super Sentai canon from Season 12 manages to top the combined hatred of the above examples due to his blatant cheating, extreme arrogance, and being an overall God-Mode Villain Stu. This becomes even more glaring when you realize that in the Super Sentai fandom, Enter is an Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • Amelia in Season 14, for being an obnoxious, entitled, hipster, getting Ivan voted out for extremely petty reasons, and lasting much longer than many people felt she should have.
    • Angelo from Season 16. Despite being the best friend of Damon, he was widely disliked by the fanbase. For the most part, he was viewed as a version of Damon who lacked all of the traits that made the latter a fan favorite, with an annoying personality tacked on and a poorly-received Too Much Information gimmick. It also didn't help that his scenes with Damon usually amounted to little more than "bro" jokes, further annoying fans.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 5 hit a snag in the series thanks to the generally lower character quality and a very polarizing winner, but it ultimately recovered. See Vindicated by History for more details.
    • Season 8 was once universally considered the worst season ever due to the lack of Character Development, lower character quality to earlier seasons, and a easily predictable winner. One of the reasons pinpointed for this fall in quality is directed at the characters being fan-submitted, and thus harder for the author to write with, but this has been addressed as of Season 9 by mixing up the author's characters with fan-submitted ones.
    • Season 10 was also a low point (and seems to have taken 8's title as worst series ever), due to the return of several disliked characters, such as Quadratic, Frank and Chloe; the return of Bonnie, and her subsequent hyping up and survival over fan-favorites like Ventious and Kris; the Flanderization of former fan-fave Jackie into a douchebag with No Indoor Voice and an overall totally mean-spirited feel.
    • Season 12 didn't turn out well either due to the over-exposure of Enter and the overall rather boring cast.
  • Shocking Elimination:
    • Merideth in the original season.
    • Slash, thanks to a 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 vote.
    • Denise in Brains vs. Brawn. Ellise won immunity, then handed it to Kris at tribal council. After the votes, she played her Hidden Immunity Idol, forcing Vinnie to play his Hidden Immunity Idol. When the votes were read, none of them counted. The four people in the majority then had to draw rocks to see who went since they were technically all tied with zero votes. Denise pulled the purple rock and was sent home.
    • Several in All-Stars: Beth, Hogan, and Violet.
    • Three people in Season 7 were idoled quite unexpectedly: Betty, Ventious, and Quadratic.
    • Kiara in Season 8, in a manner similar to Denise above. Melanie nullifies her vote, forcing a tie between Matt and Heinz - once it's deadlocked, everyone except Heinz and Matt are forced to draw purple rocks, and Kiara is the unlucky recipient.
    • Sanza in Season 9, especially since everyone had thought that he was a shoo-in for the winning spot.
    • Quadratic in Season 10. Four Corsona members were voting for Chloe but Chloe herself was voting for Chrii, and Minerva, Baxter and Kris tried to take advantage of this split by using their idol on Chloe and voting Ventious out. However, Chrii catches onto their plan and plays her idol on Ventious, with only Miranda and Phil's throwaway votes against Quadratic counting.
    • Oehda, also from Season 10.
    • Crisco from Season 11.
    • Flaithri, also from Season 11.
    • Juiced Up, yet again from Season 11.
    • Eli from Season 16: Blood vs. Water.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Artemis returned for the Season 12 cast release, now overweight. Her frantic insistence that she was the "true winner" and had played perfectly (a parody of her creator's treatment of her) impressed neither Jeff nor the actual winner.
    • In Season 11, Eli cites Bonnie as a prime example of "Survivor camera hogs who production fawns over."
  • Vindicated by History: Cursed Islands is viewed in a much more positive light these days, especially when compared to Midway Island or Battle of the Tribes, cited as having a more goofy feel, several interesting twists, and Gatemaster.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After a season which was critically panned by pretty much everyone, and the series in general having gone through its first Dork Age, Season 9 was welcomed with open arms and is considered to be on par with Season 3.
    • Season 11 is also generally considered to be a return to form from the previous season.
    • Continuing the trend, Season 13 is seen as a big step up from the season before thanks to its colourful cast and use of a Big Bad Ensemble to keep any one villain from hogging the spotlight.
  • The Woobie: Driz, Bitsy in Season 2, Lucky, Iris, Chaona, "N" in Season 3, and Cherman all count.
    • Marie from Season 15, who is constantly subjected to suspicion and verbal attacks from Brandi and Cordelia.
    • Riley from Season 16 couldn't be a nicer guy, but he's easily intimidated by nearly everyone and has a tendency to beat himself up for his poor challenge performances. The fact that he has to deal with a thoroughly unpleasant werewolf Split Personality only makes him more pitiable. It gets even worse when he gets eliminated due to said split personality showing up on the night of a crucial vote.
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