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* SequelDifficultyDrop: Because the environment of the game is different, some seasons are considered to be quite easy compared to the ones before them. ''Blood vs. Water'' is considered to be the easiest Survivor game due to the fact that it had barely rained at all. ''Gabon'' is often considered to be one of the easier seasons due to the weather being consistently warm and the contestants having their own shelters already built for them. ''One World'' as well, due to how it rarely rained at all.
* SequelDifficultySpike:
** Most of the contestants in ''Africa'' had to be on the watch out for lions and other predators, became ''very'' sick due to the parasites and the heat, and faced brutal desert-like conditions.
** Jeff Probst said Marquesas will never be a location due to the insects that constantly pestered the contestants and the film crew.
** ''Guatemala''' began with a massive hike in triple-digit weather (plus humidity) and continued to be blazing hot.
** Half the contestants in ''Fiji'' were constantly unable to sleep due to the "Haves and Have Nots" twist providing them with a terrible shelter.
** ''Nicaragua'' was constantly raining and when it wasn't, it was blazing hot (like Guatemala).
** ''Samoa'' had a constant rainstorm for the first half of the season.
** ''Millennials vs. Gen X'' took the weather difficulty UpToEleven ''on the first two days.'' The season had the bad luck to be starting right when Severe Tropical Cyclone Zena hit Fiji. It got so bad that, for the first time in Survivor history, ''all the castaways had to be evacuated.''
** Not to be outdone, ''David vs. Goliath'' had ''two'' cyclones strike during production.
*** Like Zena above, Cyclone Josie struck at the start of filming. While "weak" enough to allow production to continue the turbulent waters produced during the boat ride were still severe enough to force the medical evacuation of Pat Cusack due to a back injury. This caused the first Tribal Council to be cancelled and both teams given [[ThrowTheDogABone firemaking kits and tarp]] for their troubles.
*** The much stronger Cyclone Keni struck on Day 12. The castaways forced to evacuate for two days to the production camp with only access to the bare necessities available. The camps were flattened by the cyclone.

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** ''Gabon'' in particular is a season where '''no one''' is safe from elimination.


* AccentuateTheNegative: Quite common among the contestants, especially in the ear;y seasons when people were forced to vote out one of their own and needed to accentuate someone's negatives to get them out.

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* AccentuateTheNegative: Quite common among the contestants, especially in the ear;y early seasons when people were forced to vote out one of their own and needed to accentuate someone's negatives to get them out.


** The much stronger Cyclone Keni struck on Day 12. The castaways forced to evacuate for two days to the production camp with only access to the bare necessities available. The camps were flattened by the cyclone.

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** *** The much stronger Cyclone Keni struck on Day 12. The castaways forced to evacuate for two days to the production camp with only access to the bare necessities available. The camps were flattened by the cyclone.

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** Not to be outdone, ''David vs. Goliath'' had ''two'' cyclones strike during production.
*** Like Zena above, Cyclone Josie struck at the start of filming. While "weak" enough to allow production to continue the turbulent waters produced during the boat ride were still severe enough to force the medical evacuation of Pat Cusack due to a back injury. This caused the first Tribal Council to be cancelled and both teams given [[ThrowTheDogABone firemaking kits and tarp]] for their troubles.
** The much stronger Cyclone Keni struck on Day 12. The castaways forced to evacuate for two days to the production camp with only access to the bare necessities available. The camps were flattened by the cyclone.


* AccentuateTheNegative: Quite common among the contestants. Stephanie Lagrossa, for example. Did you know that she actually made the ''final two'' when she played the game a second time in ''Guatemala''? And that she was actually in a ''majority'' alliance? The way everyone mentioned/carried on about how she was on Ulong in ''Palau'' during ''Heroes vs. Villains'', you'd be surprised to find out ''that'' detail.

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* AccentuateTheNegative: Quite common among the contestants. contestants, especially in the ear;y seasons when people were forced to vote out one of their own and needed to accentuate someone's negatives to get them out.
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Stephanie Lagrossa, for example. Did you know that she actually made the ''final two'' when she played the game a second time in ''Guatemala''? And that she was actually in a ''majority'' alliance? The way everyone mentioned/carried on about how she was on Ulong in ''Palau'' during ''Heroes vs. Villains'', you'd be surprised to find out ''that'' detail.


** The most extreme example of this is Johnny Fairplay, who gets to the final 3 where his only real opponent is the first to fall out of the last immunity challenge, ensuring that he or his final 2 partner will win the last challenge and the choice of who to send home. [[LastMinuteReprieve Suddenly his final 2 partner decides not to take him to the final two and reveals that she is good enough at squats to win her first challenge of the game]], leading to his third place finish.

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** The most extreme example of this is Johnny Fairplay, who gets to the final 3 where his only real opponent is the first to fall out of the last immunity challenge, ensuring that he or his final 2 partner will win the last challenge and the choice of who to send home. [[LastMinuteReprieve Suddenly his final 2 partner decides not to take him to the final two and reveals that she is good enough at squats to win her first an immunity challenge of for the first time all game]], leading to his third place finish.


** The most extreme example of this is Johnny Fairplay, who gets to the final 3 where his only real opponent is the first to fall out of the last immunity challenge, ensuring that he or his final 2 partner will win the last challenge and the choice of who to send home. [[LastSecondReprieve Suddenly his final 2 partner decides not to take him to the final two and reveals that she is good enough at squats to win her first challenge of the game]], leading to his third place finish.

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** The most extreme example of this is Johnny Fairplay, who gets to the final 3 where his only real opponent is the first to fall out of the last immunity challenge, ensuring that he or his final 2 partner will win the last challenge and the choice of who to send home. [[LastSecondReprieve [[LastMinuteReprieve Suddenly his final 2 partner decides not to take him to the final two and reveals that she is good enough at squats to win her first challenge of the game]], leading to his third place finish.


* LivingLieDetector: The claim to fame of Sandra, who's scoffed through lies by designated villains Jon, Burton, and Russell that weren't sussed out by the other contestants until after the show over. Her capacity to play along with these lies before using them against her opponents often leads to a game of XanatosSpeedChess.

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* LivingLieDetector: The claim to fame of Sandra, who's scoffed through lies by designated villains Jon, Burton, and Russell that weren't sussed out by the other contestants until after the show over.season aired. Her capacity to play along with these lies before using them against her opponents often leads to a game of XanatosSpeedChess.



* MoonLogicPuzzle: The first clue to any hidden immunity idol is typically very cryptic and generic.

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* MoonLogicPuzzle: The first clue to any hidden immunity idol is typically very cryptic and generic.to the point of potentially meaning anything.



* NearVillainVictory: Happens whenever the season's villain makes the finale with a good shot at swaying the jury.
** The most extreme example of this is Johnny Fairplay, who gets to the final 3 where his only real opponent is the first to fall out of the last immunity challenge, ensuring that he or his final 2 partner will win the last challenge and the choice of who to send home. [[LastSecondReprieve Suddenly his final 2 partner decides not to take him to the final two and reveals that she is good enough at squats to win her first challenge of the game]], leading to his third place finish.



* NoFourthWall: Despite ''Survivor'' being a program with real-life contestants stranded in harsh real-life conditions, many of the earlier seasons (and some of the more recent ones) try to make it a point of editing out any references to past seasons of Survivor, or even the fact that they are being filmed for TV. The most obvious exception to this rule happens to be from the very first season, ''Borneo''. Not only are there frequent references to the fact that the show they are participating in will soon be seen by millions of TV audience members, the survivors don't even know most of the terminology for the show's set pieces. The Tribal Council is sometimes interchangeably called both the "Island Council" and the "Immunity Council", and BB calls the immunity challenge that his tribe is about to attend the "Indemnity" challenge, although in context calling the challenge an "indemnity challenge" would actually would make just as much sense. In a later episode, Kelly says that "We're not evil, we just play bad people on TV!", and in the episode before that, Colleen makes fun of the upcoming trivia based reward challenge by saying that they already are on a game show.

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* NoFourthWall: Despite ''Survivor'' being a program with real-life contestants stranded in harsh real-life conditions, many of the earlier seasons (and some of the more recent ones) ones. Superfans are generally allowed to make references to prior seasons though, to establish their character as such) try to make it a point of editing out any references to past seasons of Survivor, or even the fact that they are being filmed for TV. The most obvious exception to this rule happens to be from the very first season, ''Borneo''. Not only are there frequent references to the fact that the show they are participating in will soon be seen by millions of TV audience members, the survivors don't even know most of the terminology for the show's set pieces. The Tribal Council is sometimes interchangeably called both the "Island Council" and the "Immunity Council", and BB calls the immunity challenge that his tribe is about to attend the "Indemnity" challenge, although in context calling the challenge an "indemnity challenge" would actually would make just as much sense. In a later episode, Kelly says that "We're not evil, we just play bad people on TV!", and in the episode before that, Colleen makes fun of the upcoming trivia based reward challenge by saying that they already are on a game show.


*** ...Most of the time, because Erik from ''Micronesia'' was voted out after '''giving up immunity!''' Even an immune person isn't 100% safe. (Brandon made this mistake as well)

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*** ...Most of the time, because Erik from ''Micronesia'' was voted out after '''giving up immunity!''' Even an immune person isn't 100% safe.safe from themselves. (Brandon made this mistake as well)


** Ever since the immunity idol was introduced in ''Fiji'', there is literally no way to call anyone completely safe unless they happen to be wearing an immunity necklace... [[note]]Since people will try to vote for any of their opposition to get around the idol, even if they aren't the biggest threat[[/note]]

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** Ever since the immunity idol was introduced in ''Fiji'', there is literally no way to call anyone completely safe unless they happen to be wearing an immunity necklace... [[note]]Since safe[[note]]Since people will try to vote for any of their opposition to get around the idol, even if they aren't the biggest threat[[/note]]threat[[/note]] unless they happen to be wearing an [[InvincibilityPowerUp immunity necklace]]...


* [[AnyoneCanDie Anyone can get voted off]]:
** Ever since Gretchen Cordy was booted off it was made clear that even the strongest competitors could go home.
** Ever since Michael Skupin fell in the fire, it's been revealed that people can be medically evacuated from the game.
** Ever since John Carroll went, even members of majority alliances could be overthrown.
** Ever since Pachal was voted out, the purple rock ensured that people could be eliminated without receiving any votes.
** Ever since the immunity idol was introduced in ''Fiji'', there is literally no way to call anyone completely safe unless they happen to be wearing an immunity necklace... [[note]]Since people will try to vote for any of their opposition to get around the idol, even if they aren't the biggest threat[[/note]]
*** ...Most of the time, because Erik from ''Micronesia'' was voted out after '''giving up immunity!''' Even an immune person isn't 100% safe. (Brandon made this mistake as well)
** Cirie Fields from ''Game-Changers'' was voted out despite receiving no votes and no purple rock. Everyone else pulled out immunities and she was eliminated by default.
** Dan Spillo from ''Island of the Idols'' was voted out without being injured or going to tribal council, thanks to getting handsy with a producer.



** Since seasons are usually filmed two back to back before either airs. Both Russell Hantz and Amanda Kimmell ended up in a situation where they played two seasons in a row and got to the finals both times without knowing if they won their first season. The result was both of them losing both seasons. This could be why Russell cried at the Samoa finale, he just found out he likely lost both seasons when he was expecting to get Two Million-Dollar checks.



* SpicyLatina: Sandra may not have the sex appeal associated with this trope, but she certainly has the lippy attitude.

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* SpicyLatina: Sandra may not have the sex appeal associated with this trope, trope ([=YMMV=]), but she certainly has the lippy attitude.


** Cook Islands was another massive failure, at least from an "out-of-universe" perspective, due to dividing the initial tribes by race. This lead to massive backlash and sponsors dropping the show. It especially didn't help when it was looking like it was going to end up with the final 5 being the entire white tribe. YourMileageMayVary on if/how much production tried to rig the game towards the Aitu 4 so that wouldn't happen.

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** Cook Islands was another massive failure, at least from an "out-of-universe" perspective, due to dividing the initial tribes by race. This lead to massive backlash and sponsors dropping the show. It especially didn't help when it was looking like it was going to end up with the final 5 being the entire white tribe. YourMileageMayVary on if/how much production tried to rig the game towards the Aitu 4 so that wouldn't happen.

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