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The Tribes

     Bayon 

  • Badass Crew: The original tribe didn't lose any challenges (unless you count the marooning), and nine out of the original ten members made the merge. Out of the six remaining players in the finale, four of them are Bayon members. Two of them made the final three. And one of them won the title of Sole Survivor.
  • The Bus Came Back: Comes with being returning players.
  • Color Motif: Fuchsia
  • Freudian Trio: The only three "pure" Bayon members pre-merge.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Lancer turned The Leader won.
  • Location Theme Naming: Bayon was named after an Cambodian Temple.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Everyone's main goal. Only Jeremy, Tasha, Kimmi and Joe ended up playing it straight.
  • Rated M for Manly: The original lineup had a very physically competent male lineup sans Fischbach, which the latter lampshaded in a confessional.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Bayon had the strongest male members on their team. And Fischbach.
  • The Team
    • The original tribe, the lineup is a bit fuzzy due to the tribe's overall lack of screen-time, but it appeared to be like this:
      • The Leader / The Face: Savage. The oldest member of the tribe and one of the most respected as well.
      • The Lancer / The Man Behind the Man: Jeremy. One of Savage's closest allies, while also being the one who basically set up the majority alliance of the tribe.
      • The Big Guys: Joe, Keith and Tasha. The three strongest people on the tribe challenge wise.
      • The Smart Guys: Kass and Stephen. The two smartest members of the tribe and also probably the most strategic.
      • The Chicks: Ciera, Kimmi and Monica. The three most vocal supporters of the tribe in challenges, often giving encouragement from the sidelines.
    • The lineup after the first tribe swap:
      • The Leader: Jeremy. The tribe's original Lancer, who then takes up this position and largely dictates the hierarchy of the tribe.
      • The Lancer: Stephen. Jeremy's closest ally and the resident strategist who also acts as a sort of a Foil for Jeremy.
      • The Big Guy: Kelly. She's strong in challenges and in camp life, and still lacking in the strategy department.
      • The Smart Guy: Spencer. Next to Stephen, he's probably the smartest person on the tribe on top of being a super-fan of the show.
      • The Chick: Kimmi. The most vocal supporter of the original Bayon members sticking together.
      • Sacrificial Lamb: Monica. The only person voted out of this incarnation of the tribe, due to her scheming and attempts to form a woman's alliance.
    • The lineup after the second tribe swap. Like the original lineup it's a bit unclear who fits each position due to the relatively short time that this lineup existed, but in terms of what is shown it's likely this:
      • The Leader: Jeremy. Retaining the position from the previous tribe swap.
      • The Lancers: Stephen and Tasha. Jeremy's closest allies.
      • The Big Guys: Joe and Keith. See the original lineup.
      • The Smart Girl: Kelley. The person on the tribe other than Jeremy, Stephen and Tasha who is the most strategic, along with being shown as one of the smarter people out there in general.
      • The Chick: Kimmi. See the original and second lineup.
  • Team Spirit: The original lineup is very united unlike Ta Keo.

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     Ta Keo 

  • Adam and Eve Plot: The last two original members standing were Spencer and Kelley.
  • A House Divided: The original lineup struggled with living together, making camp life very stressful.
  • The Bus Came Back: Comes with being returning players.
  • Butt-Monkey -> Badass Crew: The original lineup didn't have a smooth time and aside from winning the very first challenge, lost the next two immunity challenges. After the tribe switch they become much more competent.
  • Color Motif: Green.
  • Downer Ending: The original members ended up gradually turning on each other. Thee only member who made the finals never got any votes.
  • Dwindling Party: Six of the original members were booted in the first six episodes, two of which during the sixth (though one's a Non-Gameplay Elimination).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The last original members:
    • Kelly is the Melancholic
    • Abi-Maria is the Sanguine
    • Spencer is the Leukine
    • Kelley is the Phlegmatic.
  • Location Theme Naming: Ta Keo was named after an Cambodian Temple.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Everyone's main goal. Only Spencer and Kelley ended up playing it straight.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Only half of the old school alliance in the original lineup are old school players (Kelly from the inaugural season, and Terry from Season 12). Woo was on Season 28, while Vytas (from Season 27) was only considered "old school" because his brother was a winner of such season (same as Terry's). Varner (Season 2) and Peih-Gee (Season 15) sided with the New school for different reasons.
  • One Steve Limit: The original lineup had two Kell(e)ys whose surname both starts with a W and ends with worth.
  • The Team
    • The original tribe, though due to their disfunctionality their team is more based upon strategy:
      • The Leader / The Chessmaster: Varner. The guy who ends up in control of the tribe after an intense power struggle.
      • The Lancers: Peih-Gee and Terry. Two people shown to be close to Varner and also have differing approaches to the game compared to Varner, (Peih-Gee is more under-the-radar and wanting to stay out of the line of fire, while Terry is more straight-laced, honest and loyal).
      • The Big Guys: Kelly and Woo. Two of the tribes strongest members as well as the two most concerned with winning challenges on top of being the least strategically apt.
      • The Smart Guys: Kelley and Spencer. The two most strategy oriented players next to Varner, and likely the two smartest members of the tribe in general. At first, Spencer filled out the role of The Lancer to Shirin's leader, but after Varner takes control he ends up on the bottom.
      • Dark Chick / Token Evil Teammate: Abi-Maria. The center of basically all the drama and controversy on the tribe, who flipped from one alliance to the other and caused the downfall of Shirin and Spencer, thus giving Varner control.
      • Sacrificial Lambs: Shirin and Vytas. The first two players voted out of the season. Vytas started out in a psuedo-leader position for the alliance of the "Shelter people", but ended up being the first person voted out due to being seen as a threat. While Shirin started out as the leader of the "Beach people" alliance before having the same thing happen to her.
    • The lineup after the first tribe swap, while the roles are a bit fuzzy due to the tribe being Out of Focus and there doesn't appear to be anyone in the role of The Lancer:
      • The Leader: Joe. The resident ace who seems to be the center of the tribe.
      • The Big Guy: Keith. One of the tribe's work horses around camp, and usually takes on difficult roles in the challenges.
      • The Smart Guy: Kass. A lawyer who is very intelligent and analytical.
      • The Chick: Ciera. Similiar to her role on the original Bayon, she largely stays on the sidelines and gives support.
      • Sixth Ranger: Kelley. Being the only other original Ta Keo member on the tribe besides Terry, she takes a lot of time integrating herself into the tribe dynamics and at the same time pushing Terry under the bus.
      • Sacrificial Lamb: Terry. Who had to leave the game due to his son being sick.
    • The lineup after the second tribe swap. It's a bit unclear who fits each position but in terms of what is shown it's likely this:
      • The Leader: Savage. He tries to take control of the tribe and retain his leadership position of the original Bayon members here as well as the previous Angkor members.
      • The Lancers / The Starscreams: Ciera and Kass. Both allies of Savage, though they decide to betray him due to disliking his plan to tell the tribe outsider, Spencer, that Ciera is the target of the tribe's first (and only) vote.
      • The Big Guys: Kelly and Woo. See the original lineup.
      • The Smart Guy: Spencer. See the original lineup.
      • The Chick / Out of Focus: Abi-Maria. Despite previously being the Token Evil Teammate on the original Ta Keo and Angkor, here Abi isn't shown causing drama.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork -> Team Spirit: The original lineup were only working together to stay in the game. Life at camp was largely unpleasant with much of tribe failing to get along. After the tribe swap, the members of the second incarnation of Ta Keo get along with each other much better than the original members.

     Angkor 

  • A House Divided —> Fire-Forged Friends: The members of the tribe were originally at each other's throats. But after losing Peih-Gee and Varner the tribe begins to bond through their adversity. Well, at least for one episode until Abi-Maria flips on Savage and Woo to go with Kass and Ciera.
  • Butt-Monkey: Way more so than the original Ta Keo was. At least they had some supplies and food to work with. Angkor literally has almost no resources and as a result are barely scraping by.
  • Color Motif: Yellow
  • Diabolus ex Machina: At least for the six people who ended up on the tribe, they end up having to build a new camp while also not having any form of sustenance (they didn't receive a bag of rice when they got to their camp).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The members who make it too the second tribe swap:
    • Tasha is the Melancholic.
    • Abi-Maria is the Sanguine.
    • Andrew is the Choleric.
    • Woo is the Phlegmatic.
  • Hope Spot: In Episode 4, after Andrew single-handily wins them a barbecue reward it seems like they might be able to turn a corner and win the next immunity challenge. Come said challenge they spent a majority of the challenge in first place, but when it came time to solve the puzzle they were completely spent and unable to focus, causing them to lose and be sent back to Tribal Council.
  • Location Theme Naming: Like Bayon & Ta Keo, Angkor is named after an Cambodian Temple.
  • The Team
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Possibly more so than Ta Keo was before the swap. Their members don't really seem to get along that well, on top of their personal issues with each other they had to start over with camp life (building a new shelter, finding food, etc.) Overall life is not great for Angkor.

The Sole Survivor

     Jeremy Collins - San Juan Del Sur 
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First appearing in SJDS, Jeremy was initially a major threat to win as The Leader of the Hunahpu tribe, but he was blindsided shortly after the merge in 10th place. Now he's back for second chance at the million.

Jeremy started off on the Bayon tribe and remained on it throughout all three iterations. His strategy was to surround himself with bigger threats so he wouldn't be easily targeted. He also formed bonds with Stephen and Spencer, who trusted him. At the endgame, he formed an alliance with Spencer and Tasha and took them to the end. With Spencer being seen as arrogant, and Tasha being seen as a coattail rider, Jeremy won the title of Sole Survivor in a unanimous 10-0-0 vote, being the fourth unanimous winner in Survivor history, after Earl, J.T, and Cochran.


  • The Ace: Was probably the biggest threat in the game thanks to his strength, intellect, and social skills being top notch. While it was noted by the other players that he was someone who needed to go, he managed to make himself appear less threatening due to his strategy of aligning with the biggest targets in the game.
  • Arc Number: "2" has been heavily associated with him throughout the season. Namely;
    • Like everyone, this is his second time playing the game.
    • He competed against two of his fellow SJDS alumnae (Kelley and Keith).
    • His original season was two seasons ago.
    • He was the second jury member of his original season.
    • His original season involves pairs. Said loved one is also the one who came for him here, so basically this was also her second time playing.
    • His closest ally in his original season (who also ended up winning) has a twin sibling. For the matter, so does he.
    • He found two idols in the game.
    • His closest allies for most of the game were a former runner-up (Stephen) and someone from the second season (Kimmi).
    • When Wiggelsworth, the inaugural runner-up, asked him to pick a number from 1 to 10 during final tribal. He picks this number and she voted for him.
    • The jury who all voted for him consisted of two former runners-up (see above), two former fifth placers (Abi and Ciera), two former fellow tenth placers (Joe and Savage), two former pre-merge boots who greatly improved their games (Wenthworth and Kimmi), two former final jury members (Keith and Kass), and his fellow SJDS alumnae (see above).
    • He competed against two Cagayan alumnae (Spencer and Tasha) in the finale.
    • He revealed in a post-season interview that two is his favorite number.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Stephen from an earlier elimination by playing his hidden idol for him.
  • Brains and Brawn: While he's definitely no dummy (and largely shown to have a very firm grasp on the game), he had this sort of dynamic with Stephen before he was voted out (with Jeremy being the Brawn and Stephen being the Brains).
    • After Stephen's elimination he ends up forming a similar thing with Spencer, but it ends up Zig-Zagging all over the place. At first glance, Jeremy would appear to be the Brawn to Spencer's Brains. But when taking a closer look, it's likely more of the opposite, with Spencer performing much better at the challenges and Jeremy being the brains behind the operation. Even then, there are times when both of them are shown to be both a mix of the brains and the brawn, so it really depends on the episode one is watching regarding who is in what role.
  • The Chessmaster: He has held a lot of control over the course of the game ever since the merge. He has had a strong relationships with basically everyone he has aligned with and even those who oppose his alliance don't want to take him out.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He won in a landslide, getting all 10 votes from the jury.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After barely making the merge in his first run, he finally wins the game in a Flawless Victory.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Willingly took a bite out of the other tribe's unfinished Duck Embryo after the eating challenge was over.
  • Flawless Victory: Jeremy won in a flawless unanimous vote with only three votes being cast for him in the entire game, and those votes were nullified by his hidden idol.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the SJDS returnees, he is one who plays a balanced physical, strategical and social game (Ego).
  • The Gadfly: If this secret scene gives us any indication, yes.
  • Genius Bruiser: While he's hidden both his smarts and his strength rather well to the rest of the contestants. The audience knows that Jeremy is very strong in challenges (but is holding back), and is also very smart strategically.
  • Happily Married: To his wife Val who played with him in SJDS.
  • Heroic Build: Though he actually came into the game with less muscle mass this time around to make himself appear less threatening.
  • Heroic Bystander: In a post-game interview, Stephen reveals that Jeremy actually ran to Joe before the medics did when he passed out.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He formed a very close bond with Stephen who was shown to be his closest ally and friend. Also with Spencer as Jeremy was the first person Spencer opened up to about his girlfriend.
  • History Repeats: Much like the previous winner Mike Holloway, he wins in a technical No-Damage Run due to the votes being cast against him being nullified by his idol.
  • Irony: In his original season, his wife lied about having found two idols which led to her early boot. Here, Jeremy actually finds two idols which directly led to his Flawless Victory.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: One of the reasons he won is that while he was pretty good in all areas he wasn't exceptional at any one thing enough to be considered a threat, which he emphasized by surrounding himself with more specialized allies like Joe and Stephen.
  • Keet: Downplayed, he's very energetic and fun loving as well as very amusing but he knows when to be serious.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last of the SJDS alumnae to remain in the game.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Jeremy is shown to be making a lot of strategic choices for his alliance and has pulled the strings behind several votes. Due to his strategy of purposefully being Overshadowed by Awesome no one has been shown to be targeting him.
  • Manly Tears: Like Andrew, he sheds some tears after Andrew tells the story of him meeting his wife as it makes him think of his wife Val who is back at home pregnant with their child.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight as he won the game.
  • Nice Guy
  • No-Damage Run: Played with. There were three votes cast against him, but they were all negated by his hidden immunity idol.
  • Odd Friendship: Developing one with Spencer. Jeremy is strong, manly, and charismatic while Spencer is nerdy, physically weaker, and has trouble making friends. It has shades of Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship, with Jeremy having the backing of most of the tribe while Spencer doesn't.
    • He's also developed one with Stephen, who is very similar to Spencer in terms of being physically weaker than Jeremy and is not as social and charismatic, but more so focused on strategy.
  • Odd Name Out: The only SJDS returnee whose name doesn't start with the letter "K".
  • Oh, Crap!: When Kelley Wentworth played her Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only non Cagayan alumna in the final three.
  • Only Sane Man: Seems to be playing this role to some of his more "eccentric" tribe members.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He deliberately invokes this to himself by aligning with previous alpha males.
  • The Power of Trust: He trusts Fishbach fully, and in doing so saved him from a blindside the first half of episode 10. This helps him gain the trust of Fishbach enough to be told of the advantage he had received. Sadly, it was all for nothing as Fishbach was voted out the second half of episode.
  • Salt and Pepper: With Stephen. He's the Pepper.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He gave up one of his two hidden immunity idols to save Stephen, who was immediately voted off at the following tribal council. Though it's not so senseless, since it earned him Stephen's vote.
  • Sole Survivor: The 30th winner of the game.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: He's hoping to avoid falling prey to this, which fueled his desire to align with the other people who would be seen as bigger targets than him.
  • Token Minority: He's the first African-American winner since Earl Cole.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes much more strategic compared to his original season.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Jury, Kimmi and Savage in particular, called him out for his treatment towards Kimmi the night she was voted out. Jeremy acknowledged it wasn't the right way to act but also turned it right around and called Kimmi out for betraying him, explaining he was reacting out of anger and hurt since he had trusted her even when Tasha and Spencer told him she was untrustworthy. His honesty and self-awareness of how badly he reacted earned Kimmi's forgiveness and vote.

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The Runners Up

     Tasha Fox - Cagayan 
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Debuting in Cagayan, Tasha was best remembered for her immunity winning streak and was voted out in 6th when her streak ended. Now she's back for a second chance at the million.

Tasha started off on the Bayon tribe, then swapped over to Angkor. Despite the odds being against her, she managed to turn the Ta Keo members against each other, and managed to make it to the merge. Her conflict with Kass flared up again and she managed to oust Kass that night. For the rest of the game, she was aligned with Jeremy and Spencer, and made it to the final 3. Unfortunately, the jury saw her as a pawn to Jeremy, making few moves on her own, and she ended up with no votes at the final tribal council.


  • Action Girl: As proven in Cagayan, Tasha is very strong in challenges.
  • Amazon Brigade: As of episode 12, with Kelley, Abi and Kimmi. It didn't last.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Loses in a Curb-Stomp Battle, but at least made it to final tribal this time around.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Savage's Brawn while the two are on Angkor.
  • Call-Back: Compares her new situation on Angkor to being on the Brains tribe in her original season.
  • The Chessmaster: On Angkor. Being the one who made the majority of the strategic choices. Come the merge however, she's largely staying in the background and letting others make the big calls on who to target.
  • Covert Pervert: Tasha can be seen subtly smirking as Joe oils up his body.
  • Darker and Edgier: Tasha has said how last time she played she was "nice Tasha", while this time she wants to be more aggressive.
  • Determinator: Alongside Savage on the Angkor tribe. Despite their bleak situation after the tribe switch, Tasha and Savage managed to persevere and through strong strategic and social play on their part, and the lack of cohesiveness between the four original Ta Keo's on the tribe with them soon led to the unlikely pair being the people running the tribe.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Tasha admitted to being distracted by Joe and his good body while doing Yoga.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, she is the one who's easily emotional and prone to opening old wounds (The Cynic).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, she is the most assertive and not afraid to speak her mind (Choleric).
  • Genius Bruiser: Tasha is a beast in challenges, along with being very smart.
  • History Repeats: Her and Spencer making it to the end is the second time where two fellow alumna made it to the final three with the season's Sole Survivor winning in a Flawless Victory. Though unlike that case, none of them is the winner.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tasha is very passionate and has a tendency to go off like a firecracker when upset by something. Case in point is her reactions in Episode 7 when Kass is trying to stir things up between the Bayon alliance (which Tasha is a part of).
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Tasha is very good at basically all aspects of the game. Whether it be challenges, strategy, socializing or camp life.
  • The Lancer/The Dragon: For Savage on Angkor, as the pair have taken over Angkor as the leaders despite having previously been in the minority.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the last Angkor member. She also ended up as the final woman in the game.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Tasha and Savage seem to be developing this relationship, due to initially being on the Bayon tribe together, watching each other's backs rather than throw each other under the bus when things get tough, and are always seen together. Savage even says "I love you" and kisses the top of her head. Awww.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight. She goes from being 6th placer to the co runner-up. However, her physical game, while not really bad, wasn't as impressive as her run during Cagayan.
  • Near-Death Experience: Had a mild one, as she turned out to be okay. But in episode 13 she took in a little too much water in the immunity challenge and was too exhausted to get herself to shore. Thankfully the safety crew was able to take quick action and helped her out of the water, but it clearly left Tasha quite shaken and understandably terrified.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Some people have spoken out against Tasha outside of Survivor, claiming that Manipulative Editing from the show hid the darker aspects of Tasha's personality.
  • Older Than They Look: Tasha was 39 during the filming of this season, and she looks like she could be a decade younger.
  • Out of Focus: While not so much pre-merge (as she was the main strategic force on Angkor). Come the merge she has been pushed further and further into the background, largely because she just hasn't been shown as a major participant in strategic discussions. Though she doesn't have it as bad as say, Keith, Kimmi or Wiglesworth. This has seemingly come to an end by episode 12 when she seemingly becomes the swing vote between a newly formed all-women alliance and the alliance of Spencer and Jeremy.
  • The Pawn: During the Final Tribal Council, this was used against her regarding her relationship with Jeremy. The jury saw her as just his Number Two who did exactly what he told her to do, and in the process didn't make any moves of her own. While she does her best to explain that she wasn't Jeremy's pawn it ultimately doesn't work.
  • Plucky Girl: Tasha seems to always maintain a positive attitude, regardless of how terrible the circumstances in front of her seem.
  • Religious Bruiser: Tasha is revealed to be a devoted Christian, and is also probably one of the strongest physical threats in the game.
  • The Rival: Come the first episode of the merge, her rivalry with Kass that originated from Cagayan resurfaces and ends up driving the two to target each other. Come the end of the episode Tasha ends up winning out.
  • Revenge: While not likely the intent (though Kass begs to differ if her exit interviews are taken into account), Tasha gets this on Kass for getting Woo out prior to the merge (Tasha was the only one to vote for Woo to win Cagayan) as well as Kass for turning on her during Cagayan's merge.
  • Salt and Pepper: With Savage. She's the Pepper.
  • Sassy Black Woman: While not as much as most examples, Tasha does have the potential to be very outspoken when she feels upset or threatened.
  • The Strategist: On Angkor she seems to be the one who is making a majority of the strategic decisions (alongside Savage).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Cambodia, Tasha had become rude, dismissive and condescending to her fellow castaways, saying that it would be an insult to the fans to let anyone undeserving reach the end, despite the fact everyone had fans who voted them on and were rooting for them. She even called some of them goats. In a twist of Dramatic Irony, Tasha had been lambasted as an undeserving goat and received no votes along with Spencer, giving Jeremy a Flawless Victory.

     Spencer Bledsoe - Cagayan 
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First competing in Cagayan, Spencer ended up the underdog and was never really in control in the game. Persevering to the very end, Spencer ended up in 4th after losing immunity to Kass. Now he's returned to for a second shot at the million.

Spencer started off on the Ta Keo tribe, swapped to Bayon, then swapped back to Ta Keo. This time, he focused on making relationships with people, and trying to be less cocky and arrogant. He started off in power with Shirin to vote off Vytas. However, after Abi switched to the old school alliance, he found himself in a similar situation as his last season where he was thrust to the bottom, with his only alliance member being voted out. After the swap he formed a bond with Jeremy, and managed to make it to the merge. He joined Jeremy's alliance with Tasha, his former Cagayan tribemate, and made it to the final 3. However, at the final 4 tribal council, he went back to his old arrogant ways, threatening to "bury" Jeremy if he votes him out, and ends up with no votes at the final tribal council.


  • Adorkable: His difficulty at making friends, dorky nature and overall geek physique makes him this. Plus he's been a fan of the game since he was a kid.
  • Always Second Best: It's almost become a Running Gag with how often Spencer comes up just short of winning something, but then has it snatched away from him. Taken Up to Eleven, as he literally places in second (tied with Tasha) while Jeremy wins.
  • Anti-Hero: Is willing to make big moves to get himself further in the game, even going as far as to give Jeremy a Sadistic Choice of either taking him to the end, or risk putting him on the jury where he said he'd do everything in his power to give Kelley the win. Ultimately though he has a worthy goal and a good heart. Type III at his best and a Type IV at his worst.
  • Arch-Nemesis / The Rival: Kass is his after what happened between them in Cagayan. He verbatim says that she is this to him and the feeling is definitely mutual, however by the end of Episode 6 they seem to have reconciled.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Like before, he's been a fan of the game from the start.
  • Badass Bookworm: On top of being strong in challenges, Spencer is a very intelligent young man (he was on the Brains tribe in his original season for a reason). To put it another way, in Episode 12, he solved the relatively difficult shapes puzzle in 15 seconds faster than pretty much every other contestant on Survivor has ever solved a puzzle.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He became the very thing he had criticized Kass in his season: a flipper and backstabber.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Loses in a Curb-Stomp Battle, but at least made it to final tribal this time around. He also still has his girlfriend so it's not a complete loss.
  • Born Lucky: Despite his reputation for nothing ever going his way, Spencer is very lucky when it comes to getting out of impossible situations. After Shirin was voted out he was a dead man walking, but he was saved from near certain elimination by a tribe swap that while didn't put him in a position of power, it gave him a chance to start over.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Jeremy. See Jeremy's second entry regarding this trope.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ever since Week 2 he's been a target and has often come within one vote of being evicted with another target being voted out instead (Shirin, Monica, Woo). He definitely got lucky this season.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Faced this in Episode 7 as the tribes merged: The Bayon alliance wanted him to vote for Kass, while the Takeo Alliance wanted him to vote for Tasha. Spencer had trouble deciding which would benefit him, seeing as he views Tasha as a friend and doesn't want to betray Kass after she saved him. He ultimately decides to Take a Third Option by voting for Ciera, and Kass was sent home via inaction.
    • This happened again in episode 13. Abi, Keith, and Kelley wanted him to vote for Tasha, while Tasha, Jeremy and Kimmi wanted him to vote for Abi. In the end, he stuck with his original alliance and voted for Abi.
  • Character Development: His main story here is how he's trying to do better at forming bonds with people as opposed to playing the game like a game of chess. He's managed to succeed in regards to this as he has gone from a completely strategy oriented player who struggled with forming social bonds to a much more well-rounded player in terms of both strategy and social prowess.
  • The Chessmaster: He's had much more luck this time around with being one. He was one the driving force behind Stephen's and Abi's eliminations and has done so through building more genuine bonds than he did the first time around.
  • The Lancer/The Dragon: To Jeremy alongside Tasha after forming a Final 3 deal around the Final 8.
  • Darker and Edgier: Plans to play a more cutthroat game this time like fellow Cagayan returnee Woo.
    • However, for a majority of the season this is subverted from the viewer's perspective as he is actually more focused on building strong relationships with people this time around than playing a dominant strategic game. The first time we really see him play a more cutthroat game is in Episodes 10 and 11 where he decides to target close ally and friend Stephen who is viewed as one of the biggest threats.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If there's one thing Spencer is good at besides winning challenges, it's snarking at the other castaways and making witty remarks. This hasn't changed in this season.
  • Deal with the Devil: What he almost says this word-for-word in episode six, as he's aligning with his nemesis Chaos Kass to stay in the game.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Spencer pulls a come from behind victory at the fifth individual immunity challenge, beating out the seemingly invincible Joe.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Over the course of the season the audience really sees him open up in terms of his emotions and the struggles he's had with even being emotional in the past.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Kass managed to put aside their differences in Episode 6 by blindsiding Woo.
  • Four Is Death: He was previously a 4th placer. When Wigglesworth asked him to pick a number between 1 to 10, he picks 4. He's also one of the four returning players from Cagayan.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, he is the one who focuses more on self-preservation (The Apathetic).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, he is the one who focuses more on self-preservation (Phlegmatic).
  • Geek Physique: Of the skinny type.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Aligned with the good guys, but is willing to make huge moves even if they appear to be meanspirited.
  • History Repeats:
    • What happened to him in the second episode of this season is almost identical to what happened to him during the second episode of his first season. He starts the episode in a good spot, only to end up being thrust to the bottom of his tribe as a result of his allies (Garrett's "open forum" in Cagayan, Shirin talking behind about Abi behind her back and then not sticking up for her when she got into a fight with Peih-Gee.) He is then left at the end of the episode completely alone with no allies left.
    • He and Tasha making it to the end is the second time where two fellow alumna made it to the final three with the season's Sole Survivor winning in a Flawless Victory. Though unlike that case, none of them is the winner.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Spencer's a rather handsome young lad, despite being a self-acknowledged nerd.
  • Hypocrite: Kass calls him out for titling her the "Worst Survivor Ever" for her backstabbing and flipping in their season, when Spencer ends up doing the very same thing this season. Granted the situations in each season were different (Kass flipped from one tight majority alliance to the other, while Spencer flipped between different, loosely aligned "voting blocs" which many people did during the post-merge game).
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Part of Spencer's gameplay now is attempting to make friends rather than go for huge strategic moves in an attempt to improve his social gameplay. He's said for the record that he's had difficulty making friends in the past and seems to have formed a genuine friendship with Jeremy and Tasha.
  • Just Friends: Despite them flirting in Twitter comments in the past, this is his relationship with Tasha. Justified though, as Spencer now has a girlfriend.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the final original Ta Keo member left standing. He's also the last Caucasian player in the game.
  • Manly Tears: When realizing he had to vote for Shirin in order to stay alive.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Spencer is quite scrawny, but still manages to be a strong contender in challenges.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Zig-Zagged. He goes from being a 4th placer to the co runner-up; however, his reputation amongst the jury takes a huge hit the second time around.
  • Nerd: He's gone on record with saying he is one.
  • Not So Different: From Kass.
  • Odd Friendship: Developing one with Jeremy. Spencer is nerdy, physically weaker, and has trouble making friends while Jeremy is stronger, manly, and very charismatic. It has shades of Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship, with Jeremy having the backing of most of the tribe while Spencer doesn't.
  • One Of Theseis Not Like The Others: The only male in the Top 6 who didn't came from from Season 29.
  • Only Sane Man: Plays as the straight man to some of his more quirkier tribe mates.
  • Self-Deprecation: Spencer admitted to being cocky on his first season.
  • Shoot the Dog: Considers voting off for Shirin as this.
  • The Strategist: Unlike his original season where Spencer had a solid grasp on the strategy of the game but failed on several occasions to execute his plans, here he is having a bit more luck in making the right moves and staying in the majority.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Just look at his expression when he finds out they have to do another "Fear Factor" esque challenge.
  • Token White: The only Caucasian in the final three and the last one in the game.
  • Too Dumb to Live/What the Hell, Hero?: The thing that probably killed Spencer's game at the end was threatening Jeremy in the FTC - in front of the Jury. Sensing he was in danger, Spencer outright blackmailed Jeremy into voting Kelley out, saying he'd do everything in his power to get people to vote for her instead of him if he was sent to the Jury. This ended up disgusting them in the finale, with Kimmi calling him out for it, referring to him as a bully, and Savage calling him arrogant.
    • Slightly subverted in that he did realize his mistake during the FTC but by then it was too late.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Spencer was never really mean, he was a bit standoffish at first and at times insensitive to others feelings and had difficulty socializing. (The beginning with Abi comes to mind) Now that he's making friends with the other castaways, he's a lot nicer and more open to the others and has even decided to keep newly befriended Jeremy around even though he'll probably lose to him.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the final episode he is presented in a much more mean spirited way than he had been throughout the rest of the season. The jury tore him apart for acting arrogant when things went his way, and when they didn't for acting immature. The final nail in the coffin was during the Final 4 tribal council, when in a fit of paranoia he basically blackmails Jeremy into taking him to the end over Kelley. So despite his growth in terms of his social skills and being open about his emotions, he was unable to change the way he presented himself to others.
  • Turncoat: Turned on Stephen in episode 11. Was also throwing Jeremy and Tasha's name out for the next vote too. Subverted somewhat, since he stayed loyal to Jeremy and Tasha when he had the chance to get rid of them.
  • Unknown Rival: To Stephen. In Episodes 10 and 11 we saw that Spencer was largely the person who wanted to take him out, while Stephen believed that Spencer was with him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jeff Varner saw Spencer as this and for that reason when he ended up in a power position in Episode 2, he was one of his primary targets (the other being his number one ally Shirin).

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     Kelley Wentworth - San Juan Del Sur 
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First appearing in SJDS, Kelley was Out of Focus for the most part. She was voted out after the tribe switch due to her father's lack of social skills. Now, she's back to fight for the million dollars once again, this time without her father possibly hindering her.

Kelley started on Ta Keo, then was swapped to Bayon. Despite her lackluster resume from her last season, she came into this season to prove that she was a capable player. She found a hidden immunity idol during a challenge in the first episode, and successfully played it to oust Andrew Savage along with the rest of the Witches Coven alliance. She then found another idol in camp, leading to the tribal council where no votes were counted. When she failed to win the final immunity challenge, she was promptly voted out.


  • Action Girl: Kelley (along with Wiglesworth and Tasha) is one of the stronger female physical competitors.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her alliance post-merge consists of Ciera, Abi-Maria and Kass. Happens again when she forms a (successful) girls alliance with Abi, Kimmi, and Tasha. It didn't last though.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she played her Hidden Immunity Idol, it's quite obvious that no one was expecting it (since she received 9 votes)!
  • Bittersweet Ending: She came short of making the final tribal, but at least she played the game much better than in her original season. Oh, and a fellow SJDS alumna ends up winning the game anyway.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's notably well-endowed and is one of the most competent Action Girls this season.
  • Born Lucky: Finds her second hidden idol clue by chance during a reward challenge.
  • Brains and Brawn:
  • Broken Tears: After losing the final immunity challenge when she needed it the most.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • Farmer's Daughter: As we know from her first season her dad is a farmer, though she largely subverts all the tropes associated with being one.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Of the SJDS returnees, she is most focused on winning the game possibly due to being the lowest placing returnee this season (Superego).
    • Of the Witches Coven alliance however, she has the most balanced physical, social and strategical gameplay (Ego).
  • History Repeats:
    • Once again spends her birthday during the game.
    • Much like last time, a Wenthworth was eliminated right before an important point in the game note .
  • Last-Name Basis: To avoid the One Steve Limit below, she is generally referred to by her last name.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the final original Ta Keo female. She later becomes the final member of her alliance left at the Final 4, which culminates in her elimination when she fails to win immunity.
  • Meganekko: When she's wearing her glasses.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the most attractive contestants of her season, and still looks good when she appeared in the Worlds Apart reunion where the cast of this season was announced.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight. She goes from being a 14th placer and a pre-merge boot to 4th placer and final jury member.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: She lost 31 pounds which was almost a quarter of her weight going into the game and is possibly a series record.
  • Nice Girl: Kelley is shown to be a friendly and likable person, if a little sarcastic.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only member of the Witches Coven alliance who is not a former 5th placer and did not competed in a season held in the Phillipines. For the matter, the only female of the SJDS returnees.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Kelley Wiglesworth, even more confusing as both women share the similar last names, beginning with a "W' and ending with "worth."
  • The Quisling: She has a tendency to immediately jump ship to an alliance who has the momentum, but doesn't make enough closeness to them for it to count as Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Smug Smiler: After she played the Hidden Immunity Idol, saving herself and sending Savage home with only 2 votes against him.
  • The Strategist: Kelley has proven herself to be a more than competent strategic player this time around.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Since she wasn't really around long enough in her first go around to really cement herself as one, here she has done a much better job at showing that she is a player to be reckoned with.
  • True Blue Femininity: Just like last time. Since her original tribe's Color Motif is blue-green, it seems this is her favorite color.
  • Turncoat: Was originally aligned with Spencer and Shirin. Though she turns on them in favor of working with Jeff Varner out of concern of ending up at the bottom. Happened again when she was working with Kass, Ciera and Abi - but voted with the Bayon tribe when it became obvious either Kass or Ciera was leaving.
  • Unexpected Character: It can be mildly surprising to see Kelley on the ballot as she had little screen time, and was eliminated rather early in a pre-merge that is considered lackluster.
  • Worthy Opponent: After her record breaking idol play at the Final 12, she earns the respect of basically the everyone who is left for making such a giant move and removing The Leader of the majority in the process. Ultimately ends up doing her in come the Final 4 when she fails to win immunity and is out of both allies and idols. With no where left to hide and her large resume of big moves known she is promptly voted out.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears her socks in Grade C.

     Keith Nale - San Juan Del Sur 
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The Good Ol' Boy from Louisiana who first competed in SJDS. Despite his lack of strategic strength, Keith turned into a challenge threat, but came up short after failing to win the final immunity challenge and got voted out in fourth. Now he's back for a second chance at the million.

Keith started on the Bayon tribe, swapped over to Ta Keo, and then back to Bayon, avoiding tribal council throughout the pre-merge, along with Joe. He stayed under the radar for most of the game, avoiding being targeted for most of the game. At the final 5, with Jeremy, Tasha, and Spencer being aligned and Kelley being immune, he was promptly voted out.


  • Bittersweet Ending: Still fails to win the game and his rank fell a notch, but a fellow SJDS alumna ends up winning the game anyway.
  • Character Development: While very subtle (to the point of almost being unnoticeable), Keith is showing a more cunning (or at least strategically aware) side of himself this time around. When he split from Bayon into Takeo, he helped form a five-person alliance with the other members to become the majority, and then when the merge happened he immediately went back to the Bayon alliance when he noticed the targets on his Takeo alliance's back. Certainly a step forward from his "Stick to the plan" mindset.
  • Character Tic: Just like in his first season, he has a tendency to spit.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between the original Bayon tribe alliance of Savage, Tasha, Jeremy, Stephen, Kimmi and Kelly, and the post-swap Ta Keo alliance consisting of Kass, Ciera, Kelley and Abi-Maria. He finds himself stuck in the middle along with Spencer and Joe.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest guy in his respective tribes, and is considered a funny, badass one too.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the SJDS returnees, he is one who is most relaxed and mainly do what he wants (Id).
  • Good Ol' Boy: He dismisses Joe's habit of doing yoga, believes in drinking coffee like "99% of America" and speaks in a thick, often garbled accent.
  • History Repeats: Keith once again ends up voting for a pre-merge tribemate to be the eventual Sole Survivor. Bonus points for said winner also being his SJDS tribemate.
  • Honor Before Reason: He was willing to go out of the game early for Kimmi's sake when they reached a deadlock in the votes, but everyone (including Kimmi) talked him out of it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Did anyone really understand his reasoning for taking Spencer on that reward in episode 13?
  • Keet: It was rather cute how excited and eager he was to drive the Tuk-Tuk in Episode 8. Everyone even hopped on for a ride! Awwww.
  • Last of His Kind: With Terry's Non-Gameplay Elimination and Kass' blindside, he's the last of the former final jury members to remain in the game.
  • My Greatest Failure: Keith stated in his Introductory video that he hated when he said "Stick to the Plan" and caused Wes to be eliminated from the game.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Zig-Zagged. On one hand, his rank dropped a notch and his physical game is slightly underwhelming compared to his original. On the other, he has a much better strategic and social game and was up against more experienced players.
    • With this season he played 75 out of a possible 78 days, making him pound-for-pound one of the most successful returning players in the show's history. Only three returning players currently beat this score and they're all finalists: Spencer, Parvati and Sandra. The previous non-finalist to hold this record was Big Tom, who set it way back in season eight.
  • Nice Hat
  • Nice Guy: After taking a level of kindness this season, he becomes this. Everyone thinks well of him.
  • Out of Focus: Keith has received relatively little air time over the course of the season, and when he does it's almost always him being comic relief. Considering he has made it to the finale the overall lack of depth he's gotten this season doesn't bode well for his chances...
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Porn Stache: Keith still has his 'stache.
  • The Quisling: Thanks to his aforementioned Character Development.
  • Self-Deprecation: Admitted to doing stupid stuff on his first season, Including screwing up the first Jon blindside.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While he wasn't mean in his first season, he could be Innocently Insensitive at times which rubbed several people the wrong way. Here he shown to be well liked by basically everyone.

     Kimmi Kappenberg - The Australian Outback 
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Kimmi, 5th out in The Australian Outback, infamous for fighting with Alicia about the chickens, and getting a finger waved in her face.

Kimmi started on the Bayon tribe and remained on the Bayon tribe throughout all three iterations with Jeremy and Stephen. Near the endgame she realized that Jeremy had become a big threat and that she was pushed out of her alliance. She tried siding with Wentworth and Keith, however at the final 6 Kelley and Jeremy played their idols, leading to a tribal council where no votes were counted. On a revote, Kimmi and Tasha got votes, and Kimmi was eliminated.


  • Alliterative Name
  • Amazon Brigade: As of episode 12, with Tasha, Kelley, and Abi. Monica must be rolling around in her grave. It didn't last though.
  • Birds of a Feather: A non-romantic variation with Wiglesworth. Kimmi and Wiglesworth are from a single-digit, pre-hidden idol season, and tended to play old school. So naturally, they bonded and became friends, though it was out of focus. Wiglesworth mentioned in her ponderosa that Kimmi was more upset over her elimination than she was.
  • Bittersweet Ending: She failed to win the game, but she played it much better and lasted much longer than in her original season. Also, her tribemate since the beginning ultimately won.
  • Character Development: She went from staying in the background and sticking with her tribe alliance as an old school player, to playing a more cunning and cutthroat game by episode 12 when she realizes she could get farther and have a better shot at a million by aligning with the remaining women to take the men out.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While Kimmi appears largely to be playing the role of a pawn (which come the Final Tribal Council it will be hard to escape that label), she has adapted from playing old-school to new-school rather well.
    • She arranged for the blindside of "the snake" Monica to gain the total trust of her tribe.
    • She rallied the women together to vote out Joe, the biggest threat in the game. And even if Jeremy and Spencer didn't vote for Joe, he still would have been gone due to Keith's blunder in voting, so it's a credit Kimmi can take.
    • She's also likable, helpful around camp, and has friends on the jury, so her social game is as good as her strategic game.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girlish Pigtails: A favored hairstyle.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kimmi is as over-the-top and emotional as she is passionate.
  • History Repeats: Kimmi once again refuses to eat animal brains for a food eating challenge.
  • Hypocrite: Voted Monica out in episode 5 for her desire to flip and create an all-girl alliance. Kimmi ends up forming an all-girl alliance by episode 12.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the last castaway coming from both the single digit and pre-hidden idol seasons.
  • Mama Bear: The first time she went on Survivor was for the adventure. Her reason for returning to Survivor now? To provide for her sons, and she'll do whatever it takes to get to the end for them.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight. She goes from being a 12th placer and a pre-merge boot to 6th place.
  • Nice Girl: Kimmi might be playing harder, but she's still very friendly and usually doesn't have a bad word to say about anyone.
  • The Nicknamer: While not towards any one specific person. She give's the alliance of Abi-Maria, Ciera and Wentworth the nickname Witches Coven (which is a phrase used in referral to a gathering of witches).
  • Older and Wiser: While she's still Hot-Blooded, she has matured significantly in a decade and a half.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: In the Top 6, she's the only one who doesn't have a fellow alumna (Tasha and Spencer were from Cagayan, while Kelley, Jeremy and Keith were from SJDS. Kimmi's former Australian-Outback tribemate was eliminated pre-merge).
  • Out of Focus: For the first four episodes, come Episode 5 and her first Tribal Council she receives more focus, only to then drift back into the background. She's receiving more airtime as of episode 12 though, with her forming an alliance with the girls and having taken part in the loved ones visit.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Australian-Outback returnees, she's the one who plays the game more passionately (Red Oni).
  • The Resenter: As found out in the finale, towards Spencer. Kimmi felt like she was usurped from her position in the alliance she had with Jeremy by Spencer, hence why she tried flipping as she felt she'd have a better chance that way.
  • Ship Tease: On twitter with Stephen. They refer to each other as "Island Wife" and "Island Husband" respectively.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Monica, though not to the extent of Abi and Peih-Gee/Woo.
  • Team Mom: Almost everyone in interviews described Kimmi as the "Mom" of their tribe.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare her to Australian-Outback. From twelfth place to making it to the finale with a shot at a million, the last remaining old-school player who's improved her social and strategic game.
  • Unexpected Character: It was surprising to see a pre-merge boot from a season over a decade ago to be in consideration to be a returning player.

     Abi-Maria Gomes - Philippines 
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First competing in Philippines, Abi-Maria's paranoia about being betrayed made her unpopular among her fellow castaways. After finishing 5th, she's now back for a second chance at the million.

Abi started off on the Ta Keo tribe. She had a conflict with Peih-Gee over accusations of Peih-Gee stealing her bracelet, and then with Woo after he voted for her twice. She then became a part of the Witches Coven alliance with Ciera and Kelley. At the final 7, despite being seen as someone that could be easily be beaten at the end, she was voted out for that very reason.


  • Amazon Brigade: Her alliance post-merge consists of Ciera, Wentworth and Kass. As of episode 12, it consists of Kelley, Tasha, and Kimmi - although it didn't last long.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Kelley literally refers to Abi as an "annoying younger sister" in her confessional when she wouldn't leave the camp, as it was ruining her chances of getting another hidden idol.
  • Anti-Villain: While Abi was definitely still presented as a villain, she does have some moments that make you feel sympathetic towards her (or at least pity her a bit). She came into the season genuinely wanting to change, but in the end she was unable to move past her prior season and instead found herself right back where she started, as an annoyance and burden to her tribes and alliances that was kept around for as long as she was simply because people felt they could use her for a number and win against her in the end.
  • Break the Haughty: She started out with more or less the same attitude she had the first time, and ended up being broken again by her fight with Peih-Gee on Night 5.
  • Call-Back: In her first confessional of the season, Abi-Maria listed off her mistakes from the first season, including her falling out with R.C., Hitting Skupin in the head with an coconut and being to blunt with Lisa.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Went from being closest allies with Shirin to betraying her, then became closest allies with Varner and the betrayed him, then she becomes allies with Tasha, Savage and to a lesser extent Woo after spending a week with them on Angkor, then goes and helps get rid of Woo after the second tribe mix-up. Come the merge she has fully turned on her previous Angkor allies in favor of working with Kass and Ciera.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite her reputation of being a weak player in challenges, during the immunity challenge in Episode 9 (which required one to balance on a floating platform at sea) she ends up being one of the last two people in the challenge (the other being Joe).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Perhaps best showcased in Episode 8 right after Savage has been blindsided:
    Abi-Maria: (Sweetly) You made it to the jury!
    Savage: ''(Give's Abi the finger before continuing to walk away).
    Abi-Maria: (Just as sweet) Oh, right back at you.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Arguably if she hadn't crossed it in Philippines, she did here when she got into a fight with Peih-Gee and then had her entire alliance then proceed to laugh and make fun of her.
  • Double Standard: Abi believes that there is a double standard when it comes male and female villains: that male villains are seen as funny, while female villains are scorned.
  • Drama Queen: Abi is still this despite trying to control her emotions.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: During the family visit her mom is the person visiting her (like her first season), and it's made clear that they both care for and love each other a great deal.
  • Fatal Flaw: Abi-Maria admitted her inability to control her emotions was the reason she lost the game the first time.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the Witches Coven alliance, she's mainly the drifter (Id).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In her alliance with Shirin, Spencer and Kelley she was this, especially shown when after Abi's fight with Peih-Gee instead of going to talk with Abi, they sit in the shelter and laugh at the ordeal (specifically at Abi's behavior).
    • Later when she joins up with Tasha and Savage she becomes this again, though they've done a much better job at hiding the fact that she is this.
    • Averted with Kelly Wentworth and Ciera.
  • Graceful Loser: Shockingly enough, Abi was by large quite gracious and humble when she was blindsided and ultimately took it in stride.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: While she's doing somewhat better with managing her temper than in Philippines, she seems to be on verge of blowing up very often and instead just reacts to frustration with more passive-aggressive behavior.
  • Hidden Depths: She used to take dancing lessons, such as ballet, tap-dance, modern dance, samba dance and was even a teacher. She explains that she used her skills in ballet to stay balanced in episode 9.
  • History Repeats:
    • She once again ends up being The Friend Nobody Likes.
    • Her boot episode once again happened in the penultimate penultimate episode of the season.
    • She once again ends up voting for the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Hypocrite: Get's furious whenever someone doesn't prove they're loyal to her, but is willing to back stab her own allies at the drop of a hat. While Shirin might have been understandable, Varner was nothing but loyal to her.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: While Shirin and Peih-Gee were having a conversation about how annoying and overly-dramatic Abi is, she was standing only a couple feet away and heard the whole thing.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Forms one with Terry after he is the only person to come comfort her after her fight with Peih-Gee.
  • Jerkass: Abi can be very judgemental, rude and obnoxious.
    • Hidden Heart of Gold: Abi does have a caring side to her that she only ever shows towards those she feels have earned it (such as Varner or Terry).
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Ultimately, she did end up voting for Varner in the end. And has turned on all previous allies, even the ones who have been patient and nice to her, like Tasha. But...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the end, she was loyal to Kelley and Ciera, who were her genuine friends.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Woo was discussing his mother and the heart-attack she went through, Abi says (not to his face, thankfully) she was annoyed by his story, compared his mother receiving a heart to her surgery for her tendon, and tried to garner sympathy from Savage and Tasha by mentioning her own dead family members who "never got a second chance" to one-up him.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. She finished in 7th place where in her season she finished in 5th.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Episode 9's immunity challenge. Here was a balancing challenge that even Joe was struggling to win, while Abi seemed so unflappable and in perfect control. It was down to the two of them. Joe's wavering, swaying, and almost ready to fall off and... Abi falls after losing her focus and losing her balance. So close to Defeating the Undefeatable!
  • The Nicknamer: After Stephen's severe stomach issues in episode 10, she childishly calls him Mr. Poopy-Pants behind his back.
  • No Social Skills: Other than her lack of emotional control, Abi's biggest struggle in the game is her lack of social skills. She often says exactly what's on her mind and is constantly getting on people's nerves.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only member of the Witches Coven alliance who did not competed in a Blood vs. Water season, though she did made it to the loved ones challenge.
  • Only Friend: Jeff Varner is hers. He's the only person who is actually shown enjoying her company.
    • Later on she manages to strike up a friendship and alliance with Kelley, Ciera and Kass. While Kass isn't around much longer after the alliance is formed, she becomes very tight with Kelley and Ciera.
  • Precision F-Strike: While censored, Abi has one when she repeats the same line she said to R.C. about what happens if you cross her in a confessional concerning Shirin.
    Abi-Maria: You f**k with me your dead.
  • The Quisling: See Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Self-Deprecation: Abi-Maria admitting to her main mistakes in Philippines.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Pei-Ghee didn't hit it off really well when Abi accused her of stealing her bracelet. Their conflict ultimately comes to a head in Episode 3 when they decide that enough is enough and that the other has to go. Ultimately Abi wins out and Peih-Gee is sent packing.
    • After Peih-Gee left, she now seems to be becoming this for Woo. Due to him having previously written her name down on two occasions she is not quick to trust him and wants him gone. She ultimately is a part of the group that ends up blindsiding Woo in Episode 6.
  • Smug Snake: Abi has shown that she is very smug and arrogant, especially when things are going her way. She is definitely this when she is telling Shirin that she is now on the bottom and when she gives a big smug grin when Peih-Gee is voted out.
  • Spicy Latina: Abi is Brazilian.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad —> Out of Focus: Episodes 1 through 5 were largely the "Abi Show" with her being at the center of a majority of the drama in all of those episodes. However, come Episode 6 she's faded more and more into the background in favor of the more strategic players. Much of her screen-time post-merge consists of her being snarky comic relief, with some episodes having her revert back to being the drama starter she was early on.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For both her tribes so far she has been this.
  • True Companions: Seemed to have formed this relationship with Jeff Varner. They became close allies on Ta Keo and even when Abi votes Varner out in Episode 4 she makes it clear that she still adores him. He even playfully calls her a "little bitch" when she votes him out, in spite of not having any hard feelings towards her. Jeff even kissed her. Aww...
    • She seems to be forming this bond with Ciera and Kelley.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Varner, Tasha, and Savage - the only people who were kind and sided with her. And because of this, Varner and Savage were voted out.
  • Womanchild

     Joe Anglim - Worlds Apart 
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Originating from Worlds Apart, the likable guy who was voted out in 10th place after ending up on the wrong side of numbers and being too much of a threat now returns for a second chance at the million.

Joe started on the Bayon tribe, switching over to Ta Keo, then back to Bayon, avoiding Tribal Council throughout the entire premerge. He then won three individual immunities, giving him the new record for being immune the longest out of any contestant. At the final 8, after a showdown with Keith at the immunity challenge, he went unconscious, but was fortunately fine. Unfortunately, he was deemed too much of a threat and was voted out that night.


  • The Ace: Joe is still a huge threat and is very well adjusted to living in destitute conditions. He's also very likable good-looking. Lampshaded by Stephen when he's talking about Joe's "Golden Boy" personality and how he can seemingly do anything. Played straight when he wins the first four individual immunity challenges, but Spencer finally manages to beat him for the fifth.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Revealed in a confessional that he was a superfan since he was 11 years old.
  • Bishōnen: Just look at him. Even some guys have admitted he's pretty.
  • Bookends: In his first confessional of the season during the cold open, Joe mentions how his biggest regret of the season was not making it to the loved one's visit. This season he does, and in the very same episode he ends up being voted out.
  • The Charmer: It's hard not to like Joe. Even the people who are gunning for him still seemingly like him, though later on in the game this isn't the case as his attempts to play both sides ultimately causes some people think he's shady.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: On the third incarnation of Bayon he is torn between trying to keep the original Bayon tribe together (Jeremy, Stephen, Keith, Kimmi, Tasha and himself) and keeping his new alliance from the previous Ta Keo tribe together (consisting of Kelley, Keith and himself, with Kass and Ciera also being in the alliance but on the other tribe). Come the first Tribal Council post-merge, he ends up siding with the original Bayon group over the Ta Keo's.
  • The Cutie: Very nice, endearing, and a genuinely sweet guy. He's also very attractive.
  • A Death in the Limelight: His elimination episode can once again be described as "The Fall of Joe Part II" (Literally too, as he passed out after the immunity challenge).
  • Determinator: Joe is definitely not a quitter in any sense of the word, especially regarding challenges. He's so determined to win in the end he passed out from fatigue while trying to win immunity in episode 12. Ultimately though it's the fact that he doesn't give up that played into people fearing that he could realistically win every immunity challenge up until the end, which in part lead to his demise. So in a sense, his perseverance is both an amazing gift and his Fatal Flaw.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: If Joe hadn't passed out during the immunity challenge in episode 12, he might've won and gone further in the game.
  • History Repeats:
    • Aside from also being seen as The Ace, he once again wins the first two individual immunity.
    • He once again ends up voting for the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Invincible Hero: From the first episode to episode 10, Joe was immune from the vote. He won every pre-merge immunity challenge and won the first four individual immunity challenges. This stops Episode 11, where Spencer finally beats him. He actually holds the franchise record for holding immunity, being immune for 29 straight days, making him the most invincible hero in Survivor history.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Seems to be tight with Keith. Kelly's elimination is also mainly factored on her closeness to him.
  • Keet: Extremely upbeat and has a lot of energy. Dude's a freaking ray of sunshine.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Joe has shoulder length hair and is arguably the most handsome castaway of the season.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tasha outright said that Joe's good looks was distracting her while she was doing Yoga. Andrew said his Daughters was attracted to Joe.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Played straight as of Episode 11 regardless of his finish as he not only surpassed his previous (10th) rank, but has surpassed his previous individual immunity wins and was on a much better pre-merge tribe. Though he didn't win this time either, he ended up in a better position than he was in the previous season and finished two places higher.
  • Nice Guy: Probably one of the nicest ever being a Graceful Loser, helping his tribe, and not having a bad thing to say about his fellow castaways.
  • Playing Both Sides: He attempted to play both the Witches alliance (Abi-Maria, Kelley and Ciera) and the Bayon Strong alliance (Andrew, Jeremy, Stephen, Tasha, Kimmi). In the end it backfires on him as people start to realize what he's up to which makes him an even bigger target.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Worlds Apart returnees, he's the one who plays the game in a more laid back way (Blue Oni).
  • Revenge: After Wiglesworth goes home, Joe admit's he's actually angry that his closest friend and ally was blindsided. This may have been another factor in why he targeted Fishbach (who lead the blindside) in episode 10 and 11.
  • The Rival: To Stephen, although he's unaware of it for the time being. Though with episode 8, he's now aware of it.
  • Smug Super: Played with. Despite being The Ace and a genuine Nice Guy, Joe has received criticism from people such as Stephen and Wentworth this season that he is arrogant regarding his abilities in the game. To some extent they are right as while Joe clearly sees himself as the biggest threat in the game who everyone wants to eliminate as soon as he loses immunity, come his first loss a majority of the tribe instead wants to target Stephen over him. For all his concern that everyone sees him as the biggest target (likely due to his first season where this was the case), the only person who has ever really been shown seriously targeting Joe was Stephen (who is more worried about him due to his experience with playing with a well-liked "golden boy" on his first season, than because of Joe himself). In the end, it's likely more of Joe not realizing the way people are perceiving him than him just being arrogant.
  • Tranquil Fury: Early episode 10, after Wiglesworth was voted out. Joes speaks in a calm and collected voice, but he admits he's angry that his closest friend and ally was blindsided.
  • Worthy Opponent: Stephen and Joe, while they are both targeting each other, seem to hold some level of respect for the others abilities in the game. Stephen has expressed awe at Joe's strength in challenges, camp life and his likable attitude. While Joe has stated that Stephen is right to target him and that he's a smart guy for doing so.

     Stephen Fishbach - Tocantins 
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First competing in Survivor: Tocantins, Stephen was the strategic driving force in his Jalapao Alliance. However, his poor Final Tribal Council performance, combined with sitting next to one of the most likable players in the series, cost him the win and he ended up with no votes. Now the Survivor Know-It-All returns for a second chance at the millions.

Stephen started off on the Bayon tribe, being on the outs due to looking for an idol and accusing Jeremy of looking for one. However, after the swap, he forms a bond with Jeremy, which Jeremy compares to being Stephen's new J.T. He makes it to the merge and wins an vote steal advantage, however he was soon targeted after placing a target on his back by blindsiding Wiglesworth. Jeremy saves him with an idol, but it is all for naught as he is eliminated next after splitting the votes with his Vote Steal advantage.


  • Adorkable: With his dorky and somewhat goofy behavior alongside being a self-described nerd.
  • Anti-Hero —> Anti-Villain: He starts out the season as a Classical Anti-Hero, being plagued with self-doubt and a need to prove himself as the strategist people see him as by making big moves. Come Episode 9 he finally makes a big move by organizing Kelly Wiglesworth's blindside. For the next two episodes until his elimination he seems to have become a Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain since while his desire to win the game is understandable and he is still a sympathetic character, he ends up alienating some of his potential allies with the moves he makes and becomes the biggest target in the game.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Butt-Monkey: The season doesn't go well for him. He starts out as the odd man out on his tribe, his repeated failure in challenges becomes a Running Gag, he gets diarrhea (for which he gets mocked by Abi-Maria) and when he finally plays his advantage to vote out his Sitcom Archnemesis Joe it blows up in his face and he gets blindsided.
  • Call-Back: He references the fact that he felt similarly ostracized on his first season, hoping that history will repeat and that he will assimilate into the tribe.
    • He also mentions how his biggest regret from his season was not getting rid of J.T. when he had the chance to, which ultimately cost him the game.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted. He tries very hard to be one, with limited success. At least until Episode 9 when he successfully organizes the blindside of Kelly Wiglesworth. This however, ends up being the only successful move he makes post-merge as he's blindsided not long after.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his poor performance in physical challenges, he manages to win an individual reward challenge in Episode 11. The challenge being that one has to remember a story about Cambodian history and use the knowledge they've learned to answer questions about the story.
  • Deus ex Machina/Diabolus ex Machina: In Episode 9 he received an advantage that allows him to "steal a vote" (let's him prevent another castaway from voting, and allows him to instead vote again in their stead). So while this is the former for him, it's the latter for whoever he decides to use it on (if he does so in the future).
    • In an ironic twist of fate, it ends up being the former to him. By him receiving the advantage and then trying to shake things up by blindsiding Wiglesworth he paints a giant target on his back which ends up dooming him.
  • Dramatic Irony: In his season, his number one ally beats him in a Flawless Victory to be the Sole Survivor. Here, Stephen casts his vote for his closest ally which also ends up winning in a Flawless Victory.
  • Epic Fail: During the Immunity Challenge in Episode Five, while trying to aim for the targets on his tribe, he slung his ammunition into Angkor's Target, giving them an extra point and ultimately helping them win the first Immunity Idol.
  • Fish out of Water: Stephen himself notes he his the only guy on his tribe who is not an Alpha Male.
  • Foreshadowing: “Don’t say you’re in a really good spot on Survivor. That’s the kiss of death.” And then a moment later; "I'm in a really good spot right now." Guess what happens to him at the end?
  • Graceful Loser: Despite the somewhat embarrassing way he goes out (using his advantage and then being blindsided) he shows nothing but grace towards the people who voted him out.
  • Heroic BSoD: After losing the first post-merge reward challenge he suffers one, as he admits to the confessional that part of the reason he lost his first season was that he didn't form the strong bonds that people do when they go on rewards.
  • History Repeats: Once again part of a season where the Sole Survivor wins in a Flawless Victory.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Oh boy. Stephen's downfall in the game reeks of this.
    • Him winning the "Vote Steal" advantage ultimately caused people to target him even more than he was previously.
    • When he finally won a reward challenge for himself (which he previously said was important because it allows you to create bonds to further yourself in the game), he chooses Jeremy and Tasha to go with him. This ends up making Spencer feel like he's on the bottom of that group and ultimately causes him to flip.
  • I Owe You My Life: Says this word-per-word to Jeremy after the latter uses his idol to save him.
  • Jewish and Nerdy
  • Lack of Empathy: Lampshaded by Savage, who's baffled by Stephen's assumption that Jeremy has gone off to look for an idol when he actually went off to cry, as Savage's story made him think of his own wife.
  • Last-Name Basis: Stephen is called by his last name by Probst and pretty much everyone else.
  • Last of His Kind: The last of the former runners-up to remain in the game.
  • Loners Are Freaks —> Loner-Turned-Friend: On the original Bayon he was shown to be on the outs strategically along with feeling like a outcast socially among the many "Alpha-Male" types on Bayon with him. Once the tribes switch however he seems to be getting along much better with his new tribe and finds himself in the majority alliance.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Surprisingly so.
  • Nerd: Self-Described
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nerds Are Sexy: As implied by the aforementioned Mr. Fanservice.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his nervous and socially awkward behavior at some points in the season, Stephen is shown to be a kind-hearted individual.
  • Non-Action Guy / The Load: He notes this in his original tribe, saying he's the only man who is not physically competent. In the more physical challenges he seems to struggle which holds his tribe back.
  • No Social Skills: While Stephen is a very kind person, he is shown to struggle with the social dynamics of the game.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jeremy, who is a strong, charismatic, alpha-male type guy, while Stephen is nerdy, more socially awkward and physically weaker. Despite their differences the two have become quite close as a result of spending the entire pre-merge together on Bayon.
  • Prophetic Names: Remember when Coach dubbed him "The Wizard"? Well, now the Wizard has joined forces with the Witches.
  • The Power of Trust: What saves him in the first half of episode 10, as Jeremy uses one of his idols to save him from an attempted blindside. Sadly, a Senseless Sacrifice, since Fishbach gets voted out the last half of the episode.
  • Salt and Pepper: With Jeremy. He's the Salt.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Stephen's story this season revolved around him wanting to remove Joe for being The Ace. He finally get's the chance in Episode 11 when Joe loses immunity for the first time. He does everything he can to set it up for Joe to leave, even playing his advantage he earned a couple episode prior... But due to him and his alliance splitting the votes between Joe and Abi-Maria, Stephen ends up getting blindsided when Spencer flips on him.
  • Ship Tease: On twitter with Kimmi. They refer to each other as "Island Husband" and "Island Wife" respectively.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: From Episodes 8 to 11, Stephen receives a large portion of the screen time as the general arc of those episodes end up chronicling "The Fall of Fishbach".
  • The Strategist: Stephen is very much into and enjoys playing the strategic part of the game.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He was the runner-up of his original season. Here, he's voted out in 9th place.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Despite his attempts be as stoic as possible and focus on winning the game, he get's teary eyed in Episode 6 while talking about how much having a second chance means to him and that he wants to put everything he has into winning the game after coming up just short last time.
    • Happens again in episode 10, when he has severe stomach pain from lack of eating and bad weather affecting his health. It's pretty painful to watch actually.
  • Turncoat: Of the Bayon Alliance, he's now siding with the Witches Coven.
  • Unknown Rival—>The Rival: Is shaping up to be this to Joe, seeing as he wants to vote him out asap. Joe has no idea, but time will tell if it becomes reciprocated. And ultimately, it turned out Joe was aware and very much reciprocates.
    • He's also this to Savage, though this is more based upon their personalities clashing (though there is strategy involved).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Stephen searched for the Hidden Immunity Idol in spots based on past seasons. However, This season, The Idol was hidden at challenges if you managed to find the clue.
  • Worthy Opponent: Stephen and Joe, while they are both targeting each other, seem to hold some level of respect for the others abilities in the game. Stephen has expressed awe at Joe's strength in challenges, camp life and his likable attitude. While Joe has stated that Stephen is right to target him and that he's a smart guy for doing so.

     Ciera Eastin - Blood vs. Water 
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First appearing in Blood vs Water, Ciera initially appeared to be little more than Cannon Fodder. However, she caused a big splash by voting out her mom, and then flipping to force the Purple Rock vote. Ultimately finishing in 5th, Now she's back for another chance at the million.

Ciera started off on the Bayon tribe, but then switched to the Ta Keo tribe. When she faced her first tribal council, she spearheaded Woo's blindside, then became a part of the Witch's Coven alliance. However, once Jeremy played his idol on Stephen, she was sent packing.


  • Affably Evil: She can be quite sweet and caring and is a devoted mother and wife. But while playing the game she won't hesitate to stir things up.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her alliance post-merge consists of Wentworth, Abi-Maria and Kass.
  • Anti-Hero: A Pragmatic Hero. While she's more than willing to lie and deceive in the game, she does so in a way that isn't shown to be cruel or hurt feelings. She's just playing a game and that's all it is.
  • Bad Liar: When Kass tried calling Tasha out for not being truthful, Ciera tried to do a similar move against Savage by saying he wanted to get rid of his Bayon tribe members. No one believed her, and the majority votes were between Kass and Ciera, with the latter just barely surviving.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a very nice person, but is willing to make big moves should she feel threatened enough. As Savage and Woo found out in Episode 6 when the plan was to vote Spencer, but to tell Spencer that the vote would be against Ciera. Ciera was uncomfortable with this and formed a new alliance to break up the duo.
  • Character Development: Ciera has gained a lot of confidence, she's become a very independent person and is honest and opinionated.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted. Ciera tried her damnedest to be one. Unfortunately she ends up on the wrong side of the numbers post-merge and despite the fluidity of alliances shown this season and her trying very hard to swing things in her favor, she just couldn't get a solid thing going.
  • The Cutie: Subverted. While she's definitely cute, she's not nearly idealistic and naive for her to be this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ciera can be quite sarcastic.
  • Freudian Trio: Of the Witches Coven alliance, she's the one who strategize most (Superego).
  • Generation Xerox: Much like her mom in Samoa, she's in a violet-colored tribe with Monica also being one of her tribemates.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While Ciera is one of the kinder castaways on the season, she's a strong player who is willing to make big moves to propel herself and her alliance.
  • Guile Heroine: Ciera relies largely on social and strategic manipulation to move forward in the game, however she's nice and heroic enough where she doesn't come across as a Manipulative Bitch.
  • Happily Married: With two young children.
  • History Repeats:
    • She once again struggles with the gross food eating challenge.
    • She once again ends up voting for the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Idiot Ball: Trying to throw Savage under the bus while Kass was trying to throw Tasha under the bus caused Bayon to be more united than ever, even getting Keith and Joe who were initially on their side to return to Bayon. And voting for Savage when the rest of her remaining alliance agreed to try and get rid of Tasha in order to save her and Kass wasn't the smartest move either. Though apparently by the point everyone knew that Kass was going to be going home and nothing could really be done to stop it.
  • Ill Girl: Did not participate in the second immunity challenge because she was sick.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kass.
  • Karmic Death: Was involved in all the blindsides during the merge until she suffered the same fate.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: While Ciera can be quite ruthless in the game of Survivor, she is shown to still be a rather friendly person.
  • One Degree of Separation: She will compete with Monica, her mother's former Galu tribemate in Samoa.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only member of the Witches Coven alliance who is not blonde.
  • Out of Focus: For the first five episodes, she received very little screen-time (though considering she didn't go to Tribal Council in any of those episodes it's not that unexpected). She finally get's more air time come Episode 6 and her first Tribal visit. From then on she has been receiving significant screen-time.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Blood vs. Water returnees, she's the one who plays the game more discreetly (Blue Oni).
  • Skunk Stripe: During the voting of the Cambodia cast, Ciera added blonde highlights to her hair.
  • Spin-Offspring: She is the daughter of Samoa 10th placer and Blood vs. Water 6th placer and fellow castaway Laura Morett.
  • The Strategist: Ciera relies largely on strategy to move herself forward.
  • Turncoat: Zig-Zagged. She didn't exactly turn against Kass... but she did deviate from the plan by voting Savage instead of Tasha. Now she has no allies left except Abi and Kelly Wentworth.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears her socks in Grade C.

     Kelly Wiglesworth - Borneo 
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From Borneo, Kelly help formed the Tagi Alliance before defecting because of moral issues. As a result, Kelly became the first challenge dominator by winning Individual Immunity reach Day 39. Kelly ultimately ended as the runner up after losing to Richard Hatch at final tribal council and now returns after 15 years to become the Sole Survivor.

Wiglesworth started on the Ta Keo tribe. She played a very quiet game, working very hard and forming relationships with people. However, Fishbach deemed her too much of a threat due to her under the radar gameplay and organized her elimination.


  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Almost. She was voted out the day before her birthday.
  • Action Girl: Kelly is one of the more athletic women on the season, and definitely one of the most iconic in the entire series.
  • Action Mom: She's a mother now and still a physically competent player.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Seems to fit several of the requirements.
  • Badass Boast: Kelly claimed to still be badass in her campaign video.
  • Birds of a Feather: A non-romantic variation with Wiglesworth. Kimmi and Wiglesworth are from a single-digit, pre-hidden idol season, and tended to play old school. So naturally, they bonded and became friends, though it was out of focus. Wiglesworth mentioned in her ponderosa that Kimmi was more upset over her elimination than she was.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: In previous All returnee player seasons that featured alumnae from the inaugural season, someone usually makes it to the Top 3 by the end of the game. Her elimination ended that trend. For added irony, she's the 3rd jury member.
  • Call-Back:
    • Refers to Sue's "Snakes and Rats" speech in her intro video and claims that she had Never Lived It Down.
    • She asks the Final 3 the Wildcard question Greg asked her and Richard Hatch during the finale of the inaugural season ("Pick a number from one to ten").
  • A Death in the Limelight: Gets an unusually high amount of screentime (that is, a single confessional) in her boot episode.
  • History Repeats: Kelly's tribe ended up losing the first challenge of the season again, that happen to be Quest for Fire.
  • Informed Attribute: In her final episode, much is made of how big of a threat she is and how she has a positive relationship with basically everyone left in the game. Up until then however, she had been extremely Out of Focus so this info comes a little out of left field.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is revealed to have formed one with Joe in her last episode, due to both of them feeling worried that people view them as the biggest threats. This proves ultimately though to be a part of her undoing as Stephen views getting rid of her as the best way to cripple Joe's chances.
  • It's All My Fault: Kelly felt guilty for costing her tribe the challenge.
  • Lady of War: She retains her composure in the challenges.
  • Last-Name Basis: Probst and most of her original tribe mates refers her by her last name.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: Her blindside courtesy of Stephen ultimately broke up the dominant Bayon alliance of 8 that remained after Savage left. From then on the alliance begins to turn on each other and splinter off into different factions.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. She was the runner-up of her (and the) original season, but was eliminated in 11th place this time around.
  • Nostalgia Filter: According to some interviews, a major part of voting her out was because she's a very iconic castaway from the earliest seasons (the inaugural even, as was her case) who is also a well-known Action Girl that had a potential Earn Your Happy Ending story.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Kelley Wentworth, even more confusing as both women share the similar last names, beginning with a "W' and ending with "worth."
  • Out of Focus: Despite being arguably the most notable player on the cast, being the runner-up in the first season returning to play for the first time in fifteen years, Kelly barely figures into strategic discussions and has almost no confessionals.
  • The Quiet One: Kelly is probably the quietest and most subdued contestant this season.
  • Shoot the Dog: According to some interviews, another reason she was targeted was because she's a very iconic castaway from the earliest seasons (the inaugural even, as was her case) and someone like her who's getting back after coming up short of becoming the inaugural winner had a strong potential to have an Earn Your Happy Ending story.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The show's very first runner-up, only to be eliminated early in the merge this time around.
  • Team Mom: Her role within the tribe was this based upon post-game interviews.
  • Tempting Fate: At her last tribal council before being blindsided she states that she's pretty confidant that she won't be the one going home... cue five minutes later she's the one getting her torched snuffed.
  • Tranquil Fury: Heavily implied with her Elimination Statement.
    Probst: The tribe has spoken.
    Kelly: Oh, yes they have!

     Andrew Savage - Pearl Islands 
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The Leader of the Morgan tribe and 10th place finisher in Pearl Islands. After being screwed over by the Outcasts twist, Savage returns for another shot at the million.

Andrew started on the Bayon tribe, and was swapped over to the Angkor tribe. Despite him and Tasha being in the minority, they were able to survive thanks to exploiting the conflict between the Ta Keo members. He made it to the merge, and acted as the crux of the majority Bayon alliance. However, when his alliance piled all of their votes on Kelley Wentworth, he was surprised when Kelley whipped out an idol, sending him home.


  • Action Dad: A father of two, and very strong despite his age.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Andrew told Joe that his two teenage Daughters was attracted to Joe, even telling Joe that his daughter thought Joe was "perfect".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: It was badass to hear then, it is still badass to hear now.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Tasha's Brains while the two are on Angkor.
  • Born Lucky: Not to the extent of Spencer, but Savage has gotten pretty lucky despite getting the short end of the stick. Goes into Angkor expecting either him or Tasha to be voted out first? They end up running the tribe by causing mistrust among former Takeo members. Just when it looks like his tribe is gonna be Pagonged? They merge back into Takeo and Bayon. Just when he loses his main ally and seems to be on the chopping block? The two tribes FINALLY merge into one, and now he's back with his old Bayon tribe who are in the majority and just voted out the mastermind behind his ally's elimination.
    • Not My Lucky Day: His lucky streak ended very suddenly when his entire alliance voted for Wentworth, who played a Hidden Immunity Idol. A record-breaking nine votes were negated by the idol and the remaining three were for Savage.
  • Call-Back: Andrew makes a reference in Episode 3 to how The Outcast twist ruined his game while comparing that situation to the news of the tribe swap from two tribes to three tribes.
  • Cool Old Guy —> Grumpy Old Man: Andrew was very respected on Bayon. However as the game progresses he seems to be becoming more and more grumpy and cynical.
  • Flipping the Bird: Twice, once when he loses immunity, and again when he gets voted out.
  • Genius Bruiser: Well, he is a lawyer so he is definitely quite intelligent, along with being a solid competitor in challenges.
  • Happily Married
  • Heroic BSoD: He seems to have crossed it after losing the immunity challenge in Episode 4, going from single-handedly winning the last reward challenge to being completely spent and having to go to Tribal Council broke him down lower than he's ever gone in his life according to himself.
  • History Repeats: On both his seasons he lasted 21 days before being voted out in Episode 8.
  • Holier Than Thou: Savage is playing Survivor, a game that heavily relies upon lying and deceving, however he says he is "disgusted" with Stephen's attempts to blindside Joe, even though the point of the game is to get rid of one's biggest threat, which Joe certainly is one due to his challenge prowess and likability.
  • Hot-Blooded: Savage is very determined and passionate, however it isn't always portrayed positively. When things don't go his way he tends to be a Sore Loser and explode emotionally as seen when he loses to Jeremy in Episode 6's reward challenge, as well as when he is blindsided that same episode when his ally Woo is sent home he is extremely pissed off.
  • Idiot Ball: In Episode 6, he had the majority of the tribe on his side and had everything set up to take out Spencer. However, he tells his alliance to tell Spencer that the plan is to vote out Ciera (who is in his alliance mind you). This causes Ciera to become suspicious of his relationship with Woo, who would be a better fake target to tell Spencer since he wants to keep Bayon strong and Woo is old Ta Keo. This ultimately causes Ciera to turn on him and get the ball rolling to blindside his closest ally, which was Woo.
  • Ideal Hero —> Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: His development in regards to this is actually quite complex. He starts out as the charismatic and respected leader of the dominant Bayon tribe. When he's switched to the paltry Angkor tribe however Andrew starts to show several traits of being a Byronic Hero. He presents himself as a handsome, fit, intelligent and charismatic leader who shows loyalty towards those he truly likes. Underneath that though lies several flaws such as his Hot-Blooded personality, a tendency to hold petty grudges and that he's often a Sore Loser when things don't go his way.
  • Irrational Hatred: He dislikes Stephen quite a bit, for no easily definable reason other than that he's not a strong, alpha-type guy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his flaws that are shown, he's also shown to be a loving and devoted father, husband and friend.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's almost always referred to by his last name, Savage.
  • The Leader: Like he was in his original season, Andrew seemed to once again take over the role of leading his tribe
  • Like Brother and Sister: Tasha and Savage seem to be developing this relationship, due to initially being on the Bayon tribe together, watching each other's backs rather than throw each other under the bus when things get tough, and are always seen together. Savage even says "I love you" and kisses the top of her head. Awww.
  • Manly Tears: Andrew has a moment where he cries while telling his tribe the story of how his wife and him met.
  • My Greatest Failure: Andrew claimed that not winning Pearl Islands haunted him since.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Zig-Zagged. He finished two ranks lower than his original rank, but is now a member of the jury.
  • Nice Hat: His beanie while he's sitting on the jury. It has reached memetic proportions.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite having competed on Pearl Islands over 12 years ago, Andrew looks relatively unchanged.
  • Oh, Crap!: His jaw hits the floor when he realizes he's about to be voted out.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Rated M for Manly: Badass? Check. Hot-Blooded? Check. Perma-Stubble? Check. He also has a tendency to seemingly look down upon those who do not exhibit this trope.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He's the first member of the majority Bayon alliance to be voted out.
  • Salt and Pepper: With Tasha. He's the Salt.
  • Seen It All: The only castaway this season who became a part of the three pre-merge tribes as well as the merged tribe.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Came into the game looking very dapper.
  • Sore Loser: When he loses, he get's very upset. Whether it be losing a challenge or being on the wrong side of the vote he let's his frustration be known.
  • Team Dad: Acts as the de-facto father figure of his original tribe.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction after he is swapped to the new Angkor tribe. Citing on top of the fact that they will have to completely restart in terms of camp life, that his history with twists has not been very good.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He was a pretty nice guy in the beginning of the season, but he slowly got grumpier and angrier as time went on.

     Kass Mcquillen - Cagayan 
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First competing in Cagayan, "Chaos" Kass was infamous for her unpredictable nature, most notably flipping on her Aparri tribe at the merge due to Sarah flaunting her power as the swing vote. Now she's back for a second chance at the title of Sole Survivor.

Kass started on the Bayon tribe. During the beginning of the game, she was a lot nicer to her tribemates, trying to change her "Chaos Kass" image. However, at the merge, her rivalry with fellow Survivor: Cagayan castaway Tasha Fox unraveled and she was voted off.


  • Amazon Brigade: Her alliance post-merge consists of spirited Ciera, Wentworth and Abi-Maria.
  • Arch-Nemesis / The Rival: Spencer is hers after what happened between them in Cagayan. Spencer verbatim says that she is this to him and the feeling is definitely mutual. Though by the end of Episode 6 they may have reconciled this somewhat.
    • Her rivalry with Tasha that developed in Cagayan resurfaced once the tribes merged - resulting in Kass' elimination.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Episode 4, we're led to believe for a short time that Kass is attempting to make a fake Hidden Immunity Idol of some sort, though it's quickly proved otherwise and that she was simply making a bracelet for Kelley as a birthday gift. She even lampshades this after giving the bracelet to her that she assumed people would think she was doing something sneaky.
  • Call-Back: In her "Meet Kass McQuillen" video, Kass referenced her causing some epic blindsides(Sarah's) and making a man speak llama.
  • Character Development: After hearing Andrew's heartfelt story about how he met his wife, Kass actually get's teary eyed. Kass admitted that people who played Survivor still have Human emotions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite her kinder attitude this season, she still has a very snarky attitude.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As a result of her taking a level in kindness.
  • Enemy Mine: She and Spencer managed to put aside their differences in Episode 6 by blindsiding Woo.
  • Foreshadowing: The episode prior to her boot episode showed her acting a little more like Chaos Kass, and the preview made her up to be a full scale revert. This pretty much is foreshadowing her Karmic Death.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, she is the one who tries to improve her social game due to her past reputation (The Realist).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, she is the one who tries to be more social due to her infamous reputation from her first game (Leukine).
  • Graceful Loser: Shows no real signs of bitterness after being voted out.
    • Averted at her next Tribal Council as a member of the jury when she gave the entire Tribe a collective finger.
  • History Repeats: She once again ends up voting for the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Karmic Elimination: In Cagayan, she changed the whole course of the game at the merge. In her second chance, this time she gets to be the one voted out right at the merge. Whether or not this was Kick the Dog was audience choice.
  • Kick the Dog/Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her being voted out could be seen as either depending on audience choice.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Zig-Zagged. On one hand she did much worse in terms of placement this season, however her game play has been shown to have improved dramatically.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a Rob Has a Podcast interview with the final six, Tasha states that she should have called out Kass in the FTC for some racial slurs she had said to her when they were on the island together.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Ultimately what gets her voted out. While Kass has become kinder and more truthful, some people couldn't forget how she acted last season, and chose to save the more likable Tasha over her.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In her original season, she the final jury member. Here, she's the first. May also double as Dramatic Irony.
  • Tear Jerker: Her In-Universe Reaction to Savage's story of how he met his wife.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Socially she has improved her game immensely, a prime example being her making a bracelet for Kelley for her birthday. This is the woman who nicknamed herself Chaos Kass who is making a friendship bracelet for someone on her tribe!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Kass is more open to human emotions this time.
  • Troll: Kass said everyone was expected her to be this, though she's doing her best to Subvert it.

Voted Out

     Woo Hwang - Cagayan 
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First appearing in Cagayan, Woo was likable and Tony's main partner post-merge. However, he went Honor Before Reason when he had the final immunity with three people left, and voted out the more beatable Kass over his threatening friend and lost in a 8-1 vote at Final Tribal Council. Now he's back to rectify the mistake and to win the game this time.

Woo started off on the Ta Keo tribe, with the Old School Alliance. He was later swapped to Angkor, where he had a conflict with Abi-Maria because he voted for her twice. The second swap switched him back to Ta Keo, where he was blindsided by Kass, Ciera, Spencer, and Abi for his closeness with Andrew Savage.


  • Badass Adorable: Just look at him! Woo is just an endearing guy.
  • The Big Guy: He is the main muscle of the original Ta Keo, and on Angkor as well after the tribe mix-up.
  • Butt-Monkey: This season is not a good one for Woo. He's always stuck on the losing tribe, and constantly with the Token Evil Teammate Drama Queen who he can't get rid off and mutually hates him.
  • The Cutie: Woo is very friendly, caring and idealistic.
  • Darker and Edgier: Said he plans to play a more manipulative and cutthroat game this time. Ultimately it doesn't work out.
  • Dramatic Irony: Just as he is saying how good it feels to finally be in the majority on his tribe and to actually know what's going on, he get's blindsided.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, he is the most idealistic (The Optimist).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Of the Cagayan returnees, he is the most idealistic. Unfortunately, he's the pre-merge Butt-Monkey of the season (Melancholic).
  • Jaw Drop: Did this at Vytas and Peih-Gee's eliminations.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: To his greatest frustration. He feels like nobody goes to him to tell him what the plan is - which ended up in Savage and Tasha's favor when Tasha calls out Varner which makes Woo start to mistrust him. This also causes him to lose his only ally. Even when he finally starts to feel like he is in the loop on the third iteration of Ta Keo he's not and ends up being blindsided.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Going from the runner-up of his first season to a pre-merge boot here.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest players ever. Maybe too nice. However, he has stated in his pre-show campaign that he wants to attempt more cutthroat gameplay. Though he ends up largely playing similarly to how he did the first time around, latching on to more dominant players and showing absolute loyalty to that person (last season was Tony, this time it's Savage and to a lesser shown extent Tasha). In the end, Woo just isn't cut out for Survivor, because he's just too damn nice.
  • Oh, Crap!: His face at the end of Episode 3, when Peih-Gee is voted out and Abi singles him out as being the only other person who voted against her. Unless Varner, Savage and Tasha decide to keep him over Abi if they lose next time, he realizes he's now in the minority and in serious trouble.
    • He does this again on Episode 6 as he realizes that half the tribe deviated from Savage's plan - and voted him out.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Yung.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: As of Episode 4, Abi-Maria is becoming his. Due to having written her name down trice prior she is very open about how she doesn't trust him.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Shirin begs for her life, Woo scoffs at her and says he wouldn't keep her around much longer than Spencer, who he ended up voting for. He justifies this, however: He says that Shirin and Spencer hadn't even bothered to talk to him all week until they were in trouble.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He was the Runner-Up of his original season, here he is gone pre-merge.
  • Surfer Dude: Woo acts and talks like this.

     Terry Deitz - Panamanote  
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The former fighter pilot who ended up in the minority alliance in Panama, Terry won 5 consecutive immunity challenges with the super idol in his pocket. However, he came up short, failing to win the final immunity challenge and was voted out in 3rd place. Now Terry returns for a second chance at the million dollars.

Terry started on the Ta Keo tribe. After the first vote, he was able to sway Abi over to the old school alliance. Unfortunately, he didn't last very long, as he was pulled from the game due to his son being in the hospital.


  • Ace Pilot: Formerly a pilot for the US Navy.
  • Bad Samaritan: He goes to comfort Abi-Maria as she is crying on the beach, at first as a emotional gesture, but it soon becomes apparent to him how he can manipulate Abi into joining his side in her moment of weakness.
  • Cool Old Guy: Terry is the oldest castaway of the season and manages to gain the respect of a few of his younger tribe mates (Spencer and Abi-Maria specifically).
  • Diabolus ex Machina: He's pulled out of the game due to a family emergency regarding his son, who needed a heart transplant. Luckily it all worked out and his son is now fine.
  • Good Parents: Willing to leave his second chance at a million dollars to be with his ill son, who needed a heart transplant.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Since he's Still Got It as a physical competitor, only god knows if he could have repeated his impressive streak had he not been forced to leave and had made the merge.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Vytas in Episode 1, then he forms one with Abi-Maria in Episode 2.
  • Last-Name Basis: Probst refers him by his last Name.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Unfortunately, it was Subverted for him in the worst way possible.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Is removed from the game to be with his ill son.
  • Odd Name Out: The only returning former final jury members whose name doesn't start with the letter "K".
  • Older and Wiser: Understands the importance of social game this time around.
  • One Degree of Separation: He will compete with Vytas, the older brother of his Panama rival Aras.
  • Papa Wolf: He came on this game to win a million dollars, willing to cut anyone's throat for it - but the minute he hears his son is in the hospital in serious condition, he rushes home with little regard for the game.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He is the final jury member in his original season, though his case is more of a sad example of Non-Gameplay Elimination.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In terms of his social play, he seems to be much more aware that making strong bonds with people is what he needs to do to win the game. He seems to actually be putting this into practice by forming a bond with a disgruntled Abi-Maria after her fight with Peih-Gee.

     Monica Padilla - Samoa 
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Originally from Samoa, Monica was pushed to the background like most of the Galu tribe in favor of Russell Hantz. However, before her elimination in 7th, Monica made her mark by calling out Russell Hantz on his gameplay, telling him he wouldn't win. Now Monica is back for a second chance at the million dollars.

Monica started on the Bayon tribe, where she was left Out of Focus for the most part. In Episode 5, after her tribe lost the immunity challenge, the rest of her alliance wanted to target Kelly Wiglesworth. However, Monica wanted to oust Spencer and form an all girls alliance. Kimmi, seeing her as duplicitous, ratted her out to the rest of her alliance, and she was blindsided that night.


  • A Death in the Limelight: Monica received majority of her screen time this season in her boot episode.
  • History Repeats: She once again finds herself in a violet-colored tribe. For added bonus, one of her tribemates is the daughter of one of her previous ones.
  • Idiot Ball: Yes, Monica. Tell someone faithful to the tribe alliance that you want to form an all-girl alliance with other tribe girls. I'm sure your remaining male teammates will take that well.
  • The Load: Monica still struggled in challenges this time around.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Going from 8th place in her first season to 16th.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she received her first vote at Tribal Council, then another, and then the last one which sent her home.
  • One Degree of Separation: She will compete with Ciera, the daughter of her former Galu tribemate Laura Morett.
  • Out of Focus: Again, Monica doesn't have any significant airtime.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The very first Bayon boot and the only one-pre-merge.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Was this to Kimmi, though not to the extent of Abi and Peih-Gee/Woo.
  • Straw Feminist: She certainly comes off this way, wanting to forgo the alliance she had with Bayon to form an all-girl alliance. This is what caused her downfall, as Kimmi relayed Monica's plans to the other remaining Bayon members - who were male.
  • Smug Snake: Not as bad as usual examples, but Episode 5 contained many scenes of her seeming overconfident in her alliance and that one of the old Ta Keo member's would be leaving.

     Jeff Varner - The Australian Outback 
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Finishing 10th from The Australian Outback, Jeff returns to redeem himself after getting voted out following him stepping down from the immunity challenge in exchange for peanut butter and eliminated do to the past votes tiebreaker.

Jeff Varner started on the Ta Keo tribe, and was the leader of the old school alliance. In the first vote, he flipped on the old school alliance and ousted Vytas, and during the second tribal council he ousted Shirin. After the third immunity challenge he tried to communicate with Wiglesworth on the other tribe and was caught by Tasha, but the conflict with Abi and Peih-Gee boiled over and he managed to survive the vote. In the next episode he was sent packing.


  • Affably Evil: While he's extremely cunning and dangerous in the game, he's a very friendly and likable guy in real life.
  • Anti-Hero: While he's definitely not above using lies and deceit to further himself, Jeff ultimately has a good heart.
  • Call-Back: In his Introductory Video, Jeff refers to starting Alicia's & Kimmi chicken fight and jumping off of the Pole for Peanut Butter.
  • The Charmer: One of Jeff's biggest assets is that he is very likable and charming.
  • The Chessmaster: On the original Ta Keo he played basically everyone and after the second episode he had gained full control of the tribe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Jeff isn't hamming it up, he's usually snarking at the people and situations around him.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Jeff was presented as a strong strategic player and a majority of the story was told from his perspective for the first few episodes of the season. He seemed to be set up to go quite far only to get voted out soon after the tribe switch.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Jeff claimed to stop eating peanut butter after it cost him the game.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Jeff hurt his leg during the blindfolded challenge and had to bring an cane to help him walk.
  • Graceful Loser: Jeff said he was thankful for getting a second chance.
  • Full-Name Basis: Jeff is often accosted by his full name, likely to help differentiate him from Jeff Probst.
  • History Repeats: Like Kelly, Jeff's tribe lost the first challenge of the season, which was an variation of Quest for Fire.
  • Idiot Ball: Picked it up in Episode 3 when, after losing the immunity challenge, he tried to communicate something to Kelly Wiglesworth but was caught by Tasha and called out for it in front of not only his tribe, but the other two tribes as well. While this could have very easily caused him to be voted out, he was ultimately saved due to the conflict between Abi-Maria and Peih-Gee boiling over, causing the two of them to target each other.
  • Large Ham: Jeff is very theatrical and over the top.
  • Lazy Bum: Invoked and Lampshaded. Several scenes showed him relaxing in the shelter with people (say Andrew) commenting on how he is slacking around camp.
  • The Load: Challenges were a weakness for him which was partly responsible for him getting voted out instead of Woo, as the tribe simply cannot afford to lose challenges.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Between his recruitment of Abi into his alliance after Terry befriended her, to his attempts to communicate with Wiglesworth after the Episode 3 immunity challenge, Jeff was always trying to play some angle to control the outcome of the game.
  • My Greatest Failure: It's pretty clear that Jeff is still pretty hard on himself for giving up Immunity for Peanut Butter.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Zig-Zagged. In terms of placement, his rank fell seven place lower. In terms of gameplay however, many feel that he managed to improve significantly despite ultimately being voted off.
  • Non-Action Guy: Jeff isn't particularly strong in challenges, so he largely relies on his intellect to further himself in the game.
  • Older and Wiser: He definitely learned a lot from his initial season and understands how the game has changed since then.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Jeff Probst himself.
  • Only Friend: To Abi-Maria. He's shown to be the only person who actually enjoys having her around.
  • Playing Both Sides: In the first episode he ends up being stuck in the middle of the old-school alliance and the new-school alliance on Ta Keo. While he ends up voting with the new-school side against Vytas, he only does so in order to get Wiglesworth and Terry to start playing the game seriously. When the opportunity then presented itself to make a big power play he does so and takes out Shirin and firmly places Spencer on the bottom of the tribe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Australian-Outback returnees, he's the one who plays the game more seriously (Blue Oni).
  • So Last Season: Varner stated that you have to play the game hard and that is not 2001 anymore.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For the first four episodes he is the most focused on player in the game next to Abi-Maria. Though this is somewhat justified as he went to Tribal Council in each episode he was in and as such, was a major part either directly or indirectly in a lot of the decisions being made.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted. See Idiot Ball Above.
  • True Companions: Seemed to have formed this relationship with Abi-Maria. They became close allies on Ta Keo and even when Abi votes Varner out in Episode 4 she makes it clear that she still adores him. He even playfully calls her a "little bitch" when she votes him out, in spite of not having any hard feelings towards her. Jeff even kissed her. Aww...
  • Unexpected Character: Like Kimmi, Jeff Being considered to be on the ballot is somewhat surprising to see as he was a pre-jury boot without any memorable moments from a season that aired from about an decade and an half ago.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: According to Peih-Gee's post game interview, Tasha told him that it should have been him who's packing instead of her (Peih-Gee).

     Peih-Gee Law - China 
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First competing in China, Peih-Gee ended up on the weaker tribe, forcing the resilient woman to fight until the bitter end, but was voted out in 5th Place. Now she returns after her long awaited second chance.

Peih-Gee started on the Ta Keo tribe, but in the third episode was swapped to the new Angkor tribe. She had a conflict with Abi-Maria after she accused her of stealing her bracelet. This carried over to the new tribe, where Abi turned on her. She was voted off third.


  • Diabolus ex Machina: The Tribe Switch. By the luck of the draw, Peih-Gee was trapped with her Arch-Enemy on an tribe who had to start with nothing to it's name.
  • Fanservice Pack: Wears a much more revealing clothing than in China.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Since her name is basically pronounced as a compound of letters "P" and "G", her tribemates spelled her name as such when they voted for her.
  • Graceful Loser: Peih-Gee accepted her elimination well and even wished Woo luck after she was voted out. She was still shocked.
  • Misblamed: By Abi-Maria when she found her Bracelet in Peih-Gee's bag.
  • History Repeats: Once again, Peih-Gee's starting tribe ended up losing the first two Immunity Challenges of the seasons.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Next to Vytas she did the worst in terms of placement. going from 5th in her first season to 18th here (a whole 13 places lower).
  • Oh, Crap!: Peih-Gee admitted in pre-season interviews that she had this reaction at the Worlds Apart Reunion and live reveal of the Cambodia cast when Jeff said only one of the three of them, Stephanie Valencia, and T-Bird) would compete on Cambodia. Peih-Gee assumed that T-Bird would be the one who made the cast based off of Online Campaigns and was shocked when Jeff Said that Teresa wasn't getting an second chance.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Abi didn't hit it off really well when she accused her of stealing her bracelet. Their conflict ultimately comes to a head in Episode 3 when they decide that enough is enough and that the other has to go. Ultimately Abi wins out and Peih-Gee is sent packing.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her fight with Abi-Maria caused the chain of events that took Shirin and Spencer from being in a position of power on Ta Keo, to being on the bottom of the tribe with everyone against them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Comes with the aforementioned Fun with Acronyms.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears her socks in Grade C.

     Shirin Oskooi - Worlds Apart 
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The loony superfan with the Dark and Troubled Past returns after finishing 8th in Worlds Apart.

Shirin started on the Ta Keo tribe. After pulling off an elimination of Vytas, she soon found herself in the minority with Spencer after Terry managed to pull over a disgruntled Abi over to his side after she was making fun of her. Spencer and Shirin casted votes for each other, with Shirin leaving second.


  • Death by Irony: Shirin was eliminated after failing to stand up for someone.
  • A Death in the Limelight: She was mostly Out of Focus during the season premiere.
  • Genki Girl: Just like last season.
  • Graceful Loser: Shirin admitted in her final words that she was eliminated because of her actions.
  • Motor Mouth: During her conversation with Spencer and Jeff Varner in Episode 1, she is talking a mile a minute about who is with who and who should be targeted. Varner even comments how she's going way to fast for him to keep up.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted, as her game ended up going in a very similar direction as it did the first time, only here her tribe lost more challenges and she was eliminated even earlier.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Worlds Apart returnees, she's the one who plays the game in a more outgoing way (Red Oni).
  • Shoot the Dog: Considers voting off for Spencer as this.
  • Wall of Blather: Shirin has a problem knowing when to stop talking.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jeff Varner saw Shirin as this and for that reason when he ended up in a power position in Episode 2, she was one of his primary targets (the other being her number one ally Spencer).

     Vytas Baskauskas - Blood vs. Water 
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Originating from Blood vs Water, Vytas had the makings of a threat (strategic, sociable, and good in challenges). However, he ended up in the minority at the merge and was eliminated in 10th. Now he's back for a second chance at the million dollars.

Vytas started out on the Ta Keo tribe. However, He ended being targeted by Shirin because of his reputation as a strategist. Vytas didn't help his situation with his transparent attempts at influencing the women. Because of Ta Keo ending up going to Tribal Council Immediately after losing the first challenge, Vytas ended up being the first boot of the season in an 6-4 vote.


  • Casanova Wannabe: He came off as this to his female tribemates. They all called him out for trying to invoke his Mr. Fanservice status a little too much in their confessionals, and they all pretty much said that they were Not Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a heroin addict. Though unlike in Blood vs. Water this isn't mentioned very much, if at all by anyone.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: He was being perceived as being overly flirtatious with the girls (specifically by Shirin, Kelley and Abi), which while it's not the primary reason for his boot, it definitely didn't help him.
  • Dramatic Irony: His brother is a previous winner, whereas he is a first boot. For added bonus, Terry Deitz is present in both of those seasons.
  • Fan Disservice: Vytas' crude poses in his form fitting underwear was emphasized.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Mentions in his Elimination Statement that he has no hard feelings for being voted off.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His attempts to seemingly manipulate the women through charm and flirtation, which previously worked in Blood vs. Water when he was placed on a tribe with all women. Here however it just ended up making people uncomfortable and put a bigger target on his back.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Terry.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Just like the first time he played, Vytas is one very good looking man.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. He managed to at least make the merge his first time around and had a relatively impressive performance. Here he's the first person voted out.
  • One Degree of Separation: He will compete with Terry, The Rival of his brother Aras in Panama.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of the two Blood vs. Water returnees, he's the one who plays the game more socially open (Red Oni).
  • Sacrificial Lion: Invoked by Jeff Varner, saying that he voted with the "New School" alliance to take him out in order for them to finally start playing the game.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky


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