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The Tribes

    Fei Long 

    Zhan Hu 

The Sole Survivor

    Todd Herzog



    Courtney Yates

Courtney was selected to compete on Heroes vs. Villains

  • Badass Adorable: Somehow managed to become a finalist despite her tiny frame working against her. She even managed to win an immunity!
    Courtney (to Jean-Robert): I won an immunity, did you win an immunity.
  • Call-Back: References Jonny Fairplay's Dead Grandma Lie when Todd said her sister's
  • Child Hater: Admitted to being one at the Reunion.
  • The Cutie
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the show's best example's.
  • Defeat by Modesty: At one challenge.
  • Fag Hag: To Todd.
  • Genki Girl
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Leslie.
  • Kawaiiko
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Despite hating children, it makes sense. She's very small and plucky.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Also wears red clothes and she also originally belongs to the red tribe Fei-Long.
  • Lean and Mean: She's quite skinny.
  • The Load: The one who sits out of the most challenges on account of her lack of physical prowess. This has not prevented her from reaching the Final Three.
  • No-Damage Run: Despite being an incredible challenge liability and having her name tossed about many times, whilst other people are questioning her loyalty and strategic acumen, she doesn't ever get a vote cast against her.
  • Out Numbered Sibling: As revealed in her biography, Courtney is the only girl out of her four siblings.
  • Ship Tease: With Frosti.
  • The Snark Knight: One of the most sarcastic, acerbic players in Survivor history. Outright says she hates everyone in the game at one point.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Invoked by Amanda for why Courtney didn't deserve to win.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: How she won her only individual immunity. The challenge was to sit on a seat that slowly becomes less stable, which is also the only challenge where her petite frame is an asset. While everyone struggles and shakes, she's as solid as a Buddhist statue.
    I'm lazy!
    • In general, she did pretty much zero strategizing all throughout the season, was an active liability in challenges and threatened to blow up plans because she disliked certain people. She expected to be booted pre-jury but somehow made it to the finals.

    Amanda Kimmel

Amanda was chosen to compete on Fans vs. Favorites and later, Heroes vs. Villains.


Jury Members

    Denise Martin

  • Fish out of Water: A big theme of her story was her experiences on reward trips where she was completely amazed and humbled by the culture she'd never experienced.
  • Hidden Depths: Would you believe she's a black belt in Kenpo?
  • Out of Focus: Early in the season entire episodes would go by without her having a single confessional. It's only after James and Aaron are sent to Zhan Hu that she starts getting attention.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Denise discusses how that while Todd will have his flight attendant job, Courtney will have her waitressing job and Amanda will have her modelling career after the show, this trope is all Denise has to go back to after the show is over.
    • It was since revealed that she had lied about this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Amanda and Todd and Final Tribal.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She was at the bottom of Todd's four-segment totem pole. She could have flipped over to Peih-Gee and Eric to at least make it to the final three. This alone isn't the trope because they might have had to draw rocks and be unlucky. However, she had a second opportunity to flip to Peih-Gee and Amanda's side and be a guaranteed third. She stayed loyal to Todd and pretty much signed her elimination warrant.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Peih-Gee certainly thinks so.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Duped and dumped at the Final Four.

    Peih-Gee Law

Peih-Gee was chosen via Public vote to return for The second Chance season.

  • Action Girl
  • Born Unlucky: Peih-Gee was on the losing tribe pre-merge, in the minority post merge and was ostracized for threat status.
  • Butt-Monkey: Read born unlucky.
  • Determinator: She did everything she could to make sure she wouldn't go home, including winning two clutch immunities. She ended up in the final five, but not for a lack of trying.
  • Facial Markings: In Food eating challenge.
  • Foreshadowing: Peih-Gee's confessional about feeling like she was on an losing tribe.
  • For Want of a Nail: They jury unanimously agrees that they would have voted for her if she, Denise and Erik were in the final three.
  • Graceful Loser
  • Last of Her Kind: She was the last Zhan Hu left.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Peih-Gee was the only China player to return but play not play on Heroes vs Villains.
  • Plucky Girl: If any one word could adequately describe her in this season, it would be "scrappy" (and not the TV Tropes definition.)
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Treats Denise as this because after giving her inviting her to the Shaolin temple, Denise doesn't return the favor in any way. It was a completely strategic move on Denise's part, but Peih-Gee grew to hate her even outside the game.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is typically spelled "Peggy" or "PG" for convenience.
  • The Strategist: When trying to find ways to vote off Todd. She notes in her AMA that it's strange nobody else tried voting him off, considering the amount of power he had. She and Jaime also came up with the idea to exploit the swap by voting off Aaron.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Started as Alpha Bitch of Zhan Hu, but after merge, she mellowed.

    Erik Huffman

  • The Generic Guy: Doesn't get a lot of character focus, compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Megane
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nature Abhors a Virgin: He tells only one person that he's a virgin. She ends up being his future wife.
  • Nice Guy: Voted nicest guy on the face of the Earth by the final 5. He even voted for Amanda because he felt bad that no one else would vote for her.
  • Pretty Boy: Probably the most handsome member of the cast. This is not lost on Amanda, who calls him adorable and cites this as a reason to keep him around, and James calls him beautiful.
  • Out of Focus: Until the Zhan Hu's are reduced to him and Peih-Gee, which is to say, one episode.
  • Ship Tease: With Jaime. They got married and had a son post show.

    James Clement

James was selected to return to for The first Fans Vs. Favorites and Heroes Vs. Villains

  • Angry Black Man: Post-swap, he gets very lippy, especially towards Jaime and Peih-gee.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Big Guy: Fei-Long's greatest physical asset, dominating physical competitions.
  • Big Eater: Jean-Robert got on James for eating extra rice and On the Day 27 immunity challenge, James opted to eat burgers instead. At tribal council, James claimed he at 7 burgers.
  • Breakout Character: Won the fan favorite this time and in Micronesia.
  • The Dreaded: Zhan Hu's men hate going up against him because there is pretty much zero chance he'd lose a physical competition.
  • Epic Fail: Going home with an idol in your pocket is considered as such. Going home with two often puts him on lists of dumbest Survivor players.
  • Gentle Giant
  • Heroic Build: His most dominant characteristic is his sheer size, becoming a large contribution to his team's challenges.
  • Ineffectual Loner: James admitted he like being a Gravedigger because he like being by himself.
  • The Juggernaut: Completely unbeatable in any contact challenge. He could pretty much solo the entire male Zhan Hu tribe.
  • Mr. Fanservice: One of the most impressive physical specimens ever invited on the show.
  • Oh, the Humanity!: Said this when the very real prospect of being transferred to Zhan Hu.
  • Pixellation: James had his butt blurred while Showering at the Chinese bathhouse.
  • Scary Black Man: He's very imposing. Nice Guy, though.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Too Dumb to Live: You will get stuck with this stigma if you don't play one of your two idols.
  • The Unintelligible: Sometimes, his Louisiana accent gets so thick that you won't understand a single word he's saying.

    Michael "Frosti" Zernow

  • But Not Too Foreign: Stated in his Profile that he is half-Russian and Half-Japanese.
  • Informed Flaw: Frosti states he sucks with Memory challenges. However he won the first immunity challenge and nearly won immunity in his last episode, both involved memory.
  • Kid Hero: He was the youngest contestant of the season and was at the time, the youngest survivor ever.
  • Le Parkour: An honest-to-goodness practitioner of it, but his skills aren't put on display for the challenges veryt often.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Frosti.
  • Spanner in the Works: He becomes an issue when he catches Todd and Amanda prying off the Hidden Immunity Idol, so the two are forced to include him in the alliance. Not that it becomes that big an issue, since he's voted out rather easily.
  • Pint-Size Powerhouse: Frosti stated he was the smallest on Zhan Hu. He was also the most athletic of his tribe and performed well in all of the individual immunity challenge.
  • The Quisling
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Defects to Fei Long believing that he's become a fully integrated member, only to be unanimously voted out by both by Fei Long and Zhan Hu alike.
  • Ship Tease: With Courtney.
  • Tagalong Kid: At first to Zhan Hu, then to Todd's alliance

    Jean-Robert Bellande

  • Appeal to Flattery: He voted for Todd to win because Todd complimented him so hard that he was actually stunned.
  • Character Development: Invoked - his plan was to be lazy and uncooperative at the start of the game, so when he did start to become helpful around camp, his tribemates would mistake that for the aforementioned trope.
  • French Jerk
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Liked by basically nobody else on his tribe.
  • Hidden Depths: Shocks everyone when it turns out he speaks semi-fluent Mandarin, which comes in handy when a Chinese fisherman and his family visit Fei Long as a Reward Challenge prize.
  • Jerkass
  • Informed Ability: His poker skills and his ability to read people, considering everyone on his tribe thinks he's a sleazy scumbag. He was able to make one right call: that Todd was a wily schemer.
  • Lazy Bum: Deliberately invoked this trope in order to lower the tribe's expectations of him and then pleasantly surprise them when he did start working hard. It only worked partially.
  • Pixellation: During the Episode 2 reward challenge.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: One of the many reasons Courtney dislikes him is because he has chauvinistic tendencies (e.g. calling her a piece of ass, comments about bathing with her, refusing to sleep without being next to her.) He makes a racist joke at the merge, but his working relationship with James is such that he doesn't find it offensive.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Courtney.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Genuinely believed himself to be the best player in the game. The actual sequence of events that leads to his being voted out proves otherwise, and he actually refuses to admit he made mistakes as a player at the reunion in spite of it.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Strategist: Attempted to be this, but it never really panned out.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Todd this when all is said and done.

    Jaime Dugan

  • The Cutie: The reason why Fei Long decided to kidnap her. They believed that taking her would bring down the group's morale.
  • Disc-One Final Boss
  • Dumb Blonde / Obfuscating Stupidity: Played With. Jaime wanted to give the impression she was dumb while she operated in the shadows. While some of the cast believed it, people like James, Jean-Robert and Todd saw through the ruse and marked her as the biggest threat. Her last episode has her playing a wooden plank that wasn't the immunity idol, making her look dumb. Despite being a fairly competent leader, this is how the other tribe and most of the cast saw her.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Mistaking a plank of wood for the hidden immunity idol.
  • Giggling Villain / Smug Snake: Her three episode arc cementing her as Zhan Hu's strategist involves her and Peih-Gee throwing a challenge to get the ever-heroic James or Aaron out. Throughout the challenge, back at camp, and tribal council, she could not stop laughing.
  • Humiliation Conga: Her last episode is an endless parade of mockery.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Courtney describes her as a blow up doll, so it's not unnoticed.
  • Nice Girl
  • Ship Tease: With Erik. They got married post show and had a son.
  • Southern Belle
  • Smug Snake: Especially when throwing the challenge to get rid of one of Zhan Hu's new tribemates.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Her rationale for believing the piece of wood was the idol was she thought the Chinese symbol on front might've stood for "Immunity Idol"

Voted Out

    Sherea Lloyd

    Aaron Reisberger

  • The Ace / Jack-of-All-Stats: While largely overshadowed by James' massiveness and Todd's deviousness, he's considered one of the tribe's strongest members and enough of a strategic threat for Zhan Hu to vote him out first.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Had it not been for the tribal shuffle, there was little doubt that he could make the jury. Instead, the shuffle put him on a tribe with people that don't want any part of him, so they throw a challenge and vote him out.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: It initially appeared that James would be the one to go because of his obvious athleticism being a great asset during the merge and his confrontational demeanor after the challenge. Aaron pointed out the former and stayed quiet during the latter. This made it obvious that he was actually a good strategist and an obvious threat.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Peih-Gee lists his attractiveness as one of the reasons he's great at the game and needs to go.
  • Puppet King: While it appeared that he was in charge of Fei Long, Todd was actually calling all the shots. It's subverted when you realize that Aaron gotten his way at Fei Long's tribal Council when Leslie was voted out over Jean-Robert.
  • Standardized Leader: To Fei Long.

    Dave Cruser

    Leslie Nease

     Ashley Massaro

Ashley has a Wrestling/ page for her portrayal in other media.

  • Faux Action Girl: Was hyped up to be one of the more physical competitors on the show, being a wrestler and all, but her illness made it difficult for her to work.
  • Ill Girl: Was sick the entire time she was there.

    Steve "Chicken" Morris


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