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    Puka Puka 





  • Born Unlucky: A lot of twists seemed set to ensure that the original tribe members wouldn't become the winners, vis a vis the mutiny and the bottle twist.
  • Five-Man Band
  • The Rival: To Aitutaki.
  • Team Spirit: While they were still Pagonged, the team was nonetheless united.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The last remaining Raros are debating their next move and Penner tells them that Yul has the idol. They absolutely refuse to believe him despite zero evidence showing otherwise. Thus, Penner switches back.


The Sole Survivor

    Yul Kwon

Tribe: Puka Puka —> Aitutaki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutonga
Age: 31
From: San Mateo, California
Occupation: Management Consultant

  • The Ace
  • Asian and Nerdy
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Chekhov's Gun: The hidden immunity idol he found early in the game became his key to victory.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Cool Big Bro: To Becky.
  • Cutting the Knot: One challenge involved aligning a boat to a target so that they could aim a cannonball at a platform device. Yul discovered they didn't need to aim anymore because he could see the platform through the cannonball launcher. This discovery blew the Raros out of the water.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Both by leading the Aitu Four to a complete rout of the Raro tribe which was twice their size after Candice and Jonathan defected, and by beating one of the most physically dominant players in Survivor history in Ozzy at Final Jury.
  • Genius Bruiser / Jack-of-All-Stats: While his claim to fame is his leadership and strategic mindset, he is no slouch in the physical department either as both he and Ozzy did the heavy lifting during the team challenges.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Build: Ozzy may have been a the straight up warrior, but Yul still helped him out.
  • Invincible Hero: His extremely powerful immunity idol helped him achieve this. Immunity idols in later seasons would be played before the votes were read.
  • The Leader: Was the de facto leader of Puka-puka before becoming the leader of Aitu.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • Nerds Are Sexy: Ask Parvati and People's Magazine and they'll tell you.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Noticeable when he, Ozzy, and Parvati go on a reward trip, Parvati's flirting doesn't work on him.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: While not as extreme as other examples of the trope, his style of speaking is notably more "intellectual" than any one else.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He'd even sometimes wear them during swimming challenges.
  • Sole Survivor
  • The Stoic
  • The Strategist
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Worthy Opponent: Everybody seemed to consider him this. Ozzy said that, during the finale, he and Yul deserved to be the only two finalists.


    Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth

Tribe: Aitutaki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutonga
Age: 24
From: Venice, California
Occupation: Waiter

  • Afro Asskicker: Ozzy only lost two challenges overall.
  • The Big Guy: Subverted; he was definitely this for the Aitu Four, but he's not actually physically big in the slightest.
  • Breakout Character: Ozzy became the winner of the Fan Favorite award and was back for The First Fans vs Favorites.
  • Determinator: He really did fight to make sure the Aitu 4 went into the merge intact.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Ozzy probably would have won the game if there had been a Final Two instead of the first ever Final Three.
  • Graceful Loser: Fully accepted that Yul earned his win.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: The most physical of the contestants on the entire season, yet lost to the strategist of the team.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Despite the jury acknowledging him as a Worthy Opponent, the main reason he lost is due to being this.
  • Last of His Kind: Ozzy was the only Latino and original Aitutaki member for the majority of the game as the rest were voted out early.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ozzy.
  • Parental Abandonment: At the final tribal council he says his father had never been there for him, though he points out the person he considers his real father during the reunion show.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: one of the shortest and slimmest male competitors, however it didn't stop him from having far and away the best physical game in the season.
  • The Quiet One: Especially when you compare it to his later showings when he was in the majority alliance, Ozzy was pretty much a loner this season and was seriously in danger of being voted out if not for the mutiny.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Has appeared in three more seasons since while also winning the fan favorite award.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Yul's alliance. Initially after joining Aitutaki he had been leading an opposing faction, which was being picked off by the majority alliance, but after Jonathan and Candice switched tribes, he became integrated into Yul's group.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome

    Rebekah "Becky" Lee

Tribe: Puka Puka —> Aitutaki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutonga
Age: 28
From: Washington, DC
Occupation: Attorney

  • The Confidant: For Yul. He was the only person he told about the idol, up until the merge where he told the remaining Aitu for about it.
  • The Heart
  • The Ingenue: Becky was likely cast to fulfil the role of the Survivor Ingénue archetype (for which Colleen Haskell is the prototype). In the Survivor: Cook Islands - TV Guide Preview show, Becky said, "I'm 28. I don't look 28. I have a baby face, so they see someone who doesn't look very judgmental." Yul also saw Becky as his "little sister".
  • The Lancer: To Yul. She was with him every step of the way, to the point where he even considered selling out Sundra for her.
  • No Respect Guy: Aside from being in the first tribal council with three people, she has the distinction of being the first finalist to receive zero votes. Even Ozzy mentioned he had some disdain for her.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Even without the Epic Fail tie-braking challenge, the fact that she's with the season's resident Guile (Yul) and Action (Ozzy) heroes in the final three pretty much screwed her chances of winning.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Jeff had to check in to see if she and Yul were an item during the reunion show.
  • True Companions: With Yul. Though the Aitu 4 are incredibly tight and impenetrable, Yul's relationship with Becky was special and he was completely willing to throw Sundra under the bus for her.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Again, in-universe. While she was more or less an equal partner in Yul's strategizing, the other players didn't really see any of that; as a result, the jury basically accused her of riding Yul's coattails.
  • Worthy Opponent


Jury Members

    Sundra Oakley

Tribe: Manhiki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutaki —> Aitutonga
Age: 31
From: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Actress

  • The Chick.
  • Epic Fail: Not only fails to make fire with flint and steel, she almost runs out of flint. Then when they switch to matches, she still can't start a fire... and runs out of matches too. As a result, she loses the tie-breaking challenge and is eliminated from the game.
  • Graceful Loser: She was just glad that her three favorite people reached the end.
  • Nice Girl
  • Plucky Girl
  • Team Mom

    Adam Gentry

Tribe: Rarotonga —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga —> Aitutonga
Age: 27
From: San Diego, California
Occupation: Copier Sales Executive

  • The Big Guy
  • Chekhov's Gun: Made a last-minute deal with Yul that if the Aitu 4 voted Jonathan out before him or Parvati, Yul would get Adam's jury vote. Yul agreed and voted Jonathan out, and true to his word, Adam voted for Yul to win.
  • Graceful Loser: Surprisingly considering how much of a Jerkass he's shown to be throughout the game. After he was voted out, he congratulated the Aitu Four in his Last Words.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk Jock
  • Kick the Dog: Was very mean to Cristina preceding her elimination. He's also a huge jerk towards Penner.
  • The Last Dance: Subverted. He tried to convince Ozzy, Becky and Sundra to vote for Yul and force him to use the idol, making him vulnerable at the next tribal council. However, since the Aitu Four are True Companions, nobody listened to him and he was voted out unanimously.
  • Last of His Kind: The last member of Raro.
  • Ship Tease: With Candice.
  • Smug Snake

    Parvati Shallow

Tribe: Rarotonga —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga —> Aitutonga
Age: 23
From: West Hollywood, California
Occupation: Boxer

  • Action Girl: Despite having never won anything (on account of Ozzy's existence), the group notes she's particularly good in endurance competitions...
  • The Charmer:... and that she'd have reasonably more luck than Adam trying to sway the other members of the group. This is why she had to go.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's listed as a boxer in real life.
  • Femme Fatale: The reason Yul decided to keep Adam over her was because she was blatantly hitting on Ozzy during their reward, which meant that she might be much brighter than one would otherwise assume.
  • I Lied: Told Yul that if they kept her, she'd vote for him at the end. She then votes for Ozzy.
  • Incompatible Orientation: She loved the idea of all the hot guys joining her tribe. Unfortunately for her, half of them were gay.
  • The Lancer: To Adam.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: If Aitu weren't able to mount their epic comeback, Parvati was most likely the one to win
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Plucky Girl: The very next person to go with only her an Adam left. Not that it stops her from trying.
  • Ship Tease: with Nate. With Adam as well, on occasion.
  • The Tease: She let the audience know that she was excited to flirt with all the hot guys on her tribe.
  • The Vamp: Had no problem with using her looks to gain an advantage in the game.

    Jonathan Penner

Tribe: Rarotonga —> Aitutaki —> Rarotonga —> Aitutonga
Age: 44
From: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Writer

  • Anti-Villain: He has betrayed pretty much everyone he has played with, but he's given a sympathetic and understandable reason why he would do so.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His reasoning for joining up with Aitu was because the younger players were arrogant and disrespectful. This was also the reason he voted for Yul over Ozzy. That, and because Yul brought his hat back.
  • Breakout Character: Jonathan's wit made him popular and was brought back for Micronesia as a result.
  • Cassandra Truth: Warns the remaining Raros that Yul has the idol, but all of them ignore him.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It got to the point where by the time he was eliminated there wasn't a single player left in the game who he hadn't betrayed.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the most iconic snarkers in the history of Survivor.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After switching tribes, he promptly found that he wasn't actually that liked or wanted on his new one, but the Raro alliance kept him around because he was a good provider of food and they felt that he'd already burned his bridge with the Aitu Four so he had nowhere to go. Instead, post-merge he flipped back to the Aitu Four and helped to further sink Raro's chances of winning.
  • Elimination Statement: "And I'd like my hat back at some point."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Became a scapegoat on the merged tribe due to his history of flipping and his tribemates claiming not to like his personality, to the point that multiple people expressed happiness when he was on Exile Island because they could hang out as a tribe without him there.
  • Grumpy Old Man: After Mutinying to Raro, Jonathan became annoyed that he was the only person working around camp.
  • Happily Married: As seen in the loved one visit.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The primary reason the Aitu 4 was whittled down in the first place, and flipped on the Raros, causing their downfall. He's probably the only cast member to have betrayed everyone he's played with, earning him the ire of his castmates. However, his back was against the wall in both situations and he had no choice but to do the things that he did, and the audience is fully aware that he would never get any votes.
  • Large Ham
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Invoked when the Hiki tribe sends him to Exile Island for accidentally stealing the Puka tribe's chicken because "Karma's a bizzle".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall
  • Medium Awareness: Though everyone knows they're on a show by virtue of the genre, Penner is the first person to acknowledge Jeff as an irritating narrator.
  • Nice Hat: His trilby that he ends up wearing every season thereafter, and is an important factor in Yul getting his vote.
  • The Quisling: To everyone!
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Jeff himself, starting a beautiful trend for all of his seasons.
  • Team Dad: Irritably describes himself as this to the Raro tribe.
  • Turn Coat

    Candice Woodcock

Tribe: Rarotonga —> Aitutaki —> Rarotonga —> Aitutonga
Age: 23
From: Washington, DC
Occupation: Pre-Med Student

  • Action Girl: The second to the last person during the first immunity challenge, she even shows off for a bit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Became this when she Mutinied to Raro and was Exiled repeatedly.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Her very first was abandoning Aitu for her island boyfriend. This would foreshadow Heroes vs Villains, where she would end up betraying them as well.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Is repeatedly sent to exile for having betrayed the Aitu, before being the second merge vote
  • Hospital Hottie: She's an attractive medical student.
  • Humiliation Conga: Guess who gets sent to Exile Island nearly every time the Aitu Four can determine it after she turns on the tribe? Most notably for this trope, the time that Becky won the right to banish her to Exile Island in an auction challenge and to add insult to injury, got to take all her money for said challenge too. Ouch. Worse, to totally demolish her morale in finding the hidden immunity idol, Yul reveals that he has it and even shows it to everyone. Poor girl as this broke her spirit and into tears.
  • Hypocrite: She really lays into Penner for betraying the tribe... despite having eagerly done so prior.
  • Kick the Dog: Nobody trusts or likes Penner and Candice makes it her mission to keep putting him down and arguing with him.
  • Male Gaze
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Quisling: To Aitu
  • Ship Tease With Adam.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Thirteenth person voted off in the thirteenth season. Ouch.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When she gets sent to exile for the fourth time, she cries about how much it sucks.

    Nate Gonzalez

Tribe: Manhiki —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga —> Aitutonga
Age: 23
From: West Hollywood, California
Occupation: Boxer

    Jenny Guzon-Bae

Tribe: Puka Puka —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga
Age: 36
From: Lake Forest, Illinois
Occupation: Real Estate Agent

  • The Cassandra: Tries to convince Raro that keeping Jonathan would be a bad move considering he had a high chance of flipping back to Aitu at the merge.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: She's voted out in a vote right after Rebecca, with little-to-no time for strategising or scrambling. She's, not surprisingly, miffed at how that went down.
  • Happily Married
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jenny has a tendency to make little doodles on her votes. On Cristina's vote, she drew a gun, which makes sense since Cristina's a cop. Unfortunately, Cristina's dad was killed when she was a child and she, herself, nearly lost her arm after a shooting.
  • Last of Her Kind: The last Asian on Raro, which the tribe sans Nate believed was good enough reason to keep her from the merge, seeing as Becky and Yul were still on Aitu and they feared she would flip back.
  • Older Than She Looks: Would you believe she's 36? She barely looks a day over her twenties.

    Rebecca Borman

Tribe: Manhiki —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga
Age: 34
From: Laurelton, New York
Occupation: Makeup Artist

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sundra, at least on Hiki.
  • The Load: One of the weakest members of the tribe when it comes to challenges. Best exemplified when Brad decides to do the puzzle instead of swim. Her body pretty much gives up after one round, forcing Adam and Parvati to do at least two. Ultimately, her challenge weakness is what gets her voted off.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted somewhat with Rebekah "Becky" Lee.
  • Out of Focus: Of the Manhiki tribe, she gets pretty much zero relevance and screentime despite outlasting two of her tribe members. The only castaway up to that point to not get last words.

    Brad Virata

Tribe: Puka Puka —> Rarotonga —> Rarotonga
Age: 29
From: Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Fashion Director

  • The Generic Guy: Had a reasonable amount of screentime, but never really stood out from the crowd.
  • Informed Ability: He's said that he's better at puzzles than he is at swimming; however, since he's the strongest swimmer on Rarotonga, we never got to see his supreme puzzle solving skills.
  • Straight Gay
  • Twofer Token Minority: Downplayed. While Asian and Gay, Most of the Cast is some form of Minority and his sexual orientation is never brought up.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: He openly stated that he doesn't trust his tribemates, leading to a unanimous elimination.

Voted Out

    Jessica "Flicka" Smith

Tribe: Rarotonga —> Aitutaki
Age: 27
From: Chico, California
Occupation: Roller Girl

  • The Ditz: In the first episode, Jessica caused the chickens to escape.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Is a physical member of the tribe and she sports really great dreads. Must have been a nightmare to live with on the island.
  • Granola Girl
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Subverted. She introduces herself as "Flicka Flame" or just "Flicka", which indicates that might be what people call her, ala Fabio. Most people, however, call her Jessica.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cao Boi and Ozzy to a lesser extent.
  • Something Completely Different: Most people go onto Survivor to win it - others are at least looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. Jessica is one of the only people in the show's recent run who went onto Survivor simply for the experience. Indeed, she seems repelled at the very idea of trying to vote people out strategically, much to her ally Jonathan's frustration.

    Cristina Coria

Tribe: Aitutaki —> Rarotonga
Age: 35
From: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Police Officer

  • Action Girl: In Real Life, Cristina was a involved in law enforcement since the tender age of 14.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Determinator: Though a lot of people in survivor are Determinators, she proved to be one before the show. When she was shot, the damage was so severe that the doctors told her that she might never have full control of her arm again. Just look at her in action to know this wasn't the case.
  • Disappeared Dad: In her Pre-Game Profile, He was murdered when Cristina was 12.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: J.P. "crowned" himself the king with his bossiness, which made people vote him out. When that was done, Cristina immediately took his spot and was voted out as well.
  • Tragic Backstory: She shares with the original Aitutaki tribe about her father's death at when she was a child and that she nearly lost her arm in a police standoff. Jenny, unfortunately, was not aware of this.

    Anh-Tuan "Cao Boi" Bui

Tribe: Puka Puka —> Aitutaki
Age: 42
From: Christiansburg, Virginia
Occupation: Nail Salon Manager

    Stephannie Favor

Tribe: Manhiki —> Rarotonga
Age: 35
From: Columbia, South Carolina
Occupation: Nursing Student

  • Alone Among the Couples: In a platonic sense, she noticed that Rebecca and Sundra became a quick pair whilst Sekou and Nate also did. She became the swing vote for their only tribal council.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When she mentioned wanting mashed potatoes and gravy, she was promptly eliminated at tribal council.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: On the receiving end of this; she told Nate that she wished she had some "mashed potatoes and gravy," and he uses this against her by telling the tribe that she'd given up and wanted to go home, though it was not at all what she had meant (at least not that episode).
    • This was possibly done as revenge for voting off Sekou rather than siding with him to vote out Sundra.

    John Paul "J.P." Calderon

Tribe: Aitutaki —> Rarotonga
Age: 30
From: Long Beach, California
Occupation: Professional Volleyball Player

    Cecilia Mansilla

Tribe: Aitutaki —> Aitutaki
Age: 29
From: Oakland, California
Occupation: Risk Consultant

  • Living Prop: Pretty much her only role was to inform Candice that Billy claimed they had a mutual profession of love.
  • Ms. Fanservice / Spicy Latina: Ozzy refers to her as his Puerto Rican Princess.
  • Out of Focus: She barely gets a word in before her sudden elimination.

    Billy Garcia

Tribe: Aitutaki
Age: 36
From: New York City, New York
Occupation: Risk Consultant

  • Ascended Fanboy
  • Fat Comic Relief: One of the most memorable second boots in history, if and not just for his declaration of love.
  • Fish out of Water: He says that he never felt like a member of the Latino community, being far more comfortable within the Metal community.
  • Lazy Bum: One of the reasons he was booted was because he didn't do any work unless prompted.
  • The Load: His team threw the challenge so they could vote him off.
  • Metalhead: Was in a metal band, wore a bandanna and had a roaring skull on his shirt. He believes that he would have lasted longer if he was on a tribe of other metalheads
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe. What he believed he had With Rarotonga's Candice before his elimination.
    • After Aitutaki lost the second immunity challenge, Billy glumly told Jeff that he knew that he was the one targeted for elimination. Candice, in an effort to cheer him up, said, "we (Rarotonga) love you," which Billy misinterpreted as her proclaiming that she loved him.
  • Too Clever by Half: According to Billy, Ozzy told him that the real reason he wanted him gone immediately was that he was a Survivor superfan and Ozzy didn't want someone like that going too far.

    Sekou Bunch

Tribe: Manhiki
Age: 35
From: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Jazz Musician

  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Subverted. The woman saw him as a terrible leader and wanted him out.
  • Black Dude Dies First: The first person voted out of the game.
  • The Load: Apparently he was a Lazy Bum who often took breaks, According to Stephannie.
  • Graceful Loser: His elimination speech, while borderline delusional, is about how he managed to impart his "wisdom" before he left that he was proud of how strong they'll be. He was even so happy about the whole experience that he


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