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The Tribes

    Kota 

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    Fang 
  • Epic Fail: They lost all but two challenges before the second tribe switch.
  • Failure Hero: All the way up to the second tribe switch.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Initially Subverted as they were terrible until the tribe switch. Played Straight after the second tribe switch when they won both challenges and controlled the majority of the merge. In the end, it was averted as Bob won.

The Sole Survivor

    Robert "Bob" Crowley 
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  • Crazy Enough to Work: His idols - they were so good, people actually fell for them multiple times.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Ironic given how Kota dominated the tribal portion of the game. He was in the minority Kota alliance after the tribes merged with nine members and he would have likely been eliminated if he didn't keep winning immunity.
  • Determinator: After the merge, he did everything he could short of winning every immunity to stay in the game.
  • Dirty Old Man: Not shown in the show, but rumors spread that Bob would grope women at night. These rumors were confirmed by Kenny in a Reddit AMA in 2015.
  • Happily Married
  • The Hero
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Sugar.
  • Karma Houdini: Randy still voted for him despite Bob participating in his humiliation, most likely because he hated Susie more and Sugar most of all.
  • Last of His Kind: The last Onion left.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Subverted and Defied. Bob was never part of the red Fang Tribe before the merge, and he beats two former Fang members in the finals to win. Another interesting thing is that had Matty won, it'd have been played entirely straight because he'd have been the only person never to have left the Fang tribe and would have beaten people who had been Kota members.
  • Mentor Archetype: Bob has a ton of wisdom from his outdoor experience throughout his life, which he shares with his tribemates. Sugar feel particularly impacted by Bob's imparting wisdom to her, and that probably played a role in her wanting him to be in the final 3 over Matty.
  • Nice Guy
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: He later becomes the older hero to Kenny's younger villain.
  • One Degree of Separation: He was Julie Berry's high school Physics teacher.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Already notable when he uses his buff as a bow-tie.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Stern Teacher: Justified as Bob is an actually teacher..
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Sole Survivor: The oldest one to do so.
  • Team Dad: To Kota.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Onion Alliance.

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Runners-Up

    Susie Smith 
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  • Alliterative Name
  • Catch Phrase: "I can't believe it."
  • Cool Old Lady: While most people found her incredibly annoying, she was capable of surviving all the way through the finals by letting the bigger names take each other out and winning a final clutch immunity.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She won the very first individual immunity challenge, as well as the very last one. And she was just one vote away from winning the title of Sole Survivor.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Subverted. She ended Bob's immunity streak at the final immunity challenge, but Bob still won the game.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Matty.
  • Meganekko: In the finale.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Susie. Jesusita is kinda hard to pronounce.
  • Out of Focus: One of the most ignored final three contestants in the series - the number of confessionals she had could probably be counted on two hands. When you consider that she was literally one vote away from winning the game...

    Jessica "Sugar" Kiper 
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Sugar returned for Heroes Vs. Villains

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Jury Members

    Matty Whitmore 
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  • The Ace: Being, undoubtedly, the best physical asset on Fang, while also having good strategic and social positions that landed him in the "Fallen Angel" spot.
  • Born Unlucky: Placed on a tribe of physically inept losers for literally half the game, which wasn't ameliorated by a swap. Post-merge, he becomes the number one threat because of his challenge prowess, yet somehow keeps losing to a 57-year old teacher. In the end, Sugar decided that she should force a tie for some reason and he ended up just short of winning the million.
  • Determinator: Was stuck on Fang, the clearly inferior tribe in almost every aspect, for the entire game. When you're in his position, you need to be a Determinator.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Susie. Develops one with Randy as well.
  • Laughing Mad: Particularly in the endurance challenge against Bob.
  • Only Sane Man: The Fang tribe is composed of a bunch of weirdos, so Matty stands out as the most level-headed of them all. Take note that Matty seems to have been cast as the laidback surfer stereotype.
  • Slasher Smile: Very noticeable after Marcus' elimination.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only member of the Fang alliance that wasn't hated by Randy and Corinne.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Proposes to his girlfriend during the loved ones visit, handing her a necklace he made whilst on Gabon.
  • Worthy Opponent: The reason why everyone wanted him gone post-merge was his challenge ability. He's also the only guy that most people on the cast actually respect. When the jury was asked, five-sevenths of them said they'd vote for him if he made it to the finals.

    Ken "Kenny" Hoang 
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    Crystal Cox 
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  • Alliterative Name
  • Arch-Enemy: To Randy.
  • The Brute: Though terrible at challenges, she is very physically imposing and is considered a bully by the other cast members.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Granted; she was part of a relay team and admitted to using steroids in 2010; a lot of challenges didn't favor running... but even then, you'd think a relay medalist would be better.
  • The Dragon: To Kenny.
  • Faux Action Girl: One of the standout examples of the series.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: What gotten her voted out.
  • Informed Ability: On paper, she would seem like one of the best female challenge players to enter Survivor. Instead, she had one of the worst challenge performances in Survivor history, even beaten by the likes of Kenny.
    • And lasted less than one second in an endurance challenge!
  • Large Ham: The things she says are hilarious.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Feeling she had a finalist position locked, she decides that it would be cool to shit on Matty because he was next on the chopping block. Sugar realized this and made her pay.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Has an imposing frame, but it has been an asset to her in exactly one challenge. They're meaningless when she doesn't have the speed, agility or endurance to go along with it.
  • No Indoor Voice: Her famous statement to the Confession Cam when voting for Randy.
  • One Degree of Separation: Crystal Cox's cousin is one of Marcus's really good friends.
  • Paper Tiger: Even she was embarrassed by just how much of a weakling she was.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Crystal belongs to the Feisty Firecracker archetype. She was always lipping off at other players.

    Corinne Kaplan 
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Corinne would return to compete in Caramoan Fans vs Favorites

  • Alpha Bitch: She loved hanging out with rich, cool yuppies like Marcus and Charlie, even referring to them as the cool kids. Meanwhile, she hates the Fang tribe and refers to them as mutants.
  • Amusing Injuries
  • The Baroness: The primary villainess of the season, if not for her comments about Danny and wanting to stab Susie in the face, definitely for mocking Sugar's dead dad.
  • Berserk Button: Do not refer to her as a good girl.
  • Breakout Villain: She returns as a "favorite" in Caramoan.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Unfortunately overshadowed by Randy - she was rather vicious when she managed to get screen time though.
  • The Chew Toy: To the extreme. This girl was plain unlucky.
  • Dark Chick
  • Femme Fatale
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Her gambit to survive the Pagonging of the Onions with Bob relied on Bob's fake idol, Ken's desire to make game-changing moves, and Crystal's following of Ken. Had Ken not overplanned the situation and tried to flush the idol out as well as vote out Matty, it would have worked.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Elimination Is Just The Beginning: As pointed out above, her fooling Kenny with Bob's fake idol caused Kenny to overplan the situation by trying to flush out the idol while taking out Matty. This caused his alliance to lose all trust in Kenny and Crystal and they were subsequently voted out. This propelled Bob, the last Onion remaining, to make it to the end of the game and win.
  • Plucky Girl: Especially once the Onions were down to just her and Bob.
  • Spanner in the Works
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: One of the most vicious in Survivor history.
    "Sugar. You are an unemployed, uneducated leech on society, and the only thing I would vote to give you is a handful of antidepressants so no one else has to be subjected to your constant crying anymore, and maybe if you got some then it would seem a little more sincere when you are crying about your dead father. You don't deserve the million."

    Randy Bailey 
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Randy would return for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

  • Ascended Fanboy: Would you believe that he's been applying for the show since before Pearl Islands?
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Brutal Honesty: Best summed up from this post tribal-shuffle quote
    "I will do my best despite hating each and every one of you."
  • Call-Back: His response to the Humiliation Conga when casting his jury vote.
    "ALL THREE OF YOU! KISS! MY!! ASSSS!!!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted - Jeff said that if he had made it to the loved ones challenge, nobody would have visited him.
  • Griefer: At two points: At the start of the game, where he just planned to make everyone miserable so he could capitalize on whatever mistakes they made (which he titled "Operation Let Other People Crash and Burn,") and then later on, he continued to make everyone miserable so they would dog-pile their votes onto him, he could then play the idol and take whoever he and his alliance wanted out of the game (he called this plan "Operation Strongarm.") If the idol he had was real, then "Operation Strongarm" would have worked completely.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Hidden Depths: An I.Q test was given to every contestant. Would you believe he was actually behind Marcus at the top?
  • Humiliation Conga: At the tribal council he was voted out in, he overheard Crystal yelling at him to the confession cam, played a fake idol, and then got voted out.
  • It's Personal: Towards everything.
  • Jaded Washout: The closest thing to Al Bundy the show has ever seen.
  • Jerkass: The things he posts on his Twitter account can be quite vicious, even in regards to players who are quite nice, or people he doesn't even know. He also seems to view Jeff Probst as The Scrappy these days.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: One of his meaner moments is calling GC an incompetent leader. Unlike most other villains on the show, the edit typically backs him up.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a Card-Carrying Villain, he's a lot nicer than Corinne. Compare his behaviour towards Crystal on Ponderosa to the likes of Corinne, and even Marcus!
  • Oh, Crap!: His expression when he realizes just how badly Bob suckered him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Complains constantly about how stupid the people around him are, especially Susie. It especially infuriates him when he's forced to vote for one of them to win.
  • Turn Coat: To the Onion alliance. Despite originally being on the Fang tribe, he essentially took Jacquie's place as being a core member.

    Charlie Herschel 
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  • Camp Gay: Borderline. He would sound like this to the Confession Cam, yet would appear to be more Straight Gay to everyone else.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: To Marcus.
  • Irony: His first confessional in the game was remarking about how Crystal chose Susie in the tribe pick 'em, remarking something like "Don't you wanna win challenges?" Come his boot episode, she wins individual immunity and he's the one voted out.
  • Nice Guy: Jeff calls Charlie one of the nicest people on the show, especially given how he finds the good sides of both Corinne and Randy. In the Ponderosa vids, he didn't like isolating Crystal and found it petty, but he was scared that Marcus and Corinne would disown him.
  • Odd Friendship: Lampshaded in the finale. Charlie is one of the nicest people on the show, yet is great friends with two of the meanest.
  • Ship Tease: Charlie shared a platonic friendship with Marcus, though the editing tried to make it so that Charlie had a crush on him.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the Kota six, as assumed by the original Fang tribe. Kenny painted him this way as an excuse to vote him for outing the idol clue. The way he speaks reinforced this idea in their head, which got him eliminated.

    Marcus Lehman 
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  • The Ace
  • Being Good Sucks: Trusted Crystal because he was best friends with her cousin, and was willing to adjust his play to give her leeway. This was a mistake.
  • Decoy Protagonist: People were very sure he was going to win, to the point that complained how obvious it was. He was young, male, handsome, great at challenges, the glue that held the Onion alliance together, and was heavily favored by the edit. The moment he was voted out caused Edgic to panic.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Had it not been for the bait-and-switch tribal shuffle, chances are, he would have made it to the finals.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Kenny and Crystal, since he was the king of Kota.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Just ask Charlie.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Charlie's gay. He's straight.
  • Informed Ability: Was supposedly the smartest on-paper contestant this season. Yet he managed to piss off Crystal and Susie. Potentially justified as this is booksmarts, not as much streetsmarts.
  • The Leader: Of the Onion alliance.
  • Mr. Fanservice: While a handsome man who gets shirtless a lot is enough to qualify, his dick hangs out in one episode uncensored so there's definitely that.
  • Nice Guy: Surprisingly. He's very polite and even apologizes to Kenny when voting him out. But that didn't help him that much. His final words were best wishes for Bob, because he knew that he was the next on the chopping block. Despite not liking Sugar, he mentions in the finale that he understands both Sugar and Corinne, and phrases a response such that neither look bad.
    • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While the show makes it seem like he's an all around good dude, he willingly participates in the isolation of Crystal at Ponderosa.
  • One Degree of Separation: Crystal Cox's cousin is one of Marcus's really good friends.
  • Ship Tease: With Corinne and With Charlie. Very early on had a thing going on with Jaquie, to the point that the other tribe members were scared of another Romber situation.
  • Standardized Leader: Just your resident handsome dude compared to Grumpy Old Man Randy, mean Corinne, and flamboyant Charlie.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After his team had exiled Sugar a few times, he decides to give her the immunity necklace.

Voted Out

    Dan Kay 
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  • Adorkable: He's not stereotypically nerdy, but his awkwardness did lead certain viewers to think of him as this.
  • Big Eater: Bob thought of him as this.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: And he's actually a lawyer!
  • Bus Crash: Died unexpectedly in December 31st 2016.
  • Epic Fail: His search for idol on Exile. The very first clue is to look for a sandy crater across the lake. He tries searching for a sandy crater within the lake.
  • It Amused Me: He says that they keep sending Sugar to exile for humor reasons.
  • Keet
  • Nice Guy: Dan most likely belongs to the Mr. Nice Guy casting archetype. He was extremely earnest and kind to others.
  • No Social Skills: Corinne describes him as socially inept, which is a rather large contribution to his eventual kick off.

    Ace Gordon 
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    Kelly Czarnecki 
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    Danny "G.C." Brown 
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  • Chains Of Commanding: Fully aware of what being a leader entails and is forced into the role. He steps off because he's incapable of handling it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He all but begs to be sent home.
    "I've suffered all my life. I just want to stop suffering."
  • Lazy Bum
  • The Load: His laziness cost the tribe some challenges, like when he refused to continue digging during a challenge.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: GC
  • Standardized Leader: Subverted - he was one of the most spineless and unwilling leaders in the show's history, had to be forced into the position, and then asked to be voted out when it got too hard. No wonder Fang was such a terrible tribe.
  • Suicide by Cop: Asked to be voted out

    Jacquie Berg 
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  • The Ace: For an early boot, she had a lot of potential. She's a good social player, being a member of both of her tribe's alliances, and is enough of a physical asset that the Kota tribe genuinely considered keeping her to help win challenges.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the first tribe swap happens, she's immediately down in numbers. Though she's close with Ace, she's stuck with four Kota members and Kelly, who was not fond of her former tribemates. Her final episode is spent begging and pleading with the tribe to keep her over Kelly. However, Kota chose numbers over strength and voted her off.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: One of the more notable people to get screwed over by the tribe switch.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: If not for the first tribe swap, Jacquie probably would have done well, securing a position in the Onion alliance while also being aligned with Ace and Sugar.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • The Perfectionist: Her casting archetype. Pre-season, she talked about how she works 80 hours a week and is really intense.
  • Romance on the Set: While Jacquie was on Survivor, she and producer Tyler Ramsey had a fling out in the jungle. He was fired, and the two married after the show.
  • Ship Tease: Briefly with Marcus. The two of them would go off and share boat rides together while the other tribe members would get suspicious. It's never followed up on.
  • Worthy Opponent: Crystal doesn't regret voting her off, but she feels bad about it because Jacquie genuinely wanted to keep on playing and was a potentially strong asset.

    Paloma Soto-Castillo 
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  • Accentuate the Negative: On Kota, there were two clear weak links: Paloma and Sugar. Ace had the plan to place Paloma on the pole so that the tribe could see how weak she was and choose to get rid of her.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • The Load: Her tribe thought of her as this due to Ace convincing her to go on the pole.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Ace.

    Gillian Larson 
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  • Ascended Fangirl
  • Cool Old Lady
  • The Load: Needed the help of two people in order to climb up a hill. She was even pushed aside so that Fang could roll the boulder properly. Needless to say, this was the reason she got booted.
  • The Medic: Well, they assumed she would take this role, being a nurse and all that. When Randy had a cut on his face, they wanted her to take a look at it. Without proper medical equipment (and a light source), they had to call on the actual medics instead.

    Michelle Chase 
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