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The Sole Survivor

    Parvati Shallow - Cook Islands 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 25
From: Los Angeles, CA
Original Season: Cook Islands

Parvati would return for a third time on Heroes Vs. Villains


  • Action Girl: Has a penchant for winning endurance challenges.
  • Affably Evil
  • The Bad Guy Wins: She, and the Black Widow Brigade by extension, are the primary bad guys of the season.
  • Born Lucky: In a way, this goes for most of the vets who made the jury. At various points, Jonathan, Ami, and Eliza planned to flip over to the Fans' side and vote out Ozzy, James, Parvati, and Cirie. Jonathan's medical evacuation as well as Chet and Kathy quitting led to the Fans being outnumbered, Ami being voted out before the merge, and Eliza being the first member of the jury. And that's not to mention that it was likely she would've been voted out first if Fairplay didn't quit. But the biggest offense is at the end, where the producers switch to a final 2 instead of a final 3, where is if it was a Final 3, she would've likely lost to Cirie.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Femme Fatale
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Parvati was the replacement for Candice Woodcock, who declined the chance to play on this season in order to finish medical school. She was considered one of the most controversial casting choices due to her lack of notoriety, with it being somewhere along the lines of Amber being cast for All=Stars. Everyone expected her to just be another pretty face. Boy, were we wrong.
  • History Repeats: Once again a relatively irrelevant player who finished in 6th in her first season returns for a second game and won.
  • Hotter and Sexier: If you think she's already these in Cook Islands, see her now.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted. Parvati is anything but shallow.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Second Chance: After placing sixth in Cook Islands, comes back and wins the million.
  • Ship Tease: Heavily with James, being lumped in with Ozzy and Amanda as the couples. Later on with Natalie as the Black Widow Brigade solidifies.
  • Sole Survivor
  • The Tease: What she was mainly known for.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Cirie.

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Runner-Up

    Amanda Kimmel - China 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 23
From: Los Angeles, CA
Original Season: China
Amanda would return for a third time on Heroes vs Villains.
  • The Ace: Cirie was great socially and the primary jury threat. Parvati was also good socially and somewhat decent at challenges. All of these applied to Amanda as well, which made her a very big target.
  • Action Girl: Of the Black Widow Brigade, she was the best at challenges.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Always Second Best: Amanda ended up being a finalist for the second season in a row, yet didn't get the win.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Began lobbying for Alexis' head on the merge episode because she started getting close to Ozzy.
  • Face–Heel Turn: With all the manipulations, blindsiding and backstabbing, it's a genuine wonder why she wasn't with Parvati on the Villain's side on Heroes vs Villains.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Notice how this time around, her butt is pretty much never censored like it was in China.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: After finding an immunity idol without anyone else's knowledge but Parvati's.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Finished third in China, finishes second in Micronesia. This season is also regarded as Amanda's best.
  • Nice Cap
  • Older and Wiser
  • Plucky Girl: Exemplified during Alexis' blindside when everyone except for Parvati made it clear that they wanted her gone.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Once again, she butchers the Final Tribal Council so bad she ends up losing votes.
  • Ship Tease: With Ozzy.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare to China, where her most strategic move was voting out James and her claim to fame was her athletic ability. Here, she shows off her strategic chops and is involved in the planning process for several blindsides.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She guilts Erik into taking her to the award, calling him a bad friend for trying to get her voted off.

Jury Members

    Cirie Fields - Exile Island 
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Cirie would return for Heroes vs Villains and Game Changers.

Tribe: Malakal
Age: 37
From: Norwalk, CT
Original Season: Exile Island

    Natalie Bolton 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: 32
From: West Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Personal Trainer

  • A Day in the Limelight: Jason's boot episode gave her the most screen time and she definitely made the most of it.
  • Ascended Extra: For most of the season she was barely even shown, but when Jason's boot episode came around, she suddenly turned into a cross between a Femme Fatale and a militant Straw Feminist.
  • Bi the Way: She outright hits on Parvati at the FTC, much to the shock of everyone.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The blindsides of both Jason and Erik both hinged on her perceived loyalties to them, since they were all on the original Airai.
  • Cute and Psycho: Her demeanor during her scant confessionals, including flossing with Jason's jugular and wishing their hen would cut the head off of a rooster after banging him, makes her come across as this.
  • Large Ham: During the last few episodes, Natalie turned over-the-top catty, leading to her famous jugular confessional.
  • Last of Her Kind: The highest ranking fan.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Successfully tricks both Jason and Erik into not taking advantage of their respective immunities and booting them out.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Non-Action Guy: She was never close to winning individual immunity and had a tendency to sit out reward challenges (this meant she'd be available for the arguably more important immunity challenges, but that's neither here nor there.) The only time she wore the necklace on her neck was when she tricked Erik into giving it to her.
  • Out of Focus: Only for the first ten episodes.
  • Smug Snake: She really revels in the idea of Siska's betrayal.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a lot with Parvati as the near the endgame. Aside from her famous FTC, Parv gives her a kiss after Erik gets blindsided.
  • Troll: Admits that she was always going to vote for Parvati and her entire Final Tribal appearance was just to make everyone feel incredibly uncomfortable.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Part of what convinced Erik was that Natalie was definitely the next to go if she didn't have immunity, and that she'd felt hurt because he didn't send her to reward or exile as he had promised before.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once it was down to her and the three Favorites in the final four, you have three guesses to figure out who went out next. The first two don't count.

    Erik Reichenbach 
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Tribe: Airai —-> Malakal —-> Dabu
Age: 22
From: Ypsilanti, MI
Occupation: Ice Cream Scooper

Erik would later return for Caramoan


  • Action Hero: His skill in challenges allowed him to survive for a while even after the Black Widow Brigade took control of the game.
  • Adorkable
  • Ascended Fanboy: The poster-child for Survivor.
  • Epic Fail: His elimination.
  • Genre Blind: You would think that an Ascended Fanboy such as Erik would know better than to completely trust anyone (especially when that someone is suggesting that he hand over his ticket to the Final Four). Upon his elimination, he even notes that he should have.
  • Fan Boy: Of Ozzy.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Erik is a kind man, but Amanda went out of her way to paint him as a giant asshole in the eyes of the jury, which contributed to him wanting to redeem himself.
  • Honor Before Reason: Truly believed that, by rescuing Natalie, he would redeem himself in the eyes of the jury. The jury all find his actions astounding.
  • Humiliation Conga: The producers delight in turning his final Tribal Council into this; they don't even bother to pretend there's any suspense in who's going out and instead show every single vote (with Parvati gloating over how dumb Erik is, Cirie busting out a Badass Boast, Natalie thanking Erik for the necklace, and Amanda just sort of dumbstruck with amusement). To make matters worse, the jury outright laughs at his decision to give away the necklace, and after Erik's voted out James actually speaks up (which jurors are not supposed to do unless prompted by Probst) to make a joke about no longer being the dumbest Survivor ever.
  • Idiot Hero: Took several things for granted, but giving the immunity away was the death knell for any intelligence he may have had.
  • Improbable Hairstyle
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Ironic Echo: Amanda guilt-slings him, saying "It's too late for I'm sorry." He does it to her in his FTC speech when she attempts to apologize for hurting his feelings.
  • Last of His Kind / The One Guy: Pre-merge, he was the only Fan left on the post-switch Malakal tribe. Post-merge, he was the only male left after the Black Widow Brigade took control.
  • Meaningful Echo: A quick one, but Erik, after being eliminated, ran out of Tribal once his torch was extinguished, just as Ami did when she was eliminated. Erik was the next boot choice after Ami before the merge.
  • Nice Guy: He says he's kind of glad he went when he did during the reunion because he didn't want to have to go down a dark path just to win. Kathy even says that he doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
  • Poor Communication Kills: One of the ways the Brigade justified his elimination was that he went around trying to make alliances left and right.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Gave up his immunity to show the jury he's a respectable guy. Guess who gets eliminated right then.
  • Shout-Out: Gets the post-merge tribe to be named "Dabu," a word used by orcs in Warcraft.
  • Stupid Good: See below.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He actually agreed to surrender his immunity at Tribal Council, which ironically was a scenario that played out on the second season of The Apprentice a few years earlier. The results for both were the same, and it shouldn't take you long to figure out what happened.note 
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dragged Eliza around and gave Amanda an FU during an early challenge!
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    Alexis Jones 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: Beverly Hills, CA
From: 24
Occupation: Motivational Speaker

  • The Chick: In Parvati's side alliance after the swap (Parvati, Natalie, Alexis), Alexis is this.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Sent Amanda to Exile Island giving her the clue to the idol that Amanda used to eliminate her
  • Out-Gambitted: By Amanda's use of the Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to the other members of the Black Widow Brigade and, unlike Natalie, doesn't get focus as the season draws to a close.
  • The Rival: Amanda thought that Alexis was competing for Ozzy's affections/spot in his alliance. It wasn't entirely true or false.

    James Clement - China 
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Tribe: Malakal —-> Airai —-> Dabu
Age: 30
From: Lafayette, LA
Original Season: China

    Jason Siska 
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Tribe: Airai —-> Dabu
Age: 22
From: Fox River Grove, IL
Occupation: Gymnastics Coach

  • Action Hero: Though overpowered by his later episodes, he is pretty much the primary reason Airai won any challenges prior to the swap, being one of their best physical competitors.
  • Butt-Monkey: His last three episodes are pretty much an endless parade of the show mocking him.
  • Fan Boy: Of Ozzy.
  • Idiot Ball: In the span of a few episodes, he manages to become near-universally hated in his tribe, mistake a stick for the immunity idol (and compare himself to a god immediately afterward), give up immunity to get everyone food and only escape elimination due to Cirie and Parvati switching plans at the last moment, and then find a REAL idol, but get blindsided with it just like Ozzy did the EPISODE BEFORE.
  • Jerk Jock: Would ostracize the older members, and steal palm fronds from their shelter. None of this was shown on camera.
  • Manipulative Editing / Nice Character, Mean Actor: According to the other Fans, he was arguably the most unbearable and obnoxious person on the tribe, which did not seem to make it to the cameras until after the tribal swap. Though at least it highlights how much of a dumbass he was.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Somehow believes a stick with a face is enough to be a hidden immunity idol. Comapare this to Bob's idol made with beads and sap, which actually looks really convincing.
  • Unknown Rival: To Ozzy on account of being challenge beasts, though a lot of that was in his own head.

    Oscar "Ozzy" Lusth - Cook Islands 
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Tribe: Malakal —-> Dabu
Age: 26
From: Venice, CA
Original Season: Cook Islands

    Eliza Orlins - Vanuatu 
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Tribe: Malakal —> Airai —-> Dabu
Age: 25
From: Manhattan, NY
Original Season: Vanuatu

  • Beware the Nice Ones:
  • Character Development
  • The Cutie
  • Foreshadowing: Wished that James and Ozzy would get sick and had to be evacuated from the game
  • Jaw Drop: She reveled in Ozzy's blindside.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: The votes were cast 5-3. Natalie and Alexis both loved Parvati, Cirie felt betrayed by Amanda, and who knows why Jason voted the way he did. Meanwhile, James was best friends with Amanda, Ozzy was obsessed with her and Erik wanted to see what happened if there was a tie. If Eliza voted for Amanda, there would indeed have been a tie, but she gave it to Parvati.
  • My Elimination is the beginning: Almost singlehandedly started Ozzy's fall.
  • Older and Wiser
  • Plucky Girl: Pretty much fought for her spot on the jury since she was on the outs ever since the first episode.
  • Precision F-Strike: "It's just a fucking stick!"
  • Red Herring: Her getting sick in the early episodes seemed to have solidified her fate. It has nothing to do with her eventual elimination.
  • Taking You with Me: "If that's fake, then Ozzy must have the real one."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pretty much lambasts Amanda and Parvati for being the island Mean Girls during her final tribal council speech.

Voted Out

    Ami Cusack - Vanuatu Vanuatu 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 34
From: Golden, CO
Original Season: [1]

    Tracy Hughes-Wolf 
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Tribe: Airai —-> Malakal
Age: 43
From: Fredericksburg, PA
Occupation: Residential Builder

  • The Chessmaster: She used her manipulations to convince the younger members to vote each other out, keeping her minority alliance safe. It shouldn't be understated how much she was screwed by the swap and put into a really bad position. Had Chet decided to tough his injury it, she would have orchestrated Ozzy's blindside.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: She is a residential builder by trade, yet the Airai group didn't have a shelter by Day 1. Subverted because Jason and the younger tribe members ignored everything she said. Thus, she built her own rather quickly.
  • The Woman Behind The Man: Tracy was the one who was really calling the shots on Airai (Fan's Tribe) even though Joel was the leader.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Older Than She Looks: She looked pretty good for a then 43-year-old.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Worthy Opponent: To the Favorites. She and Joel were the first fans specifically taken out by them.

    Kathy Sleckman 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: 45
From: Glen Ellyn, IL
Occupation: Golf Course Vendor

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She lost both Tracy and Chet to the swap, which meant she had zero real friends on the new Airai tribe.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Of all the "Fans", she's one of the few who has clearly watched every season.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Despair Event Horizon: Penner's evacuation marked a distinct turning point in Kathy's gameplay, leaving her a wreck. She says that Penner was her only genuine friend on the island when the rest treat her like an outcast. Coupled with the deplorable living conditions of the Airai island, she started having dark thoughts and even considered cutting her pinky off to get a medevac.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She makes weird comments about Chet's homosexuality and Tracy's implants, marking her as the "crazy woman" of the tribe. However, they become her closest friends as the season progresses.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When asked a question about Mary at the Fans first Tribal Council, Kathy (who had spent majority of the last few days on Exile Island) asks "Mary Who?". This is ironic since Mary is one of the least visible characters on the show.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: She quit, following a mental breakdown.

    Chet Welch 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: 48
From: Ford City, PA
Occupation: Pageant Coach

  • Butt-Monkey: Best exemplified in the episode 5 reward challenge.
  • Camp Gay
  • Friend to All Living Things: Or chickens, anyway.
  • The Load: The only reason he survived as long as he did was everyone wanting to use him as a pawn, which Mary, Mikey and Joel could not be.
  • Manipulative Editing: According to Kathy, he is very helpful around camp, but was painted as a total loser and a Lazy Bum by editing.
  • Suicide by Cop: Asked to be voted out to prevent Malakal from losing to members.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: When he was dragged by Joel through one of the obstacle courses like he was an inanimate object.

    Jonathan Penner - Cook Islands 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 45
From: Los Angeles, CA
Original Season: Cook Islands]

Jonathan would return for a third in 2012, in Survivor: Philippines.


    Joel Anderson 
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Tribe: Airai —> Malakal
Age: 32
From: Avondale, AZ
Occupation: Firefighter

  • Accidental Misnaming: Ozzy accidentally calls him "Troy" during the tribal swap. Joel probably did not appreciate it.
  • The Big Guy/The Brute: The reason Ozzy chose him was to counteract James, who had been Natalie's pick.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold/Everyone Has Standards: Downplayed, as the show wanted to build up to his animosity against the older tribe memebers, but he wasn't fond of how Mikey B called the shots and immediately ostracized the older people. In his own words, when he turned on Mikey B, he would rather three people who were weak in challenges than one chaos maker.
    • He recalls that Jason would blow up on Chet for something and he calls Chet over to just ignore Jason because he sucks.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Despite multiple opportunities to kick Chet out and keep the tribe strong, he opts to kick out Mikey B because of his personal dislike of the guy. Come the swap, he's still partnered up with Chet and even loses a challenge he had to drag him along. This isn't to say this is Chet's fault either, because he was actively hampering his commands during a challenge.
  • Lack of Empathy: This exchange should tell you everything.
    Chet: I hit my head back there.
    Joel: I don't care.
    Chet: I know.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Cirie and Tracy.
  • The Plan: His plan to get rid of Mary so he can undercut Mikey B's influence.
  • The Starscream: Was not pleased by Mikey B and his attempt at leading the tribe.

    Michael "Mikey B." Bortone 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: 34
From: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Aspiring Writer

  • Ascended Fanboy: Mikey been loyally watching since season 2
  • False Friend: Mikey B attempted to invoke this against Joel but failed.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: In any other season, the duo of Mikey and Mary would have done fine - in the Fans tribe, he was outdone by the rest of his tribe wanting to pull off big moves, especially Joel and Tracy, who were especially threatened by his scheming.
  • Informed Ability: Was said to be a good asset for challenges, cited by Jason as a reason to keep him around. He's not particularly great, but maybe compared to Chet.
  • Jerkass: Once the tribes hit the beach, he immediately determined who are the most expendable members of the tribe and alienated them.
  • Leader Wannabe: Being a superfan, he wanted to be the big man and immediately tried placing himself in this position. This is what placed a target on his back.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Mikey B"
  • Out-Gambitted: By Joel.

    Yau-Man Chan - Fiji 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 56
From: Martina, CA
Original Season: Fiji

    Mary Sartain 
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Tribe: Airai
Age: 29
From: Emeryville, CA
Occupation: Real Estate Manager

  • Living Prop: "Mary Who?" indeed. It's doubly funny when one finds out that Mary rarely spoke to most of the tribe other than Mikey B, and none of them really knew who she was.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Ship Tease: With Mikey B. This is what gotten her voted out.

    Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton - Pearl Islands 
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Tribe: Malakal
Age: 33
From: Los Angeles, CA
Original Season: Pearl Islands

  • Affably Evil
  • Call-Back: References the "Dead Grandma" lie while working on the beach.
  • Character Development: A massive douche in his premiere season, comes back marginally more mellow and as a loving father.
  • Dead Star Walking: Heavily used to promote the season, one of the primary focuses of the first episode in terms of strategic play, and gone at the end of the very same episode.
  • Evil Gloating
  • For Want of a Nail: The ramifications of his quit on Survivor history are massive, as he saved Parvati from being voted out first. Had Parvati been the first boot she never would have returned for Heroes vs Villains and the series would be without one of its most iconic and influential players. Furthermore, Fairplay himself likely would have ended up on Heroes vs Villains which would have radically changed the dynamic of that season.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: There's speculation that he didn't quit to be with his pregnant wife, but that he was still suffering after effects from an injury he received from Danny Bonaduce at the Fox Reality Awards a few weeks before the season started filming.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He quit to be with his pregnant wife.
  • Large Ham
  • Mauve Shirt: Literally and figuratively.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Jonny Fairplay
  • Sudden Sequel Elimination Syndrome: Jonny made the finale and just one immunity challenge from winning Pearl Islands. Here, Jonny asked to be voted out and he was the first to leave.
  • Suicide by Cop
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While he isn't that hideous, his wife is a former America's Next Top Model contestant...
  • V-Sign
  • Villain Decay: Went from the single most villainous person to ever play Survivor to someone who decided to troll the show by asking to be voted out.

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