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The Tribes


  • The Ace
  • All Take and No Give: In the first few episodes, they:
    • Went back on a deal they made to split two chickens they both helped catch, one for each tribe, by keeping both for themselves;
    • Mooched fire off of the Manono tribe twice, the first being after two failed attempts to steal it;
    • Considered the other tribe's offer to sleep in their shelter during a storm (though admittedly they ended up refusing);
    • Pleaded to stand in the Manono shelter for warmth more than once;
    • and in the end, refused or at least greatly resisted any of the Manono tribe's own requests. In fact, the Manono tribe asked to borrow their recently-won canoe and were immediately refused, despite this being right after the Salani tribe borrowed their fire for the second time, and while they were borrowing the shelter for warmth.
    • In the end, after taking everything listed above, the Salani tribe only gave the Manono tribe an axe (which was technically stolen in the first reward challenge due to Loophole Abuse, but just forgotten about) and some leaf weaves for roofing that were ultimately useless due to acquisition of a tarp. They also complained about the guys behind their backs for wanting something in return and falsified information, such as claiming the guys said they would take their canoe anyway if they said no to them borrowing it, which was at the very least not shown on camera.
  • Amazon Brigade: Originally.
  • Team Spirit
  • True Blue Femininity: Originally.



The Sole Survivor

    Kim Spradlin

  • The Ace
  • Action Girl: Kim became the third woman to win four individual immunity challenges, after Kelly Wiglesworth and Jenna Morasca. And had she solved one puzzle just seconds faster she would have been the first woman to tie Colby Donaldson's immunity record.
  • Affably Evil: Was very cunning, manipulative, and had no problem betraying her allies, but throughout the game Kim was always very kind and respectful towards the other players, even while plotting their downfall.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Though, in her case, she's hardly a villain.
  • Big Eater
  • Breakout Character: One of the most highly regarded winners of the show.
  • The Chessmaster: Completely controlled the game since the merge, through a deft combination of strategy and manipulation.
  • Consummate Liar: A skill she repeatedly used to convince other players to act against their own best interests. Lampshaded repeatedly in the final few episodes; Tarzan complained that she could convince anyone of anything just by batting her "angelic blue eyes" at them, and Kim remarked while sharing a reward with Chelsea and Sabrina that even she herself couldn't always tell when she's lying.
  • Guile Heroine: Managed to convince people in several competing groups that they're part of her alliance, even as she colluded with the other women to pick off the men one by one. The men were halfway Pagonged by the time they catch on.
  • Honor Before Reason: Chose to vote off both Cloud Cuckoolander Kat and universally-unpopular Christina, even though they were both excellent choices to go up against in the final three, apparently because she thought Chelsea and Sabrina most deserved to go to the end. In the end, though, neither decision harmed her – and she justified it later by pointing out that if the jury respected her gameplay they'd vote for her regardless of whom she was up against. (She only lost the votes of Leif and Troyzan).
  • Invincible Heroine
  • Iron Lady
  • Jack of All Stats: Equally good at the physical, strategical and social aspects of the game.
  • The Lancer: To Sabrina on Salani before the tribes shuffled.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Metaphorically True: Kim exploited the bad blood between Troy and Mike to make the former believe that the latter was targeting him, and got Alicia to turn on Greg by telling her about his side-deals with Kim, using that to sell a lie about him trying to take Christina and Sabrina to the final three.
  • Nice Girl
  • Nothing Personal
  • The Queenpin: She dominated the game and had all the women loyal to her and even most of the men.
  • Showy Invincible Heroine
  • The Social Expert: She knew how to cater herself to every person in the game and win them over. She could intuitively pick up on anyone's feelings and used that to her advantage.
  • Sole Survivor
  • Statuesque Stunner: By far the tallest on the women's tribe, and taller than most of the men as well.
  • The Strategist
  • Trouser Space: Where she kept her immunity idol for most of the game - it quickly reached memetic proportions.



    Sabrina Thompson

Sabrina was an Candidite for The Second Chance season but failed to gather enough votes to return.

  • Action Girl: Right out of the gate, Sabrina finds the first hidden immunity idol in episode 1 and also solves the puzzle in the first fully-run immunity challenge of the season and wins immunity for her tribe.
  • Black Boss Lady: Voted leader of the womens' tribe early on.
  • Born Lucky: Found the hidden immunity idol on a bathroom break.
  • Cool Teacher: Teaching actually is her job. (Or was, she implies that she was unemployed at the time of filming.)
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Genghis Gambit: Threatening Kim with one helped her make it in front of the jury.
  • Mistaken Identity: The reason why she was cast.
  • Only Sane Woman
  • Supporting Leader
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Compared to how unstable to the rest of Salani ended up being.
  • Team Mom: To Salani before the tribes shuffled.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Found an idol but had to give it to the mens' tribe. She gave it to the only guy she was acquainted with: Colton.
    • Or perhaps not so unwitting. She gives the idol to Colton not only because he was the only guy she was acquainted to, but also because she knew he was in the outs of his tribe and knew he'd be willing to use it to vote a strong man out. The fact that giving him that idol essentially ended up getting all the men pagonged was quite the bonus.
  • Worthy Opponent

    Chelsea Meissner

  • Action Girl: Caught two chickens with her bare hands in the first episode - "Don't mess with the country girl!" indeed.
  • Bad Liar: By her own admission. Also demonstrated when Jay sought reassurance that the women weren't plotting to Pagong the men after Jonas was voted off; Chelsea clumsily hedged her response, requiring some hasty damage-control by Kim. She made various revealing slip-ups on a number of other occasions as well.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes
  • Farmer's Daughter: And how! First episode, she catches chickens with her bare hands.
  • Holier Than Thou: After the tribes merge, she started talking about the people who "deserve" to be in the game.
  • Ice Queen: During the merge.
  • The Lancer: To Kim.
  • Male Gaze
  • Ms. Fanservice: She really looks good. Jonas even lampshaded it during the final tribal council:
    Jonas: "Chelsea you’re cute; as guys we all agree that you’re the hottest chick this season."
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Chelsea was a provider for her tribe, but standing next to Kim and the sympathetic Sabrina (who legitimately really needed the money), it's a bit understandable why she got no votes, on top of the Bad Liar and Holier Than Thou tropes leaving a bad taste.
  • Southern Belle
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While definitely a Tomboy, her pictures in social media shows that she is also very feminine.


Jury Members

    Christina Cha

  • Alliterative Name: For Added Alliterative Appeal, her job is a career consultant.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Ostracized early on for rather vague reasons, mostly because a couple of early influential players disliked her. By the time of the merge, she'd spent so long on the outs with the majority alliance(s) that her position at the bottom of the pecking order was pretty much set in stone.
  • Asian and Nerdy/Asian Airhead: Started out as the former, then started to resemble the latter as the game progresses.
  • Born Lucky: Despite being at the top of the boot list since the very first episode, she kept on managing to avoid elimination... thanks to a series of increasingly-improbable flukes, including two medivacs, the other tribe actually volunteering to give up immunity right before tribal council, and the women taking advantage of the men's infighting in order to Pagong them.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Chickification: While she started out as a highly assertive and proactive player, by the later stages of the game almost everyone saw her as an Extreme Doormat who barely even seemed to be trying anymore. She eventually revealed that she did this on purpose to avoid becoming a target, after her earlier in-your-face attitude almost got her voted out.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Managed to Houdini her way into the final four, likely because she was no good at challenges and was more easily beaten than Alicia. However, in the final immunity challenge, it quickly became a match between her and Kim - and mind you, both of them were leagues ahead of Chelsea and Sabrina in that challenge.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Subverted in the final immunity challenge.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • Face Death with Dignity: Didn't anything to save herself.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Earned Alicia's wrath in the very first episode for trading some woven palm fronds to the other tribe in exchange for fire... even though Alicia was right there when the deal was being negotiated and didn't seem to have any problem with it at the time.
  • Informed Flaw: Several people over the course of the season claimed that she was lazy and useless, but the only time this has been said of her was overlapped with shots of her working. (Likely a case of Manipulative Editing or Unreliable Narrator) By the end of the game, almost every other player claimed that people hate her or find her annoying, but there was never any evidence of why this is (allegedly) the case, besides everybody's say-so.
  • Loophole Abuse: Ain't No Rule saying you can trade with the other camp.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Plucky Girl: Kim actually called her "the most resilient person I've ever met".
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Went out of her way to comfort Colton when his illness caused him severe pain, even after he'd spent the past several days mocking, threatening, and insulting her.
  • Those Two Girls: With Alicia after the merge.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Deliberately chose not to respond in kind to Alicia and Colton's constant abuse. To be fair, this was motivated at least in part by strategy: she was hoping it would drive home to everyone else just how irrationally nasty they were.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Many fans share the opinion that Christina grows steadily more attractive the longer she spends out there in the wilderness. It probably helps that she started out at a slightly more substantial weight than some of the other women, making her better-equipped to handle the relative lack of food without losing muscle tone or other attributes.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Alicia, who spent the first half of the game attacking her relentlessly, somehow ended up as her closest ally by the final episodes.

    Alicia Rosa

  • Alpha Bitch: Especially pre-merge, although she ended up cooling down once the game progressed.
  • Evil Teacher: A special education teacher even, but it didn't stop her from repeatedly bullying and belittling Christina (even threatening to punch her in the face for simply standing up for herself), indirectly mocking the intelligence of her own special education students, and doing everything she could to become a Latina NaOnka. Unlike Naonka, though, she did offer up a tearful apology after getting called out on it at the reunion.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Evil Gloating: Did quite alot as the season went on.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hot Teacher
  • It's All About Me: When Colton was being pulled from the game, she was more concerned with the fact that Colton was taking his idol with him than she was for Colton's personal health. Again by her jury speech, she spent her entire time gloating about how she was seen as such a threat they had to take her out.
  • Jerkass
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alicia does have a good body.
  • Smug Snake
  • Spicy Latina: Self-described "ghetto Puerto Rican".
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Effectively an Hispanic NaOnka as explained in evil teacher.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For the woman
  • Two First Names
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Christina, whom she spent the first half of the game attacking relentlessly, somehow ended up as her closest ally by the final episodes.

    Greg "Tarzan" Smith

  • Accidental Misnaming: To other people (Type C). Tarzan revealed that he has nominal aphasia, which causes him to have great difficulty remembering names, though he can get them right if he tries hard. This first becomes noticeable when he insists on calling Jonas "Jason" throughout one reward challenge. Later on, when explaining to Christina that he doesn't like her, he hastens to add that he nonetheless respects her tremendously, and then finishes by calling her "Katrina".
  • Berserk Button: Anything (real or imagined) that he percieved as a betrayal of his alliance, or as personal criticism.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Regardless of his eccentric and volatile personality, he is apparently a highly successful plastic surgeon in real life. Some of the women lampshade this when they remark that highly-educated people often seem to be the most dysfunctional.
  • Catchphrase: "The game is afoot!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Besides insisting on being called "Tarzan", for the first couple of episodes he was mainly notable for prancing around the campfire in a speedo bellowing jungle cries. He soon revealed a tendency towards bizarre outbursts, especially in already-tense situations. He also periodically did randomly weird things like using a previously-booted (female) contestant's underwear as a headband, or tearing pieces off the shelter walls during a storm.
  • The Comically Serious
  • Ditzy Genius: He was able to figure out what was ailing Colton before the medical team showed up.
  • The Dragon: His very forceful personality made him a useful, if weird, enforcer for Colton in the early phases of the game.
  • Fan Disservice: Unsurprisingly, a sixty-five year old man wandering around in a speedo provided alot of this.
  • Graceful Loser
  • Happily Married: And how. In fact, its one of this season's provider for heartwarming moments.
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind: The last remaining male of Tikiano.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Tar-ZAHN!
  • Porn Stash
  • The Quisling
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To the point where Jeff Probst swore he was making up words.
  • Turn Coat: In spite of his expressions of solidarity with the men, post-merge Tarzan voted quite consistently alongside Kim and her alliance. While the first few times were successfully disguised as coincidence, he was ultimately revealed to have had a secret deal with Kim to help her eliminate the other men.

    Kat Edorsson

Kat would return for Blood Vs. Water with her Boyfriendnote  Hayden Moss

    Troy "Troyzan" Robertson

Troy was a candidate for Second Chance season but wasn't voted back on. He eventually returned for Game Changers.

  • Anti-Hero
  • Ascended Fanboy: This is particularly apparent when he won his first individual immunity challenge. In his exit interview, he mentioned that he's been applying since Borneo and almost made it on Guatemala.
  • Catchphrase: "This is my island!"
  • Cool Old Guy: Troyzan was the oldest person to win individual immunity this season.
  • Defiant to the End: Tried his damnedest to break the women's alliance even when it became clear that he had no chance of surviving the vote.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Became more and more noticeable after Jay's elimination, when he realized that Kim had betrayed him.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Once he ran out of allies Troyzan became fatalistically aggressive, fighting hard for immunity and openly opposing Kim and her team at every turn.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Jay.
  • Jerk Justifications: Type 2 and Type 3, but especially Type 2.
  • Keet: A rare grown-up version.
  • Large Ham
  • Older than They Look: Would you believe he's over 50 years old? He looks probably ten years younger than that.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Troyzan"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: At first with Greg, simply for a similar nickname.
    He can't be Tarzan!... because I'm Troyzan!
  • Thanatos Gambit: Stage-whispers "do it" into Kat's ear right after being voted out, presumably in an attempt to plant the seeds of discord within the women's alliance. It's implied to have contributed to the other women turning on Kat in the following episode.

    Leif Manson

    Jay Byars

  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Told the women in his alliance that Troyzan was becoming paranoid and planned to play his immunity idol at tribal council. Unfortunately, the women were planning to betray the men, and Jay's attempt to sell Troyzan only put him at the top of the hitlist in his stead.
  • Idiot Ball: In his final episode, he seemed to be clinging to it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Troyzan.
  • Longhaired Pretty Boy
  • Mr. Fanservice: Works as a model in real life.
  • Oh, Crap!: Seen in his expression at tribal council as all the votes against him and Troyzan are read out, and he realized that Kim has betrayed them. Made all the more poignant given that he'd basically signed his own execution order by snitching to her, in spite of Troyzan warning him that she wasn't to be trusted.
  • Only Sane Man: Was easily the most level-headed guy on the original Manano tribe. After the tribes merged... not so much.
  • The Quisling / Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Once he saw the other five members of Manono aligning against his alliance of four, he ditched his original alliance and votes with them to oust Matt. Following the merge he abandoned most of them in turn to join up with Kim and Chelsea.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Until his boot episode.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky

    Michael Jefferson

  • The Big Guy: For Salani after the tribal shuffle.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Originally Matt's right-hand man, he started strategizing more and more after Matt's elimination, including throwing Leif under the bus after Matt's elimination. After the tribal shuffle, he was quickly able to get in good with his new tribemates.
  • Identical Stranger: He bears a sharp resemblance to Joe Dowdle.
  • Loophole Abuse: Ain't No Rule saying he can't steal the other tribe's supplies.
  • Out of Focus: Is mostly memorable for stealing the other tribe's supplies during the premiere. After that, he largely fades into the background until his boot episode.
  • Two First Names

    Jonas Otsuji

Voted Out

    Colton Cumbie note

Colton would return(much to the Fans Objections) for Blood Vs. Water with his Fiance, Caleb Bankston.

    Monica Culpepper

Monica would return for Blood vs Water with her Husband, Brad.

  • Action Mom: Jeff boasted her as one of the most physically adept women to ever play.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Was Manono's strongest, most level-headed and co-ordinated member after the tribal shuffle, but her tribemates saw her as a social threat and (except for Christina) voted her off.

    Bill Posley

    Matt Quinlan

  • Analogy Backfire: Described the alpha males as a group of "roosters" collectively leading the "chickens" on the tribe around. After he got voted out in the same episode, viewers noted that actual roosters don't work together, they engage in literal cockfights with each other.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He also said he played the best game out of anyone there.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Apparently didn't even consider the possibility of his alliance of four being outvoted by the other five.
    • Some of this was Manipulative Editing; in post-show interviews he made it clear that he actually thought he was in good with Colton and Colton would be voting with him.
  • Straw Misogynist

    Nina Acosta

  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Pointed out that Kat cost them the challenge.
  • Cool Old Lady: The oldest woman of the season. Almost became the first female S.W.A.T. officer in Los Angeles. The only reason she didn't was because of discrimination laws at the time.
  • The Load: Was thought of this by her tribemates and why she was voted out.

    Kourtney Moon note

  • Game-Breaking Injury: Broke her wrist in three places and had to have corrective surgery after falling into a net wrong.
  • Graceful Loser: Her boot speech was remarkably classy and touching, particularly given the rather ignominious nature of her elimination.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: The earliest one in the series thus far - three days in, on the first episode.
  • Tomboy
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As well as being the earliest evacuee ever, she is ignored along with Nina at the reunion.
  • Wrench Wench: Works in motorcycle repair.