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The Tribes




  • Adam and Eve Plot: Only Stephenie and Bobby Jon remained.
  • A House Divided
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the biggest in the series, bar none.
  • Can't Catch Up: After making a few very poor choices in what tribemates they wanted in their tribe, they lost Jeff when he went walking and stepped on something that led to him taking a Suicide by Cop elimination, and this was the straw that broke their back.
  • The Chew Toy
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: At the receiving end.
  • Dwindling Party: Survivor's Trope Codifier. In fact, they are the only tribe to date that were decimated down to a tribe of one!
  • Epic Fail: They didn't win a single immunity challenge, and were completely annihilated, a first for Survivor; their sole survivor simply joined Koror, which went all the way to the Final Tribal Council instead.
  • Failure Tribe: They went nowhere in the immunity challenges, and after losing Jeff, they never recovered, becoming the first Survivor tribe to get completely routed to what was supposed to be the merge.
  • Fatal Flaw: Their indecisiveness. Part of why they lost immunity challenges were the fact they could not communicate decisions properly. Their only hope was Jolanda at the beginning, and they got rid of her as they felt she was too bossy.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Humiliation Conga: This is one of the most embarrassing tribe runs in Survivor's history for a reason; they won zero immunities and the last two players left in the tribe had to have a fire-making challenge at Tribal to stay in the game and go to Koror, a first for the show up to that point.
  • Unknown Rival
  • Worthy Opponent

The Sole Survivor

    Tom Westman 
  • The Ace: Tom won five immunity challenges, the most of any winner.note  He also carried(along with Ian and Gregg) Koror to a unanimous win over Ulong throughout the pre-merge.
  • Retired Badass: Former Firefighter.
  • Born Winner
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Flawless Victory: He had a No Damage Run and won in a landslide vote of 6-1. Not to mention leading the most dominant tribe in Survivor history.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: He is only forty, but the white hair make him look older than he is.
  • Happily Married
  • Heroic Build
  • Invincible Hero: Due to Koror's seven immunity wins and his own five individual immunity wins (a record setting twelve immunity wins) he's only vulnerable at three tribal councils, one of which had no preceding immunity challenge.
  • The Leader: Of Koror.
  • Magnetic Hero: Even the people he betrayed voted for him at the end; granted, the alternative was Katie...
  • Manipulative Bastard: If only in a single instance. Towards the very end during the final immunity challenge, Tom basically guilts Ian into quitting by using their friendship as leverage. He also successfully backstabbed another sub-alliance within his team one vote before they were planning to backstab him.
  • No-Damage Run
  • Rated M for Manly: He killed a shark with a machete.
  • Sole Survivor
  • Team Dad: Initially, his strategy was to be seen as the Team Dad of the tribe, and let the younger alpha males be seen as the leaders of the tribe and thus the bigger targets. Lo and behold, Tom's natural leadership ability and challenge dominance couldn't be hid for long.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only 40 but his completely gray hair makes him look much older.



    Katie Gallagher 

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Gossipy Hen
  • Humiliation Conga: Final Jury wasn't exactly a pleasant experience for her. But she did take it in stride at the reunion.
  • Jerkass
  • Lazy Bum
  • Poor Communication Kills: Katie did not handle Gregg, Janu and Caryn well during Jury questioning. Although Janu said that she wasn't going to vote for Katie anyways (Katie was a preferred goat), her arguing and refusal to answer questions did not go over well with the Jury.
    (to Janu): "Actually, I don’t expect your vote Janu. So, I don’t know that I need to do that to give you, positive and negatives. I mean I can do that if you need me to, but I don’t expect your vote."
  • The Load: Reportedly the only person to ever gain weight while on the show.
  • The Only One I Trust: With Ian.
  • Screwy Squirrel
  • Smug Snake
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Gregg.

Jury Members

    Ian Rosenberger note  

    Jennifer "Jenn" Lyon 

    Caryn Groedel 

  • Cool Old Lady
  • Idiot Ball: Telling Tom of the plot to vote him out.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Caryn told Tom about the Women's alliance. This would not protect her from being voted out at the final 5.
  • Manipulative Bastard: At the schoolyard pick on day two. She chose Willard, an older guy who shows signs of being grumpy, over Johnathan, who is young and athletic, because she knew thw tribe would vote Willard out before her. This decision would become true and it (along with Koror being so dominant) got her to the "merge"
  • Power Hair
  • Spanner in the Works: To the Girls alliance.

    Gregg Carey 

    Stephenie LaGrossa 

    Janu Tornell 

    Coby Archa 

Voted Out

    Bobby Jon Drinkard 

    Ibrehem Rahman 

  • The Load: Despite appearing to be one of the fittest people there, he was beyond useless in challenges. That's why Koror chose to give him immunity.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Tempting Fate: Thought that Ulong's raw strength would crush Koror at the beginning. Oh how wrong was he!
  • The Stoic
  • Twofer Token Minority: Notable for being the show's first Muslim contestant.

    James Miller 

  • Becoming the Mask: It's hard to tell whether or not his stereotypical "redneck" behavior is an act or not. One minute he's speaking pretty normally to the Confession Cam, and the next he's giving some bizarre homespun speech to the tribe that only he can understand.
  • Catchphrase: "Come on!"
  • Chew Toy: A recurring theme in the first half of the season is James bringing something up as a skill he's acquired and then getting beat at it every time.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He tried to be this but most certainly wasn't.

    Angie Jakusz 

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Was nearly voted out in the first Tribal Council for being perceived as a weak player. She wasn't, and actually turned out to be one of Ulong's strongest players in challenges.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: While not a new twist by any means, had Koror not been given the opportunity to hand immunity to Ibrehem specifically because he was terrible, Angie could have lasted a little while longer. Instead, she's targeted only because she was on the outside of an alliance, and sent packing.
  • Fag Hag: During the first day, her and Coby seemed to be friends. Seemed to be, until Coby passed her over during the tribal selection process. Angie was slightly devastated by it.
  • Meganekko
  • Perky Goth: Most of the time, anyway.

    Willard Smith 

  • Ill Boy: According to his bio, Willard was in an out of hospitals when he was a kid.
  • Out of Focus: He didn't get a lot of screen time, but post show interviews and certain deleted scenes have hinted that the guy was a Deadpan Snarker and Cool Old Guy.
  • Running Joke: Some of the viewers thought that Willard looked like Palau's version of the Immunity Idol.
  • Sacrificial Lamb
  • Self-Deprecation: He refers to himself as an old curmudgeon.
  • Semper Fi: Former Marine.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Subverted. After he got voted off, Willard told his tribe Koror to "Stick to the plan, finish them off", which referred to Ulong. But what he said he was really trying to do was to encourage his tribe to become overconfident in challenges, lose, and then self implode. Guess what happened?

    Kim Mullen 

  • Broken Bird: She recognizes fairly quickly that Ulong is a doomed tribe, but accepts her fate and doesn't do too much to save herself.
  • The Cassandra
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: She complained about Ulong's dysfunctions and lack of cohesiveness. Not that she ever did anything about it though.
  • The Load: Was rarely usefulin challenges, and spent the second immunity challenge on the pontoon instead of helping.
  • Ship Tease: With Jeff W.

    Jeff Wilson 

  • Game-Breaking Injury: Rolling his foot on a coconut. This not only cost him his game, it cost Ulong their game when they proved that as far as competing with Koror went, We Cannot Go On Without You.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • The Rival: He was the only person on Ulong who could keep up against Tom from Koror in the challenges.
  • Ship Tease: With Kim.
  • Suicide by Cop / Thanatos Gambit: He asked for Ulong to vote him off after rolling his ankle on a coconut in the middle of the night. It's debatable whether he actually quit or not, because he genuinely believed that his injury made him of no further use to his tribe. This game-ending injury ultimately sealed Ulong's fate after the tribe made the ill-fated decision to vote out their only other strong player Jolanda at the first Tribal Council.

    Ashlee Ashby 

    Jolanda Jones 

  • The Ace: She's an accomplished athlete in Real Life, and showed off her track skills by winning one of the two individual immunity necklaces during the first day (the other being Ian).
  • Alliterative Name
  • Black Boss Lady: For Ulong and why she was voted out. Voting out someone they thought could win at such an early stage of the game turned out to be a critical error.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mentioned in her CBS profile Jolanda had a hard childhood.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father Committed Suicide when Jolanda was a only a year old.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: It's hard to say whether Ulong would have done better if they hadn't voted out Jolanda, but she certainly was useful in challenges, and getting rid of her was probably a big mistake for that early stage of the game.
  • Team Mom

Eliminated on Day 2

    Wanda Shirk 

    Jonathan Libby 

  • Hidden Depths: Jonathan beat out Cancer.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Why was he eliminated on the second day? We'll probably never know, but Angie did hint at the Reunion that he was a bit of a Jerkass.


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