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- The Ace: The tribe in general had some of the strongest players, some great puzzle solvers, and fantastic team dynamic that they never lost a single immunity challenge!
- A House Divided: When it came to the jury phase.
- Badass Crew
- Born Winners
- The Dreaded
- Five-Man Band:
- Flawless Victory: Won all the pre-merge immunity challenges.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The tribe was well rounded with strategists, physical players and social players.
- Showy Invincible Tribe
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Kind of a result when you don't go to Tribal Council that often. The fact they were still able to win challenges despite the animosity is impressive.
- Worthy Opponent
- 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
- 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.
- Action Hero: The equivalent in Survivor. He's one of the few challenge beasts to make it all the way to the end and win.
- Born Winner: Name one winner in the twenty plus seasons that was on the most dominate tribe in the show's history and never received a vote against him.
- Cool Old Guy: Tom was in his forties by the time he competed.
- Determinator: He wins two endurance immunity challenges, both of which run into the night and one still holds the record for the longest challenge in Survivor history, running nearly twelve hours. He describes himself as a "stubborn Irishman."
- 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.
- 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.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He hits the mark for every important thing you need in a survivor player. He's one of the series' premiere challenge beasts, was a strategic force that helped him get far in the game, but when his threat level started getting way too high for his own good, it was his own social connections that salvaged him.
- The Leader: Of Koror, this places him in an unenviable position because people realize both his social and physical game are on point.
- 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: Quite the feat. In addition to Koror winning every single Immunity Challenge, Tom never received a vote against him. He just short of a perfect game though as Coby put his vote to Katie in the Final Tribal Council out of spite.
- Rated M for Manly: He killed a shark with a machete.
- Retired Badass: Former Firefighter.
- 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.
- Alpha Bitch
- Break the Haughty: She was clearly not expecting everybody to hate her so much when she came into tribal.
- Deadpan Snarker: This is her brand of humor and what she thought everyone saw her as.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Just listen to what everyone on the jury has to say about her.
- Humiliation Conga: Final Jury wasn't exactly a pleasant experience for her. But she did take it in stride at the reunion.
- Jerkass: She makes a lot of mean comments about her fellow tribe mates. Jeff even calls her out on this when she celebrates Janu being sent to exile island. Deconstructed as nobody on the jury likes or respects her, and they used their speeches to eviscerate her come tribal.
- Jerkass Has a Point: We can't get a women's alliance because Caryn Sucks. Blunt but true.
- Lazy Bum: A lot of the jurors called her the laziest person around camp.
- 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 dont expect your vote Janu. So, I dont 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 dont expect your vote."
- The Load: The reason no one thought she deserved to be in the final 2. She's terrible at camp, she sucks at challenges and she spends her time making mean comments. She's also reportedly the only person to ever gain weight while on the show.
- The Only One I Trust: With Ian.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She was sitting next to Tom, of all people, at the final tribal council. You know, the leader of the tribe who beast-moded his way when he needed to win immunities and used his social capital when he couldn't. Her speech was pretty much "I sucked compared to this guy, but the fact I'm here should count, right?"
- Ungrateful Bitch: To Gregg.
Ian Rosenberger note
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He uses his elimination to med fences with both Katie and Tom. This act propels him from a good character to a legendary character.
- Friend to All Living Things: He works as a dolphin trainer, and apologizes sincerely to a large snake before he kills it for it's meat.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Honor Before Reason: Very much willing to play dirty, but his conscience was so strong he gave up his game for the really quite minimal betrayals and lies he told.
- Freudian Slip: Has a habit of dropping them and Tom sometimes has to cover them up.
- Friend or Idol Decision: His Survivor arc after F6 was him reconciling Ian the person with Ian the player. Ian the player had no problems making side deals with everybody if it meant keeping him safe for just another tribal, but as more and more of his friends started getting hurt by his duplicity, he starts feeling terrible about his actions. Ultimately, Ian the person wins and drops out of the game to repair his friendship.
- Idiot Ball: Grabs it a couple times in the end game, most notably in telling Tom that had he won immunity at the final four he would have voted him out. It turns the planned 3-1 vote for Jenn into a 2-2 tie between Jenn and Tom - with Tom voting for Ian.
- Keet: He is very excitable and happy, especially because his Survivor experience consists of him hanging out with his friends for most of the postmerge. This changes by the F6.
- The Lancer: To Tom.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He doesn't need a Heroic Build to be badass in challenges.
- Noodle People: Ian is very skinny.
- One Head Taller: He's 6'8, the tallest person in the entire cast.
- Poor Communication Kills: What brought about his downfall was his multiple dealings with the various cast members, who he developed genuine relationships with. He didn't put much thought into what he says and this ended up biting him when the people he cared about most felt like he betrayed them.
- Redemption Equals Death: At least in Ian's eyes anyway, he was redeemed when he gave up immunity.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: At times.
- The Starscream: A failed example. Towards the very end he tries to betray Tom because he thinks he can more easily beat Jenn and Katie in the final challenge, but is caught in his lies.
- Worthy Opponent: To Tom, especially during the last two challenges. The final endurance challenge was the longest challenge in Survivor history by hours, at the time.
Jennifer "Jenn" Lyon
- Bus Crash: Died of breast cancer in 2010, becoming the first U.S. Survivor alumnus to pass away. The special Surviving Survivor was dedicated to her.
- The Chick
- Guile Heroine: The deleted scenes show Jenn being a lot more cunning than she was portrayed during the show.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Out of Focus: She was practically invisible during the premerge. This can be explained by Koror having never went to tribal council, but characters like Ian, Tom, and Gregg still get screen time.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She wasn't a slouch in challenges, stepping up against Stephenie (the most athletic female on the season), but she had no shot in hell against Ian and Tom.
- Plucky Girl: Once Gregg was out of the picture, she was clearly on the bottom as she had been blindsided. She made her way to the finale if that counts.
- The Pollyanna
- The Rival: Often found herself matched up against Stephenie during physical challenges. Jeff even refers to her as this.
- Ship Tease: With Gregg.
- The Quiet One: According to Coby, Jeff would frequently get mad at her because she didn't answer his questions out of a fear that she may accidentally show her cards.
- 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.
- The Big Guy: Even though Ian and Tom are just as physical as he is, if not moreso, they fall much more neatly under the Lancer and Leader tropes better.
- Genius Bruiser: Aside from being one of Koror's better physical assets, he was also constantly in motion and strategizing with Jenn.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He was very strategically, physically, and socially capable in his own right, bu Tom and Ian were both flashier in these regards, so he's often left out of conversations of strongest player of the season
- The Rival: Gregg and Ian were the only ones who would ever stand a chance against Tom in the finals, which is why Tom blindsides him the first chance he gets.
- Ship Tease: With Jenn.
- The Strategist: Which was notable in the early seasons because he was very overt with his strategic dealings. It was a point in time where most would use emotion over logic to justify a vote (e.g. she sucks, he's weak, etc.) but he was constantly trying to think of what would be best for him. This is also a weird wedge between him and Jenn.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Worthy Opponent: Tom and Ian were beasts in challenges, but Gregg was the only one who was capable of catching up. He was also strategically savvy and understood that the pair needed to be broken up. This is why Tom and Ian chose to get him when all the easy votes were used up.
- Action Girl: She never backed down without a fight.
- Break the Badass: The night of Janu's quit, she broke down because she hated that a person who doesn't even want to be around would end up outlasting her, since she fought tooth and nail to stay alive and Janu was willing to threw her shot away.
- Breakout Character: And came back just one season later because of it. Her popularity rivaled that of Rupert, which isn't a small feat since he was considered America's hero at the time.
- Determinator: Absolutely, resolutely refused to give up. Even as Ulong was being decimated and her only real ally on Koror was herself. She went down swinging.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bobby Jon.
- Epic Fail: There were two immunity idols on the beach, and they belonged to whoever got them first. The contestants were informed of this while they were boating towards the shore and Steph decided to swim ahead. Not only does the boat surpass her, she's one of the last people to actually reach the beach.
- Foregone Conclusion: After Bobby Jon's elimination, it was unlikely that she was going to win.
- The Lancer: While she was the most prominent person on the tribe, she never placed herself in a leadership position, which usually went to either Bobby Jon or James.
- Last Of Her Kind: Reduced to a tribe of one, she was simply absorbed into the Koror.
- Plucky Girl: AND HOLY SHIT HOW!
- Surpassed the Teacher: Bobby Jon taught her how to make fire and she ended up defeating him in a fire-making challenge.
- Worthy Opponent: The entirety of Koror considered her as such because her challenge ability and strategic acumen is what lead her to outlasting the rest of her tribe. They knew that, if they allowed her to enter the finals, she would win no matter what.
Janu Tornell note
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She found herself on the outs rather quickly, some in part to her not being very sociable.
- Butt-Monkey: She's got sick quickly and didn't acclimatize to the island as well as the rest of her tribe. Since she was mopey, the tribe wasn't fond of her, which fed on her mopeyness.
- Despair Event Horizon: There is a point where she breaks down and stops having fun, laying in her hammock all day with a tired face and tear-stained eyes.
- Foreshadowing: Coby puts a lot of emphasis on her quitting at one point. She does so after his elimination.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Quitting to save Stephenie.
- Non Game Play Elimination: She's the fourth person to quit Survivor.
- Thanatos Gambit: Janu hated being on Koror, especially after Coby's elimination, and she wanted to screw them over just one last time. They wanted to get rid of Steph because she was a good performer and had a great story, so she left so that Steph had the chance to keep winning immunities and force Koror to cannibalize itself. Didn't work, but she tried.
- The Unfavorite: Think about it - her time on Exile Island revealed the happiest time of her Survivor experience is when she's alone and away from her tribe; just how bad did she have it there the cameras didn't pick up on or show?
- Camp Gay: He's an effeminate man who works as a hairdresser, so one may say this applies to him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He wasn't particularly in shape and is an effeminate gay man (so stereotypically flimsy), but he was very capable during challenges.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Being a gay man before it becoming relatively accepted, Coby brings up a history of exclusion and bullying as a result of his identity.
- Deadpan Snarker: He made it very clear that he disliked most of the people on his tribe.
- Gag Penis: May be the only contestant on the show's history to wear really skimpy speedos instead of swim shorts.
- Genius Bruiser: He was one of Koror's top players in both the physical portion and the mental portion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Not unlike Roger from Amazon, he dropped out of his last immunity challenge believing he was perfectly safe.
- Jerk Justifications: He had a strong dislike for Tom and Ian, but there are inklings that the two definitely ostracized or stereotyped him.
- Multicolored Hair: Black and Blonde.
- Noodle Incident: For whatever reason not seen on screen (it's hinted at but not really elaborated to the extent Coby stretched it to) he really had it out for Tom, and his jury vote would have gone to whoever was not Tom.
- The Resenter: To Tom. In fact he's the only one who didn't vote for Tom in the finale. And he made it clear that it's not a vote for Katie, but against Tom.
- Sour Supporter: Disliked most of his tribe, but still did his very best to win challenges for them.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Busts it out at Final Jury.
Bobby Jon Drinkard
- Break the Badass: The multiple challenge losses started getting to him when he and Steph were the only people left. Steph notes that he started operating on autopilot.
- Breakout Character: To the point that he was immediately brought back for the following season as one of the series' first captains.
- Determinator: Just like Steph, even though his heart started breaking from the numerous losses, he gave his heart in everything he did.
- Elimation by Irony: Taught Stephenie how to make fire. It became his undoing in his last Tribal Council.
- I Gave My Word: The reason he spared Ibrehem over James.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Was a busy little worker's bee around camp, which Kim disliked because that meant his energy would be sapped during challenges. Hard to say, but she might have had a point.
- Mr. Fanservice: Bobby Jon is a male model.
- Non Standard Game Over: By time Ulong lost the final tribal Immunity Challenge, it was down to just Bobby Jon and Stephenie, so a normal vote was out of the question. Instead, they did a fire making challenge, and he lost. Jeff even lampshades the situation with this line.Probst: Bobby Jon, the tribe definitely did not speak tonight. Nonetheless, it's time for you to go
- Sanity Slippage: There's one time that Steph actually think he's turning into a caveman as the losses started to affect him.
- Spear Counterpart: To Stephenie.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Worthy Opponent: The reason he keeps getting matched up against Tom is because he's the only guy in Koror who had a decent shot at beating him.
- The Load: He failed very badly in one challenge, and that was the ammunition Ulong had to remove him. That's why Koror chose to give him immunity.
- Mr. Fanservice
- My Greatest Failure: He blew one of Ulong's only leads because he couldn't find a bottle and it haunts him for the remainder of his time on Survivor.
- Out of Focus: Had the least visibility of any of the final three Ulong members, even being overshadowed by Kim and Jeff.
- Paper Tiger: He's one of the biggest and strongest people on the season, but his challenge performance is a mixed bag.
- Religious Bruiser: Provided some physicality during challenges and his Islamic faith is a big facet of his character.
- Tempting Fate: Thought that Ulong's raw strength would crush Koror at the beginning. Oh how wrong was he!
- The Stoic: His first few appearances made him seem like the rock that kept Ulong stable as it fell apart.
- Twofer Token Minority: Notable for being the show's first Muslim contestant.
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "Come on!" and "Hell, yeah/no!"
- 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: The very first confessional of the season was him calling Jeff a son-of-a-bitch.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: For a given value of hero, if Ulong was the group of plucky underdogs, but a lot of his comments can come across as... somewhat problematic.
- Southern-Fried Genius: He tried to be this but most certainly wasn't.
- Tempting Fate: He had a tendency to make predictions, none of which ever came true. One of the best examples of this would be how sure he was that Ibrehem was going home and saying the Catholic God was better, only for him to be the one voted off for it.
- 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 because they had a shared history of exclusion. Seemed to be, until Coby passed her over during the tribal selection process. Angie was slightly devastated by it. According to him, he passed her over because he didn't want the two of them to be on the outs because of their "alternative" lifestyles.
- Miss Fanservice: If you're into her archetype, she has a very tiny swimsuit.
- Perky Goth: Most of the time, anyway.
- 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: He was the victim of Koror's first ever tribal council because he was old.
- 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?
- 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: It's a lack of a clear leader she believes is the source of Ulong's failures, with no one stepping up to the plate. Of course, nobody listens to her because they all think she sucks.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: She complained about Ulong's dysfunctions and lack of cohesiveness. Not that she ever did anything about it though.
- Everybody Loves Blondes: Averted. Everyone thought she sucked and her name was tossed out as early as episode 2.
- The Load: Was rarely useful in challenges, and spent the second immunity challenge on the pontoon instead of helping. They also note she doesn't work as much in camp, reasoning that they should conserve their energy for challenges.
- Ship Tease: With Jeff W.
- 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He decided to leave the game because his injury made him a liability. Even though Kim sucked at challenges, she could at the very least walk.
- 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.
- Alliterative Name
- Gag Boobs: To the point of rivaling Danielle DiLorenzo's
- Ill Girl: The reason why she was voted out.
- The Ingenue: In her pre-season CBS written bio, it talked about how "A practicing Mormon, she is most proud of graduating from seminary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while still in high school. It required that she get up every day at 5:00 am to drive 30 minutes to the church to study the bible and church teachings before school." Her religious faith was very important to her, so it is likely Ashlee was cast for the archetypical role of the Ingénue. Neleh Dennis was another young Mormon woman cast for that Ingénue role six seasons prior.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Suicide by Cop: Asked to be voted out (not shown on TV).
- 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