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     Viveros 
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     Bayoneta 

     La Mina 

     Casaya 

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Winner

     Aras Baskaukas 

Aras Baskauskas

Allegiance: Viveros, Casaya
Born: September 26, 1981 (age 31)
From: Santa Monica, California

A yoga instructor from the original Viveros tribe, and the de facto leader of the newly formed Casaya tribe. Despite being seen by his tribe as somewhat of a ditz with questionable methods at times, Aras was perhaps the only thing keeping the most dysfunctional tribe ever put together in Survivor from splitting apart. Whether it be through mediation of the bigger personalities or a general tough challenge performance, Aras can be credited with dragging his tribe into the merge with the majority, where he then faced the problem of Terry Deitz and his impressive challenge performance, which threatened the chances of a Casaya member winning the game.

Despite having numerous close shaves, and an immunity win at the Final 4 being the only thing keeping him from going home, he was saved by Danielle at the Final 3 after she won immunity and booted his arch-rival from the game. After yet another close shave after badly injuring himself during the Day 39 feast, he went on to face the jury where despite accusations of being a Lazy Bum, he went on to beat Danielle 5-2 in the jury vote and become the twelfth Sole Survivor.

Seven years and fifteen seasons later, Aras later returned to play again in Blood vs. Water.


  • Berserk Button: After Terry suggested that a person's spouse is more important of a loved one than one's parents (in order to justify why he picked Cirie to see her husband over Aras seeing his mom during the Reward Challenge), we get to see up close how much Aras really dislikes Terry.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Especially his method for trying to start a fire on the original Viveros tribe; it's likely that all his... eccentricities were overlooked thanks to being on the same tribe as Courtney and Shane (who were both even crazier than he was).
  • Cool Teacher: He even taught Parvati Yoga.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Broke Terry's immunity streak.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 1. First, Aras ended up on Casaya, the biggest Ragtag Bunch of Misfits of a tribe that the show has ever seen, and he has to reign them all in and lead them in challenges in spite of La Mina being the clearly stronger tribe. 2. Two, he had Terry breathing down his neck during the entire merge as well as suffering defeat after defeat from him in challenges while living under the threat of a MacGuffin that could eliminate Aras from the game any time Terry wanted to use it (by let's say throwing a challenge). 3. Three, Aras also had to deal with Cirie and her Gambit Roulette, and the only way she got out of the picture was when Aras finally won immunity at the final four, forcing Terry and Danielle to vote for Cirie due no one else remaining. 4. Finally, he had to convince the jury that he deserved the money over Danielle in spite of accusations from the jury that he was generally nothing but a Lazy Bum in Real Life.
  • Fingore: Aras slipped on a bottle on day 39 and cut his finger.
  • The Hero: Of Viveros, and eventually Casaya.
  • Hot Teacher: He is an Yoga Instructor.
  • Humble Pie: Aras states his ego was crushed over the course of the season.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Cirie.
  • Kid Hero: By comparison, since he is the youngest player in the season.
  • The Leader: Of Casaya. Without him, they probably would have fell apart within days.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Casaya Four. A recurring theme in the early episodes is one of the other members (usually Shane or Courtney) doing something ridiculous or fighting with another member of the alliance, with Aras just watching in disbelief and trying to smooth things over. In particular, Aras is the one that held the Casaya Four together by persuading Shane not to quit on Day 6.
  • The Rival: To Terry, to a huge degree.
  • Sole Survivor
  • Spiky Hair
  • Surrounded by Idiots: More like Surrounded by Crazy People.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Team Dad: Despite being the youngest person on Casaya, he usually came across as the most mature and authoritative members of the tribe, often resolving conflicts.
  • Wham Line: Aras told Danielle he was done with Shane. He elaborates on this further in a confessional.
  • Worthy Opponent: Terry's words while voting for him says it all.

Runner-Up

     Danielle Di Lorenzo 

Danielle DiLorenzo

Allegiance: Bayoneta, Casaya
Born: June 3, 1981 (age 31)
From: Boston, Massachusetts

A medical sales representative from the original Bayoneta tribe, and one of the reasons Casaya was such a dysfunctional tribe. A competitive and aggressive person by nature, Danielle fought with Shane on what seemed like a daily basis, and it was only thanks to the efforts of Aras that she didn't actually kill him. After the merge, when the possibility of her alliance being torn apart by the challenge-dominating Terry seemed imminent, she made several decisions that saw her voting out her own alliance, including Courtney, Shane, and eventually Cirie after voting with Terry at the Final Four. However, after winning the final immunity challenge, she backstabbed Terry and saved Aras from almost certain elimination, where she went on to lose to him in the jury vote 5-2.

Danielle would eventually return as one of the more questionable choices for Heroes vs. Villains.


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Jury

     Terry Deitz 

Terry Deitz

Allegiance: La Mina
Born: August 10, 1959 (age 53)
From: Simsbury, Connecticut

A fighter pilot from the original and switched La Mina tribe, Terry was lauded by almost everyone for his incredibly physical prowess, which saw him win several key immunity challenges both pre-merge and post-merge. After La Mina went into the merge in the minority and his fellow three tribemates Nick, Austin and Sally were all voted out in succession, it was only thanks to continuous immunity wins and an over-powered Hidden Immunity Idol that he managed to worm his way far into the game, where he made an enemy of almost the entire Casaya tribe (most notably Aras), thanks to differing world views, values, and general attitude. Thanks to a late-game team-up with Danielle, he seemed almost destined to be in the finals. However, he ended up losing the final immunity challenge to Danielle, who despite promising him she would take him, sent him to the jury in 3rd place.

Terry was eventually chosen to compete in Survivor: Cambodia


     Cirie Fields 

Cirie Fields

Allegiance: Casaya
Born: July 18, 1970 (age 42)
From: Walterboro, South Carolina

A nurse from the original and switched Casaya tribe, many thought Cirie would be one of the first people booted thanks to having little to no outdoor experience (even being afraid of leaves), and her initial position as one of the outsiders of the new Casaya tribe seemed to confirm this. However, after surviving into the merge, her adeptness of the game began to show - she managed to win a social reward challenge based on knowing her tribemates, and she even managed to orchestrate the elimination of a former tribemate at the final six by making sure every single person in the tribe voted the way she wanted them to vote, splitting the vote 3-2-1. After tucking Aras under her wing, she almost seemed like a surefire lock for the finals; however, the only thing that could possibly have screwed up her game happened at the Final 4 - Aras winning immunity. With Terry's hidden immunity idol in play, Cirie was forced into a tiebreaker with Danielle, where she narrowly lost to her former tribemate and was sent to the jury in 4th place.

Being one of the fan favorites of the season, she was invited back for Fans vs. Favorites, and also for Heroes vs. Villains and Game Changers.


  • Genius Bruiser: Is clearly a very smart player, but her being chubby does not help in the physical challenges, with the exception of challenges that involve brawling, in which she easily demolishes all other female players.
  • The Smart Girl: And how. She's considered one of the most brilliant mental players in Survivor history, and her Triple Play move is also considered one of the most brilliant moves in the history of the game.
  • Spanner in the Works: Completely changed the face of the game and screwed up both Terry and Shane's plans by getting Aras and Danielle to join her in voting Courtney out.
  • Took a Level in Badass: One of the storylines of the season was Cirie going from being totally clueless as to how to survive in the wild (she was scared of leaves) to ending up perfectly capable of handling herself in the outdoors and probably the most strategically sound player in the game.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a habit of bursting out into laughter at the end of her confessionals. Sometimes she can't even hold out that long, particularly if she's talking about something ridiculous a member of the Casaya Four has done.
  • Worthy Opponent

     Shane Powers 

Shane Powers

A Marketing Executive and Single Dad from Los Angeles, California. Having just stopped smoking the day before, Shane struggled with Nicotine Withdrawal. This was made worse by not only him ending up with Casaya, but Shane making an alliance by swearing on his son's life with the crazy people of the tribe. Shane wanted to quit, but Aras talked him out of it. Despite entering the merge with numbers, Terry's immunity streak along with an last minute change up made by Cirie at the last tribal council sent him packing at fifth.


     Courtney Marit 

Courtney Marit

A Fire Dancer on the original Bayoneta. Minutes after stepping on Bayoneta, she would establish herself as weird. Once she became Casaya, Courtney would immediately align with Shane, who she would butt heads with. Although the merge as initially smooth sailing, Terry's immunity streak would force the former Casaya to turn on each other. Courtney decided to align with Terry. However, Cirie, deeming her the biggest threat because she would go to the final two, Arranged for her ouster and voted out in 6th place.

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Although in this case, it's the guy who has the sudden mood swings. When Courtney and Shane were left all alone, with Terry on Exile Island, Bruce evacuated out of the game, and everyone else on a reward, it sure seemed like they would get it on eventually.
  • Butt-Monkey: Exemplified in The Touchy Subject's challenge. See The Pawn below.
  • Cassandra Truth/Dumbass Has a Point: In her argument with Aras, Courtney points out if Terry has the idol he would not give it up. Considering the idol at the time was used after the votes was revealed, This was a good assumption. And she was right in the end as Terry did not use it on anyone
  • The Chew Toy
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Comically Missing the Point: After one of Shane's rage fueled tirades against Courtney, which included a death threat, Courtney was only upset that he belittled her apartment.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's a very good athlete.
  • The Ditz
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: As seen at the final 7 reward challenge.
  • Granola Girl
  • Male Gaze
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Hat
  • The Pawn: Courtney was the final two option for almost everyone on the merged Gitanos tribe, perhaps except for Cirie (who didn't understand why). She annoyed EVERYONE.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Danielle's tomboy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Was the victim of the Cirie/Aras/Danielle vote off, headed by Cirie, to prevent Courtney from reaching the finals to fulfill her destiny as a final two goat.

     Bruce Kanegai 

Bruce Kanegai

Martial Arts Instructor and Art teacher placed on the original La Mina. After the elimination of Melinda, he was placed on Casaya, where he was an outsider. He was nearly voted out in episode five due to a conflict with Aras, but was Saved by Danielle. When the tribes merged, La Mina attempted to Bruce to flip, but he didn't budge. Bruce was evacuated in 7th place due to severe constipation.


     Sally Schumann 

Sally Schumann

A social worker on the Bayoneta tribe. Once she became on La Mina, Sally would become an Outsider with Misty's blindside. She was exiled in the sixth episode, which saved her from certain elimination. When the merge happen, Sally's luck didn't improve and she was eventually voted out in 8th place due to Terry's immunity.

     Austin Carty 

Austin Carty

A writer on the viveros tribe. When switched to La Mina, Austin would join Terry and Dan to form an Men's alliance. However, La Mina's losing streak cost them the numbers advantages. Because of Terry's immunity streak and not up the hidden Immunity idol, Austin was voted out in 9th.

Voted Out

     Nick Stanbury 

Nick Stanbury

An Accountant on the Viveros tribe. When transferred to La Mina, Nick was on the men's alliance. Unlike his friend, Nick was much quieter contestant. However, They entered the merge without Numbers. When Terry won immunity, Nick was voted out for being the biggest threat.

  • The Big Guy: To La Mina.
  • Heroic Build: Nick might not be a full blown Mr. Fanservice but he have a some amazing abs.
  • Last Words: Instead of the usual pleasantries or bitter rants people give when they are voted off, Nick gives a quite possibly epic final words dovetailing his experience on the show with his (what appears to be libertarian) political beliefs.
  • Out of Focus
  • The Quiet One
  • The Stoic: Best example is when Sally lost the spear. He kept calm and told the panicky Sally that everything is going to be okay.
  • Those Two Guys: With Austin.
  • Worthy Opponent

     Dan Barry 

Dan Barry

An Retired Astronaut who was originally placed on La Mina. He immediately befriended Terry based on flying backgrounds. After the switch, Dan was in an comfortable men's alliance. In the last pre merge immunity challenge, Dan fowled up, costing his tribe the win. With the target, Sally, On Exile Island, Dan was voted out for weakness.


     Bobby "Bobdawg" Mason 

Bobby "Bobdawg" Mason

Allegiance: Viveros, Casaya
Born: August 20, 1973 (age 39)
From: Los Angeles, California

An attorney from the original Viveros tribe and the newly formed Casaya tribe. Bobby, or "Bobdawg" as he's better known outside of the show, is best known outside of Survivor for his commentary surrounding the show and how early boots such as himself are portrayed, as well as having one of the most eclectic backgrounds ever. Unfortunately for him, he was also stuck on Casaya, one of the craziest tribes ever put together, where he was forced to deal with people who not only wanted to vote him out, but also some legitimately crazy people. After going off on Courtney for annoying him over a bottle of wine that he drank with Bruce, plus the possibility of him flipping over to La Mina at the merge looming, he was voted out by the women of Casaya in 12th place.


  • Ascended Fanboy: He was barely shown during his season, leading one to think that he may have been boring, but post show Bobby is perhaps one of the most well liked, quotable and fun cast members around. Check out his thread on Survivor Sucks where he dishes about his experiences on the show and why the editing screwed him over. It's surprisingly insightful.

     Ruth-Marie Milliman 

Ruth-Marie Milliman

Allegiance: Casaya, La Mina
Born: April 11, 1957 (age 55)
From: Greenville, South Carolina

Real-estate agent from the original Casaya tribe and the newly formed La Mina tribe. While she was initially branded as a strong competitor by her tribemates thanks to winning the first reward challenge, she was less well-received on La Mina thanks to the prominence of the all-guy alliance, and was sent home in 13th place after being perceived as weak.


     Misty Giles 

Misty Giles

Allegiance: Bayonetta, La Mina
Born: February 25, 1981 (age 31)
From: Dallas, Texas

A missile engineer and former beauty queen from the original Bayonetta tribe. The first person to ever be sent to Exile Island, Misty was sent to the newly formed La Mina tribe after the swap, where she ended up being the first target of the all-guy alliance and sent home in 14th place.


     Melinda Hyder 

Melinda Hyder

Allegiance: Casaya
Born: May 23, 1973 (age 39)
From: Sevierville, Tennessee

Singer/Entertainer from the original and new Casaya tribe. The variety of people from different backgrounds and beliefs coming into the new tribe made it hard for her to fit in, and once they lost the first immunity challenge she and Cirie were told outright one of them would be leaving. While they both rallied to have Shane voted out after expressing a desire to quit, Melinda was ultimately voted out in 15th place.


     Tina Scheer 

Tina Scheer

Allegiance: Casaya
Born: November 17, 1960 (age 51)
From: Hayward, Wisconsin

A lumberjill and the leader of the original Casaya tribe. Tina was originally supposed to be in the preceding season, but her only son died in a car accident shortly before filming, and Amy O'Hara replaced her. After initially taking charge and running a tight ship, the death of her son only a few months earlier was too much for her, and Cirie was able to take her lack of focus on the game and her perceived bossiness as an excuse to vote her out.


  • Cool Old Lady: The women was an lumberjill and was the one who made Casaya hospitable.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Stated this in the rites of passage.
  • History Repeats: Tina later competed on another reality show called Ultimate Survival Alaska where her team was the lowest performing of the season. Her brother Rob also competed on The Amazing Race and didn't fare much better than she did.
  • Large Ham: Especially win banging on her chest and yelling.
  • Mood Whiplash: Her son died only a few months before the game. This is revealed (to the Confession Cam) rather abruptly midway through the episode.
  • Outliving Ones Offsping: Tina's son died in a Car accident just months before she was supposed to went on Guatemala. This was mentioned after the original Casaya lost the first challenge of the season.
  • Wild Hair.

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