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The Sole Survivor

    Sandra Diaz-Twine
  • Anti Heroine: The kind of person who would not attempt to be coercive with people unless they rightfully deserved it. And this is before she learned to quietly groom people to her advantage by acting nice and congenial just to lure them into a false sense of security and then manipulate them. Her record of success comes from the fact that she's very furtive and crafty, but learns to hide it well.
  • Badass Boast: Her Wham Line below was the first ever time Fairplay's "Dead Grandma" ploy failed to convince someone he was being truthful (which, of course, he wasn't). Her refusal to believe Jon and stick the woman's alliance together was the ultimate event that turned the game around for the three remaining women against Jon and Burton.
  • Born Winner: The woman played twice, and only had one real vote cast against her in both her games combined.
  • Breakout Character: Alongside Fairplay and Rupert, remains one of the most recognizable Survivor players to this day. Additionally unlike those two, her reputation has improved, if anything.
  • The Cassandra: Talk about Meaningful Name.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "I was like ohhhh shit."
  • Flawless Victory: She had a No-Damage Run and won in a landslide vote of 6-1.
  • Griefer: Almost immediately after Rupert's blindside, she dumps all the fish that he'd caught for the tribe as revenge. Then, in the penultimate episode she decided to start hiding the camp equipment, believing that she was the next to go - it was only because of Lili deciding to betray Jon and Burton that she cut short that plan.
  • Guile Heroine
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Rupert.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: She doesn't outright say it, but her style of play both averts this and plays it straight at the same time. As she says, she would vote out anyone so long as it wasn't her. She was perfectly okay making friends, but if it advanced her in the game, she wouldn't think twice before stabbing them in the back and would have no regrets about doing so. Nowhere is this clearer than when she dumps all the tribe's fish and lets her friend and ally Christa be blamed.
  • Jerkass
  • The Load: In some challenges, particularly anything that involves swimming, as she admitted at the reunion.
  • Lady Swearsalot: While she's nearly as bad as Fairplay in this regard, half their dialogue consists of sound effects in the early episodes. It's still hard to believe she's a mother of two with dialogue like that:
    "You know what, I CAN GET LOUD TOO, WHAT THE F%#K!"
    "Where the f$%k is the water jug?"
    "Where's that snake mother f#$ker Jon?! I tell you what no one can trust that f$%king bitch right there, I never trusted you from day one and you can't be trusted, ladies he cannot be trust he will backstab you in a f%$king heartbeat like he did in everybody here!"
  • Living Lie Detector: The only one to see through Fairplay's dead grandma lie.
  • The Napoleon
  • No-Damage Run
  • Power Trio: Of the Beauty, Brains and Brawn variety with Rupert and Christa - she was Brains.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Sole Survivor: Her first.
  • Spicy Latina
  • Talking Your Way Out
  • True Neutral: Invoked - she frequently said that she'd vote for anyone, as long as it wasn't her.
    • Averted with Johnny Fairplay, Burton, and eventually Russell, all of whom she attempted to have eliminated for personal reasons.
    • She was also exceptionally good friends with Rupert. The DVD commentary for Pearl Islands reveals that she and Christa planned to burn down the shelter and throw snakes at Johnny Fair Play once he got Rupert Eliminated. (Apparently the Mattress wouldn't catch fire)
  • Wham Line: "And in my head, and mumbling under my breath, I was like 'I swear on my two kids that I'm gonna screw you [Jon] and Burton.'"



    Lillian Morris
  • Back From Elimination
  • Being Good Sucks: She was constantly lambasted at the Final Tribal Council for her choice of wearing her scout master uniform. Of course, she didn't know she would be playing the game with it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be a Perpetual Frowner and easily upset, but during the final immunity, she grows giant cannonballs of steel. She even taunts Jon as he tries to cut a deal with her.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Cool Old Lady: The Oldest contestant this season.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: See Shut Up, Hannibal!.
    • Her uniform and her personality made most people write her off as being in over her head but after her return to the game she voted out the entire jury (and Savage), backstabbing several of them, and her social isolation meant she didn't have strong ties to any alliance and gave her considerable power in the game.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works
  • Honor Before Reason: Taking Sandra to the finals. She probably would have won if she'd taken Fairplay to the finals, as she had Tijuana's vote against Sandra and knew Sandra, Rupert and Christa all hated Jon.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Skinny Ryan.
  • Never Mess with Granny
  • Nice Hat
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Poor Communication Kills: Doesn't exactly do the strongest job at the final tribal council.
  • Prone to Tears: VERY much so. Always looks like she is on the brink of crying, and does so very often
  • Proud Scout Master
  • Plucky Girl
  • She's Back
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Jon at the final immunity challenge:
    Jon: "Lill, you wanna make a deal right now?"
    Lillian: "No sir!"
    Jon: "You're crazy."
    Lillian: "My daughter wants to be a doctor."
    Jon: "Do you understand how the-"
    Lillian: "Jon, don't talk to me."
    Lillian: "Shut. Up."
  • Team Mom: Evident at the very end of the season - the reason she chose Sandra as who to take to the finals was because she knew she would lose anyway, and she didn't want to be responsible if Jon won the million dollars and indulged himself to death. She may have lost Survivor, but she may have saved Jon's life.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Morgan voted her out. She returned and proceeded to be the deciding factor in getting rid of all of them but Ryno.
    • Ultimately does this to Fairplay. He spends a good chunk of the season being a jerk to her, and in the final immunity challenge, she pretty much destroys him in the most humiliating way and later votes him off at tribal council.
  • The Eeyore: Take a picture of her face at any point during the series - nine times out of ten, she'll be frowning and unhappy.

Jury Members

    Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton

    Darrah Johnson
  • Action Girl: Won three Immunity Challenges in a row, finished fourth because nobody wanted to compete against her in the endurance challenge.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Diabolus ex Machina: On her boot episode, the remaining four castaways had to compete against the Jury for immunity. As a result of the jury winning, she got the boot.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: Who she won her first immunity. Burton had his immunity stripped after Jeff discovered a misspelled word.
  • The Chick: To Morgan.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Darrah works as a mortician, and her audition tape involved invoking this trope for laughs.
  • Out of Focus: While she did have a few lines before she started winning immunities, she can be compared to Brett of Samoa by how suddenly she's in the limelight.
  • Plucky Girl: In the face of everyone in her tribe being gone long ago after the merge.
  • The Stoic
  • The Unintelligible: Depending on the viewer - however, one has to admit though that her Mississippi accent was pretty thick.
  • Those Two Girls: With Tijuana.

    Burton Roberts

    Christa Hastie
  • Action Girl: Lasted the longest out of her entire tribe in the 'hold a bar with weighted sandbags on it longer than anyone else' immunity challenge, and always came in extremely close to winning individual immunity (only loosing to Rupert or fellow Action Girl Darrah).
  • Butt-Monkey
  • The Chew Toy
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: While not 'cacophonic', the most memorable part of Christa is that she sounds like she has a perpetual cold.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Inverted as She apparently hated a lot around camp: the reason Drake threw immunity challenge? To get her out. Ryno's throwaway vote in his boot episode? For Christa. Who was blamed for sabotaging the tribe after Rupert was blindsided? Christa. You just had to feel sorry for the poor girl when she had most of the camp apart from her Power Trio plotting against her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sandra.
  • Hidden Depths: She was apparently such good friends with Sandra and Rupert, that when Rupert was blindsided, she plotted with Sandra to burn the shelter down.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: On the DVD commentary, she wonders why Sandra and Rupert were chosen to play in multiple seasons and not her.
  • Misblamed: After Rupert's blindside, Sandra dumped the fish he had caught while nobody was looking. Because Christa had not been seen for a couple of seconds, and because most of the tribe didn't believe her alibi, she was blamed for the incident.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: Seems like the friendliest person in the whole cast.
  • Power Trio: Of the Beauty, Brains and Brawn variety with Rupert and Sandra. She was Beauty.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • True Blue Femininity: She was wearing a blue flowered dress when the game started. Justified as the castaway started the game with the clothes on their backs.

    Tijuana Bradley

    Rupert Boneham
  • Badass Beard
  • Berserk Button: Jon and Trish voting for him sets off an absolute shitstorm that Jon takes the brunt of.
  • The Big Guy
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Compared to Johnny Fairplay.
  • Breakout Character: Rupert is the textbook definition. He was the most popular player this season who, despite being voted out in episode 10 was in most of the advertisements for the season. On, the DVD cover, he even appears in the top-center position occupied by the winner on every other season set. He also was in two All Star editions, making it farther both times than in this season.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: a fairly mild example, but he had his moments.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first half of the season sets up a confrontation between him and Jonny Fairplay, the villain of the season. That ends when Fairplay votes Rupert out soon after the merge, setting the stage for Sandra and Lil.
  • Determinator: When Rupert sets his mind to something he will rarely give up, which is how he is able to beat Osten in several physical challenges despite admitting that Osten is stronger than him.
  • Emotional Bruiser: The toughest guy in the season and also the most sensitive.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His famous "Pirates plunder, pirates steal" confessional in the first episode, in addition to his pirating of Morgan's shoes to help his tribe get more supplies in the village.
  • Face of a Thug
  • Friend to All Living Things: Unless they're fish or Jonny Fairplay.
  • Genre Blindness: His strategy is based around providing food, working hard at camp and winning challenges and he never really considers the dynamics of the individual game, focusing entirely on ensuring Drake's success as a group even post-merge. Fairplay suggests in the commentary that Rupert seems to think he's playing an extreme lifestyle game rather than a social strategy game, which is why he takes Fairplay's vote against him extremely personally.
  • Gentle Giant
  • The Heart: Rupert is disgusted when Jon suggests looting Morgan's water pot to deprive them of clean drinking water and when Morgan "wins" him in a challenge he does his best to get their camp in shape, teach them how to fish and win a reward challenge for them.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Sandra.
  • Iconic Outfit: His tie-dye wifebeater.
  • Large Ham: This guy can roar.
  • Power Trio: Of the Beauty, Brains and Brawn variety, with Sandra and Christa. He was Brawn.
  • Red Baron: The Pirate.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to the opposing tribe's leader Andrew.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Sore Loser: "So much for my dreams."
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: When you have someone as unique and who engages in as much antics as Rupert does, there's no doubt he'll devour most of the screen time.
  • Team Chef
  • Team Mom: He keeps the Drake tribe going by nurturing and providing for them.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: For most of the season, he wore a flowered skirt (made from part of Christa's dress), since the jeans he jumped ship in weren't exactly game-friendly. When Drake won a sewing kit in one of the reward challenges, he made himself another one.

    Ryan "Ryno" Opray

Voted Out

    Andrew Savage

    Osten Taylor

    Shawn Cohen
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Certainly for Jon.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Jon. Before the Outcast twist came along, Shawn and Jon were planning to team up during the merge in a manner pretty much identical to how Burton and Jon ended up working together after the merge. However, it probably wouldn't have been as successful as the Burton/Jon duumvirate was since the two hated each other fiercely.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Burton during the pre-merge.
  • Jerk Jock: To Rupert
  • Lazy Bum: He got called out on it many times by his tribe.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: According to his CBS bio, his friends and family like to call him "World's Greatest Salesman" or something similar. He seemed to believe this, despite being even more disliked on his tribe than Jonny Fairplay.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Quisling: First by betraying Burton, then by betraying Trish. Not that he had much of a choice with Burton, however.

    Trish Dunn

  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: In possibly the best position possible strategic-wise - everyone liked her, she had a good alliance with Fairplay and Shawn, and was extremely close to eliminating a potential post-merge threat (Rupert) - if Sandra hadn't ratted her out, and Shawn hadn't flipped back to the triumvirate, Trish could have taken control of the game.
  • The Starscream: Made a failed attempt just before the merge to overthrow the Rupert/Christa/Sandra triumvirate on Drake by recruiting Drake's most hated members, Jon and Shawn, into voting out Rupert. Shawn initially agrees with the plan, but later changes his mind, which leads to a 4-2 vote out against Trish.

    Michelle Tesauro
  • The Chick: On Drake, there was a three member alliance(four if Jonny Fairplay had joined up with them), consisting of Burton, Shawn and Michelle.
  • The Cutie
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: The plan during the food-eating competition mentioned below was for Michelle to fake being disgusted by the food and get it down as slow as possible, so she would get chosen for the tiebreaker by Morgan, after which she would scoff it down faster than anyone. Unfortunately for her, she got it down way too fast, Morgan chose Sandra, who ACTUALLY had trouble, that lost them the challenge, and Michelle was left to take the blame. Bye-bye, Michelle.
  • Meganekko
  • Tomboy: Admits to loving to eat and drink gross things, and proves it during the food eating competition in Episode 5.

    "Skinny" Ryan Shoulders

    Nicole Delma


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