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  • Animal Motif: Named after a fish
  • Epic Fail: During the first immunity challenge, Daniel and Ryan had trouble with the balance beam after taking an early lead. Jabaru gained immunity and Ryan was voted out of Tambaqui as a result.

The Sole Survivor

    Jenna Morasca

  • Action Girl: She won four out of the eight individual challenges during the merge. Jenna tied Kelly Wiglesworth's record for most individual immunity challenges by women in a single seasonnote .
  • Anti Heroine: She's kind of bratty.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Like Rob, Jenna has seen every season since the show began back in 2000.
  • Batman Gambit: Giving her immunity (not the HII, but the individual immunity) to Heidi at the Final 6. She was banking on that Rob found her a jury goat.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: She admits during the reunion that even she thought she came off as too bitchy, but has come to terms with it and is trying to do better.
  • Dark Horse Victory: After Heidi's elimination it was widely assumed that she would be the next to go. Nobody expected her to win two immunity challenges in a row, vote out the favorite to win and sweep the finals. It was especially surprising because she had been portrayed in the show as an Alpha Bitch while Matt had been portrayed as the closest thing to a hero the season had. While post-game interviews have clarified that Jenna was well liked at camp and Matt was a bit of a spaz, her win is still controversial, if only for how misleading the editing was.
  • Erotic Eating: Her chocolate and peanut butter during the "Perch" challenge.
  • Flawless Victory: While she doesn't have a No-Damage Run, she's the first winner to win in a landslide vote of 6-1.
  • Honor Before Reason: Cleverly subverted - she pretended to want to take a Worthy Opponent to the final two, because she claimed it was the honorable thing to do. However, she later admitted that she was lying to make herself look better and was perfectly willing to bring a goat to the finals, as is traditional.
  • Last of Her Kind: The last woman Jaburu standing
  • Loophole Abuse: Averted. According to the contestants, Jenna and Rob devise a plan to get the most out of least (meaning pay less money for the same food) in the Survivor Auction. However, Jeff caught on and threatened to stop the challenge if this continues.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Justified in that she's a swimsuit model.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Rob during the final immunity challenge.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Complained about something along this line of thought at the Final 6. While most interpreted it as her claiming it was an actual handicap (given the way Christy was looking at her during her spiel, it couldn't have helped) it was really about how young, attractive model types are not usually perceived to be good at Survivor.
  • Sole Survivor: The youngest woman to ever do so note 
  • Spanner in the Works: Overcame the alliance against her by winning Immunity when it really counted. If she hadn't, Butch would have had her spot in the final three.



    Matthew von Ertfelda

  • Axe-Crazy: Many of the castaways thought he was this when he started sharpening the machete like crazy.
  • Batman Gambit: Threw the final challenge because he knew that both Rob and Jenna would want to take him to the final two.
  • The Big Guy/The Starscream: Depending on where you are in the season, he's either a free vote that Rob can use or he's going behind Rob's back by cutting deals with the other players to ensure that he gets to the final two.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Spoke Mandarin with Daniel in one episode.
  • The Dragon: To Rob, who uses him as a free vote and to relay orders to Butch.
  • Genius Bruiser: He may not be that good of a player, but he's well spoken and is obviously very intelligent. He is also probably the most knowledgeable person about how to survive in the wild in this season.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Loses in the most one-sided Final Jury vote up to that point.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Aside from Butch, pretty much the entire cast resented him or made fun of him behind his back.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He gave everybody the creeps, to the point where Rob semi-seriously says that they're scared of how he'd react to being voted out.
  • Those Two Guys: With Butch after the merge, who he spends a lot of time fishing in the boat with until he starts to grow more independent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the season progresses, he becomes much, much more strategically capable.

The Jury

    Rob Cesternino

  • Ascended Fanboy: Probably the first overt fan of the show to make it on(there were other people in past seasons who were fans, but not to the degree that Rob was).
  • Failed a Spot Check: Axing Heidi instead of Jenna in the Final 5, despite the obvious signs showed that:
    • Jenna was as good in challenges as Matthew and had already won 2 individual immunity challenges at that time, while Heidi has won none, and one of her strongest assets is in recovery.
    • Jenna knew how to make herself look good for the jury (by giving up immunity to Heidi as in to save her friend), while Heidi indirectly make herself look horrible for the jury (by proclaiming that she is the mastermind in this game as in to taunt the remaining tribemates)
    • Heidi will have the losing edge against anyone sitting right next to her in the Final Tribal Council.
  • Follow the Leader: Rob was the first player to truly build on Richard Hatch's alliance strategy. Rather than build a large and powerful alliance to dominate the game Rob used a very small alliance to increase the power of his vote, while also cutting long term deals with everyone at camp to keep the target off his back while flipping himself into being the swing vote as much as possible. His manipulative and deceitful style has had a huge influence on the game and is a very popular way to play the game.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked by Rob himself constantly on the season.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Consider that post-merge he managed to play alliances against each other, continually shift his allegiance to whatever best suited him at the time, managed several coup d'etat's while putting his neck on the line the entire time and it took him to the final three. No player up to that point was able to pull off that risky of a playing style that well, excluding Vecepia, who granted wasn't in nearly as much danger as he was.
  • Mr. Exposition: The man was able to narrate the whole season accurately from both sides of the alliance split.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: He makes frequent references to various things like Seinfeld, Peanuts, old pop songs, and Al Capone.
  • Security Blanket: His Magic 8 Ball. It was also used by Rob as a way to break the ice and to distract his tribe mates from talking strategy. It melted during the fire that Rob blames Butch for.
  • Smug Snake: Occasionally he played so overtly strategically without considering how people would react that it blew up in his face (mainly Jenna and Heidi).

    Butch Lockley

  • Be Yourself: His luxury item was a poster he got from the high school he is a principal at that said "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF". When the camp accidentally burned down(which Butch most likely caused), he exclaims "Well, now we're really going to have to believe in ourselves."
  • Pyromaniac: Rob called him one, presumably because he collected so much firewood. Said firewood was responsible for causing a huge fire back at camp while everyone was away at the reward challenge.
  • Sanity Slippage: Was also accused of this late in the game. Hilarity Ensues too.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unfortunately, Butch never really seemed to have much power, first being strung along by Roger's alliance, then by Rob's alliance, and finally was cut loose by his partner Matthew during the final four.

    Heidi Strobel

Note: This is just an homage to Heidi's character in Funny 115, but the tropes still apply to her characteristics during her stint in the Amazon.

  • Brainless Beauty: "I have nothing to say, because sometimes silence can make you even more beautiful."
  • Dumb Blonde: " Hey, I just have the perfect yellow hair. Which is maintained with 10 secret ingredients (butter, vanilla, diarylides...), courtesy of me."
  • Erotic Eating: " So my school fired me because I chose to strip off my clothes for cookies and peanut butter. Their loss. Still it was kinda my fault for making my eating looked like a...stripshow."
    • Ms. Fanservice: "I don't look like your average gym coach. I can encourage boys, men, girls & women to work out with me."
  • Femme Fatale: " Yes I am. All of you are writing aimlessly for Tv Tropes because you are all attracted to me."
  • Genius Ditz: "I really have a IQ of 165. In fact, I manipulated other people to write answers for me because the questions they gave me were just too easy."
  • Hidden Depths: "Aside from my IQ, I also learned from a young age to see both sides of the coin. It certainly paid off when Rob begged me & Jenna to vote off Christy after he betrayed us first.
  • The Lancer: " I team up with Jenna. because we are friends, we are really young, and also because I'm better in every aspect than her".
  • The Quisling: " I turned on Jeanne and Christy after the tribal switch to join Dave, Roger, and Butch because I knew they would fight for me. In fact people would make up stories that my position hadn't really changed after I voted off Jeanne, and I just made it to the merge because my tribe won the next Immunity challenge and soon merged after."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: "I knew I'm going to be voted off, because these men are threatened by me. I am the mastermind in this game, and even Dave knows it, as evidenced by Dave burying his head in his hands."

    Christy Smith

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Other players have said that Christy was... pretty out there, but the show mostly painted her as the Inspirationally Disadvantaged Nice Girl instead and left out most of her wackiness. There are still hints of it in the show though, such as her story about having sex at the Washington Monument.
  • Hollywood Homely: Despite being a very attractive girl and the same age as Heidi she is never brought up in the same conversations as Jenna, Heidi and Shawna.
  • Nice Girl: Possibly subverted. According to Jenna's version of events, Christy had moments where she was just as bitchy and rude as her or Heidi was, but used her deafness as a way to avoid any criticism. The way she was portrayed on the actual show though is a straight example.
  • One-Liner: Her "he's creepy" confessional is one of the most quoted lines from this season.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Vows to make sure Heidi and Jenna will never win after she is voted out, and then proceeds to vote for Jenna to win the game.

    Alex Bell

  • The Dulcinea Effect: Both supported and subverted. He was perfectly willing to betray all the men so he could align with Jenna, but during the pre-merge, he was the one who convinced Shawna to forget about her alliance with Jenna, Heidi and Deena.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He made it clear to Rob, not one round after they blindsided Deena, that he would be voted out at the final four. This was what caused Rob to make a counter-alliance of Matthew, Butch and Christy to vote Alex out.
  • Older Than They Look: Alex acts in his twenties but was 33 at the time of filming.

    Deena Bennett

  • Distaff Counterpart: To Roger. She was the unofficial leader of the Women's Tribe, and seemed to not respect men. Manipulative Editing perhaps had a part to play.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Ironically goes out in a much similar way to Roger; she more or less threw her shot at Immunity away not thinking she needed it, and it turned out she did. And on an even more ironic note, the people who got rid of her were the very people that she thought she was manipulating into doing her bidding.
  • Mistaken Age: Inverted. Even though she is only two or three years older than the comparatively younger acting Alex, Deena is often referred to as one of the older contestants.

    Dave Johnson

  • Always Someone Better: Why Alex and Rob wanted him gone.
  • The Dulcinea Effect:
    • After the tribal draft, he had the perfect opportunity to get rid of Jenna's best ally(Heidi) and fracture the women's tribe. For some bizarre reason, which can only be explained by this trope, he decided to spare Heidi and get rid of Black Sheep Jeanne instead.
    • They were even on numbers 3/3 between him, Butch, and Roger and Jeanne, Christy and Heidi. For whatever reason they perceived Heidi to be the easiest one to flip.

Voted Out

    Roger Sexton

    Shawna Mitchell

  • Sanity Slippage: She had this when her tribe lost out on the Coke fridge. She got better.
  • Tom Boy: Claims to be one in her Survivor Oz interview
  • Unexplained Recovery: Was on the verge of quitting the game on Day 13 or so until there was a tribal switch that swapped out some of the female members from her tribe for a few members from the all male Tambaqui tribe. Then she forgot all about being sick or having thoughts of quitting.

    Jeanne Hubert

  • I Ate WHAT?!: After Joanna was voted off, and she was the one cooking Jaburu's meals...

    Joanna Ward

  • The Fundamentalist: So religious in fact, that she considered the immunity idol an affront to the First Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Have Any Gods Before Me".
  • Holier Than Thou: She shows shades of this when she states that "Jesus loves Jaburu!".
  • Insane Troll Logic: When Joanna compared the Immunity Idol to a religious idol(as in the First Commandment "Thou shalt not have any other gods before me.") Rob summed up most people's reactions to Joanna's reaction best when he waxed philosophic about whether God had any real vested interest in Survivor.
  • Religious Bruiser: She was one of the strongest members on the original Jaburu tribe.
  • Shout-Out: When Ryan Howard from The Office name dropped her in the middle of an episode. It came somewhat as a shock to some Survivor fans who were expecting, if anything at all, a name drop to a more famous contestant such as Rupert Boneham or Boston Rob. Or at least Jenna Morasca. Someone working for The Office is clearly a secret Survivor fan.
  • Token Minority: The Only African-American on this season.

    Daniel Lue

  • Asian and Nerdy: Somewhat averted, He seems to be pretty smart, but in terms of Survivor intelligence, he doesn't quite show similar results.

    Janet Koth

  • The Load: The other reason why she was voted out.
  • Misblamed: An in-universe example occurs when she was blamed for smuggling a granola bar into camp.

    Ryan Aiken

  • Ironic Birthday: The Episode he was voted out in aired on his birthday.
  • Misblamed: In-universe example. He was blamed for blowing Tambaqui's lead in the first Immunity Challenge, but Daniel was the one who caused it to happen.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ryan is a male model after all.
  • Shout-Out: References the John Woo movie Hard Target when voting for Roger by stating "Don't Hunt What You Can't Kill".
  • Worthy Opponent: To Roger, both of whom were battling from Day 1 for control of the men's tribe.

Alternative Title(s): Survivor Amazon


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