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The Tribes




The Sole Survivor

    Tina Wesson

Tina was chosen to compete on All-Stars and later Blood Ws. Water with her Daughter, Katie Collins

  • The Chessmaster: Tina used her knowledge of Debb's vote against Jeff to have the advantage at the merge.
  • Dark Horse Victory
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeated Colby, the favorite to win and unstoppable challenge beast, in a close vote.
  • Epic Fail: In her audition video.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Very well-liked and respected by her tribe mates. Oh, and she was blonde.
  • Guile Heroine: She was one of the original strategists in a time were overt strategy was looked down upon by the general fan base, but the clearest example of this would be how she convinced Colby to flip and get Mitchell voted out. She knew that she would be the next to go after Keith, if ever, so she convinced Colby to go after Mitchell in order to keep the tribe strong. Colby couldn't go against his values, nor could he make the viewing audience assume he was part of an alliance, so he voted Mitchell and the rest was history.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's a nurse in real life.
  • No-Damage Run: Tina was the first winner to not have any votes cast against her.
  • Noodle Incident: Tina somehow got Kimmi (who was from the other tribe) to admit which players had past votes against them during a reward challenge, ensuring that Ogakor had an information advantage that could break ties in their favor over Kucha during the merge. Alas, we never see this exchange on-screen.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Two occassions. On the way to tribal council, she convinced Colby to vote out Mitchell. She also managed to get Kimmi to blab about Jeff having a vote against him, which meant that he would lose the tie breaker.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Plucky Girl
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: She had notable ones for Mitchell and Nick’s ousters.
    for Mitchell’s vote: I didn't come out here to starve myself and face the elements to keep the weakest person.
    for Nick’s vote: You said you were tired of playing the game, and that you weren’t having any fun anymore. So here’s your ticket, buddy!
  • Proper Lady: Tina is almost unfailingly polite to everyone around her.
  • The Smart Girl: To Ogakor.
  • Sole Survivor
  • The Strategist: Definitely overlooked as one due to the edit. Practically everyone from her season described her as the one who made all of the decisions on who to vote out.
  • Supporting Leader: Via being The Woman behind the Man.
  • Team Mom: At one point, she threatens to give Jerri and Keith a time out if they wouldn't stop squabbling.
  • Touch of Death: Whoever Tina voted for at every single Tribal Council in which she participated was the person voted out.
  • The Woman Behind The Man: Colby may have won most of the Immunity challenges, but it was Tina who decided the boot order.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her love of Doritos (or "Dur-ee-toes," as she calls them) is mentioned on several occasions.



    Colby Donaldson

Colby would return for All-Stars and later Heroes vs. Villains.

The Jury

    Keith Famie

  • Butt-Monkey: Keith was the main target of Jerri’s torment, but once Jerri is gone he becomes Colby’s target. Even Tina admits they kept Keith around because they needed the extra vote.
  • Chef of Iron: Keith was an actual chef and was one of the few people to give Colby a run for his money in the challenges.
  • The Comically Serious: His tiffs with both Jerri and Colby end up being this.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Tina doesn't respect him, but sees his value as a number. Colby hated him and refused to bring him to the finals.
  • The Lancer: To Ogakor.
  • Non-Action Guy: Compared to the strategically competent Tina, or the badass action hero Colby, Keith had nothing going on for him.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Keith was originally supposed to appear on the first season but was held over for the second season.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Colby hates Keith for some reason, calling him a bozo.
  • Supreme Chef: Subverted early on, when he couldn't properly cook rice and the tribe found it disgusting. He was not pleased when Jerri made tortillas from scratch and the tribe loved them.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Team Chef: He was an actual chef in real life, but he wasn't actually the team chef early on in the game.
  • The Rival: Besides Nick, he's the only real competition for Colby in the challenges, and he manages to win a few of his own.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: To his girlfriend Peas. He proposed her after losing the loved ones challenge and she said yes.

    Elisabeth Filarski

  • The Chick: To Kucha.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes
  • The Fundamentalist: Not as obvious though during the show, but she later became one of the more conservative hosts of the TV show The View.
  • The Ingenue: Elisabeth was the first recurrence of the Survivor Ingénue archetype, of which Colleen Haskell was the prototype. Elisabeth was portrayed as a very sweet and innocent girl. Rodger referred to her as a daughter figure to him. Alicia also referred to Elisabeth as "meek and mild".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Rodger.
  • Last of Her Kind: The very last member of Kucha to be eliminated.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: Almost unfailingly nice and compassionate towards everyone. Even when dealing with people who could be quite difficult to deal with like Jerri, she still at least tries to maintain her politeness. In fact, it was because she and Rodger were such respectable and likable people that the main Ogakor alliance voted them out later than their own tribemates, Jerri and Amber.
  • Nothing Personal: Said this when voted out Amber.
  • Odango Hair: How she styles her hair.
  • Plucky Girl: The very last member of Kucha, facing off against an alliance of three.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Though it did not seem like it on first glance, she's the person on Kucha who played the hardest after Varner's boot. She realized Tina's strategy was to take whoever was "deserving" and capitalized on that, allowing her to outlast her other tribe mates and Ogakor's own Jerri and Amber. She might have even considered allying herself with Amber had the conditions not decimated her body.
  • Weight Loss Horror: Not weight loss per se, but just a side effect of malnourishment. Her hair started falling off in clumps towards her boot.
  • Worthy Opponent: The reason why they kept her over Amber was because they all liked her better.

    Rodger Bingham

  • Cool Old Guy: A generally calming presence on the show, develops a cute friendship with Elisabeth and is respected enough to outlast other Ogakor members.
  • Face Your Fears: Rodger is afraid of heights AND just learned how to swim right before he came to the Outback. But he still jumps off a large waterfall for one of the earlier challenges.
  • Farm Boy
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Actually requests to go out fifth so Elisabeth can make the final four.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Elisabeth. When he gave her a rock shaped as a heart to give to her boyfriend.
  • The Leader: Of Kucha, after Skupin fell into the fire pit.
  • Nice Guy: As mentioned with regards to Elizabeth, this is the main reason he and her lasted longer than some of Ogakor's original tribemates despite being outnumbered by them: the main allaince of Tina, Colby and Keith respected them more than they respected Jerri (and to a lesser extent, Amber) because of their likable personalities.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Kentucky Joe".
  • Simple Country Lawyer: He played up his “Kentucky Joe” folksiness, but it was later revealed he was the president of a local bank.
  • Team Dad: To Kucha.
  • Worthy Opponent: Following Tina and Colby's desire to keep those deserving, they deemed him much more worthy than either Jerri or Amber.

    Amber Brkich

Amber returned as one of the more questionable choices for All-Stars as a replacement for Elisabeth.

    Nick Brown

  • The Lancer: To Kucha.
  • Lazy Bum: Subverted. He was edited this way, but by all accounts from fellow cast members, this was Manipulative Editing.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Out of Focus: He had the least content of any contestant on the season.
  • The Stoic: By far the least emotional player on this season. Even when one of his Kucha tribemates ends up badly burned, his reaction is far more understated than anyone else's.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Colby. Aside from Keith, we was the only real competition to him in the individual challenges.

    Jerri Manthey

Jerri was chosen to compete on All-Stars and later Heroes Vs. Villains

    Alicia Calaway

Alicia would return for All-Stars

Voted Out

    Jeff Varner

Varner was chosen via public vote to return for Cambodia, and would later return for Game Changers.

    Michael Skupin note

  • Crazy Survivalist: He seriously manages to catch and kill a pig. The editors also had fun portraying him as this every now and then with some judicious use of close-up shots and eerie music.
  • Dead Star Walking: The early episodes build Michael up as the undisputed (well, other than Alicia) Large Ham leader of Kucha, with some viewers even seeing him as the second coming of Richard Hatch. He's arguably the biggest character from the first half of this season other than Jerri. And he ends up falling into the fire a day or two before the merge.
  • Fatal Flaw: Carelessness, in a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. Michael was ridiculously nonchalant about getting cut up repeatedly in his first day at camp, but right before the merge, when the game was going to really get underway and he was very set to go far, his recklessness caught up with him and he got injured so badly that Michael had to be evacuated and have his injuries treated by medical professionals and undergo monitoring in a hospital.
  • Foreshadowing: On his very first day as a castaway, Michael gets himself cut and bruised over and over, including getting a gash on his forehead, a puncture in the sole of his foot, and several nicks and slices from mishandling a knife. Tribemates were disturbed and cringing at how many injuries he kept getting and his brazen dismissal of them. Even so, Michael manages to be a strong player up to the looming of the merge. Finally, Michael stumbled and fell into a camp fire, and suffered extreme burns to his hands that were life-threatening and incapable of being healed properly during the game and would prevent him from further participation.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Falling into the fire after passing out. This is the most notable example of a medical evacuation in the show's history. Thankfully, Skupin was allowed to return for Survivor: Philippines.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. They show the burns on his hands after he falls into the fire, and they are very, very cringe-inducing.
  • The Hero: Of Kucha.
  • Keet: Michael is a GROWN version of this.
  • Large Ham
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: The Ur-Example and Trope Maker.
  • Shocking Elimination: The first castaway to be eliminated by the actual day-to-day life in camp as he accidentally inhaled smoke and passed out, falling into the fire. Not only was this hugely pivotal in how the game played out as Kucha was forced to go into the merge even instead of having a chance to go in with the numbers advantage, but on top of that, it happened to the person with very arguably the strongest survival skills on the show. Was shocking even In-Universe.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kimmi reveals to Tina that Debb’s vote was for Jeff, which ultimately leads to the downfall of the Kucha tribe.
  • Worthy Opponent

    Kimmi Kappenberg

Kimmi was chosen via public vote to return for Cambodia

  • Alliterative Name
  • Break the Cutie: After Mike caught and killed the pig, Jeff started to mock Kimmi for her vegetarianism. Later, Jeff instigated an argument between her and Alicia over when to cook the chickens. The latter argument is what contributed towards Kimmi getting voted off.
    • Earlier than that, she refused to eat a cow brain because it went against her values.
  • Fatal Flaw: Kimmi is a vegetarian who is on a game show where she might have to eat food made from animals.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: According to her audition tape, she enjoys being in the nude, but only because she enjoys to and she doesn't consider anything sexual about it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She accidentally revealed to Tina during a reward challenge that Jeff had a previous vote against him. This knowledge caused Ogakor to have an advantage during the merge when they manipulated the votes so that Jeff would leave after a 5-5 deadlock tiebreaker.
  • Motor Mouth
  • No Indoor Voice: At the first night of camp.
  • Noodle Incident: There was a montage of Kimmi chatting it up with her tribe during the first night, and the excerpts of what we heard sounded pretty kinky.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kimmi reveals to Tina that Debb’s vote was for Jeff, which ultimately leads to the downfall of the Kucha tribe.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Kimmi’s strong vegetarian convictions almost causes her tribe to lose a challenge and is what leads to her big fight with Alicia.
  • Wall of Blather

    Mitchell Olson

  • Didn't See That Coming: The first true blindside of the season. He and Jerri thought their five-person alliance was solid and were shocked at Tina and Colby’s betrayal.
  • The Dragon: to Jerri.
  • Fire of Comfort: Mitchell personally wrote several songs that Ogakor members sang together around the fire every night. The Ogakor members were disappointed that none were shown on air (though at least one scene appears on the DVD).
  • Hide Your Gays: His Sexuality was not discussed on the show and he was the fourth out.
  • The Load: Considering he's taller than most of the cast, he needed way more food and nutrients than the rest of his tribe. As said by Tina when she votes him out:
    Tina: "This game isn't easy. I didn't come out here to starve myself and face the elements to keep the weakest person."
  • One Head Taller: Than the entire cast - he's seven foot.
  • Straight Gay: Although his sexuality hasn't be talked about on screen.

    Maralyn "Mad Dog" Hershey

    Kel Gleason

  • Arch-Enemy: Jerri was this to him. On the post show "Back From The Outback" special, he even had a Dartboard of Hate with her face on it.
  • The Big Guy: Kel was physically bigger than even Colby and was a former Army ranger. Yet, he was still the first person from his tribe voted out.
  • Fish out of Water: Like Debb below, he had trouble relating to people who weren't from the military.
  • Noodle Incident: The infamous "Beef Jerky Incident" (the question of whether or not he smuggled food into the game) has never been answered, and we never actually saw the footage of Kel chewing on whatever it was that he was chewing on (he claims it was a shard of grass).
    • According to Jeff Varner's AMA from Reddit, he did. Jeff reveals that Kel was caught in front of all the contestants by airport customs for trying to smuggle beef jerky, even having a seam on his pants for it. And later he was caught again for smuggling shoes in game day.
  • Token Minority: He is a Peruvian Quecha.
  • The Unreveal: As mentioned right above, we'll probably never find out whether Kel was really chewing beef jerky or if Jerri was just making it up to make him seem more unlikable to the other tribemates, or even if Jerri genuinely thought that he was eating that, but he really wasn't, and it was all just a misunderstanding.

    Debb Eaton

  • Fish out of Water: Had trouble relating to her tribe, leading to her tribe ousting her first.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not on the show itself, but as revealed on the post show "Back From The Outback", the prisoners in the prison that she works at have been subjecting her to this by continuously mocking her for being the first person voted off of Survivor. It's pretty hard not to feel sorry for her after hearing about this.
  • Nice Hat
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She was voted off first, but the one vote she cast (against Jeff) ended up being the tiebreaker vote that gave Ogakor the upper hand at the merge, eventually leading to the elimination of the entire Kucha tribe and Tina's victory.
  • Tomboy: A prison guard, and a particularly intimidating one at that.
  • The Woobie


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