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The Tribes

    Jalapao 

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    Timbira 

The Sole Survivor

    James "J.T." Thomas Jr. 

J.T. would return for Heroes vs. Villains and Game Changers.


  • Batman Gambit: The reason why he votes for Erinn in Coach's boot episode is because he knows that not writing Coach's name down will earn him Coach's jury vote. It works.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Throughout the season, he's generally shown to be a very easy-going, friendly guy. When his tribe blows a lead in an Immunity Challenge and lose, he got pissed and took his frustrations out on Spencer for his poor performance in particular.
  • Born Winner: Never had a vote against him, and controlled his tribe completely
  • The Charmer: So much that he won unanimously and everyone seemed to love him.
  • The Chess Master: Just about everything seems to go his way.
  • Determinator: At one point he continued to participate in a challenge he had lost a tooth in!
  • Farm Boy: From the south and lives... well, on a farm.
  • Flawless Victory: The Trope Codifier. No votes cast against him in the game, won with an unanimous Jury Vote, and wins the fan favorite prize.
  • Fun with Acronyms: J.T. is the initials of his first and last names.
  • Good Ol' Boy: Frequently referred to as one in a positive way by the rest of the cast.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stephen.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Warrior", as given to by Coach due to his courageous nature. Coach even wrote the nickname on his jury vote for him.
  • Kid Hero: Is this, being 24.
  • Magnetic Hero: And how. How many people were willing to lay down their chances at winning for him, again?
    • The most stand-out example of this is Brendan from the opposing tribe going from "I want J.T. out" to (quoted word-for-word) "If [J.T.] wins it, that's like me winning this game" after spending a single afternoon with him on a reward trip. Does J.T. have some Jedi mind powers or something?
  • Manly Tears: His reaction to winning the season.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's looks pretty good.
  • No-Damage Run: Which in turn gave him an awesome Flawless Victory.
  • Odd Friendship: Him and Stephen, with him being a country boy and Stephen being a nerd from New York. As well as Coach and Tyson.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: J.T.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Does a really impressive display of this at the Final Tribal Council after Stephen confesses that he would've taken Erinn instead, where he put on a face of looking heartbroken. He revealed at the reunion that it was all an act.
  • Simpleton Voice: Lampshaded by the man himself in one episode when he suggested that everyone else underestimates him because of his thick Alabama accent.
    "I don't know why everyone trusts me so much. In this game, I'm not so trustworthy. It seems like people would catch on to that. It may be the accent, I don't know."
  • Sole Survivor: The 18th one.
  • Sore Loser: Self-described. He once lost his temper after his tribe lost an Immunity Challenge.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: J.T. had a very active social game and was partners with Stephen in strategy.
    • Also, consider that a cattle farmer from Alabama managed to give a far more convincing argument for winning the game than the Yale graduate sitting next to him.
  • Young and in Charge: 24 and controlled the game with Stephen.

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Runner-Up

    Stephen Fishbach 

Post-Survivor, Stephen became a Survivor Know-It-All and later returned for Survivor: Cambodia.


  • Awesome by Analysis: He won his first and only Individual Immunity by memorizing an entire ten-symbol code on his first try, by translating it into a series of numbers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: He doesn't get a single vote at Final Tribal Council, but he made a new best friend whose friendship still lasts to this day.
  • Brainy Brunette: Well, he's brainy, and has brown hair, so...
  • Determinator: Managed to worm himself, J.T. and Taj into the Final 4, despite being down 3-6 at the merge.
  • Genius Bruiser: In Real Life he's actually a pretty big guy, and his intelligence goes without saying.
  • Guile Hero
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Lost to J.T. in the most one-sided Final 2 in Survivor history.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With J.T.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Wizard", as given to by Coach due to his intelligence.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Described himself as an "angsty New York Jew" in the premiere.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shockingly enough he looks pretty nice without a shirt.
  • Odd Friendship: Him and J.T., as explained above. As well as Coach and Tyson.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His Final Tribal Council performance proved it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and J.T.
  • The Smart Guy: Stephen was the main strategist of Jalapao.
  • The Strategist: Did most of the strategizing while J.T. sat back and charmed people.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Started the game as an awkward city boy who didn't know how to survive in the wilderness. On a solo trip to Exile Island, he manages to start a fire all by himself. And he also manages to win an Immunity Challenge.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Had a really unfortunate one at the very start of the game. On the long trek to camp, he somehow managed to get a HUGE rip on the rear end of his pants.

Jury Members

    Erinn Lobdell 

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nearly all of the Timbiras hated her and most of them didn't bother hiding it, she would've been the second Timbira booted if Jerry hadn't gotten sick, and if Timbira had gone to a third tribal council, she would've definitely been sent packing. Which is ironic because in interviews, she comes off as friendly and polite.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor girl was picked on the whole season.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially where Coach is concerned - after one of his Cloud Cuckoolander moments:
    "Who is this jackass?"
    "I think Coach really truly wants to be this, like, Survivor Man. I would not be surprised if when this game is all said and done, Coach said, "Gotcha! I'm an accountant! I've never left Nebraska.""
  • Defeat by Modesty: Happened in an Early challenge, thanks to Sandy.
  • Foil: To Coach, most certainly.
  • Girly Girl: Erinn even called herself the girliest of Girls
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Her first impression of Tyson is that he's "a good guy to have around."
  • Meganekko: At times like at the first immunity challenge.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Many of the male viewers find her very attractive.
  • Only Sane Woman: Comes across as this on Timbira.
  • Worthy Opponent: Would have most definitely harmed J.T's perfect victory if he took her over Stephen.

    Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George 

    Benjamin "Coach" Wade 
Coach would return for Heroes vs. Villains and South Pacific.

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    Debra "Debbie" Beebe 

    Sierra Reed 

  • All of the Other Reindeer: See Butt Monkey. Aside from Brendan, she didn't had any friends.
  • Break the Cutie: Was broken MANY times by Coach, Debbie and Tyson who all but mocked her to her face.
  • Butt-Monkey: Had strep throat before the show began and had just finished antibiotics, has the most votes cast against her in the season, constantly bullied and badmouthed by other players (Especially Tyson).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Constantly gunned for elimination
  • Hope Spot: Voted against Coach in ep. 9. He calmly tells her that she should expect to be booted real soon, as punishment for that vote and for siding with the evicted Brendan earlier. She does quite well in the next Immunity challenge, and is about to be crowned the winner... when Debbie steals victory at the last possible moment. Debbie has one small courtesy to give first...
  • Ill Girl: She was on antibiotics at the start of the season. Although she gets better, this help put her on the bottom of Timbira's chopping block for most of the game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Is a model in real life.

    Tyson Apostol 

Tyson returned for Heroes vs. Villains and Blood vs. Water with his Girlfriend, Rachel.


    Brendan Synnott 

Voted Out

    Joe Dowdle 

    Sydney Wheeler 

  • Ambiguously Bi: Sydney flirted a lot with Joe, but she mentioned in a tribal council that being flirty is apart of her nature and that she flirts with women too.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Pulled it on Joe, but wasn't able to use it on any of the other Jalapao.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Is a model, and considered by her tribemates as well as fans to be very, very good-looking.
  • The Tease: The reason why Sandy wanted her gone. She believed that Sydney's flirting with Joe and JT was strategic.

    Spencer Duhm 

  • A Death in the Limelight: Spencer was Out of Focus until his boot episode.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: Doesn't mention that he's gay because he assumes that players like J.T. might vote him out for it. To be fair, he was right that J.T. would target him, although it came down more to challenge performance than anything.
  • Gayngst: Shown in his boot episode
  • Hide Your Gays: As revealed in his last episode.
  • Kid Hero: Was only 19 while playing.
  • Straight Gay: To the degree that his tribe didn't even know he was gay.

    Sandy "Mama K" Burgin 

    Jerry Sims 

    Candace Smith 

    Carolina Eastwood 


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