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The Sole Survivor
- Anti-Hero: Particularly for guys.
- Badass Boast: This line in the penultimate episode showed us just how much control he had in the game:I don't trust Scout, I don't trust Twila, I don't trust Eliza, I don't trust Julie. And they don't trust each other. And the most screwed-up thing about it is I think they all trust me.
- Best Served Cold: His elimination of Julie. She betrayed the men's alliance and caused the elimination of Rory, Sarge and Chad. In revenge Chris built up a brother-sister relationship with her and lied to her the whole game, making promises and reassuring her just hours before her elimination even when it would have no benefit for his own game, just to engineer the most potent blindside possible.
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Particularly to Julie and Eliza.
- Dark Horse Victory: The only guy on a tribe full of Straw Feminists manages to turn the game around, manipulate all the women not only into allowing him into the Final Four, but giving him the money when the jury was five women to two men. Jeff once called him the most unlikely winner in the game's history.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Defeated a six-way female alliance.
- Determinator: And Elimination Houdini.
- Fat Bastard: But, as noted elsewhere, he's really more of an anti-hero than a villain.
- Foreshadowing: This confessional at the middle of the season foreshadows just how he ends up winning the game:You question a woman's character... you question a woman's ability, she'll snap your neck! ...You open your heart, show a woman you're vulnerable, then they start thinkin' with their heart.. That's when they open up that back door.
- Zig-zagged in the premiere episode, where he says that men are much more likely to splinter and easier to manipulate than women are. While it turns out to be correct when the tribes merge and the women band together to eliminate the men, ultimately personality conflicts cause the women's alliance implode.
- Guile Anti-Hero: Decently strong in challenges but his best weapon was definitely his cunning.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a decent person but has a habit of lying as established at the reunion.
- Large Ham: In his confessionals
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Wore a red sleeveless shirt and a red cap. He stayed on Lopevi for its entire existence and won against various Yasur members.
- The Man Behind the Man: On Lopevi, Sarge was the unofficial leader of the tribe and in challenges, but it was Chris who was actually calling the shots.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Nice Hat
- Took a Level in Badass: Was the only member of the men's tribe unable to cross the balance beam at the very first immunity challenge, making him the obvious person to eliminate. Ends up winning the game, sprinkling a few immunity victories along the way. Probst lampshades this later on.
- The One Guy / Last of His Kind: The last man left in the game.
- Playing Both Sides: At the final 5.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Takes it Up to Eleven during the jury questioning. Scout called him a "bullshit artist" for a reason.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Does he ever.Chris: I'm gonna burn every one of them. Just let 'em open the door. This [vote] is for you, Sarge, not against you.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: This was enforced. He was force by the production crew to wear his red sleeveless shirt.
- The Smart Guy
- Sole Survivor
- The Strategist: Claimed to be one in the very first episode, but we didn't get to really see him in action until his back was to the wall.
- Underdogs Never Lose
- Villainous Valour
- Alliterative Name
- Break the Haughty: A very abrasive person throughout the entirety of the season, she entered FTC fully unrepentant for her words and actions, even telling Eliza that she sucked (a guaranteed way to not get a vote). At the end, she's reduced to tears having realized she hurt so many people.
- Brutal Honesty: In general, but especially at Final Tribal Council. It still earned her votes, as she didn't have BS up to her ears.
- Cool Old Lady
- Distaff Counterpart: To Chris. They're both boisterous blue collar workers from the Midwest who struggle to relate to their younger tribemates. They even work in the same field.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her son James.
- Fiery Red Head
- Foil: To Chris, appropriate for the two finalists. Chris is incredibly great at deception and manipulation, fighting from the bottom to reach the top. Twila has always been in the majority alliance, but she lacks any sort of tact
- Grumpy Old Woman
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: She says this word for word in the premiere episode.
- Nice Hat
- Lad-ette: Outright says at her second tribal council that she has a much easier time getting along with men as opposed to women, and it shows in the game immediately at the first reward challenge.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Scout. She is the Red Oni.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Though Eliza was disliked by most of the cast, She and Twila had an especially heated relationship. In the beginning of the season, she'd developed one with Mia, but her early boot put a close to it quickly.
- Tragic Mistake: Swearing on her son's life. Since Leann's boot, this has come back to haunt her so many times afterwards with most of the jury questioning her character because of it. She regrets having ever said it, but she can't undo it.
Scout Cloud Lee
- But Not Too Gay: She kissed her partner during the challenge, but it was cut out.
- Cool Old Lady: Scout was the oldest castaway of the season and managed to avoid being voted out despite being a liability in challenges. Her social maneuvering granted her the fallen angel title.
- Cool Shades
- Grumpy Old Woman: When dealing with Eliza, though generally well-liked by the rest of the cast.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Delivers a couple of these during her tribal council votes, most notably when she votes for Julie and tells her to "return to her roots" (which hints at her Native heritage).
- Nice Cap
- The Load: In ALL challenges, including the second immunity challenge where she didn't have to do any physical activity. Hell, one challenge had team members swap out if ever they spilled their entire cup of liquid whilst doing an obstacle course. She immediately spills hers so that a stronger member could take her spot.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Oh, very much. While Twila would chew you out at the drop of a hat, Scout would just make some backhanded comment towards you.
- Team Mom: To Yasur. Despite an abysmal challenge game, they unanimously granted her the title of chief during the swap episode.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Twila. She is the Blue Oni.
- All of the Other Reindeer: As elegantly put by herself, for all of Vanuatu she was really working with an alliance of herself, and... well, just herself.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: How the entire tribe perceives her, but Ami emphasizes the "little sibling" part over the "annoying" part.
- Badass Adorable: On the chopping block since the very first day. Lasted all the way to fourth.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Butt-Monkey: Everyone found her annoying and was always in danger of being sent home. She just wants to have friends and feel safe!
- The Cutie
- Irony: Calls Twila a cockroach under the refrigerator, but she's one of the most famous cockroach players in the show's history.
- Kid Hero: She's the youngest contestant on the season.
- Motor Mouth: The reason why Scout and Twila got annoyed with her so quickly. Pretty much why everyone was annoyed with her so quickly.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: The day she won the car challenge, the other players wanted her to win or at least be taken along because she had become so skinny. She even shows off her shoulder blades nearly poking through her skin.
- Plucky Girl: The Ur-Example and Trope Codifier for Survivor; Eliza knew that every Tribal Council, she was extremely close to being voted out every time, and in spite of that kept on trucking along (which contributed to her status as an Ensemble Dark Horse). She eventually returned for Survivor: Micronesia.
- Tag Along Kid: Twila accused her of riding coattails. The reason she lasted as long as she did was because nobody wanted to ally with her, which meant she was a free vote for whoever sweet talked her enough
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Pretty much how most people treated her.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Beware the Nice Ones: As the Lopevi men soon found out
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Yes, she is a Native.
- Break the Cutie: Chris' betrayal of her.
- Broken Tears: At final tribal council.
- Femme Fatale: her Survivor casting archetype
- Ms. Fanservice: Sarge describes her as an exhibitionist, following a scene of her tanning her butt.
- Plucky Girl
- One Degree of Separation: Julie's high school teacher was Bob Crowley.
- Romance on the Set: She flirted with Probst, putting his name in a pink heart over her chest. When the season was over, he called her up and they hooked up.
- The Tease: You could call her a prototype Parvati with the way she uses her looks to stay in the game. She hits on the men of the Lopevi tribe (all of them) and Probst himself!
- Action Girl: One of the better physical competitors, while also being great at puzzles, earning her first and only immunity necklace because of one.
- Affably Evil
- Anti-Villain: For the most part it's really just the way the game plays out that makes her the villain; aside from a moment here or there she's really not much worse than Chris.
- Arc Villain: To the Amazon Brigade.
- The Baroness
- But Not Too Gay: She kissed her girlfriend during the loved ones challenge, but the edit was not-so-expertly cut to hide it.
- Ice Queen: Towards the men anyway.
- Manipulative Bitch: Just listen to how she talks to Eliza to convince her to keep her alive, like mother telling her child to forget the times she hurt her.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Pet the Dog: Despite everyone's antipathy towards Eliza, Ami fills a big sister role and is Eliza's favorite person on the island.
- Plucky Girl: Leann's boot pretty much put her on the chopping block, but she kept on trucking.
- The Queenpin: especially at post-swap Yasur
- Smug Snake: She believed she had full control over how the game would play out, even after Leann was voted out and she was on the rocks, she still believed she swayed enough people to keep her in the game.
- Straw Feminist: To the freaking core! To the point where she didn't even want to teach the guys who ended up on her tribe mildly useful survival skills.
- Wham Line: After Lisa is so excited to show the guys the tricks they learned, signifying her rise to power.
- "Why should we?"
- Worthy Opponent: Chris wanted her gone as soon as possible because she was the biggest physical threat at that point in time. He didn't particularly like either Scout or Twila, but he knew he could beat them.
- Achilles' Heel: She's dreadful in swimming challenges, costing her team at least one challenge because she gave up.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Brainy Brunette: As an equity research assistant and the alleged brains of the women's alliance, she is this.
- The Dragon: To Ami.
- Dragon-in-Chief: If post-game interviews are to be believed.
- Exact Words: She voted for Chris because she told her that she'd never write her name down.
- Face Plant: A challenge has tribe members carry coconut water in a shell through a course to fill up a jar. Leann's tribe is way ahead and she just needs to carry the jar back. She casually walks back but her tribe yells at her to run even though it is completely not needed. She starts to run and on her first step she trips and falls on her face. Luckily she didn't spill any water and cost her tribe the challenge.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Decided to target Eliza instead of Chris simply because Eliza was annoying her - Chris took advantage of her decision to rally Eliza to his side and get Leann voted out. And the balance of power shifted.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Out of Focus
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Julie. They spend some time post-merge kissing each other's cheeks, holding each other's hands and dancing. This is why Scout becomes worried about her place in the alliance.
- Sacrificial Lion: Her elimination marks the dissolution of the women's alliance and the downfall of Ami.
- She's Got Legs: Jeff remarks about her long her legs are... and how it makes it difficult for her to travel through a bamboo cage.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's a very tall lady. Very noticeable in her boot episode, where you can see that she towers over Probst.
- The Man Behind the Man: According to post-game interview with Chris, Leann was the one who called shots in all-female alliance, not Ami.
James "Chad" Crittenden
- Artificial Limbs: His leg as a result of a tumor. Chad is also the first amputee on the show.
- Badass Teacher: His job outside of the game, and is also a good competitor.
- Bald of Awesome
- Handicapped Badass: So much so that he was voted out for being a physical threat.
- Informed Flaw: He is associated with the Fat Five, but he's in great shape and is just as young as the fit four. He might have been lumped in with them because his artificial leg could be a disadvantage, but his condition is largely irrelevant to his success and failures.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: He got a rare form a cancer that caused his amputation. John Kenney was even worried about taking him to the final two because invoking this trope would probably net him a lot of points.
- Jaw Drop: Did this so often that it got its own entry on the The Funny 115
- Never Heard That One Before: Inverted. Chris accidentally makes a leg pun and is promptly mortified upon realizing it. Chad reassures him, saying he's heard every leg pun.
- Nice Hat
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Chad.
- The Stoic
Lea "Sarge" Masters
- The Ace
- Death Glare: When Scout starts singing to him mockingly the day after Rory was voted off. Probably qualifies as a Funny Moment.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Subverted; he was only this in a challenge where he had to call upon it to lead the tribe. Otherwise he was a pretty good guy.
- Gender-Blender Name: How it is spelled anyway.
- The Leader: When asked to choose the tribe's chief, the men unanimously selected him.
- Naked People Are Funny: Encouraged by Julie, he tanned his butt on the beach. This caused Chris to freak out.
- Nice Hat: His hat had his last name embroidered on the back.
- Old Soldier: A former sergeant who became a member of the older men alliance.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Sarge in the second episode onward. Pretty much the only time anyone referred to him as "Lea" would be Eliza's vote on his boot episode.
- Team Dad: To Lopevi
- Angry Black Man: At first invoked after Bubba's elimination. Became this for real due to the women's laziness and dealing with Ami.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Rarely is he shown in a positive light.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The moment you put a slingshot in his hands, watch out.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: One of his defining characteristics is that he goes off at the slightest hitch. His wife even points this out her letter to him.
- Nice Hat
- The One Guy: Quickly becomes this on Yasur once Bubba is voted off.
- Token Minority: The only African-American. When they head to the island for the first time, he's the only person the natives don't shake spears at.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: The morning after Bubba's elimination, Rory digs deep and gives them an incredibly cheesy speech, apologizing for his anger and promising to do better.
- Idiot Ball: During a challenge when everyone is blindfolded except one person who has to verbally direct his tribe. Sarge is the caller and trying to verbally direct his team members. Rory starts shouting the team name to either play cheerleader or mock the girls because of how mad he was when Mia danced at the previous challenge. Of course the point of the game is people need to hear Sarge and Rory is shouting over him. Sarge has to yell at him to shut up.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. See Smarter Than You Look.
- Last of His Kind: The very last member of the Fit Four.
- Lazy Bum: His boot episode paints him as this, but is attributed to him knowing that he's the next on the chopping block.
- Mr. Fanservice: John was a model at the time of filming, and he continued his modeling career afterwards.
- The One Guy: Temporarily when he was sent to Yasur to study them.
- Smarter Than You Look: The episode where he wins individual immunity pre-merge, he's taken back to the Yasur camp to get some insights on camp relations. The first thing he does is split them up based on who voted for whom the tribal before, thus allowing him to see the group's dynamics. His other tribemates applaud him for it.
- Tag Along Kid: Essentially this as he is the youngest male of the season.
- Too Dumb to Live: Chris said that the reason he was kept the longest out of all the younger guys was because he was the least skilled at the game.
- Disproportionate Retribution: On the receiving end of this. She accidentally implies that she might be gunning for Ami and gets booted off as a result.
- Freudian Slip: When gathering food with Ami, Lisa asked how to gather food in case Ami was no longer there. Ami picked up on this and arranged for her oust.
- Gag Boobs
- Out of Focus: Gets rather limited screen time proportional to how many episodes she's been in.
- Shocking Elimination: At least In-Universe. Given Ami being a Straw Feminist and Rory being male, one naturally assumed that he was the one going, not her. Twila outright said they were expecting Rory to go.
- Smug Snake
Travis "Bubba" Sampson
- Good Ol' Boy
- Happily Married
- Nice Guy
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Bubba
- Sacrificial Lamb: His elimination is the beginning of Ami's rise to power.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tried to tell Chris to "remember the merge" (i.e., throw the immunity challenge) after they were split up onto other tribes.
- With Catlike Tread: Here's the situation: Bubba is on a tribe where the enemy outnumbers him 5 to 2. His only recourse is to survive the next few rounds and reach the merge, but the only way he can do that is by winning immunities and he needs his friends to understand that. He needs to find a way to communicate his plan without getting caught because then he's dead for sure. How is this accomplished? He straight up whisper yells it.
John "J.P." Palyok
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: A pig is slaughtered during the premiere and she doesn't flinch. She says it's because she raises sheep for a living, so she's used to it.
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Farm Girl: And dressed like the Farmer's Daughter, too.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat
- The Quisling: Subverted. Eliza was paranoid that Dolly would turn into this, and orchestrated Dolly's exit, but Dolly never planned on betraying the younger girls' alliance.
- Ascended Fanboy
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Lobbied the hardest for Chris to be voted out; it caused the majority alliance to turn on him instead.
- Death by Genre Savviness: Was the first guy voted out for being the only younger man on Lopevi (there was an age war going on at the time) to have watched the show previously. He even called himself a super fan of Survivor in his bio.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Brook," (though much more commonly spelled "Brooke,") is a common girls' name.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!