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Survivor: Fan Characters is a Sprite Comic created by SWSU-Master, which, obviously, is inspired by the hit reality TV show Survivor. It is notable for using its own sprite template created by SWSU-Master himself, as well as going on for seventeen seasons, including two All-Star seasons.

It can be found on Smack Jeeves here, or you can also find it here if you prefer DeviantArt.

It follows the same formula as the TV show. An even number of contestants (with one exception) are put onto two tribes (usually), who then have to compete in challenges against one another for rewards and immunities. The tribes have to go to Tribal Council where they have to vote someone out from their group every so often. It is a working formula on the TV show, and even more so in this web comic where the characters and events can be shaped by SWSU for maximum entertainment.

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So far, there are seventeen completed seasons, with an eighteenth season in the works.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: In Season 5, Maria/Mo forces Gatemaster to take part in her elaborate scheme to put Marius through a Humiliation Conga with him giving Marius a necklace he randomly found in a river and lying about it being the Hidden Immunity Idol to make Marius feel betrayed when he gets voted out. Turns out that said necklace is in fact the Hidden Immunity Idol and ends up protecting Marius from the vote while sending the person with the second-highest number of votes home...which is Maria/Mo. Whoops.
  • The Ace: Several, but Hogan and Ventious are the prime examples.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Survivor, of course.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The jury openly celebrated the downfalls of Manipulative Bastards Vinnie ("Will the jury please stop high-fiving each other?") and Minerva ("Jury, doing "The Wave" is out of hand."). Even P. Bear, the latter's only ally left at that point, was visibly smiling at them finally getting their comeuppance.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Knuckles' final words:
    I feel like a fool, I was played, I was humiliated, and I threw away a free vote.
  • Art Evolution: The character sprites and backgrounds have grown more complex and detailed over time; just compare the relatively simplistic sprite designs in Season 1 to the elaborate hairstyles and outfits of Ker and Krauss in Season 7.
  • Bastard Understudy: Hope to Baxter in Season 3, Marius to Jessica in Season 5, and Sin to Vinnie in Season 6.
  • Batman Gambit: Vinnie, in both of his seasons. He has escaped many attempts to have him voted out, through his manipulation skills. In All-Stars, he even comments to Bitsy about how, in spite of being known by everyone to be a snake, he can still get them to trust him more than each other.
    • Gatemaster also does this (although with a lot more luck) in Season 5 to get the final four he wants.
    • Skylar falls into this category too with his idol scam, although that was partly enabled by a "Sure, why not?" moment.
    • Charlie from Season 1 and Phil from Season 7 tried one a la Richard Hatch. It worked in the former's case (although she didn't win in the end) but backfired spectacularly for the latter.
    • Eli in Season 11 pulls a ridiculously convoluted one just for the sake of it to eliminate Juiced Up, when he could have just been idoled normally. It works without a hitch.
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    • Ellise's legendary idol play.
  • Battle of Wits: Duh.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Bitsy was a sweetheart in Season 2, but come All-Stars she managed to betray even more people than Baxter and Vinnie.
    • This was Bonnie's entire strategy with her Prescilla facade.
    • Taro of Season 15 is a lovable guy who provides the other contestants with food but when his best friend Ky is voted out, he serves them spoiled food that gives them mild poisoning as revenge.
  • Big Bad: Several, though not all, seasons have one of these:
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Season 13 had a string of characters that functioned as the baddie during different parts of the season.
  • Black and White Morality: Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 7, Season 12.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The final three women (and contestants) on Yrsa'ka before the merge; Melanie is blonde, Oehda is brunette, and Kiara is a redhead.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gatemaster. The guy controls his entire season, despite being... you know, a stupid goof.
  • Butt-Monkey: Too many to list, notable ones are Cherman, Robert, Trent, Russell and Skippy the cameraman.
  • Canon Immigrant: Seasons 4 and 12 each had ten of these. Also, the host is still Jeff Probst. Russell Hantz from Survivor: Samoa also appeared in Season 7.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The first six seasons got increasingly Darker and Edgier (especially 5 and 6), with 7 and 8 being a mix of seriousness and comedy, leaning towards the former in the last couple episodes. 9 and 10 managed to make the aforementioned 5 and 6 look like Disney films. The post-10 seasons are consistently mostly lighthearted with a few serious and more mature storyarcs per season, with the noticeable exception of 15, which is significantly over the cynical end of the spectrum.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: People who have extensively pushed the rules seldom win. Examples include Minerva, Violet, Wrecker, Xero, Bonnie, Eli, Enter, Amadeus and later Raiza, and Lady Bit.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In Season 11, Eli briefly worries that he might lose a Survivor trivia tiebreaker despite knowing the series so well. Two seasons later, this is exactly how the Critic gets eliminated.
    • In season 14, Mac eats a live bug he finds in his food while sitting with Jojo, who says "I'm not Jeff, this isn't for a challenge!" Two episodes later, he beats Jojo to win immunity for his tribe... by eating a live tarantula.
  • The Chessmaster: There's usually one or more in each season.
    • Season 1 - Sky
    • Brains Vs. Brawn - Vinnie, Ellise
    • Season 3 - Baxter
    • Fans Vs. Canons - Minerva, Lilly
    • Cursed Islands - Gatemaster (not that he is even aware of it though), Marius, Miranda, Jessica.
    • All-Stars - Bitsy, Vinnie, Sin... there's quite a few this season.
    • Season 7 - Phil
    • Season 8 - Matt (a la Russell), Oehda, Melanie.
    • Season 9 - Prescilla
    • Battle of the Tribes - Bonnie, Minerva, Baxter... like the first All-Stars season, there's quite a few here.
    • Season 11 - Crisco, Flaithri, Eli.
    • Fans Vs. Canons 2 - Enter, Kim
    • Season 13 - Iyzebel, Tapioca (if you believe her Obfuscating Insanity claim), Luna
    • Season 14 - Desmond, Ivan, Prussia
    • Season 15 - Cordelia, Shaega.
    • Season 16 - Vinnie, Bowser Jr., Thorne, Bonnie
    • Season 17 - Kade, Jenny.
    • Season 18 - Kasai
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: A number of people, but most noticeably Vinnie, Baxter and Bitsy.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Many examples, but Craig, Kala, and Gatemaster are the most prominent.
  • Colour Coded Armies: The tribes in Season 10. The contestants all wear clothing matching their tribe color. The Retro tribe wears green, the Corsona tribe wears purple, the Yrsa'Ka tribe wears orange, and the Carbo tribe wears white.
    • Averted in Season 14, another time the One World twist was used, although the Go'Jonga tribe members usually wear brighter clothing.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: Bonnie returns in one season disguised as "Sarah", a seemingly sweet therapist for "Bonnie" who's actually an actress hired to impersonate her. She invents a sob story as Sarah about a dead mother, which comes back to bite her in the rear end when she's unable to tell Brandi the name of her supposed dead mother.
  • Cue the Rain: Kitsunie from season 18 complains about how they don't need a shelter. Turns out G La Do S has weather systems installed.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Final immunity in season 10. After it turns out Jackie's injury was fake.
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 9 pretty much revolves around the villain getting everything that they want through frankly vile means. Not to mention that said villain throws out serious curse words left and right makes it almost NSFW. Tropes Are Not Bad, as its generally considered one of the best seasons in the series.
    • Season 10 takes all of those aspects of 9 and takes them Up to Eleven, and *then* applies them to the entire cast instead of just the main villain resulting in something that feels like a cross between Survivor and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which is a large reason why its viewed as one od the absolute worst seasons by the fanbase and even SWSU himself.
    • While Season 15 lacks the NSFW edginess of 9 and 10, it's noted for having an surprisngly quite cynical take on the viciousness of the game and a cast that often seems to geuninely despise each other on a personal level, resulting in possibly the darkest season to date. Again, Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Marius in Season 5, Cherman in Season 9, Angel in Season 11, Lola in Season 12, and Ollie in Season 17.
  • Death by Irony:
    • Season 13: The Survivor Critic is eliminated in a Survivor trivia challenge tiebreaker.
    • Season 15: Leah, a girl with rock manipulation powers, is eliminated in a rock-drawing tiebreaker.
  • Decided by One Vote: Seasons 1-3, 5-7, 10-12, and 14 all were.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The curses in Season 5 were typically these. Marius won using one, though.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Minerva Mink pulls this off on P. Bear. Renny, however, doesn't pull it off on Gatemaster or Victor.
    • Montana also pulls this off on almost everyone on her tribe after her nemesis got voted out.
    • Geena and Penny use this to win a challenge against their male competitors. Melanie also pulls this on Xero to distract him from mutinying back to his original tribe in the same season.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: All the winners, but especially Montana, Bitsy, Ker, Jim and Doris.
  • Eat That: Has been used as challenges several times.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The two tribes in Season 9 are named "Carbo" (short for Carbonara, a pasta dish), and "Amatri" (short for Amatriciana, another pasta dish).
  • Engineered Public Confession: In All-Stars, Norman maneuvers Sin into admitting that he set up Norman to look untrustworthy to his alliance members. While not knowing that Violet was hiding in a tree above them. Or that Al was hiding in the bushes close to them, and is not happy about being duped by Sin.
    • In Season 9, Cherman does this with Prescilla/Bonnie at the final Tribal Council with his recorder that he gave to Barbie.
    • In Season 14, Desmond assures Jojo that he and Liz were not particularly close, and in fact, he considered her a liability to her own allies. Except, he's actually talking to Liz, who pulled a Twin Switch with Jojo.
  • Epic Fail: Season 7's Ho'Aku tribe appeared to follow Ulong's steps in the beginning, with only two people left in the tribe after eight episodes, but as a Ho'Aku member eventually won the game, they're more similar to Maraamu or Foa Foa. Then again, the Foa Foa comparisons were obvious from the start.
    • Cherman in Season 9 managed to spectacularly lose every single challenge he competed in. Often within five seconds after the start of the challenge. Then it's magnificently subverted at the end when he wins the season.
    • The Hantz tribe from Season 11 only won one immunity challenge and two reward challenges, possibly being the weakest tribe in the entire series. Unlike the two examples above, no one from the Hantz tribe ends up winning, meaning that they don't even get that distinction.
    • No less than two people in Season 14 confused their tribes and got voted off as a result.
    • What about that one time when SWSU misspelled one of the applicant's characters for over a month. Bonus points for that character having one of the most important roles in the season. note 
  • Five-Man Band
  • Flanderization: Jackie, Ryuia, Bonnie, and Baxter all suffered this on their returning appearences on Season 10, either though becoming much more of a jerk (Jackie), becoming much more unintelligent (Ryuia), or going through massive Villain Decay (Bonnie and Baxter).
  • Foreshadowing: There are several lines and scenes per season that hint at the eventual winner or future events:
    • Season 1: Skylar's first confessional about him sliding on to the finals as a seeming non-threat.
    • Season 4: Rebecca tells Trent that if she's voted off, "you'll be medivacced within a day."
    • Cursed Islands: Gatemaster randomly finding a "gem necklace" in the river.
    • All-Stars: Sin asking Vinnie why he's been gripping the side of his body lately.
    • Season 7: Who makes multiple references to winning early on that isn't Russell? That's right: Ker. Also, Wrecker saying that nobody would know if he had an idol.
    • Season 8: Melanie declaring in a confessional that she will win if she's in the finals with guys only, and Kiara's off-hand remark that she's screwed if they go to a rock-picking tiebreaker. Also, Heinz's torch not extinguishing properly, in a scene borrowed from the Pearl Islands season.
    • Season 9 is especially noteworthy for several extremely-obvious-in-hindsight clues about the winner that were overlooked by almost all fans: Cherman's line in episode 4 about how he deserves to win the million if he can find a use for his recorder (many fans caught on that his recorder would become instrumental in unmasking Bonnie, but not that he would actually win until the very last episode) and Barbie actually being shown holding Cherman's recorder in the family visit scene, something that literally no one caught beforehand.
    • Battle of the Tribes: Jackie's hidden mohawk. Also, his confessional caption in the first post-merge episode.
    • Season 12: In an apparent total throwaway joke moment, Lola wins a staring contest against Spongebob on Day 2. Also, one of Enter's idols being "worn down".
    • Season 13: Hash getting visibly nervous when Arnold suggests they do a pat-down of his body for any hidden idols.
    • Season 14: Adeline saying in a confessional that she doesn't want to be in the game if Hunter is eliminated. Also, Desmond saying that the day Liz fools him will be the day he gives her the million.
    • Season 15: Well before Shaega is revealed to have gained possession of Xeradonus's Paranoia spirit, he can be spotted directing it into Brandi and Daisuke in certain panels. Also, Gekkota referring to Taro as a clear winner on Day 5.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Enter from Season 12 is a very blatant example. Otherwise averted.
  • Graceful Loser: Surprisingly, almost all runner-ups have been this with even villains like Baxter and Wrecker congratulating their opponent on their win and gameplay. The only real exceptions so far have been Matt from Season 8, Bonnie from Season 9, Tapioca from Season 13, and Josh from Season 17.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the scramble challenge, Brock's letters spell out "F-C-K". His response:
    Brock: I swear I was trying to spell out "firetruck".
  • Guile Hero: Considering the nature of the game, any hero who plays a good strategic game becomes this. Hogan, Ellise, Norman, Barney, etc.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Krauss in season 7 started off as a giant asshole, but with help from Ker, he changed his ways.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: Polly votes out Max over Bitsy after hearing him making side deals, then pays for it by getting voted out by Bitsy.
  • I Call It "Vera": All of Kala's friends probably count, but Mr. Happystick is the best example.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Montana takes off her top to talk strategy more effectively with Baxter. Amazingly, this also appears to temporarily cure Alex's stuttering problem.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Averted; most HarmlessVillains are egotistical Jerkasses. The only exception is Diego from Season 14.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Bossy 25-year-old doctor Ellise and the devious 45-year-old mobster Vinnie.
    • Joseph and Amy, who formed a father-daughter relationship with each other.
    • Dominant alpha-male Krauss and the elderly female clown Ker.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Bonnie from Season 9, Enter from Season 12, Alleio from Season 13, Shaega from Season 15, and Kade from Season 17 are all unusually dark and sinister villains who instantly make their seasons much more mature and less lighthearted when they take center stage.
  • Knight Templar: The "Good people" in Season 2 formed as an alliance of "people who deserve to get to the end", and proceeded to make Ellise and Gus's lives hell.
    • The Super Seven, five seasons later, repeated that to boot, except it is now an entire tribe.
    • Alleio. Good lord.
    • Brandi in Season 15 is probably the best example yet.
    • Kitsunie in Season 18 tries to rally everyone against Sagittaria, Deimos, and Claire, all the while verbally shaming and slurring them.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Battle of the Tribes and Blood vs. Water seasons unavoidably spoiled the true identity and name of Season 9's villain whose true nature was kept hidden for several episodes.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The ratio of human characters to anthros, robots, aliens, and other strange creatures is about 5:2.
  • Lighter and Softer: Season 11 compared the seasons before it, mainly due to No Antagonist and the frequent meta humor.
    • Season 14, due to its lack of season-defining twists and a tamer main antagonist in Desmond, who had several genuine Pet the Dog moments with the winner and wasn't ever evil as much as just a cunning Jerkass.
    • Season 16 is this both to the season before it, and the previous seasons with returning players, due to its focus on family relationships with the Blood vs Water theme and feel-good Team Mom underdog winner.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Seeing as it's a Survivor parody, this is to be expected.
  • Loophole Abuse: Season 12 left the rules curled up in a corner and whimpering quietly to themselves. Particularly at the hands of Enter and Lola.
  • Mind Screw: Adeline's quit Tribal Council in Season 14.
  • Mega Crossover: There are fan characters from over a hundred different franchises, ranging from the well-known to the relatively obscure.
  • Meta Twist: After two straight seasons (7 and 8) in which SWSU's readers figured out his planned winners much earlier than he had expected, he began actively working to catch his readers off-guard by going for extremely unconventional winners who would've been deemed too under the radar, over the top, or irrelevant to the plot to win by Survivor Edgic logic. Then in Season 13, he whittled the cast down to a final two of a strategic and likable contestant and a contestant who spent most of the season annoying others with her Cloud Cuckoolander and Talkative Loon behavior, which caused a number of readers to believe/fear that SWSU was planning for the latter to win in a Shocking Swerve to continue the "unlikeliest winners possible" trend — but instead, the finalist who had actually strategized a lot and made many friends on the jury won in a landslide and SWSU admitted in his season notes that he had deliberately played with his readers' paranoia about another Shocking Swerve outcome to generate suspense about the result.
  • Morality Pet: Two of the "negative" winners were given a genuine friendship with a much more positive character to make them more likable: Skylar with Taylor, and Marius with Gatemaster.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Invoked with the All-Star seasons.
  • Nice Hat: Sin has a very nice smiley-face hat on Season 5. He replaces it with a very nice smiley-face bandana for All-Stars.
    • He gets the hat back at Ponderosa.
    • Season 7 gives us Skazzatrazz's stylish fedora and Quadratic's huge Irish hat.
  • No Antagonist: Season 11, where the two "villains" who make it to the merge, Juiced Up and Claus, are merely Jerk Jock Those Two Bad Guys and rarely do anything other than laze around in the shelter and complain. Everyone else that makes it far is a decent person who are only opposing each other because that's the nature of the game.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Sue quit in Season 2, Donovan in Season 9, and Adeline in Season 14. Trent got medevaced in Season 4 and Amadeus in Season 17. Maria/Mo, Maggie and Iyzebel were ejected for physical violence in All-Stars, Season 12 and Season 16 respectively.
    • Suicide by Cop: Vinnie in Season 6, Phil in Season 10, Billy in Season 15, and Nayla in Season 18.
  • Odd Couple: Vinnie and Ellise, Baxter and Alex, Iris and Hope, Marius and Gatemaster, Craig and Popper, Ker and Krauss...
  • Out of Focus: It's natural that some characters won't be able to get as much screen time as others, but this was especially noticeable in Season 9 as the creator deliberately kept the screen time of the final three limited up until a certain point for plot-relevant reasons: Prescilla/Bonnie until the fifth episode, to make the reveal of her villainous nature even more shocking; Cherman until the final episode, to set him up as a surprise winner; and Tofuchao, to give Cherman another Final 3 partner he could win against.
    • Denise from Season 2 is the epitome of this trope: she doesn't get a single speaking line until Episode 7 and to add insult to injury is even booted in the most anti-climactic way possible.
  • Painting the Medium: The characters' speech bubbles always match their tribe colors. Furthermore, characters going through Sanity Slippage have their speech bubbles distorted in various ways.
  • Power Trio:
    • The minority alliance in Season 3 fit in a variety of ways, such as the Freudian Trio and the Beauty, Brains and Brawn:
      • Montana (Ego) (Beauty)
      • Violet (Id) (Brawn)
      • Norman (Superego) (Brains)
    • The minority alliance in Season 7 also fit the Freudian Trio:
      • Krauss (Id)
      • Chrii (Ego)
      • Ker (Superego)
    • The main villain alliance of Season 8 form a Terrible Trio:
    • The girl posse in Season 13 is both a Terrible Trio and a Freudian Trio. Tapioca's Obfuscating Insanity actually renders her the Ego, with Iyzebel being shifted to I'd.:
      • Iyzebel (Ego)
      • Luna (Superego)
      • Tapioca (Id)
    • The Stooge Alliance (Juiced Up, Claus, Casey) of Season 11 was a parody of this trope.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Hope from Season 3 starts out as a sweet girl on the Pambar tribe who quickly makes friends with Iris. After the tribe is assimilated, the two are separated, Hope joins the all-male Roku tribe, and Baxter shows her the ropes... and it all goes downhill from there for Hope.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Jerk with a Heart of Gold and attempted day 1 quitter Montana, Roku's shy outsider Norman, and asocial brute Violet form an alliance to counter Baxter's in Season 3.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Final Tribal Council in Season 9 was basically a giant one delivered to Prescilla/Bonnie by Cherman and the jurors.
  • Redemption Quest: After the first episode, Ellise spends a few episodes trying to improve her poor first impressions. It works, as she ends up winning in the end (it's even brought up at Tribal Council as a positive).
    • Krauss also tries to improve his first impressions after the third episode, when he realizes what a Jerkass he originally was. He manages to perform a Heel–Face Turn, forms one of the most unbreakable alliances in SFC history with Ker, and even though he doesn't win, the change of character he's undergone is tremendous.
    • In Season 16, Brandi attempts to atone for her Knight Templar actions in the previous season and show that she can play the game honorably. Like Krauss, although she doesn't win, she gets one of the biggest villains ever out of the game, repairs her relationship with her father, and succeeds at redeeming her name with almost the entire cast respecting her as a player.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Jeff's ridiculous exit methods, starting from the third season. They include: a helicopter (Seasons 3 and 7), a jet ski (Season 4), a jetpack (Season 5), a Star Trek-style teleporter (Season 6), a smoke bomb (Season 8), a portal created by Cherman's stolen gun (Season 9), turning into a Boston Rob-themed superhero and flying out (Season 12), using his Rock and Roll Jeopardy! powers (Season 14 and 17), phasing out (Season 15), and using a Mushroom Genie (Season 16). He averts this in Season 10, though, where he simply forgets to take the voting urn, in Season 11, where he forgets even to return after tallying the votes, and in Season 13, where he swims across the ocean offscreen.
  • The Reveal:
    • Season 3: Marty wrote a fake twist that should allow him to get to the final 4 unscathed.
    • Season 5: Maria has a deranged split personality named Mo.
    • Season 7: The Friday the 13th applicant is actually Russell Hantz.
    • Season 8: Heinz is not actually from Tekken.
    • Season 9: Prescilla is a massive Bitch in Sheep's Clothing behind the luxury item burning incident.
    • Season 11: Bradlyn killed his own child.
    • Season 12: Enter is spying on other players through the cameras. Also, he doesn't find rehidden idols, he copies the original and burns every rehidden one.
    • Season 13:
    • Season 14:
      • Yukie wrote a fan season with the events mirroring those of the actual comic. She also put three pairs who know each other in real life as participants: Liz and Jojo, Prussia and Diego, and Sgt. Stagg and John Hunter. In the grand scheme of things, Jake is an unfinished character whose goal is to act as a placeholder.
    • Season 15:
      • Cha'Telle is a male in drag.
      • Zach's power is turning into a werewolf.
      • Lea is a Ditto.
      • Shaega gained possession of Xeradonus' Paranoia spirit, and has been using it to destruct the other players' games.
    • Season 16:
      • "Sarah", Bonnie's supposed therapist, is actually Bonnie herself, with "Bonnie" being an actress hired by the real Bonnie.
      • Riley is a werewolf that transforms every 7 nights due to the Mushroom Kingddom's lunar cycle.
    • Several right off the bat in Season 17: Amadeus owns a battle robot, Quickscope is an avatar controlled by an eight-year-old, Derrick is Slash from Season 2, and Parmesan's doll is inhabited by a spirit.
      • Jenny used Amadeus' Ex-Machina to give Raiza extra powers and animate Ollie.
    • Season 18:
      • Deimos is a former god of war, and his brother (implied to be Atlas) erased his entire identity to purge evil from him.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Happens sometimes in the comic. A recurring typo was "definitely" as "definantly/defiantly".
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Cassie asks to be voted out at the start of Season 3 after becoming sick, which ultimately changes Montana's mind about quitting herself.
  • Secret Test of Character: Done by jurors at the final Tribal Councils in Seasons 2 and 8. More specifically, Bitsy tells Ellise that she won't be voting for her and then asks her if they can still be friends after the game even if her vote costs her the million, and Johnny does something similar with Matt in Season 8. Of course, it turns out that both jurors had always been planning to vote for their respective friends and just wanted to make sure that their friends didn't view them as just a jury vote. Ellise passes Bitsy's test with flying colors, but Matt bombs Johnny's test in spectacular fashion, effectively screwing himself out of the only vote he could ever have gotten.
  • Sole Survivor: So far, there's been seventeen of them.
    • Season 1: Skylar defeated Charlie.
    • Brains vs. Brawns: Ellise defeated Jasmine and Kris.
    • Season 3: Montana defeated Baxter and Alex.
    • Fans vs. Canons: Barney defeated Luke.
    • Cursed Islands: Marius defeated Miranda and Gatemaster.
    • All-Stars: Bitsy defeated Kala.
    • Season 7: Ker defeated Wrecker.
    • Midway Island: Melanie defeated Heinz and Matt.
    • Season 9: Cherman defeated Tofuchao and Bonnie.
    • Battle of the Tribes: Jackie defeated Minerva.
    • Season 11: Angel defeated Eli and Sunflower.
    • Season 12: Lola defeated Spongebob and Shelby.
    • Season 13: Jim defeated Tapioca.
    • Season 14: Liz defeated her twin Jojo.
    • Season 15: Taro defeated Dustin.
    • Season 16: Doris defeated Sierra and Vinnie.
    • Season 17: Ollie defeated Jenny and Josh.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: It seems the rule is that the Big Bad of each season must be a bigger low-life than the previous. Thankfully this trend seems to have stopped after Season 12.
  • Take That!: Rene comes across some old Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges dumped in a lake.
    • In Season 7, a lot of the contestants ignore Jeff's introductions while competing in challenges. This was taken Up to Eleven in Season 8, with everyone throwing the first individual immunity challenge and the first three jurors dressing up in the same clothes as Jeff Probst for Tribal Council.
    • Russell Hantz's entire purpose for being included as a contestant in Season 7 was to be ridiculed and mocked at every turn.
    • One against Redemption Island in Season 8. Delivered by one of the most deluded people in the cast. Another potshot against it comes in the finale of the same season, with Jeff Probst's suggestion that the next season would include it being drowned out in a flood of boos from the entire audience.
    • SWSU usually does not get angry about flaming, but after getting some unreasonably excessive loathing from the owner of a certain character for a span of several months, he had finally had enough
    • In Season 18, Kasai mocks Lady Bit in confessional and mentions that "Characters from her series were never one for subtlety or nuance."
  • Theme Naming: The Prince of All Cosmos and Popper. Hur hur hur.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Taylor, Sky and Hogan from Season 1.
    • Montana, N and Violet from Season 3.
    • Miranda, Greg and Gatemaster from Season 5.
    • Melanie, Oehda and Emilee from Season 8.
    • Paine, Eli and Sunflower from Season 11.
    • Leah, Juli and Lea from Season 15 were explicitly referred to as "The Three Amigas" in one strip (which was about how long their alliance lasted).
    • Ollie, Josh and Jenny from Season 17.
    • ET, Shin and Claire from Season 18.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Juiced Up and Claus from Season 11 were rarely ever seen apart, and rarely talked about anything but their desire to crush everyone else in the game.
  • Those Two Guys: Lola and Spongebob from Fans Vs. Canons 2 pretty much stuck together the whole season, were practically best friends, and even made the final 3 together, with Lola even winning.
    • Despite being another boy-girl pair, Ker and Krauss could also count. The two were stuck together on a horrible tribe, and despite an Ulonging, they made it to the Final 6 together (with Ker even winning the season while Krauss made the Jury), as close as any two players could possibly be.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Flip-flopped. Ellise managed to survive the annihilation of her alliance in Season 2 and win, Violet and Montana both made the final four in Season 3 while Baxter's alliance of six had the power (and Montana also wins), Ker from Season 7 managed to go on an immunity run at the Final 5 and win as well, Cherman from Season 9 made it all the way to the finals and a landslide win in spite of being a constant target at every Tribal Council and having all his allies voted out, Angel managed to pretend to be a non-factor in order to stay clear of Eli's radar, and beat him and his ally Sunflower in the finals; however, it's subverted in Season 1 when Charlie survived the Pagonging of Drazen, only to lose to Sky in the end, and in All-Stars when Norman was the only guy left after the women took control, and was voted out the one episode he needed to survive the women's alliance.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In Fans vs Canons 2, every plan to defeat Enter that is discussed onscreen fails. Justified in-universe, as Enter is actually spying on the other players through the cameras. Once they figure it out, they start planning off-camera, and manage to catch him off guard.
  • Ventriloquism: Kala likes to make her coconut friend, Omay, talk.
    • And Mr. Happystick, and Omay 2.0, and Kevin.
    • Also Hogan with his Rainbow Afro Hand in All-Stars.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: They're the ones that usually start the conflict and drama.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Prescilla/Bonnie has an EPIC one in Season 9.
    • In Season 12, Enter has such a severe one after the idol he used on Bowser is invalidated that he blue-screens.
    • In Season 14, Desmond breaks down into a rage-filled rant after Liz reveals her Twin Switch with Jojo at the final 3 Tribal Council.
  • Villain Protagonist: Sky, Marius, and Melanie. What set them apart from the other villains was that they had stories setting them up for the eventual win of their seasons, plus they each had good qualities.
  • Hero Antagonist: Miranda, Norman (which is fitting), Heinz and Eli.
  • We ARE Struggling Together:
    • Season 3: Montana and N tried to convince Violet to team up with them via this logic.
    • Season 6: Bitsy, Wendy, Kala, and Lucky formed an all-female alliance after the merge, but Lucky was the only one who actually liked the alliance; Bitsy hated the other girls for forcing her into a Sadistic Choice between losing her alliance or voting out her boyfriend Violet, Wendy hated having to listen to their inane girl talk, and Kala didn't get along with the others because of her Talkative Loon behavior.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Season 16's VERY FIRST Tribal Council. It turns out that "Bonnie" is just an actress hired by the real Bonnie, who is in the game playing as "Sarah". She's back to her old tricks and learned from her mistakes.
    • Season 17's final 8 episode. The whole episode was suggesting a predictable Ollie boot, but in reality, the four outsiders (Josh, Mele, Ollie, and Parmesan) planned a surprise blindside against the secret Bulu Alliance (Derek, Jeannie, Jenny, and Kade), most of which went unnoticed by the cameras.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: In-Universe example in Season 9: Prescilla/Bonnie claimed that this was the reason why the jurors should vote for her over Tofuchao and Cherman, as she had been the one orchestrating most of the votes while Tofuchao rode coattails and Cherman sucked at all challenges and was kept on just because he was weak. However, everyone made it clear to her that while they could almost respect some of her big moves, she was ultimately too horrible a person for them to ever want to "reward" her for her immoral gameplay.
    Bonnie: Would you want Aleksan in the merge instead of this worthless piece of shit?
    Madison: Maybe you should have let that happen, considering the "worthless" one just destroyed you.
    • Shelby and Wrecker ends up in the exact same situation three seasons later, losing the final vote against castaways who played frankly subpar games, but were way more liked as people.
  • Who's on First?: The "Nobody" alliance in All-Stars.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Victor wants Greg voted out right after he helps build his tribe's shelter in Cursed Islands. It doesn't work.
    • In Season 9, Prescilla gets her boyfriend Adrian voted out after he makes it clear that Starr, her designated ally, will be the next one to be voted out and then naively gives her an immunity idol.
    • Luna from Season 13 convinces Alleio to do that to himself, as to fulfill his role in the story. Of course, she just wants the super idol.

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