It’s Wednesday folks, which means it’s time for a brand new Survivor Oz Top Ten! This week, our South Carolina Ozlet, Shayna Davis returns to bring you to the Top Ten Dysfunctional Tribes in Survivor! Over the journey, we have watched eighty four different tribes create shelters and go into battle together with the goal of becoming the Sole Survivor. Whilst we have seen some dominant tribes across the journey, we have also seen some truly terrible tribes battle not only their opponents but also each other. Which ten tribes does Shayna believe to be the most dysfunctional? What do you think of her selections? Read on and leave a comment with your thoughts below!
There are few tribes in Survivor history that have worked like a well-oiled machine. One off the top of my head is Koror from Survivor: Palau. Even the Koror tribe had their infighting. However, there have been several tribes that have been what I call “dysfunctional”. To be a dysfunctional tribe in my opinion means a couple of things. A dysfunctional tribe that cannot pull it together in challenges and cannot live in harmony or the tribe can manage to win challenges; either way, there is usually a lot of social drama among the tribe.
10. Post Switch Manono Tribe – One World
The newly swapped Manono tribe didn’t even get a chance to have a good laugh and bond before one of their own started cutting them down. Colton announced right away that the other tribe was a bunch of Greek gods and they were the peasants. The Manono tribe could have won some challenges, they had the super athletic Monica Culpepper and Christina Cha was young and athletic, they could have had a chance. But, they ended up losing every challenge. Their shining moment was when Monica scored a basket in the Immunity Challenge and the tribe proceeds to vote off Monica, their strongest member.
9. Zapatera Tribe – Redemption Island
The tribe was off to an amazing start when they forced Ometepe to go to Tribal Council in the first two episodes of the season, but their intolerance of Russell got to high and they threw the challenge to get rid of Russell. The Zapatera tribe became victims of the “throwing a challenge” curse. After Russell was voted out the tribe never recovered, losing every challenge until the Merge, giving all the power to Ometepe.
8. Post Mutiny Rarotonga Tribe – Cook Islands
The Aitutaki and Rarotonga tribes seemed to be on equal grounds with numbers, but then Jeff gave the castaways an opportunity to Mutiny. Jonathan and Candace left Aitutaki and joined Rarotonga. Aitutaki were left with just four people and they thought they were doomed. However, the little tribe plowed through Rarotonga with Yul’s smarts and Ozzy’s strength, as the Aitutaki four eliminated every single one of the Rarotonga’s and ended up in the Final Four.
7. Pagong Tribe – Borneo
They get a little bit of a pass for being the first season, but they never voted together and refused to believe that the other team had an alliance until it was too late. They also voted off Joel based on a comment about women that he supposedly said. The only positive…. they managed to find the island spa!
6. Airai Tribe – Micronesia
The Fans were doomed to begin with going up against experienced players. They managed to win the first challenge, but camp was a bickering fest. It appeared that Joel couldn’t stand Chet because he was weak, but Jason made matters worse when he refused to let Tracey, Kathy and Chet sleep in “his” shelter.
5. Post Dissolve Casaya Tribe – Panama
During the second episode the four tribes split by age and gender dissolved and two tribes formed named Casaya and La Mina. Even though the Casaya’s had the numbers going into the Merge the Casaya tribe was one of the most argumentative tribes in Survivor history! Shane was on his nicotine withdrawal mood swings; Courtenay was irritating, Bruce was doing yoga in his Zen garden, Shane was constantly lashing out at Courtenay and Danielle and Danielle argued back. Cirie was enjoying all of the chaos because she started out as the target, but the tribe was so irritated with one another they forgot about her and it helped her reach the Final Four.
4. Gota Tribe – Caramoan
The original Fans vs. Favorites was such a hit that doing it a second time seemed like a great idea, but during season twenty-six it became very clear that first time castaways playing with returning castaways is to much of an advantage which makes for a predictable season. The Fans only won one challenge and escaped Tribal Council only a second time when Brandon quit the game.
3. Ravu Tribe – Fiji
The Ravu tribe became the “have not’s” tribe after they lost the first challenge and they could never beat the Moto tribe that were getting stronger by the day. Ravu lost all but one challenge until the Merge. The tribe was not only losing challenges, but certain members could not get along with one another. Michelle didn’t like Sylvia; Rocky was annoyed with Anthony for being what he considered feminine, Rocky was also going through nicotine withdrawals making him short fused. A Tribe Switch could not even change the tribe’s luck, with new Ravu member Lisi, not able to hack the dire conditions which resulted in her wanting to quit the game.
2. Maraamu Tribe – Marquesas
They were the first tribe to never win a challenge until the Tribe Switch. The tribe seemed to have a good social dynamic. They created the ‘Survivor morning show’ and had there tender moments, but the tribe could not pull together to win a challenge. They were also one of the first tribes in Survivor history to take out one of their biggest physical threats, (Hunter), early in the game, despite their inability to win challenges.
1. Ulong Tribe – Palau
The tribe was off to a horrible start when in the very first challenge they grabbed all the supplies except for flint, whilst the Koror tribe took only the flint and won the challenge. The Ulong tribe easily goes down as the worst tribe in history as they went onto lose every Immunity Challenge until they only had one member left. Bobby Jon said it best when he said, “We worked harder, they just worked smarter”.
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!