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Tumblr Survivor: Japan
Japan
Logo created by Connor
Season 60
Filming Location Kagoshima Bay, Japan
Season Run August 23rd - October 10th, 2017
Host Catherine Worrall
Connor Wubbenhorst
Joshua Soriano
Nick Wentworth
Survivors 26
Winner Brian Ruvolo
Runner(s)-up Steffen Reals
Tribes Hikari
Kyoaku
Okazaki
Hakodate
Nagoya
Zen'Aku
Returnees Jaiden Hantz (S62)
Trace (S64)
Opening Sequence
Tumblr Survivor Japan Opening01:15

Tumblr Survivor Japan Opening

Series Chronology
Previous Season Kuang Si
Next Season Andalucía

Tumblr Survivor: Japan - Heroes vs. Villains III is the sixtieth season of the online version of the Reality TV show, Survivor.

Production

The blog for the season is Japan and the tag for the season is #ReturnRevengeRedemption.

Recruitment for the season began January of 2017, while applications for the season unofficially opened on May 1st and officially opening on July 27th and closing on August 15th.

This season was originally planned to be hosted by Connor and Catherine. Josh was added to the hosting team in mid 2016. With Connor beginning school a few days after the start of the season, Nick Wentworth joined the hosting team shortly before applications closed.

Casting was finalized August 16th. From the beginning, it was the goal of the hosting team to create a cast that featured well rounded players and individuals who embody being "heroes" and "villains" as a whole in the Tumblr Survivor community, and not focus as highly on previous game placements and "All-Star" status. The final cast was a group of 26 players who were seeking to return, reinvent, and redefine the game of Tumblr Survivor in their own unique way.

Production Team

Twists/Changes

  • Heroes vs. Villains: A returning twist from Heroes vs. Villains and Heroes Vs. Villains II, 13 of the most heroic castaways will battle against 13 of the most villainous castaways for the title of Sole Survivor. The Hikari tribe represented the heroes and the Kyoaku tribe represented the villains.
  • One World: All players were able to freely communicate with each other, regardless of tribal lines.
  • Simplified Tie-Breaker: Similar to Survivor: Game Changers, there would be no revote. However, there would be no open discussion; should a vote tie, the tribal council immediately goes to rocks.
  • Duels of Duality: Every other round, one member from each tribe would be selected to compete head to head. Which ever player wins the challenge wins immunity for their entire tribe.
  • Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty: On Day 17, the remaining 18 castaways were shuffled based off their defining attributes given to them by their fellow castaways during the Touchy Subjects challenge. The Okazaki tribe were the "Brains", the Nagoya tribe were the "Brawns", and Hakodate was the "Beauty" tribe.
  • Fukushū Idol: This idol is played at the same time as hidden immunity idols. The player of this idol is able to over ride one vote once the votes have been cast. Steffen played this idol at the Final 14 tribal council, over riding Crow's vote for Drew and voting for Ashton, resulting in his elimination from the game.
  • Instant Tribal: After the Final 11 tribal council a second tribal was council was held for only 5 minutes where in that time no castaway was immune and a second castaway would be leaving on Day 33. This was later reused on the Day 39 tribal council, however this time, an immunity challenge took place before the vote.
  • Haumaru Idol: This idol works similar to a hidden immunity idol, however it's a forced idol, meaning it must be played on the round upon receiving it and the person who plays this idol will remain anonymous.
  • Modoru Idol: This is an idol that rewinds that is played after immunity results and before votes are cast at tribal council. This idol halts tribal council and resets the game to the previous immunity challenge. The original winner of immunity does not remain immune. Crow played this idol on Day 41, revoking Trace's original immunity win.
  • Gōrudo Idol: This is an idol that will send the survivors of the current tribal council into an instant tribal council, with the person this idol was played on being immune from said tribal, however if that person was voted out before, no one would have been immune at the instant tribal council.
  • Shōkan Idol: This idol could only be found on the blog. A Hidden Immunity Idol that activates when a player receives the majority of the votes (similar to a 'Tyler Perry' style Idol), and upon activation it reverses the game back to the Immunity Challenge keeping the idol holder in the game. Players are given a new challenge before going back to Tribal Council. The player that won Individual Immunity retains their Immunity throughout all the events. They are not allowed to compete in the new Immunity Challenge where a new second Immunity Necklace is up for grabs. In the event regular idol(s) are played at the the Tribal Council the Shokan Idol was activated at the idol(s) are returned to their owners since the whole Tribal had no effect.
  • Legacy Advantage: Originally, the legacy advantage allowed the holder immunity at the Final 6 tribal council. However, once the tribes merged, the current holder of the advantage was informed that they could hold on to the power beyond that point, and it was evolve into a greater power. This greater power was automatically winning the final immunity challenge.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Status Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Swapped Tribe Merged Tribe
Mist Icon 60
Mist Garcia
19, United States American Flag
Maldives
Hikari 1st Voted Out
Day 5
12
Pat Icon 60
Patrick Sidebotham
22, United States American Flag
Kiwayu, Palawan
Kyoaku 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
9
Ashley Icon 60
Ashley Hudson
19, United States American Flag
Sicily, Myanmar, India
Kyoaku 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
9
Jaiden Icon 60
Jaiden Hantz
20, United States American Flag
Uncharted Islands, Tenochtitlan,
India, Cutthroat Island
Kyoaku Eliminated
Day 11
0
AlexS Icon 60
Alex Spearman
23, United States American Flag
Bhutan, Arabia,

All-Stars

Kyoaku 4th Voted Out
Day 13
11
Linus Icon 60
Linus Silversides
20, Canada Canadian Flag
Myanmar, Solomon Islands
Kyoaku 5th Voted Out
Day 14
8
Ruthie Icon 60
Ruthie Motta
28, United States American Flag
Arabia, All-Stars
Hikari 6th Voted Out
Day 16
11
Richie Icon 60
Richie Franzel-Middleton
24, United States American Flag
Arabia
Kyoaku 7th Voted Out
Day 16
7
Isaac Icon 60
Isaac Marwood
16, United States American Flag
Tonga, Malaysia
Hikari Okazaki 8th Voted Out
Day 19
9
AlexC Icon 60
Alex Crooks
17, United States American Flag
Malaysia, India,
Challengers Vs. Champions
Hikari Okazaki 9th Voted Out
Day 21
4
Jonathan Icon 60
Jonathan
20, United States American Flag
Newfoundland, Bonin Islands,
Sri Lanka
Kyoaku Okazaki 10th Voted Out
Day 23
8
Kage Icon 60
Kage Hamilton
15, Canada Canadian Flag
Great Lakes
Kyoaku Nagoya 11th Voted Out
Day 23
12
Ashton Icon 60
Ashton Westenburg
16, United States American Flag
Great Lakes
Hikari Nagoya 12th Voted Out
Day 26
1
Kendall Icon 60
Kendall Duffy
19, United States American Flag
Malaysia, Rebels & Rogues,
Tenochtitlan, India
Hikari Hakodate Zen'Aku 13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 29
8
Johnny Icon 60
Johnny Stockton
20, United States American Flag
Solomon Islands
Hikari Hakodate Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 31
0
Sarah Icon 60
Sarah Lynn
20, Canada Canadian Flag
Rebels & Rogues, Maldives,
Bangladesh, India
Kyoaku Hakodate 14th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 33
8
Dom Icon 60
Dom Reichenbach
25, United States American Flag
Matsu Islands, Machu Picchu,
Heroes Vs. Villains II
Hikari Nagoya 15th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
7
Tommy Icon 60
Tommy
19, United States American Flag
Mali, Myanmar, Cutthroat Island
Kyoaku Hakodate 16th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 34
13
Andrew Icon 60
Andrew Gentile
20, United States American Flag
Uncharted Islands, Generations, Hosts
Hikari Okazaki 17th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
6
Junior Icon 60
Junior Herrera
23, Mexico 500px-Flag of Mexico (1916-1934).svg
Olympics, Bora Bora
Kyoaku Okazaki 18th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 39
16
Pippa Icon 60
Pippa Crosby
17, United States American Flag
Uncharted Islands, Rebels & Rogues
Hikari Okazaki Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 43
4
Drew Icon 60
Drew Heuse
27, United States American Flag
Malaysia, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, Hosts
Hikari Nagoya 19th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 43
9
Trace Icon 60
Trace
20, United States American Flag
Maluku, Okinawa, Palawan
Hikari Hakodate 20th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 45
4
Crow Icon 60
Crow Jones
18, United States American Flag
Great Lakes, Cutthroat Island
Kyoaku Nagoya 21st Voted Out
11th Jury Member
Day 46
17
Steffen Icon 60 Steffen Reals
21, Norway Norway
Aeolian Islands, Myanmar, All-Stars
Hikari Nagoya Runner-Up
Day 48
4
Brian Icon 60 Brian Ruvolo
19, United States American Flag
Aeolian Islands, Lazio
Kyoaku Hakodate Sole Survivor
Day 48
9

Episode Guide

Episode Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
1 "Holding Reward At Gun Point"
-Jonathan
Kyoaku Kyoaku Mist 12-1 1st Voted Out
Day 5
2 "Let Me Go Get Some Pants On"
-Junior
Hikari
[Ashton]
Patrick 9-3-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
3 "Back On My Bullshit"
Alex S.
Kyoaku Hikari Ashley 8-3-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
4 "The Universe Dosen't Revolve Around Jaiden Hantz"
-Jaiden
Hikari
[Johnny]
Jaiden 4-4-1-1-1 Eliminated
Day 11
5 "Can’t We Just Bring The Crazy 15 Year Old In? Why Is That So Hard?"
-Sarah
Hikari Alex S. 7-3 4th Voted Out
Day 13
6 "If Britney Spears Can Get Through 2007 The Villains Can Get Through Tribal Again"
-Brian
Hikari
[Dom]
Linus 8-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
7 "We're Just A Group Of Happy Campers"
-Dom
Crow Ruthie 11-1 6th Voted Out
Day 16
Drew Richie 6-2 7th Voted Out
Day 16
8 "Touchy Swapjects"
-Ashton
Nagoya Isaac 8-4 8th Voted Out
Day 19
9 "That Damn Demagorgon"
-Pippa
Hakodate Alex C. 4-1 9th Voted Out
Day 21
Nagoya
10 "If He Has An Idol, Color Me 17 Different Shades Of Shook"
-Brian
Hakodate
[Brian]
Jonathan 3-1 10th Voted Out
Day 23
Kage 3-2-1 11th Voted Out
Day 23
11 "Being Iconic Is Better Than Being Boring"
-Andrew
Hakodate Ashton 1-0 12th Voted Out
Day 26
Okazaki
12 "Cries in Japanense"
-Steffen
Steffen Kendall 7-5-1 13th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 29
13 "I'M GOING TO HAVE AN ANEURISM"
-Johnny
Tommy Johnny 0-0-0 Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 31
14 "Pippa and the boys"
-Pippa
Crow Sarah 7-3-1 14th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 33
Dom 6-4 15th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
15 "I Kinda Just Revel In People's Misery"
-Steffen
Drew Tommy 8-1 16th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 34
16 "You Can't Vote Me Out Because Of Femenism"
-Pippa
Survivor
Auction
Drew Andrew 4-3 17th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 39
Drew Junior 3-0 18th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 39
17 "Hopeless Love Between A Hero And A Villain"
-Brian

AND

"Save it."

-Trace

Trace
Drew
Pippa 3-3 Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 43
Steffen Drew 4-1 19th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 43
Crow Trace 3-1 20th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 45
Steffen Crow 1-0 21st Voted Out
11th Jury Member
Day 46
Jury Vote Steffen 7-4 Runner-Up
Day 48
Brian Sole Survivor
Day 48

Voting History

Tumblr Survivor: Japan Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Swapped Tribes Merged Tribes
Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Voted Off
Mist Icon 60
Mist
Pat Icon 60
Pat
Ashley Icon 60
Ashley
Tie
Jaiden Icon 60
Jaiden
AlexS Icon 60
Alex S
Linus Icon 60
Linus
Ruthie Icon 60
Ruthie
Richie Icon 60
Richie
Isaac Icon 60
Isaac
AlexC Icon 60
Alex C
Jonathan Icon 60
Jonathan
Kage Icon 60
Kage
Ashton Icon 60
Ashton
Kendall Icon 60
Kendall
Tie
Johnny Icon 60
Johnny
Sarah Icon 60
Sarah
Dom Icon 60
Dom
Tommy Icon 60
Tommy
Andrew Icon 60
Andrew
Junior Icon 60
Junior
Tie
Pippa Icon 60
Pippa
Drew Icon 60
Drew
Trace Icon 60
Trace
Crow Icon 60
Crow
Steffen Icon 60
Steffen
Brian Icon 60
Brian
Vote 12-1 9-3-1 8-3-1 4-4-1-1-1 Lottery 7-3 8-1 11-1 6-2 8-4 4-1 3-1 3-2-1 1-0 7-5-1 0-0-0 Lottery 7-3-1 6-4 8-1 4-3 3-0 3-3 Lottery 4-1 3-1 1-0 7-4
Brian Patrick Linus Richie Isaac Junior Andrew Pippa Dom Tommy Andrew Junior Steffen Drew Trace - Jury Vote
Steffen Mist Ruthie Kage Crow Ashton Kendall Andrew Sarah Crow Tommy Andrew Crow Crow Drew Trace Crow
Crow Linus Drew Drew Junior Junior Dom Dom Tommy Andrew Junior Steffen Drew Trace - Brian
Trace Mist Ruthie Isaac Kendall Junior Sarah Crow Tommy Brian Crow Crow Drew Steffen Steffen
Drew Mist Ruthie Crow Crow Junior Junior Sarah Crow Tommy Andrew Junior Steffen Trace Brian
Pippa Mist Ruthie Tommy Alex C. Jonathan Kendall Junior Sarah Dom Tommy Exiled Crow Crow Eliminated Steffen
Junior Linus Isaac Alex C. Jonathan Sarah Drew Sarah Dom Tommy Brian Crow Brian
Andrew Mist Ruthie Tommy Alex C. Jonathan Kendall Junior Sarah Dom Tommy Brian Brian
Tommy Linus Isaac Kendall Drew Pippa Dom Brian Steffen
Dom Mist Ruthie Kage Crow Kendall Junior Sarah Crow Steffen
Sarah Linus Isaac Junior Junior Pippa Brian
Johnny Mist Ruthie Isaac Kendall Junior Eliminated Brian
Kendall Mist Ruthie Isaac Junior Brian
Ashton Mist Ruthie Kage Crow
Kage Alex S. Linus Drew
Jonathan Linus Isaac Alex C. Pippa
Alex C. Mist Ruthie Tommy Jonathan
Isaac Mist Ruthie Tommy
Richie Linus Brian
Ruthie Mist Kendall
Linus Kage
Alex S. Kage
Jaiden Eliminated
Ashley Self Vote
Patrick Brian
Mist Isaac

Trivia

  • This was the first instance of a 26 person cast, making it the largest cast ever in Tumblr Survivor history at the time of filming
  • This was the first season to feature an 11 person jury
  • This was the first Heroes vs Villains season to have a final 2
  • This was the first Heroes vs Villains season to have a villain as the Sole Survivor

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