A long-time superfan of the show, Adam began the game on the Vanua tribe, where he found himself in the minority after the first Tribal Council. He ended up in a swing vote position after the Tribe Switch, and eventually flipped on the Millennials majority, voting out Figgy Figueroa. After the merge, he joined the majority and eventually became a member of David's Vinaka Alliance. Despite being on the wrong side of the numbers following a rock draw tiebreaker in which he took part, as well as finding and misplaying two Hidden Immunity Idols, he navigated to the final four as an active member of his alliance, and played a crucial role in the elimination of David Wright at that point. At the Final Tribal Council, his strong strategic and social game-play won him the respect of the jury and resulted in a unanimous victory.
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Name: Adam Klein
Hometown: Burlingame, California
This time around, I can't hide how big of a fan I am. I can have fun with that and subtly play into the larger egos, especially since my life is far less serious and scary than it was last time. My sense is I may come into this game generally underestimated, with at least some people believing that my win was fluky and my social game was choppy. I want them to underestimate me and I will play into that, while also recognizing that all of them are incredibly capable and not to be underestimated.
Millennials vs. Gen X
Adam began the game on the Millennials tribe, Vanua. He seemed to be in a good position as the Triforce alliance prompted the formation of a counter alliance that he was a part of. Despite being in a 6-4 advantage, Michelle Schubert lead the charge to cause three members to flip and join the Triforce in blindsiding Mari Takahashi, leaving Adam and Zeke Smith on the outs. Both of them were upset with Hannah Shapiro after Tribal Council despite her wishing to work with them in the future. Now in a vulnerable position, Adam tried to regroup the remnants of his alliance and found Vanua's Hidden Immunity Idol.
After the tribe switch, he was put on Takali with Millennials Figgy Figueroa and Taylor Stocker and Gen-Xers Ken McNickle and Jessica Lewis. At their only Tribal Council visit, knowing how powerful Figgy and Taylor were, Adam took the opportunity to blindside Figgy. This would cause Taylor to target him for the rest of the game. Unaware of Taylor's grudge against him, Adam confided with Taylor an interest in forming an alliance with him and to target Will Wahl. Taylor used this information to turn the merged tribe against Adam. Despite Adam's paranoia after Will won immunity, his alliance protected him and voted out Michelle and Taylor at the beginning of the merge. After that, the decisions got tougher as sub alliances began jockeying for position. Adam joined David Wright's alliance in blindsiding Chris Hammons at the next Tribal Council. At the final ten, Adam told David to play his Hidden Immunity Idol on Ken after Sunday Burquest lied to him about Ken being the target, so this resulted in a tie between Hannah and Zeke. Then a rock drawing tiebreaker occurred, where Jessica picked the black rock and was sent to the jury.
At the Family Visit, Adam met his brother Evan. He then announced that he has an advantage to steal a reward, but will not use it. Jay Starrett won the challenge and chose to share the reward with Will, Sunday, and Adam. Evan shared information about their mother's battle with cancer. To show his gratitude to Jay for sharing the reward with him, Adam gave Jay the Reward Stealer. Adam won the next Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, he played his idol on Hannah, which negated the four votes at against her, but it was unneeded as Will had flipped and Zeke was blindsided. On Day 34, Adam decided to get rid of Will because he was trying to play both sides. Adam's plan worked as Will was blindsided. After Ken won immunity at the final seven, Adam wanted to split the votes between David and Jay to eliminate both Jay's idol and a major threat to win. However, Hannah wanted to vote out Sunday, leaving Adam conflicted. He told Jay to play his idol, and confided in him about his mother's cancer battle. At Tribal Council, Adam sided with Hannah and Sunday was blindsided. On Day 36, Adam, David, Hannah, Bret LaBelle, and Ken blindsided Jay. On Day 37, Ken won immunity. Adam and Bret decided to target David; Adam then searched for an idol, which he found. He told Hannah about his new idol and plan to eliminate David. At Tribal Council, Adam played the idol on himself but received no votes and Hannah and Ken sided with David, blindsiding Bret and leaving Adam shocked. On Day 38, Ken won the Final Immunity Challenge. Knowing he and David were the targets, Adam practiced for a possible fire making tiebreaker, but at Tribal Council, Ken sided with Adam and Hannah and David was blindsided.
At the Final Tribal Council, Adam and Hannah argued about strategic decisions, and Adam finally admitted to the entire jury about his mother having cancer. Ultimately, the jury of 10 unanimously voted for Adam to win the title of Sole Survivor, believing he played the best strategic and social game amongst the finalists.
|Adam's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|3||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|4||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|5||Takali Tribe Immune|
|7||Takali Tribe Immune|
|8||Michelle|| Jay, Michelle,|
| Jury Votes|
| Bret, Chris, David, Jay, Jessica,|
Michelle, Sunday, Taylor, Will, Zeke
|Sole Survivor, Day 39|
^1 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Adam did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In I'm Going for a Million Bucks, Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him.
Winners at War
|Adam's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|Sele Tribe Immune|
- Adam opened a non-profit fundraiser towards cancer research after the death of his mother.
- On April 25, 2019, Adam appeared as a contestant on Let's Make a Deal.
- Adam was the one who suggested the name Vinaka for the merged tribe.
- Adam is the first castaway to find and possess the Reward Steal advantage.
- Adam is the second person to possess both a Hidden Immunity Idol and an advantage at the same time, preceded by Tai Trang. He would be proceeded by Lauren Rimmer and Aubry Bracco.
- Adam set the record for the latest discovery of a Hidden Immunity Idol, finding his second one on Day 37. This was later tied by Ben Driebergen in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and Dean Kowalski in Island of the Idols.
- Adam is the second Sole Survivor to take part in a rock draw tiebreaker, after Tyson Apostol.
- Adam is the fifth person to win Survivor in a unanimous vote, following Earl Cole, J.T. Thomas, John Cochran, and Jeremy Collins.
- Adam is tied with Jeremy for the most jury votes in a single season, with ten.
- Adam has the most elimination votes against a unanimous winner, with six.
- Adam is the youngest castaway to compete on Winners at War.
- Being 28 at the time of filming, Adam is the oldest castaway to be the youngest castaway of a season.