An alliance is a group of people loyal to each other in the game of Survivor. These small social groups strategize together to manipulate the outcome of the upcoming Tribal Council and eventually the endgame.

Conception

Alliances were invented in Survivor: Borneo by Richard Hatch, stating that a player will find it almost impossible to win without a tight group of people. With this thought, he concocted a close relationship with Rudy Boesch, Kelly Wiglesworth, and Susan Hawk. The four united themselves as the first Survivor voting alliance. The strategy became effective, making Dirk Been their first victim. The plan became even more devastating after the merge, resulting in the successive elimination of every single member of the rival Pagong tribe (when Pagong failed to coordinate their votes) as well as the only person from their tribe that was not part of the alliance, Sean Kenniff. The foursome went on as the final four castaways, eventually and inevitably having to turn on each other at said point.

Influence on Survivor

Alliances have greatly influenced Survivor since the concept was created as they were significantly powerful in voting. They have become a fundamental of strategy that even players who do not consider themselves strategic implement. However, making an alliance hasn't always guaranteed success, as many alliances have broken apart prematurely due to issues such as trust and tribe switches. Despite those roadblocks, alliances tend to be very helpful in getting players farther in the game, as the majority of Sole Survivors have been in powerful alliances and all Sole Survivors have been in an alliance at some point.

Alliances Per Season

Survivor Alliances Per Season
Borneo The Australian Outback Africa Marquesas
Tagi Alliance Kucha Alliance Boran Alliance Maraamu Alliance
Older Samburu Alliance Rotu Four
Barbecue Alliance Ogakor Alliance
Younger Samburu Alliance Outsiders Alliance
Thailand The Amazon Pearl Islands All-Stars
Chuay Gahn Five Jaburu Alliance Drake Alliance Chapera Alliance
Morgan Alliance
Sook Jai Alliance Tambaqui Alliance Mogo Mogo Alliance
Outcast Alliance
Vanuatu Palau Guatemala Panama
Fat Five Koror Alliance Nakúm Alliance Casaya Alliance
Yasur Alliance
Yaxhá Alliance La Mina Alliance
Final Four Alliance
Cook Islands Fiji China Micronesia
Aitu Four Four Horsemen Fei Long Alliance Malakal Couples Alliance
Older Airai Alliance
Raro Alliance Syndicate Alliance Zhan Hu Alliance
Black Widow Brigade
Gabon Tocantins Samoa Heroes vs. Villains
Fang Alliance Jalapao Three Foa Foa Four Heroes Alliance
Timbira Alliance Rob's Villains Alliance
Onion Alliance Galu Alliance
Exile Alliance Russell's Villains Alliance
Nicaragua Redemption Island South Pacific One World
Espada Alliance Russell's Zapatera Alliance Savaii Alliance Misfit Alliance
La Flor Alliance Stealth R Us Muscle Alliance
The Family
Final Four Alliance Zapatera Six Salani Alliance
Philippines Caramoan Blood vs. Water Cagayan
Kalabaw Alliance Cool Kids Alliance Five Guys Alliance Aparri Alliance
Matsing Alliance
Gota Alliance Galang Alliance Cops-R-Us
Tandang Alliance
Stealth R Us Singles Alliance Solana Alliance
Fulcrum Alliance
San Juan del Sur Worlds Apart Cambodia Kaôh Rōng
Coyopa Guys Alliance Escameca Alliance Bayon Alliance Gondol Alliance
Fab Five Nagarote Alliance Witches' Coven Dara Women's Alliance
Millennials vs. Gen X Game Changers Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Ghost Island
Takali Alliance Power Six Soko Alliance Naviti Alliance
Triforce
The Round Table
David's Vinaka Alliance Tavua Alliance Final Four Alliance
Final Four Alliance
Zeke's Vinaka Alliance
David vs. Goliath Edge of Extinction Island of the Idols Winners at War
David Alliance Kama Six Lairo Women's Alliance Cops-R-Us
Goliath Alliance Manu Alliance Vokai Alliance

References

Survivor Gameplay
Challenges

Challenge Advantage · Do-It-Yourself Challenge · Duel · Family Visit · Immunity Challenge (Final Immunity Challenge) · Immunity Idol · Immunity Necklace · Medallion of Power · Reward Challenge · Survivor Auction

Elimination

Edge of Extinction · Ejection · Evacuation · Final Tribal Council · Jury · Quit · Redemption Island · Snuffer · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Torch · Tribal Council · Urn

Strategy

Alliance · Pagonging · Split Vote

Social Dynamics

Final Two · Final Three · Merge · Tribe

Twists
Casting

Battle of the Sexes · Blood vs. Water · Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty · Old vs. Young · Returning Players · Schoolyard Pick · Tribes Divided by Ethnicity


Tribal Council-Related

Double Elimination · Double Tribal Council · Extra Vote · Hidden Immunity Idol · Idol Nullifier · Joint Tribal Council · Juror Removal · Vote Blocker · Vote Steal


Miscellaneous

Advantage Menu · Buried Treasure · Day Zero · Exile Island · Fake Merge · Fire Token · First Impressions · Ghost Island · Haves vs. Have Nots · Island of the Idols · Kidnapping · Legacy Advantage · Looting · Mutiny · One World · Reward Steal · The Outcasts · Tribe Leader · Tribe Switch

Post-Game

Fan Favorite Award · Lawsuits and Legal Action · Ponderosa · Reunion Show

Miscellaneous

Buff · Confessional · Luxury Item · Rites of Passage · Survivor Rulebook · Ulonging

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