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Cody Assenmacher is a contestant from Survivor 43.

Cody's carefree spirit endeared him to his Vesi tribemates, allowing him to control his tribal pecking order. Cody's zany antics provided a front for his game savvy, which manifested in his deftness in activating his Beware Advantage, his orchestration of Justine Brennan's blindside, and his strategic partnership with Jesse Lopez, which was the catalyst for several post-merge eliminations. At the final six, Cody's status as a jury threat became too great to ignore, leading to Jesse disposing of his number-one ally in a brutal blindside.


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Age: 35
Hometown: Preston, Iowa
Current Residence: Honolulu, HI
Occupation: Elevator Sales
Favorite Hobbies: Going out with friends, traveling and being outdoors
3 Words to Describe You: Optimistic, charismatic, fearless
Pet Peeve(s): Lazy people, social media addicts, clipping nails in a public location
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I'm really proud of the relationship[s] I have with my family and friends. Without them, life would be boring. Knowing they are there for me, no matter what, is comforting.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? [Several] of my bottom front teeth are fake. When I was a kid, my older brother strapped me into a sled behind an ATV in a frozen cornfield, and the sled flipped over.
Who is your hero and why? Devon Yaddof, a best friend of mine who passed from cancer in high school. His loss lit a fire in me at a very young age. That fire continues to drive me to live my life differently. And my parents, as I'm grateful for them selflessly molding me into the man I am today.
Which past Survivor will you play the game most like? Malcolm – he was a likable, physically skilled, humble player who used that skill set to advance his way through the game. Malcolm and I share multiple character, personality and physical skill sets. The ability to sit back and sometimes play the role of a fool to fool the fool who thinks they're fooling you is critical in competing in this game.
Why do you believe you can be the Sole Survivor? I know that SURVIVOR and I were meant for each other. Just took us 20 years to realize it! My charismatic, fun-loving personality will enable me to build alliances. My competitive edge will keep numbers through winning challenges. Experience being outdoors will help in building shelter and sourcing food. My experiences, profession, and living in different cities have given me wisdom ahead of my time, and I will use that to my advantage in communicating with players older than me, while my active lifestyle and youthful spirit will enable me to relate to younger players.[2]


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Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out Result
1 Vesi Crate Wide Open Reward No Won
Freedom of Choice Immunity No 2nd
2 Serpent Turf Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Turtle Head Reward/Immunity No Lost
4 Walk Around Reward No Won
Brain Stew Immunity No 1st
5 EOC Reward/Immunity No 1st
Tribes Disbanded, Day 12
6 None No Quarter Reward/Immunity No Lost
Tribes Merged, Night 13
7 Gaia Eve 6 Immunity Lost
8 Over-Extended Immunity No Lost
9 Crocodile Rock Reward/Immunity Won
10 Put a Ring on It Reward Lost
Teeter Tower Immunity Lost
11 Last Gasp Immunity Shared1
12 Roll With It Reward Won
Battle of Evermore Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 23
^1 Cody found the "Choose Your Champion" advantage and bet correctly that Owen would win the challenge, thus he also received immunity.

Episode Cody's
Voted Against
1 Vesi Tribe Immune
2 Justine Justine
3 Nneka -
4 Vesi Tribe Immune
5 Vesi Tribe Immune
6 Elie -
7 Dwight -
8 Jeanine -
9 Ryan Individual Immunity
10 Noelle -
11 Sami -1
12 Karla2 Cassidy, Gabler,
Jesse, Owen
Voted Out, Day 23
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Hiding in Plain Sight", Cody won the "Choose Your Champion" game, thus any votes cast against him would be negated. However, he did not receive any votes.
^2 In "Telenovela", Karla used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Cody's vote against her.


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  • Cody and Geo Bustamante are the first contestants on Survivor to reside in Hawaii (and by extension, outside of the contiguous United States and North America) at the time of filming.


Survivor 43 Castaways
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S43 dwight t
S43 elie t
S43 gabler t
S43 geo t
S43 james t
S43 jeanine t
S43 jesse t
S43 justine t
S43 karla t
S43 lindsay t
S43 morriah t
S43 nneka t
S43 noelle t
S43 owen t
S43 ryan t
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