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|description = Former castaways compete for another shot at winning the title of [[Sole Survivor]].
 
|description = Former castaways compete for another shot at winning the title of [[Sole Survivor]].
 
|seasonsappeared = {{S2|8}}<br />{{S2|11}}<br />{{S2|16}}<br />{{S2|20}}<br />{{S2|22}}<br />{{S2|23}}<br />{{S2|25}}<br />{{S2|26}}<br />{{S2|27}}<br />{{S2|31}}<br />{{S2|34}}<br />{{S2|38}}
 
|seasonsappeared = {{S2|8}}<br />{{S2|11}}<br />{{S2|16}}<br />{{S2|20}}<br />{{S2|22}}<br />{{S2|23}}<br />{{S2|25}}<br />{{S2|26}}<br />{{S2|27}}<br />{{S2|31}}<br />{{S2|34}}<br />{{S2|38}}
}}'''Returning Player''' seasons offer the opportunity to former contestants to play the game of ''Survivor'' again.
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'''Returning Player''' seasons offer the opportunity to former contestants to play the game of ''Survivor'' again.
   
 
==Origins==
 
==Origins==
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| [[File:Survivor 38 Logo.png|100px|link=Survivor: Edge of Extinction]]
 
| [[File:Survivor 38 Logo.png|100px|link=Survivor: Edge of Extinction]]
| ''Upcoming Season''
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| [[File:Survivor Island of the Idols logo.png|100px|link=Survivor: Island of the Idols]]
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| ''Current season''
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
* Of the 92 returnees: 67 have played twice, 21 have played three times, and 4 have played four times.
 
* Of the 92 returnees: 67 have played twice, 21 have played three times, and 4 have played four times.
** [[Rob Mariano]], [[Rupert Boneham]], [[Cirie Fields]], and [[Ozzy Lusth]] are the only contestants to play four times. Rob is the only 4-time returnee who won on his fourth attempt.
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** [[Rob Mariano]], [[Rupert Boneham]], [[Cirie Fields]], and [[Ozzy Lusth]] are the only contestants to play four times. Rob is the only four-time returnee who won on his fourth attempt.
 
* [[Jenna Morasca]], [[Michael Skupin]], and [[Colton Cumbie]] are the only returning players to never be voted out.
 
* [[Jenna Morasca]], [[Michael Skupin]], and [[Colton Cumbie]] are the only returning players to never be voted out.
 
** [[Amanda Kimmel]], [[Russell Hantz]], and [[Sandra Diaz-Twine]] each played their first two seasons without being voted out, but were each voted out in their [[Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains|third]] [[Survivor: Redemption Island|sea]][[Survivor: Game Changers|son]].
 
** [[Amanda Kimmel]], [[Russell Hantz]], and [[Sandra Diaz-Twine]] each played their first two seasons without being voted out, but were each voted out in their [[Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains|third]] [[Survivor: Redemption Island|sea]][[Survivor: Game Changers|son]].
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* [[J.T. Thomas|All]] [[Stephen Fishbach|four]] [[Coach Wade|returning]] [[Tyson Apostol|players]] from {{S|18}} have reached [[Final Tribal Council]] at some point in their ''Survivor'' careers.
 
* [[J.T. Thomas|All]] [[Stephen Fishbach|four]] [[Coach Wade|returning]] [[Tyson Apostol|players]] from {{S|18}} have reached [[Final Tribal Council]] at some point in their ''Survivor'' careers.
 
* All the returnees from {{S|13}} have participated in the game at least three times, with [[Ozzy Lusth]] having competed four times. ''Cook Islands'' has introduced the highest number of three-time players, with four.
 
* All the returnees from {{S|13}} have participated in the game at least three times, with [[Ozzy Lusth]] having competed four times. ''Cook Islands'' has introduced the highest number of three-time players, with four.
* Throughout his ''Survivor'' career, Ozzy Lusth is the only person to compete in all different styles of player seasons: [[Survivor: Cook Islands|an all-new players season]], [[Survivor: Micronesia|a season with half new players and half returnees]], [[Survivor: South Pacific|a one returnee per tribe season]], and [[Survivor: Game Changers|an all-returnees season]]. Ozzy has also been to both {{dab|Exile Island|twist}} and {{dab|Redemption Island|twist}}.
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* Throughout his ''Survivor'' career, Ozzy Lusth is the only person to compete in all different styles of player seasons: [[Survivor: Cook Islands|an all-new players season]], [[Survivor: Micronesia|a season with half new players and half returnees]], [[Survivor: South Pacific|a one or two returnee per tribe season]], and [[Survivor: Game Changers|an all-returnees season]]. Ozzy has also been to both {{dab|Exile Island|twist}} and {{dab|Redemption Island|twist}}.
 
** [[Aras Baskauskas]] and [[Candice Cody]] are the other two contestants who have been to [[Exile Island|both]] [[Redemption Island|islands]].
 
** [[Aras Baskauskas]] and [[Candice Cody]] are the other two contestants who have been to [[Exile Island|both]] [[Redemption Island|islands]].
 
** Of the three, Ozzy is the only person to return from Redemption Island.  
 
** Of the three, Ozzy is the only person to return from Redemption Island.  
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* Prior to {{S|25}}, no contestant to place worse than 10th on their first season had returned. ''Philippines'' broke this pattern by having [[Michael Skupin]] (11th) from ''The Australian Outback'' and [[Russell Swan]] (14th) from {{S4|19}} return.
 
* Prior to {{S|25}}, no contestant to place worse than 10th on their first season had returned. ''Philippines'' broke this pattern by having [[Michael Skupin]] (11th) from ''The Australian Outback'' and [[Russell Swan]] (14th) from {{S4|19}} return.
 
** Russell was the first pre-merge returnee who failed to reach the [[merge]] twice. He was followed by [[Francesca Hogi]], [[Colton Cumbie]], and [[Caleb Reynolds]].
 
** Russell was the first pre-merge returnee who failed to reach the [[merge]] twice. He was followed by [[Francesca Hogi]], [[Colton Cumbie]], and [[Caleb Reynolds]].
** Though he did reach the merge once, [[Jeff Varner]] competed thrice and missed a spot on the jury in all three of his seasons.
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** Though he did reach the merge once, [[Jeff Varner]] competed thrice and missed a spot on the [[jury]] in all three of his seasons.
 
* In all three seasons where the tribes were divided as new players against returning players:
 
* In all three seasons where the tribes were divided as new players against returning players:
 
** A [[Tribe Switch]] occurred, mixing the tribes between new and returning players.
 
** A [[Tribe Switch]] occurred, mixing the tribes between new and returning players.
 
** Post-switch, the tribe originally consisting of new players won every [[Immunity Challenge]].
 
** Post-switch, the tribe originally consisting of new players won every [[Immunity Challenge]].
** The Sole Survivor and at least one runner-up were returning players, and no new players received votes from the [[jury]].
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** The Sole Survivor and at least one runner-up were returning players, and no new players received votes from the jury.
 
* In every all-returnee season in which at least one previous winner returned, a [[Richard Hatch|wi]][[Tom Westman|nn]][[J.T. Thomas|er]] was the fifth person eliminated.
 
* In every all-returnee season in which at least one previous winner returned, a [[Richard Hatch|wi]][[Tom Westman|nn]][[J.T. Thomas|er]] was the fifth person eliminated.
* In every season with a returnee, at least one returnee reached the [[Final Tribal Council]].
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* Among the eight seasons that featured a mix of new and returning players, {{S|38}} is the first and only season where all the returning players were voted out before the [[Final Tribal Council]].
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** Due to the {{dab|Edge of Extinction|twist}} twist that allowed players to stay in the game after being voted out, all eight seasons have featured at least one returning player actively competing in the season finale.
 
* [[Andrea Boehlke]] has received more votes over her ''Survivor'' career than any other returning player, with 36 total votes.
 
* [[Andrea Boehlke]] has received more votes over her ''Survivor'' career than any other returning player, with 36 total votes.
* [[Cirie Fields]] is the only contestant to successfully make it to the finale episode of a season on three separate occasions.
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* [[Cirie Fields]] and [[Aubry Bracco]] are the only contestants to successfully make it to the finale episode of a season on three separate occasions.
 
* On every all-returnee season that included at least one Tribe Switch, [[Mogo Mogo|one]] [[Ta Keo|tri]][[Nuku|be]] had no members remain on the tribe during its entire existence.
 
* On every all-returnee season that included at least one Tribe Switch, [[Mogo Mogo|one]] [[Ta Keo|tri]][[Nuku|be]] had no members remain on the tribe during its entire existence.
   
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Returning Player seasons offer the opportunity to former contestants to play the game of Survivor again.

OriginsEdit

The idea of former players returning originally occurred in Survivor: All-Stars. Executive Producer Mark Burnett wanted to showcase "The best of the best" after the ratings increase of Survivor: Pearl Islands. During pre-production for All-Stars, Burnett wrote down the series' most likable, villainous, and memorable players on a legal pad and shortlisted eighteen names within minutes.  

All-StarsEdit

"All-Stars" seasons feature casts comprised entirely of returning players. The eponymous season, All-Stars, saw 18 returnees divided into three competing tribes. The All-Stars twist was revived for the ten-year anniversary season, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. This season divided the returnees based on the heroic or villainous reputations.

Survivor: Cambodia featured a "second chance" theme, consisting of contestants who played only once and lost; and its cast was entirely chosen by viewers through an online poll. Survivor: Game Changers featured former contestants who contributed to the evolution of Survivor strategy and gameplay.

Fans vs. FavoritesEdit

Although initially intending to produce a second all-stars season, Burnett pushed for Survivor to experiment with different twists in their 16th season. The result was the "Fans vs. Favorites" twist that saw a tribe of ten returning players pitted against a tribe of ten "superfans". Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan both utilized this format.

One Returnee per TribeEdit

This format features two to three former castaways, each being assigned to a tribe of new players. Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Redemption Island, Survivor: South Pacific, and Survivor: Philippines followed this format.

Survivor: Edge of Extinction expanded on this format, bringing back four former castaways and assigning two to each tribe of new players.

Blood vs. WaterEdit

Another type of "Returnees vs. New Players" format is the couples format, where returnees would compete against people they personally know. It was first used in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, where ten returning castaways would compete against their loved ones, similarly to the "Fans vs. Favorites" format. However, each castaway would compete individually, so a castaway would still be in the game even after their partner was voted out. The twist would play its part when a castaway could opt to replace their partner on Redemption Island before a duel took place, thus allowing their partner to take their place on their tribe.

Returning Players by SeasonEdit

Season Returned to Future Season Season Returned to Future Season
Borneo S1 gervase tS1 jenna tS1 kelly t
S1 richard tS1 rudy tS1 susan t
SurvivorAustraliaLogo S2 alicia tS2 amber t
S2 colby tS2 jeff tS2 jerri t
S2 kimmi tS2 michael tS2 tina t
Africa NB S3 ethan tS3 lex tS3 tom t Marquesas NB S4 kathy tS4 rob t
ThailandTransparentLogo S5 shiiann t Amazon NB S6 jenna tS6 rob t
SurvivorPearlIslandsLogo S7 andrew tS7 jon t
S7 rupert tS7 sandra t
SurvivorAllStarsLogo S8 colby tS8 jerri t
S8 robm tS8 rupert tS8 tina t
Vanuatu NB S9 ami tS9 eliza t Palau NB S10 bobbyjon tS10 stephenie tS10 tom t
GuatemalaLogo S11 stephenie t PanamaLogo S12 aras tS12 cirie t
S12 danielle tS12 terry t
SurvivorCookIslandsLogo S13 candice tS13 jonathan t
S13 ozzy tS13 parvati t
SurvivorFijiLogo S14 yauman t
ChinaLogo S15 amanda tS15 courtney t
S15 james tS15 peihgee t
MicronesiaLogo S16 amanda tS16 cirie t
S16 erik tS16 james tS16 jonathan t
S16 ozzy tS16 parvati t
GabonLogo S17 corinne tS17 randy tS17 sugar t TocantinsLogo S18 coach tS18 jt t
S18 stephen tS18 tyson t
SamoaLogo S19 laura tS19 monica t
S19 russellh tS19 russells t
HvVLogo S20 candice tS20 cirie tS20 coach t
S20 jt tS20 rob tS20 rupert t
S20 russell tS20 sandra tS20 tyson t
NicaraguaLogo S21 brenda t RedemptionIslandLogo S22 andrea tS22 francesca tS22 phillip t
SouthPacificLogo S23 brandon tS23 cochran t
S23 dawn tS23 ozzy t
OneWorldLogo S24 colton tS24 kat t
S24 monica tS24 troyzan t
PhilippinesLogo S25 abimaria tS25 malcolm t CaramoanLogo S26 andrea tS26 malcolm t
BvWLogo S27 brad tS27 ciera tS27 vytas t CagayanLogo S28 kass tS28 sarah tS28 spencer t
S28 tasha tS28 tony tS28 woo t
SJDSLogo S29 jeremy tS29 keith tS29 kelley t WALogo S30 hali tS30 joe t
S30 shirin tS30 sierra t
Survivor31logo S31 ciera tS31 jeff t
S31 joe tS31 kelley t
Survivor kaoh rong logo S32 aubry tS32 caleb t
S32 debbie tS32 tai t
Survivor 33 Logo S33 david tS33 michaela tS33 zeke t Survivor 34 Logo S34 aubry t
Survivor 35 Logo None Survivor 36 Logo None
Survivor 37 Logo None Survivor 38 Logo None
Survivor Island of the Idols logo Current season

TriviaEdit

Seasons and TwistsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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