The Rotu Four is an alliance in Survivor: Marquesas. The alliance was known to dominate the post-switch phase of the game and was successful in eliminating Rob Mariano. However, it is also known to be the first alliance to be overthrown by a team-up of formerly unaligned outsiders, teaming together to overthrow the solid four-person alliance, Pagonging it.


 John Carroll
Days 10-24
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 Robert DeCanio
Remained Loyal
Days 10-33
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 Tammy Leitner
Remained Loyal
Days 10-30
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 Zoe Zanidakis
Days 10-24
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 Neleh Dennis
Days 20-24
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 Paschal English
Days 20-24
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John and Rob's Deal

On the post-switch Rotu tribe, John Carroll originally hardheartedly made a deal with Rob Mariano to spare him and his Maraamu Alliance allies Sean Rector and Vecepia Towery, and vote out the members not part of his alliance. However, after of the merge, Rob told Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, who was a member of the original Rotu tribe, that the alliance planned to vote her out. When John found out about Rob's deception, he turned on Rob. At the Soliantu tribe's first Tribal Council, he led the alliance in successfully voting out Rob.

Cockiness Exposed

Following Rob's elimination, John believed that he was in complete control. During the Immunity Challenge on Day 24, the Rotu Four, particularly John, exposed their confidence and arrogance, which the other five castaways noticed. The alliance eliminated the outsiders from the challenge in a pecking order which showed how the alliance planned to vote them out in succeeding Tribal Councils, in the order of Sean, Vecepia, Kathy, Paschal English, and Neleh Dennis, with Tammy Leitner eventually going on to win immunity.

Following the Immunity Challenge, original Rotu members Neleh and Paschal realized that they were at the bottom of the Rotu Four's pecking order, which caused them to waver. At Tribal Council, they flipped to the Outsiders Alliance with Kathy, Sean, and Vecepia, causing John to get blindsided.


The Rotu Four was unable to regain power after John's elimination, with Zoe Zanidakis being voted out next. Tammy was voted out on Day 30 by the Outsiders Alliance, leaving Robert DeCanio as the last remaining member of the Rotu Four. He was voted out three days later, thus ending the alliance for good.




  1. Waterworth, Ben (June 26, 2012). "John Carroll Interview". Survivor Oz. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 

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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
The Round Table
David's Vinaka Alliance Tavua Alliance Final Four Alliance
Final Four Alliance
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David Alliance Kama Six Lairo Women's Alliance Cops-R-Us
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