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 Boston Rob. However, it is also known to be the first alliance to be overthrown by a team-up of formerly unaligned alliance outsiders, teaming together to overthrow the solid four-person alliance, Pagonging it.


John Breaks Boston Rob's Deal

On the post-switch Rotu tribe John Carroll originally hardheartedly made a deal with Rob Mariano from the Maraamu Alliance to spare him and his allies Vecepia Towery and Sean Rector, and vote out the members not part of his alliance. However, at the start of the merge, Rob told Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien who was a part 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 merged Tribal Council, he successful voted out Rob

Cockiness Exposed At The Immunity Challenge

Following Rob's elimination, John believed he was in complete control. During the Immunity Challenge on Day 24, the Rotu four particularly John exposed their confidence and arrogance which the others realized.


Following the Immunity Challenge, Paschal English and Neleh Dennis realized they were in their alliance's pecking order, which caused them to waver. At Tribal Council, they flipped to the Outsiders Alliance causing John to get blindsided. The Rotu four was unable to recover after this. Zoe Zanidakis was voted out next. Tammy Leitner was voted out on Day 30, leaving Robert DeCanio as the last remaining member of the alliance. He was voted out three days later, thus ending the alliance for good.


  • According to John, after Robert was voted out, they wore black clothes at the future Tribal Councils to show they were still an alliance.[1]



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

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