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Ryan Shoulders (also known as Skinny Ryan) is a contestant from Survivor: Pearl Islands.

Though he was sociable and observant, Ryan struggled in challenges, leading the Morgan tribe to vote him out at their second Tribal Council.


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Born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, Ryan Shoulders is currently single and was most recently employed as a produce clerk in a grocery store. He spent two years studying communications and computer science at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. His favorite hobbies include writing/recording his own electronic and punk rock music, watching and creating movies and attending live concerts. He describes himself as creative, fascinating and unpredictable. He is most proud of making it to the National Forensics Tournament in high school since he had tried all four years and finally made it his senior year. He has five dogs, including one that is three-legged. His favorite sports are Capture The Flag, basketball and indoor soccer. His heroes are the musicians of his words, "they are 40 years old and still record punk music and play live." He feels he's up for Survivor: Pearl Islands because he considers himself to be very creative and to have a resourceful mind for problem solving. He also feels he has the tenacity to succeed in a goal, however vital, insignificant or competitive. His birth date is March 28, 1980.[1]


Assigned to the Morgan tribe, Ryan was immediately shunned from the rest of the group due to his physical appearance. Additionally, Ryan also struggled with daily camp life, much to the annoyance of his more stronger tribe mates. Though he was initially the target of Morgan's first Tribal Council, Ryan was spared after Nicole Delma's deceptiveness was exposed. Ryan knew he dodged a bullet so he hoped he could redeem himself in the next Reward Challenge, but he struggled in the water and cost them the victory. Morgan would also lose the Day 6 Immunity Challenge.

By Day 6, Osten Taylor had expressed his desire to quit the game to the rest of the Morgan members, even approaching Ryan saying he would rather Ryan stay over himself. However, Andrew Savage still expressed his desire to vote out Ryan instead. At Tribal Council that night, despite heavy campaigning from his lone ally Lillian Morris, Ryan was ultimately voted out in a 5-2 vote.

Ryan later returned as a part of the Outcasts tribe on Day 19, unbeknownst to the remaining players. At the seventh Immunity Challenge, Ryan sported a purple bandanna with "die, jerks" written on it. While the Outcasts won the right to re-enter the game, Ryan only garnered the votes of Lillian and Nicole and did not return to the game. Ryan voted for Lillian and Burton Roberts, who did get to re-enter the game.

Voting History

Ryan S.'s Voting History
Episode Ryan S.'s
Voted Against
Ryan S.
1 Nicole Nicole
2 Osten Andrew, Darrah,
Osten, Ryan O., Tijuana
Voted Out, Day 6
8 Burton,
Lillian, Nicole1
Eliminated, Day 19

^1 In "What the...? (Part 2)", Ryan S. voted for two people he wanted to return to the game, while Lillian and Nicole voted for him to return. Ryan S. did not receive enough votes to return, thus permanently eliminating him from the game.


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  • Ryan is the youngest man on Pearl Islands.
  • Ryan is the tallest contestant on Pearl Islands.
  • While the Outcasts tribe didn't have an official buff, they had pieces of purple fabric as their unofficial one; Ryan wrote "Die, Jerks" on his.
  • Ryan was the only man to be permanently eliminated during the Outcast twist.
  • Ryan voted for both of the eventual returnees from the Outcasts tribe, Lillian Morris and Burton Roberts.
  • Ryan received votes at every Tribal Council he attended, including the Outcasts vote.


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