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The Tagi Alliance (also known to some as the Tagi Four) holds the distinction as the very first Survivor voting alliance. The pact was formed by Richard Hatch by gathering three of his fellow Tagi tribemates. Not only did it ultimately award Richard the title of Sole Survivor, the creation of this alliance paved the way for how the game of Survivor would be played in future seasons.

Members

 Richard Hatch
Founder
Days 11-39
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 Kelly Wiglesworth
Reneged
Days 11-33; 36
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 Rudy Boesch
Remained Loyal
Days 11-38
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 Susan Hawk
Remained Loyal
Days 11-37
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Affiliates

 Sean Kenniff
Days 24-33
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History

Origin

On Day 10, thinking strategically, while everybody, whether from the Pagong or Tagi tribe, was more keen on merely literally surviving on the island, Richard Hatch could not think of any other way to surely further himself in the game. With this, he flirted with the idea of making a voting bloc with people who he deemed as trustworthy.

The next day, Richard began to put his plan in motion by recruiting Kelly Wiglesworth and Susan Hawk to form the alliance, which both agreed. The three then invited Rudy Boesch to join them. Despite his reservations, the retired Navy SEAL joined the three. Any plotting was temporarily put on hold when the Tagi tribe won the subsequent Immunity Challenge.

As the four castaways teamed up, that left Dirk Been and Sean Kenniff as the only outsiders on the tribe, putting them in danger. When Tagi lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 15, Sean was initially supposed to go, but Dirk got skinnier and skinnier. Fearing for his health, the Tagi Four voted him out.

In the coming days, the tribe was outnumbered, with Tagi having five members, and Pagong having six. The alliance realized that unless they won the next challenge, the other tribe could pick them off. Luckily, they had won the challenge, and entered the merge even.

Post-Merger Success

The Tagi Alliance planned to pick off the members of Pagong one by one after. They started with Gretchen Cordy, who was supposedly the leader of Pagong. This was successful, as it resulted in a 4-1-1-1-1-1-1 vote, with the others rendered powerless due to their scattered votes. After that, they decided to vote out Greg Buis for his likability and strength at challenges. This was also successful, with Greg becoming the first member of the jury.

Later on, however, Kelly started not to feel right about joining an alliance. Also, Colleen Haskell realized that Tagi was ganging up on them, so she aligned with Gervase Peterson and Jenna Lewis to vote against Richard, the ringleader. At the next Tribal Council, Kelly did not vote with the alliance, but not against Richard, either. Colleen, Jenna, and Gervase voted for Richard as intended. However, knowing that Sean's "alphabet strategy" targeted Jenna next, Richard, Rudy, and Sue voted for Jenna, which were enough votes to eliminate her. With that, the alliance stayed intact, voting out Gervase next.

By Day 31, Kelly had now completely defected and joined Colleen, irking her former alliance, who targeted her next. But after Kelly won immunity, Colleen was voted out, making Pagong no more. Richard, Rudy, and Sue agreed on voting out Kelly, but she won immunity again, so they voted out Sean.

Turning on Each Other

With all castaways outside of the original alliance now eliminated, the Tagi Four would now have to turn on each other. Richard and Rudy grew close, making a Final Two deal, where they decided to vote out Kelly, then Sue. However, Kelly won immunity once again. She and Sue voted against Richard, while Richard and Rudy voted against Sue. It was a tie and Kelly and Rudy had to vote again. Rudy still voted for Sue, staying true to his word. Kelly, putting much thought into it, voted against Sue as well, sending her to the jury.

At the Final Immunity Challenge, Richard dropped out first, knowing that if Rudy won, he would take him to the Final Tribal Council, as Rudy previously claimed. Kelly likely would too, as everyone thought of Richard as a villain. Kelly won and, as expected, took Richard to the Final Two, where he was rewarded with the title of Sole Survivor for his relatively simple - yet effective - strategies, which included creating Survivor's first-ever alliance.

Impact

The Tagi Alliance is the first ever voting bloc in the series. Whilst the original intention of the show was to vote out players who the individual thought had spent their time on the island, Richard took the leap to create a safety net that would later lay the foundations for future seasons.

Many viewers believed that this voting bloc was unfair and unethical, as the other castaways did not think to make these pacts with one another. However, there were no rules stipulating that people could not organize smaller social groups to vote out players. Since then, fans have embraced alliances which sometimes create predictable outcomes, or even further, "pagongings".

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Survivor Alliances Per Season
Borneo The Australian Outback Africa Marquesas
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
Triforce
The Round Table
David's Vinaka Alliance Tavua Alliance Final Four Alliance
Final Four Alliance
Zeke's Vinaka Alliance
David vs. Goliath Edge of Extinction Island of the Idols Winners at War
David Alliance Kama Six Lairo Women's Alliance Cops-R-Us
Goliath Alliance Manu Alliance Vokai Alliance