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===Winners at War===
===Winners at War===
Tony's third opportunity to play occurred in the show's 20th anniversary, against 19 other[[Sole Survivor| previous winners]]. While on the boat, Tony stated in a [[Confessional|confessional]] that Survivor fans waited 20 years for this season. Upon arriving on the beach, Tony was placed on the [[Dakal]] tribe. Tony along with the other winners were excited to learn that the grand prize for this season would be $2,000,000. Following the toast, the winners competed in a combined[[Reward| Reward]]/[[Immunity Challenge]]. In round 3, Tony and tribemate [[Wendell Holland|Wendell]] faced [[Sele]] members [[Ben Driebergen|Ben]] and [[Rob Mariano|Rob]]. While Tony and Wendell cost Dakal a point by losing, Dakal would win the challenge, earning themselves immunity, flint and rice. At the Dakal camp, Tony, restrained himself from running out to look for an [[Hidden Immunity Idol|idol]], as he did not want to repeat his mistakes from [[Survivor: Game Changers|Game Changers]]. He stated in a confessional, that he would keep everyone's guards down, but strike when they least expected it. Dakal lost the immunity challenge on day 6. Back at Dakal, [[Sandra Diaz-Twine|Sandra]], whom Tony already made amends with, notified him that [[Tyson Apostol|Tyson]] was gunning for him, which prompted Tony to campaign for Tyson's elimination. Before going to tribal council however, Yul told Tony that Tyson would vote with them, but Tony did not believe him. Despite wanting Tyson out, he joined the majority in [[Split Vote|splitting their votes]] between [[Amber Mariano|Amber]] and [[Kim Spradlin|Kim]], which resulted in Amber's elimination.
On day 5, Tony, wanting to keep himself occupied in order to prevent himself from running out to look for idols, built a ladder that he wanted to use to retrieve Breadfruit from the trees. While the rest of the tribe was skeptical of his ladder, Tony would climb up the ladder and retrieve two breadfruits. Following this, Tony and his Cagayan ally Sarah reformed their[[Cops-R-Us| ]][[Cops-R-Us]] Alliance, with Tony promising to stick to it this time. Dakal won the following challenge. On night 8 , Sarah, who opted the challenge to go to the [[Sele|opposing tribe]] to retrieve the [[Vote Steal|Vote Steal ]][[Advantage]] , enlisted Tony to assist her. Tony assisted her by putting charcoal on her face in order to camouflage her face. Dakal won immunity again on day 9. Dakal's winning streak however came to an end on day 11. At camp, Tyson pitched to Tony to keep him, as they needed big threats around. Realizing that Tyson was right, Tony attempted to convince Sarah and Sandra to keep Tyson and vote out[[Nick Wilson| Nick]], a low profile player. Sandra and Sarah both agreed with Tony. At tribal council however, Tony joined Sarah, Sandra and most of the tribe in voting out Tyson.
The following morning, a [[Tribe Switch]] occurred. Tony, Sandra and Kim remained on Dakal, and were joined by original Sele's [[Denise Stapley|Denise]] and [[Jeremy Collins|Jeremy]]. Despite having the numerical advantage, he wasn't sure if Kim was with him and Sandra. Wanting Kim on his side, he told her the big threats needed to stay together, though Kim was unsure what to do. Dakal won immunity on day 15. On day 16, Dakal and Sele lost immunity, and had to go to a[[Double Tribal Council| Double Tribal Council]]. At Dakal, Tony, not knowing who to trust, used his spy-shack to spy on the others, but his absence made the others wary of him. Tony eventually returned and talked to Sandra, Kim and Jeremy about voting out Denise. Unbeknownst to him however, Sandra gave Denise her idol in exchange for a[[Fire Token| Fire Token]] in order to save her. At tribal council, Denise used Sandra's idol and an idol of her own to blindside Sandra, shocking Sandra and Tony. The following morning, Tony felt that Denise's big move made her a target, but unbeknownst to him, Jeremy didn't believe Denise was a target and plotted with Kim to vote out Tony next for being the biggest threat. Fortunately, Dakal narrowly won immunity on day 18, sparing Tony from tribal council.
A the [[Merge|merge]] on day 19, Tony saw the players on[[Edge of Extinction (twist)| Extinction Island]] sans Sandra who [[Quit|quit]] a few days earlier, compete in the re-entry duel, with Tyson winning and returning to the game. After the merge feast, he formed a coalition with the big targets (Lions) against the lower profile players Nick, Wendell, [[Adam Klein|Adam]] and[[Michele Fitzgerald| Michele ]](Hyenas), as the Hyenas weren't in the spot light. On day 21, Tony and allies Ben and Jeremy discussed getting rid of Nick because he was a hyena that tend to sneak into conversations, but was later approached by ally [[Sophie Clarke|Sophie]] to get Wendell out, as he was becoming too close to Jeremy. At tribal council, Tony and his coalition contributed to Wendell's elimination. Following the immunity challenge on day 23, Tony stated in a confessional that he wanted to get rid of the remaining Hyenas, as they would wait for the lions to go at it. At tribal council, Tony and his allies contributed to Adam's elimination.
On day 24, Tony met his wife and kids at the loved ones, which made him emotional. On day 25, Tony won his first ever immunity challenge, and was shocked he did because it was a game of patience. For winning immunity, he earned two tokens. At camp, he told Sarah he wanted Tyson out, but Sarah wanted Kim out for being too dangerous. The two argued who to vote out. Later, Jeremy told him that they needed to split up Sophie and Sarah, and this prompted Tony to target Jeremy. He persuaded Ben and Nick to blindside Jeremy. He got Sarah on board, after notifying her that Jeremy was gunning for her. However, after Jeremy used his safety without power advantage to leave tribal council, Tony and his allies Ben, Sophie, Sarah, and Nick discussed who to target. While Kim played her idol on Denise, it only negated two votes and Tony's alliance voted out Tyson.
Early morning on day 26, Tony, now feeling that he can stop playing passively and start playing hard, ran out to look for an idol. However, Nick soon woke up and approached him, annoying him as a result. In order to increase his chance of finding the idol, he tasked Nick to look in the water well, an area he already looked in. Tony found the idol, making him happy. On day 27, Tony wanting to go undercover, lied to minority alliance members Michele, Kim, and Jeremy that he was with them, but both Kim and Denise felt that he was playing double agent. On day 28, Tony ran out into the woods, as he found something in his bag. He took the note out of his bag and read it. When he read Extortion, he was initially happy because he thought he could extort  somebody, but after learning that this was being used on him, he became upset. Furthermore he learned he would have to pay 6 [[Fire Token]]s, or else he would not be able to compete in the immunity challenge and vote at tribal council. He approached Michele for a token. However she lied to him about using all her tokens for an advantage for the re-entry duel, but said she would talk to Jeremy. After she talked to Jeremy, he gave Tony a token. Tony then convinced Nick and Ben to give him their tokens, meaning he could pay the amount and compete in the immunity challenge.
Tony won the challenge, winning his second challenge. At camp, realizing how close Sophie was to Sarah, decided to get her out. He talked to Nick and Jeremy about voting out Sophie. He also told Jeremy that Kim and Denise weren't with him, though Jeremy was reluctant to believe that Denise and Kim had flipped on him. Tony's plan came into fruition, as Michele, Jeremy and Nick sided with him, and Sophie was shockingly blindsided with an idol in her possession. Returning from tribal council, a furious Sarah lashed out on him for sinking her game, but Tony calmed her down by telling her he was still with her and notifying her of his idol. He also told Ben about his idol to gain some trust back, as he blindsided him with the Sophie vote as well. On day 29, Tony climbed up the trees and built a spy-nest to spy on the others. Sarah approached the tree and notified him that it was only her. Later that day, he won his third straight immunity challenge. At camp, he learned from Ben that Kim was targeting him, which prompted him to request Sarah, Jeremy, and Ben to target Kim, though Ben was bent on Jeremy going. When he approached Nick about Kim's plan to blindside him, Nick fumbled with his words, making Tony realize Nick was lying to him. During tribal council, a lot of whispering went on and Tony campaigned to Ben and Nick to vote out Kim. When the votes came, Ben and Nick sided with Tony, and Kim was blindsided.
In the morning of day 30, Tony and Sarah discussed about their past and now goal to make it to the end together. They agreed to keep Jeremy and target Nick, as both were in the best interests. Nick however foiled their plan by winning immunity. At camp, Jeremy talked to Nick and Tony about voting out Ben, but Tony, wanting to keep Ben and realizing that it was time for Jeremy to go, talked to Sarah, Denise, Ben and Nick about splitting their votes between Jeremy and Michele. Sarah however doubted Nick's loyalty, but Tony trusted him. At tribal council, Nick sided with Tony and Jeremy was blindsided. Following tribal council, Tony discussed with Ben about voting out Michele, and stated in a confessional that she was a threat for being a hyena. The following morning, Sarah notified Tony that Michele told her nobody would beat him in the end. However, Michele ruined his plan by winning immunity. At camp, Nick and Michele pitched voting out Ben to Tony, as they did not won him near the[[Tiebreaker| Fire Challenge]], which Tony agreed to. However, he then used his spy-nest to spy on Denise's, Ben's and Sarah conversation about going to the end together, which prompted him to target Denise. He approached Nick and Michele about this plan, and they agreed. Tony then approached Sarah, who brought up the idea of voting out Nick. At tribal council, Tony and Sarah sided with Ben and Denise, and blindsided Nick.
The following morning, Tony watched [[Natalie Anderson|Natalie]] win the re-entry duel and return to the game. After returning to camp, Natalie told everyone that everyone on Extinction Island saw Tony as the mastermind, which upset Tony because she was trying to ruin his game. Following the immunity challenge, Tony approached Ben and Sarah about splitting their votes between, Denise and Natalie in case Natalie had an idol, but neither believed she had one. Tony and Sarah briefly argued on what to do. At tribal council, Natalie proved Tony right by playing her idol, which prompted Tony and Ben to play theirs. Tony however wasted his, as he received no votes, while Natalie and Ben negated their votes, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the revote, Tony, Ben, Michele and Natalie voted out Denise.
Later that night, Tony searched for an idol after the rest slept. Tony however failed to find it, while Natalie did in the morning. At the immunity challenge, Tony edged out Ben to win his fourth immunity challenge. He convinced Sarah to engage Natalie in strategy talk at the water well while he spied on the conversation from his spy nest in order to check if Natalie had an idol. He noticed Natalie showing her idol to Sarah. Tony and Sarah then agreed to vote out Michele, but unbeknownst to him, Sarah contemplated voting out Ben and leaving Tony out in order to appeal to the jury and increase her chances of winning. At tribal council, Tony was shocked when Sarah, Michele and Natalie blindsided Ben.
At the [[Final Immunity Challenge]] on day 38, Tony was eliminated first, while Natalie won. At camp, Tony and Sarah helped each other practice for the fire challenge, with Tony taking a long time to get a fire going. At tribal council, Natalie saved Michele, and pitted Sarah against Tony in the fire challenge. While Tony got his fire going shortly before Sarah, Sarah soon got her fire burning the rope, while Tony's was diminishing. However Sarah's fire began to diminish, opening the door for Tony. Tony then got his fire burning the rope, with Sarah getting hers to burn again shortly after. However, Sarah's fire began to diminish again, and Tony won the challenge, eliminating Sarah for good. Tony became distraught, but Sarah comforted him and motivated him to finish what he started. Sarah left tribal council and cheered for Tony.
On the morning of Day 39, Tony, Natalie and Michele had their feast. In a confessional, Tony said that he wanted to become the next two time winner and the king of Survivor. That night Tony, Natalie and Michele left their camp and went to their[[Final Tribal Council| last tribal council]].
At the [[Final Tribal Council]], Tony's arguments to the jury were that he used the spy-nest to know what was going on in the game, built many relationships, and won immunity challenges. He was credited and questioned by [[Parvati Shallow|Parvati]], Adam and [[Rob Mariano|Rob]] for being able to blindside people without making them mad and being targeted. He was praised by [[Wendell Holland|Wendell]] for making it to the end without receiving votes and Ben for winning immunity challenges. He however was confronted by Nick and Jeremy for his betrayals. In his responses to Nick and Jeremy, he told Nick that he (Nick) was trying to blindside him, and Jeremy that he was someone he could not beat in the end.
The majority of the jury was more impressed with Tony's dominant strategic game over Natalie's impressive game on Extinction Island and less impressive game after she returned, and Michele's underdog game. Original Sele members Ben, Rob, Adam, [[Danni Boatwright|Danni]], and Denise and the original Dakal's sans Tyson gave their votes to Tony, giving him his historic second [[Sole Survivor|sole Survivor]] title, with 12 votes to 4 for Natalie, and 0 for Michele.
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{{refbegin}}<br />{{note|Idol3|<small>1</small>}}<small> In {{Ep|4006}}, Denise used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her.</small><br />{{note|Idol4|<small>2</small>}}<small> In {{Ep|4014}}, Tony used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him. Also, Natalie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her. Because Ben and Natalie both used Hidden Immunity Idols and negated all the votes cast at Tribal Council, a vote restart was held between the two non-immune players, Denise and Sarah. Tony voted for Denise on the restart.</small><br />{{refend}}
<br />{{note|Idol3|<small>1</small>}}<small> In {{Ep|4006}}, Denise used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her.</small><br />{{note|Idol4|<small>2</small>}}<small> In {{Ep|4014}}, Tony used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him. Also, Natalie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her. Because Ben and Natalie both used Hidden Immunity Idols and negated all the votes cast at Tribal Council, a vote restart was held between the two non-immune players, Denise and Sarah. Tony voted for Denise on the restart.</small><br />{{refend}}

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Anthony "Tony" Vlachos is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Winners at War, and the second two-time winner in Survivor history. He also competed on Survivor: Game Changers.

In Cagayan, Tony played the game with ferocity, occupying a high-profile leadership role for much of the game, constructing "spy shacks" to eavesdrop on his tribemates, double-crossing his own allies, swearing on relatives both alive and dead, and finding several Hidden Immunity Idols, including one with "special powers." He frequently turned on his majority Solana Alliance in order to engineer a variety of blindsides, and convinced Woo Hwang to take him to the Final Two over the unpopular Kass McQuillen. His hyperactive gameplay won him the title of Sole Survivor in a 8-1 vote.

His aggressive gameplay made him a target on Game Changers. He attempted to build an alliance consisting of the biggest threats in the game, but it did not go as planned due to his lack of trust in Sandra Diaz-Twine. When it became clear that the two could not coexist in the same alliance, Sandra managed to turn their entire tribe on Tony, resulting in his elimination at the season's second Tribal Council.

Learning from his previous mistakes, Tony kept a low profile for a good portion in Winners at War by playing patiently. During his time on his original Dakal tribe, he reaffirmed his Cops-R-Us alliance with Cagayan castmate Sarah Lacina while also serving as comic relief, taking on projects such as building a structurally questionable ladder to retrieve fruits. At the merge, Tony, wanting to keep the big threats around, rallied the high profile players against the low profile players. After the first few votes, he began playing more aggressively, eliminating anyone he saw as a threat and taking control of the game. Despite his rapid rise to power, he was able to consolidate trust with a strong alliance by forging crucial social bonds which insulated him from elimination. He also emerged as a challenge threat, winning four Immunity Challenges. At the final four, he won the fire-making challenge against Sarah to reach the Final Tribal Council. Finishing the game as a physical, social and strategic threat, Tony's dominant gameplay resulted in him winning the title of Sole Survivor in a 12-4-0 vote, making him the second two-time winner in Survivor history.

Due to his status as the second two-time winner, the dominance with which he played over the two seasons he won and his versatility as a player, Tony is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.


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Name (Age): Tony Vlachos (39)
Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe
Current Residence: Jersey City, N.J.
Occupation: Police Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: Becoming a Jersey City police officer.
Inspiration in Life: My father for being the dad that he was. He was a great role model and I hope that I can be the same for my children.
Hobbies: Jet skiing, playing pool and surfing the web.
Pet Peeves: Thugs who wear skinny jeans. Also, people who see me speaking on the phone, but yet they feel the need to start a conversation with me. Like it's that urgent for them to know "how's it going" while I'm speaking on the phone. SO RUDE!!!
3 Words to Describe You: Versatile, clever and competitive.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Cigarettes, coffee and liquor. I don't smoke or drink coffee or liquor, but I would love to bring those items with me just so that I can barter with my tribemates! You know at some point in the game they would even give up immunity just to have a little taste of these items.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Russell Hantz, because I can be just as devious. Boston Rob, because I can be just as slick.
Reason for Being on Survivor: My main reason: The MILLION DOLLARS of course. There's no way I would be going out there for half that prize! Secondly, I'm a huge fan of the show and I would love to give the fans a great season to be remembered.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: Adapt and overcome! That's the kind of training I have as a cop and that's exactly what I'm going to do on that island! Adapt and I will overcome!
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have been a street cop for 12 years. My experiences as a cop give me a huge advantage going into this game. Being outside my element is my forte. That's what I do for a living. What's going to be normal for me will be very stressful for the average castaway.
Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? Sounds like a trick question. Well let's see. I'm a beautiful person that has a sharp brain and strong muscles. Based on appearance, I would consider myself "Brawn." For the purposes of Survivor though, I would consider myself "Brains." Maybe I wasn't the smartest in school, but I was always the sharpest!!!
Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Survivor is definitely a game of all-around strategy. Brawn and beauty can fight over silver, but Brains would surely bring home the gold![1]

Age: 42
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Previously played on: Season 28: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty, Winner
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm older and much wiser. Just kidding. I'm older, but definitely not wiser. You will see the same guy in this season as you saw in Cagayan.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? Unfortunately, the skills I bring to Survivor are skills that will NOT make me a useful member. Instead, they will make me a very threatening member. I haven't learned any new skills since I played on Cagayan, which could be my downfall going back on an all returnee season. I wish I could have learned the skill of being able to be quiet and try to play under the radar, but I don't see that happening. It's just not in my DNA.
What are you most proud of from the last time? WINNING!!
What, if anything, do you most regret? There is seriously nothing I regret. Everything I did on Cagayan was on the fly. Some things were based off of emotion, some based off of strategy, but nothing was based off of malice. In the end, it all fell into place and I became the Sole Survivor.
How will you play differently this time? Going into the game this time around, with all the players knowing my game style, I know that I'm going to be a huge threat. Having said that, I know I will have to take it down a few notches until I can plant my roots. Knowing myself, I won't be able to take it down any notches and will be in trouble. I hope I have what it takes to adapt right away and "go with the flow"—if that's even possible for me to do. I will have my fingers crossed for sure![2]

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Current residence: Allendale, New Jersey
Previous seasons: Winner of Survivor: Cagayan (Season 28), Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)
Occupation: Police Officer
Hobbies: Spending as much time as possible with my whole family. That is my only and most fun hobby.
Pet Peeves: One-uppers, know-it-alls, laziness, entitlement, and passive-aggressiveness.
Three words to describe you: Respectful, reliable, and responsible.
When did you first watch Survivor? Season 1 (on and off throughout the years).
Do you still watch Survivor? Yes.
Who is your inspiration in life? My father.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? Survivor has been a financial blessing to me and my family, and we'll always be extremely grateful for that.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Financially! After winning, it catapulted me to a higher tax bracket, where I consistently stayed since!
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? It's truly as surreal as it was for me the very first time I played. I'm genuinely humbled that Survivor looks at me as one of their top winners, so much that they would invite me back to play again not once, but TWICE! Being a part of this unimaginable milestone of a season is HUGE!
How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? I've played Survivor twice (Season 28 and 34)—I won once, and lost once. I've learned that my game-winning performance was similar to that of a one-trick pony. There is no way I can perform the same tricks playing with Survivor legends and expect to get away with it. Hence my second time playing on Game Changers. Fortunately for me, I'm well aware that I will have to change the way that I'm wired. I will play this season differently by not being as loud/flashy and will try my best to control the votes/game without making it obvious that I'm doing just that. Wish me luck! LOL![3]



Tony was initially placed on Aparri, the Brawn tribe of Cagayan. While in the woods, fellow police officer Sarah Lacina looked him in the eyes and asked if he was a cop, though he lied and said no. She told him she could tell because she too was a cop. Soon after, he admitted to her that he was a cop and they bonded and formed an alliance called "Cops-R-Us". Tony spent the first few days building a "spy shack," finding a Hidden Immunity Idol, and forming alliances with both Sarah and Trish Hegarty. He also harbored some resentment towards Cliff Robinson for his popularity within the tribe. Tony lied to Sarah, saying that Cliff and Lindsey Ogle were gunning for her successfully manipulating her against her initial alliance. Sarah then convinced Trish and Woo Hwang to come into their alliance and throw the fourth Immunity Challenge to vote Cliff out, followed by Lindsey. Tony, along with Lindsey, sat out of the challenge while the others (except for Cliff) attempted to throw the challenge. Cliff, however, single-handedly saved himself by winning the challenge for Aparri. Due to their challenge prowess, Aparri never attended Tribal Council.

On Day 12, a Tribe Switch occurred, sending all of Aparri's members, with the exception of Sarah, to the new Solana tribe, along with original members Jefra Bland and LJ McKanas. After Solana lost the next Immunity Challenge, the former Aparri members were set to vote LJ out, though Trish, who had bonded with LJ, attempted to get Tony to vote Cliff out instead. At Tribal Council, Tony and Trish joined LJ and Jefra in blindsiding Cliff. Upon returning to camp, Trish and Lindsey got into a heated argument, resulting in Lindsey quitting the game. Tony was happy with this development.

After winning the next Reward Challenge, Solana won the right to raid Aparri's camp. The tribe sent Tony and Woo to conduct the raid, with the two also receiving a clue for a Hidden Immunity Idol at the Solana camp. Tony, however, thought of using this clue in order to target Aparri's strongest member, Jeremiah Wood. He claimed in front of the other tribe to have been instructed to give a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol to a member of Aparri and gave it to Jeremiah. The plan, though, did not work because Jeremiah immediately recognized that it was the same clue that the original Solana tribe had received prior to the tribe switch, though it managed to cast suspicion on Jeremiah.

Tony made it to the merge on Day 17 and became part of the merged tribe, Solarrion. Being down in numbers, the new Solana Alliance needed Sarah's vote, but Sarah overheard her former allies Tony, Trish, and Woo yell "Top 5!" along with Jefra and LJ at the previous challenge, which made her feel excluded. Tony tried to pull Sarah back into their alliance, seemingly to no avail, as Sarah was committed to staying with the opposing Aparri Alliance. Trish saw an opportunity to swing Kass McQuillen, who was bickering with Sarah, by offering to vote Sarah out should Kass join them. A hesitant Tony eventually agreed to target Sarah after recognising that he had not succeeded in flipping her after she refused to swear on her badge. At Tribal Council, Tony and LJ made a grand stand by playing their Hidden Immunity Idols for each other, though this was all for naught as the Aparri Alliance had actually targeted Jefra. Kass, however, decided to flip and Sarah became the first member of the jury.

At the next Tribal Council Tony suggested voting out Morgan McLeod as due to her laziness she was the least likely to have an idol. His alliance agreed and Morgan was voted out. Though now in a position of power, Tony found himself to be increasingly paranoid after the Aparri Alliance voted for him at the following Tribal Council where Morgan was voted out. Tony decided to target LJ as he believed LJ was the biggest strategic threat in the game. Tony decided to play up his paranoia and suggested voting out Woo to LJ, following this Tony then framed him by claiming that LJ wanted to vote Woo out. Tony then told Trish that LJ was sketchy and untrustworthy but Trish dismissed this as Tony being paranoid. The team of Tony, Jeremiah, and Spencer Bledsoe won the next Reward Challenge, and Tony used this opportunity to try to use their alliance's votes. Tony then told Woo that LJ had been targeting him getting Woo on board to target LJ. At the next Tribal Council, Tony and Woo joined the Aparri Alliance in blindsiding LJ, much to Trish's shock.

The following day, Jefra began to feel insecure about Tony's deception towards everybody and confronted Trish to try to gun for him. Trish and Kass, however, were able to assuage Jefra's fears and pull her back into their alliance. Trish also had Tony reassure Jefra himself, which he did by swearing on his family members. It was also at this time that Tony's paranoia led to him finding a Hidden Immunity Idol with "special powers."

The alliance came back together and decided to target Jeremiah as they believed Spencer had the idol and would be more likely to play it for himself. This proved to be correct as Spencer did have an idol but played it for his own safety with Jeremiah going home. While Spencer played his idol, Tony bluffed using an apparently fake idol in order to ensure that he played it on himself rather than Jeremiah.

At the Survivor Auction, Tony, along with Spencer and Tasha Fox held out on buying any food, anticipating that there would be an advantage offered and feared that either Spencer or Tasha would get it. When an advantage was indeed offered, Tasha backed out while both Tony and Spencer bid the maximum amount of $500 for a chance to draw rocks to win the advantage. Tony won the advantage, which turned out to be a clue to another Hidden Immunity Idol, which he also found. At the same time, Tony began to fear the possibility of a women's alliance forming between the remaining women, who had outnumbered the remaining men in the game. Tony and Woo again struck a deal with Tasha and Spencer, and they blindsided Jefra at the next Tribal Council.

The next morning, Kass, fed up with Tony's double-dealing, got into an argument with Tony, in which Tony revealed that he had the Hidden Immunity Idol with "special powers." This led to Kass, Tasha, Spencer, and Woo plotting to flush Tony's Hidden Immunity Idol, though Kass later changed her mind, instead wanting to face Tony at the Final Tribal Council due to her perceiving him as an easily beatable Hantzian jury goat. At Tribal Council, she and Woo rejoined Tony and Trish and sent Tasha to the jury.

Woo then revealed to Tony the next day that he and Kass had conspired against him the previous night. Tony confronted Kass about this, but later claimed to forgive her, stating that he planned on going to the end with her and Trish. Unsatisfied, Kass revealed this to Woo, which made Woo question his own loyalty to Tony. After Tony won the next Reward Challenge and picked Trish to share his reward with, Kass, Spencer, and Woo plotted to split the pair up. At Tribal Council, Tony revealed that he actually had two Hidden Immunity Idols in his possession. He played the regular one for himself and proceeded to join the rest of the tribe in blindsiding his ally Trish.

Although the Hidden Immunity Idol with "special powers" expired at the final five, Tony bluffed by claiming that it could be used until the final four. The remaining castaways were then surprised by a visit from their loved ones. Although Tony was glad that his friend, Arnold, visited him, he was upset that his wife, Marissa, could not come as she was taking care of their baby girl. After Kass won the next Immunity Challenge, Spencer came up to Tony and told him that he believed that there would be a Final Two. Spencer claimed that if either Kass or Woo won, they would take each other to the end. If Tony voted Woo out and Spencer won, he would take Tony. Unconvinced by Spencer's argument, Tony joined Kass and Woo in voting him out at Tribal Counci due to him being a big jury threat.

Upon returning to camp, Kass and Woo agreed that voting Tony out was both in their best interests and agreed to take each other to the end. At the Final Immunity Challenge, Woo narrowly beat Kass by half a second to win immunity. Back at camp, both Tony and Kass pleaded with Woo, with Tony appealing to Woo's sense of honor, pointing out that the jury would see him as being disloyal if he voted Tony out. At Tribal Council, Woo shocked everyone by voting Kass out, making her the ninth and final member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury scolded Tony. He was confronted by Sarah for swearing on his badge and by Jeremiah for swearing on his family. He was also confronted by LJ and Jefra for his blindsiding both of them. He was then lambasted by a furious Trish for swearing on his late father's grave, then proceeding to blindside her. In spite of this, Morgan and Spencer both lauded Tony for his control of the game. In the end, Tony received eight jury votes to Woo's one (from Tasha), earning him the title of Sole Survivor of Survivor: Cagayan.

Voting History

Tony's Voting History
Episode Tony's
Voted Against
1 Aparri Tribe Immune
Aparri Tribe Immune
2 Aparri Tribe Immune
3 Aparri Tribe Immune
4 Cliff -
5 Solana Tribe Immune
6 Sarah -1
7 Morgan Jeremiah, Morgan,
Spencer, Tasha
8 LJ -
9 Jeremiah -
10 Jefra -
11 Tasha Spencer
12 Trish -2
13 Spencer -
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Tony
Jefra, Jeremiah, Kass, LJ,
Morgan, Sarah, Spencer, Trish
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In "Head of the Snake", LJ used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Tony, but did not negate any votes against him.
^2 In "Straw That Broke the Camel's Back", Tony used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him.

Game Changers

Tony came into Survivor: Game Changers as one of the season's three former winners, along with Sandra Diaz-Twine and J.T. Thomas. He was initially placed on the Mana tribe. Minutes after arriving at the camp, Tony jokingly ran off making llama sounds, blatantly proclaiming that he was on an idol hunt. Though it started as a joke, after he realized that no one was on his tail, Tony decided to start digging a "spy bunker" in the sand near the water well in order to eavesdrop on conversations. Ultimately, he was caught by Sandra and Caleb Reynolds and had to put his spy bunker on hold.

After losing the first Immunity Challenge, Tony gathered the tribe members who were at the water well and the group decided to boot Ciera Eastin first for her over-scheming and for her failure in the challenge. When Ciera approached the group, Tony threw out Michaela Bradshaw's name, and Ciera accepted this as the plan for the night. However, when Tony told Michaela that it was her that was being used as a decoy, Michaela became upset. The supermajority decided that it might be a good idea to take out Michaela, who was not only emotionally volatile but also an unknown factor. In the end, Mana stuck to their original plan, and Ciera was voted out unanimously.

Immediately after Tribal Council, Tony felt uneasy that the first vote had gone so easily, that all 9 votes fell into place. He wanted to start playing hard, and so went back to the water well and continued to dig his bunker.

The next day, Tony approached Aubry Bracco and the two decided that it may be best if they recruit other big threats in order to use them as shields and as allies. They decided to bring in Caleb, Malcolm Freberg, and Sandra. However, in the middle of the night, Sandra and Troyzan Robertson went to the well in order to discuss tribal happenings. Tony had been working on his bunker, and so he crawled into the bushes, and later jumped out at the pair after he heard his name being thrown out. He decided that Sandra was too sketchy, and effectively cut her loose from the "big threats' alliance". In response, Sandra began recruiting for her own alliance, and brought in Michaela, Troyzan, Hali Ford, and Jeff Varner after being left out of Tony and Aubry's.

After narrowly losing the second Immunity Challenge, Sandra and Tony campaigned against each other. The two winners gathered their troops, and Jeff and Michaela became the two swing votes. At Tribal Council, the tribe discussed how physical strength should be kept in the tribe to prevent further losses. Sandra was rattled, and when Tony continued to campaign for her, she countered with reasons to take Tony out. When it was time to vote, Tony voted against Aubry, in the hopes that a split vote may have been in operation and that by voting against his ally, he could save himself. However, the only other person who had voted for Aubry was Sandra, and the rest of the tribe sent Tony packing. Before departing, Tony called out Sandra for her control of the tribe, to which Sandra responded by saying Tony had targeted her first. Sandra bid Tony good riddance by telling him to "say hi to Ciera".

Voting History

Tony's Voting History
Episode Tony's
Voted Against
1 Ciera -
Aubry Aubry, Caleb, Hali, Jeff,
Malcolm, Michaela, Troyzan
Voted Out, Day 6

Winners at War

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Voting History

Tony's Voting History
Episode Tony's
Voted Against
1 Dakal Tribe Immune
Kim -
2 Dakal Tribe Immune
3 Dakal Tribe Immune
4 Tyson -
5 Dakal Tribe Immune
6 Denise1 -
7 Dakal Tribe Immune
8 Wendell -
9 Adam -
10 Tyson Individual Immunity
11 Sophie Individual Immunity
12 Kim Individual Immunity
13 Jeremy -
Nick -
14 Natalie;
Michele Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
For Tony
Adam, Amber, Ben, Danni,
Denise, Kim, Nick, Rob,
Sarah, Sophie, Wendell, Yul
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In "Quick on the Draw", Denise used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her.
^2 In "It All Boils Down to This", Tony used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him. Also, Natalie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tony's vote against her. Because Ben and Natalie both used Hidden Immunity Idols and negated all the votes cast at Tribal Council, a vote restart was held between the two non-immune players, Denise and Sarah. Tony voted for Denise on the restart.



Tony, his wife, and their newly-born son, Constantine.

  • After Tony came back to the United States, he found that he contracted a parasite in Cagayan. He was bed-ridden for three months and lost an additional 25 lbs., for a total of 40 lbs. lost after filming Survivor.[4]
  • On February 5, 2014, Tony saved a 69-year-old man who had a massive heart attack on his lawn in nine inches of snow.[5]
  • Tony's wife, Marissa, was absent during the Cagayan live Reunion Show because she was in the last trimester of her second pregnancy.
    • Their son, Constantine Anthony, was born on June 9, 2014.[6]
  • After his win, Aaron W. Fraser, a New Jersey congressional candidate, tried to get Tony fired from his job for his actions on Survivor.[7]
  • Tony was inducted to the Survivor Hall of Fame in 2016.[8]



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