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The concept of Returning Players in NJ's Survivor offer the opportunity for former contestants to return for another shot at winning the game.

Returnee Season TypesEdit

All Returning PlayersEdit

There have so far been three seasons featuring casts comprised of all returning players. These are generally dubbed "all-star" seasons, after the name given to the first season of this kind.

The eponymous season, Survivor: All Stars, saw eighteen returnees from the first six seasons divided, for the first time, into three competing tribes. Unlike future seasons there was no set theme to the season, and the returning players were selected for their notoriety in their original season. Cory C. ultimately won the against Burkina Faso competitor Eric M. and Ardennes competitor Sam H..

The twelfth season, Survivor: Second Chances, saw twenty former pre-merge boots, who had shown promise during their short time, return for another chance at the game. It is therefore the reverse of the idea from the inaugural All-Stars season. The season was won by Generation Gap competitor Mearl E., who was against Robby J. (Sri Lanka) and Mel T. (Brazil) in the Final Three.

Returnees vs. NewbiesEdit

The tenth season, Survivor: Generation Gap, featured ten returning players, representing the Second Generation, chosen for having only played one time so far in the new generation and made it to the merge, but did not win. They faced ten new players, representing the First Generation, who had yet to make their debuts in the new generation. It ended with two returning Gen 2 representatives and one Gen 1 representative, in the Final Three. Returning Generation 2 representative, Brandon R., beat newbie AJ P. and returnee David M. in a 6-1-1 Jury vote.

Mixed ReturneesEdit

The following seasons were less formal in their returnee format. The amount of returning players are not necessarily even to the number of new players that featured, but the tribes may still be divided based upon their status as newbie or returnee.

The fifteenth season, Survivor: Turkey, saw five former players return, picked because they won Fan Favorite in a previous season, in a twist known as Fans vs. Favorites vs. Friends. They were joined by ten new players, five of whom applied to be on the season, and five of whom had been asked by the returning favorites to play with them. Those who applied to be on the season were put together on one tribe, those who were asked back for being Fan Favorites were put together on another tribe, and those who were asked to play by the favorites were grouped on the final tribe. Friend JT D. beat returning favorites Jake B. and Oli G. in a 3-2-2 Jury Vote.

Returnees per TribeEdit

The returnee per tribe twist typically sees two/three returning players competing against new castaways, with one or two returnees placed on each of the competing tribes.

The twist was first introduced in Survivor: Sri Lanka. Four former castaways, Natalie S. and Sydney D. from Survivor: Jordan, and DJ M. and Will S. from Survivor: Ardennes, returned to play due to the fact they were all either in a rivalry or partnership with the person from their original season. Natalie was booted very early pre-merge, DJ and Will both made it to the merge and jury phases but were early-merge boots, and Sydney made it all the way to 4th place.

Returning Players by SeasonEdit

All-StarsEdit

  • All Returning Players
S7 Brady S.
Brady
S7 Cedric D.
Cedric
S7 Cory C.
Cory
S7 Eric M.
Eric
S7 Erik N.
Erik
S7 James G.
James
S7 Jay M.
Jay
S7 Justin T.
Justin
S7 Max C.
Max
S7 Newz O.
Newz
S7 Qaz W.
Qaz
S7 Riley A.
Riley
S7 Ryan G.
Ryan
S7 Sam H.
Sam
S7 Tico F.
Tico
S7 Trae C.
Trae
S7 Will J.
Will J.
S7 Will T.
Will T.

Sri LankaEdit

  • Returnees per Tribe
S8 DJ M.
DJ
S8 Natalie S.
Natalie
S8 Sydney D.
Sydney
S8 Will S.
Will

Generation GapEdit

  • Returnees vs. Newbies
S10 Adam D.
Adam
S10 Alex J.
Alex
S10 Brandon R.
Brandon
S10 Bubba G.
Bubba
S10 David M.
David
S10 Kevin P.
Kevin
S10 Nick R.
Nick
S10 Owen Z.
Owen
S10 Ozzy G.
Ozzy
S10 Sam O.
Sam

Second ChancesEdit

  • All Returning Players
S12 Aiden W.
Aiden
S12 Anthony C.
Anthony
S12 Brittany J.
Brittany
S12 Cameron K.
Cameron
S12 Dana M.
Dana
S12 Dylan W.
Dylan
S12 Ethan C.
Ethan
S12 Jacob G.
Jacob
S12 Kiko D.
Kiko
S12 Kodi M.
Kodi
S12 Logan M.
Logan
S12 Matt F.
Matt
S12 Mearl E.
Mearl
S12 Mel T.
Mel
S12 Robby J.
Robby
S12 Romeo K.
Romeo
S12 Ronnie R.
Ronnie
S12 Steve W.
Steve
S12 Stoner D.
Stoner
S12 Zac L.
Zac

TurkeyEdit

  • Mixed Returnees
S15 Brittany J.
Brittany
S15 Eric M.
Eric
S15 Jake B.
Jake B.
S15 Newz O.
Newz
S15 Oli G.
Oli

Eleventh HourEdit

  • All Returning Players
S16 Adam D.
Adam
S16 Alan D.
Alan
S16 Brady S.
Brady
S16 Brittany J.
Brittany
S16 Bubba G.
Bubba
S16 Crypt A.
Crypt
S16 David M.
David
S16 Eric M.
Eric
S16 Ethan C.
Ethan
S16 Jojo F.
Jojo
S16 Liam R.
Liam
S16 Mike R.
Mike
S16 Mud N.
Mud
S16 Nolan K.
Nolan
S16 Qaz W.
Qaz
S16 Red W.
Red
S16 Riley A.
Riley
S16 Robin H.
Robin
S16 Ryan B.
Ryan B.
S16 Ryan W.
Ryan W.
S16 Sagar O.
Sagar
S16 Sam O.
Sam
S16 Sydney D.
Sydney
S16 Will T.
Will
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