The competing teams in NJ's Survivor are known as Tribes. Commonly, there are two tribes in a season, but there have been instances where three or four may be active at the same time. A tribe can have anywhere from four to twelve contestants at the beginning of the game.
Dividing Into TribesEdit
Most commonly, the tribes are divided by the producers before the game begins. However, there have been exceptions. Each Survivor season typically starts with 16, 18, or 20 contestants. The castaways will be then equally divided into their "tribes". These tribes are given unique names (based on local language, culture or history) and identifying colors which are used on buffs, insignias, and in the opening sequence. Most seasons feature two pre-merge tribes, however some have also had three.
A tribe switch is the very first Survivor twist. The host asks the contestants to drop their buffs, signaling there will be a change in the nature of the tribes. For a tribe switch, the contestants will either end up at their original tribe or they will be swapped into another. If there is a switch, it occurs before the merge, commonly catching players off-guard. The logic of the switch is that the relationships from their first tribe will be tested in their new tribe, and will create additional possibilities when the tribes finally merge. Oftentimes, players who were not successful in their original tribe use the switch as an opportunity to create new bonds, and potentially last longer in the competition.
The mutiny is a variation of the tribe switch. This twist allows players to change tribes at will. Like a traditional swap, the "mutineer" must surrender his/her old buff and will be given the same colored buff as his/her new tribe. The Mutiny has a rarer occurrence than the standard Tribe Switch, and has never appeared yet.
The merged tribe is composed of the remaining members of the two starting tribes, and marked with a new colored buff, with challenges becoming individual. The castaways will stay in the tribe for the remainder of the game, although may be separated by the One-Day Tribes twist. The merged tribe name is typically chosen by producers, although naming was handed over to the contestants in one season - Second Chances (Koba Faahana).
|Survivor Tribecolors Per Season|
|Sri Lanka||Jaffna||Galle||Sri Pada|
|Second Chances||Mulaku||Felidhu||Noonu||Koba Faahana|
- Yellow is the most recurring tribe color in the history of the series with a total 8 tribes.
- On the other hand, brown is the least recurring, having appeared only once.
- Black is the most recurring merged tribe color, with 3 merged tribes. Black is also the only recurring color to appear more times as a merged tribe than it has as a starting tribe.
- The only non-merged black tribe is Rawaki.
- Five seasons feature more than two pre-merge tribes.
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