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Survivor's Top Five Alliances

by Shawna Malcom

As Survivor fans well know, this game is all about strategizing, backstabbing and forging sneaky alliances. Here's five examples of how choosing the right coconspirator can make one lucky castaway a millionaire.

1. Rob and Ambuh

Survivor: All-Stars

Victor: Amber (and Rob)

Why it worked: Lust. Rob fell for Amber, who rode his coattails.

Speed bump: Rob begging Lex to keep Amber in the game (a move that ultimately cost Rob the win).

Memorable moment: Rob's early observation that Amber has "a smokin' ass."

Jeff Probst's take: "[Their alliance] was strategy. Then they fell in love, and that affected Rob's game. He beat his chest and said, 'I'm runnin' this game with my girl tucked under my arm, and anybody who thinks they're big enough to stop me, bring it.' The only person big enough to stop him was himself."

2. Richard and Rudy

Survivor: Borneo

Victor: Richard

Why it worked: Opposites attract. The gay corporate trainer wisely cozied up to the former Navy SEAL as soon as he recognized that Rudy's word was strong as oak.

Speed bump: Richard's proclivity for getting nekkid; his being so confident in the alliance that, during the final immunity challenge, he stepped down off the pole, leaving Rudy to tough it out.

Memorable moment: Rudy slathering sunscreen on Richard's back.

Probst's take: "The most enjoyable alliance, not just because it was the first but because it [proved] that anybody is a possible partner. It's 'In this situation, who best works for me or with me?'"

3. Colby and Tina

Survivor: The Australian Outback

Victor: Tina

Why it worked: Colby had the strength to win immunity, and Tina had the brains to play up to his mama's-boy tendencies.

Speed bump: What speed bump? These two had each other's backs the whole way.

Memorable moment: Colby's decision to honor the alliance and take Tina to the final two instead of Keith, even though it meant he'd likely lose.

Probst's take: "They were strategic. They both picked a person they knew they could count on and [who] was strong enough to make it to the end. People say Colby lost. I don't know. Colby not taking the easy win is the only honorable decision in Survivor so far ."

4. Jenna and Heidi

Survivor: Amazon

Victor: Jenna

Why it worked: They considered themselves hot. How could they not bond?

Speed bump: Jenna's whining when she was sick; Heidi's torch getting snuffed before reaching the final four.

Memorable moment: Their infamous decision to strip down to nothing in exchange for some peanut butter.

Probst's take: "Jenna and Heidi are a good example of making the best of what they had out there. I don't know if those two sought each other out as much as they ended up with each other. [but] it worked for them."

5. Tom and Ian

Survivor: Palau

Victor: Jury's out until the finale episode airs May 15.

Why it's working: Mutual respect. The 41-year-old firefighter and 23-year-old dolphin trainer clicked even before being picked for the Koror tribe. Both boast a strong work ethic, brains and strength.

Speed bump: When Ian caught a clam, Tom upstaged him by slaying a shark. Will the desire to be top dog drive a wedge between them?

Memorable moment: After catching snakes, the dynamic duo used the reptile blood to lure nearby sharks.

Probst's take: "The bond between Ian and Tom [is] in a father-son way. But Ian is not gonna simply listen to Tom because he's older. Ian's got his own mind, and he's fighting to stay on top."

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Guest XandraSkye
I guess Rob & Amber do deserve #1 since they are now married now. Isn't it cute?
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Guest cappy

Ok I just didnt know if this was an information post.

1. Rob and Amber

Survivor: All-Stars

Victor: Amber

Why it worked: Everybody thought that they could trust Rob and Amber and nobody was plotting against them and those who did, got the boot.

Speed bump: Lex keeping Amber in the game and voting out Jerri

Memorable moment: Rob proposes to Amber

2. Richard and Rudy

Survivor: Borneo

Victor: Richard

Why it worked: Richard and Rudy worked with Kelly and Sue to become the Tagi 4 and vote out the Pagong members.

Speed bump: The first vote of the merger by voting out Gretchen, giving the Tagi 4 a numbers advantage.

Memorable moment: Rudy slathering sunscreen on Richard's back.

3. Ami and Leann

Survivor: Vanuatu

Victor: Chris

Why it worked: Ami and Leann were apart of an age alliance and had the majority. For the time being that they had power, everybody efollowed them especially after the tribes witched.

Speed bump: Ami and Leann chose to vote out Rory and pulled in Julie and Twila to take the numbers.

Memorable moment: Voting out Rory, the womens alliance

4. Jenna and Heidi

Survivor: Amazon

Victor: Jenna

Why it worked: They considered themselves hot. How could they not bond?

Speed bump: Jenna's whining when she was sick; Heidi's torch getting snuffed before reaching the final four.

Memorable moment: Their infamous decision to strip down to nothing in exchange for some peanut butter.

5. Kathy, Neleh, Pashcal Sean and Vecepia

Survivor: Marquesas

Vitcor: Vecepia

Why it worked: The Rotu 4, an invincible alliance was put out because of these five.

Speed bump: Neleh and Pashcal joining to vote out John.

Memorable momnet: Neleh offering the others a used mint (it was already in her mouth)

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