|Namesake||Fijian word meaning "spear"|
|Tribe Type||Starting Tribe|
|Day Formed||Day 3|
|Rival Tribe(s)||██ Ravu|
|Tribe Status||Merged with Ravu on Day 22|
|Lowest Placing Member||Gary Stritesky (16/19)|
|Highest Placing Member|| Dreamz Herd &|
Cassandra Franklin (Runner-Ups)
Moto is a tribe from Survivor: Fiji.
Moto (from the Fijian word for "spear") was one of two tribes that started the game in Something Cruel Is About to Happen... Real Soon. Moto was supplied with luxuries such as a sofa and cutlery, while their opponents dwindled on basic essentials. The tribe won every single Immunity Challenge and all but one challenge in general. Moto's tribe color was green.
- Alex Angarita, an attorney from Sacramento, California.
- Boo Bernis, a construction worker from Lafayette, Louisiana.
- Cassandra Franklin, a Civil Engineer Manager from Los Angeles, California.
- Dreamz Herd, a cheerleading coach from Wilmington, North Carolina.
- Edgardo Rivera, a former Former Davis Cup Player from Miami Beach, Florida.
- Gary Stritesky, a school bus driver from Ramsey, Minnesota.
- Liliana Gomez, a Loan Officer from Oxnard, California.
- Lisi Linares, a musician from Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Stacy Kimball, an Advertising Producer from Boulder, Colorado.
Post-Tribe Swap Edit
A Day 15 tribe swap reorganized tribe affiliations. The following players made up the new Moto tribe, existing from Days 15-22.
- ► Boo Bernis
- ► Cassandra Franklin
- ► Earl Cole, an Advertising Executive/TV-Film Composer from Santa Monica, California.
- ► Michelle Yi, a student from Cincinnati, Ohio.
- ► Stacy Kimball
- ► Yau-Man Chan, an Internet Technology Director from Fresno, California.
Tribe History Edit
On day 3, the newly divided tribes competed for the right to live at a camp stacked with amenities, a luxurious shelter, silverware, a sofa, and other luxuries uncommon to the game of Survivor. Moto won the first immunity challenge and secured their place at the camp of luxury, while Ravu was sent to live in hardship.
Perhaps as symptom of their being so much more well-off than Ravu in terms of camp life, Moto would continue to win challenge after challenge. On day 6, Moto won their second immunity, along with fishing gear. During this time, Moto settled into a comfortable social dynamic.
The tribe was largely run by an opportunistic alliance of five: Alex Angarita, Boo Bernis, Stacy Kimball, Lisi Linares, and Edgardo Rivera. A sixth member, Liliana Gomez, was convinced that she, too, was a part of this alliance, but was being misled. Outsider Dreamz Herd, meanwhile, had formed tight friendships with Cassandra Franklin and Gary Stritesky, whom the castaways had taken to calling "Papa Smurf."
On day 7, Moto won the first official reward challenge of the game, but at a cost: Gary took a hard fall during the challenge, and seemed to be in pain after returning to camp. Over the next several days, Gary struggled with labored breathing and chest pains as the tribe watched on in concern. Gary would not be voted out of the tribe, however, as Moto won their third consecutive immunity challenge.
By day 9, things were briefly looking up as Moto won yet another reward challenge, earning a bounty of food, a third fishing kit, and a king-sized bed. Liliana took full advantage of the new bounty, offering up massages and incensing Lisi, who believed Liliana was using her "diabolical Mexican mind" to manipulate the men of the tribe. On day 10, though, Gary's condition took a turn for the worse, and the Minnesota school bus driver asked to be evacuated from the island. This loss brought the dominant Moto tribe down to eight members.
Jeff Probst shocked the tribes by introducing a message in a bottle at the day 11 immunity challenge. Moto excelled yet again, but were shocked to be confronted with an ultimatum: either forfeit their luxurious camp, or go to Tribal Council. In a controversial decision, the tribe chose to vote out one of their own in order to keep their creature comforts.
Upon returning to camp, Dreamz publicly named Cassandra and Lisi as the weak links of the tribe. This decision earned much of the tribe's ire, but the candidates for elimination had largely boiled down to the sweet but physically inept Cassandra, and the strong but threatening Liliana. With the women of the majority alliance lobbying hard for Liliana's exit—much to the chagrin of Alex—the loan officer's fate was set. At Tribal Council, Liliana was blindsided in a 6-1-1 vote. On the way out, the stunned Liliana stated, "If they didn't get me out now, I was going to beat them."
Following the successive exits of Gary and Liliana, Cassandra and Dreamz were largely left alone within the tribe. After Moto won yet another reward challenge and a coffee set to go with it, it became apparent that Stacy and Lisi were going out of their way to make the tribe's outsiders feel unwelcome. Alex noted this with trepidation; if the two women didn't at least pretend to clean up their act, their tribe was risking a betrayal after the merge. Cassandra and Dreamz confirmed as much in confessionals: they were in the market for a new alliance.
On day 15, the tribes were switched up in a schoolyard pick'em. The result was that Boo, Cassandra, and Stacy were sharing the luxurious Moto camp with three former members of Ravu. With the balance of power now even and much of his former alliance sent to Ravu, Boo was uneasy around the tribe's new members. As predicted, Earl Cole was quick to court Cassandra as a swing vote, as it was clear she had become disenchanted with her former alliance.
The alliance between Earl and Yau-Man Chan would soon prove fruitful as Earl led Moto away from camp in order to buy Yau-Man time to search for the Hidden Immunity Idol. On day 18, the older man finally discovered the first of the idols, and vowed to share it with Earl should the situation arise. Earl's luck was temporary; later that day, Moto would lose its first challenge when Ravu won a reward of hot dogs and beer at an arcade, and sent Earl to Exile Island. It would be his third time.
After Yau-Man created a fake Hidden Immunity Idol for public consumption back at camp, the tribe rallied with an immunity victory; the tribe would remain undefeated in immunity challenges.
Earl led the tribe to their next victory, a "meke" dance-off challenge, which earned them a feast. Yau-Man's unorthodox but effective efforts at a target-shooting immunity challenge, meanwhile, helped them earn immunity. This was fortunate for Stacy, who had been targeted by Michelle Yi as untrustworthy and would have likely been the next to go.
On day 22, the Moto tribe met with Ravu on Exile Island, where the two tribes merged to become Bula Bula. The two tribes then returned to the old Moto camp for the duration of the game.
- At the Schoolyard Pick, the members of the new Moto tribe were chosen in the following order, starting with Earl Cole:
- Moto is one of six tribes to never lose in every Immunity Challenges in which they participated, along with Koror, Bayoneta, Viveros, Puka Puka, and Tandang, making it one of the best tribes.
- Moto is the first tribe in Survivor history to have a tie on its highest-ranking original members on its season, with Cassandra and Dreamz.
- Tandang of Survivor: Philippines would become the second tribe to have a tie on its highest-ranking original members on its season. Coincidentally, both Moto and Tandang won all the Immunity Challenges they participated in.
- No one from the original Moto tribe returned for another season.
- Moto has the most number of tribal challenge wins in the show's history, winning twelve of thirteen challenges. The record was previously held by Koror, with eleven.
- Unlike Koror, Moto failed to produce the winner (Earl Cole was a member of Moto only after the Tribe Shuffle).
- Moto is similar to Galu in that they each had lost one man to a medical evacuation and one woman to Tribal Council.
- Moto is the seventh green tribe.
- Moto is the only pre-merged tribe to have the same name used in a post-merged tribe, Moto Maji from Survivor: Africa.
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