Most lopsided tribe switches in Survivor history

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Most Lopsided Tribe Switches in Survivor – Number 4: Marquesas

In Survivor‘s second only switch, the numbers weren’t even when things were all said and done. Rotu had won every single challenge to that point, giving them an 8-5 advantage just 10 days in. When the two tribes arrived for a reward challenge on Day 10, they were told to stand on a random disk.

On Jeff’s cue, one by one the players turned their discs over and discovered which tribe they were going to be on. The tribes weren’t split evenly after the swap, remaining 8-5 in Rotu’s favor.

Right away it was clear how Rotu had an advantage physically, as Maraamu was left with four women and the oldest man in the game. Gina and Sarah remained on their original tribe while Kathy, Neleh, and Paschal swapped over. That gave Rotu all of the strong men and the strongest woman in the game in Tammy.

Gina was in trouble on the original Maraamu tribe due to Hunter getting blindsided the day before the swap, so while the switch wasn’t popular with anyone else, she was obviously elated because she was the next to go on her old tribe.

Boston Rob was someone who was not happy about the switch because he had all of the power on his team. He was swapped over to Rotu and somehow made it to the merge despite his team having to go to a tribal council shortly after he got there.

On paper it looked like Rotu would wipe out what was left of poor Maraamu, but surprisingly, the underdogs pulled out three challenges, including one immunity challenge. They entered the merge down 7-3, but the three remaining members (all former Rotus) made it to the final four.

Who would have thought a tribe that eventually was made up of three women and an older man would win three challenges? Since Maraamu did that, they can’t be any higher than this on the list.