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SFC17 Finale

July 31st, 2018, 9:47 pm

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Reply SWSU-Master, July 31st, 2018, 10:00 pm

It's Finally Here. The Votes have been read and Ollie the Otter is the Winner!

Thank you so much for a very enjoyable and very interesting season. I had a blast making this season, so I hope you all enjoyed it.

Finale Notes and information about the New Reunion Episode will be up shortly!

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Reply ChronoAlone, July 31st, 2018, 10:03 pm

Who would've thunk?

This was an overall wonderful season, and easily one of my favorites. It's so weird that we've reached the end.

Can't wait to learn more about the reunion!

Reply SWSU-Master, July 31st, 2018, 11:59 pm

@ChronoAlone: And we can clear up all of those plot holes anyone might wonder about!

Reply Sinjoh, July 31st, 2018, 10:04 pm

Congrats to Ollie. He definitely deserved it. Kinda surprised Josh got second, but Jenny really shot herself in the foot at the FTC.

Reply SWSU-Master, July 31st, 2018, 11:59 pm

@Sinjoh: One vote is all it takes to change things up

Reply DryIceBros, July 31st, 2018, 10:06 pm

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Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:00 am

@DryIceBros: #OllieDomination

Reply Crazy Fan (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 10:06 pm

@SWSU-Master: U have out done yourself again one of the best , most hard guessing and unexpected seasons yet. U should be proud. I do have one question to Josh why would say that it was not worth playing if u didn'twin. Does that mean evening meeting Raiza was not worth it?

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:01 am

@Crazy Fan: That will be a good question to bring up at the reunion

Reply Guest, July 31st, 2018, 10:07 pm

Goes to show what Jenny said right before Mele’s vote out: It’s not how you start it’s how you finished. Throughout the entire game Jenny played phenominally but shot herself in the foot and lost a lot of respect in the FTC, losing her the game. Same goes with Ollie, started out as a joke but actually became more and more of a threat until the FTC where he actually put up a pretty good performance. Well deserved.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:01 am

@Guest: That was some good old fashioned foreshadowing right there!

Reply DrMarble, July 31st, 2018, 10:07 pm

The only massive shock here is Josh getting two votes.

Anyways, I know he will be divisive, but I think Ollie is an excellent winner. He had an amazing story, and Jenny had an even better story as the FTC loser.

This season was absolutely sublime from begining to end. Easily my second favorite after 13, maybe even number one if I think about it for awhile. Hats off to you SWSU, can't wait for season 18.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:02 am

@DrMarble: Thanks.... Now I'm going to collapse from exhaustion!

Reply Blastoise_FTW, July 31st, 2018, 10:12 pm

Literally WTF

This season was just incredible. Every arc, every story, comes together perfectly to create a web of amazing tribals, gameplay and relationships. easily top 3.

Now to break the page with my needlessly long rankings

Unranked: Lester

Woo boy, what a rollar coaster of emotions this was. Having my own character on a season of SFC, something most everybody strives for. Lester sucks. No joke. He was
conceived by a 14 year old dumbass. Why was he accepted?? Well, he kinda wasn't tbh. He was a joke through and through, not a funny one bout you get the point. His whole
shrick was supposed to be he didn't really care about the game,, and just wanted to push everyone's buttons and get under their skin. He also hates everybody. So kind of a
little troll, I guess. It was dumb, but not taken seriously. Whatever the fuck SWSU regurgitated onto the comic is even dumber. Sorry.

19: Tony

He was cast to spout SWSU's survivor opiions and hate Josh. That's it, and he's really irritating while doing it. Worst character of the season.

18: Josh Thunderbolt

Josh started this season as a boring but inoffensive character. Later on, he got slighlty annoying with his whining but it wasn't unbearable. But then Raiza left. And that
was basically it. He became unbearable. Insulting people trying to help him, then wondering why nobody likes him, and then he gets to FTC by hook or by crook and he fucking
disregards his time spent with Raiza as a waste and then he TRIES TO BRIBE THE FUCKING JURY. Disgusting. He was at least somewhat interesting so he gets the rub over Tony,
but for everyone's sanity he should've been rejected on principal.

LARGE GAP

17: Nezumi

I don't hate Nezumi. She's just what happens when you design a character just to have a downfall. She's condescending. You ever had someone be condescending to you?
Congrats, you met Nezumi.

16: Charity

She looked OP and then got pwnt by Amadeus. Great character.

15: Joy Stiq

Joy competed on the seventeenth season of Survivor Fan Characters.

14: Naomi

Naomi was decently interesting....after she got voted out lol. Props for destroying Lester and her ''relationship'' with Alfredo was fun. Also, best family visitor.
Also, quick note, Medium Curse is real, I relapsed back into TOS recently lol

13: Quickscope

He was a funny gag character and I enjoyed him. But sadly on a season with lots of great stories and depth, the funny gag looks quite a bit out of place. I wish I could rank
him higher or say anything about him, but...he's just funny. That's it.

12: Allison AKA CutieCat

I would like CutieCat better if her development didn't happen in litterally one comic. It completely destroyed the suspense of her TC, who's going home, the person's story
who just ended or the main villain?! Other than the cat puns, she had a fun personality though and her development WAS good. Alas, that FTC speech was awwwwwwwwful

11: Amadeus

Amadeus was the best meme. I hated him at first but I guess absense makes the heart grow fonder. This dude went on Survivor and lounged on chairs and watched TV, that's
WWE heel levels of douche! And then he fucking exploded which while cool, didn't feel like a great end for him. Pwning Charity though....Badass

10: Ollie the Otter

Let me say this. He's this high because I find him to be a funny, enjoyable presence. Not because of his placement or status as winner. He is frankly a bottom 5 winner, he
has a decent story involving being all of leader/follower/beast/eccentric, and beating his creator Jenny, but dear lord, there is no depth to this character.
And yes hot take winners should be in depth characters not jokes.But he's top 10, so I will say he was my favoritethis season for one liners and punchlines, so he gets
points on that. I just wish he got voted out lmao

9: Jahira

My personal favorite of the Koko Girls alliance, Jahira honestly would be me on Survivor. I have....anger issues. Unlike most of the ''bitchy'' characters on SFC, she feels
like a human, not a bad joke, and so she's the best. Also RIP she got fucked up by ring shenanigans

8: Slash The Hedgehog

Dad the Hedgehog, him coming bac because production forgot him was lol. He played his role well and I liked his story of mending the bridge between Jenny and Derek and then
soon leaving. But, voting for Josh, really dude?

7: Derek Linz

Derek was an enjoyable, complex character. He was likable but flawed, his relationship with Jenny was was one of the best in the comic, and his ouster was one of the best
ever. Great character imo. Would like to see return

6: Kade Spicer

Amazing villain, interesting backstory but that wasn't really explored in comic, understandably. He kept the season interesting first with the ring stuff and then with his
sneaky play, so props for that. His FTC speach is top 5, possibly best ever. SILENCE!

5: Raiza

Interesting character, the stuff with the EX Machina was a good storyline, but her relationship with Josh was lol. Not baaaaaad but he was so shit lol she carried it. If
you swap her and Josh this season goes up at least a rank or two.

4: Parmsesan And Alfredo

These two are one of my all time favorite archtypes, normally a trio but works as a duo: The idiotic, night-and-day group who still hang out despite being nothing like each
other and failing at every turn. I like these two a lot and I loved their story despite it being mostly self contained. Would not have minded these two as a winner actually.
Definitely ones I want to see back.

3: Mele Nanbera

I loved her for A: shitting on Josh, B: Being the passive aggressive person i'm too pussy to be, and C: I like third person characters tbh. She was always fun when she was
on screen and the season was better off having her, eve if she was off to the side for long chunks.

2: Jenny Wily

Amazing arc, good character. Her bombing at FTC ad pissing it all away was laid out very nicely, if very subtle. Like I said with Derek, their relationship is an amazing arc
that works perfectly. Every interaction she had was interesting, right down to her showdown with Kade at FTC, which she got destroyed in but I digress lol. Absolutely needs
to return some time.

1: Jeannie

I've changed a lot, but dammit I still love my OTTP's. Granted, Jeannie is a lot more complex than the normal member of that archtype, she's just an amazing character,
funny, complex, adds a lot to the season via ring shenanigans. Her bringing down Kade was fucking incredible, there's no better downfall. Also, she kept ruining Lester's
day <3

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:03 am

@Blastoise_FTW: Bottom 5 winner gameplaywise? That makes sense.

Reply Guest, July 31st, 2018, 10:12 pm

Ollie winning is the perfect ending to this season! I wish Jenny got 2nd just because an Ollie/Jenny Final 2 would be cute and Josh's FTC performance was even worse than hers, but it makes sense how Slash and Jeannie voted.

This was definitely one of the best seasons (probably 2nd to me after 11 tbh), so good job!

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:03 am

@Guest: I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Reply Misterjakester (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 10:12 pm

Holy shit what a fantastic season this was. Amazing characters, stunning visuals and a great story. It’s definetly in my top 3 seasons. And Ollie, while I know is not the most universally loved character, in my opinion had a great arc and a lot of humor.
My ranking is this from best to worst
ADORE
Jeannie
Jahira
Parmesan
LOVE
Ollie
Mele
Quickscope
LIKE
CutieCat
Kade
Slash
Jenny
Derek
Joy
Naomi
NEUTRAL
Nezumi
Raiza
Amadeus
DISLIKE
Josh
Charity
Lester
HATE
Tony

Now as for my question for the reunion I have to ask Jahira a couple things
Have you made up with CeCe/Allison after the show? And are you working on controlling your anger better?

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:04 am

@Misterjakester : When you're a killer animatronic, you're bound to be controversial in some way.

Reply GaryHawkinsLandscaper, July 31st, 2018, 10:13 pm

*Wily Coyote Ugly*
Jenny falls into the same category as Derek with me. I get her appeal, I get why she’s popular, but I was personally underwhelmed. Though she was at the forefront for the entire season, I never really got invested in her as a character... until the finale, where she became my personal (and only acceptable) pick to win, and you know what? She blew it at the worst possible time. But I guess there’s no use complaining about it.

*Open Meowth, Insert Foongus*
I think it goes without saying that I don’t like unnecessary whining, which was unfortunately a big problem I had to overcome over the course of this season. And even more unfortunately, someone decided it was a good idea to have Josh be stuck on the SS Wangst’s autopilot mode for most of the second merge. I didn’t like it. However, as weird as this may sound, I will say my opinion of him improved after his FTC performance, where we witnessed him at his most desperate. It was better than what we got from him the previous three episodes, that’s all I’m saying. Still not big on him as a whole, but he’s far from the worst this season.

*Koko, Friends & Ollie*
I’ve noticed that I can’t keep a solid opinion on Ollie to save my life. He started off at the bottom of my rankings entirely for his first few episodes. Then I started warming up to him. Then I started hating him again once I realized he had a chance at winning. Then I realized he actually has been playing a good game and I got over much of my negative feelings for him at the eleventh hour. So how do I feel now? Well, to be honest, no, I’m still not exactly a fan of his. He had a few moments that made me chuckle, but that’s it. Jeanie, Mele and Quickscope filled the comedy roles better. But more importantly, even though it was a major part of his personal growth, I’m never going to get over the fact that he was a paperweight for the first few days. Had he not started out like that, I wouldn’t have been so bothered by him winning.

——

This was certainly one unpredictable season. I’ll have to think about this ending for a little while longer, but regardless, this is probably one of my favorite seasons.

Here’s a question to the winner: what’s the best way to go about killing somebody? Oh, and I guess Kade and Tony can answer as well, since they’ve had similar experiences murdering things.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:05 am

@GaryHawkinsLandscaper: Pikmin don't count as victims! Their deaths are played for laughs!

Reply Sonofhades, July 31st, 2018, 10:20 pm

This was a truly amazing season! I haven't been this invested in a season or the fandom for a long time, and it's been soooo refreshing!

Jenny: Jenny was a pretty good character overall, but her performance at the FTC doomed her utterly. A good character with an understated story. I'd like to see her return in a future season.

Josh: An absolute blight on the season in more ways than one. Constant whining, immense angst, and one of the most terrible FTC efforts I've ever seen. Even if his creator wasn't who he is, Josh would still be a subpar, unlikable character.

Ollie: What can I say here that I haven't already? Our beloved walking meme has finally come into his own! I've followed Ollie's character development closely and enjoyed every minute of it. I hope his burger joint takes off in the interim between seasons! I'll have my burger with extra FDA inspector. ;3

This is definitely ending up as one of my favorite seasons. It had a very good cast, a lot of unique story threads, and one of my favorite series as a theme. I'm going to be writing about this season for a while yet. See you all at the Reunion!

Speaking of which, I do have a question for... Jeannie! What do you plan to do with yourself after this season is over?

Reply vanilladream, July 31st, 2018, 10:20 pm

Congrats Ollie! A surprising winner indeed, I don't think I ever could've called this from the beginning of the season. He's not my favorite, but I can't deny he was pretty instrumental in some of the late game story, so he at least had something going for him.

My question is for my girl Jahira.

"Do you have any regrets in this game, and how well do you think you could've done had you not drawn the bad rock?"

Reply RedBeryl, July 31st, 2018, 10:35 pm

REUNION SHOW

Reply Cute Kitten Fan, July 31st, 2018, 10:39 pm

My Reunion Questions... I have at least three questions for three contestants...

My first question goes to Amadeus. How's paying that big bill coming along for almost destroying the Alolan environment with your Pikmin?

My second question goes to CutieCat, AKA Allison Kathrati. Who is your favorite YouTuber/Let's Player in your community, and have you ever met them in person? What I mean is, do you know people like Chuggaaconroy or ProtonJon, or just local YouTube people that don't have a lot of attention?

And my final question goes to, well... pretty much Nezumi. How does it feel to see Ollie, the animatronic you tried to eliminate from the game, being the winner of the season? Does it bug you that that should have been you in his place?

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:06 am

@Cute Kitten Fan: Those are good ones.

Reply dat4yc, July 31st, 2018, 10:42 pm

I know I have said this a lot the past couple seasons, but phenomenal job SWSU. I guess its expected when we are in a SFC golden age. Here are my SFC17 character rankings and boy are they a doozy:

20. Charity – I really don’t have much to say about Charity, which is more or less the reason why I ranked her here. She was kinda there for the first few comics, then got slightly nasty and arrogant when talking about her power, then left in a hissy fit when Amadeus awesomely idoled her out. Her whole purpose in the story was to just immediately leave, and I can’t say I missed her in the slightest.

19. Nezumi – The problem with Nezumi was she had the unfortunate combination of being pretty unlikable and not very important to the story. She had arrogance to spare and an obvious superiority complex with regards to her ‘lesser’ alliance members CeCe and Jahira, and it just rubbed me the wrong way most of the time she was there. And of course, she was Ollie’s first major obstacle, which is an automatic knock against her cause I love that animatronic. So yeah, she wasn’t an extremely large presence in the season, but when she was there she was pretty unpleasant.

18. Tony – Tony was… just an asshole. That was pretty much it when it came to his character. And if that’s all to the character, I’m sorry but there’s not much for me to like. His constant berating of Josh never came across as even remotely funny or entertaining, and his presence dragged down another character (Kade) while they were aligned. His early hatred of Amadeus culminating in him stomping the Pikmin was mildly entertaining at time but was not enough to redeem Tony as a character. He was mercifully eliminated before causing too huge of an impact on the game, but his presence was an overall black mark on the season.

17. Naomi – She was probably the most boring contestant of the season and if it weren’t for her returning as a ghost to yell at Alfredo and screw with Lester she’d probably be last on the list. She was pretty bad at the game while in it and had no real discernable personality traits until her post elimination rage. That’s really all I have to say about Naomi.

16. Joy – Ah Joy. She was good for what she was intended to be. I had a good kick out of her boot episode when I began to realize she was leaving and it really was going to be in the nonchalant manner that she had been playing up to that point. She gave a good bit of entertainment in her own way while she was here, but ultimately nothing to write home about.

15. Lester – This is the character I wish Tony had been. Still not particularly interesting or likable, but with a little more OTT comedic edge and a knowledge that they would most likely not be in the game for very long. The way Lester talked and his design was probably the best part about him, and that part never really got old. But, him getting an idol and orchestrating Naomi and Joy’s eliminations sort of made him into a threat which I think worked against the likability of his character. However, he left before overstaying his welcome too much and you always had the knowledge in the back of your mind that he wasn’t lasting too long, so he ended up being fine.

14. Josh – Hoooooo boy, I’m sure a lot of people have a lot to say about Josh. I actually rather enjoyed him as an underdog in the early stages of the game. I was definitely rooting for him against Tony and I loved the relationship between him and Raiza, especially when he encouraged her to get back up on her feet after losing the Ex Machina. However, Raiza leaving was a huge blow to his character and he quickly delved into a downward spiral. And you know what? It was a fascinating spiral. It was interesting to see someone implode so completely into their own self-pity. It was especially interesting when Raiza basically said the same thing Josh said to her earlier in the game during the reward, only for him to continue his downward spiral and almost completely destroy his game in the end stages due to his constant negativity. His desperation for the win to an almost psychotic degree in the FTC was fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, this downward spiral took an immense toll on his likability and rootability, until it almost irreparably damaged my view of him as the underdog that I saw him as earlier in the season. He certainly worked well as a losing finalist, but I can’t put him above any of the next 13 contestants.

13. Jahira - For me, Jahira had the potential to be a much more interesting character than she actually ended up being. I really liked her up through the Nezumi boot, because she had a cool narrative of being a generally pleasant person that just needed to expel her emotions every once in a while to maintain a cool exterior. And her feud with Nezumi was pretty fun too. But then she seemed to just turn into a generic scream-heavy character that I feel we’ve seen a lot of in the last couple of episodes she was in, specifically with regards to yelling at Raiza and then out of the blue when she threw CeCe under the bus. So in the end, I’m not entirely sure what to think of Jahira, so that’s why she sits here in the middle of the pack.

12. Amadeus – He is a very good early boot, not quite Xeradonus tier, but pretty good nonetheless. He had such a profound impact on the game by idoling out Charity early and giving the game the Ex Machina, without which we would not have the great character arcs of Raiza and Ollie. As a character he was pretty insufferable, but in an almost entertainingly over the top manner, and the method of his elimination was shocking, kind of sad, but ultimately fitting. Overall, he had one of the better early boot arcs I’ve seen in this series, and his presence won’t soon be forgotten.

11. Slash – You know, Slash is interesting because while I thought he was a pleasant presence in the season, I never thought he was particularly interesting as a character or had a significant role in the story/gameplay of the season. His role as the tribe dad was well performed but he never really was enough of a presence in the season for me to have a strong opinion on him. I guess a low-key player in a season full of stand outs can be a good thing, but it never really did too much for me. I absolutely understand the love he gets from the majority of this community, but for me he’ll being hanging out here in the middle of the pack. However, considering the caliber of this season, that may not be a necessarily bad place to be.

10. CutieCat – I loved CeCe at the beginning but as the game went on she became much more of a background player than I thought she would end up being. In the end, she ended up being relegated to the position of sacrificial pawn to the Four Arms alliance, which was a little disappointing, but it really had to be done in the grand scheme of things. I really liked her development that she had when she was isolated after the merge split, even though it felt a little rushed at times. And her FTC speech roasting Jenny and Josh and praising Ollie was a definite highlight for her character. Overall a good character that definitely got less visible as time went on but was overall a net positive for the season.

9. Derek – Derek was definitely a surprise hit for me this season. Seeing his character description in the reveals I was expecting to be mildly annoyed at best with his character. And initially, I didn’t particularly care for him. I found him to be slightly worse than Jenny during their initial feud and found myself rooting against his alliance. However, after the first swap I began doing a 180 on Derek. His friendship with Jeannie was absolutely a huge boon for his character, as it highlighted the aspects of his character that are more interesting and relatable. While at first it seemed like he was a douche, in actuality he was just a bit of a meathead. He shone more in his interaction with other characters than anything he did individually, particularly with Slash, Jeannie, Kade, and especially Jenny. His and Jenny’s relationship was one of the absolute best parts of the season and both characters would be worse off without the other.

8. Kade – If there is anyone who I did more of a 180 on the Derek, it’d be Kade. I went from being wildly indifferent to him, to despising him, to enjoying him immensely. And that, my friends, is the hallmark of a well developed villain of the season. He was kinda just unpleasant and there in the early parts of the game, then went full blown total asshole during the whole ring debacle when he went against the purest and most likeable being on the face of this earth. These dark ages of Kade’s storyline established him as a strategic force and someone to root against. Then, when he formed the Four Arms alliance and gave up the ring, he became more complex as a character, even if you still wanted to rip his head off every once in a while. In the end, he gave us a great meltdown and an even greater FTC question session and was well suited to his villainous role.

7. Mele – Mele was an interesting one, considering she was rarely ever in the forefront of the season’s gameplay and was essentially a non-factor for the early to mid-game sections of the season. And even in the late game, when her alliance of misfits took control, she took a backseat to the antics of Josh Parm and Ollie. But through it all, she was just a lot of damn fun. Her method of speech, both cheerful and brutal simultaneously, was always fun to read, and it was a lot of fun to hear her verbally dismantle her opponents, particularly Josh during the late game phase. I still think her best moment was when she took the ring back from Kade and Tony in that one immunity challenge. It showed that while she could seem cruel at times, she was a decent person at heart. Overall, the snarky nature of Mele’s personality combined with the subtle strategic prowess she displayed made her a unique and fun addition to this season’s cast.

6. Quickscope – Legendary. Absolutely legendary. Definitely in the Xeradonus tier of early boots for me. Perhaps one of the funniest joke characters in SFC history. And, for a moment, I thought he was gonna be a real character! With like development and everything! When SWSU hinted at a tragic past I thought he was going to bumblefuck his way through the game and we were gonna watch his life unfold through the comments he made while playing the game. Kudos to SWSU for faking me out on that, and kudos for making a hilarious parody of one of the most easily parodied groups in history. Every time he spoke was gold and he lasted just long enough before the joke got old. Legendary.

Lol my comment is too long so I have to split it up XD

Reply dat4yc, July 31st, 2018, 10:42 pm

@dat4yc: Part 2 lol

5. Raiza – This is basically what Josh could have been if put his mind to it and listened to the advice he gave Raiza all those weeks ago. Raiza was just a ton of fun in the early stages of the game, with her over the top antics and borderline suicidal stunts. Her storyline of not being able to feel pain was awesome enough, and I thought that was all we were gonna get. But, then we began to see hints of broken psyche, one that was damaged by years of being told she was less than she was. And the Ex-Machina was both a curse and a blessing for Raiza, as it both broke her emotionally and led her to re-examine herself and what she brings to the world. Her story of self-worth issues, coming to terms with her own faults, and overcoming them in the end was very uplifting, and her relationship with Josh was a great vehicle for this story. If only her new boyfriend was as successful as she was in this regard. Raiza was my favorite for much of the season, and the fact that she didn’t last as long as the next four is the main reason she isn’t number one.

4. Jenny – I came into the FTC thinking that she was a great character and a decent winner (always though Parm would be a better one, and this was before I realized Ollie’s perfect winner story) but I have never seen such change in a single tribal council than I did with Jenny. All her insecurities that were hinted at but never explicitly shown throughout the season came to light and it completely did her in. It showed her crippling fear of being perceived as the villain, even though most people respected the moves she made coming into the FTC. And man did she make some moves this season. The Bulu sabotage to change to a different tribe, manipulating the Ex Machina and Ollie to benefit her game, utilizing a bad situation in Kade to the best of her abilities, forming the Four Arms and making sure she was never at the top of the hit list, and then winning out in the end to the make it to the final. Only to completely blow it in the end, in one of the worst FTC performances I’ve seen in both this comic and the actual show. While her story throughout the season was pretty phenomenal, it was even better to see the downfall happen. And I’m realizing I didn’t even mention her great relationship with Derek, but I guess that was more highlighted in Derek’s entry. Great character and decoy winner, loved her.

3. Jeannie – I don’t really know what to say about Jeannie that won’t sound like it was lifted from someone else’s comments, because all that there is to say about her has pretty much already been said. She was an extremely positive presence on a season that had a pretty negative tone most of the time. She was an underdog during Kade’s ring story and your heart broke for her every time something bad happened to her or her allies that she couldn’t control. Almost nothing went her way the entire time she was in the game, with her losing her closest allies one after another. But, she was easily the most positive person in the game despite being through the wringer more than any other contestant. While Josh combatted his terrible situation with a negative attitude, Jeannie never let the game get to her. And I can’t help but thinking we need someone like this on every season, just to show how much fun this game, and this comic, can be.

2. Ollie – Ollie was freaking phenomenal every step of the way. And I didn’t realize what a great winner’s story he had until he was about to win! I know people have problems with the way he started in the game but I thought he was both hilarious and interesting in every part that he played. Comedy is obviously subjective, but he was easily the funniest character of the season (except maybe Quickscope), but that wasn’t even the main draw of his character. It was his relationship with his creator, Jenny. From fawning over her and just doing what he was told, to being the main strategic force that caused her to lose power in the game, his relationship with Jenny was one of the most dynamic relationships of the season. The way he completely dominated the end game with the misfits alliance showed how much he had learned and changed throughout the season and made him more perfect of a winner than I could’ve expected. All in all it was a treat to have him on my computer screen, and his win was a great end to the season.

1. Parmesan – I know I just gushed about Ollie and it may seem I should put him as my number one, but I can’t help but put Parmesan in this top spot. He was easily the most unique character of the season in that he was essentially a two for one deal. The conflict between Parm and Ghost Bro was some of the best interpersonal dynamics in the whole season. The disparity between everyone loving Parm and everyone disliking Ghost Bro (as well as Parm liking everyone and GB disliking everyone) was both hilarious and compelling. The comedy moments GB had in the early game with nobody knowing his existence and his ‘relationship’ with Naomi was great. The early parts of the game that had Parmesan shrouded in mystery were interesting and intriguing. Ghost Bros fights with other characters, particularly Josh Raiza and Ollie, were some of the best conflicts of the season and showed great insight in the ways GB and Parm look at the world and how they get through life. I especially loved GB’s issues with the way Raiza kept saying she was better off dead. It showed a real deep characterization that can be rare in these kinds of mediums. I will say that SWSU’s character writing these past few seasons, in this ‘Golden Age’ of SFC, has been phenomenal, and I would say Parmesan is definitely one of the best examples of it.

So, thank you again SWSU, for another wonderful season of the best comic on the web, and I look forward to SFC18 (hopefully with my character included :D). I hope you enjoyed writing this season as much as I enjoyed reading it.

Reply AkumaTh (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 11:01 pm

@dat4yc: Thanks for the kind words for Jenny.

Reply dat4yc, July 31st, 2018, 11:04 pm

@AkumaTh: Of course! She was a phenomenal character, glad you applied with her!

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:16 am

@dat4yc: Thank you for those kind writeups. I'm glad the the endgamers were appealing to you, and really happy that two of my longtime characters snatched the #1 spot for ya.

Reply guesty (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 10:47 pm

I haven't commentated at all this season, but it was very good.

Alol, I hope the Sia fan fav award will be at the reunion.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:18 am

@guesty: Yeah I dont think that's gonna happen sadly

Reply Rac567 (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 10:54 pm

How ironic. I bet a lot of people thought Ollie was going to be a “joke contestant” whose main purpose is to creep everyone out then get voted out early. Instead Ollie actually won in the end.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:20 am

@Rac567: That was exactly the plan!

Reply Rac567 (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 10:56 pm

The season was pretty good although I was disappointed in the way Josh’s personality went in the final strips. I think the main reason he became a jerk is because so the readers would not feel bad for him losing.

Reply Sinjoh, July 31st, 2018, 11:10 pm

@Rac567 : You probably might want to read the notes, but Josh's creator didn't want him to get over his self-esteem issues during the season.

Reply Rac567 (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 11:15 pm

@Sinjoh: That makes sense. Thanks for telling me.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:21 am

@Rac567 : Basically what Sinjoh said...

Reply SWBro (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 11:06 pm

DAAAANNNNG THAT WAS GOOD Wow great season SWSU Ollie winning would be a surprise IF Jenny hadn't shot herself in the foot at FTC but I love this ending (Honestly Josh getting Tho second I think people hate him too much BUT THAT IS ABSURD) This season was perfect and no characters were wasted (Except Joy)

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:27 am

@SWBro: But Joy was a thot so it was fine!

Reply SWBro (Guest), August 1st, 2018, 1:26 pm

RANKING TIME @SWBro:
20 Joy: She existed

19 Tony: he was a bit of a jerk

18 Lester: ^(See above)

17 Josh: he was okay but went downhill quickly

16 QuickScope: He was a joke A funny one but a joke

15 Nezumi: She had an Amazing tribal But she wasn't much

14 Naomi: She was Good After she got voted out AND I LOVED IT

13 Amadeus: WOW I wish I could put him higher he wrecked Charity and was amazing He was just so cool he was living in a mansion during Survivor (and destroyed a habitat)

12 Charity: She was cool And I really liked her story bit but she was first out so don't have much to say She was cool

11 Raiza: HAPPY MONGOOSE NOISES She was great Her relationship with Josh WAS ADORABLE The stuff with the ExMachina Was perfect And I really wish I could put her Higher

10 Jahira: She was cool she was A really good B*tchy character that felt like a real person And I liked her Sad she got out thanks to ring shenanigans tho

9 CutieCat: She was great her story was good but her development happened all in one comic But I loved her

8 Derek: I loved Derek he was cool. I loved the Great story of him and Jenny all around a good character

7 Slash: He was so good I wish I could put him higher Him just keeping Derek and Jenny From killing each other And When the two mended he got out He was just a cool dude and I loved him

6 Ollie: he started as a joke and slowly gained the ability to be the otter he always wanted to be AND THEN HE WON which was cool

5 Mele: Mele was perfect in every way Mele was a loveable passive aggressive person and SWBro like that Mele Talking in the Third person Made SWBro Happy But SWBro think Mele was a good character And Swbro loved every scene she was in

4 Jeanie: She made the game interesting with her Ring and stuff She was a great character and I loved every bit of her

3 Kade: Man I hate you And that was the idea I think he was a perfect Villian he used the ring in all the right ways threatened to kill Jeanie and was targeted at every point in a game yet he was 7th place he was a great Villian and I would have been fine with him getting second or even first now SILENCE

2 Parmesan & Ghost Bro: These two are my Parmesan and Alfredo (huh) they were just great early game beasts kinda slowly became less important But I loved them through and through they just were my favorite or...

1 Jenny: she was my pick to win I was rooting for her all the way she was a great character had lots of good storylines. Her relationship with Derek was great. And I loved everything about her except FTC She bombed that sooo Bad.


All in all, I loved this season And now I must venture back to the archives and continue reading BYE PEOPLE OF THE PRESENT NOW ONWARD TO THE PAST

Reply SWBro (Guest), August 1st, 2018, 1:57 pm

Questions time @SWBro:
Amadeus: you got a new ship yet

Josh: How is your relationship going now That you disrespected Raiza and said your time with her was a waste.

Ollie what is the quickest way to a woman heart

Naomi&alfredo: How is the relationship going

Charity: If you came back what would you do differently

Jenny&Derek: Do you plan to hang out outside of survivor

and that does it
Have a good day
AND OFF TO THE ARCHIVES

Reply Snapple (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 11:35 pm

I enjoyed this season pretty thoroughly, even if Jenny blew it in the end.

The question I have is for Parmesan. Alfredo tends to speak for you a lot, but in some situations you seem to disagree with his thought process. Would you have played the game differently with out him there?

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:27 am

@Snapple: She blew it big time!

Reply TravellerJoe1103 (Guest), July 31st, 2018, 11:38 pm

TravellerJoe, here! I’ve been reading SFC since March 4th, 2016 and have really enjoyed reading the end of SFC15, SFC16, and SFC17 live with their releases. This is my first ever comment on any of the comics. I’d like to ask for the reunion show:
1. For Charity: what would your strategy have been had Amadeus left in your place at the first tribal council and would you ever consider returning for another season?
2. For SWSU: can you give the fandom an update about character applications and post some deadlines? I’ve been interested in submitting a character for the past few seasons, but have been confused on the process. Thanks!

I absolutely love your work! Keep it up :D

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 12:29 am

@TravellerJoe1103: I can answer the 2nd one right now.

Basically whenever you apply. The Application is sent for the current season. Meaning you can send in applicants for SFC18 until I say on this page likely that SFC18 is completely cast. Then all further apps are held for 19

Reply Pout123 (Guest), August 1st, 2018, 12:32 am

[HAPPY ANIMATRONIC SCREAMING] Wow it’s so rare that my favorite character actually ends up winning the season. Part of that may be because I find myself rooting for the less serious/joke type characters. Ollie was honestly the perfect character for me since he was both hilarious and made some truly amazing game moves. The blunt way he said things to people made for some truly amazing moments. One of my favorite moments of the whole season was when he told Jenny he voted for her at tribal and she had to either play her idol or go home. Anyways, this has to be my favorite season of all time. Every comic I truly found entertaining and almost every character added something unique to the story. I know some people won’t like Ollie, but he has to be my favorite winner and character of this series. His combination of entertainment, great gameplay, and super bad ass moments at tribal was enough to make me look forward to reading this coming every night. Great work as always SWSU and I can’t wait for next season!

Reply CarlosT (Guest), August 1st, 2018, 2:13 am

Questions for
Jenny: Why did you take the strategy you did at FTC and would you handle it differently if you could go back?

Kade: Can you confirm any of the rumors about you after your elimination?

Reply Guest, August 1st, 2018, 2:47 am

Where can I put a character audition for the next season?

Reply Cute Kitten Fan, August 1st, 2018, 10:03 am

@Guest: You have to make an account either on here or on Deviantart, use the SFC Character Application and send it to him in a note or Private Message.

Reply qazox, August 1st, 2018, 8:48 am

Got the 5-2-1 split right.. Just messed up that 2 would vote for Josh.


Questions:

#1 to Jeannie-- if you had known that Kade was going to do what he did with your ring, was there a chance that he would have won if he knew the right wishes to Ask?

#2- to Kade. Was that health scare legit or just a ploy to get Jeannie's ring?

#3 to Jenny. Do you regret trying too hard to be likable at the FTC and possibly did it have to be related to the 'Wily Curse.

#4 to Ollie. Will you please not upgrade to 2000s slang?

Reply anime9001, August 1st, 2018, 12:02 pm

And we have finished! And now that the comic is over, it's finally time for me to go on my rant about that horrible nosedive that occured at FTC.....is what I thought I'd be saying. However, I talked with Jenny's owner, and apparently he felt this was pretty in character for her. Also, quite a few people have brought up foreshadowings of Jenny's unease of human interaction, so I've cooled off quite a bit.

Personally, I didn't really care for Ollie. I didn't really dislike him, but I don't care for him much for a winner....that being said, his winner story is kinda amazing. And this season was absolutely fantastic! Almost every character, even the canon fodder ones, brought something interesting to the table. Jenny was great, and completely made this season. Literally in some respects. The concepts of bringing back Slash and his growth and a character was a really cool idea, and made him one of my favorites this season. Jeannie was just awesome as well.

There are three things in particular I'm very happy about with this season though. The first is actually Kade. There seems to be a habit with SFC villains where they often feel invincible until they're not. They run the game completely perfectly until they make a single misstep costing them the game. What I appreciated about Kade was that he very rarely felt "invincible." Kade's plans and actions were flawed, even if just by a bit, and it showed in himself and how people reacted around him.

The second thing I appreciated was the willingness to let magic and powers dictate the game in more ways than just "helps in challenges" or "the big bad abuses op power." It really felt like a story of survivor that could only be done in fiction, and I really appreciate that, and I've been wanting to see more of that in this comic for some time.

The third was SWSU willing to spend so much time on things that had less of an impact on the game itself, be it just fun strips of the characters goofing off (like the awesome Pokemon battle!), or more serious things like character depression and relationships. It really makes the characters feel more real, and I hope we continue to see things along this vein in the future.

This was another great season SWSU, and I can't wait to see what you've got in store next time~

Reply SkySurfer, August 1st, 2018, 2:01 pm

A safe victory and for very good reasons. I already had high hopes when Ollie was introduced but I never expected him to be winner material. He developed quite the personality and while he was quite a cheeky animatronic I admire that he didn't choose the role of the follower but was an independant player who didn't let everything through on the nod.
Just like the previous season, I feel like 2nd and 3rd place should have been switched. I never hated Josh but while being likeable I cannot say the merge improved his game, on the contrary. Jenny fought much more for her place in the finale so although she didn't play as dirty as Vinnie I am surprised Slash prefered to vote for someone who played the pity card.

What I really liked about the season was how often the Tribal Councils had a surprising outcome and I don't just mean the moments when both Lester and Tony left besides their idols. The challenges were varied and fitting just like the Mario challenges last season. No complaints about the cast either. I'm impressed how good this season was once more although we already have seen 16 seasons before. I would usually say I'm looking forward to SFC18 but I guess the reunion Show will take this place first.

Oh and I shouldn't forget my ranking from worst to best:

Tony - Joy - Charity - Naomi - Nezumi - Lester - Josh - Amadeus - Quickscope - CutieCat - Jahira - Derek - Slash - Raiza - Parmesan - Kade - Jenny - Ollie - Mele - Jeannie

Reply MechanicalMind, August 1st, 2018, 6:40 pm

Who's got the most thunder in SFC17? If I have to watch this entire season I would tell that the six most influential players from the jury to the champion's placement would be:

Derek < Kade < Jeannie < Jenny < Josh < Ollie

Reply vanilladream, August 1st, 2018, 7:52 pm

@MechanicalMind: Sounds like a good DVD cover to me.

Reply MechanicalMind, August 1st, 2018, 6:56 pm

Questions:

#1 To Charity: Whose side are you on outside the game? U.A. High or the League of Villains?

#2 To Naomi: When did you decide to become a spirit medium?

#3 To Amadeus: Are there any features we didn't know about conserning the EX-MACHINA?

#4 To Quickscope: How's your new gaming experience coming along?

#5 To Nezumi: Can you understand what any other mice are talking about when you turn into one? If so can you also communicate with them so that you can make some teamwork?

Reply Bloopy (Guest), August 1st, 2018, 9:13 pm

My question goes out to Quickscope, and it is as follows... (ahem)...

HOW HAS THE GODDAMN GOVERNMENT NOT FOUND YOU AND YOUR MAGIC GAME THAT CREATES AN AVATAR IN THE REAL WORLD AND HAVE YOU HANGING OUT AT HOME WHILE YOUR AVATAR PLAYS THE GAME? EVERYONE CAN SAY WHAT THEY WILL ABOUT AMADEUS AND HIS ROBOT, BUT AT LEAST HE PHYSICALLY CAME TO THE ACTUAL GAME! YOU HAVE A MAGIC VIDEO GAME AVATAR YOU SPEAK OUT OF FROM THE COMFORTS OF HOME? But seriously, though, has the government been snooping around and asking questions about your magic game system that sent an avatar? I think your X-Box is freaking haunted, if you know what I mean.

Reply SWSU-Master, August 1st, 2018, 10:01 pm

Reunion Question Form is up in the News Section!

Reply whymustidie9, August 4th, 2018, 5:04 pm

Character Ratings/Rankings Ok since I'm too lazy for explaining why I don't like certain charactes imma just rate them, rank em, and put them in their sections.

*Really Dislike*
20th Tony: 0/10
*Leave pls kthxbye*
19th Joy: 0/10
*Semi-Ew*
18th Ad: 1/10
17th Charity: 1/10
16th Nezumi: 2/10
15th Lester: 2/10
*Meh*
14th Josh: 3/10
13th Kade: 3/10
*Okay*
12th QuickScope: 4/10
11th Derek: 4.5/10
10th Naomi: 4.5/10
*I like them*
9th Parmesan: 5/10
8th Jeanine: 6/10
*I really these characters*
7th Ollie: 7/10
6th Allison: 7.5
5th Jenny: 8/10
4th Raiza: 8.5/10
3rd Slash: 9/10
*The main reason I read this :D*
2nd Mele: 9.5/10
1st Jahira: 10/10

Here's my ranking of all 20 castaways from this season. If I spelt some names wrong pls correct me. No hate kthx.

How I would've prefered the season to go.
SFC 17 My Way
20th Ad
19th Joy
18th Nezumi
17th Naomi
16th Charity
15th Tony
14th QuickScope
Merge
13th Lester
12th Derek
*Jury Starts*
11th Raiza-Josh
10th Kade-Jahira
9th Slash-Jenny
8th Parmesan-Jenny
7th Jeannie-Jahira
6th Allison-Jahira
5th Ollie-Jenny
4th Mele-Jenny
Finale
3rd Josh
2nd Jahira
1st Jenny
(1-3-4 vote)

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