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Three cheers for Doris! Glad she got this much deserved win, a fitting end to an amazing season! These past few seasons have been such high quality, so happy this series exists. Now for my incredibly long winded character rankings!!!

20. Rosella - Not really much to say on Rosella. She was only there for a few episodes but while she was she was completely unbearable. The tribal where it was between her and Riley was a harrowing experience but I'm glad it ended with her leaving.
19. Cassidy - Gimmick character with a gimmick that I wasn't a big fan of. Always knew she wasn't gonna last, but didn't make the time we had with her any less painful.
18. Clydia - I have little to no opinion of her considering she was never really playing as herself. Just goes to show how much I dislike the first two.
17. Bonnie - Her arc this season was absolutely my favorite of her three attempts, likely due to the fact that she was caught much earlier and at a moment that felt much more satisfying than when she made it to third place twice. However, she is still Bonnie and Bonnie is the devil.
16. Angelo - He had his moments of hilarity but while Damon was fun and boisterous, he was kind of cringey and even mean spirited at times. His elimination was one of my favorite votes and is one of the many examples this season of someone leaving at the precise best time they could leave.
15. Iyzebel - She fulfilled her purpose this season and solidified that, while a capable player if she makes it far, she is not able to control herself enough to win the game. Her ejection episode was massively entertaining, so I'm glad she went out with such a huge bang.
14. Scott - He was an interesting mix of both enjoyable and dickish that we don't see too much of. I initially thought he was making it pretty far, but using him as step one of Bonnie's downfall was a good choice. If he was there without Iyzebel, I think he probably would've been higher on my list.
13. Sierra - Yeahhhhhhh not the biggest fan of dear old Sierra. Granted she wasn't inherently an asshole like some people in this comic are, but she was an archetype that I very much dislike: the player who constantly talks about doing something but never really follows through. I get that sticking with Vinnie as long as she did was good for her game in terms of getting her farther, but her constant "almost flipping" and hypocrisy towards Doris after the Thorne boot really rubbed be wayyyy the wrong way. I'll be the first to admit that I get overly angry at characters while the season is airing even if they are actually not that bad (see Brandi v1), which may be the case with Sierra, but I don't see myself turning around on her in the offseason the way I did with Brandi.
12. Eli - Was excited to see him come back for a second go, but he was ultimately pretty disappointing. His boot episode and the way Vinnie fooled him into ignoring his boot flags was INGENIOUS writing on your part SWSU, so that definitely gives Eli some bonus points in my book. All in all, him being a relatively low key character with an awesome boot episode, after being such a high profile character in SFC11, was almost refreshing in a sense. I'm glad this season wasn't just the Eli Show 2.0.
11. Lake - Ahhh Lewis Lake, you drove me up the wall so many times this season. However, in doing that, you gave us perhaps the most compelling character arc of the season. His relationship with Brandi was absolutely the highlight of the pre merge, and the resolution of their arc together was wholly satisfying. However, the reason he isn't higher even though his characterization was pretty great, was the downright frustrating amount of mistakes he made. He was a definite mixed bag, but the way he ended his run with admitting his mistakes and sacrificing himself for his daughter was enough to put him past all but one of the pre merge characters.
10. Thorne - Thorne was, for the most part, relatively similar to the Thorne of SFC14. She was abrasive and unfeeling in a sometimes endearing and sometimes annoying way. Though, in the end, I found her endearing moments edged out her annoying ones. She also gave us perhaps one of if not the best scenes in the season when she and Sierra went on the reward and she got drunk. As much as I wasn't a Sierra fan, her and Thorne's relationship was another highlight of the season.
9. Bradley - I will always have a soft spot for Bradley because I absolutely adored him in his first season. Besides maybe Diego, he was my favorite from SFC14. This time, he was a little different due to Doris being in the game, and it ended up making him a little less awesome than his first go. Although Dad Stagg was still a great character, I preferred Sgt. Stagg a little more. Glad he was a part of SFC16 tho!
8. Tialayla - I wasn't all that excited when I saw she was coming back, but I was pleasantly surprised at her impact on this season. By far, the best part of T being here was that we were blessed with Riley's presence, but she was still a great character in her own right. This was due to her intense fighting spirit and her blunt way of telling people (mainly Sierra) how it is. She may not be the best at survivor, but her physical prowess and willingness to fight were very endearing qualities.
7. Damon - What is there to say about this lovable lug that hasn't already been said? He's loud but not obnoxious, ferocious but not mean spirited. He is potentially one of the nicest players to every play SFC. He was just more of the same lovable Damon from SFC13. The only negative was that he was a little less enjoyable with Angelo around, but anytime he wasn't with him he was great. Also, him telling off Lake was probably one of the best moments of the pre merge, if not the whole season. Really thought he was gonna end up winning, but I'm glad with what he brought to the season.
6. Doris - If there was one word I could use to describe Doris, it would be..... pleasant. She was pleasant pretty much the entire time she was on screen. I can't really think of a time where I was angry with her, or disliked something she said. She was just really pleasant. Sure, she wasn't the most flashy or exciting winner, but her underdog gameplay (combined with a lack of social gameplay on Sierra and Vinnie's part) netted her a well deserved win. Though I would've loved to see a Vinnie win, Doris winning was just as satisfying and I was immensely happy for her.
5. Bowser - Best. Pre-Merger. Ever. I was sooooo psyched to see Bowser back this season as he and Enter were some of my favorite parts of season 12 (I know, someone who likes Enter, weird huh XD). And maaaan did he not disappoint. His early interactions with Junior were hilarious and his "realization" about Damon and Angelo was even more hilarious. The big loveable Koopa King left at precisely the right time for the season's story, even though at times it felt like he was gone far too soon.
4. Brandi - Her redemption arc was one of the best redemption arcs I've ever seen/read. I had hated her during SFC15, though most of that hate died down when I realized what a great character she actually was. All of that was amplified even further this season, as her ability to read situations in a CORRECT manner was highlighted much more prominently. Her takedown of Bonnie was legendary and I was so happy for her the moment Thorne told her she was right. Her antagonistic interactions with Vinnie and Thorne, as well as her broken but healing relationship with Lake and "buddy cop" relationship with Bradley made her one of the highlights of the first 2/3 of the season.
3. Vinnie - I was extremely excited to see the great Vinnie Reid play live for the first time. He was my favorite SFC character before this season and I gotta say he did not disappoint. His low key early gameplay leading into the explosive eliminations of Eli and Lake was nothing short of electrifying. His open hostility towards Brandi and others was extremely entertaining. His brutal gameplay was just extremely fun to watch. Even though I never thought he had a chance in hell to win, I am so glad he was finally able to get to the end. I'm sorry his daughter was such a disappointment to him in the end, but I'm glad we were able to get another full season of the greatest character in SFC.
2. Bowser Jr. - Junior was probably the most fun character of this whole season. Everything about him was hilarious and intriguing. His early happiness about feeling the experience of winning for the first time was both funny and heartbreaking in a way. His admiration of his father was pretty awesome, but once he left was when Junior's awesomeness came to the forefront. His blindsides of Angelo and Damon were spectacular, even if they were purely for revenge and didn't have the most strategic value. He became a great strategist in his own right and his realization at becoming the final boss of the season was really great, with his final words being some of the more heartwarming final words in the comic's history (at least to me XD). I understand why he couldn't win in the end, but this is about the most perfectly written kid character I've seen.
1. Riley - I'm sure it's obvious from my comments this season that I have nothing but good things to say about Riley. He is the most purely nice character I've ever seen. He isn't an incredibly complex character, which normally is what I like more, but there is just something about him that made me fall completely in love with him. I have a soft spot for both dogs and lovable weakling characters, so Riley was a perfect storm of amazingness right from the get go. His relationship with Tialayla was great and believable, making them my favorite couple of the season. Notice I haven't even begun to talk about Kopeii, which added another layer to Riley's character. His struggle with his dark side made me even more endeared to him, with Kopeii's more comedic moments being the cherry on top. Everything about Riley was perfect, end of story XD.

Wow, 9 of my top 10 were in the actual top 10 of the season. Great boot order haha. I kinda got carried away with the length of these rankings, guess I was really into this season lol.

Can't wait for SFC17! Hope the character I submitted for SFC16 will be able to compete!
@SWSU-Master: Good point! Hadn't thought about it that way!
@ChronoAlone: Sorry to hear it. Hope things get better!
@ChronoAlone: Hey, the winner may be obvious but at least we get to see Sierra get chewed out by the jury in spectacular fashion! XD
As I expected. Congrats, most likely, to Doris! I really don't see how she doesn't win this at this point she has wayyyyyyy too many friends on the jury.

Bowser Jr. had one of the best arcs this season, and his little comment about being the final boss was really quite heartwarming in a strange way XD. I was a big fan of his this season, but I do think it was his time to go.

Can't wait to see the grand finale!

Also lol at Sierra making the stupidest move possible. Clearly she just wanted to defy Vinnie.
@anime9001: Yeah alright I gotcha and I agree. I'm glad he was able to make it to the end because, even though it's gonna be almost impossible for him to win, he definitely deserved to make the finals for his masterful control of this season.
Holy shit this is awesome!!! Are we about to get a fire making challenge between the two contenders? That'd be a great end to a great season. I definitely would rather have Doris come out on top but Junior is a worthy contender as well.
@anime9001: Vinnie's game? Near flawless? I dunno about that...
And here we go!! So psyched going into this finale because the only I really don't want to win is Sierra. The other three would be great winners for this season.

And I feel ya Vinnie, I hope you can make the finals this time, though I don't think winning is an option for ya at this point.
Wow Sierra is getting more and more absolutely unbearable as the season concludes. Shut uuuuuuuup.

Anyways, goodbye Riley. I am supremely sad you weren't able to pull out a win this season, it would've been awesome. Riley was my favorite player the whole season by a pretty big margin, I'm just a sucker for his type of player. Here's to hoping Doris pulls out the win!


Doris > Vinnie > Bowser Jr. >>>>>>>>>>> Sierra
Riley nooooooo... this season was better for having you in it...
Man I wish one of Doris or Riley could have pulled this out. Oh well, I'm ready to be sad tomorrow...

Also, how about Bowser Jr. the low key challenge beast!
@ChronoAlone: I feel like Bowser Jr. is set up to be a FTC loser, someone who could possibly win because of the moves he made but who is ultimately just too unlikable in the eyes of the jury.
@Tailslover13: Yeah.. I just enjoy him so much I guess I deluded myself into thinking it was a possibility lol.
@Tailslover13: Yeah I don't see how Riley survives this tribal at this point.. Man I thought for a second he had a real chance at winning but I know I'm probably gonna be disappointed.

And also yeah Sierra is the worst.
Sierra sucks. End of comment.
God I know emotions are high but fuuuuuuuuck off Sierra!!!! That hypocrite comment really pissed me off. This season will only lessen in quality if she wins...
Yes!! Eat it Sierra!

I did enjoy Thorne this season to a certain degree but I'm glad she's gone here. Would have preferred her sister to be gone in her place but that's just how it goes.


Riley > Doris > Vinnie > Bowser Jr. >>>>> Sierra

Bowser Jr: From the beginning I thought this was Junior's game to lose, but more recently I've been faltering in that belief. He has just been so annoying to a lot of the other contestants that I'm not sure he wins unless he makes the finals with Vinnie and Sierra. Which, to be fair, could very well happen.

Doris: She is probably the most likely winner left and her winning would definitely be satisfying. She deserves it for sure, surviving so long without having to play her idol and orchestrating a couple moves including Thorne's ouster. Would love to see her pull it out!

Riley: As we get closer to the finale, Riley winning is starting to look like a real possibility. I still think he's probably out 5th or 4th, but I can't help but hope he wins. He's been my favorite since the beginning and him winning would be a very pleasant surprise.

Sierra: Nope. She ain't winning. Too many burned bridges for that, and her winning would put a damper on a wonderful season.

Vinnie: Don't think he has much of chance of winning considering his atrocious social game. And my theory is that he doesn't really care about winning the game, as he was originally here for Rosella. My guess is he is going to try to get Junior to win, either by making it to FTC and throwing it to Junior or sacrificing his spot in the final somehow for Junior. I feel like that would be an awesome way to end Vinnie's SFC16 arc.

Predicted Boot Order:
5. Vinnie
4. Riley
3. Sierra
2. Bowser Jr.
1. Doris
Aaaaaand Sierra is the fucking worst. She literally can't think for herself. So done with her.

I'll miss ya T, and boy do I feel bad for Riley now..

Riley > Doris > Vinnie > Bowser Jr. > Thorne > Sierra