Sarge Masters - Survivor: Vanuatu

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 24 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 9: Vanuatu (2004) - 9th place, 10th out - 1st juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 9, "Gender Wars... It's Getting Ugly" (Day 24).

Sarge Masters on social media: twitter

Sarge Masters - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S9: Vanuatu 2.07 5.99 0.35 4 7 6 0.64 1.70 - - - 0.99 3.77
Career 2.07 5.99 0.35 4 7 6 0.64 1.70 - - - 0.99 3.77


Sarge Masters - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.


Sarge Masters - Challenge record
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Strung Out - Ep6 IC

Tribal/team challenge record (7-for-13; 1 sit-out):

  • Vanuatu Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Fire Starter" - Performs well himself, but thanks to Chris's allergy to balance beams, Lopevi loses.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 2 RC: "By the Numbers" - One of seven Lopevis not to get across; Lopevi loses again.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 2 IC: "Four on the Floor" - Caller for Lopevi, and finally, Lopevi wins!
  • Vanuatu Ep. 3 RC: "Great Escape Run" - Participates; Lopevi wins reward.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 4 RC: "Remembrance" - Makes one of only two Lopevi matches (shown); Lopevi loses.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 4 IC: "Tribal Tiles" - Places tiles for Lopevi, which loses again.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 5 RC: "Dive Masters" - Now with New Lopevi, Masters dives, and Lopevi wins.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 5 IC: "Outwit, Outplay, Outrig" - Paired with Twila, retrieves the frame; new Lopevi wins.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 6 RC: "Pig Pen" - Carries pigs, new Lopevi wins again.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 6 IC: "Strung Out" - New Lopevi wins once again.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 7 RC: "Jo Coconut" - Sits out, and New Lopevi finally loses.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 7 IC: "Shoot Your Way Home" - While they break a fair number of plates, Lopevi narrowly loses.
  • Vanuatu Ep. 8 RC: "Fire Fighter" - New Lopevi wins the last tribal challenge.


Jumper - Ep8 IC

Individual challenge record (1-for-4): (Mean % Finish: 44.4%)

  • Vanuatu Ep. 3 IC: "Great Escape Run" - Not among the challenge leaders (bottom 5/8).
  • Vanuatu Ep. 8 IC: "Jumper" - Wins the first of the two, opening 5-person heats, and refreshed and rested, easily wins the final 4-person competition (1st/10).
  • Vanuatu Ep. 9 RC: "Head Hunter" - Shockingly, targeted by the women and out immediately (9th/9).
  • Vanuatu Ep. 9 IC: "Memory Mosaic" - One of three eliminated in the first round (tie-7th/9).


Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Vanuatu: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 7
Played: 13
Win%: 0.54
Sat out: 1
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 4
Win%: 0.25
Mean% Finish: 44.4%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean% Finish: --
Sarge Masters - Tribal Council record
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Ep9 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Vanuatu: None.


VFB - Votes for the person booted (4/6):


VAP - Votes against (7):

  • Vanuatu, Ep. 9: Seven votes, from Chris, Twila, Scout, Eliza, Julie, Ami, and Leann (voted out, 7-1-1).


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 4
Tribals: 6
VAP: 7
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Sarge Masters - Pictures
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    Vanuatu intro shot
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    Vanuatu intro shot
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    On the boat, pre-arrival, with Twila
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 RC/IC
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    Watching the Lopevis complete the table maze
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    Waiting for Chris to (never) cross the balance beam
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    Getting passed by Brady, Ep2 RC
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    Calling out directions, Ep2 IC
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    Lopevi wins! Ep2 IC
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    Lopevi listens to Probst, prior to the immunity part of the Ep3 RC/IC
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    Starting line, immunity leg
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    Digging deep
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    More digging
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    Listening to a plea from Brady to vote for Rory instead of one of the young guys
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    Lopevi, Ep3 Tribal
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    Now taking orders from Rory
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    Lamenting the impending loss of Brady's work ethic
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    Lopevi, Ep4 Tribal Council
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    Just became chief, apparently, early Ep5
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    Trying to figure out what this chief business means
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    With Scout, as the new tribes are picked
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    Waiting to dive for New Lopevi, Ep5 RC
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    Lopevi wins! Ep5 RC
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    Waiting for the paddles, Ep5 IC
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    More waiting
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    Ready to catch some pigs, Ep6 RC
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    Moving the float along the string, Ep6 IC
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    New Lopevi... about to win again?
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    Not looking as Rory prepares to take the Lopevi-beating shot, Ep7 IC
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    Sounds like a plan...
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    Uh huh
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    About to be merged, Ep8
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    Finals, Ep8 IC
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    Sarge wins! First individual immunity!
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    Enjoying some jewelry
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    Aiding Twila's quest for bacon, Ep9
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    Everybody gets one right, Ep9 RC
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    Take that, Julie!
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    Already eliminated, Ep9 RC
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    The dwindling men brainstorm for ways to save themselves, Ep9
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    Heading back in, as the women devour chicken wings
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    They brought us chicken bones! This is awesome!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 IC
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    First round, about to be eliminated
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    Alinta tribe, Ep9 Tribal Council
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    Throwing Julie under the bus for deceiving Twila at the merge vote
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    Yup, Julie tricked Twila
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    Et tu, Chris?
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    Snuffed, Ep9
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    Now on the jury with Chad, enjoying the Leann boot, Ep11
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    Getting in on hugs with the winner, Ep14
Sarge Masters - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • None found.


Post-game interviews

  • Beth Perry at (11/15/04): "Lea 'Sarge' Masters"
  • Angel Cohn at (11/17/04): "Survivor's Sarge Discharged"
  • David Bloomberg at (11/23/04): "'I Feel Good About How I Played': An Interview with Survivor's Sarge"
Sarge Masters - Bio
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From his official CBS Vanuatu bio page:

"Lea 'Sarge' Masters was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended school at the University of Maryland, City Colleges of Chicago and Central Texas University, where he eventually earned a master's degree in chemical engineering. He also he attended the Savannah Barber Institute in Savannah, Georgia. Masters has previously been employed as a department manager of a wholesale store and a manager at a grocery store. He is a trained EMT, a master barber and a deputy sheriff and has credentials in scuba diving, advanced mountaineering/rapelling and is a nuclear weapons specialist.

Masters enlisted in the US Army in 1986, where he became a cannon crewmember. He then held various jobs ranging from section chief to chief of firing battery (chief of smoke). He is currently a drill sergeant and an officer (NCO). He has traveled all over the world, including Korea, Germany and Greece. He has served in various contingency locations including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and, most recently, Iraq. 

He describes himself as an All-American family man who considers his greatest accomplishment to be his son, Kris, 18. He says his hero is his mom because she has been through a lot but still managed to raise three fine children throughout it all. He enjoys fishing, watching NASCAR and professional racer Ricky Rudd and bowling. Masters describes his perfect day as waking up at Charlotte Motor Speedway and getting Ricky Rudd ready for the race by test-driving the #21 car around the track at 185 miles per hour.

Masters says that while he would run throughout Times Square naked to get a $1 million, he wouldn't do anything that involved lethal consequences for the money. If he does win a million, he'd use the money to send his son to college. He describes himself as having a never-quit attitude, adept at getting by on nothing and believes he can be the Sole Survivor because 'I never quit, and I feel if you live by values, then everything else will work itself out.'

Masters currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife of 20 years, Lupe, and their son. They have one dog, Chow Chow, and two cats, Tigger and Fluffy. His birth date is March 28, 1964."