The first Final Three of Survivor
|Description||The three final contestants who plead their cases to the Jury to win the game|
|Appearance(s)|| Cook Islands|
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The Final Three are three remaining contestants on Day 39 that are present at the Final Tribal Council to plead their case for the title of Sole Survivor. This is currently the only alternative format of the Final Two.
Introduced during the events of Survivor: Cook Islands, Jeff Probst later explained that the reason behind adopting this end game scenario would be to prevent a strong, well-liked individual face off against a less respected individual.
Whilst fan reaction to the change has been received positively, several Survivors have adopted taking two players to the end with them who have not done as much or were obnoxious which in turn has coined a player who fits this mould as a "goat". It is also very common that only two of the three players receive votes anyway.
This format has been increasingly common and has been seen in twelve seasons. A Final Three with a 9-person Jury started in Survivor: Cook Islands and continued through Survivor: Fiji. This configuration has also been seen in six subsequent seasons, spanning from Survivor: Samoa through to Survivor: One World totaling 8 seasons, making it the most common configuration for a Final Three. A Final Three with a 7-person Jury was seen in Survivor: China and Survivor: Gabon, while a Final Three with an 8-person Jury was featured in Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Caramoan.
- In seasons with a Final Three, there have been five winners who have each defeated two finalists of the opposite gender (Todd Herzog, Bob Crowley, Natalie White, Sophie Clarke and John Cochran). There are two winners who have each defeated two finalists of the same gender (Fabio Birza and Kim Spradlin). Lastly, there are five winners who have each defeated finalists of both genders (Yul Kwon, Earl Cole, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Rob Mariano and Denise Stapley).
- China and Philippines are the only seasons whose respective Final Threes all received votes.
- Coincidentally, both seasons are the only seasons with a Final Three that have a Final Four Reward Challenge and whose final episode only has one elimination.
- However, Caramoan featured a Final Three that also had a final four Reward Challenge, but featured a medical evacuation and a regular elimination.