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Hidden Immunity Idol
The first Hidden Immunity Idol. (Survivor: Guatemala)
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Description Used to save oneself or others from getting voted out
Appearance(s) Guatemala - present

The Hidden Immunity Idol (also known as the "Hidden Idol" or simply as "The Idol") is a pocket-sized talisman, and is widely believed to be the most groundbreaking twist ever to be created on Survivor. Its purpose is to, one way or another, negate all votes cast against the holder when he or she chooses to play it. The idol has influenced many of the contestants' strategies, whether they utilize the object, or defuse its powers. The Hidden Immunity Idol made its debut in Survivor: Guatemala, and in seasons containing the Exile Island twist, the idol is usually hidden there, though not always.

It is not to be confused with the Tribal Immunity Idol or Individual Immunity Necklace, as the Hidden Immunity Idol is not available at challenges. However, clues to the whereabouts of the idol may exist at camp.


When the Idol debuted in Survivor: Guatemala, its purpose was to give its owner Individual Immunity without the winning of an Individual Immunity Challenge. But in following seasons, it was reformatted to negate votes that the holder would receive at Tribal Council. Despite its potential to make protect its owner in the game, it may only be used once after which the idol will either be re-hidden or discarded. With this, owners should be careful about divulging information about possessing one and/or when to use it, because from Survivor: Fiji onwards, a player can still be eliminated with the Idol in their possession, thus going home bringing his/her Idol with him (dubbed as "flushing"). Another limitation is that the Idol is only valid until a given deadline (usually Day 37). A player may hold more than one Idol if available.

Gary Hogeboom uses the series' first Hidden Immunity Idol


Similar to the Immunity Idol and the Immunity Necklace, the Hidden Immunity Idol is a usually small, ornate talisman that is designed depending on the season's theme and/or location (example: the Hidden Immunity Idol in China was a plaque-like wooden square with a Chinese symbol engraved on it). Other idols are designed like small necklaces or bracelets. Usually, the idol is an item based on the history or landscape of the area.


The format of how the Hidden Immunity Idol is used every season differs, and as of now there are three different formats of how it is used based on the time it can be used in Tribal Council.

Survivor: GuatemalaEdit

The Hidden Immunity Idol debuted in the merge phase of Survivor: Guatemala, where its existence was revealed via Tree Mail. The owner came to be Gary Hogeboom, who used it in the same episode and making him immune from the vote, similar to how the Immunity Necklace works. After its usage, the Idol was discarded.

Survivor: Panama-Survivor: Cook IslandsEdit

In succeeding seasons, the mechanics of the Hidden Immunity Idol drastically changed. In Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Cook Islands, instead of making the player immune before the vote, the Hidden Immunity Idol would now be able to nullify votes that are cast against the holder. When the host revealed enough votes to eliminate a contestant, the player in question will have to draw the Idol to stay in the game. With the holder immune at the last minute, the person who receives the next highest amount of votes will be eliminated instead. This format was panned by fans, calling the item "too powerful," by using them akin to the "Get Out of Jail Free card" used in Monopoly. These Idols are good up until the Tribal Council where there are only four contestants remaining.

Survivor: Fiji-PresentEdit

From Survivor: Fiji onwards (with the exception of Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Gabon), there have been one idol hidden in each of the tribe camps. Additionally, the format was once again changed. Instead of using it after the host revealed enough ballots to eliminate a player, players must use the Idol after the votes have been cast, but before the host reveals them. This gesture will force castaways to become more cautious on possessing it and/or divulging information about possessing one. With this format, it is crucial for players to use his/her Idol at the right time. Contestants must draw the Idol at a Tribal Council where they are sure to receive votes, or else, they will either waste the Idol (if they had either no votes against them or if they have votes, there may not be enough to eliminate them) or get eliminated without even using the Idol. This was dubbed by several contestants as flushing. Once the Idol is used, it is usually rehidden. From this point forward, the Idols are valid up until the Tribal Council where there are only five contestants remaining. In Survivor: One World, while there is only one camp, there are still two Idols; one for each tribe. Both idols are exclusive for a tribe. For instance, if a member of one tribe finds the Idol of the rival tribe, he/she has to give it to one of its members before the next Tribal Council.

When the castaway is voted out as a direct result of the use of the Hidden Immunity Idol, that person is said to have been "idoled out".

Survivor: CagayanEdit

In Survivor: Cagayan, while the current format still applied during the tribal phase, an fourth Hidden Immunity Idol was introduced post-merge. The said idol must be used after the votes have been read similar to Panama and Cook Islands. However, as revealed in “Sitting in My Spy Shack”, this Hidden Immunity Idol may only be used by its finder and may not be passed on to someone else. This version of the idol is referred to by the contestants as the "special Idol" or "idol with special powers".

According to Jeff Probst, this was suggested in a text message Tyler Perry, referring to the Idol as the "Tyler Perry Idol", a term which has entered the fan vocabulary.[1]


Hidden Immunity Idols are considered as "personal items," thus cannot be stolen from its owner, as stated in the Survivor Rulebook. If the owner hides his or her idol for safekeeping, and someone else finds it, the latter may not take it.

In case of a tie, if the player who possesses an idol is subjected to a tie vote, he or she may not use his or her idol in the second round of voting.

If the players who have votes all use a Hidden Immunity Idol, and turns out they are the only players who have votes, the vote will be considered null, and a revote would commence, where the players must vote for someone else other than the idol users and the player who won the Immunity Challenge.


To find Hidden Immunity Idols more easily, clues are provided to castaways. Several clues either are progressive (meaning the first clue will not be as helpful as the next ones because it will only lead to another clue, but the succeeding clues would lead the looker closer the actual place of the idol), or still lead to the same hiding place, albeit restructured for added confusion.

As the season progresses, more clues will be provided, regardless if the idol has already been found or not. These clues can be shared to others by the finder/s' choosing; however, in several incidents in Survivor: Samoa, Russell Hantz was notoriously popular for finding the idols without the need of clues.

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Hidden Immunity Idol Clue

These clues may be a cryptic message similar to Tree Mail messages or rebus puzzles (in Survivor: Nicaragua). Sometimes, the exact location of the idol is stated outright.

In Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Monica Culpepper began a trend of refusing the clue as to prevent a target from forming on one's back. Only four clues have been accepted out of ten during the season.

Over the years, the clues for the Hidden Immunity Idol have varying ways of how they were given to contestants:

  • In Guatemala, Heroes vs. Villains, Nicaragua, and Redemption Island, aside from the prize that a tribe gets after winning a Reward Challenge, a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol was either given to the winner/s outright, or tucked inside their prize.
  • In Panama, Cook Islands, and Gabon, the Idol was hidden at Exile Island. The banished castaway will be handed clues of its whereabouts. Additionally in Gabon, a second idol was revealed, hidden somewhere near the feast table during the fake merge feast.
  • Starting in Fiji, two immunity idols became available, with one hidden at each camp. The exiled castaways will receive clues. This was the first time a flushed idol was replaced with a new one.
  • In Micronesia, several mechanisms have been used:
    • The two people (one from each tribe) banished will be provided multiple clues that are scattered around Exile Island, where they have to compete for ownership of the idol. This was during the tribal phase of the game.
    • At the merge phase, several idols have been available. Ozzy Lusth possessed an idol, but wasn't able to use it during the Tribal Council where he was eliminated. With Ozzy's idol gone, a new one was placed in Exile Island, though its finder, Jason Siska, also made the same mistake. The next idol was found by Amanda Kimmel, who possessed a clue while at Exile Island, but realized that the idol was at camp, under their tribe flag. Amanda's idol was re-hidden in the next episode. Parvati Shallow was sent to Exile Island in the next episode, and although it looked like she did not look for the idol, it was revealed in a post show interview that she found the Idol while snorkeling and left it on the island to prevent trouble.
  • In Tocantins, two people will receive clues about the idol, only to realize that the idols were hidden at their tribe camp.
  • In China and Samoa, one player of the opposing tribe will visit the camp and they will provide the clue for the idol. In China, however, the member of the opposing tribe was forced to give the unopened clue to a member of the tribe they were visiting.
  • In South Pacific, the clue is also hidden at camp, providing more difficulty in finding the idol. The tribe that wins the Immunity Challenge will have a clue implanted somewhere around their camp. The more a tribe wins an Immunity Challenge, the more clues they get.
  • In One World and Caramoan, Hidden Immunity Idols would still be available. But for the first time, clues will not be provided, as Jeff Probst said that the contestants "do not need them" anymore.
  • In Philippines, the clues were hidden in the tribes' bags of rice, and the idol was actually on top of the bag of rice, disguised as a handle to the lid of the rice basket.
  • In Caramoan, several mechanisms have been used:
    • Malcolm Freberg bought "information" at the Survivor Auction on Day 29, which was a clue to an idol that he was allowed to read for 60 seconds.
    • As part of the Individual Immunity Challenge on Day 31, the winner would be rewarded with "information", which was the clue to an idol. Andrea Boehlke won the Individual Immunity and the clue.
  • In Blood vs. Water, the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol will be given to the person who finished first in the Redemption Island duel. However, they will need to give the clue to any person left in the game.
    • Candice Cody won the first and second duel and both times decided to give the clue to her husband John Cody
  • In Cagayan, the weakest castaway selected by each tribe leader were sent to their respective camps first, when they arrived they were given an option to either give their tribe an extra sack of rice, or to receive a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. However, a Hidden Immunity Idol clue is also known to be found on certain rewards the tribes won in Reward/Immunity Challenges.[2][3]
  • In San Juan del Sur, on Exile Island, there are two urns in which each castaway who arrived must choose one of them to open and get a note inside of it. One of it contains nothing, while the other contains the clue to their tribe's idol (clue is the same for both tribes' idol). During the merge when only one player gets exiled, only one urn would be available but would guarantee to have the idol clue.
  • In Worlds Apart, before the castaways were sent to their camps, each tribe must choose a representative from their tribe to do a decision when they reach their respective camps. The representative would then have to choose another representative from the tribe, who would join them in making the decision. The representatives would then have to choose either "Honesty" or "Deception"; choosing the former would give the tribe a big bag of beans but with no clue to the idol, while choosing the latter would give the representatives a clue to their tribe's idol, but with only a small amount of beans for the tribe.


Several strategies were developed by contestants that has something to do with the Hidden Immunity Idol. Here is a non-exhaustive list of how the idol was used over the series:

Strategy Successful Uses Unsuccessful Uses
Making the holder believe that he or she will not be voted out, but then blindsiding them (dubbed as "flushing") See list of blindsided contestants See list of successful idol usages
Splitting votes to defuse any power gained by playing the idol See Split Vote
Passing idols to another player to save them Banana Etiquette
Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest

This Is My Time

It's a Turtle?! (first use)
This Game Respects Big Moves
Double Agent
Cut Off the Head of the Snake
It's My Night
Head of the Snake
Discarding the idol itself to scare anybody who would want to get it Apple in the Garden of Eden N/A
Potentially removing the possibility of a tie vote Going Down in Flames
Whiners Are Wieners
Constructing and planting fake idols that have no value at Tribal Council An Evil Thought (first use)
I'm Not as Dumb as I Look
I'm in Such a Hot Pickle!
Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars
The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy
Livin' on the Edge
Feigning an object in their pocket is an idol, prompting the others to vote somebody else A Sinking Ship
Hell Hath Frozen Over
Reap What You Sow
Taunting another player who has an idol to surrender or use the object, inducing indecision at the side of the owner You're Looking at the New Leader of Your Tribe
Cut Off the Head of the Snake

All Hell Breaks Loose

Handing out multiple idols to shield more potential targets Going Down in Flames
Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest

There have been several instances that a person that is caught looking for the idol has become an immediate target, so it is crucial that searchers must be undetected when looking for it.

If a Hidden Immunity Idol is played, the user would be immune for the rock-drawing tiebreaker along with the player who has individual immunity. If each player who received votes use an idol, and all votes are voided, a second round of voting would commence and the users would be immune.[4]

Owning HistoryEdit

  • Survivor: Guatemala (idols played before the votes are cast)
    • Gary Hogeboom became the first Survivor contestant to possess a Hidden Immunity Idol. He found it despite Judd Sergeant getting the clue. He used it in the episode Secrets and Lies and an Idol Surprise. As he was the intended target of the majority alliance, it is assumed that he would have been voted out had he not used it.
    • Judd Sergeant is the first person to get an idol clue. He told the entire tribe besides Stephenie LaGrossa, that the clue said the idol was on the ground, even though the clue said it was up in a tree. Gary caught him in his lie when Judd was looking at trees in contrast of what Judd said the clue entailed.
  • Survivor: Panama (first season with idols played after the votes are read)
    • Terry Deitz found the idol on Exile Island, but he never used it as he won five consecutive individual immunities. At the final four, the last time the idol could be played, he was considered effectively immune by the other castaways due to his possession of the idol, and did not receive any votes. After the idol's effects expired, he lost the Final Immunity Challenge and was voted out.
  • Survivor: Cook Islands
    • Yul Kwon found the idol on Exile Island, but did not use it. Similar to Terry's situation, he was considered effectively immune at the Final Four due to his possession of the idol; however, unlike the previous season, his season had a Final Three instead of the traditional Final Two, which meant that Yul never had to face a Tribal Council where he was without his idol.
  • Survivor: Fiji (first season with idols played before the votes are read)
    • Yau-Man Chan found the Moto tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol and decided to keep it a secret from his alliance except Earl Cole. Once his secret was exposed, his alliance still honored his allegiance and voted out the opposition. In I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal, he finally used it to save himself and eliminate Stacy Kimball. If the idol was rehidden, it was never found.
    • Mookie Lee found the Ravu Hidden Immunity Idol and shared it with his alliance, the Four Horsemen. When Dreamz Herd, the only member of the alliance who was oblivious of Mookie's idol, discovered this, Dreamz secretly defected from the alliance and planned to vote Mookie. The Syndicate Alliance, however, was confused on who to vote for, until Stacy Kimball suggested a simple alternative: vote out the only Horseman whose name had yet to come up - Edgardo Rivera. In the episode It's a Turtle?!Alex Angarita played Mookie's idol, but for naught because he did not receive votes. The Syndicate Alliance's plan worked, sending Edgardo home instead. Mookie's idol was rehidden.
    • Eventual winner Earl Cole discovered the rehidden Ravu idol thanks to Yau-Man's bold truck deal with Dreamz. He played it by default in the final 5 vote - the last vote that a hidden immunity idol can be used - though he did not receive a vote.
  • Survivor: China
  • Survivor: Micronesia
  • Survivor: Gabon
    • Sugar Kiper found an idol at Exile Island, gave it to Ace Gordon, and later reclaimed the idol from Ace. Sugar gave it to Matty in The Good Guys Should Win in the End, who played it as it was the last chance to play an idol.
    • During the fake merge feast, a second Hidden Immunity Idol was buried somewhere near the feast table. The contestants decided to throw the second idol at sea to prevent being targeted for elimination.
    • Randy Bailey is the first male castaway to play a fake Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Survivor: Tocantins
    • Brendan Synnott found an idol at the Timbira tribe camp with the help of the clue on Exile Island, but was blindsided in The Biggest Fraud in the Game with the idol in his possession. Brendan's idol was not rehidden.
    • Taj Johnson-George found an idol and gave it to Stephen Fishbach. Stephen later gave the idol back, as Taj had it in her possession after being voted out at the Final Four (after the idol had already expired).
  • Survivor: Samoa
    • Russell Hantz found the idol hidden at the Foa Foa camp without any clues. He used it in All Hell Breaks Loose, but did not receive any votes.
    • Erik Cardona found the idol hidden at the Galu camp, but was blindsided in All Hell Breaks Loose with the idol in his possession. Only one idol was rehidden after the Tribal Council where two idols were played/"flushed."
    • Russell Hantz found a second idol almost immediately after it was rehidden. He played it in Tastes Like Chicken, saving himself and eliminating Kelly Sharbaugh. Russell's idol was rehidden.
    • Russell Hantz found his rehidden idol, but did not play it.
  • Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
  • Survivor: Nicaragua
  • Survivor: Redemption Island
  • Survivor: South Pacific
  • Survivor: One World
  • Survivor: Philippines
  • Survivor: Caramoan
  • Survivor: Blood vs. Water
    • Tyson Apostol found the idol only with the parts of the clue the Tadhana members told to him. He played it in the episode Gloves Come Off, but received no votes. He again found an idol in Rustle Feathers once it was re-hidden after he played it in the previous Tribal Council. He gave it to Gervase Peterson in the Tribal Council at day 37.
  • Survivor: Cagayan
    • Garrett Adelstein found the Luzon idol after choosing the clue to the idol instead of extra rice for his tribe. Garrett was blindsided with the idol. In his final words, Garrett revealed he left the idol buried somewhere at the Luzon camp. It was re-hidden, but was not found.
    • Tony Vlachos found the Aparri idol in the pond behind the tribes camp, after finding the clue in the basket that contained the salt won in the second immunity challenge.
    • LJ McKanas found the Solana idol tied to a rock underwater near the beach, finding the idol after knowing that Morgan McLeod had previously been looking there after receiving a clue at the First Impressions Twist.
      • Both the Aparri and Solana idols were played during the Day 19 Tribal Council. First, Tony played the Aparri idol on LJ, who then played the Solana idol on Tony. Neither LJ nor Tony received votes.
    • Spencer Bledsoe found a Solarrion idol in a dirt wall, after finding a clue at the Day 20 reward. He used it at the Day 28 Tribal Council, but did not negate any votes.
      • On Day 30, Tony found the re-hidden Solarrion idol after he bought a clue at the Survivor Auction. He used it by default at the Day 36 Tribal Council, although he didn't receive any votes.
    • Tony found the Special Idol on Day 28, buried under a large tree which he described as "the rocket tree". The Special Idol was not used.
  • Survivor: San Juan del Sur
    • John Rocker found the Coyopa idol on Day 6 after Jeremy Collins shared his clue with him at Exile Island. He was blindsided on Day 8 with the idol still in his possession. It was rehidden.
    • Keith Nale found the Hunahpu idol on Day 9 after receiving the clue on Exile Island on Day 7. He played it on Day 26, negating three votes that would have sent him home, as Jon also played his idol. Although he offered the idol to his son Wes right before he played it. Ironically his playing it sent Wes home.
    • Jon Misch found an idol on Exile Island on Day 19. He played it on Day 26, negating 4 majority votes.
    • Natalie Anderson and Baylor Wilson found the rehidden Coyopa idol after the tribes were merged as Huyopa on Day 25. Natalie played it for Jaclyn Schultz on Day 37, negating three majority votes and ironically sending Baylor home.
    • Jon found the rehidden Huyopa idol on Exile on Day 27. He was blindsided on Day 35 with the idol still in his possession.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart

Fake IdolsEdit

Created by the contestants, these Idols have been used as a foil for players to use them under the assumption that they have been helped out by one of their tribemates. They have no value at Tribal Council, and when a fake Idol is presented, Jeff Probst throws it into the fire pit stating that it is not a Hidden Immunity Idol. So far, coincidentally, all of the contestants who played a fake idol were voted out at the same Tribal Council.

Contestants Making Fake IdolsEdit

  • In Survivor: Panama, Austin Carty made the first fake idol when he was marooned on Exile Island with Danielle DiLorenzo. He intended to use it as a bluff to avoid his ouster in that same episode, but had a change of heart. The secret scene was revealed in his interview with Julie Chen on the The Early Show.
  • In Survivor: Fiji, Yau-Man Chan made a fake idol after finding his own Hidden Immunity Idol. He took half of a coconut shell and drew a face on it with paint, and to make sure that whoever found it was sure that it was indeed a Hidden Immunity Idol, he wrote "II" ("Immunity Idol") on it.
  • In Survivor: Micronesia Ozzy Lusth made a fake idol on Exile Island after finding his own Hidden Immunity Idol. He took a decent-sized stick and carved a face on it. It was later found by Jason Siska and played by Eliza Orlins.
  • In Survivor: Gabon, Bob Crowley made two fake idols. He gave one to Randy Bailey, who eventually played it. Bob's fake idols were noted as being very ornately-crafted and very convincing.
  • In Survivor: Tocantins, Taj Johnson-George also made a fake idol after finding the Jalapao Hidden Immunity Idol. Joe Dowdle found the idol, but since he was evacuated, he never played it.
  • Russell Hantz made a fake idol and gave it to Jerri Manthey, but she did not use it.[6] (Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains)
  • Also in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Rupert Boneham feigned a rock in his pocket as a fake idol.
  • Abi-Maria Gomes never exactly made a fake idol either, but feigned the scroll container that contained the advantage she bought during the Survivor Auction as an idol. (Survivor: Philippines)
  • In a secret scene for Survivor: San Juan del Sur, Val Collins made a fake idol after bluffing about finding two Hidden Immunity Idols to keep her safe in the game, and try to divert votes away from her.
  • Also in Survivor: San Juan del Sur, Dale Wentworth found what he thought could possibly be the idol on the well On Day 3. He eventually learned that John Rocker had possessed the real Coyopa idol, but used his fake idol as leverage in the game anyway.
  • In Survivor: Worlds Apart, Joe Anglim, using his expertise as a jewelry designer, made a fake idol using wood from a crate and pieces from his torch. Joe made a deal to give Mike Holloway the idol if Mike could swing the votes in his favor to stay in the game and send Jenn Brown home. Mike played the idol on Will Sims II at Tribal Council and learned that it was indeed a fake.

Effective Use HistoryEdit

This list contains all castaways who had used their Hidden Immunity Idol(s) at a time that they would have been eliminated/tied for having the highest votes if they had not played it, eliminating the castaway with the next highest number of votes.

Season Episode Castaway
Saved Eliminated
Fiji I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal S14 yauman t
Yau-Man Chan
S14 stacy t
Stacy Kimball
Micronesia I'm Gonna Fix Her! S16 amanda t
Amanda Kimmel
S16 alexis t
Alexis Jones
Samoa Tastes Like Chicken S19 russellh t
Russell Hantz
S19 kelly t
Kelly Sharbaugh
Heroes vs. Villains Tonight, We Make Our Move S20 tom t
Tom Westman
S20 cirie t
Cirie Fields
Banana Etiquette S20 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
S20 tyson t
Tyson Apostol
Going Down in Flames S20 jerri t
Jerri Manthey
S20 jt t
J.T. Thomas
Philippines Not the Only Actor on This Island S25 jonathan t
Jonathan Penner
S25 rc t
R.C. Saint-Amour
Whiners Are Wieners S25 abimaria t
Abi-Maria Gomes
S25 pete t
Pete Yurkowski
Caramoan Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest S26 eddie t
Eddie Fox
S26 phillip t
Phillip Sheppard
San Juan del Sur This Is Where We Build Trust S29 jon tS29 keith t
Jon Misch & Keith Nale
S29 wes t
Wes Nale
This Is My Time S29 jaclyn t
Jaclyn Schultz
S29 baylor t
Baylor Wilson
Worlds Apart The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight S30 jenn t
Jenn Brown
S30 kelly t
Kelly Remington
Holding On for Dear Life S30 mike t
Mike Holloway
S30 tyler t
Tyler Fredrickson
My Word is My Bond S30 carolyn t
Carolyn Rivera
S30 dan t
Dan Foley

Castaways Voted Out with Unused IdolEdit

This is a list of castaways who had found a Hidden Immunity Idol, but were voted out with it in their possession.

Castaway Season Episode
S15 james t
James Clement
China Ready to Bite the Apple
S16 ozzy t
Ozzy Lusth
Micronesia I Promise...
S16 jason t
Jason Siska
I'm Ruthless... and Have a Smile on My Face
S18 brendan t
Brendan Synnott
Tocantins The Biggest Fraud in the Game
S19 erik t
Erik Cardona
Samoa All Hell Breaks Loose
S26 andrea t
Andrea Boehlke
Caramoan The Beginning of the End
S28 garrett c
Garrett Adelstein
Cagayan Hot Girl With a Grudge (Part 2)
S29 john t
John Rocker
San Juan del Sur Actions vs. Accusations
S29 jon t
Jon Misch
Let's Make a Move


Trivia Edit

  • Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Survivor: Cagayan are tied for the season with the most idols found, with six.
  • Mookie Lee (Survivor: Fiji) is the first contestant to transfer his possession of the idol to someone else. The recipient, Alex Angarita is the first contestant to use a Hidden Immunity Idol for naught as he did not receive votes.
  • James Clement (Survivor: China) is the first male to be voted out with a Hidden Immunity Idol in his possession. In the same instance he is also the first player to be voted out with two idols in his possession.
  • Parvati Shallow (Survivor: Micronesia) is the first contestant to find a Hidden Immunity Idol but choose to leave it hidden.
  • Survivor: Gabon is the first season to deliberately discard the idol as nobody wanted to claim ownership of it.
  • Matty Whitmore (Gabon) is the first contestant to use an idol and not receive the majority of votes.
  • Andrea Boehlke (Survivor: Caramoan) is the first female to be voted out with a Hidden Immunity Idol in her possession.
  • The Galang (Survivor: Blood vs. Water) tribe is the only tribe to have an idol buried at their beach and never find it.
  • The earliest use of a Hidden Immunity Idol was on Day 5 (Survivor: Redemption Island), when Kristina Kell played it on herself.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart currently holds the record for the most number of castaways voted out during the Merge due to an idol, and also holds the record for the most number of effective idol uses without one being wasted during the season. It is also the only season (with the current rules) in which every idol was used successfully.
  • Mike Holloway is the first winner that was supposed to be voted out, but was saved by a Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart is currently the only season with two back-to-back effective uses of a Hidden Immunity Idol. Mike Holloway played his idol to eliminate Tyler Fredrickson at the Day 32 Tribal Council, and Carolyn Rivera played her idol to eliminate Dan Foley at the following Tribal Council on Day 35.
  • Carolyn Rivera (Worlds Apart) has the record for the longest consecutive possession of one specific idol, owning it from Day 2 up to Day 35.


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