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Touchy Subjects
S24TouchySubjects
Kim, Christina, Chelsea, and Alicia reveal their answers in One World.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring Reward Challenge.
Appearances: The Amazon
All-Stars
Panama
Fiji
Micronesia
Tocantins
One World

Touchy Subjects (also known as Face Off, Voodoo, Getting Smashed, Q and A, Body Slam, Jala-Powed, and The Burn Book) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: The Amazon as an Immunity Challenge and was used in later seasons as a Reward Challenge.

Rules

The game always starts the same: each of the castaways would fill out a questionnaire about the tribe in private, then the results would be tallied and the challenge would begin. The questions would be posed to the group and the castaways would guess whose name was written most often. Whoever got the question right could strike against another castaway. This is denoted by chopping a rope to a battering ram, which would hit the survivor's representative effigy. After 3 strikes, the significant idol/mask/ceramic statue/voodoo doll would be destroyed, eliminating that player from the challenge.

There have been modifications to this challenge over seasons:

In Survivor: The Amazon, after someone answered 5 questions correctly, they would win.

In Survivor: All-Stars, each castaway who answers a question correctly would be allowed to cut a section of rope connected to the swinging log of the castaway they wanted eliminated. Three cuts of the rope would send the logs smashing into the mask.

In Survivor: Panama, after three chops, the rope will release a torch that will in turn send their voodoo dolls up in flames.

In Survivor: Fiji, towers were smashed. When all three towers are gone, that person is out of the game.

In Survivor: Micronesia, after three chops of the rope, the statuette would be smashed and that castaway would be eliminated from the challenge.

In Survivor: Tocantins, after three cut ropes, an idol would be smashed, and that castaway was removed from the challenge.

In Survivor: One World, three cuts of the rope would send the doll into a fire where it would burn, thus eliminating that player from the challenge.

The last castaway standing wins the challenge.

History

In its debut during Survivor: The Amazon, Rob Cesternino won this challenge, the only time it appeared as an Immunity Challenge.

Rupert Boneham won the challenge when it reappeared in Survivor: All-Stars.

Cirie Fields won this challenge in Survivor: Panama.

Cassandra Franklin won this challenge in Survivor: Fiji.

Alexis Jones won this challenge in Survivor: Micronesia.

Stephen Fishbach won this challenge in Survivor: Tocantins.

Kim Spradlin won this challenge most recently in Survivor: One World.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Amazon
"Q and A"
Individual Immunity S6 rob t
Rob Cesternino
All-Stars
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"
Individual Reward S8 rupert t
Rupert Boneham
Panama
"Medical Emergency"
Individual Reward S12 cirie t
Cirie Fields
Fiji
"It's a Turtle?!"
Individual Reward S14 cassandra t
Cassandra Franklin
Micronesia
"I'm Gonna Fix Her!"
Individual Reward
(Loved Ones Challenge)
S16 alexis t
Alexis Jones
Tocantins
"They Both Went Bananas"
Individual Reward S18 stephen t
Stephen Fishbach
One World
"Never Say Die"
Individual Reward S24 kim t
Kim Spradlin

Most Common Answer

Question Most Common Answer Question Most Common Answer
Who do you trust with
your life?
S6 butch tS8 robm tS12 cirie t
S14 earl tS18 jt tS24 kim t
Who is the most honest? S6 matthew tS8 rupert t
S16 alexis t
Who never shuts up? S8 jennal tS12 courtney t
S16 parvati t
Who could never survive
on their own?
S6 jenna tS12 cirie t
S18 debbie t
Who mistakenly thinks they're
running this game?
S12 shane tS14 alex t
S16 parvati t
Who uses sex appeal
as a weapon?
S6 jenna tS8 amber t
Who doesn't deserve to
be an All-Star?
S8 alicia tS8 shiiann t Who is the biggest poser? S12 courtney tS24 troyzan t
Who does the least for
the tribe?
S12 danielle tS24 sabrina t Who is most likely to stab
you in the back?
S12 terry tS18 sierra t
Who would you most like
to be stranded with?
S14 yauman tS24 kim t Who would you not invite
to a family dinner?
S14 boo tS16 james t
Who do you hope to never
see again?
S14 stacy tS24 troyzan t Who needs therapy? S6 matthew t
Who do you have a
crush on?
S6 heidi t Who would you want to see
pose nude?
S6 heidi t
Who mistakenly thinks they're
smart?
S8 alicia t Who is the moodiest? S12 shane t
Who is the most annoying? S12 courtney t Who most easily succumbs
to intimidation?
S12 courtney t
Who smells the worst? S14 dreamz t Who has the biggest
sense of entitlement?
S14 alex t
Who has wasted this
great opportunity?
S14 stacy t Who has surprised you
the most athletically?
S14 yauman t
Who does the most
for the tribe?
S16 james t Who has not lived up to
their potential?
S18 coach t
Who is most likely to
squander the million?
S18 sierra t Who would you least like
to see win?
S18 sierra t
Who most needs a wakeup
call in life?
S24 kat t Who does not deserve to
still be here?
S24 christina t

Gallery

Trivia

  • Despite originating in Survivor: The Amazon, Tom Buchanan was the first castaway knocked out of this challenge in Survivor: All-Stars.
    • This is due to the fact that in Survivor: The Amazon the winner was the first person to answer five questions correctly, not the last person standing 
  • Cirie Fields is the only castaway to participate in this challenge twice.
    • Despite this she has only been the collective answer twice.
    • She has also participated in the reward both times, winning the challenge in Panama and being chosen by Alexis Jones to go on reward in Micronesia.
  • Kim Spradlin is the only Sole Survivor to also win this challenge.
  • Courtney Marit has been the collective answer for the most questions with 4.
  • The question "Who would you trust with your life?" has been asked the most times, six of the seven times this challenge has been played.
    • All six people who have been the collective answer for this question have made the top 4 of their season, and three of them have won. In addition, Rob Mariano won a future season after being the collective answer.
  • This challenge is almost always used with 7 castaways remaining, with the notable exceptions of Survivor: Fiji with 9, and Survivor: One World with 8.

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