Tribe Leader
Survivor Gameplay
Description: Tribes must choose one leader to make decisions for the tribe
Appearances: Samoa
Worlds Apart
Ghost Island
Tribe Leaders is a minor twist that originated in Survivor: Samoa and has since reappeared in Cagayan and Worlds Apart. The twist sees each tribe vote someone to be its leader and make decisions for the tribe.


In Survivor: Samoa, at the beginning of the game, both tribes voted for a tribe "chief". This chief (symbolized by a leadership necklace, not to be confused with the Immunity Necklace) would make decisions in challenges such as assigning tasks for tribemates, sit-outs, etc. After a Reward Challenge, the winning tribe's leader would also assign one of his tribe mates to be an "observer" If a chief is eliminated, the tribe must select a replacement. Galu chose Russell Swan in a 5-3-2 decision, while Foa Foa chose Mick Trimming in a 4-3-1-1-1 vote. After Russell S. was evacuatedShambo Waters was elected the new chief of Galu.

In Survivor: Cagayan, the tribes voted for a leader who would choose who they think the weakest member of the tribe is. The person selected by the leader will be flown directly to camp and choose between a clue for the Hidden Immunity Idol or an extra bag of rice for the tribe. Solana selected LJ McKanas as the leader, while Aparri chose Sarah Lacina, and Luzon picked David Samson, claiming it was because of his blazer. The leaders then chose to dismiss Morgan McLeod, Trish Hegarty, and Garrett Adelstein respectively.

In Survivor: Worlds Apart, two people from each tribe were chosen at the beginning of the game. The "tribe leaders" would be flown to camp ahead of time and given the choice between "honesty", a big bag of beans for the tribe, and "deceit", a small bag of beans for the tribe and a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol for themselves. Escameca selected Dan Foley and Mike Holloway. Masaya choose Joaquin Souberbielle and So Kim. Nagarote picked Jenn Brown and Will Sims II. The tribe leaders from Escameca and Nagarote chose "honesty", while the tribe leaders from Masaya chose "deceit".

Unlike Samoa, the twist was rather used loosely in Cagayan and Worlds Apart, as the tribe leaders were only seen doing their duties on Day 1.