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Twist refers to certain game-changing alterations to the game's original format seen in Survivor: Borneo. Twists have been a part of Survivor since Survivor: The Australian Outback, helping the contestants learn that the game of Survivor is ever-changing. Several twists have been devised to keep contestants on their toes, as well as keep the game interesting to viewers.

The twists are normally pre-planned before the actual filming, although some unintended twists happen in certain seasons, such as the lack of a merge in Palau.

List of Twists by seasonEdit

This table enumerates the twists to appear in Survivor seasons to mix up the classic game of Survivor. Bold signifies the first time the twist occurred.

Season Twist/Changes
Borneo
  • Original Format
Australianoutback
  • Extended Game (42 Days instead of 39)
  • Live Finale
Africa
Marquesas
Thailand
Amazon
  • Tribal Separation by Gender
  • Tribe Switch
Pearl Islands
All-Stars
Vanuatu
  • 18 Contestants
  • Tribal Separation by Gender
  • Double tribal council
  • Free Immunity
  • Tribe Switch
  • Pre-Merge Individual Immunity Challenge
Palau
  • 20 Contestants
  • Contestants Eliminated without a Tribe
  • Pre-Merge Individual Immunity Challenge
  • Schoolyard Pick (Contestants choose their own tribe members).
  • Double tribal council
  • No Merge/Tribe Absorption
  • Exile Island (temporary; one time only)
  • Free Immunity
  • Fire-making tiebreaker first used
Guatemala
S12
  • Four Initial Tribes
  • Tribal Separation by Gender and Age
  • Exile Island
    • Hidden Immunity Idol on Exile Island
  • Simultaneous Tribe Absorption and Switch  (Schoolyard Pick)
Cook Islands
Fiji
  • Schoolyard Pick by one contestant
  • Haves vs Have-Nots
  • 19 Contestants
  • Exile Island
    • 2 Hidden Immunity Idols
    • Clue on Exile, Idol at Camp
  • Tribe Switch
  • Post-Merge Tribal Immunity Challenge
  • Final Three
  • Jury of Nine
  • Pre-Merge Jury Members
China
  • Tribe Switch
  • Hidden Immunity Idol hidden in plain sight
  • Kidnapping
    • Kidnapped Contestant giving a Hidden Immunity Idol clue to a member of the rival tribe
  • Final Three
Micronesia
  • 20 Contestants
  • Fans vs. Favorites
  • Returning Contestants
  • 2 Contestants on Exile Island, Pre-Merge
    • Hidden Immunity Idol on Exile
    • Post-Merge, Solo Exile
  • Tribe Switch
  • Jury of Eight
Gabon
  • 18 Contestants
  • Schoolyard Pick (Contestant choose their own tribe members)
  • Exile Island
    • Hidden Immunity Idol on Exile
    • Luxury Choice on Exile
  • Tribe Switch
  • Fake Merge with Second Tribe Switch
  • Delayed Merge
  • Pre-Merge Jury Members
  • Final Three
  • Pre-Merge Individual Immunity Challenge
Tocantins
  • 2 Contestants Sent to Exile Island, Pre-Merge
    • Hidden Immunity Idol; one for each tribe
    • Mutiny offered (if clue is received)
  • First impressions
Samoa
  • 20 Contestants
  • Official Tribe Leaders
  • Member of the Winning Tribe Sent to Losing Tribe During Reward to Receive Hidden Immunity Idol Clue
  • "Do-It-Yourself Challenge"
  • Early Merge
  • Hidden Immunity Idol
  • Final Three
  • Jury of Nine
Season20 Logo
  • 20 Contestants
  • Returning Players
    • 3-Time Returning Players
  • Tribal Separation by Notoriety
  • Hidden Immunity Idol
  • Double tribal council
  • Pre-Merge Individual Immunity Challenge
  • Pre-Merge Jury Members
  • Final Three
  • Jury of Nine
Survivor Nicaragua Logo
  • 20 Contestants
  • Tribal Separation by Age
  • Medallion of Power
  • Hidden Immunity Idol
  • Tribe Switch
  • Early Merge
  • Double tribal council
  • Jury of Nine
  • Final Three
  • Pre-Merge Individual Immunity Challenge
Redemptionisland
Survivor south pacific logo
  • 18 Contestants
  • Redemption Island
  • Returning Contestants as Unofficial Leaders
  • Double Elimination
  • Hidden Immunity Idol
  • Early Merge
  • Jury of Nine
  • Final Three
One world logo
  • 18 Contestants
  • Tribes living together on one camp for a limited time
  • Tribal Separation by Gender
  • Tribe Switch
  • Early Merge
  • "Do-It-Yourself" Challenges
  • 2 Hidden Immunity Idols at one camp (one for each tribe); if one tribe member finds the other tribe's idol, he/she must hand the idol to a member of the other tribe before the next Tribal Council
  • Jury of Nine
  • Final Three
  • No clues to the hidden immunity idol
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  • 18 Contestants
  • Three Initial Tribes
  • Returning Players as Unofficial Leaders
  • Hidden Immunity Idol hidden in plain sight
  • Early Merge
  • Tribe Absorption
  • Final Three
  • Jury of Eight

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  • 20 Contestants
  • Fans vs. Favorites
  • Returning Players
  • Hidden Immunity Idol
  • Tribe Switch
  • Final Three
  • Jury of Eight
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Survivor-28 Logo
  • Three Initial Tribes
  • Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty
  • Official Tribe Leaders
  • First Impressions
  • Merge tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol that can be played after the votes are read.
  • Tribe Dissolve

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