"When It Rains, It Pours"
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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring endurance challenge
Appearances: Africa
Heroes vs. Villains
One World
Millennials vs. Gen X

When It Rains, It Pours (also known as Fools in the Rain) is a recurring endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: Africa. Considered to be a classic Survivor challenge, it has had numerous incarnations throughout the series' run.


One arm above their head with their wrist tethered to a bucket of water on top of a platform. The castaway who could stand there the longest without tipping the bucket would win. At random points during the challenge, the host would tempt the contestants with food items. They would get the food item only if they step down.

Starting from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, players would have to balance on a narrow log while trying to maintain their balance at the same time.


In its debut in Survivor: Africa, Teresa Cooper and Clarence Black were the last two standing and having no intention of quitting for food. They agreed to a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to decide the winner, which Clarence lost the game and Teresa became the first winner of this challenge.

In Survivor: All-Stars, it came down to Rupert Boneham and Shii Ann Huang. When asked about secrets within the tribe, Shii Ann said that there were secrets but not as to who they were planning to vote out. Shii Ann won and staved away her elimination.

In Survivor: Micronesia, it came down to Jason Siska and Parvati Shallow. Jason agreed to step down to give food to the tribe if they gave him their word to not vote him out. Everyone did, although they were planning to backstab him. This gave the win to Parvati.

In Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, a platform was added to make it more difficult. Sandra Diaz-Twine and Russell Hantz both stepped down for an unrevealed item, which turned out to be cookies and milk. Colby Donaldson forfeited immunity for donuts and coffee. Jerri MantheyDanielle DiLorenzo, and Candice Woodcock all caved for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, and candy. Parvati won immunity from the challenge once again, because Rupert was unable to keep his balance.

In Survivor: One World, it came down to Chelsea Meissner and Leif Manson. Chelsea convinced Leif that winning would make him a threat. Leif stepped down, giving Chelsea immunity.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was made even more difficult by having both arms tethered to a pole, and no food temptations were offered. The challenge came down to Jessica Lewis and Will Wahl. Will outlasted Jessica to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Will There Be a Feast Tonight?"
Individual Immunity S3 teresa t
Teresa Cooper
"Stupid People, Stupid, Stupid People"
Individual Immunity S8 shiiann t
Shii Ann Huang
"I Promise..."
Individual Immunity S16 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
Heroes vs. Villains
"A Sinking Ship"
Individual Immunity S20 parvati t
Parvati Shallow
One World
"Go Out with a Bang"
Individual Immunity S24 chelsea t
Chelsea Meissner
Millennials vs. Gen X
"I'm the Kingpin"
Individual Immunity S33 will t
Will Wahl



  • This challenge has only been used for individual immunity.
  • Kelly Goldsmith was the first person to lose this challenge, losing 14 minutes into the Africa iteration of the challenge.
  • Will Wahl is the first male to win this challenge. Jessica Lewis is the first female to be runner-up.
  • Parvati Shallow has won this challenge twice. She is the first person to win the same individual challenge on multiple occasions.
    • Rupert Boneham has finished in second place in this challenge twice.
  • Tarzan Smith lost this challenge in the quickest time, losing only after 1 second in One World.