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The Idol Nullifier is a twist introduced in Survivor: David vs. Goliath. Its main purpose is to prevent a Hidden Immunity Idol from negating any votes.

Overview

The Idol Nullifier is a talisman that can be used at Tribal Council. If the castaway wishes to use it, they must do so while casting their vote. At the voting booth, the user must write the name of the intended target on the nullifier and place it in the voting urn, along with their vote. If a Hidden Immunity Idol is played on the intended target, the host will verify its authenticity, but will also present the Idol Nullifier, informing the player that the idol has been rendered powerless. If the target does not play an idol, the advantage will be wasted and its user will remain anonymous if they choose to be. Similar to the Hidden Immunity Idol, the Idol Nullifier can be played until five castaways remain.

An Idol Nullifier can only negate one Hidden Immunity Idol, so it can be countered if a second Hidden Immunity Idol is played for the target.[1]

History

David vs. Goliath

The Idol Nullifier debuted in David vs. Goliath after the tribe switch on Day 10. Carl Boudreaux was left without a tribe and was subsequently banished to Exile Island. During his stay, he successfully located the Idol Nullifier, which he revealed to his allies. At the Day 25 Tribal Council, Carl used the Idol Nullifier on Dan Rengering, successfully preventing his idol from having any power, sending him to the jury.

Island of the Idols

On Day 34, Dean Kowalski was selected by random draw to go to the Island of the Idols. For his mentors' challenge, Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine offered him a choice of three advantages—an Extra Vote, an Idol Nullifier, or a Hidden Immunity Idol good for the next Tribal Council which could not be played on himself— if he won a game of chance. Dean chose to play for an Idol Nullifier, which he then received after winning the game of chance. At the Day 37 Tribal Council, Dean used the Idol Nullifier on Janet Carbin, successfully preventing her idol from having any power, sending her to the jury.

Winners at War

On Day 15, Tyson Apostol found an Idol Nullifier on the Edge of Extinction which he could sell to a castaway still in the game for one Fire Token. Tyson sold the advantage to Parvati Shallow of the Sele tribe, who purchased it and could use it until there were five active players remaining. Parvati was voted out the following day, with the Idol Nullifier being taken out of play after she was sent to the Edge of Extinction herself.

Summary

Season Location Episode Acquired Original Owner Given To Episode Used Intended Target Successful? Eliminated
Survivor: David vs. Goliath Exile Island "Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse" S37 carl t.png
Carl Boudreaux
None "Breadth-First Search" S37 dan t.png
Dan Rengering
Yes!.png S37 dan bw.png
Dan Rengering
Survivor: Island of the Idols Island of the Idols "Just Go for It" S39 dean t.png
Dean Kowalski
None "Mama, Look at Me Now" S39 janet t.png
Janet Carbin
Yes!.png S39 janet bw.png
Janet Carbin
Survivor: Winners at War On the Edge of Extinction "Quick on the Draw" S40 parvati t.png
Parvati Shallow
None Unused

Trivia

  • The idea of the Idol Nullifier originated in Australian Survivor (2017), where the nullifier was designed as a regular Hidden Immunity Idol, but with a different use.
    • Instead of playing the nullifier in the voting booth, the contestant could play it as a regular idol, thereby reducing the uncertainty involved in using it.
  • Parvati Shallow is the first person to be voted out with an Idol Nullifier still in their possession.

References

Survivor Gameplay
 
Challenges
Challenge Advantage · Do-It-Yourself Challenge · Duel · Family Visit · Immunity Challenge (Final Immunity Challenge) · Immunity Idol · Immunity Necklace · Medallion of Power · Reward Challenge · Survivor Auction
Elimination
Edge of Extinction · Ejection · Evacuation · Final Tribal Council · Jury · Quit · Redemption Island · Snuffer · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Torch · Tribal Council · Urn
Strategy
Alliance · Pagonging · Split Vote (Strategy)
Social Dynamics
Final Two · Final Three · Merge · Tribe
Twists
Casting

Battle of the Sexes · Blood vs. Water · Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty · Old vs. Young · Returning Players · Schoolyard Pick · Tribes Divided by Ethnicity


Tribal Council-Related

Double Elimination · Double Tribal Council · Extra Vote · Hidden Immunity Idol (History) · Idol Nullifier · Joint Tribal Council · Juror Removal · Shot in the Dark · Vote Blocker · Vote Steal


Miscellaneous

Advantage Menu · Buried Treasure · Day Zero · Exile Island · Fake Merge · Fire Token · First Impressions · Ghost Island · Haves vs. Have Nots · Island of the Idols · Kidnapping · Legacy Advantage · Looting · Mutiny · One World · Reward Steal · The Outcasts · Tribe Leader · Tribe Switch

Post-Game
Fan Favorite Award · Lawsuits and Legal Action · Ponderosa · Reunion Show
Miscellaneous
Buff · Confessional · Luxury Item · Rites of Passage · Survivor Rulebook · Ulonging
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