The Immunity Idol is a totem that symbolizes Tribal Immunity and is awarded to the winning tribe(s) of an Immunity Challenge. Not to be confused with the Hidden Immunity Idol or the Immunity Necklace, the Immunity Idol serves as a trophy-of-sorts that grants an entire tribe exemption from Tribal Council, thus avoiding elimination.

When tribes convene at an Immunity Challenge, the winning tribe passes the Immunity Idol back to the host.

The idol is different every season and reflects the local culture or motif theme of the season. In seasons with more than two initial tribes, the Immunity Idol is separated into multiple pieces, to be shared by multiple tribes. In the event when the multiple tribes are spread into two new tribes, the tribe that wins the challenge would obtain the complete idol. The three exceptions were on Philippines, Cagayan, and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, where two separate tribal Immunity Idols were up for grabs.

The Immunity Idol could sometimes be representative of a local deity and not just a cultural object. For example, in Thailand, the Immunity Idol is a statue of Thepanom, the angel of protection in Thai culture, and in Blood vs. Water it is Caishen, the god of wealth in Chinese mythology.

In most seasons, the idol is shaped like an ornate trophy, but in some seasons such as Pearl Islands, Vanuatu, Panama, Fiji, and Samoa, the idol is shaped like a spear, and is stuck in the ground instead of being placed on a pedestal.

After the season, the idol, like with all Survivor memorabilia, were auctioned to charity.

Description

Survivor (U.S.)

Australian Survivor

Survivor New Zealand

Survivor South Africa

Hidden Immunity Idol

See Hidden Immunity Idol

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Vanuatu, Rory Freeman accidentally snapped the head of the spear-like Immunity Idol after violently sticking it into the ground when his tribe won immunity. As the idol was won at the last tribal Immunity Challenge before the merge, the damage was considered inconsequential and the idol was not repaired.
  • Most of the Immunity Idols auctioned for charity were bought back as props for Ghost Island.
  • CBS gave the China Immunity Idol to celebrity Neil Patrick Harris, an avid reality TV fan, as a gift for his 37th birthday.[1] However, the idol was apparently bought back as a prop for Ghost Island.

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 · 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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