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 Survivor: Philippines, Survivor: Cagayan, and Survivor: 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 Survivor: Thailand, the Immunity Idol is a statue of Thepanom, the angel of protection in Thai culture, and in Survivor: Blood vs. Water it is Caishen, the god of wealth in Chinese mythology.
Survivor: All-Stars: A statuette of a person holding a drum, sitting on a clay figure. If three tribes were competing, the first-place tribe received the drum-player and the second-place tribe received the base.
Survivor: Panama: A tall stand with three heads on it. If four tribes were competing, the second- and third-place tribes receiving one head each and the first-place tribe received the staff itself with the remaining head.
Survivor: Cook Islands: A large tiki statuette. If four tribes were competing, he first-place tribe received the head, and the other two winning tribes received the abdomen and feet.
Survivor: Winners at War: A skull with a Fire Token in each eye held up by chain-adorned crossbones. If three tribes were competing, the first-place tribe received the skull and the second-place tribe received the crossbones.
Out of sheer joy, Rory Freeman accidentally broke the spear-like Immunity Idol in Vanuatu after violently sticking it into the ground when his tribe got back to camp after winning an Immunity Challenge. As said challenge was the last tribal Immunity Challenge before the merge, the damage was considered inconsequential and the idol not repaired.