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Perch (also known as Self-Destruction) is a recurring endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: The Australian Outback and has been used in later seasons. In most seasons, food temptations are offered in order to get contestants to drop out of the challenge. This challenge is infamous for causing two contestants to strip naked for peanut butter and chocolate.

Rules

Each tribe member will stand on top of a wooden pillar in the water. At random points, Jeff will tempt the Survivors to jump down by bribing food items. The last person left standing wins immunity.

History

The challenge made its debut in Survivor: The Australian Outback. After 90 minutes, Nick stepped down. Colby quickly followed after. Four hours in the challenge, Jeff Probst offered the remaining contestants peanut butter, chocolate, and apples if they stepped down. Rodger and Varner bailed out for the food, which they shared with Colby and Nick. Jerri and Amber jumped down for ice cream and hot cocoa after 6 hours and 47 minutes. Elisabeth asked for a boat ride back. Jeff complied and Elisabeth stepped down after 8 hours and 58 minutes. After over 10 hours in, Jeff returned with coffee, hot cocoa and a ride back to shore. Alicia finally caves, leaving the final two contestants, Keith and Tina, to fight it out. Keith asked Tina to step down. Knowing he had the most votes cast against him, Tina concedes. 10 hours into the challenge, Keith won immunity.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: The Amazon. After 30 minutes, Jenna wanted peanut butter and chocolate so badly that she stripped naked for it. Heidi would join her. Jeff held his end of the bargain and got chocolate cookies, peanut butter and soda for Jenna and Heidi. Roger, who was having trouble anyway, opted out without any food temptations. One hour after the challenge started, Jeff offered pizza. ButchRob, and Alex took up the offer. The next item on offer was buffalo wings, which Dave and Matthew took up the offer. The final food offered was spaghetti and meatballs. Christy and Deena, the final two competitors, both wanted it and decided to end the challenge. The pair decided to split the food and play rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets immunity. Christy picked scissors while Deena picked rock, meaning Deena won immunity.

The challenge was reused in Survivor: Palau as the first individual Immunity Challenge. Jeff asked Tom if Stephenie was a free vote. Coby intervened by saying this was a game and everyone wants her vote. Coby stepped down for doughnuts. Janu quickly followed because she had back pain. Jeff asked what does it say if people give up immunity for doughnuts, which Stephenie responded they don't care if they go home or they are confident. Caryn asked for peanut butter. Ian comically offers to strip naked for peanut butter and chocolate, referencing Jenna and Heidi doing just that when the challenge was used in Survivor: The Amazon, which Jeff said that no one wanted to see that. Tom wanted balut, to which Jeff replied saying there were none. After two hours, Jeff offered 15 chocolate chip cookies for any who jumps in 15 seconds. JennKatie, Ian, and Gregg all took up the offer. At the three hour mark, Jeff offered pizza for everyone that jumps in five seconds. Stephenie and Caryn immediately jumped in, giving Tom immunity.

The challenge re-appeared as the Final Immunity Challenge of Survivor: Cook Islands with a slight variation. In this challenge, the contestants would not be offered temptations to step down. Also, the platform they were standing on would decrease in size every fifteen minutes until, after one hour, their footholds were less than half the size of a postcard. Becky dropped out of the challenge first, later followed by Yul, leaving Sundra and Ozzy as the final two castaways. Eventually, Sundra fell off her platform, giving Ozzy his fifth Immunity Challenge win.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
The Australian Outback
"The Merge"
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Keith Famie
The Amazon
"Girls Gone Wilder"
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Deena Bennett
Palau
"I Will Not Give Up"
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Tom Westman
Cook Islands
"This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3..."
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
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Ozzy Lusth

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Trivia

  • Deena Bennett is the only female contestant to win this challenge.
  • Keith Famie lasted 10 hours, 17 minutes to win this challenge in his season, the longest amount of time this challenge lasted.
    • Deena Bennett lasted 2 hours, 40 minutes to win this challenge in her season.
    • Tom Westman lasted over 3 hours to win this challenge in his season.
    • Ozzy Lusth lasted 2 hours, 30 minutes to win this challenge in his season, the shortest amount of time this challenge lasted.
  • When this challenge was played in The Amazon, Jenna Morasca and Heidi Strobel took their clothes off in exchange for peanut butter and chocolate.
  • This challenge has only been used as an individual Immunity Challenge.
  • The name Perch was also used for the final five Immunity Challenge in Panama. However, that challenge is a different challenge altogether.

References

Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me
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