Term Definition
Abstain To not attend a challenge or Tribal Council with the rest of the tribe, due to Exile Island or a similar twist.
Advantage A reward given to a player in a Reward Challenge or Survivor Auction, in which the player will have some sort of advantage, either in the upcoming Immunity Challenge or in the game itself.
Alliance A group of people who band together for strategic purposes.
Auction - see Survivor Auction
Blindside To eliminate a person from the game by surprise.
Buff A colored band of cloth which denotes tribal affiliation.
Car Curse The coincidence where the winner of a Reward Challenge with a car for a prize does not win the title of Sole Survivor.
Castaways The contestants in each season.
Challenge The competition in which the tribes or contestants vie for Reward and/or Immunity.
Chopping block A phrase used for a contestant who is in danger of being voted out.
Confessional A directing tool where a castaway usually narrates from their perspective to the audience, typically talking about strategy, their experience on the island and fellow castaways. These are also done when contestants are voting at Tribal Council and immediately after they are eliminated from the game.
Day Zero A twist from Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: San Juan del Sur, where prior to the game officially starting, the nine/ten pairs of contestants will be left overnight at individual locations around the island.
Day 39
Day 42S2
The final day of the competition, on which the Final Tribal Council is held.
Duel A special challenge in which the current inhabitant(s) of Redemption Island and the most recently voted out contestant(s) compete to remain in the game.
Double Tribal Council A twist where two tribes will attend Tribal Council and each vote one person out of the game.
(abbr.) Medevac
An instance whereby a contestant is forced to leave the game by a third party (typically the Survivor Medical Team). Commonly abbreviated as "medevac" when referring to a medical evacuation.
Exile (verb) To send a player to Exile Island (or Ghost Island).
Exile Island
Exile (noun)
A location where one or two contestants would be temporarily banished from their tribes for a short predetermined period of time.
Fan Favorite Award Another name for the "Player of the Season" award, where the season's most popular contestant gets an extra prize.
Final Immunity Challenge The last Immunity Challenge of each season, in which the final few contestants compete for a guaranteed place at the Final Tribal Council.
Final Tribal Council The event on the last day of the game in which the jury votes for one of the finalists to become the Sole Survivor.
Final Two/Three The remaining two or three castaways who will face the jury.
Fire-Making Challenge A special tiebreaker challenge wherein the people involved in a tie compete to build a fire to stay in the game. Only happens on a four-person tribe after the merge, or when a tribe is down to only two members.
Flip To defect from one alliance to another.
Flush To remove a Hidden Immunity Idol from play by voting out the holder or forcing them to play it.
Goat A derogatory term for players who are viewed as undeserving to win the game and easy to beat at the Final Tribal Council.
Hidden Immunity Idol An item that can be found by castaways and can be used to save oneself or others from getting voted out.
Idol (noun) Refers either to the Hidden Immunity Idol or the tribal Immunity Idol, depending on context.
Idol (verb) To cause the elimination of another castaway by playing the Hidden Immunity Idol.
Idoled out To be eliminated by another castaway's use of a Hidden Immunity Idol.
Immunity An exemption from being voted out.
Immunity Challenge A challenge in which the castaways/tribes compete for immunity.
Immunity Idol The physical totem given to the tribe that wins an Immunity Challenge. In seasons with three or more pre-merge tribes, the Immunity Idol is split into halves/thirds to be awarded to each winning tribe.
Immunity Necklace
Immunity Talisman
The necklace given to the winner of an individual Immunity Challenge. The wearer of this necklace cannot be voted out. The variant term "Immunity Talisman" is sometimes used for earlier seasons.
Jury A group of recently eliminated contestants who will decide the Sole Survivor among the Final Two/Three.
Kidnapping A twist in which one member of a tribe is temporarily and forcibly moved to the other tribe's camp for a short predetermined period of time.
Loved Ones The relatives/friends of the remaining castaways, who visit the island for a predetermined period of time late in the game (see Loved Ones Challenge).
Medical Evacuation/Medevac - see Evacuation
Merge The point of the game, usually about halfway through, where the competing tribes combine as one until the end of the game and the game becomes individual.
Mutiny A chance offered to the castaways to permanently switch tribes.
Necklace - see Immunity Necklace
(The) Outcasts A "ghost" tribe in Survivor: Pearl Islands consisting of the first six players who were voted out of the game. They were given a chance to return to the game after competing in a special three-tribe Immunity Challenge.
Pagonging A post-merge strategy employed by a tribe by successively voting out the remaining members of the other tribe. Named after the Pagong tribe of Survivor: Borneo, the first victims of the strategy.
Parchment The paper used by the contestants when they vote at Tribal Council.
Perfect Game The occurrence where a contestant has no votes cast against them for the entire game, reaches the Final Tribal Council, and wins the jury vote unanimously.
Ponderosa A sequester house for eliminated castaways. This term was first used officially in Survivor: Micronesia.
Power Couple/Duo An alliance of two people that is more devoted to each other than other alliances they have formed or joined.
Purple Rock - see Rock Drawing
Quit To voluntarily leave the game without being voted out.
Redemption Island A location where castaways would stay after being voted out and await a chance to return to the game.
Returning player A player who returns to the game for another shot at the title of Sole Survivor.
Rites of Passage A ceremony held after or shortly before the Final Immunity Challenge, involving the tribute of the final few to the eliminated castaways.
Rock Drawing A mechanism to break a deadlock tie vote. All non-immune contestants (except those involved in the tie) will have to draw rocks, and the person who gets the differently colored rock is eliminated from the game.
Schoolyard Pick A tribe division method where two or more castaways serve as captains, one for each tribe, and alternate picking until both tribes are filled evenly. If there are an odd number of remaining castaways in a season with Exile Island in play, the person not chosen waits on Exile and joins the losing tribe following Tribal Council.
Shelter A hut built by castaways on the island. It is a place where a tribe eats and sleeps, normally keeping them dry during harsh weather conditions.
Snuffing The act of the host extinguishing an eliminated contestant's torch.
Split vote A strategy employed by an alliance with two-thirds majority, in which they distribute their votes between members of a smaller opposing alliance, to possibly defuse any power gained by playing a Hidden Immunity Idol.
Sole Survivor The title bestowed on the winner of each season.
Survivor Auction A type of Reward Challenge in which the remaining contestants are given a specific amount of money to outbid each other for various items.
Throwaway vote A vote purposefully cast without any strategic significance whatsoever.
Torch An item that holds fire, which represents a castaway's "life" in the game.
Tree Mail An area of a tribe's camp where they receive letters (typically written as a cryptic poem), notifying them of an upcoming challenge or Redemption Island duel. It is a play on "e-mail".
Tribal Council The elimination ceremony and the place where contestants are voted out of the tribe.
Tribe The competing teams in each season before the merge.
Tribe switch
Tribe swap
Tribe dissolve
A twist which involves sending members of a tribe to the other and vice versa. The variant "tribe dissolve" is where one tribe is removed entirely from the game, with its members being shuffled among the remaining tribes.
Twist A game-changing alterations to the format of the game.
Ulonging A circumstance when a tribe is down in numbers due to constantly losing Immunity Challenges. Named after the Ulong tribe of Survivor: Palau, the first tribe to never win an Immunity Challenge.
Unanimous vote A vote at Tribal Council in which all votes cast were for the person receiving the most votes, except for votes cast by that person themselves.
Note: If only one person votes, it is not considered a unanimous vote.
Urn The container in which the castaways place their votes.
Voted out
Voted off
To be eliminated from the game.
Voting bloc A group of people who band together for one or two votes, as a lesser form of alliance.
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