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Tiebreaker
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Survivor Fan Characters gameplay
Description A contingency plan in the event of a tie vote at Tribal Council
Appearances Every season (except 9 and Fans vs. Canons)

A tiebreaker is a situation where two or more contestants receive the same number of votes casts against them at Tribal Council, with no one else receiving a higher amount. In this scenario, several methods have been used over the course of the series.

Rules[]

Pre-final four[]

Typically, in the event that two or more contestants share the highest number of elimination votes, all other contestants are entitled to a revote, but can only choose between the tied contestants. Whoever receives the most votes after the revote will be out of the game.

If the revote does not break the tie, the vote is declared a deadlock. All non-tied contestants must then openly discuss which of the tied contestants should be eliminated from the game, requiring a unanimous decision in a limited amount of time. If they fail to do this, all tied contestants are rendered immune, and the remaining contestants must all draw rocks. Whoever draws the odd-colored rock will be eliminated from the game. Alternatively, non-tied contestants may choose to go to rocks if they prefer.

Final four[]

If a 2-2 vote occurs, there typically will not be a revote. Instead the two tied contestants will compete in a fire-making challenge. The winner receives immunity from the vote, and the loser is eliminated.

Jury vote tiebreaker[]

If the initial jury vote ends in a two-person tie between a Final Three, the second runner-up becomes the official final member of the jury, and is tasked with casting the deciding vote. It is unknown how a tiebreaker situation would be handled if all three finalists were to receive the same number of votes.

The only time a tie ever occurred between the Final Two was in Survivor Fan Characters 7, which after a failed revote, requested readers to vote for the finalist who they wanted to win.

Former rules[]

Pre-final four[]

In Survivor Fan Characters and Survivor Fan Characters 4: Fans vs. Canons, tied contestants would participate in a questions and answers challenge. The first person to answer a question incorrectly while their opponent answers correctly would be eliminated from the game. This format was slightly altered in Survivor Fan Characters 13, where instead the castaway who answers the most questions correctly would remain in the game.

Originally, a countback was proposed to break the tie in Fans vs. Canons, but because neither contestant had received any votes cast against them at prior Tribal Councils, the vote was declared deadlocked, and the traditional questions and answers challenge proceeded.

In Survivor Fan Characters 2: Brains vs. Brawn and Survivor Fan Characters 15, if either a revote fails to break the tie, or all votes become nullified through the use of a Hidden Immunity Idol, then all unimmune contestants are forced to partake in a rock draw, in contrast to the current rules in which they are given the choice, with the person drawing the odd-colored rock being eliminated.

History[]

Revote history[]

Season Vote Tied Contestants Revote Eliminated
3 2-2-1 SFC3Montana.pngSFC3Spade.png
Montana Raines and Spade
2-1 SFC3SpadeBW.png
Spade
3-3-1 SFC3Baxter.pngSFC3Montana.png
Baxter and Montana Raines
4-3-0 SFC3BaxterBW.png
Baxter
Fans vs. Canons (2009) 2-2-0 SFC4Barney.pngSFC4Kala.png
Barney Callahan and Kala
3-2 SFC4KalaBW.png
Kala
All-Stars 2-2-2 SFCASAmy.pngSFCASHogan.pngSFCASWendy.png
Amy Randall, Hogan, and Wendy
2-1 SFCASAmyBW.png
Amy Randall
3-3-1 SFCASLucky.pngSFCASPopper.png
Lucky the Cat and Popper
3-2 SFCASPopperBW.png
Popper
7 8-8 SFC7Ker.pngSFC7Wrecker.png
Ker and Wrecker Dog
8-8 Deadlock
Battle of the Tribes 2-2-1-0 SFC10Kris.pngSFC10Sanza.png
Kris and Sanza Salazar
5-3 SFC10SanzaBW.png
Sanza Salazar
11 1-1-1-1-0 SFC11Angel.pngSFC11Claus.pngSFC11Sunflower.pngSFC11Whitney.png
Angel, Claus, Sunflower, and Whitney
1-1-1-1 SFC11JuicedUpBW.png
Juiced Up
13 5-5 SFC13Jim.pngSFC13SCritic.png
Jim Fraser and Survivor Critic
4-4 Deadlock
14 2-2-0 SFC14Liz.pngSFC14Thorne.png
Liz Calhoun and Lolita Thorne
5-0 SFC14ThorneBW.png
Lolita Thorne
15 4-4 SFC15Lea.pngSFC15Leah.png
Lea and Leah Grimes
5-1 SFC15LeaBW.png
Lea
3-3 SFC15Ky.pngSFC15Shaega.png
Ky Razie and Shaega Yurei
2-2 Deadlock
Blood vs. Water 5-5 SFC16BowserJr.pngSFC16Brandi.png
Bowser Koopa Jr. and Brandi Lake
5-3 SFC16BrandiBW.png
Brandi Lake
2-2-0 SFC16Damon.pngSFC16Tialayla.png
Damon Bleuth and Tialayla Carter
6-0 SFC16DamonBW.png
Damon Bleuth
Alola 6-6 SFC17CutieCat.pngSFC17Jeannie.png
Allison Kathrati and Jeannie
5-5 Deadlock
1-1-0-0 SFC17Parmesan.pngSFC17Raiza.png
Parmesan and Raiza
4-3 SFC17RaizaBW.png
Raiza
Past vs. Future 4-4 SFC18Clarissa.pngSFC18ET.png
Clarissa Sutherland and E.T. Johnson
3-3 Deadlock
2-2-0 SFC18Clarissa.pngSFC18Ria.png
Clarissa Sutherland and Ria Bentley
3-2 SFC18RiaBW.png
Ria Bentley
Generations 3-3 SFC20Skylar.pngSFC20Taro.png
Skylar Cooper and Taro Nook
3-1 SFC20SkylarBW.png
Skylar Cooper

Challenge history[]

Season Vote Tied Contestants Challenge Eliminated
Survivor Fan Characters 2-2 SFC1Charlie.pngSFC1Phil.png
Charlie and Phil
Q and A SFC1PhilBW.png
Phil
1-1-0 SFC1Hogan.pngSFC1Taylor.png
Hogan and Taylor
Fire-making SFC1TaylorBW.png
Taylor
Fans vs. Canons (2009) 4-4 SFC4PBear.pngSFC4Rebecca.png
Polar Bear and Rebecca Chambers
Q and A SFC4RebeccaBW.png
Rebecca Chambers
2-2 SFC4Barney.pngSFC4Chaona.png
Barney Callahan and Chaona
Fire-making SFC4ChaonaBW.png
Chaona
7 2-2 SFC7Dinah.pngSFC7Wrecker.png
Dinah and Wrecker Dog
Fire-making SFC7DinahBW.png
Dinah
The Midway Island 2-2 SFC8Jackie.pngSFC8Oehda.png
Jackie and Oehda
Roulette SFC8JackieBW.png
Jackie
13 5-5;
4-4
SFC13Jim.pngSFC13SCritic.png
Jim Fraser and Survivor Critic
Q and A SFC13SCriticBW.png
Survivor Critic
2-2 SFC13Iyzebel.pngSFC13Orwell.png
Iyzebel Vaga and Orwell
Fire-making SFC13IyzebelBW.png
Iyzebel Vaga
Blood vs. Water 2-2 SFC16BowserJr.pngSFC16Doris.png
Bowser Koopa Jr. and Doris Stagg
Fire-making SFC16Bowser Jr.BW.png
Bowser Koopa Jr.
Star Allies 2-2 SFC19Clover.pngSFC19Okawa.pngSFC19Trevor.png
Clover Fields, Okawa Hikuma, and Trevor Griffin
Fire-making SFC19TrevorBW.png
Trevor Griffin
Generations 2-2 SFC20Starr.pngSFC20Taro.png
Starr Bright and Taro Nook
Fire-making SFC20StarrBW.png
Starr Bright

Rock draw history[]

Season Drawing Contestants Eliminated
Brains vs. Brawn SFC2Chris.pngSFC2Denise.pngSFC2Jasmine.pngSFC2Ryan.png
Chris, Denise, Jasmine, and Ryan
SFC2DeniseBW.png
Denise
The Midway Island SFC8Geena.pngSFCIraenus.pngSFC8Kiara.pngSFC8Malik.png
Geena Takahashi, Iraenus, Kiara Gate, and Malik Rishied
SFC8KiaraBW.png
Kiara Gate
15 SFC15Leah.pngSFC15Sylvia.pngSFC15Taro.png
Leah Grimes, Sylvia and Taro Nook
SFC15LeahBW.png
Leah Grimes
Alola SFC17Derek.pngSFC17Jahira.pngSFC17Josh.pngSFC17Mele.pngSFC17Ollie.pngSFC17Raiza.pngSFC16Slash.png
Derek Linz, Jahira Patel, Josh Thunderbolt, Mele Nenbara, Ollie the Otter, Raiza, and Slash the Hedgehog
SFC17JahiraBW.png
Jahira Patel
Past vs. Future SFC18Atlas.pngSFC18Frysk.pngSFC18Ria.pngSFC18Sagittaria.pngSFC18Shin.png
Atlas, Frysk McCloud, Ria Bentley, Sagittaria Bentley, and Shin Kasai
SFC18AtlasBW.png
Atlas

Other tiebreakers[]

Season Vote Tied Contestants Tiebreaker Eliminated
Fans vs. Canons (2009) 4-4 SFC4PBear.pngSFC4Rebecca.png
Polar Bear and Rebecca Chambers
Past votes Deadlock
The Cursed Islands 3-3 SFC5Audrey.pngSFC5Maria.png
Audrey and Maria
Bribery Curse SFC5AudreyBW.png
Audrey
7 8-8;
8-8
SFC7Ker.pngSFC7Wrecker.png
Ker and Wrecker Dog
Public Vote SFC7WreckerBW.png
Wrecker Dog
Past vs. Future 4-4-0 SFC18ET.pngSFC18Sagittaria.png
E.T. Johnson and Sagittaria Bentley
Jury Vote
Tiebreaker
SFC18SagittariaBW.png
Sagittaria Bentley

Trivia[]

  • The initial jury vote has tied three times. First in Survivor Fan Characters 3, again in Survivor Fan Characters 7, and once more in Past vs. Future.
    • Each season also proposed a different method of breaking the tie. Survivor Fan Characters 3 held a revote, Survivor Fan Characters 7 held a revote, before activating a Public Vote, and Past vs. Future had the second runner-up, Shin Kasai, cast the deciding vote.
  • Survivor Fan Characters 9 and Fans vs. Canons (2013) are the only seasons to not have any tiebreakers.
  • Survivor Fan Characters 13 is the only season to use a tiebreaker challenge after a revote ended in a deadlock, as opposed to the traditional lottery of drawing rocks.
  • Doris Stagg is the only female contestant to win a fire-making tiebreaker challenge.
  • Atlas is the only male contestant to be eliminated in a rock draw.
  • Clover Fields is the only tied contestant who did not participate in a tiebreaker challenge when it was proposed, due to the nature of the Ride or Die twist.

See also[]

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