Top 10 Dumbest Survivor Moves


The Top Ten

1 Erik Gives up Immunity - Survivor Micronesia

Not as bad as Brandon Hantz - AvocadoToast

After the previous blind side, how could he trust any of them.

Definitely the dumbest move I've ever seen; if you're looking at trying to win. Was he hoping to get a date out of it or something? Actually, when you think about the fact that he was the only guy left with 4 girls heavily manipulating the direction of the game, it might have been a smart move; just to keep what little bit he had left of his sanity.

That was a stupid idea. why would he do that?

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2 Woo chooses to take Tony to the end instead of Kass - Survivor Cagayan

One of the dumbest moves out there, definitely not as Dumb as Varner in The Outback or Tyson in Season 20, but dumber than the rest out the moves out there. - AvocadoToast

He could've won right there. I don't know what he was thinking. Kass was majorly hated, Tony wasn't. He choose Tony. IDEK. - dankchu


I mean it was Chaos Kass! How stupid do you have to be to bring Tony, The guy who everyone didn't hate!?!

3 James gets voted out with 2 idols - Survivor China

If you get voted out with 2 hidden immunities even if you are confident kep one play one

Does he have any commonsense what so ever

4 J.T. writes a letter to Russell and gives him his Immunity Idol - Survivor Heroes vs Villains

10/10 intelligence, mah friend


5 Tyson switches his vote and accidentally votes himself out - Survivor Blood vs Water

Among the 5 very obvious overrated dumb moves, this was the dumbest move of them all. You really need to truly understand the circumstances going into this. While JT's and Erik's moves were bad and made very little sense, NOTHING about Tyson's move made sense at all. - AvocadoToast

This wasn't blood vs water he won. He voted himself off in heroes vs villains

That was a VERY bad move, & not only did he cost himself in the show, but, he also cost Boston Rob his game too.

This should be higher than 6. One of the most stupidest things I've ever seen

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6 Colby takes Tina to the end instead of Keith - Survivor Australian Outback

It wasn't a dumb move in my opinion because he didn't seem to care. - AvocadoToast

He was actually happy that Tina won.

7 Jason thinks a stick with a face is an idol - Survivor Micronesia

How could you not realize that it is just a stupid stick

Eliza: Is this a joke? This isn't the idol!
Jason: Yes it is!
Eliza: No, It's not!
Jason: Why would you think that?
Eliza: It's just a Stick!
Jason: Relax, it has a face on it.

8 Ian jumps off the pole and gives Tom a million dollars

I don't see this as dumb. Coby spilling Korror's secrets was definitely dumber than this. - AvocadoToast

I honestly agree with Ian's decision. If I'd sour a friendship, I'd rather jump off to rekindle it than win $1M.

9 Garrett has an open forum to decide who to vote out - Survivor Cagayan
10 Brandon gives up Immunity - Survivor South Pacific

This one was worse than Erik's. He thought he was playing with god. The biggest reason why it was worse, is because he probably saw Erik make that move and he should've known better after 23 seasons that it would not work out. - AvocadoToast

The Contenders

11 Varner "outs" Zeke as trans - Survivor Game Changers

When it comes to overrated dumb moves, aside from the obvious 5, this would be number one because everybody all over social media and other things like that could not stop talking about it for a long period of time. I am glad that he has repaired the situation and he definitely regrets it. He was trying to save himself in some way, when in reality (he did not know this), he was actually going to stay in the game had he not made that move. 5 of the other players were planning to vote out Ozzy, Zeke among them. - AvocadoToast

Completely doomed himself and essentially ruined his own life, while also potentially ruining Zeke's

Don't know where Varner was coming from. But at least he regrets it.

Just rude

12 Drew throws a challenge and gets himself voted out - Survivor San Juan del Sur

Again, you want numbers. If you need to throw the challenge to lose, you can just pick 'em off after the merge.

"Basically I'm a badass and a master manipulator."

Drew: I will throw this immunity challenge. I'm too good of a player.


Jeff: Drew, the tribe has spoken. (snuffs his torch)

13 Taylor steals food, blames Adam, gets voted off - Millennials vs. Gen X
14 Lex saves Amber for Rob in exchange for protection, gets voted out - Survivor All Stars

There's two of these on the list.

What the hell was he thinking

15 Chris Goes Home with Idol in Pocket. - survivor Ghost Island

He thought the split vote plan would work. Wrongamundo!

Your biggest rival Domenick just played a Legacy Advantage, and you still don't play your idol for an insurance policy? Unbelievable...

16 Sean's Alphabet Strategy - Survivor Borneo
17 Ken votes off David - Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X

I WAS SO MAD! If I was a jury member, that move would prevent me from voting him!

18 Production Casts Sierra Dawn Thomas on Survivor Game Changers Over Natalie Anderson

I still think Sierra is a game changer, not as much as Natalie, but definitely a game changer. - AvocadoToast

Natalie was cast but bailed at the last second because of a family emergency, Sierra was CBS's backup - icantthinkofausername

19 Manono Tribe gives up immunity - Survivor One World

Colton had an awful strategy. Couldn't he have NOT fiund the immunity idol, so we could avoid his headache? - Turkeyasylum

20 Zapatera throws a challenge to vote Russell off - Redemption Island

Yep, they got Pagonged! - AvocadoToast

He was the glue that held the Zapatera tribe together.

Doesn't seem dumb at first, but they lose like crazy after that. - Turkeyasylum

21 Cochran flips on Savaii - Survivor

In South Pacific yes, in Caramoan no. - AvocadoToast

He probably still would have lost but wouldve placed a little bit higher maybe like 7th or 6th

Cochran is the jerkiest survivor player ever!
Keith didn’t deserve to go home

22 Lex saves Amber and votes off Jerri - Survivor All Stars
23 NaOnka and Kelly quit - Survivor Nicaragua

NaOnka wouldn't have lasted much longer, because of how much of a jerk she was. But Purple Kelly had no good reason to quit. Nicaragua is "the season of the quitters", as Holly almost quit, too. - Turkeyasylum

You can tell Jeff wasn't happy. Not one bit.

24 Kass flips on her alliance - Survivor Cagayan

Why is this a dumb move again? I think it was a great move. - AvocadoToast

25 David Day 1 picks Garrett as the weakest person on the tribe - Survivor Cagayan

Pick Jtia someone who really looks weak

26 Laura B. tells Vytas that he is going to be voted out and gets voted out instead - Survivor Blood vs Water
27 Sundra and Becky can't make fire - Cook Islands

Couldn’t even use matches correctly

28 Hannah Shapiro Keeps Dave instead of Bret in final five. - Millennial vs. Gen x

Bret was the absolute worst in Millennials vs. Gen X, I'm glad he lost.

29 Malcolm fails to find an idol and gets voted off - Caramoan

This isn't a dumb move, this is Malcolm trying and failing to find something because it is so well hidden. Also, Andrea was guarding his ass all day after the auction. - AvocadoToast

This is because Andrea was following him.

30 Ulong votes out Jolanda at the 1st tribal council - Survivor Palau
31 Parvati allows Russell to take Sandra to the Final Tribal Council - Survivor Heroes vs Villains
32 Ciera flips - Blood vs. Water

Yes but then she thought she was going to be voted out at the final four if she stuck with Tyson, Monica, and Gervase. She probably would have since Tyson saw her as a jury threat and Gervase and Monica would have went along with Tyson and voted her out.

She should have just flipped earlier.

If she'd stayed with Tyson, Gervase, and Monica, she was guaranteed final four!

33 Chris won't take Jessica off his radar, gets voted off - Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X
34 Vinaka goes to rocks - Millennials Vs. Gen X

This was a voting bloc season, so flipping wouldn't affect your game too badly. Imagine if Adam drew the black rock!

35 Ted, Helen, & Jan don't form a counter alliance against Brian & Clay - Thailand
36 Ozzy gets voted off three times - Survivor South Pacific

Someone add Lauren gives part of her idol to Mike in HvHvH. And when Devon voted Mike to force a tie, only to lose to Ben in the fire-making challenge, also HvHvH.

37 Dreamz Breaks His Deal with Yau Man - Survivor Fiji
38 Jeff drops out of the challenge for peanut butter - Survivor The Australian Outback

It was so incredibly important that Jeff am delighted his tribe vote for the right person, but more than that, it Ian important the Jeff Varner wins immunity. The challenge was just standing on a poll for as long as possible. He could have won that. Then he throws the challenge away for peanut butter and apples. To increase the dumb factor in all of this, he and his tribe vote for Colby, who obviously had not votes cast the against him at all. Just a complete recepie for a ultimate train wreck.

39 Lisa and Skupin vote out Abi instead of Denise - Survivor Philippines
40 Alex tells Rob C. that he is going to vote him out at the final 4 - Survivor Amazon
41 Matt aligns with Rob after the merge - Survivor Redemption Island
42 Sierra votes off Joaquin and not Joe - Worlds Apart

Joe was a much bigger threat. That, and Sierra didn't like her tribe. I was screaming at the T.V. when this happened. - Turkeyasylum

43 Mike hands back his letter at survivor auction - Survivor Worlds Apart

Yikes bad move..

44 Phillip makes the jury hate him at final tribal council - Survivor Redemption Island
45 Brendon Abandons Exile Alliance, Reveals Hidden Idol at Tribal Council, Gets Voted Out - Survivor Tocantins
46 Rotu 4 arrogantly reveals their pecking order - Survivor Marquesas
47 Stephen is voted out instead of Joe - Survivor Cambodia

Joe just won four immunities. Just 5 more from winning the game!

It was an accident. If they hadn't split the vote Stephen would be safe.

48 Brandon sides with Boran to vote out Kelly - Survivor Africa
49 Shannon asks if Sash is gay at tribal - Survivor Nicaragua

Shannons' neck was already on the damn chopping block so possibly outing someone doesn't seem like the right thing to do, does it?

50 Stacy and Dreamz Can't Keep Quiet About Blindsiding Yau Man at the F6.
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Top Remixes

1. James gets voted out with 2 idols - Survivor China
2. Erik Gives up Immunity - Survivor Micronesia
3. Woo chooses to take Tony to the end instead of Kass - Survivor Cagayan
1. Erik Gives up Immunity - Survivor Micronesia
2. J.T. writes a letter to Russell and gives him his Immunity Idol - Survivor Heroes vs Villains
3. Woo chooses to take Tony to the end instead of Kass - Survivor Cagayan


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