Top Ten Best Survivor Moves

Through the years there have been some very good strategical moves, but which ones make the top ten? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Parvati Plays 2 Idols, Saves her Whole Tribe after Merge - Season 20
Russell getting Tyson to vote himself off was less a good move by Russell and more a moronic move by Tyson. But THIS was a move! Parvati recognized Amanda's lies but still put her neck on the line by playing her idols for her fellow villains. Had Russell been in charge of the idols haveV would be drawing rocks.
At tribal council, Parvati played her 2 idols, gave one to Sandra and one to Jerri, saving the whole Villains tribe.


Easily the best move in Survivor history. Without a doubt.
[Newest]Parvati is a survivor queen!

2Cirie Orchestrates Erik's Blindside - Season 16
Cirie was the main mastermind of Fans Vs Favourites. She was the one who created the finak three alliance with Parvati and Amanda. She was the one who decided to get rid of Ozzy. She got Jason to step down from immunity. However, although she did do a great job at orchestrating this move; Natalie really was the major decider. Regardless, you can't deny that had James not been med-evaced she would have won the game in a final three against Parvati and Amanda. Top Player
Cirie wasn't given enough credit she owned FvF to by pulling off major moves such as this one. Too bad she couldn't have made it to the finals

3Russell Gets Tyson to Vote Himself Off - Season 20
This wasn't a move. This was editing and luck. Russell played his idol on Parvati cause he wanted to go out in an honorable way or something, but Tyson decided to wing it and vote for Parvati. Tyson never talked to Russell, therefore, I don't agree with this move being on the list at all.
Best move of all time! Russell clearly knew Robs plan was 2 split 3-3. He knew exactly what he was doing. If tyson wasn't approached by Russell he wouldn't have changed his vote! Simple! #Logic
According to the rules of Survivor, a contestant is not allowed to vote for them self. But somehow, Tyson managed to find a way!

4Pavarti and Cirie Orchestrate Ozzy Blindside - Season 16
Wow! He did NOT see that one come. He didn't know Parvati's Women Alliance existed. He thought it was the original Malakal (Parvati's) Couples Alliance. Parvati & James, Amanda & Ozzy. Jason and the girls (except Amanda) blindsided him. At FTC he was pissed with Parvati.
With an idol in pocket 2 of the best survivors ever take down oz by surprise and leave him totally shocked and aspot on jury

5Sandra Convinces Russell to Blindside Coach - Season 20
This is a great move, this is what saved her. If she didn't get coach voted off, Courtney would have gone home and she would go next at 6 People left in the tribe. But she didn't play Russell, Russell still voted for Courtney! What she did was play Parvati and Danielle and convinced THEM to vote for Coach. I don't know why they say she played Russell if he didn't even vote with her. I guess because of his confessionals. But convincing Parvati and Danielle: 2 people is more impressive anyway.
This actually wasn't a big move on her part. Russell was going to vote Coach out anyway; he wanted to increase the misconception that a female alliance was running the villain tribe.

6Cirie Blindsides Courtney - Season 12
Cirie was amazing here. She convinced two people to vote one way, one person to vote another way, and then vote with two other people to vote out her biggest threat. Its hard enough to explain the move, imagine trying to execute it.
This move is a bit overrated. There were 6 people: Terry, Courtney, shane, Aras, Danielle, and Cirie. Terry convinced Courtney to vote for Aras and Shane wanted to vote for Danielle. Cirie didn'tconvince them to vote this way, they just wanted to. She just saw the opportunity with Aras and Danielle to vote for courtney. That was all the convincing she had to do. Still a great move but it was opportunistic seeing all the other three votes would be split 2-1. She didn't make it that way.

7Tina Gets Mitchell Voted Off - Season 2
Very underrated because the conversations weren't shown live but if you listen to interviews with Tina on survivor oz you'll hear that she convinced Colby to vote for Mitchell and force a tie while they were walking to tribal council. This eliminated Mitchell because of past votes and allowed Colby Tina and Keith to take the majority within the tribe and led them to eventually be the final 3.

8Hayden Convinces Ciera to Force a Rock Draw
Although it didn't end up working, an amazing strategic move that kept Hayden alive, even if he went home th next tribal council
This works out greatest move in survivor history
This show how to fight till the end...

9Yul Threatens Jonathan With Idol, Jonathan Flips - Season 13
Still down in numbers, Yul used his idol to make Jonathan Penner switch back to his alliance, allowing them to have the power and eventually Yul took his alliance straight to the final four
this is a good example of a good use of the immunity idol!

10Everybody Turns On John, Tammy, Rob, and Zoey - Season 4
A very smart move created by Sean and Vecipia or Sean would have gone home and than next V, so overall genius move from Sean and V to point out that that they were getting too arrogant and the Rotu 4 abused there power and it was one of the best momentum shifts (and the original) that the game has ever seen
The first time in survivor history when there was a shift in power

The Contenders

11Richard Hatch Makes Original Survivor Alliance - Season 1
This should be #1. No one else thought to make an alliance, and when he did everyone said it was "unethical. " Yet, alliances have been a staple of the show the last ten years. He forged it perfectly: one person who can win challenges and be a threat (Kelly), one person who was more obnoxious (Sue), and one who was 100% loyal no matter what (Rudy), with Rich calling the shots to ensure victory. Best player ever.

12Malcolm Plays Two Idols and Dismantles Stealth 'R' Us by Blindsiding Phillip - Season 26
Malcolm is one of the most strategic players ever! Great move
One of if not the craziest tribals ever

13Amanda "lies" about not having the hidden immunity idol. Uses it to blindside Alexis. Season 16

14Tom, Colby, and J.T. Blindside Cirie - Season 20
Tom uses the idol, causing a 3-2-0 vote because of J.T. 's flip, in which J.T. is able to take out the person controlling the Hero tribe, and able to take control himself.

15Russell Plays Idol, Kelly Gets Voted off - Season 19
This vote was so hard! But Russell found the idol without a clue and everyone's reaction was hilarious! Besides, Russell's amazing!

16Rob Convinces Lex to Save Amber - Season 8

17Rob Cesternino Betrays Alex - Season 6
Jenna, Heidi, Rob, and Alex had the power to vote off who ever they wanted. But, after Alex told Rob that he was going to be voted off at the Final Four, Rob turned on his alliance and got Alex voted off

18J.T. And Stephen Vote off Tyson - Season 18

19Jonny Fairplay and Burton blindside Rupert - Season 7

20Natalie Convinces Jason Not to Play His Idol - Season 16

21Peih-Gee and Jaime throw immunity on purpose to have a Fei Long member voted out - Season 15
This was done to be even at the merge. Unfortunately Todd ruined their plan and Sherea was voted out at Fei Long Tribal Council

22Colton proposes their immunity to vote out Bill - Season 24

23Boston Rob Convinces Ometepe to Blindside Matt; Twice - Season 22

24Ken blindsides Charlie for revenge and shifts the power from Kota to Fang. - Season 17

25Brenda finds out Andrea is gunning for her and blindsides Andrea, also flushing out the hidden immunity idol - Season 26
This blindside was awesome, it was a complete Showdown beetwen Brenda and Andrea, and Andrea didn't even know it. Also at tribal council there were some really awesome reactions, including the reaction of Malcolm, Reynold, Eddie and Andrea.

26Richard Bows Out of the Final Immunity Challenge - Season 1
Knowing he could only beat kelly, but would surely lose if he back stabbed Rudy, Rich ingeniously threw the final challenge knowing both would take him.

27JT & Stephen Infiltrate Timbira, Get Them to Turn On Brendan - Season 18

28Kass Blindsides Sarah and Entire Former Apary Tribe - Season 28

29Stacy Convinces Everyone to Vote for Edgardo - Season 14
Dreamz told them Alex had the idol and either mookie or Alex would play it so Stacy suggested they all vote for edgardo instead

30Ken Blindsides Ace - Season 17

31Sash Takes Marty's Idol - Season 21

32Russel Uses JT's Idol to Vote Him Off - Season 20

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